National Bloggers Conference

Jamal AshiqainYesterday was a milestone achievement for the bloggers of Pakistan as the Information Technology Ministry, Government of Sindh organized the National Bloggers Conference 09. This is the first time in the history of our region that a government has not only recognized the importance of blogging but had also gone a step forward to appreciate and support the bloggers community without attaching any strings to undermine or restrict their right to the freedom of expression.

The conference held at a local hotel here in Karachi started off with great energy and enthusiasm, two of the front tables hosted a number of bloggers who meticulously covered the event live using a live blog applet, tweet feeds, and photo inputs trying not to miss out even the even the slightest bit of the details while battling a number of jittery but yet working wifi connections provided by the organizers.

The honorary guest, the IT minister Raza Haroon,started the event with a bit of a speech praising the role of bloggers and later presenting a DEL laptop to the youngest MCP, 11 year old and class 6 student at Mama Parsi school Umaima Adil.

Also present at the conference were Mr. Andersher Cowasjee and Dr Farooq Sattar. Amongst the key speakers were Jehan Ara, Dr. Awab, Mr Chawla, Urdu bloggerAmmar, Asghar, Raja Islam and Ramla Akhtar .

Although the conference adopted too formal a tone, it was overall not only a successful event but also a very positive and plausible effort to recognize, promote and support the blogger community by the government

The full proceedings of the events which is the replay of the live feed cane be read here and another follow-up post by Dr. Awab can be read here and yet another follow-up post here.

19 Comments so far

  1. بستنی (wasiq) on April 19th, 2009 @ 9:19 pm

    sunday newspaper did not cover this event….why…?gora sab ka toh sirf head dikh raha hai….no tail…abhi mera ko kai sa maloom hoein ga kay summer shorts kya hota baba…? kya royalrodale main bhi aisa hee hota…

  2. karachiet on April 19th, 2009 @ 11:24 pm

    Too bad being not it town i missed the rare chance to witness "aik he saf may kharay ho gaiey mehmood-o-ayaz’ :P

  3. ameerhamza on April 20th, 2009 @ 4:01 pm

    It really surprised me that MQM of all political parties arranged such a landmark event. I am not sure how history will judge it. But I am sure bloggers of all shapes, sizes and belief systems are impressed. Good things must be commended. And I am happy that MQM did the arrangements.

    But I am not happy that MQM’s leader had to quote, of all the intelligent men and women, Mr. Altaf Hussain Rickshawalla, citizen of London, countryman of UK. The quote was off course on Taliban. I don’t understand why such highly educated me like Dr. Farooq Sattar have to quote a bufoon like Altaf Bhai among such high class intellectuals? I cannot, for my life, understand the ‘cultness’ within MQM. Can they not stop praying to Altaf Bhai and do something better? I think MQM has a lot of potential and lot of good men. They can simply do away with the murderer of Karachi.

  4. fasee on April 20th, 2009 @ 8:02 pm

    @ameer hamza

    Bhai saab cultiness dekhi hai tu her taraf hai….aap ko PML N ki nwaz ganjoo cult and PPP ki bhutto cult and ANP ki wali cult nazar nai ati

    Abi wait karo baba…doctor bolay ga phir dekha….us ki car ka sheesha inhi logon na tora si

  5. بستنی (wasiq) on April 20th, 2009 @ 11:07 pm

    O jee aay sub chado….yeah batao….idher khaney main kya tha….aur agar picture ho jaay tu kya baat…

  6. Kashif Aziz (kashaziz) on April 21st, 2009 @ 1:23 am

    Pai e mslehat andishi majlis arastand – nishastand o guftand o barkhastand

  7. بستنی (wasiq) on April 21st, 2009 @ 8:01 am

    I knew it….!

    ham par tumhaarii chaah kaa ilzaam hii to hai
    dushnaam to nahii.n hai ye ikaraam hii to hai

    karate hai.n jis pe taa’n, koii jurm to nahii.n
    shauq-e-fuzuul-o-ulfat-e-nakaam hii to hai


  8. fasee on April 21st, 2009 @ 8:58 am

    @ wasiq

    what does karatae has to do with poetry… is a form of self defence or self offence…and hte otehr is a form os realseing latent sexual energy

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  10. Adnan Siddiqi (adnansiddiqi) on April 21st, 2009 @ 12:14 pm

    "UN" key dekhay se jo ajati hay Moo par Ronaq
    Wo Samjhte Hain k Beemar ka haal acha hay

  11. بستنی (wasiq) on April 21st, 2009 @ 2:07 pm

    @fasee sab…..sir kya aap ney kabhi ustaz ki ustaani ko motakallam nahein sunna….iss select/copy/paste….tehreer ko perdh kar aap ko andaza ho raha ho ga….kay Plagiarism kitni gandi shay hai….

    aaj ke naam
    aaj ke Gam ke naam

    @siddiqui sab….missed you…!

    diidaa-o-dil ko sambhaalo ki sar-e-shaam-e-firaaq
    saaz-o-saamaan baham pahu.Nchaa hai rusvaa_ii kaa

    [diidaa-o-dil = sight and heart; baham = togetehr/with one another]

  12. fasee on April 21st, 2009 @ 4:13 pm

    @ wasiq

    "siddiqui sab….missed you…!"

    man…there are CERTAIN thigns that are giving you away …;)

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  14. yahudi4 on April 22nd, 2009 @ 6:47 am

    I am very glad that this event was organised by the IT department of sindh…which means that the government has put blogging under their umbrella and not under the information ministry or the interior ministry….I blame Pasha and the patrons for this great achievement….greatest.thanks.
    did they announce the future plan…or calender..?

  15. بستنی (wasiq) on April 22nd, 2009 @ 8:18 am

    man…there are CERTAIN thigns that are giving you away …;)

    @fasee sab….sir I am sure you know the difference between a vintage that has value and class and on the ohterhand…the everyday beer and the smoke….you miss if it aint there….

    Rock On… Hai Ye Waqt Ka Ishaara
    Rock On… Har Lamha Pukaara
    Rock On….Yuhin Dekhta Hai Kya Tu
    Rock On….Zindagi Millegi Na Dobaara…

  16. fasee on April 22nd, 2009 @ 10:14 am

    @ wasiq.

    "@fasee sab….sir I am sure you know the difference between a vintage "

    sir my experience is onl of wines, beer i tried but i didnt found attracxtive… draft ya root beer yaphir garma garam ALE pi lo….i have tried the non alcoholic ones, sali sarai ki saribehuda thin.

    so i stick to Red wine or white wine for a change ( both non alcoholic ).

    KD sarkar wud brief bout the kuppi, when he accquire some testing samples

    chall chaiyaan chiyaan chiaayaan

    chall chaiyaan chiyaan chiaayaan

  17. bariamma on April 26th, 2009 @ 1:26 pm

    This is really good initiative by Sindh Government and I think they should have promoted this event, there are 1000’s of individuals who could have been benefited with this event.

    I’m sure next time there will be pre-promotion of this event, best of luck.

  18. fasee on April 28th, 2009 @ 12:15 pm

    @ bariamma

    haan ji..mufaty ki biryani khanay ahi dunya pohanch jati..jaisya saray muftay expo centre pohanch jatay hain

    ( for the record, i only go too oggel at bachiyaan….not intrested in biryani)

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