Pakistan to launch own messaging app amid WhatsApp privacy controversy
KARACHI: The government of Pakistan has decided to develop the country’s own messaging app which will guarantee security measures to protect the privacy of users on priority basis. The app will be developed by the Ministry of Information Technology and IT experts.
The government has started consultations for the purpose and soon the project will be sent to the federal cabinet for formal approval after which, the ministry will start working on the project. The app will include all modern communication features – messages, voice and video calls.
Federal Minister for Information Technology Aminul Haq informed media that the ministry had decided to create a social networking app for the convenience of the people at the national level. “To get registered, users will need to provide the CNIC numbers. They will be able to run the app on their smartphones smoothly,” the minister added.
Initially, the government will make the app available for major cities on experimental basis, but later on its scope will be widened.
According to the minister, the app will be a major revolution in the IT sector and will increase employment opportunities. The app will be owned and operated by the Ministry of IT,
The messaging app is expected to be launched this year, the IT minister announced.