Talking Pakistan: ATP Turns One Today!

Posted on June 11, 2007
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Adil Najam

The very first post on ATP came online at 1:18:49PM on June 11, 2006. This current post marks the completion of exactly one year of this blog. It has been quite a ride.

I had never expected this to become anything more than a vehicle for some catharsis on Pakistan and Pakistani issues that would be read, maybe, by a few friends. Instead, I have been amazed at how fast word spread on the web and how many new friends we have made on that way. I just checked our stats meter and found that over this year we have had well over one million (1,000,000) page views and and just under half a million separate visits. We have had over 600 posts, some 17,000 comments, and contributions from 44 authors. A rather amusing manifestation of this success is that even though we are quite clearly not a news site, Google News now considers us to be a news site and reglarly highlights our posts in its Pakistan news section!

The surprise and sentiments that I had expressed at ATP’s grwhen we reached our 100th post, and then again in our ‘moving forward’ post when we turned this into a team blog, and yet again in the post announcing our new domain name (, and finally in our 6-month anniversary post still remain true today; only more so.

For all the support from all the people who have made this blog their regular visiting ground, I say ‘Thank You.’ Its been quite a ride. But a fun ride (mostly!). The work has grown tremendously and the sometimes as one has to baby-sit childish anger bursts in the comments section and clean up the mess of misbehavior of some commenters, one does feel a little down. But the ‘up’ moments have been far more numerous and far more fullfiling then then the ‘down’ moments. For all those ‘up’ moments; thank you.

But now it is time to move on.

As of today, we are making some significant changes in ATP management. My colleague Owais Mughal will take over from me as the Managing Editor of ATP. I hope that you will all afford the same support to him that you have to me and am confident that the blog will become ever better and more popular under his management. Please join me, all, in welcoming him to this position. May this be as enjoyable for him as it has been for me!

This does not mean that I will disappear (unfortaunetly for some!). I will be around (I do not think I am capable of cutting myself from this) and will write probably as often as I now do, but the day to day leadership will shift to Owais. I have always thought that institutions, even insignificant ones like ATP, should not be tied to individuals. Unfortunately in Pakistan we do not have a tradition of founders of anything ever moving on and giving the helm to others. In a (very) small way, we at Pakistaniat want to demonstrate otherwise.

I will join Bilal Zuberi as a Contributing Editor and also joining Bilal and me in that capacity will be our young friend Darwaish, from Lahore, whose posts you have all already become familiar with. Thank you Darwaish. And welcome!

So with that, let me – yet again – thank you all for making ATP a stop in your web-hopping. I never imagined that it will become this big a party. But I am glad it did. So, friends in Pakistaniat, party on!

68 Comments on “Talking Pakistan: ATP Turns One Today!”

  1. Moeen Bhatti says:
    June 11th, 2007 1:51 pm


  2. Sunnybaba says:
    June 11th, 2007 1:59 pm

    Thnx. Adil for giving us such quality journalism, Its infact to me the most upto date and open discussioned webportal , I’ve ever came through over Paki-thematics.
    Keep it up and keep it Rock’n!!!

  3. Khurram says:
    June 11th, 2007 2:01 pm

    Congrats from me and my team (ABN Chicago).

  4. June 11th, 2007 2:09 pm

    Congratulations on ATP’s one year anniversary. Mr. Najam your efforts in creating and managing this site are truly appreciated. ATP is certainly one of the best sites in the blogosphere.

    I wish it continued success.

  5. Kruman says:
    June 11th, 2007 2:12 pm

    Congrats to Adil Najam and all the people behind ATP! Within a year ATP has established itself as the blog of choice for Pakistanis and people interested in Pakistani culture.

  6. huma says:
    June 11th, 2007 2:13 pm

    Thanks Adil…I’m sure you know what I mean.

  7. Babar says:
    June 11th, 2007 2:23 pm

    ATP is for many of us the equivalent of NPR in US. Great work. And along the way you have inspired many others to write as well.

  8. Raza Rumi says:
    June 11th, 2007 2:33 pm

    Congratulations to ATP and the team. Your comments on letting institutions grow is much appreciated. This will be a great precedent in the Pakistani context!

  9. Roshan says:
    June 11th, 2007 2:40 pm

    ATP Team,
    Hats Off for such a successful year.

    Welcome on board and I am sure that you will continue to lead ATP with the same pace and spirit.

    Its always great to read your posts which cover each and every aspect of the issue.

  10. KO says:
    June 11th, 2007 2:56 pm

    Congrats! Looking forward to the sweeping changes under the new management!

    Some suggestions: Unclutter the stuff on the right hand side! It has gotten too much over the months!

  11. veteran says:
    June 11th, 2007 3:05 pm

    welcome owais sahib, im sure you will continue to entertain us and move us with your posts.

    Good luck to all the contributing editors!!!

    Adil sahib, you are one cool PAKISTANI !!!
    Im proud of the fact that there are still such Pakistanis out there.

    I pray that one day we will all be able to live in the Pakistan that was envisioned by our founder, the one that we yearn for.

  12. Atif Agha says:
    June 11th, 2007 3:11 pm

    Congratualtions !!
    Like many, I was introduced to this website by my friend “Darwaish”. I am not much of a political reader but I found this website to be just amazing. It touched everything, from streets of Anarkali to stuff in Bangladesh. What I like most is to read comments of wonderful people of not so political mind set. I think the reason this website got so popular is because of its range of topics, its candid approach & its geniune contents. We all love Pakistan and our hearts go down seeing the poverty and illiteracy slowing devouring what makes us so proud. Our ability to love & sacrifice. Great job !!

  13. Danish says:
    June 11th, 2007 3:11 pm


    first of all Thank God ..Allah. Yes today is happy moment. credit goes to boys. Jonsay larkay likhaingay vo team mai rahaingay.

  14. WASIM ARIF says:
    June 11th, 2007 3:39 pm

    Congrats Adil & the ATP team for providing a great platform for Pakistanis to engage in. You have done a sterling job and I am sure Owais, Bilal and Darwaish will do likewise. I only wish Mush would take your lead too! – Go Musharraf Go!!



  15. June 11th, 2007 3:41 pm

    Lol at Danish…!
    Congrats ATP.

  16. June 11th, 2007 3:42 pm

    Congrats to the whole team. Hats off to the members as well for putting on a show day after day. I have nothing but well wishes for this site.

  17. Pervaiz Munir Alvi says:
    June 11th, 2007 3:55 pm

    Congratulations to the entire editorial team of ATP. You have made us all proud of being Pakistani. One may find stuff on Pakistan at ATP that could not be found any place else. Other than Adil, Owais and Darwaish, let us not forget the contributions of Shirazi, Rumi and the phantom Mast Qalandar. In spite of all the hacklers and bashers out there, all of you have done a superb job. Congratulations to all of you guys.

  18. June 11th, 2007 4:46 pm

    Dear all, thanks for all the kind words and wishes. They mean a lot to all of us at ATP.

    I did want to say that I wrote and posted the above rather hurriedly while at a meeting in the Netherlands and I forgot to properly thank al teh guest posters and now regulars who have been writing for us. Much of the real variety comes from them. We also get a lot of story ideas from readers and I wish to thank them too. Also we would like to thank the larger Pakistani blogsphere – blogistan – and the print and electronic media in Pakistan …. these are a source for us to keep a finger on the pulse of Pakistan and most of our story ideas come from here. Finally, a number of people in the Pakistani blogistan have been just critical in making this happen… Shirazi with his early encouragement and ideas, Teeth Maestro who has been ever-ready to give advice on technical as well as substantive matters, and all the folks who put Pakistan-related stuff at YouTube, which has been one of our lifelines. I am sure I am missing others but I hope they will understand.

  19. cynic says:
    June 11th, 2007 4:47 pm

    thanks adil for starting this blog. we need more of this in the days to come. for once, it is difficult being cynical. congratulations.

  20. June 11th, 2007 4:47 pm

    One more request to all. Our next step is to try to redesign the page sometimes soon. KO is exactly right that it has gotten cluttered and teh ATP team will work on uncluttering it. Teeth Maestro and BD have already agreed to help ATP in this process. If others have any ideas about redesign, please do share.

  21. June 11th, 2007 5:14 pm

    For me, this blog represents Plato’s allegorical cave where we Pakistanis come from an era where reality was confined within the shadows reflected in the cave (through controlled media, textbook, etc) until a few of them escaped and came back to rescue the remaining…

    by the way there blog in town, Understanding Pakistan Project

    Welcome abroad new editors. perhaps this is a good time to present my sifarish to enlist my blog in the right end list, after all yahan sharaarat ka maaqool intezaam hai ;)

    Happy Budday ATP!

  22. June 11th, 2007 5:23 pm

    i think the format is ok, however, if it feels cluttered to some, the vertical frames could be re-arranged as 2-1-3 instead of 1-2-3, that is, the vertical frame starting with ‘ATP Related Posts’ can go to the far left, the main frame (blog+comments) can take center place while the third frame starting with ATP Credo can remain where it is.

    Secondly, the frame on the left should contain permanent stuff like the ‘…. of pakistan’ series, archives, polls, posts from the past, etc.

    whereas the right end frame can have latest, running stuff like current videos, ‘happening in pakistan’ section.

  23. Murtaza says:
    June 11th, 2007 5:24 pm

    I was recently introduced to ATP through a friend, and since them I have been addicted to it. It is very informative and unbiased. Keep up the good work!

    Thank you!

  24. June 11th, 2007 5:26 pm

    Congrats ATP – it has been an exciting First Year – we expect you to churn out a lot many more.

    A Hip Hip Hurray for Adil and ATP !!!!

  25. Darwaish says:
    June 11th, 2007 6:14 pm

    Congratulations ATP and thank you for giving us a voice we never had before :)

  26. BD says:
    June 11th, 2007 6:14 pm

    Damn! I was expecting some cliches like birthday candles! :D

    But seriously, many many thanks to the ATP team for gifting the blogosphere with such an amazing blog like this.

  27. Ruby says:
    June 11th, 2007 6:25 pm

    Congratulations! This is definitely my favorite Pakistan-based website on the internet. Keep up the amazing work. Looking forward to many more great posts =)

  28. Fawad says:
    June 11th, 2007 7:26 pm

    Congratulations on ATP’s first year anniversary. As the lovely Urdu saying goes (although in a people context):
    Tum salamat raho hazaar baras
    Har baras ke hon din pachas hazaar

    Adil, Owais, Bilal, Darwaish: Good luck to all of you as you strive to keep ATP THE destination site for all those interested in Pakistan and Pakistaniat.

  29. Saad says:
    June 11th, 2007 7:51 pm

    Congratulations, ATP!! and may you have many many more :p.

  30. Owais Mughal says:
    June 11th, 2007 8:08 pm

    Congratulations to Adil, Bilal and also to our readership.
    This is my favourite site too :) tomorrow i’ll come up with a formal post but for today just want to say that we will continue in the same spirit in the coming year and hopefully we’ll talk on even more diverse topics. Adil has lived upto democratic traditions and I will follow in the same foot steps.

    Pervaiz saheb, you are right. Shirazi and Rumi’s contribution to our list of posts is no less than other guys.

  31. tina says:
    June 11th, 2007 8:16 pm

    This is a great blog. I just wanted to say thanks guys and keep it up. I think so far you have struck a nice balance between politics/social issues/art and culture. It’s an inspiring site and it reminds us of the variety of voices in Pakistan and in the diaspora, which in my view is no less important.

  32. tina says:
    June 11th, 2007 8:18 pm

    P.S. I like the format, I find it easy to use.

  33. Viqar Minai says:
    June 11th, 2007 8:34 pm

    I discovered this site by a stroke of luck just a few days ago. I find it absolutely wonderful. Especially, Tour De Pakistan is an excellent Idea. Why not add Gilgit and the Northern territories in your list?

    Also, additional links to poetry and (cultured) cultural humor would be great.

    Congratulations to Adil and the whole ATP team.
    Happy birthday, ATP, and many happy returns of the day.

  34. izaz haque says:
    June 11th, 2007 8:43 pm

    Did you know that ~30% of your page views in the last 3 months come from the Czech republic? Perhaps that article about the “Check” flag?

    Best regards and congratulations.

  35. zamanov says:
    June 11th, 2007 9:07 pm

    In a very short time this site had become my first choice whenever I need to get a feel for any current topic related to Pakistan. The diversity of topics and vast knowledge of some interactors about our motherland Pakistan has been a great source of knowledge for me. I also appreciate the opportunity to have been a guest poster on this wonderful site and interacting with some meaningful and thoughtful (and not so thoughtful ;) interactors!

    Adil saheb, and the rest of the ATP team, my hats off to you for an excellent blogsite. You may want to institute a registration process for interactors and track each nick’s comments in a separate comments section on your site.
    I would also like to see some better organization to the topics so we may access older posts with ease.

    Once again, thank you for providing this great public service.

  36. SJH says:
    June 11th, 2007 9:17 pm

    This has rapidly become my must-check site daily. Making changes from a position of strength is smart, Adil. I have enjoyed this website and I am sure all of us will continue to enjoy the candor of its writers and their unabashed love for Pakistan.

  37. Adnan Ahmad says:
    June 11th, 2007 10:33 pm

    Hats off to all of you. This blog is a pak tea house of its own kind. What you alluded to earlier Adil, this was a summer gig for you from last year.. So do try to stay part of it as much as you can this summer even though we are noticing you have been traveling a lot lately. As someone said and I quote for you:

    door tak phela hoowa ikk wahama reh jaayai gaa
    tu nahee ho gaa to in aankhaon mein kia reh jaayai gaa

    As Bilal or Owais once said in the earlier days.. my love affair with pakistaniat continues..

  38. shahran asim says:
    June 11th, 2007 10:33 pm

    As part of Asian Broadcasting Network,I would like to convey our heartiest felicitations to the ATP team and especially Adil , Owais and company for putting up this effort. I also want to include ifaqeer as well in this moment of celebration.

    I think ATP has already started a silent movement among the pakistanis and hopefully this would go a long way in improving our situation especially at home.

  39. Wasio Abbasi says:
    June 12th, 2007 12:10 am

    Happy Birthday ATP. I am one of the recent visitors to ATP who have been visiting regularly, especially after 12th May incident. Really love to read the stuff available here. Hope the new plans succeed :)

  40. June 12th, 2007 12:13 am

    Congratos :-)

  41. Mudassar says:
    June 12th, 2007 12:16 am

    I believe it is the first concrete step by people whom we need more than anything for our country. I hope it will serve as a launching pad for reshaping Pakistan as a developed nation not a third world country anymore.
    Thanks to Adil Najam and his committed team.

  42. YLH says:
    June 12th, 2007 1:25 am

    My second daughter was born on June 11, 2006. She was one yesterday as well.

    She shares her birthday with ATP.

  43. June 12th, 2007 3:21 am

    If you need help with banners/graphic design work, give me holler… I am ready to help.

  44. khairsoomro says:
    June 12th, 2007 3:44 am

    Congrates. I was introduced to by a friend of mine. Initially I considered it as one of run of mill Pakistani Blog but later I too have become addicted to it. I hope Owais will carry the tradition and bring some fresh input.

  45. Salma khan says:
    June 12th, 2007 3:48 am

    Thank you Adil Najam and Congratulations on ATP’s first year anniversary..

  46. Amra says:
    June 12th, 2007 3:53 am

    Congratulations ATP. Keep up the wonderful work – I have recommended this blog to many people. It’s a breath of fresh air – lot’s of positive things about Pakistan that we never hear of in mainstream media – also interesting debates and diverse points of view. I think we need more discussions of controversial issues which are usually ignored or swept under the carpet…


  47. BitterTruth says:
    June 12th, 2007 5:03 am


  48. June 12th, 2007 6:26 am

    Belated B’day greetings as I was not able to use Internet for two due to my illness.

    the most surprising and interesting thing is google use your blog as a ‘News source’. Can you share which atp blog post was referred by Google News?

    I think it’s time for you to sing old Indian song

    ount pey betha mera munna
    ount k peechay bachay
    jhoom jhoom k sab ye gayen
    mera munna huwa ek saal ka


  49. Zainub says:
    June 12th, 2007 6:31 am

    Happy Birthday ATP!

  50. Mohib says:
    June 12th, 2007 6:34 am

    Congratulations to the Pakistaniat team. This has been one helluva journey. Way to go!

  51. RJ says:
    June 12th, 2007 7:08 am

    You have an excellent product and it is on my list of “daily reads”

  52. jyoti says:
    June 12th, 2007 7:43 am

    tum bhi agar bachche hote, khane ko milate laddoo, aur dunia kahatee “happy birthday to you”:)

    ATP ko pahalee salgirah bahut-bahut mubarak.

  53. Twintopaz says:
    June 12th, 2007 8:27 am

    Happy Birthday ATP..!! and welcome Owais Mughal

  54. ahsan says:
    June 12th, 2007 8:36 am

    Bravo for the past (achievements), Congratultion for the present (anniversary) and many thanks for the future (staying).

  55. June 12th, 2007 9:04 am

    Congratulations for your commitment to serve Pakistan in positive way.

  56. MQ says:
    June 12th, 2007 9:59 am

    I stumbled on this blog sometime in September last year. I think it was the post “Imagining Pakistanâ€

  57. asa says:
    June 12th, 2007 10:40 am

    Congrats Atp managment…
    Atp is great source for overseas pakistanis to get touch with home country .

  58. Ahmed2 says:
    June 12th, 2007 12:43 pm

    My younger brother introduced me to ATP some time in August or September last. Since then it an integral part of my daily diet.

    Discussions are enlightened and enlightening and educative.It is a pleasure to see deference to opinions other than one’s own, and so much knowledge so freely shared. Sometimes one comes across shortsightedness and dogmatism derived from opinions strongly held. I suppose one must take this in one’s stride. All in all, ATP reflects about the best of All Things That Are Pakistani. Long may it grow from strength to strength. Thanks to the selfless effort of so many, I am certain it will.

  59. June 12th, 2007 3:31 pm

    Hi ATP Team, hearty congrats. ATP is the url that I begin my day with and I end my day, before ending a day at work, with a quick check on pakistaniat. Thank you for providing a window to this thing called pakistaniat, an intangible that Adil and his team have tried to encapsulate. Happy Birthday

  60. JAS says:
    June 12th, 2007 3:36 pm

    COngrats… Although i do not comment, I always find time to read posts from ATP, whether in my mail or my RSS reader!

    COngrats once again

  61. trailblazer says:
    June 12th, 2007 4:16 pm

    congrats,well done ATP team

  62. HASSAN' says:
    June 12th, 2007 10:47 pm

    Well I am visiting this blog since past 3 months, and I found this very interesting. Congratulation for the completion of 1 year and please continue your nice work with some more effort.

  63. Free_judiciary says:
    June 14th, 2007 11:40 am

    Congrats! Good work by you, Owais and the rest of the team. I left a similar message on Owais’s anniversary blog and wanted to share the same thoughts with you.

    This note is critical of the recent coverage in ATP, I hope you can take it without getting defensive. You guys started out quite well on the crisis in Pakistan. There were good blogs by you and others. Sometimes you guys would even post videos (Musharraf’s interview) and start a new discussion. However I feel that ATP has been gagged recently, and I suspect it is self-imposed censorship.

    By acting in this timid manner and by avoiding the current crisis you are loosing credibility as a bold and an independent minded blog.

    But please be more open to objective discussions on this subject.

    Thanks for listening!


  64. Ahmad R. Shahid says:
    June 14th, 2007 3:23 pm

    With all the stats being mentioned I wonder why ATP doesn’t get as much advertisement as it probably deserves?

  65. ayesha sajid says:
    June 14th, 2007 5:37 pm

    Awwww … i missed the b/day bash !!

    but many congratulations Adil on the first anniversary.
    its been a long way from ” YOU SAID IT ” to ATP.
    a friend introduced me to this site and i could not believe it was started by the same adil najam we contributed to several years ago in islamabad for a book that is one of its kind and the red and white cover though in tatters is still cherished by me.

    you were always one with the most original of ideas !!
    keep it up. You’v done a great job here too !!!

  66. sohail says:
    June 15th, 2007 12:26 pm

    Happy Belated Birthday ATP Team

    Keep up the good work…has been a source of “breaking news “ for someone who is interested in what’s going on not only in Pakistan but also in the minds of Pakistanis everywhere.

    Thanks and All the Best

  67. Hadiqa says:
    June 25th, 2007 5:46 am

    I discovered this site recently. You are doing a great service to Pakistan by creating place for honest Pakistani discussion.

  68. Shehzad A says:
    June 25th, 2007 9:23 am

    Super work!
    and congratulations.

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