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ISI – The New Sita White


As the public turns immune to the old and deceased Sita White, hunt for a new one was religiously and fervently going on. The campaign proved to be a triumphant one. The timing; perfect. Making the emergence of ISI as the new Ms White. The association, regardless of being true or false, has been fallaciously established now. With local, and particularly media abroad, conscientiously co-relating Imran Khan and ISI together now.

seemingly, due to stasis in Pakistan’s political thought process, lack of insight and out-of-the-box thinking, hardly anyone is looking at two fundamental, emerging “intelligent” agencies that is, the youth of Pakistan and the overseas Pakistanis.

First “Intelligent” agency the youth, with their number, bubbling energy, equipped with modern thought, rejecting the old political customs is as influential and a winning source as ISI. Whosoever manages to break in warrants a win.

Second, fundamental “Intelligent” agency – the Pakistanis abroad. They are an eminent funding source, with their budget in total, many folds relative to the military. A force so powerful, that it is maintaining a hefty pool in this economic shutdown by their remittances and possesses immense capability. Whosoever they choose to fund, need not have any other funding source.

Nawaz Sharif’s un-timely tirade looks very timely for his own personal gains, but undeniably not national interests. Killing two birds with one stone, clever! One; any one having a glimpse of foreign media in the last few months can contemplate the campaign for maligning and discrediting armed forces, despite their tireless contribution in WOT (the security lapses by frustrated and fatigued  ISI of course added fuel to the fire) but, who is NS trying to please actually? Two; his fear, and apprehensions that, though, power corridors today go through US, yet an enraged ISI can still turn tables by bringing forward agency supported leadership, allegedly Imran Khan.

Morally speaking, the perfect timing for Kargil inquiry, and NS maltreatment by military top brass, just like BB murder inquiry, was immediately after post-mush 2008 elections, with NS in coalition govt. The next ideal timing was later after their grand chief justice restoration world cup win. Moreover, while NS had a reputation of playing with, sacking, forced resigning military top brass, why Musharaf was not forced to resign post-Kargil?

Probability is, Sharifs’ and the rest might get ISI under pressure and mull them for support, like old times, but they lack the insight and aptitude to get the attention of two fundamental emerging “Intelligent” agencies i.e., the youth and the professionals overseas – Pakistan’s gold-diggers.

Governance today in Pakistan is not simply about sewage reforms, overhead bridges, and extra-judicial dictatorial terminations. The country needs factual serious fixing, not merely in foreign policy, but health, education, and social reforms as well. That formulates vision and will, credibility and higher moral ground, as the only savior.

Politicians exploiting intel agencies is as harmful as agencies using politicians. The sole immediate resolution of the current military debacle is that the fine line between the surgeons and the physicians be rationally drawn. To begin with, the Over-stretched, PTSD afflicted, and bushed military should be sent back to barracks without more ado, after a 10-year long nonsensical and unwinnable war.

Hitherto, the classic example of civil-military equilibrium is the Ankara model, where the most skeptic of the military (having a constitutional role) becomes the most successful, sweeping a third term, this week. With a GDP growth of 8.9%, leading Europe in economic growth, a contemporary education policy, reforms, vision and will, Erdogan and his justice party maintains the moral high ground.

Only a democratic reform with an Ankara epitome and not what Washington orders can save Islamabad now. Meanwhile, relish the new Ms White, instead of giving the allegations any more significance and applaud the contenders’ efforts and limited foresight!

Posted @ DailyLahorePost

Do not forget the nightmare we have recovered from


Posted @ LahorePostBlog

Pakistan lost to India in the world-cup semi final at Mohali. The battle of Mohali, a cricket match for the 20% of the world population, turned into massacre of Mohali for Pakistani fans and deeply struck them. Heartbroken 😦     There were high hopes and expectations, coinciding the event with the 1992 world-cup win, which even the team captain Imran Khan acclaimed, was a miraculous victory, though it was a hardworking and competent team.

Nevertheless, an ordinary, controversy stricken team brought us at the verge of a world cup win and so we have all the reasons to celebrate. Last four years and particularly the last one had been historicity, the worst one for Pak cricket, with all those spot-fixing scandals undermining national pride. There were fears being raised about Pakistan’s possibility of elimination from International cricket. This semi-reach has projected to the world on a huge Mohali platform that “we might be sleeping but we are not dead”!

Albeit, the way the event glued Pakistanis together is amazing to see. For what the country has been through, the divides, the turmoil, this one rare event united us all together. There were prayers for the team in mosques, temples, and churches alike –a spirit rarely seen.

‎”Though Afridi couldn’t win the world cup, for 30 days he made this country into a nation” – goes Ramiz Raja.

I have a firm faith in miracles, but with that come strenuous hard work and determination. Some real hard work needs to be done here. The “unpredictability” factor is not our strength; it is a mark of a flawed and struggling system bubbling with talent. The young surprise bundles Wahab Riaz, Asad Shafiq reflects the immense aptitude, and potential this country has. With such talent, there is dire need for institute building. More new boys need to be inducted.

Considering the fact that “everything is wrong” with Pakistan Cricket Board, what that has happened  is for good because certainly a win would have camouflaged known critical issues with Pakistan cricket, especially PCB instead of rectification. They must learn from mistakes and peak above politics.

Moreover, I am an admirer of Indian unity, their lasting pride, and nationalism-their “gairat brigade”. Much of it was echoed during the Mohali battle. I appreciate and I think they deserve the victory. The cup will come back to us when we will show sustained and unrelenting unity and discipline for it. Lets hope that this semi reach be the first step of the ladder. Let us optimize this unity – for now, we badly need it more than the world cup.

Fairly, at the end of a dream, some of us still do not realize the nightmare we have recovered from….Cheer up Pakistan!

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UPDATE

Ritz Rulz @imdnextbuffet tweeted at 6:10PM on March 30th from Mumbai,

“Bookie update..India will bat first score over 260, 3 wickets fall within the first 15 overs, pak will cruise to 100, then lose 2 quick wickets, at 150 they will be 5 down and crumble and lose by a margin of over 20 runs. Let’s c if its truee.. Neways who cares.. Winning is impt.. Evrythg is fair in love n war… N dis.. Is WAR”

So????? 😦

Are our heroes not really heroes?

Damn, bookies?? 😦


Protesting against Raymond Davis’ release- tell you why


Raymond proved to be a rare unity dot in Pakistan’s recent history other than cricket. Reason being the extreme anguish and frustration amongst general public vis-à-vis government’s ghastly poor governance including foreign policy; unbalanced and tilted far away from national interests culminating in horrendous security concerns.

Davis, a mole having a list of accusations to his credit – an assassin, a contractor, and his alleged connections with banned outfits, acted as a catalyst. The case proved to be a check of deliverance of justice as well as a test of fidelity of the present regime. Bound to release, but the whole saga has uncovered literally everybody.

Though, it wouldn’t be fair to hold judiciary or qisas law alone responsible for what happened, because the trial on legitimate grounds never happened. However, it has been ascertained now that the Pakistani authorities under American pressure misused the law, the judiciary was beleaguered, and Davis was released in an overnight commando extravaganza. Which sovereign country and which solemn democratic nation would accept such a run?

Juvenile free Judiciary succumbed to pressure, but role of establishment was equally disappointing. Nevertheless, they are working under utmost pressure for the whole strategy building responsibility, a job of the political lead in a democratic state, has been assigned to them, with minimal liability on part of the irresolute premiership.

Looking at the victims’ indigent family, it should not come as a surprise that they eventually surrendered and accepted blood money, unless perhaps there had been such reassurances from other ends. Still, it’s early to opine until the family, missing now, comes forward.

But it wasn’t murder alone, Davis should have been trialed for anti-state activities, the foremost concern. Question is why was he not convicted of espionage? And who’s responsible for this leverage. The Incapacitate, sycophant Pakistani authorities deliberately undermined espionage, trivializing their responsibility and should now resign, reason enough to protest against them.

Fearing repercussions at home, Hillary denied paying blood money. Who wins the Oscar for best liar here! The two govts are dodging their nations and spending trillions of taxpayers hard-earned money shielding mercenaries in an unwinnable war.

Rather than alleviating concern of Pakistanis over roaming mercenaries, US welcomed the “deal” by waging a mini-war -6 drone strikes in one day, killing 44 mostly innocent, even admitted and condemned by Pakistan’s military chief. Having already sacrificed 32,000 lives, why should not it infuriate Pakistan?

Nevertheless, I assume the tyranny has gone beyond forbearance and the protests will have no stopping now. Pakistanis will have to stand up to the bullies on the playground – First against the ones within the country.

Two in one budget friendly education reform


Posted @ DailyLahorePost

Quite a lot of ideologies are being coached in one country, eventually culminating in a clash of civilization like situation in the same civilization it seems. The political turmoil within and an unwinnable war at the border has highlighted the flaws in our education system more than ever. Now approaching a threshold, it has turned into a matter of survival and a pragmatic solution is imperative. Beyond the poor and the elite, today there are several social and religious classes depending upon the school or madrassa one has attended. No wonder a depiction of collapsing education system. The only solution is declaration of education emergency and provision of one sallybas for all.

Irony is that, every school of thought here has its own schooling system. Substantial resources are spent and scores of children pass out each year with top grades from the best-known schools but desolately there is dearth of ample knowledge as regards our ideology, Islam, and Islamic history. On the other side of the spectrum, we have madrasas producing unskilled, futile pupil with distorted Islamic ideology, a degree not acknowledged even in their own country and categorically no hope of enrolling into even the lowest ranked professional institutes. In spite of tall claims, not much has been done in context with the madrassa reforms. Instead, education in public schools has further deteriorated. Nonetheless, a fare number has never been to any kind of school.

Indeed a state responsibility, but keeping political will aside, an emergency state demands pressing measures and for that matter, relying exclusively on government would not be enough. Even, the finest of the authorities will now struggle to clear the mess. Presumably, private sector, particularly corporate schools must come forward. Objective must be a uniform modernized curriculum which ‘d not only turn children into proficient professionals but also install strong moral values, flawless character and develop deep rooted love, comfort and awareness of their origin, values, ideology of Pakistan and Islam.


How to muddle through nominal capital is the core issue. There is a model productively functional in our very own country for decades- the missionary convent schools. For constructive community edifice, I suppose there is something beneficial to gain from them. They have this convent school for the privileged and an adjacent associated school, usually called the “urdu school” for the indigent Christian minority run by the same admin. In addition to backing, income generated by the convent school covers the Urdu school overheads as well. Lodging facility is presented to some of them in the form of a convent. Education provided in the Urdu school if not of the convent standard is still adequate and perhaps better than many state schools. There is reduced disparity between the two. Pupils from the Urdu school have a reasonable chance of later getting into professional institutes unlike our madrasas fellows.

We can adopt an “Elite School-Madrasa” relationship based on “Convent-Urdu School” model for madrasa reforms, where one generates funding and the other is a beneficiary. A portion of income generated from the elite schools can be used to reform and uplift an affiliated madrasa or build new lodging facility, boarding school, sheltered accommodation etc. It will be like a self-sustained, self-sufficient system. Once the emergency settles, alternatives may be adopted.

Several elite school systems operative in Pakistan have their branches in every nook and corner of the country making mammoth wealth. If they adopt one madrasa for every school they have for a specified period, such a model can be designed. The hefty charges will not make them starve, I bet!

If doctors and hospitals are expected to serve humanity, why not schools. Alternatively, the state can enforce it or perhaps, the philanthropists, the patriots, and the civil society should come forward and form such two in one budget friendly schooling systems.

Orphan, destitute, and underprivileged seeking shelter in madrasa needs to be accommodated before the enemy does. Already delayed, still if disowned, this vicious circle of revulsion and exploitation will not end.

Treat the disease; not the symptoms


Originally Posted @ LahorePostBlog

Discourse over Blasphemy law continues. Though I reckon the ruling party as a partner in crime given their fallacious hopes to Salmaan Taseer just like they have been doing to the rest of the nation. Clearly, the confidence in his speeches portrayed obvious strong reassurances from somewhere. The depraved players of unscrupulous power politics later ditched him altogether after his demise.

Paradoxically, the sensitivity of the issue was not taking into account by the parliamentarians as well as the media from the very beginning until to-date, creating perpetual hype. Considering the incredible literacy and escalating radicalization that has happened in our society, it is not rocket science to comprehend that such susceptible issues be dealt by in-camera, low profile briefings. Nevertheless, our politicians are not unacquainted of  how to deal with unpopular laws. After all, they did manage to twist sections in 18 and19th amendments, but then it was their vested interests. The deception is such that while there is grousing over minority injustice, parts in these amendments actually halt fair judicial system in the country!

Only a strong government having credible performance to its credit can now amend or look into Blasphemy Law. Moreover, a farseeing approach is desired now. Where there operates the law of the jungle, where every law is misused, the constitution is disrespected, the judiciary is the most corrupt of all institutes, where the majority is barely getting any justice; how can the weak, the minor be delivered justice??? I m unable to correlate this. Concisely, every law is black here.

Having spent twelve fundamental years in a missionary school, I have utmost respect for minorities. For they are not mere a minor religious group, but mentors, guides and trainers for me. I can still feel church bells subconsciously in my ears. Likewise, having resided as a minority myself in the regimented world, I perceive the difference is that everyone’s on a tight rein there; the rich or the poor, the influential or the powerless and for that matter men or women and religious or non-devout.

Equality is not merely gender and religion related; it also pertains to the poor and the rich, the powerful and the weak. Had the lawyers and the human rights activists in Pakistan really toiled for a free and fair judiciary all these decades – minorities today would have been in a much better situation. I suggest, treat the disease and not the symptoms; be a doctor not a quack! The only solution is improved judicial system for everyone and fearless accountability.

Pertinently, it is disturbing to see same people defending R.Davis, who were outrageous regarding Qadri. What happened to humanity, justice, equal rights here?? Indeed a republic of fear, bigotry, and inequity. Both are killers, both must be condemned fervently for the sake of the rule of Law in the lawless land and both must meet their fate. Even if immune, waiving the right to immunity should be demanded as a rule. The hypocrisy and double standards on any end would only lead to more divides.

Actually, this would be the concrete test for our judiciary as well as the government. Albeit, I perceive and dread the day when both the assassins will be released with Qadri having a garland welcome or possibly the trials will linger on forever. May God bless Taseers & Ibads, Asias and Afias and the rest of 180 Mn Pakistanis in the land that is a jungle now.

Global Voices

Sky is the limit for Pakistan,s ruling elite


Posted@ letusBuildPak

Global Voices

First the million dollar nuptials of Shoab-Sania, than Ishaq Dar,s son,s wedding at Atlantis Palm Jameirah. Mr Dar later showed the 27, 000$ dollar bill of the banquet hall in a TV show, (remaining expenditure of the wedding will remain undeclared! I bet it must have easily crossed the 1 crore  mark! ) modestly admitting, he goes, the expenditure is justified since it is his declared earnings and that he’s a big donor as well, not mentioning even if he’s right; Is it morally acceptable for a Govt representative of his stature to advocate such high-priced lifestyle, when the economy here’s is barely surviving. What kind of ultimately lucrative standards are they setting for their followers?

Moreover, I wonder what really is the limit of spending from one’s declared property? Especially for an office bearer. As corruption, and especially money laundering has been proven Hilal by majority of our rulers! What next? A trip to the moon? So much for the spoilt politicians and now their children.

Likewise, MP son of Sharif’s, the greatest flag bearers of simplicity, and who pay lesser tax than I do, imported a Siberian leopard a while ago. The Leopard needed special dietary requirements and a perfectly air-conditioned room round the clock, while the industry here is dying an unnatural death because of unwarranted load shedding. Though daddy Shahbaz disapproved it, yet such contemplation of a parliamentarian is beyond my mind.

Similar to them are our hypocrite mullahs, who send their own children to the best institutes in the world but always, promote and construct Madrassas here in Pakistan, of course, to keep a steady source of workers and voters. I absolutely have no issue with their kids obtaining foreign qualification, but the least they should do is advocate and toil for a unified curriculum in Pakistan.

The ecstasy of power is exclusive! Expenditures of PM house and Presidency in millions is to everyone’s knowledge. Lately, the £2m Harrods furnishing for Gillani,s place by his wife remained the tittle-tattle. The paradox is, there are no donors for the 2b flood affectees, and when every penny counts, the wealthy rulers are obliviously and religiously busy squandering.


Surrey’s history! Mr. Zardari,s visit to his Chateau in France was disapproved of all over the world as one of the worst flood of the century hit the country. I bet, the rulers abroad must be jealous of the empires he has made out of his job! No wonder, finally Hillary Clinton tells the govt to stringently draw tax from the rich.

The prime minister’s obsession for branded suits is no less trivial, his favorite said to be Bruno Magli costing between £3,000 and £7,000, and reportedly, he does not wear them twice. Instead, he declared to auction them (I doubt anyone showed interest!). Not to forget, the famous tale of family being imported on a chartered plane for a diner with Angelina Jolie, while she was making humble pleas to the world to donate to rescue the 2 billion flood victims.

This list has no end, as more such scandals keep rolling in now and then, given that it’s a “Family First!” policy. These very politicians than advocate simplicity, considering it times of adversity. Instead of pragmatic resolution of issues, they tell us to quit sugar if it is expensive.

Accountability aside, as policy makers and money handlers, what message are they sending across with such lucrative life styles, even if it is their Halal money as they always claim! Had we been an oil-drenching, gold-producing, sheikh land, I would have absorbed such lavish outgoing, but for heaven’s sake this is a war-poverty-flood-hunger-stricken bankrupt Pakistan at the disposal of IMF. Why can’t they postpone their shopping drills until the phase is over?

While they and their children are busy partying, the folks who advocated and demonstrated democracy show different values. There, the rich volunteer to pay more taxes to resolve the crunch, the PM leads from the front in economic crisis and flies in club class on local airways, and their heirs join troops, a tribute, and a symbol of solidarity to those at peril on the frontline.

Shaukat Khanum is not helping much


Posted @ LahorePost Blog

Seems like writing for and mainly  against Imran Khan is in vogue in Pak blogging world. Here is my contribution!

40 yr old Salma, a local villager, was diagnosed with cancer of the uterus. She received treatment from SKMT H and had full recovery. As I met her, I explained to her that cancer is not common cold and that it can recur, so religious follow-up is obligatory. On her follow-up visit at Shaukat Khanum, she was asserted clear.

Weeks later, I found out that she was having similar symptoms again. This time her family chose to take her to the nearby quack who they told me was “qualified” in treating such illnesses and had an excellent medical record. Jolted by the statement, I explained to them the consequences of not seeking professional help, as it could be recurrence of her cancer. Since they were tenants from my local village, I became persuasive and even authoritative. To my utter disappointment the family (otherwise very caring & concerned but ultimately illiterate) rejected  and got her treated first by the specialist quack and later by a peer baba, who I found out charged more than what a doc would have. 6 months later, she died.

It made me realize that she must have been tagged “cured” in SKMTH registers but here she was down in the grave and then I wondered how many more poor “cured” patients in SKMTH record actually met the same destiny. I don’t have any post-hospital discharge statistics, but I suppose almost all the impoverished who are “cured” per hospital record, IF get recurrence, end up having fate similar to Salma.

Cancer after cure needs from minimum 2 yrs up to lifelong follow-up. The gullible poor in Pak cannot afford such lucrative follow-ups. Even if the hospital charges nothing, they have their own social and financial issues (travelling, food and lodging cost/issues etc) and they are too naïve to handle such jagged situations.

I believe institutes of excellence like SKMTH are serving only the affluent, some meagre and of course doctors. Unless, an appropriate infrastructure is built in terms of health and education, I am afraid erecting centers of excellence in the name of poor is yielding little, they cannot be utilized to their optimum capability, and no matter what they do they can never justly serve 70% of our indigent population.

One million spent on Salma,s treatment went down the drain by the end of the day. Obviously, SKMTH is not at all at fault. I blame a nonexistent public health system and illiteracy for that. Besides, optimum health & education services can never be attained by relying  solely on humanitarian organizations without the earnest involvement of the state and hence politicians.

As a matter of fact, Salma’s local GP should have summoned her after her discharge from the hospital. The GP than should have kept a record of her future appointments. In addition, she and her family should have been educated enough or at least have had baseline knowledge and awareness of her disease.

Irrefutably, altruism is a pursuit of the past and must be taken as a temporary way out. Otherwise, it results in callous, unending exploitation of the deprived. Circumstances have gone downhill. Now, I reckon this similar to an act involving attack on civilians from the top and later on tendering aid from the ground.

Moreover, the state has turned a blind eye over decades and has shed most of her health responsibility by deviously assigning the task to philanthropists and doctors – victims of collateral damage I would say. In fact, the state has manipulated doctors and humanitarians in the name of humanity for her advantage to cover her shortcomings. Doctors in Pak govt teaching hospitals spend 70% of their time & energy in arranging free investigations & medicines for poor patients (when practically they should be receiving medical training).

Evidently, Social work has limited upshots. In chaotic conditions such as we are in, one should consider pragmatic solution. It appears, political solution is the present and the future now. And for that matter, All politicians should turn into philanthropists and all philanthropists should join politics.

Health and education is the responsibility of the state and if they are unable to endow it, they should resign. Unless the state takes hold of her responsibility and demonstrate practical results, not mere slogans and policies, perpetual exploitation of everyone including patients, poor, and philanthropists will carry on.

 



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