The other victim of #GurdaspurAttack

Indian police firing on attackers

On Monday, a group of militants dressed in Indian Army uniforms carried out a deadly attack in Indian Punjab. It is too early to know who was behind the attack, but speculation has already begun. Indian media has predictably laid the blame squarely on Pakistan, while here we have been hearing reports that it was actually a revolt by Indian Sikh separatists. Seven people were killed before Indian security forces killed the three attackers in a battle that was drawn out as India was trying to capture the attackers alive. However, as much as India has suffered from this attack, Pakistan has also suffered, and will continue to suffer until we can raise the courage to face the disturbing reality.

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Trending in #Pakistan

Twitter trends

I am a Twitter addict. I can’t help it. I am glued to Twitter, every minute checking for new posts. There are people who I follow because I know that they are going to say something that makes me think, and there are people I follow because I know that they are going to say something that makes me angry. One of my favourite parts of Twitter are the “trends”. This is where Twitter tells you what some of the most popular terms that are being used at that moment. It gives an insight into what the collective voice of the country is thinking. Or does it?

Some trends are unsurprising. During elections especially, politics seems to dominate Twitter trends. During the recent elections in Karachi, hashtag #NA246 was steadily appearing on Trends. After Election Tribunal announced re-polling in the district, #NA125 began trending. Often though the hashtags that are trending do not just notify about a topic, but contain a specific political message. This is where things get interesting.

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