Pakistan Army has prohibited the use of social media networks (SMN) among all personnel, irrespective of their ranks or departments.
A notification issued from the General Headquarter (GHQ), has revealed that despite several notices, dissemination of ‘sensitive information’ has been observed on different social media groups, which is highly dangerous for national security.
“Policy Guidelines have been issued in the past lo sensitize all ranks on the subject. However, breaches of security and violations in use of SMN apps (applications) continued,” the notification said.
The document, available with ProPakistani, adds that despite the warning, use of various SMNs for official correspondence has been observed which is a severe risk.
It, therefore, directs all active and retired military personnel to exit social media groups, pages and other platforms having military signatures or identity.
All serving Army/civilian employees and retired Army personnel or employees in other mil setups/ organizations, irrespective of rank, to exit all types of SMN-groups without exception.
It further directs the admins of all such pages and groups to immediately close such platforms until January 30th (today) or face the consequences.
It also suggested the army officials educate their families to refrain from joining/visiting such groups and social media pages.
“All ranks are responsible for educating their families to refrain from joining any SMN group having a military signature/identity. Any violation will be considered as misconduct, liable to strict disciplinary action,” it further added.