Allama Iqbal; a poet, a visionary
Nov09

Allama Iqbal; a poet, a visionary

We take a start from the “lab pay ati hay dua ban k tammna mere” and then move towards the massive poetry coined by him, we will undoubtedly find the great ideas and philosophies implanted in the chains of the words in the form of his everlasting poetry presented by him long ago. He is not only the national poet of Pakistan rather he is the poet of East. Dr. Allama Mohammad Iqbal, the poet of East, a great visionary thinker and a great philosopher was born on 9, November 1877 in the city of Sialkot. After receiving an early education from his hometown he moved abroad in order to quench his thirst for knowledge. While studying law in England, he became the member of London branch of ALL-INDIA MUSLIM LEAGUE. In this way he entered politics and got a chance to achieve his goals. His contribution in the field of poetry is very vast. Though Iqbal contributed a lot in literature but apart from those, his role in  the formation of this country is exceptional . His greatest achievement was to create the ideology of Pakistan that later on became the very basis of independence of Pakistan. His poetry contains endless messages and his work in the field of literature is of supreme importance still. The most prominent feature of his work was that he always emphasized on the importance of religion. Islam to him was very much important and because of this he had an urge for a separate homeland in which Muslims could practice their religion freely. He had a great vision and he perceived future critically. He was very much aware of the sufferings of Indian Muslims and finally he used his pen like a sword in order to pierce the darkness that was embedded in the hearts and the minds. His words were influential to such an extent that ultimately they brought a fruitful result in the form of an independent state. The themes of his poetry were of great importance and still they are regarded as a great source of inspiration. His concept of “Self” (khudi) is based on the concept of self-realization which integrates all the known facts of the universe into single unity, and this single unity is the concept of God. His concept of self-realization is not merely based on Divine power, rather he highlighted that in order for us to seek the truth of our existence; proper training, experiences and education plays a vital role.   His philosophies promoted the social norms and values and in order to progress social interaction is very much important. He once said: “Individual exists by...

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VIP Culture in Pakistan
Oct19

VIP Culture in Pakistan

A very important person (VIP) is a person who is accorded special privileges due to his or her status or importance. Examples include celebrities, heads of state/heads of government andother politicians, major employers, high rollers, high-level corporate officers, wealthy individuals, or any other notable person who receives special treatment for any reason. They enjoy special protocols and many more perks of a luxurious life and that too by government, not by themselves. VIP culture in Pakistan has been a matter of concern for common people. Most of us have experienced the matter first hand at different occasions and places. A very common aspect of the VIP culture is the road blocks mostly in the capital cities like Islamabad and Lahore. Whenever a VIP has to travel via road, the security reaches the spot well ahead and traffic police stops the normal traffic well before that specific person is to pass and it is again on route after such time that they get away safely. The wait for such a long time is very torturous for many people who might have some important stuff to do themselves. The protocol of this type is given mostly to the ministers and other political leaders. The major reason for all the protocol is their safety as the authorities reveal. That may not be the only reason if we analyze some other portions of the world and some past incidents. If we sneak into our country’s history, we find some examples of such cases. There was a baby born in rickshaw as the mother was on the way to hospital for delivery in Multan as the protocol of for0mer Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gillani stopped the traffic. It is hard to imagine the pain that woman bore during that period without the proper facilities. Failure of the special protocol provided to VIPS is not something impossible. Former Prime Minister of Pakistan Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto was a victim of the failure of the system. Some say that it was an inside job but whatever the case may be, that was an indication that there can be such an incident in the presence of all the security that is arranged. Even the first PM Shaheed Liaqat Ali Khan was also assassinated and the protocol proved to be of no use to his life. Some historians also relate the death of our beloved Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinah to the failure of the protocol. On the other side, when we investigate for similar protocol in many developed countries, we don’t find one at such scale. Their leaders are found walking side by side the common people and...

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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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Colors of Taxali
Aug07

Colors of Taxali

Smell of spicy food, mixed with the odor of open sewage lingers all around you as you walk through tapered streets of the Taxali gate. Shops lit by colorful lights, cannot help but to catch your attention to them. The Taxali gate is not popularly known for its color, but otherwise known for the red light district it resides in its heart. Heera Mandi/Shahi Muhala as they call it popularly remains to taboo this area from rest of Lahore. As you walk deeper into the streets of taxali gate, the lights and glitter begins to diminish and more shadowed streets appear. Balconies are occupied by women, whose faces express that they have been standing in these balconies for everyday of their life. In Mughal era, heera mandi was famous for dancing and music. What pulled the noble and the aristocrats to these streets was the visual and musical treat, the culture that lingered through the air. It’s said that the nobles used send their children here to learn culture and etiquettes from these courtesan women. The famous historical character Ameeran or more popularly known as Umrao Jan was an example of the courtesan women who inhabited the streets of Heera mandi. It wasn’t originally called heera mandi, whereas it was named so by the Sikh emperor Ranjeet Singh, as a tribute to one of his ministers Heera Singh.   It was not until the establishment of British rule that these streets were polluted by brothels and prostitution. The East India company wanted leisure and entertainment for there officers who were living so far from their homes. So slowly they poisoned these streets and its culture and with passage of years it was all gone. But this is one part of the Taxali gate, but the colors of Taxali gate even today pull people to itself. The famous Phajja siri paya and shabuddin halwai are still a delight for food lovers from all over the world. The famous Pan of Taxali is still mouthwatering as it even was during the Mughal era. The famous sheikhpurian bazaar even today, a century later is till famous for hand made khusaaz. The say the best khusaaz of Pakistan are still made here. Also the Taxali hearts the best shops for musical instruments, which signify its traces to the rich musical and artistic culture it once had.  Heera mandi is one part of Taxali gate and its culture. But it will never diffuse the Colors of Taxali...

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