I’m a man and my dream behind WomenAreVotes is a world led by women with “chapters” all over the world, they could take be a pressure group, a political party, or an advocacy group. Though isn’t it ironic that women ARE votes, and yet, they are not even humans in many countries of the world, and most often, in their very own sacred places of protection and nurture, their homes. A Bollywood flick Highway remains etched in my end with images of a woman abused by her protectors
I have been abused and given death threats for standing up for women of Pakistan, and the world. That’s because I’m a Pakistani, but trust me, the threats would have flowed all the same even if I was a national of say 90% of the world we live in where women are treated like garbage. India, many in South America, Africa. In fact, GlobalCitizen points out 5 countries where it is “worst” to be a woman. According to Vox, the internet is full of men from all over the world who hate feminism
Replicon counted 17 reasons why women are better leaders than men. Among them: empathy, WLB, better listeners, nurturing, pro teamwork, multitaskers, seek challenges, better communicators, dreamers, better crisis managers, wear many hats (don’t we know that? mother, wife, sister, worker), keep egos in check, more emotionally intelligent, flexible, lead by example, defy the odds and above all, make their job appear effortless!
Barack Obama said: “If women ran every country in the world there would be a general improvement in living standards and outcomes” as endorsed by the LatinAmericanPost later
The more I struggled in this area, since 2016, the more people I met, I was told that often it is women who are the worst enemies of other women. People blamed women for not uniting, revolting and gaining power, as generally power transitions have happened through the ages. I think it is due centuries of domination of us me, a mass “Stockholm Syndrome” trough the ages where women learned to become better wives, better sisters, better mothers, better daughters, but not necessarily better persons. Because their lives revolved around men, from cradle to gave. In pre-Islamic Arabia it was a common practice to bury a girl child, alive! Imagine a mother, a brother, a father who partakes or endures in such a practice? Well you can! For even in today’s world “(dis)honor killing” is common in India, Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan and many other countries, to the extent that when these people “migrate to the West” they don’t stop it even if they are EU or UK or other Western world citizens!
The “crimes” women are murdered for often range from such reprehensible acts as of “marrying or eloping with someone with their own free will” often from another faith, caste or social strata.
British Pakistani Samira Nazeer was brutally murdered for marrying an Afghani man. “After an argument, her brother Azhar Nazir (30) and a cousin, Imran (17), murdered her by stabbing her more than 18 times using four knives. The attack was performed in front of other family members, including two of her nieces, aged two and four.“
A pregnant 14 year old Afghani teen was murdered, set on fire by her in-laws because her dad eloped with a girl from the groom’s family
Dear Brothers and Sisters at UN/WHO, World Governments, Militaries, anyone who helps people in distress,
This might change reality for you, me and 7.7 billion humans. The world stands in awe of an invisible “not alive” virus that has wreaked havoc upon the planet, as if wars, crimes, hatred, environmental damage and economic conflicts were not enough for the human race. I seek your attention in these testing times. nCoronaVirus has taken the world by storm. The healthcare community is overburdened at all levels, so are governments, people all over the world are on the edge, some even committing suicides, others ignoring warnings and congregating in religious places or bars. The situation is reminiscent of apocalypse movies
What is needed most is unified global leadership on this subject, which in my opinion WHO and the UN are best placed to assume. Governments should be requested to follow your guidelines and turn them to state orders. Next, what we need is to think out of the box. We live in a box of medical science for the last 400 years. True it has delivered us on many occasions, I was a part of it as Head of Training of a British German Pharma called Boots/Knoll. And I’m well aware of the meticulous approach and tons of research that goes into even an OTC medicine or disease diagnosis, evaluation and treatment. Yet, let us humbly accept that medical science has its limits, COVID-19 has made them all the more apparent. What we need, in addition, is an alternate approach that can give us a quick, while my articles below elaborate, here is my brief take:
Stop the paranoia. Lockdown for a month, globally. If any to leave home use N95 masks (I disagree with WHO on the use of masks, diminishing their value is the last thing that WHO should promote in times like these)
Encourage people to improve immunity, read below and I have extensive research with me on what natural elements can do this, WHO needs to engage a team of researchers on an emergency basis to come up with foods and supplements that people should be provided or encouraged to buy. Further focus on chest exercise and good health, I have already developed guidelines and if WHO is interested can share them with you. Garlic, Elderberry, Zinc, Alkaline foods are a few no-brainers that WHO should start promoting, in my opinion
HealthOnline: Patients should in the first line be seen using Whatsapp or Skype calls by healthcare professionals than encouraging them to go straight to hospitals endangering all
Encourage people to move to farmlands, those who can, for if this progresses, food shortage is inevitable or using Hydroponic / water based gardening at home
Chest and breathing exercises as at Aol Intro can be most helpful to all age groups except infants and toddlers
Use of other medicines like nebulizers, antibiotics, steroids and antivirals should not be discounted, again out of the box and situational smart thinking is required
Let’s assume the worst case scenario, say the whole world is infected so we have appx 8 billion people, let’s say the death rate goes up to 10% so 800 million can potentially perish. Now that’s a big and scary number! However, the 7 billion left will have a severe economic crisis, considering the 90% of the world we live in is either poor or what is referred to as “lower classes” – many are daily wage earners. So lockdowns will kill them economically where the virus spares them! So WHO can debate on this internally and with government leaders and the UN on the best way forward. My humble suggestion would be a protocol with guidelines, so people wear masks to work maybe gloves too and there is a guideline for reusing and sanitizing them and their “shelf life” – this can be propagated through media globally in a unified manner and people who need to work for a living can do so and not die of hunger!
Above all WHO / UN should take lead before disaster turns into a calamity of unbeknownst proportions
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Fighting to WIN the Fight against COVID-19! (CoronaVirus)
It is crystal clear: nations of the world were, are and most likely not going to be ready to contain the outbreak of the deadly and rapidly spreading Coronavirus / COVID-19. Exponential disease growth and fatality rates in just over a month prove the case in point
There are five aspects of any epidemic disease outbreak like SARS, SwineFlu and now COVID-19: coordination, prevention, restriction, management and cure:
It is clear as day there is far too little global coordination or awareness in tackling this menace limited mostly to juvenile “hand washing” instructions and the little benefit of using masks, while people of all ages lay spitting blood, dying in the streets of China from a “common cold” one has never seen before!
Yes, real change can only come about after an honest acceptance of facts, let us accept on the ground reality, that very little has been done, and that a lot needs to be done, GPACA is one ray of hope, a privately funded organization aiming to offer hope in global disarray over COVID-19
Let me explain the 5 step model with a constructively critical view of the status quo, the recommendations, if world leaders pay heed, need immediate hearing and implementation:
a. There is a need for an organization within WHO to coordinate, implement, manage, control and evaluate all four aspects of the outbreak (prevention, restriction, management and cure)
b. It needs to be a supranational organization having the power and position of the Head of HealthCare in all countries and enforced via the UN and Security Council
c. It needs to have a multi disciplinary and globally representative team comprising healthcare, media, law enforcement and alternate medicine experts
d. It must be allocated a budget as percent of the national budget taken from other areas that are meaningless in this context (besides healthcare)
e.If we are to survive and thrive as humans, and if indeed there is no sinister plan using this virus and others to depopulate the world, than CoronaVirus might be our worlds’ best bet to come together, flush out centuries of hatred due religion, color, race, caste, class and so forth – and stand together as ONE solid wall of humanity facing a lethal, invisible and fatal enemy
a. Vaccines are a far way off, however, adequate funding and a global team can be hyper accelerated from years to a fraction thereof
b. Medical guidelines on oral hygiene, masks (N95 or similar), quarantine areas at home (you come home, leave shoes outside, immediately change to new clothes after a quick shower and put old for washing with a disinfectant to minimize virus arrival from outside. Also clear guidelines for masks disposal are required to reduce self infection
c. Closing all ‘spreader’ activities: mostly schools and educational institutions. Using technology to encourage staff to work from home unless absolutely necessary, encouraging and incentivizing online shopping
d. Education and workforce can be conducted using technology, using social media and conferencing tools to get “education at home” or “get work done at home”
e. Conventional and alternate medicine specialists to work on demonstrable immunity boosting tactics for the masses and a media campaign be created and implemented at the earliest possible
a. As the diseases marches on globally, the current knee jerk response: Once diagnosed patients are restricted atop cruise ships, in lone areas and military bases or simply quarantined in hospitals
b. A more logical response will be to give N95 masks to affectees (unless clearly requiring hospitalization) and have them travel to their homes in sealed buses and have them self quarantine themselves with the required medication provided by the State or private donors (if no insurance cover is available)
c. It is also perhaps time for nations at a globally coordinated level, to give a “stipend” or rations to daily wage workers all over the world so they can stay at home and survive this 14-30 day onslaught, this will have to happen sooner or later as especially the poorer nations of the world comprising 80%+ of the world population will have no capacity to emulate China, HK, Singapore, US and other affluent nations
a. It is clear that the disease in some cases responds to HIV drugs Lopinavir/Ritonavir (brand names Kaletra, Aluvia) besides Oseltamivir (Tamiflu) as successfully demonstrated in Thailand and other countries. It makes sense to accelerate their mass production, and provide to affectees
b. Masks are a great source to stop disease spread as well as general hygiene and should be made compulsory for all even in countries with a FEW cases till today, predicting exponential growth due the high transmissibility, masks alongwith quarantine strategies as suggested in 2(b) will quickly contain the menace
a. While antivirals as specified in 4(1) above help, like Kaletra, Aluvia, Tamiflu, regular antibiotics for secondary infections and nebulizations / oxygen for pneumonia – these need to be stocked up and delivered via courier or delivery vans to patients at home, the aim should be that unless critical NO ONE should come to the hospital
b. Technology: Patient interactions can easily be conducted using WhatsApp/WeChat calls or other video conferencing tools – providing care at home should be the aim for the mass majority of the population
c. Alternate medicine it is also a great opportunity to study alternate medicine impact
d. Strategically it is important that the world comes together as in point number 1 (Global coordination) and these issues are addressed via mass media and the internet, people are educated
I hope serious thought is given to these areas and remedial measures taken before a global pandemic becomes our worst nightmare, or perhaps a dream-come-true for those who want depopulation of the planet
Without global coordination of COVID-19 CoronaVirus prevention, restriction, management and cure as amply described above, there is every indication of a man made or assisted global catastrophe
It is agreed that “ultimately, the treatment for the novel coronavirus could involve a mixture of different classes of drugs”
Ritonavir/Norvir, used in Kaletra, is a HIV-1 Protease Inhibitor, and besides being anti viral it is also anti cancer. Specifically: “Protease inhibitors interfere with HIV’s ability to make new viruses inside the CD4 cells. Specifically, they block an enzyme known as protease. Protease breaks down HIV proteins, using those smaller particles to make new viruses that can mature and spread”
In short, a study is needed to assess natural elements that have the same effect as Kaletra and Tamiflu components, outsource, brand and sell them ultimately, but first try them on COVID-19 patients and see results.
mediation on Indo-Pak-Kashmir conflict by a well-meaning Pakistani,
self-proclaimed PEACE MINISTER OF PAKISTAN
Salam / Namaste,
You will not
believe me, or maybe you will, after all politicians generally have a very good
feeling of what the “masses” think like. I find the people of India
AND Pakistan extremely SIMILAR in a rather BAD way! There are SO MANY
hypocrites who believe in so many levels of differentiation that ULTIMATELY
they seek happiness OUTSIDE India and Pakistan!!! Ask your NRI’s to RETURN
PERMANENTLY to India (or the same of Pakistanis to go back to their motherland)
and I ASSURE you 99.99% will outright reject the notion! And yet they ALL speak
and write columns on patriotism and what is “best” for their country!
The sad and ugly truth is that our people haven’t done much with their freedom
since 1947, much like the Africans and other ex colonies of the English, French
or others. In the realization of this truth is the beginning of a peaceful
solution to India & Pakistan. They lack tolerance as evident in the rise of
both Hindu and Islamic fundamentalism that I’ve addressed at
I write to you
as nothing really seems to be working between Pakistan and India except
increasing tensions with the Kashmiris paying for the sins of both.
Sir, in the
comity of world leaders you occupy a special space, one of respect all over the
world, you have worked hard for it. Your second term is a proof of your
popularity at home as well.
understand you must be a very busy man so I’ll get straight to the point, if
you see the attached pictures, they are of my late mother and father with
Indira Gandhi in the early 80s at the Vigyan Bhawan in Delhi, while I’ve never
stepped foot in India, my parents were born there and migrated like millions
did from both sides on which Salman Khan recently did an epic movie called
“Bharat” – the story is old and known to many, what is NOT known to many are
the following facts:
I am the
self-proclaimed Pakistani “Minister of Peace” founder of GadhaParty.com and
WomenAreVotes.com that will inspire any in the poor nations of the world and
women alike one day
Pakistanis abroad are often the best of friends and immediately get along,
similar language and culture, I have seen Indians and Pakistanis supporting
each other even breaking the law to do so in EU and elsewhere! Such bonding is
impossible to imagine in today’s “war fever” however, Sir, I have seen it with
my own eyes and can share exact details and locations if required India is home
to almost as many Muslims as reside in Pakistan, not all of them are unhappy
with India, you must be doing some things right to keep them happy!
The Muslims of
India are mostly converts from Hinduism, it is the same story of other
religions throughout history, as a Muslim I apologize to every Indian and
yourself for the forced conversion and high handedness of the Muslims who conquered
India a thousand years back, I also apologize for the terrible self-centered
governance of the “Moguls” who built more tombs and had more mistresses than
welfare of the people, in my opinion. I
personally believe the British did us all a HUGE favor by freeing us from their
oppression, teaching us table manners, English and if I may say “humanity”
for that is what lacked in the region before the British came here, again it is
my opinion and you are free to disagree Sir
My late father
was an ICS (Indian Civil Services) Officer under the British in undivided India
from the 1930s and left in the late 50s to Pakistan, he lamented this division
as in his words the British when dividing India made a prophecy that rings true
till this day that “the people of India (and Pakistan) are excellent
subordinates but inconsiderate leaders” –now please do not take it personally,
neither yourself nor Imran Khan on our side are inconsiderate leaders, but if
you see our history in general (both India and Pakistan post partition), our
civil services and especially our police, they have been far from fair. The
people rotting away in jails in India or Pakistan are mostly innocent and sadly
those who SHOULD be in jail are roaming scot free! I am sure, to a certain
extent you might agree with me
democracy thrived and feudalism died in India post partition Pakistan had a
different story, you may find it hard to believe Sir but I am a fan of all
militaries all over the world, I have dear friends in Pakistan Army and know
some of the Indian ones via Facebook, my contention has always been that both
Indian and Pakistani governments or armies do
NOT have roots in Hinduism or Islam, rather the laid out charted out
manuals left by the British, and thank God for that!
Indian Army has
MANY loyal Muslim soldiers ready to kill their enemies at the command of their
commanders and the EXACT same situation exists in Pakistan where Hindu soldiers
are loyal to Pakistan! And both are given fair and equal treatment on both
sides. Hence it is evident that religion as a basis of differentiation has a
weak correlation between India and Pakistan. After all, please do tell me Sir
WHY do almost ALL Muslim nations barring a few support India than Pakistan?
Does it not tell you that the terms India and Pakistan have are NOT based on
religion? For were that so the entire Muslim “Ummah” would be untied against
India today but we see the opposite! It is not a diplomatic “win” of India
simply the broadmindedness of all parties concerned. And now, you may not
believe me, but I find Pakistani Army extremely rational, logical and pro
peace. I do not think the Indian Army is very different either. So where is the
Sir, again, in
my opinion, you are perhaps unknowingly kindling a fire that can one day burn
your own home as it did ours. To appease the Americans in order to drive the
Russians out of Afghanistan, back in the 70s we nourished Taliban, ultimately
our Army had to fight and kills them as we’d created a Frankenstein! Now draw
parallels with India of today, you, perhaps inadvertently, gave rise to Hindu Nationalism in a country (India)
which was erstwhile FAR MORE SECULAR than Pakistan! In doing so, and the recent
highly questionable moves in Kashmir that the Indian Courts are also
challenging, besides the world community to some extent, you are turning the
tide EXACTLY like WE in Pakistan did back in the 80s! We suffered 20 years to
get rid of that extreme fanatic mindset! As a BROTHER and a FRIEND I tell you
Sir, India will be hurt much more than Pakistan was because of Taliban. Sir,
you ARE a secular nation, such extreme fundamentalists asking people to chant
“Jai Shri Ram” (or kill them otherwise), cutting tongues of Muslims, raping
young or old Muslim girls or women is NOT the Indian fabric as India or the
WHOLE WORLD knows it Sir!
My dream and YOUR dream and OUR dream
should be a SECULAR, progressive India & Pakistan where like EU we can
all have open borders, travel and work freely! Increase tourism and be a
combined global military and economic force, include Nepal, Afghanistan and
Bangladesh to the belt too! And use our armies and elite intelligence agencies
on BOTH sides to work TOGETHER against crime
If you have
concerns with Pakistan, allow me to help, let me play a mediator, consider me 50% Indian and 50% Pakistani, after all
my parents belonged to Allahabad and Bhopal in India! And still have a lot of
family there but since I do not feel ‘welcome’ in India I’ve literally traveled
the WHOLE world (North America, EU, Far East etc), ate and drank with Indians
abroad but have the unmet dream of driving from Lahore to Kerala, and the way
things are even if I did I’ll perhaps never make it in one piece. Not only that,
I am a disciple and friend of YOUR friend Sri Sri Ravi Shankar of the Art of
Living, go ahead and call him, ask him “who is this Imran Owais Kazmi /
CrystalHeart guy” and he and his team, Rugmani, Prabharker in India, Aniket in
New York, Poonam in LA will all apprise you who I am and what I stand for
you and I, and 1.6 billion people in India and Pakistan, speak a similar language or variations, have a very similar culture and have COEXISTED for THOUSANDS of years happily
(in the balance) – please do NOT make the mistake our Muslim ancestors did
today is my humble brotherly and friendly advice to you sir of dividing us
again on religious lines
We have more
common friends than enemies Modi Saheb, let us build on those bonds! My
thoughts on Kashmir are simple, let them be sir, we should give up ours, you
give up yours and let them decide their fate like an independent
self-respecting people, again you may not agree, but it is my humble suggestion
and as I understand also the alma mater of UN resolutions and agreements
between India and Pakistan todate. In ANY CASE if India and Pakistan reach
LASTING PEACE and open their borders WHAT DIFFERENCE WILL IT MAKE! We will all
be able to go anywhere we like from Afghanistan to Bengal via Kashmir, Nepal
and India (so I dream!) – however, I would love to hear your views too and see
where we can have a combined meeting of minds (you and your Pakistani
counterparts) – A LASTING PEACE plan for Kashmir should be based on their
independence from EITHER Pakistan OR India into a separate homeland governed by NATO and UNGOMAP in a secular
Sir, let us
please work towards PEACE than PIECES of
each other – consider me a catalyst, the guy who knows Imran Khan and our
fine people as well as yours, through yourself, allow this “Minister of Peace”
an audience, let’s have a candid talk and end on the Beatle’s line of “let’s
make love not war” – I am pretty sure we will, though not literally
As of now, both
sides are full of anger, both sides are
nuclear warfare capable, I pray to Allah or Bhagwan or Jesus or Yahweh or
Buddha or to Captain Spock, whoever
you believe in, to give sense to leaders of both nations, I am at the service
of both countries as an AMBASSADOR / MINISTER OF PEACE should you allow me the
honor and pleasure – PLEASE DO NOT LET THE WORLD DIVIDE US BROTHERS IN ARMS,
one winning is not another losing, it is BOTH losing! Think about it sir!
I am reachable
on +971 50 5849562 should anyone from your team wish to setup a call or an
appointment with yourself, let us turn
these testing times to an opportunity for creating peace for a lifetime! As
neighbors who share so much! Same language, culture and so much more!
Never in the HISTORY of Pakistan have the people of Pakistan felt as disillusioned, let down and cheated as they do today, by all institutions of Pakistan, whichever face, race, ethnicity, even the ruling PTI supporters are disgruntled. Hopelessness is in the air and there is no savior in sight. Every passing day brings newer and higher taxes, increasing prices, closing businesses, decreasing income, newer and more innovative global shame, and the abject helplessness in helping those all Pakistani civil, religious and military leaders always called the aorta of Pakistan: Kashmir.
The tip of the iceberg
Take a look at Twitter, an open letter to our PM Imran Khan by a Christian Indian or the barrage of negative comments by Indian’s on Imran Khan’s twitter account. Fine India is Enemy Numero Uno how does one justify the absolute rejection of Pakistan’s call for help by the world community in general including Muslim countries? The UNSC resolution was nothing short of a joke that our politicians pounced on as a “victory” for it neither restored Article 370 in Kashmir nor improved Pakistan’s standing anywhere in practical terms, all our leaders have are theories, while the people day by day are getting more and more angry and frustrated at an apparent failure of governance at all possible levels, internal or external.
Two neighbors, both got freedom at the same time, India’s economy is 9 times bigger than Pakistan’s. This is where the discussion should start. The world, you and I inclusive, respect the rich and despise the poor. The term “bhikari” (beggar) on google returns images of Imran Khan. Now, the fact of the matter is that Imran is a fairly well-off and self-respecting man but he stooped to the lowest possible level to save his dying under debt nation by going to all he could.
But Imran couldn’t possibly solve even 1% of Pakistan’s problems, let alone Kashmir!
Why so? Quite simply, he came in too late, through an electoral process that literally gets the SCUM of the land and shovels them to the corridors of power. He had no choice but to wheel and deal his way. That’s just ONE weakness, he inherited the baggage of goof ups mostly under ‘democratic’ thieves of Pakistan (whom he’s ungainfully locked up for now, Nawaz and Zardari) and some from military leaders as well.
The problem was quite simple, politicians belonged to feudal or technocrat families with a clear intent to loot as much as they could in the shortest possible time. The only balancing act was the powerful Army which would come here and there to fix things up, last formal attempt with a lot of unmet promises was by Gen Pervez Musharaff in October 1999. His colorful life and colorless blunders scared the hell out of his successors in tying the military power knot again and hence became an era of “selection” which has again, at the risk of repetition, gave an “ungainful” candidate with a moronic team which is more like a circus if anything at all, sans entertainment worth your money.
Politicians are bad in Pakistan, no doubt, but who propped them up? Bhutto grew up in Ayub Khan’s lap (who also hurled abuses at the founder’s sister Fatima Jinnah), Gen Zia groomed the witless clueless brainless idiot Nawaz and the thug Altaf Hussain to corridors of power, yes the 1987 (post Zia death) to 1999 period can be attributed to “foreign efforts” of both Bhutto and Nawaz, later in 2007 legend and rumor has it Gen Kyani, the man Musharaf entrusted with power, played the power game first with Zardari and then Nawaz, hurling Pakistan into a finale of loot the likes of which an impoverished 98% of 250 million people as I outlined in GadhaParty could never EVER have imagined. Kyani as I am told by those who know what the ordinary people know not, was influential in the killer final terms of Zardari and Nawaz that have broken the economic back of Pakistan. Which is why the people are angry on one side, and India is stronger in disputed J&K/IOK on the other.
Hell is what Imran Khan inherited!
And a hostile neighbor which pounced at the opportunity of a weak Pakistan by legitimizing it’s abuse over the disputed Kashmir territory.
And the “wrong” faith for world leaders and opinion makers: Islam
Now bad luck or whatever, since Kashmiris are Muslims and no one in power today of any faith (including Muslims!) likes Muslims their fate was sealed from the very inception, just like Palestinians or Rohingyas. Had these three been Christians or Jewish or Hindus all hell would have broken loose, wars would have been fought and they’d have got “homelands” by now. But nay, “Muslims are troublemakers, Sharia induced and terrorists” say the KKK, right wingers every where on a killing spree in mosques or wherever they find this “diseased version of humanity” – an ethnic cleansing similar to what Hitler did to Jews as is being done to Muslims today, overtly in Kashmir and covertly elsewhere. Imran and Pakistan’s Kashmir cause was and is a non starter in this back drop.
The GCC Arab nations are wiser, they have walked the line of “tolerance” atleast overtly and won over just about every one in the comity of nations Pakistan has lost.
Ironically, with more Muslims living in India then Pakistan one would have assumed a positive foreign policy, similar language and culture, but nay for decades we hated them (and vice versa) while they built stronger and stronger ties with our “Muslim brethren” to the point that India boasts their support! Neighboring Iran and Afghanistan, both predominantly Muslim nations vow allegiance to India anyday and everyday. Afghanistan we counted on but like East Pakistan couldn’t retain as a friend. May I mention here that while many Pakistanis speak of Indian Army raping Muslim Kashmiri women and killing, torturing and abusing their men that back in 71 it was our Army engaged in the same with fellow Muslim East Pakistanis to the extent that Indians were called for help by the Bengalis and our troops made a huge demoralizing surrender.
History has an uncanny way of repeating itself, it seems Pakistan and Pakistanis have learnt nothing if anything at all from their 7 decades of existence besides the familiar slogans of “Long Live Imran Khan” and “Long Live Pak Army and ISI” there is nothing concrete or tangible to talk about except recognizing failure after failure.
We went wrong everywhere, internally and externally, time to speak, write and DO the truthful of things that lead to improvement.
Amateurism is how Imran tackled inherited hell
Fine, things were bad, very bad, internally. What did King Khan do? Raised taxes to make IMF happy which in the same vein broke the back of an impoverished people AND killed whatever hope there was of reviving the economy, next he went on all possible tangents that backfired from austerity drives to loud statements and war of words with Indian Premier whom he later tried to appease and “wished he win so Kashmir is resolved” and the EXACT OPPOSITE happened! Wisdom and Imran Khan don’t go together, top it off with an incompetent team key members often selected by lenders and you have a recipe for disaster. Sealing the fate of Pakistan.
So the way out?
Indian Kashmir is not even remotely the key problem Pakistan faces, as they say in the airlines “place your oxygen mask over your face before you help others” is precisely what our situation is with Indian Kashmiris. We need to stay alive before we can let another soul to life!
Long ago, Stephen Covey who published the bestseller “7 habits of highly effective people” (which applies to nations too) spoke of “circle of concern” and “circle of influence”, the former referring to people who spend their time worrying about what they cannot change and the latter to those who work on areas that bring direct improvement in their lives. The same holds true for nations. Pakistan has been blabbering about issues it has NO control over and doing little on those it should to change the status quo. And Mr Khan now the roving Ambassador of Kashmir is doing the opposite. His lack of understanding of key issues facing Pakistan and their antidotes is only complicating and compounding our problems.
Economy and Justice
The magic words for Pakistan. But the exact opposite is happening since the s/election of the harbinger of change, Imran Khan! Economy is literally dying bending over backwards for the sins of previous “democracies” and justice what to speak of it, suffice to say a pipe dream for most Pakistanis. We have the most corrupt and horrible legal and police systems in the world. Imran has done little to change that. Because he doesn’t even understand WHY it is so and WHAT will change it for the better! Because of his incompetence today we suffer a terrible legal and justice system, a worse economy and a shameful face in the world.
The only people who can bring justice to Pakistan as I wrote in ChangePakistan is the Army, I wrote it back in 2007! 12 years, toiled and met politicians, Army Generals and you name Who is Who of Pakistan. Everyone acknowledged and appreciated my efforts but DID NOTHING tangible to make it happen.
Second, the economy, we need to incentivize people to invest in Pakistan and create jobs, that can only be done by reducing taxes to bare minimum of 10% that too VAT (value added) and no income taxes so people invest! create jobs and revive our dying economy.
We need to, in the same breath reduce expenses by cutting out all government ministries and departments and merging them as CALL CENTRES and APPs in NADRA which should also focus on tax collection using retired army officers and personnel giving exemplary punishment to thieves of the 10% low taxes. Also the Army need to cut down all admin expenses using IT and focus on combat mode needs only. Thus our reduced expenses will be met by a lower tax regime.
This cannot be done without negotiating an “interest and principal” break from IMF and other lenders for atleast 2-5 years so the economy comes back on track.
Extremism is still very much a part of Pakistan and it’s constitution, we need to go secular, allow nightclubs and bars openly to attract tourism, if the Middle East with hot arid deserts can get 200 billion dollars a year from tourism why can’t we?
Foreign relations need to be positive and low key, we need to take a passive then aggressive tone with India and extend a hand of real friendship to them like the rest of our Muslim brothers and sisters, in the interest of our survival and that of 300 million Muslims living in India besides the moderates that are aplenty. Pakistan must not kindle the fire but try its best to douse it. For decades we watched their movies and they loved our dramas, our dressing, jokes, language are far more similar than others, I see every reason to envision an EU like alliance between India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Sri Lanka.
As for Kashmir we should support the Kashmiri people by funding their Government in exile in the US, France, UK, China, Russia, Singapore, Brussels and Australia independently and where not as extension of Pakistan Missions abroad. We should ask for an INDEPENDENT KASHMIR free of Pakistani or Indian influence with NATO and UN troops to protect them. This is the RIGHT THING to do, it’s ethical and it’s correct. We should woo Kashmiris living outside India in US, UK, EU etc including Muslims, Christians and Hindus in it. This alone will save the subcontinent from the fire of extremism RSS and Modi are stoking.
So in short, life is all about survival of the fittest. India is not the fittest, but is far more fit then we are. Remember that, and chalk out your first goal: survival.
I am thinking of forming a glorious global organization called THE ART OF HUMANITY where the aim is to transcend all boundaries of faith, borders, race, ethnicity, color, language or orientation to a common human form where respect and love for another human being becomes mandatory
Isn’t it sad that while we have advanced so much in technology and manners we are still light years behind in love and acceptance of fellow human beings? Look at the conflicts all over the world, whether due land, or religion, are they justified? It is ironical that people wear different hats only because of a “flag” they are supposedly born with, which is based on physical boundaries, which have changed umpteen times since the dawn of humanity and so they shall as we go along
My question is simple: Why can’t we humans let go of our egos and parental or governmental or religious teachings of hatred towards fellow human beings?
My vision is simple: That this group or organization one day challenges the concepts of hatred and “enemy state” or “enemy religion” or “enemy color / race” all over the world. Oblivious to the fact that humanity is plagued by poverty (90% of our world is poor in real terms), malnutrition, sickness, crime (prevalent all over the world even the so-called “developed” world)
My aim is simple: To unite all global governments, armies and intelligence agencies to fight hatred, crime, poverty and intolerance
Is it too much to ask? I think not, I think we as humans have graduated beyond pettiness, if only we inspire ourselves and others around us, my entire life is an example where I went beyond my personal needs and aims to help this amazing but regressive planet
Will you support this one man army for global peace, love, acceptance and collaboration called CrystalHeart Kazmi? Challenge your demons, of who is the enemy, who is good and who is bad, and then challenge those of society. Until a day comes when we all are ONE as our Creator originally made us
Excellent article by my friend Major Saeed Malik. A Qadyani. A people Pakistanis hate for their assertion to call themselves Muslims, unheard of bigotry. Excellent analysis of Maryam eloquent and in depth. Yet Maj Salim Malik like other Qadyanis will never be respected for their good contributions to Pakistan unless they come to the rostrum and shout ‘I am not a Muslim. I am a Kafir’. That will be the magic moment all they say or do will make sense to people. And yet we blame Indians, Burmese etc for intolerance and hatred towards minorities shamelessly hiding our venom and hate by questioning the right of a people to call themselves any faith just because the 73 constitution unlike any other in the whole world was manipulated to alienate a people the founder of Pakistan a man called M A Jinnah never alienated
What a shame for every Pakistani. Don’t worry most are shameless
Is There a Law Against Incitement?….Saeed A. Malik.
Maryam Safdar has been angry for quite some time now. As the grating realization is dawning that her crown has been irreversibly lost to her, she is not just losing her temper. She seems to have lost the last fragments of good sense too. Flailing about in the darkness she has come up with yet another scrap of doctored “evidence” on the basis of which she hopes her sunken fortunes will be redeemed, and the family will be restored to its thieving ways.
And thus, snarling in high dudgeon, she presented the Arshad Malik video at a press conference, flanked by the most morose looking senior idiots of her party on either side.
This family has come a long way from first coming on national TV channels and lying through their teeth about the properties they owned; papa Sharif then repeating the same lies in the National Assembly; then pitching in the infamous Qatari letter to repair their family fortunes; graduating to the Calibri Font forgery; and now all the hopes of this lying and thieving lot seem to be resting on this video of a hopelessly compromised and dishonest judge.
This is a unique case of graduated dishonesty being marshaled to retrieve the fortunes of a morally disabled family!
Maryam’s next logical and legal step should have been to present the original video to the Islamabad High Court with the prayer that this be made a part of the case record which is pending with them on appeal.
This is what needs to happen if it is Maryam’s aim is to spring her father from jail on legal grounds.
But this is not what will happen. Maryam will not present this “evidence” to the court. She will not do this because she knows that this evidence is both tampered with and tainted and will therefore not stand the test in court.
Even a superficial examination of this evidence, prima facie, reveals that it is an attempt at entrapment and blackmail. And that this evidence is definitely doctored. Any fool can conclude that there was a criminal conspiracy behind this attempt at entrapment and blackmail, and doctoring of the “evidence”.
The question is, who was behind this conspiracy? One of the conspirators was definitely Maryam herself. But she would not like to be exposed. In this attempt to get her father out of jail, she would not want herself to be in the hilarious position of ending up next to him. She would therefore not like to have this new “evidence” examined in depth. So, she will not present it to the court. She does not want any legal mileage out of it. Legally this family has no legs to stand on.
But she will play it to the hilt and try and get the maximum political mileage out of it. She will try to incite and inflame passions of people on the street ; she would like to see anarchy; deaths and destruction will suit her. Ideally she would like the state to be brought to its knees. In this she will hope to find redemption.
But what concerns me and many others like me is, should the higher judiciary not feel constrained to take suo moto notice of this extremely serious issue and form a JIT to determine the facts?
Should it not preempt what threatens to come?
And if not, why not?
If this issue is investigated with diligence and competence, Maryam Safdar will be found at the epicenter of this conspiracy.
If she does not take this “evidence” to the Court, where it properly belongs, it must be reasonably concluded that following any legal path was never her purpose. Creating chaos was i.e to win on the streets through mayhem, what has been lost to her in the courts.
And she has blatantly threatened that in case she is restrained in any manner from carrying through her designs, she will bring to the fore more such videos, and oust secrets which she holds. Ostensibly some of these would be state secrets.
In short she is promising to blackmail both individuals and institutions and to incite people on the streets, which could result in unrest, damage to property, and loss of lives.
Unless sowing civil unrest be her primary aim, why would she be trying to cause incitement, instead of presenting her “evidence” in the Court?
When lives are lost as Maryam’s planned caravans snake their way to her “success”, who will be held responsible for the mayhem and deaths caused along the way? Will it be Maryam Safdar, or Athar Minallah who let her out on bail on the strength of a judgement in which prejudice shamelessly hides behind crass incompetence?
p.s. Papa Sharif’s dish of gongloo gosht can no longer be allowed to come from home. Like Gandhi, who frequently resorted to hunger strikes to bring freedom to India, Papa Sharif has promised to go on hunger strike till his right of home cooked gongloo gosht is restored. To add weight to this threat, Maryam has promised to go on a dharna outside Lot Lakpat Jail. Both are pretending to believe that home cooking will restore Papa’s health, while both know full well that what the whole family has battened on is not home cooked food, but on the marrow of the bones of the people they had sworn to serve.
But if the two of them took their threat to the very end, it may do a lot of good to Pakistan. It will rid us of one of the monsters who very nearly devoured the state. While as for Maryam Safdar, her dharna will melt away much about her that is so easy on the eye. What will be left of her will be her new resemblance to the poor women of Lahore, many of whom scour the rubbish heaps, trying to find abandoned morsels on which to feed their children. This is the closest that a women like her can ever come to humanity
Pakistan is a country completely misunderstood, not just by those outside (which is understandable) but also those inside. We, at PFP or Pakistanis for Progress intend to make it clear to all and sundry, with ample evidence and logical thought just what was the real intent or foundation of Pakistan and how discovering and following the same can lead us to internal and external success
We at Pakistanis for Progress or PFP stand behind the following background and aims, we intend to improve upon them with national consensus and present to leadership to implement. Or find a way to contest elections ourselves and win this nation back!
The people of Pakistan want a good life, they also talk about the hereafter, but given a choice, they prefer the luxuries and material success of this world. Therefore they are no different from any people anywhere else in the world in general. The problem is not what they want, but what they say they want, which is often what they are programmed to say what they’re want through clergy, rituals, culture and norms that need to be done away with
Today Pakistan is plagued with all sorts of problems imaginable, the government and civil society is banging their heads on every wall they can find for a solution. But there seems to be none in sight. In this backdrop I am launching a movement with likeminded progressive Pakistanis to suggest and implement solutions that actually work
Failure of PTI (Ruling Party of Pakistan) and all other parties in understanding or solving crisis after crisis
Tabdeeli (change) the slogan of the revolutionary PTI seems to have fallen flat on it’s face. Old school parties either disqualified or revealed as corrupt in front of the masses cannot claim to do any better than PTI. So, in short, there is no savior in sight, no formula to arrest a declining Rupee which instead of enabling exports is increasing the quantum of debt instead. A quick look at google reveals the horrid state of girl child and female safety in Pakistan, latest being the bone chilling murder of 10 year old Farishta in the Capital City where Imran Khan Rules the Rooster of Pakistan. PTI has failed on all counts it’s predecessors failed, only worse. Because it set high expectations it never had a plan, competence or team to deliver change it proclaimed. U turn upon U turn, they went back on almost all their claims and promises, even the first 100 days had 100 U turns! It is apparent PTI never had the ability to deliver Pakistan from the mess it’s in and all that remains now is a state of financial instability that destabilizes Pakistan Army and hence puts its very geographical integrity at stake. Myths is all political parties have when questioned about performance and some are debunked right here.
Reimagining Pakistan, the only way out
Let’s face the truth, Pakistanis never fought for freedom or earned it like the French, Russian Revolutions or the American Revolutionary War against the British. The British left India and much of Africa after their humbling experiences of World War 2. Therefore freedom was GIVEN to India and Pakistan, so many proofs exist! The military history of Pakistan records the first Commander-in-Chief as Sir Frank Walter Messervy followed by Sir Douglas David Gracey proving that freedom was never “snatched” from the British but gradually, methodically given away as part of their longer term colonial exit strategy. In fact the Pakistan Army, Civil Services and even the Constitution has a very large measure of British creation evident in documentation, rules, titles, policies and procedures to this very day!
The founder of Pakistan, Mohammad Ali Jinnah was a secular, progressive and open minded man. He consumed alcohol and was far from the life of a staunch Muslim, the main protagonist claimed to be behind the creation of Pakistan by the Mullah inspired middle and lower classes of Pakistan. Jinnah was forced to wear an Islamist Cloak by the hardliners which has been debunked in this New York Times article. In short, Jinnah wanted a democratic state where there was no compulsion on religion and people were free to live as they wanted.
Jinnah’s Pakistan, today, has been turned into an intolerant land where minorities are harassed and where economic survival necessities (as per the ADB), let alone luxuries like education (Daily Times depressingly dismal), healthcare (Dawn, 5 times worse than Thailand or Sri Lanka!) and justice (EurAsia News, poor rot in jails and criminals sit in parliaments, in short) which are distant dreams if at all a possibility.
Jinnah must be turning in his grave, this is not what he negotiated Pakistan for!
Where Pakistanis went (very) wrong?
Since the Pakistanis never really fought for freedom, they simply became a “brown” extension of the British Raj. A terrible extension to be precise. Many Pakistanis live in urban myths, an average Pakistani will tell you:
Pakistan was created by God (the British created it)
The whole world is against Pakistan (Pakistanis are their own worst enemies)
We are the citadel of Islam (with umpteen sects, cultures, languages, religion is a different adaptation in different parts of the country, often at loggerheads with each other) – yet there are animated even violent debates and crimes committed to prove religious dogmas notwithstanding the example of “if it looks like duck, walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, then it IS a duck!” yet the ducks of Pakistan are often not even accepted as ducks because of narrow interpretations of faith and hypocrisies in condoning another sect with largely similar beliefs as they happen to be in larger numbers! Convenient hypocrisy!
A dangerously dysfunctional obsession with Islam. Pakistanis indulge their time in vilifying different sects of Islam. Some aren’t even allowed to call themselves Muslims. The narratives on Islam are never ending and as divergent as the country itself. While the common man is given dreams of Sharia, his children sending precious foreign exchange back home work in the MidEast or West often as labor, taxi drivers transporting all including drunkards and as bouncers in bars. Their income however begotten is happily enjoyed at home, however the hypocrisy and double standards start when wine and massage parlors, the two main ingredients of tourism in addition to natural beauty, heritage and adventure sport are completely amiss for tourists in Pakistan while available in ample and cheap supply to locals! Yet when confronted, the so called “good and pure Muslims” have no argument, no rationale and no alibi for the obvious, so they resort to blame, abuse and slander, things we’ve hence become immune to, if this is the price of speaking the truth so be it!
Nuclear power, a myth going around all strata of society, with little, if any, cognizance of the fact that warfare is economic today. Look at Japan, a nation smothered by the Americans in WW2, or China, a nation once ridiculed for “cheap quality products”, or South Korea, a country people didn’t even know existed today spearheading Samsung, LG, Hyundai, Daewoo and more. Look at the Americans as they sanction Huawei, an act 1,000 times stronger than 30 days of conventional warfare success against China. Except China, the rest are non nuclear, and yet very strong economically and their nationals enjoy respect all over the world. It is good to have nukes, but they’re not enough, and they’re like a high maintenance girlfriend, to keep your nukes prim and proper you need a lot of cash at hand and in the bank, from delivery mechanism to enrichment, it’s all about money! So going ballistic on being a “nuclear power” is an ill placed sense of pride in isolation
An uncomfortably exploitative and twisted aristocratic civil services, political structure and public sector firms. These are the ill-begotten sons of the Colonial Empire, who have moved ahead to a lean and mean, accountable and servant leadership style back in England, EU, US, Australia and NZ, however ex colonies such as India, Pakistan, African nations, South America are still plagued with their Master-Slave leadership style and governance structure. Ironic as it may seem almost 80 years post colonization most of the ex slaves still think, act, feel and behave like slaves, freedom is not easy for people who, from a young age, are taught to BLINDLY SUBMIT to authority, without questioning the moral, ethical or even legal legitimacy of the same! Hence the rich and powerful of Pakistan be they criminals, fraudsters, even hate mongers and inspiration of terror groups get respect and obedience from a masses who have never really risen or stood up for what is right!
The way out for Pakistan
Pakistan needs to take hard decisions that we as Progressive Pakistanis support and insist on implementation, but for that we first need the educated and enlightened to join our ranks, our aims are as follows:
Separate religion from the state – let the state focus on crimes then ensuring the implementation of a Holy Book. Let the Holy Book be respected and adhered to at an individual level and the state to ensure RESPECT for all faiths through softer mechanisms then the current harsher blasphemy law measures
Focus on tourism – that’s Pakistan’s LOWEST hanging fruit! But Pakistanis do not realize that while alcohol and massage parlors / sex shops are wide spread all over Pakistan covertly – their overt absence drives away tourism that we could catch due cheaper airfare to India, Sri Lanka, Far East and Mid East. Our leadership needs to educate the masses that their greed and satiation for worldly goods goes hand in hand with the model of governance the countries they immigrate to practice! One can write a book on what needs to be done in the tourism sector but suffice to say key reforms as above will atleast motivate foreigners to travel to Pakistan with much needed Dollars and Euros as of today
Law and order – except Ayub Khan, none of the Pakistani leaders took this aspect seriously. A nation where one feels insecure, unsafe and exploited by the powerful because police is generally corrupt and the justice system is antiquated, complex and unfriendly not to mention unfair – for if one evaluates the inmates of jails in Pakistan a larger majority of them will be personal and political victims. Investors, local or foreign do not touch you unless you can show them transparent and professionally run police and justice system. One can see changepakistannow.wordpress.com or womenarevotes.com to see how retired armed forces personnel can quickly, efficiently and professionally bring about this much needed change!
Low cost governance – had there been a disaster and 90% of the Government and it’s arms were destroyed, the masses of Pakistan will feel no difference – because the Government of Pakistan exists to serve Government servants, their friends, families and acquaintances then whatever the truth is
Low taxation – For years we’ve propagated a flat VAT like 10% tax on all goods created and sold, this will result in local and foreign investments leading to jobs, treasury increase and a healthy, positive environment then one where blasphemy and “who can be called a Muslim” or “the world is out to get us” sort of cliched and rhetorical discussions are replaced with just ONE word: WORK! Increase the tax base, use the reformed police & judiciary to enforce execution. With a 200 mn plus population, if enforced we will be able to comfortably meet our international lenders’ obligations. In order to make this happen the government must substantially reduce governance expenditure by 90% at least. Cut down bureaucracy completely and replace with decent retired army officers or professionals form all walks of life, post this the government needs to go to the IMF and ask for a 2-5 years interest break exemption, thereafter a rebooted, refreshed and productive economy will benefit all. As of right now, a regressive investment climate and high taxation coupled with spiraling inflation and a deflating currency is pushing the Government towards a total financial collapse
Pay for imports with Pak Rs – currencies build value when they are traded, Pak Rs is not traded, only exchanged for Dollars or another currency of repute. However, reality is different, 200 million people use this financial instrument (Pak Rupee) – it can be used in Pakistan to buy any of our produce! Hence import firms should be offered Rupee instead of $s, we’ll win some, we’ll lose many, no worries – over time the Rupee will become important to the whole world. The government can also offer foreigners local rights when making investment, securing them and driving our currency up
One window foreign (or local) investment facilitation – taxes, order, visas, process, fun – these are bottlenecks to investment. We’ve covered flat 10% taxes and retired army officers based police above. What remains are difficult as hell to acquire visas to a country no one really wants to visit! and the antiquated, bureaucratic process full of red tape that literally drives investors away, add to that investors want to have fun! They socialize in bars not like Pakistanis who have bars in F7 Islamabad or Defence Lahore or Karachi or so on all over the place! To top it all off, a one window low cost and simplified business setup is our dire need to increase FDI (foreign direct investment)
We will thus be closer to Mr Jinnah’s progressive vision for Pakistan, at long last!