BlackBerry has confirmed that it will continue to operate in Pakistan after the country dropped its request for access to BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES) email and messaging content following "productive discussions" with the government.
The Canadian firm received a shutdown order from Pakistan last year for refusing to allow unfettered access to its secure communications systems.
However, this has now been reversed, as outlined by Marty Beard, chief operating officer at BlackBerry, in a statement.
"The government of Pakistan has rescinded its shutdown order, and BlackBerry has decided to remain in the Pakistan market," he said.
"We are grateful to the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority [PTA] and the Pakistan 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 Pakistan market for years to come, including introducing new products and services."
It was revealed in July last year that security officials in Pakistan had ordered all communications flowing through BlackBerry's secure server to be shut down by 30 December.
Pakistan's Ministry of Interior issued a notice to the PTA at the time, citing "security concerns" as the reason for the decision.
Beard, who called the demand "a compromise [BlackBerry] is not willing to make", said initially that the firm would cease trading in the country as a result.
"Pakistan was essentially demanding unfettered access to all of our BES customers' information. The privacy of our customers is paramount to BlackBerry, and we will not compromise that principle," he added.
"Although the Pakistani government's directive was aimed only at our BES servers, we have decided to exit the market altogether because Pakistan's demand for open access to monitor a significant swathe of our customers' communications within its borders left us no choice but to exit the country entirely."
The crackdown on data privacy by the Pakistani government came amid claims by London-based human rights group Privacy International that the nation's intelligence agencies were seeking to dramatically increase domestic spying.
Privacy International said in a report that Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence has made moves to capture mobile communications data, including over Wi-Fi, all broadband internet traffic and any data transmitted over 3G networks.
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