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یوم آزادی مبارک

“I do not believe in taking the right decision, I take a decision and make it right.”

― Muhammad Ali Jinnah

If it could be said that any single man held the future of India in his palm, that man is Mohammad Ali Jinnah. For all intents and purposes, Jinnah was the Muslim League and if the dream of Pakistan ever did come true, it could be Jinnah who brought it to life and fashioned it.

Fatima Jinnah was the sister of Qauid-E-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah who was that founder of Pakistan. Fatima Jinnah Was a Dental Surgeon. She is known as madre milat. After the Azaadi Celebrations are over, take care of your flag & don’t leave it lying on the ground allowing people stepping on it. Respect your flag. This flag is Our identity, Our Pride and an honour for us. Independence is a true blessing and Alhamdulilah we all have that blessing!!

Freedom is something you have to fight for. We have fought hard to earn it, so let’s celebrate our freedom. Never let go of it and always carry it in your heart. Happy Independence Day. Freedom is for everyone. It doesn’t see colours or shapes. We’ve had enough of hate & violence, and now we need to build our new future with full of love and understanding. Let’s raise our glasses on this Independence Day.

Even the corona has not got the privilege to snatch the privilege from us to celebrate the independence day. May our nation be bestowed with all the blessings of peace and stability. Pakistan is a special country. It was made for a prayer (dua) from our Prophet Khatimun Nabiyeen Muhammad SAW. This land is a piece of Jannah. It is matchless, it is unique in every aspect. May Allah (SWT) bless each one of us to do great things for our beloved motherland.

hose who have given nothing for the Country can never appreciate those who have made the ULTIMATE SACRIFICE for the Country. We hold our heads high, despite the price we have paid, because freedom is priceless. Let’s remind ourselves of the visionary words of great Quaid: Unity, Faith & Discipline. And contribute ourselves to building a great nation we all can rely on and be proud of. We pay tribute to all those brave men and women who had sacrificed their life for its independence.

Happy Independence Day to All Pakistanis

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Arooj Azeem Gill and Ross O’Carrol Quinlan Wedding

So the daughter of Asher Azeem Gill Arooj Azeem Gill has married a white Christian male and the social media in Pakistan is on fire. The funniest thing is that some people are lamenting that why a Muslim girl has done that not knowing at all that Asher and his daughter are Christian.

We congratulate both Arooj and her husband Ross on their wedding and wish them best through and through. The photos of their union are great and awesome. They both look happy and that’s what matter really and its none of anyone’s business to lift finger on them and question their backgrounds. Being a norm in Pakistan, we take it as our birthright to criticize people for no reason even if we don’t know them and even if it doesn’t concern us at all.

Many Congratulations Asher Sir. May Allah have all the blessings on ur family. I still remember the drama Dhuwan. Your acting and the drama was top class. You were my hero during school days. My good wishes with you and you family. This is how we should react and this is how we should always give our feedback if it’s totally necessary for us to say something otherwise we should keep quiet and mind our own business.

Ashir’s own wedding was talk of town. I remember his wedding also, it was in 1997 in Islamabad, if I am not mistaken. That was a grand wedding and was attended by many notables including many showbiz people from around the world. The photo shoots were also too good for that time and set a trend. How time passes so quickly. Ashir’s beautiful wife was also a sensation and she was so graceful. They both look great together.

Nothing like seeing your generation move to there next phase of life, I hope this will bring happiness and joy to Ashir’s family. Wish you and your family a very Happy Eid Mubarak. Good wishes and prayers for new partner. May they have a peaceful & prosperous life. I hope that one day Ashir would return to Pakistan and would again start acting in the dramas as he is all about quality and never compromises on the talent.

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Youthia Logic

Following is a typical youthia logic in response to whatever you say about Imran Khan:

Khan didn’t say that.
And if he did, he didn’t mean that.
And if he did, you didn’t understand it.
And if you did, it’s not a big deal.
And if it is, others have said worse.

The surprising thing is this response doesn’t just come from young and inexperienced youthias, rather the educated, experienced and erudite youthias would say the same thing. They would refuse to listen to any reason and logic. Majority of them would start foaming at their mouths if you keep pestering them about one failure after another about Khan.

Khan is like a pseudo-prophet for them. Khan can do no wrong. Khan can never go wrong. Khan will always be right. Khan has a plan. Khan has support of forces meremortals cannot fathom and understand. Khan is Khan and haters will be haters.

I have learned the hard way, after loosing many friends and after antagonizing many relatives that its better to not lock horns with a youthia in debate. Just listen and ignore. Yes most of youthias would take it for granted that you would have to concur about what they are saying about Khan, but you need to learn to keep your cool if you want to keep the relationship.

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Prime Minister Afridi

Our punishment is not finished yet. After Imran Khan, the new low will be Shahid Afridi or is it equal embarrassment? Just imagine Shahid Afridi as contender of premiership and Imran Khan trying to save hist. Comedy of grave errors is our future, it seems.

Prime Minister Afridi not only sounds comical, it is. Just to get rid of established political leaders, the establishment propped up Imran Khan Niazi and now country’s survival as viable state is at stake. Economy is down the drain; unemployment is touching sky; businesses are virtually dead; neither media nor any genuine political activity is allowed, and we are doomed as a nation.

The perpetrators who brought Niazi clan are also under the fire from within but its perhaps too late. That, and the same perpetrators are now trying to bring in some balance by introducing yet another idiotic person in the fray. Shahid Khan Afridi, the fiery so-called batsman who never really made it to the quality is now being touted as Prime Minister of future. His philanthropy photos, religious postures, well-crafted statements and timed appearances are now making rounds on electronic and social media.

Shahid Afridi destroyed Pakistani cricket by his slogging and then occupying the space for too long. He always promised skies but never delivered even dust. Out of every 50 or so matches, he hardly made any mark ever and that was just by fluke. Expect even less from him in politics as we already have seen that cricketers never make any reasonable politicians. With no political background whatsoever, Shahid Afridi won’t be even able to win his own street if elections are held freely and fairly. He will be a disaster all in all if he is brought in through fake mandate just like Imran Niazi. Prime Minister Afridi will be a folly which might be the last for all of us.

It’s the time of hour that we as masses should say no to this experimentation. We must ensure that politics take natural course of action in Pakistan. Its in our best interest that democracy flourishes in the country and people’s will prevail.

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Return of Pakistanis from Dubai and Saudi After Corona

UAE has been second home to Pakistanis for a long time. Hundreds of thousands of Pakistanis are employed in UAE including Dubai, Abu Dhabi and in adjoining countries like Qatar, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia. In the aftermath of Coronavirus, these people are the hardest hit. Return of Pakistanis from Dubai and Saudi after Corona is starting soon.

As the expatriates in Dubai and other places in UAE don’t really hold any residential or citizenship rights, they are stuck with what they have. They don’t really have any welfare payments and no other support available. As the Dubai got locked down and people got fired, their work permits are expirting and they cannot afford rent, food and medicine. Things have become really hard for loads of expats.

Pakistani government has really shown any empathy towards their expats in UAE. They haven’t provided them any support through various diplomatic channels available. Return of Pakistanis from Dubai and Saudi After Corona has been in limbo for sometime and now people have lost trust in this government.

Other governments around the world are very active in getting their people back or rendering them help. On 4 March, by the request of their country’s respective governments, 215 people stranded in Wuhan – from countries that include Syria, Iraq, Mauritania, Sudan, Brazil, Egypt, Yemen and Jordan – were flown to the UAE capital in a plane equipped with medical facilities. On 6 April, Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company, owner of the ExCeL London conference centre, turned the conference centre into a coronavirus hospital for up to 4,000 patients in the UK. Two planes were chartered by the government of the UAE authorities to bring 80 Emirati nationals home from the UK. On 12 April, UAE announced its intent to arrange repatriation flights for Indians and other stranded citizens stranded in UAE and wishing to go back to their countries.

Repatriation situation in Pakistan post corona is dismal. Since the reopening of the Pakistani airspace from April 3, more than 75,000 people have been repatriated. Despite the coronavirus crisis, $20.6 billion were remitted to the country, but this useless government is not showing any mercy to them.

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Racism in Pakistan in 2020

Its surprising when you see elite and sometime common Pakistanis condemning the killings of black men by police. Most of them don’t know what’s going on and who is doing what, but just because it has name US in it, they are going for it. They completely ignore racism in Pakistan in 2020 and before and beyond.

I won’t get into what’s going in US as that’s really something else and plenty of people are already talking about it. What bothers me is that racism in Pakistan is rampant, sort of institutionalized, part of our social fabric, education system and everyday life. We discriminate like nobody does elsewhere. We discriminate on linguistic, religious, sectarian and sexuality lines — and more.

We marry, make friendships, make or break relations, live, and play as per out ethnicities, color and creed. There are races within races and there is intra racism and inter racism in the country. When all else fails, we divide ourselves in social strats. The traits like poverty, gender, and rural origins are enough to dehumanise anyone and we don’t feel any reluctance there.

We are divided into Shia, sunni, braveli and thousands of other religious groups. We are segregated into Sindhi, Punjabi, Mohajir, Pathan and the list goes on. We are divided on the basis of region, language and even food. We are divided into streets and you just name it and we are divided. Just look at what treatment we met out to minorities and there is nothing else need to be said.

The tragic and ironic thing is that we lost half of our country in 1971 on the basis of this racism. We took Bengalis as inferiors and leaders of West Pakistan openly and publicly hurled racist remarks on Bengali culture, people and other things. We then saw the backlash and they got independent and now far ahead of us, us the ‘better’ ones. Some people say its the former colonial mindset which we inherited. I don’t think so. We were not rulers, but just the ones who were ruled and left clueless.

So forget about US, and just focus on racism in Pakistan in 2020.

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Zahra Fona and Cynthia Ritchie

Cynthia Ritchie story is not really new in Pakistan. This has happened before with different names but interestingly enough with same party, which is still called PPP.

When Pakistan People’s Party was blossoming in 60’s, a conspiracy was hatched to curb its progress and nip it in the bud. A lady Zahra Fona was imported from Indonesia who claimed that she was pregnant and the baby in her belly called for Azan and could recite the Quran.

She became an instant sensation in those days. People used to flock around her. She was visited by religious scholars from around the country who put their ears on her belly and confirmed that they could hear Azan and recitation. She became so elevated that she led the prayers at various mosques around the country including Badshahi Mosque Lahore.

She got exposed when she suddenly fell ill and had to rush to Karachi hospital where doctors confirmed that she wasn’t pregnant at all and was hiding a tape recorder in her private parts. That matter was hushed instantly and she left the country on next available flight, never to be seen or heard again.

The plan was that right before elections, she would declare that it was haram to cast vote in favor of PPP and given her elevated religious stature and uncanny baby, people would listen to her. That was not to be.

Zahra Fona and Cynthia Ritchie are two sides of the same coin.

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Pakistani Politics in 2020

On the surface, things seem pretty tepid and monotonous on Pakistani politics horizon as we are well into 2020. People are in survival mode and just want to get through these rough times.

Confusion is the order of day today where-ever you look. Confusion about Corona’s current status, its vaccines, whether to test or not, price of corona test in Pakistan, jobs, business, media and everything else. The feeling of being clueless is rampant and ubiquitous.

Anyway while Corona rages on all around us, political melodrama continues on. After conquering PMLN and other small time players, the political gods are now after PPP which is already not in a fighting shape. All this Cynthia Richie saga is just part of that game. No one is saying that she is lying or anything, but the timing is striking and those who know Cynthia tell some other story about this timing.

Independent political activity is literally dead in the country with no major political party in sight and leadership either sitting abroad, in jail, or just too scared to come forward. The vacuum is too big and too wide to stay that way. Sooner or later it has to be filled and nature will take its course. My only concern is that common people might have to pay a hefty price for that.

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