Lupa Kata Sandi? Klik di Sini

atau Masuk melalui

Belum Memiliki Akun Daftar di Sini


atau Daftar melalui

Sudah Memiliki Akun Masuk di Sini

Konfirmasi Email

Kami telah mengirimkan link aktivasi melalui email ke rudihamdani@gmail.com.

Klik link aktivasi dan dapatkan akses membaca 2 artikel gratis non Laput di koran dan Majalah Tempo

Jika Anda tidak menerima email,
Kirimkan Lagi Sekarang

Pakistan's Top Spy Agency Gets Legal Powers to Intercept Telephone Calls

Editor

Laila Afifa

10 July 2024 22:37 WIB

TEMPO.CO, Islamabad - Pakistan has legally authorized its army-run spy agency to tap telephone calls and messages, further strengthening its key role in the politics of a nation ruled by military regimes for almost half its independent history.

The powerful military plays an oversized role in making and breaking governments in Pakistan, where the new powers for its Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency provoked an outcry from the opposition and on social media.

Law Minister Azam Nazeer Tarar told Parliament the Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunications had been advised of the change in a July 8 notice.

"Anyone who misuses the law will face action," Tarar said on Tuesday, adding that the measure would be restricted to tracking criminal and terrorist activities and the government would ensure it did not infringe people's lives and privacy.

"The federal government in the interest of national security and in the apprehension of any offense, is pleased to authorize officers ... to intercept calls and messages or to trace calls through any telecoms system," said the notice, seen by Reuters.

The move was opposed in parliament by the opposition Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party of jailed former Prime Minister Imran Khan.

Khan had previously backed the ISI's surveillance of politicians' telephone calls, or even his own, in the absence of legal authorization.

A leader of the party, Omar Ayub Khan, said the agency would wield its powers even against government lawmakers, and vowed that his party would mount a court challenge.

The army's Inter-Services Public Relations Wing (ISPR) did not respond to a request for comment from Reuters.

"Is what is `legal` also constitutional or right?" Farieha Aziz of the rights advocacy group Bolo Bhi asked on X.

REUTERS

Editor's Choice: 10 Facts about Pakistan, Has Nuclear Weapons and also Has the Biggest Dam in the World

Click here to get the latest news updates from Tempo on Google News



First Woman to Lead Canada's Armed Forces Takes Command

2 hari lalu

First Woman to Lead Canada's Armed Forces Takes Command

General Jennie Carignan took over as Canada's chief of the defense staff on Thursday, July 18.


South Korea Conducts Loudspeaker Broadcasts at North Korea

2 hari lalu

South Korea Conducts Loudspeaker Broadcasts at North Korea

South Korea's military said on Friday it had conducted a loudspeaker broadcast campaign directed at North Korea overnight.


Law Enforcement Authority in Military Bill Must Be Removed: Amnesty International Indonesia

2 hari lalu

Law Enforcement Authority in Military Bill Must Be Removed: Amnesty International Indonesia

Military Bill will potentially have some troubling consequences if issued.


Jokowi: Military Enters 5th Generation of War, Cyber Threats Can Cripple National Defense

5 hari lalu

Jokowi: Military Enters 5th Generation of War, Cyber Threats Can Cripple National Defense

Indonesia's outgoing President Joko Widodo or Jokowi reminded that the military sector is currently entering the 5th generation of warfare.


Jokowi Inaugurates 906 TNI-Polri Officers 2024

5 hari lalu

Jokowi Inaugurates 906 TNI-Polri Officers 2024

President Jokowi inaugurated the 2024 Indonesian Military-Police (TNI-Polri) officers in the Prasetya Perwira Ceremony at the Merdeka Palace today.


Revised TNI Law Expands Military Role, No Dual Function: Minister Hadi

10 hari lalu

Revised TNI Law Expands Military Role, No Dual Function: Minister Hadi

Coordinating Minister Hadi Tjahjanto addressed concerns that the revised Indonesian Military or TNI Law reinstates the military's dual function.


A Mafia-Style Killing of Journalist After Reporting Gambling

11 hari lalu

A Mafia-Style Killing of Journalist After Reporting Gambling

Military personnel are suspected of involvement in the murder of Rico Sempurna Pasaribu, a local journalist who wrote about gambling.


Pakistani Mayors Keen to Emulate Jakarta's One-Stop Integrated Public Service

12 hari lalu

Pakistani Mayors Keen to Emulate Jakarta's One-Stop Integrated Public Service

Mayors of the Pakistani cities of Karachi, Sukkur, Turbat, and Kashmir are keen to emulate Jakarta's one-stop integrated public service.


North Sumatra Police Name 2 Suspects in Tribrata TV Journalist's Killing

13 hari lalu

North Sumatra Police Name 2 Suspects in Tribrata TV Journalist's Killing

The North Sumatra Police identified two suspects in the fatal burning of Tribrata TV journalist Rico Sempurna Pasaribu and his family in Tanah Karo.


Top 10 Countries with Most Powerful Militaries in 2024

13 hari lalu

Top 10 Countries with Most Powerful Militaries in 2024

Here is the list of the top ten countries with the most powerful militaries in 2024, according to Global Firepower.