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Govt in Process to Negotiate with BlackBerry to Keep its Presence in Pakistan

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Govt in Process to Negotiate with BlackBerry to Keep its Presence in Pakistan

The concerned Pakistan authorities are in process to negotiate with BlackBerry not to leave Pakistan. An interesting fact is observed that both the company itself nor even the local mobile companies seems interested in BB’s stay in Pakistan.

A source from government informed that:
“In 2015, the operators were asked to obtain the NOC by the end of November, otherwise services would be closed down, but the operators showed little interest in obtaining NOC probably due to the high cost of BES system maintenance and less demand.”

This dispute aroused when the government of Pakistan asked BlackBerry to provide access to the BlackBerry Enterprise Services (BES) under the National Action Plan (NAP) otherwise its enterprise services will be blocked by November 30. In reply to this, the Canadian company BlackBerry announced its exit from Pakistan while mentioning the reason that the company will not compromise on users’ security. BlackBerry arrived Pakistan back in 2013 and started its services with help of local mobile operators.

Govt in Process to Negotiate with BlackBerry to Keep its Presence in Pakistan

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Looking deep into the matter, we will come to know that BB allowed government of India back in 2013 to track its mails, attachments in real time, and also gave access to see when BBM messages have been delivered and read and to intercept web browsing data. It is also important to note here that the alleged that the BES services are not obtained through any permission from Government of Pakistan. Hence, the operators actually violated the conditions of the NOC and started providing BES and despite repeated directives to obtain NOC for BES, operators continued provision of service without obtaining permission from telecom regulator.

Due to which Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) suspended the services in 2011 but on repeated requests it restored it services shortly. The unfortunate incident of Peshawar APS attack changed the situation again as the government demanded access from the operators in order to help the terrorist hunt in the country.