Pakistan’s Sindh Province Proposes Banning Skype, WhatsApp And Viber, Internet Reacts (VIDEO)

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Sheena
While the rest of the world can easily send instant messages and talk to each other over internet telephony services, things in Pakistan are a bit more complicated as authorities are considering banning Skype, Whatsapp, Tango and Viber in the southern province of Sind for security reasons.
While the rest of the world can easily send instant messages and talk to each other over internet telephony services, things in Pakistan are a bit more complicated as authorities are considering banning Skype, Whatsapp, Tango and Viber in the southern province of Sind for security reasons.
 
The decision to propose the ban was taken after a meeting attended by the Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah as well as senior police and intelligence officials.
 
Provincial Information Minister Sharjeel Memon, while addressing the media, failed to specify the correlation between banning the applications and the improvement of security. However, Security services say that instant messaging and internet telephony are used by militants and other armed groups to plan attacks.
 
It also remains unclear whether Pakistan's three other provinces, Punjab, Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, would follow suit, or even if the ban can be practically enforced. Officials from the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority did not return calls requesting comment.
 
It is not only the dwellers of Sind, but the whole country that is outraged by the proposal of the government. Twitter, Facebook and other social media platforms were flooded with messages slamming the ban.
 
While some were clearly annoyed, others approached the idea of a ban with a more humorous, albeit sarcastic approach. Some of them even poked fun at Chairman of the Pakistan Peoples Party, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, who took to Twitter to support the government’s decision.
 
Check out how people reacted to this controversial ban in the video above.
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