By Our Staff Reporter
May 24, 2006
ISLAMABAD, May 23: The government is establishing a cyber-crime unit
in the Federal Investigation Agency headquarters, Minister of State
for Interior Zafar Iqbal Warraich said on Tuesday. During his first
visit to the headquarters, Mr Warraich said his ministry would help
establish the unit.
The minister said the FIA should prepare a database of criminals to
control crimes and terrorism. "A comprehensive terrorist information
system will be helpful in the international war against terrorism," he
FIA sources said the agency planned to establish cyber crime units in
each zone and the headquarters. They said the interior ministry's
permission had been sought for the appointment of required staff,
purchase of equipment and construction of buildings for the purpose.
The FIA had demanded that special laws should be enacted and courts
established to control cyber crimes, they said.
At present, the FIA deals cyber crime cases under the Electronic
Transaction Ordinance. It detected 26 cyber crime cases during the
"The ministry will help the FIA establish a cyber crime unit and
special laws will be made to make it a more effective investigation
agency of the federal government," the minister said.
FIA Director-General Tariq Pervez apprised the minister of the
agency's efforts against illegal immigration, human trafficking,
infringement of intellectual property rights and terrorism.
The minister appreciated the agency's performance, especially increase
in the number of passengers travelling on forged documents offloaded,
26 per cent reduction in the number of deportees from Iran and Europe,
decline in human smuggling cases across the Pakistan-Iran border and
detecting more than 2,000 cases on the watch list for prosecution
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