May 18, 2014

Media – The Godfather

How would you feel if one day you wake up normally, get ready to go to office and on the breakfast table while reading newspaper or going through Facebook, Twitter or any other news site you find out your casual walk with your friend, wife, sister or class fellow has been photographed and published without your consent for a news story. You probably will feel uneasy because you had no relationship with that piece of news and that photograph was taken without your consent and knowledge. The only chance of feeling good about such an incident is that the news is extraordinarily good and raising your social graph.

In another similar yet contrasting situation, how would you react when you will find out that your photograph along with a girl that might be your wife, sister, mother, cousin, class fellow or friend has been used to elaborate a story on prostitution? You probably will burst out with anger but you won’t be able to do anything. Such incidents have become a routine in our media industry. Anyone can take a picture of you with his or her cell phone or camera without your consent and can put it on social media, website or newspaper to defame you without even thinking how ugly such a situation can turn out for other person. Any such instance can ruin the entire life of an individual. Though we daily listen and read such news and have been accustomed to such happenings, the story that tempted me to write this piece is mentioned below:

April 7, 2014

Yes, We are Corrupt


Corruption, Corruption and Corruption….

We listen, read and discuss daily about this one word more than any other word. In fact this has become a norm for us to talk about this word. From morning tea to dinner, somewhere in the world this word always remains under discussion. But what Corruption exactly is? Transparency International defines corruption as:

“Corruption is the abuse of entrusted power for private gain. It hurts everyone who depends on the integrity of people in a position of authority.”

August 14, 2013

From Independence to Dependence

Sixty six years back on this very day a country named “Pakistan” came into being as a result of years of long struggle of Muslims of sub-continent under the leadership of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah.  The purpose was to provide a peaceful place to all Muslims and Non-Muslims to live a happy life. On august 11, 1947 Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah in his address to the members of constituent assembly said:

“You are free; you are free to go to your temples, you are free to go to your mosques or to any other place of worship in this State of Pakistan. You may belong to any religion or caste or creed — that has nothing to do with the business of the State... We are starting with this fundamental principle that we are all citizens and equal citizens of one State... I think we should keep that in front of us as our ideal and you will find that in due course Hindus would cease to be Hindus and Muslims would cease to be Muslims, not in the religious sense, because that is the personal faith of each individual, but in the political sense as citizens of the State.”

May 10, 2013

Pakistan’s Elections 2013 – Make or Break Time

“11th May voting isn’t between two parties, but in fact it is between two ideologies, two visions, two generations and two school of thoughts”

After 5 years of lawlessness, economic turmoil, energy crisis, corruption and number of other issues we are set to vote on 11th May 2013 that is only a day away from today, in fact less than a day. After tasting the fruits of democracy with patience and tolerance, this nation is all set to choose its next set of representatives. The important point to ponder here is whether this time democracy will be the best revenge from corrupt elite of the country or will it be a revenge from masses for again trusting the democracy? This is the real test of our knowledge, conscience and abilities. Whether we will be able to choose representatives that represent us or whether we will again be choosing the people that represent forces who don’t have interest in this homeland. This will be purely our decision and if we handed over the country to corrupt elite once again then it won’t be ethically justified on part of us to rebel against that system. We will then have to live by our choice.

February 12, 2013

میرا نیا پاکستان

آج صبح جب میں آفس جانے کے لئے اٹھا تو کچھ عجیب سا محسوس ہو رہا تھا. بالکنی میں جا کے دیکھا توکچھ عجب منظر نظر آیا. ہر طرف خوشبو ہی خوشبو تھی. پرندے غیرمعمولی طور پہ چچہا رہےتھے. سردی کی وجہ سے فضا میں ہلکی سی خنکی تھی. ہر طرف رونق سی نظر آ رہی تھی-لیکن کچھ سمجھ نہ آیا کہ یہ کیا ہے. بہر حال چونکے دفتر سے دیر ہو رہی تھی اس لئے جلدی جلدی تیار ہو کے نیچے آیا. نیچے آ کے بھی کچھ عجیب محسوس ہوا- والدہ کے چہرے پہ بہت خوشی تھی. مجھ سے رہا نہ گیا تو پوچھ ہی لیا کہ کیا ہوا ہے- اور جو میں نے سنا وہ سن کے مجھے جھٹکا سا لگا. انہوں نے بتایا کہ ملک سے بجلی اور گیس کی لوڈ شدڈنگ مکمل طور پر ختم کر دی گیی ہے . تمام صنعتوں اور پورے ملک کو بلا تعطل بجلی ملا کرے گی. یہ سن کر تومیری خوشی کا کوئی ٹھکانہ نہ رہا. والد صاحب سے ملاقات ہوئی تو وہ بھی خلاف توقع خوش نظر آے. مجھ سے پھر نہ رہا گیا اور پوچھ ہی لیا- انہوں نے بتایا کہ حکومت نے سب کو اپنا گھر دینے کہ ایہلاں کیا ہے اور مہنگائی کا جن بھی بوتل میں بند کر دیا گیا ہے. بے یقینی اور خوشی کے عالم میں دفتر جانے کے لئے گھر سے نکلا تو ہمسایے سے ملاقات ہوئی. وہ جو ہر وقت حکومت کو کوستا رہتا تھا، آج اس کی زبان سےحکومت کے لئے دعائیں نکل رہی تھیں. مجھ سے پھر نہ رہا گیا اور پوچھ ہی لیا کہ بھییا خیریت ہے نہ کوئی انعام تو نہیں نکل آیا – موصوف نے بتایا کہ حکومت نے ہر بیروزگار نوجوان کو نوکری دینے کا فیصلہ کیا ہے اور اسے بھی نوکری مل گی ہے. ساتھ ہی ساتھ تعلیم بھی مفت کر دی گیی ہے اور ہر شہری کی تعلیم کا خرچ بھی حکومت برداشت کرے گی. مجھے اپنے گناہ گار کانوں پہ یقین نہیں آ رہا تھا.