Drone me out

Published: October 14, 2012
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kamal.siddiqi@tribune.com.pk

The writer is the Editor of The Express Tribune [email protected]

We are being attacked by a group of zealous party activists who have threatened us with dire consequences. We are being called names. We are being hindered from doing our work. Our editorial balance is being questioned. And, there are the personal attacks as well. Party loyalists have abused us. The threats are unending. The party leadership says it cannot control the workers given that their leader has been “misquoted”. Sound familiar? Except this time, it is the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI).

I am not angry. I am disappointed. This is not only the party of Imran Khan, who I respect for the work he has done by setting up the Shaukat Khanum Hospital. It is also the party of Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Asad Umar and Shafqat Mehmood — people with integrity and common sense.

I remember in 1996, when as a foreign correspondent, I attended a press conference at the President Hotel in Islamabad where Imran Khan was holding forth. Nasim Zehra was his media adviser. Imran was talking democracy in Pakistan. The Western press was lapping it up as it usually does. One magazine has already dubbed him the next prime minister of Pakistan. And in all this talk of responsibility to the people and the need for elections, I asked the great Khan a simple question: Sir, how many times have you voted in an election in Pakistan? The answer: None. There was a hushed silence for a second or so. If looks could kill, I think Nasim Zehra’s stare would have done the job for me there and then.

Imran Khan has come a long way since then. Like every Pakistani, I have also been hopeful of his rise and his attempts to bring clean people into politics. There have been many questions asked along the way. He has been dubbed a Taliban apologist. He has been berated for bringing into the party fold people of questionable backgrounds and dubious credentials. Some have accused him of letting the capitalists dictate party policy. People have left, others have joined. This is nothing that one can hold against Imran Khan or the party.

I admit, I am confused over the policy that Imran Khan and his party have adopted over drones. He told one rally that he would order the PAF to shoot down the American drones. Does he not know that the Pakistani military is very much a partner in the drone policy with the US? Then he said before starting his rally to Waziristan that it was only the Zardari government that was stopping him from entering the volatile area. The military, which is conducting an operation in that area, had also advised him against this adventure and it was ultimately the security forces that turned his motorcade back. So, why blame President Asif Ali Zardari and poor Rehman Malik?

Yes, I have been warned several times of the PTI trolls. People have actually advised that they don’t criticise the PTI because of them. These are PTI supporters who will attack you online. They will spam your inbox, post vicious comments and generally take you apart on social media. Possibly, they are the online equivalent of the once infamous Islami Jamiat Talba’s Thunder Squad.

This is not the first time we have been attacked by the PTI’s Thunder Squad. In the past when we have had op-ed pieces, where people — most of them not even our staffers — have been critical of the PTI, we have had our inboxes flooded with mails. We have been accused of bias because of cartoons we published or blogs. We have been told that our website, which is one of the most popular news websites in the country, would be boycotted.

This week we ran a story in which Imran Khan said that the war in Afghanistan amounted to jihad by Islamic militants. We have the story in print and on the web. This is what Imran Khan said. We have it on tape. At the same time, we are aware that this could have been a slip of the tongue and all one needed was to issue a clarification.

Instead, we were attacked. The onus was on us — we misquoted the great leader on purpose. We had an agenda.

When contacted, Information Secretary Shafqat Mehmood said his party had nothing to do with these attacks. Yes, sending thousands of emails with the same message was not a coordinated attempt. More worrisome, I wonder, what if the PTI comes into power and its supporters attack us physically — will the message from Mr Mehmood be the same? I shudder in anticipation.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 15th, 2012.

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Reader Comments (83)

  • Hammad
    Oct 14, 2012 - 11:24PM

    You shudder in anticipation, I shudder in dread of Khan the dictator and his thugs.

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  • Saf
    Oct 14, 2012 - 11:31PM

    Theres corruption joblessness and the disillusionment with everything. So you can imagine the frustration.

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  • mystreeman
    Oct 14, 2012 - 11:31PM

    Get ready for another round of attacks and abuses for writing this piece. We are creating a monster by giving support to PTI because they are self-righteous and would not tolerate any difference of opinion “at all” once in power. Pakistan may witness a clean-shaved “amir ul momineen” and the dream of Quaid of secular country for Muslims of India would be buried forever.

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  • Talha
    Oct 14, 2012 - 11:32PM

    Here come the PTI trolls, brace yourselves!

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  • salman
    Oct 14, 2012 - 11:37PM

    Mr kamal. I respect your opinion…but the fact is you are on the internet. The concept of trolls was not invented by pti. They have been around since day one of the internet. If you don’t want opinions on your articles, don’t publish email addresses and shut down this comments facility.

    Trolls is just the cost of being on the internet. Easiest thing to do is just ignore. And I’m sure you don’t expect every comment you receive to be praising you? What would be the point of that. My sincere advise is to develop thicker skin and don’t be so scared of internet trolls.

    After all its just words :-)

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  • Falcon
    Oct 14, 2012 - 11:40PM

    Kamal Siddiqui – I think it is unfair for people to stalk a critic on the web like you have said. However, in all honesty, I feel you are being over-dramatic. Going from social media shenanigans to physical attacks is too big of a leap of imagination. Secondly, I think you are confusing the confluence of multiple trends, rise of PTI, rise of social media, increase in younger demographics, and the rise of political engagement in Pakistan. Asymmetric information push & opinion making has been around for a long time and was a very easy business. Social media has changed that landscape. Furthermore, it is not only media business but also brick and mortar business that is facing a lot of challenges from social media. So, let’s welcome the change, this is digital democracy!

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  • Sheikh Gabbar
    Oct 14, 2012 - 11:41PM

    Sir, please do not feed the troll, certainly not the PTI trolls. But in seriousness, a timely article about a shallow party with a shallow agenda led by shallow people. Malala episode has exposed them in front of the world

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  • Rasikh
    Oct 14, 2012 - 11:43PM

    Trust me… had we, the PTI workers, been fascist, you would not have had the balls and the guts to write down such things and call us names.. why dont u write such things about parties who are known to have death squads… because they are dangerous… and a potential threat.. and what are PTI workers??? toothless, weak in defense… and so you can allege whatever you want to… keep the guns blazing

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  • mahakaalchakra
    Oct 14, 2012 - 11:44PM

    Some one in previous post very correctly declared Imran Khan and his aprty PTI as “AGAR-MAGAR” brigade that is making excuses for, trying to deflect criticism away from the religious terrorists who attacked Malala to Jehad in Afghanistan and connecting drones to Malala. They are doing democratic pakistan a great disservice.

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  • Khan Jr
    Oct 14, 2012 - 11:46PM

    Most of these trolls appear to young people who have never heard of the word ‘tolerance’, to them abuse and invective is the order of the day.
    I accept that people such as SMQ and Asad Umar have integrity. However, Shafqat Mehmood has a political record of joining the party in power and deserting it for the next party to come into. He has been a PPP senator,, a PMl-N senior advisor and a minister during Musharraf’s dictatorship. I wonder how long he will remain with PTI before jumping ship once again?

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  • Fatimah Mazhar
    Oct 14, 2012 - 11:52PM

    Tsunami coming right up Sir!

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  • Us
    Oct 14, 2012 - 11:55PM

    I am a supporter (not worker or a zealot) and I have been following ET for an year now. Still I believe ET has published a lot of news about imran Khan and pti which carried provoking headings for the pti affiliates. Several instances can be quoted. Agenda in favor of USA is also quite visible. Most of the articles published, the monotone obsession with secular ideals and unopposed support for America’s war of terror is unique distinction to ET, besides few other English dailies. Our critical (not foul by any standards) are blocked. My concern is not you of being critical of PTI or Imran Khan but your agenda for furthering western agenda and culture in Pakistan. For Imran, you might be confused about his policy but we are crystal clear of his ideology and the ideology, the ideology to redeem the Pakistan envisioned by Iqbal and realized by Jinnah, where we are sovereign and where the only supreme power is Allah and the law if the land is derived from the dictates of Quran and Hadith. Now I would see how much clobbering I receive from your trolls at ET, Mr Editor.

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  • MAD
    Oct 15, 2012 - 12:04AM

    I do agree that many PTI supporters can be a pain. Will be quite honest me myself being one of them have been attacked for differing views on a few occasions. But i refuse to judge the party on the basis of 20 year old cyber warriors It is a worrying trend and one i hope the party shall overcome. Besides in the not too distant past these kids were blocking roads, burning buses (i know my university bus was attacked once when i was in it) rioting and quite frankly causing all sorts of chaos under the banner of some political or religious party. So perhaps this is an evolution of sorts although not one to be proud of. Cursing and the use of abusive/ derogatory language has never really been the best form of expression as its an indicator that the person has run out of argument. I am sure many will agree that indeed if Imran Khan is their true ideological leader they really should heed his words when he said that those who use abusive language are not supporters of the party.I condemn all the threats that ET, writers and others have received through such mediums. I feel PTI’s supporters should realize that there are better ways to express their feelings. I still have hopes though that a party that has captivated our youth in such a manner will eventually pull through and this very youth will be its foundations and their energies will be used positively.

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  • Liberal
    Oct 15, 2012 - 12:16AM

    “I am not angry. I am disappointed. This is not only the party of Imran Khan, who I respect for the work he has done by setting up the Shaukat Khanum Hospital”

    my advise for u is that just dont be hypocrite .. u ever been abused by any office bearer of PTI? any member of CEC? if yes then u have right to write blog .. but if not .. then u shouldnt complain .. PTI cant take responsibility of each and every supporter … youth is just frustrated and they see IK as ray of hope and they just dont want to listen anything against him .. thats not IK’s fault .. that is fault of our corrupt rulers.. and dont worry PTI supporters never gonna hurt anyone ..

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  • Tahir Ali
    Oct 15, 2012 - 12:21AM

    The author, being editor of the ET, should not worry so much if PTI supporters express their views on social media / online. If with such views, people elect him to power, the author need not ‘shudder in anticipation’ and accept the verdict.

    If IK feels that “war in Afghanistan amounted to Jehad”, its his right, we may not agree with his contention.

    After all, I feel that ET’s certain pieces are agenda-based but still I read all of them regularly. Where required, I also comment and give my observations, whether posted or not.

    So, Mr Siddiqi relax and do not be intimidated by a few emails from PTI supporters.

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  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Oct 15, 2012 - 12:31AM

    Don’t worry, these cowards do not physically exist.

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  • Muneeb
    Oct 15, 2012 - 12:34AM

    Let me put first things first, I do believe PTI is the only proper option left in pakistan to vote for but such abuses can never be justified. However the flip side is that in the past 10 months Imran Khan has beared more criticism in comparison to any other political leader as if he was in charge of Government or as if he is the reason of curse…I can tell you categorically how numerous Anchors & writers have twisted & misquoted his statements…Recently one of the anchor on TV channel went on to say that Khan is fond of “Jua/Betting” (according to that anchor Khan stated this in his own book) which was completely wrong as Imran Khan didn’t say any such thing in his recently published book. Another Anchor went on to say that Imran Khan’s stance on the War on terror has not been consistent. For Heaven’s sake you can argue or disagree with Khan over his views on War on Terror but how can one accuse him of being inconsistent…Look at the bashing in local media he took over his peace march as if Khan committed some kind of crime….Why Talat Hussain is not severly criticised even though he also criticizes Khan over various points and really grills Khan at times because he does justice to his words & views..

    I really apologize to state that a lot of journalists dont seem to do justice to their words & views about anyone….The solution to this entire debate is Justice from both sides..

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  • Omer
    Oct 15, 2012 - 12:46AM

    You address them as trolls and expect them to respect you?

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  • bilal
    Oct 15, 2012 - 12:50AM

    IK have said a gazillion times that the afghans and tribals perceive foreign invasion as Jihad. If ET wants to pick that one time in which he might have mistakenly said what ET claims to be then I must say that’s naive and irresponsible reporting. It seems that every world of IK is under microscope. Media is dissecting every thing, what is left is that IK didn’t use proper grammar,Where is the coma, explanation mark,full stop. That shall also coming soon.

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  • Fahad Khan
    Oct 15, 2012 - 12:51AM

    I have been a regular visitor of the site. As matter of fact the news and Op-ed are mostly against PTI and IK. Examples: The editorial after the Peace March “Tank-and Back” was extremely harsh which included warning to people of PTI coming to power. The news story after the Peace March was titled “PTI Peace March FAILS to Reach SW” which gave an impression as if the March has failed. Other news paper carried the story with title “Peace March was stopped from entering SW” This approach made me feel as if ET is biased towards PTI and IK. PTI knows that these trolls are doing no good to the party and are generating more foes. There is a possibility that some other party’s social media teams are doing this to paint PTI and its supporters as being intolerant and resentful to criticism.

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  • Zahid Khan
    Oct 15, 2012 - 12:52AM

    These trolls shows frustration with the current corrupt system including politicians and segment of media. A large portion of public don’t want their only hope to get sacrificed by the yellow journalism. It is known fact that some of media men are sold out and criticize Khan for the sake of criticism.

    We can’t deny the black side of media and frustration with current lot of politicians who have robbed public of basic amenities of life and cause them severe distress. It is my personal observation from my social circle that PTI is party of the most educated as well as the most downtrodden. Social media has given opportunity for the first time to them to vent out.

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  • zia
    Oct 15, 2012 - 1:15AM

    @mystreeman:
    stop spreading misinformation!!… Quiad Clearly stated that he want to see Islamic socialism in Pakistan, not other isms, which also include “secularism”!.. ;-(

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  • nasir
    Oct 15, 2012 - 1:21AM

    problem with Pakisatni people is we don’t accept our mistakes and always blame other people . I can give 100 examples of E-tribune biase reporting and twisted headlines about Ik and PTI. E-tribune always pick negative things from IK talk and give negative headlines. E-tribuned is running a compaign against Ik and PTI. Why people not having problem with other newspapers. The News, Dawn , etc. Why only Express tribune ? Even Talat Hussain is his anaysis about PTi peace march questioned editorial policy of some newspapers. I think it was Express Tribune. I living in UK used to like Express Tribune so much but recently it really started a strange policy against Ik and PTI.

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  • Ali
    Oct 15, 2012 - 1:29AM

    hahahahahaha pity that when someone else does such things, it’s called ” attempt of defamation by the oppositions” but when there’s anything related to PTI, it’s strictly related and glued to PTI and there’s nothing’s giving to PTI. Not a space to breathe. This is NOT on and secondly, i ask, if cyber bullies by some unknown people is the only problem of Pakistan?

    I mean what is wrong with you guys ET, why is that only you have problems with PTI-trolls or some unknown people or let’s say the PTI people? I mean is it that hard for us all to understand that it’s NOT physical assault or nothing damaging or not even REMOTELY closer to that corruption of the current political parties?

    Are you trying to justify the Zardari’s and Sharifs of today just because you belibe that some stupid mislead people are bombing your INBOXES with mails they believe is the best way to protest? And by the way, why are you NOT giving the rights to the people to question you? why are you playing God ET?.. If anyone questions you, it’s their right to protest isn’t it? after all we are living in a democratic country, that’s what we have been hearing and reading..

    anyways i condemn such things but let’s be honest ET, Internet is something no one can control and there’s NO WAY you are going to snatch the right of protest.

    And for your information I AM NOT A PTI SUPPORTER, VOTER OR WORKER…

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  • Ch. Allahdaad
    Oct 15, 2012 - 1:39AM

    The best peoples are from Nawaz League. We always support honest and sincere leaders like the Nawaz bhai. PTI trolls always use foul language against us and call us names. That is why PML-N is number 1 party of Pakistan. We are lions under leadership of Nawaz bhai. Not coward like Imran.

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  • Ihtisham khan
    Oct 15, 2012 - 1:40AM

    And you wrote about this ??.. Seriously …

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  • @rham
    Oct 15, 2012 - 1:49AM

    What exactly was the reason to write this? Please tell me if I was unable to pick up the topic…

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  • Ash
    Oct 15, 2012 - 2:03AM

    Masterpiece! I doubt these trolls can do anything physically but it is still quite alarming that a party which we thought would be a literate force for a good change will turn into goons of abusers!

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  • Something Clever
    Oct 15, 2012 - 2:59AM

    You’ve really gotten email bombed? Man that is primitive in the non-primitive technology based world. All it takes is finding a program a bored guy made and putting an email address in. It’s nothing they should be proud of. I think I was around 14 years old the last time I knew someone who did that. I’m 29 now. I don’t even like the taste of thinking about defending PTI supporters from the only things I see from them but, it only takes one person to do that deed. One person can easily do thousands and it doesn’t take much time or effort. If they’re copies of each other, then it’s almost a complete certainty that is was one person. Even someone who has to wear a helmet 24/7 could pull that off. I’m barely exaggerating. Whoever did that is pathetic.

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  • nasir
    Oct 15, 2012 - 3:29AM

    Why blame Zardari and poor Rehman Malik. i like that part of the article. i love it. poor Zardari and poor Rehman Malik. lolz

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  • H.N.
    Oct 15, 2012 - 3:40AM

    There is a very simple reason Mr. writer. The trolls (mostly youth of which I am a part) have all hopes for Pakistan tied to Imran Khan whether it is right or wrong. They cannot bear the thought of him losing, because him losing is like us losing. This is our country but we are unable to get control of it. In Imran Khan we see ourselves. If Imran Khan takes charge with him, i’d feel to the core that I am in charge. This is the truth whether it is right or wrong. Whether our argument makes sense or not. It is you and the elders who have lead the country to this state. Can’t you see that its the frustration that the mere idea of having to go back to PML N and PPP seems to haunt us. For some like me who seem to have some cool, we express our frustration in decent words. Others don’t. I don’t say its right, but it is natural in the state of affairs that we seem to be in.

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  • imran
    Oct 15, 2012 - 5:06AM

    @ghabber he was only one who went to see her and family at peshawar and othar two girls too whom nobody talk about them ,he had gutts and political will and determination that what made him uniqe he is not bunker politians who were hiding ,he is right man at right place for the job ,not these bunker idiots ,

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  • Tch tch
    Oct 15, 2012 - 5:10AM

    Don’t worry, these cowards do not physically exist.

    @Ch. Allah Daad:
    Oh so the fact PTI has never indulged in Physical violence unlike IJT,MSF,PSF,MQM,ANP etc etc makes them cowards?
    I do hope these cowards prevail then……….

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  • imran
    Oct 15, 2012 - 5:11AM

    @challahdad nawaz sharif is relic of 90s that gone long time ago people who prop him and brought him into power kick him out and by the 2013 he has no ability to run pakistan he is chhana pattora and kucha eat and sleep his time gone ch gee

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  • imran
    Oct 15, 2012 - 5:13AM

    imran march expose every body ,every newspaper and every anchor ,i think that was tipping piont that clearly shows who is who and what is what

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  • Tch tch
    Oct 15, 2012 - 5:14AM

    I hope you learnt you lesson next time it will be twitter…….
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  • imran
    Oct 15, 2012 - 5:16AM

    @challdad i hope u will accept next survey like this one ,we r from punjab use to be mian shaib supporter now in our family only grandpa left for mian shaib rest gone with imran khan looks like same case with u let them come out from punjab govt u will see what will happen to sharif leagueRecommend

  • Afridi
    Oct 15, 2012 - 6:12AM

    imran khan is God for PTI followers they will do anything for imran khan but they forget that he is a human being and a politician and these trolls just follow the idealist blindly and imran khan is immature when making statement like jehad in afghanistan. he is dangerous than jamate islami as he is radicalising educated pakistanis.

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  • Hamza
    Oct 15, 2012 - 6:15AM

    If you’re judging a political party based on afew of its supporters using abusive language, then I pity you’re mindset . Pti has over 1 crore registered members, which is the highest membership amongst any political party in the whole world. If out of 1 crore members, afew thousand used some abusive language to defend their leader Imran khan, who is virtually the last hope of this country and a saviour, then it should not be counted as a big deal. Bottomline is, pti has just become a convenient punching bag for our so called pseudo-intellectuals. Try criticising some other political party the same way, and you’ll know what physical abuse is

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  • Taimoor
    Oct 15, 2012 - 6:27AM

    @Afridi:
    Get back to work afridi you cost us the world cup. When we want your opinion we’ll ask.

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  • Sher Afzal
    Oct 15, 2012 - 6:34AM

    Imran is our heart (zargai). If someone behave stupid then there is no choice. Malicious remarks and criticism will be not tolerated. Give respect and expect respect.

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  • mystreeman
    Oct 15, 2012 - 6:39AM

    @zia: Quaid never wanted theocracy in Pakistan.

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  • imran
    Oct 15, 2012 - 7:00AM

    @afridi he is not God but he better in whole lot and thats why we support him ?his comment take out of context by ET ,if u see that press confrence u got it clear what he meant i heard whole ,he is not immature i agree with him we have to contain this insurgency and without containment pakistan s economy cannot be revived ,latest example is phillipens where govt did a political deal with abu siaf group to end 40 years insurgency same in malasya ,indonesia bada ache deal, pakistan cannot afford long wars economy is tanked already u cannot run country size of pakistan with aid and imf loans ,so get out of it and move on .miliatry operations r part of political process not political process is part of military operations ,lets be realistic and work for better pakistan if pakistan is prosper we all will prosper but peace is important for prosperity ,and this have to decide by people of pakistan not america they gonna keep saying do more do more but reality is they aready talking with taliban they cannot afford this frutile war either theior economy is tanked too with bankrupt NATO country which they call them burden, cheers always see bigger picture .

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  • kamal
    Oct 15, 2012 - 7:32AM

    On one hand, we liberals harp about freedom of expression all the time and on the other hand we can’t even tolerate so called online trolls. Hypocrisy at its best. If someone disagrees with your op-eds or editorials, he/she has a right to express disagreement. Right? What’s the big deal?

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  • Mirza
    Oct 15, 2012 - 7:44AM

    There are thousands of Pakistani men who come to the West as young men for job, education or both. They enjoy their youths in every sense of the word with all the perks of the western society has to offer. After a couple of decades of wild and crazy lives many of them marry at an older age when they are tired of playing or get a great deal to further their lives. Soon after they have their own kids and when they become school going age, the men become Muslims and suddenly find Pakistan again. In their 50’s and 60’s they become even more reactionary and religious and their western wives and kids cannot put up with them any longer. This story is repeated every day in the West and it is a cyclic process as more you men come in and start enjoying life in the West.
    I am not targeting anybody just telling most common story in many mixed families in the West. However, if the shoe fits wear it!

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  • gp65
    Oct 15, 2012 - 7:52AM

    @Liberal: “PTI cant take responsibility of each and every supporter”

    No. But US should take responsible for a criminal’s action in making a 3rd rate video which is not approved by any US leadership. At least Imran Khan thought that should happen.

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  • amjid
    Oct 15, 2012 - 8:55AM

    Now a days if any media person wants to get popularity, he/she start bashing IK and PTI. I cannot understand a party , which is not in power , is criticised by every one. I strongly reject writer’s point of view

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  • SAJ!
    Oct 15, 2012 - 12:12PM

    OK! Stop crying now. Can someone please lend him a tissue paper.

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  • Ahmad Hassan Awan
    Oct 15, 2012 - 1:27PM

    Have a heart

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  • Iram
    Oct 15, 2012 - 1:34PM

    @Ch. Allahdaad: PMLN is having history of attacking SC and this was done by office bearer and you are criticizing PTI youth to share their opinion online.

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  • Logical
    Oct 15, 2012 - 2:02PM

    Have you ever criticize on those who don’t have any policy for anything? Have you criticize those who actually kill the reports and kidnapped them in past? Have you criticized those who have corrupt leadership from top till bottom? I am sure you are quite satisfied with existing government or writing all this just for your ratting.

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  • Pakistani
    Oct 15, 2012 - 2:03PM

    @Sheikh Gabbar:
    Imran Khan condemned the attack on Malala he visited her in hospital

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  • Jahank
    Oct 15, 2012 - 4:30PM

    Dear Editor, you dont have to worry about PTI comming to power. PTI still is far away from power and we could see the opposition to PTI from all stake holders who are getting benifits from this currupt system. Believe it or not, you think PTI supporters as trolls, while most of the supporters are well educated and liberals, but truely patriotic people. These supporters want to root out this currupt system. Problem is that instead of opposition to government failed policies and exposing government curruption, current Status Qou including ET only target PTI.. All its writers write ANTI PTI and ANti imran khan article…. Express tribune should moderate professionally, as biased journalism is not a journalism its worst form of curruption… PTI and its supporters will stand by its commitment weather you like it or not…..Recommend

  • Sultan
    Oct 15, 2012 - 5:21PM

    Personality traits are normally distributed across the population in societies. It is absolutely absurd and statistically incorrect to assume that all foul mouths have decided to join PTI. This is pure rubbish logic and must be discarded and rebutted by all rational, scientific members of our society.
    Welcome to the internet age in Pakistan. We now live in a world of key board warriors–no party has control over what it’s followers say and to expect that is just wishful thinking. Every time some jouralists inflated ego is hurt because of some crap some one has written, jumping to the conclusions that first the culprit belongs to a particular party (could be an imposter as well) and second that it is being done at the behest of its leadership is lazy and quite pathetic interpretation on the phenomenon.
    I am sure there are PTI supporters who abuse people but there are also PPP, PMLN, jiyalas, shers, etc. who do the same and worse. The other day, we had an “honourable” representative of the JUI-F on one of the most watched TV shows, clearly threatening to dismember various body parts of Imran and “teach a lesson” to his children in the UK that went totally unchallenged by the host–he just sat there and smiled! And to my knowledge, I have not seen anything in Express Tribune or other leading luminaries of our pathetic, reflexively hateful press condemning him. This live show on national television had all the trappings for making Juicy Headlines such as “Islam defamed by JUI-F” or “JUI-F shows its true violent colours” or ” Sitting Senator of Pakistan threatens political rival and his young children” but none of it happened.
    Please stop this theatrical production–no one with a functioning brain is buying it. The only trolls controlled by a super media cell only exist in your fantastic imagination!

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  • Sultan
    Oct 15, 2012 - 5:28PM

    @Mirza:

    Can you please provide a breakdown of how many get afflicted by this old age disease? Because I also know thousands who live happily ever after in their adopted countries without going nutters but still continue to care about their ancestral land where their parents are buried. A large chunk of the £20 billion in forex we use to pay the bills comes from this source.

    Such crass and bad taste generalisations should not be published here. But then again, it is the Express Tribune!

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  • Sultan
    Oct 15, 2012 - 5:29PM

    Can the honourable author disclose how many elections he voted in?

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  • Sultan
    Oct 15, 2012 - 5:32PM

    @Talha:

    Newton’s third law of motion: to every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction!!!

    Sop the theatre now–grow up! If you can’t stand he heat, throw away the bat and go home.

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  • Sultan
    Oct 15, 2012 - 5:40PM

    @gp65:

    Hilary Clinton did apologise on behalf on the country–that is all that was expected of decent human beings and they delivered.

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  • Sultan
    Oct 15, 2012 - 5:48PM

    @Hammad:

    Please stop the melodrama, no one is shuddering. It is just an election.

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  • Tariq Bashir
    Oct 15, 2012 - 6:25PM

    Dear Editor-
    one very simple question-
    How many journalists that are the usual suspects for these trollers where attacked when some of them went to the peace rally to Waziristan?
    The answer is None. In fact Nusrat Javed & Mushtaq minhas were overwhelmed by the affection of the PTI supporters.

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  • M. Ali Turkey
    Oct 15, 2012 - 6:49PM

    I think Ik Party is very much exposed now. They r being supported by the establishment n the youth which was dragging towards him is getting disappointed now. Abhee tu Khuda nay Husan bhee nahi diya or itnay nakhray. I m surprised to see comments also for this writer also. Guys admit that this is the reality most arrogant person is IK. Dont worry fellows you will see everything in 1 year of time then remember me

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  • Raw is War
    Oct 15, 2012 - 6:55PM

    Is it blasphemy to criticize IK?

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  • Attorney Kamal
    Oct 15, 2012 - 7:00PM

    Shame on PTI for this intolerant behavior. I fully support ET for their objective news coverage and urge them not to be deterred in their endeavor by forces that cannot stand the truth and instead blame the messenger. Well done ET. Keep it up. PTI’s abuse of fake emails and trolling was also recently pinpointed by one insider of PTI who should know: Shirin Mazari. She said that PTI staff members have hundreds of thousands of fake email addresses to target anyone who exposes or criticizes PTI.Recommend

  • Mirza
    Oct 15, 2012 - 7:14PM

    Must have touched some raw nerves! As I said before, this is not against anybody or group, however, if the shoe fits wear it. There are no strict rules and absolute truths in social sciences and it is an open secret that most of the mixed marriages (especially for financial or nationality gains) ultimately fail, and those men discover Pakistan.

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  • Oct 15, 2012 - 7:33PM

    Article lost any credibility after “Our editorial balance is being questioned”. Which balance?

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  • gp65
    Oct 15, 2012 - 7:43PM

    @Sultan: “@gp65:
    Hilary Clinton did apologise on behalf on the country–that is all that was expected of decent human beings and they delivered.

    First of all you missed my point completely. I was saying that if Imran expects US to take ownership for random US citizens, then he should be willing to take ownership for random party members. HE cannot disown their actions while still holding a whole country to account for the action of a private citizen.

    Incidentally not just Hillary but Obama expressed distatste for the movie and felt it was offensive and should not have been made. But no-one apologized. Just minor factual correction tere.

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  • Insider
    Oct 15, 2012 - 7:48PM

    Prediction => No elections for pakistan,

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  • MAC
    Oct 15, 2012 - 9:08PM

    PTI and its enchantment of youth to this extent reminds me of Nazism and the extensive role the youth played in upholding its ideals. Blind followers of the party will do it harm, and do far more damage to the country than the parties they are crusading against. Youth should strive for greatness in themselves instead of glorifying the greatness in their leaders, or they will become their shadows instead of leaders in their own right.

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  • Asad
    Oct 15, 2012 - 9:10PM

    That’s really sorry to hear that the Change claiming political party is having such illiterate supporters. those people who don’t have guts to hear others criticism, how can they improve and move forward. really bad!Recommend

  • Sultan
    Oct 15, 2012 - 9:31PM

    @gp65:

    Thanks for your small correction. Here are a few major corrections for you. Imran never asked for an apology or blamed the US government for the film (show me anything that says hat). He just said that the UN should legislate on such matters and we should have a law that stops this type of behaviour just like laws against defamation of the Holocaust. Major correction number 2: Nicola Basai or Sam Bacile or whatever his name is is a person identified as the maker of the film and is being prosecuted for some other charges; the Supposed PTI “trolls” are a figment of your hyperactive imagination–if you can name any one in person, sue him or her! Major correction 3: I did not miss any point, you just want to sound patronising which I truly find quite irritating!

    On this blog alone, there are now over 65 comments. If you carefully read all of them, the most vulgar, downright mean, and absolutely devoid of any content are from those who hate PTI. Don’t believe me, scroll through and check it out. You can fool some people some of the time, you cannot fool all the people all the time! I rest my case ;)

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  • Zalmai
    Oct 15, 2012 - 10:06PM

    @Sher Afzal

    How can you call Imran Khan (Zergai) when his Punjabi heart condones the murder of Pashtun people in Afghanistan by promoting the Taliban as jihadis. If he had the heart (Zra) than he would call TTP’s struggle as jihad against the Punjabi occupiers of FATA.

    Circular logic and double standards will not endear him or his political song and dance to any self respecting Pashtun. Imran Khan is not Pashtun, he does not speak Pashto nor does he understand the plight of the Pashtun people.

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  • arshad khan
    Oct 15, 2012 - 10:09PM

    Please don’t misquote ik words about jehad. he said that if some one in his country is fighting against the occupiers non Muslims, he is doing jehad. and afghanies r doing the same. Yes he is right and this is farman our prophet mohammad (saw) too.Recommend

  • arshad khan
    Oct 15, 2012 - 10:14PM

    if some one is fighting for his country against non Muslims occupation he z performing jehad. this what ik said. please don’t mislead the people.

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  • Sultan
    Oct 15, 2012 - 10:14PM

    http://www.zemtv.com/2012/10/15/capital-talk-on-geo-news-shahbaz-shareefs-daughter-scandal-and-more-issues-15th-october-2012/

    All PTI haters, don’t vote for PTI. Just watch the attached clip and then vote for PMLN dynasty. Enjoy!

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  • Jahank
    Oct 15, 2012 - 10:24PM

    @MAC and ASAD: Guys M damn sure you guys are outside pakistan or purely disillusioned… Youth of today is soo much politically mature and educated and know their destiny very well… I think you guys should also have guts to listen the realities of Mian brothers and Mr Zardari’s PPP. As PPP and PMLN is in govt for more then 5 times and still ignorant people like you support these parties… Believe it or not you guys are really not sincere with your future generations…..better wakeup if you have stakes in this country…

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  • Sultan
    Oct 15, 2012 - 10:32PM

    Express Tribunw headline just in: CM’s daughter goes berserk in bakery due to lack of control from father.” Or “PMLN launches its experience in country management at bakery in Lahore; the world watches in awe!, just kidding, it will never be printed due fo the “high” editorial standards.

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  • salman
    Oct 15, 2012 - 11:01PM

    Sir..you are concerned about potential physical harm from pti supporters…..while in Punjab chief minister’s kids are getting bakery workers beaten up!

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  • Enlightened
    Oct 15, 2012 - 11:31PM

    Mr Editor, I fully agree with your comments but the use of words ‘PTI Trolls’ should have been avoided by you despite being wronged by them for no fault of yours. After Malalas shocking incident, the PTI chief committed a grave blunder by supporting TTP barbarities and so called jihad across the Western border which acted nothing short of 9 victor scale earthquake below the sea and tsunami so created due to these statements did extensive damage to Imran’s credibility and his party. He was in no position to deny his comments which would have angered both Talebans so pent up feelings of his supporters was taken on ET. However, the damage is already done and only his die hard supporters would now vote for him as he has now earned the new title of ‘Maulana Taleban Khan’.

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  • Sultan
    Oct 15, 2012 - 11:39PM

    @salman:

    Shussssssh, Noora league darbaris will get very upset! The princess was jut having a bad day, no big deal. Look, there is no mention of it on Express Tribune!

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  • Adil
    Oct 16, 2012 - 5:38AM

    Imran Khan made an official video where he asked his supporters not to use any abusive language against any columnist/journalist.You can disagree but send your feedback in a mature and civilized way with decent words.He even apologized to Sana Bucha due to obscene language used against her by PTI members, on Live television.What else do you need?Should he weep infront of Kamal Siddiqui’s doorsteps now?

    Plus everyone here is pretending as if Imran Khan’s haters always adopt professional approach.Did anyone forget how they shamelessly target Zohair Toru last year?Nadeem Paracha and Faisal Naqvi wrote blogs and columns which were simply offensive and insulting towards Toru.Even though I myself would also disagree with Toru to a certain extent but the way opponents of IK started a campaign against the youngster was not civilized either.What if he had commited suicide due to excessive mockery and harrassment?How would all these anti-PTI columnists reacted if Toru was among their loved ones.Even Nusrat Jawed and Mushtaq Minhas despite being critical of IK appreciated Toru’s courage. Those who targetted Toru didn’t have honesty,patriotism and commitment which Toru displayed that day.

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  • lkhan
    Oct 16, 2012 - 11:18PM

    You have been kind to I Khan. Till today, there is not one single statement made by this cricketer that stands out, whether his foreign policy, interior, or economic. God help Pakistan if he is elected. Furthermore, the thuggery described above shows his narcissistic personality and secondly, why he does not publicly take a stand against TTP – after all not only a coward, but using similar methods of bullying. Shame on Imran Khan a hundred times over.

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  • Mystic
    Oct 17, 2012 - 5:21PM

    Hahaha… Imran bashing sells these days.

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  • Anas
    Oct 19, 2012 - 7:17PM

    These guys would never utter a single word about the dons of Karachi …. all their anger is against ppl expressing their opinion on the internet.

    These journalists while lecturing others to bear criticism , cant take a single word against there confounded opinions.

    If their opinions would have been some worth , or the parties they support in garb of analysis , this generation woultd not have been living in such a mess now.

    So please use your time and paper to crticise the govt that is plundering like anything , not a part thats in oppostion.

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