Weekend Review: October 15, 2006

Wow, what a week this has been. We saw some very interesting posts and great discussions. Here are the top 5 posts from last week.

1. Sharia 101: A woman is worth half a man – Cyril makes an observation about a Law affecting women. Perhaps because he used the word Sharia in the title, or perhaps the subject was so sensitive, this has been the most discussed post in the history, with 114 comments so far.

2. Democracy or not – IllusionFS posts a video showing how our President is a patient listener, and the crowd stands divided against and in favor of the man in uniform.

3. Stand Bold Against the Offenders Please – Jamash advises the ladies not to give up to the offensive behaviour they face. For once, everyone agrees.

4. On My Desk, Under The Reading Lamp – Jamash announces the book by the President is on sale at bookstores in Karachi and briefly reviews the book. Once again, the readers are discussing whether our President is good or bad.

5. Good morning Karachi! – And lastly, our new author Neoka gets a very enthusiastic welcome.

Let’s see how next week goes.

17 Comments so far

  1. Asma (unregistered) on October 16th, 2006 @ 12:58 pm

    Now thats a brilliant idea to provide with a weekend review … Goody!


  2. Syed (unregistered) on October 16th, 2006 @ 6:37 pm

    Syed Adnan VS. Mushy is the best :-)


  3. elidog (unregistered) on October 16th, 2006 @ 7:25 pm

    great job umar bhaiya…pray tell, how is what you provided here any different than scrolling down on the webpage? the only headline that mattered from this week is, “Karachi Metroblogs gets its very own gora”. Seriously people, what IS up with pakistanis going ga ga over goraz? The only thing worse was getting pseudo canadian pakistanis acting all canadian with their “eh’s”. Too good metroblogs, keep up the gora goo chatofying!


  4. Faraz (unregistered) on October 16th, 2006 @ 9:48 pm

    I know this is going to be a contentious point but I’ll say it anyways.

    How do you determine who is from where? I consider myself Canadian because I’ve been raised here for the most part though I spent the early years of childhood in Pakistan (up to the age of 8).

    Yes, I have a certain affinity for Pakistan because I was born there and still have fond memories of relatives and its good-natured people but that doesn’t take away from the fact that I think of myself of Canadian and not just when I travel.

    I’m not bashing Pakistan to say that it’s not good enough to be identified with but having spent a larger portion of my life in Canada, I think of myself as Canadian and not a Pakistani living in Canada. Same probably goes for the other ‘Canadian’ on this blog.

    Think about it: since Musharraf or many of our grand parents were born in India, does that make them Indians?

    I know my grand parents to this day think of India positively because they lived there and there is nothing wrong with that.


  5. da (unregistered) on October 16th, 2006 @ 10:55 pm

    Actually, I would argue that does make them Indian and hence we are Indian. Similar to how you would be a Pakistani-Canadian, I believe there are ppl like Musharraf who are Indian-Pakistanis


  6. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on October 16th, 2006 @ 10:58 pm


    Perhaps because he used the word Sharia in the title


    is sadgi pey kon na mar jaye aay Khuda


  7. Adnan (unregistered) on October 16th, 2006 @ 11:00 pm

    Faraz , muslim who spent several decades in UK used to be like you unless they were offended as sucide bombers and as terrorists by local gora people. At that time they realised that they were outsiders


  8. Faraz (unregistered) on October 16th, 2006 @ 11:13 pm

    Good point Adnan. But you have to remember that UK and Europe in general are very different than North America, especially Canada. Muslims are the bottom rung of the society in England but it’s the exact opposite in Canada. Most are well educated making much more than the average Canadian.

    Having visited Europe, I felt hostility that I never did in Canada. Yes, discrimination exists in Canada but so it does everywhere. Should all the muhajirs leave Pakistan because they feel discriminated against?

    No, you stay and fight to change the system. Same thing goes here. Not everything is rosy in Canada but the system gives you hope that:

    1. Things will not go bad.
    2. Even if they do go bad, procedures are in place to rectify that.

    But I agree to an extent that there is a divide between the Muslims and the ‘goras’ but I don’t see it as something that can never change.

    Case in point: Maher Arar (google him). Wrongfully imprisoned due to bad Canadian intelligence but an intense government inquiry found him innocent and now the head of the Intelligence Agency (CSIS) is under pressure to resign.


  9. Neoka (unregistered) on October 17th, 2006 @ 1:34 am

    This is some great debate! I think just my being here is bringing out some really much needed topics. Such as, what is a Gora’s place in Pakistan? Some see me a force of good, some bad. Either way – k ha scene hai with a Gora being in town? Many have left do to security protocols. I dont find it nearly as bad as the embassies or media channels tend to lead on! In fact crime rates are said to be way higher in mumbai, new york and washington…


  10. Faisal (unregistered) on October 17th, 2006 @ 2:49 am

    @Neoka

    I welcome you with open arms but please, please, for the love of God, tell me that the following sentence written by you is an oversight:

    “Many have left do to security protocols”

    I am certain that you meant to write the word
    “due”.


  11. Original-Anon (unregistered) on October 17th, 2006 @ 5:40 am

    @Faisal – LOL.
    @Omar – If I may expand on this week-in-review thing :)
    Omar writes another review, the third in his critically acclaimed but slammed by the average reader series.
    Cy continues to provoke readers with his posts. All faithful are up in arms, ready to defend their religion. My good friend Poo Poo Head comes out of retirement to post comments on Cy’s Sharia post. Battle rages between my other buddy Adnan and Ramla to see who can post the longest, most rambling response.
    Omar channels his inner Steven Tyler to write an inane post about elevators.
    Many of the authors continue to diappoint us by not writing a thing.
    Faisal tries but is helpless against the tide of incorrect spelling and punctuations.
    Someone posts a link to a really stupid Dawn article that makes us believe there might be 48 weeks in a year.
    DV makes a brief appearance to say something cryptic.
    Wasiq continues his often hilarious comments.
    Until next week, then.


  12. Faisal (unregistered) on October 17th, 2006 @ 6:52 am

    @Original-Anon,

    LOL!!!!!!

    Love it, love it, love it!


  13. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on October 17th, 2006 @ 8:38 am

    Orignal: haahhhha


  14. Mahrukh (unregistered) on October 17th, 2006 @ 8:56 am

    i also like what wasiq does on KMB :)
    keep writing pal!


  15. Captain's Log (unregistered) on October 17th, 2006 @ 9:33 am

    Wasiq is genious and great thing about is he never returns to you. He does not seem to care for any thing. He does not engage in debate.His comment about “Hanif Rajput” always bring smile on my face.


  16. Adnan (unregistered) on October 17th, 2006 @ 11:13 am


    Wasiq is genious

    his comment about Straw’s statment about hijab was hilarious.


  17. mansoor (unregistered) on October 17th, 2006 @ 4:01 pm

    original-anon: LoL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! now that was a hearty laugh! lol!



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