The Interior Ministry of Pakistan has given a green signal to the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) for the formation of 15 cybercrime reporting centres throughout Pakistan.
With this step at least one cybercrime reporting centre would be formed in all four provinces of the nation and Gilgit-Baltistan.
Presently, five reporting centres are in the plans which are to be formed in Punjab, three in Sindh, two in Balochistan and one in Islamabad and Gilgit each.
The decision regarding the formation of these centres was made in line with the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act 2015 which permits the government of Pakistan to take the needed action against cybercriminals.
One of the biggest concerns of Pakistan is cybercrime. It is an ever-rising issue and just recently the occurrence of cybercrime activities have considerably increased.
The fifteen centres would help in taking immediate action against any cybercrime activity reported in the given areas.
Presently, the only way to report cybercrime is to call at the number 9911. This helpline was introduced in 2016 and since then it has received thousands of reports of criminal activity over the internet.
One could also visit the following link for reporting any cybercrime.
Previously, as part of the FIA’s initiative, a web portal for the registration of complaints relating cybercrime—FIA’s Sindh chapter was launched.
Dr Amir Ahmed Sheikh—Sindh FIA director had made the announcement of the launch of the portal and insisted women and youngsters specially to report any case of cybercrime or harassment on the internet.
The launched website has the capacity to register complaints in English, Urdu and Sindhi.
As per the FIA officials, after receiving complaint over the portal, contact would be made with the complaint launcher within forty-eight hours and in case of any urgency the complainant could be approached within few minutes time too.