PTA warns three-year jail for tampering communication devices

PTA warns three-year jail for tampering communication devices

KARACHI: Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has warned harsh punishment including three years jail terms for persons tempering communication devices.

The regulator on Friday warned that under prevailing law persons engaged in any unlawful activity such as tempering or altering communication equipment would be liable to harsh penalties.

Section 18 of Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act, 2016 explains penalties for tempering or altering communication devices.

18. Tampering, etc. of communication equipment.- Whoever unlawfully or without authorization changes, alters, tampers with or re-programs unique devices identifier of any communication equipment including a cellular or wireless handset and starts using or marketing such device for transmitting and receiving information shall be punished with imprisonment which may extend to three years or with fine which may extend to one million rupees or with both.

The Act explains that a unique device identifier is an electronic equipment identifier which is unique to a communication device.