New header (Green background with crescent and star) on LUBP is to dispel the impression that we are an official blog of the PPP.
LUBP has always been a voluntary project comprising supporters of the PPP and other progressive parties. We are fiercely independent and have never been financially supported by the PPP, nor did we ever seek financial assistance from anyone.
Despite this token change (header replacement), we remain critical supporters of the PPP and all other progressive parties and individuals. The aim is not to break the ideological link with the PPP but to expand our outreach.
However, this doesn’t mean we will not critically evaluate PPP and other political parties. We have published critical posts on the PPP and other parties in the past and will continue to do so in the future.
The current change also reflects the fact that the anti-PPP vote constitutes about 60 per cent of Pakistan’s population. We should not deny them the opportunity to read our message.
Quite a few of our readers are reluctant to join us wrongly considering us as paid propagandists of the PPP, which we are not. This change will also address their misgivings.
More importantly, we remain independent, critical, progressive and inclusive. Our bold stance on politics, human rights advocacy and media watch is the main distinction we have from other “liberals and progressives”.
Last but not least, LUBP is not an appropriate forum for pseudo-liberal elites and their middle class wannabe flatterers. Nor are we designed to serve the agendas or wishes of paid propagandists. If there are folks who can’t bear our critical posts on the PPP or the so called champions of civil society and liberalism, they need to remind themselves that LUBP is not the right place for them.