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Federal Minister for Information Technology (IT) Syed Amin Ul Haque on Monday launched ‘Beep Pakistan’, the country’s alternative to popular messaging app WhatsApp.

“This day marks an important milestone for Pakistan’s IT industry, as we are launching Beep Pakistan, the country’s first communication app, on a 30-day trial run,” said Haque during the launching ceremony.

“In the first phase, the app will be used for internal communication between the Ministry of IT and Communication and NITB (National Information Technology Board).

“In the second phase, the app will be opened to all government departments. In the third phase, the app will be made available to the masses across Pakistan.”

The minister said that alternative apps to WhatsApp have been launched in neighbouring countries including India and Bangladesh.

“We have been a bit late in this regard, however, it is better to be late than never,” he said.

Sharing its features, the minister said that the app can be used for data sharing, audio calling, video calling and conference calling.

“The biggest advantage of this app is that it is 100% safe and secure, as its server and source code will be in Pakistan,” he said.

Lauding the role of NITB, Haque said that “we can now proudly say Pakistan possesses a WhatsApp alternative”.

In the last 3.5 years, the ministry has launched 83 new projects, which has cost Rs77 billion across Pakistan. “We have targeted second- and third-tier cities to improve connectivity in these areas,” he said.

Haque said that the Ministry of IT digital skills have been taught to over 3.3 million children.

During our tenure, three additional National Incubation Centers (NIC) were also established, he added.

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Taimoor Ashraf Aug 07, 2023 12:55pm
Lame attempt at collecting personal data from private citizens. Very lame.
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Tulukan Mairandi Aug 07, 2023 01:02pm
Just a miserable attempt to spy on us and collect our personal info, to use against us. It's actually a Poop Pakistan not Beep.
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Shahid Khan Aug 07, 2023 01:43pm
Smartest way to waste money by a minister who has no political footings. No one will use it when we have good alternates for free!
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Ahmad Zaka Ur Rehman Aug 07, 2023 01:58pm
Excellent initiative, especially for the Government departments, we should forcefully move all government and security agencies communication to Beep
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Kashif ALI Aug 07, 2023 02:06pm
I saw a few negative comments by Pakistanis. They are truly Cursed Pakistanis who are habitual in cursing each other. The most despicable people on the earth. We must appreciate the efforts to improve our skills and using those skills to create indigenous products. This is the only way to survive in a world of cut-throat competition. Congratulations to IT ministry and keep up the great job!!!
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zaya zaya Aug 07, 2023 02:19pm
“The biggest advantage of this app is that it is 100% safe and secure, as its server and source code will be in Pakistan,” he said. Does that mean its security is guaranteed by ISI and use of Pegasus?
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Ali Asghar Aug 07, 2023 02:34pm
Well done, we must appreciate it fully that There will be Pakistan-owned app and would be used by millions in Pakistan, we must start using this and remove foreign apps like WhatsApp etc, also there should be an Pakistan-owned Facebook & Instagram alternative. But first of all, let's bring in 5G, which is more important and should be the higher priority, We're already well behind the rest of the world in that field.
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abrar ahmed Aug 07, 2023 02:35pm
Well Done, Pakistan. Praises and pride, all yours
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abrar ahmed Aug 07, 2023 02:37pm
@Tulukan Mairandi, You cow pee consumer, concentrate on your national mal nourishment index, now that all your Dalit's and untouchables have escaped your captivity and landed in US under H5B visa scams
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junaid Aug 07, 2023 02:42pm
@Kashif ALI, this App will be under their control. employees can blackmail people who have access on data. 2ndly govt can shut it down any time. as whatsapp can be used with VPN if govt restrict it in pakistan.
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junaid Aug 07, 2023 02:45pm
@Ali Asghar, Pakistan also have govt owned schools, hospitals, airline, railway. do u use all these or these worth useable? Iran also banned whatsapp can introduced their own app to control people. but no one uses it.
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Ali Asghar Aug 07, 2023 02:51pm
@junaid, Bro, read another sentence i have written and i also mentioned alongside what is the priority.
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Ali Asghar Aug 07, 2023 02:54pm
@junaid, Many children uses govt owned schools, colleges, even i have completed my graduation from Gov.t owned college and so are my class fellows, it all depends on students as well, yes there's plenty of work to be done, but many people don't afford high fees they have to bear in private institutions, and definitely, we all do get treated from Government hospitals.
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Builder Aug 07, 2023 03:52pm
@zaya zaya No, the security is guaranteed by Meta who have all your personal data and who fully track you and you are happy with that!
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Az_Iz Aug 07, 2023 04:38pm
Congratulations. Step in the right direction. Keep going.
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NoToKhan Aug 07, 2023 04:42pm
Imran khan should use this.
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Az_Iz Aug 07, 2023 04:43pm
Good to see the country making headway in IT , and other tech areas , including building and exporting JF thunder aircrafts. Exports in IT are about $2.5. Still a long way to go. But moving in the right direction.
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Rafique Aug 07, 2023 04:44pm
Excellent initiateve of Government of Pakistan. absloutely well said, better late then never & we should encourge to local products
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junaid Aug 07, 2023 04:58pm
@Ali Asghar, it means that you are going to govt schools & hospital just because you don't have money. if you had money then you had gone to private school & hospital. same here. whatsapp will be far better than govt owned app. when govt can't secure FBR website from hacking then how can we even imagine that this app will be 100% secured. FBR is running your whole country.
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junaid Aug 07, 2023 05:00pm
@Builder, Mata can't arrest you. but just like now a days. if you are a PTI supporter then govt will have access on your chat and calls. they can track you and can arrest you. Mata is using your data for advertisement. but your govt and its employees will use your data to blackmail you.
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Sohail Aslam Aug 07, 2023 05:26pm
Hahahahaha ab ye triqa dhoonda hy rhi sahi privacy b harapne ka??
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Az_Iz Aug 07, 2023 05:32pm
Just consuming what is created elsewhere will keep you dependent lead you nowhere. Will have to appreciate every effort made , every step taken , towards self reliance and progress.
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Imran khan Aug 07, 2023 07:45pm
Wow one of the best step in communication of Pakistan
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Bashir A Aziz Aug 07, 2023 07:55pm
@junaid, I agree 100% , Another attempt by the authorities to spy on their own people. We do not have money to hod elections but we have money to spend to spy on our own citizens
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Bashir A Aziz Aug 07, 2023 07:57pm
@zaya zaya, 100%, you will be securely put behind bar if you criticize them using this app, Another spying tool, Do not fall for it my fellow citizens.
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Bashir A Aziz Aug 07, 2023 07:58pm
@Az_Iz, you mean we should appreciate every step taken to spy on us and put us securely behind bars.
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KhanRA Aug 07, 2023 08:13pm
Lol surveillance app
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KhanRA Aug 07, 2023 08:15pm
@Kashif ALI, why do you think it’s such a good idea to reinvent the wheel? WhatsApp is already a perfect app. And it protect your privacy. This does not offer the functionality you or privacy that WhatsApp does.
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Talha Kayani Aug 07, 2023 08:37pm
Pakistan Zindabad
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Talha Kayani Aug 07, 2023 08:37pm
Pakistan Zindabad
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[email protected] Aug 07, 2023 08:42pm
@zaya zaya, Lip on Private Seat
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Adnan Aziz Aug 07, 2023 08:42pm
TRASH !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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doc Asad Aug 07, 2023 09:08pm
Inventing ways to spy on Pakistani citizens :)
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Osama Aug 07, 2023 09:14pm
I will never use it. I am sure our government will use it to spy on us.
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zh Aug 07, 2023 09:40pm
If it were an app developed by a private company, I could perhaps trust it. However, a government developed app is suspicious.
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Abid Aug 07, 2023 09:58pm
@Kashif ALI, I guess all the Pakistanis, unfortunately and very sadly, are cursed, as they, as a nation have been captured by a corrupt elite of greedy, liar and deceitful that are in civil & military bureaucracy, politicians (not all), mullahs, businessmen and judiciary. I guess our fundamental rights are way more important than a disgustingly deceitful façade of growth and progress.
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Fiaz Aug 07, 2023 10:09pm
Is app main third party security nhn hogi Govt har msg call per nazar rakh saky gi isliye avoid karna chahye
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JS Aug 08, 2023 12:14am
Amazing initiative by the Pakistani Army.
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Az_Iz Aug 08, 2023 02:59am
@Bashir A Aziz, if you’re worried, you don’t have to use it. And if you’re worried even more, then don’t use internet and phones either, unless you’re a genius and know how to circumvent all the tools that could be used to spy on you.
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Az_Iz Aug 08, 2023 03:05am
Many governments including mature democracies are known to keep a tab on their citizens, using various means. It could be apps, websites, internet or even phone lines that are being watched. If you’re worried, then make up your own mind on what to use and what not to use. No one is being compelled to use anything. That should not stop you from appreciating progress made in technology, however small it may be.
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Az_Iz Aug 08, 2023 03:10am
Government taking interest in technology is better than just just thinking about providing subsidized cooking oil , so everyone can make dishes soaking in inch deep oil, and then going around asking for ‘ support’ from brotherly countries, to pay for it.
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Zain Aug 08, 2023 03:53am
Great. Can't wait to switch to it. We should support it, as the more the local development, the more the jobs to our people, whether ots IT or any other sector. China developed we chat and nobody uses there WhatsApp.
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Noorhassan Aug 08, 2023 08:36am
RS 123000
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Qasim Aug 09, 2023 08:22am
@Kashif ALI, this is the Pakistan government we are talking about, not a private company. For starters if you have seen any software/website developed by the government, you will see that it is absolute crap. Secondly, the only reason the government would developed such an app is to spy on its citizens. You will see once they roll out this crappy software, they are going to take measures to ban WhatsApp. If it were a private Pakistani company then I would wholeheartedly applaud the effort, but here, I can only look at it with suspicion.
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