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Saturday, October 22, 2011

CONVENIENTLY YOURS!

There was a big hoo haa about Hillary Clinton’s visit to our country via Afghanistan. (Some how there always is a hoo haa about anyone who visits us from the west – even be it a relative coming to attend a funeral) This time Mrs. Clinton states that there were personal issues that she had brought to the table such as women’s rights and education for the girl child. Mean whilst Barack Obama made another statement yet about how they are working on bringing home their entire army in due course. The EU is in turmoil as it’s financially collapsing and struggling by playing ping pong with the IMF to keep things at a level where they look dignified whilst getting them selves out of the jam that they got them selves into.

The funny thing is that we rely so much on the west and lap up every word they blurt out to a ridiculous extent that we have no self identity. We have over the past two decades spent time money and resources in changing our direction so many times that the word consistency does not enter into ones mind when trying to describe our economy, politics or way of life. We are convenient Muslims, convenient citizens and convenient anything else that we can find to be. It just has to be convenient for us and convenient enough for people to believe that its convenient really.

The hysterical thing is that Pakistani students attain a higher ranking in the world than any student from any other country as the basics of education provided to them was solid. The average citizen is intelligent and if born on this soil we are born with an unknown talent of being natural born entrepreneurs. Our skilled labor is very good and the quality that can be produced goes unmatched as in Pakistan things have been working on Jugar for the longest period of time. Just give a handyman anything busted and he will make it faster better and more efficient. What he won’t give you will be a warranty for the stuff fixed as he’s gotten it working but himself does not know how. Bottom line if we have great qualities in us and were able to create the first computer virus out of Lahore then how is that we as a nation are so gullible to keep falling for the same shrewd smiles and fake promises time and time again.

If you look at the resources we have and stop giving away all the mining and extraction of coal to other nations (for example) you would see that we don’t need help from the outside. We have a surplus of energy and yet there’s not enough to go around. Every winters Punjab suffers a shortage of Gas and all its residents freeze for a few months. Karachiites are used to having tankers and if anyone gets water from a main line they consider them selves lucky.

Everyone has a special someone’s number they have saved when they need to have someone pushed around or get things done. If you tell anyone to stand in a line they will laugh at you as they honestly would not know what that meant. People are not what they used to be and values certainly are not what they used to be. Today’s child has more education by the age of ten which is unnecessary and that he will ever need compared to the average adult still trying to be young by buying himself an Ipad. When will we put our foot down and take a stand and not be afraid of what the circumstances would be. When will we be able to find the integrity within us to be able to say no and try to fend for our selves? When will we gain true independence from the West and when will we stop being conveniently yours?

Thursday, October 20, 2011

TO FALL IN LOVE ONCE AGAIN

We have all been in love at some point in our lives. Be it with a person, an animal or an object, the fascination just has driven us wild, and the feelings that we feel when the chemicals go mad within us refuse to let us think with clarity thus making us blurt out insignificant absurdities.

With this nation one can only hope that it's people fall in love with it again the way they did when it was formed and politics was an enjoyable innocent game. Today there is nothing but bad news on the television and every channel and its reporters are out on the hunt to find the most shameless story that they can be the first to report. Violent crime is on an increase and sometimes when one watches action movies people hardly flinch at the guts and gore depicted on the screen as they are all used to it as a part of their daily lives.

How did the average Pakistani fall out of love and become a self loathing, selfish heretic that has no sense or sensibility? How did the name of Islam become involved in everything that the West blames us for? How did the ritual killings of the innocent masses become "normal" when there is no love for justice towards the common man? Why do we sit and worry about things that will only upset us and not be bothered by what the other person is going through? Isn't there a decent soul left to lead this nation and cant we just find twenty five honest people that we would be proud to have in the national assembly?

The funny thing is that people talk and people state a lot of things to get far ahead and we are gullible bunch of fools who just cannot decide whether we want to listen to the truth or just be satisfied with silly excuses and false promises. The common man has lost a reason to live and Karachi was an example of a silent civil war within a nation. Now the adultery of politics has spread through out the entire nation thus bleeding every innocent heart until some form of radical self-survival thought process takes over.

Pakistan has a lot to offer and yet we never look beyond what the daily troubles are. We are constantly fire fighting issues and rather than building and progressing we are running ourselves dry in a rut that no sane person would ever dream to be a part of. We blame anything we can find to deliver us from the truth of reality and no matter how stretched the fantasy is we are always looking for a new high to help us formulate some plan to get one up on any situation in a reactive mode.

The last time that Pakistan was proactive Islamabad was developed and Lahore was fortified. The last time we went to the mattresses we lost Bangladesh and the last time we believed in a leader we lost our standing in the world economically.

Somebody needs to give the heroes (every citizen who lives yet another day) a reason to fall in love again. Life without love is bland and the path is blind which you go upon. Maybe the Taliban are an answer? Maybe Imran Khan or Altaf Bhai? Who only knows?

Every day we pray (some of us 5 times a day) for happiness health and prosperity and wealth. I wonder how many of us actually bow down and pray to fall in love again bearing the context of this article in mind?