Protest, But Not As Extremist
May 28, 2010 1 Comment
Web and the media, nowadays both are engaged in a donnybrook fair substantially. The former one seems to be engaged more intensely than the latter one perhaps because the issue is hermetically relevant to it: the ban on Facebook in Pakistan.
There has formed four groups in Pakistan regarding the ban on Facebook: a) who support the blanket ban on Facebook, b) who don’t support the ban at all c) who don’t support the blanket ban, but believe that only the ban of particular sacrilegious page is suffice d) who support the ban till 31st May.
It merits mentioning here that those who support the total ban on Facebook exist in absolute majority. I personally ascertain that the guesstimate is depending upon the social-interactions with a number of people in the real world as well as over the web. Others have right to disagree. Besides, a poll on ProPakistani — a famous Pakistani blog — tells again that absolute majority endorses the ban on Facebook. Other than that, over the online forums, a horde of people are seen endorsing the ban on Facebook. GEO News says that 70pc Pakistanis want permanent Facebook ban.
At the present time, a lot of people are seen criticizing the verdict of Lahore High Court given on 19th May. For those people who’re constantly, and to an extent frustratingly, criticizing the court decision, I’ve this for them: once the court gives an order, it’s not open to any authority to defy it. While there’s a room for criticism and reviewals, there’s no room for defiance. Besides, the constant criticism over the decision isn’t something pragmatic. One always has a right to challenge the verdict by submiting a review petition. This is one easy solution to say the least.
Now come towards the extremists within ourselves. Extremists within ourselves are abundant. Once the Winston Churchill said: “A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject.” Since the time the argle-bargle over the issue has begun, all I’ve seen is the two kind of extremists on either sides: those who support the ban, and the others who don’t support the ban. Yes — even it includes the one who don’t support the ban. The extreme situation has emerged now with both the sides cunningly demonstrating their point of view and either side asserting theirs to be the right, but at times their actions during the argumentation and protestation process are nonetheless appeared extremists. The above picture decisively speaks for itself. Exclaiming that “Facebook is Filth and Filth Lovers Burn in Hell” is a blatant show of extremism. Why should a person burn in hell if he uses Facebook or loves to use Facebook? The whole web is penetrated with the filth in abundant. Banning facebook till 31st May, in order that to record a protest against the unjust done by Facebook and over the sacrilegious material, is a mere moderate way of recording the protest and since there are reports that the page has been removed, why a ban now?
The same way, it goes for the youtube. Why to keep youtube under a ban when it has, the very next day, removed the sacrilegious material? The web is full of blasphemous material against our beloved Prophet Muhammad SAW, or rather I should say that even in our surrounding we’ve blasphemers — the blasphemers of other kind who don’t follow His teachings. Last time I checked, the love of Prophet is in following His Shariah!
On the other side, there are people who don’t support the blanket ban. Having said that, they’re acting as a pedagogues for the people who’re in favor of a ban, saying them that ignorant (in this case the participants and subscribers of “Everybody Draw Muhammad Day”) need to be taught via a good behavior; whereas these pedagogues have simultaneously engaged themselves in a mocking-spree against the ones who support the ban. It’s that, some websites like MillatFacebook.Com and PakFacebook.Com have popped in over the surface of web — freshly developed by the facebook antagonists in Pakistan. These websites, and their developers, are fervently criticized and desperately scorned by the people who oppose the blanket ban. While I stand next to them against the blanket ban forever, I’d like to tell them that scorning and criticizing — even in a lighter vein — isn’t going to yield any lucrative result amongst the youths. It’s the responsibility of them to be toned down while attempting to address and rectify the issues within the society. Sometimes, and in some cases, I see people scream so much against extremism that they become extremists themselves.
All things considered, I daresay that we need to be moderate with the acts. Protesting is one thing which is fine, and which I’m doing too — extremism is another thing which is nervy.