It all started from 13th of May, I started receiving invitations to join Groups condemning EDMD which I declined as I didn’t want to be an idiot and promote that day which people who were joining that group did. I did not know about it until I got these invites. I knew about the South Park controversy in states but didn’t have a clue about EDMD, so I was informed about this group from the groups condemning it (I know people who joined those should be feeling a bit sick that they promoted that day). Knowing a bit about Pakistani Politics and Religious Parties I knew this would get out of hand (My thoughts were with McDonalds in my home town Hyderabad Pakistan). Some parties thrive on such issues and destroy our own property. Something similar happened when the Dutch Idiot drew the cartoon, when geniuses of these parties thought burning KFC and damaging infrastructure in Pakistan will help in getting back at the Dutch and the brilliant emails telling people to stop using Dutch products (I need to tell people of Pakistan a secret “They didn’t give a Damn if u stop using their product”) . In comparison to those events I think this time it was a little better and we destroyed less of our own infrastructure. From 15th of May I started receiving don’t use Facebook for 20th and 21st may as a sign of protest and cause Facebook to lose advert money (Again Pakistan, we are peanuts for Facebook and without peanuts Facebook would be able to control its blood pressure i.e. load on their site, so in a way if u don’t come on Facebook for two days you will be doing Facebook a favour). Then the D-DAY 18th May 2010 I receive a BBM from my cousin in Pakistan that Facebook has been banned in Pakistan. The Lahore high court ordered PTA to ban Facebook (The same court which talked about civil liberties, freedom of speech and democracy a year back when they were banned in Pakistan). I seriously hope that people who wanted the ban were not aware of the fact that if Facebook is banned in Pakistan that page will still be available for rest of the world. Then it turned out Pakistani internet users were among the toughest to stop from doing something, Facebook statuses started coming “BLOCKED WHAT BLOCKED I AM STILL HERE” ( Actually I was not amazed about that we get top Software for Rs.30 !!!! we use Adobe Photo Shop for simple Image Cropping, so finding ways to access Facebook for users wasn’t that hard). Then there were those who accessed Facebook bypassing the ban and updated their statuses in support of the ban. A cat and mouse game began, people accessed facebook and PTA(Pakistan Telecom Authority) with the help of some traitor mice started banning proxy site, mobile access and finally BB(Back berry)services were cut off. That stopped allot of people from accessing Facebook for a day. After that Twitter became Pakistan’s Facebook ban crises centre with tag #FBBANPK. People started having fun with the ban with clever one liners like “I totally support PTA for teaching us a lesson of having an actual life outside facebook…life of real frandships #fbbanpk” “I think PTA and LHC just wanted some publicity or they just love to annoy us. #fbbanpk”and my favourite “I tell you this whole facebook block conspiracy is by twitter #fbbanpk”, then there was ganging up on people who supported the ban with occasional how to access Facebook advice. Then PTA(Pakistan Telecom Authority) high on its newly found power banned youtube too because of some anti-islamic vdos which were there for years (PTA you know if u report abuse on a vdo it gets removed from you tube fairly quickly). Next wikis and google blogger were banned (I think PTA were on google and wrote anti islam and started banning complete sites instead of those pages Good Plan next ban google!!!). After these bans some people who were in favour of the ban started to realise what many anti ban people feared from the Beginning that PTA(Pakistan Telecom Authority) would ban any website without any explanation. Rumours started to emerge twitter was next but no more bans were imposed and to relieve of majority of Pakistani internet users Porn was still available on Internet. If they banned porn Pakistani internet traffic would be zero (let me get this right PTA you banned all things that were taking Pakistanis off porn addiction). While writing this I came to know youtube ban has been lifted and limited access to wikis is available in Pakistan now and Yes porn is still available.
Adil Raza Shaikh
Currently living in UK