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Khiyal Rakhna: ATP Turns Five Today! It is Time to Move On. Thank You For Your Companionship.

Posted on June 11, 2011
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Adil Najam

Today – June 11, 2011 – All Things Pakistan turns five years old!

Today, sitting in Lahore, Pakistan, I write in the realization that it is now time to move on.

This is not a ‘Good Bye’ post – it is, in fact, a ‘Thank You’ post. Nor do I want this to be a ‘looking back’ post – I would much rather that it be a ‘looking forward’ post.

For me personally, it is time to move back to Pakistan. For ATP, the blog, it is time to turn off the lights.

Five years ago we set out with the mild ambition to have a conversation with a few friends on all things Pakistan – from the profound to the trivial. What followed was a more intense, more engaged, more elaborate, and more fulfilling conversation than we could have ever imagined. Well above 10 million visits later, it is now time to move on.

But we promise that we have no intention to tune out. We know that this conversation will continue. This was never our conversation, it was yours. We intend to keep listening in. We hope you will let us do so in all the myriad forms and formats that have now become available for this exploration of our Pakistaniat – our Pakistaniness – to thrive. We have chronicled our own story and evolution in our posts (the ATP Credo, the Tangay Walla post, 1st anniversary post, 2nd anniversary post, 3rd anniversary post, who reads Pakistaniat post, 4th anniversary post) and now is not the time to repeat those arguments or even to look back.

I can say with some pride and great joy that we have had some small part in the construction of an important conversation. It has not always been an easy conversation. Our national predicaments have made it an often sad and occasionally angry conversation. But it remains a vibrant – and vital – conversation. We hope that in these five years ATP has contributed some to this conversation, and has contributed to it positively.

So, today, I write in gratitude. Thank you for your companionship. Thank you for your patience. Thank your for dropping by. Thank you for making this your own. Today, we are happy in the knowledge that the conversations we had wanted to seed are thriving. Technology has provided an array of new formats – from facebook to twitter and beyond. There is a mushrooming of blogs and formats, and we hope that in some small way we have contributed to them. We know we have thrived and found sustenance (and ideas) in this new and bold world of Pakistan’s Blogistan. We thank our blogging colleagues, our many many writers, and our even more many readers for the excitement they have added to our lives.

I realize that the timing of this will lead many of conclude that it has something to do with my own move. While the two are not unrelated, they are actually less related than you might think. It was, in fact, back in November 2010, that Owais Mughal and I had decided that we would do this on this date and in this manner. Owais had already moved to Singapore and my own professional commitments had begun to mount. We did not wish to end with a whimper nor just fade out abruptly. Five years seemed like a good innings to both of us. Let me take this moment to thank Owais for his support and companionship. More than anyone else he has made ATP possible and allowed it to last this long. Without him, it would have faded long ago. And without him it would have been not just a lonelier but also a much less interesting journey. Thank you, Owais, my friend. Thank you for everything! (As an aside, I should add that Owais and I had never met until fairly recently and for years ran this together without even having met – such is the magic in Blogistan).

Do I have regrets – yes, but too few too mention. I wish we had written fewer obituaries. I wish we had not had to talk about national angst and tragedies as much as we had to. I wish we more time to write all the posts that remain unwritten in our personal lists – more pleasant things than those that were floating in the daily headlines. Yes, I do also wish that some of our readers had been a little more kind to us and to each other in their comments – but, I also realize that we live in unkind times and the viciousness of our environs can sometimes seep into our own language and thoughts. More than anything else, I wish the unkindness of our times will become less, allowing us to be a little more considerate to each other than we sometimes seem to be.

Good byes, they say, should never be long. But this is not a good bye. So, until we meet again, dear friends, take care; khiyal rakhna.

272 Comments on “Khiyal Rakhna: ATP Turns Five Today! It is Time to Move On. Thank You For Your Companionship.”

  1. HarooN says:
    June 11th, 2011 1:40 pm

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.
    You cannot do this to us.
    This cannot happen.
    Please!

  2. Bushra says:
    June 11th, 2011 1:49 pm

    This is devastating. ATP is an institution. YOU are Pakistaniat. We need Pakistaniat more today than ever. Please reconsider, sir.
    AND THANK YOU. THANK YOU. THANK YOU.

  3. Waqas says:
    June 11th, 2011 2:02 pm

    WHAT!!!

  4. Junaid says:
    June 11th, 2011 2:44 pm

    WHAOOOO

    Adil Najam is moving back to Pakistan!
    THAT IS BIG. Details please. Where? How? Why?
    Everyone here is finding excuses to leave and you are coming back. BUt I must say that my sadness at the news about ATP is all swept aside by that one line. Nothing recently has made me more confident about Pakistan’s future than reading that one line!

  5. Jawed says:
    June 11th, 2011 2:49 pm

    This is big and bold. I am still digesting the ton of news you have dumped on us on this quiet weekend. I am both happy and sad. I now understand why you have the ‘ghar tou akhir apna hai’ videos on the side.

    Adil Najam, I have always had tremendous respect for you but what you have done today takes it to a whole new level.

    I am much older than you, so let me say ‘jeetay raho beta.’ You make us all proud.

    (P.S. Do please share details of what you will be doing in Pakistan. And best of luck with it whatever it is.)

  6. Lubna says:
    June 11th, 2011 3:11 pm

    I have still not digested all of this. But this is both devastating and ecstatic news. ATP and Adil Najam, you never cease to amaze me.

  7. tariq khan says:
    June 11th, 2011 3:22 pm

    Adil, thank you for a wonderful experience i cannot believe taht it maybe ending. I had known that you are moving back to our beloved Pakistan but had never dreamed that this wille nd this way. Can you not with all our other organising friends continue. Any way good luck at LUMS.will meet again i am sure Tariq Khan

  8. Jzb says:
    June 11th, 2011 3:31 pm

    courage to have this in a planned way is aboslutely remarkable….our collective feelings combined can never match those of you or Owais.

  9. Y Malik says:
    June 11th, 2011 4:46 pm

    I read in a tweet that Adil Najam has moved back to Lahore and is going to serve as the VC of LUMS. Being an alumni of LUMS and being of the view that LUMS has broken boundaries of what we can achieve ourselves, I feel that Adil Najam will take LUMS to even higher grounds. However, can anyone confirm this pls?

  10. Zareen says:
    June 11th, 2011 4:50 pm

    Adil,

    All the best!! Certainly a brave move – but it also gives a huge boost to our hopes about Pakistan. The country needs people like you.
    Everyone talks about helping the country, especially, people working out of Pakistan; but you have done it and set an example.
    Wishing you all the best with lots of prayers!!

  11. June 11th, 2011 5:03 pm

    it was an honour working with you adil bhai and awais bhai. You moving back is as big as hanif.mohsin living in pak. I remain a big supporter of human resource in pakistan.
    Sincerely Dilnawaz bradford little Pakistan

  12. Khushi Muhammad says:
    June 11th, 2011 5:13 pm

    Visiting ATP had been a regular feature of my net surfing … I don’t know what’ll we all do in that ‘spare’ time now :)
    Wish you best of luck, sir, for all your future endeavours. I’m sure you’ll accomplish much, much more for yourself, for us, for our Pakistan!
    Thank you for All Things Pakistan. We shall not forget!

  13. Farhan says:
    June 11th, 2011 5:16 pm

    I guess i will have to “unfriend” you from facebook :) It has been great reading your articles. Good Luck in Pakistan.

    Salam

  14. Naveed Anwar says:
    June 11th, 2011 6:32 pm

    Sir Jee

    Looks like I have lost 20 years old bet.

    Any how, its a good move.

    Best of luck..

  15. google pk says:
    June 11th, 2011 6:44 pm

    why not sell the website to American Sillicon Valley IT firm.

  16. Nihari says:
    June 11th, 2011 6:51 pm

    Nihin yaara….there is no other better place to fight…..apna khayal rakhna…..thank u for all the good memories

  17. HAMZA says:
    June 11th, 2011 7:01 pm

    A well played innings, Prof. Najam and Pakistaniat.com. An innings very well played. And you end it still NOT OUT!

    We will miss you. Actually, I hope we will not miss you because you will appear in our lives some other way. Please do.

    And thank you for your pakistaniat and your humanity.

  18. banjara says:
    June 11th, 2011 7:09 pm

    it was good while it lasted. thank u, and best wishes in your future endeavors …

  19. Ali Ahmad says:
    June 11th, 2011 7:13 pm

    i think i never commented before, or do I? But great job brother. I loved your work and like wise, ‘Khayal Rakhna’. :))

  20. Waqas says:
    June 11th, 2011 7:22 pm

    Adil Najam and Pakistaniat have been sources of pride and everyday reflection for so long. I have been delaying a trip to LUMS for so long – is it true that you are moving to LUMS now? That is huge news and what a coup!

  21. Noman says:
    June 11th, 2011 7:45 pm

    Now this is what you call ‘Breaking News.’

    And how wonderfully you have timed it and played it. 5th anniversary of ATP, Pakistan falling apart, and the king of Pakistaniat heads back to his roots! Bravo, Sir, Bravo.

    Don’t know whether I should shout at you for ‘turning the lights off’ at ATP or just hug you for your decision to return to Pakistan.

    aur, haan, aap khiyal rakhna.

  22. Ayesha says:
    June 11th, 2011 7:48 pm

    Dear Adil Najam, Owais Mughal and ATP team.
    I have no words to express the sadness of hearing that ATP will close shop. Please reconsider this. You have no idea how important role you play in how many lives. The one place we can always get sanity, wisdom and maturity. Please, reconsider.

  23. June 11th, 2011 7:52 pm

    Adil,

    You will have 180m people backing you up as you begin this new journey. A person with a clean “zameer” doesn’t go wrong and doesn’t ever fail. And you are such a person. I don’t have to tell you that you have been an inspiration to many, including myself. It was a joy to work with you and Owais on ATP, and to come back to this home on the web regularly. I have laughed, I have cried, I have reminesced, and I have shared my feelings with this community over the past 5 years.

    Unfortunately, our country and our nation is more divided and in trouble today than ever before, but there has never been a better time for us to redeem ourselves and to pursue the noble goal of bringing happiness and smiles to the faces of young Pakistani children you have frequently highlighted on the ATP masthead.

    Khair naal jaa, tey khair naal aa! I look forward to finding ways to be helpful in your journey.

  24. Jawed says:
    June 11th, 2011 7:55 pm

    What a way to go. Amazing.
    Now this is the ultimate in graceful exit.
    I actually think you are doing it right. On both things. Leave when you are still at the top. And return when you can make an actual difference.
    Best wishes.

  25. Jawed says:
    June 11th, 2011 8:00 pm

    one more thought…. By the way, like always, you have chosen the most appropriate picture there could possibly be for this post. Every day I would look up ATP and be ready to be surprised and moved by the topic or picture you guys would choose. Have never been more surprised or moved than today.

  26. SAM says:
    June 11th, 2011 8:02 pm

    Oh Adil you arent going to end this blog,i have been reading it from my college days and as i have reached to the end of my professional studies and still i read it amidst my exams.Pakistani need people like you,who illuminate them,the right way of direction.you just cant do it :(

  27. Irfan Ali says:
    June 11th, 2011 8:11 pm

    aoa PAKISTANIAT, indeed its not a good feeling to know about this, I hope this is happening for some thing more noble InshaALLAH.
    ATP has been a part of our family, we all pray, wish and hope for the best for you and all your future endeavours. May ALLAH ALMIGHTY
    I am sure ATP has made a positive difference in its own way.

  28. Hina says:
    June 11th, 2011 8:12 pm

    Adil, I am impressed. You are indeed ‘Putting your money where your mouth is’.

    I wish you all the best ,your move back home is joyous and hopeful news for both Pakistan and people who love Pakistan -wherever that may reside.

    We pray for you and people like you and we wish to God that we can, in whatever little way, emulate your courage and jazba.

  29. Owais Mughal says:
    June 11th, 2011 8:13 pm

    Adil bhai and our dear readers. Last 5 years have been one of the greatest journeys of my life. Thank you.

    Adil bhai, mehfil mein jaan to aap ki wajah se hai. I am grateful for your kind words about me.

    I am proud that whatever blogs we have produced in the past 5 years- we made sure to authenticate information as much as possible, stayed away from speculations, we accepted corrections wherever needed and above all we knew in depths of our hearts that we meant good.

    best regards and thanking all our readers
    Owais

  30. Irfan Ali says:
    June 11th, 2011 8:14 pm

    aoa PAKISTANIAT, indeed its not a good feeling to know about this, I hope this is happening for some thing more noble InshaALLAH.
    I am sure ATP has made a positive difference in its own way.
    ATP has been a part of our family, we all pray, wish and hope for the best for you and all your future endeavours. May ALLAH ALMIGHTY bless you for what you have done and guide to help Pakistan, Pakistani and Pakistaniat…aameen.

  31. Yaqoob says:
    June 11th, 2011 8:19 pm

    Adil, Owais and all other ATP wallas (writers and commenters), you are all an inspiration for my spectators like me who visit this mehfil that you have run for five years every day. You do not know how much you have influenced people. I wish you all well.

  32. Aftab Hassan says:
    June 11th, 2011 8:21 pm

    Kamal karr diya bhai. Aur jawab nahin hai iss headline ka. Aap humain keh rahein hain kay hum khyal rakhain. Janab, khyal tou app rakhiyega. hum sabb ko aap ki zaroorat hai, jahan bhi houn, kush reheeaye and pakistan ka naam buland rakhain

  33. razia says:
    June 11th, 2011 8:38 pm

    while i am sad at the news, but, i hope to fill my time in more productive endeavors than getting angry at some of the comments here and trying, fruitlessly, to change minds by presenting different point of view.

  34. pakpost says:
    June 11th, 2011 8:50 pm

    Finaly this shit is coming to an end

  35. Meengla says:
    June 11th, 2011 9:00 pm

    Adil and Owais,
    What you guys have done for Pakistan deserves some kind of international recognition. Of those 1 million who have been to this blogspace there sure were many many who came from locations where Pakistan was/is a very bad place. But this blogspace–with its openness, clarity, and range of topics must have made some of them think that Pakistanis are capable of much good.
    Thank you, thank you and thank you both! And thanks to contributing authors here.
    But I still beg you guys to not close this blogspace! There is much to be done in the coming days and years. Indeed, Pakistan is approaching some kind of a turning point. At least continue this dialog for next one or two years?

  36. Naveed says:
    June 11th, 2011 9:20 pm

    Bravo! What if our ablest people were all to go back to Pakistan and work for it? We could make this a great country yet…And to the cynics: we really can’t afford to be cynical at this time in Pakistan’s history.

  37. Bangash says:
    June 11th, 2011 9:49 pm

    Thank you for the best Pakistani blog on the Internet. The diversity and freshness of topics was superb. ATP’s topic selection is superior to Pakistani newspapers and I feel I learned more about Pakistan from an Internet source through ATP, than any other place.

    I am sad at ATP closing, but I wish you best of luck in your future endeavours.

  38. FreeFromFear says:
    June 11th, 2011 10:02 pm

    Dear Adil,
    we will also miss you seeing you around Boston. hopefully, some of us will follow your convictions and journey back home.

    Good luck and have no fear of what you believe is right.

    Saeed

  39. ShahidnUSA says:
    June 11th, 2011 10:30 pm

    Thank you! for all you did for Pakistan and its not the end

    My friends at ATP,

    Until we meet again with some new name and form.
    I always knew that I would wake up to this one day.

    With that I drop my nick “ShahidnUSA”
    And my new drag name would be “Shahidunisa” No! Never!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xdv83MFJd7U

    There is so much I wanted to say and do for Pakistan. And I will!
    But my easy way out is and has been a Music that I love.
    ALL THE BEST!
    پھر ملیں گے

    Shahid

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eegDtyrSUZw

  40. Mohammed Amjad says:
    June 11th, 2011 10:52 pm

    I think the Adil Najam-Owais Mughal team was superb. Different yet complimentary. Different styles and interests made this blog what it was, an amazing combination. Kind of like the ideal pair of batsmen… Thank you for having given so much of your time and effort to us.

  41. Sridhar says:
    June 11th, 2011 10:53 pm

    I remember when Owais, who is an old friend, invited me to visit this blog when it was still very new. I could not have possibly imagined at the time how much this blog would achieve, and how much I would gain from it. Thanks to Adil and Owais for creating and sustaining this unique home for do many of us, and also for the contributors and commentators here for making us feel welcome.

    I have learnt immensely from this experience and will miss it deeply. Good luck to Adil and Owais in their new ventures. I hope to see them and other contributors at other places.

    In my mother tongue, Tamil, we don’t have a word for goodbye. When leaving, people never say ‘I am leaving’. Instead they say ‘I will be back’. That is the greeting at departure. That is what I expect is implied by this post as well.

    So, Au Revoir. Till we meet again! Khuda Hafiz.

  42. Meengla says:
    June 11th, 2011 10:59 pm

    Alright, could not resist this ‘Khayal Rakhna’ song by Alamgir and Benjamin Sisters. Ah, the good old 80s!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GtyLVVAWXXw

  43. J.S.K. says:
    June 11th, 2011 11:10 pm

    Dear Adil and Owais, this is a sad day. You don’t realize how many people depend on you for the only dose of sanity on Pakistan.

    I know it must be difficult to keep doing this for so long, but maybe you can find someone else to help out or take over. Please don’t end this. Just knowing that Pakistaniat existed was a great source of strength for many people

  44. Hasnain says:
    June 11th, 2011 11:15 pm

    Like everyone else I am stunned and shocked. How can this happen. ATP has been the first thing I open each evening when I return from work, in fact my wife makes fun of me for how much time I spend on it.

    I will miss you guys.

    But, really, what I cannot believe is that you had decided to close it back in November but just waited for the 5th anniversary. That takes a lot of strength of mind. I just can’t believe that from looking at posts since then and how you could keep this fresh and passionate despite knowing this end was coming. Did you really?

  45. Mrs. Sajida Aziz says:
    June 11th, 2011 11:24 pm

    This website has always made me feel good about Pakistan, even when the topic was something bad happening in Pakistan. I guess that is what ‘pakistaniat’ means. But never have I been more proud of this website and of Pakistan than today. I am really not an emotional person, but I actually have tears in my eyes right now.

  46. A.F.S. says:
    June 11th, 2011 11:32 pm

    Adil, most times I have not agreed with your views and sometimes I have left harsh comments on why I did not agree with you. On those things I still do not. But let me say that today your action and words have left me speechless and totally impressed by your strength of conviction. I do not think I will ever come around to your point of view, but I have come to be impressed by you as a good and fair human being.

  47. Hashim says:
    June 11th, 2011 11:57 pm

    This is just wrong. You cannot do this. First you make us addicted to ATP and now you take it away. That is just wrong.

  48. Shamoun says:
    June 12th, 2011 12:09 am

    Adil and Owais – thanks for a wonderful journey. I’m not sure you expected ATP to become what it has when you first started it – in a sense it gave you and many others to partake in their Pakistaniat with articles and discussions that would not have taken place had it not been for ATP. I was not a regular contributor, but was a very regular consumer from pretty much the very start. What you guys achieved was to put in action what many only talk about, a platform for all things Pakistan. I am truly sad to read this, as ATP has been part of my daily must read list. I must also congratulate you on becoming the new LUMS VC, and I’m sure you will continue to grow personally and professionally. I do however wish the conversations started by mediums like ATP can continue, and I hope you will consider some sort of a virtual team that can keep the ATP ethos and site alive. I for one would surely love to help if possible. Best wishes to both Adil and Owais in your upcoming endeavors. Pakistan zindabad, and as said in Punjabi – Rab Rakha and Allah de hawalay :)

  49. Vaqar says:
    June 12th, 2011 12:24 am

    Man, you are good.
    I sometimes wondered if all this love for Pakistan was a drama, but must say I am impressed. A nation that keeps producing people with such passion can be in trouble, but cannot be doomed!
    Good Luck, Man.

  50. Anwer says:
    June 12th, 2011 1:16 am

    Thanks for every thing.

  51. ikhlaque chan says:
    June 12th, 2011 1:38 am

    Thank you for your good work and happy birthday to you all!

  52. Rana says:
    June 12th, 2011 3:14 am

    Already missing you ATP.
    Just heard the sad news of the Peshawar bombing and thought of looking up ATP on it. Then realised that this voice of consolation and wisdom is now lights out. What a loss.
    But, thank you for a great 5 years.

  53. Anis Dani says:
    June 12th, 2011 3:23 am

    LUMS’ gain is our loss. It has indeed been a good five years. Lahore is a great place to be and the country needs you more than we do.

    We certainly owe many thanks to you and Owais for keeping us connected to our homeland. We will miss you but will hopefully find a way to stay in touch. I don’t expect you to stay silent for long. But for the moment, al wida.

  54. mrizvi says:
    June 12th, 2011 4:25 am

    Adil and Owais: Thank you very much and good luck……that’s all I can say…:-(

  55. coldrain says:
    June 12th, 2011 5:07 am

    Adil bhai,

    I have followed ATP right from the start, and can still remember the first time I came across ATP. I was sitting in my college lab, and since then, it became a regular routine to check up on pakistaniat.com. Over the years, I also had the honour of contributing a few posts, and what good conversation they generated.What a great journey it has been, and I think it is only befitting that it comes at a time that you are returning to Pakistan.

    For now is the time for action! After learning so much from the conversation, I am sure that you must be excited to embark upon a new chapter. Your move demonstrates your unwavering belief in Pakistan, and has made us all proud. InshAllah, I am sure that we will hear of your achievements for times to come. I do wish you would write one more post, to tell us about your motivations for returning – not what you would do there, but what made you go back. That perspective too is important.

    And as you return home to face the challenges in person, I hope that you will always remain in high spirits, and continue the good fight, in what is perhaps our darkest hour.

    “Zindagi k andheron mein, apnay aap ko pehchano”

    All the best Adil bhai.

  56. Waqas Ishaq says:
    June 12th, 2011 7:05 am

    Now i will have nothing to read during office hour, i guess i will just have to do the office work now, its just sad :(

  57. Aamir Ali says:
    June 12th, 2011 7:24 am

    I checked ATP every day because of its diversity of topics. I will miss this blog :(

    Best of luck in future to Mr Nadam and Mr Mughal and God bless Pakistan.

  58. ben says:
    June 12th, 2011 8:24 am

    It is indeed a sad news. It was one of my favorite blogs.
    Adil, you indeed make us proud. Congrats to your team.
    I wish you will change your mind…..
    However, it makes sense….in pakistan you are much safer not having this blog.

    as fellow uetian and fellow lums….I couldn’t be more delighted to know you are going to my alma mater LUMS….
    Stay safe and strong
    all the best and all the wishes….khuda hafiz

  59. Parth says:
    June 12th, 2011 8:28 am

    Sad today on reading this. Just like others, I too was addicted to this blog which is the voice of reason and moderation. Thank you and all the very best in your future personal and professional endeavors!

  60. AF Ahmad says:
    June 12th, 2011 10:23 am

    So, another Pakistani institution bites the dust, thanks to a conspiracy hatched outside the country. The evil forces that plan long term – Nov. 2010 to June 2011 is a long time in blogosphere- have finally achieved their nefarious designs on this great meeting place of Pakistanis. They seem to have scattered the core that held it together to opposite corners of the world and have done it in such a way that the principals seem content, even pleased with the results. Such are the ways of these conspirators; they send institutions to oblivion in a way that they look forward to the trip.

    I have done my job, pointing out what should have been obvious to most but who choose to be oblivious. Analysis is my game and at that I am the champ, a title I bestow on myself because others are too lazy or too envious to do it. Don’t ask me to do anything more concrete, because creating conspiracy theories out of nothing is hard work and is considered the height of creativity in certain circles. Speaking of circles, also as a point of comparison, crop circles are based on something and thus rank a lot lower on the conspiracy theory scale.

    For the benefit of that one person who might misconstrue the above, this is written with the tongue firmly planted in the cheek.

  61. Shiv Gaur says:
    June 12th, 2011 12:30 pm

    Dear Adil and Owais and the ATP team,

    Very sad that ATP is closing down. It was one of my favourite blogs and I admired you guys for your honesty and humanity.

    As an Indian going through the posts and comments helped me break the stereo type images of Pakistanis. And now I dare say that I find you guys more liberal than Indian Muslims!

    I will never forget your post “I am a Mumbaikar: In Prayer and in Solidarity”. It showed your true character and humanity! May you do very well in your future endeavours. Wish for a stable and safe Pakistan. Take care! Khuda hafeez!

  62. Adnan says:
    June 12th, 2011 1:09 pm

    So the people at US who were funding you has asked you promote some other agenda? Kidding… but half kidding. :-)

    Good luck for new venture. I would observe what you do to improve or screw the LUMS pathetic environment where desperate girls and guys have forgot all moral values to obey Western values.

    I hope this announcement is not a topi drama like Altaf Bhai’s TELEPHONIC KHITAB in which he always take his decision back after the requests of “Theriki Sathi”

    This site has learnt me about something which I could not learn otherwise, that is, about the residue of our society, the Liberals. Like Many Pakistanis I also had never imagined that “Islamic” Pakistan have people who love to mock Islam, who ridicule God and Prophet(Saw)’s orders in the name of modernism and progressiveness. Definitely this site helped me to open eyes that I should not condemn only illiterate villagers who are blind followers. Infact the people who earned high degrees were appeared more brainwashed than jahils when they preached the fragile Western society. I am *sad* that I would not be able to such liberals anymore :-(

    Am I Sad? Not really.

    Allah LUMS k bacho par raham karay. Ameen

    So what would happen with this domain? will you retain it? Will the site be online forever?

    p.s: For those who are thinking that site was closed due to pressure, its not. Get over it. It’s all about the opportunity which these guys availed. That’s it.

  63. Faheem says:
    June 12th, 2011 1:22 pm

    Sad, but I also think it is a good decision.
    You leave at the top and you will be remembered as a blog that stood for dignity and fairness. At various points you have offended the extremes on all sides. But you have always held the respect of the majority in the middle who just want decency and dignity for all Pakistanis.
    You have stayed above the fray and never allowed others to bring you down to their level. That was always what was most special.

  64. Qadir says:
    June 12th, 2011 1:31 pm

    Hats off to Owais and Adil. A job well done.

    I understand you decision and doing this with such dedication for five years in addition to your full and thriving professional careers was quite amazing.

    But all I want to say is that please do not lose the platform. Give it to someone else. As you say keeping this conversation going is important, let someone else take it forward here.

  65. ZAFAR says:
    June 12th, 2011 1:41 pm

    Adil Najam, I always held you in respect and admiration but what you have done today and your decision to return to Pakistan at this point with what is the situation here and also when you are at the top of your career and not just for retirement, now that takes guts. Real guts. Thank you for showing us all the way. Action matters and the honesty of conviction you have shown is quite amazing.

  66. Kate says:
    June 12th, 2011 1:48 pm

    Prof. Najam, I am so sad to hear that you will be leaving Boston. I hope the people at the Pakistan university you are going to know just how lucky they are. I was at Tufts when Prof. Najam was teaching there and tried taking his class twice but could never get in because I did not get picked in he lottery (that is how popular his classes were). He was one of the most popular professors even though he had a reputation for being a tough grader. And really it was because everyone recognized what a great human being he is. I remember when I joined I was told that the one professor I must try to take a class with was Prof. Najam, I think he had won the best teacher award the very first year he was there. I am sad that I could never get to be in his class since he left for BU the following year. Maybe now I will have to go to Pakistan to be in his class!

  67. Ismatullah says:
    June 12th, 2011 1:53 pm

    Adil bhai, nazar utarwa lain.
    I have never seen so many Pakistanis saying good things about another Pakistani, unless he is already dead! Hum tou peeth mein churri khobnay waaley loug hain.
    Bhai, aap khayal rakhna.

    But really, we will miss you very much. Good luck.

  68. Ch. Aslam says:
    June 12th, 2011 3:03 pm

    Adil and Owais. You have created a national treasure, please do not let it close down. At least make sure that the archive survives.

  69. Zubair says:
    June 12th, 2011 3:17 pm

    Sad by this news. ATP will be missed.
    Adil and Owais were obviously the backbone of this blog but it was all the other writers, come of who came and went like MQ and Asma and Darwaish and others that added to the mix and made it such a great cocktail. Thank you to everyone.

  70. Naan Haleem says:
    June 12th, 2011 3:44 pm

    Despite acute difference with thoughts and writings of Prof. Adil Najam, I have always held in high esteem his knowledge and capacity to educate the masses (rather than a bunch of net-scholars). Again, while I do not totally agree with his philosophy, I hail his decision to return and work for Pakistan, in whatever capacity.

    The major objection I have always had about ATP was the way Islam was being ridiculed, mocked and insulted here. I dont say Prof. Najam did it himself, but the way he has always been presenting the misdeeds of some ill-educated or fanatic members of the society (or in some recent cases proven to be organized by Americans and Indians), it always gave an impression that, not the culprits, but Islam was the target. And this was substantiated with the publishing of several posts (not comments) by people having clear leanings against Islamic thoughts and by those having atheist beliefs.

    The other difference I had was the way Prof. Najam has always avoided discussing war on terror, which I call war OF terror. He always ignored the drone attacks killing thousands of Pakistanis as if it was some other country being destroyed. ATP did hundreds of posts on different parts of Pakistan, but I dont recall a single one done on tribal areas. All this made me believe him to be influenced by American interests more than Pakistani and Pakistanis’ interests.

    I have and will always admire the interesting and informative posts by Owais Mughal. His writings are never short of research and details. His perfectionist nature is reflected by the fact that he always incorporated the suggestions by commenters as corrections in the main post. If ATP is really shutting down, I will definitely miss his writings.

    May Allah bless both of you and all the visitors of ATP with hidayah and toufeeq to do good for yourselves as well as state and people of Pakistan.

  71. abbasi says:
    June 12th, 2011 4:14 pm

    I am glad to know that you are coming to Pakistan but you can keep this blog alive from here as well.

  72. -Farid says:
    June 12th, 2011 4:15 pm

    Dear Adil:

    Welcome back to Pakistan.

    Absolutely delighted that you are moving back. We need more Pakistanis like you here in Pakistan today and now.

    Good luck !

  73. Z says:
    June 12th, 2011 5:08 pm

    Adil,
    Good luck and God bless you! Somehow I came to know you ( in absence, through my ICB friends when you were in UET and then on PTV. When I came to ATP I was surprised that you have become Prof. Adil then I realized that I too have grown in age :-). You & Owais have done a real good service to all Pakistanis who come here like village ‘chopal’ in the evening.

    Thanks guys. Life moves on and it should and I am sure whatever you are going to in Pakistan will contribute more to Pakistan than ATP. May Allah keep you safe , healthy and prosperous with Pakistan. Miltey hein..Eik break kay baad.

  74. Shahran says:
    June 12th, 2011 6:48 pm

    I am stunned and sad with this sudden news regarding ATP. I feel proud to be part of the ATP and of course the encouragement received from Adil and Owais bhai to write on the finer aspects of Pakistan.

    Best of luck in your new ventures.

  75. H says:
    June 12th, 2011 7:22 pm

    Adil, whatever you do, just don’t take it offline! ATP has been my favorite blog ever since my previous favorite PakPositive folded and faded a long time ago, though its presence is still cherished and frequently visited for good times’ sake! Thanks to the nature of the internet, we can see and reference these dear institutions whenever we need.

  76. Khan says:
    June 12th, 2011 9:34 pm

    ‘Mission Accomplished’

  77. June 12th, 2011 11:01 pm

    Adil Najam

    Am happy that you are back in Pakistan, but at the same time am awfully sad because as you say you might turn off the lights as far as ATP is concerned. You know Adil, you inspired a lot of us including this humble self, because it were you who through your blog posts and messages made us rediscover our Pakistaniness in us once again, a thing, an idea, an approach , a philosophy that with most of us had become a thing of the past. In a country where everyone takes pride in describing and identifying everything bad with Pakistan, it were you who kindled the light of Pakistaniat, you who along with certain undesirable features, presented many other tremendously beautiful things of this land, this home of ours called Pakistan. It was you who carried the banner of Pakistaniat through your blog with the very name and message of Pakistaniat and proved that to be a Pakistani and demonstrate our Pakistaniat is not a matter of shame but a matter of honour and pride.

    I happened to read ATP sometime around the mid of 2008 and from day one, almost fell in love with it. Though myself a man of science throughout my life, I never had any exposure to the media or the writing, yet it were solely your writings and the general content on the ATP by writers like Mast Qalandar, Awais Mughal, and S. A. J . Sheerazi that I was inspired to launch my own blog in July 2008 not in your line but as an humble disciple of your motto of Pakistaniat.
    Now with your above post, as already said, am surprised and terribly saddened. [From viability point of view a +10 million mark of readership is no less a feat and as such should be good enough to enable ATP a smooth sailing but you being on the front should be knowing it better where the pinch is].
    In any case, I wish ATP a long life if not in its present form, may be a reincarnation, a different one, but may be perhaps even much better as quality of contents has always been a hallmark of yours, and may be far more influential and above all as beautiful as our dear homeland, a land which is our love, our life and our eternal abode.

    Thanks Adil Najam for everything you passed on to us and thanks also for what you may pass on to us next. [I hope so].

    Nayyar
    http://wondersofpakistan.wordpress.com

  78. Roshan says:
    June 12th, 2011 11:20 pm

    Adil and Owais,
    Its the right time to close ATP. I know its hard for us and for ATP team to break this bonding, it was to happen sooner and later.
    ATP’s journey was great not only great success but also treat for us to celebrate Pakistani culture, discuss politics, participate in polls and visit different places. Someone rightly said that Adil and Owais might not have thought to write so many obituaries of massive deaths of innocent people, but they did it in a dignified way to cultivate peace and undermine hatred.
    ATP contributed in our lives, it gave us direction, it gave us the sense of Pakistaniat, it brought us into a cohesive community and these values will remain with us forever.
    Thank You Adil and Owais ‘Sada Khush Raho’!

    ‘Bichra is adaa say keh rut hi badal gayee,
    Eik shakhs saaray shehr ko sunsaan kar gaya’

  79. Shez says:
    June 13th, 2011 2:05 am

    That’s just ridiculous! Spare us the “mission accomplished” rhetoric and continue with the blog. There is no such thing as a completed mission in blogs or websites. I can understand that you and Owais have moved on in your lives but that does not mean that you shut down ATP.

    Would not it have been better, Adil, if you had hand over the ownership to other guys? I reckon there is still time for doing that. You two do not want to continue with ATP, that’s fine. But don’t kill it. Simply hand it over to an able and eager team.

    Best,

  80. Sohail Shah says:
    June 13th, 2011 2:05 am

    Damn, I have been visiting ATP blog everyday hoping for an update but seems u guys have left for good. Here is what I feel about ATP closing shop -> http://i.imgur.com/7CAja.png .

    Best of luck for your future endeavours !

  81. Shez says:
    June 13th, 2011 2:45 am

    @Sohail

    Start a Facebook petition. As I said in my earlier comment, it is just stupid to shut down ATP. Adil and Owais should bow out and hand over the ownership to other, competent, guys. Blogs like ATP don’t die.

  82. Junaid says:
    June 13th, 2011 3:01 am

    I think the last thing to do would be to give this blog to someone else. People have their own blogs and I really do not think that there is anyone who will maintain the breadth and intellectual rigor and honesty that AT has had. They would just take it in the direction of their own biases. And that they can do on their own. So, NO, do NOT give this to anyone. New voices have already come up an more will come up, but they should make their own mark rather than just co-opt this space.

    However, I agree fully that the domain should be maintained and the archive kept.

  83. Sameena says:
    June 13th, 2011 3:14 am

    Adil Najam is Mr. Pakistan.
    Thank you for the dignity and grace with which you have run and now close this blog.

  84. Imran Khan says:
    June 13th, 2011 3:15 am

    All good things must come to an end. I will miss Adil and his exuberance in and around Boston. I think Adil has a great opportunity to play an important role in the grooming the future leaders in Pakistan. I wish Adil and Owais my best wishes in their future endeavours.

  85. ahmed says:
    June 13th, 2011 3:26 am

    I don’t agree with you guys at all, i dont think you are so busy that you cant write a blog once a week, if not then once in two weeks or a month, while keeping an eye and giving young bloggers a chance. But still , the intellect you bring( Adil ) , is rare to find, if not imposssible.
    Better keep the blog up and running, just slow down on posts, and give young bloggers chance to use your forum.
    Anyway, i must say, i enjoyed 5 years of reading :)

    Cheers:)

    Ahmed

  86. SJH says:
    June 13th, 2011 3:41 am

    Much though one would want Adil and others to keep Pakistaniat.com alive, it is unrealistic to expect that as it takes an immense amount of time to do so. It is not only the writing and editing of blog posts but their monitoring and all the technical issues that have to be dealt with. Suggestions to reduce time spent on the venture are well-meaning of course but either one is in it or not, half-in half-out leaves a huge risk to the reputation of those associated with the blog. I am not sad to see this as I relaize that life is full of trade-offs. The most effective use of Adil’s time is now in Pakistan – those of his critics who decried his “non-resident” status will now have to find another stick to try to use against him. May all of us living overseas who are gham-khawaran-e-Pakistan have the opportunity and conviction to do what Adil is doing.

    Growing up we listened to Alamgir and I can think of a words that went “kabhi alvida na kehna”.

    With a gift of collective appreciation and joy.

  87. Mark Davidson says:
    June 13th, 2011 4:05 am

    guess all boston guys need to move to pakistan to attend prof najam class

  88. Eidee Man says:
    June 13th, 2011 6:25 am

    I am simply floored by this announcement; did not see it coming at all!

    I have been following this blog almost literally on a daily basis since its first week. I had no idea this day would come so quickly. To those of us who live abroad, you have provided a virtual home for the past five years, and for that we will remain forever grateful.

    I think ATP should be memorialized in some way; perhaps you can publish a book with selected articles?

    Best wishes for your job at LUMS. As someone in Pakistan said recently, the day isn’t far away when men of integrity will once again be in charge of our country; and when that time comes, I am sure you will be at the top of the heap for a major cabinet position.

  89. SK says:
    June 13th, 2011 8:45 am

    Adil,

    ATP was one of the few critical and widely acclaimed blogs that I would turn to in order to find the positives within us Pakistanis as well as our nation. Countless articles that have provided inspiration, introspection and courage will no doubt be missed. All I can say is that it will be sorely missed and the benchmark you have set is one that is hard to surpass. Thank you for all the good memories and please think about archiving this blog.

    Thank you and God Bless!

  90. Zehra says:
    June 13th, 2011 11:02 am

    This feels so odd. I keep coming back here expecting a new post but knowing there will not be. Really, do not know what do to.

    Sad as it is, I think it is a wise decision and ATP has decided to go out in style just as it always did things in style. Thank you so much for creating not just a blog but an idea. You have brought out the Pakistaniat in so many of us.

  91. Abdullah says:
    June 13th, 2011 11:33 am

    You guys have really created an institution here. JUst reading the comments show what a great impact you have had, and this from a nation that is more used to back biting and finding fault with everything than ever showing appreciation. I have always loved the topics, the pictures, the diversity and the perspectives that your posts have, but really the biggest thing I have always valued is the civility and decency of this manner. How much effort you put in being civil yourself and keeping others civil.

  92. Omar Khan says:
    June 13th, 2011 12:08 pm

    I am a relatively recent visitor of this blog (1 year). Its good to hear about your coming to Pakistan but sad to see this blog go, but I truly understand. Some times ago when I shifted to Pakistan as well, I faced the same predicament between site and professional commitments. A post every 2 weeks or even a post a month seemed possible so I continued. But boy I was in for a surprise. My average post was 1 post every 6 months :-) So good and wise decision has been made for ATP. But lastly, just a request. Do either of the following:

    1. Keep the site online for as long as possible as an archive. Leave a message saying it will not be updated, but keep it live. Many people searching for something can still find things here that way.

    2. Allow a downloadable option of your content.

    3. Better than 2, publish a book of your posts. Give preference to all the best articles (both negative and positive aspects)

  93. Hira Mir says:
    June 13th, 2011 12:53 pm

    There is a dire need of hour that we take care of our nation. It is important that we built our good relations with the allies of war against terrorism and en cash this option to defeat militancy from our soil.

  94. Memoona Saqlain Rizvi says:
    June 13th, 2011 1:25 pm

    Happy Birthday ATP. Wish u all the success.

    It’s unnerving to see the increase in violence in the country, daily we have a new issue far greater in intensity than the previous one. Let’s have a post on ways to control & curb it by asking ATP readers to suggest some practical ways of doing it.

  95. Shez says:
    June 13th, 2011 1:57 pm

    Contrary to what others have said, I don’t think that there is a need to shut down this blog. Do newspapers stop publishing if an editor leaves the job? No, they continue. There is a set policy and editing guidelines that are followed, irrespective of the editorial staff.

    And to be fair, ATP did not have a high standard of editing in the real sense. Some writers did not have a full command over grammar and composition but the posts were still published. And that was good. Because this blog is for Pakistanis and all writers were able to get their point across even if there were some grammatical mistakes. And it is disgusting to only allow the so-called highly educated grammar school types to write on this.

    So, ATP should continue with a new editing team. Adil and Owais can still act as patrons. I don’t think it would be difficult to spare an hour a week for ATP.

    In our country where political parties are run like personal fiefdoms, it would be a breath of fresh air if the current ATP team act as the “elders” and hand over the blog to a new team.

  96. ASAD says:
    June 13th, 2011 3:28 pm

    I am sure many would like to ‘take over’ ATP and the huge following (and I assume ad revenue) it has developed. I think some have already been trying to do that by bombarding the comments section. I am also sure that domain name vultures will appear because their is value in the popularity.

    But I hope Adil Najam will stick to his decision and not really give it to anyone else, specially not to anyone who has the same philosophy and broad vision. A blog is not a newspaper, it is a very personal statement and I think this one was really a specially personal statement by Adil and Owais.

    So, I vote keep the archive but keep the vultures away no matter how they couch their arguments.

  97. Samdani says:
    June 13th, 2011 3:45 pm

    I first read this when it was first put up, and I was sad but I understood, and felt bad because my favorite blog was going away. But, I thought, that’s OK, life goes on.

    Since then, I keep coming back here again and again and reading old posts. Now I realize just ho much I am missing this blog and how bad the withdrawal is. Much more than I thought. But I guess I will get used to it eventually. Its just a blog.

    But I now read the comments and realize that its not just a blog. In some ways Adil Najam and ATP were symbols of my Pakistaniat. The special thing was not the post, it was that one of the smartest and most successful scholars and intellectuals from Pakistan was keeping his Pakistani dream alive and keeping his pride in Pakistan despite everything. It was not the blog, it was that this Pakistani, who had achieved so much was willing to include all of us in his life and was doing what so many of us wished he was doing.

    I guess he is still doing it. I think I will get used to ATP not having new posts, but I know I will miss Adil Najam and his faith in Pakistan and Pakistanis. I hope he will find another way to take us along with him in his journey on Pakistaniat, wherever he goes.

    Good luck to you. And to us.

  98. Hasnain says:
    June 13th, 2011 4:10 pm

    Dear Adil Najam, I hoep you now realize how big an impact you have on people and how highly people respect you. I thought it was only me but am happy that others feel about you and this site as I do.

    (Must say the one disappointment is that in the comments only one fellow blogger from Pakistan has anything to say. Specially because so many of the major Pakistani blogs have really benefited from ATP and some have just copied its format directly. But that was always the difference between gracious and dignified ATP and the ungracious and undignified others).

  99. Khan says:
    June 13th, 2011 4:41 pm

    Adil and Owais,
    Please do give a thought to what Shez and others are saying.Now you know what it means to most. WHY NOT RUN A POLL? You have to do it otherwise you will always have it on your mind.

  100. USMAN says:
    June 13th, 2011 6:02 pm

    Honestly, I am not very interested in an ATP by other editors than Adil and Owais. There are plenty of those already.

    What I would really want to see is Adil and Owais writing a book on ATP experience. Not selections from the website, since I have already read those, but their thoughts and lessons on running ATP. Have always enjoyed reading such posts and I am sure there are lots of stories that would be wonderful to read.

  101. Adnan Ahmad says:
    June 13th, 2011 8:32 pm

    I read this post and wanted to make a quick comment in the passing. Almost did that but then stopped myself with the question would that be it. A quick comment for the end of a blog that became such a significant part of my life? A blog that on some days would be the highlight of my day for five years. A blog that brought out so many shades of Pakistaniat. And occasionally even brought out unknown Indian perspectives on Pakistan as well in such an unintentional way. Sridhar, a true ambassador of India, stayed with us through thick and thin and I enjoyed his comments. I would come here and read just a couple of quoted lines from Ahmed2 “hum to samjhe they key ik zakhm hey bhar jaaye gaa – kia khabar thi key rag-e-jaan mein uttar jaaye gaa..” and go back smiling. MQ, Mast Qalandar, what can I say about you except for what you very recently quoted from the great Mian Mohammad Bakhsh “baagh bahaaran’n tey gulzaraan bin yaara’n kis kaari!” A kid who through the course of this blog went through his grad school and started making very sensible comments. Yes it was you Eidee Man. It was interesting on some days to read watan-e-aziz’ manic comments, his obsession with Iqbal’s supremacy over Faiz and his ruthless criticism of Adil. On those days I wondered if anything was worth it to carry on this blog. Fine Pakistanis like Samdani, Ayesha, Furrakh who stayed here all along albeit often without commenting. And then those who came with a bang, left with a whimper and never came back.

    I still remember how Owais in the early days started a blog with Vital Signs’ great song ye shaam and wrote about the charm of drinking tea. These years would not have been possible without Owais Mughal. I had hoped that one day I will get a call from him that he is passing through my town and wants to stop by my place. I will still keep that hope alive.

    Adil, anything I write and everything that has been written about you here is a cliché. But then of course clichés are a truth of life. “tu sub daa saanjha ranjhnaa tu jaawein kedhey raah – tera aashaq kull jahan aey terey aashaq ikk na do.”

    Yes I feel terrible. The feeling is that of when you see off someone at the airport or a rail station knowing that this will be a long while until you meet again – if ever. But I think this is the right decision. For your own sake specifically. God’s blessings in all you do.

  102. wsd says:
    June 13th, 2011 8:39 pm

    Dear Adil Najam: It was one of the most insightful blogs that you ran for 5 years. I hope you come back soon after you settle i Pakistan with some equally good or better blog. It was a true Pakistani blog with fresh ideas and at time it touched some areas which have not been explored a lot in our traditional discussion blogs.

    Pakistan will be entering decisive phase in 2012 ( with next elections getting close) so I will like to see you back with blogs and share your thoughts with us.

  103. SH Kavi says:
    June 13th, 2011 9:27 pm

    Dr.Adil and Owais,
    Thank you very much for what you’ve been doing for the the last 5 yrs. ATP has been part of my daily routine for the last few yrs and now I will miss that.

  104. muldoon says:
    June 13th, 2011 10:18 pm

    Dear Messrs Najam, Mughal and all the contributors to ATP. Thank you all for the the last five years: you have given us much food for thought, and interesting insights on a wide range of ideas and issues that impact us in today’s world. Godspeed and Good Luck!

  105. Shez says:
    June 13th, 2011 10:37 pm

    @Asad

    I understand the problem that you might be facing. Some people just can’t think positively. They see evil in everything. A shrink is what they need to get over this syndrome.

    ATP was not a personal blog of Adil or Owais FYI. It was an open platform. Otherwise, it would not have developed an immense following. And it was mostly Owais who created interest in people with his amazing, fact-filled blogs on Pakistan and its inhabitants. And there were dozens of other writers on this blog who garnered much readers’ attention.

    Mr. Adil and Mr. Owais, if you like to shut down this venture. Do it. But at least give a thought to what the majority of ATP readers are saying. And if you do decide to hand it over to other guys, give it to those with an immaculate reputation and standing so as to shut the mouths of those who are from the ‘fitna’ crowd and are quick to hurl accusations at others.

  106. Asma says:
    June 13th, 2011 10:42 pm

    Wow. I guess this was a big weekend while I was away.

    Good job ATP. You played a great innings. And thank you Adil Najam for letting us travel this road with you. Best wishes for your future. I heard about your going to Pakistan to become VC of LUMS. COngratulations to you and to LUMS. They could not have selected a better person and your going back is big news. You give all the rest of us courage to follow our convictions. You make us proud.

  107. June 13th, 2011 10:51 pm

    its been a loooooong association!!!
    i just cant describe in words how i feel now!
    just want toh THANK YOU for representing Pakistan and Pakistanis the way they should be!
    THANKS!!!

  108. Meengla says:
    June 14th, 2011 12:05 am

    This blog is more than a personal blog. I would equate its influence with that of the NY Times as far as Pakistani blogspace is concerned.
    Please look into finding replacement admins if we have to go that route?
    Why don’t we start looking now and make an informed decision about whether the blog has to really shut down or if it can be given life for at least next few years?
    I think several people have contributed to this and other Pakistan-oriented blogs.
    How about Raza Rumi? Mast Qalandar? Teeth Maestro? Riaz Haq? There are many progressive Pakistanis who contribute to Tribune.com.pk site and may take up.

    If $ is the issue then please know that at GoDaddy.com a domain can be transfered for as little as $15/year. If hosting is the issue then we can pool into some account to cover that. I am ready to contribute.
    Also, the ads probably generate a good bit of revenue. Just beware of the domain buying sharks–don’t lose the domain!

  109. Farrukh says:
    June 14th, 2011 12:35 am

    Adnan Ahmed’s comment really captures my feeling so beautifully.

    I have been a regular (multiple shots each day) from the very beginning. In the beginning I left many comments, then I stopped doing that but I never stopped coming here. In fact, maybe I came more often. I always wondered how Adil and Owais did this with all their busy lives. I have also followed Adil Najam professionally and listened to him give speeches at HDF and other places. I always thought how can someone with such a high profile and busy professional and public life find time. First I thought maybe he had people hired for this, then realized it really was just him and Owais. My admiration grew even more.

    I think I always knew this day would happen. I thought it would just doe down. First slow down and then disappear. I am glad that did not happen. ATP came into my life with a bang and has left with a bang and that is the way it should be.

    Ajeeb manoos ajnabi tha, humain tou hairan kar gaya woh.

  110. Deeda-e-Beena says:
    June 14th, 2011 12:39 am

    Adil, Owais and all the ATP Wallas:

    All good things must come to an end.
    Ces’t la vie!

    The spark Adil Najam provided was further kindled by Owais Mughal and carried forth by a host of ever increasing torch-bearers.

    Look at the Archives and see the growing numbers of the Post-contributors, the Commentators, the 5 Millions or so “Hitters.” over the years.
    ATP is the Phoenix. It will spawn many more. Just wait and see.
    Talent and Technology should also now quickly find a way to preserve the wealth of diverse knowledge on Pakistan ATP has generated. It is indeed a national treasure and must be safeguarded as such.

    God speed Adil and Owais in your future endeavors. It was great fun to be associated with ATP.

  111. Pakistani says:
    June 14th, 2011 1:07 am

    Adil Najam kay naam (via Parveen Shakir):

    mumkina faisloun mein aik, hijr ka faisla bhi tha
    humnay tou aik baat ki, uss nay kamal kar diya

  112. Azheruddin says:
    June 14th, 2011 1:19 am

    Kamal kar diya.
    Dr. Najam, you have once again set a new standard and set the high mark for everyone else. I salute you.

    You created an amazing blog and you have left it in an amazing way and the decision of returning to Pakistan just amazes everyone. Your love for Pakistan was never in doubt, but the timing of this and the way you have caried this out is astounding. For those who have always admired you, even we are stunned. Pakistan is proud of you. As someone wrote earlier, you really are ‘Mr. Pakistan.’

  113. MQ says:
    June 14th, 2011 3:36 am

    سدا نہ باغی بلبل بولے، سدا نہ باغ بہاراں
    سدا نہ ما پے، حسن، جوانی، سدا نہ صحبت یاران
    میاں محمّد بخش
    (Nothing lasts forever. Neither the nightingale’s song in the garden, nor the spring, nor even our parents, nor beauty or youth —- nor the company of friends.)

    Good luck to you, both Adil and Owais, in your fresh endeavors.

  114. Sajjad Junaidi says:
    June 14th, 2011 6:05 am

    Adil and Owais

    Thank you, thank you. Wish both of you all the best. You guys were always in my thoughts for the last five years, I always mentioned your blogs to my friends and were a good discussion topic. Couple of days a go I was talking to my friends about LangRi Paala.
    Owais and Adil it was good to know you. Please do let us know where can we send Eid Cards in future?
    Sajjad

  115. Naveed Abbas says:
    June 14th, 2011 11:21 am

    Dear Adil Najam & Dedicated Team

    Happy Anniversary of ATP is indeed a splendid news. Excellent show of synergize work. ATP turns five from “good to great blog”. A good example of Bawaqar Pakistan. Wish a prosperous and stronger Pakistan. Hats off to entire ATP team. Keep up the good work.
    ‘Umeed e Subh hai, Jamal rakhna……..

  116. Saeed says:
    June 14th, 2011 12:07 pm

    Well played, Adil Najam and Owais Mughal, very well played.
    I think what you are getting this these comments is the well deserved standing ovation a batsman gets after a long and brilliant innings. The 5 year run is huge for a ‘hobby’ endeavor and is really like a Test Match innings that you end not out, and declaring the innings closed for now is good captaincy because the match is bigger than the innings and you have already been hitting everything out for a six. We all expect even better from you and for Pakistan in the future. Thank you.

  117. Khan says:
    June 14th, 2011 12:15 pm

    “All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.” Thomas Jefferson

    So you are silencing all of us. You would not if you are what I and others believe you are.

  118. Saeed Rahman says:
    June 14th, 2011 1:56 pm

    Dear Adil and Owais

    It is indeed a shock to see this post. This was a wonderful venture and in my opinion you guys should continue it especially in the case of Mr.Adil as he has moved back to Pakistan and he could add more perspective to the posts as he is now actually a “LOCAL”.

    Mr. Adil congratulations on your new assignment I wish you all the luck and hope you can adjust yourself well here as Pakistan needs more people like you within its borders to be able to make a difference. Pakistaniat was and is one such tool and I request you to keep on doing the great job you were doing here…..

    Please make it a see you later (or off and on) instead of a goodbye….

  119. Derveish says:
    June 14th, 2011 4:10 pm

    Overall this blog has been providing very good information to its readers.
    Adil,Owais as well as other article contributors tried to keep high standard which is overall satisfying in this present media flood in Pakistan all full with sensatioal information waves and immature “anchor” handling.
    Dr Adil Najam working as VC in a Pakistani Govt university will be a real challenge for you as you will face such intriguing situations which you never had thought /visualised in your dreams even .
    Wish you best of luck,,,hope you will try to complete your three/four year tenure as VC

  120. Omar Khan says:
    June 14th, 2011 4:10 pm

    Adil Najam, you should get into politics :-) People love you.

  121. Pakistani says:
    June 14th, 2011 4:23 pm

    Your blod is not showing correct time on our comments , its one hour ahead . see its 3.24pm and ur blog prints it 4.24pm (pak time)

  122. Qaiser Ali says:
    June 14th, 2011 6:25 pm

    Adil Najam, my first instinct like many others was that this must continue and you should find a way to keep this blog going. But as I read the comments and see the amazing amount of good will you have generated over the years I think your decision to bow out when at the top is the right one. It is much better to do so and specially in Pakistan where people stay on for ever. I think also the many others who have already learnt from ATP and now have their own blogs will keep this idea going. So, I think your decision is right.

    P.S. One question, would you still have decided this if you were not moving back to Pakistan?

  123. Chintan says:
    June 14th, 2011 7:50 pm

    Thanks. I have always loved reading this blog. In fact this is the only blog that I have followed for fairly regularly for a long time (3 yrs!). I particularly liked the posts on Pakistan railway, the PIA advertisement, the piece on the statue of Lala Lajpat Rai. All the best to you both. All the best to Pakistan.

  124. Ghazi says:
    June 14th, 2011 9:53 pm

    All i can say is that this blog will be missed!
    Thanks for everything

  125. ikhlaque chan says:
    June 15th, 2011 2:10 am

    Thank you and I wish good luck with your next project.
    And please do not remove anything from here!
    This is a valuable archive.
    Again,thank you for all the good work.

  126. Lala says:
    June 15th, 2011 2:13 am

    I have followed and enjoyed this blog regularly and always enjoyed it and I will be sad to see this wind down. But I must say that reading these comments I realized how much of a phenomenon ATP has become. The type of loyalty and passion it seems to have created in its readers is very unique and amazing. Adil Najam and Owais Mughal and all those who have written here or even commented here should be very proud of this because what everyone has created is quite unique and phenomenal.

  127. Adil Najam says:
    June 15th, 2011 4:32 am

    Thank you so much, dear all, for the graciousness and kindness of the comments and good wishes in these comments. I am deeply and truly moved. I am sure Owais will agree with me that running the blog was always its own reward. It was not always easy, but it was always rewarding. But reading these comments has made it all the more rewarding. To know that what we did for our own satisfaction and as an expression of our own Pakistaniat also played such a role for others is more reward than we ever wished for. Thank you so much.

    Let me also say that ATP was never just me, or even me and Owais – the many many authors who contributed and brought their own unique styles and perspectives to this forum made it what it became. As important, and maybe more important than all of us, were the comments and commenters. Despite the angst that some of them might have sometimes given us with their venomous barbs, ATP was never just about the posts, it was about the conversation that ensued. I know that many came here multiple times each day just to read the comments and the discussion – I know that I did. So, thank you for the conversation.

    As I read these comments, I am reminded of Sahir Ludhianvi’s famous poem (although the context of much of the poem is different, these particular lines keep echoing in my mind): “mujh ko itini mohabbat na do dosto / soch lo dosto / iss qadar pyar kaisay sambhalouN ga mein / … / aaj itni mohabbat na duo dosto / kay mairey kal kay khatir na kuch bhi rahey / aaj ka pyar thoRa bacha kay rakho / mairey kal kay leeaye / … / mujh ko itni mohabbat na duo dosto /

    I will – in a separate comment, and soon – lay out some thoughts on the comments that relate to the future of the platform, but for now I just wished to write a short thank you message to say just how moved I am by these sentiments.

    P.S. For those who asked, yes, I am moving to the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) soon. It is one of the finest Pakistani institutions and was founded by a most inspiring group of Pakistanis on the deepest principles of Pakistaniat as I know it. I am honored and thankful for the opportunity that LUMS is giving me and will be proud to join the ranks of some of the finest faculty and most dedicated students anywhere.

    P.P.S. I realize that the coincidence of timing might make this difficult for some to believe, but the decision to pull the curtains down on June 11, 2011 was actually made in late 2010, well before my personal move was at all real or even impending. The fact that the two things coincided is exactly that, a coincidence – although, I think an appropriate one. More on why we made that decision, etc., in a separate comment – and soon.

  128. Owais Mughal says:
    June 15th, 2011 5:33 am

    I want to thank readers for so many comments of kindness, love and suggestions for ATP. I am deeply moved.

    Also worth mentioning and many thanks are the 130+ writers that contributed to ATP. You can see their posts in the archive section. Some of them are the founders and icons of blogging in Pk and I learnt a lot from them. Our dear readers deserve million thanks for the dialogue that were generated here. Many friends always made sure to email us the current topics, interesting photos and news to write about. Thanks.

  129. Darwaish says:
    June 15th, 2011 11:06 am

    Adil Bhai,

    Please check your email and let me know if something like I have suggested is possible.

    Secondly, I am with you that people have to move on and do other things and therefore I respect yours and Owais’s decision. But please re-consider shutting down ATP as it brings us all close together. Its a platform that unites many Pakistanis within and outside Pakistan and it should never be closed.

    Please give it a thought.

  130. Darwaish says:
    June 15th, 2011 11:09 am

    Let me also thank you for giving us all a platform to express our views and thoughts whether in form of posts or comments.

    Thank you and wish you all the best in whatever you do in future :)

  131. T.S. Bokhari says:
    June 15th, 2011 11:48 am

    @Adil Najam

    Thanks and congratulations!
    You are one of the pioneers of this ‘Blogistan’ in Pakistan. So keep it up dear we owe much to you in absentia, that is wonder of this blogistan.

  132. Hafeez says:
    June 15th, 2011 12:33 pm

    You guys have created something special and you have handled it with dignity. I congratulate you on that. I think ATP’s biggest impact has been on the shape and content of other blogs. You set the model that everyone then followed.

  133. June 15th, 2011 6:03 pm

    ATP is really one of the best platform i have ever seen and i really do not want it to say good bye. Trust me i cant even explain how good this blog is and in an example i confess that i used to copy most of the posts by Adil Najam and Tamashbeen on my website ePeshawar.com [ Blog Section ] . I am sorry for the copyright but please dont say bye. Every one for sure want it back including me , not with the intentions of copying the posts but with the intention of having such a lovely platform back ….

  134. Imtiaz says:
    June 15th, 2011 10:43 pm

    I am sad to see no new posts. For some reason I kept thinking there will be despite the announcement. But I do understand your decision, and frankly I do not want to visit an ATP without Adil Najam.

    You have created a very special place and you have been our shepard and done a great job. Actually, you have also ended in style. That is special too. Well done.

  135. Azeema says:
    June 15th, 2011 11:49 pm

    Sorry to see you go from ATP but great to learn that you are moving back to Pakistan!!!!

  136. temporal says:
    June 15th, 2011 11:55 pm

    thanks adil and owais

    wish you both luck

    only time and tide run for ever…ATP has been a catalyst and has set in motion many discussions which take on a life of their own…ob la di ob la da…

  137. Mike D. says:
    June 16th, 2011 3:45 am

    Sell me the domain, including the facebook and the twitter accounts. Will give you a very good deal.

  138. Abid says:
    June 16th, 2011 8:27 am

    This is too much for me. I never realized how much we needed this site and how much I loved you guys for being the protectors of Pakistan. You changed my life. I am crying. How could you leave us now when we need you most? Please…please…don’t leave. Or: at least give this website to others to manage and check in to guide them from time to time. We need you now more than ever. Please…don’t do this. Please.

  139. Sarah says:
    June 16th, 2011 9:38 am

    Thank you ATP, for being a ray of hope, in some of the darkest times in the history of Pakistan…that being said, take care and all the best!

  140. auk says:
    June 16th, 2011 11:21 am

    This is like a death of a close someone – I am in shock.
    That said, I hope that Adil will move to something bigger and better, and will make a contribution in Pakistan. And of course we will all miss Owais too. Good luck my friends.
    It will also be great if someone can take over the site, and keep the conversation going. We Pakistanis never like to have a dull moment, so there is plenty to talk about. Besides, how can “Pakistaniat” ever end.

  141. Qudsia says:
    June 16th, 2011 11:26 am

    Dear Mr. Adil Najam. You are a true Pakistani and you have shown real Pakistaniat to all of us. This website was a testament to your Pakistaniat and I think you decision now is one o fthe few things that make me again cnfident about Pakistan’s future. Allah nigahbaan rahay. Best of luck.

  142. Daud says:
    June 16th, 2011 4:16 pm

    Wow. This does seem like leaving a beloved at the railway station or airport, someone going away far far away. And you come back home after that and that is when you realize that this is for real and the hole in your life is big. The whole thing is only now hitting me!

    But I think it is a good way to go: with a bang and while at the very top. Better to leave when everyone wants you to stay than to stay when they all want you to leave.

    Adil Najam, you have given us tons of great memories and more than that you have given us a role model to look up to and maybe follow. Thank you for all of that.

  143. Arif Qasmi says:
    June 16th, 2011 5:28 pm

    Adil Najam you make us proud as a Pakistani. Always have and specially with Pakistaniat.com and now with your bold and refreshing decision. I think it has already given so much new confidence to so many people in these very hard times.

    I will miss this blog space but the great thing is that for running it for 5 years and so brilliantly and raising so many difficult issues, there is still so much good will and good feelings for you, even amongst those who disagree with you. I really hope you can take the same spirit and create it in Pakistan. That will be much more difficult but also so much more important.

  144. Rehan Farooqi says:
    June 16th, 2011 8:50 pm

    Thank you Adil, Awais and everyone else for the past five years. This was the only blog I would visit. My webpage of the day at my work. On most occasions this was the my first source of a major event in Pakistan with a balanced perspective.

    Question: In all probability I and most others will stop visiting this site. How would we know if there is a change in heart a year or few down the road and this blog is being resurrected?

  145. Mehreen Ali says:
    June 17th, 2011 1:01 am

    Farewell wherever you go. You are the pride of a nation that does not have too much to be proud of right now. Adil Najam, you are an inspiration and this blog has been a statement of the good human being and good Pakistani you have been. I wish you could find some way to continue it. But not by giving it to someone else, YOU are the voice of Pakistaniat and without that it will be just another blog amongst thousands.

  146. Migali says:
    June 17th, 2011 2:19 am

    I have been reading ATP and always felt that there was a good balance in what was presented. It gives an honset view of the real Pakistan. I especially enjoyed the stories of old times and customs. Sure wish there was a way to continue this but if not I learned a lot about Pakistan and its people through you. Thank you and best of luck.

  147. WebGuy says:
    June 17th, 2011 2:51 am

    I always thought that this site did a terrible job of monetizing its huge traffic. This place should have been a cash cow. And just closing it up when it can make huge money is just senseless. Sell it to someone who can use it properly like Shez says.

  148. kehkashan says:
    June 17th, 2011 12:13 pm

    i will simply say, “please don’t go” u can’t imagine how simple things were there i found related to my life, the day i read something what i wanted to say, i saw here the laughter, the tears, the cries, our shared feelings here..the day i found an article about my uni bus,about road mastery, lahore, karrachi, pindi, gol gappey, visiting here was just like sitting in a choek in any cit of pakistan, the discussions, small fights in comments, liking , disliking arguments, and a lot…..all things pakistani really meant to be, sub kuch pakistani, !!!!!
    n here u say, me going, khyal rkhna!!
    difficult to accept

  149. Aqil says:
    June 17th, 2011 2:40 pm

    This was so sudden and came out of nowhere. This has been a great blog and we will miss it. That said, I suppose, all good things must come to an end at some point. I often wondered how long you would be able to keep it going, and that you did it for 5 years is in itself a surprise. Thank you for everything this forum gave us.

    I wish both of you all the best in your future plans. LUMS is going to present a new set of challenges and there you might find yourself spending more time having to deal with the ideological polarization that divides the LUMS community than you might like. A bit similar to the kind of polarization that was often a hawlmark of the comments here. But it is also a great opportunity to make a difference. All the best in that.

  150. Aqil says:
    June 17th, 2011 2:43 pm

    And please, do keep this domain and all the material on-line even if you’re not going to continue with new posts.

  151. DMI says:
    June 17th, 2011 6:35 pm

    Regarding Adil’s move to Lahore, I’m going to be the party pooper here. Sorry, someone has to be.

    Also, I apologize to Adil beforehand for coming out a bit harsh presumptuously, but it doesn’t reflect on him at all. This comment is for naive fans who are cheering you back into their mould. I hope you understand what I’m trying to get at: I don’t know the circumstances or reasons for your move.

    With all the possible due respect…

    I believe that a person of Adil’s repute, integrity and academic achievement should have stayed in the U.S.

    “Serving Pakistan” in this global village of information age doesn’t have to mean physically burning the midnight oil in a Lahore suburb. Besides, he’s most likely to be playing a ‘been’ to indifferent buffaloes. LUMS isn’t exactly in dire need of any revival or resurrection or even rescuing.

    There’s a reason why Brain Drain is known by this term. It’s a global phenomena. If you wish to be the finest programmer, you gotta be in Silicon Valley. If you wish to be the best chef, you gotta be in Paris. If you gotta be the best desinger, you have to be in Milan… you get the idea.

    In fact, Adil could have served Pakistan much, much better by using his inspiration and exemplary academic profile by being and lobbying for Pakistan in the U.S. – a country so intrinsically attached with the fate of our nation.

    I do not see any honour or glory in this move. Though I understand the cheers and platitudes from those who see someone coming back to join their miseries. Nothing wrong with that. As humans, we like all to suffer as we do. But this is where they are naive to assume this move simply means “coming back to Pakistan to serve the nation”, etc.

    With this move, I see an easier, comfortable cop-out to a life surrounded by perks and peons, maids and help.

  152. June 17th, 2011 7:15 pm

    Adil,
    Thank you for creating and maintaing this website , I will miss this interaction as besides reading the daily Dawn this was the only blog i would go to as there was sincerity in what was being written by you and your colleagues, all good things dont have to come to an end .
    The trust and respect your team has earned has to be translated in ground reality as you will find us supportive of what you want to do in Pakistan .
    Song from Strings to share with all Pakistanis and friends of Pakistan

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LsyyR2Yo83M

  153. zubair says:
    June 18th, 2011 2:17 am

    Dear Dr. Najam, I also congratulate you on creating and maintaining this fine website, really an institution all Pakistanis can be proud of, even those of us who often disagreed with you.

    My first reaction, like that of many others, was to ask to continue the site because it still serves such a great function. But after reading all the comments here (which, actually, are quite amazing) I realize that what you have done is the right thing and I think you should stick to it (although I assume the site will continue as an archive ). Here is why. You have obviously decided to leave when you and this website is at the height of its popularity. And I also think that is the way to do it. I cannot remember any Pakistani ever doing that except Imran Khan when he left cricket. I just hope that you do not make the mess he made in politics afterwards. but the idea of a Pakistani not clinging to success but making way for others and saying good bye at his peak is a good one. And in that way too you are a trailblazer. So, best of luck, and as you say, khyal rakhna.

  154. Eidee Man says:
    June 18th, 2011 8:04 am

    “In fact, Adil could have served Pakistan much, much better by using his inspiration and exemplary academic profile by being and lobbying for Pakistan in the U.S. – a country so intrinsically attached with the fate of our nation.”

    @DMI,

    I disagree with your viewpoint. Lobbying for Pakistan at an official or unofficial is certainly an important job, but a man of integrity can only defend the shenanigans of generals and corrupt politicians for so long.

    LUMS is one of the very few bright spots in Pakistan today, but that’s not to say that the academic environment, freedom, etc will be similar as in the U.S. — it certainly is not going to be, as you rightly alluded. It is definitely going to be a very, very challenging assignment, even for someone with Adil’s qualifications and experience.

    Adil’s own career aside, LUMS stands to gain a great deal, and this is a very strategic move on their part. Judging by the steps they have taken in the past decade or so, they want to be seen not just as a business school, but as a major, modern university. And with the recruitment of someone who is both an environmental scientist and also well-known in international academia, they are probably looking to expand their horizons and raise their profile in the world at large.

  155. Mahmood says:
    June 18th, 2011 3:29 pm

    I was deeply shocked to read that ATP will close down how ever I was extremely glad to hear that Prof. Adil Najam is moving back to Lahore and will be serving LUMS. Moving back to Pakistan is certainly not easy but I am sure he will contribute more to our beloved country while staying in the country then in USA. Best of Luck to him and Owais Mughal and thank you very much for such a wonderful blog. Thank you.

  156. DMI says:
    June 18th, 2011 4:28 pm

    Re my previous comment:

    I did not mean “Lobbying” in Washington-DC political parlance.

    I meant it in a people-to-people, academic-centric, goodwill-generating capacity – aka Dr Hoodbhoy, Ali Azmat et al. Adil would have a much better clout as a scientist from Boston than all of those goodwill ambassadors from Pakistan combined.

    He could only do so much with this blog besides addressing profound issues like rules of Langri Pala or Pakistani Hats (no offence intended) supplemented by eulogizing regular, uninterrupted stream of death and destruction while keeping the ironic title “Pakistaniat” as a token of some kind of wishful, monolithic nationhood that Pakistan hasn’t achieved.

    I do agree, however, that for him personally, this is a nice, comfortable move and we must wish him well. Nothing wrong with that. He may even get a few more Pakistan Serving awards out of it!

  157. Sajjad says:
    June 18th, 2011 6:31 pm

    Adil,
    Thank you for starting this blog! I will definitely miss it. I don’t read many blogs but this was one of a handful websites that I visited regularly.

    Besides the website, I enjoyed listening to you at events in the Boston community. I particularly remember your great presentation at the PAGB event for Pakistan flood relief.

    Good luck! We will miss you.

  158. ZQ says:
    June 18th, 2011 8:29 pm

    Dear Prof. Najam, I’m really going to miss this blog… but at the same time I can’t tell you how happy I am to hear you’re moving back. We need more of you in this country..! Good luck and I’m sure we’ll continue to hear from you.

  159. Rashid Ali says:
    June 19th, 2011 5:09 am

    Dear Adil, Thank you for all that you have done to develop critical but constructive thought for Pakistani policy makers through this blog. At the same time, your blog established and sustained a memory lane through which we regularly visited days of our childhood and youth while wandering in Geography, History and culture of our place of birth. Are there any plans for you to start a new blog in Pakistan or is there someone taking over this blog so that we can enjoy your occassional if not regular contributions?

  160. checker47 says:
    June 19th, 2011 10:29 pm

    Dear Dr. Najam, It’s good to hear that you have decided to move back to Pakistan. I have always regretted that our best had to turn to foreign shores for their fortunes, until all that were left behind were bereft of fairplay and work ethics. If we had a little more congenial environment for professionals here, I have a hunch that most of us will return back ,now that the the initial excitement of foreign experience been worn off. I wish you good luck

  161. Abu Usamah says:
    June 19th, 2011 10:32 pm

    Dr. Adil,

    First and foremost I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for shutting down this disgraceful, ad-invested blog which was a tool in the hands of anti-Pakistan elements all along. I guess this is what happens when the money stops flowing.

    From the bottom of my heart, once again, good riddance.

    I hope this comment is allowed in the spirit of “shamocracy”.

    Thank you, thank you. We are deeply indebted to you Dactar sahab.

    AU

  162. Dr. Pervaiz Saleemi says:
    June 19th, 2011 11:06 pm

    I have always felt good coming to this site. Even when the news was rough and the posts were sad. I feel good coming to it today also, even though it is now curtains down. I do not know why. But there is something very original and authentically Pakistani about ATP and about Adil Najam. Like meethi thandi lassi. It is soothing and nourishing. The fact that Dr. Najam is living his conviction and decided to return to Pakistan makes one feel even more fulfilled. He is doing what I wish I could, and what I wish I will. He is setting the path for others to follow. I guess that is what he has always done. Pakistan zindabad. Pakistaniat zindabad.

  163. asim says:
    June 20th, 2011 1:04 am

    @ Abu Usama

    You sound like a jahil mullah from a run down neighborhood mosque who hates people who want to be thankful to Allah for the precious gift of life and its offerings.

    You go on and live your miserable life and in the same pathetic backward life style that your types feel Your god (not mine) intended for humans.

  164. ben says:
    June 20th, 2011 2:54 am

    i am not much bothered by the comments of the @ abu usamah like.

    such people are reality of life and are around us and their presence reminds us further the importance of blogs like atp.

    it is ironic that people who harm the pakistan most by their unbalanced thoughts and hypocritical actions….feel the most patriotic.

    it is similar to the situation where people who are the most against and opposite the spirit of quran – these people are aka taliban, alqaeeda, moulve soch, raiwand cult, durs cult, orthodox ultra conservative followers of forefathers etc etc —- feel the most entitled to being called muslims, and as the most authentic thaikadar of islam. they consider any criticisms of their ideology as attack on islam. as if god and their ego is the same. or maybe they think they are the gods.

    Such people feel very threatened by blogs like ATP. But they should know that others can see through their double talk.

  165. Imran Habib says:
    June 20th, 2011 4:46 am

    Dear Adil,

    We need talented people back in Pakistan and the fact that you have decided to move is a great reassurance. We have lost many professionals that have moved on to greener pastures in foreign lands. While such moves help Pakistan indirectly, it deprives Pakistan of required talent. All the best with your move and wish you every success in this endeavour. God be with you.

  166. Bilal says:
    June 21st, 2011 3:47 am

    Thank you for helping us think about our identity in a more inclusive way on Pakistaniat.

    Happy to hear that you’ll be taking over the reigns at LUMS. Wish you all the best. It is a critical mass of such islands of excellence that one day can calm the sea of turbulence that we are facing today. When that will happen…, or whether it will happen at all, who knows! What matters is that today, you have done your part.

    Best wishes once again. We’ll be routing for your success!

  167. ali says:
    June 22nd, 2011 11:05 pm

    I was unable to to go on the ATP site for a little while and today june 22nd i opened it up to catch up on everything that i missed only to find that ATP is no more, yes it made me a little sad,as to Pakistanis specially those living abroad it was a platform for constructive discussions and having a chance to read many interesting articles including Owais’s articles for which he worked very hard and made us walk through memory lane.It certainly is difficult to keep a blog running specially if one has professional responsibility to cater to as well but hopefully both Dr Najam and Mr Owais will think and come up with something soon.As both of you have taken a big step by moving out of the US, all the best in your future endeavors.

  168. June 22nd, 2011 11:23 pm

    This is one of those things which I am unsure about. Being selfish is fine, but the Pakistaniat Brand name should continue to do what you were doing. It is unfair to leave this beacon of light, this light house infact, with out an operator. Our intellectual, think-tank, young, old all of our ships need this light house. It’s spirit must continue.

    If you have made up your mind to leave for sure, then well, so be it. You have provided a great service to the audience. An audience hungering for a voice like yours.

    Khayaal rakhna, indeed, dost.

    sincerely,
    cinemapakistan team

  169. anjana says:
    June 23rd, 2011 10:01 am

    are you serious Adil bhai? I am more than happy that you are moving back to Pakistan and that you will be at lums but giving up Pakistaniat does not make any sense to me. please!

  170. June 23rd, 2011 11:51 am

    Come Back !!!!

  171. Hafsa Hamid says:
    June 23rd, 2011 10:02 pm

    Assalamuwaleikum,
    Dear sir,
    Iam a Pakistani teenager living in Karachi, I just started reading this blog and instantly noticed a nuance between typical pakistani blogs and this. Living in Pakistan, I believe what I think we need is a blog like yours, one that truly reflects Pakistan as a society not as a country. Please do not discontinue your blog, this blog reflects Pakistani spirits that once were and now have died down.

  172. Maheen Khan says:
    June 24th, 2011 11:57 am

    It is the responsibility of every citizen to fight this war against terrorism and more importantly the sick extremist mindset that continues to grow in the country.

  173. June 24th, 2011 1:19 pm

    It was good while it was there. But moving back to Pakistan doesn’t seem to be the only reason for closing. People in Pakistan blog too. No?

  174. Adeel says:
    June 27th, 2011 12:32 pm

    Dear Dr. Najam,

    I am a LUMS alum, and I had the chance to participate in a couple presentations and discussions you led at LUMS back when I used to be there. I have also been following ATP since 2006.

    Over these years, I have come to regard you very fondly, grown used to you as a sort of ‘friendly online mentor’, and amassed a lot of respect and appreciation for your views, scholarship and engagements.

    I am really, really glad that you’ll be joining LUMS as the VC. I know you’ll do great there. As a luminite, I am very happy for my alma mater. =)

    Congratulations!

  175. June 28th, 2011 11:19 am

    Najam: This picture (the child standing out during the namaz) is BK’s. Anwar Iqbal

  176. zafar says:
    June 29th, 2011 5:51 pm

    really good blog plz keep it up thx for sharing such useful info.

  177. Noor says:
    June 30th, 2011 1:02 pm

    The brand mustn’t die.
    Welcome back home

  178. USMAN says:
    July 1st, 2011 11:49 am

    Come back Adil Najam and Owais Mughal.
    Please come back!

  179. July 2nd, 2011 11:33 am

    Dear Dr. Sahib
    I am son of your loving teacher Dr. Javed A. Aziz. I am very happy to know about appointment as Vice Chancellor of LUMS. Insha Allah now this great institution will produce more intelligent students.

    I didn’t know of your noble laureate. It must be highlighted as Pakistanis don’t know about this. I am in Australia these days. If Pakistan’s stability improves I also plan to live there permanently. Wish you the very best of luck.

  180. July 2nd, 2011 4:08 pm

    hi Dr. Adil…. many many congrats on becoming Vice Chancellor of LUMS. it make me even more happier that you are also a civil engineer ( as i am also a student of civil engineering at uet, lahore), you are my mentor.. and i want to be like you one day .. inshAllah :) may Allah bless you. thanks

  181. mano says:
    July 2nd, 2011 8:55 pm

    Sir, Congratulations on your appointment as the VC LUMS

  182. Hafeez says:
    July 2nd, 2011 9:01 pm

    Dear Dr. Adil Najam.
    You are a national inspiration.
    There are countless people who you have left deep impressions on with your humility, courage and wisdom. I have had the occasion of hearing you give a keynote speech to an audience of nearly 300 and you were the most inspiring speaker. You came across as someone who is genuinely concerned and immensely knowledgable about Pakistan and that is reflected in this site but even more in your decision to return to Pakistan.

  183. Dr. Qureshi says:
    July 2nd, 2011 10:23 pm

    I am already missing ATP so much that it hurts. I took your advice and tried to look for other blogs, but really there is nothing like this. This was unique and you have created something great. But, frankly, I do understand your decision and I think it is the right one. I think with this decision itself (to leave at the top and with so much good wishes) is not something that too many Pakistanis ever do and so you are setting a new trend right there.

    Even more than that you have inspired so many by your decision to return. I wish you well but I should warn you that there will be many cynics in Pakistan who will try to pull you down. We can sometimes be nasty to each other and instead of honoing our heros you will find that people will try to bring you down. That is what small people do, they cannot rise themselves to they attack anyone who achieves anything because that validates for them their own lack of achievement. Please ignore such people because we really need more Pakistanis like you. Thank you for your Pakistaniat, Dr. Najam.

  184. Arifa Qasim says:
    July 2nd, 2011 10:46 pm

    Dear ATP, I have been so sad for the last weeks and keep coming back here to see if you change your deision. Yesterday I saw on TV news the news about Adil Najam becoming VC of LUMS. Wow. I did not know he was such a big international scholar with so many academic awards. When I heard the details of his achievements on the news I smiled because I always thought he was just a blogger but a really good one. Now I realize this is a international intellectual with great achievements and he was sharing his thoughts with us every day. Makes me even more proud of him but I also understand the decision to close ATP now.

    Thank you and best wishes. Feel proud to be a Pakistani when I see other Pakistanis liek you doong so much in their life and so much for Pakistan.

  185. S.A. says:
    July 3rd, 2011 12:35 am

    I have been following Adil Najam’s spectacular career since he was a student at UET, then going on to do a very nice series of shows on PTV and then a really metoric career as an academic in USA. I myself went to study in teh US a few years after him and I was amazed at how anyone who knew him had such good words to describe him. I ran into an MIT professor at a conference a few years ago who on learning I was a Paksitani asked if I knew Adil Najam, when I said I did by name, he went on a amazing speech of praise which included one mention that Adil was probably the most smartest student ever to have been in his class. This was over a dinner conversation at a conference and I must say I felt like being 10 feet tall with pride as a Pakistani to know of just how this fellow Pakistani was being praised by someone who had no reason to do so. A few years ago I ran into someone else, another American, (now a professor herself) who said she had been a student of Adil Najam in a class on environment and she went on same way and mentioned how he was the most loved and respected professor of all, even though he was also a tough one. And now I read the outpouring of priase for him here. IT feels so good. Anyone who sees his resume and lists of accomplishments would be in awe of him, but what I find most special is how much he is loved by those around him for just being a good human being. I think that is more important than all the awards and books and everything.

  186. Aamir says:
    July 3rd, 2011 4:50 am

    I note that some hate mongers are already out their spreading lies and hate against Prof. Najam. Amazing how some Paksitanis always hate any Pakistani who achieves anything for Pakistan.

  187. Qasim Himayat says:
    July 3rd, 2011 2:43 pm

    Someone has already said this but let me say again, well played ATP, Well played Adil Najam, Well played Owais Mughal. YOu all have always made us feel good about being Pakistani which is so unlike all those pseudo-patriots who seem to specialize in making Pakistanis feel bad about being Pakistani.

    Well played. And thank you.

  188. zia m says:
    July 4th, 2011 1:18 am
  189. zia m says:
    July 4th, 2011 2:28 am

    My best wishes to Adil Najam!
    I’m sure he will light a candle than curse the darkness in Pakistan.
    http://criticalppp.com/forum/topic.php?id=1651#post-16343

  190. Opee says:
    July 5th, 2011 2:11 am

    Dear Sirs,

    I am sad.

    I wish you could continue the only positive, unbiased, well maintained, full of information blog we have. I understand it would be very hard to take out the time from Adil Najam’s recent appointment in Lahore. Also Owais Mughal would be busy with his work too. But don’t just stop it all right there. Please continue posting with the minimum amount of posts possible. May be once a month or once in 2, is all ok with me at least. I never came to ATP for quantity anyway.

    In all your future endeavours – my duas are with you, no matter what you decide and do.

    Love always,
    Opee

  191. Yasir says:
    July 5th, 2011 3:40 am

    Had dinner with some friends in Lahore today and the conversation turned to ATP closing and Dr. Adil Najam deciding to return to Pakistan. Was quite amazing just how much enthusiasm his return seems to have created in this group. More than one mentioned that this gave them hope and enthusiasm in Pakistan when an international expert and intellectual of this caliber decides to return at the height of his career. Sometimes these small things end up meaning a lot for people because people read it as a sign. Not to put pressure on you, doctor sahib, but your decision is raising a lot of hopes out here.

  192. Yasir says:
    July 5th, 2011 3:42 am

    By the way, one guy in our group shared this sher, thought I will share since Najam saab likes poetry:

    apnay haathou main leeaye sham-i-yaqeen aaen gey
    aab paiyambar nahin aaen gey, yehi aaen gey

  193. Ali Nawaz Khan says:
    July 5th, 2011 12:47 pm

    We need to take care of Pakistan as it is your beloved country. We need to fight the war against terrorism with full courage and eradicate terrorism.

  194. Need for speed says:
    July 5th, 2011 6:21 pm

    Good bye Adil, you have done a wonderful job by writing this blog for entire 5 years and now we look forward to see you back soon.

  195. Orange Frog says:
    July 6th, 2011 5:27 am

    Congrats, lets keep this site growing and popular for another 5 years

  196. Hira Lilac says:
    July 6th, 2011 12:34 pm

    The country Pakistan is for ours to save. What are we doing to protect the future of the country?? Are we doing anything??

  197. abbasi says:
    July 7th, 2011 11:38 am

    I think every one is happy but not zardari and billawal lovers. They think you are coming back to Pakistan to support Imran Khan and ISF in LUMS.
    http://tinyurl.com/3b5bj3t

  198. asif says:
    July 7th, 2011 10:24 pm

    Many many happy heartiest birthday wishes. On this occassion I will like to reiterate that our young olympians have really made us proud of them. Heartiest congratulations to our young angels.

    http://ihaveadream-pakistan.blogspot.com/2011/07/congratulations-special-pak-olympians.html

  199. Asad says:
    July 8th, 2011 11:01 pm

    No doubts about the patriotism and quality contents of your blog.

  200. Himayat says:
    July 9th, 2011 7:09 am

    Syed Babar Ali has given many gifts to Pakistan, including LUMS. But I must say convincing Dr. Adil Najam to come back to Pakistan and lead LUMS must be one of the most important things he has done. Welcome Dr. Najam.

  201. Aslam Mian says:
    July 10th, 2011 5:25 am

    We miss you ATP. We really miss you.

  202. July 11th, 2011 12:28 am

    We all gonna miss you so much ATP. Come back soon:

    http://ihaveadream-pakistan.blogspot.com/

  203. July 11th, 2011 5:02 am

    i have said that many times before and i will say again that all thing Pakistan is and always have been the inspiration for me to start and run My Land Pakistan.
    i have been a regular reader of ATP tough a silent one but one thing is sure, i will miss ATP a lot please come back soon.

  204. Naeem says:
    July 12th, 2011 1:28 am

    There is a similar website now http://www.mintopark.com

  205. Maria Jabeen says:
    July 16th, 2011 10:42 pm

    Come back soon, we are waiting!!

  206. Nauman Khawaja says:
    July 18th, 2011 12:59 pm

    I understand that Dr. Adil Najam has moved on to a more significant assignment,being the VC of the most prestigious private university in Pakistan. However, I understand that there were other contributors to this blog which could have carried on this assignment in the greater interest of the readers of this blog. I urge you to please consider restarting this blog as we don’t see many positive things about Pakistan these days anymore. Your posts made me feel good about my country many a times, and I am sure that was the case with many many more. So, please restart this blog, the frequency of the posts can be compromised, but please don’t stop it altogether. Thanks a lot….

  207. Patriot says:
    July 18th, 2011 4:16 pm

    Adil Najam,
    Yar achaa achaa likhte likhte ghab ho gai. Kisi aur ko duty de do ,Awais Mughal is there,many others too who contributed a lot.
    OR Are you waiting if you can settle in your new job or not. Whether its LUMS or any other Uni,,,,,,,in Pakistan you will face many issues which will bamboozal you

  208. Athar Saeed says:
    July 19th, 2011 12:14 pm

    Dear Mr Adil,

    This is totally insensible and unreasonable to stop this blog.
    Your team has worked so hard to build this platform for 5 yrs. This must continue irrespective of your and your team’s other commitments.

    You failed to justify your statements in giving the reason of stopping it.

    You build it and it must continue, please give its administration to other reasonable Pakistanis if you don’t have time to manage it. Please take some way out and start it immediately.

    Regards

  209. Ehtesham says:
    July 20th, 2011 2:07 am

    With due respect to all ATP fans, Mr. Adil’s credo was “Ham Dekhein Gey” by Faiz however throughout 5 years of this website, not even once he took a principle stance on any real issue that needed some courage. Yes he wrote against suicide attacks etc. but who in Pakistan is not against them?

    Did he wrote a single blog educating people about Musharraf’s dictatorship, judges movement etc. ?

    This website has been a really good effort and I am myself regular visitor but it never had anything to do with Najam’s “anthems” which made this site popular to begin with.

  210. ASAD says:
    July 20th, 2011 4:44 am

    Janab Ehtesham bhai, maybe you should do a search on this sites search function on those two things ‘Musharraf’ or ‘judiciary’ and you will find just how much has been written here on that. and written before it was fashionable to do so. Aab tou saab he shaheed ban gaye hain, but even when no one was raising these issues, ATP was.

    Maybe you should check before you bad mouth something. Or maybe you are just someone who loves to badmouth others…. jo bhi ho, khush raho.

  211. Fahim says:
    July 21st, 2011 9:34 am

    Maybe you shouldn’t return to Pakistan yet:
    http://www.riazhaq.com/2011/07/political-patronage-trumps-public.html
    Wednesday, July 20, 2011
    Political Patronage Trumps Public Policy in Pakistan

  212. Opt says:
    July 21st, 2011 12:50 pm

    Khiyal Rakhna. thats greate written

  213. Asma Ali says:
    July 22nd, 2011 12:43 am

    Dr. Adil Najam, I salute you… for your courage, for your humanity and for your Pakistaniat. You make me proud of being a Pakistani.

  214. Mohammed Wasim says:
    July 22nd, 2011 4:56 am

    Best of luck to Prof. Najam in Pakistan. This is a bold decision, I hope Pakistan and Pakistanis are kind on you and do not do to you what we do to all our good people.

  215. July 25th, 2011 1:28 pm
  216. Yaqoob says:
    July 26th, 2011 12:53 am

    I miss ATP every day, even more on days like this when Karachi burns. I want a shoulder I could cry on and share the pain. For five years that shoulder was ATP.
    Like the poem Adil Najam once posted:
    meray shehr jal rahey hain, meray loug marr rahey hain

  217. Sara Rashid says:
    July 27th, 2011 2:18 pm

    For those who miss Pakistaniat can check out a new blogging website:

    http://www.MintoPark.com

  218. August 4th, 2011 8:52 pm

    Missing ATP … seriously !!

  219. smssr84 says:
    August 9th, 2011 10:20 am

    awwww…. I am missing ATP!!….. I keep checking on this page to see maybe something has provoked you to start saying again… so much is happening in Pakistan…. and all doors from all around seem to be closing down!!….. May Allah guide Pakistanis to a better future!! Ameen!!

  220. Ayesha says:
    August 12th, 2011 2:58 am

    There is an equally good Pakistani blogging website now. Please visit.
    http://www.MintoPark.com

  221. Javed says:
    August 13th, 2011 5:35 pm

    I miss ATP every day, but I salute Adil Najam for the courage and the Pakistaniat he has shown with this decision. As they say, when the going gets tough, the tough get going.

  222. August 14th, 2011 3:05 am

    I congratulate all the readers and bloggers on Pakistaniat, You all are doing great job to fill the space PLZ continue it in the future with good informative and Awesome contents.

  223. Saman says:
    August 16th, 2011 1:06 am

    for the hidden knowledge of Pakistan flag …read this article…

    http://pakistanall.blogspot.com/2011/08/what-is-meaning-of-pakistani-flag.html

  224. August 17th, 2011 12:29 am

    Please checkout and sign up @ http://www.pakistanidea.com.

    Thanks in advance!

  225. August 22nd, 2011 2:24 am

    What has happened? I am sure you are not going to shut this blog. I live in India and always found your blog refreshing.

    Hope you will continue the good work.

  226. August 22nd, 2011 2:14 pm

    Assalam O Alikum,
    Adil bro, what happend with you, you are the guy who motivate me to get involved in national affairs by writing by contributiong my self, I was just a reader of the blog site but after a few post of your, Now I feel like to get an active part into national work. I do not wanna work for the politician’s or ruler but I wanna work for the nation, for the country for the cause.
    Still I’m surprise that what had been? Yes, we are facing many of the issues at the same time. Know we are well known as the International beggers, as we are all waiting for the huge and massive diseaster’s to go in front of the world and to take a chance for begging international bugs around the globe.
    I am very much sure that we are very good as nation but ver are ill manner, sick manner, living with all negative thoughts and waiting for a kind of the Masiha or Saint or Inqilabi who just about to come and take over the things and may solved all of the things at the same time. We don’t wanna do by anything by ourself, but for own.
    Adil Bro, and dear reader’s. Our country is facing many of the trouble and terrible situation at this time. as usual “Mulk ess waqt Mushkil halat se guzer raha hai” and according to Shazad Roy “Laga Reh” so we are also wants for “laga reh”. Your blogs and this site is great atleast or readers can read the fact the real stories which need to be open in front of the world.
    We must need to be aware with the situation and get involved as individual for the nation.
    So, bro please do not go anywhere, as I’m a huge fan of u, you are one of the great icon for me into many blogger’s.
    Hope that you may think about it.
    GOD Bless You.
    Long Live Pakistan.
    Stay Blessed!
    Mansoor

  227. August 23rd, 2011 9:56 pm

    Hindustaniat, Pakistaniat and above all Insaniat must survive.

  228. Yasir says:
    August 24th, 2011 5:23 am

    Congrates, I really love your blog, I have also started a website for online shopping Pakistan guide. I wanted to get a backlink in your blog. Is their any possibility ?

  229. Asma Khan says:
    August 24th, 2011 6:38 am

    We are missing Pakistaniat blogs. Wish you guys can start again. However I also found another interesting blog site:

    http://www.MintoPark.com

  230. Asma Firdous says:
    September 3rd, 2011 12:59 am

    Prof. Najam you are a great asset to this country and you do not know how many hearts have gained confidence by your decision to return to Pakistan. You are a symbol of all that we aspire to be. Thank you, Sir.

  231. Adil says:
    September 3rd, 2011 5:56 pm
  232. Student says:
    September 5th, 2011 10:19 am

    Professor Najam are you moving back to Pakistan ? I would have loved to meet you in TUFTS while I was here.

  233. September 8th, 2011 2:17 am

    we love pakistan. You written well about pakistan. we appriciate

  234. September 9th, 2011 9:23 am

    Moving Back to Pakistan in such circumstances really shows your affection and Love with it. Great Decision !Pakistan needs you :)

  235. Rehan Farooqi says:
    September 13th, 2011 3:20 am

    With what is happening in Pakistan right now, I hope you are having second thoughts about reopening this site. I have wandered around the net but have not settled on any one site as I had on this one. Pakistan nahi tau hum bhi nahi

  236. Immad Uddin Khan says:
    September 18th, 2011 6:15 pm

    Keeping the current situation in mind and reading decision about coming back makes me love my Country more! I hope to see something at a bigger platform this time around from one of my favorite bloggers. :-) Pakistan nahin toh hum bhi nahin!!!!

  237. Jeech says:
    September 23rd, 2011 10:04 am

    Congratulations on your 5th anniversary!
    Some posters here express their high concern about Pakistan. It’s very satisfactory to realize that our ‘alert system’ is working quite well. Pakistan like a human body has a great immune system; we, the people of Pakistan are the immune system. Never let the immunity ever fail.

  238. reader says:
    September 25th, 2011 10:55 pm

    Hilarious comments on Arif Nizami ex editor of The Nation. Check it out

    http://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2011/09/a-nutcracker-situation/

  239. September 30th, 2011 8:05 pm

    Congrats ATP!

  240. Moyna says:
    October 7th, 2011 2:05 am

    Dear Adil….I have been following your blog for the last two years since the time I did a search on what I thought I had coined….the word Pakistaniyat. I found not only the fact that you had beaten me to it but that have done more justice to the expression than I could ever do. Today my husband went to LUMS to meet you on work and I wish I could have joined him and his colleagues….but they came back with the impression that you seemed a beacon of hope for Pakistan. I couldn’t agree more.
    But I would like to meet you to discuss the ideas I had almost two years ago to work towards a Pakistan that Pakistanis not only love but one that makes each heart swell with pride at the ‘moreness’ of this wonderful country….it’s ‘khoobiyat’ which can be the driving force that will take Pakistan forward into a world that will stop and listen to it because of this Khoobiyat and Pakistaniyat. Please tell me how I may be a part of the Pakistaniyat dream….

  241. viol-8-r says:
    October 7th, 2011 10:17 pm

    منرل انھیں ملی جو ھمسفر نہ تھے

  242. viol-8-r says:
    October 7th, 2011 10:19 pm

    اور
    مرے تھے جن کے لئے وھ رھے وضو کرتے

  243. Ch Mooch says:
    October 9th, 2011 7:16 pm

    Very sorry to see this shutdown.

  244. October 9th, 2011 7:17 pm

    very sorry to see this

  245. October 9th, 2011 7:19 pm

    Nice site. Can anyone else run it?

  246. Moshin says:
    October 11th, 2011 8:49 pm

    Hello All,

    Please any one can guide me where we can buy a cheap laptops or notebook in pakistan

  247. Nina says:
    October 11th, 2011 8:51 pm

    Every one can buy and sell laptops and notebooks in pakistan now in very good price.
    please visit

    dws(dot)com(dot)pk

  248. viol-8-r says:
    October 12th, 2011 1:13 am

    One last question? What this site has to do with moving back to Pakistan ?

    Should anyone who is doing something out of country, stop and then go back?

    OR if you are doing something good, one should stop and become like one being criticized and then move back to Pakistan.

    I don’t find any justification here

  249. Athar says:
    October 13th, 2011 11:52 am

    Hence Proved, they were cowards and ran away.

  250. October 16th, 2011 6:36 am

    Well done, keep up the good work.

  251. October 16th, 2011 6:37 am

    Well Done !

  252. Qasim says:
    October 16th, 2011 11:04 am

    I don’t get it. WHY did this blog have to be closed again?

    This was literally a national treasure for Pakistan, sheding light on our collective cultural heritage, history, impressive eccentric personalities, everything. Colonial heritage, Bahawalpur’s palaces, to Imran Khan’s cricketing days.

    Dear Adil Najam, you seem to be moving to Pakistan right at it’s lowest low, I hope things start to pick up from here. I don’t get why you had to close down the blog though.

    Was it the financial expenditure of running such a huge website? I hope you can bring yourself to be honest and open about your reasons. This was something enjoyed by Pakistanis from all over the world.

  253. Aasadullah says:
    October 16th, 2011 2:23 pm

    Dr. Najam, you are a true inspiration. The platform you created here was amazing and now to actually go back to Pakistan to put these ideas in practice takes immense dedication. We are proud of you truly.

  254. October 16th, 2011 5:24 pm

    dude , man you are awesome !
    why are you leaving ?

  255. Umar Khan says:
    October 26th, 2011 4:08 am

    I ve been visiting every night hoping that the site may have returned to its past glory but it hasnt! We need blogs like these to keep us liberals going. Plz switch it back on.

  256. October 26th, 2011 6:11 am

    You can always do a review and change your mind!!!

  257. Misbah Kasi says:
    October 30th, 2011 1:30 am

    Dear Adil sahab,

    You chose great words for your last post ” Khayal Rakhna”.(the Alamgir song!) I saw the post many days back while at office and I must say that it really made me feel sad.

    I loved, I loved the content from ho jamalo to Pakistan railways, or whether it be about beautiful places or beautiful people, or even poetry. Loved the intellectualism in the posts, it made me feel as if we shared the same values.

    I often visited your place, sometimes just to show to friends and forwarded links to friends in outside Pakistan.

    I always thought you were a very young guy in your early 30s and often thought of writing a personal mail to you or even calling you…… Until very recently I visited your web page and I must say very impressed reading your profile and maybe sort of understood why you couldnt continue.

    Reading your posts has been a great pleasure. But what I dont understand is why didnt you promote your site, you had all the means at your disposal. Even though i was not a frequent blogger but still I feel it should continue.

    It must be a real honor to become the vice chancellor of the top university in Pakistan, I really think the blog should live for long !

    Pakistan Zindabad

  258. Urdu Poet says:
    November 1st, 2011 6:56 pm

    Good bye Adil, you have done a wonderful job by writing this blog for entire 5 years and now we look forward to see you back soon…

  259. Pakistani says:
    November 6th, 2011 1:58 pm

    I feel proud to see your site. it’s lovly…

  260. tech geek says:
    November 12th, 2011 9:24 pm

    Pakistan Zindabad

  261. Arif Ali says:
    November 21st, 2011 6:02 pm

    i like the photo its very catchy

  262. Zen Fox says:
    November 30th, 2011 10:34 am

    I must say I am very sad. I just discovered this blog today, only to find it has already shuttered. In light of the recent tragic event on the Pakistani border, such a blog (and dialogue) is needed now more than ever. For myself, as an average American, I would like to say that I greatly regret the loss of Pakistani lives, and that I understand that no explanation can assuage the grief of the soldiers’ families, nor the anger of Pakistani pride and dignity. As much as anyone, I want to understand how this happened. If this was indeed a tragic accident, we must understand the root cause, correct it, and ensure that such an incident never occurs again. And if this was the result of negligence or malice, the culprits must be identified and held accountable. The anger and grief may yet be too raw, but I wish for greater understanding and respect on both sides. Pakistan is a great nation, with a bright future, and I wish the best for its people.

  263. Sikander Hayat says:
    December 4th, 2011 10:51 pm

    It is sad to hear that Adil and Owais have stopped. From time to time I read this blog and found it very interesting.

    http://real-politique.blogspot.com

  264. Umer says:
    December 12th, 2011 1:32 pm

    Its a great blog and i really like each post of it.

  265. Meengla says:
    December 14th, 2011 4:12 pm

    Pakistan is about to go through its own version of the Arab Spring with the rise of Imran Khan and his political party, leading quite possibility to Imran Khan being the next leader of Pakistan.
    There is so much we can discuss here about what’s happening right now, what should happen, and what should not happen as the next general elections approaches. There are almost unbelievable political shifts happening in Pakistan these days: I came back to the USA from Karachi a couple of days ago. I could not believe that almost all the Urdu-speaking community members in Karachi I spoke with–who had voted MQM since the 80′s–are now planning to vote for Imran Khan. Imagine the shift! Magnify it to the entire Pakistan. And then only you will know there is a tectonic shift in Pakistani politics–something like that not seen since Zulfi Bhutto’s rise in the late 60′s.
    We need to actively witness and participate in such a historic event.
    *****Can we at least not bring the blog back through the six-month period following the next general elections? There is much quickening of the heart-beats of Pakistanis–finally finding a ray of hope in the form of Imran Khan. This blog can help all Pakistanis–and indeed people from the regions surrounding Pakistan–to promote understanding and peace.****
    @Zen Fox: Thank you.

  266. jehan riar says:
    December 14th, 2011 9:24 pm

    what a lovely blog with an even lovelier agenda. i wish i had stumbled upon this sooner. i wish you all the best in your future endeavors and can only hope that you continue in helping make Pakistan a better place.

  267. December 16th, 2011 5:16 am

    Very Well Written Brother , I regularly visit your blog. The way you write inspires me :)

  268. omnibazar says:
    December 25th, 2011 1:01 pm

    Yes,,, Congrats!!!

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  269. December 28th, 2011 2:26 pm

    Congratulations on you 5th birthday! :) My bf runs business in this far-away country and it’s nice to know what’s going on in the country while he’s there :) So congrats, keep moving forward, guys !

  270. Pakistan says:
    November 1st, 2014 2:50 pm

    Pakistan Army in k khilaf operation kr rhi hy.

  271. November 21st, 2014 1:06 am

    What i conclude, is not only for you but for every one,Time is not Favourable…

  272. December 20th, 2014 12:34 am

    Great post,Thanks

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