Burma, the untold story.

I was putting off writing about Burma as there is so little I personally understand about the ongoing conflict in Burma. Hopefully this is going to be a chain of posts about the ongoing genocide of Rohingya Muslims living in Burma. Burma or it is also known as Myanmar is situated between India, China, Bangladesh, …

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Dr Ruth Pfau – The Leper Healer With A Heart Of Gold

Painting Souls

IMG_9213Her childhood was more war than peace… her childhood was the second world war. Born in 1929, Dr. Ruth Pfau, was four years old when ‘the little wars started’. “We annexed Austria, so when the official war broke out the year was ’45 and I was a teenager,” now an octogenarian, she shares her days of yore.

When in the abode of the protector of countless human lives, the accolades she has received over the years line the walls through which I pass. When we meet, Dr Pfau was up after her afternoon nap, dressed in the traditional attire of the city which has been her home for half a century. The journey she made from Leipzig, her city of birth to Karachi has been nothing short of an ‘adventure’. Serving the helpless and the destitute only arose in her mind during the war. “It was during the war in Germany that I thought I should…

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شائد کہ تیرے دل میں اتر جائے میری بات

Originally written for Audacity to Write. Click on highlighted text to visit the site. https://twitter.com/WhenWeWrite/status/880556116626690049 آج ایک انجانے خوف اور کرب نے مجھے یہ تحریر لکھنے پرمجبورکیا ہے۔ اگرچہ حالات کی ستم ظریفی نے ہمیں بے حس اور بے بس کر دیا تھا لیکن گماں تھا کہ ہمارے اندر اانسانیت کی رمق باقی ہے افسوس آج …

Elusive Justice

Also available on Audacity to Write https://twitter.com/WhenWeWrite/status/883352792886325248 Over 3 years have passed since Pakistan witnessed the massacre of at least 14 protesters live on television. The massacre termed as “Model Town Massacre” was neither the first nor the last such massacre in Pakistan. The brief history of Pakistan over the last 7 decades has witnessed …

Solving The Paradox Of Desi Liberals

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You are liberal if you believe and advocate free expression of choice with out any bounds and limitations. It is liberal belief that there should be no restriction of any kind against personal choices. Liberals have all the reasons to prove that they should not bind themselves in any frame of thought because they are in “liberal frame of thought”. Many popular claims are gender equality  , free expression of voice  and free expression of choice. These noble liberal claims have interesting impressions to follow.
Firstly, gender equality means a woman can do whatever a man can do.” Gender roles are socially constructed that are  developed over the passage of time. It has nothing to do with biological, psychological and genetic make up of both gender”. Gender equality is maxim that is well fed by liberals.
A layman may ask that why a man does not develop motherhood if it…

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Our future appears dark.

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.

STOP COMPARING WOMEN TO CANDIES AND MOBILE PHONES

The Grumpy Doctor

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“A man asked a Muslim man: Why do your women cover their bodies and their hair? The Muslim man smiled and took two candies; he opened one and kept the other closed. He threw them both on the dirty floor and then asked: If I asked you to take one of the candies, which one would you choose? The man replied: The covered one. Then the Muslim man said: That’s how we see and treat our women.” (Author unknown)

I’ve been reading similar stories trying to make sense of hijab by using a particular analogy, like sweets and i-phones. At first glance, these stories appeared succinct and ingenious all at once. It’s probably the best way to convey the purpose of the hijab through a short story full of shrewd analogies. In fact, when I was young I used to love these stories as they made perfect sense to me. I…

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Shifting social norms to stop violence against women.

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

WILL SOMEONE STAND AGAINST POLICE BRUTALITY AND MISCONDUCT IN PAKISTAN?

The Grumpy Doctor

A humanitarian crisis is unfolding inside Pakistan as thousands of citizens from every walk of life are protesting against the prime minister after his mega corruption was exposed in Panama papers. The Papers appear to have badly dented the credibility of the Prime Minister. Sharif made a couple of media appearances but failed to reply to Panama Leaks revelations. Citizens, since then, are on roads protesting and demanding his resignation.

Despite remaining peaceful on the whole, the protesters have been met with needless escalation and indiscriminate violence by taxpayer-funded, heavily militarized law enforcement protectors of lives of citizens — whose vested interests in maintaining law and order apparently trump human rights and basic decency.

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On Thursday, tensions exploded when law enforcement — armed with lethal and nonlethal weaponry — implemented section 144 and declared major areas of capital a no-go zone and descended on PTI’s youth convention that were planning…

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Quetta bleeds yet again.

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.

When abusing the women becomes a norm. | #ThaparWala

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.

Will Shia lives ever matter?

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 …

Pakistan`s debt trap

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 …

Kashmir: A Case for Freedom

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:

Dean, Faculty of Contemporary Studies, National Defence University, Prof. Dr. Pervaiz Iqbal Cheema

In the Mainstream

Prof. Dr. Pervaiz Iqbal Cheema is Dean Faculty of Contemporary Studies at National Defence University, Islamabad. A seasoned teacher and experienced researcher Dr Cheema has served many academic institutions both inside and outside the country in various capacities over a period nearing four decades. He has numerous research publications to his name that were published inside as well as outside Pakistan.

Q: Gwadar Port is believed to be a game changer. Do you think it has the potential to bring a significant change for Pakistan and, by extension, South Asia?

Pervaiz Cheema: It is definitely a game-changer. But projects like these involve pragmatic interests on both sides. No state helps you for the sake of helping you.

China is an energy-dependent country. It imports energy resources from the Gulf which have to cover an estimated 10,000 km distance just to reach China and an additional 5,000 km inside it. China can…

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Indian atrocities in Kashmir.

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 …

Abdul Sattar Edhi

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.

Education is not our priority.

  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, …

Our bitter realities…

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 …

Prefabricated modular housing from plastic waste.

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.