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These are some bad days, agonizing and tormenting. This is how it has to be and this is how it’ll be — like for an indefinite time.

But I’m not at all trying to sound complaintive. Expressing oneself doesn’t necessarily mean complaining. May the things get better to more better from good. Ameen

Of Future Dulha-Dulhan Hoopla

Something for a change. Well, I actually started to enjoy the wedding news of

Shoaib Malik And Sania Mirza Wedding

Shoaib Malik And Sania Mirza Wedding

Shoaib Malik and Sania Mirza when I saw a banner on top of GEO’s website. This sure was looking quite funny at first glance. What it seems to me — or perhaps everyone else too — is that GEO is happy the most than any other Pakistani.

Since yesterday evening, when the news broke out, I started receiving text messages on this subject, and quite surprisingly it was the only one text which was being sent over and again: IPL ney to 11 Pakistanion ko Reject kia tha Faraz — Sania Mirza ney to Pora India hi Reject kar dia 😀

The other comments I happened to read randomly were: Sania sister ney proof kar dia hai key “ik ho gey Muslim haram ki passbani key leye; Neel key sahil say ley kar tabkha’k’ghashgar…”

There was one another funny comment I read: Ab India hum sey hamesha sir jhuka kar baat kia krega … Kyun key hum Larkey Wale hain. GEO PAKISTANI

In any case, particularly the people in Pakistan are ambivalent. Picking another other random comment: Sania will keep representing India yet after the marriage & both of them are going to live in Dubai!

Let me have my say on this whole event: I usually have no interest in discussing such newses, but the humorous demonstration by GEO while covering this news made me laugh on this whole thing. News is perhaps interesting more, generally, because of the inherent inclusion of “India”.

What is your say?

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Looming Problems In Pakistan

Looming Problems In Pakistan

ANP has gone mad; it was earlier too. Just recently it gave an statement that the party wouldn’t support the repelling of 17th amendment until the province name is changed to Pakhtunkhwa. At several occasions, ANP has been emphatic of changing the name of NWFP province to Pakhtunkhwa-Abaseen or Pakhtunkhwa Khyber. Pakistan’s future is, at this phase, hanging between the egos and stupidity of few politicians. I’m quite afraid to see and question that how and why we need an immediate action to change the name of province, concurrently acknowledging that it practically isn’t going to change the status quo of the country which represents a dismantled, poverty stricken, ill-educated and day-to-day suicide bombings state. Things like repelling 17th amendment, terrorism, drone attacks, power crisis, wheat crisis, pulse crisis, water crisis, global warming, jobs, education, corruption, sovereignty of Pakistan etc. are the grave concern of Pakistanis, but the likes of dunce leaders are in an argle-bargle for the change of province name. I personally have no problem with the changing of name, but the eye-catching problem is the inaction in finding the solution to today’s significant problems, such as the ones above.

How would you conclude to address this problem? For me, I’ve an urge to say that while solving a horde of national problems, first we need to set the priorities — outside the framework of making the higher priorities getting obstructed by some lower ones. It’s a matter of survival, not some point-scoring match. As I read, Cowasjee months back gave a fine example on setting up of the priorities: If your garden needs attention whilst in your house you have a sick child, what is your first priority?

Before finishing it off, let me unfold something unusual from yesterday: Earth Hour, to fight against global warming, was celebrated throughout Pakistan. On the occasion, all lights on all important government buildings and thoroughfares in all major cities were switched off from 08:30 pm to 09:30 pm. It all happened as the President announced celebrating Earth Hour. I’m proud as a peacock to point it that Pakistan is, unofficially and voluntarily, celebrating Earth Hour for decades now, with no electricity for hours each day. We are contributing the best we can against global warming. Shouldn’t we be proud of it? Political leaders are perhaps proud of it, this is why they’re more busy in the name change argle-bargle rather than the production of energy.

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Missing Persons Protest

Missing Persons Protest

A friend asked me: Hum itney na-shukrey kyun hain?

Why are we so unthankful?

At first, I thought it was a usual comment by him we often use in daily life. But soon I analyzed he was talking about “Pakistan” particularly. I retorted that we really are unthankful — an unthakful nation. Perhaps he daresaid, while making this comment, that I’m always cynical with my thoughts; that I’m critical and pessimistic. I wonder where have I ever been pessimistic. Being critical doesn’t necessarily imply that a person is pessimistic too.

Most of the time I’m vocal about the role of our army and politicians. While I criticize our Pakistan army — mind it that I don’t criticize the whole institution with more than 600,000 servicemen, but only the wrong policy makers — people usually think that I’m committing a blasphemy as I’m speaking against the sacred Pakistani institution which is meant to guard our nation. I always think and ask is the army above criticism? How many times this institution has erred and repeat it still; hence, speaking against it is wrong?

It pulls me back to the time of Jinnah. Jinnah was selected for the Central Legislative Council from Calcutta as a Muslim representative in 1910. Lord Minto supported Jinnah. Viceroy Minto’s pious hopes were soon shattered. Jinnah clashed with the viceroy the very first time when he rose to speak in the council, addressing him to a resolution that called for an immediate end to the export of indentured India labors to South Africa. Jinnah spoke out saying: “It is a most painful question — a question which has roused the feelings of all classes in the country to the highest pitch of indignation and horror at the harsh and cruel treatment that is meted out to the Indians in South Africa”. Minto reprimanded him for using the words “cruel treatment”. Jinnah spoke out saying: “It is a most painful question — a question which has roused the feelings of all classes in the country to the highest pitch of indignation and horror at the harsh and cruel treatment that is meted out to the Indians in South Africa”. Minto reprimanded him for using the words “cruel treatment”. Minto deemed Jinnah’s statement “too harsh to be used for a friendly part of the British Empire” within his council chambers. My Lord, Jinnah responded, “I should feel much inclined to use much stronger language. But I am fully aware of the constitution in the Council, and I do not wish to trespass for one single moment. But I do say that the treatment meted out to Indians is the harshest and the feeling in this country is unanimous.”

Jinnah was the only men who stood for such an act of unjust against the people of his country. By then, not even Gandhi raised this objection or anyone else from the Congress. Because Jinnah always stood for the human rights too, and he would never care if he’s speaking against the friendly British Empire or his Congressmen. Is speaking against the cruel policies of army/intelligence on the missing persons — and as I recall the death of one of my personal friend’s mother in Bajaur air strike and 100’s of innocent people like her — an amoral thing, I ask? Is speaking against the role of US in many things — for example the drone attacks that kill innocents daily — a wrong thing, I ask? Any missing person has a right to be prosecuted in the Pakistani courts — morally and constitutionally. But they just remain ‘missing’, let alone their prosecution. Simultaneously, I’m accused of being a traitor as I stand firm besides the families of those who suffer from the hands of some amoral uniformed and non-uniformed people.

Now with the latest update on the efforts of the families of missing persons: aggrieved families of missing persons few days back launched a long march from Faisalabad for the safe recovery of their dear ones with solemn pledge to enter Islamabad with five million registered followers for staging a sit-in.

According to the sources, only the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) is supporting this long march. Why just PTI, why not the MQM, PPP, PML-N, PML-Q, ANP, JUI etc. etc.? I stress on the significance of the cause of “Missing Persons” and urge every political party’s activist to support this cause and participate in the long march. Raise your voice. Please, this doesn’t have anything to do with your political party’s affiliation. Anyone with a flesh heart is morally obliged to support this cause — before it gets too late. Support the 100’s of families of missing persons (788 cases registered with “Defence Human Rights Pakistan” alone, whereas the estimate according to International Human Rights group is not less than 10,000) by standing against the unjust and amoral acts of those who are accountable for adding miseries to the 100’s of families, simultaneously adding the miseries to already troubled and miserable Pakistan. It reminds me of the words of Martin Niemoller — a leader of one of the German group opposing Hitler and Nazis.

First they (Nazi) came for the Communists, And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist;
And then they came for the trade unionists, And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist;
And then they came for the Jews, And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew;
And then… they came for me… And by that time there was no one left to speak up.

Recalling The Pakistan Resolution

Working Committee Of Pakistan Resolution

Working Committee Of Pakistan Resolution

Few individuals significantly alter the course of the history. Fewer still modify the map of the world. Hardly anyone can be credited with creating a nation-state. Muhammad Ali Jinnah did all three.

Hailed as a “Great Leader” (Quaid-e-Azam) of Pakistan, Jinnah virtually conjured that country into statehood by the force of his indomitable will.

23rd March is celebrated in Pakistan as a day when Pakistan Resolution was passed by hundreds of thousands of Muslims of British India. The name of “Pakistan” wasn’t used by Jinnah during the Lahore Resolution. It was only declared that a new nation for Muslims is the only solution and everyone there concurred. The Lahore Resolution became the “Pakistan Resolution” at the later stage.

Prior to the passing of Lahore Resolution, this is to be noted that Jinnah was advised by his doctors to have a bed-rest for at least fortnight. He was suffering from extreme pleurisy, as diagnosed by the doctor. In the words of Jinnah: “What bad luck, it’s an important session and my presence is essential. And here I’m, confined to bed.” After two restless days, Jinnah was up and back to his usual work.

On 19th of March, 1940, Punjab saw another worst day after the Jallainwala Bagh catastrophe. It was that, the activists of Khaksaar Tehreek were peacefully protesting, asking the Viceroy to lift the ban on their Tehreek. The march was intercepted by the police, but the activists kept marching on. Police started the baton charge (lathi charge), and then there was the act of indiscriminate firing on the marching activists. 10’s of Muslims were mercilessly butchered by the Punjab Police. Mian Muhammad Shafi, the prominent leader of Muslim League, recalls this catastrophe saying the event temporarily converted the gay city of Lahore into a political graveyard.

On the morning of 22nd March 1940, Jinnah silently arrived in Lahore — despite that he was advised by his doctor to have a relentless bed-rest for two weeks — and visited the hospital where he visited the wounded activists of Khaksaar Tehreek. Mian Muhammad Shafi recalls this event, insisting that “this had a soothing effect on the lacerated hearts of the people of Lahore.” As a whole, however, the Khaksaars were anti-Jinnah, anti-Muslim League, anti-Congress, anti-Sikhs, and in the latter years they did try to assassinate Jinnah a number of times.

On the eve of Lahore Resolution (23rd March) in 1940, closed to 100,000 Punjabis, Sindhis, Bengalis, Pathans, and Baluchis gathered inside the gigantic tent erected in Minto (now Allama Iqbal) Park, within view of lofty marble minarets of the beautiful Badshahi Masjid and Shah Jehan’s Great Fort. Lahore, a teeming center of Muslim power in South Asia since the eleventh century, capital of the Punjab and cultural heartland of Mughal India, was about to give birth to the League’s “Pakistan Resolution”. A horde of people, said to be 100,000, were present to hear the voice of their Quaid-e-Azam. Quaid-e-Azam wore an ackham and chooridar pyjamas.

Deafening shouts of “Zindabad” welcomed Jinnah as he rose to walk to the microphone. He spoke in Urdu as the reception committee who introduced him had done, but shifted to English, apologizing to the mass audience as he gestured toward the press corps: “The world is watching us, so let me have your permission to have my say in English.” Jinnah spoke for nearly 2 hours, his voice was deep and trenchant. Such was the domination of his personality, that despite the improbability of more than a fraction of his audience understanding English, he held his hearers and played with palpable effect on their emotions. On that day, it was his highest audience to listen to him, and it was his greatest performance ever. He must have seemed no less than a Mughal emperor resurrected. Thanks to Associated Press International, Reuters, and UPI, Jinnah’s message at Lahore was cabled that evening all over the world. The Pakistan Resolution was especially perused with tea that same day in London’s Atheneum, studied and underlined at Whitehall and Downing Street, discussed in the City, and debated in Westminister. This day on the 23rd March 1940, the ambassador of Hindu-Muslim Unity, the Jinnah, had totally transformed himself into Pakistan’s great leader.

The prominent Muslim from every Muslim majority state were there, including Liaquat Ali Khan, Chaudhry Khaliquzzaman, Sir Shah Nawaz, Sikandar Hayat Khan (CM of Punjab), A.K. Fazlul Huq (CM of Bengal), Maulana Zafar Ali Khan, Qazi Esa from Baluchistan, Sir Abdullah Haroon from Sindh etc.

After nearly 7 years since the Lahore Resolution was passed, Pakistan came into being. And today, perfectly after the 7 decades of Lahore Resolution and nearly after 6 decades of the independence of Pakistan, the country is still contemplating — baffled and feeble. The great leader like Jinnah is lost in the shadow of past. His words, advices, actions, principles — all are now restricted to only literary work, media projections and academics. The implementation of his dreams is yet to be fulfilled — to make Pakistan one of the greatest nation in the world.

Some of the excerpts are taken from “Jinnah Of Pakistan” by Stanley Wolpert.