KP warns depts against sharing official data with donors
23 February, 2013
PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has warned provincial departments against sharing official data with the national and international donor organisations.
The Home and Tribal Affairs Department issued a communique last week to all the government departments noting that contacts between the government departments and donor organisations was increasing.
"The government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has taken serious notice of increasing trends of interactions of attached departments with foreign and local donors without prior approval of the home and tribal affairs department," the communique, obtained by our sources on Friday, read.
It said that reports were received that these departments had shared data with the donor organisations without the consent of the Home Department and without taking into consideration "sensitivity of the said data".
The departments who have been accused of sharing official data with the donor organisations include provincial police office, IG prisons, director general prosecution, commissioner Afghan refugees, civil defence director, reclamation and probation director, provincial public safety and police complaints commission director, Rescue 1122 director general and all officers working in the Home and Tribal Affairs Department.
The communiqué further read that these departments were directed to not share data or information with foreign and local donors without prior approval of the Home Department. It stopped short of saying what rules would be applied if this order was still overlooked and the contacts with foreign and local donors by the government departments continued.
Official sources said the donor organisations were trying to access some sensitive information which might compromise the country's national security, and the Home Department's communique was aimed at keeping the "sensitive information" from being accessed "in the name of development".