No BlackBerry Service in Pakistan

No BlackBerry Service in PakistanBlackBerry services in Pakistan were being blocked by PTA, Pakistan Telecom Authority. PTA has asked all the telecom companies in Pakistan to halt the BlackBerry services. Pakistan has banned BlackBerry services just to make sure they block all the ways that leads to the banned sites like Facebook, YouTube, Flickr and lately Twitter. This is one of the major drives initiated by Pakistan against websites which hosted anti-Islamic content. This is all happened when people from all parts of the Pakistan protested against ‘Everybody Draw Muhammad Day’ page in Facebook. As per the issued rule, telecom companies can’t resume BlackBerry services until they get the further notice from PTA.

First, Pakistan ISPs blocked Facebook, YouTube, Flickr and twitter and later they figured out that these websites were accessible through BlackBerrys. I say Pakistan is sharing the BlackBerry Infrastructure and not having their own dedicated server for BIS. Well, BlackBerry users will have their services blocked for some more time. The blocking period might last till the end of the month, or can go further down. Including BlackBerry services, Pakistan has blocked 800 different web pages and sites that contain blasphemous content.

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Written by Shahzoor Ali


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