Pakistan’s Telecommunication Authority has now ordered local carriers to shut down BlackBerry Enterprise Service (BES) starting Nov 30th due to security reasons.
BlackBerry has been a champion for email and messaging encryption over the years, and has had several conflicts with international governments trying to get access to the secure information. The most well known case was when India was granted access to BBM messages, but then was shut down by BlackBerry when further pursuing access to email messages.
BlackBerry has to draw the line at some point, and Pakistan isn’t too happy about it. Given the country’s vulnerability to terror attacks, you can’t blame for wanting to get access to all communication that a terrorist may use to coordinate, or plan an attack. Unfortunately, it’s the innocent consumer who will be wrongly affected by the decision and will most likely end up moving to another platform.