So Punjab screwed the whole Pakistan…ONCE AGAIN.

Sorry for PTI and Imran Khan that it is over for them. However, they did manage to threaten Shareef braderaan by their massive compaigning. Much appreciated.

Iman Khan you were, are and will be the Pride of Pakistan.

PS: So Sir Pervez Musharraf was not wrong when he said “Pakistan ka Allah Hafiz”.

Growing up with Red. Green. White.

The Only Normal Person Here...

I learned MQM before I learned A, B, C, D… And I understood MQM long before I understood what politics is.

Yes, I opened my eyes surrounded by the zeal in MQM to demonstrate and fight for the rights of Muhajirs.

Sounds biased?

Correct.

I do have reasons to support MQM, even if I didn’t have an interest in politics or didn’t experience what I experienced… I would be going to election centre whenever elections take place and giving my thumb impression on “kite”—with my eyes closed.

But fortunately or unfortunately, it’s not the case. My attachment with MQM has always been rather emotional. I have lived each moment of its Metamorphosis. I have lived every bit of its spirit. I have lived every drop of its blood. I have lived operation clean up!

I still remember… one fine evening, my mother got me some bangles; “red, green and white.”…

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Imran Khan should thank MQM.

No kidding.

On 25th Dec, Imran Khan conducted a huge rally at mausoleum of Quaid, Karachi. It was estimated that over 1,00,0000 people showed up there. Though it’s a different issue altogether that the mausoleum has capacity of 50K to 60K people. It is also said that Imran Khan managed to gather a crowd bigger than that of Lahore’s. Again, it’s a different issue that Karachi IS bigger than Lahore (by all means), and people from all over Pakistan, travelled to attend the rally, so they were not just Karachiites. Anyhow, the rally was a marvelous success. And the PTIans can now bask in success.

But behind every successful rally, there is a long list of people to thank. And in the case at hand, MQM tops that list.

Anyone without bias and with a pinch of neutrality, would agree to it. Because deep down inside, we all clandestinely admit that, if MQM hadn’t wanted it, it would never ever have happened, not even in thousand years. Imran Khan could hold a rally, because MQM let him. Imran Khan’s rally was a success, because MQM let it be.

For those, who would refute it and argue that it would be MQM’s loss, had MQM created any hurdles. I would first advice them that you are lucky, now is the winters. Kindly avail this awesome opportunity for yourself and eat almonds. Because you really need to. It will improve your memory. How in the cruel world, can you for 12TH MAY 2007? Your trite and boring but a supposedly winning argument?

It was the time when MQM supported the leader, whole Pakistan hated. It was the time when didn’t pay heed to baghi-s (rebels) like Aitizaz Ahsan ( where is he now BTW? Attending a wedding? I head he is writing a autobiographical, “baghi se baghbani tak”) , whole Pakistan was following.It was the time when MQM scorned the Cheif Justice, whole Pakistan was worshipping. And it all resulted in, the city’s—that MQM rules–roads being blocked and well, being blood baths. Needless to mention, how conveniently everyone jumped on the bandwagon and blamed MQM. I won’t argue here, that one needs to be extra ordinarily stupid to create mayhem in his own governance. Anyways, so ranging from TV anchors to print media to street opinion, it was MQM-didn’t-let-CJ-to-hold-the-rally. The anti MQM sentiment went to another level and even beat the anti American sentiment prevalent in Pakistan. MQM was to Pakistan what Muslims are to America and what America is to Muslim countries.

*Fast foward*

So elections in 2008 took place (precisely after 8/9 months of the incident) and whoa, guess what? MQM won a landside victory from the City of Flyovers ( exactly 21 seats from Karachi). And 12th May talk goes on.

The fact is, the voter of MQM is loyal and won’t shift for three reasons. 1, Mustafa Kamal. Name is enough. 2, They have seen and heard about horrendous operation clean up against Mohajirs. 3, Mohajirs have (rightfully) this being cornered mentality.

So, no matter if it is 12th May or IF it WERE 25th Dec, nothing could/would effect MQM’s votebank. Karachi belongs to MQM, and always will.

Therefore, Imran Khan should not be stingy and insecure and should thank MQM, for its bounteous goodness, open mindedness and welcoming behavior.

Having said that, I wish IK all the luck in the world. I am pretty impressed by their demonstration and campaigning. And I am pretty confident that IK would win from Punjab and Khyber, the two provinces badly need some change and some development and some flyovers and some REAL malls.

Best of Luck Imran Khan.

PS: I apologize in advance if anyone’s offended, I was just trolling. Been a while.

Extremism: All roads lead to Bhutto.


We liberals/Seculars love to profess that the extremism in Pakistan roots in Zia’s regime. In this scathing write up I shall dare to “gladly” disappoint my fraternity and present facts which will prove that it was actually Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto who created and to be frank, exploited Islamic ethos in the Land of Pure.

Pakistan’s first “elected” Prime Minister Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto couldn’t win a single seat in East Pakistan in the 1970 national elections. His hunger for power led him to dishonor the mandate of the people of East Pakistan, which resulted in a civil war and subsequently Bangladesh secession. It was then that Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto traded in the unity in the name of Islam for his ridiculous fiasco. With the chants “Islam is our religion, Democracy our policy, and Socialism our economy”, “Courage is in our blood, we are the children of a rich heritage. We shall succeed in our dream of an Islamic association since destiny demands it, political reality justifies it, posterity awaits it” etc, Bhutto gave a “new” “politicized” identity to the despondent nation. As a result of his political short sightedness, Bhutto had to be in accord with the demand of religious parties, which were kept at bay till then, to declare Islam as the official religion of Pakistan and Pakistan to be named The Federal Islamic Republic of Pakistan, in the Constitution of Pakistan. To add, Bhutto, through a constitutional amendment in 1974, declared Ahmedis to be non-muslims, after Ahemdia riots erupted, and radicals got their first triumph card.

Bhutto went further, to indemnify for his flunking economic policies which were ironically based on socialism, by nationalizing the educational sector but not nationalizing the Madrasas. In fact, Bhutto granted the Madrasas equivalence of public sector certificates, diplomas and even Master’s Degrees. Also, the religious content and Islamic Literature was increased by reforming the country’s educational curriculum. It should be noted that, it was his regime when the pace of setting up Madrasas started to pick up and 852 added then (highest of that period) which were funded by Arab royalty. And so the street power of Madrasas was on the rise.

To please the Shah-s, Arabic was made mandatory in primary and secondary level and Madrasas’ graduates were hired as teachers. And you have got to hand it to Bhutto, all his policies failed but this one worked. Yeah, Bhutto Sahib, with the sponsorship of King Faisal of Saudi Arabia, succeed in projecting himself one of the magnificent leaders of the Islamic World by hosting the Second Islamic Summit Conference in 1974, held in Lahore.

Bhutto, in his attempt to strengthen his Islamic credentials, gave shelter to radical Afghan Islamist dissidents like Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, Burhannudin Rabbani and Ahmad Shah Massoud against the President of their country, Daud Khan. The young Afghans, under the supervision of Lt. General Naseerullah Babar, were being trained by religious teachers in Pakistan to resist against Kabul. And so the nexus between the militancy and Madrasas was established. And if I, in my very humble blog, take the liberty to state that the seeds of Talibinization were sown.

However, Bhutto’s political designs which were based on religious extremism to remain stay in power, back fired. The religious lobby joined hands against his socio liberal policies and formed a united front called, Pakistan National Alliance (PNA). PNA asserted the call for “Nizam-I-Mustafa” which meant that the implementation of Shariah (Islamic laws). Bhutto tried to control the damage by enunciating to Islaminise Pakistan, declaring Friday (which is deemed to be the holyday for Muslims) and banning gambling, wine, floorshows and the like. But his endeavors were perceived to be his impuissance to maintain the law and order in the country. The movement of Naizam-I-Mustafa was gaining momentum with each passing day, which resulted in economic stability, political and social unrest and ineffectiveness in governance. Hence, military intervened, ousted Bhutto and basically, “inherited” his fatal radical Islamic policies.

So my liberal/Secular friends kindly spare Zia for a moment and curse in every language of the world you know, for inducting the religious intolerance in Pakistan. Bhutto Sahib was just like a common hypocrite Muslim of today. Who, in his right hand had a draft to Islamize Pakistan and in his left hand, document to construct a Casino at Clifton Beach. A lethal combination, always results in “blows” (and YEAH, pun INTENDED).

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