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Bilawal’s return to Pakistan

2 Jun

Without much fanfare, the scion of Bhutto family has finally returned to Pakistan. Marred by incompetent governance in Sindh, dented by allegations from Zulfiqar Mirza and haunted by disastrous results in recently held polls, PPP may draw a comforting relief from Bilawal’s return.

But is this return actually a return to take the helm of affairs of his political party or would it be mere symbolic presence meanwhile the command is run by those who are responsible for PPP’s current dismal condition? Until and unless Bilawal, who is seen by many as the promise of ushering PPP into a new era of modern politics, takes up the gaunt there is little that one can hope for.

PPP remains a voice for the people of Sindh but sadly such voices remain muted as the state of governance in Sindh reflect nothing to be positive about. Harboring such a vote bank comes with a precondition of being able to portend a responsible behavior towards the masses. PPP with its inept administration and myopic policies, aimed more at favoring relatives and friends than the electorate, has cured little of what ails the Sindh province. Something needs to change.

Though easier said than done, Bilawal’s work is cut out for him. Men of credible credentials need to be given administrative posts. The lost and disillusioned works of PPP need to be contacted, reassured and given incentives to kick start the rotting engine of the party that Zulfiqar Bhutto established.

Mere rhetoric would not do. It is time that Bilawal looks up and beyond to prove his mettle. Party infighting, meanness of intentions when in power, and most importantly the national disfigurement of image of PPP require diligent concern.

In his quest of improving party’s image, if it ever becomes one, senior leadership of the party must step forward to nurture the young leader. Their experience coupled with Bilawal’s dynamism may just be what the doctor has prescribed for ailing PPP. Definite measures, and not bemoaning the dead, will ensure party’s longevity.

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Thoughts about long marches of PTI & PAT

17 Aug

When a political party comes to power, it comes laden with promises made to the people. It becomes its moral duty to fulfill those hopes which the politician nurture during their long speeches to the electorate. In a way, it is a politician’s job that, when in power, his people’s interests must be of dearest concern. Failing to abide by such principles can lead to anger and frustration among the masses. It can enervate citizens’ hopes for a securer country. The daily angst with the failing system can make such people turn into a violent mob.

Against such inept political party which fails to deliver, protesting remains the only civilized course. When promises made of booming economy, ending power cuts in the matter of months, providing jobs to the jobless and underpaid, and making the country a safer place to live fail to translate into effective actions, not raising voice against it becomes injustice. Silence to such cruelty becomes betrayal.

These long marches may seem extravagant given the sheer dedication required yet Pakistan has never seemed so alive to political happenings. Gone are the days when people could be fooled by suppressing media houses, silencing critics and buying out the opposition. Pakistanis may not fare better in much of the arenas of life, yet politically awake they are. No government must be allowed to ride high on the taxpayer’s worthy money if it is not prepared to do its part of the basics.

Without being a votary of PTI or PAT, it is not totally needless to say that any future government, if it hopes to stay in the office for a complete term, must efficiently deliver to the people. A government must always be the first to act in times of crises. It is a norm for a Pakistani government to be the last to arrive and aid its people. This trend begs itself to be changed, for it lays bare governments uncompetitive side.

This is how democracy truly evolves. Democracy is not some elusive term that must be clung to when nothing else justifies government’s doings. Democracy is neither the name of successful completion of government’s term. It is the transition from a less competent government to a more competitive that believes in equal opportunity, nonpartisan to any biases, genuinely elected by the people. The excessive use of this term may turn people against the very idea of democracy and hence opening the door for non-democratic forces to slide through.  

Charity Begins at Home

16 Jul

As human beings continue to suffer increasingly tough times, it has become more necessary than ever that one should be on the lookout for needy persons. More often than not, the persons in need are found in our close vicinity. It can be a family member living some place far away, or it could be the next door neighbor. It needs to be stressed that if one helps the people he thinks most definitely require help, then it would not only help in adequate fulfillment of their needs and social bonding, but develop a network whereby every needy person can acquire help from their neighbor.

It is wisely said that a man is best known to the people amidst whom he lives. His habits, passions and dreams are not invisible to his acquaintances that surround him. Therefore, if that man is in the want of help, then it can be best provided by the people that socially encircle him. Adequate fulfillment can only take place when the actual needs are satisfied. By helping a close kin or a neighbor where they require aid the most can be the source of true contentment.

Where one kin moves heavens and earth to fulfill the needs of another, such acts contribute to strong familial bonding. Such assistances give birth to honest emotions through which every brother thinks and does the best for the other. Family, a core unit of society, when becomes bonded together in the times of trouble, the society itself becomes intransigent in times of crises.

In a society, where one brother is prepared to sacrifice for the other and a neighbor compromises his wishes over the needs of his neighbor, such society becomes the hallmark of human civilization. Teeming with spirit of helping one another, there develops a network of people who help the crises-stricken population. Only by wishing good for our closest, can we begin to contemplate the best for our people.

Human societies cannot evolve if the only thing that concerns them is the happiness of the other. Societies that followed such path doomed for good. Assisting in crunch times by aiding in a way that effectively satiates the desires of others is the true way of human success. By supporting others, we support humanity.

 

Playing with fire

24 Jun

It is rather unsurprising in Pakistan that whenever one hears a rare good news, it is coupled with several news that further downslide our international image. The long awaited operation that took its time in coming became the nation’s answer to the contorted ideology of the TTP. If one thought that Pakistan had just taken its first step towards affirmative peace, they weren’t aware of Pakistan’s history.

Whatever that went down in Lahore was so sudden and rapid in its unfolding that many of us barely had the time to digest the events. Punjab Police’s barbaric assault on the students merely notifies us the extent of illiteracy that prevails among the lower cadres of law enforcement agency. Now that the world is moving on to more sophisticated ways of policing the subjects, our law enforcement agency displayed textbook signs of political uses of the force. The matter that should merely have been printed on the backside of a newspaper, now grabbed the headlines. It was a political suicide by the PML (N).

But this drama reached its climax upon the return of TuQ to Pakistan. Not only an international flight was diverted for “security” reasons to another city, but TuQ’s adamancy to be taken in the Army’s helicopter was bemusing. Passengers were troubled, airline executives were given a headache, most of all the international image of Pakistan was stoked in the fire. If only our rulers could learn a thing or two about nationalism.

Tahir-ul-Qadri, a mullah that boasts of having a divine mission to root out corruption. He intends to bring a revolution that would once and for all suspend all the ills that Pakistani society is suffering from. His rhetoric manifests promises that the politicians swear to during their election campaigns. His imagery of the post-revolution Pakistan illustrates his myopic understanding of the issues that we are dealing with here. All he knows is how to bash political establishment by infusing sentimental oratory with his seemingly pious outlook.

TuQ reposes a much greater faith in the Army of Pakistan. To him, they are the saviors of Pakistan who are out there guarding the borders. Could TuQ be more wrong? Does he not know that it was Ayub and then Yahya who streamlined Bengali population of the united Pakistan to the extent that they had to seek separation from their countrymen? How can he forget the orders of brutality issued by General Niazi against the people of East Pakistan? How can he exonerate General Zia-ul-Haq and his drive to Islamize the Pakistani society following the Arab role model? The hand of ISI in toppling the elected government of PPP in ’91 is not a hidden matter anymore, still TuQ has the audacity to claim that all the political lot is infested. General Pervez Musharraf is the recent example of the way army likes to do its things. For their own institutional interests, these generals have always compromised Pakistan’s interest. They have been incapable of thinking beyond what their institution has indoctrinated in them.

This is not to defame the Army nor does it absolve the civilian leadership from its sins. Yet, if TuQ hopes to bring a revolution, then it must be brought by someone who actually believes that Pakistani nation does not need any general or a leader to guide them. They must be their own masters. They must believe themselves if they are to feel confident in their skins. I agree that we do not have much to cherish. Still, we cannot turn our backs or cave in to the realities of the world. If any leader does come to guide us, then he must be amongst us, and not someone who has lived all his life abroad. While we brood over the thought that where we are heading to as a nation, the generals and the civilian leadership are busy sealing our fate.

Which is more loving: Being silent about the homosexual’s sin or telling him that he is wrong?

27 Feb

The world and the perspectives of the people that populate this world have changed drastically. What was once thought to be sinful and illegal, the world has come around to embrace it as its own. A man who died merely 20 years ago, he would fail to capture what precisely has changed. For it would be too much for him. Human relations offer no different a picture.

Homosexuality has been talked about by that clique, largely, that is unaffected by this phenomenon. Though it is not new, it has only recently surfaced owing to homosexual’s growing populace in developed countries, particularly USA. They have effectively voiced the kind of life that they want to live at the peril of social isolation.  

The title at hand has a discreet assumption: it declares a homosexual as someone who is either committing a sin because he is doing a wrong act. It begs a simple question that why a person should be held liable for feelings that he or she has no control over? Can feelings of attractiveness be curbed? Can it be directed towards someone whom you should? Would it not make them all the more irresistible? Should we not live with that somebody who we can love and they can love us back rather than trying to befool ourselves the whole life? Is loving someone of the same gender a sin? Is there not enough hatred in the world? Why hating the enemy is not a sin where the enemy is as much a human as you are, meanwhile loving another human, albeit of the same sex, quickly becomes a sin, a wrongful act of which the person should be repeatedly warned about?

Ethically, societies have developed overtime. Such a drastic change from its norms would not take place without shaking its very foundations. Hence, whenever something radical is brought forth that challenges its setup, it fiercely fights to maintain the status quo. Therefore, conservative societies consider a taboo. It is condemned to be wrongful. So much so, that parents in a conservative society would rather strangle their homosexual child to save themselves from shame.

Homosexuality also affects the normal prolonging of human life. Without opposite genders living together, there cannot be any increase in the human population. But the planet Earth is already bursting with human population. It has almost become a threat owing to fast consumption of natural resources. Human population would never really be affected if handful people begin to live with same sexes. The human population is not really a problem here, rather providing for this population certainly is. These fusty beliefs have done enough to bog down human progress.

Let us be rational about our beliefs and ponder. A tender heart would go a long way in making this world a loving place. Humans rue bloodbath every single day. A little act of kindness, and a little allowance for personal space to others would help originate a long lasting tolerance, sewn in the fabric of society. We must begin with ourselves and not wait for others to do it. First sure step is always the hardest.

Should creation be taught in public schools?

13 Feb

Humans, by their very nature, are curious beings. Owing to this curiosity that countless inventions and discoveries continue to make the life of human beings easier to live. Hence man cannot resist the call to investigate that where did he come from and why is he really in this planet anyway? How come all the necessities were placed for him here in one pebble-like planet, whereas none of the other planets come even close to supporting life? Did God create all of this and if there is no God then what combinations took place, spread over billions of years that finally accrued to give life to the first human? These questions have been asked by philosophers, scientists, cosmologists and religious scholars all alike. These questions have been answered by every one of them and the answer bears the stamp of their respective fields.

Therefore it can be safely assumed that no one answer can encapsulate the essence of the creation of human beings. Each discourse offers its own explanation while either negating that of other’s or asserting its own in a way that would tread the boundaries of self-righteousness.

This never-ending debate between the creationists and the evolutionist does not seem to be meeting a constructive end any time soon. Should the children be exposed to such vastness of the topic and diversity of opinion? Would it help them in their thoughts about themselves as human beings? It is reasonable enough to believe that children need to be taught about creation. They must know how they came into existence. Helping them in finding their origin, we have generations that are less confused about who they are and to what they want to devote their life to.

Children need to be taught a single school of thought pertaining to the concept of creation. Variety adds to different shades in the personality of an individual. Danger of extreme thinking can arise if children would be taught a single line to follow. It would shut them off their ability to widen their minds in order to accept new ideas. It would stop them from evolving.

The concept of creation holds in itself a certain philosophical tinge. This philosophy can help individuals to unearth the essence of their lives according to them. Knowing about the origin allows one to mold its life in order to fit with the demands of the source. A person who believes that God created this world would shape his life according to the principles laid down by the God. An evolutionist would abhor the idea of God and try to model his life in pursuit of science in order to deepen his understanding of scheme of things.

Schools constitute the basic educational institution of a society. If the concept of creation is taught at public schools then it would play its vital role in giving birth to a generation that is more brooding. The plague of Materialism can also be countered once the real purpose of life is made clear to the people at a younger age.

Different interpretations must not vie for their place in a child’s brain. These explanations are all accurate within their domain. Hence, these must not transgress into the limits of another. It is upon the reader to follow what he things the best. Teaching creation at public schools is a thought that must be given a serious thought. Precious time has already been lost.

Beneath every dark cloud, there is a silver lining

19 Jan

No one can be said of not experiencing troubled times. It is God’s law that he besets his creations with trials to test their resolve. Amidst these dark times, one should not adopt for an escapist strategy, rather they should brave through unfavorable conditions with a positive outlook. This optimistic demeanor must always be kept close, for that every time that threatens to bring disorder, it also promises the growth of new hopes. In real life, it is observable that with hopes of better times, man has successfully faced testing times. Failure is not final; it is only man’s iron will that is permanent.

History has taught us that every disapproving incident becomes a source of learning for individuals. It has only been through repetitive mistakes that man has learned to avoid them. Through the dint of hard work, even ordinary man can turn the tide of troubled times and become a hero in his own way. Abraham Lincoln lost the presidential elections numerous times, but failure could never stop him. Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 27 years, yet his hopes for a harmonious South Africa could not be trampled, and it culminated in his final release from the jail.

Sometimes, nations are encountered by such times that put to test the unity of their people, their ability to stay firm, and their capacity to rise again. Japanese and Germans proved to be one of such nations. Bombs and bullets could not halt their progress. Every developing country must believe that good times are a must only if its people are prepared to stay true to their cause.

Psychologically, if one always looks for the brighter aspect of things, only then can one work with a mind that is less afraid of fear. Being occupied with the fear of failure and hard times, no real development can accrue. It needs to be remembered that only those turn out to be successful who aspire to come out of testing times, into the harmony of peaceful moments.

Without a positive mindset, even an achievement can be marred. One cannot bear harder times without sufficient optimism. It needs to be believed that hard times carry for opportunities to learn, to survive and to comprehend the various shades of life. Without such variety, life itself becomes bland and dull.