LAHORE - The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) Friday claimed to have arrested eight fraudsters involved in massive fraud in illegal gateway exchange, credit card, visa card and ATM card.

Addressing a press conference, FIA Director Punjab Zone Dr Usman Anwar said that FIA would continue clampdown on the accused involved gateway trafficking. He said that special teams had been constituted in this regard under the supervision of Deputy Director Sarfraz and Assistant Director Mian Asif Javed.  The arrests were made after successful raids in different parts of the provincial metropolis, he added. The FIA officials also recovered 57 computers, 13 laptop, 40 GSM lines of illegal exchange, 16 ports of gateway exchange, internet devices and other things from their possession. The arrested were identified as Sharjeal Mustafa, Amirul Hassan, Ali Saeed, Shahzad Iqbal, Bilal Arshad, Rashid Basheer, Faisal Riaz and Akaash. The director claimed that FIA teams conducted 43 raids against illegal exchanges this year while only eleven raids were conducted in the last year. He said FIA teams had been conducted 64 raids against electronic fraud (credit cards) this year while only 20 raids were conducted in the last year.

To a question, he said that the owner of Future Concern Asim Malik and Zobia Robab were still in England and there was no agreement of exchange of accused between Pakistan and the UK. However, 191 cases so far have been registered against them in which 81 cases were challaned and the department was trying to arrest them through Interpol by issuing their red warrant.