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Friday, May 21, 2010


Facebook's (and other randomly chosen websites' as well as, perhaps, the 21st century's) condemnation to a ban till the end of the month (and to damnation, presumably) by the judges of the Lahore High Court was preceded, as Fiza News noted, by protests in several places, including...

Yes, K-Pakhtunkhwa... That faraway, exotic place with its peculiar culture. Is it wrong if I am reminded of this movie clip? But I am reminded of it anyway, and this is only meant to be for some sarcastic fun, deliberately regardlessly of the actual peculiarities of Pashtun and other cultures in the region - and certainly not out of any lack of respect for the people living there:

That the NWFP's name was changed to Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa is no fresh news of course. I was merely surprised when, for this very first time, I saw its name simplified in the above way, for the purposes of better fitting it into an on-line newspaper column. But if you are interested in learning more about the re-naming, Zahid Shahab Ahmed nicely summarised the issues surrounding it here. Yours truly commented there as well.

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