In appreciation of Rehman Malik and condemnation of fake IDs – by Beena Sarwar

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Good eggs: Rehman Malik with Beena Sarwar, Marvi Sirmed and other bloggers at #Socmm12.

[Rehman] Malik had flown into Karachi where he addressed some of the Indian and Pakistani delegates of the groundbreaking first Pakistan India Social Mela 2012 (SMM2012) that took place on July 13-14, organised by Peaceniche [sponsored by the US Consulate]. It wasn’t a press conference or an organised media event, but the media turned up in full force – those that got wind of it, that is. An uplink by PTV ensured that Malik’s remarks and at least some of the comments were beamed live not only all over Pakistan, but also, as we later learnt, around the world.

The police reporting was time-consuming but it wasn’t a bad experience, said the delegates who were ferried across to the airport thana by SMM2012 volunteer Norbert Almeida. The policemen were courteous, and even gave Karuna John of Tehelka a gift – a brown egg freshly laid by their thana hen. (She later presented it to a pregnant US consulate staffer in Karachi after ascertaining that it wasn’t bugged).

Coincidentally, and to the great amusement of those who knew about the egg gift, Malik took up the theme of ‘rotten eggs’ on twitter in his call for the social media community to isolate and expose the spoilers – “eggs” being a reference to the generic image on twitter for those who don’t upload profile pictures.

Some tweeps (as twitter users are called) using fake IDs do upload photographs (sometimes not their own) so they don’t show up as eggs, and some use fake IDs due to security reasons. But the bottom line is that those who spoil the ‘twitmosphere’ with their divisive and abusive comments are rotten eggs. Malik called upon both the governments to take action against those who hide behind fake identities to abuse, bully and threaten others.

He also announced that the Ministry of Interior was planning a big social media conference in Islamabad, which he was trying to get Interpol to also attend. He hoped that Chidambaram would co-chair the conference with him. He promised to ensure student participation from India, when entrepreneur Fahad asked about student exchanges between India and Pakistan. Aman ki Asha and Rotary International have already started a student exchange programme, as have some other organisations.

The writer is a journalist working with Aman ki Asha. Blog: Journeys to Democracy Twitter @beenasarwar

Adapted and edited version taken from this source: http://amankiasha.com/detail_news.asp?id=843

Appendix:

Advisor to Prime Minister on Interior, Rehman Malik on Wednesday directed Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to take legal action against those who pasted objectionable material on Shia Website.

Issuing directions, he warned all such elements to remove objectionable material from the Web pages immediately.

He further directed Director General FIA to submit a report in this regard after talking necessary cognizance to such offence.

The website, http://www.shiakilling.com, monitors and maintains a “death count” of Pakistani Shia Muslims targeted in sectarian violence.

It was banned by the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), which operates on the directives of the Ministry of Information.

Upon attempting to access the website, users were met with a “Access denied” message, a usual occurrence for banned websites.

The Shia Action Committee on Tuesday protested on the alleged ban of the website.

The protestors, who were reportedly in hundreds chanted anti-government slogans . Police tried to stop them, which led to an altercation between both parties.

Another Shia website, pakshia.com, has also been reportedly banned by the PTA.

Source: http://dawn.com/2012/07/18/malik-directs-fia-to-inquire-ban-on-shia-website/

6 Comments to “In appreciation of Rehman Malik and condemnation of fake IDs – by Beena Sarwar”

  1. Advisor to Prime Minister on Interior, Rehman Malik on Wednesday directed Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to take legal action against those who pasted objectionable material on Shia Website.

    http://dawn.com/2012/07/18/malik-directs-fia-to-inquire-ban-on-shia-website/

    FTW

    Apparently it isn’t objectionable to kill Shias but it is objectionable to post pictures of killed Shias.

    Why no legal action against actual hate sites?

  2. Riaz Ali Toori ‏@RiazToori
    After taking brave action & bold stance against the ban of #Shia website, @SenRehmanMalik is being threatened & abused, we stand by him.

  3. It is being reported in Shia circles that the ban on Shia activists was suggested to Rehman Malik by none else than Beena Sarwar, Ali Dayan etc. These people have in the past participated in private DM campaigns to block Twitter accounts of Laibaah and other rights activists. God knows better.

  4. Good post.

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