I wanted to write something about it for a long time, and during some research for this subject, I found some great images that I just really wanted to share with all of you! These images, and this movement, means so much to me, and isn’t every struggle a prove of our existance, of our being alive, of our passion, and the strength of the human spirit? I don’t know if they would succeed or not, but I know that every struggle is a step in waking up the human spirit and giving it a jolt, and that has been done for sure!
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
..but some how I just could not make myself sit down and write it all down. It could be the keyboard’s fault ( I love this new one) or the fact that not indulging myself in music at full volumes every few weeks make me go weird, or it could simply be that I just didn’t know how to verbalize my thoughts about the topic which I have wanted to write for a while. But whatever the reason be, here I am! And I am typing away!
Karachi is becoming a very unpredictable city. it is losing all that I cherished about it slowly. before you could out till the early hours of the morning and not have a worry in your head. the city was so alive. I remember we never used to worry about going to the market, because we knew that it would be open till at least 1 or so. But now things are changing so drastically.
If it’s not the rains, then it would be some son of a bitch dying, some random shoot out which makes no sense to you, a prediction that something will happen, but something or the other is always there to terrorize the Karachities and make sure that they make their way home as soon as possible. this fear has simply taken away the spirit of the city.
A few days back for some research I was in Ranchore line, and talking to people and trying to get a few survey, that all of a sudden gun shots were fired, the shops shutters closed down, and the person I was interviewing – a woman – started questioning me in the most weirdest manner that who am I ? Why am I here ? What was the purpose of my visit?It was the same day that 6 people had been killed at SherShah Market for no reason at all! Just a random shoot out. Another day in the city’s history! Nothing unusual anymore in Karachi! Continue reading
It has been strange for me even – who used to curse the Government and the system for one reason or the other almost every day – that I haven’t been able to write a hate/love, abusive post about Politics or its many different actors for that matter! But there is a reason for it. And its simple: I am bored of it. Shocked? You Shouldn’t be!
Any one who follows Pakistani Politics should know that no where else does the hypothesis “History repeats itself” is more apparent then here. Almost every month the same accusation, the same drama goes on to be repeated in the Capital as well as our media.Lets take it step by step then, shall we?
- Your ordinary week would start from a bomb blast. If more than 10 people died, it might get more importance, otherwise it would simply be a bottom line news.
- The governments negligence to stop these attacks is raised up by the likes of Kamran Khan.
- The negligence is then blamed on Zardari, resulting in
- A couple of know-it-all (read Imran Khan, Sheikh Rashid) sitting on every other talk show and saying that its all because of our lack of efforts to resolve the Swiss Cases,
- The Judiciary gets active and issues orders and takes suo moto notices,
- Tyres are burnt to vent out the combined frustrations of no electricity and Zardari as our President,
- Only to have the weekend over, and to forget all about it as the entire city turns towards the beaches,
- Only so that a couple of individuals can drown themselves so that we can once again start the vicious blame game!
Tell me then, that how much can one cry about the same repeated events again and again!
So the latest events to make me hate the fact that I live in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan is the ban on Social Media Site, Facebook! This has been a result of some Dope Head sitting far far away and a Radical-With-No-Brains who was sitting in the Lahore High Court! (To understand the sarcasm please read my last post)
Anyways so I am sitting online, with absolutely no contact with my Mafia, Pet or Farm. A thousand other in this country are also sitting along with me cursing the government and the newly-found of the Courts that at least I am already starting to regret. (Never thought I would say that)
I just don’t understand the ban.. SO we banned facebook so that they can
carry on with their “Everyone Draw Mohammad Day” Peacefully without any interference or Protest.. Thank you whoever you were who did this case in the Lahore High Court! The entire Country is cursing you!
I mean, people couldn’t you have just gone and reported the page.. It seems like we were celebrating the day.. that’s why it was so important to block Face book here in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.. I mean… think for a minute before doing something.. And next you know it they would be going out on the streets doing protest and in the process of voicing their opinions, they would burn motorcycles, shops and cars, thus affecting so many people by their idiotic way of thinking things through! Continue reading
I try to restrict myself from giving these bold statements about anyone.. even if he is a politician.. Now I know that there would be angry heads every where going why target Nawaz Sharif and not Zardari aka the real root of all evil in this world for a lot of people. But here is something: HE HAS NOT BEEN THE PRIME MINISTER TWICE. NAWAZ SHARIF HAS BEEN .. so there fore I have every right to diss him for still not learning from his mistakes.
His “Rid the Punjab of illiteracy” Scheme has been going on for a very long time, and I can understand that it is a very hard job to attain. There are a lot of Political, Economic, Cultural Restrictions in his way, but a recent news item in the paper has changed my perspective about his many, many slogans that are simply void of any dedication.
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.
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
This week ireport CNN did a report on the Tiananmen Square protest and how people were stopped or how the coverage was blocked. They criticized the strong censorship that the Chinese government has.. But the thing are we criticizing censorship or Chinese Government… cause if we are here to say that censorship i wrong and people should have the right to express their views openly and should have access to news openly.. then maybe even the USA should come under criticism as well…
During the war in Afghanistan and Iraq.. the Bush administration had censored the showing of the casualties and the return of the dead bodies and coffins from the war zone..
What we need to determine is that if censorship is wrong, then its wrong for all nations.. and you cant pick and choose who to criticize.. Or either ..ITS HIGH TIME THAT YOU LEAVE THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT ALONE…
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