Is Social Media Revolution Possible in Pakistan?

Face book EgyptAfter the successful social media led political revolution in Tunisia called “Jasmine Revolution” and later in Egypt which led to the overthrow of decade long dictator ships in these countries, many people have predicted that Pakistan can also become the center of such revolution.

People in support of such revolution argue that Pakistan too has enough population using social media (internet and mobile phones), that they certainly can trigger a change in the ruling elite class replacing it with a government truly democratic in its policies.

Yes, indeed Pakistan has a good chunk of its population using social media but what are their activities on internet should also need to be examined. It will not be wrong to say that most of our internet traffic is non-serious i.e. they only use net as means of chat, watching videos, music etc., and seldom or never participate in any positive activity.

So is the case of Mobile phone users. A vast majority of them is interested in only funny SMS and games.

There may be various reasons of this non-serious attitude. Primarily it is lack of education and lack of self understanding as a nation i.e. where we stand today and where we should be. Unless we don’t have well educated people in our lower middle class there is hardly any possibility of change for the better, at any platform.

This is just one side of the story. Those who believe that such social media revolution can’t be brought in Pakistan stress that Pakistan already has a democratic elected government and people are enjoying free media and every one can express his/her view point openly.

So why would people go for such revolution when their needs are met and there is no oppression on them.

Both sides arguments are valid as either side have solid arguments of proof but middle grounds remain and the debate of any such social media led political revolution are not gone forever in Pakistan. In fact they are becoming even stronger every day as our youth is reaching the point of maturity and self understanding.

Pakistan may have a democratic government but massive corruption and lawlessness make situation ripe for a revolt against the prevailing system of blessing some at the cost of many.

Regarding the wider debate of chances of any social media led political revolution in Pakistan, it will be unfair to expect it any time sooner.

Though we have seen online activism (during Chief Justice campaign) in the past, however, organizing the human power still remains a dilemma for online community of the country.

Unless and until people of Pakistan don’t unite on some basic principles and common grounds shedding their minor differences there is little chance of any such revolution in the country.


  • Waqar

    ONE of the factors why facebook was successfully used for the revolution in Egypt and Tunisia is the language factor. Facebook supports Arabic and most of the co-ordination and discussions during the revolution were done in Arabic. Those of you with Egyptian or Tunisian friends added on FB might have seen it with your own eyes.
    We all know it is alot easier to communicate and express oneself in their first/mother language.

    • Shahid Saleem

      Facebook supports urdu, too. Try it.

      • Saad Durrani

        Where facebook is called Kitab Chehra. lol

  • NO IT’S NOT.

    People don’t know the f**k about social media. The only thing that can be “successful” in Pakistan with respect to social media is videos of Meera and Veena.

    Thanks but thats true.

    • Haha, I won’t say that’s completely true but yes he has a point, which is valid.

  • AsadGh

    No not possible now… hum boht door aa chuke hain ab… Jo hum ne 64 saal mei boya wo zroor katna hoga hamei… koi revolution nhi aaee gi na koi madad aae gi aasman se. We are bound to face the destiny which seams a matter of days or months… :(

  • @ Saad Hamid

    So you think you know what social media is then?

    I suggest you get your head out of the hole, and see. People actually do use social media in Pakistan. And by using, I dont mean chat, videos etc.

    Just because you might have graduated from a good university, and be running a few ‘Copy Paste’ blogs, doesnt mean you can diss everyone else.

    • This guy is definitely on blue pills.

      • @ Saad

        So thats all you can come up with?

        Nice.

        Its because of arrogant folks like you that Pakistan is the way it is.

        You wouldn’t want to leave your cushy homes, and sacrifice your precious I-phones and gadgets for a revolution eh?.

        Better stay at home. Use Facebook Places, and update twitter accounts.

        Life’s never been better!

        :p

        • Yeh dude you are definitely on blue pills. On a serious note though I have done more for my community than you would ever be able to achieve.

          Enough said. Thanks. Take care.

          [Comment Edited]

  • Ata

    If revo will come… So Social Media Geeks ki chandi ho jayegi…Q k phir ye khayenge pakistan ko

  • Owsum Emam

    Hey…maine samjha is article p koi ittefaq hoga…
    hahahha….yahan p hi hum arguments kar rahe hain to REVOLUTION…NAAAAAA…!!! :p

  • Awais Iqbal

    I’m much hopeful that social media will help us in revolution. Inshallah Revolution aaye ga. انقلاب ضرور آۓ گا۔

  • Fawaz

    Pakistan me revolution ana boht mushkil hai….yaha dunya ke sb se matlabi aur khudgarz log rehte hai……har kisi ko apni pare koi Pakistan ke bare mai kch nai sochta……Is kaum ko greediness, selfishness and jealousy nai khatam krdia hai….koi ghar se nikale ke protest karne ke liye tayaar nai hai…bas bethe hoe excuses nikalte rehtee hai naa jane ke…….But anyways I love Pakistan and i will do whatever i can….

  • Tahoo

    The writer of this article is an idiot , he dont even know what is jasmine revolution ..!!

  • fido

    well i think there wont be any revolution in pak bcuz we r not as patriotic as we should be. In other words, we dont own pakistan.

    A famous pakistani scholar once said “hum jo america ko galian dete rehtay, agar humein usa ka visa open hojaye tu sirf budhay, apahaj aur mujrim pak mein reh jaeingay.”

    • AsadGh

      Yes we don’t own pakistan… & we don’t need to own such pakistan where its superior institutions set free a proven culprit & a terrorist just because of pressure & fear of tommorrow. So one day or the other they can do this to u & me… Ager hum muqabla nhi krsakte the tab b kaash ye elaan kr dete k hum sab marne k liye tayyar hain lakin 1 pakistani ka khoon saare pakistan ka khoon hai jo maaf nhi kia jaa sakta…. Sari qaum in k sath khari hoti….Ager ye hota to aaj ye beghairat praid kr k dekhate hue b ache lagte… Sara keechar politicians pe daal k ye samajhte hain k log andhe hain. Seriously I don’t need such identity…

  • lol:D
    i think you should check the “Hot Revolution” page on facebook first and then use the word revolution

  • Muhammad Azhar Khan

    We are living in the age of Faiz Ahmad Faiz and Great Che Guevera, so the time shall come, and we shall see that shall be happens soon.

    Ever Towords Victory!
    Homeland or Death!

    We Shall Win!.

  • Muhammad Zahoor Awna

    Social Media have been molding people attitudes towards revolution in Pakistan. Because social media give off the record facts to the general public. Revolution in Pakistan is very near to us.