Targeting the army?: Beygairat Brigade’s new song partially banned in Pakistan

Published: April 27, 2013
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Ali Aftab says the internet providers were helping the bands’ cause and any attempt to band the video would backfire.

Ali Aftab says the internet providers were helping the bands’ cause and any attempt to band the video would backfire.

LAHORE / KARACHI: Beygairat Brigade’s new song Dhinak Dhinak, touching on the power of the armed forces in Pakistan, has been banned by some Internet Service Providers (ISPs) across the country, confirmed telecom sources on Saturday.

An email sent by the Enforcement Division of the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) directed the ISPs to block the video available on websites including Vimeo and Facebook.

The band confirmed the development and said that the video was completely banned on internet services and a disclaimer saying “This video is not suitable for viewers inside Pakistan” appears every time the video is accessed on Vimeo.

Ali Aftab, the band’s front man, said that the internet providers were simply helping the bands’ cause and any attempt to band the video would backfire.

“They are helping us and making this video controversial,” said Aftab.

“Our video is asking for across-the-board accountability,” says Aftab. He also emphasised that the no television channel is airing the video, due to apprehensions that it may be too critical of the armed forces.

Several online activists and supporters of the band also expressed disdain over the video’s unavailability. Columnist and writer Tazeen Javed also wrote a blog titled “The Ultimate Beyghairti”.

“The Dhinak Dhinak video came back online after a few hours of ban. May be it was the cheeky message at the end of the video where the band asked their fans to not like the song – “No need to like the video, we will be dead any way” – that saved them,” she wrote.

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  • m ali khan
    Apr 27, 2013 - 4:39PM

    Military is in panic mode. Musharraf is now a joke, Zaid Hamid exposed on conspiring against COAS and now a satirical video. So they ban Capital TV and block Dhinak Dhinak. Whoever is making Army take such steps is foolish.

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  • Cosmo
    Apr 27, 2013 - 4:44PM

    Great message via the vidoe!! Keep up the good work.

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  • Apr 27, 2013 - 4:52PM

    Working at my end… Bakwass song

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  • truth
    Apr 27, 2013 - 4:53PM

    Pathetic video…!!!

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  • Glaedr
    Apr 27, 2013 - 4:59PM

    Seems like the blog by Tazeen Javed mentioned in the article has also been blocked. It’s only opening through a proxy, for me.Recommend

  • Glaedr
    Apr 27, 2013 - 5:01PM

    Nevermind my earlier comment; it’s working now.

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  • Insaan
    Apr 27, 2013 - 5:31PM

    Some one is trying to send a message to these guys. A bomb may explode and TTP may claim the responsibility.

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  • Ahmad Hashmi
    Apr 27, 2013 - 5:38PM

    A true song! Good job!

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  • Mustafa
    Apr 27, 2013 - 5:51PM

    InshAllah army changes as the political system changes. Kayani has done a good job not meddling in politics in public.

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  • truth
    Apr 27, 2013 - 6:03PM

    Pathetic video..!!

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  • reformer
    Apr 27, 2013 - 6:05PM

    Bunch of Losers, Hungry for fame. People who don’t respect their teachers and mentors are never successful. Cheap tricks Ail Aftab !!

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  • Tulla
    Apr 27, 2013 - 6:10PM

    Yes, we know you are going to be dead quite soon. That is the cost of speaking the truth. RIP.

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  • Shaami
    Apr 27, 2013 - 6:13PM

    @reformer: When did Generals became the Mentor and Teachers of Pakistan and of Democracy.?? Also kindly end this Holier attitude that some powerful people cannot be criticized and they must be worshiped at all times.

    @truth: It is not about the video but about the lyrics of the song. All songs are not meant to be listened and viewed only because of a Video.

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  • Nadir
    Apr 27, 2013 - 6:17PM

    Thank you PTA! THe honour of Generals must be kept and maintained!

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  • Adil3132
    Apr 27, 2013 - 6:38PM

    Are You Pakistani or [email protected] Hashmi:

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  • wasim
    Apr 27, 2013 - 6:56PM

    Very true. I like it but “we know you are going to be dead soon “

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  • Deepwater
    Apr 27, 2013 - 6:59PM

    There is yet hope for Pakistan.

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  • Sindhi Pakistani
    Apr 27, 2013 - 7:12PM

    I cant understand the language :(

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  • [email protected]
    Apr 27, 2013 - 7:13PM

    An over acting bunch of jokers!

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  • Disgusted
    Apr 27, 2013 - 7:32PM

    Shame on those who can’t respect their heroes. Let those who are involved with this spend a day fighting the enemy then say what they like. Our Armed forces are the reason these people are alive and able to enjoy life. Shame on them and shame on those who have raised such ingrates.

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  • rija
    Apr 27, 2013 - 9:45PM

    i just LOVED the song n video…can’t stop listening to it..great job guys

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  • S
    Apr 27, 2013 - 10:16PM

    Cheap tricks to gain publicity indeed.

    Army has done a great job not meddling in the politics.

    These hypocrites westernised liberals r the real problem we have

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  • Lord J
    Apr 27, 2013 - 10:32PM

    most of the people, those who were to listen it in the first place, wouldn’t bother to listen this lame song till the end but since it’s been made controversial, the video song will attract more viewers.
    the sacred cows still have no idea that thoughts, specially online, can never be contained and what’s uploaded is uploaded. the band’s frontman is right. the attempt to block the video has backfired and brought nothing but more asked for criticism to the army.

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  • Usman786
    Apr 27, 2013 - 11:23PM

    some1 send them to wana or siachien. Generals are patriotic and do whats in best interest of Pak. politician do for money n fame

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  • Ahmed Ali
    Apr 27, 2013 - 11:46PM

    Why do I feel that most of the comments that go against the article and liberal fascists are censored by ET?

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  • sani
    Apr 28, 2013 - 12:24AM

    filled with extreme over acting and no message at all. It shouldn’t have been banned seriously, it would get 1 star as an average rating otherwise. Anyway The group seem to have highly pathetic sense of humor. :(

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  • Arastu
    Apr 28, 2013 - 2:06AM

    Save our Generals !! Pllease! Only one thing we are self sufficient in and we produce in such high quality that if it was allowed we would be exporting them overseas and they are our “Generals” and Military Dictators. Somethings are just too sacred ! In India its cows and in Pakistan …its …………well………………………………….not cows!

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  • TMM
    Apr 28, 2013 - 7:12AM

    @Disgusted:
    Grow up or shut up

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  • Apr 28, 2013 - 7:55AM

    OK to ban them.

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  • amir jafri
    Apr 28, 2013 - 8:27AM

    Third rate video..third rate song..Vulgarity and no sense of music or verse…but does represent the vulgar VIP “culture”

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  • MJ
    Apr 28, 2013 - 10:52AM

    Please stop dreaming about army stepping in to save anything or anyone. Although I have a lot of respect for the Jawans in our army, their higher ups are not not saviors of any kind. In Pakistan, the higher up in the military are in the business of making money. Nowhere in the world is the military in the market of making cement, textile, bread and cereal etc. They have an unfair advantage in these businesses. Nowhere in the world the military builds exclusive enclaves that are later sold to the public at incredible mark ups like defense etc. I am appalled when they build these gated communities like Bahria town in Karachi that are heavily guarded (good) and then charge general public a lot of money to buy so that they and their families can live peacefully without fear of kidnapping and armed robberies etc. Isn’t it the duty of army to protect ALL citizens of the cities? Not just the one who can afford to live in these fortified communities. While the poor citizens in the cities are at the mercy of TTP, MQM, ANP, Aman committee etc. the army only protects the people in these townships? Aren’t the people, who die in explosions get looted on the highways and are robbed at home every night, people of this country that the army swears to protect? When the police and other agencies have miserably failed and are either not capable of or not willing to provide protection people look at the army but our army higher ups have been well “compensated” by our current government and they no longer want to save the people because there is no money it doing this job for them. So keep on dreaming about our army stepping in to “save” us because that is not part of their “responsibilities”

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  • Sandip
    Apr 28, 2013 - 5:42PM

    @Disgusted: “Shame on those who can’t respect their heroes. Let those who are involved with this spend a day fighting the enemy then say what they like. Our Armed forces are the reason these people are alive and able to enjoy life. Shame on them and shame on those who have raised such ingrates.”
    Doesn’t look like the makers of the video begrudge the honor given to soldiers who fight to save Pakistan from its enemies. What they do take up cudgels against is who gets to define the enemy, the friend and so called assets. Most of the Pakistani soldiers dying today are at the hands of those that the Pakistan Army defined as “assets”. Being ready to die for one’s country as a soldier doesn’t give one the right to lord over its people as their masters. And that too for a record as poor as this? No Way!

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  • umar
    Apr 29, 2013 - 12:07AM

    I’m so shocked to read that Pakistani newschannels are supported by USA. We all know what Najeem Sethi did when he asked US ambasy to help him making a program. Who is Geo News, Tribune.com.pk they are created by USA. Its shameful that our Pakistani leaders are sitting at their homes and are wachting the whole show. If we muslims don’t help each other such things will become more and more normal in our country. This is the USA’s interest to destroy muslims around the world.

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  • someone
    Apr 29, 2013 - 3:26AM

    @umar:
    If you ever Visit to Europe and US, you will find these are the only places where Muslims live most peacefully with their full civil rights. Also US and Europe don’t discriminate based on which Islamic sect you belong to. Could you please let me know one Islamic country where the life standard of Muslims ( all sects) is better than US or Europe?

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  • Disgusted
    Apr 29, 2013 - 5:04PM

    @TMM:
    What a clever comment, you must be one of the ingrates I was referring to.

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  • Disgusted
    Apr 29, 2013 - 5:20PM

    @Sandip:
    You have taken the discussion to another level, and this is not the space for It. All decisions are collective and have always included civilians, though admittedly they may not have carried much weight, not surprising given their level of incompetence and susceptibility to be manipulated by corruption and greed. Be that as it may it is time to stop blaming the Armed forces for all the real or imagined ills of the country. The civilians have had their chance to correct them and failed miserably. Our soldiers are dying at the hands of our enemies whosoever they may be or whichever border they may be at. It is irrevant that they were once our ” assets “, remember there are no permanent friends just permanent interests. As for lording it over, could someone have lorded over us any more than the last civilian government that bankrupted our country with their greed, and made us slaves of internal and external masters. Once again shame on those who denigrate our heroes and hide behind pseudo elitism. Recommend

  • Poorna
    Apr 30, 2013 - 3:11AM

    Nice song!!!

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