LAHORE - FIA and PTA have seized 45 illegal gateway exchanges and arrested 13 accused in 13 different cases, informed FIA Director Dr Muhammad Usman.

“In 13 different cases, FIRs have been registered against different accused involved in illegal business causing loss of millions to national exchequer”, the FIA director said, while addressing a press conference on Thursday.

The FIA official said that all the raids were conducted in southern parts of Punjab including Multan and Bahawalpur. The raiding team recovered 21 laptops, more than 3000 mobile phone SIMs and other devices being used in the illegal business, he detailed. As per details, FIR No 104/2014 was registered against Waqas Anvaar and Saad Mohsin of Bahawalpur. Both were arrested on the spot and team also recovered seven illegal gateway exchanges, 6 PTCL EVO, 2 Laptops along with USB and around 1500 SIMs from their possession.

FIR No 105/2014 has been registered against accused Zohaib Abbasi of Bahawalpur, who was arrested by the raiding team. 4 illegal gateway exchanges, 1 PTCI EVO, 1 Laptop and 155 SIMs were recovered from his possession.

As per FIR No. 106/2014, a raid was conducted at Shalimar Colony Multan. The team seized equipments including an illegal gateway exchange, 1 PTCL Modem, 1 CPU and 50 SIMs, besides arresting Syed Jahanzaib Ali from the spot.

Fazeel Asgher and Dilawar Azam were arrested from Bosan Road Multan, as per FIR No. 107/2014. Nine illegal gateway exchanges, setup of 68 Port Lines, 1 Laptop, 2 CPU, 110 SIMs were recovered from their possession.

Other accused who have been arrested include Zia ur Rehman, Muhammad Sufyan from Khanewal Road Multan; Muhammad Rashid from Chungi 9 Multan; Muhammad Islam from Rehman Colony Khanewal Road Multan; Shoaib Shah from Shah Rukne Alam Colony Multan; Tariq Masood and Muhammad Saleem from of Jalalpur Pirwala district of Multan.

Two separate raids were made at Yasin Colony, Bosan Road and Mohallah Latoo Misri, Dehli Gate in Multan and illegal gateway exchanges were seized from the sites.

However, no arrests could be made.