Sindh Minister for Information, Sharjeel Memon has announced in a media briefing today that government of Sindh has decided to ban VoIP and IM services; Skype, Viber, WhatsApp, Tango and others for three months in the province due to security reasons.
The decision came after a meeting between top officials of Sindh government with representatives of Intelligence agencies. A summary has been sent to the Federal government for approval.
Mr. Memon apologized for the incontinence as it a necessary step to stop terrorist activities in Karachi and other affected areas of Sindh in the on going targeted operation against terrorists.
He told the media that after government started taking action against unregistered SIMs, criminals and terrorists are using VoIP and other Internet based messaging services for communication.
It merits mentioning here that suspension of mobile services due to security reasons in the country is now a routine, but this is the first time government is trying to take over VoIP and other Internet based communication services. How they are going to block it, still remains a mystery as VoIP services work on a peer-to-peer system as compared to websites with IP addresses.
If Federal government approves the summary, services like Skype, Viber and WhatsApp will be banned soon. So all the folks from Karachi, Hyderabad and other parts of Sindh the next three months are going to be less social for you.