Pakistanis find a haven on Internet

A blogger alerts fellow students to an imminent campus demonstration. A chat room user offers up a poignant Urdu-language poem. Another message has more practical advice: a homemade tear-gas remedy.In the days since President Pervez Musharraf’s imposition of emergency rule, many Pakistanis have found a haven in cyberspace, where they can share information, keep up with the news and stay in touch with friends and associates amid a roundup of thousands of opposition activists.About 15% of Pakistan’s population of 160 million has Internet access. Amid the crisis, many who were previously only occasional Web surfers have become full-fledged devotees.,1,2114505.story

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