Proud-Pakistani : Desi Cyber-Activism

http://karachi.metblogs.com/archives/images/2007/03/march/mb/whiteband-thumb.JPGThere is hardly any local website making it to the papers within 14 days & has crossed 1000 petition signs already.

proud-pakistani.com is one such website making it to Daily DAWN which probably, following the footsteps of Daily Times & Voice of America recently featured a full article on it, titled “Cyber activism redefined“.

The website is probably first good & collective attempt by desi-cyber-activists with rather hidden faces, who in reality are few Karachiites (mostly professionals + Bloggers) coming together for a purpose. While freedom of speech in public is a rare commodity here, they decided to use the tool they best knew about. It’s ingredient contains blog, news/updates, analysis & a mailing list on Google.

An interesting part is the online petition which can sign & comment. In its starting two weeks around 1000+ viewers signed the petition & many have used the chance to say their heart out using comment box.

The concept of cyber activism is getting popular all over the internet. It would be great if anyone share any local site related to cyber activism . And also any stats on desi cyber activism.

Here is a personal note on its online petition :
The first point in the petition should be edited & made neutral because I have understand the website is neutral in its objective & represents all Paki’s so the emphasis should be justice not individuals.

18 Comments so far

  1. Feet Maestro (unregistered) on March 28th, 2007 @ 1:30 pm

    Hmm, looks like another Colgate ad.

    http://whois.domaintools.com/proud-pakistani.com


  2. Mohammad Fahd Malik (unregistered) on March 28th, 2007 @ 2:32 pm

    @ author : Well its a very good thing to have, and yes you are certainly right with regard to the cyber-activism getting popular,and why not? Because apart from the restrictions put to the “Freedom Of Expression” thing, there aren’t much platforms to start with.And if there are such places then they end up being either a “commercial selling discussion program” on TV channels where they represent a particular school of thought Or a limited print media,both biased or otherwise suppressed by the currently in rule people.

    And as bloggers rightly say that they are writing the history, a thumbs up to you guys for doing what is needed the most at this time, that is involving the educated and professional expression to this history manuscript.And the high number of early launch response to this platform is an evidence in itself to the growing popularity and unanimous agreement to its existence and what it does.

    I wish you people with all the best and assure you that its not a mere “another” mushroom growth, rather the results would be far beyond the expectations, lemme quote Lord Alfred Tennyson here,

    We are not here to dream and to drift,

    We have works to do and loads to lift,

    Shun not the struggle,

    ‘Tis God’s gift;

    Bravo and Good Going Fellas !!


  3. Kashif (unregistered) on March 28th, 2007 @ 3:03 pm

    Admin Name……….. Awab Alvi

    Admin Email………. drawab@***.net.pk

    other domain:

    proud-pakistan.com


  4. A. Sami (unregistered) on March 28th, 2007 @ 3:37 pm

    Awab n all the guys great work. I guess one of da reasons our desi guys hav switched over to web now is probably its very easy n safe and also becuase there is hardly any other option 4 any one or a group to go about showing their concern.

    Once again keep up the good work. i have no idea of there exists any other desi cyber activity site


  5. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on March 28th, 2007 @ 3:55 pm

    why everyone is running ‘whois’ command?:D


  6. Mahmood Hussain (unregistered) on March 28th, 2007 @ 4:02 pm

    One of the good thing about this blogger is the freedom of speech. regarding some recent issues, Blogger has covered a lot of in depth information which sorry to say neither channel or newspaper have covered and credit goes to the blogger team.

    previous guy is right …. you guys are writing the history to keep it up guys keep up the god work ….

    Frankly I also don’t know about the desi cyber activity or website ….


  7. A. Sami (unregistered) on March 28th, 2007 @ 4:20 pm

    @adnan
    because they jus found out a good command and they are excited

    @Mahmood
    I guess the yahoo groups and google grups is also a type of cyber activism. Dont you think so ? But in case of website yes this one is a good start. Sitting at home and being an activist.


  8. Mahmood Hussain (unregistered) on March 28th, 2007 @ 4:25 pm

    @A.SAMI

    they are groups dear…….. not propagating any message………….but rather just serving as communication link between its members

    it has nothing to do with conveying the message to outsiders


  9. Hafsa (unregistered) on March 28th, 2007 @ 6:42 pm

    This website review was basically a follow-up to the following article in the same newspaper last year when the cartoon controversy was going on:

    Adding to the cyber voice
    http://www.dawn.com/weekly/science/archive/060304/science17.htm


  10. Usman (unregistered) on March 28th, 2007 @ 10:13 pm

    Keep it up Mr. MB your anti government articles.

    And also, what do you think about two previous governments

    Thank you,


  11. d0ct0r (unregistered) on March 28th, 2007 @ 11:59 pm
  12. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on March 29th, 2007 @ 12:35 am


    Adding to the cyber voice

    Intresting stuff Hafsa Ahsan. Thanks for sharing it. I often read tech articles by mr.Imran lari in Jang papers and he often gets failed to share the latest info. For instance once he shared that google is going to acquire Youtube while infact google had acquired it 2 months back! khair anyways, I wonder you didn’t write anything about composite exams controversy or it’s just I missed it?


  13. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on March 29th, 2007 @ 12:43 am


    While freedom of speech in public is a rare commodity here

    I disagree. Who said this to you? If public itself is very beyhiss then what can someone do?

    khair it’s such a depressing moment that Aussies won again but giving an offensive defeat to Windies. I hope proteas will make me happy after defeating to lankans.


  14. MB (unregistered) on March 29th, 2007 @ 8:56 am

    hahaa… Adnan lets pray that SA beat Aussie but i guess its out of topic.

    As for that rare commodity thingy, well it was not for everyone. It was like those who are good ones and not being allowed to talk openly for any reasons. It’s not for the “beyhiss” dear. Because following the logic they wont talk at first place coz they are beyhiss.


  15. Omar R. Quraishi (unregistered) on March 29th, 2007 @ 9:50 pm

    This blog was in my last column:

    The News, March 25, 2007

    RIPPLE EFFECT
    The rise of the ‘new media’

    By Omar R. Quraishi

    The events of the past couple of weeks suggest that the so-called ‘new media’ has well and truly arrived with a bang in Pakistan, and that’s perhaps the positive thing to have emerged out of the current crisis. By new media, one obviously is referring to the electronic media, to cable television and more importantly to the Internet and the various ways in which it allows users to provide and access information.

    The rise of the new media is important because it provided a platform for the many disparate segments of civil society who all came together through experiencing it (either in the form of watching live coverage of the police lathi-charging unarmed defenceless lawyers or plainclothes intelligence sleuths posted at the gate of Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry’s residence stopping visitors). Perhaps the best example of this (and one doesn’t want to come across as blowing one’s trumpet) was the live coverage shown by various TV channels, particularly GEO and followed closely by AAJ TV and others of the happenings in Islamabad in and around the Supreme Court building on March 16. This of course led to the unbridled assault on the offices of the TV channel and of this newspaper in a building that couldn’t be a few hundred yards away from the seat of government and parliament. All this was shown live on television — and one can imagine the impact that it would have made if it were not shown live in real time.

    A lot has already been written on the attack and on the possible motives — the president has apologised and the prime minister even visited the offices of the TV channel and the newspaper but the question still remains: how could the police have done this on their own, and who were they receiving orders from on their walkie-talkies, as reported by many eyewitnesses, and if they didn’t do it on their own, who are the people behind the attack? Also, will a tribunal formed at the additional sessions judge level have the requisite courage and authority to come to a fair assessment as to the possible identities of those who ordered the attacker.

    One thing that I would like to say here is that some people in cyberspace and in online web forums have actually tried to justify the attack by saying that the channel should have known better than to be broadcasting what it did. This is probably the view of the government and its apologists as well. The fact of the matter is they should know that the job of the media — anywhere and not just in Pakistan — is to try and show events and incidents, and clearly the police engaged in a street battle with civilian protesters qualifies as extremely newsworthy footage. After all, the footage showed policemen picking up stones and throwing them at random at the protesters — so the people of this country finally got to see for themselves their conduct for themselves (perhaps the attack on GEO showed this in more stark fashion).

    Of course, in all of this, one shouldn’t forget the blogging world, which though still small seems to have matured in Pakistan. There are several sites — my personal favourites have been http://www.pakistaniat.com and http://www.karachi.metblogs.com — which have been carrying lively discussions and exchanges regarding the current crises. Both these have also been carrying footage of the lathi-charges, of the attack on GEO and The News and also the now famous (or should one say infamous) exchange between Ansar Abbasi and Law Minister Wasi Zafar on a Voice of America radio show where the minister proceeded to tell the journalist what he would do with his (the minister’s) ‘big arm’. There is the medium of the SMS (short message service) as well, which has now become a handy means of communication in most Pakistani cities and used by people regardless of financial standing.

    It can’t be said that the advent of the new media was the reason for the near unanimity that has been seen in the response by Pakistanis in general to the ‘suspension’ of the chief justice and the attack on the press and media, but it has certainly helped crystallise it. Clearly, from the point of view of those in the government and the establishment who would like to see the media be put in its place (read submissive and deferential to the government’s wishes) had not envisaged that new technology brings with it its own democratising possibilities and opportunities. That has been particularly true in the case of the Internet since it isn’t known as the Great Leveller for nothing — a truly democratic way for people to communicate and to provide and access information.

    And the best part of this all is that the new media is very much here to stay. Perhaps, newspapers and TV channels (though none have done this so far in Pakistan) need to begin their own blogs soon.

    The writer is Op-ed Pages Editor of The News.

    Email: omarq@cyber.net.pk


  16. Teeth Maestro (unregistered) on March 30th, 2007 @ 3:23 am

    @Omer: Great article woud it be possible to get a Hyperlink for the same


  17. MB (unregistered) on March 30th, 2007 @ 8:21 am

    @OMAR
    me too , i already read this one of yours but lost the link. Need it please


  18. Omar R. Quraishi (unregistered) on March 30th, 2007 @ 3:46 pm

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