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WhatsApp, Viber May Get Blocked in Sindh

By  | 15, May 2014 | 53 Comments



Dunya TV WhatsApp, Viber May Get Blocked in Sindh

Pakistani political leadership is considering to block WhatsApp, Viber, Skype and other social media applications with an aim to curb terrorism and criminal activities in Sindh, reported local media houses yesterday.

A high level meeting – chaired by Prime Minister Mian Mohammad Nawaz Sharif himself – was held in Karachi yesterday to review law and order situation in Sindh, particularly the Karachi.

PM asked the concerned authorities to block all un-registered SIMs and to make sure that social media applications aren’t used for criminal activities. He said that government can even block these social media apps in the province to ensure law and order situation.

Army Chief General Raheel Sharif and former President Asif Ali Zardari, along with other senior military and civil leadership, were also present in the meeting.

Concerned authorities told ProPakistani that they haven’t received any official notification for blockade of WhatsApp, Viber or other social media apps.

Sources said that it is very less likely for the government to block these communication apps, however, there is no doubt that leadership is not very happy with the way these social media apps work.

Sindh government had proposed a similar thing in October Last year, when it had urged the federal government to block Skype, Viber, Whasapp etc. in Sindh. Viber was briefly blocked during those days in the country, allegedly due to the same proposal by Sindh Government,

Experts said that a majority of IP addresses in Pakistan aren’t associated with geolocation and hence city-specific or province-specific blockade of social media apps or websites isn’t possible.

On another note, prime minister emphasized that no new SIM should be issued without newly deployed biometric verification system. He asked that why illegal SIMs were not being blocked.

It maybe recalled here that no verification system of SIMs and customers can ensure cent percent elimination of illegal SIMs. Since there are over 130 million SIMs issued in the country and a notable number of these already sold SIMs are either unregistered or they were registered against fake identities.

ProPakistani has mentioned this several times that Pakistani government and cellular companies will have to re-verify each and every number (issued from day one) to fully register the entire subscriber base.

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  • Eli Ehsan

    hahahah!! This is even worst than Flag bearer of Islam aka KINGDOM of SAUDI Barbaria. PM NAWAZ is hell bound to please his pay lords.
    ab to Khuda hi Hafiz hai Pakistan ka.

  • Umair

    what you mean by “no new SIM should be issued with newly deployed biometric verification system”???

  • MJ

    I can be idiot and phsycopath like shaid saleem and gulab shah here which most likely defending Pakistans enemies here.

    But i cannot stop my self to ahere with other forum users what is the truth.

    Viber owned by Israel 100% true
    Whatsapp owned by India 100% true
    Skype owned by Microsoft 100% true
    Lime owned by India 100% true

    • baronet

      stop using your System then it has Microsoft OS…..!

      • baronet

        government ko chahiye apni intelligence or law and order theek kare aise pabandi lagane se halat thek nae hote

    • http://ihamzabutt.wordpress.com/ iHButt

      I thought Whatsapp is owned by the Cupertino, CA. Giant Facebook..?

      • baronet

        Nae bhai MJ sahab ne INDIA ka bol diya to indiya ka hi hoga …..:P

    • Mustafa

      Whatsapp owned by Facebook -_-

  • k

    cowards

  • baronet

    lolz karachi ki burger awam dharne de gi agar yeh pabandiyan lagii…….

  • Shumaila

    I say block everything, close all ISP, close all mobile operators, close all TV channels in Pakistan. This way pakistan can become a No.1 economy of the world and we can beat all the world in everything.

  • Shenkaf

    This is the result when stupids got reached at decision chairs.

  • Mustafa

    Time to go to the STONE AGE !!!!!

  • aasim

    really pathetic ..admins delete my comments every time ..

  • MJ

    Guys Only thing you need to keep in mind there some forces out there who don’t want that Pakistan will ever be peaceful country, Our Government only trying to re-establish the peace.

    Also keep this in mind our families are here this is our motherland, and some enemies do not want us happy and peaceful.

    May be Facebook update to show off girls, and have sex chat with girls might be your priority now may be you guys don’t even care for your country, all you need whatsapp, vibe and social media so you guys can hide and take pleasure from this virtual world.

    May be none of you thinking of few years later when you guys will married, have kids what situation you guys going to face.

    Think when some company, country or person doesn’t follow US government Law they Bann them through out the world.

    In this instance as Pakistan is not that powerful but at least we can bann them in our country or our people if they have some sense don’t use them because they not Following our Countries Law, instead they Helping Terrorists.

  • ProPakistani

    Blocking any social application or website is not a solution to control terrorism as there will always some alternative available.
    For example Terrorist can use Teamspeak (host there own server and client). Host there own VPN servers who knows and I don’t think Terrorist use some public social application to communicate as it is unsafe for them.

    So, what now, Block whole Internet @ Mian Nawaz Sharif ?

    One line terrorism control solution: There should equality in society and people should given their rights also Everyone must have licensed gun and should know how to use it.

    Regards

    A ProPakistani

  • pakhtuns

    thank you govt i will very appreciated , these all record our audio and videos call , fuck him all who,s not fever for Pakistan.,,

  • http://www.prosociallab.com Prosociallab.com

    WTF :-) ….If this happened….we will sell our android devices :-0

  • Khan

    many such decisions in the past unimplemented. perhaps, they don’t have the courage and interest to bring peace in KHI due to western interests of many participants of this high level meeting.

  • Khan

    many such decisions in the past unimplemented. perhaps, they don’t have the courage and interest to bring peace in KHI due to western interests of many participants of this high level meeting.

  • Mohammad

    Block internet, and mobile phone, and tv, and oxygen and water and food, then every thing will be happy happy

  • ZeeshanShahid

    So the plan is to bring 3G…. then use influence to block all free avenues where text and voice traffic may shift after 3G?!

  • nad

    thats y we call PMLN the FAKE DEMOCRACY :)

  • http://www.infopakistan.pk/ Khurram ShahzAd

    They don’t have idea how much they would harm Pakistani sw industry by blocking these services., specially skype.

    I was talking to a PML-N supporter and was saying that, terrorists may use metro bus, does that mean we ban the metro bus or take measures to track that terrorist down and hunt him.

    Same is the case with these services, they must never be blocked but be used to track any one abusing em.

  • Taimur

    top level bastards

  • Arsalan

    to download videos from tune.pk and daily motion only, bcoz youtube is also blocked ;(

  • Mian Vicky

    Bro dont worry in our country koi aysa software ya method nahi k yay skype ko block kr saky . In k pas koi aysi technology nahi hay

  • Najam

    To enjoy TOTAS on your smartphone :p

  • http://www.allbarbiemoviesonline.com/ Gulab Shah

    who cares if is own it by jews or indian or usa or whatsoever MJ is idiot i know that

  • MJ

    Thanks for the compliment dont mind to be idiot and liar it will hurt me if i do anything which will hurt my country and i know these social media apps are doing that

  • http://www.allbarbiemoviesonline.com/ Gulab Shah

    how did u say that whatsapp managed by indian? and so stop using windows or another os coz they are also managed by usa nas and raw etc……..

  • MJ

    May be you dont if you are not a Pakistani or already paid agent of these foreigners.

  • Shahid Saleem

    You’re an unpaid agent of the illiterate and ignorant. You’re not even smart enough to get paid!

  • baronet

    lolz go in stone age MJ…….then no information will leak…may then drone take your snap..:P

  • adil

    unpaid agent :D aala

  • adil

    bhai yeh blog bhi kahin bahir ki company mian host hua hai… dont come here. google ads to bilkul na dekho :P

  • Khattak

    Vicky bhai yh PTA dash k bachay skype ko 2012 say block kiay bethay hain for international mobile/landline calls pay BPO walon say pucho kitni problemz hain unhin is waja say:S..PTCL k net py skype say internationa landline/mobile call nhi kar saktay:S

  • Majid Bin M Akram

    5 minutes to block skype…
    Already projected in Dubai.

  • Aamir

    Friends…..
    Its a huge problem for me as well, I need to call from skype international mobiles/landlines and on PTCL DSL and EVO I can’t call even I have purchased credits from skype.
    So am left to use othern then PTCL, like Qubee/Wi-Tribe ect.
    Is there any solution for this??????????
    I have tried Hotspot Shield but that really sucks in term of speed.
    Please help……..

  • panjgoori

    Youtube pe sirf galat videos nae hai. Youtube par aur bhi bht se useful videos hai. Aur apko kya lagta hai youtube abi band hai to koi khol nae raha ??? sab use kar rahe hai youtube.

  • Mj

    Guys please understand what the issue is, what all u guys talking is not the issue or reason of blocking them.

    Reason of blocking them they acting against the country constitution, against law by not coporating them.

    This is quite simple and straight forward.

  • Mohammad

    Ya that’s it

  • ZeeshanShahid

    lavishes? and is your name a typo for soldier?! Get your head outta sand kid. The claim of integrity of this state and law and order is the first and foremost agenda to justify the overall defense budget and the billions of rupees business under the premise of security of Karachi.

    You think blocking Viber and Whatsapp will bring more security? You think the terrorists and political militias cannot afford portable satellite broadband devices and satellite phones? You’re as short-sighted as the airline that serves plastic cutlery in economy class and steel cutlery in business class. As if the terrorists can’t afford to fly business!

    Blocking these tools will only protect the interests of telcos and PTA to avoid diversion of text and voice traffic from their own networks.

  • http://www.infopakistan.pk/ Khurram ShahzAd

    O yeah thats it.

  • http://www.infopakistan.pk/ Khurram ShahzAd

    O yeah thats it.

  • Awais

    Oh bhai clam down:/ I seriously don’t think they can afford to have a satellite broadband or a satellite phone :p and even if they do afford such a thing it will go live in public after which obviously everybody’s gonna know they’ve got a satellite that we need to take down :p Now don’t tell me Talibaans or terrorists can even hide a satellite up in the space no?:p

  • Awais

    and I know whatsApp is not owned by Indians you fool, Facebook bought it, remember? Now please don’t go like yeh yahudi saazish hay?:p

  • Anubhav

    Try hotspot shield elite for awesome speed

  • ZeeshanShahid

    Agree with your calm down instruction but you may want to google satellite phone and portable internet etc which are commercially available by various service providers. Instead of having to launch a satellite for a phone, you can go and subscribe one from Thuraya!

  • ZeeshanShahid

    It’s the same reason here. Telcos protecting their text and voice traffic.

  • Eli Ehsan

    Exactly My point bro.

  • http://www.thepmtoday.com/ Syed Waqar Hussain

    First, If its a same reason then it should not be hidden behind terrorism. They should make clear call that “due to provide benefit to the licensed communication provider we are blocking free VOIP services”.

    Second, why blocking VOIPs?? Lets make it paid instead of free with excellent quality measures like others do in their countries.

  • ZeeshanShahid

    In KSA, it’s monopoly. In Pakistan, it’s oligopoly. Firms lobby for measures best suited for their profits. Private sector financed protectionism is seen clear in automotive and telecom sectors.