Pakistan emerged on the world map in 1947 after getting independence from the British colonialists, the new state came into being with a dream. A dream where human potential would flourish, where an egalitarian society would be set up to raise the bar for everyone else to follow. However about 70 years later the nation state is now struggling to steer clear from the path of self destruction.
Social and cultural norms can either protect women against abuse and violence or they can encourage the use of violence against them. The culture of violence against women persists in Pakistani society because it’s deemed acceptable. A religious and traditional belief that men are superior to women and they have a right to control them with use of force and discipline them through physical means makes women vulnerable to violence
Terror struck once again at the heart of Baluchistan. 61 police cadets including one military captain embraced martyrdom and almost 117 were injured when the Police Training Centre in Quetta was attack last night by "unknown" terrorists. According to eye witness reports, the terrorists struck around 930 pm when the cadets had gone to sleep. 3-5 terrorists stormed the watch tower of the academy which was manned by only 1 guard who did not have appropriate weapons to respond to the initial attack, as a result the guard had to abandon his post. This allowed the terrorists to storm the academy and carry out a free run massacre of "unarmed" cadets who were not even supposed to be in the academy as all of them had passed out and gone to their homes 2 days ago, but for some unknown reason these cadets were called back to the academy.
This list could have been very lengthy, there are clips which cannot be shown here, incidents which are too explicit to be shared. But they all point towards a single problem and that is our inability to see our own faults. As I said earlier, it is not about uniform versus media, it is about injustice and oppression. We have oppressed our nation willingly, we don`t like to face the monsters in our closet. Every time a problem surfaces, we divert it towards something else. That guard slapped the female reporter not because she tugged on his uniform, but because somewhere deep in his mind he believed that women are inferior and that his uniform will help him get away unscathed. The issue was the way we treat women, but our pseudo-intellectuals or the moral brigade turned it into a matter of Uniform vs media. Which is yet another problem, people in uniform should not be immune, they deserve our respect but this doesn`t mean every individual wearing a uniform is above the law.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=43JYY5Ha6xI Last night I saw the news of four women murdered by “unidentified assailants”after being recognized as Hazara Shia populating my Twitter feed. I was disturbed and eager for more details so I turned the television on but couldn’t find anything of much relevance so I kept scrolling through my news feed and these details, as …
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In recent years, Pakistan has been known as a country which is extremely dependent on foreign aid and funding to maintain its economy, the internal infrastructure for this reason is almost non-existent as the ruling class and establishment have come to recognize that Pakistan is too important in the region to be allowed to go …
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This is not a standard book review. I write this as a matter of urgency. I am typing this at 00.09 on Saturday, 6 August, and have before me a headline from a Kashmiri news item summarising the events of yesterday, the aptly named ‘bloody Friday’ of 5th August 2016:
Kashmir - termed as heaven on earth, has since 1947 been more like an open air prison. With the partition of India, the people of Kashmir decided to be a part of the newly created state of Pakistan, but due to the biased Radcliffe commission award, India was given leverage to occupy the state against …
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A humanitarian, who lived and died for the humans, who always spoke for the humans and when asked what his message for his nation was, he only replied "Become humans". Edhi was a man who did not receive traditional education, but he was far more "educated" and civilized than many of the intellectuals and topmost luminaries of this era. Edhi dedicated his life to the poor and the oppressed and lived with austere simplicity. He lived in a 2 room apartment with his wife, had only one set of clothing which became his symbol, and a pair of shoes which he bought 20 years ago! This is the man who on countless occasions took to the streets and the people emptied their pockets and savings for him. When he came out in Karachi to appeal for donations, people donated billions of rupees within hours, even if people came across him when wasn`t appealing for donations, they donated to him. Such was the trust people had in this saint who is no longer with us.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h45dGRwkgCI Post taken from Brother Sami Analyst`s blog United Nations urges its members to spend atleast 4% of Budget on education. Constitution of Pakistan (25A) declares that there should be free access to Schools for children aging 5 to 16 years. Despite the United Nations recommendations and constitutional provision of free schooling to Children, …
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Death, hypocrisy, corruption, theft and lies seem to have become norm of the day at least in Pakistan. Not a single day passes without seeing or hearing something terrible happening in some part of this Pak sar zameen. If this write up makes you cringe or if it compels you to say that I am …
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Gul Bahao ( Pour or spread the roses ) is an NGO set up by Nargis Latif. She has been working since the last 22 years on a project she calls "Chandi technology"(Silver technology). She has basically come up with a way of recycling non-biodegradable plastic to be used as a raw material for construction of temporary shelters or housing units. This is a low cost alternative to tents and prefabricated shelters which are being used today.
Also published on http://leader.com.pk/clm/7 کل لاہور میں رہائش پذيرکزن سے بات ہورہی تھی۔ گھر ميں بچوں کے ہنگامے کی وجہ پوچھی تو پتا چلا کےلاہور کے تمام تعلیمی ادارے ایک ہفتے شدید سردی کی وجہ سے بند ہیں۔ کیا عجیب اتفاق ہے کہ سردی کی شدت طالبان کی تعلیمی اداروں کو دی جانے والی دھمکی کے …
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Got nothing else to write here. Just want to extend apologies to all those who were martyred for the creation of Pakistan, apologies to the founders of this country. Since 1947, we have done nothing but fail you.