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Internet – the new trends in Politics

Yesterday President of Pakistan Mr. Asif Ali Zardari has addressed his party workers in Karachi without being present physically on the stage. However the party workers were able to see their leader as he speaks – through VIDEO CONFERENCING.

This trend is not very new in Pakistani Politics (although rare), the pioneer of the use of technology is probably MQM – Muttahida Qaumi Movement (www.mqm.org). This all got started when the exiled leader Mr. Altaf Hussain Started communicating with his party workers through audio conferencing and for very long time they have used this to address the workers until (i believe) few months back when MQM has become the first party to use video conferencing for Mr. Altaf Hussain’s address with a public Gathering. Although party sources claim that video conferencing with smaller groups is happening since long time between the HQ of MQM in Pakistan and London. Their website is also the 1st in Political arena of Pakistan as well as the most frequently updated website of any political party of Pakistan (Source: Dawn TV channel Program on technology)

Pakistani Political Parties are blessed with IT resources it seems, MQM, PPPP, Jama-e-Islamni, Tehreek-e-Insaaf, Pakistan Muslim league N (website down while i am writing this blog) and Many other have their websites as well as efficient email communication systems. Use of Blackberry services is also now common and they must be communication with blackberry messengers as well.

This trend is very healthy as far as the spread of Internet and new technologies is concerned and i think the leadership of these parties can play a symbolic role so that many many of their workers and followers become aware of the internet and New technologies.

Next thing i am expecting is a podcast or weekly broadcast on the websites of these political parties in Pakistan …… and i have my itune ready for them 🙂

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  1. November 26, 2009 at 10:06

    A Youtube Channel for each party and the Gov of Pak is also in order. Creates immense impact if done correctly in establishing top-to-end communication. I am used to the ‘sayasi bayans’ of our leaders in the dailies but I am excited to be able to listen to them ‘talk’ to ‘me’ via regular Youtube vids.

  2. November 27, 2009 at 02:50

    Some months back, I proposed thru a letter to MQM’s Parliamentary Leader Mr Farooq Sattar (who is also the Fed. Minister for Overseas Pakistanis), that in future we could have two National Assembly members each from Saudi Arabia, US and UK, and one member each from UAE & Asia Pacific. These members would be elected thru balloting in their respective Embassies & Consulates. They will be required to be ‘Tele-present’ in all the proceedings of the National Assembly. I haven’t received any response from Mr Minister so far.

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