Security officials barred from meeting political leaders, diplomats without prior approval

Security officials have to obtain approval from relevant departments, if they have to meet chiefs of diplomatic missions and political leaders, according to the statement by Home Ministry.

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Kathmandu: The Ministry of Home Affairs on Thursday issued a directive to the security officials to mandatorily obtain departmental approval if they have to meet with  chiefs and representatives  of diplomatic missions in Kathmandu and the leaders of political parties. 

The Home Ministry, led by journalist turned politician Rabi Lamichhane in the Pushpa Kamal Dahal led cabinet, issued the statement to this effect on Thursday. 

Since some of the security officials responsible for maintaining rule of law and peace are found to have met different chiefs of diplomatic missions and the leaders of political parties, even on matters not related to their duties, such a directive has been issued to the security officials, says the statement issued by Phanindra Mani Pokhrel, Joint Secretary at Home Ministry.

In case the security officials have to meet with chiefs and representatives of diplomatic missions, offices of the political parties and their leaders, they have to clearly state the purpose of such meetings and obtain approval from relevant departments. Relevant department chiefs are required to ensure implementation of the directive. The Home Ministry has warned of disciplinary action against those who do not abide by the directive.