Geo News and ARY One World shut down

Yesterday, i wrote that only Geo was not airing, while other TV channels were slowly returning with their programming. A lot of you commented that Geo shouldn’t be allowed to air as it was biased and too negative for your liking. Looks like the govt. has listened to you grievance. Yesterday, Geo News and ARY One World were effectively shutdown internationally, with the Dubai Govt. closing them on pressure from Islamabad.

ARY is still broadcasting other channels in its portfolio, including The Music, HBO, QTV and FashionTV among others, while Geo has not channels on the cable with Geo TV, Geo News and Aag all being banned.

I wonder how this will affect the future of these networks. Your thoughts?

93 Comments so far

  1. Reality_Check (unregistered) on November 17th, 2007 @ 9:28 pm

    I will not support this complete ban, this is not a good idea. If GEO wants to be FOX News of Pakistan, then let it be. If Dubai doesnt let them transmit, they can shift to Singapore or Phillipines, then what?

    The question now is whose job it is to lead the fight for civil liberties and freedom of expression? Yes, its the politicians. What we are seeing now is our political brass seems incapable of mobilizing and inciting the people, hence, that gap is being filled by other organs of the state, which is not good either. Lately, I found Geo programming and the way they were reporting / various promos they were showing, enterring the realm of pure incitement (which is not their job), but I still waited for AAJ KAMRAN KEY SAATH to get a daily dose of sane logic. I dont know how it is like in the Print Media? What are they saying?

    All I can say cool it down babes, it seems everybody is getting carried away. If the so called civil ssociety wants to run a campaign, it has to slow down and do a real self assessment, because one key ingrdient is missing and thats the public. I would suggest getting organized, joining or better still forming new political parties, networking and working with the people, building a support base and then become the instrument of change. Write now even if they are able to dent the govt the best they will do is give advantage to lame politicians, who are incapable for standing up for anything.

    For everything else, I am ok with how things are progressing and the firm way that Negroponte was dealt with. BB must be squirming, its time now for her to speak to the local audience rather then saying what her lobbyists want to hear. It seems that Democracy Queen will have to do without a throne for the time being.


  2. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on November 17th, 2007 @ 9:45 pm

    so Mister Zee telling about rules and regulation. Where was your preaching when KMB authors were banning comments specially Unaiza? why did you start abusing her so serverly? why a dictator is free to impose rule but not blogger of this website? KMB authors also would have similar *excuses* to ban your rants as they might have thought you spread so much *negativity*- as Bai Altaf says, “Meeta meetha hap hap, karwa karwa Thoo!”-

    Keep hypocrisy aside and make some sense. Thanks


  3. Claude Almansi (unregistered) on November 17th, 2007 @ 10:00 pm

    Hi All

    On Nov. 3, a friend in Pakistan started a conversation on gmail chat. “Only snow was falling” on his TV screen. So he was irritated and worried. The first place I checked for information was this blog. It is from your posts and comments that I was able to give him links to alternative streaming sites, and other sources of info.

    You authors and commentators of the MB Karachi, Islamabad Lahore and of other blogs around the MB ones have been and are an example of efficiency and ethics in citizen journalism and in the defense of civic values and human rights. And the great thing is that you are not pompous about it. When it’s needed to take over info because it is censored, or because MQM thugs occupied Aaj TV studios, you did and do it, efficiently, beyond your political preferences.

    Then afterwards you tell about normal life, you post great pictures, you argue (at times fiercely) and laugh about politics and other subjects. All these things are darned essential too.

    Even now, about the shutdown of Geo and Ary, you are arguing. That’s far more useful than a “consensus mou” (“soft-bellied consensus”?) on some hallowed values. I’m not going to enter the discussion on whether Geo went too far, whether freedom of expression can be granted and taken back by an executive etc. I don’t know Urdu and so what I know of some Geo, Ary, Aaj broadcasts, is through your discussions.

    Just a link: Dubai urged to reverse decision, taken under pressure from Musharraf, to suspend broadcasting by two Pakistani TV stations, Reporters Sans Frontières / Reporters Without Borders, Nov. 17, 2007.

    Thanks for your great teaching.

    Best

    Claude


  4. Claude Almansi (unregistered) on November 17th, 2007 @ 10:02 pm

    Hi All

    On Nov. 3, a friend in Pakistan started a conversation on gmail chat. “Only snow was falling” on his TV screen. So he was irritated and worried. The first place I checked for information was this blog. It is from your posts and comments that I was able to give him links to alternative streaming sites, and other sources of info.

    You authors and commentators of the MB Karachi, Islamabad Lahore and of other blogs around the MB ones have been and are an example of efficiency and ethics in citizen journalism and in the defense of civic values and human rights. And the great thing is that you are not pompous about it. When it’s needed to take over info because it is censored, or because MQM thugs occupied Aaj TV studios, you did and do it, efficiently, beyond your political preferences.

    Then afterwards you tell about normal life, you post great pictures, you argue (at times fiercely) and laugh about politics and other subjects. All these things are darned essential too.

    Even now, about the shutdown of Geo and Ary, you are arguing. That’s far more useful than a “consensus mou” (“soft-bellied consensus”?) on some hallowed values. I’m not going to enter the discussion on whether Geo went too far, whether freedom of expression can be granted and taken back by an executive etc. I don’t know Urdu and so what I know of some Geo, Ary, Aaj broadcasts, is through your discussions.

    Just a link: Dubai urged to reverse decision, taken under pressure from Musharraf, to suspend broadcasting by two Pakistani TV stations, Reporters Sans Frontières / Reporters Without Borders, Nov. 17, 2007.

    Thanks for your great teaching.

    Best

    Claude


  5. Red_Munk!! (unregistered) on November 17th, 2007 @ 11:56 pm

    “I would still vote for him over Benazir Bhutto and Nawaz Sharif any day of the week and twice on Sunday!

    Posted by: goodthing at November 17, 2007 11:49 AM ”

    HAHAHA!. Hi-Larious! :P. Although, do you think ppl will vote – even once- on a Sunday? :P

    Politics aside, Its about time someone clampled down on these idiots. They show whatever they want when ever they want it.

    So many times I’ve had to change the channels or shut the tv down completely.

    Why? If you have children in your house, im sure you’ve done the same.

    These guys show decapitated bodies, blood and all kinds of gore without any kind of censorship.

    I remember once Geo did a report on a kidnapped kid who had been killed and thrown in the sewers. Geo’s cameras were present when the police extracted his ROTTING body.

    Imangine the phycological effect of such things on ppl, esp young ones. How do you explain it? More importantly, how do they dissern right from wrong if this is what they see on tv every second day??

    Sure, this is certainly not the reason for creating the new charter by pemra. But if such activities are clamped down it can only be for the better.


  6. Ashar Ahmed (unregistered) on November 18th, 2007 @ 12:03 am

    Geo’s CEO Msg that sent to all TeamGeo, and it is for you too if You LoVe Geo Tv.

    “In another attempt to curb the philosophy of GEO Aur Jenay Do, a “media free zone” bowed down against the pressure of the Pakistani Government and suspended GEO News throughout the world. Already we were the only network whose entertainment based channels were banned in Pakistan through cable. This is a dark time for all of us at TeamGEO and also for Pakistan. We have nurtured these channels with your dedication and commitment to make a difference. Inshallah we will make every effort to keep them alive and strong.
    This is the time for unity and great responsibility. We need to talk to each other and keep our morale high and spread our message to has many people as possible. YOU…. ARE….. GEO! You must dessiminate the message and our story.
    This Group is known for being able to take pressures and does not give in to threats and intimidation.
    We will jointly arrive at decisions as to our future course of action and Insahllah emerge from this crisis stronger and more united. Even now there will be a no underhand deals with the government without taking all stakholders in confidence.
    Even during these tough and emotional times we must remember our core values and purpose. We are not for or against anyone….still. The single most important thing we have been fighting for and will continue to do so is….tolerance. Tolerance for ideas, questions, opinions, people, institutions, mistakes, intentions…
    Remember our viwers will be with us and even the aggressors will realize our intentions and message….and they will be ashamed and…..we WILL be back.”

    Sir Utha Kay GEO!,
    Mir
    Mir Ibrahim Rahman (MIR) CEO, GEO TV


  7. Kads (unregistered) on November 18th, 2007 @ 12:08 am

    No dictator has been able to supress the truth and survive. If Musharraf thinks he can ban channels and hang on to power, he is dreaming. The more he bans, the more people resent him and the more they want him out!
    He is shooting himself in the foot.


  8. trouble maker (unregistered) on November 18th, 2007 @ 3:33 am

    He(Musharaf) does look pretty bad. Good job guys!


  9. TURAB (unregistered) on November 18th, 2007 @ 5:33 am
  10. wasiq (unregistered) on November 18th, 2007 @ 7:28 am

    Woh:dekhein pakistan main aisa hota hai

    Hum:YoS maiein essa nay heein houta..ho hee ney heein sack tha…


  11. Shiraz (unregistered) on November 18th, 2007 @ 9:35 am

    Whenever the Pakistani people are given anything good they have proved they can’t handle it. Simply can’t behave and abuse anything they are given. It seems like the Mush bashers are suddenly quieting down little by little. Like I had mention before Pakistani’s dont’t need democracy they need danda. That is the only language they understand. Everyone abuses anything they get in Pak and becomes a one man show. Every man is a king, so then why not Mush??
    Don’t be so surprised guys, this was all going to happen. Don’t blame Mush, instead examine your own behaviour and actions. No other countries media goes on live tv and bashes their own country, it would be considered an act of treason. We blame the government for having a negative view of Pakistan in the world, but it was the media itself that hurts this country. Geo and Ary have not been fair and were always one sided. That is not journalism. Mush created these jobs for people, but I guess they don’t need them anymore. I don’t understand why people in Pak blame the US for everything, but the same people yell foul and beg US’s backin and help when it suits their interest. Selfish people. I don’t feel bad at all for anyone. I believe they got what they deserved.


  12. Imran of Zorpia (unregistered) on November 18th, 2007 @ 10:18 am

    mansoor, you wrote:
    “A lot of you commented that Geo … was biased and too negative for your liking.”

    I dont think anybody would gloat that any xyz channel is off the air. But most might agree that journalism carries great responsibility with it & there’s a fine line bewteen freedom of speech & abuse of that previlige (eg. the mohammad caricatures … which were biased & insensitive.)

    And Imran lets avoid abusive language plz.


  13. Moderator (unregistered) on November 18th, 2007 @ 4:15 pm

    well I really want to pi###d on geo network because still they are not accepting that there is something freedom of speech, I definitely agree that journalism carries great responsibility like “Uncle Ben” said in spider man to his nephew that “Great power comes with great responsibility”. for example

    just before that I was surfing geo website and click on “Geo is shut down Please Give your opinion”link, see hundreds of posts and thought to post something and take benefit of citizens journalism.Frankly speaking that me and a big bunck of people that I know don’t like geo as “imran of zorpia” said “there’s a fine line bewteen freedom of speech & abuse of that previlige”

    so I post what I thought and after pressing the button called “Post” I was laughing and for me its a big h#ll joke.
    I want to share with you all what I have got in the address bar:

    ttp://67.59.144.177/blog/comments.asp?msg=Thank%20you%20very%20much%20for%20your%20comments.%20They%20will%20appear%20once%20they%20are%20approved%20by%20the%20moderator&id=12

    for those who still can’t get this:

    “Thank you very much for your comments.They will appear once they are approved by the moderator.”

    Though I already know that they always said “GEO aur JEENAY DO” but for me only for their organisation or you can say their TV Network.

    And as you see the link above, they are still accepting those who are saying like good good and as I said bad bad my post surely will not APPREOVED from the moderator.

    as JACKnJILL said very well “Geo ab jaker siyo”
    thanks


  14. Mehreen (unregistered) on November 18th, 2007 @ 4:15 pm
  15. Zee (unregistered) on November 18th, 2007 @ 8:59 pm

    “Keep hypocrisy aside and make some sense. Thanks”

    ADNAN SIDDIQI: Tell me something do you like to be called names or to be known as a stupid person? Is that the kind of identity you are looking for? Well, if you aren’t then know that this is exactly where you are heading to. Being called as a stupid person with absolutely no brains.

    Media had been reporting something TOTALLY OPPOSITE to what the reality was. I wasn’t :P

    She can delete my comments as long as they are outside the boundaries and yes I DID step outside “after” she deleted my comments which were NOT. Get it? No?… Dude, u r way too dumb to get it anyway soo… just panic away :D


  16. Kads (unregistered) on November 18th, 2007 @ 10:30 pm

    Are any of the govt controlled channels in pakistan showing footage of how the coward musharraf used his police to attack imran khans sisters and drag them on the streets?
    Or is musharraf still supressing the truth of his brutality and his dictator ship for you all?


  17. Saima Nasir (unregistered) on November 18th, 2007 @ 11:03 pm

    @Reality_Check
    “I found Geo programming and the way they were reporting / various promos they were showing, enterring the realm of pure incitement (which is not their job), but I still waited for AAJ KAMRAN KEY SAATH to get a daily dose of sane logic. I dont know how it is like in the Print Media? What are they saying? ”

    @Reality_Check also claimed:

    “In present day and age sat. media is very powerful at the same time very dangerous, sometimes its the biggest threat to free thinking, thats why I still rely on two or three newspapers to form my opinions, rather get my daily dose from a conspiracy theorists promoting their agenda’s and selling their merchandise.”

    @Nasir Jamal

    “Pakistani media misused the independence which was surprisingly given to them not by a democrat but by a military dictator.”

    Words of wisdom by Noam Chomsky
    For Musharaf supporters who are indebted to him for “the free media”

    ‘The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum – even encourage the more critical and dissident views. That gives people the sense that there’s free thinking going on, while all the time the presuppositions of the system are being reinforced by the limits put on the range of the debate.”


  18. Zee (unregistered) on November 18th, 2007 @ 11:28 pm

    Yes Saima, we all see what brain you are gifted it. Yes, we see it, no need to show it in such a stupid way :D


  19. naeem ul haq (unregistered) on November 19th, 2007 @ 12:08 am

    I would like 2 say only this.In PAKISTAN only 1 law is valid. Which is mentioned below in punjabi JIS KI LATHI US KI BHANCE


  20. Zee (unregistered) on November 19th, 2007 @ 1:07 am

    That’s not punjabi, that’s urdu


  21. RockOnKarachi (unregistered) on November 19th, 2007 @ 1:44 am

    Thankyou so much President for closing down the MASALAYDAR channel, you see too much masala ain’t good for us.


  22. SELF (unregistered) on November 19th, 2007 @ 3:57 am

    Whoever does not like Geo should open their own channel…but who is going to watch it?


  23. Awais (unregistered) on November 19th, 2007 @ 12:29 pm

    DEATH TO DICTATORSHIP

    DEATH TO OPRESSION

    LONG LIVE DEMOCRACY

    LONG LIVE FREEDOM OF MEDIA AND PRESS

    LONG LIVE GEO.


  24. Saima Nasir (unregistered) on November 19th, 2007 @ 2:24 pm

    @ZEE
    “Yes Saima, we all see what brain you are gifted it. Yes, we see it, no need to show it in such a stupid way :D”

    gifted ‘with’…..actually same as yours….I just use it differently……

    Ban me from KMB for the peace of the forum and the safety of innocent souls….in the tardition of your favourite dictator….:D


  25. armytheonlysolution (unregistered) on November 19th, 2007 @ 5:49 pm

    @AWAIS

    DEATH TO GEO’S BIASED NEWS CHANNEL

    COURT SHOULD CHARGE GEO NEWS FOR CREATING PANIC IN PAKISTAN FOR THE FEW LAST YEARS

    MUSHARRAF SHOULD ALSO BAN GEO NETWORKS OTHER CHANNELS FOR POISIONING OUR CULTURE WITH INDIAN S**T

    long live Pakistan


  26. Reality_check (unregistered) on November 19th, 2007 @ 8:18 pm

    SAIMA so what you are trying to say that free media was a drama and a means to pacify the people. If that’s the case then you should be glad that its over, and now people will be more inclined to bring about change as I interpret the quote from the great Chomsky.


  27. Kads (unregistered) on November 19th, 2007 @ 8:46 pm

    @Saima:
    Well said.
    Good to see someone here on this forum who has read enough to appreciate the value of free media and the havoc and destruction let loose by musharraf the despot.
    Sad thing is, most folks here have no idea about chomsky and have never heard of “manufacturing consent” and have switched off their brains in deference to the “all wise and all knowing” leaders they have chosen to believe in. But good to see you sharing your insight. Keep it up!!


  28. Reality_check (unregistered) on November 20th, 2007 @ 1:11 am

    KADS I am very well aware of ultra leftist Chomsky, he has been an outcast of the “free western media”, and has been crying out loud about the way media is being exploited world wide (particularly in the west) to influence peoples perceptions and knowledge about issues. Remember the movie “Wag the Dog”. Its all about not showing the complete picture. In our situation, in the light of Chomsky’s quote by Saima, both sides can present the same argument.

    Also, nobody here is advocating blind following of “all knowing Leaders” but some of us do advocate distinction between Struggle and Hara-Kerri. In my opinion the office of the President, The Supreme Court, The Bar Councils and the Media all have ventured beyond their respective spheres, resulting in friction and grinding of gears. Now we have two options either the engine will over heat and explode. Else grinded gears fall back into place and with and work uneasily for a while until the nation is ready and can afford an overhaul. Right now I cannot live without a vehicle that I have, because nobody is providing me with a backup.


  29. Zee (unregistered) on November 20th, 2007 @ 1:38 am

    Reality Check: What you are saying is TOO heavy for the poor mindless folks we have here. People like Adnan, SAIMA, Kads, Doctor (and the list goes on), they lack brains and totally rely on the crappy media that we have here. All they want to believe and know is what is being shown and taught to them. I believe these people think of using their small brains as a waste of energy. Really, they are mostly hopeless!


  30. Zee (unregistered) on November 20th, 2007 @ 1:42 am

    I think someone should tell Mir Ibrahim Rahman that their so-called “entertainment” channels were also HEAVILY involved in the political soap opra that they were running for so long and I believe GEO TV also used to air NEWS. If it were purely an entertainment media, why run news on it when you ALREADY have a channel dedicated to broadcast news!? Makes no sense to me. Also, they kept running political crap on AAG and even GEO SUPER. This had gone way to far and had to be stopped. I am so astounded to see the number of people who have supported the ban on GEO! Truely outstanding!


  31. Kads (unregistered) on November 20th, 2007 @ 2:25 am

    @Reality-Check
    Your said:
    “In my opinion the office of the President, The Supreme Court, The Bar Councils and the Media all have ventured beyond their respective spheres, resulting in friction and grinding of gears.”

    The above isnt exactly true. The fact is that mush imposed emergency and sacked the courts to prolong his own rule. As soon as his hand picked new judges rule in musharraf’s favor, the emergency will be gone and all will be back to normal. This is the true reality. And in oder to hide this fact and his brutality of suppression, he has curtailed the media too. Once his kursi is secure, all will be back to business as usual. The thing with lies is they dont last. And mushrraf has overplayed his hand. Hence the pile of poo he finds himself in. Which is where he now belongs in my eyes.

    @Zee
    If you had half a brain, you’d be able to see through the BS that mush and altafa are trying to feed you. Here is a test for you. Name one thing you have thought up on your own and that hasnt been put in your pea-sized brain by the “all wise” leaders?? Hahhahahahaha….nothing comes to mind??? Now thats why i said you need half a brain even before you open your mouth :)


  32. RockOnKarachi (unregistered) on November 20th, 2007 @ 6:07 am

    @ZEE
    @REALITY_CHECK

    ROCK ON GUYS!

    Freedom of media is important but unfortunately most of the Pakistanis aren’t that educated to judge what’s wrong and what’s right. We PAKISTANIS don’t have a filtration system in our minds that can filter the negatives from the information, we simply accept whatever we get, just like drinking tap water.

    GEO was only creating chaos in the country, they were good in making small stories bigger making it controversial. GEO have acted as ‘FOX NEWS’ of Pakistan. Just look at the effect of FOX news on it’s viewers, almost all of it’s American viewers see Muslims with hatred and take us as terrorists.

    All our lives we have been told ‘Pakistan ka kuch ni hona hai’, GEO was making it a reality.

    With that said, I will miss Mr. Shahid Masood, I respect him for raising several issues against the Army rule that were really important for Pakistanis to know.

    Anyways, ROCK ON PAKISTAN!


  33. Saima Nasir (unregistered) on November 20th, 2007 @ 6:32 am

    Imran Khan on a Hunger strike …demanding a fair trial!

    Let me not pray to be sheltered from dangers, but to be fearless in facing them.
    Let me! not beg for the stilling of my pain, but the heart to conquer it…

    RABINDRANATH TAGORE


  34. Kads (unregistered) on November 20th, 2007 @ 9:13 am

    @Saima

    Nice poem. And the following classic from Faiz is quite apt for the day too.

    Hum Dekhain Gay
    Jab Zulm-o-Sitam ke Koh-e-garaan
    Ruii ki Tarah Urd Jain Gay
    Hum Mehkumoon ke Paun Talay
    Yeh Dharti Dhard Dhard Dhardkay gi
    Aur Ehl-e-Hukum ke Sar Uper
    Jab Bijli kard Kard Kardke gi
    Hum Dekhain Gay

    Jab Arz-e-Khuda ke kabay se
    Sab but Uthwaaiy Jain gay
    Hum Ehl-e-Safa Mardood-e-Haram
    Masnad pe Bithaaiy jain gay
    Sab Taaj Uchalay jain gay
    Sab Takht Giraaiy Jain gay
    Hum Dekhain Gay

    We shall see that day indeed. And so will mush the despot who believe in ruling by force and crushing his opponents AND their families.


  35. Saima Nasir (unregistered) on November 20th, 2007 @ 9:16 am

    @RockOnKarachi

    “We PAKISTANIS don’t have a filtration system in our minds that can filter the negatives from the information, we simply accept whatever we get, just like drinking tap water.”

    Why do think “We PAKISTANIS” are like this?……were people born like this?…. is there a genetic disorder among the population?…..any ideas?

    It is the years of suppression and crushing of self-esteem which makes people say these derogatory about themselves…..people are programmed to beleve in their ineffectiveness and helplessness. Every state institution is working to make you feel leess valuable …from teachers to policemen, to public servants……(Imran Khan being made into a latest example of what happens to defiants)

    The “ultra leftist, an outcast of Free western media” Noam chomsky also said:

    “Anyone who has had any dealings with children knows that they’re curious and creative. They want to explore things and figure out what’s happening. A good bit of schooling is an effort to drive this out of them and to fit them into a mold, make them behave, stop thinking, not cause any trouble. It goes right from kindergarten up … People are supposed to be obedient producers, do what they’re told, and the rest of your life is supposed to be passive consuming. Don’t think about things. Don’t know about things … Just do what you’re told, pay attention to something else and maximize your consumption. That’s the role of the public.”

    Stop belittling yourself and your countrymen….do it to their oppressors


  36. Saima Nasir (unregistered) on November 20th, 2007 @ 9:22 am

    OoPs! sorry for all the typos!Hope its legible


  37. Balma (unregistered) on November 20th, 2007 @ 9:40 pm

    * Why do think “We PAKISTANIS” are like this?……were people born like this?…. is there a genetic disorder among the population?…..any ideas?

    ****** Yes, to some extent. Centuries of inbreeding, marriages within the same family, within the baradari, within the tribe, and rampant cousin marriages do, I believe, lead to a genetic disorder. Excessive amount of lead in the water on top of that does not help either!


  38. Kads (unregistered) on November 20th, 2007 @ 10:26 pm

    @BALMA
    This is amusing.
    So what you are saying Balma is that YOU (assuming you are a pakistani) yourself have a genetic defect as all of the above must have happened in you family too?
    Do you think this type of self-loathing and self-hatred you are demonstrating may have been fed into your brain and not a result of the genes you have inherited??? Have some mercy on your forefather will you?

    Having said that, i must say that the toxins in food theory does have some weight. They can and do turn people mad.


  39. Balma (unregistered) on November 20th, 2007 @ 11:37 pm

    Kads,
    Why don’t you talk to someone who knows genetics and molecular biology?


  40. Kads (unregistered) on November 20th, 2007 @ 11:47 pm

    BALMA:
    You are correct in that the continuous and successive marriages amongst cousins do lead to genetic problems. However, that happens only if the children of cousins marry their own cousins and so on.
    In most pakistani households, there is a break in this link with marriages outside the family. It would be wrong to believe everyone only marries close cousins for generations and generations. If that were the case, there would be no one left in pak! :)

    Your other point about toxins in food is credible though. I agree with that fully.


  41. Balma (unregistered) on November 20th, 2007 @ 11:55 pm

    Haaaiiiii’nnnn, someone sort of agrees with my anti-cousin marriage tirades? Strange, very strange!


  42. Afnan (unregistered) on November 21st, 2007 @ 4:14 pm

    Mr. Faisal you are totally wrong in criticising Hamid Mir. Jasmeen Manzoor and Mujahid Barelvi have never been positive and are always supportive of general musharraf and his cronies.


  43. Laureen (unregistered) on November 24th, 2007 @ 9:50 am

    Mansoor, keep up the good work. I am not sure how you are connecting or how good your internet connection is. Do you feel it is threatened?

    I want to say you are providing a much needed service in a great time of need for your country. I know many Americans are disgusted at our administration’s propping up such leaders and talking out both sides of our mouth about democracy/security. You are an important part of the real democracratic process in this situation where information is being silenced. I write for Metroblogging in New Orleans. I am thinking of you today in your struggle for real and honest elactions.

    Bush was elected under deceitful and suspect circumstances here. We pray for your citizens that they may prevail in their courage for legitimate representative government. The world will be watching what the new administration brings in regards to foreign policy based on truths.

    What are you/your reader’s feelings of the U.S. threat, real or not on the ground, of pulling out our monetary supplements to Pakistan due to Mush’s state of emergency and machinations? Are there real effects? Do these hurt Citizens more than the the powers they are intended to affect?

    Again, thank you for your reports. Speak the truth, even if your voice shakes.

    -L.



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