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.

Follow ProPakistani on Google News & scroll through your favourite content faster!

Support independent journalism

If you want to join us in our mission to share independent, global journalism to the world, we’d love to have you on our side. If you can, please support us on a monthly basis. It takes less than a minute to set up, and you can rest assured that you’re making a big impact every single month in support of open, independent journalism. Thank you.

Tech and telecom reporter for over 15 years

  • 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.

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

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

    • There is a kind request. Please stop your trash. If you have nothing productive or substantial to say, stay quite and kindly don’t try to distribute Certificates of Patriotism. Even if you are to be right in saying that we update status to show off to girls and have sex chats, what issue you have? what harm it is causing to you? Can’t you and people of your genre stop popping into life of others, better mind your own business and let us live with our morals and beliefs.

  • 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.


    A ProPakistani

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

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

  • 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.

  • Get Alerts

    Follow ProPakistani to get latest news and updates.

    ProPakistani Community

    Join the groups below to get latest news and updates.