The Eid Issue

The one thing that is great about Pakistan is the fact that there are never any surprises.. you always know what to expect.. from the political humdrum to the price hike before Ramadan.. you can always be sure what is going to be around the corner.

And therefore the issue of the moon sighting is no surprise at all. As usual the scientist said one thing, the maulvi said one and the politicians played their part to get as much air time during this conflict as they can.

The controversy started from the sighting of the moon of Ramadan which happened a day earlier in NWFP. The zonal Ruet-i-Hilal committee sat a day earlier to sight the moon of Shawal, indicating of the fact that whether Eid would be on Sunday after 29 days of observing the month of Ramazan.

The moon was sighted, as could be expected, and the province of NWFP, wuported by the Provnicial GOvernment celebrated the Eid. This has led to a row between the Head of the Ruet-i-Hilal, Mufti Munib and several figures of ANP.

It is a shame that in a time and age of Science and technology that we live in, we have issues like these. But more than that, these things have to do a lot with the political hands that are at play in this region. There is a majority that is playing in the hands of the Saudi influence and would justify anything that the Saudi’s are doing and more so, they would think that it is okay for us to follow it too. The sighting of the moon and celebrating Eid according to it is just one of those issues.

The issue of the moon sighting always seems to be an issue only for Ramazan and then for Eid, and never for any other month.. which is shocking in itself.. and a bit disturbing.. for there has hardly been any Eid where this issue hasn’t risen causing the whole nation to question that if it would ever be possible to celebrate this day together…… Well there is always next year!

18 women die (unjustified) in Karachi….

As I type this, conflicting news about the number of people dead in Karachi is coming in to us. I have actually been prompted to write because of this news item.

I started writing on this topic earlier, at the start of the holy month of “Ramadan” and then I never completed it thinking that it has been said and talked about too long.. and just words can never do justice to the problem at hand. But when a problem causes 18 women (disputed number of death) to die, it becomes an issue worth speaking out about..

As soon as Ramadan approaches, you can bet your life that you would see the same old story running across every channel, desperate to sensationalize any piece of information that they can get their hand on. It is always the same drama with never any work done by the authorities or the media to stop this trend.

Right before Ramadan the authorities would say that the essentials of food would be within the reasonable price bracket so that the “awam” (people) don’t have to go through any trouble. And the same year the same story repeats itself with the crowd crying in front of any tv camera that they can find and repeating their mournful story about how the besan, cheeni, oil and all other stuff is beyond reach.

Like every other year, this Ramadan too, was no exception. We saw the usual hike in prices of food items, including Sugar, Floor, Oil, Fruits and vegetables, grams, rice.. just to name a few among a long list of items that more than half of the population of Pakistan can’t afford in the month of “Blessing”.

And therefore in the desperate attempt to get food ration that was being distributed at Kohri Garden, a locality at Karachi almost 18 women lost their lives.

We don’t have the exact scenario, but we can imagine what must have happened.. women lining up for food.. sometimes being a women in this country has its advantages…the desperate struggle to get some food items for your family, and in that struggle a riot must have been created.. resulting in this lose of life in the holy month of Ramadan…

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