October 06, 2023

PTA Takes Action against Illegal Internet Service Providers in Sargodha

Islamabad (6th October, 2023): Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) in its continuous efforts to eliminate the rampant proliferation of illegal internet services conducted two (02) successful raids in Sargodha in coordination with Federal Investigation Agency (FIA).

The first raid took place in RB Block, Rose Valley Society, while the second was conducted at Burj-e-Umar Plaza, Mian Khan Road. One person was arrested. Additionally, various equipment of illegal ISPs, including switches, routers, laptops, antennas, etc. was confiscated. These entities were providing ISP services without valid license from PTA in Sargodha and surrounding areas.

The successful raids against illegal ISPs were made possible because of continuous monitoring, commitment and persistent efforts by PTA in curbing the menace of illegal internet services, thus curtailing the loss to the national exchequer in terms of tax evasion and misreporting of revenues.

The public is cautioned to avail telecom services from only PTA licensed operators to avoid sudden discontinuation of service. List of licensed operators is available at: https://pta.gov.pk/en/industry-support/home/list-of-operators