The sound of falling left or right


Find if you’re left brain or right brain mostly:
http://www.seec-icmct.com/dancing.html

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“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving” ~ Albert Einstein

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Daniel H. Pink, author of several bestselling books about the changing work world, drew on international research regarding left brainers vs. right brainers and compiled it in his book A Whole New Mind.

“The left hemisphere controls the right side of the body, is sequential, specializes in text, and analyzes the details,” writes Pink. “The right hemisphere controls the left side of the body, is simultaneous, specializes in context, and synthesizes the big picture.”

Lead Life Institute’s founder and author of Right Brain/Left Brain Leadership and Right Brain/Left Brain President Dr. Mary Lou Décosterd further describes the differences between right and left brainers: “You could say that left brainers are more focused on the here and now.They are more verbal, tangible (need to see it to…

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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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911: This changed everything?


Staged…

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twin20towers20picsI remember listening to the initial news commentary on September 11, 2001 when the twin towers were first being hit.  I still remember a comment that a news anchor made.  He said that “this changes everything”.  I remember thinking “How does he know?”.  After all, the event just took place, and the Patriot Act wasn’t passed until much later.  The NSA spying wasn’t revealed until later.   I wasn’t the only one who noticed that comment being made and repeated and repeated.  As you will read in the article at this link, others also noticed that subtle implication being uttered by the media machines of those darkened souls who wanted our freedom.  I even spoke out as a national radio announcer around the end of September in 2001, and I stated that the War on Terror’s definition of “terrorist” might include anyone who is willing to die for their…

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How to Eat Healthy and Feel Great at the Airport


Quite useful tips!

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(Post submitted by Mr. Cole Millen)

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Proper nutrition while flying is a difficulty many travelers face across the globe. Specific food habits restrict people from getting the required nutrition during journey. Many airports have an awesome selection of cuisine to choose from, but it’s easy to head for the junk food when you’re stressed out and in a hurry. This means that it’s vital to plan ahead, with a strategy for eating healthy when you’re traveling by air. With the following guide, you’ll be prepared to eat well and feel better during your next trip.

Don’t Leave with an Empty Stomach

Entering an airport food court on an empty stomach is like grocery shopping while hungry. Before you leave for the airport, take time to eat a nourishing, well-balanced meal that will last you until you’re on the plane.

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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

AIR FILTERS: Houseplants that clean your air


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  1. Hedera_helix_Leaves_3008pxPeace lily (Spathiphyllum wallisii). Removes formaldehyde, benzene and trichloroethylene. Native to the rainforests of central and south American, this plant needs a shady spot.
  2. Golden pothos (Scindapsus aures). Removes formaldehyde. A very tough vine that grows to massive proportions in its native habitat. In the home it prefers bright, indirect light and moist soil.
  3. Snake_plantEnglish ivy (Hedera helix). Removes formaldehyde. This pretty vine is a bit more difficult to grow, preferring cool, moist and humid conditions which are not typical of a home.
  4. Chrysanthemum (Chrysanthemum morifolium). Removes benzene and formaldehyde. Can produce colorful flowers when placed in direct sunlight.
  5. Gerbera daisy (Gerbera jamesonii). Removes benzene and trichloroethylene. Like the chrysanthemum, it needs direct sunlight to produce its pretty flowers.
  6. Mother-in-law’s tongue (Sansevieria trifasciata ‘Laurentii’). Removes formaldehyde. A striking, low-maintenance plants that thrives in low light and more humid conditions.
  7. Rhododendron_simsii_Bamboo…

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India Pakistan war hysteria


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I don’t like the way media terms India as enemy (‘dushman’) and Pakistan likewise (by the Indian media).  Let’s find where did this enmity started and who wants to keep it that way.

Origin: 

If I try to simplify the history, the enmity began with the struggle for freedom in Hindustan, by Muslims and Hindus separately. Many incidents of fighting among the passionate freedom movements happened, which eventually resulted in large scale communal riots and killings (mostly because of misunderstanding and emotional sentiments). During partition, it was further aggravated by a large scale injustice in the division of land and resources among the two countries, while India and Pakistan were created. Many Muslims were left behind in India, while many Hindus got stuck in Pakistan.  Both countries accepted to such division eventually, except Kashmir, which remained disputed. That was later followed by full-scale wars till 2-3 decades to follow. Kashmir became the catalyst to keep the war hysteria active till today.

Current State: 

You’d ask:

If we had to fight on like this, why was the need in the first place, to make India and Pakistan as separate countries?

The idea to have a separate country, was coined under the aegis of two-nation theory, because Hindus and Muslims have different faiths and lifestyles and it was not easy for ordinary Muslim and hindu residents of Hindustan, to live together while practicing their faith with freedom. But this enmity which has followed after 60 years of separation of borders, does not make any sense.

Psychological Reasons:

Both of the countries’ leaders made it as their ego and into a national pride, to compete with each other in almost every front. With the advent of cold-war era, our fighting also transformed into secret battles and conspiracies against each other. Take an example of Kashmir issue. None of us, dared to solve it, as it could mean compromising on national pride, if somehow one forgo something to the other country. Nobody cares about the people’s plight against the oppression, in Kashmir. We fight just like kids, as we do tit-for-tat. One side finds a hearsay that one of their soldier is killed by the enemy at the border, the other side next day kills two of their soldiers and it has continued on, till 60 plus years. Yes, it is as simple as that, if you think about it.

Financial & Geo-Political Reasons:

There are some who directly or indirectly benefit from this hate/fighting between us. Obvious one is the Armed Forces in both countries, they enjoy elitist position in both countries. Of course, there are external parties as well, who are benefiting from this infighting in the sub-continent. US, UK, France, Russia, China and Israel are some of the major contributors of arms sale to India and Pakistan respectively, where our governments spend most of our fortune (hard earned money of the people) on armed forces, which is in billions of dollars. Both India and Pakistan fall within top 15 highest importer of defence equipments in the world.

What! I thought we are the poor nations ? Yes, but Pakistan spends $7 billion (2012) and India $46 billion (2012) in defense yearly. Compare that with their poverty level, where 33% of Indians live under $2 a day, that’s a whopping 363 million (363,000,000) people, while 22% in Pakistan, that’s again 39 million (39, 000, 000) people.

Country

Defense Spending (2012)

People dying of Hunger (Living on $2 a day)

India

$46,000,000,000

363,000,000

Pakistan

$7,000,000,000

39,000,000

Also note what other countries are spending in defense:  US $711 billion, China $143 billion, Russia $71 billion, UK $63 billion and France $62 billion per year (2012). So, it’s not just us, the hysteria is worldwide phenomena as well. Then there are countries with vested geopolitical interest in South Asian region, so they provide aid, equipment or make sanctions etc. to promote their interests.

Solution:

Did we not learn anything from Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), who forgave the person who has killed Hamzah (RA), who was his beloved uncle. After killing him, she opened his chest and torn his liver and heart into pieces, but when she came to Muhammad (pbuh) to embrace Islam, he did not say anything but forgave her.

Did we forget how he forgave people, to end centuries old blood feuds and animosity.

Both of our religions (Islam and Hinduism) does not have any provision to kill the people of other faith. So, all this hate, fighting, murders and conspiracies are against the teachings of our respective religions. We are not supposed to have a malign thought about others in our mind. We are not supposed to harm anyone, hurt their feelings. There’s no concept of nationalism or countries in Islam or pride for that matter, is highly discouraged. There’s only one nation as Muslim ummah and one identify as Muslim.

Because of our ignorance about all these teachings, it’s so easy for us, to fall prey to the external forces, who fuel us to hate each other for the slightest misunderstanding. Remember the recent incidents at our borders and how the media and thus the people got enraged against each other. Such language and hate would only strengthened the need for defence on both sides of the border. India is far more bigger and mightier in scale and they are much more smart in many respects than Pakistan, but when it comes to this fighting, it’s no different than Pakistan or Pakistan’s government and its leaders. The world is laughing at us, when in this age, we fight for trivial reasons.

Conclusion:

Both are wasting their energies in hate in futile – destruction. Time to accept our differences and our realities. There is no point in fighting, well, that’s not a rocket science. Any one side can be smart and take the precedence in making a goodwill gesture and forgive all previous acts of other (no matter if proven or not) and embrace with clear heart. It’s time to move on cordially.

Sources:

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How to get started with IBM Software Support in 5 minutes


I hear almost every now and then, a request from new customers about how to get support from IBM. Some times, they missed the Welcome letter, because the employee has either left or overlooked the details and after some time, nobody knows how to register on Passport Advantage site and how to get log support request online and there are other related short videos.

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