khoon ke ek ek qatrey ka intiqaam

it was a news i wish i never heard in my life….an incident that would never happen in my utopia of imagination. but its a real world, a world where monsters live disguised as humans and no one is safe. not even young innocent children.
i still cant believe that the sky didnt fall when 6 barbarians entered premises of a school, handpicked children to kill, told them to recite their kalma, fired at their legs first to make sure they suffer as much as possible before dying, shot them on their eyes and head and left them to die. approximately 150 of them.
its a scene right out of a horror movie …. oh i wish it was! because its not. it happened in peshawar in army public school. it actually happened more than 24 hours ago and i still cant believe somebody could actually be so cruel that they could plan and then execute this! they didnt stop even after seeing innocent faces, they didnt stop even after seeing their blood spilled on the floor.
they didnt stop and nearly 150 innocent angels died. they will never go back to their mothers. their mothers will never be able to make their favourite meals for them, will never be able to hug them, will never be able to kiss them goodbye in the morning before school….because they will never go to school again.
everyone was quick to condemn these attacks. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif went on to say we will avenge for each drop of blood spilled by the terrorists. it sounds good….but is it good enough to comfort the mothers of victims. No, absolutely not!
we, as a nation, need to understand we are all responsible for yesterday’s attacks.
why, you may ask.
Because we supported the jihad movement in the 70’s and 80’s spear headed by zia ul haq.
Because we let the afghani refugees in and never told them to go back.
Because we let those afghani refugees smuggle everything to and from afghanistan from drugs to weapons.
Because we were sympathetic towards Taliban during the 90’s. a large section of the society still is.
Because we thought musharaf was a traitor when he tried to get rid of these terrorists.
Because we actually toppled over musharaf’s government when he took action against these barbaric monsters.
Because we wanted to talk with lunatics who do not understand anything other than bombs and money.
Because we brought someone in power and making him prime minister who calls zia ul haq (the father of these problems) his mentor, by democratically electing him
Because we dont care how many children die as we have an ever imcreasing birth rate (311 children have died only in tharparker in the first 11 months of this year)

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Procrastination

No its not Twitter, Facebook or Google Buzz. It might be for the youth but for the majority of Pakistanis, its politics. And arent we always asking the most stupid questions. Here are some of the most commonly discussed unsolved questions and my answers (you dont obviously have to agree to them 😛 ):

Should Pakistan have been created?

It was created more than 6 decades back. Can we talk about improvement instead?

Kashmir hamara hai.

LOL. Is that a joke? We have already lost half of our country. We are finding it difficult to hold on to wat we are left with. What will we do with a part of land which is not ours yet?

Pakistan should be an Islamic State.

It was established as Islamic Republic of Pakistan in 1973 constitution.

Free judiciary (a.k.a. CJ mafia’s authority) will make Pakistan the most democratic, crime free country in the world.

Oh yea? Keep dreaming. It has only established a criminal, who attempted to murder the COAS, the most ‘trustworthy’ and ‘respected’ person in the country.

Only Khilafat-e-Rashida can save us.

Like Khilafat-e-Rashida saved the Khalifas themselves? I think we need to remind ourselves that both Hazrat Usman (RA) and Hazrat Ali (RA) were murdered by the so-called Muslims only. We only deserve people like Zardari to rule us.

The day after the 'best of the worst lot' leaves

Finally, the President resigned yesterday. Am I happy about it? Frankly speaking, I dont know! I have never exactly hated him. After all, he was the one who gave us an economy which we were all proud of. No doubt he made some huge mistakes in his era but I believe he was sincere. He just didnt have the right people around him..his advisors were just not good enough. But does this mean it is time to be distributing sweets? He’s gone but his advisors are still there with their positions further enforced in the establishment. Even if they had been gone, who is this country dependent on now? The great Sharifs and Zardaris!! With Musharraf resigning, I hope these ‘democratically elected leaders’ would deliver what they promised for.

Perhaps, we deserve to be ruled by people like Sharifs and Zardaris who are the biggest thugs Pakistan has ever seen. Just as I read somewhere yesterday…”Welcome to Demon-cracy!”

PS: Do read this one and also do have a look at the comments here and here

Impeachment

With the whole country talking about impeachment of the President, I thought of doing some research to find out what it actually means. I found some very interesting things about this whole process which I would like to share with everyone:

According to wikipedia, “Impeachment is the first of two stages in a specific process for a legislative body to forcibly remove a government official. The second stage is conviction.” (In law, a conviction is the verdict that results when a court of law finds a defendant guilty of a crime.) Now, impeachment is a new concept in Pakistan, so we basically have to rely on the western sources to understand more about it. According to the US constituition, “the President, Vice President, and all civil officers of the United States shall be removed from office on impeachment for, and conviction of, treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors.”

What we know already from all the daily talk shows is that a charge sheet, or a motion to impeach as it is more formally called, is to be developed and requires a majority vote from the parliament but a two-thirds majority is required for the actual conviction. Now, ofcourse, in Pakistan, its not the crimes that matter for impeachment (we all know that the people advocating the establishment of the ‘rule of law’ in the Land of Pure have a corrupt past and can be impeached themselves). Here, the only thing that matters is numbers and the ruling coalition has that. (Cowasjee has captured this so well here).

Obviously the movers of the impeachment are looking for President Pervez Musharraf to emulate Richard Nixon who had thought it wise to quit before he had the ignominy of being grilled by the Senate (SOURCE). But, President Musharaf so far resisted calls to step down and insisted he will serve out his current five-year term. I think he really needs to check out the history of impeachment (amongst the three US presidents: Andrew Johson, Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton, only Bill Clinton has been able to be acquitted of the obstruction charge by a 50 to 50 vote in the Senate. ) I hope President Musharaf makes a wise decision.

Enlightened Moderation

All the frequently visitors to this blog know that I do not consider Musharraf as a complete villain. Of course he has made some huge blunders but so have the other self proclaimed messiahs. I am sure he coined the above mentioned term with utmost sincerity and he was unaware that it would actually lead to what is now happening in the Land of Pure (Examples: here, here, here and here).

I myself work at a University and although I am the youngest faculty member, I can see the vast difference between how we behaved at University and how the students these days behave. The clothes are getting skimpier and public display of affection is quite acceptable. (The worst is that people have even forgotten that the libraries need to be respected) I went to the UK for my Masters but I did not feel the culture shock there as much as I felt when I came back here to Pakistan. A lot is being done in the name of modernity and people who do not stay with time are shunned, called narrow minded, conservative freaks who are potentially a danger to the society. I have been called a ‘mullani’ for the way I dress up (I wear a headscarf) and the way I speak. I know a lot of people think of me as just another ‘wannabe’ threat 😉 but is this really we should be heading towards?

Torch relay in Pakistan

The torch has been in Pakistan since last night and the torch relay was truly ‘celebrated’ today with the President and the Prime Minister both attending the ceremony, clearly giving out the message o consolodarity with China. The best part of the ceremony was to be able to see both Mush and Gillani togather literally everywhere: sitting in the crowd, holding the torch and on the stage. The torch of harmony is already having its effects 😉

Picture from BBC.