Police arrest two men for mining Bitcoins in Shangla

Published: January 25, 2020
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The suspects from Punjab booked on charges of money laundering through cyrptocurrency. PHOTOS: EXPRESS

The suspects from Punjab booked on charges of money laundering through cyrptocurrency. PHOTOS: EXPRESS

MANSEHRA: Police in a remote district of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa have smashed a “mining farm” for generating cyrptocurrency and arrested two men for mining Bitcoins.

Bitcoin, a cryptocurrency, is a decentralised digital currency without a central bank or single administrator that can be sent from user to user on the peer-to-peer Bitcoin network without the need for intermediaries.

“We were tipped off about the presence of a sophisticated computerised system at an address in Bar Kanna Shapur Khwar, a remote mountainous area of Shangla district,” Malik Ejaz, the district police officer (DPO), told The Express Tribune on Saturday.

“Two men had rented the small house which they were using as a “mining farm” to mine Bitcoins,” DPO Ejaz said and identified the arrested men as Ghulam Ahmad, a resident of Okara district of Punjab, and Sajid Sediqui Dogar, a resident of Lahore.

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“Mining farm” is a data centre, technically equipped to mine bitcoins or other cryptocurrencies.

PHOTO: EXPRESS

The two men, arrested on charges of money laundering through cryptocurrency, have been handed over to the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) which has a specialised wing for cybercrimes.

Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are illegal in Pakistan. It may still be possible for Pakistanis to acquire Bitcoins through decentralised exchanges or by purchasing Bitcoins from foreign exchanges, however, that would be illegal.

Cyrptocurrency expert Hamad Khan said Bitcoin mining, which requires heavy machinery and graphic processing units, has to be set up in cold temperatures – perhaps this is the reason the suspects chose Shangla for their mine.

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Reader Comments (2)

  • wanker
    Jan 25, 2020 - 11:50PM

    It is not illegal in Pakistan. There is no law against it. This is just an attempt to extort bribes.Recommend

  • Bullehs
    Jan 26, 2020 - 10:45AM

    So what actual crime did they commit? Mining cryptocurrency is not a crime..Recommend

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