PTA bans, and words we cannot say

Published: November 17, 2011

Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has revealed to us a list of words that the directors think are obscene.

Dearly beloved and graciously naïve,

The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has allegedly compiled a list of words that the directors have deemed obscene and want to ban for text messages. As laughable as this may seem, this list, if real, is a clear example of the extremist mentality that some of the office-bearers in Pakistan have.

Sifting through these banned words, I discovered that even the word “Jesus Christ” might be forbidden, along with many other words of everyday usage. Why on earth has Jesus’s name been banned? Is it some kind of an abusive word? As much as rightists and McBurqas may like it, this list is totally ridiculous.

I want to ask the defenders of this list how they would have felt if the name of the Holy Prophet (SAW) was placed on a list of banned words elsewhere in the world. I am sure there would be protests all over the country with furious mullahs demanding justice. But here in our country, alas, we take pride in discrimination against minorities. I feel ashamed when I think about Jinnah who envisioned a country where there was no place of religion in affairs of state . However, in our country, loyalties are measured by the amount of bashing and discrimination that we do against other religions of the world and against our own minority communities.

This attempt to ban words is not only a serious offence against the freedom of expression, sex, and religion which is guaranteed by the Constitution, but also inherently inhumane. The PTA aims at potentially banning many words that are part of human psychology and contribute to the development of natural thought process.

Many words such as ‘condom’, ‘period’, ‘premature’, ‘tongue’, ‘arse’ and  ‘intercourse’ appear on the list. I wonder what will happen to the government’s birth control program and the millions of rupees spent to curb the population growth if the PTA gets what it wants.

I also see clear discrimination against women when it comes to word ‘period’. Are women not to talk about this natural cycle that was created by God?

The fact that the words ‘tongue’ and ‘intercourse’ appear on the list make me wonder about the intellect of the PTA. These words are part of everyday conversation, and are not obscene in the slightest. Forbidding people to use them is clearly a breach of the fundamental rights of a citizen provided by Pakistani Constitution and international law.

The list hasn’t even spared innocent children who believe in ‘fairies.’ Now, no grandmother can text her loving grandchild about how ‘fairies live on the moon.’

It is true that cell phones and smart phones have become an inherent part of our lives. However, nowhere in the world have I seen such an assault against the freedom of expression except in theocratic countries such as Iran. This censorship is the result of the overall extremist mentality of the PTA.

Rather than putting emphasis on character building and progressiveness, the government threw us into confusion that ultimately led us to religious intolerance and extremism. We have given up regard for the privacy of an individual and we have forsaken the golden rule of religious tolerance on which Islam was founded.

According to these people, the liberty currently enjoyed by the minorities of our country is “enough” – the same liberty where Christians are raped and forcibly converted to Islam, where innocent Hindus are killed and where Ahmadis are unnecessarily targeted.  I wonder how these people will react if the West suddenly replaces the liberty currently offered to Muslims and introduces this concept of “enough” liberty to them. How would they feel then?

I truly wonder at the hypocrisy of our nation.

umair.tariq

Umair Tariq

A telecom engineer from Islamabad who writes on social issues

The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of The Express Tribune.

  • Baig

    Where can we get the whole list of words?Recommend

  • ra

    WHICH grandmother texts her grandchildren Mr Umair?
    How can you quote a few incidents of discrimination and make them sound as if they represent the general mindset?
    Have you gone through the list? there are some words in it which, i, as a woman, am glad are there. who are you to represent women? how can you dub it to be ‘discrimination against women’. stop generalizing.
    whereas i agree some words on the list are neutral and could be done away with, while including Jesus Christ is preposterous, but there is no need to condemn the act on the whole.

    Maybe this would force people to waste less time on smsing and spend it on doing something productive for the country. Freedom of expression comes with responsibility. you don’t have to criticize everything and anything. Recommend

  • Aziz Bhatti

    It is actually an attemp to popularize these words instead of bannin them.
    Hats off to the strategic thinking of PTA. Recommend

  • http://pioussluts.wordpress.com EoH

    @ra:

    Aah typical PTI Troll is here… SO IMRAN KHAN IS THE NEXT PM? LOL!Recommend

  • Hassan

    These lists are so extensive i might pick up a word or two for future use. Thank you PTA!Recommend

  • Buddy

    i bet PTA bureaucrats dont know the spelling (and innovative special character usage) skills of our youth.. this ban shall fall flat on it’s face! Guaranteed!

    Ad-hoc and myopic policies shall yield only frustration with no long-term good for Pakistan!

    I wish PTA had put this much effort in granting 3G and 4G licenses and by liberalizing ISP setup rules (and fining PTCL for unjustly capping their broadband packages – without informing the customers beforehand)! Recommend

  • http://www.accidentallyhuman.com Sanya Shiraz

    I completely agree with what you said.
    The list is ridiculous.

    P.S You forgot Athletes foot.Recommend

  • hu

    Instead of curtailing the use of these words, reactionary PTA has only made them more popular. Bravo, PTA deserves this slap in the face for their stupidity, just as you, the writer, deserve praise for speaking up and calling out their hypocrisy. Recommend

  • phobos

    @ra:
    If you don’t like the words, simply put, don’t use them; The PTA isn’t concerned with our nation’s productivity, and nor is anyone else in the grand scheme of things – if anything at all, I reckon this will add to (but won’t be limited to) the sexual frustrations of our people; I reckon you’re just going to get yourself stared and oogled at more in turn! Recommend

  • http://www.halaltamweel.com NSK

    hillariousRecommend

  • http://www.islam-iaf.co.nr Zohaib Khan

    I really feel bad while reading this whole article. I being a common Muslim from Country Pakistan which happens to be a Muslim Country can express my feelings about Jesus Christ. We Muslims believe, that jesus was one of the mightiest messengers of God, that he was the Christ, that he was born miraculously – without any male intervention (which many modern-day christians do not believe today), that he gave life to the dead by God’s permission, and that he healed those born blind and the lepers by God’s permission. in fact No Muslim is a Muslim if he does not believe in Jesus” The Christian does not know that the true spirit of charity which the Muslim displays, always, towards Jesus and his mother Mary spring from the fountainhead of his faith the Holy Qur’an. He does not know that the Muslim does not take the holy name of Jesus, in his own language, without saying Eesa, alaihi assalam (“Jesus, peace be upon him”).
    we cannot generalize whole matter from the one window, any statics or numbers do not show the respect and love of Muslim towards Jesus. Recommend

  • http://sahar-syed.blogspot.com/ sahar syed

    This cant be true?if it is.. do we really live in 2011?Recommend

  • Ayaz Arif

    Its like restraining a kid from playing with toys and expecting at the same time that he would lose his interest in toys-
    Bravo, PTA!Recommend

  • Ali Tipu

    haha..Is this for real?? Cant believe it. :D This has to go down as the most stupid and ridiculous act ever committed by an institution in the history of mankind. When you have nothing else to do, you come up with such gems.Recommend

  • ekbal

    i have a dig bick.

    beat that PTA :DRecommend

  • Kamran

    is that a joke?? don’t tell me its for real! :S where the hell are we heading!??Recommend

  • http://habloid.wordpress.com Habiba Younis

    so PTA is underestimating our “innovayYytive skillzzz” in spelling..hmmm Recommend

  • ukmuslim

    @ra certainly you represent women of lal masjidRecommend

  • Yasir Mehmood

    @author
    Freedom of sex in the constitution of ‘Islamic’ Republic of Pakistan? Please can someone elaborate this haha.Recommend

  • Soha

    I request PTA to ban this whole sentence, ‘mother of all flirting’.

    What Are You Wearing Now?

    Thanks :)Recommend

  • http://awaisaftab.blogspot.com F.

    @Buddy:
    Buddy, are you daring to suggest that PTA –gasp!– actually do its job?!
    WAIT TILL PTA PUTS THAT WORD ON THE LIST TOO!Recommend

  • SKATZ

    This is another example of how the State is being Talibanized by stealth… Doing something like this in this day and age is absolutely mindless!

    I think someone should take the concerned officials of the PTA to court under the Blasphemy Law for banning the use of the name “Jesus Christ”… I believe Section 295-A of the law covers blasphemy against all other Apostles of God…

    Let these closet Fundos be victims of their own shortsighted policies.Recommend

  • Ali Tanoli

    Pakistan is wild free country.Recommend

  • http://peddarowdy.wordpress.com/ Anoop

    I am curious. Why cant anyone challenge it in the Pakistani Supreme Court?

    If something like this to happen in India then you know you can approach the SC and your right will be restored(Freedom of Expression).

    I bet you cant do that because SC has been tied down the Constitution to implement Islam and a Government lawyer only need to point out that this is in conjunction with Islam or some rubbish and by law the judge has to give the order in his favour.

    The problems of making a Country Islamic are many.Recommend

  • Raza

    Welcome to Pakistan rated ‘G’Recommend

  • http://www.facebook.com/ShaheerShahidOfficial Shaheer

    Nope, this is not even in conjunction with Islam. How?
    Muslims believe in Jesus Christ. We respect him the same way Christians do. Infact, you cannot become a Muslim until you believe in Jesus Christ, and other Prophets like Moses, etc.
    So in a way, isn’t this blasphemy?
    We’re being stopped to use a word that’s a name and belongs to one of the Prophets we’re supposed to have faith in, one of the 7 pillers of Iman.
    Where’s the blasphemy law now?Recommend

  • https://www.facebook.com/sh3hryar Shahryar

    S A D T I M E SRecommend

  • Anum

    I dint know about 99.99% of the expletives in Urdu. Thanks for enhancing my vocab, PTA.Recommend

  • Hira Z

    PTA words list is to update the naive i guess … Recommend

  • qwerty

    @ra:
    people like you have actually given this country a bad name. narrow minded dirts.Recommend

  • Faisal Irshad

    The beginnings of a Totalitarian State. It is just the vulgar words now (with some exceptionally stupid selections as well) the next is going to be already stringent Freedom of Speech, Logical Thinking and anything against the orthodoxy.Recommend

  • [K]

    @ra:

    Extremely superb !!!.Recommend

  • poi

    @qwerty

    Surprized, who has recommended your comments.Recommend

  • Aneef

    @ekbal:
    hahaha. LMAO. Recommend

  • Parvez

    Funnnneeeeey !!! Ed please check if this is banned before letting it through.Recommend

  • Sana

    Is ‘Merry Christmas” on the list? They should add it there, or else the filthy Kafirs are going to wish each other on Christmas! The nerve…Recommend

  • Rameez
  • Aswad

    I have seen a part of that list and believe me what a pathetic mind freak PTA have found how made that list, So immoral words or phrases that no one ever had listened , it made me think that are we so sick or its just the stupid person who is taking out his own frustration through that list ?? I was kind of laughing out loud while reading that stuff …but many usual words are also on that list …of course that weirdo who was making that list was in such a state of mind that each word he thinking was associated to something immoral …like Taxi, period, condom etc…lolRecommend

  • Aswad

    @Anum:
    Personally Most of Us don’t know what the junk they put on that list …

    @All No offence but there are many phrases which i have seen used by Indians in their comments when they loose their mind on every second YouTube video …I am afraid this is a ready made list adopted…otherwise that person who knows such crap should be jailed!!
    he is a threat to the humanity :PRecommend

  • moiz

    write ton.gue instead of tongue
    jes.us in place of jesus ;)Recommend

  • Cyrus

    “In the age of Technology we are still in Stone era”Recommend

  • Incredulous

    @ra:
    Really?? u r actually naive enough to believe ppl will not just come up with newer words to say the crap they already say…wow i used crap when its banned!!!! O_o…..our country is falling apart not because people text all the time…the fact of the matter is that regardless of everything no one has the right to filter private communication…thats why its private…..ohh lets forget about rape, murder, child abuse, domestic violence, psychological violence, poverty, over population etc and lets talk about the all important sms language!!! For surely our very lives depend on sms content!!Recommend

  • Huzaifa

    Salaam!
    Although what you have stated in all of your article may be justified as an unbiased view (with the stress on may be) but hold on there when you try to target this nation on 3 incidents while your sweet West has a library of a thousand times amplified versions like these stories in their present and past!!
    All I’m saying is that with all due troll-respect Sir… if you get the chance to post something you shouldn’t went out misplaced anger under a totally different heading :) Happy Trolling!Recommend

  • Ahmed

    Do your fingers hurt in typing Sallalahu alyhe Wassallam? =\Recommend

  • Ahmed

    is there a problem in writing the whole name,Sallalaho Alayhi Wassallam? =\Recommend

  • riz

    No one says condom,intercourse or fairies. They say ghubara,*** and pari………….so Please come back to reality. We speak Urdu and it doesn’t matter if English words are banned :PRecommend

  • Haider

    Well the problem with us Pakistanis are we never want to question things which are put under the umbrella of religion and cultural values. Talking about breast is awful where it is the most common problem among women today. 1/10 women is at risk of breast cancer, if you do not wanna talk about it then may be its rather convenient to die of it.
    No one has any right to ban any sort of freedom of speech. This just shows how people put there effort on useless things.
    I donot see terrorism on the banned list neither islamic suicide bomber nor zardari.
    Those are the things we should really stop talking about now. Since we all know the reality of it.

    Any ways good to see this article Umair and sorry for some stupid comment i read through.
    May we all can think out of the box and treat words more than just how they have been voodooed to be spoken in our culture.Recommend

  • Maryum

    I went through the list. I got to know soooo manny more cuss words I can use now!
    Seriously, if they had to ban they could have made a committee and seriously sought this matter out rather than hurriedly compiling a list. To me it seems that the officials behind the list had more knowledge of what really goes on in text messages than anyone else!Recommend

  • Dr.Talha Malik

    In your face”worldwide medical researchers”
    Our non-medical personals eradicated Athletes foot,Flatulence,Herpes disease from Pakistan!!
    Good job PTA..Recommend

  • Dr.Talha Malik

    Apparently You can buy a condom but not write down the word condom!!Recommend

  • ARQ8

    Although the whole concept of banning so called “Controversial” words seem peculiar and far-fetched. I would definitely like to highlight to the writer that the Collective word “Jesus Christ” elaborates to the meaning of Jesus (PBUH) cruxifiction which is against the ideology of Islam.

    The thing with this particular word is that due to Western influence in terms of movies and television this word has transmitted itself to Muslim youth as an expression of AWE instead of OH MY GOD which makes them unconsciously commit a phenomenon blasphemous to Islam.

    So in other words I believe,Dear writer that besides taking sides of freedom of speech and feminism it would be an icing on the cake if you try to defend Islam intellectually and creatively as well…….Because in the end even Alcohol Drinking Visionary like Jinnah was a Muslim and a proud one.Recommend

  • http://dinopak.wordpress.com Hasan

    It is really a miracle that usage of such ‘technological’ gadgets is allowed in Pakistan, one should enjoy it while it lasts. All of this is happening in what we ‘assume’ to be a ‘liberal’ party, imagine what will happen if someone like Jamat-e-Islami is in power. [HINT: Pakistan will go back 1400 years].Recommend

  • uaahmed

    @Anum:

    lolRecommend

  • Mohsin

    @ra: Ah yes. The traditional moralising stance: “Do something positive for the country instead of…” What completely recidivist, simplistic rubbish. What I or anyone else chooses to do with his/her time is their own business, not yours and not PTA’s. How about instead of making absurdist comments on this article, you go out there and do some marvellously vague, yet “positive” for the country?

    Also, my mother texts her grandchildren. As you rightly pointed out: how can you generalise? Glass houses…Recommend

  • Teen Dabay Wala

    Try speaking against holocaust in western “liberal” countries that are the flag-bearers of freedom of expression and then see where you end upRecommend

  • xOYa

    PTA please give me a good reason for Banning the words Jesus Christ ??
    & if u dont have one then Ban all Prophets names , eid,Merry Christamas,holi ,dewali.
    I defy url do it & see what happensRecommend

  • Awais Khan

    These silly impositions on freedom of expression have exasperated the citizens.Recommend

  • BD

    Bad words, as in abusive words, should be done away with no second opinion. Its just like now allowing them on any other media. Would you allow abusiive language or F words or other such things on main stream television show? if not, then what is all this fuss about.

    No law is perfect, if you think some words should not be there, then go protest over it to change itRecommend

  • ggg

    @ra:
    “Have you gone through the list? there are some words in it which, i, as a woman, am glad are there.”
    You as a woman?
    “who are you to represent women? how can you dub it to be ‘discrimination against women’. stop generalizing.”
    Why are you generalizing women now? It’s not every woman who is glad about every word that is there. Me, being a woman, actually find this list to be ridiculous.. Why can two friends (male or female) not say these words to each other?
    “Freedom of expression comes with responsibility. you don’t have to criticize everything and anything.”
    Where is OUR freedom of expression in text msgs to our friends and family. If I want to call my friend a bastard I believe I have every right to do so. It’s unfortunate I will now have to call to convey these feelings instead.Recommend

  • ggg

    ” wish PTA had put this much effort in granting 3G and 4G licenses and by liberalizing ISP setup rules (and fining PTCL for unjustly capping their broadband packages – without informing the customers beforehand)!”

    THIS!!! I can only imagine how much time and money PTA must have spent to come up with these lists. This is just sad. Things like this make me lose faith in the future of Pakistan.Recommend

  • http://pioussluts.wordpress.com EoH

    @ARQ8:

    Your clear low intellect is evident from the comment you wrote with misinterpreting the word Christ like crazy Christian Killers in the ranks of Taliban and Islamists do. (Remember the controversy of Cocacola and Pepsi?)

    Christ is basically from a Greek word KRISTOS that is derived from a Hebrew word Moshih. Moshih is basically Mo+Shih’a meaning “the one who is anointed with oil”. The same word was later came to Arabic and became Massih that is Christ in English. Christ or Kristos doesn’t meant that Jesus was crucified but it means The anointed One not the one who is crucified on the cross.

    And Jesus is from the Greek word Isus that is from Hebrew word Yeshu or Yeshua. The same word came to Arabic from Syriac Ishu and became Arabic Isa…

    Even if someone believes that Jesus has been crucified then it doesn’t mean that some mullah crazy would ban the word!Recommend

  • waqqas iftikhar

    I never thought the newspeak 1984 orwellian scenario would actually come to pass…but here’s the beginning…..when will these guys undersatand that prohibition NEVER works….ever.

    @ra – you dont want to use them….dont….but you have no right to tell others what they can or cannot say…..Recommend

  • akhter

    Buzzzzzzzzz :->

    According to these people, the liberty currently enjoyed by the minorities of our country is “enough” – the same liberty where Christians are raped and forcibly converted to Islam, where innocent Hindus are killed and where Ahmadis are unnecessarily targeted. I wonder how these people will react if the West suddenly replaces the liberty currently offered to Muslims and introduces this concept of “enough” liberty to them. How would they feel then?

    I truly wonder at the hypocrisy of our nation.

    MR what about muslim which is being killed by Hindus & Christian ? Is it being done right thing .Be a rationalllllllllllll…………..Recommend

  • a k

    What did zia do as dictator of pakistan in 2011. Put an sms filter to ban jesus christ. Longlive islam! EPICFAIL!Recommend

  • http://google adeena tahir

    this is ridiculous and stupid. Its called forcing someone! I hate their decission.Recommend

  • http://blogs.tribune.com.pk/author/430/faraz-talat/ Faraz Talat

    They’re thinking of banning the word, “premature”?

    Do they understand the irony of it?Recommend

  • http://lonepkliberal.wordpress.com Loneliberal PK

    “Fairy” and “foot” are obscene words?

    PTA directors must have quite an imagination..Recommend

  • http://emumair.wordpress.com Umair

    Man, this is SICK.
    These government heads have no brains. They don’t even know what they are doing, what’s the purpose of it and what would be the outcome.
    And why would they think? Do they have time. No man, they gotta go, grab a tin of whiskey and get all our taxes transferred into their personal accounts.

    And “ra“, you already look like a RA agent. Tell me why I can’t text this to my friend: “Dude, I’ll meet you after the last period”??

    Any answers?Recommend

  • sfsssf

    must be banned, Recommend

  • sfsssf

    must be banned other words but not on Jesus ChristRecommend

  • http://www.usmanfarooq.com Usman Farooq

    I dont think blocking keywords and other special words would make any difference… either ways people who want to use such words will not hesitate in adopting some new ones for themselves..Recommend

  • sajid

    Please tell me this is not real otherwise I will start crying on the sad state of affairs of our country.Recommend

  • sajid

    Jesus christ, devil, drunk, fairy, Go to hell, damn it, Hell no, hell yes, hostage, idiot, inter racial, k-mart, killing, Looser, lotion, Rape, Rapist, slave, stupid, suicide.

    Some of the most retarded words in the list. Recommend

  • http://lonepkliberal.wordpress.com Loneliberal PK

    Jesus, I give neither a drunk fairy’s foot nor a flying flatulence about PTA’s idiotic policies. Hell no! And heavens be damned, they’re not killing my personal freedom. Period!Recommend

  • trueman

    So how does it work in Pakistan?

    Before speaking, put the matter in a written format before PTA honchos, Pay bribe. Get approval. Then speak.

    Very innovative. Recommend

  • trueman

    @Armaghan:

    FREEDOM OF SPEECHRecommend

  • aasim

    Please provide proof of reference to ur article.Recommend

  • aasim

    Please provide proof or reference to ur article.Recommend

  • samia

    I think I worked out the Jesus Christ issue.
    According to PTA there is a 1996 law in Pakistan which says that freedom of speech can be restricted to “maintain the glory of Islam”.
    I am pretty sure thats why Jesus Christ is included on that list. Recommend

  • http://Zaghreb Uncle Sam

    learned some ingenious words from the urdu list

    i think no other nation i have come across has such deep swear words…
    there are so many longings hidden in these words which we use to abuse others…
    ban or no ban we are lost/doomed…Recommend

  • Leila Rage

    @samia: Possibly. But it’s still very illogical because what harm can Christ’s name do do the so-called “glory of Islam”. I mean just look at how we Pakistanis “glorify” the name of Islam with rape, murder, theft, abuse and injustice

    Why do these PTA fools forget that according to Islamic teachings Muslims must respect all the Prophets of Allah; be it Moses, Abraham, Jesus or any other Prophet. The inclusion of Christ’s name on the list suggests not just malice and propoganda against the Christian minority in our country but also an insult to God by putting the name of one of His Prophet’s on a list filled with (generally) filthy words. Recommend

  • http://blogs.tribune.com.pk/author/379/vaqas-asghar/ Vaqas Asghar

    I missed the university presentation of my research paper on ATHLETE’S FOOT in the first PERIOD because i couldn’t get a TAXI.

    Now im gonna fail and the PTA will have me arrested :(Recommend

  • disappointed

    @ra i am a med student and half the banned words are part of common texts, its hard to ask a friend about breast cancer without using the word breast and to discuss syphilis with using the word intercourse. perhaps the most “productive of my texts use words from the lists.Recommend

  • unknown

    meanwhile in our ”padosi mulk” an international pornstar is welcomed wholeheartly to participate in a show.Recommend

  • BD

    @sajid: where is this stupid list?Recommend

  • Anonymous

    K – mart? lolz K-mart is just a supermarket in U.S. why is that Band ?Recommend

  • Cynical

    It’s truly a la la land.
    Nothing surprises any more.Recommend

  • faisal arshad

    Dear Liberal ET,
    Please add a section of ‘porn press’ where these stuff could be easily found. Recommend

  • sajid

    @ riz
    Dude there is a whole list of urdu words as well that have been banned. Recommend

  • Taha

    This kind of materials should not be printed by media or say should not allow the writer to give his own comments as this is not the time to talk about such small stuff. I wonder whats wrong with you all… I am telecommunication engineer… and RELAX GUYS!!!! THEY CANT CATCH EVERY MESSAGE!!!! EVEN IF THEY HAVE FILTERS!!!! I KNOW MY GAME AND THEY SHOULD KNOW THERES!!!!

    ITS HIGH TIME WE STOP TALKING ABOUT OTHERS AND START TO WORK FOR YOUR VERY OWN SELF!!!!

    Regards,Recommend

  • http://pioussluts.wordpress.com EoH

    @Taha:

    Stupid as your comment is! Have you heard about artificial intelligence that comes with 3G and 4G technology and enables parents to check on their children’s activities? This same technology (I am skipping the actual name because you bragged being a Telecom Engineer yourself) is compatible with 2G and 2.5G and you know what? A Chinese vendor (yes, the famous one) is ready to provide equipment as well as it is compatible with their RRUs and other things….

    So just think before you write again!Recommend

  • Yasir Mehmood

    They could have added Faraz to the list :)Recommend

  • Saqib

    WELL DONE PTA!Recommend

  • Zalim singh

    you forgot HINDU.Recommend

  • sajid

    @Yasir Mehmood:
    Hahaha very true they should add faraz to that listRecommend

  • Maryiam Sheikh

    umm.. how will my children tell me that they have another chemistry period to attend before the school goes off.. but i am so glad my mother in law cant tell me, i want aloo gosht-period!

    obscenty should be done away with no questions asked though. Recommend

  • Tom

    From this decision, it’s clear that the PTA has no real idea what they are doing. The effect of this decision will be an immediate evolution of “derogatory” language. The number of terms for restricted ideas (or body parts) will expand by a factor of 10 or 100, along with an explosion of spellings designed to foil the restriction software.
    It would be far better for the PTA to require the telecom companies to provide a block function that allows the receiver of an offensive message to block texts from the sender of the offensive message. It would then be possible to fine or shut down the accounts of people who have been blocked by 10 or more people or take other appropriate action.
    Another problem is that the PTA seems to think that everyone has the same criteria about what is offensive in a text message. Some people might find a daily text from a deadbeat relative asking for money more offensive than a single message that includes the phrase “monkey crotch”.
    The PTA is actually declaring war on teenage slang. This indicates that they haven’t learned an important lesson:

    **You should never mud wrestle with a pig.**

    You can’t win.
    You’ll get ALL dirty.
    And the pig might like it.
    Recommend

  • huma

    @Dr Talha Malik… you can also make catchy jingle ads for condoms, play them all day during a cricket match, have little kids sing them without knowing what they are but cant text the word “condom”… losers!

    it wud’ve been better if pta cud have come up with a no-charges or minimal charges way for ppl to block the nos (from their own phones) sending offensive texts/calls to their cellphones rather than this stupid list!Recommend

  • yousaf

    @No.110 of urdu list:I am at a loss?how will a pashto speaking person text someone to tell him that a certain road should be taken to reach some place because that road is SHORTRecommend

  • Manahil B.

    This essay is really good. However, my only issue is with this part:

    “I feel ashamed when I think about Jinnah who envisioned a country where there was no place of religion in affairs of state.”

    If Islam was the way our government was run, minorities would have unimaginable liberty and protection. Please don’t undermine or ignore that.Recommend