Defacing of billboards in Islamabad

Published: May 2, 2012

ISLAMABAD: I have lived in Islamabad for the past two decades and have found the city to be serene and beautiful. Yet, in recent months I have been witness to an alarming increase in the practice of defacing of billboards that feature female models.

On my daily commute to the office, at the F-10 roundabout near McDonalds, a couple of billboards had been defaced as they featured female models. However, now this practice has reached alarming proportions. A group of hooligans had the audacity to tear up almost all billboards featuring lawn ads at the Jinnah Avenue on the Blue Area road. As if tearing up the billboards was not enough, the hooligans also left a message in red paint: fahashi, bayhayi band karo. There was nothing on the billboards which could be deemed vulgar, but for our country’s fanatics just having a woman’s picture in a public place is considered vulgar enough.

The authorities concerned need to take notice of this practice and must put a stop to this. The people of Islamabad need to raise their voices too. Also, advertisers must not bow down to the pressure put on them by these obscurantist forces. We cannot allow a bunch of fanatics to take us hostage and spread their message of hate and destruction.

Umayr Sahlan Masud

Published in The Express Tribune, May 3rd, 2012.

Reader Comments (4)

  • gold river
    May 2, 2012 - 10:43PM

    we respect our women , shari’ah doesn’t allow such portrayal of women.

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  • Azhar Shah
    May 2, 2012 - 11:52PM

    Dear! What about the problems these pretty faces create by detracting drivers’ attention.

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  • Cobra Commander
    May 3, 2012 - 11:30AM

    @Azhar Shah:
    If the drivers get aroused by mere ads then the drivers have something wrong with their heads .

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  • Masood KhanMas
    May 3, 2012 - 9:13PM

    These fanatics are ready to tear anything which features female face; but same time get ready to blow anything in suicide attack as their masters have advised that they would be on their way to jannat — why these people’ thinking start from women & finish at women. There are many other things in society to worry about Recommend

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