Bank accounts hacking: Senate body asks for report in 10 days

Sen Rehman directs FIA, SBP, PTA to initiate inquiry into foreign attacks on accounts

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Waheed Dogar

Islamabad

A Senate body on Thursday gave authorities 10 days to file a report on the recent hike in foreign hacking attacks on bank accounts.

The Senate Standing Committee on Interior met on Thursday with Senator Abdul Rehman Malik in the chair.

Addressing the committee members, Malik said that media houses were hot on the trail of foreign hackers who had attacked Pakistani bank account holders in a nationwide breach.

The Senate body asked the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) and the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) to conduct a joint inquiry over the matter and furnish a report within ten days.

The chairman lambasted the bank’s inaction over said matter, saying that people were being robbed of their earnings and the SBP had yet to do something about it.

The senator said that presidents of all commercial banks would be called for the next Senate session.

The meeting also sought report over the national flag carrier’s move to stop air traffic in Balochistan.

Rehman asked the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) representative of the reason why it had dropped routes connecting different cities of the province, seeking answers from PIA chairman and the chief of the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).

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