Stories about Pakistan from August, 2010
Pakistan: A letter to the youth
Usama Khilji at Pak Tea House writes a letter to the youth of Pakistan asking them to prove their worth and their love for the country by being involved, standing up and questioning any wrong deeds around them.
Pakistan Flood: Relief Efforts By PKKH Team
The team of bloggers of Pakistan Ka Khuda Hafiz (PKKH), Pakistan's leading alternative policy institute, has launched a massive relief effort for the flood victims called ‘Mere Log’ (meaning My People). On Thursday they have reached Thatta and Makli city with food, clean drinking water and medical supplies.
Pakistan: Another Match Fixing Scandal
Hamid Abbasi at Chowrangi is shocked by the news of another match fixing scandal of some players of the Pakistan cricket team and opines that “this is nothing less than a betrayal to the nation.”
South Asia: Bloggers On The ‘Ground Zero Mosque’
The recent debate on the planned Islamic Center/Mosque near the site of the September 11, 2001 attacks in New York, USA has been reverberated in many blogospheres around the world. In this post we will look at snippets of some interesting conversations on this issue by a number of South Asian bloggers.
Pakistan: Live Blogging Flood Relief Mission To Thatta Region
Teeth Maestro live blogs a flood relief mission to Thatta Region in Pakistan via CoveritLive and documents the journey live via GPS. “I believe that is the only way to share with the world what we see and hear on the ground,” Dr. Awab Alvi notes.
Pakistan: Relief Efforts – Report From The Ground
Some times it requires a real experience to truly feel the magnanimity of a situation. In this post we share some reports from Global Voices author Salman Latif in Multan who recently went to the Muzaffargarh and Mehmood Kot region in Pakistan to distribute relief to the flood victims.
Pakistan Floods: First Hand Report From Kohistan
Beena Sarwar posts a personal note of Rashida Dohad of Omar Asghar Khan Foundation about her flood relief efforts in Kohistan, Pakistan.
Pakistan Floods: First Hand Report From Charsadda
Aly B posts a first hand report from three relief workers (Tahir Farooqui, Ali Raza and Danish Qaiyoum) who were in Charsadda village in Pakistan for relief distribution to the flood victims.
Pakistan: Twitter Reactions On Flood Situation
The floods in Pakistan got the Twitter users all over the world talking as the devastation become clearer day by day. Let us look at the Twitter trends and what the Twitter users are taking about.
Pakistan: Field Notes From Doctors Of A Relief Team
“If there is anything the government should learn from this flood, it is to take education and women empowerment more seriously,” reports Dr. Syed Nabeel Zafar in a medical field note from Sukkur in Sindh province of Pakistan.
Pakistan: Muslim Women And Non-Muslim Men
Wajahat Ali at GoatMilk started a debate whether “Muslim women should be able to marry non-Muslim men” and the post drew a lot of comments.
Pakistan: Netizens In Action Helping Flood Victims
The floods in Pakistan have so far claimed more than 1600 lives and affected about 20 million people who are in dire need of relief and aid. Pakistani young netizens are traveling across Pakistan to distribute relief and they are making their actions visible though live blogs, Twitter, images and videos.
Tunisia: Doctored Photographs Symptomatic of the State of The National Press
The use of national media as an instrument of propaganda has been fairly well documented in Tunisia. The latest evidence of media manipulation was identified by Tunisian bloggers on August 20 when newspapers le Temps and Assabah illustrated on the sending of food supply by fundation Zitouna to the victims of the floods in Pakistan.
Pakistan: Horrid Act of Mob Shock The Citizens
Pakistanis are in shock as the news and video of the brutal mob-lynching of two teenage brothers in front of police and an enthusiastic crowd in Sialkot were aired on local media. Netizens question why this savage act was allowed to happen without any opposition.
India, Pakistan: The Politics With India's Donation To Flood Victims
“Was Asif Zardari’s fear of Indian money directly related to his fear of the Pakistan Army?” questions Mobashar Jawed (MJ) Akbar while discussing the politics of “playing with a crisis”.
Pakistan: Step Up For Relief Efforts
Teeth Maestro writes about a second relief mission of OffroadPakistan and MotorSports Club of Pakistan and asks other Pakistanis to step up their efforts as they simply cannot wait for the state of flood victims get worse.
Pakistan Flood Incident Reporting System Based On Ushahidi
Raza Rumi at Pak Tea House reports in details about the Ushahidi Crowdmap engine powered Pakistan Flood Incident Reporting site, which acts as a crowd-sourcing “data portal designed to gather comprehensive and dynamic information on disaster-related variables”.
Google assists Pakistan flood relief efforts
Jehan Ara at In The Line Of Fire informs that: “Google has created a crisis response page (Urdu) that hosts a variety of tools and compiles information about the disaster, including the latest news from local media sources, any available satellite imagery of the affected areas, and ways to donate...
A Quiet Independence Day for Pakistan
Given all the pain and gloom that surrounds the life of an ordinary Pakistani today, it is no surprise that this year's independence day was a quiet affair. Bloggers assert that the nation is still strong enough to bounce back.
Pakistan: Mobile Operators Respond to Flood Relief Calls
There are a number of international mobile operators in Pakistan who are responding to flood relief requirements. Telecomistan blog highlights that approximately PKR 238 million in funds have been pledged by three Mobile Operators as donation.
Pakistan: Killings In Balochistan
Apart from the recent devastating floods Pakistan has other problems to tackle. Hamid Abbasi at Chowrangi points out to the recent brutal ethnic killings of Punjabis by members of a terrorist/liberation movement in Balochistan.