As of 16 May 2013, following is missing from life as a Pakistani. The perks that Pakistanis enjoy being in Pakistan! 8)
Oh the sheesha and its smell, the pan flavor!
I have been in Australia for around 3 and half months. Quite frankly I am both enjoying and missing Pakistan. The reason is obvious. There is so much going on in Pakistan. Elections and the loss of my party – Pakistan Justice Movement. Apart from missing the election scenario, I am missing the family, friends and the awaragardi that I used to do on the roads of Pindi and Islamabad at night. Those long drives with friends for no reason, gaming and playing cards all night are one of the most amazing things I miss the most. Also I am missing the Sheesha! Damn! Sheesha is too much expensive here in Australia. I want to buy one but its too expensive here too. Theres no friend coming from Pakistan who could bring me Sheesha.
So during my two years stay here, I am trying to make a list of things that I am missing related to my dharti, Pakistan. Next blog will be listing things that I miss the most and it will be updated regularly, hopefully. Also I am making a diary of the new government, their promises and their lies, too.
Peshawar High Court has imposed a lifetime ban on former President and COAS General Pervaiz Musharraf for politics and running for any kind of public office. This is the most unfair and the most biased decision one has ever seen in recent times. Judicial activism against the former president is at its peak. The courts must show restraint and praise him instead that he has come to Pakistan without striking any kind of deal and that too in face of imminent threats to his life by Taliban and Ghazi Brigade of the Lal Masjid.
I have now decided to quit the political participation and instead focus on rebuilding Pakistan in the best possible manner I can. Politics is a hard business in Pakistan and straight forward and honest man like Pervaiz Musharraf cannot survive through it.
11th of May and support for Khan will be my last political adventure. It will be real hard to refrain from politics since I have been into it for the last 14 years when General Jehangir Karamat resigned amidst pressure from PMLNs Nawaz Sharif.
The only institution that will have my eternal support is Pakistan Army – Till death do us Apart!
Long Live Pakistan
Long Live Pakistan Army
10th of January was a normal day in our lives. I was searching for the petrol on the busy roads of Islamabad. I failed to get a queue free petrol pump. I came back home at around 5 PM. Logged into twitter and there it was, a suicide attack had hit Swat congregation and Quetta was rocked by a suicide blast. 12 and 5 people were reportedly killed, initially.
As the night descended, cold increased and so did the bad news. I received a tweet that said another suicide blast had struck Alamdar Road in Quetta and around 24 people were killed. @Khudiali tweeted that he had survived the first blast, thanks to Allah.
Few moments passed by and the twitter feed blasted, another suicide blast had struck the rescue workers aiding at the sight of first suicide blast and that many casualties were feared. Numbers started pouring in, initially the number of casualties rose to 30 after twin suicide blasts, 45 49 55 . . . The number continued rising. It was like living in Iraq, where every now and then I would hear 250 people vanished in twin suicide blasts etc etc.
I couldnt sleep yesterday. I simply couldnt. Then I heard @Khudaali had expired in the second blast alongwith many of the volunteers of Edhi and Police Personnel. My heart started sinking.
Never in my life I had imagined I would see such carnage. I had grown studying Quetta is the provincial capital of Balochistan and one of the most beautiful cities of Balochistan. I grew up thinking one day I would one day visit the provincial capital of Balochistan, to experience the hospitality of people of Balochistan.
I woke up after sleeping for four hours, checked the number of casualties first time. The number had reached 150!
Its like the end. My life has been turned upside down. 150 people and 150 families. Where is justice? Where is the Balochistan government? Where is Aslam Khan Raisani? Where is Pakistan Muslim League Quaid and Pakistan Peoples Party SENIOR leadership? Where are 45 provincial ministers?
May be we all will die asking same question while power circles keep playing and sharing their part of enjoyment of life.
150+ Pakistanis, I AM SORRY!
4 January 2011 was the most saddest day of my life. I was going to Lahore to attend a friends Valima when I received a call from home. My sisters voice was shaking and told me to turn back without letting me know what happened. She later broke the news that Governor Punjab has been seriously injured in a gunfire and is in a critical condition. I then received another call from a friend who had been at F-6 coffee shop (Gjs) that Salmaan Taseer wouldnt survive as they have heard around 25 to 30 bullets being fired.
She was right. I was wrong. I hoped against hope. An hour later, twitter was full of rage and anger against the killer. Killer, the word struck me meant he was no more.
I was shattered. Not because of the killing but because I had started liking Salmaan Taseer as one of the wittiest politicians of today. He was tackling the slangs of Rana Sanaullah of PMLN with great humor. He never looked under pressure. I always saw him smiling. But why good leaders always fade away towards sky?
I was supporting his cause for repelling Blasphemy Law. I still do. For a mans law is not supreme, its the Allah who has supreme law, defined in Quran. Then why support the controversial blasphemy law which took the life of my leader?
I may disagree with PPP and their policies but Salmaan Taseer always used to smile me. His counter arguments cannot be challenged.
Though Qadri has been able to silence the voice, he cannot succeed in killing the idea that Salmaan Taseer floated, preached and fought for. I am one of those voices who will be always be cheering his support for repelling Blasphemy laws and the protection of minorities in Pakistan.
Rest in peace, sir. We all miss you!
Team Pakistan has done it again! outclassed India at their homeground. We have clinched the series 2-0 and are now eyeing a Green Wash against the hosts.
What a wellplayed and well executed innings by Pakistan. I was impressed the way we have now curtailed our problem of opening batsmen, thanks to Muhammad Hafeez and Nasir Jamshed. Both have now settled in to be the best Pakistani opening pair after the downfall of Saeed Anwar and Aamer Sohail in the start of 2000s. 141-0 was indeed a very well deserved start for the classy Muhammad Hafeez who led me believe he has got a great style and cricketing talent after a knock of 50+ off just 26 balls in the second T20.
The downfall mainly started because of the changing conditions at Eden Gardens and a great bowling comeback from India. The out of Younis Khan was a bad decision and the middle order was in shambles afterwards with Pakistan out on 250 in 48.1 overs.
Bowling – as it is said – is the greatest weapon the Pakistani cricketers have ever produced. From 1947 we have been seeing all greats destroying the top batting line ups of all the champions of the world. Be it Australia, India, South Africa or England. My generation has witnessed the greats of Aaqib Javed, Wasim, Waqar, Shoab Akhtar, Saqlain.
Winning the 2009 T20 world championship, we witnessed some great bowling talent emerging from Pakistan. Muhammad Aamir, Muhammad Asif, Saeed Ajmal, Akhtar Rehman and recently Muhammad Junaid supported by Muhammad Irfan.
India did have a good start but from 41-0 they were all out on 165. None of the batsmen could face the wrath of Pakistan bowlers.
I am just waiting for them to green wash them as soon as possible.
At the end, I just hope Aamir joins us as early as possible so that we can witness the great bowling attack similar to that of Wasim and Waqar.
My favourite RJ was handling callers wanting to know how to deal with their ‘Monday Morning Blues’, He was, as usual doing a good job on providing tips on how to ‘psyche yourself up’ to deal with the week ahead. What he really should have said is: “The cure for Monday Morning Blues is unemployment”.
Honestly, the only people ho complain about having to go to work are the the ones who are employed. They dont spare a thought for the millions out there who trade places with them at the drop of a hat.
Long before I got into HR as a profession, a senior collegue said to me: “This is such a strange world. People who are unemployed are willing to work even on contract; those on contract want jobs; and those who have permanent employment do little but complain about it.” He then went on to explain how much money organizations spend on employee satisfaction, career development, and retention strategies. This is truly sad.
Hypocrisy and Lies of Human Rights Watch - Gaza: Palestinian Rockets Unlawfully Targeted Israeli Civilians
The roots of evil can easily be traced when you find that neither UN Security Council or Human Rights Watch has the credibility to condemn what’s wrong and unlawful. There is no condemnation of Israeli atrocities across Palestinian lands particularly in Gaza. Israel has been unlawfully killing the political leadership of Hamas and has support of all the organisations that provide base for the Zionist regime (US and allies included) to launch full scale wars against Muslim states such as Libya, Iraq and Afghanistan.
HRW has been at the forefront of condemning abuses by Pakistan Army in Balochistan but failed to comment on the genocide Israel has been doing in Gaza, US in Iraq and Afghanistan. Ali Dayan Hasan, the HRW representative in Pakistan must explain, why HRW is always active condemning and releasing baseless statements while it cant hold accountable the genocide USA and its Allies have been doing since the introduction of New World Order in 2001.