The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) and the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) have successfully conducted a raid against illegal SIM card issuers in Mingora Swat.

The operation was conducted in collaboration with the PTA Zonal Office Peshawar and the FIA Cyber Crime Circle Peshawar. The raid targeted a mobile company franchisee that was allegedly issuing illegal SIM cards under the guise of BISP disbursements by collecting thumb impressions of subscribers.

In a similar move, the PTA Zonal Office and FIA Cyber Crime Circle Gujranwala conducted a raid against different mobile company franchisees in Lahore, Gujranwala, Pasroor, and Narowal for issuing illegal SIMs. During both operations, a large number of BVS devices, SIM cards, and a bank for BISP disbursements were confiscated by the PTA.

These actions are a part of the PTA’s and FIA’s continued efforts to halt the illegal issuance of mobile phone SIMs. The FIA is currently investigating the cases further.

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