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Social media reacts to Altaf’s statement, calls London police

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LAHORE: Reacting of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief’s statements regarding the separation of Karachi from Pakistan, citizens of the country reacted with anger and started calling London Metropolitan Police to register their complaints against him. According to social media buzzing, many people called London police, complaining about Altaf threatening to instigate violence in Pakistan. Source: […]

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Voters use social media to slam rigging

Karachi: Live updates on the general elections appearing on popular social networking websites are an indication of how smartphones and the rising power of social media have provided everyone with a voice. By 5pm Saturday, the hashtag #NA250 was one of the top trends in the country on Twitter. The constituency saw a massive turnout […]

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PPP’s two official websites hacked

LAHORE: Two official websites of the largest political party in the country, Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), were hacked on Monday. The PPP has already been facing terror threats from the extremists, especially the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), during its current election campaign. Extremist forces have been carrying out bombings, targeted killings against three major liberal political […]

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YouTube ban continues to haunt students

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Does it make any sense to burn down an entire library just because you don’t agree with the contents of one book? I am a student and I have used YouTube for help in my studies many times, now because of the ban I am unable to access information that can help me in my […]

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YouTube: wanted urgently

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I REQUEST the federal and provincial caretaker governments to kindly lift the ban on YouTube. The entire nation is being deprived of a channel that provides so much information. If the government cannot reach an agreement with Google, in no way should the punishment be awarded to the citizens. It is the responsibility of the […]

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YouTube to be opened soon

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Zubair Kasuri ISLAMABAD: The government has decided in principle to open YouTube once again, it has been learnt reliably.Responsible government sources told ‘The News’ that YouTube would be opened within a few days and all the necessary arrangements had been finalised in this regard. The sources further said that the government department’s concerned and private […]

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Mobilising justice through social media

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Karachi: In a bid to ensure justice for Hamza Ahmed, the 16-year-old who was shot dead during a school fight, his friends have created a Facebook page. The idea came from the very similar Shahzeb Khan’s murder case, where his friends used the social media to mobilise the public and media. His case was taken […]

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Social media electioneering

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Iftikhar Alam LAHORE – With latest and widely shared post on facebook that carries the message: “We want a democratic demand between Nawaz Sharif and Imran Khan” and dozens of other interesting political slogans, chit chat, criticism, favoritism, liking, disliking and comments, the social media has been playing an appealing and vital role in election […]

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It is time YouTube ban was removed

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THIS is with reference to your editorial (April 20) regarding the ban on YouTube since September 2012. I fully support your view that the present caretaker set-up is well within its powers to lift the ban on YouTube, which is depriving the people to access valuable information available on it. You have rightly pointed out […]

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YouTube may return next month

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Ahmad Ahmadani ISLAMABAD: YouTube may return to Pakistan in the first week of May said sources. The video portal was blocked by the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority over a blasphemous movie that drew fury among the Muslims around the world. The sources said, “The ban on YouTube in Pakistan is likely to be lifted in the […]

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Facebook: cause of depression?

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A RESEARCH conducted by German universities found a serious problem in the use of Facebook which is increasing tension and depression among the users. Who got the job? Who is successful in his love life? Who is going on vacation? How social are you? There are how many likes and comments on your posts and […]

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Internet censorship: Users claim YouTube restored temporarily

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KARACHI: Popular video-sharing website YouTube was temporarily restored by some internet service providers (ISPs) on Thursday and remained accessible even on Friday, The Express Tribune has learnt. The Pakistan Telecommunic-ation Authority had banned YouTube in September 2012 after Google turned down Islamabad’s request to remove the blasphemous video ‘Innocence of Muslims’, which sparked violence in […]

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The election will be televised and tweeted

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By Saba Imtiaz In the contentious 1990s, politicians used the floor of the parliament and rallies to rail against opponents. Pakistan’s newest crop of politicians isn’t taking to the mic but to the smartphone. Over the past few years, most mainstream political and religious parties — from the PML-N and the ANP to the PTI […]

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Facebook generation turns to intricacies of Urdu

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Rauf Parekh It was a red-letter day for the students of the Urdu department of Karachi University — a day many of them will never forget. Some of them would cherish its memories, perhaps, for the rest of their lives. The venue was the premises of the Anjuman Taraqqi-i-Urdu (ATU) office in the Gulshan-i-Iqbal area […]

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