‘Official Secret Act to be enforced for sharing classified documents’

The Pakistani authorities are enforcing stringent measures against the unlawful spread of confidential material on digital platforms.

In a recent update on X, the platform formerly known as Twitter, Defence Minister Khawaja Asif expressed serious concern over the reckless sharing of government secrets, highlighting the issue of top-secret documentation being publicly showcased.

“Releasing such sensitive details threatens to strain international alliances, as well as Pakistan’s strategic and fiscal stability,” stated the minister.

Khawaja Asif elaborated that concerning this issue, the federal government has resolved to press charges under the Official Secrets Act against anyone associated with leaking or circulating protected information or papers.

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He declared that the offense carries a potential penalty of up to two years in jail and a fine.

On May 9, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif endorsed alterations to the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act (PECA) from 2016, aiming to exercise better oversight over social media activities.

It has been confirmed that the creation of the Digital Rights Protection Agency (DRPA) was authorized in accordance with the amended PECA Act of 2024.

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