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Police busts gang of fake army officers

Illegal foreign exchange machines for making fake thumb impressions, a great number of cell phone, mobile phone SIMs and computerized national identity cards (CNICs) of people among other items were recovered from the ‘headquarters’ of the gang.

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As people continue to question the credibility and efficiency of the executive and judiciary that add value to the 3 organs of the state, Pakistani judiciary and executive forces are indeed showing evidentiary efforts in an attempt to catch the bad guys.

 Evidence shows that accountability boards, apex courts, and police forces have joined hands to put an end to unrest in Pakistan.

Police officers in two different attempts arrested three charlatans who used to loot the simpletons by masking themselves as army officers, in Multan and Khushab.

The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), had busted this gang who were involved in meddling about millions of rupees through character impersonation of military officers. They would often lure people with hefty lotteries over calls, as well, in Punjab.

Read more: Are KP police capable of fighting terror and crime?

Surprisingly, these swindlers possessed the capability of fake thumbprints by stealing the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA), database, as reported by sources on Tuesday.

According to the FIA investigation, the gang used to devise a detailed strategy before executing their plans.

These fraudsters have invented a technology that is capable of manipulating the biometric system, Nadra system and other sensitive operations of the country, including the issuance of cellphone SIMs and changing the modules of SIMs,” Shahid Hassan, the Deputy Director of FIA’s Cybercrime Circle informed.

This crew used thumbprints from NADRA’s database, followed up by converting them on to silicon sheets to serve the purpose of transferring, for making the encrypted SIMs usable, he explained.

The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), had busted this gang who were involved in meddling about millions of rupees through character impersonation of military officers.

FIA suspects that this crew operated from an office which was set up, in a village on the outskirts of Sargodha.

Illegal foreign exchange machines for making fake thumb impressions, a great number of cell phones, mobile phone SIMs and computerized national identity cards (CNICs) of people among other items were recovered from the ‘headquarters’ of the gang.

Read more: Are People really losing trust in state institutions?

The FIA officer also made an appeal to the masses to avoid sharing their sensitive information with anyone for the sake of winning lotteries.

These swindlers were arrested from Multan, two persons, Khawar Sajjad and Abdullah Khalid got caught at the hands of officers from the Mumtazabad Police Station.

The accused were involved in various other crimes, such as impersonation as officers of the Pakistan army. They operated under fake names of Colonel Amir, Maj Taimur, and Captain Sibt-e-Hassan, in order to perform such fraudulent activities.

In a similar case, Khushab Police successfully apprehended, Amir Saeed Khan, a wanted criminal by the Multan Police, regarding various fraudulent activities including impersonation. He was reported as a criminal operating under a gang, under a fake identity of Colonel Amir Khokhar.

The police also coordinated with a victim, Saleem Sherazi, who suffered at the hands of these swindlers, as he got conned for Rs.500, 000. Evidence shows that accountability boards, apex courts, and police forces have joined hands to put an end to unrest in Pakistan.

To support this claim, people can look into the cases of FIA’s investigations on Asif Ali Zardari and his sister, Faryal Talpur for money laundering, NAB attacking CDA ministers under corruption charges, taking steps to encounter electricity theft and emerging signs of a JIT to form in order to investigate the recent bomb blasts in Peshawar.

All these cases, indicate that the Pakistani judiciary and executive forces might be attempting to make amends for their lost time. In their recent wake, chances exist to end unrest in the state approaching upcoming elections.


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