Pakistan to use the ‘spy technology’ to trace COVID-19 cases across the country
Prime Minister Imran Khan said that the ISI has equipped them with a reliable system to trace and track the COVID-19 cases and contain its spread.
Pakistan has decided to use tracking technology from the Inter-services Intelligence (ISI) agency to trace COVID-19 cases. This system collects information from mobile phone data and was originally devised by the ISI directorate to track down terrorists.
Just like other national institutions, the Pakistan Army is providing assistance to fight against the global pandemic on all fronts. Speaking to an international media source, a Western official said that the Pakistani military has telecom spying systems, that enable it to detect if someone has moved out of a defined quarantine area.
Prime Minister Imran Khan said that the ISI has equipped them with a reliable system to trace and track the COVID-19 cases and to contain its spread.
‘’It was used against terrorists originally, but is now proving to be useful against the coronavirus’’, the PM said.
Apart from this, Military personnel will also provide help to guard cordons and checkpoints around quarantined virus hotspots if needed. Army medics have been deployed to assist hospitals and the military’s five testing laboratories are working with the National Institute of Health (NIH) to increase the testing capacity of Pakistan.
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