Parliamentary body says: FIA has no technology to monitor WhatsApp, trace unknown numbers – Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: The director general of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) told a parliamentary body on Friday that the agency cannot trace unknown or private numbers and that it has no technology to monitor WhatsApp.

FIA DG Mohsin Butt, during a briefing before a special Senate committee formed to investigate an alleged video of Senator Muhammad Azam Khan Swati, said that if a video was received or transmitted via an unknown or private number , the FIA ​​could not trace the number.

He said that following Swati’s November 5 press conference, the Home Office wrote a letter to the FIA ​​and ordered the agency to carry out a forensic analysis of a video obscene material circulating on social media regarding Swati and to submit a report.

“The agency’s cybercrime wing conducted a forensic analysis of the video and found said video to be fake and doctored,” he said, adding that the agency had submitted its initial report to the ministry. inside.

Butt further stated that the fake video was prepared after combining two or three videos. “The video is doctored and not original,” he said. He also said that “we have not received any complaints for Swati and we have not received the video that Swati had received”, he said, adding that the agency had carried out a forensic analysis of the video available on social networks.

When Senator Mushtaq Ahmed asked DG FIA, suppose the video received by Swati was provided to the agency, can FIA trace the number through which the video was sent to Swati? FIA DIG responded that efforts could be made to trace the number.

However, he clarified that if the number through which the video was forwarded to Swati via an unknown number or a private number, the agency could not trace it.

Senator Saleem Mandviwalla asked the DG FIA if it was possible for the agency to find the IP address of the device thanks to a fake video that was transmitted? It is not a very difficult task to trace IP addresses, adding that this is not the first time a fake video of a politician or bureaucrat has surfaced on social media. “Even though it is a fake video, it was the FIA’s responsibility to arrest those involved in making it,” he said.

The DG said the FIA ​​can only trace local IP addresses and cannot trace foreign IP addresses. Pakistan has no agreements with social media platforms Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and WhatsApp.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2022

Edward N. Arrington