Shaheed Salman Taseer!

I always hated this compulsion of ours as a nation to define anyone who might have died even in the most ridiculous of circumstances – a nazim dead, a person coming under the wheel of a bus, Target killing – as Shaheed! It was just one more label, but I guess it really comes home when a person who truly deserved this label is being banished from all directions in to an “infidel” who is simply not worth this honor. Isn’t it ironic that he was the son of a man who led the funeral of Il’m-ud-din!

Half an hour into the news being cast on the news to the weary hours of the morning when I finally turned the TV off, he had been converted from a politician of the stature of Indira Gandhi to another statistics that would be compiled at the end of the year to show the loss that we as a nation have suffered!

Every show that aired itself with Salman Taseer as the main topic whose its words wisely, every speaker on these show chose their words wisely. They all started with “Yes it has been a great loss on a humanitarian level…. but….”! Groups have been made up to honour the death of Salman Taseer, the cyber space was filled with voices from both rejoice and frustration, and among all this, was the fear that this would only act as encouragement, and from now on we need to be more careful! Continue reading

Pakistan Disaster = History in the making!

The year was 2005, it was the month of Ramadan, the disaster in the light of the present conditions now seems to be of a lesser magnitude, but it wasnt so at that time! The Government and the Civilian Institutes were weak then and are much weaker now! And at that time the situation was used by the Jamaat ud Dawa for its advantage, and there is no doubt that they are going to do the same again. And if the report published in the Independent is anything to go by, then they already are!

In a country where from the media to the Government Officials to the average bloc sitting at home staring at his TV Screen seems to be having some form of Amnesia, it is not very surprising that no one is thinking along these lines. In a country where only the Military and its trained elements, including its very own trained Jihadist like the members of this banned organization, are the most organized, it is not surprising that their relief efforts have been able to cover more ground than the Governments.

All they want is some relief from the misery that they are in. They don't care where it is coming from!

And the people who are suffering, do not really care where the aid is coming from. They can not be bothered to think about the politics and the Impacts of this situation on the years to come. They simply want an end to what they have been going through. They simply want food and clean water, and they are not the one that would be checking the labels of where the food is coming from.

But if any one of us had been able to recall what we had already witnessed in the valleys of Swat, we would have been on our toes. We would have known that it is moments like these that are used for public sympathy and for your own propaganda and promotion. And the Jamaat ud Dawa knows that this is once more an opportunity for them. Continue reading

The recent from the land of the Pure!

This week, for anyone who is living in Pakistan has been full of a lot of downs. It has been full of tragic news, of a state of trance and utter bewilderment. Hardly any of us got a chance to breath as one bad news after the other came

Margalla Plane Crash

through.

If the shock of the Plane Crash wasn’t enough, we were then surrounded by the tragedy of the Flooding in Khyber Phaktunkhwa. And then was the ultimate man hunt that is taking place in the city of Karachi. Since the death of the MQM MPA Raza Haider, Karachi is literary burning. And although I know that the families of the people who crashed would finally move on, and I know that the villages and the towns and the cities that came under the wrath of the Flood would be able to rebuild, and start all over, but what I don’t know when is this going to stop in Karachi! For how long are we going to act dumb and pretend that we don’t know who is doing this and who is responsible?

For those of you who don’t know the story of my city, let me tell you in brief what is happening here. There is “Ethnic Cleansing” going on in the city of Karachi. The Muhajir are simply killing the Pathans – an ethnic group belonging to the province of Khyber Phaktunkhua.Pathans make up one of the major chunk of our economy, including the construction and transport sector.

At the moment, they are being labelled as the “Talibans” and under that cover they are being “Targetted”. But things are never as simple as they seem. The Land Mafia is a growing phenomena in the city, and at the moment it is the Pathan’s that seem to be doing it dominantly. This is not to say that they are the only one doing it, it simply means that they are the one most highlighted at the moment. And in a city which is considered the fort of the MQM, this is not acceptable!

These muhajirs that are making these accusations and acting upon these prejudices seem to have forgotten their own history. Most of them sit and live in areas that they encroached and then had converted to a legal status. Why is it then that the Pathans would not follow suit?

And once more Karachi burns....(Photo from:http://focus-fen.net/index.php?id=n227194)

Is it really any mystery who is doing it? An MQM leader dies and since then the city burns! Are we really that naive to pretend we don’t know? Since the death of the MQM MPA, buses, rickshaws, Mobile Markets, Stalls, Shops, Trucks, all of which belong to Pathans have been burned. Last night an interesting sms was making the rounds in the city. The message was along the following lines

If you want to keep the city safe, then you should discontinue all sorts of contacts with the Pathans. Otherwise what is happening in certain areas would spread all around the city.

After any such event, I always wonder does this propoganda really works? Do people really start looking at every Pathan as a possible threat? I know I always think that! Whenever a Pathan passes me, I think does he think that I have this hate inside of me for him just because of his identity? Does he think that I would want him dead? You can never know what is going on in the head of a person.

The flags are up! We are celebrating 63 years of Independence, but what do we have that we are celebrating? Tragedy, Minority Killings, Religious Fundamentalism, Ethnic Targetting? On the eve of this Independence day, we would be almost 150 years behind from the rest of the world! What is there to celebrate?

The sad story of us!

Two three days back, 5 Pathans were killed around our areas, which didn’t only cost for most of the businesses to close down early, but also for the Pathans to rush out of the area to places where they can be safe and not be targeted like a dangerous animal out on the loose.

A day or two later, I was downstairs getting some errands done, when a gentleman, with a darhi comes in and starts talking about the latest state of the nation with the shopkeeper. He comments about the recent target killing as well, saying how truly sad it was.

It was at that point that I started thinking and which even the shopkeeper voiced out in his own words, that there is no way that you can expect a change in this country.. in a country where its own citizens can’t feel safe, and where a particular state is being branded for who should live in it, then how can you expect the change to come. The gentleman that came in that shop might be against the targeted killing of Pathans, but what would be his viewpoint about the killing of Ahmadi’s or Shia’s is what I would really like to know!

Some one once said to me that religion was an important invention (yes I did say invention) because it made the society follow the path of righteousness even in the absence of law, but can we truly claim that to be true today. In a society where most would argue that it is okay to kill the person who we consider to be infidel, how is it that one can even take asylum in the arguments of religion?

So I guess this is our sad story.. we can’t expect religion to bring the best out of us, and as a society there is no chance that we can correct the errors of our way, so I conclude that there is absolutely no hope for us.. you can disagree though!

This country was not made for minorities!

Since the moment I turned on my tv, I have been hearing comments and statements from my mother – and after coming home from my father – about how evil (I can’t find any other word) the attacks targeted at the Ahmadi’s were. And I can’t help but agree with them and feel sad about where we are heading towards as a nation. This incident is just one more nail in the coffin that will be of Pakistan.

Almost as soon as the incident happen, analyst and reporters flooded the tv screens with their own analysis about who could be behind it. Beside the fact that the responsibility had already been taken by a random fundamental wing called the Punjab Taliban (PTI), but still the old hearsay could still be heard on the airways about how there is the involvement of a foreign head in it and how they are trying to destabilize the country.. I just don’t understand.. why don’t they finally get it that this country doesn’t need a foreign hand to destabilize it.. It is doing a pretty good job on its own.

As I write this post, it is 11 pm.. it has been almost 8 hours or so since the attack on this minority group took place, and I cant stop but feeling helpless, because I feel that despite all our awareness and big talks, we don’t do anything.. how many of us can i hope to see tomorrow on the streets to protest against what has happened? I hope the answer is better than I am thinking!I remembered a joke that someone had made about Ahmadi’s that they were the most religious lot she had seen, always fasting and praying and this makes them even more boring… she used to say “If this is their condition when they are not considered Muslims, consider what they would have been like if they weren’t constitutionally banned?”

Lahore under attack (Picture from Dawn.com

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What would it take to be bombed?

On Sunday night, while reading the newspaper and going through the headlines that were already a few hours too late, I came across the statement by American Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton. The statement was clear, and there wasn’t any doubt about what it can mean to us. It read,

Hillary warns Pakistan of ‘severe

consequences’

I turned to my dad and asked ” Can America really bomb us?”

He looked at me with a look (that I have yet to decipher) and then laughed (again which has to be decoded) and said “Ofcourse they can ”

Could this happen to Karachi Yesterday?

Now please don’t go on assuming that this question reveals the skeptic, naive, or politically unaware person inside of me. I am well aware of the fact that there is a war going on in half of the country, a matter of a couple of miles from our capital, but the fear (yes I am not scared to say that I was worried) that this “severe consequences” can mean the same fate for cities like Karachi as for Waziristan was a bit too much for me. Continue reading

Simon Says, Shahbaz Sharif Says….

Yes sire, the man himself has spoken and this would be the change that we have all been waiting.. We all have been waiting for a man like Mr. Shahbaz Sharif, who has the courage and the conviction to tell those bloody Talibans exactly what to do… and the man has done it.. Rejoice world, for this is the final commandment… You would see no more terror unleash itself on the soil of Pakistan….excuse me, I meant Punjab….

Shahbaz Sharif...

Didn’t he mean Pakistan? I am sure he meant Pakistan..  “CM Shahbaz wants Taliban to spare Punjab” ..

Oh so he did really mean Pakistan.. maybe he doesn’t believe in National Politics.. Maybe he has never claimed to be a Paksitani Leader… Maybe his Party stands for the rights of Punjabi’s … What ? Oh..They have seats in the National Assembly.. So they are National Leaders, having representation in the biggest National Representation Body… hmm so how does one rationalize what he said in his speech?

HMMMMM.. He is a national leader.. yet he says something like that! His party claims to have strength in all provinces… they have representation on the national Level also… so then what could it be.. Why would he say something so so Stupid? …Hmmm..thinking.. thinking…Oh, Eureka.. I got it..the answer is… CAUSE MAYBE HE IS STUPID!

Why the Bomb Blast?

Yesterday’s Lahore blast in RA Bazar and Sadder Area can only be understood in the light of the fact that how have we reached the current scenario of Politics in Pakistan and who are the characters that are involved in it. So what follows below is my own analysis of the Country’s Political – Economic Situation.

Pakistan after its Independence, thanks to the many Influence left by the British, was a relatively modern country. Indications of this were the many social, and recreational facilities, and also the General mindset towards accepting these places. This example would include the many bars, cinemas, restaurants, and Cabire. Girls used to cycle, skirts and foreigners were common on the streets of Karachi, and not only that but the country was also one of the most hip places for Westerners and Hippies, who can be seen sleeping on the streets.

Most of the people in Pakistan who would read this would know how much it is stressed in our course books about the location of Pakistan in the World Map. You have India and then Afghanistan, Iran and China as your neighbors, but it is only recently that the importance of this country of ours of God knows how much population (All figures in this regards are guesses. The last consensus happened in the year 1998) has taken a serious impact from its location.

Pakistan in its Context

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Today in News…Sudan, Iran and Pakistan!

Well, today was a weird day.. and I am not saying that just from a personal point of view. There were certain items in news that got my attention and even shocked me.

The first one was about a Sudanese journalist woman who has been sentenced to be flogged as her clothes were “degrading”. The woman, Lubna Al-Hussein was wearing jeans which were considered not appropriate and now she has been sentenced to be flogged. There are voices that have condemned this and say that this is more of a government reaction towards her articles which do tend to criticize the government at times.
Apparently the government can always find a way to make those people suffer that only want the best for the country by saying what is right and true. Incidents of these sort have always been seen around the world.

The girl who became the symbol of the Iranian Protest against the rigged elections

The girl who became the symbol of the Iranian Protest against the rigged elections

Case in point is the post-election disaster that is still continuing in Iran. Today in Iran the 40 day mourning period would end for the family and friends of Neda Aga Soltan. Protests were arranged all around the country and the program was to gather at the graves of those who died during the protest.

The spirit of the people of Iran are still high, as they now say that this is no longer just about the Elections but about all of those innocents who have died and about those who are still in the detention center, and the government needs to answer for all those.

It feels like Iran and its government are following their own desires now and not those of the people. These are the same people who had supported the Iranian Revolution and now have spoken only when they found a fault with the system, which according to me should have been considered as a omen by the Iranian Government and they should have seen to it that where is it that they were at fault and corrected it. Continue reading