Outdoor Media & Politics

This is relatively recent. It used to be the main political parties putting up either purpose built outdoor hoardings or wrapping existing hoarding with cloth banners to hijack the media space during election times. However, this hoarding atop a building near Hasan Square / Esa Nagri is a proper billboard that sports the name of a political student party Pukhtoon Students Federation and the pictures of the two icons of the parent party ANP.

This is one of the very few bill-boards that remain ‘skinned’ even after the overall tear-down of similar structures in Karachi.

34 Comments so far

  1. Punjaybee (unregistered) on September 5th, 2007 @ 12:48 pm

    it is placed after may 12th by the garbage collector urchins of that katchi abadi which is attached with eesa nagri and old sabzi mandi.

    the pathans is the single largest encroachment mafia of Urban Pakistan let alone be Karachi and this hoarding is just opposite JAMAT-AD-DAWA office, and Gulshan block 13D which is MQM UC.

    it is expression of muscle and DEFIANCE to the CDGK notice for demolition / dismantlement of high rise hoardings,…… WRIT of GOVT is challanged, would SINDH HIGH court take suo motto notice …..???? Never, monkey and donkeys are ruling the courts

  2. d0ct0r (unregistered) on September 5th, 2007 @ 1:34 pm

    city govt and KPT fighting over boat basin park land.. http://dawn.com/2007/09/05/local1.htm

    while city governments own park rot coz of its own negligence to take good care of them, they’re busy fighting to take over this land…

    “There was a strong possibility of a clash between the two bodies when hundreds of city government staff, backed by armed private security guards and heavy machinery, reached the park to resume the development work.”

    city government’s armed private guards, i assume MQM’s unit guys are working extra hours to help city govt encroach lands and plots in karachi..

  3. d0ct0r (unregistered) on September 5th, 2007 @ 1:51 pm

    don’t be surprised if in coming days city govt’s armed guards take over DHA and Clifton Cantt offices in coming days..

  4. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on September 5th, 2007 @ 2:04 pm

    As long as things are well with the park land, City govt will keep taking credit. The day something shity happens(the one like shersha bridge), CDGK will come up with a statement “ye park to KPT ka tha,hum zimaydar nahin” and accuse KPT for any damage. Old tactic but not useful anymore.

  5. MB (unregistered) on September 5th, 2007 @ 5:55 pm

    Dead right ADNAN

  6. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on September 5th, 2007 @ 6:33 pm

    Why diversion from TOPIC – MB ???

  7. MS (unregistered) on September 5th, 2007 @ 7:00 pm

    Media and journalists should start exposing faggots like ANP leaders and others for treating law as their “ghar ki londi”. I agree with Punjaybee here; the SINDH SC must take notice and ask explanation from ANP leaders for not removing this billboard …

    @ Adnan and Doctor: Guys, any specific reason for not posting comments related to the post? Of course one can’t impose this on you but at least try not to divert the discussion. Thx.

  8. MENSHEVIK (unregistered) on September 5th, 2007 @ 8:15 pm


    i knew a person who sold his brain to get the doctrate degree, are you the same person, if yes then please buy back your BRAIN,cuz soon govt. gonna start a compaign to put all those mindless ppl behind the bars along with the street dogs.

    Though ANIMAL RIGHTS activists have serious concerns over this compaign, they say dogs dont desrve to get locked up with the MINDLESS PPL, after all DOGS ARE THE MOST INTELLIGENT animals on this earth.

  9. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on September 5th, 2007 @ 11:20 pm

    Manny, how come it’s off topic when it’s being discussed about politics and using media to promote “Good Image”?

  10. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on September 5th, 2007 @ 11:24 pm

    I agree with Punjaybee here; the SINDH SC must take notice and ask explanation from ANP leaders for not removing this billboard …

    Well, is it not sind govt or city govt’s responsibility to take action against ANP? if TeeEmm could notice that then why not officials?

    if they are not capable then SC should come in the middle and take action against officials of either city govt or sind govt for not taking stern action against ANP people. The city is not run by ANP officials.

  11. MS (unregistered) on September 5th, 2007 @ 11:43 pm

    We all know what ANP supporters would do if the city govt took action; they would block all of the main roads, transport strike, and may be repeat the massacre of 1980’s.

  12. MS (unregistered) on September 5th, 2007 @ 11:47 pm

    Adnan, I think your first reponse to this post was not related; correct me I am wrong but this post is about illegal/unlawful ANP/PSF billboard.

    Discussing the dispute b/w KDA and KPT is I think off-topic, which resulted in my comments.

  13. Syed Johny (unregistered) on September 6th, 2007 @ 12:21 am

    @ Doctor if the city govt” armed official ” do take control of DHA and clifton , then they will be welcomed with open arms by the residents

  14. d0ct0r (unregistered) on September 6th, 2007 @ 12:29 am

    major news of the day was that 3 judges from election commission declared MQM and Sher Afghan’s reference against Imran Khan as not maintainable.. after the decision Farooq sattar was seen cursing election commission and was whining about the decision

  15. d0ct0r (unregistered) on September 6th, 2007 @ 12:33 am

    @Syed yea like citizens welcomed MQM’s armed terrorists with open arms when then went on rampage on 12th may and massacred 50 people…?

  16. d0ct0r (unregistered) on September 6th, 2007 @ 12:36 am

    well as far as topic is concerned.. this billboard seems to be erected on a private property.. although city govt can impose municipal tax on this billboard but can’t tear it down like they did with all those huge billboards on different roads..

  17. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on September 6th, 2007 @ 1:56 am

    Manny, I don’t understand whether you have issue with ANP or with billboards? If billboards then I already answered you that it’s city govt’s responsibility. If you have issue with why ANP doing media campaign then I also see wall chalking everywhere done by MQM and Incase if you’re not aware, there is a law against wall chalking which was introduced by MQM’s Ishratul Ibad after few months of taking oath and he clearly mentioned that “none” of party was allowed to do wall chalking in Karachi but how walls of Karachi were used against Altaf’s opponents is not a hidden secret.

    THis is 2007 not 80s when there was no MQM. Now MQM takes the lead in all activities which you mentioned in above post. Maybe you are not aware because you would have moved to US in 80s?

  18. bluemax (unregistered) on September 6th, 2007 @ 2:24 am

    I cant think of any reason why DOCTOR is not part of the authors team on KMB. He has lots of stuff to share with us (all facts, half truth, complete lies … readers can decide on their own) but at least most of the comments will not be off-topic.

    Btw, “Outdoor Media & Politics” and “Dispute between CDGK & KPT” are two different topics as pointed out earlier by MS and Jamal Shamsi.

  19. imran (unregistered) on September 6th, 2007 @ 2:40 am

    Dogtor and RoghniNan Siddiqui like to drag mqm in any topic. You would see them actively writing in the blogs where they can bring mqm. I dont mind that rather enjoy their frustration..Let them bark because that is all they can do::))Plz keep barking Dogtor and RoghniNan Siddiqui..HAHHAAA

  20. Fahad Khan (unregistered) on September 6th, 2007 @ 3:09 am

    You are absolutely right that “wall chalkings” should be banned along with billboards. If another storm comes to Karachi, the chalk may dislodge from the wall and crush someone. On a serious note, I hope every political party follows the rule of law (inc. MQM with graffiti), but surely you understand why billboards are more important?

    On a side note, what is your (and d0ctor’s) obsession with MQM? I understand disliking or hating a political party, but don’t you have anything better to do than constantly posting anti-MQM messages. I could be wrong, but if you did have a valid argument, I think you would be able to summarize it in a few posts, instead of constantly posting insults and name-calling. By the way, name-calling (especially adding or changing letters to someones name to insult) is probably something we should avoid. Many of these names come from the Qur’an or from the companions of the Prophet (saw), so it may be better to leave those names alone. (I have seen this from both sides in the past few blogs.)
    To be honest, I have not heard anything constructive from either of you, only rants about how terrible MQM is, whether it relates to the topic at hand or not. I support MQM, I feel that they are genuine in their efforts, and I wish them luck. They have done a lot for the development of Karachi, in my opinion, and we must remember that Karachi is one of the most populated cities in the world (#3 or 4), so it will have problems, but we should try to do whatever we can to help (if we do care about it). I am very interested to know which political party you guys support and what the reasoning is behind it? Have they been involved in running Karachi before? If so, what did they do for it? If not, what is the rationale behind your support?


    Fahad Khan

  21. asa (unregistered) on September 6th, 2007 @ 4:11 am

    What a baseless propaganda.MQM have killed and kidnapped hundreds of his own people but you are blind to see that…Current regime has been labeled as the most corrupt government ever in karachi(simply visit any new constructed project). Check his ministers, they don’t even know how to talk on TV.

    look at what MQM has done for karachi, killed Azeem Tariq, Hakim saeed??we have been hijacked by a bunch of criminals and we are so dead ppl that no one dare to challenge them…we are just hoping some other genuion leader rise from us and lead us in true spirit not like Altaf bai

  22. Fahad Khan (unregistered) on September 6th, 2007 @ 5:51 am

    Baseless propoganda? You say Musharraf is the most corrupt? Even though Benazir and Nawaz left Pakistan nearly bankrupt? Please read this Amnesty International report that describes the situation in Karachi in 1996 where thousands of Mohajirs were being killed. It goes into detail about the torture of innocent Mohajirs by Rangers and other gov’t agencies.
    If you get time, please read the whole thing through.

    Not knowing how to talk on TV does not mean someone is a criminal. Benazir speaks well to interviewers and at US universities, anytime she is called a thief by someone in the audience (which happens a lot), she responds by saying that the person who made the statement is a fundamentalist who can’t stand a woman in power. Nawaz Sharif, Benazir and Imran Khan are good at playing with words, being hypocrites and knowing what to say to their audiences. They understand how important PR is nowadays and they are good at “politics”.
    I will repeat this, if Hakim Saeed was killed by MQM, why didn’t Nawaz Sharif do anything? He was in power at the time.
    Imran Khan called Nawaz Sharif a crook, supported Musharraf when he first comes to power, and now has rallies with Nawaz denouncing Musharraf. Doesn’t he have any issue working with someone that he himself called a crook?
    Benazir was dismissed because of all the extrajudicial killings in Karachi. You don’t consider that corrupt?
    Nawaz sent in thugs to the supreme court to administer beatings. Is that not corrupt?

    Musharraf sacked a supreme court judge, but when the Supreme Court reinstated him, Musharraf humbly followed the verdict. Can someone honestly tell me that if this happened under Nawaz or Benazir, that they would follow the verdict of the Supreme Court?

    If you are referring to the list made by a US institute saying Pakistan is one of the most corrupt countries in the world now, please don’t forget that a US institute also said that Pakistan is more of a failed state than Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka and is on “alert” level (the same level as Iraq and Afghanistan). Take it for what it’s worth. So, are they right about Pakistan being more corrupt now then earlier? I don’t know.
    But I know that the Rangers are not going around shooting up houses and torturing people trying to “find MQM supporters” anymore.
    Let’s just hope Pakistan progresses no matter who is in charge, insha’Allah

  23. MS (unregistered) on September 6th, 2007 @ 8:07 am

    Just to add to what Fahad has said in his post, I think Musharraf is still 1000 times better than Benazir and Nawaz; both of them are crooks who looted the country with both hands.

    Read the following from one of the other posts of mine.

    Do we really want people like her to rule on us again? I would very much prefer to live in Karachi these days as compared to the days when Benazir and Nawaz ruled the country …



    Source: http://eteraz.wordpress.com/

    What was he thinking @ the time of heading that jirga?

  24. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on September 6th, 2007 @ 11:42 am

    no obsession, it’s just I might have spent more time with MQM people than kids who would have heard about MQM in papers or media. Go thru this site archive , you would figure out why do I have so much “obsession” about MQM. May you also feel same after reading them all.

  25. Zeba (unregistered) on September 6th, 2007 @ 1:08 pm

    Finally it can out that mr. adnan was part of MQM and have all the bitterness inculcated of the circumstances he had of not counted among the previliged class of MQM.

    since not many can “SPENT TIME” in mqm without being cult member, that indicates that either he has been deprieved of the positon he enjoyed or he was denied a position he wanted, thereby parting ways.

    and D0CTOR when would truth about you coming out, please,

    ME, am a born Jamati and I would die Jamati, the only single party of Pakistan with democratic norms.

  26. asa (unregistered) on September 6th, 2007 @ 1:12 pm

    i never said any thing regarding BB or Nawaz are saint,they are as bad as altaf..read my above comment again i just talked about my city karachi which has been ruined by MQM and i also never refer any international report ,i said simply visit any newly constructed bridge you will easily judge how much corruption is going on..you are just mixing up thing to justify MQM criminal record ,i regret to admit i did vote for MQM but not anymore ,they have been tested for last 15 years but they deliver nothing .

  27. d0ct0r (unregistered) on September 6th, 2007 @ 1:18 pm

    while city govt is forcefully busy trying to develop park at boat basin(even when KPT does not require their help) every thing under their own nose is far from perfect.. had it all been perfect then it would have been understandable that every thing under their own control is working fine and they’ve got extra funds and manpower and are helping other authority..

  28. d0ct0r (unregistered) on September 6th, 2007 @ 3:21 pm

    interesting twist in city govt-kpt standoff on boat basin land… according to DAWN’s reporter city govt has paid almost Rs1.1 million rupees for 230+ acres of land at boatbasin and appears to be quite within its rights to reconstruct and renovate the Boat Basin park.. while KPT disputes and states that city govt defaulted and total amount was never paid so they’ve cancelled the allotment…

    “Sources told Dawn that both the city government and the KPT – the former headed by a Muttahida Qaumi Movement nazim and the latter run by an MQM minister – were determined to turn to Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ibad – another MQM appointee – for the resolution of the stand-off.”


  29. irfan (unregistered) on September 6th, 2007 @ 4:32 pm

    the real problem is not the MQM but the fedralised control of the city as we all know that 13 differnt agencies controll the city this leads to problems we should have only one agencey controlling the city and only one person answerable to all of the citys problems .

  30. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on September 6th, 2007 @ 5:23 pm

    Zeba, by part of MQM doesn’t mean I held some chair. What I meant to say that I had some friends who were influential in MQM and many of them suffered too.

    ME, am a born Jamati and I would die Jamati, the only single party of Pakistan with democratic norms.

    Unlike you, I would say that I am a Born muslim and would die as a Muslim. Rest doesn’t matter at all.

    How democratic is Jamat,it was publicly demonstrated when Jamatis supported Musharraf on VARDI issues but then this is a separate topic. As I advised other newbies, go thru archive of this blog asI have discussed many times HOW was I associated with MQM. Don’t bother your brain much by coming up with such lame speculations about someone else.

  31. asa (unregistered) on September 6th, 2007 @ 6:35 pm

    torture of innocent Mohajirs by Rangers and other gov’t agencies??

    MQM is power sharing with same agencies,Bahi fully supporting Mush ..wat would you call this ??

    one more thing now when Mush deal with benazir on card,ur beloved MQM again change the stance:P..their is must some limit to ignorance.if you are expecting that these bhatta khor will change karachi then dude you are absolutely worng

  32. Syed Johny (unregistered) on September 7th, 2007 @ 10:01 am

    @ Asa !

    If you had been following news very closely ! then you would have knew that MQM offered its support numerous times to the opposition during last 5years only if they changed their “naara” from “go Musharraf go” to “go Army gO”

    but leave alone welcoming ! their wasnt a single response statement from the opposition parties!

    And by being in the government MQM has remained on its Agenda ! and has openly criticized PMLq for their Feudal structure!

  33. Concerned (unregistered) on September 7th, 2007 @ 6:21 pm


    who do u think will change karachi??

  34. farahan (unregistered) on September 8th, 2007 @ 12:14 am

    MQM Is the only solution

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