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Let’s paint our flag black, we don’t deserve both white and green

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Going through the piece “Let’s paint our flag green, we don’t deserve white” written by Zahra Pir MuhammadI felt as if she is talking my heart. She molded my feelings in her words. The incident, 60 Hindu families are halted by the Govt. to leave the country, gives a glimpse how the persecution of minorities continues. To be honest it is not only the minorities who are being persecuted, everyone with an opinion difference from mainstream is treated the same way. Perhaps it was the voice of many that I dropped the idea of posting my comment after reading comments of others. I decided to write more lines then a comment should have, just to highlight extreme grievances unveiled in other’s comments. Ghulam raza of Hazara Community shares his feelings:

I my self belongs to a minority community i.e Hazara living in quetta we are being treated brutally by terrorists organization and the Gov has let them free handed to continue their brutality towards us. when a motherland fails to provide security to her natives its horrific believe in me its horrific. when i was at school i used to have lots of patriotism, used to take money from my mother to buy green badge of Pakistan but now it has been significantly decreased because of the insecurity we are feeling. our lives which are the most valuable properties of the human beings are in danger so how we can bother about other things of lives.

Malik Achakzai revealing the horrible facts from Balochistan:

Am belonging to Balochistan, every day the Hindos, Bhais, Ahmedis and others are abducted for the ransom. In Quetta a female Niloper Fareedoon Abadan, a trader from Quetta city was kidnapped and released after 9 months, in her press conference she told, “One from the two key posting guys were involved in my abduction”. That was a clear gesture to Governor house and Chief Minister house. Currently, have covered a story about the abduction in Quetta, arranged by the political parties, civil societies, lawyers, doctors, students and the cute children from school, who were chanting against the government of the province, it’s ministers, law-enforcement agencies responsible of the abducting cases, one of the participant Olas Yar a university student explained the circumstances as, “If the interior minister of the province is openly announcing that some of the cabinet members are involved in the abduction cases, then who will be thinking of peace and justice”. Qalat a Baloch populated city is currently having four of the Hindos abducted, before them Kilash Narth Kohli a lawyer from Supreme court was abducted and was released after his family paid to the ferocious, inhuman and what more adjectives should I put here?…. So how can we demonstrate that International Community is putting Pakistan in the ranking countries that violate the rights of minorities?

The lines above are clearly revealing what is happening in the country & who is responsible for all this, but some people too naïve to realize the seriousness of the situation believes that: MUHAMMAD OMAR is concerned only about Muslims’ Killings:

I would only say, killing of Muslims at different times in different incidents doesn’t permit anyone to kill minorities.

Ovais believes that:

there is only one problem in pakistan according to ET and that is minorities , widen your horizons ,people die because of poverty , target killing etc Pakistani Nationalist doesn’t care if minorities leave Pakistan for good: Blame those miscreants who do bad to minorities not the whole Muslim nation of Pakistan…More Muslims are being killed in Pakistan thn Hindus or other minorities..If they wanna leave Pakistan thn its dere choice..Pakistan is being made for Muslims anyway

Noman Ansari have some good advice:

@Pakistani Nationalist: “Pakistan is being made for Muslims anyway” Something that happened 50 years ago doesn’t give you entitlement to discriminate against those unlucky enough to be born in a country that according to you is ‘being made for Muslims’. Why does it matter what you think happened in the past? What matters is these are citizens of Pakistan. The fact that they aren’t Muslim, and you are, is only because they were born in a Hindu family, and you weren’t. Ever though of that? Why should chance dictate anything? It is a dangerous way of thinking.

AK learnt that:

First minorities and then you will turn to each other. Once the game of hate and prosecution is started, it doesn’t stop.

I personally agree with Mr. Aziz Ali, if we can’t tolerate we shouldn’t claim either white or green! He suggests “Lets Paint our Flag Black we don’t deserve both white or Green.”

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We Desire Neither Reward Nor Acclaim

Courtesy Digital Journal, August 14, 2012: http://www.digitaljournal.com/blog/17977

A phrase “We desire neither reward nor acclaim” written at the ‘about’ page of the website of Khidmat-e-Khalq Foundation (KKF) depicts the true picture of its main body, the MQM & its founder leader Mr. Altaf Hussain. The life of Mr. Hussain is a true example of “Service to Humanity” as mentioned on the welcome page of KKF’s website & he really proved it by forming this charity organization. While searching for the detail of recent brawl between PTI & PMLN over serious allegations on Shoukat Khanum Memorial Hospital’s administration I accidentally reached at KKF’s website. I personally didn’t like dragging a noble charity organization like SKMH into dirty politics, but this all business prompted me to look deeper inside affairs of KKF, a scandal-free institution.

This is not the first time a social & welfare organization has been targeted for political mileage, Imran Khan’s Shoukat Khanam Memorial Cancer Hospital (SKMH) has came in lime light when N-League’s Khuwaja Asif alleged its administration to use public’s donation into real state gambling in Middle East. It has erupted an endless brawl & debate between the leaders, workers & supporters of PMLN & PTI in media. In the past several other charitable organizations had had been tried to malign like Edhi Foundation & Khidmat-e-Khalq Foundation (KKF) for ulterior motives, specifically the later one faced intense campaign against it being a wing of Mutahidda Qoumi Movement, the MQM.

The foundation stone of KKF was laid down by the founder & leader of MQM, Mr. Altaf Hussain himself in 1978. Initially known as Khidmat-e-Khalq Committee (KKC) later transformed into KKF in January 1998, had had started charitable works even before the formation of the main body, i.e. MQM in the shape of the educational assistance to the poor & needy students & the initial donation was contributed by Mr. Hussain himself & his companions out of their pocket money & remuneration for the tuition given to other students. In the same period KKF distributed record breaking amount of foods, clothing & medical aid goods among the dispossessed stranded Pakistanis & set up medical camps.

KKF has a long history of humanitarian services, routine monthly financial assistance to the poor & needy people, annual distribution of goods in the holy month of Ramadan for poor & needy, assistance to orphan girls for marriages & dowries, free medical assistance & medications round the year, quality education for the needy children with the help of the SUN Charity UK/USA, free legal assistance to the victims of the state repression under the banner of Legal Aid Committee, in case of disasters setting up of relief camps throughout the affected areas equipped with the state-of-the-art facilities & shipping of the relief goods worth millions of rupees for the victims.

While going through the facts one wouldn’t believe that it wasn’t other then KKF who for the first time in the history of the country had set-up a “Muft Bazar” (free market) for the poor & the needy where the commodities were totally free of cost. KKF has a well organized Ambulance & Coffin carrier service, mobile dispensaries & field hospitals. It also setup medical aid camps during the month of Moharram. KKF have many achievements on its credit, relief works for the earthquake victims of Khyber Pakhtunkhuwa, Azad Kashmir & other areas, relief works for the flood victims throughout the country, relief work for the victims of bomb blasts & other tragedies etc.

KKF’s service to humanity has not only been appreciated within the country but also got international recognition. The Consul General of Malaysia Mr. Muhammad Khalid Abdul Razzaq visited the office of KKF & appreciated their services. He also donated to KKF. Vice Consul General Japan Mr. Hikita Tsuyoshi visited KKF & appreciated their work. World famous Pakistani Cricket Super Star Shahid Khan Afridi also visited KKF’s office and appreciated its diligent efforts to serve the nation. Pakistan’s National Hero & Nuclear Scientist Dr. Abdul Qadir Khan visited Nazeer Hussain University, a project of Khidmat-e-Khalq Foundation & applauds its formation & the services of KKF.

The above are some of the example of KKF’s services & its recognition. We should learn to appreciate those who are serving the humanity instead of dragging them into politics to malign their image.

Contempt of Constitution – Part 2

Contempt of Court or Contempt of Constitution?

(Courtesy Pakistan State Times “pstimes.com” Friday, July 27, 2012)

Disqualification of the Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani was not the only case wherein the Supreme Court has violated the constitution blatantly by convicting him for disobeying an ultra-constitutional order. After the 1999 coup-de-etate it has played vital role in reinforcing the military regime by its verdict declaring the coup as a need of time & in the greater interest of the country & the nation. The Provisional Constitutional Order (PCO) itself was a violation of constitution & all PCO Judges clearly violated it at will.

On ousting of Ex-Premier Syed Yusuf Raza Gillani, Hindu Press Council of India’s Chairman and former judge of the Indian Supreme Court, Markandey Katju, said the Pakistani Supreme Court had no right to dismiss a prime minister or overrule the constitutional immunity given to the president. He regretted to say that the Pakistani Supreme Court, particularly its chief justice, has been showing utter lack of restraint. This is not expected of superior courts. In fact the court and its chief justice have been playing to the galleries for long. It has clearly gone overboard and flouted all canons of constitutional jurisprudence, he noted.

PPP law makers, on the other hand, by making laws against the spirit of the constitution are also violating it. The Contempt of Court Law 2012 being violation of the basic human rights is itself a Contempt of Constitution. 26 petitions have been filed in different registries of the Supreme Court and the Apex court has resumed hearing on July 23rd for the same.

The excerpt of the new law read as:

“A true averment made in good faith and temperate language for initiation of action or in the course of disciplinary proceedings against a judge, before the chief justices of the Supreme Court and high courts, the Supreme Judicial Council and the federal or provincial governments, shall not amount to contempt of court.” The clause is a clear violation of the Islamic spirit and concept of the equality. It gives people a sense of superiority or inferiority as against the will of constitution and Islam, says the petitions. It automatically has invoked the question on the Presidential Immunity also.

Pakistan Bar Council (PCB) & Lahore High Court Bar Association (LHCBA) observed Black Day on Monday, July 23rd, highlighting the ultra-constitutional clauses of the said law and believes the Supreme Courts would struck down the bill entirely, but admits also, the legality of the bill as framed by the parliament, who is responsible to make laws.

Amid this confrontation between institutions, Dr. Farooq Sattar, the parliamentary leader of MQM, has shown his concern over the clash between Executive and the Judiciary highlighting the lecture of his party’s Chief Mr. Altaf Hussain alerting the nation of the serious threats being faced by the country. Sattar asked people and the institutions, emphasising unity and solidarity as obligatory, to steer the country out of the danger by avoiding confrontation.

Reason of Unrest in Karachi – Law & Order OR Political & Demographic Order

The article was published in Dunya News Blog on 18/07/2012. (Courtesy Dunya News Blog) – http://blogs.dunyanews.tv/?p=4844

Just now I came across the news, A United Nations (UN) Doctor was attacked near Sohrab Goth, Karachi. No casualty was reported. Dr. Foston himself received minor injuries. The incident gives a glimpse how the city is engulfed in unrest & terrorism and has been made hostage by some miscreants. An obvious question, people have in minds when a Doctor of the United Nations & our own security agencies are not safe, how would they ensure the people’s security in the city?

Karachi, being the economic hub & the biggest metropolis of Pakistan always attracted the people around from the country for different purposes. Some are willing to carry on their studies in the Universities & Colleges while some wishes to excel their career in the city. Investors from around the country & abroad considered Karachi the best place to invest funds at. The poor friendly city always welcomed & embraced everyone. Needless to say, in turn the same people from different walk of life, belonging to the different areas contributed their share in the development & ecstasy of the city.

Karachi has seen three phases of its development. In the first phase it was developed by the British Empire from a small village to a port town. The population of the city grew from some hundreds to almost 100,000 in that period. In the second phase the immigrants, normally known as Muhajir, who migrated from Muslim Minority Provinces after partition of sub-continent, developed it, in this period the city experienced a boom in infrastructure, economy, industry, education, culture, population & all other sectors. The third phase wherein the city became the biggest metropolis & the centre of all economic activities & people from other parts of the country started taking part in its development. Their collective collaboration made this city world known, developed & dream of everyone to be lived in or work at.

Apart from the positives, there are always some dark sides too. Karachi while embracing the new comers also proved to be safe heaven for a number of goons & miscreants who contributed their share also, but to develop the underground economy instead. The same miscreants developed arms & ammunition markets, drugs markets, black markets & finally the same miscreants getting stronger by the time turned to be organized mafias. Extending their underground economy, they started land grabbing, armed robberies, kidnapping for ransom, even target killing for a few rupees or funding terrorists of banned outfits became their normal course of life.

Even some groups established state within the state. The law enforcement agencies seemed to be helpless & found looking for their own safety. The abduction & killing after torture became a routine & the worst part, it turned to be an “Ethnic Civil War” where people of different ethnic origin started to be abducted & killed tortured, specially the same Muhajir people who had already sacrificed for the creation of the country & contributed the most for its development. Evidence is there that the whole bloodshed was initiated, sponsored & directed by some high officials of the Govt. itself. History was repeating itself. In the past some officials from the then Govt. also staged such genocide, either to exercise or grab more power or to change the “Political & Demographic Order” of the city to extract benefits. The incidents of last 4 years appeared to be the sequel of the sam! e state owned terrorism.

For law enforcement agencies, to change the “Political & Demographic Order” proved more important then to maintain the “Law & Order”. Surprisingly, the law enforcement agencies acted as silent spectators in whole episode. Perhaps the matter was bigger then the “law & order” only. As the subsequent incidents revealed the real issue “Political & Demographic Order”, it was also revealed that the law enforcers were not allowed to interfere & kept away from the scene.

The mafias active in the city are abducting common people by identifying them as Muhajir & killing them after torture. Traders are being kidnapped and released after receiving huge ransom. Investment & investors are fleeing from the city. The ecstasy of the city is getting dimmed. The city of lights has turned into city of darks. The political leadership is blaming each other. They all, rather we all are equally responsible irrespective of political affiliation, ethnic origin, in or out of the Govt, have powers or not. The Govt. & Law Enforcement Agencies are not fulfilling their duty to maintain law & order and book the criminals, the opposition parties are equally responsible with their criminal silence, parties which are out of assemblies also acting uncaringly by supporting the mafia directly or indirectly, & we the people of Pakistan are the real responsible for all the mess by supporting the wrong ! voice, wrong people & wrong instances just to get short term benefits & for this we have put our long run benefits, our future at stake!

The cold blood murders of thousands of the innocent people could not draw attention of the authorities, law enforcement agencies, judiciary & the media specially the international media. May be the incident of today would prove to be the turning point & the terrorism & genocide in Karachi would get attention of the authorities & innocent lives could be saved.

Waderai ka Beta

Originally this article was published in “The News Blog” on 16/07/2012 & later published in “Dunya News Blog” on 24/07/2012.

http://blogs.thenews.com.pk/blogs/2012/07/16/waderai-ka-beta/
http://blogs.dunyanews.tv/?p=4938

I am inspired by “Waderai ka Beta” by Ali Gul Pir not because of its music, lyrics or humor but by the theme which hammered the roots of many problems in our society in a very light mood. While listening to the funny description of how a feudal son works his way out regarding his education, influence, and accomplices, one may say, he portrayed the whole social scenario in just a few lines. However, let me say, the sins of these Waderas & their sons are far bigger than those mentioned by Ali Gul Pir.

It is not just a simple case of the waderas & their sons enjoying a lavish lifestyle of their own wealth; rather it is an issue of plundering our money. It is not a matter of them threatening to put people in jail for no reason; rather it is a social issue of how they have made their own jails, putting dozens behind bars. Needless to say, it is also not just about having fake college or university degrees but it is of concern when it comes to deciding our future prospects.

Mostly waderas and their sons keep armed guards, are influential and also use false cases against rivals to victimize them. However this is not limited to waderas alone, we may find a wadera culture in every department be it politics, bureaucracy, military, journalism, judiciary even the modern day educated business tycoons have proved to be waderas.

Some are exposed in corruption cases through looting and plundering public funds, while others have been exposed by taking bribes, plots and permits, some may be found using powers and authorities to obtain benefits. It is no wonder then that an ordinary person is unable to stop or even raise his voice against this injustice which has spread its tentacles as those of a octopus.

Ali Gul Pir may have highlighted many aspects of a wadera based culture. From traditional wadera attire to the wadera status symbol “Pajero”. He also mentioned the fact that a traditional wadera usually doesn’t even know where from the money is flowing from. Furthermore he uncovered many ways through which waderas and their sons utilize money on luxury cars, branded shoes, expensive watches, dresses and partying with friends. The funny part of the description, while explaining psychological pressure which a wadera exerts on our society, we may hear everyone repeating this line “Saeen tou saeen – Saeen ka Kutta bhi saeen”!

Though being presented through a humorous take, it depicts the true picture of our society. The reality hammering in the whole presentation attracted people so much so that after the video had been uploaded on June 14 by Ali Gul Pir, till date it has been watched by 1,310,383 times, the counter may be increased if we add counts from the same video uploaded by others which is also not less than 420,000 hits in last 1 month. The hits predict this counter will surely go on.

Jamat-e-Islami Finds New Shoulders to Climb onto

In a recent meeting between Syed Munawar Hassan of Jamat-e-Islami (JI) & Imran Khan of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) both the leaders agreed on a joint campaign against Govt. & its allies & vowed to defend Judiciary from conspiracies. Imran Khan, while briefing the media stated that JI & PTI are like minded & want change in the country, for that both the parties agreed to omit chances of alliance with any of the parties in the house.

It was the first time PTI tried to evade political isolation unlike the past & tied the knots with a right wing party with less political weight unlikely to yield benefits to PTI. Jamat, despite its strong organizational structure & educated middle class follower-ship, hardly managed to win a few seats in its 65 years history in Pakistan. Wikileaks also exposed its connections with Taliban & Al-Qaida. Does Imran Khan really showed a mature approach by joining hands with JI or as per past experiences, had done a blunder again by closing the doors for other political parties, which could put PTI into real political isolation. Interestingly as against Khan’s claim both JI & PTI are different in nature, approach, vision & mission. JI is conservative in nature while PTI claims to be liberal & enlightened as per Iqbal’s vision.

In a recent survey, PEW research centre revealed Imran Khan as the most popular leader in Pakistan. 7 out of 10 Pakistanis liked Khan in a face to face survey by the centre. Media is projecting him as a National Level Leader. Political Analysts have already expressed their opinion in his favour. In this scenario JI’s hand shake with PTI is chary. Does JI, this time, is trying to use PTI’s shoulders to climb onto? Like it had done with Z.A.Bhutto back in 1970s, Zia-ul-Haq, a military dictator, during 1980s, Nawaz Sharif during 1990s & sectarian & religious groups during 2000s by exploiting Anti American sentiments.

During Soviet-Afghan War (1979-1989) Jamat was considered to be on the same page as Pakistani ISI & US CIA & was blamed for being funded by CIA to fight their war in Afghanistan against USSR. Its influence in Military & Civil Establishment put more doubts on its role. The question is how PTI circles would take this alliance? Are they ready to be known as ‘Fundamentalist’ or they would opt to be known as ‘Liberals & Progressives’? Possibly Jamat is intended to grab its share out of this alliance in case PTI gets a landslide victory in upcoming elections.

Perhaps, PMLQ or MQM were the most suitable options for PTI if it is to show maturity in politics & broaden its chances to be in power.
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PS: We initiated a poll to have an idea what general public thinks if the alliance with Jamat-e-Islami & other sectarian outfits will harm PTI? See the results.

https://sknawaz.wordpress.com/2012/07/07/alliance-with-jamat-e-islami-other-sectarian-outfits-will-harm-pti/

Message of Love Vs Message of Hate & Violence

Sunday, June 24, 2012, same date, same city, same type of event but entirely different perspective. Both, Muttahida Qoumi Movement (MQM) & Awami National Party (ANP) organized their conventions for the people hailing from Khyber Pakhtunkhuwa Province (KPK).

MQM being alleged for the ethnic & violent politics in urban centers of Sindh organized an unusual event, a general public convention for the people of KPK living & earning their bread in Karachi. Rivals blamed MQM for killings of Pakhtun origin people in Karachi & destroying their businesses & source of income. Karachi, the city of lights has seen much bloodshed in the past highlighting Pakhtun-Muhajir clashes costing innocent lives. MQM was always blamed for the massacre of Pakhtuns, denied all such allegations & vowed the brotherhood & harmony among the ethnic divides.

ANP declares itself the only representative of the Pakhtun Community in the country, having Provincial Govt. in KPK & is a coalition partner in PPP lead Govt. in Islamabad. It claims to be the preacher of Love & Peace following the teaching of their spiritual leader Bacha Khan (Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan Founder Leader of Khudai Khidmatgar Tehreek). ANP also have 2 Provincial Assembly seats from Karachi from the Pakhtun dominated areas.

In order to analyze MQM’s strength & popularity among Pakhtun community, in presence of ANP, a Pakhtun based party; I had floated a Poll asking:

MQM’s Pakhtun Convention will be successful or not?
https://sknawaz.wordpress.com/2012/06/23/mqms-pakhtun-jalsa-will-be-successful/

& I got the following results:

Yes = 93.75%
No = 6.25%
Don’t Know = 0%

The above results were indicative only & we had to wait till evening for the on ground reality. To my surprise after the scheduled time, not only the venue, Jinnah Ground, Azizabad, Karachi was full with Pakhtun Community but the rush reached till Mukka Chowk (Nearby Roundabout at Main Road) after failing to reach the ground. The strength, the enthusiastic crowed, women/children/elders participating in the convention, people holding MQM Chief Altaf Hussain’s pictures, kissing it & expressing their love with Mr. Hussain clearly revealed the popularity of MQM & Mr. Altaf Hussain among Pakhtun people. They were singing, dancing, chanting the slogans & showing their full confidence in the leadership of Altaf Hussain.

The care & concern of Mr.Altaf Hussain for their Pakhtun Admirers was also exemplary. He announced Pakhtun & Muhajir are brothers & have the responsibility to guard each other. He advised Muhajir Community in Karachi to protect the lives & belongings of their Pakhtun brothers & wished for harmony & peace in Karachi. It was also important that in such a huge crowed there wasn’t any unpleasant incidence & not even a single man found carrying weapon or chanting hateful slogans.

Contrary to this, ANP’s convention was rather a show off of weapons. Workers & supporters were found with sophisticated weapons & showing hate towards their rivals. Above all ANP Sindh’s Leader, Senator Shahi Syed clearly threatened the Govt., different departments, their rivals & specially MQM of dire consequences.

As the title “Message of Love” (اردو: پیغام محبّت) & whole the convention suggests, MQM had meant to spread love, peace & harmony among ethnic divides specially b/w Muhajir & Pakhtun communities, but ANP’s convention couldn’t meet the standards to be considered a success & yielded a bad name to it with low attendance, irrelevant speeches, threatening tone of the leaders & displaying weapons. It was rather a “Message of Hate & Violence” (اردو: پیغام نفرت و تشدّد)!