Jhooom Barabar Jhooom – Sadistic

The song that comes into my mind after seeing images below :\\

Taken by Sajjad Ali Qureshi (The Nation’s photo journalist). Please click on images to view the original page.

Here, it seems people are finding it fun to pull barbwires, this side or that side. I can feel the song (in title) running in background. Even the policemen are smiling …. :-)

Dozens of armed personnel are sprinkled around the city in every nook and corner. Hiding behind the sand bags … looking at you with those huge eyes, uncertainty spread. I almost feel sad for them. They are the ones who gets punished if they do their job and if they dont. Totally Clueless.

Do you think violence and forceful protests are needed to ensure your voice is heard?? Sadistic but this fashion is always heard.Media cover violent happenings for minutes on; the peaceful ones rarely make it to the national news. Is it our attitude to react towards happenings and issues or something else??

7 Comments so far

  1. Majad (unregistered) on November 10th, 2007 @ 11:11 am

    Hi A,
    Two points, first our media which has to report something, are always looking for a flashpoint – even if its just ten people getting beat by the police – so violent protests are always good for TV ratings.
    Second, if our leaders exercise brute force to surpress the nation then what can we expect from the populous ? off course a young man watching those protests is gonna think, damn next time i’m gonna get a AK47 and demonstrate.. :(
    We can only move away from this emotional pragmatic mentality if our leadership moves away from it and lives up to our principles “FAITH, UNITY, DISCIPLINE”…

  2. Fauzan (unregistered) on November 10th, 2007 @ 6:29 pm

    A good post Asma. I’d like to take this opportunity to talk about our media here.

    The growing power of the media inside Pakistan is, as I see it, not power at all. In the past year or so, it has tried to be everything to everyone and has done its best to play jack of all trades but master of none.

    These channels are basically working on two platforms:

    – Entertainment
    – News Reporting

    It’s unfortunate to see the same formula in entertainment being pushed across the networks in a sad attempt to emulate Star Plus from across the border. The focus is more on glitz and glamor rather than substance and quality. The TV channels do not appreciate their audiences time and the audience in return do not show any loyalty because they cannot enhance their viewing experience by learning anything of any value.

    Coming to news reporting. I am sorry to say but Pakistan is riddled with second rate wannabe CNN or CBS or a budding Fox networks. To mould THEIR ideology on to Pakistan is not only dangerous but highly irresponsible. During the last few years any issue within Pakistan has been literally SCREAMED across the world as a ‘defining moment in Pakistan’s history’, and the worst case scenario is always the first port of call for the private channels in their bid to attract more viewers and thereby more advertising revenue from their sponsors: A ‘Jerry Springeresque’ scenario.

    The insecurity of the private TV channels is manifest in their need to find a moment to define themselves, but they are trying so hard to look for that ‘Watergate’ moment that, they forget their responsibility to their audience and the state that has given them the licenses in the first place.

    The ignorance is evident in the way the Pakistan’s media having been given a free hand. Does freedom of the press come with no obligations or responsibilities what so ever to the state, or its people? Pakistan’s private channels compete with each other to drag up Pakistani society’s worst aspects and display them across the world, as if that is some how constructive criticism when it lacks any depth or perspective on the subject itself. As Asma puts it, violence and gore gets more priority than all things peaceful and good. DOG BITES MAN is not as good a news as MAN BITES DOG :)

    The private TV channels are aiming for the shortest attention span to inflict the maximum impact and the govt is to blame. The Pakistan Govt has actually made TWO mistakes:

    1- Allowing far too many private channels so quickly into the country without proper quality checks and balances. The private TV channels first loyalty is to its owners or shareholders and then to its advertisers and then to its audience.

    2- Not allowing PTV and other state owned channels to ‘grow’ and mature. It is sad to see PTV News painting an ‘ALL IS WELL’ message all the time. How stupid can you be? Keeping your head in the sand will not make the storm go away. THIS was an IDEAL opportunity for the govt to utilize PTV NEWS to highlight both sides of the story. Whether they use it to their advantage or not is another thing but please, for GOD’s Sake, don’t think your viewers or critics are fools still sowing seeds in the fields with ‘SONA URIA’ or whatever!!

    To sum up my argument, while I do support the notion that it is a useless attempt to block media, the private channels should learn to be more responsible as well and keep ‘PAKISTAN FIRST’. They are right and they are wrong as well. They are not perfect and neither should the expect others to be either.

  3. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on November 11th, 2007 @ 1:26 pm
  4. asa (unregistered) on November 12th, 2007 @ 2:26 am

    Everone will be shot in the head twice because he is asking for justice where there is none. Giving himself up would mean walking to his death as the new Terrorist Act of Pakistan means the Army can run trials on suspected terrorists. If you are comfortable with these curfews and immobility acts then please by all means live with it, I enjoy the concept of a free nation

  5. Aamir (unregistered) on November 13th, 2007 @ 11:51 am


    Dont kill army men and dont plot bomb blasts, you will be safe from Army Act.

  6. khan (unregistered) on November 13th, 2007 @ 5:13 pm

    Please list your top 10 thugs of pakistan “leader without whom pakistan will be a better place” 1 being the worst n so on

    MY list

    1.Maulana Fazlur rehman (most shameless n corrupt,military backed no real support)
    2.Altaf Hussain (terrorist,Murderer)
    3. Imran Khan (hypocrite,self obsessed)
    4.Qazi Hussain (Phony, uses islam for self benefits,hypocrite)
    5.Musharraf (SOB, power hungry,dictator,liar,self obsessed)
    6.Benazir bhutto (corrupt,corrupt,crook,cannot be trusted,husband is a murderer,cannot be related to common pakistanis)
    7.Chaudhry shujjat/pervez elahi (corrupt,suckers,lotas,illiterate,dirty politics)
    8.Sheikh rasheed (useless,illiterate,lair,lota)
    9.All the other maulvis (use islam for self benefits,lairs,fraud,illiterate,no real knowledge of islam, have nothing better to do)
    10.Nawaz sharif (dictator like,abajee influence, bank loans, but has the best stand right now)

  7. onDoles (unregistered) on November 16th, 2007 @ 4:44 pm

    How do you prevent abuse of army in this situation. You can’t use them for anything, as much as you want and wherever you want. Please lay down some Act for that as well.
    It’s Pakistan’s army right?

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