TV Channels still Off Air

While browsing i came across this Banana Republic Definition :-
In modern usage the term has come to be used to describe a generally unstable or “backward” dictatorial regime, especially one where elections are often fraudulent and corruption is rife. By extension, the word is occasionally applied to governments where a strong leader hands out appointments and advantages to friends and supporters, without much consideration for the law. A banana republic can also be used to describe a country where a large part of its economy and politics are controlled by foreign powers or even corporations. Wikipedia
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How perfectly this para depicts our country. I woke up early morning, went to TV lounge , turn on TV and found it dumb & dead again. No channels. Its indeed a question to ponder how much we are a laughing stock for the rest of the world which is planning for MARS in 2025. Media is supposed to be the only hope people have to reach out to truth in difficult times but being unique our government blocked tools of news/information not allowing people to know whats happening around. We the unfortunates still search for the basic norms of democracy others got hundred years back. The outside worlds knows whats going in our country & we are blind about events around, a true sign of Banana country. Don’t be amazed if your cellular connection of internet connection goes dead too. In last thousand years if there is anything that didn’t change its a tyrants way of response in failure. Even chimpanzees evolved but our (or a dictator for that matter) Generals in GHQ wont. The lust for power is too overwhelming. Its probably is the price of pampering the gatekeepers in 1965. This government has weapons of media destruction in hand. I am not sure if there is a technical way to bypass a government like Burma or Pakistan. Is mobile TV a hope ?

64 Comments so far

  1. G (unregistered) on November 8th, 2007 @ 4:13 pm

    The fact that our media has been blocked, media tht expresses our freedom of speech as well as expression, makes me feel like I’m slowly suffocating. People I know online have such a bad view of us, a friend frantically emailed me asking where I was after the suicide bombings, then on the emergency, she freaked out again cause she read something about civil war within Pakistan somewhere.


  2. Anosh Khan (unregistered) on November 8th, 2007 @ 7:32 pm

    I am writing this comment, because this is my contribution.
    To my country, to the state it is in.
    This comment is my voice.
    Should i worry if it will be heard?
    I am not even expecting a response on it…
    if at all…then…
    What can a post do anyway?

    So..then….Is this A contribution? or a mere satisfaction to the pakistani in me!

    ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS….
    yeaa..i need to DO something about it…
    but wat can i do…
    i aint ne offspring of a political leader..
    i dont even read the newspaper…except on sunday!
    I follow news …. I LISTEN and…WATCH!

    and… i sometimes respond…in ways of (sometimes heated) discussions with fellow mates….They just start…and then they just end…the dialogue is there….
    it stays in the mind…
    but that is it…

    words….that fade into thoughts….multiply into more thoughts…come out as more words…

    but the cycle goes on..in a circle…
    the circle has no end….

    IT HAS TO END!

    i need to contribute….there would be something that i can do….
    and…so i give my life….

    BLAST!!!!!!


  3. Anum khurshid (unregistered) on November 10th, 2007 @ 5:23 pm

    im sorry but i dont agree a country where people arent educated enough to vote for the right person, shud even figh for democracy.. pakistan has done better in yeras of military… dat does not mean musharraf is successful.. but by the same token, does not mean that he was not good enough…..with current situation emergency was maybe a good idea.. but by shutting down news channel is not acceptable…but what is the solution……..to all this… dats shud be are concern rather than just being part of the balme game… muslims in history have ruled over world fors years… n very SUCCESSFULLY.. at the time of calphs… so when we already have brilliant example of HAZRAT UMER’s regime…..heres our solution…


  4. Henna (unregistered) on November 10th, 2007 @ 9:58 pm

    History is definately a tool that can be used to learn from. But we need to make our own history. World has glorious examples, from Aung San Suu Kyi in Mynamar, Nelson Mandela in South Africa. We had Quaid-e-Azam who has never been adequately represented in history.
    But it is difficult to make a choice. To stand up and defend your cause. Silent protests lead to incarceration. Who will make that choice?


  5. salmankhan (unregistered) on November 11th, 2007 @ 2:05 am

    and has exposed the President’s autocratic attitude..our history has shown us nothing but a mob who takes over our country n’ uses the ‘suit yourself’ strategy and bends and amends all laws, regulations and if there are any ordinary standards of decency and our current leadership has turned out to be no better than the previous ones n’ infact have given us a whole set of new The situation in our conutry seems sad.The all time ‘Law of the jungle’ has prevailed once again….the might is right thoery just seems to work for everyone especially for our President n’ the current leadership…he just seems to have crushed any opposition(judiciary,media, political parties)just cuz he has the stick in his hands right now..its just like a 2nd coup…the closure of all news channels is too extreme an act of dictatorship n’ unacceptable standards of shameless acts such as overpowering,bulldozing any righteous opposition n’ almost the only medium through which the population was being able to see and scrutinize the leadership n’its policies and practices(the news channels)…there seems no end to all this ‘all of them are same’..power hungry and wiht no morals or character…
    I would advise my friend Anosh Khan who seems to be givin her life as a contribution which im sure will go in vain, that not to go to such an extent for it wont make a difference n’ if u reall wanna blast then go blast amongst the legislators n’ this political system to totally wipe the current politics out n make a fresh start…


  6. salmankhan (unregistered) on November 11th, 2007 @ 2:12 am

    The situation in our conutry seems sad.The all time ‘Law of the jungle’ has prevailed once again….the might is right thoery just seems to work for everyone especially for our President n’ the current leadership…he just seems to have crushed any opposition(judiciary,media, political parties)just cuz he has the stick in his hands right now..its just like a 2nd coup…the closure of all news channels is too extreme an act of dictatorship n’ unacceptable and has exposed the President’s autocratic attitude..our history has shown us nothing but a mob who takes over our country n’ uses the ‘suit yourself’ strategy and bends and amends all laws, regulations and if there are any ordinary standards of decency and our current leadership has turned out to be no better than the previous ones n’ infact have given us a whole new set of standards of shameless acts such as overpowering,bulldozing any righteous opposition n’ almost the only medium through which the population was being able to see and scrutinize the leadership n’its policies and practices(the news channels)…there seems no end to all this ‘all of them are same’..power hungry and wiht no morals or character…
    I would advise my friend Anosh Khan who seems to be givin her life as a contribution which im sure will go in vain, that not to go to such an extent for it wont make a difference n’ if u reall wanna blast then go blast amongst the legislators n’ this political system to totally wipe the current politics out n make a fresh start…
    P.S plz excuse the formatting errrors in the previous post


  7. Sundas Tariq (unregistered) on November 11th, 2007 @ 11:18 am

    Yesterday, and even day before yesterday upon a heated discussion on the politics of Pakistan with two different friends, I realized two things;
    No.1. We, as humans are incapable of listening and adjusting to other people’s point of views. Its difficult to accept that the other person, just might be right
    No.2. Perhaps, ignorance is a bliss sometimes.

    Yes, I might sound harsh, unreasonable, silly and indifferent- but thats what the Eight years of Musharraf RULE has done to me.
    As MB mentioned, that it should not come as a surprise to us- if our access to the internet and Mobile is also abandoned- I absolutely agree. perhaps, I am surprised- that how come Musharraf can be so lenient?
    Well, the Emergency being imposed only on the areas- that DIRECTLY effect his SEAT (Authority- and not even his popularity) answer my query.
    Judiciary kicked off. TV channels off Air.
    I just found out from a friend, that she actually thought that if the TV channels are off air- it also means they are not even functioning right now.
    Wrong. I am kinda “Blessed” to have dish antenna receiver with me apart from the Cable TV channels- where SOME of the Private News Channels seem to do their job pretty well..
    The Dish Antennas sellers- seem to be benefited the most at present- with the Dish Antenna receiver prices reaching the sky! At present its no less than 1.5 to 2 lakhs! Interestingly, the Govt. has also imposed a ban to sell them, and announced that anyone caught selling them will have to pay a heavy penalty.
    While watching those channels.. the confusion- why the President has not allowed to access them- is also cleared.
    I see, the Police/Rangers do their job conveniently by tracking down people and house arresting others which might be trying to make a revolution. Obviously, everything is quite easy for them now- as the 1973 Constitution has been abandoned for good. I was surprised to see on Geo , when a clipping just bombarded my screen telling me that with the Constitution being not active anymore- the Govt. has the convenience to take over ANYBODY’S property anytime, arrest without warrant, nobody can be set free on Bale, in short – I am deprived of my basic civil rights as a free citizen of Pakistan.
    Its time for us to question- how FREE are we? We cannot just let anyone and anybody take over our home like this. We need to wakeup as a Nation!


  8. Qaseem Ali (unregistered) on November 11th, 2007 @ 3:08 pm

    Bismillah Ar Rahman Ar Raheem
    Assalaam O Alaikum

    “The situation in our country is worth discussing, and thats ONLY what its worth doing.”

    This statements not made by our words anywhere, but are let off LOUD enough by our actions.
    How many of us really want to Leave our Luxurious lives and REALLY devote our resources, time and health to traverse in the right direction and who will pick that direction for us. Almost all the posts, mentioned our problems no one has yet proposed a solution.

    I see the ONLY solution to this is to be true to yourself. Be true to what you say, n thats what Islam teaches us to do. 1 solution did catch my eye in the earlier posts, that we can set Hazrat Umar(RaziaAllah Hu Ta’aala Anhuu)’s Caliphate as an example, but once it IS implemented, I bet the LIBERAL’s of our society will still be against it.

    Then there is the Immense Diverse set of thoughts and beliefs in the diverse youth. Examples in the earlier posts intigating the punjab and sind phadda here as well (As if its not already around everywhere).

    Pro-Musharraf I am not, but I do know that No one of us respect our LIMITS, if unchecked. Let alone politicians, our society can only be organized once we organize ourselves individually and then we will automatically be an organized nation, and once organized we will InshaAllah be on the right track.

    In my point of view, the Solution lies in the very BASIC things that we all tend to overlook. Why do we need the govt to organize us, dont we know that the govt itself needs organization. I think we know that for MORE than 40 yrs.

    I bet many of us wont be even KNOWING the basic principles of morality and Islam. Even driving responsibly changes the situation. Why do we ONLY respect the traffic signal when a TULLA is standing, isnt it our Responsibility to do so.
    Once we start being true to our selves InshaAllah things will improve.

    Every Material as a whole has its characteristics due to its ATOMIC and SUBATOMIC characteristics. So we improve ourselves and DO IT instead of just SAYING it. Things WILL inshaAllah Improve, and societies DONT change OVERNIGHT, as we didnt land to where we are in a short time. So PATIENCE is one more thing that we LACK.

    May Allah Help you, us and the WHOLE nation.
    Allah Hafiz


  9. Qaseem Ali (unregistered) on November 11th, 2007 @ 3:10 pm

    PS

    One more thing, I think that whoever gets absolute power, Exploits it. Thats what the media did, thats what the Judiciary did and thats what Mushy did!


  10. Usman Mughni (unregistered) on November 21st, 2007 @ 4:03 pm

    I begin with the Name of Allah S.W.T
    Hello freinds,
    I just recently attended a religous “ijtima”
    The experience was PHENOMENAL!
    Being around “like-minded, constructive, positive and enlightened muslims” was truly an upheaval of my own identity as one.
    In the course of my two days stay there, I felt for the first time the feeling of being ONE.
    To those who have not felt it, let me tell you, it got me goose bumps, The unity and the collective compassion for the same goal was so strong and encouraging!
    the twos days moved me so much that i have gotten hope in my people, in the muslims!
    We all want to help ourselves, our poor state, what is lacking is conviction, which is due to hopelessness.
    The glass can be half full, or half empty, depends on our perspective.
    We can be hopefull and do wat we all WANT to do, or we can be hopeless and let things get worse.
    Its Our choice!


  11. zehra kazmi (unregistered) on November 22nd, 2007 @ 12:17 am

    emergency….it wasnt pakistan which needed the to be controlled urgently….for itself… nor were its people who needed to be controlled…the crisis were only for musharraf…this shall happen right on the eve,when the decision of the judicial council was to be announced against his wish to stand for presidential elections 08’….not from office and not untill a wait of 2 yrs could he do so…he wouldve lost all his powers!…so do what? befool them, make them ineffective..take their power from them..them ALL…anyone who could be a threat to him…shut their eyes,ears,minds….make them dummies…..huh ..but who are we?…..a threat? ahahahah…(sarcasm) and how?? we the powerless masses….who have heard of the word democracy…never have had interface with it……we have proven ourselves as an apathetic,ignorent and self absorbed nation,since sometime…if not,then how do the same politicians repetitively do this to us..the same hand full of looters giving each other turns to pillage our national reserves…does it really matter who comes n loots our nation away…do we feel ownership towards Pakistan…do we care if someone harms it ?Really do we care?..or is it just lip service..a thought we are just used to…are we willing to get up and do something for oursleves….Pakistan is us….so arent we selfish aswell…we dont really care…till our day goes by uneffected..morning to noon to night…so what if a dozen died….well too bad..so what if emergency happened ….the nation dint respond…evryday life remained the same broadcasted international channels….so we have become an individually self-centered nation…and our politicans are none but from us..and they represent us…so how do we eXpect them to behave different…


  12. ALK (unregistered) on November 22nd, 2007 @ 1:31 am

    I agree… Although We (as a nation)- sitting in any familiar gathering – feel a compelling urge to be highly vocal about the issues facing our country… but when it actually comes to getting up and doing something about it, we are no better than a bunch of barking dogs who just don’t know how to bite!
    We can talk all we want but it really doesn’t matter.

    We comfortably say that we don’t cast votes in elections because we don’t feel that any of the candidates deserves to represent the country – what we fail to realize here is that by doing so, we are in effect putting up a sheer display of “paarha likha jaahilism”…


  13. ALK (unregistered) on November 22nd, 2007 @ 12:59 pm

    Did you know that there is a system in India’s constitution, as per the 1969 act, in section “49-O” that a person can go to the polling booth, confirm his identity, get his finger marked and convey the presiding election officer that he doesn’t want to vote anyone!

    Yes such a feature is available, but obviously these seemingly notorious leaders have never disclosed it. This is called “49-O”.

    Why should you go and say “I VOTE NOBODY”… because, in a ward, if a candidate wins, say by 123 votes, and that particular ward has received “49-O” votes more than 123, then that polling will be cancelled and will have to be re-polled .

    Not only that, but the candidature of the contestants will be removed and they cannot contest the re-polling, since people had already expressed their decision on them .

    This would bring fear into parties and hence look for genuine candidates for their parties for election. This would change the way, of our whole political system… it is seemingly surprising why the election commission has not revealed such a feature to the public….


  14. hazan D (unregistered) on November 22nd, 2007 @ 2:01 pm

    60 years……no one dared to enter the tribal area not even the British

    60 years no one had balls to standup against the Baloch tribal landlords asking for outrageous sums as royalty and denying provision of necessities including education to “their” people to diffuse any possibility to have some one question the right to rule them.

    as cliché it may sound…but truth of the matter is that the forex reserves are there where they have never been before…the recent GDRs have seen an amazing response…over subscription! the stock exchange is a country’s report card…and the freedom of media was alone the work of this government.

    Now for Musharraf making mistakes…every one does…Napoleon did it…so did Tipu…Zulfiqar Bhutto, a hero of many, also made them… but since its human nature that 1..we remember the golden age when it has passed and 2… when we patronize any leader…we sing songs of their positives…KAMAL ATATURK has a sign put up at his tomb…requesting NO ONE to say the prayer(dua-e-Mughfirat) for him…and yet the turks adore him.

    “Empathy” is a word we all generally lack… Musharraf is running the country…has been… he passed the law for women. he solved the LAL masjid in a best possible manner… it is him getting a gwadar developed…he has a thousand issues per second to tackle and if he fails in communicating the reasoning behind his decisions…if he is bringin change and has failed to manage it… that should not be the reason why us the educated class cannot make certain assumptions…or..its a pity…i am sure not many here have sat and heard his rebuttal for emergency…but here we are pointing fingers!

    Put your self in his shoes. Am not saying I don’t dislike my right to watch free news taken away….i hate being deprived of that but it was him who gave freedom to the press in the first place…not justified but yet I know for sure that 30 yrs down the line. His name WILL be taken alongside that of Bhutto.

    Lord.. Give us wisdom to know the difference between accepting things and changing those we cannot accept.



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