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Crystal Bags Exhibition

Sadiqa Awab Crystal BagsWell this post is a marketing plug for an exhibition by my wife Sadiqa.

She is scheduled to display her exclusive collection of evening bags ranging from over sized clutches to beautifully embellished Swarovski crystal bags including a collection of some stunning feather laced bags tomorrow.

Date: Saturday April 11th 2009
Location: Nina Lotia’s Salon on Zamzama
Time: 12:00noon to 8:00pm
Facebook Event: Crystal Bags by Sadiqa Awab

If any of you are interested do drop by and have a peek. I must also share with you the photoshoot that Amean J did for her bags, they are truly amazing.

Open letter to Sindh Minister for Culture | Shanaakht Festival

by Khawer Amir Khan shared via Facebook Note on his profile

Open letter to Ms. Sassui Palijo, Sindh Minister for Culture

shanaakht festivalMadam Minister,

I write this open letter to you with a heavy heart. Workers of your party have betrayed the message of Benazir Bhutto, who very recently gave her life but refused to be silenced. No person with a moral compass would question her courage in standing up to the forces of obscurantism and regression.

When her janisar and jiyalas behaved like stormtroopers and destroyed art at a festival that was meant to be about the identity of Pakistanis, they called into question their own understanding of Ms. Bhutto’s sacrifice.

It has been said by many, both supporters of your party and common citizens, that the organizers and curators of the festival are somehow to blame for provoking the sentiments of the people. It is being said that art is fine, but the festival is no place for politics. This proposition not only ignores the rich heritage of festivals as an articulation of resistance, the festivals born of the French revolution come to mind, but also completely ignores the fact that both the “objectionable art” and the festival concerned Pakistan’s identity. Hundreds died because of Ms. Bhutto’s refusal to be silenced, should be blame her then? You will join me in an empathic NO! Only the forces of regression and hate are to be blamed.
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The image that led to the ransacking of the Shanakht Festival

The controversial image of the Shanaakht Festival has been taken down from this post due to repeated insistence of the organizers as they continue to receive threats from various sources, so in light of the seriousness of the issue I must condemn these instigators but take down these images for the sake of public safety. I pray that the entire team of organizers come out of this crisis and rejuvenate Pakistan all over again

Yesterday a group of Peoples Student Federation ransacked the Shanakht Festival at the Art Council over an image of Benazir Bhutto sitting on lap of Zia-ul-Haq.

Looking at the picture I was appalled at the audacity of the artist to have photoshopped such an image practically insulting the political leaders in the picture not to account for the emotions of the people attached to them. In my opinion it is akin to a political blasphemy, granted there could be some artistic license, but one would be a tad bit careful in displaying nudity in Pakistan merely for the sake that it may irk some emotional reactions. I believe this image was in bad taste but at the same time I must also condemn the ransacking and believe this issue could have be sorted amicable and peacefully.

Having digested the events of yesterday – the Shanakht festival is back on schedule — without the image!!

UPDATE: This image has been taken from a Facebook group that was objecting to the ransacking of the Shanakht Festival by PSF – Pressure has been coming from many sources asking us to take this image off “so that the government can allow the festival to continue”, but my position is that I find this image utterly objectionable – I hold the organizers of Shanakht, the artist group which collected these images and definitely the artist who photoshopped it in the first place responsible for a major blunder. The image was on display the entire day yesterday and was bound to be made public sooner or later and it was bound to spark a full blown controversy even later. This is my peaceful way of registering a protest, taking the image offline [as requested by many people] will definitely not be a solution

Em[POWER] Project: Karachi – Needs your Vote to win $50,000

They have recently entered the Dell Social Innovation Competition to hopefully win the Grand prize of $50,000 for Project Karachi. These funds would greatly help with start-up costs for materials and such to help them succeed to bring this bounty for Karachi They need your VOTE

Here are the steps that will help them win!

  1. First, go to this website – http://www.dellsocialinnovationcompetition.com
  2. Then, click the Register Now button and make a new account. Be sure that you check the “I agree…” button.
  3. Next, in the “Search Ideas” box type in em[Power] to get to our project.
  4. Once you’re there read the short summary of our goals and please click the Promote Button with the arrow on it to add ten points to our idea

That is the least you can do to support a creative project for Karachi and also Pakistan

Join the effort to rally more votes for Em[POWER] help them spread the word

To read more you can Download EmPower Project Karachi PDF Document

An evening on Media and Activism – Goethe Institute, Karachi | 7th April

DATE: 07 April 2009,
TIME: 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm
LOCATION: Goethe Institute, Karachi

Do media and activism always go together. How does an activist media fill the gaps. How do the new technologies fit in this picture. What does this increased access to information mean for our complex culture and society.

  • Rob van Kranenburg observes the present age of acceleration. Concerning the role of the artist in an ever more complex world full of radicalism, he dares to ask: what does this mean for the disruptive qualities of art if disruption becomes the default
  • Suzanne Hogendoorn presents her film on European activists at the G8 Summit 2007.
  • Awab Alvi gives us a behind-the-web look at citizens covering the Long March in March 2009 using internet & cellphones.
  • Faisal Qureshi will ponder the important question of what we out to to gain from the new technologies along with every other thing, in order to get somewhere.
  • Faisal Hasnain Zaidi will talk about how journalists actually use new media in their work – while looking at possibilities not yet taken.

Discussion on linkages on these themes will follow.
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Protests in Karachi & Lahore against the Flogging incident

Peoples' ResistanceA number of protests are being organized across the country to condemn the flogging incident in SWAT where a young woman was flogged in public for being seen with another man on the street

Labor Party Pakistan & Peoples Resistance
LOCATION: Press Conference and protest at Karachi Press Club
TIME: 4:00pm on Saturday 4th April – I
RSVP at the Karachi Facebook Event Page

Student Action Committee
LOCATION: Starting from GPO Chowk to Charing Cross, Mall Road Lahore.
TIME: at 4:30pm on Saturday 4th April
RSVP at the Lahore Facebook event page

Karachi: Protest against the Israeli Apartheid and Attack on Gaza


[singlepic id=1005 w=100 h=240 float=right]While Olmert claims to be considering peace agreements and a truce, ” The Israeli military has received the green signal to continue its apartheid and murderous assault on the citizens of Gaza. More than 700 Palestinians have been murdered and more than 3,000 seriously wounded. Gaza’s hospitals are overflowing with patients and have virtually no medicine left. Power, water and sewage systems are no longer functioning, and food supplies are gone in many areas. The people of Gaza are suffering a humanitarian disaster of unspeakable proportions.

Come PROTEST the ISRAELI APARTHEID and ATTACK on GAZA in a Peace Rally on

Date: 10th, January, 2008
Time: 3:00 PM
Venue: Press Club to Regal Chowk

**Bring a white flag, a Kafia or just wear to show Solidarity with the Palestinians**

Organized by Citizens Against War – A Coalition for Peace

Peoples Resistance rally in support of Muntazer Al-Zaidi, the Iraqi shoe hurler

Peoples Resistance held a very successful Rally today in support of Muntazer Al-Zaidi at the Karachi Press Club today at 3pm. Where we demanded his release and an end to US occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan. The Peoples Resistance expressed solidarity with the victims of all these wars.

About 30 to 40 people participated in the protest which was also attended by a large media presence as well. Thanks to Labour Party Pakistan and friends from Roots, we had colorful placards, tens of shoes, and catchy naaras. We even made a jooton ka haar for Bush with a phone wire.
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Omar Sheikh plots to assassinate Musharraf

In a stunning revelation it seems the Army has successfully foiled a bid to assassinate General (R) Pervaiz Musharraf by none other then the killer of Daniel Pearl. Omar Sheikh has been imprisoned in Hyderabad Central Jail and was allegedly running a campaign to stalk and kill Musharraf either in Karachi or Islamabad.

What was shocking to read that when the authorities cleaned up his jail cell they discovered three mobile phones, six batteries, 18 SIMS of almost every cellular company and various mobile chargers.

The jailed murderer had reportedly called Musharraf in the second week of November and had threatened him “I am after you, get ready to die.” Subsequent investigations by the authorities revealed the threatening phone call was made by someone from the Hyderabad Central Jail. Being a suspect, Omar Sheikh was placed under observation before it transpired that he was the one who had threatened the former strongman.

Personally I am glad that this attempt did not cause any bodily harm to General Musharraf but I am astonished that such a high profile prisoner had access to mobile phones and various other utilities to be able to run a successful network even while imprisoned in a high profile jail cell – read more at Geo

Peace Rally at Mazar-e-Quaid

Considering the recent ethnic tension that engulfed this city last week – The civil society in Karachi has joined hands to hold a rally for peace and harmony in the city – if you and your friends believe that these ethnicity based violence must come to an end then come join the Peace Rally at Mazar-e-Quaid on Saturday 6, December at 3:00pm, do bring a white flag and children

Everyone is welcome to join, please bring White Flags to show solidarity for peace

Organized by Joint Acton Committee & Peoples’ Resistance

Date: Saturday Dec 6, 2008
Time: 3pm
Location: Mazar-e-Quaid, Karachi.

Karachi Bloggers Meetup: Dec 6th

Well after the success of the Lahore Bloggers Meetup, Google Pakistan and CIO Pakistan have quickly cobbled together an event in Karachi.

The location is yet to be announced as the team is just finalizing the last minute preparations but do register yourself quickly as the seat will most definitely be limited. Should be a fun event, and with the growing buzz around the new media, I think this is a must attend event for anyone even closely associated with the new media

Considering the deteriorating situation in Karachi, it does stand a little concerned, but lets see how the situation slowly unfolds over this upcoming week

Register here or visit it the Facebook event page its a FREE event

Twitter Hashtag to follow #KBM08

Riots in Karachi

There are reports of wide spread ethnic riots in Karachi – the clash started of in Lasbella area where three people have been reported as dead, Rangers have been seen in certain areas

best way to keep an eye on the situation is to sign up on Twitter and follow #Karachi or #PEN my Twitter updates can be found on http://twitter.com/DrAwab

Instructions have been given to police authorities to resort to Shoot-to-kill orders – thats a dangerous order as the ethnic parties involved will misuse it for their own advantage

Stay safe Karachi

Geo News Blocked in Sindh

Its just being reported that Geo News transmission has been blocked in certain areas of Karachi – I personally can verify that the Geo News feed on Worldcall is dead, while the GeoTv website has this to report

KARACHI: Geo Network’s transmission has been stopped in most parts of Karachi. Cable operators blocked the transmission of Geo Network in a number of areas across the city on Monday, without assigning any reason for the stoppage.

People are making phone calls to the Geo’s Headquarter, asking for the reason as to why Geo News and other channels of Geo Network have been blocked.

If this blockage is limited to Karachi then might we suspect a fumbled catch between Shakil ur Rehman and MQM PPP? Deja Vu anyone?

UPDATE @1327: Geo TV website reports that this blockage is spread across the entire province of Sindh – and PEMRA has no knowledge of this blockage – Geo.tv story

‘Mayor of the Moment’ exposed

In what could have been a very important victory for Karachi’s ruling party [MQM] when Foreign Policy website mentioned Mustafa Kamal as the Mayor of the Moment. In a comedy of errors Karachi’s Mayor office mis-understood the report and thence forth issued a press release which was followed up with a massive city wide celebration for Mustafa Kamal as the 2nd Best Mayor in the world.

All these celebrations could potential come to a deafening and embarrassing silence as today Joshua Keating, an editor at the Foriegn Policy magazine writes on a blog post We hate to rain on Kamal’s parade, and certainly intend him and his city no disrespect, but we simply never ranked him in any wayg. Mustafa Kamal was simply the Mayor of the Moment. A special shout out to PkPolitics for doing a great job in digging out the facts for this story which also lead to a clarification by Dawn News