Context: After PPP and ANP’s debacles in recent elections, if Pakistan’s progressive and liberal parties are to remain relevant, they can’t afford to ignore constructive, sincere and honest critical voices from within and without the party. Unfortunately, within the party there are certain elements who are doing their best to suppress this criticism thus contributing to further distance between progressive leaders and the masses. The following is an example of Politburo tactics to suppress and punish dissenting voices. Rest is self explanatory.
When the time came to support the PPP, particularly before and after the elections 2013, most of these so called scholars were nowhere to be found to defend the party and to address popular concerns too. While LUBP was publishing dozens of balanced and coherent posts to project PPP government’s achievements in the last 5 years along with the threats and limitations posed by the TTP, ASWJ, Judiciary and security establishment, many of these did not bother to support LUBP author’s voluntary work. Instead, they tried to isolate the party leadership from both supportive posts and constructive criticism.
Here is link to the contribution by LUBP in just the pre-election social media effort:
There are dozens of articles. Some cunning ones were promoted by PTI. This one in particular might be the most read pre-election article on social media, we got almost 5,000 Facebook likes and tens of thousands of reads on LUBP, this is only one example there were several other successes:
We promote the PPP secular progressive point of view. We do it for no pay. We offer all contributions from the heart, we want no money. Please bear in mind that LUBP is the most widely read Pakistani blog with higher viewership than The Friday Times and Viewpointonline etc. We may disagree with some of its posts but do we agree with every single column published in TFT or Dawn for example? Censorship betrays an insecure mindset and is a tool of the weak. As followers of Shaeed BB we must not resort to Zia’st tactics of censorship. What kind of think tank censors critical posts and shoots the messenger?