Wednesday, June 25, 2008

The Emergency Times - A Farewell Note

Dear all,

It is with great consternation and sorrow that I announce the temporary closure of The Emergency Times blog until such time as its services are required and can be fulfilled with the dilegence required, again. Due to a combination of my personal difficulties and the evolving nature of our country's political scenario, The Emergency Times no longer serves the exemplar purpose it did following its birth on the 5th of November, 2007. I find I can no longer maintain the quality and regularity that used to be the cornerstone of our guiding principles.

The days and months following the the 5th of November were, in addition to other things, an unbelievable example of how committed citizen journalism can mould the shape of society in a significant way. Beginning from a merely informative on-campus handout, to this date, The Emergency Times has reached an audience of around 150,000 people in around 100 countries. It served, for a long time, as one of the most reliable and regular sources of information and material on the post-Nov 3 people's struggles against the injustices being perpetrated in our country (though, I will readily and unapologetically admit, with a significant editorial bent :). All of this, of course, was made possible by all of you, our committed contributors and readership.

And of course, my editorial team...Madiha, who started it with me, helping me come up with the idea (though she was unable to continue for very long), Moulvi, my ever-reliable assistant-ed, helping me keep the exhaustive schedules, Omer. G, for his powerful, moving articles and accounts, and Samad Khurram (now a national hero :-), in particular, for contributing and distributing from day one and keeping it alive when I had become encumbered with personal dilemmas..

All the thousands of people who distributed and forwarded our issues on their campuses, the streets, their mailing lists..thank you all..this wouldn't have been possible without you.

I hope (as our disclaimer used to state) that The Emergency Times was truly able to make a difference in these troubled times by 'inspiring and making aware'. If the need shall arise, we will be there to report, inform and inspire once again. But for now, I feel it is time to call it a day.

Our archives and back-issues remain on the site for perusal and records. Our email contact remains theemergencytimes@gmail.com.

May Allah guide our country and its people through these rigorous times unscathed.

As always, In Complete Unity..

Ammar Rashid

Editor-in-Chief

The Emergency Times

56 comments:

Nabeel Riaz said...

Ammar and team,

It is very sad to see this item here. It is just 1 week since I came across your website and realized it was you guys who had kept us all moving with so many forwarded emails with such an enlightened vision and inpirational analyses. I must admit that I was at a great loss for not having been a part of your struggle (though as a reader it would have been). I must congratulate you all for what you have done and in fact thank you all for you have done for all of us. The perspective and an opinion building power you inculcated in thousands of students around and outside the motherland is very very highly commendable. Please let us know if there is anything your readers and admirers can do to keep up your struggle. Please do throw some light on as to what made you cease this noble activity.

Almansi said...

First, huge thanks for the invaluable info offered by all of you since Nov. 5.
But your decision to suspend the Emergency Times for the time being seems wise (you'll always be able to re-start it if need be). I'm thinking of Kilombo.org, the meta-aggregator of "left" blogs started in Italy under the Berlusconi II government. Then Berlusconi lost the elections and the former opposition came to the government, and Kilombo slowly but surely went to the dogs.
Not to say the same would happen with the Emergency Times: you are far too civilized for the kind of vulgar intestine wars that have plagued Kilombo. But it's also a matter of logistics of energy.¨
Thanks for having decided to leave the blog online: it is a great example of what can be done in similar circumstance.

Best

Claude Almansi

Anonymous said...

This blog served extremely well in bringing about awareness in all of us about our dear and troubled homeland.

It will go down in history as being one of the biggest tools in fighting against the 3 Nov illegal actions at multiple fronts.

ET team, We'll be there to contribute again, in any capacity IA whenever called back for 'duty'! God Bless you all and we're really proud of you-- AJ (Peshawar)

Anonymous said...

Fare thee well...

Ammar and others, I have a feeling that a time will come when ET's services will be required again. When that day comes, may it be that we rise to challenge, just as before.

Until then, Khuda Hafiz...

Omer G.

mao said...

Very difficult to accept the closing down of this blog...it was a moral compass in our hour of biggest need. Yet, at the same time, the current political system is getting too murky for routine analysis - in other words - we will miss the time of clarity and hope it will return to the nation sooner than expected.

Alvida.

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Not to say the same would happen with the Emergency Times: you are far too civilized for the kind of vulgar intestine wars that have plagued Kilombo. But it's also a matter of logistics of energy.¨

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