Cyber crimes DG FIA for enacting laws with strict punishment

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Director General (DG) Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), Muhammad Ghalib Ali Bandeshan, has called for enacting laws with strict punishment for those committing cyber crimes. Speaking at a meeting of Korangi Association of Trade and Industry (KATI) and after talking to newsmen, he said that cyber crime had of late emerged as a major challenge and it would be more intensive in future with the increased use of internet and information technology.

He said that the FIA was contemplating to establish an organisation named as Cyber Scout to engage young students to work on cyber crimes and help apprehend cyber criminals. He further informed that FIA was also initiating action against spurious medicines, counterfeit currency and bank scam and urged business community to provide information in this regard if they have any.

To a question, he said that inquiry was underway into smuggling of gold worth Rs 35 billion by four gold traders of Karachi and Islamabad to United Arab Emirate depriving the country of foreign exchange of $514 million. The DG said that FIA had recovered Rs 13 billion in a year.

Ghalib said that FIA detected several thousand cases of electricity and gas theft and recovered Rs 7 billion from the defaulters of Wapda and SSGC. Referring to human smuggling, he said that FIA was closely examining travel documents to eradicate human smuggling. He assured business community that the authority will facilitate all those travelling with complete documents.

The DG said that the FIA was also launching a drive against agencies and human smuggler groups involved in human trafficking and those sending people abroad for jobs on fake documents. Chief Executive Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP) S. M. Muneer said that FIA had recovered and returned Rs 230 million of TDAP scam. He said that Pakistan was facing serious challenges and some elements were trying to destabilise Pakistan.

He also advised DG FIA to activate FPCCI counter at airport. President Karachi Industrial Alliance (KIA), Mian Zahid Hussain, said that cyber crime was spreading fast and added that a cell was created in the past to curb cyber crime which was later scraped for unknown reasons. President KATI Rashid Ahmed Siddiqui said that this industrial area was contributing around Rs 300 million in national exchequer on daily basis and demanded that one percent of it should be allocated for development of the area.

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