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Ban it like it’s hot

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Despite popular belief, it appears that Rehman Malik wasn’t the only one with a vendetta against communication services; it’s the whole of the PPP. The Sindh government’s decision to ban Skype, WhatsApp, Viber and Tango is just another illustration of the country’s ‘just-ban-it’ approach towards matters. They say that once you taste blood, it’s hard to go back and apparently, they’re right. First, the YouTube ban which successfully ‘preserved’ the collective faith of the masses, and now this utterly incomprehensible development. The PPP in its wisdom has made this ‘difficult’ decision following reports by security agencies which alleged that criminals and terrorists were using the afore-mentioned services for their sinister activities. And obviously, since Karachi’s finest are not equipped to either trace or track communications, a complete ban presented itself as the obvious option. So for the next three months, students, journalists, academics and so on, cannot make necessary contact because they live in Sindh, and someone forgot to do their job.

But, why stop there? Why not ban cars, motorcycles, mobile phones, binoculars and mineral water bottles as criminals have been found to use all these ‘dangerous’ inventions to their advantage? With the perpetrators suffering from limited vision and a serious case of dehydration, maybe the chances of success in the Karachi operation will dramatically increase. And enough with the rants against the bright future of the country: Bilawal Bhutto Zardari. His chairman-like tweet is a lesson for all. Unlike the self-centered “burgers”, Bilawal realizes that human life takes precedence over useless applications. Who can understand the pain of the people of Karachi better than someone who spends most of his time in UK or Dubai? Certainly not the people who actually live there, facing bullets and bombs on a daily basis, not so fortunate to own a compound which is always surrounded by an army of security personnel.

Even the loyal PPP workers of Sindh suffer from the ban. With Skype almost gone, the last-standing link between them and the heir apparent will be lost. Perish the thought Mr Bhutto-Zardari should spend any time in the city he claims to be the most purely motivated well-wisher of. The same can be said about MQM supporters; the spontaneous performances and justifiable outbursts shall be missed. Another way must immediately be found, to provide the comfort of regular audiences to the masses.

The Sindh government has failed to share any more information on the matter. No one has apologized to the public for the severe inconvenience they will suffer due to the incompetence of their ‘protectors’. In order to manage law and order, such drastic measures are taken everywhere in the world. But, not before all other methods have been exhausted. Get better training, better equipment, get the job done — and then, perhaps, the Sindh government can be congratulated for eradicating the nuisance, instead of becoming one itself.

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