Pakistan: Online music video banned by Telecommunication Authority

“They are helping us by making this video controversial,” Beygairat Brigade’s lead singer Ali Aftab Saeed said to Pakistan’s The Express Tribune, after the band’s online music video ‘Dhinak Dhinak’ was banned by Pakistan Telecommunication Authority.

Beygairat Brigade put out their new song, ‘Dhinak Dhinak’, on Vimeo on 20 April 2013. First Post wrote:

“The song, with its biting but hilarious lyrics, is all about the absolute power of the military in Pakistan.”

Here’s a verse from ‘Dhinak Dhinak’:

Budget, policy and aid
They regulate
Without pawns they checkmate
News reports give them support
Toads vouch for Jack the goat
Dhinak dhinak dhin ta da
When a free car is the gift,
an analyst’s tone shifts

The band had spent the past year working on the song, which had taken longer than the band had anticipated because no studio was willing to record the song thanks to its satire-rich lyrics.

At the end of the video, the three band members of Beygairat Brigade are seen holding a sign that reads, “No need to like this video. We’ll be dead anyway!”

Beygairat Brigade

Six days later, the band members were (and continue to be) alive, but the video had been banned by Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA). Those who tried to access it got this message: “This video is not suitable for viewers inside Pakistan.” 

One blogger reported that the video came back online after a few hours, but it was blocked again and some ISPs reportedly continue to block the video.

Beygairat Brigade’s previous ‘Alu Andey’ and ‘Paisey ki Game’ established for the band a reputation of being both fun and sharply critical of the socio-political scene in Pakistan. This partial ban on ‘Dhinak Dhinak’ is only going to cement this, said the band’s lead singer Ali Aftab Saeed.”

First Post – 29 April 2013:
Pakistan bans music video attacking the military
By First Post Staff

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