Pakistan enforces Official Secret Act for Sharing Classified Documents

News Desk1 week ago

The cabinet division has reportedly sent instructions to the ministries and organizations that report to it, according to sources with knowledge of the development.

The ministry officers have been instructed to maintain the confidentiality of sensitive and classified information.

The official who is discovered to have shared and leaked sensitive information will be prosecuted in accordance with the Official Secret Act of 2023 and will bear equal responsibility for the infraction.

Two years will be the penalty for the infraction.

In a message published on X, a platform that was formerly known as Twitter, last week, Defense Minister Khawaja Asif stated that notice had been taken, especially in light of the public presentation of classified materials, particularly those marked as secret.

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The minister stated in his post that “the dissemination of such information can seriously damage Pakistan’s relations with its friends and brotherly countries in addition to harming Pakistan’s strategic and economic interests.”

A draft to alter the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act (PECA) 2016 to regulate social media was accepted by Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on May 9.

Details indicate that the PECA Act 2024 has approved the creation of the Digital Rights Protection Agency (DRPA).

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