Mr Samad Khurram has sent a critical note lamenting what he describes as the dropping standards of the LUBP blog, and also suggesting that the LUBP be renamed as “the desperate jiyala portal as the agenda clearly is that and nothing else.”
In all fairness, while Mr Khurram has been a bit selective in his choice of the LUBP articles (not unlike his past when he (selectively) enjoyed a ride on the wave of anti-Americanism in Pakistan), we are ethically duty bound to publish his full letter without any editing. We thank Mr Khurram for his candid feedback.
I went to the blog after a very long time – was busy with work and stuff but I was shocked at the level it had dropped to and thought I should give you my feedback.
Basically the blog is all about:
– Bhutto is the best thing ever happed to Pakistan. Endless praises and suggestions to include “Bhuttoism” in the country’s syllabus. You know how ridiculous it sounds if people asked to include “Ziaism” in syllabus? Progressive education should be ideology free.
– Zardari is legitimate heir (political party has ownership now?), examples from Islam to suggest this, Zardari is the best man for Pakistan, praises for Zardari, people who support Zardari (Babar Awan, Rehman Malik are great), people who don’t (Naheed Khan, Safdar Abbasi) are “sleeping” (sic) with the establishment.
– PPP is doing nothing wrong. The objections by other sectors (including some very legitimate ones) are all false and done by the establishment through judiciary/PML-N/Taliban
– PML-N/PTI/JI have done this wrong and that wrong to Pakistan and that wrong to Pakistan and they are controlling judiciary, media, etc. They are Taliban in making.
– Judiciary is mafia out to derail the government and is a pawn for establishment. They are bad people and can not be trusted (even when some judgments may actually be because of difference of opinion and not any opposition).
– When something that is a good step is taken by the judiciary (such as the case of the wrong promotions of civil servants) then simply because the actions of PPP were undone there is huge outrage on the blog saying judiciary itself does not have merit, superiority, etc, assuming that such things are universal and must be adopted completely (what about merit, seniority etc for President, Ministers, etc?).
– Even everyday instances such as the boar problem in Islamabad are put under inappropriate headings and claimed that it was a consequence of the actions of the judiciary. I must remind you that the boar problem happened in the presidency too (www.dawn.com/2008/10/21/rss.htm)
You had mentioned to me that this blog was going to be “critical”, “objective” and “fair” and clearly it is neither. It should be renamed as the desperate jiyala portal as the agenda clearly is that and nothing else. What happened to genuine, fair and balanced discussions on issues for Pakistan without trying to prove that the PPP is right in every instance?
In a way I am really glad I did not write for you guys because your impartiality is non-existent. I remember you complaining about pkpolitics being pro-PML and pro-PTI (and I do agree they have some overtones of them being pro right wing) but do have an independent observer look at your blog and their site and see which one is more objective and critical.
Of ironies and rebuttals – by Chaudhary Ahmed Khan