Meanwhile in Pakistan: Gov't bans cheaper late night calling because it is 'against social norms'

Meanwhile in Pakistan: Gov't bans cheaper late night calling because it is 'against social norms'
Here is an strange way to fight immorality: ban cheaper late night cell phone tariffs. At least, that’s what the Pakistani telecoms watchdog decided would be an effective measure to help clean up the morals of the country.

The idea? Simple, while carriers in the South Asian country are competing in price by offering cheaper call rates at night, the authorities suspect that it’s all promoting vulgar calls.

"We have received a number of complaints from the Supreme Court of Pakistan, the Standing Committee of the parliament, (parliamentarians) and subscribers regarding the promotion of vulgarity through such advertisements and have therefore asked cellular mobile operators to immediately discontinue such packages and to present compliance reports," Pakistan Telecommunication Authority Chairman Farooq Awan said.

Those were qualified as practices "against social norms" and the “values” of the country.

On Facebook and Twitter, many Pakistanis were quick to protest what seems an absurd decision. Some accused the Government of moral policing.

Just about a year ago, Pakistani carriers were forced to filter out SMS messages with against a list of 1,700 ‘bad’ words, and the country is now actively discussing whether it should or should not filter YouTube and Twitter like China.

source: The Times of India

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59 Comments

1. mercorp

Posts: 1045; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

No comment.

35. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Man, if you have 'no comment', don't comment at all. Seriously, your comment is redundant! Don't waste space. No offence, but i would really hate to be born there. I'd really feel claustrophobic.

51. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

Fool, some people want to be first...don't waste comments like that..its more precious then clean water on the Euphrates.

56. drahmad

Posts: 480; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

if most people in Pakistan are happy about this, then he govt. must have done something right. you people don't understand this. its becoming a craze in Pakistan. if you talk the whole night long to your g.f , then how the hell can you work in your day? other than that it has created many many issues (legal). that's is why the supreme court has shown concerns.

2. gothicheart

Posts: 83; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

i do pity pakistanis, this is obviously politically motivated...

3. ABDULGHAFOOR

Posts: 106; Member since: May 04, 2012

ME from PAKISTAN ,and this is good decision.

9. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

How would you like it if Pakistan blocked your post between the hours of 10pm to 7am?

13. ABDULGHAFOOR

Posts: 106; Member since: May 04, 2012

that's not a problem to me .

18. anirudhshirsat97

Posts: 408; Member since: May 24, 2011

Although i think that rule is damn stupid, the ideology of Pakistan is that way. You cant blame them. Let them live by their rules instead of forcing them with modern thinking everytime.

28. meeaaoon

Posts: 25; Member since: Oct 02, 2012

and what about the service provider forcing us to use night packages why they don't provide us the same calling rate through out the day.?

52. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

well modern thinking of what .............

37. mobilefuture

Posts: 224; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

And why would they do that?

16. sbr999

Posts: 79; Member since: Jun 05, 2012

no it's not. open your eyes, you are slaves for your government

4. XYZ360

Posts: 53; Member since: Jan 01, 2012

at least it's not like China

49. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

The nerve of China, they even censor PhoneArena; what's up wit' dat'?

5. yasir-921

Posts: 81; Member since: Oct 02, 2012

You have taken Times Of India's news regarding status of telecommunication in Pakistan. First of all, times of India exaggerates every policy which Pakistan makes. It is not a big deal that Late Night Calls may be banned. It may be a normal practice as many times, we have GSM signals stopped for a day or so to avoid unusual activities specially during sensitive events. Phone Arena always picks news which it considers to be shameful or epidemic for us in the eyes of other. On the other hands, you don't write how people are buying new and new phones here like how SGSIII, One X, Note, iPhones demand are increasing and huge number of people are spending on phones and accessories.

6. ABDULGHAFOOR

Posts: 106; Member since: May 04, 2012

100 % agree with you bro :)

44. mobilefuture

Posts: 224; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

You sir, know how to reply :)

7. Topcat488

Posts: 1412; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

That sounds like a TAX on booty calls...... Ring, ring, ring.... Yeah,,,hello? Hey, you still up, can i come over? Uhmmmm hello?!?... It's me, was you sleep already, can i come over? (2:30am)

8. beillal

Posts: 4; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

@yasir921 & @ Abdulghafoor I am also from Pakistan and this is in no way a good decision. Those who want to talk at night will still talk. or they will use twitter facebook skype to talk..there r many alternatives. And I mean...come on...against social norms and values???...wat values??

12. ABDULGHAFOOR

Posts: 106; Member since: May 04, 2012

Those who want to talk at night will still talk but at higher call rates ,but if they have night packages at low cost ,they spend whole of their time in talking instead of sleeping ,and at day time ,they are dull , inactive. and that will be effective measure to help clean up the morals of the country.

15. spideyhead256

Posts: 148; Member since: Nov 05, 2012

-_- lol seriously man.that's just highly dull of you to speak in such a stereotypical manner.

21. beillal

Posts: 4; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

So all the call centers with night shifts should be closed becouse their employees will dull, inactive and sleeping at day??? if u dont hav a gf to talk to at night doesnt mean that no one shud talk at night...

22. VJo003

Posts: 365; Member since: Mar 11, 2012

Who made u the mother of Pakistan???

23. hypergreatthing

Posts: 44; Member since: Jun 13, 2012

I really hope no one in your country works the night shift. It would be immoral for them to do so. Lol.

38. meeaaoon

Posts: 25; Member since: Oct 02, 2012

Its not about night shift. for night shifter they got plenty of time during day to sleep. This is about students who has to wake early for collages/schools and they don't get required sleep which leads them to dullnes...

25. thunderising

Posts: 232; Member since: Nov 25, 2011

wow. claps to you. we really can't argue with such thinking. not worth trying

29. pulkit.tyagi

Posts: 35; Member since: Nov 15, 2012

what morals r u talking about ? will u care to explain!?

39. meeaaoon

Posts: 25; Member since: Oct 02, 2012

I think u need to read comment#34 if u can understand.

27. yasir-921

Posts: 81; Member since: Oct 02, 2012

thats what I am trying to say, such bans on late night calls will now effect its users. you are right that we have Skype, Whats app, Viber etc. This is no Big deal!

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