Sindh government has plans to block instant messaging apps including Skype, Viber, WhatsApp, Tango and other similar applications for at least three months.
Sindh Information Minister Sharjeel Memon confirmed this during a press briefing today.
According to Sindh Minister, terrorists are using these instant messaging apps for communication. He said that terrorists are switching from conventional communication channel to internet based instant messaging and this is why his government has decided to ban these applications.
Pakistan is pretty familiar with the “BAN” word and this is another example of curbing the communication networks in the name of security.
cellular networks, VPN, Skype and various other services have remained blocked during the past in the name of security.
Sindh Information Minister believes that his government will contact Pakistan Telecommunication Authority to get the decision implemented.
Our sources at PTA, however, said that PTA is liable to Ministry of Information Technology and Telecom and may not entertain Sindh Government’s request.
It merits mentioning here that decision isn’t implemented yet, and may require necessary approvals from federal government.
It won’t be out of place to mention here that blockade of any service is implemented by PTA on orders of MoITT only.
Users are already storming the Sindh Government with criticism over the decision.