Stories about ban

PEMRA, banning an ad on contraception makes no sense

From banning websites over blasphemous content to the recent ban on the advertisement for contraception, Pakistan seems to be headed in the wrong direction. The problem at hand is not just the ban, but the authority that the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) has assumed – the power to ban anything. As a citizen of this country, I have a few concerns. Where exactly is democracy and our right to the freedom of speech? Pemra is abusing its power here. They are banning content on the internet based on what they find inappropriate. However, this content may not actually be inappropriate but educational. Additionally, they can’t install filters to block ‘immoral’ and ...

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Thanks for nothing Mathira and Josh Condoms

It is estimated that by the year 2050, our population will be 300 million strong. Every day, a whopping 14,000 babies are born. That is 14,000 more mouths to feed, 14,000 more children to educate and 14,000 children that need to be provided for. An average woman in Pakistan has 5 to 6 babies during her lifetime. It is without a doubt that we need more awareness and easier access to contraceptives. So for me, when an advertisement that delivers a message relating to birth control airs on TV, it is an occasion of celebration; a development that should be praiseworthy. ...

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Operation bring back Mohammad Amir: Bad idea!

The summer of 2010 was indeed a horrifying one for the Pakistan cricket team and its fans all around the globe. Three Pakistani players were accused of falling prey to the evil of spot-fixing in the fourth and final test match between England and Pakistan at Lords. To add to the despair, these players were key members of the Pakistani squad; Test captain Salman Butt, swing sensation Mohammad Asif and boy wonder Mohammad Amir. After sufficient proof was provided against them, the guilty cricketers were punished severely in the form of jail time and a ban from playing all sorts of competitive cricket. The ...

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He repented, forgive him and bring Mohammad Amir back!

At last some good news for Pakistan has come out of an International Cricket Council (ICC) meeting. Interim Chairman Najam Sethi has requested the ICC in their annual meeting in London to consider relaxing conditions of Mohammad Amir’s ban. The fast bowler is serving a five-year ban on spot-fixing currently. Though, Amir will not be allowed to play any matches, he may be able to train and prepare himself for international cricket for when an opportunity arises.   The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) made this plea to the ICC because Amir complied with all of ICC’s conditions of the ban and underwent ...

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Did the new IT Minister really threaten to ban Google in Pakistan?

There is a lot of hype on the social media about a report that the new Minister of State for IT, Anusha Rahman Khan, allegedly threatened that Google will be banned if it does not remove the blasphemous videos from Google-owned YouTube. Well, I am not a journalist but as a concerned ICT professional, I tried to authenticate this news from different sources. So far I have not been able to find any confirmation. However an outright denial is also missing. But to be fair, the little that I know of the Minister (and I must admit that it is very little), ...

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Google should ban Pakistan

For a journalist, perhaps nothing is a greater violation of human rights than the denial of access to information. In the case of Pakistan versus YouTube, I think the government’s nine month ban on Google’s video-sharing website is really the limit of regressive and, in the eyes of any global citizen who accepts the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, unethical and illegal behaviour. I hold out no hope of sanity or assistance from the new government in this case. It is clear that in a country as fragmented along the lines of ‘haves’ versus the ‘have-nots’, ‘extremists’ versus ‘the rest’, the ban ...

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The ban on Basant

The caretaker chief minister of Punjab Najam Sethi has apologised to the people of the province for his inability to lift the ban on Basant. Mr Sethi, who considered the continuation of the ban among the top failures of the last provincial government, has been able to do no better. To absolve his government from all responsibility, he has cited legal issues that his government faced. All those reveling at the possibility of Basant taking place this year must have been disappointed to hear the news that this would not be the case. Many people had started planning trips to ...

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Pay no attention to me, I am just a Pakistani citizen

I am nothing but a pawn to be thrown around in a game I do not choose to play. Nothing I own belongs to me. I have surrendered it all to the chaos I call my homeland. Consider my cell phone. I pay a considerable sum to be able to connect with the people in my life. I part with hard-earned cash every month in order to make calls and send text messages upon my will. It is my security against inconveniences and possible emergencies. Yet, I wake up every week to news that my right to communicate via cellular networks will ...

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Can’t get shisha in DHA? Go somewhere else!

The libertarian and the doctor in me have been at war with each other for some time, generating a tremendous deal of cognitive dissonance regarding the use of shisha. I have recently begun leaning away from the ban. Here’s why, The recent move by the Defense Housing Authority (DHA), Karachi to ban cafes from serving shisha has expectedly drawn some controversy. I’ve personally never smoked shisha in my life (Hi mom! Thanks for reading my blog!) but I still believe I’ve acquired enough information about it to make a case against the ban. The most obvious problem with the ban is that it applies only ...

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Out with the cellphone, in with the ban(daids)

The cellphone service ban is a great idea. After just a few minutes of Googling I came across tons of articles about how cellphones are used by terrorists, not just for coordination but also as remote detonators. This is all clear evidence that cellphones are in fact the tools of terror. Google says so and Google knows all. After all there’s even a church of Google, for crying out loud. After field testing the cellular service ban on Chaand Raat, the government was so impressed by its efficacy that it’s now been permanently inducted into the arsenal of counter-terrorism. Just ...

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