Sindh government to ban Skype, Viber, WhatsApp for 3 months

Published: October 3, 2013

Decision taken for security reasons during meeting with Sindh CM. PHOTO: FILE

KARACHI: The Sindh government has decided to ban instant messaging and voice-over-Internet Protocol (VoIP) clients Skype, Viber and other communication networks, possibly including Tango and WhatsApp, for three months in the province for security reasons, Express News reported on Thursday.

The decision was taken during a meeting between Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah and other officials including the additional IG Karachi, DG Rangers and representatives of intelligence agencies.

Sindh Information Minister Sharjeel Memon confirmed the decision in a press briefing. He said that the networks would be banned because terrorists are using them, having switched over from regular mobile services. Memon said the Sindh government has also requested the federal government to contact these companies and ask them for “access”.

This is not the first time communication services have been blocked in the name of security. A number of temporary cellular service blocks were implemented in 2013 by the government as an anti-terrorism measure.

In 2011,  the government ordered all Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to discontinue all virtual private network (VPN) services in Pakistan to prevent extremists from using the secure networks for communication. It is unclear whether this order was fully implemented.

News of the upcoming blockage comes the same day as Freedom House, an independent watchdog organisation, launched a report ranking Pakistan among the bottom 10 countries on net freedom.

The report stated that various political and social obstacles to net freedom have been put in place by successive governments in the name of fighting terrorism.

In blocking these services, Pakistan follows in the footsteps of Saudi Arabia, where Viber is banned.

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Reader Comments (141)

  • Ali Thar
    Oct 3, 2013 - 5:48PM

    How convenient that Eid is coming up, and out of nowhere! they shutdown the internet calling networks.

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  • citizen
    Oct 3, 2013 - 5:49PM

    Cant stop laughing over this Government… JIYE NAYA PAKISTAN !!

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  • MA
    Oct 3, 2013 - 5:51PM

    this is pathetic of Sindh govt, It was PPP’s govt who increased International incoming call charges which led people to opt for free apps. This shows that govts are so desperate to cash in on anything they can get their hands on to. disgraceful!

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  • Ovais
    Oct 3, 2013 - 5:51PM

    If it stops a single death in karachi then yes its worth it , grow up ET.

    On a lighter note , Altaf bhai is now in for a very big international call bill :p

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  • Yasir
    Oct 3, 2013 - 5:51PM

    Welcome to stone age era, Missing Rehman Malik here.

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  • Another Pakistani
    Oct 3, 2013 - 5:54PM

    i think they are giving the people (and terrorists) too much leverage. I’d reckon they should shut down the province entirely for 3 months and save themselves the luxury of arresting criminals.

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  • Oct 3, 2013 - 5:54PM

    Oh bhai. Aisay nai chalay ga. Dharna.

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  • Ashkenazi
    Oct 3, 2013 - 5:55PM

    Criminals listen to phone lines. Talk about money on phone and you will have a dacoity soon.

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  • Nida Khan
    Oct 3, 2013 - 5:56PM

    ROFL!!! XD

    I get my daily dose of laugh from Tribune. Our politicians never disappoint!

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  • Walla
    Oct 3, 2013 - 5:57PM

    Bhains kee tang. Meri bachi se kaise baat hogee ab? >O

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  • Sigh
    Oct 3, 2013 - 5:57PM

    This is hopeless! Just a matter of time before they decide to ban the entire internet as well! What will become of our country…

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  • Shoaib
    Oct 3, 2013 - 5:58PM

    I don’t think so this could be effective way of control. There are many networks by which users can send instant messages & video chat. So how would Govt will stop them by other sites.
    Dear CM Sindh,
    Please start hire smart people instead of conducting meeting with Dumb people who don’t how technology works.
    Thanks

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  • Javeria Mahmood
    Oct 3, 2013 - 5:58PM

    Oh Man

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  • Fact is Fact
    Oct 3, 2013 - 5:59PM

    Have they gone mad or what… already pakistan is so down in the world and this news will further throw them in abyss… Really idiotic decision from the govt. this is just senseless when these people (or their advisors) should know that there are always alternative means available so this is just nonsense from PPP govt. they were useless before in Youtube case and now skype and viber.. ridiculous

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  • only logic
    Oct 3, 2013 - 5:59PM

    This is to stop innocent people from projecting the atrocities they might face when the operation is steered specifically against the party that has the elected & moral mandate to rule and administer Karachi but has not been given the chance to do so (except during the Golden Era of Karachi under The Legend Mayor Mustafa Kamal).

    Please raise your voice to support freedom of information exchange & against this violation of a basic human right

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  • katakylism
    Oct 3, 2013 - 6:02PM

    Why don’t they just pull the internet plug once and for all. This is slow death.Recommend

  • S. Karim
    Oct 3, 2013 - 6:02PM

    “Pakistan follows in the footsteps of Saudi Arabia, where Viber is banned.”

    Why our govt do not follow any positive/productive step of others !!!!

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  • Ali
    Oct 3, 2013 - 6:03PM

    Kabhi apni Government pe bhi Ban laga den !

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  • Azeez
    Oct 3, 2013 - 6:04PM

    “Huye tum dost jis ke, dushman us ka aasman kyon ho”

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  • PakShock
    Oct 3, 2013 - 6:04PM

    I was expecting that long time ago when Pakistan imposed heavy fees on foreign calls…to the tune of 10%. Now the VoIP co’s suddenly become it’s competition. Pak was taking heavy losses. People started to use those internet based free services. To them it was “dushman ki chaal”! So now PakTel is back in business. Covering their losses while they can! Now that Pak is at the bottom, why not make money from that too, lol!

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  • RKM
    Oct 3, 2013 - 6:05PM

    RIDICULOUS!!!

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  • Gemini
    Oct 3, 2013 - 6:10PM

    So you are saying that terrorists are using Skype, Whatsapp and Viber for communication. Khuda ko mano yaar idher logo k business Skype per chal rahay hain.

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  • DG
    Oct 3, 2013 - 6:10PM

    Gov should just put this on birth certificates: Congratulations, you are citizen of Pakistan. YOU HAVE NO RIGHTS! MOR KAY LAY LO!

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  • Thumbsdown
    Oct 3, 2013 - 6:10PM

    Wow vote of the Parties
    1. Who cannot censor the YouTube like China etc (Block it entirely that’s easy)
    2. Who cannot Solve terrorism in Karachi the Hotbed of Terror but ban Viber what a Joke..
    3. Who cannot censor dirty comments on Web sites which disturbs but Skype would be blocked
    4. They cannot nab the Terrorists but Tango ban is Easy.
    On the Otherside they are giving laptops to watch pornos and facebook traps & Rape-rate goes up. But they think everyone who receives laptop they become software programmer.

    From US to India all are comparing us with Somalia on all the aspects of life and still we think we are great. Instead of doing something tangible we are doing TV shows everyday.
    When they are in Politics they Lie and when they are out of Politics they become super clean.

    What a Joke.

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  • Kumar
    Oct 3, 2013 - 6:11PM

    Great Move ! Why don’t you shut down whole internet service, you morons !!!

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  • Syed A. Mateen
    Oct 3, 2013 - 6:11PM

    Why not Governement disconnect all the PTCL landlines, shut down celleluar phone service, put off the hook internet connection in addition to banning Skype and Viber?

    What about WhatsApp?

    The Youtube is already banned.

    The only thing on which imposition of restriction is left is on “air” through which waves people are also able to communicate messages to each other.

    I am thinking that I have again started living in the stone age.

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  • Awab Alvi
    Oct 3, 2013 - 6:11PM

    BAN ALL communications tools – BUT F DONT BOTHER BANNING WEAPONS in KARACHI*

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  • zK
    Oct 3, 2013 - 6:11PM

    Might as well shut down the internet altogether once and for all.

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  • Shahzad
    Oct 3, 2013 - 6:13PM

    Go ahead Sindh govt. Get us rid of these killers and for that whatever you require just do it.Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Oct 3, 2013 - 6:16PM

    welcome to the “free” world. why don’t we just shut down the internet itself. after all we don’t need it.

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  • Ahmad Hussain
    Oct 3, 2013 - 6:17PM

    What rubbish is this. I request Chief Justice and Federal Government to take notice of this childish act of the already failed Sindh Government and Sindh establishment. I strongly condemned this foolish act.

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  • Yasir Hasan
    Oct 3, 2013 - 6:18PM

    Who are these 27 people who approved of this :S

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  • Asad K Shaikh
    Oct 3, 2013 - 6:18PM

    The people who approved in the above mentioned vote dont actually use skype and viber.

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  • Oh really?
    Oct 3, 2013 - 6:19PM

    And just when you think the government can’t do anything more stupid….. Baam Surprise!!!!!Recommend

  • MH
    Oct 3, 2013 - 6:19PM

    This is not about the terrorists, is it, more so about the money these dumb telecom companies are losing out on.

    The government is this close to pushing people against the wall. You try to restrict freedom, you end up with revolt.

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  • Yasir Hasan
    Oct 3, 2013 - 6:19PM

    They can try.. but due to the presence of countless Proxy Servers and services like HotSpot, they can’t accomplish this… may be for naive users, for whom Youtube is still blocked… Muahahahahahah Muhaaaa (Dr. Evil Laugh)… :)

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  • Jaguar
    Oct 3, 2013 - 6:30PM

    Dear Folks, let not criticize this decision.
    We are in mess let the govt handle these crisis.

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  • arslan jutt
    Oct 3, 2013 - 6:30PM

    RIP sindhi’s..proud to be punjabi

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  • Crazy Canuck
    Oct 3, 2013 - 6:30PM

    Quit pussyfooting and just ban the internet. While they’re at it, please ban all cable TV and newspapers. Looks like the TTP is winning. And then we wonder why Pakistan is so far behind India and Bangladesh in every single social aspect.

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  • MAyOr
    Oct 3, 2013 - 6:30PM

    Stone age .. here we come !

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  • Ali
    Oct 3, 2013 - 6:41PM

    Oh the incompetence!

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  • hope
    Oct 3, 2013 - 6:44PM

    @Arslan Jutt, Please don’t talk about Sindhi and Punjabi this fire will soon come to your door step one day, be Pakistani we are brothers, because of people like you they are doing whatever they want, be united and Please don’t use this Sindhi Punjabi thing.

    This Govt. is a joke.

    They can only stop double sawari, ban youtub, skype etc but can not bring peace in the country.

    What a shame.

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  • Hashim Zuberi
    Oct 3, 2013 - 6:44PM

    While the move is pretty stupid and useless, the comments here are even dumber. People are reacting as if their lives are over.

    Just chat on a different client like Yahoo or FB Chat – Skype isn’t the end of the world.

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  • Mariam
    Oct 3, 2013 - 6:48PM

    We need to protest… Who’s with me? This is a pathetic move on the govt’s part. Sick of these morons.

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  • Pakistani
    Oct 3, 2013 - 6:48PM

    The terrorist have used toothpastes, soaps, shampoo’s, motorcycles, laptops etc and most of them were wearing shalwar kamiz, so going by the logic the geniuses sitting in the Sindh government should ban all of these also.

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  • Lofted Shot
    Oct 3, 2013 - 6:51PM

    A Show of a absolute incompetent government of Pakistan. Someone answer this… What will happen after 3 months ? Terrorism will be wiped out, vanish ?

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  • ali ahmed
    Oct 3, 2013 - 6:54PM

    the best thing will be to put Sindh province under total curfew …for 3 months

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  • jackbee
    Oct 3, 2013 - 6:56PM

    Pakistan ZindaBhaaaaag !!

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  • jackbee
    Oct 3, 2013 - 6:57PM

    Pakistan ZindaBhaaaag !

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  • Uza Syed
    Oct 3, 2013 - 6:59PM

    Has this man, Sharjeel Memon, ghone nuts?

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  • Oct 3, 2013 - 6:59PM

    hahahahhahaha!!!! i can see the new Pakistan! LMAO :p

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  • Lala
    Oct 3, 2013 - 7:00PM

    The govt people are so against love, they think they can stop us from talking us from talking to our bachis!

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  • Anna Burke
    Oct 3, 2013 - 7:01PM

    I really don’t see how blocking YouTube has helped us in the past few years. For us students, it has actually become difficult to understand certain topics via tutorials. Plus, due to this, most of us use VPNs and proxies to access the website. That has led people to access porn websites as a result which is worse a problem than the one that was faced earlier. Likewise, banning Skype and Viber will only disrupt the communication between the common man. There are other alternatives as well to such social media which could also facilitate “terrorist” activity, so banning a couple of social media applications would not prevent such activity. This issue should be looked upon in great depth before any such decision is made.

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  • Saeed
    Oct 3, 2013 - 7:02PM

    Tipical PPP way of governance . . . .

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  • Jaqen H'ghar
    Oct 3, 2013 - 7:05PM

    What are u guys smoking sitting at the top? I have to appear for my UK student visa Skype interview. This is War.

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  • Farooq
    Oct 3, 2013 - 7:06PM

    Ban weapon licenses

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  • Taha
    Oct 3, 2013 - 7:07PM

    Joke. This country has fast turned into the worst kind of joke.

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  • Saad Ullah
    Oct 3, 2013 - 7:09PM

    Why not ban water, electricity, petrol, CNG etc, since ‘terrorists are using them’ too??

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  • shah
    Oct 3, 2013 - 7:15PM

    PPP is doing it only in sindh or Karachi also?

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  • ARW
    Oct 3, 2013 - 7:15PM

    They think this will help them to maintain peace but they forgot terrorist even have sattelite phones …. which unfortunately they cannot control!!!

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  • Fawwad
    Oct 3, 2013 - 7:18PM

    The government is made up of stupid people!Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Oct 3, 2013 - 7:18PM

    Why don’t they focus on holding local body elections instead of doing this drama!

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  • baig
    Oct 3, 2013 - 7:21PM

    Good decision…

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  • baig
    Oct 3, 2013 - 7:24PM

    All steps should be taken for the safety & security of Karachi..and there should be zero compromise on anyone even he/she is the member of any political party..

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  • Dajjal
    Oct 3, 2013 - 7:27PM

    Lets ban everything that terrorist use… including Cars… electricity… water…

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  • Mustafa
    Oct 3, 2013 - 7:27PM

    Reminiscence of Rehman Malik. Hahahhahaha also just to make it clear there must be at least another 200 different misting services available

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  • Pakistani
    Oct 3, 2013 - 7:41PM

    OMG !!!!! look who added me on skype its : TTP.Pakistan.Chapter , HUH:/

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  • Salman Waria
    Oct 3, 2013 - 7:47PM

    the decision is insanely stupid ban these services, if they know that terrorists are using these services then why they are unable to track them out ? and is govt is giving guarantee that no death will happen in future after this worthless decision ?

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  • Pakistani
    Oct 3, 2013 - 7:54PM

    Guess next govt move….
    Move out of Karachi…no people no crime!

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  • Farhan Danish
    Oct 3, 2013 - 8:00PM

    Dont user Viber Because Viber is also Israeli App & Israel is enemy of Pakistan. Public service message by Information Minister Sindh :) :)

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  • Farhan Danish
    Oct 3, 2013 - 8:00PM

    Dont use Viber, Viber is also #Israeli App & #Israel is enemy of Pakistan. Public service message by Information Minister Sindh :) :)

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  • Iso
    Oct 3, 2013 - 8:17PM

    A weapons ban would be more useful

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  • salman
    Oct 3, 2013 - 8:19PM

    Another example of silly & non sense governance by PPP , to fight terrorism instead of taking the freedom of terrorist they are taking the freedom away of ordinary civilians.

    From all over Pakistan they are now barred to Sindh province only > hope to see them barred to Larkana in the next elections later to vanish completely from the political scene of Pakistan.

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  • N.Ali
    Oct 3, 2013 - 8:22PM

    Pakistani government cant control law n order using agencies but by closing all communication ways.

    They are sending Pakistan in stone age time where they use to paper letter for communication.

    Email is another prompt media for communication. It will be blocked pretty soon.

    Everyone will see it.

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  • indian
    Oct 3, 2013 - 8:24PM

    @Crazy Canuck:
    plz,,dont compare India with pakistan!!!! humble request from Indian!!!,,,

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  • MK
    Oct 3, 2013 - 8:24PM

    I love how they so brilliantly call them terrorists here, but potential government partners over the negotiation table. Can this government be any more stupid?

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  • MK
    Oct 3, 2013 - 8:27PM

    did they make any progress? Tell me when they do.

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  • Maayer Rehmany
    Oct 3, 2013 - 8:36PM

    When terrorist were able to use Skype and viber wont they be able to use vpn and other means of communications. If they start using vpn none can ever track them. With such amateur in government, I d surprise if they ever get the hold of the unstablity in the country ever. You may cut a plant from a stem and it will grow, remove the plant frok roots and it wont be able grow again until our illiterate and childish leadship plants it again.

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  • Citizen Kane
    Oct 3, 2013 - 8:40PM

    How will I talk to my girl now?

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  • Oct 3, 2013 - 8:47PM

    Government should also ban the air present in the atmosphere. Terrorists are using this air to breath.

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  • Yadullah
    Oct 3, 2013 - 8:50PM

    wow, that’s great! what can be more worse than this? First youtube, huge taxes on international calling and now ban on skype, whatsapp and viber!
    Yeah now I can say, “NAYA PAKISTAN!”
    Welcome to the ice age 5 Sindh Government! :)

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  • effedupcitizen
    Oct 3, 2013 - 9:05PM

    Who are the freaks who approved of this?

    This country is going to the DOGS.

    Every day I try to find positive things about this mulk to try to not go insane with ghussa and bitterness and every few days the effing government gives us another reason to hate it more.

    ARGGHHGHHGHGHGSJFKSBVSVF

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  • Saadiya
    Oct 3, 2013 - 9:10PM

    This is to fatten the pockets of the fat cats in government

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  • Saadiya
    Oct 3, 2013 - 9:12PM

    From the SUblime to the ridiculous . PPP outdo themselves in absurdity

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  • AMZ
    Oct 3, 2013 - 9:17PM

    Viber is banned in UAE but still being used by many through proxies! Get a life you morons!

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  • Haseeb Ahsan
    Oct 3, 2013 - 9:19PM

    I believe they know eid is coming up.. they know they can generate good revenue from banning viber and skype so that overseas pakistanis are forced to buy minutes or use trunk calls or PTCL calling cards and all. This governement was a pain then and it is a pain now. This is a blow to overseas pakistanis who are already supporting the economy by injecting foreign reserves.

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  • kanwal
    Oct 3, 2013 - 9:21PM

    Have theu gone mad? Which nation shuts itself down in face of terror? Did americans stopped all concerts and cinemas and new year and chrismas celebrations? So many targets there. After 9/11, they did not sht anything down for long. We have already surrendered it seems if we cant stop the terrorists but can stop the normal people going about their lives. The real wish behind this seems to create animosity and resentment towards different sects and stop religious gatherings.

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  • Farhan
    Oct 3, 2013 - 9:23PM

    This ban is all about 3G license… Zardari and Co. Is trying to bring license bid down to ground so that they can buy it cheap.

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  • Saadiya
    Oct 3, 2013 - 9:27PM

    Sind govt please do your jobs , and not impose any more bans . They make you look ridiculous

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  • Saadiya
    Oct 3, 2013 - 9:30PM

    Many people use skype for job interviews , meetings . it is so ridiculous to ban this
    It seems that , tomorrow they will ban cars , and motorcycles and roads because they are used by terrorist

    govt of Sindhis motto: why catch them if we can dance in front of them to keep them occupied

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  • Saadiya
    Oct 3, 2013 - 9:32PM

    Hey let’s ban the internet the terrorist will die in three months yipee

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  • Saif Ahmed
    Oct 3, 2013 - 9:33PM

    I am sure the advice must have come from our Great ex-president! This is what is expected from a dumb , primitive minded leadership. They are still living in stone age, has no appreciation for the technology. Good Luck Pakistan!

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  • Hasan
    Oct 3, 2013 - 9:35PM

    From Rehman Malik’s Time all PPP can do it BAN.

    WILL SOMEBODY BAN PPP

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  • truthbetold
    Oct 3, 2013 - 9:49PM

    The entire government should be banned for 3 months or forever

    A dacoit way of Bhatta khori by promoting cell phone use and netting withholding tax profits by the government

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  • Mc
    Oct 3, 2013 - 9:51PM

    For a country who has been living in denials and conspiracies since 1946, this is the best news.Recommend

  • Fawad
    Oct 3, 2013 - 9:51PM

    Learn from China govt. has blocked Facebook, IM, Video and even youtube. We are not the only nation on planet.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Listofwebsitesblockedin_China

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  • iftekhar hussain
    Oct 3, 2013 - 9:56PM

    Since the day Sharjeel Memon was heckled by the public in Karachi he is like taking revenge from all Karchites, This man was imported from London, I donot know how the British government were unable to instill the sense of freedom unto him for so long. Till he is here, everything will go upside down.

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  • terrorist
    Oct 3, 2013 - 9:58PM

    ok, we’ll just use gmail voice chat then, or something like that

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  • PTI fan(atic)
    Oct 3, 2013 - 10:06PM

    @citizen:

    Sirr laugh all you want but make no mistake this isn’t Naya Pakistan. Kindly refrain from creating confusion, coz the ONLY Naya Pakistan is IK’s.

    Enjoy Purana pakistan and you may laugh as much as you want.

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  • Mahnoor
    Oct 3, 2013 - 10:13PM

    Pakistani Government can’t make any better decisions then this. This is the most stupidest decision yet so far that they have taken,

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  • Concerned Citizen
    Oct 3, 2013 - 10:27PM

    Zardari likes the smell of 3G license.

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  • maya khan
    Oct 3, 2013 - 10:38PM

    @Ali Thar:

    The government needs to take actions on themselves not on the citizens. Like that’s ever going to happen.

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  • Meyhoff
    Oct 3, 2013 - 10:55PM

    Trust me, in 518 years, Pakistan will be #1 world superpower. Nobody can beat us at anything, in 518 years.

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  • Waqar Uddin
    Oct 3, 2013 - 11:01PM

    This isn’t a way to stop accused and give them foil. Government should have to give more facilities to nation not either are taking the facilities. Accused have more easy way to take step as accused are planing for any task.Why people are accountable for that cause?

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  • Waqar Uddin
    Oct 3, 2013 - 11:02PM

    This isn’t a way to stop accused and give them foil. Government should have to give more facilities to nation not either are taking the facilities. Accused have more easy way to take step as accused are planing for any task.Why people are accountable for that cause?Recommend

  • danny
    Oct 3, 2013 - 11:07PM

    Ban Oxygen too, maybe?

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  • TopDoc
    Oct 3, 2013 - 11:26PM

    Oovoo! Google Hangout! Google talk! Rebtel! For every app they ban, another will prop up….its pointless….

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  • Ahmed Raza
    Oct 3, 2013 - 11:37PM

    I can see 422 votes in favor of the ban ! Come on people get a life !

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  • Something Clever
    Oct 3, 2013 - 11:44PM

    Blocking such things is pointless. They’ll just find another way. Have they ever really not been able to?
    If you don’t block them and monitor them you’re better off. Same goes for cell phones.

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  • Talha Yousuf
    Oct 3, 2013 - 11:50PM

    I would suggest we ban milk instead so we can stop criminals children from growing.

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  • Uzair
    Oct 4, 2013 - 12:08AM

    This is ridiculous. I’m out of the country and I use Skype, WhatsApp etc to stay in touch with my friends and family in Karachi.

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  • Imtiaz
    Oct 4, 2013 - 12:22AM

    @Jaguar:
    Its amazing, Why don’t government Ban Taking bribery for three month maybe we will be get rid of Terrorist altogether..

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  • Imtiaz
    Oct 4, 2013 - 12:29AM

    @Hashim Zuberi:
    Are you a complete idiot or you are as stupid as your Govt. People are actually earning their living communicating Via Skype to the outside world ,and not just chatting like idiots So try to think before making a retarded comment like that.

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  • Imtiaz Khan
    Oct 4, 2013 - 12:45AM

    We are a Pakistani Based IT Company in US, and have a call center in Karachi with Employee who earn their livelihood by remotely supporting Customer based outside Pakistan. There is so many challenges doing business with our own people now with improper infrastructure, shortage of electricity an now this Idiot Govt. wants to ban Skype, Viper Etc. If they are really serious about getting rid of terrorist than why not banned bribery for three months instead. That will definitely get rid of most of the terrorists and also get rid of people working against the interest of the country. This movement again showed why rich will always get richer and middle class from becoming poor because Govt. only Tax poor people. Case in Point. When I was visiting Karachi, I saw Land cruiser running breaking the law in front of the police, while they are ticketing (challan) to people in motor bike. No wonder even Allah is not happy with this country and that’s why we have so many natural disasters like earthquake etc. People take control and get rid of all the cronies running our beloved country and get someone who is not their to get rich overnight and gangbang our nation.

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  • Imtiaz Khan
    Oct 4, 2013 - 12:47AM

    @Fawad: Why don’t you move to China you idiot !!!

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  • Imtiaz Khan
    Oct 4, 2013 - 12:49AM

    @Ovais:
    How about Ban bribery, and you may get better result.

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  • Imtiaz Khan
    Oct 4, 2013 - 12:52AM

    How about ordering by military to shooting any civilian carrying guns I heard it really cleaned Karachi during Musharraf times. this way you can get rid of all the low life altogether.

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  • Lovable Fellow
    Oct 4, 2013 - 12:52AM

    One question from Sindh Govt.:
    Why do you think that banned groups cannot use non-famous VoIP/Chat softwares for their communication?
    Due to this ban, only common people will suffer. Please stop creating more trouble in the life of public via unjustified logics.

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  • Shan
    Oct 4, 2013 - 12:53AM

    Is it time to ban internet and TV in pakistan ! Horrible

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  • ali ahmed
    Oct 4, 2013 - 1:27AM

    The D.G.Rangers most ill-informed person,before he lied in s.c 19000 USA containers with weapons was missing and ex-minister of port and shipping was involved..and now regarding use of internet application,

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  • Aiza
    Oct 4, 2013 - 4:56AM

    Rest of the world is progressing in technology but pakistan chooses to experience stone age era! Jiye pakistan! ^_^

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  • Mohammed
    Oct 4, 2013 - 6:49AM

    Derp,They should close it if it helps the community and stop the attacks, bombings ect.
    if it doesnt help most people will start to hate pakistan and where they live.

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  • Pankaj
    Oct 4, 2013 - 10:29AM

    @Jaqen H’ghar:
    I have my sympathies with you friend ! But I am sure people conducting your interview will also read this news and understand your issue.

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  • Manii
    Oct 4, 2013 - 1:13PM

    Great Step ……Thumps Up

    Now Terrorist also take Oxygen …So when you are going to Block for whole nation..?

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  • sana
    Oct 4, 2013 - 2:49PM

    Totally rubbish and childish act by sindh governmnt.we shoud raise our voce against it.how can govt snatch our freedom.we wont accept it at any cost.this is a foolish act

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  • Faizan Akhtar
    Oct 4, 2013 - 2:54PM

    This is the failure of our security forces. This is not the solution of terrorism. This kind of act spoil the hope of Pakistani people.We are deeply in thinking that our country is not in good hands because they don’t have appropriate solutions of the current problems, they are increasing the problems of people rather than reduce the main threads and issues.

    Double Riding on bike banned, Youtube banned, Skype , Viber etc Banned, No Electricity , No GAS , No Water , No Security , Nothing else… We all have many kind of things to share. But remember do anger or complaint but in a manner. We are the people of Pakistan and Pakistan Zindabad

    Almighty Allah bless us.

    Ameen

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  • Tahir
    Oct 4, 2013 - 5:08PM

    Probably its time for the pigeons in the country to arrange a bullet proof vest for themselves. After everything banned it will be the old style of communications.

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  • Sara
    Oct 4, 2013 - 7:22PM

    Crimnals use phones, cars and etc. Lets ban them all

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  • MysteryMaster
    Oct 4, 2013 - 7:42PM

    Well
    Next step will be Ban on internet, you cannot access email and anything as Terrorist are using Email for communication.

    So Pathetic and un professional people.

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  • Shahid Syed
    Oct 4, 2013 - 8:04PM

    @Sigh:
    Govt is considering ban oxygen so dehshatgard will suffocate to death.

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  • JahazKhan
    Oct 4, 2013 - 8:43PM

    i like gorment. gorment good. sindh gorment best. pakastan zindabad!

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  • MJ
    Oct 5, 2013 - 2:26AM

    A lot of kids in US and Canada etc. learn the recitation of Quarn over skype. Both the students and their teachers will needlessly suffer due to this stupid ban.

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  • muhammad ashraf
    Oct 5, 2013 - 11:35AM

    I am sorry to say but if in Islamabad have any problem so all karachi can be blocked and jf lahore have boom blast so karachi have karfeu and also if any minister in Islamabad is ill or fever so karachi have Holliday and also any motorcycle rider doing firing in multan so in karachi double passenger at motorcycle in karachi shall be not allowed what is this this is not fare do some thing for terrorism but dont forget your brothers which are living abroad do some thing for terrorism but which is right way skype,whatsapp,viber block in sindh pakistan it is not a right way for example after three months if terrorism is not under control so what you do then – This is my question to the government of Pakistan.

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  • Aschraful Makhlooq
    Oct 5, 2013 - 11:47AM

    The question rises here,id est,shall this ban on Skype,Viber and Tango be the guarantee of controlling terrorism in Karachi even after three months when ban will be lifted?
    How much awkward and backward our leaders have been who are taking Pakistan towards dark age and stone age in the 21st century,most especially importantly when the world has been a global village and people of different cultures,traditions and parts of the world are coming more and more closure and closure by using the these different social media networks,by taking the temporary steps of blocking the social media networks to control terrorism instead of uprooting the terrorism by taking the sold steps!!!!

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  • Arshad Kamal
    Oct 5, 2013 - 1:51PM

    Qaim Il-sung
    Eternal CM of Sind-younyang

    Thanks, Peace Diya!!!

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  • Basharat
    Oct 5, 2013 - 3:28PM

    @Javeria Mahmood:
    …should ban facebook aswell…..Recommend

  • Mubashar Rehan
    Oct 5, 2013 - 4:41PM

    this is one of most stupid decisions ever. i do not know how nonsense these decisions maker are. terrorist are very equipped and rich people. they will find other ways which will be even more secure. its only public that will suffer. if government really want to use technology to improve security they should have monitored these services and that would have been very helpful to track terrorists. now public will suffer and terrorist will still be using more advance facilities. and btw emails come to mobile directly like messages. so whats point of banning skype?????????

    again will say this decision only shows mentality of these nonsense decision makers. who do not have vision to look broad at things.

    v v disappointed

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  • Zahid MAHMOOD
    Oct 6, 2013 - 3:31PM

    It’s blocked to provide security to mobile phone operators and receive hefty kick backs in return. These stupid fellows don’t know that on phone people can use code words to accomplish the task. Are they stupid enough to use normal conversation that tomorrow we will detonate bombs in xyz (God forbid) areas.

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  • Jawad
    Oct 9, 2013 - 10:32AM

    this gov is acting like as if we have no army we have no forces we have no police, off course we dont, all the fighting forces are for pakistani awaam, not for terrorists.

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  • jiya
    Oct 12, 2013 - 1:12AM

    pakistani government always took steps which kills poor people. they cant stop terrorism by putting ban on vib. sab paisay bnanay k tarreqay hain

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  • Haider
    Oct 16, 2013 - 1:34AM

    So stupid.

    They should use the ip addresses to locate these supposed terrorists. Instead they are now pushing them into using proxies which will make it near impossible to backtrace them.

    secondly these terrorists using skype is so dumb I mean come on these terrorists must be real dumb or pakistan needs some it specialist in their terrorist catching department

    Unless it’s all about the money

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