For the past two days there is an uproar in Pakistan’s social and mainstream media about the Government of Pakistan’s alleged plan to block google, youtube etc if they did not assist the GoP in criminal investigations against terrorists. As is a usual characteristic of Pakistan’s urban (fake) liberals, Rehman Malik’s (Federal Interior Minister) statements on this topic are being presented out of context to show as if the government is technology illiterate or has no regard for freedom of speech and privacy of individuals.
For example, pkpolitics, a right-wing website which is also co-moderated by some urban liberals (e.g. Samad Khurram) published a featured article titled “Rehman Malik threatens google”. According to pkpolitics:
“Pakistan’s track record on banning sites without cause or notice, isn’t certainly not a very pretty one, but here’s where statements passed in the media by technology-illiterate government representatives, make the technology-business community a little worried.”
Clearly such line of argument is tantamount to negative propaganda, disinformation and misrepresentation of some genuine concerns which were conveyed to the Interpol by the GoP.
Urban (fake) liberals are spearheading such propaganda on Twitter and facebook. For example:
SamadK Samad Khurram
Rehman Malik is the Gladiator of Pakistan:
pakistanpolicy Arif Rafiq
RT by SamadK@
@SenRehmanMalik Just recite Surahtul Ikhlas three times and the miscreants will be vanquished.
abbasnasir59 Abbas Nasir
Rehman Malik says case to be filed against Google for no help in terror probes.Given his apple-banana issues, who’s he really talking about?
cpyala Cafe Pyala
@SenRehmanMalik O mere bhai, what’s the obsession with gmail??? They can use any email service can’t they?
Apparently some foreign diplomat and journalists too, who are known for being sucked into Pakistan’s urban (fake) liberal elites narratives, were also seen as repeating the same disinformation. For example:
Rehman Malik should never have fired @SamadK as his media advisor.
Rezhasan Rezaul Hasan Laskar
ROFL RT! @TristramPerry Rehman Malik should never have fired @SamadK as his media advisor.
Here is an article by Pro-Pakistani which sheds light on the actual state of affairs:
Government of Pakistan has requested Interpol to devise a way out for Pakistani authorities to easily and quickly gain access to email data of Gmail, Yahoo and Hotmail users by showing Pakistani court orders to relevant service provider in order to fight cyber terrorism in the country, told us a high level government official who is directly aware of the situation.
On behalf of Government of Pakistan, Interior Minister Mr. Rahman Malik has written a letter to Interpol chief requesting his help to find a way out so that these global internet service providers (such as Google) start accepting Pakistani court orders. Minister said that these companies usually don’t respond to requests or require US court order for retrieval of required information.
GoP’s letter said that it has become extremely necessary to intercept email data of terrorists and those of fraudsters to combat the terrorism and other crimes in the country.
Earlier today local media had quoted Mr. Rahman Malik as warning Google Pakistan to co-operate with government of Pakistan in tracking criminals or to face a ban.
Mr. Badar Khushnood, country consultant for Google Pakistan opted not to respond to our call to give his viewpoint.
It merits mentioning here that Pakistan Telecommunication Authority recently banned the usage of secure VPN or any other secure mode of internet channel.
Pakistan’s such efforts of keeping a watch on Internet is largely condemned by urban liberal fakesters many of whom remain completely silent on the mass murder of the Baloch, Pashtuns, Shias, Ahmadis etc by the TTP, SSP, JeM and other products of the Deep State.
It won’t be out of place to mention here that Google has communicated in its privacy statement that company may be legally required to share Gmail emails or any data with law enforcement agencies. But for that government agencies (from around the world) are required to contact Google requesting the data for any specific incident or personal.
Here is an excerpt from the letter of Government of Pakistan that was sent to Mr Ronald K. Noble Secretary General ICOP/ INTERPOL.
As you are aware of the fact that Pakistan is actively engaged in fighting war on terror for the last ten years. The terrorist are invariably using modern technology as a mode of communication for their nefarious designs, They also create websites and profiles on social networking sites websites for cyber terrorism and to defame Law enforcement agencies (LEAs) and the government dignitaries.
It has been bought to my knowledge that in this process, these devious and unscrupulous people are spreading disinformation to their advantage and misuse of technology has risen to a level, where even media people are getting threats through internet.
Modern information and communication technology on one hand has made the world a global village but on the other hand has created enormous difficulties for LEAs in investigation of cybercrimes and electronic crimes.
Investigation of cyber crimes and matters involving cyber terrorism require timely retrieval of information and data from the companies like Google, Gmail, and YouTube etc. Since most of such companies are located in USA, when they are contacted for provision of information, either “Subpoena” is asked for or no reply is received from them. If the matter is referred through INTERPOL, production of Subpoena is again advised to proceed further with the matter.
You will appreciate that the provision of “Subpoena” or “Court Order” of their country of origin is not possible for foreign LEAs. Our Concerned LEA has not received a proper response from these companies even on provision of our domestic Court Order and hence a large number of cases are not resolved.
I would like to request your indulgence in the matter at personal level to take up this issue at the appropriate forum and determine remedial measures to device a mechanism for quick information retrieval from service providers located all over the world by accommodating “Court Order” issued by a competent court of jurisdiction of Pakistan. We request that orders of our Court may be honored in this respect.
While admiring and appreciating your support and services rendered to Pakistan And our LEAs, I am hopeful that you will be able to find a workable solution to the issue at hand .