You can diagnose any one around you talking politics if he/she is PTI supporter or not. Here are few (of many) symptoms.
- They blame CIA and US from anarchy to bad Governance.
- They protest throughout the year.
- They want a liberal political leader and yet they like to be friends with fundamentalists who like to blow girls’ schools, barber shops and cut the throats of innocent children for bringing حلوہ (halwa) to armed forces.
- They talk of (arcane) sovereignty violation by US forces and zip their lips on Talibans for doing the same in their beloved country’s territory.
تو رہ نورد شوق ہے، منزل نہ کر قبول
لیلیٰ بھی ہم نشیں ہو تو محمل نہ کر قبول
If you traverse the road of love, Don’t yearn to seek repose or rest;
If Leila be your companion close, That litter shun with great contempt.
صبح ازل یہ مجھ سے کہا جبرئیل نے
جو عقل کا ہو غلام، وہ دل نہ کر قبول
Gabriel on Creation Early Morning, A piece of useful counsel gave;
He commanded me not accept a heart, Enchained by mind of man like Slave.
Often an article I read a couple of years back on DAWN’s bolgosphere strikes in my mind. The article was “P for Pepsi, P for Pakistan”. Then, I hated this idea, the author and even the I left reading DAWN’s blogs. It was a surprise for me and I kept asking myself, How the hell such a daft person managed to make a space on the prestigious newspaper’s site?
Now when I look back and analyze circumstances in the very context of that blogger, I feel he was right, In fact very right. He argued, that pakistan should get a sponsor i.e. pepsi or it even be a Microsoft apple or any other top 100 renowned brands of the world. The central idea was to project the softer image of Pakistan in the world. You may agree or disagree but certainly it the author was desperate.
Recent brutal killing of a civilian youth by a ranger made me desperate too. Killing, firing, suicide bombing, rapes, rule of law, lack of governance, murders, street violence, gangs, gang wars, drones, dhranas, anguish, cries and pseudo-protests reminds me nothing but a video game. Game that almost envisage all the circumstances of Pakistan today. Grand theft auto: Vice City.
Finally, ISI briefed the Parliament. Same parliament who offered Fatiha Khwani for another pseudo-Shaheed few days before. Shuja the ISI chief was put to the test for his name. As the chief rose to the rostrum, taunts from the political classroom (as there was no monitor or teacher in class) started pelting. Shuja stood and hold his ground, he did not only take tirade. He shot back and I imagine he punched leader of opposition right on the nose (which my gut says would have bleed) with a remark. According to a news report Read more…
Leadership may have different styles or types but no one can deny the fact that a leader must possess competence. This is exactly what our current pseudo-democratic leadership lacks. I am not asking for super visionary, highly competent, super fit, highly qualified or most capable leadership; but mere competence, just fit, qualified and reasonably capable leadership.
Revolution; the so-called, shook the most of Islamic world monarchies. Everyone in Pakistan is eying for the same here. Many bloggers, columnists, journalists, and writers of various domains are arguing on the premise of its possibility. Well, I am not doing something even close it. Kirghizstan had some partial impact on Tunisian revolution but Tunisian revolution definitely kindled the revolutionary fire in Egypt, Yemen, and Libya. The question that pops in into our minds is “Will the Gaddafi’s departure be able to kindle the fire of so-called revolution in Pakistan?”
Pakistan is a land of pure. Purity comes to the pure heart. Islam has given stress in purity at heart. Like other major religions of the world, Islam too has ordained institutions, which help its followers and associates to achieve purity. Mosque is one of them. Throughout Islāmic history one cannot defy the very fact that mosques were top educational institutions, which use to produce plethora of scholars not only specializing in religion but also in subjects like physics, biology, mathematics, philosophy, poetry and you may call wonderful and unique “science of narrators” (علم رجال).
Since Pakistan stepped in war against terror, the debate of “Extremist“, “Moderate” and “Liberal” has become common. Until now extremism is being considered uni-polar i.e. religious extremism. You may find oodles of analysts local and international popping up on your T.V screens commenting about extremism, of course they mean religious extremism. By any stretch of imagination it is not tenable.
Unfortunately, now our society deems the word extremism in only religious radicalism. On the other hand, word liberalism has become almost a cliché and everyone likes to be called one. You can witness this thing on any public online discussion forum whether it is a social network, blog or newspaper website. Everyone wants to jump into the discussion and say, “hey, you Mullah, you close minded! You need to get rid of your fundamentalist beliefs”, without realizing the very fact that liberalism is also an extreme on the opposite end on fundamentalism. It’s bipolar.
Council of Islāmic Ideology (CII) was under tremendous political pressure from within and abroad. Few examples of this pressure are
Pope Benedict XVI has called for the release of Asia Bibi, a Christian woman in … Asia Bibi “be given back her freedom” says Pope Benedict
“She is a helpless Christian woman. She can’t legally defend herself because she does not have resources. Implicating such helpless minorities in such cases amounts to ridiculing the constitution of Pakistan” Taseer, Governor Punjab
A billboard in Karachi says, ”WikiLeaks… Butterfly doesn’t”
Everyone is dissatisfied and disappointed by the circumstances faced by our beloved country. There are certain contributions to this current state of cognitive dissonance. We are impatient to evolve and hence looking for a magical elixir or waiting for someone to rescue our rapidly sinking boat. To put simply we are looking for “a shortcut for ourselves” and that too should involve no pain but only gain, or gains to be precise! Read more…
It is is very very sad for me to share this horrific news with you. Mr. Zaradari’s name can now be found in Urbandictionary.com . I am speechless. I do not know what to say. I am truly boggled and non expressive. Don’t know whether to praise or curse who added this to the dictionary. Praise because he used his right to express his frustration with the Govt. Curse because he chose wrong forum to do that. Read more…
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