Lahori Reporting Live from Toronto #2

This is Opee for Lahore Metblogs News, Toronto.

.. Just to continue my ‘Love’ for the Pakistani newspapers, 2 weeks ago when I was again out to a local desi restaurant “Tabaq” in Newin Centre, Mississauga for Halwa Poori (puR^iyan as a Lahori would call it in a Lahori accent). I had my eyes caught on a Burqa News:

“PIA ordered Ladies to take off Burqas (Veils)”

This is another perfect example of how Pakistani reporters make a news more Interestingly Chatpati even when they are so far from their country! :)

The reason I am bringing this (rather-a-day-time-non-authentic-like) news into discussion is not just because it is chatpati, but to show how a negative journalism has its effects on emotions of a reader. Some will laugh at it. Some will offend and react.


However a positive journalism could result in presenting the same news in this way: “PIA security staff had asked Ladies to take off burqas during routine security checks before boarding the flight”. But whatever it is, it brought me a little smile on my face. :)

Further the ‘ACTUAL’ news was mentioned in a tiny black line right below the original (chatpati) line. So I should’ve instead read that one before bothering my emotional juices.

However, the actual news explained that:

“Ladies traveling in PIA flights from Lahore to Toronto were instructed (to do so) by saying that it’s the matter of time (and current affairs)”

Nayyar Jamal (one of the passengers) took it pretty normal and said, “Though I was startled that they instructed all the ladies to do so, but everyone is aware of the situation in Pakistan

So, Ghazi Brother’s unforgettable Burqa Manoeuvre has its side effects and after shocks felt at this part of the world as well!

On a side note: Why did he had to do it anyway? He could have stayed behind like his brother at least. Many people ask the new comers from Pakistan this question. Leave us blank and questioning too on his running in sandals not-so-impressive-chicken-act. But again, even after all that happened, still how some people take him right in his act? How can he just leave all the innocent skins behind to be burnt alone?! Strange and deeply sad.

Lastly, the news was funny to read. Especially when one is so far from his/her country! :) So I am here to share some considerations of mine.

Any Lahori thoughts on it? :)

9 Comments so far

  1. A for [pine]apple (unregistered) on August 5th, 2007 @ 3:45 am

    Aww yah urdu akhbar waalay baaz nahi aatay , chahay jahan marzi challay jaayein :=|

    And see the sub-heading “Mujhay Taa’ajub hua kay aisaa kiyya gaya hay” – Oh bhai , for security here the strip off people – it’s just burqas so stay cool and if you’re not hiding something … dont create fuss for others :)

    Nice catch, opee!

  2. Opee (unregistered) on August 5th, 2007 @ 6:58 am

    @A4P[Apple]: Very true. I hope our youngsters, who could read it all, could learn something out of it. So when they themselves are in the position to make up the headlines about Pakistan, they don’t play with the emotions. I hope they are practical, rational and beneficial for their countrymen.

  3. Farah (unregistered) on August 5th, 2007 @ 8:18 am

    Lol…..nice catch…..I guess the journalists have to catch the ppl’s eye so they (like you said) make it more chatpata :P.

  4. Pretty Simple (unregistered) on August 5th, 2007 @ 2:34 pm

    So you wont be missing Pakistan much there :)

  5. V (unregistered) on August 5th, 2007 @ 2:52 pm

    PIA forced its female passengers to strip*

    * themselves of their burqa for routine security checks before boarding the flight.

    Do you think I can get a job in one of these “chatt pattay akhbaar”? I’m willing to relocate to Kanaaayda! ;)

  6. Hasan Mubarak (unregistered) on August 5th, 2007 @ 3:48 pm

    @V: Man, you really have the capability! lol

  7. Pretty Simple (unregistered) on August 5th, 2007 @ 4:03 pm

    @V: lol :|

  8. V (unregistered) on August 5th, 2007 @ 4:11 pm



  9. Opee (unregistered) on August 5th, 2007 @ 7:12 pm

    @V: Of course you can. Just like ‘The Sun’ in UK, you can try your luck there. I haven’t seen much of chatpatay akhbaar in Canada yet. Most of the ones I’ve seen, I have noticed, they follow a certain code of conduct. No matter if journalism is free, they still follow certain rules.

    We had a situation when a Korean person did a mass killing and killed almost 19 people. Despite of free journalism, they never shown a single picture of a dead body. Unlike in Pakistan, when if there’s a person dead, GEO and AAJ keep on repeating to show his dead body for almost 100s of time during a day. And several times after that day, then during discussion they show blood all over the place.

    Dhamaka ek dafa hota hai, yeh dead bodies live 1000 dafa dikhatay hain. They emotional torture Pakistani people. And call it free journalism.

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