The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has told its employees that they cannot share information about the government on social media without prior permission. This rule was added in 2020 and is part of the Government Servants (Conduct) Rules. The government also requires employees to get permission before participating in any media activity. The rules also state that employees cannot express views against the country’s ideology and security or take part in public demonstrations against government decisions. Rule 21 also prohibits employees from sharing official information or documents with unauthorized individuals or the press. The government can still use its own social media accounts for disseminating official information. The establishment department defended the order and said it only applies to personal social media accounts. Some officials support the move, believing it will prevent government employees from showing support for political parties on social media. However, the All Pakistan PMS Officers Association criticized the order, saying it creates confusion and misunderstandings among civil servants. They also raised concerns about employees using social media for personal promotion and becoming targets of abuse. They believe the government should provide clearer instructions regarding social media use by civil servants.
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