Shocking Scandal: IDs and personal information of expatriates misused
- The personal information of expatriates has been used for registering the smuggled phones with PTA.
- Raoof Klasra shares the exclusive details of the scam.
- Secretary Interior Salman Azam has confirmed the news, Klasra says.
- The data including national identity card number, home address, passport number have been stolen from the airports.
Senior Journalist Raoof Klasra breaks the story of a scam that is being carried out with overseas Pakistanis. He shared the exclusive details of the scam and said that this scandal has affected hundreds of thousands of Pakistanis.
Raoof Klasra has called it a bombshell for the citizens of Pakistan who travel within the country or outside the country. Secretary Interior Salman Azam has confirmed the news, Klasra added. Pakistan is no short of intellectuals and intelligent people, he said. The incumbent government has announced the policy for overseas Pakistanis to bring only one telephone along with them while coming back to the country with the condition to unlock the phone by registering with PTA. The registration of a single handset won’t charge them any duties.
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Another condition mentioned in the policy was to bring in only one phone per year. If anyone has to bring in more than one telephones than the duties and taxes are to be paid for these extra phones. Many of the shopkeepers in Pakistan have brought the phones within the country via smuggling.
When they were asked to pay the tax and duties for these phones these smugglers resort to the data of expatriates. The data including national identity card number, home address, passport number have been stolen from the airports with the help of FIA personnel who were also the participants of the scam.
This information of expatriates has been used for registering the smuggled phones with PTA.
The secret investigations were carried out after the complaints of expatriates coming to Pakistan. These citizens, while applying for the registration of their cell phones, were told to have already been registered with PTA for bringing one cell phone.
Reports say that there are around 750 to 800 FIA personnel working on the 242 FIA counters on airports of Pakistan, Klasra further said. The FIA staff personnel used to check the data of Pakistanis flying into the country but they fraudulently used this information for registering the smuggled phones with PTA. They did so in an attempt to avoid the payment of duties and taxes. This has threatened the identity of expatriates as all the information has reached the private hands.
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