Wednesday, February 15, 2006

The Pakistani "Reaction" to "Those Cartoons"

Daal main kuch kaala hai, as we say in South Asia; there's something not quite right about this picture. How do we go from this:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/4688624.stm

to this:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/4715084.stm


in a few days? And the recent reaction has been mainly in Islamabad and Peshawar; places that are the least dense population centers but have different political context than our larger population centers in Lahore and Karachi. (Yes, I know Lahore has had riots. But how long after the issue hit the international front pages?) Is it this:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/4716762.stm

I have sent a request for information to some real journalists on the ground in the region. Let's see what we hear...
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