Rhythm of Unity
Well its been over two weeks since I blogged about the new government taking oath in the then upcoming days and so forth. A lot has happened. Clearly most of the news are very pessimistic for us keeping in view the world is progressing at a rapid pace.
On 5th June, Nawaz Sharif set a history and a record for taking the oath of Prime Minister for a record third time. I dont know what change Nawaz Sharif will bring into the lives of common Pakistanis but one thing is for sure, Pakistanis are more impressed by verbal promises than actual deliverance. Here is the reason explained brilliantly by Muhammad Hanif -> http://rhythmofunity.com/2013/06/pakistan-elections-how-nawaz-sharif-beat-imran-khan-and-what-happens-next/
Nawaz Sharif received country wide praise for his commitment to install a Pro-Baloch Chief Minister for Balochistan. The province has been under strict terrorism threats with militia including Balochistan Liberation Army and LeJ attacking innocent Pakistanis. Dr. Abdul Malik Baloch, the new CM Balochistan, has vowed he will quit if he fails to deliver peace to the province.
PTI suffered a setback when one of its poorest, rather the most poorest lawmaker, Fareed Khan, was killed by his opponents. He had vowed to work for the people of Hangu which is currently under threat from sectarian violence since decades. Fareed Khan murder was a political murder by his opponents.
In one of the developing news, Shahzaib Khans killers got death sentence for the crime. Both Shahrukh Jatoi and Siraj Talpur have vowed to fight the ruling. There was no remorse on their faces and looked really happy and satisfied. The death sentence was award on 7th June 2013 and lets see how much time they take to hang these killers. I dont trust this judicial system. Hope they prove me wrong.
US envoy was summoned by Pakistan, protesting against the drone strike of 8th June. Richard Olson was asked to convey the reservations of Pakistan government. Officially this looks very promising, but the fact of the matter is, US wont pay heed to any of the complaints rather will come forward with a united front of EU and its allies, against Pakistan and its protests. Yesterday drone strike killed about 14 persons, who were said to be (again) alleged militants. Later it was revelaed that
Pakistan forces on 10th June claimed to have retaken the strategic positions in Tirah valley. Heavy fighting was still going on with great loss of life on both sides. Pakistan Army is mum citing the casualties but my personal contacts keep telling me that there are around 11-12 daily serious injuries or deaths, arriving from Tirah Valley in bits and pieces with no sufferings from highest of ranks in the battle (Colonel) to the lowest (Sepoy). CMH Peshawar is overloaded. Hope we end this menace soon.
On 10th June, Imran Khan threatened to launch country wide protests against alleged rigging which saw his party lose the elections. Cases of rigging were reported country wide with no response or action from CJP or the CEC. A matter of shame. But the time now demands unity so I guess the protests will be peaceful.
On 12th June, announcing the budget, Ishaq Dar of PMLN made the most amazing announcement of cutting the funds for PM and President secretariats. If implemented, it would set an example for other institutions to cut down their expenses in order to help the economy and avoid being declared a defaulter state. Really appreciate this move.
Pakistan Meteorological Department has predicted heavy rains across country this summer. This means, the flooding situation is now very evident in most part of the country. The provincial governments must start taking precautionary steps to avoid loss of life and damage to property. But again this option seems very remote, since we havent seen any preparations so far by the ministers to tackle, plan or contain the emergency situation.
QUAIDS RESIDENCY BLOWN UP – 14 WOMEN KILLED
One of the MOST disappointing news were the blowing up of Quaid residency and killing of innocent 14 girls in a female suicide bombing over their bus. Whole nation is angry over the cowardly act of BLA destroying the national heritage and hoisting BLA Flag over his residency instead of Pakistan. The state must take action to eliminate these barbaric people. No words to define how I feel today.
All the members of the lower house of the parliament took oath today after fighting for three months in the election field. Our party Pakistan Tehrik Insaf failed to gain majority and instead it just got only the volatile KPK region. We all have high hopes. Nawaz Sharif has announced to cut the budgetary expenses but we will have to see how he does it. Primarily they all are focusing on edging the official protocol that exceeds dozens of cars and lavish stay at different accommodations. Today there was a slight change in the statements of the incoming PM Nawaz Sharif that he cant give any ultimatum to end the loadshedding. Just two months back his brother, Shehbaz Sharif, was always chanting slogans of going towards every limit to end the loadshedding. Lets see if they can deliver or they are the sides of the same coin.
Imran Khan couldnt attend the first session of the assembly because of his backache. Glad he is recovering fast. I missed casting my vote but I am hopeful of returning to Pakistan as soon as I finish my studies.
PTI People lets get done with our obsession of making fun of PMLN, PPPP or MQM. Lets start by doing what we are best in, CHANGE! We rocked Lahore not cz of making fun but because of the hardwork and dedication of the party workers since 17 years! Lets just start focusing on it instead of wasting time on making fun of others, who by chance are Pakistanis too. Lets get to work and stop making fun! Let them do what they are best in!
China is not our best friend. They are just taking advantage of the victim when hes been hit hard. Nobody offers help, but China in our case, is just giving us painkillers instead of helping us move on our feet again.
If you disagree, just wonder China didnt veto the threatening resolution America was to present against Pakistan before starting WoT. I wonder when this falsified impression will end.
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!
2. Azaan spree in Pakistan. This is one of the strange things I miss about Pakistan. Never thought I would be missing the Azaans spree from Fajr to Isha! The GREAT JUMMA!
3. Driving. I have forgot to drive. The reason is not that I dont own a car and you dont get to drive, the time shortage. My university and my part time job doesnt allow me to drive! Its crazy. Never thought I would go through this (obviously things like these must be experience )
4. Three times Khana! One of the most eventful ayashi I enjoyed for my past 22 years is the three time ayashi wala khana! Its been almost 4 1/2 months since I enjoyed that ayashi. Its either a two times meal a day, maximum. The reason again being the time shortage. I am living in Adelaide but that too is famous for being peaceful like Islamabad of Pakistan. I cant get time here imaging how things would be in Sydney or Melbourne. Anyways will experience these cities one day hopefully.
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!