Pakistan blocks Wikipedia and Youtube

May 20, 2010 2 comments

Now that’s over doing it. Seriously!!!!

I am all for the ban on Facebook. But is Pakistani government now going to use this incident as a ruse to censor and monitor internet usage?

Where exactly are heading with this?

The attempt to offend muslims across the world has been a huge success, far as Facebook is concerned. But it has given the Pakistani authorities the perfect excuse to monitor internet websites, like UAE and China, and simply control the flow of information to its citizens.

So will Google be the next site to be blocked?

Should Facebook really have been banned in Pakistan?

May 20, 2010 1 comment

I never expected something like this to happen in Pakistan. Ever.

So some one decides to hold a Draw Muhammad Day, and uses Facebook to popularize it. The main purpose in my view was to make sure that as many muslims as possible see it, get angry, start retaliating, and hence… provide some cheap popularity and satisfaction to the anti-muslim sentiments of this person hosting it. And what do you know? It worked… in fact… it worked really well.

I got numerous messages from people in my Facebook friend’s list yesterday… some about reporting this page, some about deactivating my account for a few days in protest and register the protest with Facebook admin, and some that went to the extent of requesting that I stop using Read more…

Sunset from my terrace- Spring 2009

April 25, 2009 1 comment

Sunset

I took this photo on March 29th, a perfect spring evening.

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27 Classic Quotes on Western Hegemony

April 11, 2009 Leave a comment

1- “It’s really not a number I’m terribly interested in.”
-General Colin Powell [When asked about the number of Iraqi people who were slaughtered by Americans in the 1991 “Desert Storm” terror campaign (200,000 people!)]

2- Q. We have heard that a half million children have died (because of sanctions against Iraq). I mean, that’s more children than died in Hiroshima. And, you know, is the price worth it?
A.  I think this is a very hard choice, but the price–we think the price is worth it.
-Madeleine Albright, [US Secretary of State, on the death of Iraq children because of US sanctions against Iraq, talking to Lesley Stahl on “60 Minutes.” May 12, 1996]

3- “I will never apologize for the United States of America – I don’t care what the facts are.”
-President George Bush 1988 [Bush was demonstrating his patriotism by excusing an act of cold-blooded mass-murder by the U.S. Navy. On July 3, 1988 the U.S. Navy warship Vincennes shot down an Iranian commercial airliner. All 290 civilian people in the aircraft were killed. The plane was on a routine flight in a commercial corridor in Iranian airspace. The targeting of it by the U.S. Navy was blatantly illegal. That it was grossly immoral is also obvious. Except to a patriot.]

4- “To maintain this position of disparity (U.S. economic-military supremacy)… we will have to dispense with all sentimentality and day-dreaming…. We should cease to talk about vague and… unreal objectives such as human rights, the raising of the living standard and democratization. The day is not far off when we are going to have to deal in straight power concepts…. The less we are then hampered by idealistic slogans, the better.”
-George Kennan [Director of Policy Planning U.S. State Department 1948]

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Why I am not a moderate Muslim

April 1, 2009 6 comments

Article Source: The Radical Middle Way

Last month, three Muslim men were arrested in Britain in connection with the London bombings of July 2005. In light of such situations, a number of non-Muslims and Muslims alike yearn for “moderate,” peace-loving Muslims to speak out against the violent acts sometimes perpetrated in the name of Islam. And to avoid association with terrorism, some Muslims adopt a “moderate” label to describe themselves.

I am a Muslim who embraces peace. But, if we must attach stereotypical tags, I’d rather be considered “orthodox” than “moderate.”

“Moderate” implies that Muslims who are more orthodox are somehow backward and violent. And in our current cultural climate, progress and peace are restricted to “moderate” Muslims. To be a “moderate” Muslim is to be a “good,” malleable Muslim in the eyes of Western society.

I recently attended a debate about Western liberalism and Islam at the University of Cambridge where I’m pursuing my master’s degree. I expected debaters on one side to present a bigoted laundry list of complaints against Islam and its alleged incompatibility with liberalism, and they did. Read more…

March 16, 2009: A Historic Day for Pakistan?

March 16, 2009 2 comments

The news that the Pakistani Government has finally given into the demands of the “long marchers”, and protesters is officially about 10 hours old now, and the nation is gripped with a euphoria that has driven everything else from their minds.

I am no historian, but it reminds me of the time, back in 93-94, when the supreme court of Pakistan reinstated Nawaz Sharif’s government, after it had been dismissed by the then president Ghulam Ishaq Khan, taking advantage of the 8th amendment. The mood of the nation was exactly the same back then. There was talk of change, of an independent judiciary not bowing to political pressure and taking the right decision in favor of an elected prime minister. But what happened next? Did this nation really witness any change? Was democracy able to save us? Are we still not standing where we were 10 years ago?

Some might argue that no, we have moved forward. And I wont deny that either. I guess we have. But what price we have had to pay? The past ten or so years will be marked as one of the darkest of the three darkest periods of our only 62 years of existence. Musharraff, despite his promises of change and ridding the country of corrupt politicians, did not only follow in the footsteps of Zia and Yahya Khan, he left his own dark marks on this nations history, marks that the future generations will feel for some time to come, just like the ripple effects of Zia’s doings can still be felt today, almost 21 years after his death.

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The Long March

March 15, 2009 Leave a comment
Image courtesy of Dawn.com

Image courtesy of Dawn.com

Been sometime since I last posted. Not that anyone reads what I write here, but when, and if I do, its just to let out what ever’s bothering me… regarding the current state of affairs of course.

So the “Long March” is on in Pakistan. After two rather peaceful days (by Pakistani standards), the true face of the way protests are carried out and handled in Pakistan was very visible today, but with something that hasn’t been seen before… which I will come to later.

Seems like almost all Pakistanis, or almost all Pakistanis, have come to a consensus on one thing: The deposed judges must be restored and Zardari must be ousted. What’s strange is, even the hardcore PPPites seem to have come to an agreement with the lawyer’s movement and Nawaz league on this.

Sherry Rehman, one of the greatest loyalists of Benazir, resigned as the minister of information day before yesterday. Now THAT shows you the actual state of affairs in Pakistan. What I mean to say is, this act goes on to show you the rift within the ruling party. Prime Minister Gillani has been silent for the past two days. The only barking dog on the government’s side is Rehman Malik right now. And it’s a known fact that he is definitely the most hated man in the country right now after Zardari himself.

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