The mummy-daddy, burger-baby revolutionaries

Published: March 24, 2011

The writer is a partner at Bhandari, Naqvi & Riaz and an advocate of the Supreme Court

Pakistan’s most recent sensation is a young law student by the name of Zohair Toru, an enthusiastic, but somewhat muddled follower of Imran Khan, who had the good fortune, last Friday in Islamabad, to be interviewed by a television channel while protesting the release of Raymond Davis.

Fashionably coiffed with a semi-beehive hairdo, reminiscent of the lead singers of The B-52s, the main thrust of Mr Toru’s complaint was that as somebody trying to improve Pakistani society, he didn’t deserve to be pushed around by the police. Or as he plaintively wailed, “Police humai maray gi to inquilaab kaisey aye ga?”

In the cosy little world of Pakistan’s intellectual vanguard (also known as the 50 people who talk to each other on Twitter), Mr Toru’s complaints have been much derided. His original interview has been widely circulated as has indeed his second interview in which the anchor told him, “Beta, cameray mein dekho. Achay lagtay ho; hero marka.” The gist of the chatter is that Mr Toru is a vapid, empty-headed, mummy-daddy type who doesn’t realise that life is hard, that revolution is harder, that power flows from the barrel of a gun and that burger-babies like him should concentrate on their hairstyles and leave the heavy lifting to people who have read their Gramsci.

With all due respect to the beret-wearing poli-sci types, I think there is more to the story. Yes, Mr Toru is fantastically ignorant. Yes, he is deeply innocent of the realities of power. And yes, any revolution is going to be a long time a coming if it is dependent on people like him. But there are things to celebrate about this narrative as well.

First, let us first celebrate the fact that well-meaning, English-medium burger babies have been so roused from the depths of their traditional apathy that they are actually taking to the streets. Given the attention paid by Mr Toru to his personal appearance, not to mention his general unfamiliarity with the Urdu language, it does not seem as if he is part of the starving masses of Pakistan. In fact, given his age and general appearance, one could be forgiven for assuming that Mr Toru is more likely to be found sprawled on a couch with a PS3 controller in his hands than protesting on the streets. If Imran Khan has succeeded in penetrating the adamantine shell of apathy and indifference, which normally shields the wealthier individuals in this country, then more power to him. I don’t agree with much of what the PTI has to say — for example, their decision to join a great left-of-centre coalition while simultaneously spewing semi-jihadist rubbish — but, in this particular regard, the great Khan is entitled to take a bow. Bravo, sir.

Second, I think it is worth celebrating the fact that our burger-babies do not feel that it is appropriate for the police to push around non-violent protesters. This argument is so beautifully innocent, so perfectly divorced from all prior history and past experiences that one feels much like the fabled Grinch in taking a contrary view. However, the point here is not what is true, but what is believed to be true. I can argue now, and forever, that the colonial police was conceived back in 1861, as a paramilitary force tasked with thrashing the natives into submission (and that it has held true to its original conception). However, the point here is that stereotypes are self-reinforcing. If my concept of the police is of a bunch of thugs, then I will accept their thuggery with greater equanimity than if I conceive of them as public servants. Mr Toru may be historically, politically and factually wrong in his views of what the police in Pakistan can actually do. But he is historically, politically and factually right in demanding a police force which does not shove around non-violent protesters like him.

The final point in this regard is that we need more innocents in politics. I know that politics is inherently a dirty business. I also know that in Pakistan, it is a particularly dirty business. But if Pakistani politics is ever to become less of a straightforward extortion racket, it will be because idealistic people actually stick around and get involved in the mechanics of governance. Mr Toru may or may not be one of those who stick around. But, somebody like him eventually will. And we will all be the better for it.

(The views present in the article by the writer are not those of his firm).

Published in The Express Tribune, March 25th, 2011.

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Reader Comments (108)

  • SR
    Mar 24, 2011 - 11:38PM

    the writer does not have any right to defame or label any citizen of a sovereign country. Zohair, his hairdo, his way of talking or lifestyle is his personal thing and we should all be ashamed of mocking him. I did giggle when i first watched the vdo, but sense eventually prevailed and I refrained from sharing. I feel terribly sorry for the guy. Our channels and newspapers must not mock anyone for making money and grabbing attention. They should rather be embarrassed of their action and apologize to Zohair.Recommend

  • Mariam
    Mar 24, 2011 - 11:39PM

    Ummmm am kind of speechless, you made lots of valid points but wait for the angry burger crowd with their enraged comments on your article Mister Feisal H Naqvi ;)Recommend

  • A
    Mar 24, 2011 - 11:43PM

    Well written article. Mr. Naqvi, as you have said we need idealists to come to power. I really believe some media including ET, doesn’t represent the idealists as well as they should. Imran Khan for example has been constantly shown in a negative light. He might dream big but with more people like you guiding him through influential articles in the media, he will realize some of his political mistakes and you will be able to shape Pakistan’s future. Recommend

  • Adeel Ahmad
    Mar 24, 2011 - 11:48PM

    An astonishing effort by a lawyer who tried sooo hard to get his point across that it lost its value somewhere in the middle…

    Thats the best way i can summarize this article…Recommend

  • White Russian
    Mar 24, 2011 - 11:53PM

    To me, a revolution is something which “breaks out”, like war or disease, and has to be avoided, with whatever pre-emptive measures. This is because the uncertainty it brings causes more ills than it initially intended to eradicate. Great human suffering has been observed whenever a revolution is unleashed. Libya happened just to remind us that do not always expect to end up in Egypt or Tunisia of fleeing dictators. I don not know if Hosni Mubarak relinquished relatively easily, because he is basically a sensible man or because there were others around him who pushed sensibility down his reluctant throat. I wish same was the case with Qaddafi. Forget about Gramsci and of others of his theoretical ilk: real world can never fit into their reductionist models; it is the realpolitik and machtpolitik which matter.

    Yet people in our country talk about revolution like it is a box of ice-cream, which once opened brings nothing but joy during hot summers of central and southern Pakistan. May be we as a nation do not really care to understand the words we use. Or may be we do not really mean to say what we actually say.Recommend

  • Faiz
    Mar 25, 2011 - 12:00AM

    I agree with the author that Imran Khan has succeeded in brining out even the most privileged, innocent kids on street!Recommend

  • Mar 25, 2011 - 12:00AM

    even though i initially found that guy’s video amusing still i think he has been ridiculed way too harshly..Recommend

  • Mar 25, 2011 - 12:10AM

    good piece.
    crux of the matter:- “First celebrate the fact that well-meaning, English-medium burger babies have been so roused from the depths of their traditional apathy that they are actually taking to the streets.”"If Imran Khan has succeeded in penetrating the adamantine shell of apathy and indifference, which normally shields the wealthier individuals in this country, then more power to him.”

    To add,
    Toru’s a product of the failed education system. Many curriculums r eventually cultivating various soceo-economic classes, thereby increasing the class gap.
    About protests; peaceful, non-violent “million march” happens in democratic west and creates news headlines. There the number creates an impact. In Pakistan police beating decides the success. The more the violence, more successful is the protest. Recommend

  • Malik Nasir
    Mar 25, 2011 - 12:24AM

    Nicely Written Recommend

  • Butool
    Mar 25, 2011 - 12:26AM

    Very well written! Your article mirrors my sentiments. Mr. Toru is innocent, but not callous. He is inarticulate, but not ill-willed. He is the epitomy of a previously oblivious upper class ‘mummy daddy’ youth’s gradual awakening. Most of the people who are deriding his now somewhat legendary call for a revolution are those who are probably themselves nonchalantly ensconced in their homes, who instead call for a revolution through their facebook status updates and frustrated, self-righteous tweets. Explain what gives them the right to ridicule someone who moved his butt and took to the streets for a civilized protest against a pressing issue. I am not glorifying the kid unnecessarily. I myself found this wildly-gone-viral video to be more than just a bit amusing, but fact is that not once in the video does Toru say anything that would depict that his heart is not in the right place, that he does not want to try. His innocence is in fact a positive. I’d rather like the youth of Pakistan to be hopeful and innocent then frustrated and gripped by helplessness or worse, oblivious and completely ignorant. Recommend

  • Sarah Khan
    Mar 25, 2011 - 12:52AM

    Please note that fEisal writing in Burger English criticises people who refuse to accept him in twitter cliques.Recommend

  • Zubair
    Mar 25, 2011 - 1:00AM

    I sincerely wish we had more Zohair Torus.There is no point whatsoever in commenting on his style which in my opinion is shameful.

    I went on Protests at Mall road as well, didnt see any burgers around and even made fun of Toru with friends but I regret doing that,knowing that i was wrong.But Im glad that a guy like Toru was out there,protesting when the likes of those Facebook-ers were making fun of him,were NOT. It is NOT the likes of Toru kids who would leave Pakistan when offered Green cards but those who made fanatic,stupid pages ,probably WILL. Most Pakistanis are cynical and those are MORE who made those pages. These goons would comment day and night over Pakistan’s situation but would NEVER ever exercise their voting rights in electing new leaders but a guy like Toru will. Kudos to Zuhair Toru and these ‘REAL’ burgers should learn a bit from you !Recommend

  • DR
    Mar 25, 2011 - 1:03AM

    The part that I think you did not pick up was how the first (and only clip that I saw) started: “we are from good families and have come out in support of Imran Khan to rein in his brand of Inqalab. The point to be noted here is that this kid did not come onto the street to support an institution or ideology but for Imran Khan. But what irks me most is the way he kind of implies that because he belongs to a good (meaning affluent/elite) family, he should not be treated this way. About his support for Imran Khan, I may call him even more politically naive than his leader but would not go any further than that!Recommend

  • VoK
    Mar 25, 2011 - 1:14AM

    God help the people who retain Toru as their lawyer.
    Bichara courtroom ki garmi may kharaab ho jai gaRecommend

  • Mar 25, 2011 - 1:26AM

    The issue with Mr. Toru and his like is that they and many people who read and comment on English daily s is that we dont realize that we are all part of the “elite” that we all like to admonish. Mr. Toru represents the naivity of all those people who live in Islamabad, cantonments and DHAs across the country and do not see the role that they play in perpetuating injustice and inequality. Its great that people from a wider spectrum of society are politically active.

    However, the media attention that he has garnered in many ways devalues the struggles of many, many people who protest before state institutions and press clubs, and observe hunger strikes. It just goes to show how misplaced our and the medias priorities are that we are debating the individual rather than his views. But more power to him. Just dont forget those who do actually come out and protest in the sun and dont have the luxury of driving off in their own car and dont get an iota of the media coverage Mr. Toru has received. Recommend

  • Amena
    Mar 25, 2011 - 1:51AM

    Real journalism requires you to state facts and leave the opinion making to the reader. Please try not to be Fox News here. Express Tribune is already fast gaining that reputation and losing its credibility.Recommend

  • Anonymous
    Mar 25, 2011 - 2:00AM

    Good, grammatically accurate article. However, I don’t think any of those who sat at home watching this on youtube, sharing it with people, laughing out rear-ends off, and as Mr. Toru put it “clicking facebook status’” is eligible to pass nasty comments, or more importantly coin the boy as “burger-baby” “mummy-daddy” type. It is sad indeed, that a well-sort writer such as Mr. Naqvi is using immature and cynical words to describe a young boy from the generation sitting in out very homes today. Look into your own house, are your sons, brother, nephews or whatever not the sort who sit in front of the PS 3 pand play games? Who sit among friends, puff out smoke and comment on the political situation and THEN have the audacity to laugh at a boy from the same genre who actually went out and spoke for them. Just because of what? his accent? his content? his actions? He spoke his heart out, spoke whatever the youth generally feels… How many of you will even let your children out on the street to speak for the nation?
    Rather than appreciating the young lad for whatever we did on his part, you mock him by giving him nasty nicknames? Its nothing but sad, immature, and disgusting really.
    Since you are a writer Im sure you know of the quote, never throw stones if you live in a house with glass windows.
    Look at the generation in your house, and then judge those who actually “TRY” to do something for the nation built for them, and quit the mockery.
    Pointless article, especially for someone who is at an age to be able to judge those who are trying to do well. Disgusting.Recommend

  • Ali Haider
    Mar 25, 2011 - 2:45AM

    I am no burger but I am offended by your article and the way you associate the non-happening revolution to the burgers. You are intolerant and no different from the so-called jihadis…Recommend

  • Mar 25, 2011 - 5:13AM

    Loads of people have ridiculed Zuhair Toru for his comments “ye mera bhai garmi mein kharab hogaya hai.” I also heard and read people saying a person who doesn’t know Urdu cannot be a true and patriotic Pakistani. And they compared this with the ineffective Urdu of Bilawal Bhutto. It was a sheer incoherent analogy.

    My roommate is a Pashtun and he at times ruins Urdu while speaking. He makes wrong sentences like “University maza karti hai”, “Taswerein nikaltey hain” etc. etc. These sort of sentences don’t make any sense. I find these rather cute. Zuhair being a Pashtun can’t be ridiculed for making such comments. Besides, some people feel abashed in front of a camera. Period!Recommend

  • usman
    Mar 25, 2011 - 6:05AM

    @Adeel Ahmad:
    You high bro??? What are you on about.

    The author made a decent case. Though he could have made his point without mentioning the hairdo n all, even taking the guys name was unnecessary n uncalled for. You cant convince everyone sir. Also, it cant be denied that the interview was insanely funny. Bhai dhoop mein kharaab ho gayey hein n all. Now, if the self indulgent and self proclaimed enlightened faction of our society would have appreciated it for just the comical value and analysed the values that the burgers comments entailed in the back drop of political and social inequities it would have performed an educational function as well. But unfortunately, we are a nation of extremists, be it in action or in mind.Recommend

  • wsd
    Mar 25, 2011 - 7:11AM

    This is what a genuine leader is ………Who penetrates and unites all strata of society, who brings them together rather than dividing them and who above all has integrity and a nationalist to core.

    Having said that Imran may have his own faults but at least he is not beyond correction and at this time she is the sole spokesman who is standing against forces of status quo…….. Recommend

  • NJ
    Mar 25, 2011 - 9:15AM

    Very powerfully written! Standing ovation! Recommend

  • khanjee
    Mar 25, 2011 - 9:59AM

    No one can ask pakistani army tha’t why they not stop US bombing in NWFP, is NWFP is not pakistan or they are friends of US.Recommend

  • Viqar ul Haq
    Mar 25, 2011 - 10:13AM

    We as a whole believe in dirty politics, and that is what has kept us so much behind in all walks of life. Our big politicians have been living abroad, they have their kids educated abroad, they have stashed their wealth abroad, but they do not want the people to learn from abroad. Our future are surely the mommy-daddy burger babies as they are the best educated locally and have twitted around to see all that happens abroad. If the opposition did not make noises and did not create a fish market inside the assembly chambers like the opposition did in the Punjab Assembly or the Sarhad Assembly, we feel the silent walkout and the boycott of the president’s dull, partisan speech was a waste. Had it been a show of huhaha, we would have appreciated it.
    It is time we learn to be human beings with tolerance towards others. Imran Khan is a leader who wants to bring a sense of humanism into politics, which we have left to the thugs and the gandasa bearers. Politics was a profession of statesmen like the great Quaid, Liaquat Ali Khan, the Aga Khan, Abdur Rab Nishter, et al, the demigods we must idolize and follow. The present day politicos are none better than a village hoodlum.
    So, please let a thousand flowers bloom. If someone who eats better than the starving millions does not ostracize him from taking to politics, the one we have never thought. In the big cities, I have seen protesters walk silently on the roadsides or huddled into a square carrying banners expressing their fears and feelings, and no police anywhere around lathi charging them as they have all the freedom of expression in a democratic set up. We, in Pakistan, are still following the colonial dictates. Its time to learn and grow civilized, Toru or no Toru.Why blame the upcoming youth, maybe he brings us some sense of fair politics.Recommend

  • Mar 25, 2011 - 10:19AM

    “Mr Toru may or may not be one of those who stick around. But, somebody like him eventually will. And we will all be the better for it”.

    Spotless! Bulls eye!Recommend

  • Zain
    Mar 25, 2011 - 10:30AM

    Mr. Naqvi,

    I don’t know whether to commend you or condemn you for your apparent lack of faith in and disregard for your own countrymen.

    Let me first commend you on the fact that you actually acknowledged Imran Khan for what he is doing, I agree with your point that he is a left center politician with semi-jihadist tendencies and that he has some sort of aura with regards to bridging the gap between the poor and wealthy and that he could get this youth out of his comfort zone to come on the streets.

    Now let me condemn you, what is the difference between your children and this man? Are your children not burger babies? Come on, you would be scared to death if one of your kids said “Daddy I am going for a revolution” and you would buy him/her a nice expensive gift and tell them to sit themself down. You act like a righteous lawyer, but where are you? what are you doing? It was these burger babies that got your movement going, had it not been for them then you would have been on the streets. Oh wait you are a partner in a law firm, my mistake, you are already a super wealthy lawyer who doesn’t care about his country.

    If you really want to make a difference then don’t sit in your air conditioned office, condemning a kid for doing what he genuinely believes in, you go and do something about it. At least he has the guts, and you are no different than the facebook, twitter and myspace users who made fun of this kid. It is because of people like you condemning these others that, a change will never come. So, please keep your pessimistic attitude to yourself. Recommend

  • Zain
    Mar 25, 2011 - 10:32AM

    @Mariam:

    Just one question,

    What makes you different from this burger crowd?

    You do realize, that by just speaking semi proper english you are a part of this crowd. So, please don’t act like a righteous party to the events in our country. Frankly speaking you are one of them/us who is equally unaware of what is going on. Recommend

  • Gohar Baluch
    Mar 25, 2011 - 10:42AM

    Very nice totally agree.

    “power flows from the barrel of a gun and that burger-babies like him should concentrate on their hairstyles”Recommend

  • Gohar Baluch
    Mar 25, 2011 - 10:46AM

    Nicely Written n agreed….
    “power flows from the barrel of a gun and that burger-babies like him should concentrate on their hairstyles”!Recommend

  • Amina
    Mar 25, 2011 - 10:50AM

    If there were more TORUs like him, the world would have been a much better place. His innoncence and his jazba shouldnot be ridiculed by callous, cynical journalists like FaisalRecommend

  • Shifa Khan
    Mar 25, 2011 - 10:51AM

    Sir I am amazed that a lawyer in your capacity would stoop to write such a denigrating piece. It is tragic that most lawyers feel it pertinent to lament upon and lynch everything around them, with complete disregard for freedom of opinion. I would suggest that you focus your writings on the lack of standards being practiced by lawyers in our courts rather than what they say in personal capacities.

    And maybe its time you found yourself a new barber too. Recommend

  • IZ
    Mar 25, 2011 - 10:58AM

    Well said. And doubly well said to ‘Butool’s comment above: “Mr. Toru is innocent, but not callous. He is inarticulate, but not ill-willed.”Recommend

  • Salman Abbasy
    Mar 25, 2011 - 11:20AM

    Feisal Naqvi is spot on. Imran Khan and Zohair Toru are the harbingers of two revolutionary concepts in Pakistani politics – honesty and decency. These are such novel ideas in deceit-ridden and brutal contemporary Pakistan that the people are mocking. Let us not forget that even the prophets were scorned by the disbelievers when they began their missions.Recommend

  • Hassan
    Mar 25, 2011 - 11:30AM

    Agreed 100 percent lets celebrate the fact that we are different and yet have so much in common Zohair Toru maybe part of the 0.001 % of this country but his heart still beats for Pakistan and thats more than i can say for a lot of drawing room analyst. Imran Khan gets a lot of things wrong but the one thing he gets right is his determination to snatch Pakistan away from the crooks and thieves that seem to hold the future of this country hostage!!!!!!Recommend

  • tahir shamim
    Mar 25, 2011 - 11:41AM

    what does it matter if the poor guy couldn’t talk in proper urdu, he tried making a point lets focus on the disturbing situation here let alone his hair style!!!Recommend

  • Hadya Ali
    Mar 25, 2011 - 11:54AM

    At-least the kid got up from his couch and raised his voice! Our sold out media and journalist – The kid is better than you!Recommend

  • Karim Khan
    Mar 25, 2011 - 12:21PM

    Nice piece of satire! Applies well to the cosmetic revolutionist propaganda!Recommend

  • Deen Sheikh
    Mar 25, 2011 - 12:22PM

    There is very little innocence still left in this country, fewer and fewer people are left on the road less traveled. It is because how our society treats the innocent, it mocks them, ridicules them, uses them, discriminates them and exploits them in every possible way, which forces them to go down the road they would not wish to travel instead of taking strong initiative. If there are the few innocents wanting to walk down the road less traveled, they should be encouraged and provided the right set of guidance. This grooming away from the road less traveled and more towards the crooked one begins even long before we reach adulthood. It is like a chain essentially, those on the road less travelled, when they become victims of those on the crooked path, they end up adopting the crooked path in order to survive, as the road less traveled positions one as weak and vulnerable. I would also like to add, this implies to all socio-economic classes, those on the crooked path versus those on the road less traveled hail from all socio-economic groups.Recommend

  • Hussnain Shah
    Mar 25, 2011 - 12:36PM

    Mr. Naqvi,

    Take a bow Sir.Recommend

  • Sarjeel Mowahid
    Mar 25, 2011 - 1:11PM

    The mouth obeys poorly when the heart murmurs (Voltaire) However at times it is better to just shut up and I couldnt agree more:

    “The gist of the chatter is that Mr Toru is a vapid, empty-headed, mummy-daddy type who doesn’t realise that life is hard, that revolution is harder, that power flows from the barrel of a gun and that burger-babies like him should concentrate on their hairstyles and leave the heavy lifting to people who have read their Gramsci”

    I think you dont like that kid :)Recommend

  • Waqqas Iftikhar
    Mar 25, 2011 - 1:17PM

    this article is sublime….brilliance personified.Recommend

  • ArifQ
    Mar 25, 2011 - 1:56PM

    Dear Naqvi Sahib, naive is the word that describes Mr. Toru and your article. Recommend

  • Mariam
    Mar 25, 2011 - 3:57PM

    @ Zain
    Relax brother, i didn’t mean any offense to that kid Toru or rest of the the people, when i said ”am speechless” i meant that why media is still picking on the Kid despite the fact he came on the television and explained clearly that he atleast was doing something better than people sitting at home and making fun of him.

    But on the other hand i believe the author had valid points in his article.

    AND! last but not the least since the writer picked on the burger crowd, i thought the burger crowd Especially!!! might feel offended (i hope everything is clear for you,i hate these men made social barriers and at same time i hate communism :D)

    PEACE! Recommend

  • Mansoor
    Mar 25, 2011 - 4:17PM

    Perhaps Mr Naqvi should have taken a look at his own hairstyle before deriding someone else on theirs. A James Dean hairstyle looks pretty funny on someone who seem like they work in a government owned bank. And what’s up with that lecherous smirk?

    See what I did there? Anyone can mock anyone’s looks, doesn’t take brains or creativity.Recommend

  • Ayesha
    Mar 25, 2011 - 4:30PM

    Take a bow, Imran Khan!
    Take a bow, Zohair Toru!

    See you at the next protest!

    Loving the point the author makes here:

    “However, the point here is not what is true, but what is believed to be true. I can argue now, and forever, that the colonial police was conceived back in 1861, as a paramilitary force tasked with thrashing the natives into submission (and that it has held true to its original conception). However, the point here is that stereotypes are self-reinforcing. If my concept of the police is of a bunch of thugs, then I will accept their thuggery with greater equanimity than if I conceive of them as public servants. Mr Toru may be historically, politically and factually wrong in his views of what the police in Pakistan can actually do. But he is historically, politically and factually right in demanding a police force which does not shove around non-violent protesters like him.”Recommend

  • VoK
    Mar 25, 2011 - 4:38PM

    Flamers for ImranRecommend

  • jz
    Mar 25, 2011 - 4:45PM

    Why do we have to always find faults? why do we have to pass personal remarks against someone? how I dress up, how I keep my hairstyle is my business and no one has a right to point fingers at me. But I am sorry this is so typically Pakistani to highlight weaknesses (as they view them) in others. I swear if Zohair Toru had stepped out for protest in a “civilized” society and given this interview, there would not have been this criticism. We are a disgusted lot, shameful people with no “tehzeeb” and no manners. Countless people posted his video on Facebook and laughed at him, taunted him, passed racy comments and remarks. I really wish I belonged to a more civilzed society. Recommend

  • Mar 25, 2011 - 5:00PM

    I am aghast to see this article and unfortunately the contributor is an advocate in the Supreme Court. Does that mean a lawyer is given the right to defame any citizen through his pen? Well I personally think Mr.Toru is man enough to at least opt for a revolution, he made an effort to come on the streets and yell that it’s time we should wake up, but his effort is articulated in a negative manner. It’s easy to pen down criticism but has the author of this article made any effort to step down on streets and push Pakistan towards a revolution? Toru did and unfortunately he is criticized for a brave act. I am dumb found at the fact news papers promote anti-revolutionary articlesRecommend

  • Savera Dar
    Mar 25, 2011 - 5:09PM

    Mr. Naqvi, you have been quite successful in writing an article which i would call a ‘diplomatic’ yet dogmatic piece of no substance! Calling a protester a Mummy-Daddy-Burger, a couch potato playing PS3, you should have had the guts to ask the NOT-SO-MUMMY-DADDY youngsters if they were even courageous enough to come out on the streets to protest! No matter how bad his Urdu or his accent may be..he was still OUT THERE! Unlike millions of us who were sitting on our couches facebooking and writing such worthless articles to criticize handful of those who were atleast OUT THERE! Shame on all of us who make Fun of him! What good are we for? His innocence dragged him on the streets…what kept us at home? Our smartness? I would prefer his INNOCENCE over such good-for-nothing smartness ANY DAY! Sorry, we all have proved that we are just soar losers! Despite him not being a victim of inflation and other atrocities he had the heart to feel the pain of those who were! And what does he get out of it? Humiliation? trust me those who criticize his accent and his Urdu are no Urdu scholars themselves! Their Urdu is perhaps much worse than his and they dont have the guts to come out and speak! Its about time people started peeping in their collars! Because you know what? Zohair Toru just rose above all of them! Enough Said!Recommend

  • Caro Mio
    Mar 25, 2011 - 5:18PM

    One has to be dimmer than Im the Dim to be able to follow him. QED. Recommend

  • Silent Spectator
    Mar 25, 2011 - 5:20PM

    This is one of those cheap dividing articles that dwell upon condemning a group of people unnecessarily. For how long do we need to debate the burger vs. non-burger issue? I thought we moved on eons ago from that debate which now sounds like a broken overplayed record. Plus attacking someone’s personality is a below-the-belt hit and I can’t reckon real ‘journalists’ stooping that low. This piece reads more like something you would read in a tabloid or a gossip magazine. What nonsense!Recommend

  • Adnan S. Khan
    Mar 25, 2011 - 6:42PM

    Well the guy at-least had the time to come out on the street and take part in the protest.Recommend

  • Muhammad Asif Nawaz
    Mar 25, 2011 - 6:48PM

    Offensive. Recommend

  • Mar 25, 2011 - 7:02PM

    @Absar:
    Urdu is not a stantard, dude. Just a language. It’s like us Punjabis, where you can find professors in Universities having had their PhDs from the US and UK, yet they pronounce screen as sukreen, school as aschool and so on. Pashtoons have fantastic abilities to speak different languages and very closely like their natives. Though they will never speak Urdu rightly, might be a bit of hatred towards it because of us folks.
    .
    so calm down, till he can rightly say ” Univeristy is fun” it doesn’t make any difference to say “university maza kartha hay”, afterall whats theeconomic value of this language, really?Recommend

  • sadia
    Mar 25, 2011 - 7:25PM

    Well, I think the article is meant to be ironic. He is saying instead of sitting at home with ps3, the boy is actually out in public, which is commendable!!!Recommend

  • Anwar
    Mar 25, 2011 - 7:31PM

    I liked the writing style and the last sentence… The rest of the article is a burger soup…Recommend

  • zulfiqar
    Mar 25, 2011 - 7:40PM

    Wake up Call.
    Keep it up toru.
    Good spirit.Recommend

  • Humanity
    Mar 25, 2011 - 8:05PM

    How many people commenting here and elsewhere including the author actually pay full taxes?Recommend

  • Komal
    Mar 25, 2011 - 9:56PM

    As an innocent person I must say that it’s great to hear the author say this! ;)

    More importantly, however, I should point out to this free-speech-hating country that everybody has the right to make fun of everybody else. It’s not defamation, and it’s a legitimate exercise of free speech. You may not like it, and you can try to persuade him to change his views, but it is incorrect to say he has no ‘right’ to express them.

    Of course one may argue that there are no such things as rights. This is the position I hold, but regardless, if one is going to use rights-discourse, then one must use it properly. Rights, if they did exist, would be things people are entitled to, not those things that everybody else finds convenient.Recommend

  • Zaid Khan
    Mar 25, 2011 - 10:30PM

    I don’t want to discuss about Toru directly but we will have to accept this reality that people who have never been the part of political process in Pakistan are now participating in the politics and Insha Allah we will see more educated people will join civil society for the betterment of pakistan. Pakistan Tehreek Insaf is spreading like virus in masses specially in Punjab, KPK, Islamabad and oversees as well. I hope we will see the impact of this change in upcoming general elections and more sincere and competent people will lead Pakistan.Recommend

  • Usman
    Mar 25, 2011 - 11:15PM

    At least someone in Pakistan has the guts to leave the comfort of their homes and act for something they believe in. What’s wrong with a burger baccha striving to work for something in which he firmly believes while someone daal chawal like the author does nothing but write an article making fun of the boy. Is it the kids fault that he was born in such a luxurious environment has no idea what poverty is? Is the author content with the prevailing situation of the country? If not then what has the author done to change the system in country. Better look inside your own collar before pointing fingers towards othersRecommend

  • Mar 25, 2011 - 11:21PM

    @Feisal H Naqvi

    Revolution? While citing what is happening to Afia Sidiqui and not Aasia Bibi? And while talking about the sacrifices made by the ‘purdanasheen’? Hardly.

    And the dividing line between innocence and naivety is rather thin.Perhaps the gentleman thinks he is in a ‘deeni’ country, raising slogans for a ‘deeni’ cause, before an equally ‘deeni’ polioce and is baffled by the ‘ladeeni’ conduct of the police. May be, issues such as the character of the police or even the meaning of the term ‘inquilab’ never crossed his mind. Perhaps he also has got carried away by Zaid Hamid’s promise of imminent victory over the world by Pakistani youth and afwaaz combine.

    I confess had the same gentleman expressed the same sentiments while protesting the fate of Aasia, Taseer or Bhatti my views would have been different. But then to each his own ‘inquilab’.Recommend

  • sn@ke doc
    Mar 25, 2011 - 11:53PM

    Sitting in a room and being a keyboard warrior is very easy, real thing is to go out there and be part of it. I dint understand the writer here Mr.Naqvi why being so guff.Recommend

  • Sheikh Sarmad
    Mar 26, 2011 - 12:17AM

    Devil’s advocate….!Recommend

  • Angelos
    Mar 26, 2011 - 12:43AM

    Excellent article, I hope Mr-Toru-Bashers would come to senses afterward. Why are ‘mummy-daddy’ types angry? Any one listening to his interviews will reach the same conclusion. He is mummy-daddy and lets hope he will not remain ‘mummy-daddy’ after all that……. But good news ‘mummy-daddy’ type are caring for politics and coming forward, Thats very encouraging for this country.Recommend

  • sherry
    Mar 26, 2011 - 5:23AM

    the mummy daddy burger kid is far better than the mindless mob power our leadership(ppp,pml,mqm, jui)shows off on the street, whose motto is to loot around n set fire to ppls hard earned belongings…unfortunately our police too is used to protesters like those…this is wat he meant by saying..”hum achi families se hain”..like hello we r educated ppl n we r here for a purpose!Recommend

  • Rasa
    Mar 26, 2011 - 7:18AM

    I always wonder what is the etymology of “mummy-daddy” and “burger-baby”.Who coined these terms? Recommend

  • Saliha
    Mar 26, 2011 - 10:47AM

    Are we going to come to the streets like he did n protest for any cause? This was a country’s problem that they stood for , i appreciate that strongly! But look around ur neighbours n the world outside pakistan too. peep in urselves, are we able to be called MUSLIMS? Muslims – who are supposed to be the Supremem creatuers, Who have been bestowed upon the greatest and most superior status , Allah have bestowed upon this NAIMAT upon each n every of us, Are we being sincere to our LORD? Look into Bahrain , yemen, Libya, Palestine, Kashmir , Egypt, Aren’t any of us ready to even come forward as that BURGER BACHA and protest for a noble cause. If his act has been so mocked and made fun of , Stand up urselves and do even take a step outside ur comforts to prove u also have some guts like Him!!! Staying in bedrooms and uttering a mere BAKWAS about any one on laptops is very easy, Get out IF u can! Recommend

  • Asad
    Mar 26, 2011 - 10:57AM

    if it’s not the educated youth of Pakistan who will bring inquillab then who will, because there are definitely not any heavy lifting people who have read their Gramsci in this lost nation of ours?

    Even if Mr. Toru is a mummy-daddy burger-baby, what he did shows that he cares for the future of Pakistan! What he did is definitely better than writing petty articles undermining the youth of this nation trying to bring a positive change!Recommend

  • E.S
    Mar 26, 2011 - 12:18PM

    How about you stop hitting keys, get out of your chair, go outside in blistering heat and protest till something changes. I’m one of those “mummy-daddy” Islamabadis who was raised abroad and is more comfortable speaking in English. But that doesn’t mean the point I’m making (in whatever language) when I stand up to speak for what I think is right, can be laughed at and dismissed. I can wear jeans and speak with an accent and still be the most damn patriotic Pakistani out there. Why is it that everyone thinks revolution has to come from the starving, uneducated, poverty-stricken masses? Shouldn’t a true revolution start from the educated? In stead of poking fun at his hair-style and the way he’s dressed, listen to what he’s saying. He wants what’s best for this country just like you, me, the man laboring on the street, the protesters that go on hunger-strikes. Nothing in Pakistan will ever change as long as this judgemental, leg-pulling attitude prevails. Recommend

  • ahmed
    Mar 26, 2011 - 12:55PM

    if the liberal fascists can mock the middle class style of living, the beards the clothing and all that then why cant the middle classes make the fun of the burgers’ apperances and the hairdos?
    P.S. I do agree with the Imran Khan part. He is bringing the mummy-daddies to earth, good for us.Recommend

  • jz
    Mar 26, 2011 - 1:25PM

    Even Father of the Nation Barrister Mohammad Ali Jinnah used to speak in English mostly; he was known to even address public gatherings in English! he was educated abraod and was certainly part of the elite. Would you label him “Mummy-Daddy” burger type? so much for your complexes! Recommend

  • Muhammad
    Mar 26, 2011 - 1:53PM

    Uff tauba meri… Why all this angry outpouring on Naqvi sahb… For all else that he may or may not be, here, in this article, he’s clearly trying to defend Toru and his likes… but somehow, all the hotheads here seem to be convinced that Naqvi’s condemning Toru… and therefore they must pounce on Naqvi to safe Toru…
    Recommend

  • rehman
    Mar 26, 2011 - 1:55PM

    well does this sissy advocate have the courage to go in the streets and protest!!!no but he sits in the comfort of his home to protest by pen!!!who is siissy mommy daddy bacha now mr feisalRecommend

  • Mo
    Mar 26, 2011 - 2:11PM

    stupid article . u have no write to defame a boy who came to the streets when he could have enjoyed the day in his air-conditioned room.. salute to his effortRecommend

  • Mar 26, 2011 - 2:33PM

    Point 1. On Twitter, now there are no only 50 intellectuals talking to each other.. There are now hundreds, who are being talked to and called for in discussions. We should not take social media as something useless or waste of time. It has brought quick massive revolutions in many countries lately.
    Point 2: No one should be degraded due to his background, education, living style or the dialect they speak. We shd listen to what they have to say. Our nations needs patience. Making fun & mockery doesnt get any positive outcomeRecommend

  • Mar 26, 2011 - 2:38PM

    1.No one should be degraded due to his background, education, living style or the dialect they speak. We shd listen to what they have to say. Our nations needs patience. Making fun & mockery doesnt get any positive outcome
    1. Twitter is becoming a tool for qucik massive revolutions lately.. and there are not 50 Pakistani intellectuals talking to each other, actually they are hundreds of them. We should brace for the changing world patterns… even sugar babies can play some significant role … may be in their own society. ENCOURAGE EVERY ONE, if they are not negative.
    2. ThanksRecommend

  • Alien
    Mar 26, 2011 - 2:52PM

    Why do we need to sensitized issues which are not relevant instead of appreciating the facts that really matters……….we love to find faults, make fun of and negate everything thats good…….all of us right from our Govt., the media, intellectuals to ordinary citizens…….come out of it this is real world not a theater…….. Recommend

  • Arsalan
    Mar 26, 2011 - 8:04PM

    Good English Prose with Bad Intentions….Recommend

  • Bee
    Mar 26, 2011 - 9:51PM

    All of you have made Zohair Toru a celebrity. Recommend

  • Hamza
    Mar 26, 2011 - 9:53PM

    Im not easily shocked but Im struggling today. Im saddened by how selectively and biasly almost everyone has chosed to read and respond to this article. My dear “comment-happy” jigers, I urge you to read the article again, slowly, calmly with an open non-judgemental ghusay vala head and you will realise that Mr. Naqvi has said nothing wrong. He has basically said 4 things:
    1. Firstly, he has given a symopsis of what has happened so far; the event; the appearance and the views expressed by OTHERS on Twitter and in their cosy-insulated-from-the-rest-of-the-country lounges. What is wrong with giving the reader a recap, a background knowledge, etc before starting his own analysis ‘for or against’ the phenomenon? Nothing.
    2. Secondly, he went on to very very brief say that the kid is rather ignorant or innocent about the realities of power and politics in our land he also called him a burger baby. This is merely the facts that none of you can disagree with. The kid IS a mummy-daddy-aandaa-pastry-burger-baby, and you know what? thats not necessarily a derogatory thing to say. He IS not aware of ground realities, same as you and me. Whats wrong with calling a spade, a spade? Nothing. But then the most important part of the article,
    3. 80% of the article then goes on to brilliantly celebrate the positives of the Mr. Toru phenomenon (which you all have conveniently chosen to ignore); Imran Khan’s penetration of the upper class’s young generation, that generations belief and demand not to be treated as “The colonised” and that we need more ppl from part of the society to fill political ranks and get involved in governance…whats wrong with this? Nothing.
    4. And Mr. Naqvi summed it all up brilliantly by saying “But if Pakistani politics is ever to become less of a straightforward extortion racket, it will be because idealistic people actually stick around and get involved in the mechanics of governance. Mr Toru may or may not be one of those who stick around. But, somebody like him eventually will. And we will all be the better for it.” Anything wrong with this? No na ! :)
    So in short the writer was saying the same what most of the commenters here believe in, so saray chill karo, baat ko poora samajhtay hotay hain before reacting…there is a lot more real issues and tragedies out there that need our emotions…and that geos for me too :)
    Naqvi saab – lagay raho !Recommend

  • Mar 26, 2011 - 10:24PM

    Hate you all for ridiculing Toru. The very fact that he came out on the street is enough to put your sorry little no use existence to shame.Recommend

  • SS
    Mar 26, 2011 - 10:44PM

    Toru’s seemingly silly rant is akin to Marie Antoinette asking for cakes to feed France’s starving population during their revolution. In more contemporary times, he probably sounds like Jersey Shore’s Snooki, a self obsessed, ignorant and spoilt kid on the hit reality TV show. Burgers may never start a revolt as they feed on the luxuries status quo provide them. In an ideal world, however, their vote may stir changes. Speaking Urdu no longer makes the criteria for beng considered educated. Karachi is a prime example. Recommend

  • Hamza
    Mar 26, 2011 - 11:21PM

    I dont see what all the fuss is about. The writer said the following:
    - what OTHERS have been saying about the kid on Twitter and FB – the kid is an ignorant mummy daddy – Imran has done well to reach out to this class – that its a good thing that such kids are not accepting to be treated as ‘The colonised’ and – we need more like him (minus the ignorance of course). There is nothing wrong with any of that…pls read the article again calmly without the emotions and you will see what Mr. Naqvi is really saying is actually all true…aur Mummy Daddy Aandaa Pastry Burger etc koi galli nahi hoti…it only describes a state of mind which you can change unlike a disability which you cannot…you are what you are…chill maro.Recommend

  • David Salmon
    Mar 27, 2011 - 1:46AM

    @Sarah Khan:

    Excuse my ignorance, please. “Burger English” = good English? What a pity that it is derided. Excellence is excellence, even in a burger, as Mr. Naqvi indeed said very well.Recommend

  • White Russian
    Mar 27, 2011 - 3:19AM

    Vowww… These comments amaze me. The kind of thinking
    “you have no right to say this…”
    “at least he came out in the street, while you…”.
    “Who the …. you are to mention Toru’s hair?”
    is just as naive as Mr Toru himself. Come on guys, just coming out in the street is
    not enough. You also have to deal with:
    – Police batons
    – weather
    – cheeky journalists
    If you can not, just go back to what Feisal so elegantly described.Recommend

  • salman toor
    Mar 27, 2011 - 9:46AM

    A wonderful, hilarious piece of writing. Look forward to more and more. Recommend

  • junaid
    Mar 27, 2011 - 9:52AM

    hats off to Imran Khan.Though having some diferences like the author with the PTI chairman i still want to give him his real due:making the PS3 boys to come out.well done indeed and once this sort of reformations start nations are deemed to go further by leaps…best of luck!Recommend

  • junaid
    Mar 27, 2011 - 9:55AM

    @Sarjeel Mowahid:
    you dont except rainbow until it rains……the author has just given the glimpse of what indeed the prevalaint talks are about this brave yet undermined fellow to give another view and a much indepth synopsis!so sometimes we must bear what is not apealing knowing that forthcoming is surely the one that is specifcaly for us!Recommend

  • Huneeya Mazari
    Mar 27, 2011 - 11:51AM

    its really awful that the whole premise of your article is making fun of this guys hair. writers block?Recommend

  • Arif
    Mar 27, 2011 - 1:12PM

    Zohair Toru!
    Don’t go home. You’ll find me standing beside, actually, you are my hope. Together we can really bring a peaceful and non-violent change in our society and remember this will be first time in our region in the known history. Just stand up and call everybody who responds to your hello.
    Arif Khalil
    ISLAMABADRecommend

  • Husyn
    Mar 27, 2011 - 2:29PM

    This is fuss is pretty gratuitous. Absurdly purposeless. Toru on the streets burning under an oppressively hot sun or dancing in a bar with some fantastically amatory girl is no different from the Muslim Public School’s Kamal Din. Both make no difference in this society. None will succeed in changing anything that is happening. Yes, some Ghazi from Madrassa, on the street, is capable of bringing change. A change that perhaps all Sharia lovers want. Recommend

  • White Russian
    Mar 27, 2011 - 2:33PM

    Ffooooooooo I think there has been enough Feisal bashing. Some sense now: When I watch the Toru video, I cannot stop the laughter. This innocence is itself hilarious in its own right. It did not take any columnist to make it more laughable, though thanks to Feisal for making me aware of this piece of entertainment. The commentators trying to inject stifling correctness can go hang themselves.Recommend

  • Haroon
    Mar 27, 2011 - 11:10PM

    This article is just absurd. Mummy-daddy burger babies? And what exactly are we? Enlightened cavier and cream cheese toast walay with better hairstyles and better fashion which are equally inspired by Western culture?

    And if Mr. Torru is naive and innocent but he still goes to the street, is it our smartness that keeps us shut up and inside four walls? What good is such smartness that betrays the conscience of the nation other than a few facebook statuses and articles? I think the writer sees himself in the image of Mr. Torru but lacks the courage to unleash the Torru that is within Mr. Naqvi.

    Torru is the face of a new generation and we are part of this parcel, including the author of this article and me and you. We must celebrate Torru and stop harressing the poor fellow. He goes in the heat and tackles a police designed by colonialists to beat the local population into submission so he has EVERY RIGHT as a citizen of this country to say why is the police beating us up because the rally he took part in was by civil society and non-violent, so why did he deserve a violent response? IF ANYTHING, Torru is a representation of the quasi capitalist minded upper middle class that likes to consume products, brands, and dress in a globalized image. It likes to consume Western brands because its a source of pride for the urban Pakistani middle class to do so, so if anything Torru is a sign of HEALTHY confidence and a confidence which is a good sign looking into the future.Recommend

  • Atif
    Mar 27, 2011 - 11:19PM

    What a narcissistic article. It’s easy to sit there and pass judgements on others behind their backs. It’s harder to go out and stand for what you believe in. Mr. Toru at least had the balls to do that.

    Stop acting like a gossiping housewife and let the brave young folk go out there and make something of this country…

    It’s people like you, Mr.Naqvi who are symbolic of our country’s demise. Politicians talk on each other’s back and now you do the same about Mr. Toru.

    Get your own house in order first. Get your black coat lawyers to stop acting like hooligans and start doing their jobs… practicing LAW.

    Loser. Recommend

  • Imran Ghazali
    Mar 28, 2011 - 1:20AM

    I salute Mr. Toru for coming out and representing thousands of Pakistanis. At the same time I commend him for his sincerity and honesty to the cause. Common people listen to what he is saying rather than commenting on his style and looks. I also salute Imran Khan for weakening the youth of Pakistan. It is because of a leader like Imran Khan that people have realized that we have to speak for your rights and we have to fight for it. I think Mr. Naqvi should have avoided using the words “burger” mummy-daddy” but I think he is trying to connect with the people and these terms are used all over Pakistan.

    I would also ask all those facebook clicking people that you have no right to mock someone who is atleast doing something in his capacity. Pakistan is at this stage because of people like you who are just sitting in their homes and they critisize the system every day but do not practically do anything to change the system!

    Salute of Toru, Salute to Imran Khan – (the hope of Pakistan)Recommend

  • MAK
    Mar 28, 2011 - 5:28AM

    Fashionably coiffed with a semi-beehive hairdo, reminiscent of the lead singers of The B-52s … Mr Naqvi, if you grew up in Pakistan and happen to be familiar with B-52s then I have news for you : YOU WERE A BURGER-BABY AT ONE TIME. It is just that there is this novelty of watching a burger-baby show such uncouth naiveté and comical concern for his homeland. Yes, it galls us all. You mention Grinch !! Who is supposed to be reading this article ? Toru Recommend

  • Abu Abdullah
    Mar 28, 2011 - 11:28AM

    “The gist of the chatter is that Mr Toru is a vapid, empty-headed, mummy-daddy type” at least appreciate the poor chap for showing the “will” to change.

    you on the other hand are trying to make fun and discourage him.Recommend

  • Abu Abdullah
    Mar 28, 2011 - 11:32AM

    @ Zohair Toru… Bravo!

    @ Writer
    at least he got off that couch and did something about what he feels is not right. and on the other you SIR are trying make fun and discourage him. Recommend

  • Hassan Abbasi
    Mar 28, 2011 - 12:01PM

    Faisal H. Naqvi,

    Sir, all I have to say to you is this that before you criticize Zohair’s hairdo, manage your owns. You, Sir, look and are a douche. You, Sir, are a bully because in school you were the one bullied. If I ever see you, I swear I will break your teeth in, you are one of the most ugliest people I’ve seen and I’m not even judging you by your looks. You really need to commit suicide, what are you? 30-40? Instead of guiding your own youth, you hate on them. You and your thinking is the very reason we, as a country, deserve to be bombed. He didn’t need to be out in the streets, maybe he did over exaggerate but he actually did not need to be on the streets. He could’ve been in his house with his PS3 controller, but he chose to come out and protest with the people of Pakistan but to my poor friends dismay, there were no people to fight for the cause but only vultures like you to criticize his attempt. This is a very disappointing day and we should all thank you, because Zohair might come out and protest again, but I won’t, not for a country that gives people like you a right to speak against people, the future, like us.Recommend

  • I.
    Mar 28, 2011 - 2:35PM

    the education system is messed up. get to the root of the problem, no one’s really addressing the issue, we get lost on the surface. middle class children are not encouraged to speak urdu in the classrooms of the schools they attend. we are pulled away from our culture and language at an early age. parents, teachers, and elders, take responsibility for the kids you are raising. then don’t expect them to know everything. right education is the key. you’re laughed at if you can’t speak correct english, you’re laughed at if you can’t speak good urdu. make up your minds. just improve the education system, the rest will settle in to place. inshallah. Recommend

  • Samira
    Mar 28, 2011 - 5:33PM

    Mr. Toru’s heart is in the right place. Hopefully, his understanding of politics and the real world will evolve with time and age. I do hope all the cruel jests targeted at him do not cause him to retreat into cynicism and bitterness. That would be very sad indeed.Recommend

  • mummy- daddy- kid
    Mar 29, 2011 - 12:43AM

    wow! at least he was out there! what have u done to make this country a better place except kiss ass of doogar and zardari! i’d rather be like him , than a person with a great intellect and knowledge of how revolution is brought and doesnt do anything to bring it.I my self am an 18 year old who would love to go out to the streets and try to make a change rather than sit behind a desk and be cynical like most of the people like you!
    hats off to you for writing this article and show how much you believe in the youth of Pakistan. you are a great asset to this country :)Recommend

  • Iyla
    Mar 29, 2011 - 3:35AM

    Wow, what an ignorant and unnecessarily cynical piece of literature.Recommend

  • S Gardezi
    Mar 29, 2011 - 3:59PM

    “Fashionably coiffed with a semi-beehive hairdo, reminiscent of the lead singers of The B-52s”

    Mr Naqvi, you yourself belong to the ‘burger-baby’ hordes if you can identify semi-beehive hairdos.

    I wish you had focused on the second half of the article to better explain why Mr Toru was out in the streets being filmed, rather than indulging in the same derogatory language that many burger-writers like you have spilt all over Express Tribune and Dawn news. Recommend

  • Hackbah
    Apr 3, 2011 - 1:10PM

    I don’t really understand how you can use someone’s personal appearance and way of speaking to discredit their intentions and capabilities. A lot of what he said in his initial video was taken out of context, it sounded a lot dumber than it would have otherwise. It was funny, sure, but that’s about it. When you start talking about accents and hairstyles to judge someone, especially a Pakistani, think long and hard about the man who gave us our independence. Recommend

  • Apr 9, 2011 - 5:31AM

    Though everyone who saw the video found it funny but this article had a touch of personal attack on Zohair. If you have to point out that he isn’t a revolutionist, you don’t have to point at his “hairdo”. Revolutionists don’t have it written on their faces that they are about to bring a revolution because of the way they look.

    Zohair may be empty headed about whatever he was saying but the way he looks or carries himself has nothing to do with that.Recommend

  • Muhammad Farhan
    Apr 28, 2011 - 3:11PM

    Haha! I am thoroughly amused by the Pakistani crowd on this page.Recommend

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