ISLAMABAD - The Supreme Court on Monday constituted a committee headed by Director General, Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) for investigation and prevention of grey communication traffic in the country.

A three-member bench of the Supreme Court headed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar was hearing the case of operation/running of illegal Grey Telecommunication Traffic causing loss of billions to the national kitty and posing potential threat to the national security.

The chief justice directed the committee to submit their report within ten days before the bench. “Are you aware of the seriousness of the issues,” asked the Chief Justice from Director General FIA Bashir Memon and Director General Intelligence Bureau (IB) Dr Suleman Khan.

He remarked that authorities had to work beyond their mandate to save future of the generations and added that the crime was caused of billions rupees loss to the national exchequers.

DG FIA Bashir Memon while submitting report regarding action taken against grey traffic networks, informed the bench that 291 illegal gateway exchanges have been caught, and 390 people have been arrested so far. He further informed the bench that around Rs3 billion had been recovered in the process.

To this Chief Justice said: "This amount is nothing, more amount is being transferred outside the country through grey communication traffic networks" adding that this amount can be saved and donated to dam fund.

Memon said that cases of kidnapping for ransom are abetted by illegal grey networks, adding that they have cracked quite a few cases, however, they need the PTA’s help as well.

Subsequently, while constituting a committee headed by DG FIA and comprising DG IB, Chairman PTA and ISI representative not less than the rank of Brigadier and Attorney General for Pakistan adjourned further hearing of the case for 10 days.