First of all, a big THANK YOU for your ongoing support to the LUBP project. Here is an update on LUBP visitor statistics which you may find reassuring.
In the last two months alone (Oct-Nov 2010), we have received about 100,000 absolute unique visitors to our website. The total number of visits is much higher than this figure.
Top ten countries in terms of traffic: Pakistan, US, UK, India, Canada, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Ukraine, Australia, Germany
We have received numerous comments and private messages from renowned intellectuals, columnists, critics and politicians, who have in the main appreciated our work in terms of its aims and the quality and diversity of content.
1) This blog took an early and bold stand against Talibanization and sectarianism
2) This blog took a conscientious stand on rights of Pakistani minorities
3) This blog showed a remarkable strength of conviction and conscience when it supported the restoration of judiciary against wishes of many in the Party whom they support. [I for example who is writing this article to support Let Us Build Pakistan was and am critical of lawyers’ movement and judiciary but this never came in way of either me or Let Us Build Pakistan]
4) This blog is pioneer in “Media Criticism” and has frequently demonstrated the “ideological biases” of Pakistani media hence upheld the fundamental right of people of Pakistan to unbiased and/or alternative news and opinions
5) This blog has taken a democratic stand in support of marginalized groups and nationalities of Pakistan
6) This blog has covered the silent anti-Shia genocide taking place in Pakistan which finds no coverage anywhere
What do we stand for?
Let us take a stock of what we have been up to in the last one year.
Since LUBP’s foundation on 21 May 2008, we have continued to cover militancy, militarisation and the military establishment’s brutal operations, evasive tactics and tacit and institutional support for jihadi and sectarian terrorists. In this regard, we have covered sufferings of civilians, extra-judicial killings, abductions and political assassinations in Pakistan particularly in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan.
We have criticized the national security state narratives (sponsored and promoted by Pakistan Army through its agents in Pakistan’s mainstream and alternative media), the strategic depth theory (focused on treating Afghanistan as Pakistan’s own backyard), the hate India policy (focused on legitimizing the ever increasing military budget and influence in Pakistan), the good Taliban theory (focused on protecting and propagating the menace of the proxy jihadis of Taliban and Sipah-e-Sahaba), and other strategic follies.
We have covered events and declarations of various progressive and human rights organizations, such as Muslim Canadian Congress, Amn Tehreek, Baloch Human Rights, SAFMA, IndividualLand, and the groups working for free media and the rights of Shia, Ahmadi and Christian Pakistanis.
We have been consistently and explicitly highlighting the continued, illegal interference of the military establishment in Pakistani politics and media, and have been confronting their known and subtle agents in Pakistan’s mainstream and alternative media.
In the main, LUBP remains committed to a democratic, progressive and secular Pakistan.
We remain opposed to all forms of violence, particularly in the shape of terrorism, sectarianism and ethnofascism.
We remain opposed to discriminatory laws related to individual faith, gender and ethnicity.
We remain committed to peace and harmony in South Asia and the entire world.
We will keep supporting all progressive voices, literary personalities, poets, writers and intellectuals of Pakistan and the region.
We are a blog-zine
LUBP is a blog-zine. It comprises authors, contributors and visitors of diverse political and ideological affiliations who have a firm commitment to values of democracy, diversity, social justice, tolerance and religious freedom.
However, within this commitment, there is a heterogeneity of ideas and approaches, which is frequently reflected in various articles we write and publish at LUBP. We are multiple voices not one voice, nor do we intend to enforce a ‘one voice policy’ at this blog.
We are being heard
Overall, the above mentioned visitors statistics suggest that our voices and perspectives are being read and heard by a sizeable number of individuals within and outside Pakistan. These statistics have been continuously improving in the last few months.
However, on a macro-level, these statistics are still very small in a country of more than 160 million people. Therefore, there is a need to think of ways to expand our outreach, particularly to Urdu speaking visitors within Pakistan.
We need to pay more attention to our Urdu section. Our technical administrator is currently working on that project.
We need to be more proactive in publicizing and promoting the LUBP as a reliable platform for critical and reflective discourses on Pakistan politics.
As we have times and again stated, while we are transparent in our support of the Pakistan Peoples Party (because what we feel is the promise and potential of the PPP as currently the only political force that respects and represents the plural traditions of Pakistan), we are receptive to rational articles and discourses from all sides of the ideological and political divide.
Facebook and Twitter
In particular, our facebook and twitter accounts are responsible for only 5% and 4% traffic respectively. This area needs improvement.
We will appreciate if our valued visitors and authors could help us spread the word. Please encourage all of your friends and acquaintances to visit the LUBP and also subscribe to our Facebook and Twitter pages.