Pakistan’s solution to terrorism: ban Skype


The southern province of Sindh, home to Pakistan’s largest city and commercial center Karachi, will ban voice-messaging services for three months “because terrorists are using them,” the Tribune newspaper reports. The list of services to be banned includes Microsoft’s Skype and Viber. Messaging app WhatsApp may also have to go. According to the paper:

Sindh Information Minister Sharjeel Memon confirmed the decision in a press briefing. He said that the networks would be banned because terrorists are using them, having switched over from regular mobile services. Memon said the Sindh government has also requested the federal government to contact these companies and ask them for “access.”

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, the 25-year-old chairman of the Pakistan Peoples Party that rules the state (and son of assassinated former prime minister Benazir Bhutto and former president Asif Ali Zardari) asked complaining youngsters to put up with the ban for the sake…

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