Pakistan Mourns…
Dec16

Pakistan Mourns…

What happens when a regular person sitting at home switches on T.V in morning? He/she comes to know that there is not a moment of certainty for a Pakistani. There are four scenarios we are well-acquainted with on Pakistan’s media 1. Talk shows with political bantering. 2. Demonstration and processions with political bantering. 3. Dramas with women crying Lately the fourth scenario i.e terrorist attack, is in the process of being controlled by Pakistan Army through operation Zarb-e-Azab. But then catastrophe struck, marking a sad end to the year 2014 for Pakistan. Army Public School, Peshawar became a militant battle ground. But wait. Battles are raged against those who are armed. They were just children. Six gunmen wearing suicide vests entered the school and gunned down 135 children as reported so far out of 200 victims. Some are still held hostages and many more are missing. This was a children massacre at mass. I switched off the T.V. It was getting unbearable. I couldn’t help knowing the stories of the survivors so i started reading about it online. The ones who survived and returned to their conscious state reported that they played dead to escape the claws of these coward scavengers. School is the time, people crave to go back to. I know I do. I miss everything about it. But these survivors are among those who wouldn’t look back to this memory. Ever. Its filled with screaming classmates and open gunshots. Although they returned alive, a big chunk of them is probably dead within. You know why terrorists are always reported to be around 18 years old or younger? Because if they were mature and had children of their own, they would not be ready to blow themselves up in a school. The fear of devastation of their own children and family would have held them back. Heartiest condolence to the families of the victimized. If only our grief could bring back the lost ones. If only it had such a strong impact that future generation could be saved. Today we mourn. Tomorrow things will be back to normal for politicians, for people sitting in front of their t.v sets, for anybody who wasn’t directly affected. Or everything would change… Maybe. If only we had caught these brutes alive and publicly executed them to warn those who were behind this. All these children have left us with, is the wish for ‘If only’ we could have saved...

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Bachpan Ka December- A Review
Dec05

Bachpan Ka December- A Review

I have come to a conclusion. While English novels give a broader view into life, and (I must confess) make you an attractive nerd, the impact of lessons in Urdu novels is more deeply felt. Its like if your mom gave you a lifelong advice in English, it wouldn’t be as effective as in Urdu. Sarcasms are sharper and humor is more ridiculous. Hence everything that needs to be felt is more penetrating and decent in our native dialect. Sticking to the theme of this Blog of promoting what belongs to Pakistan, I decided to review a novel that I began reading in a hospital lounge with utter disinterest but by the time I finished it, a pile of unattended tasks awaited me. Never misconstrue seemingly odd books in a doctor’s waiting lounge. I must have read around 5 pages but they had me grasped so strongly that on my way back after the appointment, I stopped by a book store and bought it. Bachpan Ka December by Hashim Nadeem sets the story in Quetta where Decembers were thought to be very beautiful once upon a time, with conifers covered in snow and moonlight peaking through the clear frosted ice. The impersonal aspect of the book covers late 70’s through a little boys point of view and then late 80’s through a mature man’s. Its about Ebad, a kid who belongs to a mediocre background, his best friend “Raja” who was always thought to be a bad influence to him (we all have that one best friend who our parents don’t approve of) and “Wajjo” a crush bound to stay a crush forever. The writer’s choice of words is so illustrative that (if I was a painter) I could have painted down every page and If a drama is made on it, there would have been less input at recreating scenes from the book. The word-sketch is so definite and clear. Unlike most romantic novels, this one is pretty humorous. I was amazed to see how the speaker connected so well with his childhood memories and remembered every meticulous detail of his perception. There are immature sarcasms which make you laugh spontaneously over Addi’s innocence. The book talks about parental control, family politics and nosy neighbors. It then slowly evolves to the point where Addi wants to cling purposely to these irritating things, but finally its time for him to grow up and go to a cadet college. That’s where the second phase of his life starts. He shares with readers the reminiscence of this crucial chapter of his life. From the discouraging behavior of seniors to that one...

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Tribute To Men On Guard
Sep02

Tribute To Men On Guard

Honestly, I believed that Defense day was a celebration of Pakistan winning an armed battle against India. Knowing this was such a happy place for me. I am sure most of us believed this because we were only taught about 6th September in school and Pakistan Studies seemed so boring that none of us wanted to actually find out what happened prior, during or after the war. Neither did I and so the bubble bursted when I did actually surf through the internet. I will never understand the so called allies of Pakistan who often disappear when it’s time to show moral support. While I was browsing information to write on Defense day report, it struck me, that every time I opened a source page, there was never a general or unbiased statement on Indo-Pak war of 1965. India and its allies who shared a mutual point of view while Pakistan had had its own . I will never understand the so called allies of Pakistan who often disappear when it’s time to show moral support. If I go into the military version of the story it would probably get boring and in-comprehensive with all the statistical analysis and strategical scenarios. So i will try to be precise and unbiased so that the readers decide which of the two countries’ act seemed more noble? The issue of Kashmir has always been an aggression factor between the two countries. The simplest solution was to hold an unrigged referendum so that the people of the state could decide for themselves since democracy is the order of the day. But apparently Pakistan had more chances of winning it; hence the idea was not approved. I asked my friend why we never took the matter to International Court of Justice, as we had all the evidences to convict India but he just said that if they were capable of being just, we would have reached to some conclusion on Palestinian issue. To sum up the significance of Defense day in just a few words; Pakistan was able to defend an unethical and an unanticipated attack on its land. The best part is that after two weeks of battling, India went to UN for ceasefire. Incidentally, Pakistan’s defense forces were misjudged. We might not have the best political status or infrastructure but our pride and our strength is seen in the well integrated troops and men on borders and line of control. As seen at the back of a car; “Pakistan Army never sleeps” This was almost thirty five years ago and with time it is a natural phenomenon that celebrations fade because the...

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