Comments on: Should the media be more positive about Pakistan? Perspectives on Pakistan Thu, 01 Oct 2015 19:31:05 +0000 hourly 1 By: Claudelle Naidoo Fri, 19 Jun 2009 08:32:24 +0000 Media revolution…..

Media is the predictive way of understanding the thought process of man kind. We aspire to make logic of consumer needs hence we find ways of promoting them through media. A diverse, international and focused audience is a step nearer to most media planners and strategists.

The repudiation of various messaging channels modified with world change in consumer and buyer behavior. Even during recession of the East or West, most well-researched advertising campaigns conquered the economic impact on media in that they were prepared for the worse.

When leaders of the world change so does the worlds marketing process….the worlds marketing minds and the growing need of cunsumers.

By: Usman Tue, 06 May 2008 00:30:33 +0000 Great article on a topic the media has been otherwise shy on!

The reactions to this article, however, I’m not such a fan of. Especially the people who I infer from their references, p.o.v., and names, are Indian/Bangladeshi’s commenting on Pakistan’s obvious mistakes and failures, and citing those as reasons to strip it off it’s nationhood.

Well, Pakistan is here to stay. And the worry over the nukes is NOT justification to disrespect a nation’s sovereignty. Almost every nation has dark spots on it’s history that date back to failures made during or shortly after Independence, and Pakistan, India, the United States, and perhaps every country on earth have made their own mistakes in this time. Anyway, the military would not let the nukes fall into the wrong hands. True, they do not happily kill innocent muslims when they are ordered to by their American bosses, but that does not mean they are not a loyal army. The Pakistani Army is fiercly patriotic, and would not let the country fall into the hands of the Taliban, hell, they can hardly bare to watch the country in the hands of some of the more inept politcians!

The reality is that Pakistan and India do not have very different living standards, yet Pakistan is portrayed as a war torn desert nation in the west, and I say this from my entire life’s experience of living abroad. People have even advised me not to return back, on the basis of safety, which is ridiculous because more people die in gang related violence in the United States than they do from terrorist in an average year in Pakistan.

Also, the increased instability and violence in Pakistan seems to happen every time the West needs a favor, like they do now. So, yes, Pakistan is being portrayed unfairly. We take the kills for a war at the urging of Washington and London, and what do we get? The shame of being “the most dangerous nation on earth” according to the western media (via the ‘prestigious’ magazine, the Economist).

Well, FYI, if Pakistan was dissolved, it could not happen peacefully, because we Pakistani people feel just as strongly about our right to live a peaceful, prosperous, independant life as any Indian or Bangladeshi. So, yes, Pakistan has major issues, but so does the U.S., so does India, so does Bangladesh. The point is that ours are under the international spotlight, and that other nation’s feel that they have the power to burn that spotlight into the back of our necks. Well, I suggest that people give Pakistan a little breathing room, and keep negative opinions to themself, especially if they dwell on the past, not least because these comments show the narrow point of view that foreigners ultimately have to a country they never care to visit.

So, come to Pakistan, live here for a while, get to know the people, and then if you still believe that it deserves it’s reputation, I’ll listen. But on behalf of myself and the vast majority of the Pakistani population who I know agress with me, we don’t care what you think. Our problems are our own, just as India and Bangladesh’s are theirs. I believe in peace with our neighbors, and I believe in a dialogue about the past, but these have to happen at appropriate times. Trying to blacken the reputation of one of this earth’s largest and most beautiful countries and it’s inhabitants because of historical biases is just silly, and is counter-productive.

I live in Pakistan, it’s beautiful, and there’s a very a comfortable life if you are educated enough to take advantage of the numerous opportunities in this emerging market. Yes, there are big problems that need to be dealt with swiftly. But they are our problems, and I strongly believe that they will be solved by those who look beyond the Subcontinent’s mental blocks on the past, and into the inevitably succesful future of both Pakistan and it’s neighbors. Also, what I’ve heard from my family’s many western guests who have actually been to both Pakistan and India is always that they were shocked to see how prosperous so many Pakistanis are, and how desolate the situation in India is for so many more people. We certainly also share the same poverty problem as India, yet we face an unfair reputation as a country with no future due to the misguidance of not only foreign governments, but the media in many of the Western countries. I see the future of Pakistan, and it may not be a smooth road, but if we are allowed to exist and govern ourselves it is no doubt a bright future.

It’s about time that South Asian politicians listened to the better breed of South Asian businessmen, and learn that creating success in the present and future is much more vital to world and national security than the failures and disagreements of the past. So, try and support the Pakistani democracy, instead of condemning it based on issues which may be real or imagined.

Sorry for the long speech, sincerely, a Pakistani repatriate.

By: barry kumar Tue, 29 Apr 2008 06:00:50 +0000 There are many internal rifts in Pakistan’s social and cultural fabric. People are divided along sectarian, economic, tribal, caste and political lines. One way to reduce these divisions is to promote inter-marriage. There is too much inbreeding in Pakistan–too many first cousin marriages. It is also not good for the physical well-being of Pakistanis, as inbreeding leads to increased genetic defects and psychological problems. I think that the media should focus on this issue and provide constructive criticism to force the government to ban first cousin marriages. Doing so would make Pakistani society less divided and increase communication and collaboration between Pakistanis of various hues.

By: S. Ahmed Sun, 27 Apr 2008 14:26:18 +0000 Wow!! Some of the comments on here are enough to make you vomit. Ethnic cleansing in Azad Kashmir? You must be having a laugh. The largest population of Pakistanis in the UK are Mirpuris from Azad Kashmir. If there was any agenda against Kashmir in Pakistan – this Kashmiri ex-pat population would certainly make a noise about it. But they don’t – because there is nothing to make a noise about.

It seems that the world media always portrays India as if the sun shines out of its collective arse – but Pakistan is the exact opposite. They say our nukes are a threat to world security. Which they are – if you threaten us.

I always wondered if there was a need for a homeland for Muslims in the subcontinent. Minorities in Pakistan are guaranteed representation and protection by our constitution. In India, the Babari mosque is burnt to the ground but no one is calling the Hindus extreamists. But now I’m convinced of it, the west hates Islam and Muslims No point in denying it. We got a raw deal in the Radcliffe awards and are still getting stick from the self styled bastion of truth, justice and peace that is the western media.

Pakistan, its people and its nukes are here to stay. So kindly get off our case and sort out your own problems before preaching to us.

By: barry kumar Sun, 27 Apr 2008 06:20:49 +0000 I think criticism should be given when and where it is deserved, however it should not be based on ignorance or prejudice. This is not to say that the media is too negative about Pakistan. I think in general it has been quite balanced. However, in some cases, the media does not provide enough background to provide perspective. For example, recently in Canada, numerous Canadians of Pakistani origin were detained for plotting to kill the prime minister and blow up various federal buildings and airlines. The media devoted much time to the story, perhaps giving Canadians the impression that most Pakistanis and Muslims support terrorism. However, the media did not mention that, to date, no one has been killed by Pakistani or Muslim terrorists in Canada. The only major terrorist act in Canada was carried out by Sikh terrorists who blew up an Air India flight in the mid 80’s, killing 329 people.

By: david Sun, 27 Apr 2008 06:05:54 +0000 I think the media has actually been quite positive about Pakistan, particularly as it is considered an ally of the West. In addition, Westerners generally have a prejudice against India and Hindus, which has greatly helped build a positive attitude towards Pakistan. By providing more constructive criticism of Pakistan, the West can actually help Pakistan to become a progressive and prosperous country and prevent if from becoming a failed state.

By: teresa Sun, 27 Apr 2008 05:42:45 +0000 I actually believe that the West has in the past been too positive about Pakistan. As a cold war ally, Pakistan has been given much too much latitude by the US and the UK. The West turned a blind eye to Pakistan’s campaign of ethnic cleansing in Kashmir and its bombings on Indian soil. The West, including Canada, even turned a blind eye to Pakistan’s role in the Air India bombing of 1985, which was a collaboration between the Pakistani government and Sikh terrorists.

Now that Pakistan and Pakistanis have bitten the hand that feeds them, the West has finally realized what a monster Pakistan really is.


By: Anas Irfan Sun, 27 Apr 2008 01:32:06 +0000 @ Kabura
First of all I would like to thank the author Myra MacDonald, for writing something positive about the country.

I am an international student, and being away from my country for a while, I have realized the importance of it. I no longer take it for granted and realize the importance of Pakistan. It is a homeland for the Muslims of the sub-continent and other indigenous minorities. My family migrated to Pakistan back in 1947 from Ambala, India and settled in Karachi. I often wonder what my life would be like if my grandparents did not migrate to Pakistan. I certainly believe that what Mr. Kabura is saying is totally absurd the need for Pakistan was a dire need at the time of independence from the British and now.
Today majority of the Muslims, in India are in the lower-class, they do not enjoy the benefits of a “rising and shining India”. Even though India portrays to be a secular state it is still very discriminatory towards its minorities. It is said that every fourth person you see in US is an Indian, but you hardly find an Indian Muslim. I say that with authority as I have been travelling around here in US, from seminars to conferences to concerts (Indian /Pakistani singers) and have barely come across an Indian Muslim.
The Muslims in India are suppressed, and are not given a chance to rise. In order to prove what I’m saying, I would like you to read a BBC article which was published last year: 41125.stm
“Growth push for Muslims in India” Sunil Raman BBC News, Delhi

Coming up to the next point, you said “the western media and politicians are too Paki-apologists”. By apologist you mean someone who argues in defense or justification of something, such as a doctrine, policy, or institution. How can you even say that without even having any proof, other than this article by Myra Mac-Donald. I follow a bunch of website every night in order to look for news from back home, and hardly ever come up with any which does not defame Pakistan in one way or another.
I am aware of the fact that my country has issues; just like any other country but stating that it does not has the right to be there is an opinion of an extremist/fundamentalist/communist.

I would have gone into much more detail but time is rather more precious.
P.S. Think before you BS

By: Dr Idris Shah Ebrahimi Sat, 26 Apr 2008 20:47:43 +0000 Until India, Afghanistan, Bangladesh reconcile themselves to the existence of the Pakistani state, There can never be peace.

India denys Pakistan’s right to exist, How can one make peace with someone who’s sole intention and aspiration in life is your destruction?

Anyone that questions the right of Pakistan to exist is nothing short of a Class A war criminal

By: Kabura Sat, 26 Apr 2008 20:31:27 +0000 Unfortunately the western media and politicians are too Paki-apologists, which has partly resulted in the Pakistan we have at our hands. But West, with the UK at the head, is desperately beating the dead horse to get up and run. The dead horse is Pakistan.

When Pakistan tried to acquire nuclear weapons, the U.S. and the West chose to look the “other” way. Those weapons are now one of the biggest threat to the world security.

Whenever the military wished to kick out an elected civilian regime and imposed a dictatorship, West would fine a suitable explaination for that too, through the 60 years of bloody Pakistani history.

You can never write positive about a place which is unnatural and artificial from the birth.

The best thing for the Pakistanis and the world would be to dissolve Pakistan, peacefully if that is possible, and let ethnic and religious harmony pervail all over the subcontinent and the world.
Pakistan is the main source of her own problems.