Media Priorities and the Caskets from Bara
The memory of the martyrs of the Alamdar road massacre in Quetta is still fresh in our memories. The trail blazers of Alamdar Road, did a unique protest that struck a cord with all of Pakistan. So effective was this effort that the provincial government of a province was sent packing because of it.
Well that trend has caught on. Currently, around 5000 protestors from Khyber Agency have descended upon Governor House Peshawar carrying the bodies of the 18 martyrs who were killed as mercilessly as those in Alamdar Road.
There is a chance that you might not have heard about it, and that is because the Pakistani media has different priorities. Apart from the Pashto language Khyber TV, no other channel is giving it as special as a priority as they gave to Tahir ul Qadri today.
This is a look at the major news channels of Pakistan at around 4 pm on 16th of January 2013, only hours after the protestors brought their dead to Peshawar.
1- PTV – Lahore protest against TuQ
2- Express News – Tahir ul Qadri
3- Dunya TV – Lahore protest against TuQ
4- Aaj – Tahir Ul Qadri
5- Geo News – Tahir ul Qadri
6- ARY News – Tahir ul Qadri
7- Waqt News – Tahir ul Qadri
8- Samaa – Tahir ul Qadri
9- NewsOne – News Bulletin
10- Dawn News – Tahir ul Qadri
11- CNBC – Ghar key Baat (Flower decorations)
12- Channel 5 News – Tahir Ul Qadri
13- Din News – Tahir Ul Qadri
14- Apna News – News Bulletin
15- Khyber News – Peshawar protest #JusticeForTribesmen
The 18 dead of Bara demand the same attention, as the ones from Alamdar road.
Lets listen to their complaints as well, not all of Pakistan is lucky enough to only be worried about load shedding and corruption.