Thank You for Your Pakistaniat: ATP Named Pakistan’s Best Current Affairs Blog

Posted on June 2, 2010
Filed Under >Adil Najam, >Owais Mughal, About ATP
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Adil Najam and Owais Mughal

We are delighted and honored to learn that All Things Pakistan has been named the Best Current Affairs Blog in the first Annual Pakistan Blog Awards. Our thanks to all those who voted for us and to everyone who has supported this effort. We have been lucky to have been honored before in the lists that Shirazi sahib has been doing at Light Within (2009, 2008, 2007, 2006) and today we are humbled by this recognition just as we were on those.

So, dear readers, we thank the organizers of the Blog Awards, but even more than them we thank all of you today. For having shared with us in this journey of Pakistaniat.

Awards themselves may not mean much, but the recognition that what we are doing here is considered to be worth doing by at least some is priceless. Running the blog day in and day out for now nearly four years is not easy. The burden – on one’s time as well as one’s emotions – becomes even more grueling because of the pace at which bad news has been flowing from Pakistan recently. The comments can be harsh. The weather seems forever rough. Nerves are frayed – our own as well as those of our readers. And existence seems forever on edge. But, then, that too is very much a part of being Pakistani today. Of our Pakistaniness. Of our Pakistaniat.

At the end of the day, it is all made worth the effort when one knows that there are people out there for whom Pakistaniat serves a purpose.

Such occasions are also good occasions for introspection. Even though we have done so less as time has flown and as the talkee-i-ayam has increased, we have tried to celebrate our milestone and laid out our own motivations for doing what we do: See ATP’s 1st Post (June 11, 2006), ATP’s 100th Post (July 16, 2006), ATP’s ‘Going Forward’ Post (Aug 18, 2006), ATP’s move to Pakistaniat.Com Post (Sep 1, 2006), ATP and Tangay Walla Post (Nov 25, 2006), ATPs ‘Six Month Anniversary’ Post (Dec 11, 2006), ATPs ‘One Year Anniversary’ Post (June 11, 2007), ATPs Redesign Curtain-raiser Post (July 18, 2007), ATPs ‘Two Year Anniversary’ Post (June 11, 2008), ATPs ‘Three Year Anniversary’ Post (June 11, 2009), Who Reads Post (July 5, 2009) here.

To be honest, we have thought sometimes of just giving it (the blog) up. Even more often we have thought of handing it over to someone else (we would actually love to do that if we found a good home for it). But it is you, our readers, who keep us going. And keep us feeling good about keeping it going.

Like all things are destined to, I am sure that at some point this too shall disappear. But until then, we remain, yours in Pakistaniat!

39 responses to “Thank You for Your Pakistaniat: ATP Named Pakistan’s Best Current Affairs Blog”

  1. Watan Aziz says:

    Where is Adil?

    Where is the Adil of the millennium conference?

    Had to told me then that Adil would be focused on Pakistaniat, I would have agreed.

    But had to told me then that Adil would be publishing tashmbeen, I would have never believed it.

    And had you told me that Adil would consider some phantom idea as “serious tax reform”, I would have never believed it.

    And had you told me that Adil would have “held someone in high regard” who utters an astonishing statement, ““Personally speaking, I am in favour of taxing the rich, but the Constitution does not allow the federal government to do so because it is a provincial subject”.”, I would have never believed you.

    And had you told me that Adil will be lost to the dark side of the glitter and shine, I would never have believed you.

    I am looking for Adil Najam who has gone off the course.

    Adil, come back.

    Pakistan needs good people and we cannot afford to lose our good people to the dark side of the “gitter-mitter” crowd.

    PS. I will continue to protest the tamashbeen. We cannot entertain ourselves with filth, even if it is real and exists amongst us.

  2. wasim watio says:

    Common people of pakistan have been enduring the giant problems of Inflation , unemployment and government corruption for a few years. Pakistanis get ready for another blow! Your government is going to impose three different taxes of Rs.80 billion. These taxes are reformed GST, increase in the percentage of income tax from 2-3% to 10% and a high-amount property tax for urban areas. The most cruel part of these ruthless taxes is that they would be imposed on the middle and lower class only. No tax is going to be imposed on the upper or the elite class. It is time to wake up. How would the already suffering people of pakistan be able to pay these cruel taxes . Why don’t our corrupt rulers impose taxes on the riches ? Why don’t they impose agriculture tax ?. The answer is simple that the elite class is actually the ruling class. I don’t see anything stopping the imposition of these taxes so get ready for the miserable life waiting for you. Pakistan is a poor country for its common people only because the elite class of our country has a life style which is highly luxurious than the rich people of western countries. What is the need of a 90-minister-cabinet. According to Transparency international a single minister’s expenditure is Rs.1 lac per day. Yes , you hear me right, it is rupees One lac per day. So how can one say that pakistan is a poor country. Pakistan is a poor country but for its common people only.

  3. Pervaiz says:

    Congratulations to the ATP team. Most well deserved certainly. You are a voice of sanity in the wilderness.

  4. Blogger says:

    Congrats guys. You deserved this.

  5. Fauzia says:

    Most well deserved
    Congrats to ATP Pakistaniat team

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