Pakistan launches its own subsititute for WhatsApp called Beep




The Federal government on Monday, launched ‘Beep Pakistan’, a domestic messaging app as an alternative to the popular platform WhatsApp in a launch ceremony.

The Minister for Information Technology Syed Amin Ul Haque stated, “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.”

During the trial run 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,” as shared by Haque.

The application Beep Pakistan includes 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.

Haque acknowledged that alternative apps to WhatsApp have already 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.