A Break from the Breaking News

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By:Jawad Raza Khan  

20th March, 2011 was indeed a day to enjoy, celebrate and be at ease, you must be wandering there are still three days to Pakistan resolution, we have not won the world cup yet, neither a drone has been shot down by Pakistan but honestly speaking there is something more today. Ladies and Gentlemen we will be away from private channels for 24 hours………………..yes.

Thanks God! Allah ka Shukar

  • NO MORNING SHOW (I just love it)
  • Children are expected to get quality time from their mothers
  • Fathers will be able to watch Pakistan Australia encounter without any fuss
  • Grani’s will get some time to tell some character building stories to their innocent kids
  • No agony for the complete house, in the aftermath of innovative food making(  Zubeda Appa Key Totkey)
  • Less  cardiac arrest because of Breaking News
  • Family members will give their precious time to each other
  • No terrorist will be glorified
  • New generation will come to know what to say and what to wear as Pakistani (courtesy PTV)
  • Families will be outing and parks and picnic places will be flooded
  • And most importantly Current affair anchor persons will be just out of sight

When I am writing these lines, cable operators strike is just called not implemented, but it has driven me crazy and excited about it and the best way to lower my blood pressure is to write and that’s what I am doing right now.

You must be thinking that you are reading a non serious writer, but it’s a sour fact that all said above have very serious implications on our lives as individuals and as a nation.

When these private channels took their start more than a decade before, the most convincing point for their deployment was to kill the monopoly of State Television PTV. This overtone has been reduced to rubble as now collective monopoly of private channels has inflicted irreparable harm to our society that to, on the name of freedom of speech. It is also imperative to make a mention that harnessed and taxpaying monopoly of PTV has indeed proved to be harmless to the character of society in comparison to the uncontrollable tax thieves (To Whom It May Concern), blackmailers of Pakistan’s so called free media.

Indian satellite channels are in place, and performing their rightful duties of polluting the cultural fabric of Pakistan, as nationalist, since 25 years. If we critically analyze the first 15 years for them were bit more struggling for achieving the desired results, but inception of our private media acted as a catalyst to the desired process of contaminating our society. If I am not exaggerating Indian nationalist media could not damage our society more than our own private, highly commercial and money mincing monster.

Pakistan’s extremely friendly accommodative society of 80s and 90s is now turned into an intolerable and extremely hyper society courtesy sham freedom of speech. I pray that this strike may prolong so that we can in place the system of check and balance at least at the individual level and be able to differentiate between phantom zing and truth.

Whatever you comment now it is a sigh of relief and a window of opportunity for good to prevail as it has been and in the end has to……………………

Thank you Cable operators (may be not your agenda but definitely suits decaying society of Pakistan for a little while may be)

(The writer is based in Islamabad and is a political writer).

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  • SQ  On March 19, 2011 at 10:59 am

    Good one!!!

  • jawad  On March 19, 2011 at 11:45 am

    Rightly AND timely lauched jawad raza very true we all needed a break from breaking news

  • Anwar mukhtar  On March 19, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    its a wonderful piece of writing by a person having patriotic feelings and want to protect the ideology which is our base. God bless him

  • dilazak1  On March 19, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    Very right and correct analysis of our newly born biased (mostly) media with usually pre conceived agenda. By the way our media is yet far far behind in coordinated and mala fide approach like BBC & CNN. Mr. Jawad has been writing on serious issues previously but it was nice to see him effectively touching such subjects in a lighter tone. Good article.

  • Inam Khan  On March 19, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    Viva’ Cable Operators for their brilliant idea of having a strike.Plz continue.Public is very happy for not having to watch ultra hyper programmes of private channels.My house looks very peaceful……………………Inam Khan

  • Jose  On March 19, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    In the hope of not offending you; I want to offer an opinion.

    Freedom of television is exactly just that. It is freedom to turn off the tv and do those wonderful things that you mention.
    In my house, we rarely watch any tv because it is mind dumbing and very un-entertaining.
    Nobody is being forced to watch the tv, we can decide to turn it off and have quality time together.
    Perhaps some people will come to that conclusion once your strike is over.

    • pakpotpourri2  On March 19, 2011 at 7:10 pm

      Why should the opinion offend me? Perish the thought. In Pakistan, with so much going on-its an obsessive activity to watch the talk shows. At least by some member(s) of the family.

  • Faisal Malik  On March 19, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    Right on………….!!

    since the introduction of the cable culture, i have watched the younger generation gettling lost in a mess of cultural mix chaat.

    what they couldn’t do to us by force, they are doing it to us with sweet n sugar via cable. THEY being the enemy. in this case, India.

    GOOD RIDDANCE, even if its for one day.

    if i were the power broker, the first thing i would do will be to ban every channel of the country which is supposed to be my enemy.

    get that you s@###$rs.


    good job at the article.

    • pakpotpourri2  On March 19, 2011 at 7:08 pm

      Faisal, when I was a student in Masters Mass Comm. my teacher & mentor, Dr Mehdi Hasan, present Chairman of Human Rights Commission of Pakistan & Dean of my department said: when you can conquer the mind of the enemy,no need for a physical occupation. This is more true today than it was then.No?

      • Faisal Malik  On March 20, 2011 at 5:55 am

        oh its absolutely true yas.

        my heart cries at the sorry state of the younger generation.

        i wish they could have a life that i had, without all these modern gadgets that have drained life right out of them.

  • Iltifat Lone  On March 20, 2011 at 3:55 am

    A nice article, really it was a wonderful day. Hope the strike becomes routine.

  • jawad  On March 20, 2011 at 4:59 am

    Thank u buddies, it was really just from the core of my heart

  • Yasmeen Ali  On March 20, 2011 at 10:57 am

    Faisal, when I was a student in Masters Mass Comm. my teacher & mentor, Dr Mehdi Hasan, present Chairman of Human Rights Commission of Pakistan & Dean of my department said: when you can conquer the mind of the enemy,no need for a physical occupation.This is more true today than it was then.No?

    • Faisal Malik  On March 20, 2011 at 10:59 am

      absolutely right yas. he (your dean and mentor) is a wise man. it is definitely more true today than it ever was in the past.

      I watch with sadness the younger generation going down the drain. (not all of them ofcourse, but majority).

      and i honestly hope they could view and enjoy life the way I did, or the ones before me. without all these gadgets of time wastage.

  • Jose  On March 20, 2011 at 10:58 am

    When you can conquer the mind of the enemy, no need for a physical occupation.Very true!!! That is why it is important to illustrate the good in your heritage rather than oppose the other

  • Syed Bilgrami  On March 20, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    Thank you so much Jawad on both Articles. Yes you have narrated the truth.

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