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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Marital RAPE
Aug14

Marital RAPE

“International women’s day” celebrated on March 8th, acknowledges the power, sovereignty, respect and importance of women all around the globe. Also provides them with a sence of recognition for their contribution in the social and economical development today. ” I am convinced that women of the world , united , can become a most powerful force for international peace” ( Coretta Scott King, civil rights activist and widow of Martin Luther King) This thought no matter how true or convincing cannot be at present shaped into reality because of the misfortune that women face everyday either in the form of domestic violence, gender based work and pay discrimination, forceful prostitution, marital rape and the list goes on. In the developed countries such issues are being catered to in order to protect women from sexual assaults and discrimination however in Pakistan all the above mentioned issues are to a certain extent touched by the Law except for “Marital rape”. This practice my fellow readers is defined as the “non – consensual” sex in which the perpetrator is the victim’s spouse. It is a form of sexual abuse and domestic violence but one which still in many cultures either remains legal or is illegal but widely accepted as a husband,s prerogative. Every year millions of women suffering from this torture undergo physical and psychological damage , the fact that shatters them the most is that the damage is being done by their own protectors. these protectors tend to be physically, financially and mentally much more stronget than their wives because ours is a “male dominant society”. The root problem that needs to be addressed here is the culture that prevails Pakistan, that has had a concept of “conjugal rights” to sexual intercourse with each other, where the idea of marital rape is treated as an impossibility. Another factor that stimulates this inhumane act are the beliefs and practices of the religious extremist groups in Pakistan. They donot identify marital rape as being a criminal activity, as they consider Islam to have allowed the husband full rights over their wives, with or without their willingness. However many Scholars have shed light upon this issue through the teachings of the Holy Quran and Ahadith , which also clearly condemn marital rape as being an  unlawful act. Nabi Muhammad (S.A.W.W) said,   ‏إذا دعا الرجل امرأته إلى فراشه فلم تأته فبات غضبان عليها لعنتها الملائكة حتى تصبح‏   “When the husband calls his wife to his bed, and she does not come to it, while he spends the night angry with her, the Malaa’ikah (the angels) curse her until morning. ((Agreed upon; Bukhaari and...

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Yeh bhi Pakistan tha
Aug14

Yeh bhi Pakistan tha

Dark smokes once again fly over Karachi, as a residential area by the name of Abbas town is shredded into pieces. With more than 45 killed and over 140 injured. The city of lights, as we so called it, is now more or less of a battlefield, where each day over 20 people lose their lives in target killing. Is this, what Pakistan had always been or is this, what Pakistan will continue to be? Well the time line between 1960’s-70 brings about a different picture of Pakistan. A picture, that has been hidden from our generation due to the noise of all the bombs, killing and screams.   Trouser and the bell bottoms were every young man’s look back in the 60’s. Shirts with ridiculously big collars and long hair combo to go along with it added more spice to the fashion scene. Yes people, this was the look all the adult guys preferred back in the days.   Herald was a local magazine ran by the DAWN group, as the magazine of the youth, covering the changing fashion, political and social trends of the urban Pakistani youth. It was later after the 80’s that this magazine established its roots as a Political platform.   Disco, pubs and casino had plenty of attraction for the foreign tourist visiting Karachi. 3 aces was the name of the club running from Metropole Hotel. It had the best dance floor, casino and bar. Other discotheque included Big daddy in Saddar Karachi, Playboy on Club Road and Hotel Columbus and Imperial Hotel. Similarly Lahore had Flettes Hotel, with the best dance floor in the town. Yes liquor was available, but unlike today, heroine and other drugs of were off the streets. Masses weren’t exposed to such drugs up until the Afghan War.   Cinemas too had experienced their peak back in the days. It was in the 70’s that Bruce lee’s movie Enter Dragon did some boisterous business here in Pakistan, as he became a symbol of Martial arts both in the west and the east. The British movie Bhowani Junction was also shot in Lahore, maybe because back in the day’s foreigners didn’t have the threat of being cursed to hell by the Mullahs. Even the Pakistani cinema itself flourished its way, coming up with blockbusters like; Zinda Lash and Armaan. The chocolate hero, Waheed Murad was the heart conquerer of thousands of  ladies from Port Qasim till khyber.   It’s remarkable to come across the fact the Clifton beach back then was flooded with foreign tourist, bathing in the sun and treating their eyes with beautiful sunset across the horizon.Crabbing was...

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