SMS may get blocked in Pakistan: Rehman Malik

“We may block the mobile phone SMS service if negative use of SMS does not stop”, said Advisor to Prime Minister on Interior Rehman Malik in a press conference today. He said that SMS communication is being used by terrorist in planning and execution of terrorist activities.

If this happens, then SMS communication over all the networks will be banned throughout Pakistan – a big blow for customers and the companies as well.

I believe, before banning SMS service as whole in the country, there is a better way to stop the use of SMS service for terrorist activities; for example, we can follow Iran in this situation where a typical cell owner has to go through security checks by the Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) to receive clearance for using the SMS service – otherwise, no one can send/receive SMS.

Let’s hope for best

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  • Here’s a better idea – why not block all forms of food supply to force the terrorists to starve, or leave the country?

  • Ahmed

    What a retarded idea. No wonder Pakistan has become the laughing stock of the entire world. Instead of banning the SMS service like Iran, why not monitor it like the US? Oh. Wait. That would require, training, time, dedication, impartiality, fairness and confidentiality: all of the things no government employee understands.

  • Ch. Sajid

    @Ahmed!!!
    Cent percent agreed with u. Instead of banning SMS in the whole country it should be monitored in the troubled regions. And surely it can provide major breakthrough in tracking the activities of those insane who wish to kill innocent people for the sake of creating unrest in the country.

  • Its quite Funny… OK for SMS then they will adopt Email, then Regular mail. Made in Pakistan..

    Is it due to terrorist or due to funny msg for Gov.

    • Basit you hit the point – we know that funny sms/jokes about Government keep on circulating throughout the country.

      Furthermore, SMS played significant role during Long March or similar previous political activities.

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  • Asghar Hussain, Karachi

    Good idea, I suggest few more things… in all terrorist activites a car or a truck or a motorcycle is used.. So BAN all vehicles in Pakistan.
    Terrorists need to eat food and drink water… BAN eating of food and drinking water in Pakistan.
    Terrorist wear clothes…. BAN wearing of clothese in Pakistan.
    Terrorist get married …. BAN marriages of terrorists in Pakistan.

    • Muhammad Abrar Naeem

      yeah , yehi hona chahiye ab .

      • Ch. Sajid

        @Asghar Hussain!!!
        Your comments represent those of the community who are qualified rather well qualified but in our govt these kind of people are very hard to find. Adding more to it the condition of BA is also lifted. We all know whats the level of a BA degree holder…These are our policy makers.

    • Sufian

      u r correct. Actually our government is either not professional or they are only interested in looting this country and don’t want ppl to express their feelings even thru sms!

  • Muhammad Abrar Naeem

    Government is SICK

  • Ali

    This statement speaks volumes about the utter incompetence, helplessness and naivety of the ministers and ministries. Definitely the whole world will laugh and ridicule this stupid statement, especially India.

  • hassan

    zardari isa nahn karay ga koiun kk os ko 5 percent izafi lay raha wo mobile companies sayy zardari isa nahn karay ga ( malik rehman fool hai is ko action dikhanay ka buhat shok haii ganjay koo)

  • Rabia Khan

    To,
    Mr. R M SAHAB
    i’ve 2 words Mr. Advisor to Prime Minister on Interior
    “SHUT UP…..!!!”
    Yes Plz Shut ur mouth, & keep ur retarded ideas to urself, dont try to give pain to ur BRAIN by thinking, this is not ur duty to think. just enjoy the fruits of govt. ministry..!
    Drugs, Wine, Arms, Snatached Cell Phones, Snatched Vehicle, Hazardous Medicen, Fraudulent Schemes, Ungenuine Electronics, etc etc etc etc etc…. can b found in country. if u REALLY want to close then close them.

    Rabia Khan.

    • Abdul Rehman

      bari laraki hooo jee

  • Ali

    To all those people who are not agree with his idea neither do I. If they know those terrorist then why they don’t go after them. You know why because they (Government) are involved with them (terrorist). Do they (Government) think if they will stop SMS service then those terrorist will stop communicate with each other. I don’t think so they will stop. If they know each and every way of their working then they should go after them otherwise they should shut there mouth and stay home for doing nothing.

    Ager baton se har kam hone laga aur terrorist ko pakerne lage tu they will never catch those bastard. they always say that they will do but never do so.

    It’s very easy to say that they will stop SMS service they don’t even give a damn about those company who invested there money in our country because they get there percentage (money) each month from each and every company.

  • What the hell is going on ? an where are we heading towards? it’s quite unexpected that Pakistani government is thinking in this direction, but as we saw almost 4 or 5 months ban on “double sawari” on motorbikes, I am afraid as government do what they have said about banning sms:(

    cellular companies area already doing bad by blocking delivery report one after another……

    and I feel it’s quite a lame excuse that sms being used by terrorist, what about if they use cell phone voice? landline and other mode of communication?

    • I know why you are so annoyed by this news : P : – ) Hope it won’t happen

  • PuRe_oNe

    A retard idea by a retard person

  • madiha

    Rehman Malik Does not want Sherry Rahman to Send sms to Zardari :-) so this is his way out

    • Hassan

      yeah exactly :D

    • Abdul Rehman

      keep smilling

  • Maani

    This Is Called True stupidity.!!
    sheikh rashid said 100% correct. nach na jaane aangan terrha.!! ab to yeh khaana paani b band kar dein ge k ye kha ker to terrorist zxinda hay :S

  • Ehsan

    What a retard idea if you cant face it , shut your eyes ? really he is out of his mind !

  • Hot

    we will be living in the 1970’s soon govt will ban staying here is illegal.

  • Hot

    ye rehman malik ki Q itni hati howe hai agar govt kay jokes kar rahay hai hum to.

  • MuNnA

    Humari Mojooda Govt. Pakistan ki History ki Sab se Bekar Govt. hai. Is se Kamzor, Buzdil aur Bekar Govt. Pakistan ki Tarikh main aj tak nahi aayi. In se Terrorism ki Khilaf kuch nahi hota yeh bas Awam ko Tang karna jantay hain. Terrorism k khilaf kuch nahi kar saktay bulkay Dar k Awam ki Cheezon pe Ban laga detay hain apni Na-Ahliyat chupanay k liye.

  • waqas ahmed .khi

    in case guyz it happens we will protest..

  • mohsin

    hahahahhahahahaha its funnny shayd rehman malik ko koi ghareloo tension ho gee sms ke waja say yaqinun aap meri baat samajh rahy ho gey. terrorists k pass itna time kahan hota hoga k oh sms karain ooor uss par planning karin hahahaha
    REHMAN MALIK ROCKSS!!!

  • mehboob

    hahahahaahah bullshit when they cant stop them by force then they want this way. in this they truely want they finish the last entertainment of public they them self fuck arround the country and v cant even msg. tell the army to wear bangles and why dont you stop food so that they can die of hunger as well hahah?? guys they dont want us to be prosperous in this country they already have got failed stopping terrorist activitis so they want to end sms service as c compare to iran so my dear in iran public is happy coz they have much better entertainment than us.y dont u copy them in that way what they are giving to their ppl y only this way. fuck you ashole.
    i hate being pakistani sometimes

  • Oh Great !!
    Now we are progressing “backwards” !! :p

    • zeeshan

      hahahahahahhahaha…….
      thats really true Zain….progressing backword :D
      sharam ani chahiye hamare hukmaranooo ko !

  • Muhammad Jahanzeb Bhatti

    Instead of blocking SMS, why dont they reach their desitination?
    Awaam already pareshaan hai…ab aur pareshaan mat karo !

  • kainat

    wot a brilliant idea :D Mr. Advisor…i salute you, datz the best way to stop terrorism :D

    you are simply the best…im thinking infact every one in this world is thinking how gleaming is u r :P i think datz the reason u r on dis Seat Mr. Malik :P

    God Bless You :D

  • mohsan

    such a bad thinking. you should control sms by applying filters on that. come on man. this is the age of technology. think from mind

  • Our GVT is going to become like sardar.
    I remember a joke on this topic.
    “Government imposing new taxes. Call Rs.10, sms Rs.5, mms Rs.15, But don’t worry Pakistani people, missed call is still free!! !”

  • We are third word generation. We cant afford the call rates just to ask that “where are you?”, “When will you come”, “I am coming” and other instant massages like that. So we are against this decision to may get blocked SMS in Pakistan by “Rehman Malik”
    I request that please don’t take such action. Otherwise decrease the call rates.

  • Agha Ali

    its great idea hahhahahahhahahhahahaha many person use miss use

  • amjadshaick at gmail dot com

    SMS should be charged at standard rates so every one can do the fair use. There should be no free SMS facility with in country. Mobile networks are in a race to offer the cheapest call and SMS rates to beat their competitors and with this policy our nation’s future is pushed towards destruction. Young boys and girls spend their most of times in texting through cell phones even during their college / class times. It’s nothing but a bull shit.

    We should do something to secure our future, leave the rest. Westerns are just injecting a poison with in our young blood which is un-seen unfortunately.

    I request every one to please don’t just watch few sides, but monitor every aspect. I believe that where SMS keeps 5% benefits, meanwhile it has 95% losses.

  • the guy is insane
    doesn’t know a sh!t about tackling things out

    i would call him a big ………

  • MC! Network

    hahaha let f it was done so we will ist call to helpline that ok you blocked SMS now let c we are switching off our cells & then lets unite all & of our cells then lets c wot these compnes do if they denied that goverment can’t do anything coz f they say to gov then close our copmny it wil b betr coz we cant sad our customer then nothing wil hapen but when our compny don’t care for us then y we do so they r just playing on us limts limts on everything limts like the GPRS Packges

  • Mateen

    mere hayal se hamari lazy, rubbish and coward govt. ye service is leye band kerna chahti hai kun k hamari young generation sms k zareye govt pe tankeed kerte hain, zardari aur govt k bare main funny jopkes send kerte hain, dosra ham log sms k zareye hi to asli opposition ka kirdar ada kar rahe hain, Govt darti hai kal ko ye log is behuda system k halaf bagwat na kar dian kun k sms ham logun main thora bohat shaur paida kar rahin hai. Ye sra sar awam ko tang kerne k hathkande hain. agar ye ho jae to hamain kia kerna chaheye, think about it.

  • Syed Akif Shoaib

    nothings gona happen guyz. dun wory.
    the thought to ban sms is totally non-practical and unethical.

  • fawwadsk

    Hi,

    kia rehman malik pagal hai ya is say bhe kch upar ki chez hai.
    terrorist kia 5 rupay ka sms krnay say pehlay sochaing gay k kahen un ka balance kam na hojaye. kia idea hai:-)

    Great Mr. Rehman Great, haahahahahahahah

  • SHAHEER

    GOVERNMENT IS SICK!! sms service agar yaa terrorist use kar rha han,,too isspa BAN laga doo..terrorist too moter vehicles b use kar rha han..ispa B ban lagain ga..the thing is our GOVERNMENT has been failed in stoping these attacks..koi solution nhee ha inka paas,,aub awam koo takleef denaa k aik new tareeka use kar rha haan..
    sms service rooknaa sa ya loog ruk jain ga??i dnt think soo..kitna tareeka haan communication ka…ya pakistan koo loot kaar khaa jain gaa,,,thts it!!

  • Shahid

    rehman malik ka dimaghi tawazun bigar gaya hai :P
    wese he is right guyz.
    stupid banda stupid baat he kare ga na :P
    i also agree with madiha’s thinking :P [Edited by admin]

  • hi guys, as far as this ridiculous idea is concerned, i have seen some other facts and figure as well. our mobile service providers do not have compatible software to ban the sms service. PTA is feeling pathatic because they have been provided with all records who are engaged in doing notorious massages. on other hand, PTA is thinking to ban only those sms who are really creating panic for government. it is the funniest thing which government is thinking to implement because they will some how vanish the communication system. i know, there are sundry pro’s and con’s of every technology. as they have discussed that they are going to follow iran’s so, gigantic questions are used to arise inside the mind. why government is not banning media plus indian threaten movies, cross border illegal trade, furious fights inside the assemblies etc i think you will not have answer to this. they can make this nation more miserable ever because they are not strategist in true sense. the decision which have been taken so far. it seems that owner of these decision will be some kid. anyways, today sms ban services have been opened in Jammu kashmir as well.
    in solution to this issue, our government should put more security checks plus they should know the importance of any ingredient as well
    thanks

  • fahad

    dont worry ppls………..sms packages ban nahi ho rahay….. :) i m 100% sure

    • Ali Raza

      yes bro im agree with U …

  • Umer

    well the best Idea is to sack mr rehman malik :)

    he has been gud for nothing :)

  • fahad

    what do u expect frm a chawl person :D

  • Ali Raza

    WOW ! what an idea Sir G , unable to lead government or control terrorist activities by militry or talks now by blocking SMS services they will stop the communication in b/w terrorists..our intelligence tells us such amount of terrirrists are in that city y don’t they search or know where they are .. or they are doing it by themselves …

    such a BULL SHIT IDEA !!!

    2 side of SMS benefits p00r prople are now in communication with their family & Friend at very low cast ..

    IS STILL PPP THINKING ABOUT POOR PEOPLE…

    THINK AGAIN …

  • Ali Raza

    UFONE
    TELENOR
    WARID
    Z0NG
    INSTA

    protest karo hum tmharay sath hain ….

    GEO SMS KR K GEO

  • Nain

    Leaders ko chaye kh pahle anpe kartoot thak kare.sms Bund karne se logon ke dilon se nafrat khatm nahi ho sakti.
    i hope all persons agree with me

  • Bilal Iqbal

    what a rubish idea is it…
    the govt. want to stop young generation from talking against the govt. policies and jokes against govt. curreptions. but remember that each and every dictator and dictator like ruler had to go with insult…
    persian ruler, Agha Raza Shah Pahlalvi… was a dictator like ruler. he had a great and strick intelligence network who was famous for cruility against the opposers of govt. but there was a time when no country in the world was agreed to allow his plaine to land on its country.
    musharaf was also a dictator… what did he got… just Insult and Shame…
    Zardari will also get this too..
    This world is mortal.. no one can live for ever but our deeds and memories live long. we shold try to leave good deeds and momeries for our future..
    May God graunt wisdom to our rulers (Ameen)..

  • khan

    Government has gone msd.. khud to ye sare politians sms karte nahi..hum youngsters ko pareshan karen ge..[:P]
    government has no idea how to stop terrorism frm country..

  • saqib, aadarsh,ch

    “ye pakistan hai pakistan
    yahan aisa hi hota hai aur aisa hi hota aaey ga”:P

  • Saad

    Chutia bana rahe hain
    asa hai to Emails kar k dikhao
    sms band karnay se kuch nahi hota
    Vaat to zardari ki phir bhi lagay gi
    and this is Fake Report

  • Ham issi tarah ke security measures le sakte hian hum log, double sawari pe pabandi laga do, SMS ban kar do…

    Simply our establishment is not capable of anything..

  • Toseef Safdar

    Sach hamesha karwa hota hai, abhi sms bann karain ge phir Email aur phir mail aur phir Zuban lekin corruption band nahee karain ge

  • Jwesh

    I am not pakistani, I found this article absurd at first. Then i started thinking why if I was in the place of that person why I would resort to ban sms.

    I think
    1. There are other controvertial issues with sms
    2. Even if someone is found guilty of abusing sms its difficult to prosecute them.
    3. Registration is useless as it is only useful if 90% of the population are leaving in conditions like develop city or villages(proper address etc)
    4. The country infrasture and the terrorist knowledge is limited limited number will be able to use other means.
    5. With sms small group with no big supprt can launch several small attacks but disturbing, whereas with emails, etc better organised group are needed and tagets can’t be low profile. High profile target most of the time get noticed by secret agencies.
    6. Other means of communication are more easily tracked than sms.
    7. Computers used by terrorist when captured has always yielded lots of info, which shows most of them dnt have the know how to destroy the deleted data. Your govt will always have the upper hand.
    8. THe govt will push many so called terrorist out of business by banning legacy technologies.THey will have to spend time learning to manipulate these tech. Forget money.
    9. Many educated ppl thnk twice before joining terrorist.
    My wish India and Pakistan stop spending so much money on warfare. Feed the poor and raise the population standard of leaving.

  • MALIK SAJAWAL

    agar sms block ho ge to sms k sath sath simzz b block krwa lena…q k phr to simzz use hi koi nai kre ga………ok malik sahab…..me b malik hi hu…

  • sms block ho gea but websites se sms kon block karway ga … we have large number of sms collection damn :P

  • Asif Ali Zardari

    President Asif Ali Zardari’s attack on his unnamed enemies has raised many eyebrows and caused apprehensions about a possible repeat of October 12, 1999 when the then prime minister had sacked the Army chief.

    who in return conducted a successful military coup by dismissing the elected government.

    The presidential spokesman, however, does not see any such thing happening. “There is no such possibility,” Farhatullah Babar told The News, adding the PPP government does not apprehend any such thing.

    President Asif Ali Zardari’s speech in Naudero on the second death anniversary of Benazir Bhutto has stirred a countrywide debate over the targets of his hostility. He did not mention in clear words whether it was the Army, the media or the opposition that was threatening democracy. Many, however, see it as a subtle attack on the Army after the reports pouring out of the Presidency suggest Zardari’s growing negativity about the establishment.

    A senior columnist and political observer, while talking to this correspondent, feared as to what would happen if President Zardari makes an announcement about key changes in the military in a public meeting like the one he addressed in Naudero. Though the president’s spokesman finds it a hypothetical “concern” and simply ruled it out, the question does agitate many minds.

    Without identifying the enemies of democracy and those accused of trying to destabilise the democratic set-up, President Zardari has furthered the conspiracy theories instead of removing confusion about those threatening his government. Farhatullah Babar repeated that the president’s target was neither the Army nor the media but the anti-Bhutto forces, which too were not identified. Babar said that the president made a political speech that had the required tone and tenor meant for the PPP followers.

    Credible sources recently confirmed, although the presidency has denied, the president’s growing mistrust vis-‡-vis the top military leadership. In the absence of any clear explanation from the president, such behaviour on part of Zardari is incomprehensible.

    Although October 12, 1999 events were the outcome of the known mistrust between the then prime minister and the Army chief following the Kargil adventure of General Musharraf, in the present scenario the incumbent Army chief, General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, is widely respected for his professionalism and pro-democracy stance. General Kayani is not only highly popular within the Army but is also admired by political parties for the excellent role that he had played during the last year’s general elections and later on the occasion of the judges’ restoration.

    In a situation when the Army as an institution has regained its respect and there is absolutely no sign of the military’s attempt to destabilise the democratic set-up, any effort by the president to make key changes in the Army top command would be extremely dangerous for the system. Last year, the government’s abrupt shifting of the ISI under the Interior Ministry was unacceptable to all and sundry, including the media, which resulted into the immediate cancellation of the government’s notification.

    Perhaps foreseeing the dangers ahead, different views were being expressed in the media as a reaction to the president’s speech such as, “There are only so many possibilities about where the threat Mr Zardari keeps referring to can come from. With his public comments, Mr Zardari may in fact be alarming the persons in those institutions that they could be the target of impending attacks themselves and, therefore, need to strike before they are struck against. Our advice: put up or shut up. The president is supposed to be a symbol of the federation, a unifying force rather than a hyper-partisan figure fuelling conspiracy theories. More presidential, less political – that’s what the county needs from Mr Zardari.”

  • Fran Shoat

    Android Tablets are the next big thing.

  • Imam Dino Dandan

    This idea shows a weakness and failure of the authority. No sensible person will like this, as there are many other options to use to get the terrorists arrested, Interior Minister ( Mr. Rehman Malik Saahab) do know it.
    (Note: Power is there but we should no to use the power)

  • Tilopa Indian

    Whats up with these stupid ideas?
    Doesn’t anyone in pakistani govt think or what?

    I am telling you…i smell some conspiracy in it.
    It is not to block terrorists from sending sms because it is idiotic that to block sms between 0.01% of the population you are banning sms for 100% of the population.

    They are doing it because they want to cut any future revolution in the country.In times of protests sms and mobiles play a great role so by banning it they may be trying to stop any future revolution.
    GET READY…THE ARMY IS PLANNING SOMETHING DANGEROUS!