LinkedIn denies plans to enter Pakistan

Published: September 27, 2012

“While we are exploring some commercial opportunities in Pakistan, we currently have no plans to open a local office,” says LinkedIn spokesperson. PHOTO:

KARACHI: International professional social networking website – LinkedIn – denied on Wednesday that it was planning open a local office in Pakistan.

LinkedIn refuted the claims of a story filed by the state-owned wire service Associated Press of Pakistan (APP), which quoted the Board of Investment (BOI) Chairman Saleem Mandviwalla saying that Linkedin was planning to establish its offices in Pakistan and invest $10 million by the end of 2012 or the beginning of 2013.

“While we are exploring some commercial opportunities in Pakistan, we currently have no plans to open a local office,” LinkedIn spokesperson Darain Faraz told The Express Tribune.

While the firm that handles global public relations activities for the professional networking website, Edelman also denied the head of the BOI’s claims, saying that Linkedin’s plans are stated inaccurately in the APP story.

However, Mandviwalla reaffirmed his earlier statement about the arrival of LinkedIn in Pakistan. “I strongly disagree with the view that LinkedIn is not going to establish its offices in Pakistan,” Mandviwalla said while speaking to The Express Tribune.

“Maybe the LinkedIn management did not want to make the news public as yet. But it does not mean it is not coming to Pakistan,” he added.

Mandviwalla also claimed that LinkedIn had issued an official statement announcing its plan to open its office in Pakistan. However, the section titled ‘Press releases’ on the LinkedIn website showed no such statement.

In a subsequent SMS, Mandviwalla informed The Express Tribune that the said LinkedIn statement was issued directly to newspapers, and not through the BOI. However, he later said it was possible that LinkedIn might not have issued the statement at all.

LinkedIn has 1.3 million members in Pakistan and 175 million members worldwide.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 27th, 2012.


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Reader Comments (12)

  • A
    Sep 27, 2012 - 8:34AM

    what a Joke !Recommend

  • Vigilant
    Sep 27, 2012 - 12:37PM

    So ET should apology for provide readers with false news


  • Sep 27, 2012 - 2:53PM

    LinkedIN has highest number of Pakistani professionals in Asia after India.

    Nokia sold lot of phones in Pakistan but never invested in manufacturing in Pakistan.


  • Muhammad Ziad
    Sep 27, 2012 - 3:00PM

    Two stories I ever shared with my friend through tribune turned out to be false. First Google revenue from Pakistan and now this. Sincere advice to the management to scan your employees.


  • Dr.X
    Sep 27, 2012 - 3:17PM

    So our government has resorted to outright lying out of desperation? To the point even a start-up is denying official statements now. You can fool some of the people all the time, all of the people some of the time, but not all people all the time.


  • Sep 27, 2012 - 4:56PM

    This is due to pressure from India and the Zionist lobby in silicon valley


  • Char Latan
    Sep 27, 2012 - 6:38PM

    Time to ban LinkedIn.


  • Truth Detector
    Sep 27, 2012 - 8:09PM

    LinkedIn is a social media website for professional. How would having an ‘brick & mortar’ office make any difference? Having this discussion is ludicrous in itself. Pakistani professionals use it just like anyone else from whereever they want.


  • Mard-e-Haq
    Sep 27, 2012 - 8:30PM

    Don’t worry. Once Imran Khan becomes PM, Western multinationals will be making a beeline to set up shops across Pakistan within 9 days. Western CEOs would also turn green at Pakistan’s progress with envy and will apply for green passports. Linkedin is missing the early worm boat.


  • gp65
    Sep 27, 2012 - 10:47PM

    @Muhammad Ziad: The google story clearly showed an editorial error. But if there is an official release from a Pakistan government institution, it is not unreasonable to believe it. The person to blame here is Mandviwalla who made a false claim and did not expect to be contradicted.Recommend

  • Fact
    Sep 28, 2012 - 1:22AM

    Why would LinkedIn open their branch in Pakistan if no security is provided? Honestly, just look back and see it yourself of what happened with any Western companies who spent millions of dollars in Pakistan.


  • gp65
    Sep 28, 2012 - 2:41AM

    @Truth Detector: “LinkedIn is a social media website for professional. How would having an ‘brick & mortar’ office make any difference? ”
    If linked In thought there was enough digital ad revenue it could source from Pakistan, it would open a sales office for space selling.


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