Pakistan tools upon ISI’s use of secretive surveillance technology to tackle COVID-19

Going out of the way from the expected norms, Pakistan has now tooled upon the intelligence services to stem the spread of the coronavirus in the nation.

In a programme publicly flaunted by Prime Minister Imran Khan, the government has turned to the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) for help in tackling the coronavirus.

The Pakistani intelligence services that is the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) has been deploying secretive surveillance technology to track coronavirus patients and the people they come into contact with.

The secretive surveillance technology involves the use of geo-fencing and phone-monitoring systems that are normally put to use to detect high-value targets including homegrown and foreign militants.

An intelligence official said, “The trace-and-track system basically helps us track the mobile phones of corona patients as well as anyone they get in touch with before or after their disappearance”.

He added, “The government has been successful in tracing even those who tested positive but went into hiding”.

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