Wednesday, February 15, 2006

PhotoBlogging Cartoon Protests in Karachi

As the protests against "Those Cartoons"j move ("spread" doesn't seem appropriate) into Karachi, Pakistan's largest city, Cemendtaur is covering them on the Karachi Photo Blog. He's posting reports from the day on the Photo Blog. You can start at:

http://karachiphotoblog.blogspot.com/2006/02/cancel-your-trip-danish-cartoonists.html


and following on from there:

http://karachiphotoblog.blogspot.com/

Pakistani "Reaction" to "Those Cartoons"

I am trying to follow up with real journalists on the ground in the region on this. Can any readers help? I am also posting this on my personal blog:

http://ifaqeer.blogspot.com/2006/02/pakistani-reaction-to-those-cartoons.html

Would appreciate some help.

My point is this:

Daal main kuch kaala hai. How do we go from this:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/4688624.stm

to this:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/4715084.stm

in a few days? And the recent reaction has been mainly in Islamabad and Peshawar; places that are the least dense population centers but have different political context than our larger population centers in Lahore and Karachi. (Yes, I know Lahore has had riots. But how long after the issue hit the international front pages?) Is it this:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/4716762.stm

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Window into Pakistan; The Karachi Photo Blog

Friend and fellow writer/blogger Cemendtaur is in Pakistan for a while and has a photoblog providing a rather nuts and bolts stream from The Land of the Pure:

http://karachiphotoblog.blogspot.com/

My favorite post is the very first one; scroll all the way down to the bottom of:

http://karachiphotoblog.blogspot.com/2006_01_01_karachiphotoblog_archive.html

PS, February 15th, 2006: As a postscript to that review, almost as if on cue in the last couple of days, there've been some reports of a McDonald's being torched in Pakistan. The only thing I can say for now is that the latter report seems to be from Islamabad, while the picture above is of the Mickey D's in Karachi.