Karachi Bloggers Discussed Activism.

2576_68178627787_525727787_2236010_6702109_n Last Friday, on the 6th of March 2009, A small Meetup of around 30(+) bloggers from Karachi took place at the Royal Rodale. Organized by CIO Pakistan and Badar Khushnood and sponsored by Wateen, the meetup was themed around online activism which produced quite in a vibrant discussion full of ideas, issues, solutions and in the end of it all, concluding on resolutions.  

 Vitalized by shots of redbull served in the beginning of the session the bloggers were all charged up and full of energy. The discussion initiated with activism and the participants voiced their concerns that no one was promoting the country positively, some said there should be a code of conduct and some even suggested a far fetched idea of having a regulatory body. Over politics the debate heated up a little, even the incident of a noted politician’s personal family pictures came into the discussion and was condemned by all. The political bloggers were agreed that putting up news without investigating, or reporting rumors as fact is not a sensible practice and results in anarchy, while much tolerance should be practiced to accept and respect opposing views over the blogs.

During the discussion someone, excuse my goldfish memory for the particular slipped of my memory, suggested that the illiterate shouldn’t have a say, or a right to express them selves freely. My concern was who or how do we define literacy, does it come with a “degree” !,  but then point was quickly opposed and sanity prevailed.

Thankfully one thing every one was agreed upon was to promote Pakistan positively, either by highlighting the good things about the country, (City being a part of it) or by raising issues so as to pinpoint faults and work on the solutions.

On the occasion Fariha Akhter told us she is planing to initiate a blog to highlight issues faced by the women of our society, like the common sort of harassments women face on a day to day bases while commuting on a public bus or while out shopping or at work and how torturous it is for them.


In the end came the resolutions and everyone committed to contribute in one way or another to build a brighter and more positive image Pakistan and bring about a change through blogging. People agreed among other things, to blog more positive things about Pakistan, photoblogging more of Pakistan’s art and cultural events and tagging every blog post or picture they upload properly.     

2576_68178657787_525727787_2236015_1902411_nAt the end of the meetup a lucky draw was held which won Tamjid Aijazi a free WiMAX from Wateen.

Pakistan’s blogsphere and technology savvy people can play a vibrant role in promoting around the globe, in clearing out the misconception the world carries about us and in bringing about a social and even economical change. The need is to is only to feel your responsibility and work together for it. 

For more a detailed view at the event visit Here.

22 Comments so far

  1. Asim.Net.Pk (asim) on March 11th, 2009 @ 12:41 pm

    Hi, its very nice to know that blogger meeting was sponsored by Wateen
    2ndly, i agree that pakistan is not coming positively on net and in the

    But with current crisis, what we discuss? or what not to discuss
    as Mr.Zardari! is our president! and Mr.Rehman Malik as the knight!
    and Sharif Family and Imran Khan working on politics while Black suited
    lawyers take on streets and our police is saying "Yes,Sir"!

    what you expect! as you know Media War is new trend to bring things up
    and start war or peace or can do anything by being the MEDIA person
    and since blogging is mostly about the gosip! everyone loves to tell u
    Pakistan is facing problems.

    Being Positive Pakistan is good! but one must change its thinking 1st to
    think positively by ignoring, by patience and being humble and forgiver
    start today being yourself thinking positively and atmosphere change
    around u!

  2. MB (kar_munib) on March 11th, 2009 @ 6:01 pm

    "that the illiterate shouldn’t have a say, or a right to express them selves freely."

    The last time i remember all the main evils in our country have HIGHLY LITERATE people behind ………… Who was the idiot who coined this statement Jamal ?

    Does that person believes that by his/her logic all the animals in this world should be behind bars?

    I believe in having a weight of a vote and not just a count, but not allowing an illiterate to express is like BULLSHIT.

    Wish you could have called me in there.

  3. MB (kar_munib) on March 11th, 2009 @ 6:04 pm

    As for "clearing out the misconception the world carries about us" I recommend you to watch yesterday’s MANI AZFAR show in which HASSA NISAR was a guest. I think its we who have a problem with the world, and not that the world has a problem with us.

    We need to search within ourselves instead trying to "clearing out the misconception the world carries about us"….. Much of what they fear about us is DEAD RIGHT

  4. MB (kar_munib) on March 11th, 2009 @ 6:04 pm


  5. بستنی (wasiq) on March 13th, 2009 @ 12:14 am

    kuch ghapla lag raha hai….khala ney Royal rodale beich toh nahein diya..? mein toh apni birthday karney ki soonch raha tha….

  6. firstofficer on March 13th, 2009 @ 6:07 am

    What is "Royal Rodale" and where is it?

  7. بستنی (wasiq) on March 13th, 2009 @ 7:19 am

    @firstofficer….naji na yatim khana nahein hai per chai khaana milta hai….opposite the floating ship on sea view….sarak toh idher bhi nahein hai per you can call it land…

  8. fasee on March 13th, 2009 @ 11:36 am

    @ wasiq.

    yaar there is nothign ORAYL about it…..4 lakh phaiko un ke munh per aur membership lay lo…..chayee aap joriya bazar ke rajaak seth hi kiyo na hu

  9. بستنی (wasiq) on March 14th, 2009 @ 2:17 am

    kya aaj kal bhi 4lac’s pak rupee main itni buying power hai….? kay aap judia bajar kay rajaak seth kay saath rami khel saktey ho….?

  10. fasee on March 14th, 2009 @ 9:34 am

    yaar rami tu nai..per roma say khelay ka buhat shauk hai..but sadly now a days i cant afford that either.

    as for royal, i had the latets rates bcoz just asked them for a memebership last month.

    there only criteria was paisaa phaink tamasha dekh

  11. بستنی (wasiq) on March 14th, 2009 @ 3:35 pm

    yeah jan kar yaqeen janeyeah bahut khushi huie….warna inn kay perdos main cineplex pey *Only for families* dekh kar toh samajh main ata hai kay seaview ki bench pey kya ho raha hai…per yeah samajh main nahein aata kay Pakistan ka kya hoga…

  12. fasee on March 15th, 2009 @ 8:12 am

    jub sath main koi hushurba haseena behti hu tu pakistan ki fiker say fasee sab thori deer ke liye azad hu jatay hain…..abhi tu hum dosray jugrafiye main gum hain

  13. بستنی (wasiq) on March 15th, 2009 @ 9:46 am

    good for you….waisey bhi…iss waqt geography toh sandhurst aur oxford waloun ka problem hai…mera nahein…main toh dono ko doo doo dafa beat kar chuka houn…ab agar woh pheir mosquito net ley kar aagay hain toh…unn se bardaa sour loser kon hosakta hai…(moderated due to lent…aleluya!)

  14. fasee on March 15th, 2009 @ 10:42 am

    mosquioto net mujhay dey do…lite nahe hogi tu machar bacho hatyar kaam aye ga

    yaad aya today i have to change oil of the generator…chala chala ker mar dala hai usay

  15. بستنی (wasiq) on March 16th, 2009 @ 12:15 am

    sorry can’t do that….

    jo doubna hai toh itney sakoun sey doubo
    kay aas paas ki lehroun ko bhi pata na lagey

    ps:the bitch(aaj sunday hai) was baised…it was a negative marking reverse counting tabulation….they got five marks extra for tidy…and I got a negative hundred for untidy…that’s why I don’t count the third and the…

  16. fasee on March 16th, 2009 @ 12:21 pm

    @ wasiq.

    sorry bhai..apna viewpoint dosra hai….apnay ustad ne sikhaya hia ke

    "jub dobnay lagoo tu bajoo wali ki salwalr pakr lo.

    sala ya tu tum ko uper utha na ga ya khud bi dobay ga"

    PS: provided he is not wearing a lastic wlai shalwar

  17. بستنی (wasiq) on March 16th, 2009 @ 2:16 pm

    when you are being prepared for war…death and distruction….there cannot be an option to say…"Sir, jis ko Allah ney paida kiya hai woh aaj chutti pey hai…"

    @fasee sab….aap ki tarkeeb main bachney ka toh koi chance hai nahein…woh kehtey hain kay aik pols waley ko chor ko pakrdney per medal milney laga toh uss ney kaha…yeah sub toh theek hai yeah batao kutta pechchey kis ney chordaa tha….

  18. fasee on March 16th, 2009 @ 10:01 pm

    aap ke joke per buhat hansi ati …per nahee ayi

    bcoz ik dafa meray pehcay meray cousin na apna german shephered chor diya tha….

    sala buhat bhaga per pakar nai paya…to everyones surprise

    per us waqat atish jawan tha….was one of the fastest guy around in my school…..

    but herani mujhay kutay pe thi..ke salay ki speed itni kaisy thi…meri ki tu logic mujhay pata thi.

    bus us din sya kuton sya mian kuton wala treatment rakhta hoon

  19. بستنی (wasiq) on March 17th, 2009 @ 7:35 am

    main ney yeah joke kafi log pey try kiya hai…jin ki woh pols main hoti hain na *unn* ko yeah kafi nag war guzarta hai…kahein aap kay saath bhi toh….

    chaley chainyan chainyan chainyan chainyan

  20. fasee on March 17th, 2009 @ 2:45 pm

    actually when i had a rare german shepard for 3 or so years…it was my fav habbit to unleash it on all and sundry…..guess no one in my address book was left untouched by the soul shattering experince.

    any pycologist would link my habbit to the trauma i faced in my childhood…….but what bout me bashing and hatting mullahs…??

    sir i assure you there was no trauma back there related to any mullah ata all

  21. بستنی (wasiq) on March 18th, 2009 @ 9:53 pm

    this reminds me….of


    yo karachi bloggers….

  22. بستنی (wasiq) on March 19th, 2009 @ 3:35 pm


    Iss kadar toth kar na cha ha mujhey
    Bhool jaay gi apni rah ha mujhey….

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