Sometime around July this year, Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) ordered the shut down of BlackBerry Enterprises Services (BES) in the country. This was based on suspicions that the service was used by criminals/terrorists and cannot be monitored.
New reports according to BlackBerry blog suggests that the ban has been lifted:
After productive discussions, the Government of Pakistan has rescinded its shutdown order, and BlackBerry has decided to remain in the Pakistan market.
We are grateful to the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority and the Pakistani government for accepting BlackBerry’s position that we cannot provide the content of our customers’ BES traffic, nor will we provide access to our BES servers.
We look forward to serving the Pakistani market for years to come, including introducing new products and services, and thank our valued customers in Pakistan for their patience and loyalty.
From the look of things, BlackBerry is willing to assist the government in their criminal investigations, but the company wouldn’t surrender their data for their use.