Proposed ban on chat apps -Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)

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Proposed ban on chat apps

Pakistan Press Foundation

THE proposed ban on chat applications WhatsApp, Viber, and Skype is akin to smothering the channel of communication. Despite the technological advancements we are lagging behind in the field of science and technology due to such measures.

And the dilemma is that our government is still unaware about the serious consequences these immature steps are generating in our society.

It has been a year now that YouTube was banned. People were inventing slyly ways to drill the ban by using different ‘protective’ shields. Owing to this the proliferation of highly obnoxious sites are rising.

By curtailing ‘useful’ sites we have been giving rise to the ‘unwanted’ stuff to peep in our life. Many websites which were previously banned because of their ‘harmful contents’; blasphemy, pornography, etc. are now easily accessible. This practice has been rendering serious harm to young minds.

And now, what consequences the ban on chat applications is going to promulgate. They will be surely harmful again. This move is going to cast a pall of gloom on the activities of entrepreneurs, as many small entrepreneurs use this tool to interact with their customers.

Simultaneously, it will also give sheer headache to the common people when they will not be able to contact their relatives living abroad.

Sadly, our leadership has failed to devise a safe road to nab the criminals, using SMS/social sites to fulfil their heinous tactics. In spite of such ‘protective’ measures of banning sites and applications, the attacks are on the rise as the government isn’t wise enough. Who is the victim of this perplexed battle? Surely, it is the bourgeois. And it is creating a situation of ‘damned if you do, damned if you don’t’. Wisely, we should learn to attack the problem not the people.

MAHVISH SHAHID
Lahore

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