Internet Blackout, Will it Work?

In last two days, internet sphere is going through lot of developments. Blasphemous drawings are a cause of deep concern for every Muslim. We all are reacting with anger, grieve or whatever power we bear in our hands and hearts.

Internet Blackout (literally)

We saw Facebook disappearing from Pakistani’s Internet then the  YouTube, Flickr is gone too. Some say they have seen “Site is Restricted” message for Wikipedia and Google too.

Talk about Blackberry services: No more!

What were our Demands?

Okay, let’s discuss what are our goals? What we want to achieve? Answer would be: We want to make the western world realize that their drawings hurt our feelings, and we don’t want them to play with our religious beliefs anytime in future.

Also they must talk to other Muslim countries, brief them the situation and take a collective action.

Were Demands Met?

Now let’s measure our actions (internet blackout) and equate them if they are enough to take us to achievements?

Like lot of people think, a ban on Facebook and Youtube will cause them monetary loss, ultimately taking them to their knees. In fact while I am writing this, Dunya News reported that Pakistan has caused Facebook a loss of USD 2 billion, a similar misleading SMS is circulating the country too.

I wish this was the situation, but that’s not true. Facebook revenues are set to reach 1 billion dollar this year, which is, by the way, more than entire telecom industry of Pakistan.

If Facebook has 400 million registered users than it means one users earn Facebook around $ 2.5 a year (roughly). With 2.2 million Facebook users from Pakistan, Facebook earns around 5.5 million dollars in a year. Divide it by 365 to get revenues for one day from Pakistan.

In short, they are so huge that we can’t jolt their balance sheets with our 2.2 million users in Pakistan.

What to Do then?

Now what to do in this situation? Given that our Government’s impression is not very well in western world. I doubt our president is taken any serious in White House, I also doubt that our Foreign Minister is given more respect than just a mayor in US. (Sorry guys don’t want to hurt you but let’s face the fact).

There is no question that Facebook or other web companies are discriminatory, as it’s pretty clear from their deeds and previous track record, but assuming above mentioned circumstances, what are options left for us? Block the whole internet?

NO: Why? Because it’s not going to impact these web giants.


Diplomatic Role?

Diplomatic role: Whatever the repute our government has, it must deliver the message to the right ears and tell them that “look; this is something we can’t tolerate. Okay fine, we are under the load of your favors but this is enough. We can’t compromise over this. Ask your CIA or whatever to stop all this – right now!”

Ignorant Media

Media, guys you are lame here. You bring on all sorts of experts on whatever topic you discuss (be it politics, law, international affairs etc), but what happened here? Why you guys are not highlighting the issue? You think it’s not worthy? Come’on whole web 2.0 is down in this country, and you are giving 2 minutes out of 60 in one hour?

Our Own Web Solution

Along with above two points, our talent must gear up now (maybe backed by government) to get us web luxury of our own. This is a lesson for us that we will suffer if we will keep relying on western technology. Let’s say it will take 5 years to get a Facebook replica of our own, but start it today as time is ticking.

This incident teaches us of actions, wise ones.

Tech reporter with over 10 years of experience, founder of ProPakistani.PK


  • samz

    I agree with last point, Unfortunately we don’t get an opportunity from such events, as I mentioned in a comment, where are IT experts, we even can’t write a better script? Or we will just rely on others and then blame them to play with us all the time…

  • Salman Ahmad

    Very well written bro.

    I think our media is getting paid by jews to keep quite. I mean what the hell?? they reported even about wedding clothes of shoaib and sania and about this matter.. they are quite like they don’t have any tongue in their mouth!!

    SHAME ON GEO, EXPRESS and all other big money making lamers!!

  • adnan

    so aamir bahi u want to say that blocking facebook has not cause them 2 billions dollars loss?? i want to know this because i also suspect this news. i totally agree with u over the fact that media has not given importance to this matter which is very shameful . not a single anchor discussed this. on the other hand trivial issues takes hours and hours of their shows

    • Afzal

      In fact there was a headline on private TV Channel that Government have taken one more happiness from our life by restricting Facebook… they were not even going in the core of the issue….shame on these TV Channels

  • Afzal

    I can’t understand why they have restrict Wikipedia I don’t think think tht Wikipedia is showing and blasphemous drawings in fact it is one of the largest source of information we get from web….For instance I myself use wiki a dozen times in a day just to get info about anything. By restricting Wikipedia are not getting any good out of it..

  • Muhammad Rashid

    Ammar bahi your idea is very good.

  • ADNAN SWATI

    shame on all those who are blaming and making fun of our govt. in one way or other. i think you people haven’t seen those drawings, if you had seen those u wouldn’t have said this. i am sure u would not have tolerated those cartoons for ur parents. how can u think about exceptions when it comes to prophet muhammad(saw). i this u don’t know who prophet muhammad(saw) was.

  • Akhlaq Akram

    you are right Aamir that this will not be able to put even the slightest of dents to the overall earnings of FB. Just as you have mentioned in another article about Pro Pakistani’s resolve, I myself have also resolved not to use FB ever again in my life.

    The basic intention behind my resolve is not to cause a financial damage to them…the reason is…I can not think of re-visiting the place where Prophet (PBUH) got insulted (Na-ooz-u-Billah. Its just a way of telling who-so-ever might listen that my feelings have been crushed by this brutal act.

    Similarly, all the Muslims (at least a significant majority) must be having the same feeling. So I agree that the basic intent in our hearts should be to detach ourselves from someone who is being indecent about our religion.

    Being realistic, I know that this might turn out to be just a meagre cry of anguish and very few might notice it…and for the world to notice and act … I can only pray that the snoozing religious integrity in the influential circles of Muslim world wakes up somehow.

    But till then, atleast i need to keep my conscious clear … on the day of judgment … i cant think of any excuse which can justify my re-establishment with those who have committed this un-forgivable act.

    As for having alternatives, I 100% agree with you…it might be far far away … but there has to be a beginning. “A journey of thousand miles begins with a single step” … and if the step is taken for the sanctitiy and integrity of our religion and our Prophet (PBUH)… and if the intents are honest … why wouldn’t The Allmighty help us in achieving the destination.

    May Allah bless us all … as HE is THE BEST JUDGE of right and wrong.

  • Asad

    What a shitty analysis!

  • Waqas Tariq

    Lets start NOW!

    Lets make a Pakistani ‘facebook replica’ and use it… screw facebook

  • Ali

    I’m afraid this whole thing is getting too far out of hand. Are we now going to let the west dictate what sites we can view and what we can’t?

  • fahad

    Welldone Pakistan
    but
    Shame on the PAKISTANI MEDIA …..they are showing their interest only in showbiz and politics. they are just making money .

  • usama zafar

    well banning facebook , youtube was good..
    But why did they ban wikipedia?

  • Alam

    Talented Writer! Agree.

  • Cool Star

    Aamir you have given a great ideat that we should come up with our own web tools like facebook. Although it will take time but nothing is impossible.

    As far as blocking facebook is concerned this is a great initiative taken by PTA. If other muslim countries follow it and ban facebook in their region until blasphemous pages are removed then it will be a big loss for facebook and they will ultimately have to remove those pages. I agree that $ 2 Billion figure is misleading but muslims are more than a billion in this world. Their contribution in facebook revenue will not be a small figure.

    PTA should only block the whole website of facebook. They shouldn’t block other websites like wikipedia complete. Only blaspehmous URLs of other websites can be blocked.

  • Haseeb Haider

    Please everyone stop using facebook forever

    don’t be enslaved to Jews due to their control over media and social networks etc
    we love our Prophet more than anything in the world and we have to show that to them

    Keep one thing in mind, if you use facebook, you are sponsoring them to do such thing again
    The Governments may unblock facebook after a short or a long period, but Please, for God sake, don’t even use facebook after it is unlocked

  • Nabeel | Create Your First Website

    Only English version of Wikipedia has been banned. It is working in other languages.

  • Fahad

    if google does not work use Islamic search engine
    http://www.imhalal.com

    china has also banned the google and making its people to use its own search engine.

  • must be pro

    i see some patriotism in this one…

  • Hey Admin, here is an update for this post, wikipedia is working but the page that includes Pictures of our Holy Prophet Muhammad PBUH has been restricted,

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muhammad its blocked!

  • eAhmadNowaz

    I will suggest you to conduct a survey regarding all this issue…

  • Rizwan Mehdi

    On the day of judgement, when Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH) ask, ” what you have done when they are insulting me? ”

    and the people who stopped using facebook or banned can atleast say we left the place where u were insulted, we were against them.

    do u think Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH) will love the people who are showing sympathy for facebook?
    absolutely not.
    nothing is more important than our Prophet (PBUH)..

    Facebook is demolishing our youth, they are wasting their maximum time on using these sort of websites or other material.

    kindly open your eyes and think, this world is temporary, prepare for what is permanent.

    • Abdul Basit Mughal

      Mr. Mehdi! I strongly agree with your view point.

      May Allah bless you and all of us!

      This is period of Fitnas.

  • Same me thinking , that we must start some web like Facebook ,

  • Asif Sajjad

    Yes agreed,

    facepaksitan.com

    or may be

    pakbook.com

    They should have been made at now !!!

  • we and start facebook .. we can only have blogs run on wordpress that is what we are good at .. one of our best sites is a wordpress blog ahahahahh rofl

  • Taha

    facebook ki to band baja di pakistani bhaiyo ne..HELL TO FACEBOOK
    Thanks to amir bhai for such a great website propakistani.

  • Aisha

    yeah go ahead pakistani fellas you guys can’t stop wasting time instead do something progressive. Before it was all about orkut now facebook phew… get over it world not gonna end here stop using it for a while you’ll find your self much more productive than ever before

    peace

  • Aryan Mughal

    Thats true aamir atta if 10 or more people like you sit together than they can make a more good website than facebook i have a model i own it having some hosting prob in pakistan may it can help us to make our own facebook….

    http;//www.teenwall.com

    have a look at this page

  • Abdul Basit Mughal

    I don’t agree with the “financial analysis” made in this article. I think all Muslim Countries MUST ban and block “facebook”, “youtube”, “twitter” and all those sites whose sponsers are Jews.

    Go to all non-believers.

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