Prime Minister ‘corrected’ to prevent further leaks – Pakistan

• Monitoring employees’ mobile phone and laptop data
• Staff are not allowed to take mobile phones inside
• Minister says orders have been given to make security measures effective

ISLAMABAD: A high-level panel set up to investigate leaked informal conversations from the Prime Minister’s house is said to have combed and patched the entire building, which was also confirmed by a federal minister during a press conference on Thursday.

“They did a thorough inspection of the building,” a source said. dawn. The team was also monitoring cellphone and laptop data of employees and officials at the PM House and Office.

After a series of audio leaks During the past week, which also includes Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif, PML-N leader Maryam Nawaz and former Prime Minister Imran Khan, a new Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) was implemented at the Prime Minister’s House under which no employee or officer was allowed to take their duties. Mobile phone inside the building. “The phones are collected at the entrance and returned after official working hours,” the source added.

On Tuesday, Prime Minister Sharif held a press conference Call The controversial audio leaked a serious “security slip” and said a high-level inquiry would investigate the fiasco.

On the other hand, a new Department of Cyber ​​Security is being formed in the Prime Minister headed by a Director General. Low-ranking waiters and staff there were strictly controlled and their access to Prime Minister Sharif was restricted.

Minister of Law Press

Meanwhile, Law Minister Azzam Nazir Tarar said in a press conference on Thursday that state institutions had conducted an exercise to secure the security of the Prime Minister’s Office, and confirmed that some standard operating procedures for cabinet security had been changed. He also said that legislation is the need of the hour in the context of modern technology, especially cybersecurity.

“Many sensitive issues are discussed in important places where the environment should be such that everyone is 100 per cent satisfied with making national decisions in a safe environment,” he commented.

The minister added that talks on the “purification process” are underway, and that the government is considering the steps it will take in the future. He added that basic standard operating procedures for sensitive buildings have already been implemented and more orders have been issued to make security measures effective and prevent such violations in the future.

“Pakistan is a responsible country and we have to move forward in maintaining a balance between state laws and basic human rights,” he commented, adding that the National Security Committee (NSC) meeting held on Wednesday reviewed the issue of the audio leaks in detail, setting decisions and priorities regarding the future.

The government formed a special committee headed by the Minister of the Interior. The commission will review these audio leaks and classified recordings,” he said, adding that the entire world was facing a cybersecurity challenge due to the different methods of online attacks.

Imran’s novel

Mr. Tarar has dismissed Imran Khan’s account of a foreign plot behind his ouster from power in April, claiming that one of the leaked audio conversations brought facts about diplomatic code to the heart of the recorded controversy.

Referring to the audio leak in which Khan appeared, he said then chief secretary Azam Khan should have realized that he was a government employee and not one who advances the agenda of a political party. He added that it would have been much better if the chief secretary had made Imran understand that this was not a problem to be played with, and instead had asked the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to take appropriate measures as it is her domain.

Tarar said that when an MP is sworn in as a member of parliament or prime minister, they pledge not to prioritize personal interests over the national interest. But Imran Khan’s plot account revealed that the former prime minister favored self-interest.

We must make decisions in the interest of the state. “Mr Khan played a dangerous game against the country’s interests,” the law minister said, adding that Pakistan has decades of diplomatic relations with the United States.

He said that the current government has not yet withdrawn the letter sent by the former prime minister to the Supreme Court to form a judicial committee to investigate the US ciphers, adding that the Supreme Court considered it inappropriate to take action following its decision.

Earlier on Wednesday, the National Security Council formed a high-level committee to investigate the leaking of informal talks from the Cabinet and take precautionary measures to prevent such breach of national security from higher government offices in the future.

The team, headed by Interior Minister Rana Sanalla, included officials from the intelligence and intelligence services.

Posted in Dawn, September 30, 2022

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