Friday, 23 January 2015

Charlie Hebdo-Favourite Magazine of Spin Doctors

Im not writing these lines out of anger but out of pity for few Westerners who are being manipulated without realizing the idiocy of their claims. In the game of power, economy dictates everything and religion is the best tool to exploit it.
In past, Charlie Hebdo inflicted insult on every single Muslim in the planet by showing disrespect to our beloved Prophet ( Peace & blessings of Allah be upon Him). In turn, lost the very cartoonist, who were better of alive, if they drew cartoons for common good of humanity. But they took an extreme step in the garb of the most ridiculous slogan of our age 'Freedom of Expression'.
Entire West rallied behind Charlie Hebdo and they got carried away. They hurled another insult, drew again & pain will come their way again. This is not just a gut feeling but a logical conclusion.
Charlie Hebdo is responsible for bloodshed bcoz they initiated this row. For every action, there is equal and opposite reaction. Ironically, ppl at the magazine believe they hail from 'civilized' (part of the) world yet they continue to insult 1.6 Billion Muslims across the globe.
Here is a little lesson of civility from a less civilized ppl, an insult does not take away respect & honour of anyone let alone Muhammad (Peace & Blessings of Allah be upon Him), it only reflects your insecurity & poor state of mind. 24/7, His name echoes with reverence in every corner of the world if you keep in mind the prayer calls in shifting time zones.
This practice shall continue till the end of times & this is just one example.  
We dare you for an intellectual engagement bcoz violence was not the way of our Beloved Prophet PBUH. The slogan 'freedom of expression' is a sham, a favourite phrase of spin doctors these days.
Look at the double standards in this picture.  
Respect is much greater virtue and having complete command over good and bad language, I choose to follow the path of my Prophet PBUH, ie respect and restraint. If this does not appeal you then just listen to the Pope Benedict on what he had to say on Paris incident.
Little food for thought can be drawn from the the laws of defamation in every constitution of the world. Every single person on the planet has a right to protect his good name irrespective of his status & lineage. How can the most respectable name in world be mocked  by few western bigots. But if bigotry is what we are faced with then we (who have the advantage of being less civilized :)) have loads of it. Finally, for nervous little french at Hebdo, you are being used for the wrong reasons but if you choose to continue with the nonsense, then brace yourself for nonsense but you may not be able to tell your story once it comes your way. Same will be the story of the proponents of Je Suis Charlie movement. For as long as West will chant Je Suis Charlie, there will be stronger chants of Je Suis Kouachi.

Incidents like these put Muslims living in West in a real quandary. Particularly, those expats who had migrated for better opportunities and better ways of life, don't really know how to react? Whether its action of magazine administration or reaction of extremists, whoever they condemn or support, has ramifications. Obviously, winning bread is their core issue because of which they exiled themselves & continue to soak the daily abuse in foreign lands. Their loyalties are neither with the western way of life nor religion. They worship the economic God who feeds them. However, dispassionate view will reveal that Charlie Hebdo and religious zealots, both are extremists. The freedom of expression that fails to respect religious sensitivities of 1.6 billion living individuals is nothing but extremism. Likewise, those who lack faith in the strength of their Emaan & method of their Prophet (May peace & blessings of Allah be upon Him) resort to violence are extremists. Both extremist mindsets are required to rethink their approach to the issue. Problem with any kind of extremism is that it is born of hatred & ignorance. It is only capable of breeding more hatred.

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Imran Khan's Politics - A Tale of Missed Opportunities

Imran Khan had the first taste of public disapproval by parents of Shadeed APS children. His story is a classic of 'Missed Opportunities'. To get the next term in the center, all he had to do was to "work with and for" the ppl of KPK who trusted him with a mandate to rule over them. But part leadership remained busy with toppling the govt rather than delivering themselves. During visit to Swat few months back, I interacted with commoners of Murad Saeed's constituency, once inquired on how good or bad representative was he? They sarcastically replied that like everyone else in the country, they also see him on television otherwise he was not seen in his constituency since elections. IK too, was pre-occupied with realizing his dream to rule this country in a hurry. His personal life, about which he often reminded us that he was doing us a favour by putting behind his kids, personal life and procrastinated his second marriage etc, was at best not so true. Have a close look at his first interview with his now wife at AAJ TV, you will find that she literally battered him with her intelligence, IQ & physical presence in that interview. As the cliché goes, she came, she saw and she conquered. For IQ, btw even Meera Jee can overwhelm him. Anyway, again marriage is a personal affair but it was untimely as far as the overall situation in the country is concerned and not a wise choice for a long run. Time will tell. Among all the hustle, what must have been his primary mission ie serving the ppl of KPK, went out of the window rather it went AWOL. Now, same ppl of KPK most of whom were the aggrieved parents of Shaheed Children voiced 'Go Imran Go'. Same narrative of hatred which he championed in the country for the last six months was echoing right in his face. IK's long absence from KPK and sudden appearance with his bride offended ppl. Sensitivities of ppl of KPK must be respected, if not, then before PTI leadership knows, it will lose their confidence. KPK ppl have a history of rejecting the govt incumbent if they fail to deliver. PTI was too busy in other things and have taken KPK mandate for granted. The motorcade in which he went to APS Peshawar was a serious contradiction of his claims to eliminate VIP Culture. His overall decision making has been flawed and his incompetent advisors, like their conduct in their previous parties, did not give IK the correct advice. There is also a strange sense of euphoria about his personality, wherein, he seems convinced that he is likeable despite all his fallibilities stated above. 
His IQ, decision making, advisors, the way PTI governed over KPK, party organizational hierarchy, untimely launch of dharna/ march are all under serious scrutiny.
There was an immediate press appearance by Govt's soft spoken info miniter, Pervez Rasheed who in fact does not even deserve a mention but he too touched a serious limit when he derived some sadistic pleasure out of this situation. Animals may be ashamed of the kind of politics being played on the blood of innocent children.
IK's press conference in defense of the happenings that morning at APS Psr, was also a flop. He brought the expectation bar of ppl too high, so high that it would not be possible to live up to these expectations. When entire youth comes out to support a fair cause and their aspirations are not met, they can easily turn against you. And Pakistan is really tough country to rule. Although, I strongly believe that some one should not be failed before a test. And PTI is yet to be tested with rule over Pakistan, but the preliminary round in KPK was wasted like so many other opportunities to make a sound impression.Likewise, those five and a half points on which govt agreed at the peak of Dharna and Azadi March, will go down as a lost opportunity. Because soon after the momentum of Dharna was lost, Govt backed out on those points already agreed upon.
Like it was stated in the start, his is a classic tale of missed opportunities. Besides other frailties, political immaturity is really the Achilles's heel of Imran Khan and it is hurting the cause of PTI. Finally, even if PTI succeeds in forming govt in center during next elections (which seems unlikely as this point in time), it will fall short of expection levels of ppl. All those hopes ppl have been pinning on them may turn into bitterness reflection of which was witnessed during his reception in Peshawar APS.