KMB in the media : )

On October 21, 2007, Daily Times printed the following story:

Blogs explode with blast reaction

The October 18 bomb blasts on PPP Chairperson Benazir Bhutto’s welcome rally have already made it to Wikipedia, with updates and an active discussion underway on the article’s ‘talk’ page.

Within an hour of the bombs going off, the blasts were also reported on a number of blogs originating from the city, including Karachi MetroBlogs ( ), Adil Najam’s, and Dr Awab Alvi’s

While the blogs provided an analysis of the incoming news reports, commentators grieved for the losses of life, and the degenerating law and order situation in Karachi. ‘Give us a break, and stop doing this to our country,’ was the most common response to posts put up about the blasts. Many quoted Faiz Ahmed Faiz’s couplets, and expressed solidarity with those who had suffered. More…

On October 29, 2007, The News followed with:

Say what?

Some of the most popular blogging websites used by Karachiites are and, and to an extent, ‘Orkut’ etc as well. The current issue under discussion is obviously the twin bomb blasts in the city on the procession of the former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto.

On, one of the bloggers wrote ‘the circus comes to town’ referring to the pre-campaigning of Bhutto’s arrival. And soon after her arrival and the blast, this statement – “It is utterly disgusting that we can stand to see terrorists yet again destroy our city for their own political agendas, leaving behind another series of body bags all killed for no fault of their own,” – was found on the same website. More…

Loads of attention, yo! Looks like the mainstream media is finally starting to realise that blogs are an important doorway into people’s minds. : )

[Disclaimer: Irrelevant, off-topic and abusive comments will be slashed / mutilated / killed mercilessly. Follow the rules. ThanQ.]

34 Comments so far

  1. Teeth Maestro (unregistered) on October 29th, 2007 @ 10:06 pm !!!! wahh uh !! thats a dead blog, someone in the News got the facts mixed up, there are I think many other blogs that could have earned a position then the dead blog which was last updated in April 07.

  2. Bolshevik (unregistered) on October 29th, 2007 @ 10:09 pm

    I agree wholeHeartedFartedly!

  3. Silver (unregistered) on October 29th, 2007 @ 10:14 pm

    Its good to have daily times authors promoting their blogs

  4. Bolshevik (unregistered) on October 29th, 2007 @ 10:20 pm

    Sweetheart, KMB would’ve received a mention in that article even if I weren’t an author here.

    And MY blogs would be my personal blogs, which have not been mentioned in the DT article. So feh! :-P *refrains from making nasty comments*

  5. Zainub (unregistered) on October 29th, 2007 @ 10:48 pm

    Too right Uzi, thanks for giving “us” the mention, and yaay on us being famous :->

  6. A for [pine]apple (unregistered) on October 29th, 2007 @ 10:52 pm

    Thats cool and congrats KMB!!

    But to KMB authors, are you people not going a bit over-the-top in this comment moderation thing?? Well honestly when i saw DT report by Urooj, it was like yeah, fine makes sense if she refers to KMB too. She’s part of it. News one be a bigger achievement.

    I dont find any thing bad with Silver’s comment too. I felt the same, many others may feel the same too :-)

    So take it light, dearz !!

  7. ALAM (unregistered) on October 29th, 2007 @ 11:10 pm

    Irrelevant comment deleted. ~ Bolshevik

  8. Balma (unregistered) on October 29th, 2007 @ 11:13 pm

    Irrelevant comment deleted. ~ Bolshevik

  9. SELF (unregistered) on October 29th, 2007 @ 11:25 pm

    “Irrelevant comment deleted. ~ Bolshevik”

    free these days Uzi? :P

    Irrelevant portion of comment deleted ~ Bolshevik

  10. Darthvader (unregistered) on October 29th, 2007 @ 11:31 pm

    oh cmon’ now compadres no more bitching. Most authors on KMB are [Personal attack deleted. ~ Bolshevik] and that should explain all the moderation. well… most except Bolshevik , but she is a Letonian , and CY .

    peace and love


  11. Balma (unregistered) on October 29th, 2007 @ 11:36 pm

    Oh, I guess writing things like ‘wholeHeartedFartedly’ is fine (esp. if you are an author), and surprisingly, this came from a female, but the same person can’t handle a comment on the devil. So, I guess, bad language is allowed, just the free expression of thoughts is not! Got it!

  12. Bolshevik (unregistered) on October 29th, 2007 @ 11:39 pm

    Y’know I could write your comment off as a patriarchal attack, especially the portion about how a woman cannot say “fart.” :-P

  13. darthvader (unregistered) on October 29th, 2007 @ 11:39 pm

    oh dearrr

  14. Concerned (unregistered) on October 29th, 2007 @ 11:41 pm

    I guess newspaper have nothing better to report. especially like how a blogger is promoting her own blog.

    Also stop taking the moderation so seriously, this is stupid, what happened to freedom of speech. Dont give me the BS about it being a privelege. Even your so called dictator prob gives more freedom then this.

  15. Concerned (unregistered) on October 29th, 2007 @ 11:44 pm

    The woman’s gone crazy with power, now who does that remind you of?

  16. Bolshevik (unregistered) on October 29th, 2007 @ 11:45 pm

    @ DV: LOL okay I was having a bit of fun there. :-P

    @ Everyone: I honestly DON’T like moderating comments, but I also don’t like the way every discussion here has tended to degenerate into a mudslinging match lately. Keep it sane, please? : ) ThanQ!

  17. Bolshevik (unregistered) on October 29th, 2007 @ 11:48 pm

    @ Concerned: Alright, I won’t edit any other comments on this thread. Let’s see where it takes us, okay?

  18. Balma (unregistered) on October 29th, 2007 @ 11:55 pm

    Y’know I could write your comment off as a patriarchal attack, especially the portion about how a woman cannot say “fart.” :-P

    yaa eesaa!

  19. Concerned (unregistered) on October 29th, 2007 @ 11:57 pm

    Its a much more interesting that way.


  20. Balma (unregistered) on October 30th, 2007 @ 12:01 am

    Oh yeah, and my comment you deleted earlier said that KMB qaabizeen are trying to force us to refer to the devil as mohtarmah.

    ACtually, I believe the authors realize that once this bad nazir is back in power, yeh freedom of speech vaghairah will all be history and these authors might be taken to task for letting people call the devil as bad nazir (or budnazir, if you prefer the Urdu version).
    So, I think the authors are playing safe for the anticipated return of budnazir to the power and trying to save their butt. Mujhay aap author logo’n say hamdardi hae!

  21. bolshevik (unregistered) on October 30th, 2007 @ 12:24 am

    Irrelevant comment deleted. ~ Bolshevik

  22. Balma (unregistered) on October 30th, 2007 @ 12:37 am

    Irrelevant comment deleted. ~ Bolshevik

    Posted by: bolshevik at October 30, 2007 12:24 AM

    I like your self-censorship. Bravo.

  23. mansoor (unregistered) on October 30th, 2007 @ 1:04 am

    balma: your last comment on this post was excatly what we mean by irrelevant comment. what part of blogging being mentioned in newspapers have to do with the mohtarma and her stand on free speech?

    turning every discussion into a religious and political debate is why we’re stepping up the moderation… those are two topics which almost never have any solution and end up in a lot of heated debate, swearing and mudslinging.

  24. Concerned (unregistered) on October 30th, 2007 @ 1:26 am


    Balma is right to bring the mohtarma in this, because of the way Boshevik was moderating, it was nothing short of wht BB did in her time.

    Free speech means free speech no matter how irrelevant. absuive language is not part of free speech aand no one has used any such language on this thread so far.

  25. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on October 30th, 2007 @ 1:27 am


  26. Balma (unregistered) on October 30th, 2007 @ 1:34 am

    It was my guess that this sudden “urge to purge” at KMB has something to do with Budnazir’s expected return to power. You guys are trying to save your butts when she becomes PM again. If her security forces can kill her own brother, toom loge kiss khaatay may hoe?

    Also, I strongly object to the use of word mohtarma, a title used for izzat daar aurat, for this two time disgraced (that is she has no izzat any more) thug in the garb of a politician. Jail for Bud Nazir (Bad Nazir, if Budnazir doesn’t pass the muster).

  27. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on October 30th, 2007 @ 1:45 am

    @concerned: Free speech doesn’t mean irrelevant comment anyways however declaring every comment irrelevant and removing it is not good at all.

    the most civilized way to register protest against such baisness and hypocrisy is either stop commenting or expose this fascism by writing on personal blog or forums. Unlike you, I have two choice and will be rightly use it in future. You can use other that’s stop commenting. I am sure that the day Umar and his team grow up they will realize what foolishness they were following.

    P.S: There is slim chance you get this message

  28. wasiq (unregistered) on October 30th, 2007 @ 2:32 am

    Hi.we are pleased to inform you that no irrelevent comment is available at the moment….

    rahey wafa main saath na doo yeah alag hai baat

  29. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on October 30th, 2007 @ 2:49 am

    Irrelevant comment deleted. ~ Bolshevik

    — aray i did not posted anything and it is deleted — :(


  30. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on October 30th, 2007 @ 3:05 am

    Infact any of you can register complain in this forum which was created by few KMB bloggers who were active against Musharraf’s censorship. So if one has complain, he/she can use their own weapons against them

    The URL is: which says:

    Society Against Internet Censorship in Pakistan is a group of like-minded individuals who have come together to protest against all forms of censorship of the Internet in Pakistan

    p.s: dear Urooj, incase if you remove my comment, let me tell you that I am taking screen shots of comments I make so that I can use them in my blog post. You know, we bloggers just need excuses like journalists to create a news or blog post. :-)

  31. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on October 30th, 2007 @ 3:11 am

    @shamsi, urooj is a smart chap.. she deleted the comment which just came in your mind.. you know.. perverted thoughts. :-)

  32. .!. (unregistered) on October 30th, 2007 @ 4:12 am


    you are a sick person.

  33. ALAM (unregistered) on October 30th, 2007 @ 6:07 am

    This bitch-ass Bolshevik has this to write:

    “I’m an alien princess. I was stranded on Earth 24 years ago in the aftermath of a mutiny on my home planet, Letonia”

    With this ugly vomit-inducing face, who gives a fuck where u were born?

  34. Bolshevik (unregistered) on October 30th, 2007 @ 10:59 am

    @ Concerned: And THIS, dude, is why we moderate comments. *Exhibit-A* :-P

    I’m turning off comments for this entry, seeing as how we’ve just managed to discover “the missing evolutionary link” here (aka trolls). Congratulations.

    Comments on all further posts made by me will be moderated — live with it. :-P

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