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Sindh govt bans VOIP services to prevent terrorism activities

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NEW DELHI: The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority has said it has no immediate plans of banning aforesaid online services in Sindh.

A PTA spokesperson further clarified that it has not received any request from the Sindh government to ban Skype, Viber and Whatsapp for limited period.

On 4 October, the entire social media world in Pakistan had received a shock when Sindh Information Minister Sharjeel Memon announced a three-month ban on VOIP based services mainly due to stop the terrorist activities in Karachi.

Just two days earlier, when an independent watchdog organisation - Freedom House - ranked 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.

Earlier, there was a similar ban in Saudi Arabia, increasing on-net calls via Skype resulting in drop of revenues for Etsilat and other major telecom companies. They used the card of “Religion” stating that these services are spreading profanity in the youth and ultimately got those services banned in the country.

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