PakDef Members, I just wanted to let you know that I have brought the site/forums back online. Anyone that has an issue can feel free to contact me if there is any issues with the forums. I will maintain the digital side of things and make sure we stay up as long as SyedA is okay with it. Seems like everything is working and functional so far. I am sorry that we closed doors but that decision was made because of the fact that participation was falling on the site. And I was closing down UrbanPK so the site would have needed a new server. The decision to shut down was a joint decision after I had to take a step back from the digital sphere a little bit for work. I will keep both UrbanPK and PakDef up despite participation as long as SyedA is okay with it.
Since the mods are volunteers are running this as a community service, I can't take the strong view for the outage. I did notice that months prior to shut down, the number of postings was going down. I wonder if that may have been as much a contributor factor: community just wasn't very active. Members weren't contributing as much
Zeeshan, I would agree. I've been visiting and using this forum since the late 90s (not under the same username since then). We used to have really critical, in depth discussions. Even before the recent lengthy downtime, it seemed that any critical debate about defence matters was just not tolerated, and there doesn't seem to be any change in the Ostrich mentality of burying one's head to the recent significant developments in the region.
Assalamaoalukum I am sure I will get permanently banned for saying this but someone has to say it and I will be ok if I get booted out. This forum has gone down the drain over the last year or so. Most of the time it's either down or we are told to shut up and arbitrarily face post removals etc. Who is running this site? What is going on behind the scenes ? Syed when you used to run this site and I joined it almost 20 years ago the quality and quantity was so much better. Over the years I have gotten used to waking up and after namaz visiting this site before anything. I contributed my fair share by putting material on this site, everytime financial contribution was required I did not hesitate and contributed, I posted what ever limited knowledge I had. We come here to read, learn and share. Obviously some of us do not have inside sources and extensive knowledge of the military and depend only on reading what is posted. Some of us are mocked for posting sometimes unverified or even wrong information. I doubt many of us deliberately do that. I wont be shocked if the forum disappears again without warning and members are left wondering what happened. This shows total lack of respect towards members and elite attitude of some moderators. I am ready to say goodbye unless moderators clearly explain what leads to these downtimes . I was told the money is required to move servers and update contacts and I whole heartedly contributed. If there are other issues let's share with the members or let the forum slide to oblivion.
I am not sure who brought it back to life and how, but I am thankful. I had already gone through the grief / disappoint phase when this first shut down , I don't know when and didn't realize how long I have been part of the community that i missed the regular reads (and some contributions) . Life wasn't the same for the last however months has been. I tried to join one of the other defense forums but it wasn't the same. Never even got a log-in because I thought it was just not what I wanted. Thats loyalty. Thanks to the admin that brought this back to life. And also, if there is anything the community needs to do to crowdfund this so it can stay up, please let me know. Glad to contribute
You might be privy to more information than I am, but I don't think he was working without state sanction when he did what he did. Remember at the time of the allegations Pakistan was in turbulent financial waters.
I also think a nuclear armed N. Korea, Libya and Iran might have diverted US aggression from Pakistan (pre 911 we were public enemy number 1).
I think the way he was publicly pardoned on TV was a bit suspect. I would have expected harsher punishment for someone selling state secrets.
I also expect the intelligence agencies keep an eye on all people of value, not just our politicians and enemies (hard to distinguish between them these days).
Mind you it's only a theory. All the hoo haa about house arrest afterwards somewhat undermines my theory.
I'd like to share some more information about my self and my politics and general interests.
I am a supporter of the Pakistani armed forces and am proud to say I currently have family serving in the army. I firmly believe a strong and capable armed forces are the backbone of any country. Without the ability to protect yourself, your wealth, intellect and good deeds are useless against threats.
I was a regular contributor on another Pakistani defence forum for over a decade until it fell apart. I won't reveal my former alias as I have grown over the years and my ideas have grown with me. It is nice to see some old faces though and be back amongst people I consider friends.
My political identity is complex. I cannot justify my political ideas with established western political ideals. At I'm a liberal and a socialist but at times a conservative too. I'm not a capitalist nor am I a Communist. I consider myself to be religious and am exploring what Islamic political identity is, however I am not an Islamist.
I am a staunch supporter of Pakistan but consider my self to a human and therefore a citizen of Earth before I am a citizen of any of its nation tribes.
I'm a massive fan of green energy and yet want us to utilise technology as a catalyst to industrialisation.
People who i currently think highly of;
Abdul Sattar Edhi
Dr AQ Khan
Muhammad Ali (the greatest)
People who I like but consider flawed (in some cases majorly);
Zia Ul Haq
People I hate but have some respect for;
Tony Blair (world's most charismatic war monger)
Asif Ali Zardari (his rise to power is no less epic than scarface or Escobar. He's probably more criminal than the two of them put together).