The Counter-Terrorism Department, Karachi arrested on Tuesday seven men who were allegedly involved in selling illegal SIM cards.
The suspects were identified as Muhammad Rizwan Ahmed, Irfan Ashiq, Kashif Jawed, Anjum Zahoor, Muzammil Tubassum, Waqas Ahmed and Muhammad Rehan.
The men gathered people’s CNIC information and used it to issue illegal SIM cards, in-charge Raja Umar Khattab said on Tuesday. They made people fill out their details on a form of an NGO named ‘Pakistan Disable Development Council’.
He said the suspects used a scanner to take people’s thumb impressions. The fingerprints were later traced and transferred to the suspects’ computers. The SIMs were sold to criminals who used it for terrorism, murder, kidnapping and grey traffic.
Khattab said that innocent people were paying the price for their information being misused. Mobile phone companies, franchises and people associated with the fake SIM trade were earning profits.
Khattak said frauds were using NADRA’s help. Fake bank accounts are also being opened through people’s thumb impressions and personal information, he added.
CTD also recovered six laptops, three biometric machines, 400 NGO forms, 1,700 non-active SIMs, 1,000 fingerprints on silicon, 2,600 people’s CNIC details and 100 other SIMs.