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Opportunist lot and Crises – Not a good Fit!

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Ayesha with the means of her fame, name and success – Imran Khan

Yesterday the whole media was inundated with the news of renegade Ayesha Gulalai.

She has made some serious allegations against the party chairman, Imran Khan. She has alleged that Imran Khan sent her some text messages on her phone that were full of turpitude. Also, she said that Imran Khan is a drinker and often times parties at Banigala with his friends, and that at one instance she was asked to participate in such a party.

She touts her pseudo-amour propre but horribly fails to justify as to why she has been with Imran Khan for four years when she had received such messages four years back? Was she enjoying them? Why won’t she just distance herself from the party? Was she ready to barter her so called self-esteem for some gains in the form of party post, party ticket to fight elections, or some other material benefit? There are news of her being strongly inclined towards Imran Khan for the sake of marrying him.

She says that Imran Khan’s Black Berry phone should be investigated to see whether or not he sent me the messages. Well, If you say that you received those messages, you should straightaway shown it in the press conference from you own phone. Why didn’t you do that?

The underlining fact is that she was a sleeper in PTI, who has now been unleashed by her masters. Amir Muqam of PML-N has reportedly met her a week ago, and offered her a huge sum of money. Well, money can make the mare go! PML-N can see that the Foreign Funding case is about to come out in PTI’s favor, and so is the case with Banigala case. This is why they have regressed back to their original style of politics, i.e. levelling baseless personal allegations, mud-slinging, slandering, etc.

Its a good trend of riddance to the turncoats that happen to be around for their own vested self-interest. Khan’s vision is our end, to be achieved by virtue of untiring struggle, persistence, courage to speak the truth, support the truth and what is good, and raise voice against what our conscience deems wrong. This is very difficult a thing to do, esp. in the face of such opposition aka league of the crooks.

But what irks me the most is when people play some infamous cards like victim card (of being discriminated against, not getting time to talk to the top brass, etc.), feminist card (for being ignored because of their gender), religious card (using religion in case they fail to meet their vested objectives), or nationalist card (by trying to be superior through race or ethnicity).

Sadly, Ayesha has used all of the above. She said, she cannot digest degradation of fellow women, allegedly, by party workers at the behest of their chairman, i.e. Imran Khan, and that she is a Pukhtun to whom nothing is dearer than her dignity. Well, I won’t say anything about her father, her own ‘westernized’ living style, westernized education, in addition to her political career – which is in total contrast to the traditions and conventions of Pukhtuns and Pukhtunwali. We will definitely not talk about your sister, who resides abroad, can’t even speak a word of Pashto. You call yourself a proud Pukhtun? Well, how about teaching her how to cover her body by not wearing revealing garments? We will leave it at that!

She hasn’t even hesitated to slander Imran Khan by calling him characterless person and as unholy and unfit for becoming PM of this country and that he be tried under article 62 and 63 of the constitution. Ironically, all this she recalled after being with him for years, and now all of a sudden he is the beast when elections are round the corner!

Ayesha was elected (more aptly ‘selected’) to the National Assembly on a reserved seat – How can you win an election, that too, from NA-1? Besides, what makes you realize you can ask for tickets? Its not any other party that makes decisions based on someone’s looks. Its the vote bank that a prospective candidate can garner and potential to win. Besides, she has lost elections first on PPP’s ticket and then in the Gen. Musharaf era. When she came to PTI, chairman Imran Khan selected her out of the four candidates, and so cleared her way to the parliament for the first time. Now she is accusing her very benefactor. This is not and can never be in line with the traditions of Pukhtuns and Pukhtunwali.

Finally, and this is for everyone who is against Imran Khan, never forget two things:

Whoever allies themselves with Imran Khan, becomes immortal in the political history of Pakistan, is shot to fame, gets their name embossed notwithstanding their inconspicuous persona in the past. Her being one of the sort!

And whoever deserts Imran Khan, they get forgotten, not even becoming a part of history, go back into oblivion notwithstanding their stature, of the likes of Javed Hashmi, whom now people consider a rabid dog and a lunatic.

This is not to say, that he is angelic, but what God has bestowed him with because he is doing his best for the sake of this country in good faith – and as per Prophet Muhammad’s saying, everything depends upon faith and intent.

She will be on TVs for a few days and then bang, she will be forgotten like so many big wigs of politics after throwing the gauntlet to Imran Khan. Remember that – always!

میری ہستی کی میں کیا مثال دوں تمہیں

لوگ مشہور ہوگۓ مجھے بدنام کرتے کرتے

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Contradiction: Cricketing Perks and Misplaced Priorities

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LONDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 18: Pakistan lift the ICC Champions Trophy after beating India during ICC Champions Trophy Final between India and Pakistan at The Kia Oval on June 18, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

Last week Pakistan Cricket team registered its maiden win of the Champions Trophy against its arch rival, India – defeating it with a huge margin of odd 180 runs. This magnificent win was destined to render the ambiance within Pakistan and the world over, wherever Pakistani diaspora resides, euphoric with jubilation and celebrations, with fans brimming with enthusiasm, exhilaration and enjoyment in every possible way!

Despite the fact, that cheering for your team that lightens up your country’s name should be done for the obvious reason of showing patriotism and expressing love for it, it nonetheless should be kept confined to a reasonable extent. Pakistani people are an emotional lot – Making and faking of heroes and zeroes, reverting the two more frequently than Pakistan cricket team play matches and little still wins.

So, after winning the trophy, the star players were showered with a variety of gifts and prizes. Everybody tried to jump on the band wagon, making their generosity count and showing it off in whichever way possible, for one reason or the other.

First of all, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s KP government announced the opening of a school that will be named after the Hero of Champions Trophy final – Fakhar Zaman, where he scored a magnificent knock and was given Man of the Match award.

One wonders at the logic of opening a school in the name of a cricketer, – He is not highly educated, hasn’t got any record of doing social work in the area of education, hasn’t got anything to his credit of efforts for its welfare at all. He has almost no philanthropic record. How come have the KP government made this decision, it betrays common sense and logic.

Secondly, the Chief of Army Staff announced Umrah for the winning team. One cannot digest the inherent absurdity of this announcement. Pakistan Army is a state institution which implies that it draws its funds from the Government of Pakistan which draws its revenues by taxing the people of Pakistan. So it means that Pakistan Army is using public funds or more precisely, people’s money, to expend over something which doesn’t come under their domain of operations. All this in a mere bid to be deemed as an honoring, caring and patriotic person (in case of COAS), or institution (Pakistan Army).

Thirdly, PM Nawaz Sharif has announced a sum of Rs. 10,000,000 for each and every player of playing XI and this is by comparison the most preposterous and disgusting show of all. One would have appreciated the concern, the love and the patriotism of the Premier if the money that was lavishly expended, was withdrawn from his personal bank accounts rather than at the expense of national exchequer. And besides, whats the point of raining a few people with such huge amounts  when they are all financially doing very well than most of the Pakistanis do. Moreover, this amount of money could have been used for many other purposes that could create a difference in the lives of ordinary Pakistanis. But nothing of the sort can happen, as its a mere exhibition like Kings in the old time for their is no feeling of heartache in wasting other people’s money.

It should be noted that this criticism is not aimed at giving prizes and gifts, per se, to people who have achieved great feats for their countries, bur rather at the gifts and prizes paid for at the expense of national exchequer.

Geo TV gifted the winning teams captain Sarfaraz Ahmad with a BMW car which is acceptable as it has been paid for from their own earnings and by the same token the plot of land announced by the CEO of Bahria Town for Fakhar Zaman and 1 million rupees for each player is also absolutely justified as it is not being paid at the cost of public money.

The above examples implicates the contradiction that our country has long been indulged in. As long as its not their money, public and government official should avoid doing it as its tantamount appropriation of nations’ tax money!

Lampooning the Pukhtuns

On this Eid-ul-fitr, Pakistan’s National TV, PTV, aired a program by the name ‘Hasna Mana Hai’ in which a poet named Jawad Hassan Jawad made fun of Pukhtuns and humiliated them. In his poetry, he labelled them as Terrorists, Smugglers, Naswar-eaters and stinking creatures.

I am not surprised to see and hear ridicule and derision of Pukhtuns. This is definitely not the first incident. We have been laughed at, ridiculed, caricatured, depicted as terrorists, looked-down upon in this Land of the Pure, promoted as Truck Drivers, Chowkidars, Nokars, Stupid and dumb creatures, and as Narrow minded aliens, as Mullahs, as Pedophiles and what not!

Punjabi Ethnocentrism has already led to the breakage of Pakistan in 1971. They can be frequently seen mocking Baluchs, FATA’s and now KP’s people and their cultures. They think they are better than us, the Pukhtuns. I cannot figure if this is inferiority complex or superiority complex. They forget to see their ugly faces in the mirror. They know they are not better than us, they know it! That is the very raison d’être of their hatred. This hatred is been reflected in every aspect of our life in this country, on a daily basis, right from the inception till date. I don’t know what to call ourselves, – Cowards, may be or Indecisive? We seem to have nerves of steel to be capable of tolerating this nonsensical abasement for 70 years now. They did the very same to Bangalis, too.

Either they don’t know anything about the history of Pukhtuns or know a lot about it. In either case, they know they aren’t better than us.

Father of the Pukhtuns, Qais Abdur Rashid, did bait on the hands of Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W.W) himself and converted to Islam. Can you match his honor, O Punjabi brethren?

Qais also married the daughter of the greatest of Muslim military commanders, Khalid Bin Walid. Can you even imagine matching this honor in the farthest of your thoughts?

We are smugglers, right? Firstly, those are Aghanis that do smuggling across the border not Pakistani Pukhtuns. But lets not haggle about it, and granted we are Smugglers. Lets say we smuggle TVs and Cars at most, right? What did your Punjabis do to the whole country? Didn’t Nawaz Sharif sell out the whole of Pakistan? Didn’t Gen. Shuja Pasha sell out the whole of Pakistan? I think these are bigger deals than mere smuggling and are incidents that are still fresh in the news. I can recount many others of the like.

We are Naswar-khor, right? So what? Pukhtuns are not the only people who consume it – People in most of the Central Asian states, Russia, India and Iran also consume it. In fact, a variant of it is also extremely popular in Sweden, called Snus. Also, Naswar is, like most of the drugs, Western invention, not Pukhtun’s. Why should it be associated with the names of Pukhtuns? Merely to humiliate them? It is a drug and should be kept as such not as a tool to make fun of a whole ethnic group.

We are Terrorists! Okay, but what about Punjabi terrorists? The actual creators of this whole terrorism in South Asia? Who are the recruits and master minds of Lashkar e Jhangvi, Sipah e Sahaba, Jaish e Muhammad, Lashkar e Tayyaba, etc. etc. In fact, most of the Daesh‘s recruits and master minds come from Punjab. Not only that, we have seen, in recent past, many of them have been involved in hideous activities like terrorism and sexual harassment etc. in the Western and Middle Eastern countries.

We are Pedophiles, right? But every now and then, we see in the news the Punjabi Pedophiles raping little girls and boys, often times killing them after. In fact, most of the times, the heinous criminals used to record videos of rape, and sell it online. Recent cases like Sargodha and Kasur porn scandals are merely tip of the iceberg.

We are Chowkidars? Yes, proudly so! We have been your Chowkidars for the last 70 years since your army is unable to do their bit of Chowkidari. It takes balls to do Chowkidari. You don’t have them. On and off, Kashmir ki Chowkidari – Pukhtuno ki Zimadari. When you sense a fight between India and Pakistan is about to happen, we often see Punjabi-controlled media showing the most patriotic and loyal-to-the-land Pukhtuns, telling us to find them in the front ranks to fight against the enemy, exciting them to fight for them in case of war. There is a very thin line between Madness/Stupidity and extreme Gallantry and Patriotism. We call it gallantry and patriotism, Punjabis call it Stupidity. Its a matter of perspective actually!

I can go on and on for the rest of stereotypes (about Pukhtuns) as well but will call it a day!

I can stereotype Punjabis as non-observant of Fasts, as free Farters, as obsessed dancers who dance to biscuits, to detergents, to soaps, to shampoos, to mobile products, to the new crop, to agri-products, even to funerals, as greenish-yellow skinned sub-humans, who regularly eat dogs and donkeys, who indulge in child pornography, and commit child molestation etc. etc. but won’t say anything more than that!

At the time when the country needs unity and oneness, Punjabis are dividing it, making schisms after schisms, deriding other ethnic groups, making them the subject of their jests, discriminating against them as each and every level and in every possible way. At the time when our motherland needs us to unite as one people, Punjabis are dividing us into different nations. At the time when our country’s alienated people need to be wooed over back, welcomed back into the folds and laps of this beautiful land, appeased and deemed as equal Pakistanis, Punjabis are hell bent on destroying the very fabric of the state from which it was tailored by fostering the seeds of hatred, – also sown by them.

It is high time we come together as one people, as Pakistanis! Unless and until that happens, we will continue to play in the hands of the enemies, using us against each other for their own designs. But for that to happen, we should heartily accept each other and try to spread love instead of hatred, observe unity instead of strife, and harmony instead of dissonance!

Finally PEMRA should take notice of this and make the poet apologize on TV.

I am a misfit in this world!

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Away from technology, away from hectic days of urban life, away from society!

In Feb 2017, I completed my Bachelor Degree. Despite the fact that I have graduated with flying colors, I don’t have any idea of my course in life. What am I going to do from now onwards? What is my future? What should I do vis-à-vis my career? What to do about my own financial security? What steps should I take for self-sustenance etc.?

There could be no two opinions on the fact that I want to take a job accordant with my educational qualifications, but those sorts of jobs require you to have at least three years of experience which baffles a fresher’s mind as to where you will start off when you don’t have that much experience in the first place. But when you eventually do get some low-paying job, way below your level, another sword hangs over your head; that of being ‘overage’ – a disqualifying differential! Besides, by the time one reaches that point, one has already lost all the enthusiasm and zest for seeking a job and doesn’t actively commit him/herself to job searching.

Personally, I have no issues whatsoever with doing some menial or lowly job as the ultimate rationale is to live a dignified life with peace of mind, but that I can’t do on two grounds:

First, I can’t get an inferior job because I am rejected on grounds of being overqualified in this cadre, and secondly, even if I succeed in securing one, I would be looked down upon by my contemporaries, friends, and family, esp. if they are better off as compared to me for opting for a low-grade job. In such an environment, coupled with many other reasons and factors (mentioned below), I cannot survive. I have developed a syndrome of detestation for this world at large and this society, in particular. I deem myself a misfit in this society with misplaced priorities which, in my humble opinion, has caused the entropy that we see in the world today. I wish I could run away, to avoid even the furthest tentacles of this poisoned place and poisoned people with poisoned minds.

But if there were no societal burdens to attend to, or perhaps because of the very nature of our society and our people, I would love to retreat, or rather run away to some faraway place, to some mountain or jungle, where there are no human beings around – which is quite a paradoxical thing to say, where there is no concept of jealousy, no leg-pulling, self-consciousness and showing off for the fear of being laughed at and mocked or despised, where there is no concept of being angry because one forgot to pay Salam to you, where there is no enmity on account of being oblivious of the insalubrity of some distant cousin, where there is no tension of lack of material affluence, where there is no fear of being exploited or taking advantage of someone, where the idea of power and authority is not known, where there is no infringement on rights, where there is no corruption, where there is no adulteration, where there is no oppression, where there is no factory, no pollution, where there is no concept of war, no concept of weapons, no reason to fight, no disputes, no nationalism, no boundaries, no rules, no chauvinism, no fake piety, no hypocrisy, no politics, no medium whatsoever to be connected with anyone! no sorrow of seeing the old and elderly being humiliated for their rightful rights.

A place where there is no sorrow of seeing the old and elderly being humiliated. No sorrow of seeing a little girl or boy stripped of their dignity. No sorrow of seeing unemployed youth with a plethora of degrees wandering around from office to office, dropping resumes, pleading for a job and getting ridiculed. No sorrow of seeing a young man beaten to death over exhibition of his culture, or perhaps where there will be no culture at all. Where there will be no looters of national wealth. Where there would be no concept of labor, no concept of punishment, no complex philosophy of morality and ethics. Where hate will be unknown, where there will be no black or white magic, no fast moving conveyance systems with people who have no time on hand, no such hectic schedule. A place where there will be no injustice, no discrimination, no favoritism, no racism, no laws to regulate lives of people if there are any, where they will not be judged on the basis of cast, creed or color, or the way they dress, or the way they tend to look – where all will be at par with each other, all equal – as one human race, a fraternity above all the differences.

We don’t belong to the world that we see and live in today! Every soul on the face of this planet is wild and free. Everyone wishes to live in such a free place – a place where there will be peace of mind, serene ambiance, pollution-free environment with a perfect eco-system, where plants, animals, and humans live in complete harmony – all contributing to the eternal bliss, eternal love and eternal well-being!

I dream of such a place, I wish it could one day materialize! Amen

[ Originally Published on the Voices of Youth website
 (http://www.voicesofyouth.org/en/posts/i-am-a-misfit-in-this-world) ]

Misogyny – Thy name is PMLN!

The use of offensive language against the male counterparts is quite a norm in the ruling Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz party, but hurling lewd remarks, caricaturing, uttering abuses and vulgar comments, and false accusations representing the utmost disgust and hatred for women are the hallmarks of PMLN.

Members of the said party had been involved in slandering and mud-slinging against the erstwhile Prime Minister of Pakistan, Benazir Bhutto, whose very intimate photos were thrown down and disseminated in a conservative area just to discredit her – stripping her of her dignity, Mrs. Nusrat Bhutto pictures were also dropped from planes for the very same evil purpose and Jemima Goldsmith, who they accused of smuggling antiquities out of Pakistan let alone calling her a ‘Jewish lobby’ and pestered her to the extent whereby she couldn’t afford to stay anymore in Pakistan and so led to the dissolution of her marriage with Imran Khan.

After Imran Khan married Reham Khan, they had alleged her of being a British women who is oblivious of the Islamic injunctions and norms and values of Pakistani society and that she dances with ghair mahram men and released her videos on social media and calling her a ‘weather girl’ with no journalism degree whatsoever!

Furthermore, they tried to muzzle and blackmail late governor of Punjab, Salman Taseer, by making public the intimate photos of his daughter.

One of the ministers of PMLN, who carries a persona of an educated and well-read gentleman but lacking even the very basics of ethics and morality had caricatured a female member of assembly right on the floor of the parliament. He had uttered lewd remarks and was joined in this indecent and lascivious exercise of spewing indecent and misogynistic comments by his party peers. The very same MP had caricatured a female MP of PML-Q by calling her ‘Penguin’ when she walked with a wobble.

Another minister belonging to the same wretched party passed quite a lustful comment on a female MP of PTI during a parliamentary debate.

This was then followed by accusing Ayesha Gulalai of being held by police for carrying hashish and liquor which later proved a mere slander and farther from the truth.

The tale doesn’t end here! They have accused their own worker, Samiah Choudhary, of being a drug addict while she was found dead in the room of federal lodges allotted to MNA Choudhary Ashraf of PMLN. The investigation report later confirmed, she was raped and killed afterwards.

Also, stories of Hamza Shahbaz, son of Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif, are well-known. He has had his wife, Ayesha Ahad, beaten by Punjab police in the jail while he himself stood there watching this sorry spectacle.

During the PTI Dharna of 2014, a lot of women participated in the protest which the PMLN termed as Mujra.

On Mar 9, another MP of PMLN used extremely uncouth and insulting language against the female members of PTI’s MP. The MP had the guts to tell all this in a media talk right outside the parliament! The same party members couldn’t get enough of extolling the so called sanctity of the parliament and the use of decent, civilized and parliamentary language.

These are merely a few examples of the Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz’s hatred for women, always targeting them for character assassination and harassing them in whichever manner they deem good.  In this regard, the criminal silence of its leaders, especially the female members, is particularly condemnable and very unfortunate. This party is founded on the disgust for women – This party bleeds misogyny!

What Is Materialism?

What is materialism? t’is but the lust for money,

transcending all the norms and values of humanity,

totally devoid of love and morality,

to the refined minds, it is only insanity,

because there is no limit to cupidity.

 

What is materialism? t’is but schism after schism,

judging people on the principles of capitalism,

encouraging absolute hedonism rather than utilitarianism!

juxtaposing with the resourceful lot; seen as dandyism,

little do they know – affluent are those with no ism.

 

What is materialism? t’is but a constant state of phobia,

states fighting with states, people with people over trivia,

extolling materialism; turning the world into a utopia,

but what happened to Somalia, Mesopotamia, and Libya?

aren’t these the blessings of Capitalism? presented as panacea!

 

So lets join hands, for the sake of humanity,

irrespective of cast, creed, money and not for vanity,

casting aside all the enmity,

leap out of all the materialistic mentality,

and come together as one fraternity!