Grey trafficking eats up Rs 19bn a year


ISLAMABAD: According to a well-placed source in the Ministry of Interior, at least Rs 19 billion are lost annually to the grey traffickers.
Interior Minister Nisar Ali Khan has directed FIA DG Ghalib Bandesha to take action against the grey traffickers, who allegedly include the officials of FIA, PTA and law enforcement agencies, it has been learnt. According to the source the Interior Ministry has received a fresh report from the secret agencies which claims that more then 500 illegal exchanges are running across the country, and some influential lawmakers and businessman are allegedly involved in the shady business of grey trafficking. Allegedly some senior officials of the FIA, PTA and the law enforcement agencies are providing protection to the grey traffickers. 
The premier intelligence agency has shared with the Interior Ministry the names of some officials of the FIA, PTA and law enforcement agencies who were getting their share from this heinous trade. “After the government increased incoming calls charges on the international calls, the white-collar criminals got the chance to make money by offering cheaper call packages through illegal means,” the official added. Last year, the Ministry of Information Technology established an office under the name of International Clearing House, which was headed by PTCL. It took onboard the 14 LDI operators in the country. Incoming call charges were increased from $1.25 cents per minute to $8.80 cents in which the government’s share under the name of USF was $2.90 cents. After the introduction of new rates, international calls through legal channels had started reducing, and the grey traffickers became active, swiftly installing illegal exchanges. 

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