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The Final Word from the South Asia Tribune Posted: Oct 16, 2005 2:11 PM
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HJ
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Re: The Final Word from the South Asia Tribune Posted: Oct 16, 2005 3:01 PM
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I am kind of shocked to read the decision of Mr. Sehbai.
This site will greatly be missed by each and every participant of this forum and by the silent readers as well. I hope that all the participants especially the Indian and Pakistani and the pro military and military haters apart of their differences should also nicely good bye to each other. I wish all the participants a good luck and good bye.

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Naeem Butt
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Re: The Final Word from the South Asia Tribune Posted: Oct 16, 2005 3:11 PM
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Mr Sehbai, I have failed to understand the reasons to close the site. You say that age and health issues forces you to say goodbye but in the piece you tell us ,''I will be launching another project in due course of time...'' I hope it will not be Mush's men.

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Qurat-Ul- Ain
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Re: The Final Word from the South Asia Tribune Posted: Oct 16, 2005 4:15 PM
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Mr. Shaheen Sehbai, The missions once started are not closed or abandoned the way you are suddenly doing it.
It will be definately mind boggling for the readers. Every body has to retire & die, but the torch of such missions is always handed over and not switched off. After Mir Khaleel-ur-Rehman the Jang did not close similarly after Hameed Nizami the Nawai Waqt did not close.I am 200 % sure you are not a saleable commodity. Your patronage only can let this torch lit. Please pave out some way to let the mission go. I hope you will not disappoint thousands of your admirer as a symbol of courage and dedication.

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Re: The Final Word from the South Asia Tribune Posted: Oct 16, 2005 5:01 PM
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Mr Sehbai,

you have cited personal health and family as a reason for closing this website. Though this is your personal decision, I donot think running a website is a full time job. Monitoring the website might be a full-time job but, I guess you might have more than one administrators who moderate the discussion forums. Other than that, there is no effort involved in running a website. For technical support, you can hire a company that keeps the website up and running. So I dont think you are telling us the true story. Any ways, it is your personal matter and you are entitled to give any reason for your decision to close the website.

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Re: The Final Word from the South Asia Tribune Posted: Oct 16, 2005 5:12 PM
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Whatever may be the reason, iam ready to buy the domain name.

Bid starts here

$50 is my bid. Any bidders/takers?

Ofcourse, the owner should decide to sell first.

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Khalistan
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Re: The Final Word from the South Asia Tribune Posted: Oct 16, 2005 7:42 PM
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#6

Sri,

You guys are like vultures (a typical Hindu mentality). Mr Sehabi is a well off person and not dying for your $50. This website was more recognised by his name rather then a South Asian newspaper. If you can afford get another domain name instead of trying to gain on other's hard work.


Truly,
Sardar Toba Singh

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pashtoon
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Re: The Final Word from the South Asia Tribune Posted: Oct 16, 2005 10:49 PM
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Its kind of an earthquake in a mini world of satribune. If u read another article by shaheen sehbai "The politics of the killer saturday quake" the messege is loud and clear.Sehbai has been squeezed so much that he has to quit.The amount of pressure must be more than what one can bear.Its an irrepairable loss ,we will be missing you too much, man.
Wish you all the best . May Allah help you to overcome all the odds in your way. ameen.

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Re: The Final Word from the South Asia Tribune Posted: Oct 16, 2005 11:11 PM
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Pushtoon,

It is quite clear why SS is closing SAT. The earth quake has ensured Musharraf will remain in power for the next 5 years. The opposition including MMA, will not start a drive against the government.

The one point agenda of SAT seems to be a cheap tactic at this juncture when the nation is suffering from the worse tragedy. As shrewd as he is, Mr Sehbai has realized that continuing to trash Mushraf at this jucture will only lower the ratings and popularity of SAT and SS.

Probably, Mr SS will launch a comprehensive website that will concentrate less on trashing Musharraf. I am sure SS will start a new website, lets hope that the driving force, this time, is not personal vendetta but national interest and nation building.

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Dilber Khan
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Re: The Final Word from the South Asia Tribune Posted: Oct 16, 2005 11:16 PM
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Few days ago I found the following appeal for earthquake victims on SAT:
http://www.satribune.com/archives/200510/P1_RELIEF_AD.htm

I was surprised to see that SAT has placed presidential and PM releif fund above all others, including Edhi. For a very short moment of time, I wondered if Sehbai was also trying to get closer to Musharraf? But I suddenly ruled it out. Now just after few days, we are looking at this announcement of Sehbai. He might not be closing SAT based on some deal, but certainly he is not telling the truth.

Few months ago, I read in an Urdu newspaper that when Maulana Kausar Niazi left Jamaat Islami, he wrote a very long letter (tens of pages) to Maulanan Maududi explaining the reasons behind his decision. Maulana's reply was very brief, "your future acts will tell the real reason".

Sehbai Sahib, let me acknowledge that SAT really made a difference in Pakistani media, and will be missed.

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Khalistan
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Re: The Final Word from the South Asia Tribune Posted: Oct 16, 2005 11:30 PM
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Mr. Shaheen Sehbai,

While wishing you the best time will tell if SAT achieved what it meant to be. Looking back this platform could have delivered better. At start it did focused on the corruption, nepotism and cronyism but later it targeted mainly Musharraf or to some extent PIA. On other hand discussion forum became playground for those who loved to bash Pakistan, its founder and faith of their people. This made several readers to leave in disgust when they felt that Administration has lost the plot. If SAT could have maintained complete neutrality in terms of reporting then it had potential to be on of the major player when it comes to news on South Asia.

Last but not least I like to thank SAT for being help in highlighting the plight of Sikhs and the atrocities committed by bigot shameless Hindus . Khalistan is not far away from being a reality when Sikhs will have their own homeland without fear of being repressed and persecuted by fascists Hindu Nazis


Best Regards,
Sardar Toba Singh

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SHAFIQ KHAN
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Re: The Final Word from the South Asia Tribune Posted: Oct 17, 2005 12:03 AM
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Mr. Sehbai,

It's a very wise decision.
World is quickly changing and life is not a rehearsal, it's a one time shot. Why not to live happily, stress free and for greater objective.
Please don't go to your Forum members and readerts...............90% of them are jokers, selfish and cheerleader. They have taken this site as granted as an entertainment and gossip place.
Don't respond to no one and live your life with your family.
May God bless you.

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Aqil Sajjad
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Re: The Final Word from the South Asia Tribune Posted: Oct 17, 2005 12:45 AM
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Vigilant ref post no 5:

> you have cited personal health and family as a reason for closing this website. Though this is your personal decision, I donot think running a website is
> a full time job.

Yes, especially when most of the articles on SAT are copied and pasted from other on-line sources, and a large majority of the original SAT articles are just figment of imagination predicting Musharraf's iminent downfall. For three years, SAT has been hyping up anything that goes even slightly wrong to imply that his end is coming, but Musharraf still remains in power.

> Monitoring the website might be a full-time job but, I guess you might have more than one administrators who moderate the discussion forums.

According to Sehbai's own words, he does not have the resources to have the forums constantly monitored. This is his standard excuse to justify the overtly pro-India monitoring of the forum.

> Other than that, there is no effort involved in running a website. For technical support, you can hire a company that keeps the website up and running.

Yeah, except for browsing some on-line newspapers and anti-Musharraf imagination, there was little here.

The "investigative" pieces may have carried some truth, but since there is a clear anti-Musharraf bias and lack of objectivity, these stories merit skepticism.

> So I dont think you are telling us the true story. Any ways, it is your personal matter and you are entitled to give any reason for your decision to close the website.

As Dilber said, his future actions will tell the real reason.

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Aqil Sajjad
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Re: The Final Word from the South Asia Tribune Posted: Oct 17, 2005 1:12 AM
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But whatever the reasons, for better or worse, SAT did attract a lot of people. For many Pakistanis, it provided a forum to pour out their frustration against the military. For others, it was a source of cheep entertainment, especially the Indians who come here to spew venom against Pakistan and Islam. For those who wanted to have serious and constructive discussions instead of focus on Mush bashing or spitting contests between Pakistanis and Indians, it was a disappointment.

A forum that could have done so much good failed to realize its full potential because Sehbai could not rise above his personal animosity against Musharraf. When I visited SAT for the first time, I was inclined to believe his story about how he was booted out. But his bias and the extreme to which he took Mush bashing made me skeptical though. It may be that his story is true and he is simply very bitter for that. If that be the case, then I can sympathise. But for one, I was alienated by his extreme attitude.

Anyway, I hope that his next project is broader and more constructive than just focussing on one man (be it Musharraf or someone else), and wish him luck if he chooses to make nation building his top priority instead of opposition or support to a single individual.

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junaid iftikhar
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Re: The Final Word from the South Asia Tribune Posted: Oct 17, 2005 1:25 AM
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"your future acts will tell the real reason".

Anyway goodluck for future.
I wish u should write your biography.
I realy miss SAT.
Best of Luck.

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