The Blackout Crisis
Aug21

The Blackout Crisis

Waking up at three in the morning to fight off the miniscule Draculas is one of the many flustering things which we, Pakistanis, experience. As if the sweltering heat was not enough, the electricity monster, or as most of us know it, load shedding, has turned our live upside down. Pakistan, being a third world country, in encircled in rising fire of multitudinous problems; power crisis being the most profound one. The supply is around forty percent deficit of demand. To make it worse, no proper strategy or manifesto has been devised yet so as to abet it. Load shedding has always been an issue. It became central just recently because now it is also affecting upper and middle class as well. This power crisis has made thousands go homeless. Industries are as good as dead and the workers are unable to earn living wages, dying of hunger. With average of twelve to twenty hours period of blackouts per day, students spend most of their days dosing off. Those who are resolute enough to pursue knowledge, stay awake hoping against hope for miracle of electricity. Uninterrupted Power Supply, aka UPS, does not qualify for its name anymore, since it also breathes out its last electric breaths in a fraction of an hour. Meeting are scheduled and rescheduled around the load shedding hours. Even a toddler is deprived of sound sleep because of fans and air conditioners going idle every hour or so. Hospitals have suffered the worst blow. Scorching heat accompanied by incessant power cut offs makes already agitated patients go berserk.  And truth be told, doctors and paramedics are not bright and peachy in these given conditions either.    Masses have been ranting and wailing out to heavens, going on shutter-down strikes, raising slogans, pleading and begging, shamefully burning public property. Some even burnt down a whole ruddy train. But unfortunately the authorities have turned a deaf ear to this entire situation. To top it all, most of the administrative officials have made valedictory address to any shred of hope which was left.    All in all, we are entering the era of blackouts, of arrows and axes, of carriages, of lanterns and candles, the era of ‘Stone Age’. While every other nation around the world in taking forward strides toward progress and development, we, the Pakistanis, are pacing backwards. This abject quality of life and mortal peril is forcing our people to make an escape to the West, to serve those who ruled us for over a century. Not to mention the fact that they eye us as filthy terrorists. Pakistan, after its nuclear tests, emerged on...

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Yeh Hum sab Ka Pakistan hai !
Aug18

Yeh Hum sab Ka Pakistan hai !

“Prof. Dr Haider shot along with his innocent 12 year old son near F.C college in Lahore” ” 98 shias killed in hazara……..” ” 178 homes of the Christians burned on plea of Islam??” I wonder how much more lives we are going to take on account of this ‘So-called’ name of “ISLAM”?. I wonder who is going to be accountable for the loss of lives of all these people and their property?. I wonder with what faces are we going to be resurrected on the day of judgement?. I wonder if I am next in line in the series of these killings?…….. Creation of Pakistan, never was an idea where minorities would not be given their rights, or where there will be target killing on the basis of sectarianism or where illegal genocide would be flaunted. Indeed Pakistan was supposed to be a homeland, a shelter to all these people, no matter what cast, color or creed they belonged to,despite the fact that it had a Muslim majority. It’s sole idea was to establish a peaceful state with a security of life, property and wealth for all its residents. Quaid-e- Azam  Muhammad Ali Jinnah said  “You are free; you are free to go to your temples, you are free to go to your mosques or to any other place of worship in this state of Pakistan. You may belong to any religion or caste or creed, that has got nothing to do with the business of the state…. We are starting with this fundamental principle that we are all citizens and equal citizens of one state”– . On contrary what actually it has become?? I swear my hands shiver and my heart sinks,  when I see women and children crying because they have been rendered homeless…Why? Their only sin that they are Christians who unfortunately reside in Pakistan…..When I see an asset Of Pakistan, Prof Haider and his 12 yr old son shot to death…why?? Their only sin was that they got in middle of Sectarian-Clashes which Islam on the first place never really created. I question- ‘Where exactly is our HUMANITY???’  Buried somewhere amidst the false cover of Islam that these fake Mulas have created. Humanity, dear friends was indeed one the very first Islamic preachings. Honestly any sane man on this entire earth would agree that killing a person, on stupid pleas as these, is totally illegal , unIslamic, inhumane and unethical. For the very information of people out there who claim to be the supporters of Islam when they commit such abominable crimes, just refresh your knowledge of Quran ans Sunnah. In his farewell address...

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Redefining the term Pakistani !
Aug18

Redefining the term Pakistani !

We, (Pakistanis), of course including me, are stubborn. We have a mentality, a mind-set that is always concerned with pointing out of flaws in others. Deep down, what we do, how wrong we are, no matter how much guilty we are, we don’t bother seeing  it, rather we over-look it consciously. We all want to bring a change. By writing, by telling others what to do and what not to do, by conducting seminars, talk-shows, and God- knows what. What my concern is that who am I when I sit alone? When I am not a showing off in public how much concerned I am about bringing a change? Am I the same person? Or I am just another Pakistani with the corrupt mind-set that, I am going to change everyone save for my Own-Perfect-Self. Our biggest flaw is that we are not true to our-selves. What we need to understand that the only reform we can bring is in ourselves. Trust  me, no one has to shout out loud how good they are. Because a person who is good in real essence, STANDS OUT. No Matter What! For instance, we sit back, criticize a public figure, do we ever realize that, had we been in power or had we been in the position that the very person is, what would we do? Ask your deep-inner self, if at all it says that ‘NO” you would be fair in every policy, then my dear you have all the rights to criticize. However let us all be honest, we all have flaws, which we fail to accept. We fail to accept that we are as corrupt as that public figure, however just at our own level. Just that our corruptness is not highlighted on media. I am not at all in support of all such public figures in any way, but no harm making an analogy, is there any? I believe we all know exactly how “Great” we are. We need to realize that we have to step out of the typical 19th century sub-continent mentality, characterized by double standards, jealousy, lying, and betrayal. Let’s be above all this. Lets appreciate what’s good.  Let us for once stand up and do something, play our part. Until and unless we feel the urge to change ourselves, never, ever , can we bring a reform. No one is born perfect. No one is born a leader. It’s the very inner-self of a person which leads you to such a level. I would really want you all to read the personal biographies of great leaders, not their achievements but about their common man...

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A nation gets a leader it deserves
Aug14

A nation gets a leader it deserves

I was scanning the Sunday magazine of one of the leading news papers of Pakistan. In doing so my eyes fell on what I was looking for, one of the writer’s article whom I have a high regard for. As I was going through the article drinking in every word and with every remark new suspicions, new queries came to pass. It was all in relation to the hard sell that long march of Dr.Tahir-ul-Qadri created and the nation’s rejoinder. The concluding line of article was “A nation gets the leader it deserves”. This line was so potent that it stuck in my mind. If nations, not a crowd, comprehend this line, it elucidates their times of yore, present state of affairs and forthcoming times. If a nation needs to be reprimanded then this line is more than enough to wobble it to edifice. But this is not the case with Pakistani nation, words do not suffice them. To put in words of Talat Hussain “This nation likes to be fooled again, again and again” to learn life time lesson. It’s been 65 years since the creation of Pakistan. Had there been an era of so called leaders, in these years, when this nation not been double-crossed, swindled and deceived to the hilt. We have been mesmerized by the pied-pipers not once but on copious junctures. Do we earn all of this?? On frequent occurrences we have witnessed that an assortment of political parties raises the catchphrase of change, we pursue them without grasping where this path is leading us. Are we so frenzied and frantic for change or are we just a bunch of fool hardies awestruck by the pied-pipers?? Let’s travel through the pages of history to find the answer. When Zia-ul-Haq occupied the throne he aptly used the concept of Islamization to allure people. He exploited people in face of Islam, easily befooling them by manipulating things and then whatever were the consequences; they are not veiled from history, manipulated, yes! But not veiled. Then year after year, from martial law administrator to civilian Prime minister to the date, everyone trampled nation’s trust and hope and took away what little sanguinity was left with them. Under such consequences wherever ray of hope emerged in this pitch obscurity, people are blinded by its light and cling to it like a drowning man clutches at a straw. Even so at every stride I am trying to defend ourselves, but my conscience is pricking me and whispering perceptibly that “how long is it going to work, you have to face the music one day so, why not now?” In...

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I am an American and I am not a terrorist
Aug14

I am an American and I am not a terrorist

­20th July 2012 Colorado, USA when the Dark Knight ‘Rose’   Before making my point, let’s just have a look at how major news channels are covering this story:   CNN: “A heavily armed gunman attacked audience at Aurora, Colorado, Movie Theater early Friday”     BLOOMBERG: “A man opened fire with a shotgun at an Aurora, Colorado theater showing the new Batman movie and then switched to other weapons, killing 12 people and wounding 58, police said.”     BBC: “Twelve people were killed and 58 injured when a gunman opened fire at a Batman film screening in Aurora, Colorado last week. James Holmes, 24, has appeared in court accused of carrying out the attack.”   GUARDIAN.CO.UK “Twelve people are dead and up to 50 injured in a Denver suburb after a masked  gunman opened fire at a late-night screening of the new Batman film, The Dark Knight Rises.”   You must have noticed that no news channel used the word ‘Terrorist’ or ‘Terrorism’. It is indeed a very sad story but I was expecting such terms to be used by the international media but I didn’t see them using those terms. So I was just wondering, what is the meaning of ‘terrorist’ then. I thought it meant someone who creates terror in people by committing an act of terrorism physically or by threatening to do such an act so what did that person do? Killed 12 innocent people and injured at least 58 with the youngest fatality being a 6 year old girl making it one of the worst killing in US history.   I don’t see any reason why this inhumane act shouldn’t be called “an act of Terrorism” What was it then? I ask all the major news agencies who forgot to mention this.   Ah! I think we all know the answer, the person didn’t have beard, right? He didn’t have a muslim name! right? He is an American white male! Right? He wasn’t born in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq or Iran! Right?   So that’s why you can’t call him a terrorist? He just killed 12 people with a gun that he had bought legally from the store.   Is the world so blind or just so stupid or the audience are just so unaware and childish! In all major news they used the words like ‘Gunman’ ‘Suspect’ and even just ‘Man’.   I thought Americans knew English well. ‘Suspect’ is the word they used and according to most dictionaries or I would say all English dictionaries it means: ‘believe to be guilty’ ‘to doubt or mistrust’ ‘to have suspicion’ etc. Now that the whole...

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