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Happy Independence Day Collection – by Ali Taj

A SOMEWHAT IRONIC COMMENT ON FACEBOOK:
Pakistan will remain a moth eaten country in perpetual conflict if its Constitution ,Muslim terrorists supported by Khaki’s and Education System is not revamped to keep up with the times.
The country needs many more visionaries for it to find the right path and destiny. Minorities are seeing the ultimate truth slowly but steadily and accepting Islam. This is a miracle in progress. More and more people are coming out of DARKNESS and finding ETERNAL BLISS.
People of Pakistan are surrounded by the Religious insecurity. Religious sectarianism is on its Boom. Due to rising religious sectarianism one can clearly see the confused form of Islam funded by Saudi’s and existing right wing political parties are giving more strength to this confusion.
In a short history of almost 65 years Pakistani people faced all kind of governing systems, they have faced Monarchy in shape of Army generals, they faced dictatorship, Religious system of government , and they faced democratic dictatorship rather than actual democracy.
The people of Pakistan have faced the brutal system of so called Taliban, and parts of FATA people are still facing that brutal system. So with a quick look at the short history of 65 years of Pakistan its show us that none of all above mentioned governing systems given security to the people of Pakistan. All above mentions systems given only one thing to people of Pakistan in common and that is the sense of insecurity.
Sadly Pakistan is beyond the point where the past can be reclaimed. Today due to policies pursued the country faces complete isolation and rejection, this is very sad for citizens striving for a better future. Religion when used as a tool to opiate the masses can produce devastating side effects, as visible to all.

The next door neighbor India faces challenges many times larger in magnitude but they value their diversity and in fact are proud of it. Their policy of inclusion as opposed to exclusion has helped them overcome challenging obstacles rather than fall apart. Every section of society must feel ownership of their country and be empowered as agents of change, for enjoyment of the true fruits of Democracy.
Harrappa and Mohenjadaro, the great Indus valley Civilization was built when “Civilization” was an alien word. Thankfully it was possible in an era when organized Religion ( Muzhabi Badmashi) did not exist. Be a slave, but only to your Conscience !
Happy Independence Day.

Published: August 14, 2012

Pakistanis seen gathered at the Wagah border post, observe a ceremony marking their country’s Independence Day at Wagah on August 14, 2012. PHOTO: AFP

KARACHI: I dream of the day when Pakistani politicians and ministers live next door to you without barricading entire towns, employing an army of men to protect them and stopping traffic just so they can roam around.

I dream of the day when every citizen would use electricity and water 24/7 and be able to pay for it too.

I dream of the day when people actually get to travel from Murree to Thar via mass transport, low-cost trains and buses.

I dream of a time when we’re less suspicious of foreigners in our cities and they’re less suspicious of us in theirs.

I dream of the day when I can walk out of my home, dressed in whatever way I liked, burqa or miniskirt, without random men lecherously fantasising about me.

I dream of the day when we don’t categorise citizens as Hindus, Ahmedis, Shias, minorities and simply call them Pakistanis.

I dream of the day when the above Pakistanis are not mentioned in newspapers with the word “persecution”.

I dream of the day when every necessity is affordable for not just me and my friends – but for every other person in Pakistan.

I dream of the day when education is free for all in Pakistan. And good schools are everywhere.

I dream of the day when every Pakistani child gets to have a proper childhood, which is free from poverty, begging, eating scraps, being abused or even trafficked.

I dream of the day when leaders mean what they say – and do what they say.

I dream of the day when there is no fear for bomb explosions, target killings and your loved ones coming back in a box.

I dream of the day when mothers are respected – and not sold off as property in a game of chance.

I dream of an Islamic state – where religion is not used as an excuse for intolerance and extremism.

I dream of a clean Pakistan – where the skies are still blue, the roads are free from litter and the hearts of people are pure from corruption, lying and bribery.

I dream of artists walking on the street, singing, dancing, living and breathing without being shot.

I dream of a Pakistan which is not part of any proxy wars for the United States, Iran or Saudi Arabia.

I dream of a Pakistan where India is considered an ally, friend, and confidante.

I dream for a time when I have enough hope in my heart for these silly dreams to come true.

Let’s paint our flag green, we don’t deserve white

August 10, 2012

If you are a minority in Pakistan, you are undoubtedly familiar with brutal persecution. DESIGN: JAHANZAIB HAQUE

Have you ever been so severely bullied in school that changing your section or your school seemed like the only way to escape the torture your peers had you under?

If you haven’t, feel blessed. If you have, I guess I need not explain how humiliating and belittling the experience is. It has you living in constant terror, bile slowly rising up your throat when the bully emerges; it can make you beg and plead for mercy; it can even make you wet your pants.

For a bullied student, the solace that probably keeps him/her sane is that he gets to escape once school hours are over.

Now, just close your eyes and imagine that there is no escape. Imagine that you are trying to run from your tormentor, but suddenly you realise that your legs have been chopped off. You drag your torso across the ground frantically, but there is just no escape. He has you cornered and is ready to pounce.

Can you even imagine living like this all day and all night with no hope of respite?

If you are a minority in Pakistan, then the answer, most definitely, is yes.

Just yesterday reports emerged that 60 Hindu families had decided to leave Pakistan from Balochistan and Sindh, for India. While some are saying that they have left only to perform pilgrimage, the reasons for their departure are still unclear and the Chief Minister of Sindh Qaim Ali Shah has taken notice. I, for one, wouldn’t be surprised if they have left us for good. It is undeniable that many, many Hindus have suffered at the hands of the Muslims of Pakistan. In fact, Dr Ramesh Kumar Vankwani, the patron in chief of the Pakistan Hindu Council, has stated that dozens of Hindu families have been migrating to India every month!

After many beatings, rapes, forceful conversions, lootings and verbal abuse, it wouldn’t faze me to see even these Hindus say goodbye. Pakistan is not their home. That little strip of white on the flag is mute. There is no space in the land of the pure for anyone whose opinion differs from the mainstream.

The departure of these Hindus will sadly leave Pakistan 60 entire families short of the diversity it so badly needs.

It is true that I may be lacking in knowledge as to the real reasons behind why these Hindus are actually leaving. My father says the situation is a lot more complicated than what the news is reporting. However, can we actually stand brazen-faced and deny that minorities are not persecuted in Pakistan?

How many of you remember that poor Christian girl who was charged with blasphemy for misspelling the word naat?

How many of you remember the Ahmadi leader who was gunned down barely two months ago in Karachi?

We cry foul at the plight of the Muslims in Myanmar, who are being targeted due to ethnic stifle; we wring our hands at the massacre of the Muslims in Assam; we raise eyebrows at the Wisconsin temple shooter when he said that he thought he was targeting Muslims, but who are we to point fingers?  Someone wise once said that when you point a finger at someone, remember that three fingers point back you. In Pakistan’s case, this couldn’t be more accurate.

Let’s paint our flag green on the 14th of this month. Pakistan doesn’t deserve its precious minorities.

Source: http://blogs.tribune.com.pk/story/13325/let%E2%80%99s-paint-our-flag-green-we-don%E2%80%99t-deserve-white/

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Ali Abbas Taj is the Editor of Let Us Build Pakistan.
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  • یہ داغ داغ اُجالا، یہ شب گزیدہ سحر
    وہ انتظار تھا جس کا، یہ وہ سحر تو نہیں

  • ///”Minorities are seeing the ultimate truth slowly but steadily and accepting Islam. This is a miracle in progress. More and more people are coming out of DARKNESS and finding ETERNAL BLISS”\\\

    I hope this is supposed to be ironic. Because celebrating triumphantly that minorities are converting to Islam and terming this a miracle is horrifying.

    Apologies if you are being ironic.

  • I don’t know who reads this 6-grade level “essay” that wasn’t even spell checked. The Indus Valley sites are: Harappa and Mohenjo-Daro, brother. I had the misfortune of being specifically invited to read. “Muslim Terrorists?” Thanks for perpetuating the myth that equates Muslims as Terrorists. That really helps me tons in warding my bullies off. (now that’s ironic). I’d suggest the author (assuming a human progenitor of this mish-mash litany of contemporary trends in reverse prejudice; this article could equally likely have been randomly typed by six monkeys) read FBI’s 30-year perspective report on terrorism, to become more informed about the subject matter. India is the land of milk and honey for minorities? Go ask someone over there (I did. I work with folks from there day-in and day-out.) And my favorite line: Harappa and Mohenjo-Daro… “Civilization” was an alien word. What archeological discovery allowed you to compose that nugget, ironically speaking, of course? There are so many red-herrings, I can’t chase after each one. Suffice to say, this essay belongs to the pile of trash that purports to highlight prejudice and calls for pluralism, and yet, every other sentence reeks of bias and bigotry.

  • Pakistani intelligence services continue to support the Taliban because they see the Taliban leadership “as a strategic asset,” a reliable back-up force in case things go sour in Afghanistan.

    Pakistan has two policies. One is an official policy of promoting stability in Afghanistan; the other is an unofficial policy of supporting jihadis in order to appease political forces within Pakistan.

  • Kazmi sahib, you’re obviously privy to knowledge that us lesser mortals don’t have. But if you’ve your eyes opened a little wider, you can see that guns for hire these days are free to roam. Last year Libya, this year Syria. Where do you think they’ll be deployed next?

  • On second thought, I’ve been too soft on the likes of A rshad K., who shoot from the hip at things they’ve obsolutely no knowledge of, just a throbing vibe they picked up after endless hours of browsing the web, that anything said against Pakistan is the “in” thing these days (bonus points for anti-Pakistan army rhetoric). Think of what pain these illinformed comments cause widows of slain soldiers, and even serving jawans. If you can’t empathize with them, at least sully their waters, just because you’ve restless fingers.

  • Abid N Sahab, Mohterma Qurat -Ul- Ain Patterson Safeer e Umreeka Upnay Khufya cable main farmaya Tha Kay…. Pakistan’s army is covertly sponsoring four major militant groups, including the Afghan Taliban,and Lashkar-e-Taiba, and “NO AMOUNT OF MONEY” will change the policy, the US ambassador warned in a frank critique revealed by the state department cables. This month Pakistani ISI cheif was WATERBOARDED in Washington DC, resulted in signing “Nikkah Bill Jabr” and agreed to go after Haqqani Network Shana Bashana with USA. Conclusion: “Jithay Dee Khotee Uthay Un Kholeeti”.

  • Oh, I am sorry, Kazmi sahib, you’d the very Gospel Truth, as in Wikileaks, as your source! I didn’t know you’re a devoute follower of the lucky cache that fell into the lap of one Mr. Julian Assange whose mother Christine Ann Assange is known to have participated in MK-Ultra project(s). Has the selectivity of the cache in naming names ever caught your eye brows. And your misspelled hyperbole can only elicit this reply:
    جتھے دہ کھوتا، اتھے ان کھلوتا

  • My english is rusty, I think the idiom is: raising an eye brow (not catching it). Sorry about that.

  • Muhtaram Abid Sahab,
    Thank you for spelling correcting of Punjabi proverb “Jithay Dee Khotee Uthay Un Khaloeti” to Jithay Da Khota Uthay Un Khaluta.
    Khota or Khoti mules have 63 chromosomes, a mixture of the horse’s 64 and the donkey’s 62. The different structure and number usually prevents the chromosomes from pairing up properly and creating successful embryos, rendering most mules infertile. In Pakistan they work like a whore in a whorehouse, the harder they work, the more they get screwed .
    I met two sitting US Ambassadors to Pakistan in Los Angeles (Ambassador Anne Patterson & Ambassador Cameron Munter).Wikileaks was one of my source, the main source was Quickieleaks , ( A seena ba seena discussing about Jaeez or Najaeez US Pakistani relationship with US Ambassadors).
    Anne Patterson interviewed by Khadim Hussain on March 8th, 2010 in Los Angeles. Khatoon farmati hain Kay “Pakistani American community are important members of our country (United States Of America).They have been enormously successful here in the United States, and they are extremely well placed to help us articulate and explain US policy in Pakistan”
    Short Clip of US Ambassador Anne Patterson Interview on Indus Television Network
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w_5Wi1BhsBg
    US Ambassador Anne Patterson Interview on Radio Shalimar Los Angeles
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kgoImRO4EBY&feature=related
    Daag-e-Sajood Teri Jabeen Pay Huva to Kiya ?
    Koi Sajda Aisa Bhi Kar Kay Zameen Pay Nishaan Rahay-Allama Iqbal

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