In an interview to BBC channel on “Hard Talk” show, with the host Stephen Sackur, Pakistan Information Minister, Fawad Hussain Chaudhry has invited Google, Facebook, and other big tech companies to open their offices in Pakistan.
Fawad Chaudhry shared that, Pakistani Government is eager to do business with global tech companies while admiring their worldwide efforts as well. Specifically, Fawad said that he truly respects Google, Facebook, and other technology companies; and I want them to join Pakistan for their expansion of businesses in South Asian region.
“We want to do business with technology companies, and we acknowledge their contribution to the world,” he added while rejecting the notion that Pakistan has passed laws aimed at curbing social media freedom. “I welcome all the IT companies in Pakistan, we want to do business with them and we will listen to them if they have any concerns about proposed regulations,” he added.
Besides, for quite some time, Pakistan is making serious efforts to establish the offices of well-known social media companies, including Facebook, in Pakistan. Earlier in April, the KPK government advisor, Zia Ullah Khan Bangash, disclosed that a meeting between Facebook’s management, the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) reps, and IT experts were conducted for discussions regarding the matter.