What The Government Fails to See
Aug11

What The Government Fails to See

I still remember how i used to skip my English literature and algebra classes, back in college and still ended up scoring maximum marks in the exams. It wasn’t anything like divine guidance that helped me carry this out; rather it was the internet; or more precisely the videos on YouTube. When i bring the notion of humiliation of our religion in my mind, i fail to disagree with the decision the government made… With all due respect, I considered teachers of both the fore-mentioned subjects as ‘boring’. I always learnt a lot from YouTube, but then they decided to ban it. Well, i stopped missing lectures after that and i thought to myself: ‘Job well-done, PTA!’, until i realized that it wasn’t because of me rather it was the dis-respect of our religion that made them do it. I was relieved; i accepted and respected the decision. Till today, when i bring the notion of humiliation of our religion in my mind, i fail to disagree with the decision the government made; but what the government fails to see is that the usage of YouTube may have dropped in percentage but is still not eliminated. I, myself, after few days of naiveness, started missing lectures again. My point is that all the government did was it made the YouTube access a bit tiresome and not denied. So i ask myself, the benefits of the ban and i ask myself ‘Why? Why does the government fail to see, what’s evident to all?’ What the government fails to see is that these small perks actually helped a lot of hard-working youth to collaborate effectively… It’s also in the news that the ‘All day texting and calling’, will also be taken care of. Where some may say that it’s a good idea, i fail to agree. On one hand, morally or ethically this could make some sense; now people would spend their time more productively, maybe a little less road accidents and early night sleeps; but what the government fails to see is that these small perks actually helped a lot of hard-working youth to collaborate effectively: now if you want to take some help from your friend, you will have to go ring his bell, because you are short of credit (not everybody has a 100 rupees to spend daily on credit) Now if you have to set up a meeting, it would cost you 100 times more than what it used to cost, now if you got to call somebody you are related to, and they live seven seas away, you will have to think thrice. What the government...

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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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