Surkh – RED

Saw this in my van today. Never heard such a strange name for a newspaper. Any ideas on what the owner might have in his mind?. Generally the colour RED is attributed to the word struggle or sacrifice on flags. Its a 4 page newspaper & its content was like other Urdu newspaper starters. It also reminded me of the popular Awaam that shoot to 10 million/day in 90s. Does anyone read awaam now?

23 Comments so far

  1. pa(kiss)tani (unregistered) on September 27th, 2007 @ 9:28 am

    AWAAM-GEO-JUNG are all crap.

    wish it was awaam-JEETO-jung

  2. Reality_Check (unregistered) on September 27th, 2007 @ 9:43 am

    Here are some chants from surkh era;

    Surkh hey surkh hey
    Asia surh hey
    Khoon-e-Falastine sey
    Asia Surkh hey
    Mao key Afkaar sey
    Asia surkh hey….

    The surkh of Faiz, Faraz and Habib Jaalib has long since faded, this looks too bright to be true red. Any word about the patrons?

  3. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on September 27th, 2007 @ 11:01 am

    “Surkh Karachi”- How true! *grin*

  4. br0ke (unregistered) on September 27th, 2007 @ 12:41 pm

    surkh as in surkhi….. surkhi means headlines in urdu….

  5. HITMAN (unregistered) on September 27th, 2007 @ 1:00 pm

    Kaheen yeh ANP waalon nay to naheen publish kara?

  6. Hasan Zuberi (unregistered) on September 27th, 2007 @ 3:51 pm

    Surkh word & colour both are used by communist comrades since WWII. The Communists are known as Surkhas and still parties like ANP use it to demonstrate their Communist link.

    The word “Surkh” also refers to bloody struggle and i guess it suits with the yellow journalism of all newspapers in our country.

  7. Obi Wan Kenobi (unregistered) on September 27th, 2007 @ 7:23 pm

    10 Million/Day , Awaam Circulation in 90’s. Cite your source, I call this BS . And I know you can’t because this is really BS. Please don’t exaggerate numbers, you lose credibility.

  8. Balma (unregistered) on September 27th, 2007 @ 7:37 pm

    I agree with this 10 Million number.
    There aren’t 10 million literate people in Karachi. Most people in Karachi can not even read their name.

    Alternatively, ever since people in Pakistan started using millions instead of lakh and 10 lakh, many people think of million being same as a lakh. Bhaiyou’n aur babes, bankabab say burger ho jaao gae toe yeh hee ho gaa!

  9. Balma (unregistered) on September 27th, 2007 @ 7:39 pm

    Correction: I meant I also don’t agree with the 10 million number

  10. d0ct0r (unregistered) on September 27th, 2007 @ 9:07 pm

    who says that to read awam newspaper one had to be literate as well? most people were happy just drooling over obscene pics

  11. mana-ji (unregistered) on September 27th, 2007 @ 10:32 pm


  12. Balma (unregistered) on September 27th, 2007 @ 11:14 pm

    * most people were happy just drooling over obscene pics

    Sirkar, aap toe puraanay paapi niklay?

  13. HASSAN' (unregistered) on September 28th, 2007 @ 3:06 am

    Nowadays ppl normally use to watch TV news instead of reading newspapers.

  14. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on September 28th, 2007 @ 6:19 am

    well in 90s most of people used to buy papers like awam etc to know updates about infinite strike calls by Altaf bai who had literally hijacked the entire city and political dates between MQM and PPP[or Naseerullah Babar].

    I remember papers like awam used to make headings like Leghari ka Altaf Hussain se Rabta and in very small fonts it was written na Hosaka. Such spicy headlines helped a lot to buy such papers.

  15. MB (unregistered) on September 28th, 2007 @ 2:45 pm


    Just like you cannot prove MUSH is a wolf, Nawaz is corrupt, Benazir is a thief and Altaf a terrorist, you cannot prove AWAM shoot to 10 million or not in late 90s.

    It was a popular statement at that time coined by AWAAM itself but there was nothing to deny it as every second guy looked to have that in his hands in public.

  16. d0ct0r (unregistered) on September 28th, 2007 @ 4:10 pm

    and its no surprise either coz initially it use to cost Rs 1 … besides that people use to get updated about daily “score” i.e. number of people murdered and gunned down by Altaf bai’s terrorist mafia…

  17. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on September 28th, 2007 @ 8:05 pm

    waise jab se Faiza Gabloo ney talaq mangi hey, Bai k bolti band hogaye hay. Na London se koi byan ata hay aur na Raabta Comitte 90 Se kuch kahti hay. Kia waja hay??

    mujhe tu lagta hay k agar fiaza Gabloo bai k muqablay par khari huwi tu bai tu ganday hojaye gey?(mazeed)

  18. d0ct0r (unregistered) on September 28th, 2007 @ 9:16 pm

    Faiza gabol is seeking half of Altaf properties as settlement for divorce.. Altaf bai must be feeling the heat that all his “hard earned” properties are being taken away from him like that…

  19. Tariq Khanani (unregistered) on September 28th, 2007 @ 11:06 pm

    Hogaye shaam gir gaya daam yeh hay (Karachi ki) Awaam *grin*

  20. imran (unregistered) on September 28th, 2007 @ 11:08 pm

    @BAdnan siqqiqui and Dogtor,
    You guys dragged mqm in this topic too.Nice job guys keep it up because of you two I come to KMB so i can imagine your face filled with jealousy..LOL Jaltai rahoo..Aur Bhonktai rahoo

  21. zee (unregistered) on September 29th, 2007 @ 10:04 pm

    I remember Awam. It was banned alongwith 6 other newspaper by the Benazir government that today calls for justice and freedom of speech.

  22. d0ct0r (unregistered) on October 1st, 2007 @ 6:26 am

    after the use of brute force by government against lawyers and press yesterday outside election commission, the foreign media noted that they faced such state sponsored terrorism and suppression of opposition/press in just 3~4 places worldwide.. they compared it with situation in Myanmar,nepal, and indian held occupied kashmir…. so much for freedom of speech … heh!

  23. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on October 1st, 2007 @ 2:51 pm

    – ghar ka mamla hai – kiss mai kay lal mai majaal hai kay kanay sai pohcay kai yeah talaq ke baat kaysay zahoor pazeer hoyee aur woh bhi imran khan walay soliciter ko appoint kar kai…. !

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