BlackBerry Enterprise Service to be banned in Pakistan

BlackBerry Enterprise Service to be banned in Pakistan
Citing “security concerns,” Pakistan’s Ministry of Interior issued a directive to the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) to block BlackBerry’s Enterprise Server (BES) beginning December 1st this year.

BES is BlackBerry’s business solution, operating in tandem with Exchange or Domino servers, the highly secure platform provides companies with autonomous, highly manageable features for BlackBerry devices as well as the applications they use, even how much access they have to different networks or services.

The PTA, in turn, sent letters to Pakistan’s mobile operators outlining the requirement that BES connectivity would be blocked by December. Interestingly, this ban will not affect BlackBerry Internet Service (BIS), the company’s legacy consumer platform that allows previous generation BlackBerry smartphones to get online.

Since BES is primarily a business grade service, the PTA’s spokesman, Khurram Mehran, says that he does not expect this move to affect more than 5,000 users in the country. “There was a challenge that the BlackBerry email service could not be tracked or decoded, which leads to the security reasons” that were cited by the Interior Ministry.

source: The Express Tribune

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52 Comments

1. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 2012

Dectatorial regimes don't like privacy and security among their people

2. saffant

Posts: 274; Member since: Jul 04, 2011

It's not a dictatorship.

6. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Its a failed democracy nonetheless. For half its lifetime, Pakistan was ruled by military which is obviously a non-democratically elected org during its 'democracy. Also, until couple of years back they did not experience even one democratic transfer of power from one democratically elected government that had completed its tenure to another.

27. lalalaman

Posts: 638; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

its not dictatorship nor it is democracy....:/

33. bambamboogy02

Posts: 838; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

They need to take of their other "EXTREMIST" problems first, So this is a good move so they can monitor all email exchanges. I understand the need for privacy of the people, but when you have these kind of activities going on, you have to make sure your own country is secure first.

34. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Agreed. If they wanna avoid an embarrassment like Osama from happening again they'll have to take stern steps.

35. saffant

Posts: 274; Member since: Jul 04, 2011

Don't think you realize what the political situation is like in Pakistan. It's not a simple case of just electing democracy throughout. Sometimes decisions had to be made to bring the military into power to stabilize the country. This is very different from a dictatorship. If it were this simple as you claim it, then Pakistan would be one of the G20 nations by now.

5. junaidahmed

Posts: 103; Member since: Sep 04, 2014

it isn't a dictatorship

21. SitiNurbaya0

Posts: 153; Member since: May 22, 2015

Pakistan a beautiful country, but ruin by intellectual actor.... guess who.

25. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

Pakistan is an independent country, it's Pakistan's responsibility to keep it safe. If they can't save it from being ruined it's their problem.

15. muhsen

Posts: 281; Member since: Jun 07, 2012

Because USA ( NSA with their prism program )and UK (GCHQ , which has a worse record than NsA and still prevails to intervene on UK citizens surveillance, Cameron for example wants to ban whatsapp and iMessage, I live in the UK btw) like privacy and security among their people very much ?. It's time to stop blaming countries like Pakistan, India and the like while we have the same problems (if Cameron does get the law of banning of whatsapp and iMessage through, UK will be worse than Saudi Arabia, which has a ban on viber). Democracy is a utopia that the west claims they have achieved (ironically they didn't) but they blame the East countries of not achieving it.

16. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

But most of the democratic countries won't ban them, only Pakistan is doing it. UK, India, France and other countries express their concerns to the US but they don't ban anything.

22. SitiNurbaya0

Posts: 153; Member since: May 22, 2015

correction.... country friend USA/Canada have backdoor.

24. Luzifer unregistered

What pakistani govt is doing is there internal matter right or wrong still wont change the fact whats done is done . Democracy or dictator doesnt matter we dont have any say in there personal matters

26. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

Countries can't do whatever they want and call it their personal matter, it's not like Pakistan never talks about other countries, they also do the same thing...every country has the right to talk about the others, we can talk about Pakistan, Pakistan can talk about us. Completely ignoring the others is also not good.

29. Luzifer unregistered

Dude you are literally ignoring the fact that pakistan is fighting a war on terror so whatever decision they are making or by they i mean the army or govt they think its good for them and in a state of war it doesnt matter what other people say they are defending there country from terrorism sure we can debate on fact its a right way or not but thats totally different but the fact doesnt change whats done is done and they think it will help there security concerns or whatever than so be it. Yes we can talk about pakistan and same goes for them hut we can only talk not implement or change the decision there govr is making we can just discuss here nothing else. Whats done is done

30. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

I believe that banning stuff effects the ordinary people a lot more than the terrorists. Pakistan has a bad habit of banning quite a few things... Now YouTube can't help the terrorists but it was banned. it's their problem but the Comments section was made to discuss about things related to the article...so that's what we are doing.

31. Luzifer unregistered

First of alll youtube wasnt banned because of terrorism it was banned because certain content was not taken down by youtube that insults there prophet and religion. Nothing to do with terrorism. Second yes we are here comment here and give our thoughts but thats the least we can do nothing else. And yes pakistam has a habbit of banning things but if things were so had there and people had problemwith banning blackberry they would have spoken out uptill now it doesnt effect the common people much as it is stated only 5000 or + users of blackberry in pakistan that is considerably low compared to android or ios people dont care ahout blackberry there well if it was android than that would have been other scenario but anyways nice discussing this with you without any abusive language shows there are still some logical people left on eart cuz whenever it comes to pakistan or india i have seen the comment section becoming a war zone

36. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

I said that they ban certain stuff....terrorism or no terrorism. In my view If you feel that a video insults someone, you should not watch it because blocking Youtube is like making the citizens suffer for no mistake of theirs. Youtube is too big...you will find videos that insult the other religions as well...but you can't remove all of them because even if you do, someone else will upload them again.. And yes, it's good that the comments section didn't turn into a war zone...there are many logical people on earth, it's just that they choose to remain silent.

42. SitiNurbaya0

Posts: 153; Member since: May 22, 2015

I agree with ban BES for security. bb only helping usa/canada/friend, but donnot pakistan/india/china. but i donot agree with banned youtube because insult prophet and religion. if religion donot allow other question them, it must be something wrong.

43. meanestgenius

Posts: 22049; Member since: May 28, 2014

You have no idea what you're talking about concerning BlackBerry and the reasons why Pakistan is banning BES. Please exit this comments section immediately.

38. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

Yes Eastern countries are so much better than western.. Don't give me that bs.. So f**king sick of idiots like yourself blaming the US for your shifty country problems

23. Luzifer unregistered

What usa and uk are doing with the provacy of there people the world knows. So stop living in ga ga land first check your home and whats happening inside your countries before pointing fingers at others peace

32. bambamboogy02

Posts: 838; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

They need to take of their other "EXTREMIST" problems first, So this is a good move so they can monitor all email exchanges. I understand the need for privacy of the people, but when you have these kind of activities going on, you have to make sure your own country is secure first.

3. meanestgenius

Posts: 22049; Member since: May 28, 2014

Pakistan is no able to spy on those using BES servers, so they are banning them. End of story.

4. junaidahmed

Posts: 103; Member since: Sep 04, 2014

actually it's because of increasing terrorist activity in the country, they are introducing strict security measures

7. meanestgenius

Posts: 22049; Member since: May 28, 2014

They are still not able to breach the security of handsets protected by BES, hence, they are banning it. If there is suspected terrorist activity from individuals using BES servers, would it not make more sense to deal directly with those individuals suspected of doing the terrorism, as opposed to just banning BES?

10. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

Yeah we all know that their using it but i don't think it's that easy or possible to locate them like when someone use a VPN. It can be a wise decision in order to reduce terrorism in this country.

12. meanestgenius

Posts: 22049; Member since: May 28, 2014

Banning BES is not an effective deterrent for terrorism. They will still continue to terrorize, just through other means.

14. vincelongman

Posts: 5693; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Agreed, banning BES will stop most civilians from using BES But terrorists could probably still use BES via PVNs Or terrorists will find some other similar service

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