Musharraf protesters flood Web

first_imgISLAMABAD, Pakistan – Angry over emergency rule, Pakistani students are starting to demonstrate against their military ruler. And they are using the Web as well as the street to make their point. Samad Khurram, 21, said updating his online newsletter, the Emergency Telegraph, has practically become a full-time job. Offering advice on everything from avoiding arrest to staging “flash” rallies and organizing petitions, it is e-mailed to some 6,000 people. “If my family knew what I was doing they would put me under house arrest,” he said. “And they would definitely take away my computer.” Lawyers have been the standard-bearers for dissent since Nov. 3, when the president, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, imposed a state of emergency, saying it was needed to address Islamic militancy and stabilize the country. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Most rallies this month have been quickly and often violently stamped out, and thousands of people have been jailed, including former cricket star Imran Khan, considered by many a symbol of the youth movement. Muhammad Naveed, a student from Punjab University in Lahore, said many young people worry about those detained under measures that allow military courts to try civilians. There are signs students are growing more courageous.But for now, many feel more comfortable behind their computers, writing blogs, taking part in chat rooms, updating lists of detainees or lobbying politicians.last_img read more