Federal Minister, Ministry of Interior has notified the areas of 15 police stations of Cybercrime Wing, an entity of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) as a measure of strengthen cybercrime wing and to prevent cyber related crimes in the country.
These 15 police stations already exist in the country which are supervised by Cybercrime Wing of the FIA. However, there limits were not defined. On the request of Cybercrime Wing, the Ministry of Interior has notified the areas as which police station or cybercrime reporting centres would have the jurisdiction.
Five of these police stations of 15, are situated in Punjab, three each in Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), two and Balochistan and one in Gilgit Baltistan.
“In exercise of powers conferred by section 51 of the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act, 2016 (XL of 2016), the Federal Government is pleased to declare jurisdiction of the FIA’s 15 police stations for the purpose of the Prevention of Electronic Crime Act 2016 (XL of 2016),” stated the notification.
Under this notification the cybercrime reporting centre Islamabad will have jurisdiction to entire Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT). The reporting centre of Cybercrime Wing Rawalpindi’s jurisdiction has been declared to areas including Rawalpindi, Jhelum, Chakwal and Attock.
Meanwhile the reporting centre of Gujranwala’s jurisdiction has been declared to areas including Gujranwala, Gujrat, Hafizabad, Mandi Bahauddin, Narowal and Sialkot.
The interior ministry placed areas like Lahore, Kasur, Nankana Sahib, Shekhupura, Sahiwal, Okara and Pakpatan under the cybercrime reporting centre of Lahore. Moreover, areas including Faisalabad, Chiniot, Jhang, Toba Tek Singh, Sargodha, Khushab, Bhakkar and Mianwali have been placed under the jurisdiction of Faisalabad Cybercrime Reporting Centres.
The police station of Multan’s jurisdiction has been notified to areas like Multan, Vehari, Khanewal, Lodhran, DG Khan, Layyah, Muzaffargarh, Rajanpur, Bahawalpur, Bahalwar Nagar and Rahimyar Khan.
In KP, Dera Ismail Khan’s reporting centre’s jurisdiction has been notified to areas like DI Khan, Tank, Bannu, Lakki Marwat, Kohat, Hangu and Karak. The police station of Abbottabad’s jurisdiction has been notified to areas including Abbottabad, Kohistan, Mansehra, Gorghar, Batagram and Haripur. The reporting centre of Peshawar’s jurisdiction has been notified to areas including Peshawar, Nowshera, Charsadda, Malakand, Buner, Chitral, Lower Dir, Upper Dir, Shangla and Swat, Mardan and Swabi.
In Sindh Province, Karachi’s reporting centre’s jurisdiction has been notified to entire Karachi Division including the areas like Karachi East, West, South, Karachi Central, Malir and Korangi. Sukkar would cover areas including Sukkar, Khairpur, Ghotki, Larkana, Jacobabad, Kashmore, Shahdadkot and Shikarpur. Hyderabad’s reporting centre’s jurisdiction has been notified to areas like Hyderabad, Dadu, Jamshoro, Matiari, Tando Muhammad Khan, Thatta, Sujawal, Badin, Mirpur Khas, Tharparkar, Umerkot, Shaheed Benazirabad, Naushahro Feroze and Sanghar.
In Balochistan, the police station of Quetta’s jurisdiction has been extended to Quetta, Chagai, Killa Saifullah, Lorlai, Mushkhel, Sheranio, Sibi, Lehri, Harnai, Ziarat, Kohlu, Dera Bugti, Jafarabad, Sohbatpur, Nasirabad, Jhal Magsi and Kachhi.
Gwadar’s jurisdiction has been notified to areas including Gwadar, , Panjgur, Kalat, Mastung, Khuzdar, Awaran, Kharan, Washuk and Lasbela.
In GB, areas like Gilgit, Hunza, Nagar, Ghizer, Baltistan, Kharmang, Shigar, Chanche, Astore and Diamir have been placed in the jurisdiction of Gilgit’s cybercrime reporting centre.
Under the approved rules a complaint management and tracking system will be installed at the cybercrime headquarters and all the Cybercrime Reporting Centres to digitalize registration and expedite processing of cyber complaints which will provide a platform of centralized database of complaints, digitally connected with all reporting centres.
Moreover, under these rules a complainant may file the compliant in-person via email, fax, telephone or other available digital means to a cybercrime reporting centre.