October 4, 2013
Pakistan’s second-most populous province moved Thursday to ban Skype and several other Web-based forms of communication, saying they were being used by militants and criminals.
“Terrorists are using these networks to communicate with each other in the wake of targeted operations launched in Karachi,” said Sharjeel Inam Memon, the information minister for the southern province of Sindh, which requested a ban lasting at least three months.
The ban would apply to Skype as well as the WhatsApp, Viber and Tango smartphone- and computer-based applications. Facebook messenger and Twitter appear to be exempt.