Threat Alert: PM Imran Khan, senior officials take anti spying measures

Threat Alert: PM Imran Khan, senior officials take anti spying measures

ISLAMABAD - Prime Minister Imran Khan and Prime Minister’s Secretariat have taken anti spying measures over official communication on advice of the security agencies.

PM secretariat officials have started using landline phones and other mode of communication to avoid a breach of sensitive communication that is possible through cellular phones.

Sources in the federal government told *Pakistan Today* that the decision was taken in wake of a circular issued by the Cabinet Division about the threat of breach of official communication after Ministry of Information Technology issued a warning in this regard.

On September 11, 2018, the Cabinet Division issued a letter stating that “hostile intelligence agencies have reportedly deployed modern interception solutions available which are capable of monitoring cellular (voice/SMS) communication of target area of interest in Diplomatic Enclave, Islamabad, to intercept cellular communication of own personnel deputed on sensitive assignments.”

In order to minimise the threat, the Cabinet Division requested all departments located in close vicinity of Diplomatic Enclave to avoid discussing sensitive and classified official information on cellular phones, keeping mobile data option to 3G/LTE and avoiding the use of SMS for passage of sensitive and classified information.

It was also suggested that officials should use landline telephones and resort to personal interaction for discussing sensitive and classified issues.

Sources said that since the PM Office is only meters away from the Diplomatic Enclave and only a road divides the two premises, the officials in the PM Office have adopted alternatives to the use of cellular phones for sensitive communication.

“Even the prime minister and his staff have adopted precautionary measures to dodge any attempt to tap the official conversation,” sources added.