Joint Working Group formed to combat cyber frauds in the name of Ehsaas

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The Prime Minister’s Special Assistant on Social Protection and Poverty Alleviation Senator Dr. Sania Nishtar convened a meeting on cyber security and measures to combat fraud and disinformation through cell phone SMS’, websites, and apps.


The meeting brought together senior officials and representatives from Law Division, Security Agencies, Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), and Cellular Mobile Operators on the table.

The Chairman PTA Major General (retd) Amir Azeem Bajwa along with senior officials of Ehsaas including Secretary Ismat Tahira and the DG Technology Mir Anwar were also present in the meeting.

Bringing rich perspectives to the table, participants discussed the issues of fake websites, fake SMS, fake Whatsapp messages, fake apps, collecting information, and defrauding innocent people using the name of Ehsaas.

“To ensure zero tolerance towards digital and cyber frauds, Ehsaas will work together with all stakeholders,” vowed Dr. Sania.

Dr. Sania Nishtar constituted a joint working group with senior officials and representatives from the Ehsaas Technology team, PTA, and Security Agencies.

“The working group will meet on the weekly cadence to map the snags in the technological ecosystem and will devise an oversight mechanism and legal amendments in the existing laws with zero tolerance for any fraudulent activity through fake SMS, Whatsapp messages, fake apps, and websites”, said Dr. Sania.

“I will attend weekly meetings personally”, she added Miscreants create fake websites and mobile applications to defraud poor people and prospective Ehsaas beneficiaries.

“Scammers who send fake messages and calls to deceive poor potential /existing beneficiaries will be dealt with strictly”, said Sania.

To tackle the menace, PTA, Security Agencies, Law Division, Telcos, and other stakeholders assured full cooperation and support to Ehsaas.

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