Comparing Karachi Literature Festival with Difa-e-Pakistan Conference

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Two key events took places in Karachi a few days ago (12 Feb 2012): Difa-e-Pakistan Conference (DPC) attended by about 50,000 Jihadi-sectarian militants and the Karachi Literature Festival (KLF) attended by dozens of English and Urdu authors, journalists and other participants (estimated number 800).

Both of these events signify all what is wrong with Pakistan today. Both groups (DPC and KLF) remain aligned with Pakistan’s powerful military establishment due to various reasons. The DPC are Jihadi-sectarian assets of a military state which wants to increase and maintain its influence in Afghanistan and other countries via proxy Jihadis. The KLF comprises urban elites whose socio-economic interests remain dependent on the powerful classes (security establishment) thus forcing them to maintain their silence on the ongoing massacre of the Balochs, anti-Taliban Pashuns and Shia Muslims by Pakistan army and its various agencies / proxies.

In other words, source of genocides of the Baloch, Pashtun, Shia is to be found at the right-wing DPC, source of silence on the genocides is to be found at the (fake) liberal KLF.

Both groups are aligned with the military establishment, however, DPC is much more transparent in its agenda than the KLF because the KLF crowds claim to be champions of social justice, reforms and human rights.

The reasons why we have the DPC militants in Pakistan today are to be found within the KLF. When authors become conveniently silent or selective moral on genocides and persecutions, societies become intolerant.

Between the KLF and DPC, we will choose DPC any day. At least they are transparent in their loyalties and agendas; don’t give us false hope. Otherwise, there is not much difference between KLF and DPC; both groups are generally silent on genocides of the Baloch, Pashtun and Shia, persecution of Christians, Ahmadis and other groups etc.

A leading Pakistani analyst frankly admitted: crowds don’t understand that source of DPC and KLF is essentially the same.

How many people at the KLF have written on the ongoing genocides of the Baloch, Pashtun and Shia?

By the way, does Mohammed Hanif’s recent, token column on missing Balochs (which he first wrote in English for Dawn and then also translated into Urdu for BBC to save himself from the trouble of writing two article on the Balochs) have something to do with his appearance at the KLF?

Are the usual suspects trying to repair their image? First Hanif wrote on Qadeer Baloch, now Hamid Mir: http://jang.com.pk/jang/feb2012-daily/13-02-2012/col5.htm

Apparently, such token columns are a case of impression management. In the past, we have seen some other champions who sold the Baloch cause (e.g., Najam Sethi, Malik, Siraj Akbar, Urooj Zia etc) for personal gains. A few month ago, we saw another suspect (Omar Waraich) presenting three other suspects as anti-ISI journalists (Ejaz Haider, Hamid Mir, Najam Sethi).

Kudos to Mohammed Hanif and Hamid Mir on covering the (mis)deeds of Pakistan Army in Balochistan but like every other effort this too is too litl too late.

Both Hamid Mir and Mohammed Hanif are at least 2 years late. Jalil Reki was kidnapped 2 years ago, killed three months ago!

Dear Mohammed Hanif, Hamid Mir and other rights champions at the KLF, Haji Jan Muhammad Marri Baloch was abducted today (11 Feb 2012) from Karachi. Write on him before it is too late!

An elite acclaimed film-maker at the KLF refused to make a documentary on Shia killing in Quetta due to fear of army. She is a rights champion!

At least one person attending the KLF wrote articles on “atrocities of Bahraini demonstrators” against “innocent Pakistanis” (mercenaries)!

Another author attending the KLF opportunistically wrote once a year token column on Baloch missing persons only a day ago before the KLF.

At least two authors at the KLF routinely misrepresent all Pashtuns as the Taliban.

Review the #KLF hash-tag on Twitter to see that most of those attending or interested in this event are silent on genocides of Baloch, Pashtun, Shia, persecution of Ahmadis and other groups.

Imran Khan sent TammyHaq to KLF while Ejaz Chaudhry was sent to DPC. That’s how world and the hereafter go hand in hand.

Dear KLF authors, perhaps writing on each Pashtun, Baloch or Shia target killed by the Deep State may be too much for you. Can you promise to write on ever 10 Shias, 10 Balochs and 10 Pashtuns killed respectively?

Or should we hope that Mohammed Hanif, Ayesha Sidddiqa, Raza Rumi, Tammy Haq, Maliha Lodhi, Ahmed Rashid, Hamid Mir etc will write a token column on Shia genocide (or Pashtun genocide) immediately before the KLF 2013!

Some pictures from KLF (Source)

How many of these people have written on the ongoing massacres of Balochs, Pashtuns, Shias?

Some pictures from DPC Karachi 12 Feb 2012

5 Comments to “Comparing Karachi Literature Festival with Difa-e-Pakistan Conference”

  1. BBC Urdu routinely ignores or misrepresents Shia genocide by ISI-sponsored LeJ-SSP terrorists. But Anwar Sin Rai did not miss the opportunity to cover the KLF. Urban elites are a tight network:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/urdu/multimedia/2012/02/120213_karachi_festival_ends_rh.shtml

  2. Hey, you missed Tahira Abdullah (an ally of Hamid Gul and JuD) and Junoon’s singer (an ally of Taliban Khan).

  3. You raise very valid points on the collective silence of Pakistani intelligentsia.

  4. #KLF hash-tag search on Twitter:

    bilaltanweer bilal tanweer
    Yes, pls. “@mohsin_hamid: How about a Karachi combo week next year with #KLF and a (resuscitated) Kara Film Festival running back to back?”
    2 hours ago

    tapujaveri Tapu Javeri
    Yes please! I said that to Tahira Zaidi RT @baylinveil: One last thing to say about #KLF: Bring Kara Film Festival back. Also, Shanaakht.
    2 hours ago

    CricketCritic Sudrish Khan
    The #KLF should be moved to a better place next year I guess. Two days gave me an angry fever!!!😛 #karachi
    2 hours ago

    bayhosh Shoaib A. Farooqui
    Failed states don’t hold literature festivals: Anatol Lieven: youtu.be/Lri8UFkv6D0 #KLF
    2 hours ago

    sophiaahmed sophia ahmed
    Definitely! RT @baylinveil: One last thing to say about #KLF: Bring Kara Film Festival back. Also, Shanaakht.
    2 hours ago

    CricketCritic Sudrish Khan
    The #KLF day 2 was a blast, specially the mediaspeak session that I attended with @Atiya20🙂
    3 hours ago

    CricketCritic Sudrish Khan
    Will remember the moment when @sufisal ‘launched’ his book and I was the lucky one to catch it and get it signed. At #KLF
    3 hours ago

    shakirhusain shakir husain
    A Dawn interview with Anatol Lieven bit.ly/zYadwf #pakistan #KLF
    4 hours ago

    blaftness Blaft Publications
    Ibne Safi session at Karachi Lit Fest #KLF Khaled Javed & Ahmed Safi youtube.com/watch?v=S_Obh7…
    6 hours ago

    dasanil Anil Das
    Anatol Lieven says failed states do not hold literary festivals. #KLF #Pakistan goo.gl/zJv9q
    9 hours ago

    etribune The Express Tribune
    (Editorial ) A tale of two Pakistans tribune.com.pk/story/335893/a… #Pakistan #leftists #KhiLitFest2012 #KLF #DifaePakistanCouncil #rightists
    13 hours ago

    MirzaWaheed Mirza Waheed
    I may be in love with Karachi. The headache is vanquished. Nayyara Noor is a beauty. #KLF was excellent.
    14 hours ago

    Rezhasan Rezaul Hasan Laskar
    So I may not have made it to #KLF but meeting @omar_quraishi & @NadeemfParacha on the same day more than made up.
    15 hours ago

    ymalik79 Yasir Malik
    My clicks. Karachi Literature Festival 2012 #KLF #KLF3 flic.kr/ps/jzezD
    15 hours ago

    AbdulNishapuri Abdul Nishapuri
    An elite acclaimed film-maker at #KLF refused to make a docu on Shia killing in Quetta due to fear of army. She is a rights champion!
    15 hours ago

    AbdulNishapuri Abdul Nishapuri
    At least one person attending #KLF wrote articles on “atrocities of Bahraini demonstrators” against “innocent Pakistanis” (mercenaries)!!
    15 hours ago

    AbdulNishapuri Abdul Nishapuri
    Source of genocides of the Baloch, Pashtun, Shia #DifaePakistan, Source of silence on genocides #KLF.
    15 hours ago

    AbdulNishapuri Abdul Nishapuri
    Review/search #KLF hash-tag to see that most of those attending or interested in this event are silent on genocides of Baloch, Pashtun, Shia
    15 hours ago

    AbdulNishapuri Abdul Nishapuri
    Both groups are aligned with the military establishment, however, #DifaePakistan is much more transparent than #KLF.
    15 hours ago

    ShirazHassan Shiraz Hassan
    Mohammad Hanif on Exploding Mangoes: Ejaz ul Haq messaged me ‘Mai dekhta agar mere waalid zinda hotey to tum yeh kitab kaisay likhte’ #KLF
    11 Feb
    Retweeted 48 times

    akchishti akchishti
    @
    @jvqazi thanks sir – really missed you at #KLF – dinner karlein pls humaray bhe saath! Pls.
    17 hours ago

    baylinveil bayl
    One last thing to say about #KLF: Bring Kara Film Festival back. Also, Shanaakht.
    12 Feb

    fispahani farahnaz ispahani
    @
    @nahKbaniaZ @omar_quraishi Perhaps they will next year – the Lit Fest is still young and its popularity is growing by leaps and bounds. #KLF
    12 Feb

    fispahani farahnaz ispahani
    @
    @shobz this is not about #KLF – its about what’s happening in Karachi!
    12 Feb

    tammyhaq Ayesha Tammy Haq
    10000 people at #KLF 350000 at Difa e Pak rally all those sitting at home complaining about imperfect arrangements time to get off your bums
    12 Feb

    fifiharoon Fifi Haroon
    Same goes for Pakistani journos “@omar_quraishi @declanwalsh job of foreign journos not to love/hate Pakistan, to rpt wht happens here #KLF”
    12 Feb

    omar_quraishi omar r quraishi
    Declan Walsh: job of foreign journos is not to love or hate Pakistan – to report what happens here — well said Declan #KLF
    12 Feb

    Razarumi Raza Rumi
    @
    @kunalmajumder received. Sorry away from my laptop. Immersed in #KLF
    12 Feb

    Razarumi Raza Rumi
    “@kamilashamsie: Day 2 of the @KarachiLitFest starts in an hour. If you can’t be there, follow it livestreaming: karachiliteraturefestival.org/Gallery #KLF”
    12 Feb

    tammyhaq Ayesha Tammy Haq
    My trashy novel to be launched at the next #KLF is all about real people & if you think any character is based on you you should be ashamed
    11 Feb

    fispahani farahnaz ispahani
    @
    @sharmeenochinoy I was booked 2 come but had to deal w/ something that couldn’t wait. So sorry. Was looking forward to your session at #KLF
    11 Feb

    humayusuf Huma Yusuf
    Absolutely awesome that #KLF is being live streamed. Best of both worlds klflive.com/LiveEvent/#
    11 Feb

    mosharrafzaidi Mosharraf Zaidi
    at Karachi Literary Festival its @iamdrifter , Mohsin Hamid & Ghazi Salahuddin talking to Anatol Lieven – great atmosphere #KLF #Karachi
    11 Feb

    strickvl Alex Strick v L
    Livestream of the Lieven/Siddiqa discussion at KarachiLitFest bit.ly/xDCrla (click ‘camera 2’) #klf (h/t @Saba_Imtiaz)
    11 Feb

    robcrilly Rob Crilly
    Ameena Saiyid at #klf: pak writing dominated by middle class themes. Country needs a Dickens to write on refugee camps, poverty etc
    11 Feb

    Saba_Imtiaz Saba Imtiaz
    Foreigners doing namaste. Now I have gone back in time. Hello, British Raj India! #KLF
    10 Feb

    Saba_Imtiaz Saba Imtiaz
    I have already heard mentions of Imran Khan, Shahbaz Sharif and how cold it is in Karachi. This is def an old folk dinner. #KLF
    10 Feb

    beenasarwar beena sarwar
    #Pakpositive @KarachiLitFest: On Literary Festivals & Social Media by #KLF participant @binashah bit.ly/xp5B46 @GOODNEWSpk
    9 Feb

    beenasarwar beena sarwar
    #Karachi Literature Festival facebook.com/karachilitfest youtube.com/karachilitfestival karachiliteraturefestival.org #KLF @karachilitfest
    9 Feb

    sharmeenochinoy Sharmeen Obaid
    I’m discussing my films with @bilaltanweer at #KLF on Sunday 12th feb at 5 pm- drop by if you can #Karachi @socfilms
    9 Feb

    CinnamonCurls CinnamonCurls
    #KLF Highlights “@faisalkapadia: Deadpan Thoughts » Blog Archive » Karachi literature festival 2012 deadpanthoughts.com/2012/02/karach… ”
    9 Feb

    ukinpakistan UK in Pakistan
    #KLF at least by its lineup seems to have come of age finally. @faisalkapadia on the upcoming Khi Lit Fest. ow.ly/8XNNU…
    9 Feb

    fursid FurSid
    “@KarachiLitFest: Connect with the Karachi Literature Festival facebook.com/karachilitfest; or youtube.com/karachilitfest…; or karachiliteraturefestival.org #KLF”
    9 Feb

    KarachiLitFest Karachi Lit Fest
    On Literary Festivals & Social Media by #KLF participant @binashah dawn.com/2012/02/09/soc…
    9 Feb

    clarks_tweets Michael Clark

    Talking #BoardDevelopment at #KLF training w/ @RestoreFamilies (@ United Way of Greater Knoxvillle) 4sq.com/Ay40i9
    8 Feb

    firuzap Firuza Pastakia
    Women who attended the #KLF last year: what were the loos like? @KarachiLitFest
    8 Feb

    CricketCritic Sudrish Khan
    Just made a deal with dad to drop me at #KLF for the whole day and forget me for the whole day😉 He agreed! #karachi
    8 Feb

    UroojZia Urooj Zia
    Exactly. RT @shakirhusain: Why is William Darymple on the panel on Afghanistan, Pakistan, Extremism…. at the #KLF ? bit.ly/wOxHN5
    8 Feb

    akkhan81 Arsalan Khan
    Some notable absences at #KLF and many strange selections. As Ghosh recently said, why we should not allow literature to become spectacle.
    8 Feb

    shakirhusain shakir husain
    @
    @haseebasif please bring a lighter for the @sufisal sing song. #KLF
    8 Feb

    Rezhasan Rezaul Hasan Laskar
    @
    @mirza9 @shakirhusain more importantly, when is the Interior Ministry gonna give me permission to visit Karachi to attend the #KLF?
    8 Feb

    mirza9 Shaheryar Mirza
    Why is that panel even at KLF? RT @shakirhusain: Why is William Darymple on the panel on Afghanistan, Pakistan, Extremism….at the #KLF?
    8 Feb

    shakirhusain shakir husain
    Why is William Darymple on the panel on Afghanistan, Pakistan, Extremism…. at the #KLF ? bit.ly/wOxHN5
    8 Feb

    FastBoatCoach Jason Scott
    In the meantime, I’m getting down with the sounds of the #KLF – you really can’t beat it… Perfect soundtrack to a productive afternon!
    7 Feb

    osamamotiwala Osama Motiwala
    Who’s attending the Karachi Literature Festival? #KLF
    7 Feb

    KarachiLitFest Karachi Lit Fest
    Attention Press: you don’t have to register for #KLF. And there are three media rooms to interview authors this year at the Carlton.
    7 Feb

    BhopalHouse Faiza S Khan
    Writing Pak through foreign perspective panel w/foreign journos, I’ll wager half of us writing about place from our bubble as foreign. #KLF
    7 Feb
    »

    BhopalHouse Faiza S Khan
    I wonder why Jamil Ahmad who wrote most critically acclaimed Pak novel of this year wasn’t invited or then isn’t speaking #KLF
    7 Feb Favorite Retweet Reply

    KarachiVagabond KarachiVagabond
    So, @SamadK & I planning to get Valentine presents for our favourite authors at the #klf. Suggest away!
    7 Feb

    NewslineMag Newsline Magazine
    With 146 scheduled participants, this year’s edition of the literary fest will be bigger than ever. #karachi fb.me/LC6jHr1O #KLF

    Razarumi Raza Rumi
    Last but not the least!! Where art thou? RT @BhopalHouse: How could I forget @Razarumi #Karachilitfest
    10 Feb

    BhopalHouse Faiza S Khan
    How could I forget @Razarumi #Karachilitfest
    10 Feb
    »

    NosheenIqbal Nosheen Iqbal
    So, apparently I can go to Pakistan on Thursday for #karachilitfest provided I can get a visa tomorrow
    7 Feb Favorite Retweet Reply

    madeehasyed madeeha syed
    One of these fantastic concerts, however, is clashing with a pre-festival launch ceremony of #KarachiLitFest – cannot do both. What to do?
    6 Feb Favorite

  5. An excellent article! Thanks for writing and sharing it with us.

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