Row over BlackBerry services likely to be resolved


STAFF REPORT ISB: The BlackBerry company has partially accepted the government’s terms with the expectation that it would never grant a backdoor to users’ data, but it is believed to cooperate with law enforcement agencies, sources confided to this correspondent.

It is to be mentioned here that BlackBerry has a similar arrangement in many countries including UAE and India. Under such an arrangement, the company hands over user information only if it is served with a valid warrant.

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BlackBerry plans to shut operations in Pakistan over surveillance row




STAFF REPORT ISB: BlackBerry has announced to formally shut down its operations in Pakistan after the PTA sought the backdoor access to the company’s encrypted services.

"The company recognizes the need to co-operate with lawful government investigations of criminal activity, but it has never permitted wholesale access to BlackBerry servers," said BlackBerry operations chief Marty Beard in a blog post.

Reportedly, BlackBerry has in the past cooperated with information

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BlackBerry plans to shut operations in Pakistan over surveillance row




STAFF REPORT ISB: BlackBerry has announced to formally shut down its operations in Pakistan after the PTA sought the backdoor access to the company’s encrypted services.

"The company recognizes the need to co-operate with lawful government investigations of criminal activity, but it has never permitted wholesale access to BlackBerry servers," said BlackBerry operations chief Marty Beard in a blog post.

Reportedly, BlackBerry has in the past cooperated with information

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PTCL at front row in flood relief activities


STAFF REPORT ISB: Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL), prime telecommunication and ICT Company of Pakistan is leading from front in social sector as it strives for relief efforts in flood hit area. PTCL has established medical camp to provide health care facilities and first aid to the victims of the flood. PTCL in collaboration with local authorities and Pakistan Army has mobilized its resources by setting up medical camps comprising of PTCL doctors and medical staff equipped

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Row over environment cell control persists

STAFF REPORT IBD: A cold war has been going on among government departments over the control of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) cell for the last four months.The devolved Ministry of Environment became the National Designated Authority (NDA) of the United Nations Framework Conference on Climate Change after it established the cell and placed it under Enercon back in 2005.The cell became the casualty of devolution and was attached with the Planning and Development Division. However, the

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