Cynthia Ritchie vs Begum Nawazish Ali

The match is on. Begum Nawazish Ali a.k.a Ali Saleem the actor, the artist has come out with all guns blazing against Cynthia Ritchie, the US blogger who is in Pakistan for a long time and involved in politics and social sectors and has become quite a sensation.

Begum Nawazish Ali is settled in USA these days. He has been a vocal supporter of Benazir Bhutto and PPP for a long time. Since Cynthia Ritchie has accused PPP leaders of abusing her, Begum Nawazish Ali has also criticized her openly in media. His accusations against her are also eye opener.

It’s a common knowledge that Cynthia Ritchie is close friend of everyone in power corridors and the Imran Khan has a thing for such butterflies. Begum Nawazish Ali has confirmed the report that Cynthia said to him that Imran Khan is tharki and had an eye on her but she didnt like him after what he had done with Jemima.

Its an interesting story how Begum Nawazish Ali started to know Cynthia. Cynthia was friend of Omer Saleem, brother of Begum Nawazish Ali. One day Omer Saleem arranged a BBQ and invited both of them in Bani Gala, the residence of Imran Khan in 2015. Begum Nawazish Ali arranged drinks for her as she was very fond of drinks. Cynthia was supposedly making a documentary on Pakistan, said that she was trying to portray a soft image of country. Cynthia asked Begum Nawazish Ali to help her in making that film and then they started working together.

Cynthia then visited US to do promo of her documentary. They used to meet often in DC, in US. Begum Nawazish Ali was very surprised to see Cynthia mingling with Ahmedi people in DC, though he was very liberal but that was very strikingly unique and that rose his suspicion that her agenda was something different. Cynthia was residing in Ahmediyya mosque in DC, where there community center was.

They soon started getting agitated with each other as Cynthia was trying to get on Ali’s show while Ali was skeptical about her intentions and then this tug of war intensified as it got personal and now they all are out pulling each other and washing their dirty laundry in pubic.


Cynthia’s Visa

C for Corona and C for Cynthia. Out of these two Cs, Pakistanis are more obsessed with white skin of Cynthia. Four people are dying of Corona every hour but people are discussing who took advantage of Cynthia. Cynthia’s Visa is another mystery which has popped up.

Azaz Syed, the Jang journalist has released some screen shots of Cynthia’s Visa which was expired and yet she was staying in Pakistan. According to him she has fallen out of favor of her handlers now as she was unable to convince the masses of her being victim. May be she was trying to make too many people happy at the same time.

In this game jealousy is the burden. You cannot have it from both ends. You cannot keep both establishment and civilian rulers happy. You have to select one. You cannot be a puppet and master at the same time. She thought that she should have it all the way down and up but it seems that now she has ruffled some feathers which were not meant to be.

Cynthia’s visa expired on 2nd March and flights from Pakistan were suspended from 17th March, so she remained in country for 2 weeks illegally as an alien. So this excuse of Corona flight suspension is null and void. Who is releasing her passport and visa copies? If you can pinpoint that person, you will understand the whole game.


HEC Online Exam Semester Promotion and Improvers Information

Considering the rising trend of covid infections, Federal Ministry of Education has advised provinces and AJK/GB govts not to allow any exemption from NCC decision to cancel exams, except online, till July 15. All occasions that entail gathering of students are to be avoided. There is lots of confusion out there regarding HEC Online Exam Semester Promotion and Improvers Information.

And they also need to consider grievances of Engineering Technologists BTech hons/BS Tech graduates. It is also very concerning and people are asking that why Issues of online classes and Exams is being ignored. Social media is flooded with issues of such classes and Exams HEC. There are other problems too. I was talking to a student who was asking that how is it possible to give online thesis? How we can deliver our thesis online? Our thesis is related to make short films as we are students of Multimedia ( Filmmaking). How we can make films at home?

Some are totally against the HEC online exams. In online exams all students will fail. Please don’t allow them online exams. They are asking government to promote B. A BSc and universities students withotu any exam. Semester promotion has become a slogan for all students federation of Pakistan. Also what about those students of village who don’t have internet and laptop for online exams. Conduction of online exams is basic human rights violation of ex-FATA, Baluchistan, inner-Sindh, GB, AJK and rural Punjab students who don’t have active internet access.

Improvers are specifically worried as they are hanging in mid air , unsure about their future. We ask HEC, Ministry of Education and Universities to facilitate students having no or poor Internet in best possible way.


Gori Girls Accepting Islam on Twitter

Accepted Islam, I am Muslim Now. I saw that on my Twitter time line retweeted by someone. Opened that profile and it was a white blonde blue eyed hot gori girl declaring that she was Muslim and her profile was followed and bombarded by praises and other comments.

It seemed bit off and something didn’t match, but I didn’t pay much attention. Then yesterday and today I have seen at least 5 or 6 gori girls tweeting about the same and it smells fishy. A quick look at those profiles would tell you that there is something wrong there. All profiles joined Twitter in April-June time, and there is nothing you can find about their past life looking at their timelines.

Few examples are as follows:

and here is another example of gori girl:

and there are various more. Is this another fad by PTI social media team which sometimes becomes Dr. AQ Khan or sometimes Rani Mukherjee or sometimes some other celebrity?


Lockdown Pakistan Now

The opinion of Pakistani doctors on Covid19 proved to be correct word for word and government proved wrong.The WHO report is nothing less than a charge sheet against the govt. Lockdown and that too the real lockdown (Not nominal just like the prevous one) is the only way out.

I cannot fathom the lethargy of this useless government which is looking at each other was what to do next. Every hour, dozens of people are dying in Pakistan by the hands of Corona pandemic and we don’t see any action from this regime.

Unfortunately doctors are blamed of doing politics on the issue at that time . Pakistan is ranked fourth dangerous country is Asia by a study group of Hong Kong, but Selected says situation is under control. Pakistan is literally become a pariah as everyone knows we are epicenter of corona now. We are sort of like in death circle.

Lockdown Pakistan Now is the hashtag of social media as people are crying out to be saved. Already there is no business, nothing is going on and yet this government is clueless about next step. No foreign trade is happening, economy is frozen and there is no hope of its resurrection anytime soon.


Shahbaz Sharif Gets Coronavirus

PMLN sources have confirmed that PMLN president and opposition leader Shahbaz Sharif is the latest victim of Coronavirus. He is in self-isolation now and under the supervision of doctors from Sharif Medical Complex in Lahore.

Shahhaz Sharif was worried about his health for sometime as he is a cancer survivor and was reluctant to go to NAB office and was asking them to investigate him virtually but they didnt listen to him. If Shahbaz Sharif dies from corona , this will come back to haunt NAB and FIA big time even if they are not at fault in the hindsight.

But we must hope for the best and pray that Shahbaz Sharif gets recovered as soon as possible. He has done a lot and no one can deny what he has done for Punjab and especially for Lahore. He has changed the face of this city forever. His services in infrastructure, health, development and education are undeniable.

One hopes that he gets well soon and will be among us as quickly as possible.


Sana Makki Qahwa for Corona Virus

‘Desi totkas’ in Pakistan have always been in vogue. When desperate times come, Pakistanis no matter how educated they are revert to workarounds, fake medicine, hakeems, qahwas, kalonjis and stuff like that for cure and relief.

Same is happening with Corona. There is no vaccine and people are dying all around and in these uncertain times of fear, people are trying whatever they could. Especially poor and middle class people who cannot afford the initial testing of Rs. 1800 are resorting to weird things like Sana Makki Qahwa for Corona Virus.

In Karachi and Lahore, shop keepers are struggling to meet the demand for this natural green leaved tea sort of drink which is supposed to give relief for Corona. People are taking it as an elixir. There are other herbs and shrubs which are being touted to provide relief but this Sana makki thing is taking the lead as of now.

Senna leaves or sana makki has nothing to do with Corona. Please don’t do this. Symptoms for corona appear after 5 days and you tend to recover on 9th or 10th day depending on your immune system, diet, care, self isolation, maximum taking care of personal hygiene and rest.

People are touting weird treatments for corona in Pakistan like panadol, sana makki leaves once a day, sachet of mucolator , yogurt , actrema injection, ivermectin, azithromycin and the list goes on. The price of sanna makki has reached to Rs. 5000 per kg from just Rs. 50.

Go Figure!!!!


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.


2020 of Load-shedding in Pakistan

When I started writing for this blog, way back in 2008 the hottest topic was load-shedding. We have short memories and even shorter tempers so I am not sure if anyone still remembers those sweltering days of June and July when there used to be no power during the day or night.

Things changed during PMLN’s tenure and people got a relief but even that wasn’t enough to save Nawaz Sharif’s fate but that’s another story for another time. All those power plants are now churning out electricity in ample quantity and load-shedding has become a thing of past. There are still outages, dont get me wrong, but not as high as they used to be.

This government is lucky to have received a better power situation and hence they are least worried about energy security of Pakistan. No one is bothered about the causes of the “high cost of electricity” and circular debt as they can print more money and enjoy while it lasts.

It becomes necessary to take a holistic view of the sector to make an informed opinion about its troubles and the potential way forward. But this government is ignorant of any frameworks regarding power and they appears less interested in reinforcing the existing regulatory frameworks.

So I won’t be surprised if we start seeing recurrence of load-shedding in 2020 across Pakistan. With corona raging all around, this is the last thing we need.


Find a Job in Pakistan During Coronavirus Pandemic

I thought my job was safe and secure as I was working as a software engineer in a reputable firm in Islamabad. Our most of customers were US based and we had plenty of out-sourced work.

Right at the start of March, I was complaining about extra work hours and the stress of work to my family, and the very next week, we were sitting idle as the projects were put on hold and payments were halted. My company waited until the end of April, and then started laying off in bulk as the work had dried up without any hope of resumption in near future.

I spent half of May, hoping that I would get another job but hiring freeze was everywhere. So what did I do? I didn’t just lay around there and watched cable whole day. I brushed-up my Linkedin profile, started making connections in my field and the response was very warm. I reached out to people via LinkedIn and even via Facebook, and told them to refer me if they find any vacancies anywhere.

I also started writing articles and tips about my day to day work on LinkedIn, and soon people started commenting and liking as it seemed the whole world was sitting on LinkedIn. I was cold-calling or cold-messaging on Linkedin like crazy for days and days, and then I received a response from South Korea of all places for a remote software engineer role for 3 days a week. I interviewed for it, made no demands, showed best can-do attitude and landed the job within the week and now working there.

So that is how to find a job in Pakistan during coronavirus pandemic. If I can do it, you can do it with flying colors.

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