Pakistan Government to develop its own whatsapp alternate messaging app

The app will include features such as messages, voice and video calls

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Pakistan has decided to develop a world-class social networking app with state-of-the-art security features, which will include all modern communication features including messages, voice calls and videos.

It will be developed by the Ministry of Information Technology and IT experts.

The government has started consultations for the purpose and after approval from the federal cabinet, work on the project will start.

According to the report released after the cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Imran Khan, the application will be called “Govt App”. The report further says “An indigenous application [called] Govt-APP may be developed. All communication related to the government if required may be undertaken using the said APP instead of other OTT services such as WhatsApp, Viber and Facebook messenger. The data will be stored in Pakistan.”

This would be a great accomplishment for Pakistan and a big advancement towards its independence from foreign messaging applications. The communication between the government officials or organizations is mostly private, hence a state cannot afford the leak of such confidential or sensitive information to its enemy,

Pakistan just like any other country government makes use of the Blackberry encryption for sensitive data sharing. The complete data would be located with the new system that the government is intending to launch. Only the government of Pakistan would have the complete power and control over the data.

The focus of the present government is on the development of the country via technology. They know that technology is the future and it could be a great tool for regulating the government authorities.