Serious action has been taken by FIA against the people involved in registering mobile phones in Pakistan on fake identity and changing the Mobile IMEIs. 7 years in imprisonment and 10 million rupees fine can be the punishment for those involved in illegal mobile registration. So the shopkeepers and the customers have been warned that if they indulge in it, they will face both imprisonment and fine.
It was observed recently that many mobile phone sellers have started registering mobiles through a fake or stolen identity of international travelers. The aim is to bypass the PTA DIRBS system.
The passport information of the expatriate is accessed through travel agents and that is used to register the phones of customers in Pakistan. Rs. 2,000 to Rs. 5,000 is charged per handset.
PTA has reported this criminal act of the mobile sellers to FIA and the issue was also highlighted in the Senate subcommittee meeting on IT & Telecom. Some arrests have been made by FIA in this connection.
As per a senior lawyer, the PECA rules states if someone misuses credentials of an international traveler for mobile registration, he/she can be imprisoned for up to 7 years and fined as well.
Different offenses and punishments applicable under PECA rules Criminal Act relating to the registration of mobile phones under stolen Identity of international travelers are, “Unauthorized copying or transmission of critical infrastructure data.-Whoever with dishonest intention and without authorization copies or otherwise transmit or causes to be transmitted any critical infrastructure data shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to five years, or with fine which may extend to five million rupees or with both.”
With regard to interference in infrastructure information system or data,” Whoever with dishonest intention interferes with or damages, or causes to be interfered with or damaged, any part or whole of a critical information system, or data, shall be punished with imprisonment which may extend to seven years or with fine which may extend to ten million rupees or with both.”