Overt, covert and back to overt fighting?


 

During the World Wars, we used to fight openly and hate and bloodshed. Millions ordinary civilians lost their lives in the battlefields. That got exposed over the decades and everyone realized, only losers are people and not the rulers. Rulers thus lost power to engage people into war. 

That resulted in Cold Wars era, and all fightings became covert. UN, diplomacy, spy agencies, destabilization, psyop, disinformation, false flag attacks, proxy wars, economic warfare, electronic warfare, etc. 

All of that got exposed as well, through time and thanks to the whistleblowers. Rulers started to lose backing of people again, for such covert tactics, for the same objective of fighting. Now, it seems, the establishment is taking the route of overt fighting again, arousing hate and justifying it as a necessary evil, as both overt and covert tactics were exposed in the recent history, going back to overt, since many have forgotten history, and we see people falling for it. The values we learned over the centuries are being brought into debate again: bigotry, racial profiling, intolerance, divide and conquer, world wars on boundaries and nationalism, forced laws, building walls, ethnic cleansing, fighting based on religions, disrespect, fascism, etc. 

It is not patriotism, dummy


If you’ve followed the tit-for-tat escalation of India and Pakistan recently, resulting from growing public protest in Kashmir territory, further aggravated by the media, patriotism on both sides of the border got reinvigorated. Thanks to the hate-mongering leadership of India, equally reciprocated by the ultra-nationalists of Pakistan.

If patriotism is genuine, here are simple litmus test questions to prove that:

  1. 1. Would you throw garbage outside the perceived boundary of your own property (house) or a car or shop or office? Meaning, as if outside your property is enemy territory (not your country). Keep it littered, dusty and insanitary, it doesn’t matter me but my country folks.
  2. Given a chance, would you flee out of country for good? Majority of the population would probably. Because we aren’t ready for sacrificing our personal or family life, at the expense of correcting issues of the country.
  3. You cheat everyone everyday, as if they’re your enemy and not Pakistani. You hike prices during Ramazan (holy month), for your fellow nationals, that you boast to die for. Because actually you don’t give a damn about the people.
  4. You ignore open gutters daily, step on newly carpeted or cemented road, steal street lights and don’t care a bit about public property (which is Pakistan’s property), because it does not belong to you or any other person but Pakistan. And Pakistan mean nothing to you, you let it be.
  5. You can check our true patriotism, by looking at the condition of government buildings and everything that they use. Their punctuality at work, sense of public service and not doing your job are typical behavior. You consider government job as a free money without doing any work, because you think there’s no one at loss except the country paying you the salary or the damage done is only to Pakistan. Pakistan’s property or money means free property, because we don’t give a damn about Pakistan.
  6. You vote your feudal lords, in fear of poverty, prosecution and hunger, or you vote based on racism to support your community, disregarding the fact how much that helped the politicians destroy the country. So, without education, we’ve lost our patriotism as well.

I know there are some good, educated and patriotic people left in Pakistan, but majority seems a sad case. So, when majority chants jingoistic slogans in favor of Pakistan and against India, that doesn’t make me feel any happier but scared. Because I know, it’s not driven by the love of your country, but the hate and revenge against others. The most patriotic people would be our army-men, because they can’t survive without it.

That’s why I’m not moved by any such empty rhetoric on either side of the border, trying to rally public hate in the guise of patriotism. It’s same old tactic of hate and fear to garner public support for wars on both sides of the borders. Read my other post (India and Pakistan – War Hysteria), how poor these two countries are and how much they spend on defense for the past 6 decades instead.

Probably, it’s just as they say: ‘Dash bakhth ka nasha’?  (from hindi movie)

Education! Education, first, not even patriotism.

What is Heat stroke (also called Sun stroke)


This is a quick reference for general public awareness about Heat stroke (also called Sun stroke). I compiled this, as many people, even in educated families, didn’t know about it and barely saved from it, during recent heatwave in Karachi.

Definition:

Heat stroke results from prolonged exposure to high temperatures — usually in combination with dehydration — which leads to failure of the body’s temperature control system. The medical definition of heat stroke is a core body temperature greater than 105 degrees Fahrenheit, with complications involving the central nervous system that occur after exposure to high temperatures. Other common symptoms include nausea, seizures, confusion, disorientation, and sometimes loss of consciousness or coma.

Symptoms of Heat Stroke:

The hallmark symptom of heat stroke is a core body temperature above 105 degrees Fahrenheit. But fainting may be the first sign.
Other symptoms may include:
• Throbbing headache
• Dizziness and light-headedness
• Lack of sweating despite the heat
• Red, hot, and dry skin
• Muscle weakness or cramps
• Nausea and vomiting
• Rapid heartbeat, which may be either strong or weak
• Rapid, shallow breathing
• Behavioral changes such as confusion, disorientation, or staggering
• Seizures
• Unconsciousness

People most at risk of heat-related illness:

Anyone can suffer from heat-related illness, but those most at risk are:
• People over 65 years, particularly those living alone or without air conditioning
• Babies and young children
• Pregnant and nursing mothers
• People who are physically unwell, especially with heart disease, high blood pressure or lung disease
• People on medications for mental illness.

Causes of heat stress and heat-related illness:

There are many factors which can cause heat stress and heat-related illness, including:
• Dehydration – to keep healthy, our body temperature needs to stay around 37°C. The body cools itself by sweating, which normally accounts for 70 to 80 per cent of the body’s heat loss. If a person becomes dehydrated, they don’t sweat as much and their body temperature keeps rising.
• Lack of airflow – working in hot, poorly ventilated or confined areas.
• Sun exposure – especially on hot days, between 11am and 3pm.
• Hot and crowded conditions – people attending large events in hot or crowded conditions may also experience heat stress that can result in illness.

Heat stroke – treatment:

Heat stroke is a medical emergency and requires urgent attention:
• Call for an ambulance.
• Get the person to a cool, shady area and lay them down while you’re waiting for emergency medical help.
• Remove clothing and wet their skin with water, fanning continuously.
• Do not give the person fluids to drink. (You can give fluids in case of heat exhaustion.)
• Position an unconscious person on their side and clear their airway.

Heatwave in Karachi & How we responded


This would have best context, for those living in Karachi. But, others would also get the main message. With the rising temperature in Karachi, in the recent past (June 2015), going as high as breaking record (45oC), which was exacerbated by the government’s water and electricity shortfall, that some 1000+ souls lost their lives in this big metropolis. Most of them were either chronically ill or drugged and rest lacked awareness about heat-stroke, but it was no less than a tragedy for the city, in recent times. I wrote another post on heat stroke and how to respond in such situation, here.

Women wets her burqa to cool off the head of this elderly man

Thanks to God, who has provided us with this government and KE, KWSB, KMC, WAPDA, Karachi Meteorological Department and Sindh Police, Civil/Jinnah Hospital and PIA, etc., without which we couldn’t have gained piety in this holy month of Ramazan. This is a sarcastic statement, but they really tested our patience. How could people (eg living in first world countries), in relative quiet time and peaceful living, get the chance to demonstrate patience and tolerance, when everything is easy for them. You know, many of those people (living abroad), run into a situation where they can’t find enough people eligible for ‘zakat’ (person living below poverty line), people under stress, and destitute families, that they have to turn to the third-world countries, to fulfill their obligation of zakat (giving alms).

Both the people with the means and luxuries of life are tested (‘Ibtilah’) and also those who are living in poverty. But, God tests more the pious people, so as to test the strength of their faith and to give them a chance to increase their level of ‘taqwa’ (piety).

{Do people think that they will be left alone because they say: “We believe,” and will not be tested. And We indeed tested those who were before them. And Allaah will certainly make (it) known (the truth of) those who are true, and will certainly make (it) known (the falsehood of) those who are liars, (although Allaah knows all that before putting them to test).}[al-Ankaboot 29:2-3] – Quran

Indeed, in order to earn such blessings, we have to observe patience and not get agitated, under any circumstance, like that which Karachiites (specially the poor) are enduring through lack of basic essentials like water and electricity, the trouble of getting CNG, increased beggary, raging traffic and the rising mercury level.

“Great reward comes with great trials. When Allah loves a people, He tests them, and whoever accepts it attains His pleasure, whereas whoever shows discontent with it incurs His wrath.” Narrated and classed as hasan by at-Tirmidhi (2396); classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in as-Silsilah as-Saheehah, no. 146 – Hadith

So, those who did observe patience and those who got martyred through the heat-wave, mugged, or endured heat or lost someone/something dear to them, and did not complain and observed ‘sabar’ (patience) and remained thankful to the blessings of Allah, must have gained His ultimate favor.

{Only those who are patient shall receive their reward in full, without reckoning.}[Az-Zumar 39:10] – Quran

Although, it wasn’t wise to observe ‘fast’, during those extreme heat-wave period, specially for the weak (who are exempt anyways) and impoverished (who risk their lives), and specially when the government was adding to their misery, failing to provide electricity and water. I have written another post on how to avoid, identify and recover from heatstroke. But, I am sure, who did fast naively and with the sole ‘neeyat’ (intention) of gaining Allah’s favor, would definitely get their reward. During Friday sermons/prayers, I noticed lots of people, under open scorching sun, stood perspiring from head-to-toe, saying prayers.

That’s indeed a great sight, of the level of faith in the society, under such tough circumstances.

{And certainly, We shall test you with something of fear, hunger, loss of wealth, lives and fruits, but give glad tidings to As-Saabiroon (the patient). Who, when afflicted with calamity, say: “Truly, to Allaah we belong and truly, to Him we shall return.” They are those on whom are the Salawaat (i.e. who are blessed and will be forgiven) from their Lord, and (they are those who) receive His Mercy, and it is they who are the guided ones.} [Al-Baqarah 2:155–157] – Quran

Such, calamity also provides us the opportunity to perform those acts of kindness that I noticed many people of Karachi demonstrated, by volunteering to provide drinking water with ORS (necessary salt) to hundreds of thousands of people in shantytown and hospitals, across the city. The noble acts of planting trees (Neem tree) followed, which is a ‘sadqa –e- jareeha’ (eternal reward).

Neem tree plantation, by volunteers

Allah’s Messenger (sa) said: “There is none amongst the Muslims, who plants a tree or sows a seed, and then a bird, or a person or an animal eats from it, but it is regarded as a charitable gift from him.” (Bukhari) – Hadith

Everyone volunteered either with their money, or time, effort, awareness or encouragements, in whatever manner they could, to serve their fellow Karachiites. Acts of kindness and sacrifice, when you have plenty to share or when you are trouble-free, is obviously easy. One of the reasons for fasting in the month of Ramazan, apart from giving a break to your body, is to feel for the poor, who are hungry and thirsty and learn to observe control without any discontent. If we are awake all night, eating or just hanging around with friends and sleeping next day in AC, or remain in AC anyways, you’ll still fulfill the obligation, but you will miss to observe hunger or thirst and a feeling for the poor. Similarly, in the middle-east, it’s common these days to see temperatures has high as 40-50oC. But still, you don’t get such opportunity of giving and sharing with the impoverished, that you get in Karachi.

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So, the real metal is proven, when under such dire circumstances, Karachiites showing their heart for such immense level of brotherhood, is a pleasant sight, something we must be thankful for.

Umar ibn Hazm reported: The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “There is no believer who consoles his brother at the time of a calamity but that Allah the Exalted will clothe him with noble garments on the Day of Resurrection.” – Hadith

Pakistan is known for its philanthropy and the month of ramazan sees its phenomenal rise, where you see hundreds of thousands of people giving charity, by providing free ‘iftaar’ (food boxes), arrange places for ‘taraweeh’ (evening prayers), give free ration to the hungry, give cash to the poor (‘zakat’) and donations to hospitals and charity organizations, was overwhelming to observe in this Ramazan. Somehow, such information is never highlighted in the news. The reason, I almost stopped turning TV on.

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Last but not the least, such acts of nobility aren’t complete, without the mention of Abdul Sattar Edhi’s Edhi Foundation, who provided funeral services to the sudden death of hundreds of people during the peak heat-wave, which no one was able to handle, government, least bit. Our leaders (in the government) should understand their job is to serve and to protect, and not to rule us. There is a painful hellfire waiting for them, if they neglect their duties and let such a magnitude of people suffer like that. But, anyhow, it turns out to be a blessing in disguise, where it provided us the opportunity to expiate our sins and reminded us of the true path.

Thus calamities, trials and tests are signs of love from Allaah for the believers. They are comparable to a cure; although it may be bitter, you accept it because it is from the one whom you love; and to Allaah belongs the best example. As comes in the hadeeth, the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said: “The magnitude of the reward is proportional to the magnitude of the affliction. When Allaah سبحانه وتعالى loves some people, He tests them. He who is content (with Allaah’s decree) will receive the Pleasure (of Allaah سبحانه وتعالى); and he who is discontent will attain the wrath (of Allaah سبحانه وتعالى).”[10] Related by at-Tirmidhi and Sheikh al-Albaanee رحمه الله graded it Saheeh. – Hadith

So, we should observe patience under any circumstance and do good to others, in the best way you can. But that does not mean no accountability for the leaders (government officials), responsible for this debacle. Part of the ‘sabr’ (patience) is to stop them from committing this hardship on the people at large. It’s also our responsibility to protest. It’s indeed same as committing oppression, when you bear oppression and does not voice your concern or fight back.

May Allah, grant maximum reward to these people who served their fellow beings (‘huquooq ul ebad’) and give us ‘sabar’ (patience) and strengthen our faith during such difficult times and save us from actual calamity and give us ‘toufeeq’ (guidance) to make the most of this month, so that we get your ultimate favor, Aameen! May Allah, also give guidance to our leaders (in government) and save them from hellfire, Aameen!

Verily we belong to Allaah and to Him we shall return. O Allaah help me in my calamity and bring me something better in return, Aameen!

Two things define you: Your patience when you have nothing and your attitude when you have everything. – Unknown

* Many of the photos, I’ve taken myself and many I’ve gathered from volunteers on social media.

Do We Have To Be Offended By Everything


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You are a smart person and you pride yourself on your critical thinking abilities and general good taste.

You read or hear or watch something and find yourself smiling, nodding in agreement, maybe even laughing out loud. This, whatever this happens to be, is genius. Whoever created it somehow articulated exactly what you’ve been thinking but have never been able to put into words. Nothing has ever been more perfect.

You share what you’ve just read, heard or watched with your friends, expecting that they’ll be just as blown away by the insight and hilarity as you were. And some people do get it, so you high five to celebrate your mutual intelligence and awesomeness. But then a few of your friends start to voice misgivings, and then someone comes right out and says it:

This isn’t cool.

Here’s the thing – you’re not a bad person. In fact, you…

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‘Waar’ film experience and its review


Although, the initial motivator was to kill time, which I was trying by window-shopping at Centaurus Mall in Islamabad. Watching movie turned out to be the better option, with respect to passing time, which I got due to delayed flight. I chose to watch ‘Waar‘, which was much hyped about recently. Its online movie trailer, first got my attention, and developed curiosity later on. But unfortunately, with my work-life schedule, I wasn’t able to watch any movies past several months in the cinema, may be a year. All movies, I could see, were during long flights 🙂 Anyhow, ‘Waar’ turned out to be a pleasant surprise. Specially, when I looked at it from the perspective of Lollywood standards, or may be it was my perception, as I hadn’t seen movies lately, let alone a Pakistani movie. The picturization, cinematography, sounds and effects, and acting were very close to what we see in Hollywood movies. It also has quite a bit of thrill and action, that which everyone likes today, as we’re a generation who grew up watching the likes of Arnold and Silver Stallone, except me. But I can live with such violence, looking at the true to life story, they wanted to present, involving bloodshed and terrorism. Probably the biggest reason of its popularity is its story, aligning itself with patriotism and chivalry, bravery and humanism, touching upon the sufferings of the population and the role of Armed Forces and the shrewd Intelligence Agencies and the involvement of foreign insurgents in the country, and their support to the outlaws. It highlighted heroism, faith and spirit of our defence forces (both Army and Police) and their valor, sacrifice and courage against the lethal-hidden enemy. There were many emotional scenes and at one time, I noticed people burst into clapping, right when Shaan (Mujtaba) killed the notorious villain, who was hiding behind a hostage child. The great thing about this movie is its content. Everyone loves watching Hollywood and Bollywood movies, but hate it, when they embed few tid-bits in the scenes, or in the story, which is effectively propaganda against Pakistan. Film ‘Waar’, would help to dispel some such disinformation about Pakistan and Islam or at least present the other side of the story to the world out there. The movie also lacked the usual entertainment part, like dancing over songs, which makes me qualify it to be more sensible, than entertaining. The movie was a mix of English and Urdu, which means, it’s geared towards the elite Pakistanis living in Pakistan and abroad and Indians alike, who’re also bilingual in English and Urdu listening. Overall, it was a pleasant surprise and I am happy to see Pakistani film industry has picked up well recently. I also read in the news, it’s doing good in terms of business and getting worldwide acclamation. Good acting by Shaan, Ayesha Khan, Ali Azmat, Meesha Shafi and others and Direction by Bilal Lashari. Specially Shan’s acting was superb. Congratulations to all!

 

       

You can watch it’s trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I6QE_QVtC6U  

Feel free to share your views about this film, I would be curious.  Here are the main cinemas you can watch at: Nueplex Cinemas, Centaurus Cineplex, Cinepax (Ocean Tower)(City Auditorium)Atrium CinemasUniverse CineplexNishat CinemaCinepax – Jinnah Park, Rawalpindi

Why Muslims act cautiously abroad ?


I did mention once there are so many smart muslims in America, who’re much more adherent to Islamic values, than people in muslim countries. But there is a growing lot, different from them, specially after the advent of 9/11. Here I would like to tell you about them.

You must have noticed that many of the muslims, who had left their muslim countries for good (out of troubles they faced there) and chose non-muslim countries as their homeland (for their personal and family’s prosperity), live a very careful life (talking specifically about US & UK). When I say careful, I meant, they tend not to open up their identity (as muslim) or show off their islamic practices, instead act and appear as local as possible (from the wisdom of ‘do what the romans do’, to be successful in that society), stay clear of any involvement of islamic gatherings or activities, predominantly do not indulge in islamic propagation, hide their values indoor, tries to find Islam, that which conforms to their western lifestyle, and the worse of them, since Islamophobia is the latest fashion (of the majority), curse islamic values in the same tone (many a times even harsher, assuming they’re somehow more knowledgeable about Islam, being born as one) compared to the local unaware Americans, whose only source of information about anything is MSM (mainstream media – TV).

Check this out, some facts, from the land of the free and the most enlightened:

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According to the FBI, anti-Islamic incidents were the second least reported hate crimes prior to 9/11, but following 9/11, they became the second highest reported among religion-bias incidents. From pre-9/11 to post-9/11, a growth of 1600% took place.

  • American Muslims often get the kind of treatment once reserved for blacks and Jews, dehumanized groups that also were the victims of racial and ethnic prejudice and violence, according to University of Georgia religion professor Alan Godlas.
  • Do you know why the Sikhs are targeted in US for hate-crimes. Because of the wide ignorance, Sikhs are ‘perceived to be Muslims’. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has a category of ‘hate crimes against perceived Muslims’ and such incidents jumped up by 50 per cent in 2010 because of anti-Muslim propagandising, according to FBI’s 2011 hate crime statistics.
  • In 2012, seven mosques in the United States were attacked in two week during the holy month of Ramazan. After the incidents, the Huffington Post reported that the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Washington D.C. issued a safety advisory on August 6, 2012, advising Muslims to install surveillance equipment, request police patrols, and report suspicious vehicles driving near mosques ahead of Eid ul Fitr.
  • Ahmad Bashir, 57, repeatedly stabbed by man shouting anti-Muslim statements outside mosque in Flushing, Queens. Mr Bashir’s nose was also bitten in gruesome assault. Unknown attacker was able to get away, and remains on the loose as police investigate.
  • Portraying Card causing controversy among Muslim community
  • Hate crime specifically targeting Middle Eastern storekeepers in Brooklyn, the last of whom, a 78-year old Iranian immigrant named Rahmatollah Vahidipour, was shot to death while closing his boutique and whose lifeless body was then dragged to a backroom and covered over with merchandise from his store.

    Within the same week as Vahidipour’s murder another Muslim man was viciously beaten by two men who preceded their attack by asking him whether he was “a Hindu or a Muslim”, while another man was stabbed several times outside of a mosque in a random attack by an assailant who screamed “I’m going to kill you Muslim“, while repeatedly plunging a knife into his victims’ body.

  • ‘Hate crime’ on cards for Iraqi woman killed in California, US  – 2min Video
  • Ali, a 64-year-old native of Ghana, is an imam, or Islamic spiritual leader, in suburban Detroit. He said he was last detained in December while returning to the U.S. from Toronto. “I was shocked. Why do they handcuff me? I am not a criminal,” Ali said.

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  • You can clearly see that hate-crime hasn’t subsided, since the time it was fueled during 9/11 incident. It has certainly changed the world.
  • According to the CAIR report:
    • As Washington Post columnist Colbert I. King noted in his July 2, 2005 article entitled “Let’s Proudly Hail the Rights of All,” anti-Muslim sentiments are as prevalent as ever, even comparable to sentiments held by many of Japanese Americans during World War II. In June 2005 alone, King notes, a man was sentenced for firebombing an El Paso mosque, a Qur’an was desecrated with human waste in Nashville, a mosque was burned in California, a bag of burned Qur’ans was left outside an Islamic center in Virginia, and an Islamic school in Miami was vandalized for the third time. Political freedom, he muses, is perhaps not extended to Muslim Americans.
    • Increase of Police Discrimination:  One of the most salient increases from 2003 to 2004 is that of discrimination by police such as unwarranted arrests and searches. One example of unreasonable arrest occurred on June 10th, 2004 in Colorado where a Muslim family’s house was raided by the IRS and armed FBI agents who drew their guns. The family was told that an IRS investigation was being conducted and the agents proceeded to ask them questions such as “Are you Shiite or Sunni?” and questions about “Hamas, Hezbollah, and suicide bombings.” They were also asked “If the US went to war with Iran, which side would you be on?” Another example of law-enforcement abuse occurred on October 11, 2004 in Minneapolis where a female hijab-wearing Muslim student of Somali background was pulled over by police. The policemen searched her car and threw her belongings onto the street, including her Islamic books and the Qur’an. They then left her to pick them up by herself.
    • Hate Crimes on Campuses:  Anti-Muslim hate crimes have been especially visible on the campuses of universities and colleges nationwide since 9/11. In the Spring of 2003, anti-Muslim rants were shouted towards student Christine Lo’s dorm room at Yale. Lo had hung an upside-down American flag outside of her window to protest the war in Iraq. The ranting students also attempted to pry open her door with a plank of wood. After they left, Lo found a note prompting Americans to kill Muslims and ”launch so many missiles their mothers don’t produce healthy offspring.” Yale administrator Raphael Soifer also became the target of discrimination when a Yale student spit at him in a dining hall and exclaimed ”I hope you and your families die! Why don’t you go live in Iraq.” Similar threats have been found at institutions such as San Jose State University (California) in 2003, where graffiti in the bathroom claimed, ”Muslims will be shot on SJSU campus on March 10!” At the University of California Los Angeles Medical Center, moreover, Muslim prayer rugs were discovered soaked in pig’s blood.

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As per Department of Justice report (only few excerpt copied here):

The incidents have consisted of telephone, internet, mail, and face-to-face threats; minor assaults as well as assaults with dangerous weapons and assaults resulting in serious injury and death; and vandalism, shootings, arson and bombings directed at homes, businesses, and places of worship. Some of our prosecutions include:

  • Arlington, Texas: Henry Clay Glaspell pleaded guilty to violating the Church Arson Prevention Act by setting fire to a playground outside a mosque in July 2010.
  • Columbia, Tennessee: Three Tennessee men, Jonathan Edward Stone, Michael Corey Golden, and Eric Ian Baker, pleaded guilty to spraypainting swastikas and “white power” on a mosque in Columbia, Tennessee, and then starting a fire that completely destroyed the mosque.
  • Burbank, Illinois: Eric Kenneth Nix pleaded guilty on March 6, 2006 to blowing up the van of a Palestinian-American family that was parked in front of the family’s home.
  • Salt Lake City, Utah: James Herrick pled guilty to pouring gasoline on the wall of a Pakistani-American restaurant on September 13, 2001, and lighting it in an attempt to destroy the building.

, Director of the Department of Multifaith Studies and Initiatives, Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, writes in Huffington Post:  “First, the Brookings study, “What It Means to be an American: Attitudes in an Increasingly Diverse America Ten Years after 9/11,” reveals that most Americans have very little direct experience of Muslims. The majority have no opportunity to speak to a Muslim, even occasionally.” So, thanks to the mainstream propaganda, around 50% of Americans are uncomfortable with muslims as elementary school teacher, or muslims saying prayers at the airport or mosque or muslim women wearing ‘burqa’. Take a look at another survey, by Gallup.

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She further explains: “What’s good about that? In fact, it helps explain findings such as the Gallup Poll that placed Muslims as the most disliked religious group in America. We tend to dislike what we do not know.  What they know, unfortunately, was provided by a small cadre of well funded scholars, bloggers and media personalities, in particular, those on Fox News. ”

So, with the bombardment of propaganda and disinformation against Islam during the past decade, through the powerful mainstream media, you can see its aftermath today (as evident through the incidents above). Now, I understand the reason for muslims living in America to be cautious. Just like any other human being, they developed a psychological tendency to adapt with the prevalent norm, as at the back of their mind, they fear not doing anything, which could result in returning back to their country of birth. So, I don’t blame them, they should be careful, specially after 9/11 incident, the rise of hate-crimes, looking at the history of verbal harassments, sabotage, disappearances, abductions, torture and eliminations (extrajudicial, based on your religion), giving exemplary punishment to those who try to use ‘freedom of expression’ to raise islamic point of view, gives shivers to any sensible man. In fact they’re too weak against the powerful hate-mongering MSM (mainstream media). When the american society in general, fall prey to it, how could they understand any better. Thanks to the era of Cold War, it’s now a mind game, than a physical one. We are going through the era of the clash of ideologies.  Having said that, I don’t mean to generalize that all muslims moving to US, think like that, similarly, neither I am suggesting that all Americans are hate-mongers. It is just to highlight the fact, what muslim americans goes through today.

 

Sources & Further Readings:

Why you shouldn’t tell American border guards you’re in Islamic Studies

http://www.justice.gov/crt/legalinfo/discrimupdate.php

Anti-Muslim violence spiralling out of control in America

http://www.pluralism.org/reports/view/104

Debate on Islam is a peaceful religion ? 

What It Means to Be an American: Attitudes in an Increasingly Diverse America Ten Years after 9/11

In U.S., Religious Prejudice Stronger Against Muslims

Haves and Have Nots: Who’s responsible ?


Top and bottom 1% together

Around 400,000 such persons (lying on the street above) can be fed for a day, with the amount of money spend on this car.  If you love cars, that’s one thing, but otherwise, are you part of this income disparity or against it ?

Now, check out following Income disparity comparison around the world. Red being greater inequality and Blue less and Purple in the middle.

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Have a look at this short video clip:

 

Ever wondered, why we see vast difference between haves and have nots, in almost every country. Rich are filthy rich (no offense), while poor living in extreme poverty. Rich throw half of the food eg in Saudi, when they’re full, while poor eat half meal to their satisfaction, once a week in Somalia. Some have made cars with gold, while others spend their life pondering how to accumulate gold for their girls marriage in India. Some go on vacation in Spain with entourage of more than 3000, while others save money his whole life to perform Haj (Pilgrimage) travel to Makkah, with two or three family members.

Let’s take a look at some startling facts:

  • Just like in America, the wealthiest 0.5% control over 35% of world wealth, Credit Suisse has compiled and released its latest “Global Wealth Report.”
  • “The combined wealth of the world’s 200 richest people hit $1,000,000,000,000 in 1999; the combined incomes of the 582,000,000 people living in the 43 least developed countries is $146,000,000,000.”
  • Pakistan’s 36,000 elite millionaires owns 40% of Pakistan’s total wealth (Rs. 2,118 billion) as per SBP report.
  • I remember, in 2011, US dumped food worth $6 billion, because it doesn’t want to disrupt global food price, if it gives on charity to any country.
  • “The U.S. poverty rate is now the third worst among the developed nations tracked by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.”
  • “The GDP (Gross Domestic Product) of the poorest 48 nations (of the world’s countries) is less than the combined wealth of the world’s 3 richest people.”
  • “The wealthiest nation on Earth has the widest gap between rich and poor of any industrialized nation. “
  • “20% of the population in developed nations consume 86% of the world’s goods.”
  • “It would cost approximately $40 billion to offer basic education, clean water and sanitation, reproductive health for women, and basic health and nutrition to every person in every developing country.”
  • The number of U.S. residents living in poverty edged up to 46,000,000 in 2012
  • The richest 1 percent of the population received almost a fifth of the national households’ income in 2012, thus breaking the previous record set in 1928.
  • 870 million people worldwide do not have enough food to eat.
  • The poorest 40 percent of the world’s population accounts for 5 percent of global income. The richest 20 percent accounts for three-quarters of world income.
  • According to UNICEF, 22,000 children die each day due to poverty.
  • “The developing world now spends $13.00 on debt repayment for every $1.00 it receives in grants.”
  • We normally pay 10 times more on a meal, while we can eat ourselves modestly and instead feed 9 people with rest of the money.

Now take a look at the situation of debt of the majority of population and find how it’s skyrocketing for the poor and falling for the rich. This clearly tells us that rich are getting richer and poor are getting poor. I heard ‘Interest’ or what we call it as ‘Riba’ has such effect ? Following data is from US trends, to elucidate the point, rest of the world has similar picture.

Growing income inequality has led to ballooning debt loads for the bottom 95% of Americans.

Now look at the income disparity graph as an example from US, over the decades and see how the Top 1% progressed in it’s income and how the bottom percentiles have remained subdued, effectively increasing the divide between haves and have nots over those years.

Picture speaks a thousand words, I’ll leave following photos to your imaginations.

I will never waste my food 

“It would cost approximately $40 billion to offer basic education, clean water and sanitation, reproductive health for women, and basic health and nutrition to every person in every developing country.”

Did that happen all of a sudden ? Why did that happen in the first place ? Should we hold ‘Haves’ accountable or are the ‘Have nots’ culprit themselves ?

Sources & Further Readings:

http://myscienceacademy.org/2013/09/13/us-inequality-at-historic-high-surpassing-roaring-20s/

http://www.massrecycle.org/getinvolved/advocacy/organics-waste-ban

http://www.wfp.org/hunger/stats

http://www.facethefactsusa.org/facts/supersized-hunger-pangs-supersized-waste-infographic

http://money.cnn.com/2012/05/02/news/economy/income-debt-inequality/

http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2011/05/income-inequality-around-the-world-is-a-failure-of-capitalism/238837/

SMUT: Protecting kids and freedom of speech


Important!

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2Is your child in danger? Did you know that the largest consumer group for internet pornography is children between 12 and 17?

As you can see in the article at this link, little children, who have never had sexual relations, are being arrested and tagged as sexual offenders due to their addiction to smut on the internet.  Why hasn’t the smut been filtered out by default?  According to the mental health professional who wrote the article at the above link, many of the children would have never been involved if the smut had been unavailable by default.  Why do leaders in high government positions not only allow the ISPs to continue allowing evil smut by default, but also seem to allow the perpetrators to continue, while children are arrested? Smut should be blocked by default. Period.  End of story.  This should have happened years ago.

4What I fear is…

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Losing Language – Losing Identity


I always thought English is our official language, until I read. from the Pakistan Constitution:

251. National language.
“(2) Subject to clause (1), the English language may be used for official purposes until arrangements are made for its replacement by Urdu.”

So, this means, it was meant to be changed with our national language, but I guess everyone was busy copying foreign laws, culture, morals, values, and language, since 1973 and never got the time to even read the constitution again ?  Indeed, when you copy blindly, you lose self-reliance, you develop a tendency to look to others for every wisdom, and that’s how the dependency is created, which eventually results into, what we call modern-day slavery (if we look at it from broader perspective). Do you know as per recent ‘The Economist’ article, Pakistan stood at world number 3, (in slavery) as per the survey report on Global Slavery. We have and we are fast losing our identity.

No nation has progressed really, while totally depending on the wealth, skills, knowledge and the resources of others. Even if you progress temporarily, you would not become competitive globally, and specially in this era of cut-throat competition, you can easily be suppressed. What have we achieved in the past 60 years, copying others ? By imitating the values of others, while inheriting some of our own values in bits and pieces, left us in a confused state. Same is true about our language. Here’s a popular joke about our language:

“The difficulties of being Pakistani: 1) Speak Punjabi in the home; 2) Speak Urdu in school; 3) Answer exam papers in British English; 4) Speak American English in office; and 5) After death, present your account in Arabic. So consider, what can a person do but fail!”

With the worldwide propaganda and bad news associated with Pakistan, many naive Pakistanis, also feel bad about speaking or writing in Urdu, as that psychologically attaches them with Pakistan, which is looked down upon and they want to disassociate with. Another factor for the promotion of English, is the double standard of education we have in the country, and lack of Government control and policy over it. Most of the government schools have lately taught all subjects in Urdu (English though was a separate subject), while most, if not all, of the private schools have taught all subjects in English. So, effectively we’ve created a class difference. Further, due to incompetency of the government, government schools (which caters to the majority of the population), does not uphold quality of education and thus, very much looked down upon by the parents who can afford to pay high-cost of private schools, which provides a lot better education. So, now the class is further classified as haves and havenots. And this is so widespread phenomena now, (since we reared it for more than 30-40 years), many term ‘government schools’ as ‘Peela school’ (like yellow school, as most of government school building are painted in orange-cum-yellow color) or they call it ‘Khada school’, both terms used derogatorily, to demean students who graduated from there. Thus, unknowingly we have created a divide in the society – government school and private school. Learning multiple languages is great, but discriminating on the basis of language  would not help us in any way.

Indeed, those who learned English language well, gained a lot, in terms of knowledge from the developed english speaking countries. But the problem I am highlighting here, is the divide in the society created on the basis of people who know English well, versus who don’t. Let me point out another misconception, prevalent in our society. It’s very much viewed today, not just today, it has it’s roots in pre-partition time (during the creation of Pakistan), people speaking English are synonymous to individuals with wisdom. Indeed, people who knew English well, were able to read and understand a lot more from developed societies. But this overrated regard for English speakers/writers, is bit overblown. So, much so, if people meet any native English speaker in Pakistan, they automatically think that person is so much knowledgeable, having so much wisdom. May be one of the reason, foreigner/tourists are taken high with regard. I don’t mean to say, however, Pakistanis treat their hosts very well. So, a person’s IQ is misconstrued with his ability to speak or read english. If a person doesn’t speak something in English or write in English, the society doesn’t take him/her seriously. Probably, if this article was written in Urdu, it might not have that many audience. This becomes evident, when you go abroad in any English speaking country and realize that, English is just a language of communication and good command over it, does not necessarily mean, a key to success, but good communication skills is. You also realize that there are so many native English speakers, who either don’t write or speak english well, but are ahead in their knowledge and wisdom.

Coming back to the main point, there shouldn’t be discrimination regarding language study. If English had to be official, it should be official for all. If both (English and Urdu) had to be official, it should be for all. Not like, English for haves and Urdu for havenots. Further, don’t get me wrong, I am not promoting Urdu language particularly, neither I am encouraging nationalism/chauvinism, but the point is to cherish your language, which is a key source of most of our cultural heritage. We shouldn’t let the globalization bombard on our values and overwhelm it completely. However, we can adopt good things from anyone (no specific harm in it either), but we must hold on to our language and core values. Example would be, to make mandatory use of urdu scripts on computer usage at Schools, during labs and so on.

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Word ‘Urdu’ written in Urdu script

Before I conclude, let me share another fact. Both Urdu (spoken in Pakistan) and Hindi (spoken in India), are similar, when spoken. So, that’s the reason most of Pakistanis watch Indian movies (Bollywood) and have no problem conversing with each other (Indian and a Pakistani). But in terms of writing, they’re totally different. Urdu script is very much like Arabic, while Hindi script is, something like chinese (just to give some idea, otherwise, chinese is way different).

Important point is, to keep ties with your language and not let that die, in honor of any tertiary language. I would be happy to hear your views on importance of language or any other feedback.

Child adoption in Islam – Kafala


This post is in reply to the following article I read today in The Guardian:

Iran lawmakers pass bill allowing men to marry adopted daughters

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/sep/26/iran-lawmakers-men-wed-adopted-daughters

Summary:

Adoption, or legal adoption per se, is not allowed in Islam. I remember hearing this during a Friday Sermon: Adopted child does not become your (legal) son or daughter, so there’s no legal rights in inheritance or any marital laws etc. apply. Similarly, once the child grow up, he/she will become ‘na-mahram’s (marriageable) for the adopting family. Adopted children, unless they have been breast-fed by the adoptive mother, have historically been considered marriageable (‘na-mahram’) to the adopted family. Though, you’re highly encouraged to support orphans.

Kafala (like Fostering):

Most Muslim-majority states do not currently permit legal adoption. Instead, laws permit a system of guardianship (‘kafala’), which resembles foster-parenting, but is more stable. Kafala is defined as “the commitment to voluntarily take care of the maintenance, of the education and of the protection of a minor, in the same way a parent would do for a child.

Ruling on Adopted Child:

The people in jahiliyyah used to treat an adopted child as the real one in all respects. Just like the way we call ‘mun boli behan (sister), or ‘mun bola bata’ (son), etc. The Holy Qur’an condemned this practice and the following verses were revealed:

“And Allah did not make your adopted children your sons. That is only your words coming out from your tongues. And Allah says the truth and He guides you to the right path. Call them with reference to their (real) fathers. It is more just in the sight of Allah.” (Quran 33:V4)

This shows that the declaration of adoption does not change realities, alter facts, or make a stranger a relative, or an adopted child a son or daughter. A mere verbal expression or figure of speech cannot make the blood of a man run through the veins of the adopted child, produce natural feelings of affection found in normal parent-child relationships, or transfer the genetic characteristics, or physical, mental, or psychological traits. Islam believes in justice, the rights of adopted child, adopter and so on.

Rights of Orphan:

In Islam, the right of inheritance is based on biological relationship:

“Those related by blood are more entitled to (inherit from) each other in the Book of Allah.” (Quran 8:75) 

In case of the rights of the orphan children, Allâh is very severe; for example, He says:

“Those who `swallow’ the property of the orphans unjustly, are actually devouring fire into their bellies and they shall enter the burning fire.” (Quran 4:10) 

General Conditions for Marriage:

It is well-known that the Quran specifies those relatives who are forbidden in marriage (4:23). In Islamic law, those that one is prohibited to marry are known as unmarriageable kin. The status of unmarriageable kin occurs by one of three means: marriage, kinship, or milk-foster relationship (having been breast-fed). Adopted children, unless they have been breast-fed by the adoptive mother, have historically been considered marriageable (non-mahram) to the adopted family. Therefore marriage between a child reared through kafala and biological children of the family is legal under Islamic law.

Raising Orphans a Pious Deed:

Having said this, however, taking care of orphan is a noble act in Islam, and the man who does it will be rewarded by being admitted to Paradise. Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) once said:

“I and the one who raises an orphan, will be like these two in Paradise (and he pointed his middle and index fingers)”

 Logical reasoning:

Some of the wisdom in this law, that I could think of:

1. Haven’t we heard about the gangs who smuggle/sell newborns from Russia and other countries to rich parents, albeit legally, turning it into a big business ? Just like the organ transplant need, turning into a evil practice of organ selling. 
2. People adopting child, just to gain legal advantage in their own legal proceedings (eg inheritance cases etc.).
3. Receiving wealth of adopted child, if somehow that arises. 
4. To protect the (inheritance) rights of biological children of the adopter

Response to the news:

I wonder, why the western MSM have to teach the world, and waste time trying to find problem in Islamic rulings, through their short sighted (human) wisdom, when they themselves are struggling to manage marital life. Shouldn’t they ponder and accept the result of their man-made rules, which resulted in breaking records of rapes, divorces, adultery, incests, unmarried females, lack of interest in marriages, and so on, in their societies. Why can’t they omit an opportunity, that reinforces their Islamophobia agenda or Iranophobia agenda?

Conclusion:

There is an infinite wisdom in each and every teachings of Islam, sometimes beyond human’s apprehension. There are rulings which prescribes a person’s minimum age for  (eg puberty, etc.). It’s abnormal for a parent to marry their adopted child, but there’s no restriction. There are defined criteria and rights for both the adopters and the adoptee. Similarly, no marriage is valid unless both parties (husband and wife) agree, along with the witness and guardian.

 

Sources and further readings:

http://www.muftitaqiusmani.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=23:adoption-of-a-child-in-islam&catid=9:miscellaneous&Itemid=18

http://www.islamweb.net/emainpage/index.php?page=articles&id=135420

Banning gay socialization website in Pakistan


This post in response to the following news:

http://news.yahoo.com/pakistan-blocks-un-islamic-gay-website-111013254.html

Again an exceptional/sensational news, but before people concur something incorrect, I thought I should clarify. The site claims to promote interaction (socialization) among homosexuals. How does that promote Information, Freedom, Equal Rights, is mind boggling.  An extreme example would be, to allow serial killers or pedophiles, to act as per their natural desire and let them socialize with people of similar mental tendencies, so they can plan together such crime 🙂 There are so many lustful desires, and practices we’re prohibited from, for our own good eg gambling, alcohol, adultery, sodomy, fortune-telling, etc. Shouldn’t we be treating the homosexuals’ condition, solace them, and tell them to abstain from same-sex acts (instead have patience), which is prohibited by God and termed as extremely abhorrent/disgusting? We know for a fact, its implication to the society and marital life in particular, if left open to everyone’s desire is fatal.

Sodom and Gomorrah and the Prophet Lut (pbuh) and Pompeii city

Have we forgot Islamic teachings of Prophet Lot (pbuh) and the story of cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, which is similar to the story as shared in the Old Testament of the Bible. We learn of an entire nation which was destroyed by God due to their obscene behavior, which included rampant homosexuality. The disaster that befell Sodom and Gomorrah is very similar to the disaster that destroyed Pompeii, in Naples, Italy. Yet, our ignorant society named a high-class restaurants as Pompeii and takes a pride eating there, forgetting that the destruction of Pompeii came by means of the eruption of the volcano Vesuvius, which is a symbol of Italy, primarily the city of Naples. Remaining silent for the last two millennia, Vesuvias is named the ‘mount of warning’. It is not without cause that Vesuvias is known as such. The lava and ash of a huge volcanic eruption, that happened two millennia ago, caught the inhabitants of that city so suddenly that everything in the town was caught in the middle of everyday life and remains today exactly as it was two millennia ago. The historical records show that the city was exactly a center of dissipation and perversity. The most interesting aspect of the event is that nobody escaped despite the terrible violence of the eruption of Vesuvias. It is almost like they did not even notice the catastrophe, as if they were charmed.  Numerous petrified couples were found in the act of intercourse. The most interesting thing is that there were couples of the same sex and couples of young boys and young girls. The faces of some of the petrified human corpses unearthed from Pompeii were unharmed. The general expression on those faces was bewilderment.

Every Religion Abhors Homosexuality

We must also not forget that homosexual relations, acts or behaviour are illegal in almost every muslim country (with varying punishments), including Pakistan, Saudi, UAE, Iran, etc. Almost every western country does not allow such relationship officially. All the worlds’ major religions and spiritual traditions—from the majority view in Hinduism, Buddhism and Judaism to Christianity and Islam—condemn and forbid homosexuality. The great majority of rabbis hold the same position, as do the Pope and the Dalaï Lama, who condemns homosexuality. For these traditions, homosexuality is considered to be “against nature,” an “expression of disequilibrium” in the growth of a person. The moral condemnation of homosexuality remains the majority opinion of all religions, and Islam is no exception. It would be senseless to wish to deny the facts, to contradict the textual sources and to force believers to perform intellectual contortions so that they can prove they are in tune with the times.

Quran: 

Homosexuality is not allowed in Islam. There are various verses in Quran where Allah clearly says about Homosexuality.

“We also (sent) Lut: he said to his people: “Do ye commit lewdness such as no people in creation (ever) committed before you? “For ye practice your lusts on men in preference to women: ye are indeed a people transgressing beyond bounds.” – Holy Quran 7:80-81

“Of all the creatures in the world will ye approach males”. “And leave those whom Allah has created for you to be your mates? Nay ye are a people transgressing (all limits)!” – Holy Quran 26:165-166

The end result for not giving up homosexuality was the destruction of entire cities

“When Our decree issued We turned (the cities) upside down and rained down on them brimstones hard as baked clay spread layer on layer Marked as from thy Lord: nor are they ever far from those who do wrong!”- Holy Quran 11:82-83

Further reading & sources:

Short: http://kaheel7.com/eng/index.php/unseen-miracles/410-scientific-signs-in-the-story-of-prophet-qlutq

Detailed: http://harunyahya.com/en/Books/3038/the-prophet-abraham-(pbuh)-and/chapter/3514

wikiislam.net/wiki/Islam_and_Homosexuality

Quota System And the Law & Order woes in Karachi


Quota System:

Last year(2012), I read government has extended Quota system in Sindh for 20 more years, which was prevalent for the past 40 years, while there is no such quota system in Punjab or may be other provinces of Pakistan. Someone said that, we have to thank ZA Bhutto who brought this to the nation, pretty much divided the country. The quota system introduced in the 1973 Constitution to ensure that all areas of Pakistan were represented in government service was declared repugnant to Islamic injunctions by the Federal Shariat Court in 1992. However, this law still exists because the federal government and two provincial governments filed appeals against the Shariat Court decision. These appeals remain pending with the Appellate Bench. Quota system for the time being is ok for a greater education access, for the underprivileged, but not for any other case eg hiring/jobs, as it becomes discrimination, which you know is prohibited in Islam, may it be on the basis of race, color, family, land, or ethnicity. You cannot favor one over the other.

Example of Civil Services: 

According to the current recruitment policy listed at the Central Superior Service of Pakistan website, only 10% of posts are reserved for merit. FPSC (Federal Public Services Commission) allocates jobs in civil services institutions (every govt. organization, eg WAPDA, EOBI, Steel Mills, Railways, FBR, Excise & Taxation, Water board, Finance, SBP, including Sindh Police, etc) on the basis of merit and provincial or regional quotas. As per their rule, they are:

Merit                                                                                                 (only 7.5 %)

Punjab (including the Islamabad Capital Area)                   (50%),
Sindh (rural)                                                                                       (11.4%),
Sindh (urban)                                                                                     (7.6%),
Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa                                                                     (11.5%),
Balochistan                                                                                          (6%),
Gilgit-Baltistan and FATA                                                              (4%)
Azad Jammu and Kashmir                                                             (2%).

Police Strength in Pakistan – Comparison:

Now, ponder on further facts:

1. There’s no concept of bribery in Islamabad Traffic police.
2. There is no concept of mobile phones snatching in Lahore city, even during late hours.

Why they say that you cannot bribe almost any policeman of Islamabad Traffic police, while it is a everyday business to bribe Karachi Traffic Police and get away with the fine? Have Islamabad police recruited British policemen? How come they are educated, have moral values and are paid well ? Why can’t that be done in Karachi ?

Someone said, Quota System is only in Sindh because there was a wider divide between Urban and Rural Sindh population of Sindh. So, I did some more research and found following (from Pakistan Bureau of Statistics 1998 survey):

Proportion of Population:
Sindh urban 48%               Sindh Rural 51%
Punjab urban 31%            Punjab Rural 68%
http://www.pbs.gov.pk/content/area-population-density-and-urbanrural-proportion

So, this is certainly not the case as you can see there is a greater divide in Punjab than Sindh. I did more research and found:

Sindh Police vs Punjab Police:

Punjab Police: 180,000
Serving Population: 81 million
Police:Citizen Ratio 1:444

Sindh Police: 105,000
Serving Population: 46 million
Police:Citizen Ratio 1:438

So, they’re equal in size, but how about Karachi vs. Lahore. I could only find estimates from Dawn report (2008):

Karachi Police vs. Lahore Police:

Lahore Police: 30,946 for a population of ~9 million.
Ratio: 1: 287

Karachi Police: 34,155 for a population of ~16 million.
Ratio: 1: 571

Here we have a stark difference, almost half the ratio of police vs citizens in Karachi vs Lahore. Then they say in Lahore, there’s no concept of mobile theft in Lahore and no fear of staying late in the streets at night. Why wouldn’t there be. Also note, roughly 7000 personnel are deployed on VIP security, so this ratio would further deteriorate in Sindh.

Now compare that with other cities of the world:

London police:         1: 155 (Police considered best in the world)
Dehli police:             1: 241
Mumbai police:       1: 357 (most suitable match for Karachi)
Lahore police:          1 : 287
Karachi police:         1: 571

If I compute with actual population of Karachi, ie 30+ million and minus the fact, that personnel deployed on VIP security, the ratio would be worse then 1:1000.

Other Reasons of Sindh Police failure: 

When Karachi police strength is so low, most of them would feel overpowered by the criminals, so they might not even try to perform their duties. While their salaries are said to be very low, that makes another excuse for them to avoid duty and earn through bribes, to make both ends meet. The reputation of Sindh Police(Karachi) is so bad, it’s  synonymous to criminals. Most of the time, they are involved in the crime, eg residential robberies, mobile snatching (they’ve a cut, most of the time). Nobody hopes anymore that their stuff could ever be recovered through police. Many don’t even want to report the incident, as they fear further harassment by police, in terms of bribe for recovery. However, when there’s a will to investigate, they know very well about each and every incident (who committed, what, where and when). They don’t act because of various factors, eg low salary,  lack of skills and lack of proper weapons, lack of knowledge of the society and their customs, lack of education, as most of them are hired on the basis of quota system, in disregard of merit.

Also note , thanks to quota system, all of our provinces represent their respective races and the largest political parties represent their respective race. With that in practice, another element of corruption is political influence in the police.

Who comes into power (authority over Sindh Police), tends to exploit it to the fullest, supporting their party and targeting their opponent party or parties.

When the political party is not representative of the city resident, then injustice results into widespread hate against the police.

VIP Deputation:

As if their strength is already not low, around 7000 of the meager 34000 police force are deputed on VIP security and 3000 on investigation. While the rest of 15000 are deployed in 109 police stations to cover 3500 square km area of Karachi, out of which 19 stations run without any personnel.

So, that equates to roughly one police stations per 32 square km area. This VIP protocol culture is equally common in Lahore and other cities, where it eats up major portion of the police budget.

Rangers in the city: 

When we talk about L&O, we can’t omit the presence of Rangers in the Karachi. Well, that is a military force, trained fundamentally to fight with the enemy and deployed on the borders. This means, it certainly has no place in the city, controlling civics amenities. Because, they lack the education and skills for it. The city was shocked to know about this fact, when a video was leaked through a TV channel, showing the cold-blood, merciless and extra-judicial killing of a civilian at the hands of Rangers at Benazir Bhutto park in Clifton. They’re trained to combat against armed adversary, they lack civic skills.

If there was a lack of personnel in Police, ideal would be to inducted more in Police, increase its funding. If there’s a lack of equipment and advanced armors, Police should have been provided funds and such resources and trainings, instead of bringing in Rangers.

Since the city is the cash capital of the country, everyone can be accommodated and everyone gets their living, and so are Rangers, which is causing Karachi ‘s exchequer Rs. 1.4 billion every year(2012), while enjoying permanent residence in many areas, encroachments and occupation of land,  to water-tanker business, marriage halls and so on. It simply does not make any sense to have army(Rangers) of 18000 personnel deployed permanently in cities. Out of 24000 Rangers assigned for Sindh, which should be protecting our borders, 18000 are stationed inside the cities.

From jurisdiction point of view, I wonder how would two law enforcers (Police & Rangers) operate in one city. It’s like having two managers of one employee. That is evident from various reports, which says there is hardly any coordination between the two forces. How could that be, when one is given direction from Armed forces (HQ Corps commander), while other from Provincial Interior Ministry.  In fact, there are so many other secret agencies working in the city, with over-riding powers. So, effectively, with so many law enforcers, you’re not even sure if any incident is committed by a criminal or secret services, thus nobody can be held accountable and instead blame each others, while the criminals gets a free ride and the general public suffers, very common story of karachiites.

Here’s an update post on L&O in Karachi, special in reference to current Rangers’ operation.

Solution: 

Karachi is booming in every respect, specially in terms of economic growth. Almost everyone finds it’s fortune in the city, from hungry beggars to shopkeepers to billionaire industrialists or the vast hardworking educated middle-class. The biggest issue of Karachi is Law and Order. L&O is the responsibility of Police. That is not a rocket science. Some suggested, making Karachi as a separate province. Not sure, if making more provinces would solve the woes of the city. There just has to be a genuine “will”, if that is missing, there can never be peace. When there was a will to progress the city (in Musharraf’s era), both federal & provincial government and all of governmental institutions (like Police) worked in unison for the peace and progress of Karachi, things changed in the city never seen before in the history of Karachi (evident in graph below). And we have experienced it first hand ourselves, with booming business. I never saw in my lifetime, Pakistanis returning to Pakistan, to Karachi, in Musharraf era.

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So, it’s quite evident, where there is a will, setting peace in Karachi is not a big deal. It is commonly known,  that Karachi Police is not empowered (conflicts with Rangers), politicized, uneducated, lacks civic sense and most of their employees does not belong from the city – thanks to Quota system, thus having reduced tendency for lack of responsibility to serve their hometown. If we need peace and prosperity in Karachi, we have to revive Police, bring in resources on merit and remove all inefficient employees. I am not expert in Police or Law Enforcement, so I can’t say what measures within Police needs to be taken to improve it, but the obvious first step is to increase its strength (personnel, stations, arms) according to the international standard ration and the population of the city.

Eg Karachi Police force should be increased to 80,000 to cater for the current population of 24 million, if we go with the ratio of Lahore.  Else, 150,000 if we go with London’s standard.

Empower Karachi Police with autonomous power to deal with the crime. Karachi Police should fall under the control of local government or its equivalent (people’s representation), instead of Provincial Ministry or Armed Forces or Federal Ministry. Hiring should be made on 90% merit and 10% quota and obviously not the other way round. Independent justice system complements effective police system, one without the other, also cannot work. Virtually, all of the problems of Pakistan can be understood and solved by a 10 year old. It’s the disinformation or unaware population, that helps the leaders at the helm of power to exploit the rules with such impunity. I’ll reiterate, there just has to be a will, to bring prosperity in Karachi.

I have researched all these facts from various sources, and found very little facts and figures that I used above, as you might know, Karachi specific stats are hard to come by, specially when government is committing such misadventure. I wrote another blog on Quota System in general, some time ago, which you can read here: https://learnsharehelp.wordpress.com/2013/03/17/2013-still-quota-system/

Sources & Further Readings:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=story_10-10-2004_pg7_26

http://archives.dawn.com/archives/125808

http://tribune.com.pk/story/590798/overspending-sindh-pays-out-of-its-own-pockets-to-keep-the-rangers-in-town/

Sex Education for the Kids – Pakistani perspective


Syllabus upgrade: Sexual health rights to be incorporated in curriculum

http://tribune.com.pk/story/594336/syllabus-upgrade-sexual-health-rights-to-be-incorporated-in-curriculum/

Disclaimer: This blog post is meant for adults (18+)

After reading above article on Express Tribune, here’s my view on the topic.

I tend to nip the evil in the bud. I usually don’t recommend half-hearted solution or don’t believe in temporary solution. If there has already been an incident of sex, there’s no way to redress it. We see all such absurdities in developed (liberal) societies, being open about sex, which is beyond our remotest imagination, that I can’t even mention here. Naturally, they don’t have any solution for it, unless they abstain from the practice of open-relationship. They talk about abortion for the very reason, thinking it would undo the damage, however, that tantamounts to even bigger crime of killing a human life. You know, in US, 10% of fetuses are aborted after 4 months of development. 50% of pregnancies are unintended. 1.2 million abortion took place in 2008. It’s so complicated for them now. Thanks God, we haven’t fully copied their lifestyle, although, our society is well on track of copying it.

My arguments against sex education to kids:

1. Let the kids remain kids, not push them into adulthood before age. The sooner they learn about anything, the sooner they try to experiment it. At that tender age, we can’t expect them to demonstrate control and understanding that we have. We simply need to tell the kids, not to be alone with the opposite sex or in fact anyone, not to show their private parts to anyone, instead of teaching them how reproduction system works and what good and harmful effect it would have morally. Let them enjoy being children. Yes indeed, when they are getting married, we should tell them about it and not when they’re 13. Humans are curious by nature, children foremost. If you’ve been a child, you know well, you want to try out everything, that you get to know.

Reproductive health education and services, especially sex and family planning education for young ... / Credits: Reuters

Do you know, how many lost their innocence after this session ?

2. If naively, we’ve exposed kids to such information, through Bollywood or Hollywood, the parents will have to bear its aftermath.

Some stats:
* There are 24, 000,000 porn website on the internet
* Pornography industry is estimated to be $60 Billion per year
* 2.5 billion emails per day are pornographic
* 11 year old is the average age of children watching porn.
* 70% of men aged 18-24 visit port sites.

Further, that’s obviously not an excuse, to tell them the whole story in detail. You cannot just exempt yourselves, saying I am helpless, and I can’t protect children, from learning things from society (TV, books or internet) which they shouldn’t. There are smart parents, who still control all such mediums. If you child get to know about sex from anywhere, that does not mean, he’s very smart and can handle it in the right manner. He’s still immature.

3. Such initiatives are usually foreign funded (through NGOs) with vested interested, just like this news. And those NGOs do what their donor agencies funds them to do. There are thousands of similar NGO’s working for birth control, abortion awareness, while such things are clearly prohibited in our culture. Our government is usually not qualified to understand, let alone know their motives. For sex education, western societies are mainly concerned about ‘Safe Sex‘, while we don’t have any place for sex in the first place. So, we have to be extra-careful about such initiatives and compel the Government to have stern scrutiny on such NGOs, so that their interest is not against our needs, values, culture and lifestyle. Acc. to this news, they plan to teach maternal health, AIDS, reproductive health, puberty, in fact virtually everything, to the 13 year old. Some would reach puberty at this age, some would not. These NGO’s are funded to campaign SRHR (Sexual and reproductive health and rights). I remember, some year back, one such NGO (promoting SRHR), were helping the sex-workers (how politely they coined that word, I remember), saving them from HIV/AIDS disease and providing abortion/contraceptive etc. Yes, in Pakistan, not US. So, right, we don’t need NGO’s to rehabilitate and support financially, these poor souls (girls), but we need NGO’s to soothe them, so that they continue to sell their body to earn living (which is illegal as per our constitution, culture and most importantly religion).

Remember this movie? They’re mainly concerned about Safe Sex, otherwise, see, they encourage sex (without marriage).

4. It spreads indecency, that’s not part of our culture or religious teachings. First, it makes it easy to discuss, then they do such things, as they develop the feeling that I can talk about it, parents will forgive us, if I do it by mistake. The more indecent you become, the less taboo such act gets and the less you fear about doing such things. It is a normal psyche, as long as you know snakes are dangerous that could attack you and their venom attack can kill you, you stay away from it. Once, someone starts to play with snakes and gets you involved with it, touching it, you tend to loose fear. Same analogy.  So, awareness should be made, but not in public, specially not co-ed and according to age and child’s physiological needs.

5. No wonder, Islam terms perpetrating extra-marital sex as a crime, awarding public exemplary punishment, because God knows, its implication, which is beyond the control of human being, which in turn destroys societies.

6. Has Sex education helped the developed world ? See some stats:

Of the women obtaining abortions in 2000:
* 57% had some college education;
* 88% were from metropolitan areas;

I am sure all these teenagers and children from cities, are well aware of sex and sexual implications, then why do 60% needs abortion ?

Solution:

We must make an environment, where there is less opportunity for individuals to have open-relationship, so that such incident are avoided in the first place. Here some more facts:

* 38% of rapist are a friend or acquaintance.
* Every 2 minutes someone in America is sexually assaulted.
* About 72% of eighth and ninth graders are “dating”.
* One in three adolescents in the U.S. is a victim of physical, sexual, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner.

Cartoon: sex education think of next (medium) by rmay tagged education,think,of,next

So, we should nip the evil in the bud (abstinence), instead of making ways to redress the situation afterwards, with abortion or sex education, birth control, etc. Redressing it afterwards could be kept for exceptional cases like 0.01%, not for 99% of the population should be taught about it, so it becomes easy for everyone to commit sex and get redressal, through accommodating society (hospital, parents, teachers, etc.).  While researching on this topic, I learned, NGO’s want to teach the kids that, sex between two women carries less HIV transmission risk than sex between two men. Why on earth would you want to teach this to your kids, except so that they know, there’s something like women to women sex. My goodness!

Sex related information needs to be provided to the individuals, but the content, environment, age and physiological needs of the child, should be very well taken into account. Not unlike what the western societies start of with kids aged 5 or 7 and in public groups, showing animated videos of reproduction. We do need to teach them about the anatomy and physiology of the human-body, about the act of sex and family life, about prevention of sexually-transmitted diseases and unwanted pregnancy. They should be aware of the social, moral and religious ethics, how to avoid peer pressure, sexual growth and development, time table for puberty, physical changes during puberty, development of fetus and birth, needs of family life, reproductive system, for girls- organ, menstruation, premenstrual syndrome, for boys- the organ, the sex drive, fornication, adultery and punishments for them, and marriage, divorce, cleanliness etc. But all of that in a prescribed manner, conducive to our values. So, that’s why I have apprehension on these NGO’s, if they would tailor their funded campaigns according to OUR values or just bribe the govt. and complete the job as per the donor agencies mandate.

The fundamental reason for such rampant abuse, is the growth of liberal views towards open-relationships and exposure of sexual content to children, in movies, TV shows, books/magazines, internet and other mediums. We got to protect our children, which is our future and our obligation to the nature, to raise them properly.

Hear what scholars have to say about it:

Like most of our problems today, the solution can’t be as simple as I mentioned above, since there are many other factors involved.

Implications of free sexual relationship:
1. Lack of interest in marriages
2. Higher divorce rate
3. Early age pregnancy, birth
4. Identity of new born babies
5. Sex becomes trade
6. Girls end-up in such trade due to poverty and social acceptance.
7. Sexually transmitted diseases, eg AIDS

That’s my opinion on the topic, you’re welcome to share yours.

Another good read is:  How to cope with amoral ‘sex education’

http://en.harakahdaily.net/index.php/articles/edu-spective/1728-how-to-cope-with-amoral-sex-education.html

Further reading and sources:

http://www.academia.edu/453374/Sex_Education_An_Islamic_View

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Fedo3Zuwss

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CWm51uxhRfg