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The Breaking News Stint

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For last few days the debate that a guard should not have slapped the journalist has  been the hot topic, there is a division like there always is, this was show of patriarchy, he should be arrested, he should not have slapped her  that was fundamentally wrong.

This is not even a debate which covers the real problem,

  1. NADRA offices are not place to go make your 5 minute piece of news, those guys are always over worked and it’s not easy catering to 180 million population, making B-forms, ID cards, renewing ID cards, and all sort of things those people have to do. I have been there three times, first when we needed to register B-form and had birth certificate problem. Second for my CNIC and third when I lost my CNIC and had to get  new one. I did not see one person sitting and chilling, and belive it or not the waiting lines were pretty damn straight. Not saying every branch of NADRA is good, but if anyone noticed from the video it was the journalist who was over excited about slow working of the department, not the silent people standing there.
  2. Since when is it wrong for a constable to do his duty? Apparently according to media it is.  Telling them to get off the government property which was him just doing what he was supposed to do, they were not allowed there, were trespassing and it was within his rights to remove them with force.
  3. Pulling at FC’s uniform, crowding him, saying “tumhara ghar maa, behan hai ka nae”. As unprofessional as possible, attacking his modesty, insulting a man in front of crowd for doing what he is required to do. Where does “maa behen” reference comes in this show of bullying really  outrages me, when you talk about equality you don’t use crutches of “maa behan”. When you are calling yourself a “journalist” a professional, you definitely don’t use crutches “of weaker sex”.
  4. He slapped her, she pulled at his shirt first, how can that be ignored, this is Pakistan a country where no  ‘modest’  women wants to touched aggressively  by an unknown or known  male, and where no “modest” man wants to touched by aggressively by unknown or known  female. Not in Pakistan but such practise is strongly hated by all humans , animals and I assume plants too.
  5. Insulting a constable, a man whose qualification is only higher secondary, who has a salary which barely helps him make ends meet, who stands outside an office day in and day out, in all weathers, who only prides that he has “izzat(honor)” and “wardi(uniform)” what happens if someone takes all what, a working man has, in front of a crowd in front of camera for all the world to see? What about the right to pride of a such person, what about his right to modesty? Why is he required to show restrain and respect when a much more educated, more worldly person is not, even demonstrating an ounce of it? Better flush the modern education and exposure down the drain than.

This was not a twitter joke, it was not about women rights, it was not about how slow NADRA is, this was not some officer of Armed forces with attitude, this was just a constable  and asshole with camera and power of unforgiving, always judging jury of digital media.

Is not it ironic no matter whose side this jury sits on an ordinary person still loses?

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Conditional Equity

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Its 12th of December and we are 4 days away from the 1st anniversary of one of the  most tragic incidents happened on civilian population “not in war zone” in this decade.

Around 140  and more children were killed in brutal shooting whose coverage in international media to be honest was non existent. Because lets face it nobody cares when Muslim dies even if they are kids and they even careless if they are in Pakistan because these kids according to the western microscope are potential terrorists.

People keep on posting please don’t compare Paris attack to the APS Peshawar attack . I did not last month but i will today. Lets compare every single inch. Paris attack has been talked and condemned by every single president on every single platform. Twitter was choked with hatred and radicalism by seemingly “enlightened and better” western counterparts who thought exterminating 1.57 billion Muslims was solution of their problems.

People in Paris attack were traced, their stories found and published their friends family shown mourning. Their dreams, hopes, careers explained to pain stalking details to show the pain and loss of their lives and to denounce the method of their death.

What about the kids who died in APS attacks? they were of ages 14 to 16 their graduation from school only few months away .They were kids deciding which university they were going to go to what career they will choose. They were at brink of new beginnings. What about their pain their stories those parents who will never see their sons again those mothers who tended them through sickness, injured knees and elbows to the point they were now able to take care of themselves. They would never know what it would have been like to see their years of hard work and nourishing excel and grow.

Does anyone even ask about those father who have been fighting real war of terrorism in FATA for more then a year defending their borders their country, their country men  and minimizing the threat of terrorism for the rest of world from that particular area, what they felt when they knew that their own kids have been murdered in the most ruthless manner known? It tears me up every time to think about those fathers who were defending humanity fighting the good war but could not save their own kids? What about them? What about their pain? their loss? What about them!!

What about the kids who survived that attack? What do they feel going back to school when their friends are dead? What do those parents feel when thy see their sons which were returned from the mouth of death walk out of the door? Someone so young should not have to deal with that. they should not have to be covered in the blood of their friends they should not have to go through that.

Yeah that is right their is no comparison between APS attack Peshawar and Paris attack their is just no comparison between the situation and what a show of inequality, arrogance, disproportion and disrespect the APS attack martyrs and survivors were handled with just no comparison.

Yesterday was Friday, we Muslims consider it to be a holy day of the week. The day most people try to make to the Namaz Jumma (prayer performed by men in Masjid in afternoon). There was a fire bomb in a Mosque in California,  that news did not even make the top five headlines of MSN news which due to my browser i am follow on regular basis. The news that was present told less about the fire bomb and more about the shooting that happened in San Bernardino.

So the message here for every one including me is from the whole situation ” Every time there will be an attack of violence against Muslims it will be pushed under covers while indirectly making it look like it can be on a level be justified or even glorified by some  as a reaction of the San Bernardino shooting or Paris Attacks or some other act of terrorism .The people who are not Muslim matter more then those are Muslim. Hammer that in you heads already. “

There is no such thing as equality there is no such thing as respect tolerance or whatever the synonym to those words are and used. I am just sad that I would have to live in this intolerant world and that my family will be in this intolerant world. The way things are these  days makes me want to shrivel up inside my self.

What a tragedy we are what a tragedy humanity is in all its scientific progress and glory its modernization and liberalization is proving to be. Makes one wonder the point of progress. What ever that is.

 

 

Lets talk about our I’s and isms.

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I am so bloody angry. I feel like am I am going to suffocate under all the hate that we have for each other in this country. I don’t know where the idea of Pakistan went so damn wrong. We might as well just nuke each other off. Its not we are doing anything with our “atomic” abilities any way .

First there are our “I’s” Pathan, Pashtun ( mind the difference) Punjabi, Sindi, Balochi, once upon time there were Bengali but now they have their own country.

I have seen more tolerance in street dogs when a another wanders in their territory than I have seen in most Pakistani’s for one another. Every single one of us is convinced that they have got it right. “12 kitabain parhta hai aur Aalim ban jata hai saray paraha likha jahil”.

The division in Pakistan is far more complex than most complex chemical formula. We just don’t have a sectarian problem in this country if we only had the sectarian problem life will be half less complicated than it is at the moment. We have a theism and atheism problem. We have liberal and conservative problem. We have a problem with the rich and we have problem with poor. We have a problem with elite culture and we have problem with middle class culture. We have problem with army and there are the ones who happen to worship it. We are democracy lovers and what we love more is making it fail. We have an obsession with freedom what we can not seem to get is freedom does not mean a license to act like wayward imbeciles. Then we have a problem how people dress, women who wear burqa or do niqab are “fundos” and who wear jeans and tees are “baegairat”. The “modern educated class” call the people with beards “taliban” or “harbourers of taliban” either as joke or seriously .You freaking assholes that is insulting! You do know that your Prophet(S.A.W) had a beard? Even Hazrat Issa (A.s) or Jesus Christ had one!

The other class call them moulvis or hajjis either as joke or so seriously that they think these people might be personification of angels (that is a exaggeration but lower income class trust in people with beard is quiet misled) and leads to things which are too shameful and screwed up to even imagine.

Then comes the “-isms” bane of our lives. There is Wahhabism, Sunnism, Shi’ism’, Barelvism, Ahle-hadith, Isma’ilism, these are the ones I know. Not to mention few whose correct spellings I am unaware of or am forgetting them. Honestly there is just not enough land to give everyone their own separate state.

But then came the educated class who love to talk about things they don’t really face. Some how we love our stereotypes. Extremist exist everywhere, in every single kind of sect, ethnicity and culture or what ever separation you happen to believe in. lets not even mention the role of electronic media whose sole job is to provide the news that really does not exist or to blow things out of proportion to a scale that out smarts most of the showbiz tabloids.

In our country the new popular culture and favorite status update seems to be of bashing religious people. On other hand we have the ones who happen to think “facebook” and “twitter” are the platforms to preach religion.

Seriously people wake up thanks to you all we have “Sunni-Islam” and “Shia-Islam”.

Here is a hint for everyone whatever you say won’t change the thoughts people who are prone to think you are a infidel. “itna naaike ka bacha hota na tum saab, tu facebook pa status upload karna wala halaat nae hota”.

So in good nice words get over your self and stop wagging your tongues on each and every incident and stop giving them shape they don’t really have. “khala ka ghar tum logo ka?” Freedom of speech ki maa behan aik kar ka rakh dye hai tum logo na.

There are things you say among friends. That is voicing of unformed ideas. That is thinking brainstorming. Printing your brainstorming for the world to see is really ridiculous. And more over they come off not liberal or cool but as naïve and prejudiced. You are not young enough to come off naïve and not old enough to be forgiven for your prejudices. Imagine every writer starts publishing his or hers first idea of novel? that would suck wont it. Even if it was Tolkein or Rowling or Grisham or who ever. You are neither of those people so imagine how much you suck.

Next time you feel like bashing anyone by that I mean anyone (excluding ISIS only people who no one have enough words to describe) just think that some one is dumping a bucket full of rotten eggs on you. The smell is disgusting just like your words who hurt people who feel insulted by them when they are being blamed for things they never did and never even thought. You with your “honest saying” and “so called truth” are brewing same hate and intolerance which is done by ISIS rockets and AK47s.

This post is for all the wanna be revolutionaries and liberals and free thinkers and smart people and conservatives who think social websites are perfect place for verbal vomits. Congrats facebook and twitter activists and the flag bearers of truth you have out done yourselves once again.

END OF HUMANITY !! THERE IS NO EXCUSE IN WHOLE SCREWED UP WORD FOR THIS BRUTALITY!!

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Today should truly be the black day in Pakistan. Because Pakistani hearts are turning black as charcoal,cold as ice and hard as diamonds. Because today innocence was murdered by those defined as Pakistani by law and Flag.

On Sunday 17th March two twin blasts took place in Lahore outside the Churches. A tragedy and an inhumane act of terrorism against humanity to target people in place of their faith. In world war II Japanese did this closing people in temples and gassing them. Those who tried to come out were shot. Terrorists are no different they target Masjids, shrines, Churches even schools.

When terrorists do something like this or things like this happen in was by enemies we can justify them acts of war and act of people with twisted mind set and agendas to destroy society and culture and defame religions. When a female principle was burned in a school we can at least know that she was mutilated that way, by men who did not know any better, the were brutes, inhuman, who were not one of us, they are enemies of are nation and need to be eradicated. We know who to fight against and from who to defend ourselves from.

At one place people despite of their religion reached the hospitals to donate blood for the victims of blasts. Country wide protests against the church blasts took place and on the other hand 2 men get murdered because people were angry at lose of their loved ones in the blasts??

When an angry mob of Pakistani’s burn two innocent men, in middle of roads beat them and burn them alive. What are we supposed to do than? Who are we supposed to fight against then? Who are we to blame then? How do we justify this? How do we understand this and explain this to ourselves?

These people who did the highest act of terrorism because they were not brainwashed suicide bombers, They were men drunk with anger. An unjustified anger. What happened to them has happened to so many other Pakistani’s so what gave then the right to do what they did? How was burning two men whose only crime was to be in wrong place and have beards different from burning a woman who happened to be principle of a school under siege of mad men?

What was done by this mob is an unforgivable act. Christians were not targeted because they were minority but because they were Pakistani. So many have died over course of years to this to the curse of terrorism. The terrorist time to time target minorities to bring a rift between us and i think they are succeeding. Shame on us for letting them come between us. Shame on every Pakistani who thinks the other Pakistani is trying to wipe them out. Shame on us for becoming our on enemies. Shame on us for acting like inhumane brutes and shame on us for joining hands with terrorists in spilling blood of innocent.

And shame on all those who justify this act of brutality as insecurity of minorities!! when there have been hundreds of attacks on Masjids and Imam bargahs!! how many Muslims have blamed Pakistani Christians for it how many have said, “we have died more in terrorism so you must be responsible for it”!! none, because we know terrorism is not act against a community but humanity!!!

Pakistani’s for sake of God which ever you believe in and sake of your children and for sake of sheer humanity wake up please!!!

All the things that should not be………

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Yesterday when I was on my way home a saw a kid sitting on the road covered in dirt and his face streaked with tears. He was with two other boys, who looked older than him, they were fighting over an item they found in trash. When I reached home it was all I thought about. These were alive kids, hungry and needy. We find it so easy to pity the dead we burn candles for them and stand in cold for them. We go on rallies and write in press for the brutality committed against those killed in bomb blasts. But they are dead beyond yours and mines help but these kids outside ours homes in our streets they are alive, and they can be helped, they can be fed and they can be protected and we do not need government for that all we need is to care enough to do so. So many have been dying of starvation in Thar a death much more insufferable and long than being blown apart or shot down also something preventable somehow these people do not matter enough to be on every Facebook page and news channel, why? who decides whose life is more important and whose is not??

so many like him suffered and died but nobody did anything
so many like him suffered and died but nobody did anything

There are about thousands of kids and their families, starving in Thar Desert with legs and arms size of match sticks. Only time I have ever seen those appalling photos was when they show famine stricken countries of Africa. Living in camps struck my tribal wars and mercenaries. There was no aid for them few million rupees given here and there. Those people were dying literally of hunger when everyday tons of food was being wasted in D Square, Islamabad. “Naya Pakistan” was being dreamt, when few hundred miles south in same country, the same Pakistan that was being brought to brink to revolution for better, so many were just in need of few bites of food. It did not matter, whose jurisdiction these people fell under for the sake of humanity and because we are all bonded by Islamic brotherhood and because we are all Pakistani’s for better or worse. People who had enough support of money and power to go on for months in D Square, could have easily invested that in Thar, I believe they would not have to ask for a single vote after that, every person with a conscious mind would have supported them for it. So it won’t be too far-fetched to say that they only wanted to bring a revolution which fells under their comfort zone, where heat in tolerable and camera’s are in plenty to capture them and promote them and rest of Pakistan can go to hell, just like nearly all their acquaintances whether they are in their opposition or support. Yesterday Eid-mil-dun-Nabi was being celebrated all over Pakistan. A day which has no Islamic recognition what so ever. About 50 years earlier it was the day when cinema houses were shut down, shops were closed. As death of The Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H) which by the way is confirmed on 12th Rabi-ul-Awwal, was mourned. I saw so many boys standing in street squares and roadsides collecting charity to decorate their streets and bought cakes. We are keeping the legacy of Marie Antoinette alive not our Prophet’s (P.B.U.H) while so many barely get bread a day, 1000s of pounds of cakes are being cut all across Pakistan.  Lalkurti in Rawalpind, which by the way is not exactly posh area, it is the only place I had a chance to see for myself, seeing newspaper today I learned there were hundreds of places like that all across Pakistan whose every house, every shop, every street was covered in fairy lights, and there were flags and so many other kinds of decorations, cakes were being cut and music systems were set to play Naats, while so many slept in dark, on empty stomachs and with only sound of screeching, crying, hungry children most nights of the year.  Every shrine was decorated with lights and flags, the graves of the dead were covered in new clothes while the alive shivered in cold. If the money our country folks wasted on pointless celebrations of a day which is more the day our Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H) died then born earning sins. We could have given that to support families of poor in the name of Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H) who could have lived months on that money. What better way to express our love for someone than to keep his (P.B.U.H) legacy alive.

They say they are showing their love for their prophet but what about giving all this to some needy no better way to show love than keep his Sun-nah alive
They say they are showing their love for their prophet but what about giving all this to some needy no better way to show love than keep his Sun-nah alive

What I find really demoralizing and brings me to the brink of hopelessness is the indulgence of nation in irrelevant causes like 12 Rabi-ul-Awwal and making joke of Islamic Beliefs. And their ability to love the dead while the alive are invisible to them.  How being honest is a rude and unacceptable and how being a truly practicing Muslim is the hardest thing to do in Islamic Republic of Pakistan. And how giving 24/7 coverage to the sit-ins in D Square and showing footage of dressed up people and same speeches every day for more than 3 months is important news and the starving, dying naked kids and their families are not?  How everyone observed a black day on Peshawar incident and rightfully so but more children have in these past months died at the hands of our arrogance and selfishness in Thar then they did in Peshawar by terrorists. So who are we to point fingers?