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But Then Again, No!

21 Dec
"Strictly speaking, I took an arrow to the knee."

"Strictly speaking, I took an arrow to the knee."

When it comes to Pakistani politics, I have never been able to form an opinion that I can be assertive about. The promises. The boisterous speeches. The rallies. The dogmatic claims. The critics. The analysts. But the critics mostly. This massive cloud of uncertainty leads me nowhere. Who is the most credible? Who is the most candid? Who is duplicitous? Then there are those wannabe-critics who come up with the words ‘cynic’ and ‘troll’ for others when they can’t support their position with sound logic. Indecisiveness is a word which accurately describes my mental state.

Until recently, I used to be a person without any communication skills at all. I never dared to speak a word because I believed that my opinion would be met with mocking laughter and disbelief. I didn’t have a direction to follow. I had a readiness to believe in everyone. But then I started building up a taste and an opinion that would be my own, uninfluenced by any external pressure. I developed my own tastes in music, poetry, prose, cars and food, to name a few, but never did I form a truly independent opinion about politics.

The fact that the commentators on Pakistani politics enjoy so much support relies upon the theory that this country’s rulers will never grow up, which is backed by a history of more than 64 years. The military coups. The injustices. The prejudiced dictators. The alienation of East and West. The corrupt democratic rulers. The endless blame-games. The growing sensationalism in media. The plethora of adamant self-proclaimed ‘independent analysts’ writing articles for internet-based newspapers.

Everyone has an opinion; no one knows what’s it worth. Everyone has a problem; no one has a solution. Everyone has followers; no one has a direction. Will I ever reach a conclusion?


4 reasons why I’m supporting India for World Cup

2 Apr

The final of the ICC World Cup 2011 is just about to start. Being a ‘normal’ Pakistani, you would expect me to support Sri Lanka since most Pakistanis consider Indians as their enemies. But here I am, cheering for India, because I don’t really care about all the wars that were fought between us, for I didn’t even exist back then. India is as much a normal country to me as Sri Lanka is. Of course, I wouldn’t care if Sri Lanka wins, but before you Pakistanis start calling me a traitor, let me specify a few reasons why I’m supporting India.

1. To Piss Off My Friends

I never miss an opportunity to piss off my friends, or anyone, for that matter. Almost all of my family, my friends are on Sri Lanka’s side. And you know what, Pakistanis actually get pissed off when another Pakistani defends/supports India in some matter. They say things like, “Why the heck are you defending our enemies?”, and “Are you a freakin’ traitor or what?”

Another reason why Pakistanis do not want India to get the cup is that they’re jealous. India and Pakistan, both have won one World Cup each in the past, in 1983 and 1992 respectively. Pakistanis do not want the Indians to get ahead of them, so expect a lot of crying and ranting if India wins.

2. We Are The Same People, From Different Countries

Yes. Pakistanis and Indians are the same people; the only exception is they belong to different countries. Since Pakistan was a part of India before 1947, my ancestors were also Indians. So I should, like, automatically, be obliged to support India. Our history has almost nothing to do with Sri Lanka, as far as I can remember. No wonder we have better diplomatic relations with the Sri Lankans, but with Indians, we have an entire history of over gazillion years.

3. I Know More About India

Well, I don’t really have as much knowledge about Sri Lanka, that I have about India. We watch Indian movies, we listen to Indian music, we jerk off to their actresses (okay, that’s not true for me at least), we watch their TV channels, we let our stars perform in Bollywood, our cricket players marry Indian tennis players; what more could one ask for? In all these instances, we’re a lot more closer to India, then why build a hatred for them when it comes to sports?

4. Message of Peace

It’s high time we make peace with India. We just can’t let our nations go crazy on each other just because the interests of our politicians do not match. In fact, I already have made a few friends from India on the internet (and I have none from Sri Lanka).

Stone age is back

5 Jan

In Pakistan, a person who prays to God 5 times a day, recites Holy Quran every morning, minds his own business, helps the poor, and earns his living with honesty, is generally considered to be a good Muslim. Or maybe, this was the case when we were kids. At school, we were taught to love the humanity, and be tolerant. “Islam is a religion of peace” was the word back then. I remember the lessons from my Islamic Studies books, in which we learned how tolerant Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him) used to be. Everyone of us remembers the story of a woman who used to throw rubbish at the Prophet (pbuh) whenever he passed through the street, and how he kept ignoring her. And when the woman once became ill, the Prophet (pbuh) himself went to her and took care of her illness. She was so inspired that she instantly converted to Islam.

I am sorry to say, that we are not following the path, that Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) showed us; the path that was of peace, of tolerance, and of humanity. Today, we have made laws, that we call Islamic, but they are destroying our very image. The reality is that these laws aren’t Islamic at all. These laws do not showcase the tolerance that Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) taught us. But we call them Islamic just because we are misguided by the misleading statements by the crazy mullahs who aren’t even properly educated.

What happened yesterday, was not Islamic in any sense. It was not something that Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) would have recommended. There is no way in which Salmaan Taseer’s murder can be justified in an Islamic sense. Now a lot of people would start thinking that I was a supporter of his, but let me just make it clear, that I agree with the fact that he was a corrupt politician. But what he said was true, that the blasphemy laws need to be completely eliminated from Pakistan’s constitution, and that these laws are “black laws”. All of it has already been explained above.

But there are people out there who are celebrating Salmaan Taseer’s murder. They think that he deserved to be killed. Are they mentally retarded, or just mislead by the crazy mullahs? It could be both. God bless Pakistan.

Pakistan and Democracy: Not a perfect match

16 Nov

People say that democracy is the solution to all of the Pakistan’s problems. I disagree. Why? Because democracy has never worked for us. It has failed so often, that it’s rather stupid to support this system. We can’t go on like this, supporting the people whom we know will never give this country what it has been asking for since 1947. Pakistan would have been a totally different country today, had there been no racism and corruption. Thoughts like these make me give up my hopes for this country’s long-term stability, because today, all the good people have been taken over by the corrupt ones.

The truth is that we have abused the word ‘democracy’ so much, that we have totally changed it from what it was meant to be. I don’t wanna be fooled by any party’s campaign anymore. I know that people take part in elections just for a “seat” that will earn them millions (if not billions) of rupees (if not dollars) of cash. But the public gets fooled every time. It really doesn’t matter who do you vote for, because everything’s gonna be the same again when your favorite candidate wins a seat in the National Assembly or a Provincial Assembly. When a politician gets a seat, he/she does not remember his/her promises that he/she made to the general public anymore.

You certainly don’t wanna be fooled anymore. You know pretty well that all the people sitting in the Opposition are the same ones who once ruled this country, and made their contribution towards making Pakistan a more corrupt country, and those who haven’t succeeded in getting the majority of the votes yet, have made their contribution too, by spreading violence across our streets; streets that do not belong to them; streets that belong to us, the “awaam”.

So, to sum it up, democracy in Pakistan only means freedom to violently protest, and freedom to be corrupt. There’s nothing positive I see so far in this democracy.

I love Pakistan. And if I ever think of doing any damage to it, then I do not deserve to live here. And all the people, who are damaging the (already messed up) image of this country, are not Pakistanis to me, and they deserve to be drowned in the Arabian Sea. If you think that you are doing something that will do no good to this country, I beg you, to stop, before it’s too late.

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