Pakistan Launches Its First WhatsApp-Like Communication App

The Ministry of Information Technology has successfully launched the Beep Pakistan communication app, which is intended for secure communication among government employees across 41 federal ministries and departments.

The app serves as an indigenous alternative to popular social media platforms like WhatsApp and offers features such as audio and video calling, video conferencing, and secure document transfers.

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The initial rollout is limited to federal authorities, but the app will expand to the provincial level in the second phase and eventually be made available to the general public. The government emphasizes that hosting the app’s server and source code in Pakistan enhances its security compared to foreign alternatives. To enable the app’s connectivity, 83 new projects were initiated with a substantial investment of Rs. 79 billion.

The launch ceremony was attended by senior officials, including the Federal Minister for IT and Telecom, Syed Amin Ul Haque. He highlighted that the app would put an end to audio and video leaks, promoting better confidentiality within government communications.

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Additionally, the Minister mentioned the establishment of three new incubation centers over the past four years and the encouraging growth in smartphone manufacturing and IT exports in Pakistan. The government aims to further boost IT exports to reach $15 billion, building on the success of important milestones like the Cyber Security Policy and Data Protection Bill.

Overall, the Beep Pakistan, app represents a significant step towards enhancing secure communication within the government and fostering the growth of Pakistan’s IT industry.

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