Thank you Apna Karachi FM107!
I was lucky that I left for home (F.B. Area) a little late today –
8:25 pm. Was finishing off some meetings at The Second Floor and on the way out got into an intense discussion with Sabeen and Minal (a new friend I made at t2f who seems to be on a similar wavelength). Very invigorating conversation!
Anyway, as soon as I got into the car, I turned on FM107 for traffic updates. Have got used to doing that because it is so helpful to know which areas to avoid during the rush hour. This evening there was a report that due to power protests, tyre burning, car-pelting, etc. the route leading from Hasan Square to Gharibabad was jammed. That is my normal route home. So I changed strategy and did as the RJ suggested – took the Rashid Minhas Road. All through my drive, thousands of drivers and i were kept updated by Aquib Tauqeer regarding the different trouble spots and possible alternative routes.
Listeners phoned in (I did too) to advise other listeners which routes to take and which to avoid. The power of radio was never so pronounced in my mind as it was this evening (although of course it couldn’t compare with the ham radios used during the Tsunami and earthquakes).
Aquib also tried to appeal to the protestors (although i don’t think they had their radios or ipods with FM transmitters with them) by telling them that although they were justified in their frustrations, they should not take it out on fellow citizens who not only had to put up with the same power breakdowns but now also had to sit in traffic jams for 3 – 5 hours because of the riots. Not to mention the ambulances that were stuck and patients who could die if they didn’t get medical care quickly.
I continue to live in the hope that one day my fellow citizens will realize that burning public transport, hurting others by pelting their cars with stones and burning tyres and shops is not the way to be heard. One should protest – but do it without causing harm to people and property, do it without resorting to violence.
Anyway, the purpose of this post was to thank FM107. The young RJs on this station are to be commended for what they do. I am not too keen on their taste in music (but then that is a question of personal taste). However, some of the discussions that are held in the morning show Tazadum give one hope that young people are becoming more aware and more involved in their surroundings and are searching for ways to improve things in this country. Well done FM107! Keep it up Adeel, Sukaina, Danish, Aquib and the rest of the team. Strange that none of the other stations thought of interrupting programming to issue traffic updates today – I kept tuning in to check. After all there wasn’t really that much to do while sitting in the car – other than listening to the radio and talking on my cell phone.
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