Islamabad (July 18, 2017): Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Monday issued a circular imposing ban on smartphones and cameras in the premises of Foreign office.
According to the ministry officials, even the staff working at the Foreign Office and other sections of the ministry were also directed not to bring their smartphones or the mobile devises having the camera facility in the ministry’s premises.
Employees of the ministry and visitors will not be allowed to bring smartphones or camera mobile in the Foreign Office, according to the circular.
The circular stated that the embargo will be implemented from Tuesday morning and strict action would be taken against the employees who will violate the ban. The ban has been applied to stop leakage of confidential documents of the Foreign Office.
This step has been taken in a bid to curb leakage of important documents after a letter sent to the government of UAE by the Foreign Office surfaced and went viral on social media.
The notification states that guests will deposit their phones at the reception area and will be able to retrieve them afterwards before leaving.