Stories about Pakistan from May, 2006
Pakistan: Dipalpur and history
Shirazi on a town that has held the fort and been a passage of sorts. “Dipalpur is famous in the history as an outpost that has played a significant part in the defence of Delhi kingdom against Mongol invasions in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries.”
South Asia: Homosexuality and Islam
How does one place sexuality within the larger framework of faith? Morofilm points to a film ‘Name of Allah’ which “With unprecedented access and depth, gay Muslim filmmaker Parvez Sharma brings to light the hidden lives of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Muslims and goes where the silence has been...
As the readers of some of my posts are well aware, I have complained often about the tedious process of sourcing interesting blog posts to highlight here on GV. One has to spend days, weeks and even months (slight exaggeration) to search for new bloggers to bring into the mix...
Images from South Asia
For my first post on Global Voices I decided to look beyond words and instead look at the subcontinent through the lens of another. Photoblogs in South Asia are abuzz with the chatter of cameras and flickering of the flash; the result is an amazing array of images from Kerala...
South Asia: Men and Women Online
Do men and women argue in different ways in online forums? Pickled Politics on gender, the way we argue and the differences. The comment space is especially interesting.
Pakistan: Potohar Plateau
A fascinating look at Potohar Plateau which yields an archaeologicaly rich past at Light Within -“Bounded on the east by the River Jhelum, on the west by the Indus, on the north by the Kala Chitta Range and the Margalla Hills, and on the south by the Salt Range, Potohar...
Pakistan: Who was Aamir Cheema
Lahore Metroblogging on a young student Aamir. “Aamir Cheema was a student in Germany. Apparently he went to assassinate the editor of Die Welt newspaper for publishing the infamous cartoons. Security arrested him in the lobby of the building and he was allegedly carrying a knife and told the police...
Pakistan: Blog aggregator and fighting censorship
More ways to fight cyber censorship in Pakistan. A new blog aggregator is started in Pakistan.
Pakistan: Driving In Lahore
Driving in Lahore seems to be suspended between a nightmare and delight. Metroblogging Lahore takes a closer look at the driving culture in the city.
Pakistan: Marketing Politics To The Infidels
Metroblogging Lahore has a post on how the media reaches out to a certain “infidel” market segment.
Pakistan: US Airstrike In Waziristan
A US airstrike killed and injured some people in Waziristan. Metroblogging Lahore says “Sometimes I feel that people of Pakistan should ask US government to bear the expanses of our military and I am sure our tax can be used for a lot better options like health and education.”
Internet Censorship in Pakistan
The Pakistan govenment has been attempting to censor the Internet, in fits and starts over the years. Pakistan has a long history of censorship, from banning books & magazines to shutting down newspapers and jailing journalists. In the early 2000’s internet usage took off in Pakistan, bringing it to the...