Sunday, May 31, 2009

We will not go down!!!!

Michael Heart's song "We will not go down" is a song dedicated to the people of Gaza but I think that its meaning perfectly fits the struggles of other oppressed nations as well. AND the present situation of our Northern areas to some extent.

For mp3 version:

Thursday, May 28, 2009

LAHORE BLASTS!!!!!!! 27/05/2009

Yesterday Lahore was hit again. By this time everyone would be knowing the facts & figures about it. My idea of this post is not to add to the already long list of statistics. I want to share my personal observation of that day which is based on two poles apart reactions.

My day started of with a hectic schedule as the last week of my semester is on. Around 10:15am sittting in an empty class room(turned common room), the door suddenly burst open & the windows started rattling. This continued for around 35secs. One of my friends responded by saying "Zalzala aya ha" (Is it an earthquake) & we all gave the most weird looks that we could muster. And as soon as we had slummed back into our world of laptops & group studies the phones started ringing one by one with the news of the real world. ,

However, the mood of the room wasn't affected much. Some of the spontaneous reactions were:

1- "Oh..."

2-"Kahan pe huwa"

3-"Kitne loog mare?"

4-"Chalo jee, yeh kam phr se suru ho gaya"

AND then we were back in r own worlds.

My mother is a doctor & works in Fatima Jinnah Medical College which is quite near the location of the blast & was also affected(this I came to know after I came home)

The first slight realization I had of the situation was when some of my relatives called me, worried about my mom as they were not able to get her on her cell-phone. Getting worried I too started trying her cell but to the same result. I was calmed down by my father's call informing that all was well concerning my mother.

Being an Anatomist my & going through similar situations(FIA blast, 5th Oct. 2005) she is able to handle t1he stress attached with such calamity. This time around SHE out of all the people was shaken to the core. Her narration of the situation made me feel ashamed of our reaction.

We are now no more bothered until & unless it effects us. Aren't we ourselves helping the preparators of this chaos achieve what they want? ,This desensitization of our Nation is Insanity.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

The Other Side of Pakistan!!!

We should take inspiration from such people, way to go guys keep it up:

Double Face

"Manufactured Outrage" is defined as A falsified righteous outrage at things that are basically unimportant and meaningless, frequently employed by politicians, political activists, or the media. Politicians and talking heads use it to garner support for their causes, to claim the moral high ground and to tar their opponents; the media often just uses it in a cynical bid to increase ratings.

This definition is given by the Urban Dictionary.

P.S: After creating hatred & disunity among different provinces our rulers(they don't deserve to be called leaders) brag of National Reconciliation?????? The people of Pakistan are with the IDPs & our JAWAN(soldiers of PAK Army).

Saturday, May 23, 2009

The Blame Game!!!!!!

This video was supposed to be shown at the end of our mock trial presentation of PLSC 101 course BUT unfortunately the laptop's media player refused to cooperate & we ended up showing it without the background music.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Troglodyte village in IRAN 700 years old

In the north east of Iran at the foot of Mount Sahand in Kandovan, the villagers live in cave homes carved out from the volcanic rock.

The age of some houses is more than 700 years.
These snaps were mailed to me & I thought they were worth sharing on my blog. Whatever the short commings of Iran, these snaps are quite impressive.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Living in a separate WORLD of LIES

Here's the link of Fatima Bhutto's latest article:

Apart from the fact that I am in 100% agreement with her analysis, the thing that most stunned me in this post were the comments made by different readers.

As they haven't used their original names, their exact identities(meaning the country they belong to) can not be determined. However, the content of some of the comments shows that they belong to the people living in complete ignorant atmosphere of their supper power countries.

For example:

The US will stop spoiling Pakistan if Pakistan stops blaming the US for its own corruption, violence, and ineptitude.

While I'm not defending the current policy.... without any plans or recommendations for alternative policies, this just comes across as whiny. Or if there shouldn't be a policy, you need to make a convincing argument that the government will be able to hold without US support/subsidies

Screw Pakistan and the rest of the Middle East, get the US out of the Middle East and let them kill each other. The definition of insanity is to continue beating your head against a wall and expecting a different result. The Middle East will always be a endless mess no matter how much money or bullets we give them. Stop the insanity, save our money and good bullets, they are not worth it

I mean has this fast exchange of knowledge been a phenomena applied only to us???? Or the ruling class of these countries so easily able to fool their people????

People of these power hunger countries think that their governments are doing all this for the GREATER GOOD....& who's gonna tell these nut heads about the benefits that they get. What about the reality check that the whole world is suffering so that these people can have their artificial standard of living????What about the oil supplies & the rest of the resources which are the under-hand causes of this present chaos???

A lot of question marks....

AND the biggest JOKE...they don't know our country's exact location on the map......Pakistan in Middle East?????The biggest WTF moment of the day.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

SSG heros!!!

Hail to the Pak Army......

The original article published in The News can be viewed on:

By Rauf KlasraKAHUTA:

Family members of martyred Captain Najam Riaz have made a shocking disclosure about the alleged involvement of an important administrative official of Malakand in the killing of four SSG commandos at the hands of Taliban last week.

The heroic tale of brave commandos reveals how the valiant soldiers had broken the necks of eight Taliban, once they realised that they were about to be beheaded. The mother of Shaheed Captain Najam told The News while sitting in her village house, amid tears in her eyes, that she would have even sacrificed ten sons for the sake of Pakistan and she was proud of her 24-year old son, who before going to Swat had told her not to weep over her body as he knew he was going on a journey of martyrdom.

“Our Shaheed captain told that the important official of Malakand had come to meet the Taliban when they were in their possession. The official considered to be darling of the Taliban had told his friends to keep the four SSG commandos with them but return their weapons”, one of the family members of the martyred Captain told The News.

The father of Captain who retired from army as a Hawaldar demanded of the government to take action against the former official of Malakand whose collaboration with the Taliban resulted in beheading of his son along with three companions.

The family members of the martyred captain also claimed that they had come to know that actually Sufi Mohammad had directed the militants to kill the SSG commandos after his own son Kifiyatullah was killed during the operation.

Earlier, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Dr Babar Awan visited the village of Captain Najam. He went there on the direction of Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani to lay flowers on his grave and offer condolences to his family.

Dr Awan himself belongs to Kahuta. The family of the martyred captain made some unusual demands to compensate the loss of their son. “Please ask your PM to set up a cadet college in Kahuta in the name of martyred Najam, set up a hospital and construct the road,” demanded his father, sisters and mother.

When Dr Awan asked whether they needed something for themselves, they all said, they did not need anything rather they had given their son for the sake of Pakistan.

A large crowd of people gathered when Dr Awan reached there in the remote village Kalhut-located at one and a half hours drive from Islamabad. Over 100 people of this small town demanded of the minister not to halt the operation against the militants and eliminate them.

Even the parents and sisters of the martyred captain gave their voice to this demand that operation should be continued and the sacrifice of their son should not be wasted. When Dr Awan returned to Islamabad late night, he immediately talked to the PM Gilani about the demand of the parents of the martyred captain and Gilani announced to approve the college in Kahuta, which might greatly make the whole family happy.

The family told the heroic tale of these four detained SSG commandos who had refused to die without putting any resistance, once they came to know that the NWFP government would not take any interest in their release.

The visit of the former official of Malakand to Taliban asking them just to return the weapons and keep the captives had made them understand what was in store. The only way left with these brave soldiers was to fight back and should not give up. As their captors got the message from their top leadership to eliminate the SSG commandos, the preparation started to tighten them with rope so they could be beheaded.

But as the captors came close to them in the room where they were detained, these commandos suddenly jumped at the eight Taliban. Within seconds, the commandos broke their necks. But two Taliban guards standing outside rushed inside and sprayed them with Kalashnikov bullets, which led to their instant martyrdom.

“We are proud of our commandos that they did not die like cowards. They fought back and killed 8 Taliban as they went down fighting like real heroes, one of the family members of the captain Najam said.

Coke Studio!!!!!

Finally getting more new female voices in our music industry!!!!

Monday, May 18, 2009

Political Globalization

This is the conclusion part of my final project for my Sociology 150 course:Sociology & Globalization. My specific topic was "Political Globalization".

Politics forms the roots of every aspect of our lives in this age of globalization. Extensively cross knitted with economy, politics is able to influence all other areas from cultural, environmental to even the most personal decisions that we make now a days. Therefore, whenever we analyze an event we should first & foremost try to see the hidden political engineering behind it.

Looking back in history we will be able to the pattern of power accumulation. In the early years of civilization when the Kings used to rule, historians narrate that the adjacent areas were taken over by force. The reason behind such occupation was to attain power over other areas so that the resources of that region could be utilized for the Monarch’s own use. The main purpose behind wars in those times was that of accumulation of resources.

Times might have changed but this desire of resources remains the same. However, today the decision of going to war is not that easy due to the presence of the nuclear weapons. Thus, the new way of acquiring resources is trough the control of economy with the help of political manipulation.

Capitalism is the driving force behind globalization, as capitalist are the ones who benefit from the growing globalization. Through the increase of globalization capitalist get access to bigger markets for their products. The incorporation of the ideology of capitalism in the masses has overpowered their loyalty towards their independent countries. Now everything has been commodified; i.e. purchasable through cash. To the extent, that man power has also been labeled under this title.

The modern world is divided into three parts:
• Core States
• Semi-peripheral States
• Peripheral States

The core states comprise of 20% of the world population but control & utilize 80% of the resources while the peripheral states which comprise almost 80% of the world population get only around 20% of the resources & most of the time even less. Semi-peripheral states on the other hand are assisting the core states in their illegal pursuits with the intention of getting a share in the prize.

These core states in order to maintain their control have founded organizations as UNO, World Bank. IMF, etc. These organizations encourage the ideas of soft borders & one world government. If such measures are implemented (which is the biggest agenda with the core states & their dummy organizations) will only be benefiting the multinationals which will indirectly take their profits to the banks of the core states whose economy will flourish.

Living in developing countries we assume that all the people living in the core stats have quite comfortable lives. However, the reality is not that sweet. The multinationals look for cheap labor therefore they offer jobs to the developing nations. Although this brings investment to the countries in the long run the benefits are minimal if any. Secondly if we are offered jobs because of cheap labor rates that means that some one in the core state has lost his/her job & is not able to afford the necessities of life. This is the reason that we saw those massive protests during the G-20 summit.

The country & the common people are the victims of the decisions of the investors. Another example we have is the backing out of the Nike Company from Pakistan with the lame excuse of child labor. The reality is that now China offers much cheaper labor therefore they shifted their contract to China. However, the irony here is that the company which was dealing with this specific order in Pakistan still has that contract as the company in China also belongs to the same owner. These are the miracles of globalization.

When the economy of a country is being controlled the rest follow suit which explains the rapid estrangement of the locals from their own culture & adaptation of a culture which is turning into a universal one. Being a business student my self, in our marketing course we were taught that now the youth all over the world follow the same culture & norms hence to target them with a product does not require the differentiation of cultures.

The present hue & cry over the increasing terrorism is also part of the bigger political game. If we scan these situations we will come to the ultimate conclusion that all this is to cover up for the under lying issue of resources. These terrorists are the creation of the agencies of USA & Pakistan when the whole world united against Russia. They were claiming that they are the ambassadors of freedom & want to help get Afghanistan their freedom. However, the real issue was that the capitalists wanted to crush the socialist. Then if you consider the case of Iraq; oil reserves was the reason for its targeting. These ambassadors of human rights were the cause of the death of 20 lakh children because they were not allowed to purchase medicines.

African countries are being exploited not just for their resources but also for experimentation purposes. Pharmaceutical companies use Africans as genie pigs for their drugs. The so called aid sent to them is nothing but a pack of lies as most of the medicines sent there are expired. This topic was profoundly depicted in the movie “The Constant Gardner”.

This much gap in the living standards will eventually give rise to extensive revolting from the deprived people or countries. Examples, of which we see now a days, in the form of increased rate of violence. It is no secrete that anti- American sentiments are on the rise especially in the Muslim countries as Americans are on the forefront in creating a stereotyped image of Muslims.

Globalization has created many benefits but the hard reality is that those benefits are limited to only a very few percentage of the people. The living standards of a limited number has improved. With the passage of time the middle class is vanishing & when only two extreme cases will be left i.e. the upper & lower class, a fierce clash will be inevitable.

People react differently to different statements regarding globalization. Likewise, this talk about improved status of women looks great in theory; e.g. the Beijing declaration. The realty remains that women still don’t have equal rights. All over the globe women are paid less as compared to men for the same jobs. Discrimination in the work place is quite prevalent.

Globalization has positively impacted the lives due to the improvement in technology but as far as politics is concerned the overall impacts are anything but positive.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Call to the people of Pakistan

We saw the people of Pakistan rise to the call of need to help their brothers & sisters at the time of 2005 Earthquake then at the time of Baluchistan eathquake & at various other times.

Though this is not some natural disaster but a human inflicted one. The SWAT operation is the right strategy or not the fact remains that MILLIONS of people have lost even the basic requirements of life.

Lets not consider them a liability, instead they should be seen as fighters who have left behind their homes to save this country.

Come forward & contribute in whatever manner you can.

Long Live Pakistan!!!!

Lost; live performance by Coldplay!!!!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Rotaracon 3270 Annual Conference 2009

This time around Lahore was the host to this year's conference. It was a three days long event from 1st May to 3rd May. All the clubs of Lahore acted as the hosts. The theme set as the base line was "RESHAPE THE FUTURE".

The reason for this title was to try to inject a new hope in our ever decresing spirits regarding almost everything that surrounds us. The guest speakers disscused topics which would help us moving in a positive direction.

On the lighter side the evening sessions were dedicated to entertainment. On the opening day Sheraz Opel's concert entertained us all while on the second day differnt clubs were asked to present their talent.

The last day was dedicated to a tour of Lahore for our guests as I personally was not able to attend so no visual representation for that day.

As the slogon of Rotaract states: "Fellowship through service", this conference provided an oppertunity for the members of dint clubs to form closer bonds with the members of different clubs & further the cause of unity which we are in dire need now a days.

Its said images are better than words so here you go <A href="

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Obama's Murderous Guest

This is Fatima Bhutto's writing & the original version can be viewd at:

Something rotten has arrived in Washington.

Today, President Barack Obama will shake hands and stage Oval Office photo ops for the first time with the man who many believe stole billions from the Pakistani treasury, empowered Pakistan’s newly formed Taliban by imposing Shariah law without a vote or referendum, and whom I have publicly accused of orchestrating the murder of my father, Murtaza Bhutto, an elected member of parliament until he was killed in 1996.
My father was a vocal critic of both Pakistan’s former prime minister, Benazir Bhutto (his sister, my aunt), and her husband, current president Asif Zardari. He called Zardari and his cronies “Asif Baba and the 40 thieves,” and spoke out against the targeted killings of opposition members and activists by the state’s police and security forces. In the end, my father was slain in an extrajudicial assassination. The fact that he was seen, in a traditionally patriarchal society, as the heir to the Bhutto legacy didn’t make him any safer as Benazir’s second government began to lose power and international repute.

Now in Washington, the man who helped this happen will ask for money and the chance to cling to his dwindling power. Obama, in turn, will ask for results. That's going to be a problem. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has called the situation in my country a threat to universal peace. Richard Holbrooke, Obama’s special envoy for Pakistan, has said our government is capable of fighting terror, but he also calls the region “AfPak” so he's probably confused. President Obama hasn’t offered much of an opinion yet. He has noted that the civilian government has failed to provide its citizens with the most basic services. But he’s also suggested that some hard cash might help the Zardari government through its problems. No, it won’t.

Pakistan has been at war with its own people for a long time now—given the daily politics of persecution that the state machinery inflicts on its own citizens, perhaps it’s only natural that we move on to terrorizing the world at large. The Taliban is waiting at the gates. They are making inroads into the Punjab, the heart of the country, slowly but steadily. Swat has fallen. Buner district is gone, airstrikes or no airstrikes. Now this government has to go. It’s either them or Pakistan.

President Zardari is a man with a colorful history. He is known by many endearing epithets here in Pakistan: Mr. 10 Percent (a reference to kickbacks), Mr. 50 Percent, the First Spouse (twice), and President Ghadari, or “traitor” in Urdu. I might not be the right person to tell his story, given that I believe he was involved in my father’s murder. But, then again, I just might be in the best position to warn President Obama about him.

Last summer, as an odious bill called the National Reconciliation Ordinance expunged from his prison record the four murder cases pending against him—my father’s included—as well as various national and international corruption cases, Zardari prepared himself for power. He did so not only by wiping his criminal slate clean, but also by distancing himself from medical records that showed him to be “a man with multiple and severe physical and mental-health problems,” according to the Financial Times.
When Obama meets Zardari in Washington, he should remember that he is meeting not only with a dangerous man, but with an unelected official. Zardari never stood for elections in Pakistan. He has no constituency, no vote of support from the people, no democratic mandate. The “opposition,” the Pakistan Muslim League, is run by Zardari’s frenemy, Nawaz Sharif, also unelected—Pakistan, a nation of 180 million people, is at the mercy of two unelected men. President Obama has to decide this week whether he wants to foster democracy in Pakistan, or whether he wants to have a pliable government in power—a government, it bears noting, that is so inept it managed to grow a local Taliban.

Lest we forget, when Zardari took power last September, Pakistan didn’t have an indigenous Taliban. Now, a year into his rule, the Tehreek-e-Taliban not only exists in Pakistan, but controls the Northwest Frontier Province, frighteningly close to the Afghan border. The reason Pakistan’s government cannot fight the Taliban is not because Pakistan doesn’t have the money to fight terror. We do, plenty of it. By my last count, we’ve received some $12 billion in military aid over the last eight years. (It may not have gone where it was supposed to go, however. It might have ended up in someone’s Swiss bank account—no names, but we can guess.) And it’s not because Pakistanis are rabid fundamentalists elated by the arrival of an indigenous Taliban. That’s not it at all. Pakistan is a religiously diverse country—we have a history of Buddhist, Sikh, and Hindu heritage.

The reason is the leadership. It’s just not working. In the year that Zardari has been president, Pakistan has become a third front in the war on terror. We are not safer, our neighbors are not safer, and we have not made any strides toward fighting fundamentalism.

As much as America finds President Zardari repellent, we in Pakisan do, too. But you made him our president, and now you’re about to give him billions of dollars in aid. We cannot foster any democratic alternatives to Zardari while his government gets bucketloads of American money. Local activists, secular parties, and nascent opposition groups can’t fight that kind of money—it’s impossible to compete with a party that has access to billions of dollars. Pakistan is at a crossroads. We are either going to save our country from its descent into fundamentalism and lawlessness, or we are going to have Zardari as president, bolstered by American aid and support. The ball is in President Obama’s court today. Let’s hope he makes the right decision.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

PM's Address

The address of Syed Yousaf Raza Gillani at 11pm tonight was highly unimpressive. He just failed to either console the nation or arouse even the slightest form of hope. Hail (read shame) to our leadership. With each passing day our State is falling low on the scale of the failed States & I fear that a unique measure will be designed only for our land of Pure.

When are we going to demand for solution from these people & not just be satisfied with their pointless sugar coated pep talk?

All the PM stated were the obvious that most of us(with the exception of those who have decided to close their eyes & claim that everything's going to be fine) are already overloaded with courtesy the new freedom of media.

Are they waiting for someone from the Heavens to come & present these fools with the solutions?

They claim that its easy to comment & quite the opposite when it comes to the real world...AGREED. but then if they are not capable of handling such situations why don't they voluntarily step down & clean up the system so that people who can qualify & are ready to face the hot waters can move up the ladder; instead of their own pampered offsprings who get to attend high profile meetings during their teenage or show-off their daddy's ruling territory to their "gora" friends.

We are loosing the slightest shreds of hope left in us for any betterment....

Monday, May 4, 2009

Friday, May 1, 2009

Sanity equals to Simplicty!!!!

Mr Einstein was right when he said:

“Any fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent; but it takes a touch of genius -- and a lot of courage — to move in the opposite direction.”