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This evening I met with some friends from highschool that I haven’t seen or heard from in five years. We used to wander aimlessly, picking fights, playing hookie and what not. Times have changed. People have changed. And that too, for the better.

I was very impressed to see my friends develop intellectual depth and the enterprise of knowledge: They demonstrated free-thinking. Since most of them are related to the media industry, and one of them politics, the conversation that stirred was inevitably one that was interesting.

With all that has happened in Pakistan for the past year, including Black Saturday, November the 3rd, and so on, one must take a step back and ask the question, “what is really going on here?” Who is steering this nation? Is it the media that had been given such free reign (In my opinion, Geo television was a major element in steering our country into the abyss)?  It is agreed upon that these media conglomerates have certain agendas and are of certain political leanings (which was evident on the 23rd of June, 2008 when the pro-MQM interview was aired on Geo Television). And with political affinities and backing which “control” the masses, the question arises: Really, what is a democratic, free media? One that is not restricted by the government but still swayed by political affinities and funding? What is the definition of democracy, of free media?

It is my opinion that while people either back Musharraf or the Chief Justice, Mohammad Iftikhar Chaudhry, or Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), or MQM, choosing one side without analysing the opportunity cost (for a lack of a better term) of that decision will inevitably lead to serious narrow mindedness. For example, while many Pakistanis agree that the CJ should be restored and all that jazz, the adverse effects have been felt on the media: the use of resources including fuel to conduct a nationwide rally, the shutting down of businesses for a few days leading to a reduced velocity of money circulation, effects on the stock market due to sentiments, and global repercussions of the actions taken by institutions covered in the media.

So, essentially, my muse leads me to the following: Who controls the media? Is one control over the other a better form? And with punch lines such as “shaping the views and opinions of today,” are you really presenting a democratic electronic media? Are you really giving people free-reign over their intellectual thought patterns? Here’s hoping someone will say something.

Thanks to Asma Ansari who works at BBCL for arranging the reunion, you’re awesome!


Disclaimer: What follows is a work of pure fiction and not foresight. The views expressed are just a creative piece or writing and nothing more. 

It’s January 21st, 2008. Geo is back on air, stronger than ever. the PCO has been done away with and PEMRA’s objectives and role distorted. Oh and, I almost forgot: Musharraf is dead. Yes, he had been asassinated. An EMP destroyed all the remote jammers, leading the way for a detonator to blow up his car: A bomb secretly planted inside the bonnet of his car by his driver who had been coerced, threatened, bribed and everything possible by the so-called democratic leaders of Pakistan. Once again, Pakistan finds itself in ruins, quite like ancient Moenjodaro, except, people are still alive. The media and telecommunications sector is booming more than ever, catering to the zombified minds of Pakistanis and Talibans alike. Each Provincial Capital is a state within a state. Life goes on as if nothing happened; monotonous, mechanical.

The Chief Justice has unfortunately died of a heart attack as it is now clear, however, during Musharraf’s regime some illicit drugs were planted in his office and closet along with supposed records of phone conversations with members of the Anti-Narcotics Force who had been providing him with drugs. The Musharraf regime claimed that he had overdosed on Cocaine and traces of alcohol were found in his system. All this to defame the Chief Justice, Iftikhar Chaudry.

Nawaz Sharif has gotten rid of his wig and is back with rigour. Benazir Bhutto and Sharif have amalmagated parties to multiply their profits and power over the Pakistani Federal Reserve and the people, respectively. A new mind warfare game plan developed by the military had leaked whereby the Pakistani citizens’ minds have been effectively brainwashed. They now carry on about their business as the political premieres discuss deals with Washington, the Koreans and the Taliban about how to make more money. In their heart of hearts they plot against each other, leading the world to mutually assured destruction, an idea coined initially under the Cheyenne Mountain in Colorado.

The stock markets have stayed pretty stable, fluctuating ocassionally, the exchange rate too. All of this is unpredictable however, since a big hole in the vault of Pakistan’s reserve building has allowed a few rats to sneak in, steal a bit of the money which has blood scent all over it – apparently something only the rats can smell… and enjoy – and many a times come back with I.O.U’s or the equal amount of reserve money.

The nuke reserves have been relocated, half of them under the military’s control, a quarter dismantled and the uranium sold to the highest bidder, the remainder hidden somewhere in the Cayman Islands inside a large underwater cave. Who owns this, or how it got there, no one knows.

Indian officials come to Pakistan more frequently sharing drinks on national television with prominent figures, from musicians aiming to improve their self-image by working for World Peace and government officials trying to find more political entertainment. But they’re just looking out for their own benefits: I call this Mutual Hypocratic Facade.

Kashmir has been forgotten about by Pakistan, the attention of the people that matter has been diverted to international political power. India seems to be conducting some non-nuclear missle tests (they do not want to feel the effects of radiation ofcourse) and military training near the borders of Kashmir – perhaps where the takeover will begin from. Something says that there is a love-triangle here: America has vested interest in the economic gain India will receive when it takes over, and so to cash in, has offered a couple of high grade military equipment disguised under a large shipment from Ford Motors to India as it sets up its business there. The Ford Motors representatives have flown into India with sensitive equipment – something they say could not have been shipped along with the rest of the cargo since the rugged conditions would cause terrible damage to their investment. They are actually high-ranking officials from the U.S. military in engineering who are going to run a standards test on the Indian arsenal.

China seems to have sided with Pakistan, trying to work for its own benefit regardless of who runs Pakistan. The Gwadar port is where China has kept its eye on: Provide cheap equipment for the port; everything from construction, maintenance to surveillance equipment, logistics and freight. The Silk Route is seeing considerable capital expenditure to improve its state for the influx of all the machinery. China has estimated atleast $200 billion dollar gross profit in finalizing and running the Gwadar port. For some odd reason, the Taliban are nowhere to be seen here and extensive manpower has been deployed from government-independent security forces (mainly operated under the names of retired CIA and U.S. Military officials).

What happens next?

(Part 2 follows soon).

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Born in Karachi, Pakistan in an Adventist hospital, I grew up in a city where on one side I experienced poverty and oppression, while on the other I had the good fortune of Tabish Bhimani being a member of an upper middle-class business family...more...

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