Eric Schmidt, Chairman Google, Quietly Visits Pakistan

Prime Minister engaging with the Google delegation headed by Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt.Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman and ex-CEO of Google, quietly landed in Pakistan yesterday to meet senior leadership of the country, we just got confirmation from the sources.

While his visit is kept hidden from media for reasons not known to us, Eric is likely to fly back today.

Sources tell us that this two day visit was primarily focused on bettering company’s relations with Pakistani government, which remained bumpy over the time.

It is unclear so far if Google will issue an official statement on Eric’s visit to Pakistan or not. It maybe recalled that Eric Schmidt is Executive Chairman of Google and his visits to countries around the world is part of company’s efforts for strengthening relations with governments.

Through state run news agency we know that Eric Schmidt yesterday met Prime Minister, Mr. Yousaf Raza Gillani in Islamabad.

Express Tribune, while carrying APP’s report, has said that Gillani sought Google’s help in tracking cross-border movement across the Durand line.

The Prime Minister highlighted that over 40,000 people crossed the hundreds of kilometers long border on a daily basis and it was virtually impossible to keep a physical check at some locations due to the rough terrain despite presence of Pakistani check posts.

The Google chief said that building up and maintaining of databases through use of information technology was crucial to deal with security issues as well as law and order situation.

In a strange move, Gilani sought Google’s help in establishing Universal Service Centers at union council levels throughout the country. Government is planning to auction this project under the umbrella of USF.

Bypassing all the necessary modalities and auctioning procedures, Mr. Gilani offered Google setting up of Universal Service Centers which probably could be better done through local firms.

We are not even sure if Google can provide hardware, software, maintenance and trainings for such a project.

The Prime Minister maintained that Pakistan deeply acknowledged and recognized the efforts being carried out by Google for undertaking various community-based projects in the country.

Google has faced action from Pakistan, including threats of being blocked if it failed to cooperate in restricting access to objectionable content available on Google and its various services including video sharing social network YouTube, which was blocked in 2010.

Pakistan has also sought cooperation from Google to clamp down on accounts operated for and by terrorists. Having said this, it must be noted that Pakistan has rarely contacted Google for content removal requests or for acquiring information of Google users.

Tech reporter with over 10 years of experience, founder of ProPakistani.PK

  • O teri khair, ghalat banday se mil kar jaa raha hay yeh to

    chotay chotay adsense publisheron, tayyar raho bhanda honay wala hay

    I can smell something bad from google side is going to happen very soon :(

  • Agar google or us k dost FB twitter etc pak mai operations band kar de to high tech talk kar k apne parents ko pagal kese banaoge saari info ham hi dete hain agar hamne kehdia k ye OS android hai to tum logon ko accept karna hi hoga tum log takhti to achi bana bahi sake chale ham se mukala karne

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  • What has a country’s Prime Minister got to do with meeting the CEO of a company? When will our politicians learn to conduct themselves properly?!!

    • What a weird question. Lots of people want to meet the CEO of Google. In fact, if you search news archives, lots of politicians (leaders of countries) met him. PM of Turkey, President of Korea, President of Tunisia. Or are you putting them in the same group as our PM? :):):)

  • Google ka ceo bata raha hoo ga kay humara search engine bahtareen hay , yousef bahi bol raahay hoo ga “NOT TO MY KNOWLEDGE” :)

  • google is actively involved these days in projects relating to artificial intelligence. Maybe they came to Gillani to offer him some Artificial intelligence… he clearly lacks natural intelligence! No wonder he keeps on asking for intelligence sharing!!!

  • @ Shahid Saleem
    I don’t think Heads of States namely, PM of Turkey, President of Korea, President of Tunisia are the ones to follow. Moreover i doubt the capability of our politicians (President & Prime Minister) to discuss relevant issues with such a learned guy. A better option could have been that a team of ‘experts’ in the area of internet & technology would have met him to discuss pertinent issues and favorable ventures for Pakistan.

    • Depending upon the reason of visit it might be the suitable option to meet PM, its not necessary to have technological insight to address lots of issues such as access to certain information for government purposes or it might be certain financial issues as-well for Google Checkout, or for Plane Hovering in Pakistan to get Maps data for new Google 3D Maps.

  • Bhai Pakistani Bloggers or WebMasters se milty to acha hota…
    Kuch apna haal sunaty, kuch un ki batain sunty
    Kuch dhery se sb shikway, hm Un Ko sb sunaty…:-(

  • PM was probably saying, I used Google to find the most expensive shop in the world and then I went there and bought three suits worth 90K US dollars… and Eric Schmidt was like.. What The Hell.

    On a serious note, Eric met Shahbaz Sharif and PTI leadership too.

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