Pornography in Pakistan: Free for All!

by Absar on May 29, 2011 · 49 comments

in Education, National

Thank you all those who have clicked on this article!

My job is to write articles that attract people and get the maximum number of clicks.  ;)

And think about it…. all I had to do was to pick a title with the word ‘pornography’ in it and VOILA!!! The endless clicks start.

Don’t worry bro (or sis)! It’s not just you. This is the dilemma of our beloved nation, the ISLAMIC republic of Pakistan.

Some years ago Pakistan topped Google’s list for searches on some porn related keywords.

WHAT!!?  In a conservative country like ours, where Taliban own all the “chai ka dhaba’s” and women are ‘oppressed’?

Yes! This was true back then and I am sure that even now, if not number one, Pakistan is surely in the top five.

What do you expect? When there are no restrictions on accessing any porn site on the internet and all you have to do is chat up the video store guy to get a porn DVD.

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Oh! To make it worse a “ghanta” at any internet cafe is as easy as cheap as twenty rupees and the DVD….around a 100! Maybe even less if you have a good dirty joke on your phone to forward.

I know I sound a whole lot satirical, but if you really analyze it, this is a growing menace that is stinking up the whole society.

I don’t have to quote religious injunctions to tell people that anything related to porn is wrong. But in a society like ours it is downright criminal.

This might sound insulting, but as a nation we are ill equipped to put into place moral controls. There is no concept of parental controls and it takes us less than a second to throw all ethics out the window as and when needed.

So just imagine the damage that the free for all porn is doing to our society.

Forget kids for a second. Think about this… In a conservative society like ours a person can throw all caution to the wind and get full access to sexually explicit content with very little hurdles. What then?  Where does this frustration vent out? Pre-marital affairs, extra marital affairs, rape, child molestation and what not!!!

Just for a second… think of your sister, mother, wife or daughter in any of the above situations. Makes you cringe doesn’t it?!

Now do you see the down side to it? I am sure you do.

The values that pornography propagates are against the concept of a family. Pornography completely weakens the traditional values that favour marriage, family and children. Is that where we want our society to head?

Pornography clearly exploits women and is complicit in violence against women. Pornography is synonymous with domination, humiliation, and coercion of women, and reinforces sexual and cultural attitudes promoting sexual harassment.

Don’t believe me? Well, then you might believe the “angraiz” feminists that claim that porn contributes to the male-centered objectification of women and thus to sexism (so does modeling).

So what do we do? Like I said, and I know you’ll agree with me that we are incapable of imposing any self-control on ourselves and our family… (I know people who watch Indian item songs with their children around).

The workable solution in my view is a complete ban on porn. We have tried the opposite and it clearly does not work.

The government should take heed from the Gulf countries where all such things are banned. And believe you me, it is effective. Kids don’t have ready access to porn and neither does every other Tom, Dick and Harry (or Ali, Qasim, and Abdullah).

It’s not as difficult as it sounds. Most reputable companies in Pakistan have all this content blocked on their networks, so why can’t our government do it? I don’t think the cost is really much to bear if you consider that local companies can afford it.

Even if there is a cost factor, I still say why not? Look at the benefits! Is there really any benefit in leaving it open for all?

I have gotten you thinking right? Good!

{ 49 comments… read them below or add one }

Khalid October 11, 2012 at 11:39 pm

Simply ban sex and get rid of the problem

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Mazhar September 1, 2012 at 6:54 am

A nice work by the author but it has gone that deep in society, that its is almost impossible now . A society where every third boy is sitting on webcam in shameful condition offering the girls to watch or whatsoever , just forgetting his own family females. And education what to talk about educated people , i came across an individual on yahoo with such a shameful id that i cant even think of writing it here and when i chat him to ask what is it and what is his education so he was an it professional with masters degree and doing his mphil so what education u are talking about. Its a matter of self respect and many other things that are to be corrected.

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Fahad Ahmad Siddiqi April 13, 2012 at 2:13 pm

Nation of culprits and rapists? We need a change!

Pakistani! This word clicks your mind and convinces you that one is talking about a person from Pakistan who is saint, pious, humble, sinless and Pak. But i am sure that my fellow Pakistanis and I myself dont carry any of the aspects i mentioned anymore. On regular basis, race related crimes, rapes, acts of prostitution and vulgarity are conducted in this motherland which was earned after atleast a million Muslims sacrificed their blood and properties in order to preserve the honor of Muslim Ummah. We achieved, we prospered, we won, we suffered, we developed love for fellows, we conducted Jihad against our evil intentions. So, this much is fact that we really proved ourselves.

But this all lasted for a decade or two after creation of Pakistan. Lets fast forward the chapters of history and play the year 2011. Lets observe what are we today. We are a nation which consists of Zanis, drunkards and morally corrupt people. We are muslims. Oh yes we are??? No, we are a bunch of idiots who are addicted to Pornography, Film Industry, European cultural shit etc. The Young Turks is a liberal progressive talk show started by United States of America. This channel has recently slapped Muslim Ummah by exposing the fact that Pakistan ranked among top ten countries who exploited search engines to find different pornographic websites. Surprising? No! Everyday, i witness my classmates discussing the porn they watched during their vacations. They discuss websites, material and some other disgusting material.

In Pakistan and India(subcontinent as whole), headquarters of Prostitution have been established by So called muslim fellas. Unemployment exploits men and women to do some illegitimate and disgusting jobs. Rich people, loaded with bucks and huge amounts, prefer visiting such areas to satisfy their greed and lust.On Dawn News, i saw a youngster saying these words “bazar mein 8-10 customer to lag hi jatay hain” And this boy aged no more than 16-17 years. In many elite Educational institutes of Pakistan, Co ed leads to disaster. Teen S**, Drinking, Smoking and many other disgusting acts are witnessed in our Educational Institutes, namely Bay View Academy Karachi, Lahore Grammar School, The City School Capital Campus etc. Many will disagree with this, but this is bitter fact we have to swallow. Recently, a footage was leaked from Bahauddin Zakariya University. That footage showed some boarding seniors sexually harassing new admits to the hostel.

“This market will close down the day our brothers and fathers start thinking about our well being but this will never close down” These words were used by a prostitute to express her feelings over her job on Dawn News Channel. Now it should be clear to every member of Muslim Ummah that why are suffering Western Oppressions, Natural Disasters, Catastrophic Invasions etc. By God, this is nothing but Wrath of God. All websites containing nude materials and disturbing stuff should be banned in Pakistan to improve condition of our Youth. Rapists and Zanis must be dealt according to Islamic Laws and this should be done without any discrimination. Allah(SWT) may help us with our troubles and show us a true path to walk on. Ameen

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Syed Owais Mukhtar April 13, 2012 at 5:53 am

Early marriages should be promoted.

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Syed Owais Mukhtar April 13, 2012 at 5:52 am

Well, the more the people striving to see porn, there are a lot more people who are working to block and hack these sites just for the sake so that people will be unable to watch them, well its a very little effort but a little is better than nothing, we all have discrepancies and no wonder our nation is going to downfall but we have to bring it up and the only thing that brings is Islamic values in Pakistan and the enforcement of the Sharia law, only then we will be able to fight the conspiracies. I also want to tell you that Pakistan is number one in Islamic searches so cheer up, be positive.
See whats Pakistani media is doing only promoting negativity.

http://syedowais.blogspot.com/2012/04/free-media-fruit-of-poisonous-tree.html

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Aashir Farhan March 11, 2012 at 8:06 pm

n faith is by ur self,, coz islam says that “Sab se afzal jihad apne nafs k khelaf jehad ha” so our faith is so week that we cant do jihad wid our nafs,,

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Aashir Farhan March 11, 2012 at 8:04 pm

Im a Medical student n its scientifically proved that as youngsters become adults ,, all such feelings arises strongly in them whether they are girls or boys.. so they must have 2 do something 4 their such feelings,, if they get married,, its well n gud,, otherwise they will go 4 porn sites.. if ther are banned.. then they will surely go 4 rape.. so banning porn sites cud increase the percentage of rapes in pakistan..

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Aashir Farhan March 11, 2012 at 7:59 pm

people talking about islam should also know that Islam says that as ur childs become adults mature,,do their marriages.. but unfortunately v people become mature at the age of 18 n get married at 28..Why? CAN ANYONE ANS MY QUESTION..just because of this issue,, islam says this..

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Pakistan Classified Ads March 22, 2012 at 6:23 am

Dear Bro,

yes one should get married when he or she gets mature but living in society where you have little to earn and too much to spend, where you have to look after the whole family etc, you are left with no other option.

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Aashir Farhan March 11, 2012 at 7:52 pm

why pakistani nation hav a keen interest in pornography?? think abt it deeply.. why pakistani nation is mostly attracted by most of drugs.. why pakistani nation get all these addictions like pornography smoking snoughing etccc.. main problem is depression… just wash out all the causes of depression in pakistan,.. these addictions will surely b removed.. 1 thing more.. if an addict is suddenly deprived of its addictive material then he or she can go to any extent 4 getting it.. so we hav 2 take steps slowly.. or it cud be more threatful.. n wat will u block.. wat about those cinemas in pakistan showing complete pornography.. even movies whether they r indian pakistani or hollywood,, they are just becoming like porns.. so personally i dont think so that banning porn sites will work..

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Fahad March 1, 2012 at 5:20 am

Alhamdolillah with the blessings of Allah Almighty and with the commitment of the concerned citizen’s of Pakistan, we have achieved in placement of a permanent ban on more than 1,70,000 Pornographic, adult and explicit websites in Pakistan, as per the comments submitted by the PTA in as much as by the Ministry of Information & Technology in the said writ petition pending adjudication in Honourable Lahore High Court, One can not visit Pornographic sites via PTCL boradbad, further Wateen has endured assurance that it will too disallow airing of such websites through its broadband,
i owe you a big Thank sir for writing such a lovely piece of knowledge and information which help me make an effort for some positive social change for my country!!!
Thank You again!!

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Hasan March 1, 2012 at 5:23 am

Jazak’Allah! Thanks for making an effort and doing a great job. We are happy we contributed!

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Aisha February 29, 2012 at 5:08 pm

Absar Kazmi
I can’t tell you that how much am Happy by reading your artical.well i have lots of thing to say but will write only few points.First Congratulations as our government banned all Porn sites.
I am a student doing CSS and I can’t explain that I was in a terrible satuation when i came to know about all these kinda porn sites when I started using internet.And from the begning I was against it.I always wanted these sites to be banne.Infact I Used to discuss this issue with my freinds all the time.And every time My Friends end up with solution that its not possible to banne porn sites.
You”ll not belive me but By God I used to pray in my Nimaz for this.Coz all our values,our traditions and family respects were spoiling,Specially our youngsters either boys and girls.
And now I guess God Heard all by prayers.I am so Happy:-)
I want to Congratulate all those who were against it.
and to Salute all those who worked to banne these sites.

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ch sohaib January 18, 2012 at 4:16 am

its a good step to save our generation

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dr zaheer akntar November 22, 2011 at 4:30 pm

we strongly condem such sites. shame on those who made & who use

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lemon November 5, 2011 at 11:30 am

the thing is our rulers want this nation to be as immoral and valueless as possible. They want us to lose faith and religion. this would make our nation weak and more prone to their cruel and coercive control. Authorities are being paid to spread this menace in our society, This is the reason websites with such contents are not being blocked.

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ali haq malik November 3, 2011 at 3:22 am

I strictly obey what u said.porn sites shud b blocked in pakistan.I dont know why it is nt been still done.can any tell me why it is nt possible to all dirty porn site in pakistan which is despite a islamic country if like facebook,youtube,wikileaks and so on sites can be blocked then why shudnt these.
I think google,youtube can do smthng if they can spread porn. They can block also.
Plz plz plz save pakistan,save nation,save youth,promote islam rather than this shit.
Reply to my comment

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Fahad Ahmad Siddiqi August 18, 2011 at 5:45 pm

http://www.facebook.com/groups/saynotoporninpakistan/?ref=notif&notif_t=group_activity
i request you all to join us , and help us grow stronger against the issue of Pornography in Pakistan

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Fahad Ahmad Siddiqi June 21, 2011 at 4:57 am

Asalamoalaikum All, i would agree with Sheheryar Noor to an extent, the real thing that is painful is not whether Pakistan topped the search for porn sites, the real thing which is of more grave concern is that where our youth is leading to? i understand that bringing a bad name to Pakistan to be the top searchers in porn websites is less harmful than the deplorable state of mind of our youth at present is, we should join hands to restrict our half educated rather illiterate youth from further devastation, we should join hands from keeping a bridge on easy approach to such sites , it is practically impossible in Pakistan to ask for parental care, parental care can be exercised in homes or institutions but can not be exercised in Net Cafe’s available in every nook and corner of our streets!!!

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Hasan June 21, 2011 at 7:26 am

Walaikum Assalaam, I just want to thank you for the step that you have taken and want to assure you that we are with you.

There are a lot of people who don’t want these sites banned in Pakistan (Most of them are media organizations) – I really don’t see the logic in their stand.

May Allah help us get rid of this menace which is banned in most of the Muslim countries including UAE, Turkey, Kuwait and many more.

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Sheheryar Noor June 20, 2011 at 3:09 am

I have to say something about the most porn searched country. Actually most of Pakistani don’t know direct domain for porn like xnxx and worldsex they simply go to Google and type Porn or sex or anything related to sex that’s how Google counted search from Pakistan, but in west they don’t use Google to search porn they directly go to the website which Google can’t count
I am not saying that Pakistani don’t watch maybe if Pakistan isn’t top but it could be in top 10 or 15
In G.W.Bush US parliament had to pass a bill to convert all the porn sites from.com.net to xxx which G.W.Bush didn’t allow. I think after converting to xxx it would be pretty easy to ban these sites even at home if ISP don’t even ban them

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Hasan June 19, 2011 at 5:39 pm

I want to thank everyone who read the article and shared their thoughts. I just want to clarify that the title of the article “Pornography in Pakistan: Free for All” wasn’t selected because we wanted to bring you guys to read it. We were actually being sarcastic and the title was a bit of a taunt.

I would still want to apologize if you feel the other way around.

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ibi June 19, 2011 at 5:16 pm

i read this coz i was shocked to see pornography free in pakistan not because i m interested in this. it was way better if u wrote some thing how to finish or stop this kind of acts.
I think we all pakistani r useless now coz our country is getting worse and worse day by day and we r sleeping. we need to wake up, need to ask apologize to Allah for what we r doing and kick out all these politicians from our country

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Aftab June 19, 2011 at 1:44 pm

A very brilliant article in this regard,i should say the writer has really highlighted very ashamed corners of our society which of course these issues got to be discussed.even though writer has suggested some advices and surely we cannot wait for the disease to cure itself but at now we should be preventing it from affecting us again.this is what we should be upto at this stage,but unfortunately our govt and all are also silent on this issue as all others too.for your info search in news n u’ll find dat a wicked country like india has taken steps on this for many years now.afsos sadd afsos.musalmano musalman banjao…

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Muhammad Faisal Majeed June 19, 2011 at 1:11 pm

Asalam-O-Alaikum,

Dear All,

If we will be doing efforts again this matter then we could ban these types of sites.

Thanks
Faisal Majeed.

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ch sab June 19, 2011 at 12:09 pm

Pakistan topped in searching porn (i doubt this statement). how many %age in pakistan have internet access ? you know the nations where 50-60% of there people are using internet and they are into porn more than pakistan i guess. but anyways, Can you please provide some proof that “Pakistan topped in searching porn” ??????

if that is any email or any image then dont even bother to paste that since it can be fake as well. Can you share some authenticated stats about it. that how many people in pakistan are using internet?

if not then dont just write articles without any proof. i dont know this will be published or not but yet, be responsible and reasonable.

Thanks

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Haji June 19, 2011 at 11:43 am

good article but i did not clicked to view pornography but to view a report on pornography. and if u just think that poeple will read ur article just because of the atractive subject, u are mistaken. people who clicked this to view Pakistani Porn would give a damn and go back to what they were doing, just saying.

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ahmad June 19, 2011 at 11:26 am

i ill nt watch porn anymore

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velam@ April 7, 2013 at 9:06 am

ok!…a country like pak where ppl are total hypocrites(specially ones who call themselves religious) only rebuke but secretly watch dat p**n stuff! so wot to do??? u can ban these sites? but upto wot extent! can u ban proxies…no!…..ban dvdz…nop! …ban internet…..never! those who wantz 2 watch dat stuff will definately watch it in one way or they other…..so just educate ur kidz like sensible parentz in west do!

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Muhammad Sikandar June 19, 2011 at 11:09 am

This is true that Pakistan topped in porn search and it was also shocked how US program insulted us by highlighting this.I watched that program and it was disgusting that how our Paki’s search porn in disgusting categories.SO sad :(

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Waqass June 15, 2011 at 5:11 pm

very nice article but the point that made me click this link was the same as of Muneeb mentioned in its reply…..we all know where it can be easily accessed …I was just exploring this new site that this title caught ma eye and the same curiosity Muneeb had led me here.

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Yousaf June 15, 2011 at 12:21 pm

Fellow Citizens & the Writer: Your kids are yet …even adults are not provided sex education.. when we reach at the age of marriage, the all knowledge we posses are from friends, porn movies or explicit articles.

Forget the western courses of sex education, you are unable to provide them the basic Sharia Education regarding Sex..so what you expect from your younger generations.

Watching porn is probably due to the stricken restrictions in Pakistan, which grows into state of addition as time pass. You can not control it by taking measures individually, this is a social dilemma and society has to work together to keep away our youth and future generations.

I really worry sometimes that a boy in US will spend 2 out of 4 hours on internet for education or knowledge, but probably in Pakistan, a boy will spend 4 out of 4 hours watching porn. Why? We have to find out answer of this question.

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mohammed tariq June 21, 2011 at 12:50 am

@ yousof, shaitan will always hunt for the muslim, as he knows that there is waste of time to use his skill in non muslims. & about western countries they lack & loose moral and they are already out of question. So no need to use our little knowledge, we have to use shariya hukum (law) & banned all such kind of activities.

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Fahad Ahmad Siddiqi June 14, 2011 at 4:15 pm

i wish if i cud get ur email idd

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Hasan June 14, 2011 at 4:17 pm

You can send an email to info at insider dot pk

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Fahad Ahmad Siddiqi June 14, 2011 at 2:30 pm

with ur article i have got inspiration, and have filed a writ petition in the Lahore High Court, in the larger public interest and sought the indulgence of the LHC in this matter to place a ban on the pornsites by the Concerned Pakistani’ authorities, lets wait, hope and pray for the best to come out in this regard!!

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Hasan June 14, 2011 at 2:40 pm

Good to know that Fahad. Please keep us posted on this.

May Allah bless us all.

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Hasan August 18, 2011 at 2:03 pm

Do you have an update on the writ?

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Pakistan Classified Ads March 22, 2012 at 6:16 am

Well Done Brother.

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sidra June 14, 2011 at 8:45 am

very nice work… u knw society itself and govt both are responsibel. i been living in saudi arabia and these sites are totally banned. so being the member of family we should tell our children bcz in this convergent world it is quite difficult to stop this flood. so responibility and prohibitions should go hand in hand………may allah bless us

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amber khan August 20, 2011 at 4:49 pm

bht khushi hoi k abi muslims zinda hen

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Fahad Ahmad Siddiqi June 13, 2011 at 2:12 pm

an inspirational piece of knowledge it is undoubtedly! insha Allah i will try to get this issue highlighted accordingly!!!

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Iffo June 2, 2011 at 8:50 am

Nice article it should be ban and cut it down from the roots too..

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Ismail June 2, 2011 at 7:59 am

I have a question for writer, You also watched porn? didn’t you?

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Guy November 9, 2011 at 11:48 am

Good one! lol

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Danish April 19, 2012 at 6:11 am

everyone has watched in his/her life intentionally or unintentionally,
Second thing the writer has raised very important thing in this article about parental guidance ratings, which are rarely used in Pakistan, Even If you see Pakistani Movies, they can not be watched with families even if you take example of BOL…… it should be rated [R] but who cares? people watched that movie with their families in CINEMAS,….however the sexual content was not that much visible but the language and profanity can not be ignored.
The point is that we all become sick…………

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ashfaqueshah May 31, 2011 at 3:32 am

good article weldone

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Muneeb May 29, 2011 at 5:25 pm

I am sorry to say my friend but most of “educated” people opened this link not because they were interested in pornography but because they were unable to be explained by the title of article which says pornography free in Pakistan…. Pakistan… the country which blocked facebook because some “malooon” and “Abu Jehl” type of people started using it as a platform against Muslims and their Prophet (P.B.U.H).. so how come this article is published on a reputed website insider.pk?

when they clicked the link to know the truth and reasons, your astonishment was there… explaining why….!

some of your solutions might not be applicable as you said we should ban/ block… as you cannot block an uprising number of domains on web concerning pornography… in which torrent downloads have a leading position.

We need an effective policy to crush these things… we always want to cut branches down but we never think of cutting it down from roots… specially in this regard… education is one of the most important and vital part.

What will you say of those people who are Generals of Islamic Republic and drinking wine or whiskey and then they want to crush the same people who make this umm-ul-khabayes … can they do it??? no… for sure they cant…

my friend, pornography is not the problem or blocking pornography is not the solution.. cut it down from roots… educate your children.. send them to mosques… instead of clubs or parties…

In surah Kahf, Ayet 28, Allah says, “Uska kaha na maano jis ka dil hum ne apni yaad se gaafil ker dia awr wo apni khawahish k peeche chala or us ka kaam hadd se guzar gya”….

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Absar May 30, 2011 at 4:01 pm

Dear Brother Muneeb…

I cannot agree with you more… You are absolutely right that prevention is always better, and easier, than the cure.

This is something that definitely should have been a part of the article, that by educating our children, inculcating within them good morals and the Love of Allah, the chances of them getting addicted to such a sickness as pornography are greatly diminished. However, the parents in our society have allowed others to bring up their children for them, e.g. ayaas, teachers, and worst of all, the TV! So we are all guilty of the crime.

Still, no matter how hard we try to keep our children away from such things, there will still be those that try and promote such vices… for financial reasons or others. Even in the best of cities, Madinah Munawarrah, there were still hypocrites… It is the way of Allah. Therefore, in order to limit the damage such individuals can do it is the duty of the society at large to put controls on such things in order to limit access to them.

Pornography is also like a drug, and addiction to pornography is similar to being addicted to a drug. Thus just as societies have banned drugs… They also need to try and ban this drug.

Thank you again for your valuable comments and the important reminder..

Absar.

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