Blackberry Shuts Down Operations In Pakistan, Alleging Extreme Government Interference

Blackberry, the premier and globally known handset maker has finally decided to wind up its operations in the Pakistan. The company said in an official note that it became tough to handle the government’s demands, so they have put in their papers in Pakistan.

Blackberry added that the Pak authorities started demanding unrestricted access to the information of the Blackberry subscribers who use BlackBerry Enterprise Services (BES) in the country.

Marty Beard, BlackBerry’s chief operating officer said in a blog post:

“Remaining in Pakistan would have meant forfeiting our commitment to protect our users’ privacy. That is a compromise we are not willing to make. The truth is that the Pakistani government wanted the ability to monitor all BlackBerry Enterprise Service traffic in the country, including every BES e-mail and BES BBM message.

But BlackBerry will not comply with that sort of directive. As we have said many times, we do not support backdoors granting open access to our customers’ information and have never done this anywhere in the world.

Though, Blackberry describes Pakistan an important market for its services, experts believe that the company’s exit won’t impact the Smartphone market much. People in Pakistan have shifted to the Android and Apple based devices for quite some time that led to huge slump in Blackberry’s market share.

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Blackberry Shuts Down Operations In Pakistan

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