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Musharraf Grilled (‘Pwned’) by Confident Islamic Student in Open Forum

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This is quite old, but very relevant and applicable to current times. The youth, who is a student of an Islamic seminary in Karachi , is obviously very eloquent, and does an amazing job of handing it to Musharraf (observe Mushi’s face turning different colors as he is listening). The Urdu he uses is a bit too hard for me to do a good translation :) So, I would appreciate if any of the readers could add the translation in a comment, which I will move back into the post.

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Musharraf’s response was in two words: pathetic and arrogant. And I think anyone with the slightest objectivity would agree. I know Mushi has had his moments. But on this one, he got pwned!!

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28 Comments

28 Comments

  1. Hid

    February 24, 2008 at 6:32 PM

    MashaAllah..eloquent, confident, and knowledgeable (three difficult combinations to find in Paki youth)

    JazakAllah Khayr for sharing it

  2. theManOfFewWords

    February 24, 2008 at 7:56 PM

    It’s funny when I saw Musharraf writing in his notepad I was thinking “he is definitely writing an order to ‘disappear’ this guy.”

    Would some brother care to translate this, I am really interested in what this brother is all worked up about.

    Also I have to mention that Musharraf is really bad at the whole dictator thing. Now the Arabs, they have tyranny down pat.

    I wish this vid had subtitles, then I could Islamify it without hesitation.

  3. Faraz

    February 24, 2008 at 9:08 PM

    I really dislike that term “pwned”. It’s even worse when it’s spelled wrong, as it is in the title. The title would have been just as meaningful without that silliness that’s about three mistakes away from actual English!

    Unfortunately, my Urdu is fairly weak, so I wouldn’t trust myself to translate.

  4. theManOfFewWords

    February 24, 2008 at 9:28 PM

    Faraz, I really appreciate you sharing your opinion on the term “pwned” it was a daring foray into post structural linguistic decontructionism. Please keep them coming.

  5. Hid

    February 24, 2008 at 9:37 PM

    I can translate some of it =)

    Amad comon, we know you can translate it, it doesn’t have to be perfect.

  6. AnonyMouse

    February 24, 2008 at 10:00 PM

    Faraz, you’re obviously not with it! Pwnage is THE it thing these days… you’ve been pwned! ;) :D

    (But I agree with you, it’s extremely irritating!)

  7. Amad

    February 24, 2008 at 10:24 PM

    good catch on the spelling… it’s fixed, but its not going away. I gotta stay up with the in-lingo dude.

    P.s. i am not that old though, not “uncle age” definitely.

  8. theManOfFewWords

    February 25, 2008 at 12:35 AM

    Mashallah, a sophistimacated address to a dictator and equally sophistimicated discussion here in the comments section.

    Amad, do you mind posting your address, phone number and social security so that I can easily find you and personally “thank” you for getting us into this lovely discussion.

  9. ruth nasrullah

    February 25, 2008 at 12:37 AM

    Well I must be auntie age because i’ve never heard of it and don’t even know how to pronounce it!

  10. AnonyMouse

    February 25, 2008 at 12:52 AM

    Pwned: a slang term that implies domination or humiliation of a rival, used primarily in the Internet gaming culture to taunt an opponent that has just been soundly defeated.

    Pronounced: “owned!”

  11. MR

    February 25, 2008 at 12:12 PM

    This is why Pakistan banned YouTube!!!!

  12. abu ameerah

    February 25, 2008 at 1:48 PM

    this clip is old…and i don’t think the deobandi guy pwned Mushi.

    also, i like the guys kufi…but i wouldn’t wear it.

  13. Ahmad AlFarsi

    February 25, 2008 at 1:52 PM

    I believe the term “pwned” sprung from an old computer game (Warcraft I), in which after you lose in some aspect of the game, a message would appear saying “You got pwned!”… the message was an inadvertent typo which, to the perhaps joyful suprise of the game developers, became common usage in the internet lingo.

    I didn’t verify this claim, so take it as “da’eef” for now :)

  14. AnonyMouse

    February 25, 2008 at 2:03 PM

    “i like the guys kufi…but i wouldn’t wear it.”

    Are you waiting for it become the official new fashion and featured on a male model strutting down the catwalk on style.com? :D

  15. Faiez

    February 25, 2008 at 2:08 PM

    I agree with abu ameerah.

  16. Hid

    February 25, 2008 at 2:15 PM

    Why did you have too use the word Deobandi to describe the brother? Does it really matter whether he is Deobandi or Barelwi?

  17. Sabir

    February 25, 2008 at 6:58 PM

    Ruth,

    The term comes from the fact that the ‘p’ and ‘o’ are located next to each other on a QWERTY keyboard. I think it originated in the online gaming world, where gamers would typically trash talk each other during the game. This practice would frequently result in typographical errors, of which ‘pwned’ was the most prominent. Another common variation is ‘pwn3d’. (resulting from the fact that the ‘3’ is right above the ‘e’).

  18. Hazem

    February 25, 2008 at 10:55 PM

    I’m still waiting for the translation.
    Any day now…

  19. Amad

    February 25, 2008 at 11:05 PM

    Hid:

    I can translate some of it =)

    Amad comon, we know you can translate it, it doesn’t have to be perfect.

    Sr. Hid is on the job… trust me, my urdu sucks. Besides, it would be nice for our regular readers to offer us some blogging relief :) ??

    So, Sr. Hid, how about a basic gist? I am sure we can then all help as necessary?

  20. Pakistani

    February 26, 2008 at 4:07 AM

    Salam, I watched the question part of the video wayy back, and like you was very impressed. The student basically asked Pres. Musharaf, that isnt he insulting the soul/rooh of Quaid-e-Azam M.A.Jinnah whos portrait is behind him by usurping power and denying democracy to Pakistan as M.A. Jinnah clearly said that military should remain under civil rule at all times and few other things. The crowed roared in applause as you can see..contd.

  21. Pakistani

    February 26, 2008 at 4:11 AM

    I really thought that the student had had him, but some time ago I saw the reply.
    Interestingly theManofFewwords the topic of disappearance of the questioning did come up. Pres. Musharaf in reply laughed and said that u can yourself judge from your own question the freedom of speach that he has provided to people because if he done this in the past he would have known what his fate would have been, to this the student clapped and laughed in agreement(since youtube is block in Pakistan so I am recalling from memory, plz spare the mistakes)…contd..

  22. Pakistani

    February 26, 2008 at 4:17 AM

    Then Pres. again asked that shouldnt you apply this freedom of speech to all, as a while back a madrassah from karachi(probably the questioning students madrassah) torched a building due to some row over expression of speech. To this everybody including the student applauded. It was very good and entertaining Q&A session which I YET to see anywhere in the Muslim world. Sorry I cant remember all and describe it for you.

  23. Pakistani

    February 26, 2008 at 4:24 AM

    And MR. this is not why youtube is banned, it is due to this;
    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080226/ap_on_hi_te/youtube_outage_pakistan

    Has anyone seen the interview of Pres. Musharaf in the daily show by Jon Stewart?….

  24. Pakistani

    February 26, 2008 at 5:49 AM

  25. Dawud Israel

    February 26, 2008 at 12:05 PM

    Be sure to check out part 6 since it’s like a foreshadow of Pakistan today:

    http://video.google.ca/videoplay?docid=-8717663203591737169&q=Pervez+Musharraf+daily+show&total=16&start=10&num=10&so=0&type=search&plindex=2

    Do you think he was referring to something?

  26. theManOfFewWords

    February 26, 2008 at 12:14 PM

    Pakistani, that’s funny. Pervy Busharraf says look at how great I am I didnt disappear him for speaking his mind!

    Your not SUPPOSED to disappear him!!!

    In the words of Sheikh Chris Rock, “That’s like someone saying, I take care of my kids! of I never been to jail! What you want a cookie? You are supposed to take care of your kids, you aren’t supposed to go to jail.

    Well Busharraf, here’s your cookie!

  27. Hid

    February 26, 2008 at 12:24 PM

    Br Amad, i saw 9 when i left Pak =) so u can imagine how my translation would sound so i think i shouldnt even bother =)

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