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Mehndi Ki Raat – a dancing song for the weddings!

Music is my most favourite hobby. I have been playing keyboards since 1989. 2016 was an important year in my life. I recorded my own composition Jaan-e-Jaan in my voice. My beloved friend, who is a music genius, Mr. Hasan Turk arranged the music for this sweet ballad. I recorded the vocals in Sydney and Hasan mixed and mastered the song in Lahore. I released it on the Valentine’s Day. It got great popularity and demands were high for the video.

In 2017, I managed to shoot the video of Jaan-e-Jaan. Highly talented Mr. Khalid Alvi took his video camera and we both achieved what we could have never imagined. The video was released on 25th of March and once again got everyone’s attention. It was also my first direction venture. Song was played also on TV channels ATV (Pakistan) and TV Arcana (Australian Internet TV). On pubic demand I sent my song to the Music Database Patari management team. They uploaded the audio on their app. It was a great honour for me as they only upload quality songs by Pakistani based artists.

In September 2017 I decided to work on a fast dancing song which could be played in the wedding function Mehndi where cousins and friends of the groom and bride could dance on it. I had a melody in my mind and I discussed the idea with Hasan. He appreciated the idea but offered me to compose the song for me as he had something better in his mind.

However the challenge was not that easy. Songs like ‘Mehndi Ki Ye Raat’ by Jawad and ‘Mehndi Ki Khushbu Se’ by Haroon were already very much popular in Pakistanis. It took us almost six months in getting a final shape of the song. Hasan sent me the amazing composition in March 2018. One of his nice friends, Mr. Irfan Saleem wrote the lyrics on melody. I also had written my own lyrics for the same song.

I matched both sets of lyrics and decided to experience something new. I picked up lines from both sets and made a nice mix. At some points I put completely new words and expressions. When I got satisfied with the words, I recorded the vocals at my own home based music studio (DJazz). My family friend Ghazala added her voice for the chorus. On 29th of March Hasan sent me the final mix. We arranged a small gathering of friends at my place on 30th of March and released the song on social media. At the same time we released the MP3 audio on SoundCloud app. Song has been warmly welcomed by my friends and critics and has got great response.

Video of the launching ceremony

 

On this platform I would like to thank all my beloved fans for their continuous support. I will try my best to always create great music for all music lovers.

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Our attitude as Pakistani and Indian expatriates in Australia

Pak-India flags

When I migrated to Australia permanently in 2010 I decided to make this beautiful country my home. I taught my daughters that Australia is our home and we should feel proud on being residents of such a beautiful and developed country. However later I realised that unfortunately many Australian citizens who were born in India still show their hatred towards Pakistani born Australians. Few good people fighting against this negative attitude are Ejaz Khan, Zahid Minhas(serving the community through Radio Dosti program for last 20 years), Balbir Singh, Maqsood Nagi, Shagufta Zia, Rekha Maharaj Vikas Paul and Lucky Singh. I also try to promote friendship between Pakistani and Indian born Australians wherever possible.

Recently Sydney saw a sad incident that affected these efforts badly. Indian film awards show IFFAA was being organised here in which renowned Pakistani artists were also invited by the organisers. Tickets were selling very fast and Subcontinent community was eagerly waiting for the date of event. All of a sudden the event got cancelled. Initially the organisers informed that due to tensions between India and Pakistan, the Pakistani artists would not be participating in the event, and later they cancelled the whole event. Vikas Paul was one of the main organisers. He told later that he and other organisers received threats from RSS (Indian extremist religious group) members in Australia that they would not let it happen and would attack Indian celebrities in their own country who were participating in the event. On their pressure management decided to drop Pakistani artists initially and later cancelled the whole event.

It’s not something new. India has got more extremists than Pakistan has. In Pakistan religious vote makes 2.5% of the total votes cast, whereas in India RSS supported BJP got 60% of the total cast votes in their last polls.

I would like to request my Australian friends from India and Pakistan to take each other as Australians, not Indian or Pakistani. We much promote love and respect for each other so that we could create a better environment here. Anyone who promotes hatred must be left alone.

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Pakistan Zindabad – Jay Hind

Seven Years of love and commitment – and the journey continues……

Majid hero.jpg

25 June is back again for the seventh time and we don’t have Majid with us. In 2009 on the same day when he left this cruel world, we could have never imagined how our love for him would keep multiplying. Since that day Dr. Javed’s Family got a new shape. Majid became the most important member of our loving family. Not a single day passes when he is not remembered by all of his family members. Allah has been so kind on us that all of us have visited Melbourne to see where Majid used to live and roam around.

Majid was the smiling soul, with a great sense of humour and witty nature, who always took care of the people around him. He was an extremely sensitive person who could not see anyone sad. His colleagues at Netsol are witness to this. Majid in his short life tried his best to achieve a high living standard which up to some extent he did. He by nature was a king who never compromised on quality of our events. He filled Rashid’s wedding with colours. No one can forget the dances and fun through which he entertained all the cousins and friends on this memorable wedding. I was unfortunate that Majid had left for Australia when I got married.

We as his brothers have always him in our thoughts. On the prayer mat after offering the prayer rituals before anyone else we pray for his forgiveness to Allah SWT. By God his love is growing with every passing day and will insha Allah keep growing till the day we leave this world to join him in the life hereafter.

Here we feel proud to say that we have fulfilled our commitment with the soul of our beloved brother that we would not forgive those cruel faces who ignored him on his death and did not find time for coming to the family. We love Majid and all those who love him. May his soul rest in eternal peace. Ameen!

Kissay Apna Kahain… a memorable Urdu TV drama serial

Kisay Apna Kahain

Pakistan has a wonderful TV drama industry. Our highly talented artists, writers and directors have produced number of drama serials that cannot be forgotten. India is far ahead in making movies and their film industry is competing with Hollywood now. However they cannot beat us in TV dramas where we are the best without any doubt. Hum TV is these days leading in telecasting the quality drama serials.

I normally cannot watch any TV serial continuously as they require lot of time and to be honest most of the time they have extra elongated stories. Last drama serial that I watched completely was ‘Thori Si Wafa Chahiye’. This June I got some time for watching TV dramas on Youtube. My mother introduced me to a current TV drama serial ‘Kissay Apna Kahain’ (کسے اپنا کہیں) which has just finished.

This amazing drama had 44 one hour episodes. The story was so catchy that I could not resist myself from watching all the episodes completely. Veteran actors Shabbir Jaan and Rubina Ashraf have given their best ever performances.

The drama revolves around a family of an old couple (played by Shabbir Jaan and Rubina Ashraf) and their four daughters. The family passes through a very tough time. However their patience, strong faith in Allah Almighty and good intentions pay them and at the end everything gets normal.

Writer Mansoor Mushtaq and Iftekhar Usmani have done a great job by writing the story of this memorable TV serial which has been directed so professionally by Zeeshan Ahmed. Greatest living Pakistani singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan has sung the beautifully composed and written OST for this drama serial. The best lesson that I got from this drama is that one should never feel down for having daughters. Good daughters are the blessing of Allah for their parents. I would recommend this drama especially to those who have daughters only.

Pakistan leading towards peace and prosperity (Allah willing!)

Peace in Pak

Finally after a long tenure of terrorism, fear and disappointment, Pakistan has started gradually improving now. On the precious advice of PTI Chairman Mr. Imran Khan, prime minister Mr. Nawaz Sharif and his team started peace dialogues with the leadership of Taliban. As a good gesture Taliban assured of complete seize fire for one month, which was later extended. Soon after the start of their dialogues, some unknown hands tried to create the misunderstandings between both sides and blasted bombs in different corners of our beloved country. However Taliban leadership not only condemned the attacks but also gave a clear verdict that they were not involved in the blasts at all.

On the other side credit goes to the PML(N) government for somehow convincing the US government on stopping the drone attacks during the peace process. On the economic side, government has made some progress and US$ is now selling around PKR 98.00 in the open market which was selling around PKR 110.00 just a few days back. Recently fuel prices have also been brought down which has given some comfort to the transporters and the common people who drive their vehicles for going to work and meeting their everyday necessities.

However being responsible citizens now Pakistani people must learn from their individual mistakes so that the progress could be sustainable. We must develop habits of honesty, simplicity, hard working, mutual respect, tolerance and helping the people in need around us. We have to be free of any discrimination for others. We need to learn basic manners like how to cross a road, how to make a queue, how to greet others with smile, how to help a disabled person, and how to keep our streets clean. Insha Allah Pakistan will become a heaven then where people will prefer to live rather than immigrating to other countries after getting degrees from Pakistani universities.

پاکستان زندہ باد

Respect for Dr. Abdus Salam and Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan

Dr. Abdus Salam, the first Nobel Laureate from Paksitan

Dr. Abdus Salam, the first Nobel Laureate from Paksitan

These days on Facebook and other social media a large number of Pakistani people and groups share the posts for highlighting the wrong attitude adopted towards the only Pakistani Nobel laureate Dr. Abdus Salam by the Pakistani governments. It is really sad that he was never accepted as a great Pakistani scientist in a true sense just because he was a Qadiani (Ahmadi).

I understand that this is of course a blunder and nations who never appreciate their heroes can never make any progress. However we must understand that we must be highlighting these issues without crossing our religious limits. Once such posts are shared many Muslim people start writing, “He was an Ahmadi Muslim”.  Then if you try to tell them that Qadianis/Ahmadis are not Muslims as per the teachings of Islam as they don’t believe that Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) is the last prophet of Allah, they start attacking you personally by saying, “People like you promote terrorism”, “Who are you to decide about their not being Muslims”, and many other rude comments.

I must say that Islam teaches us to be moderate. I am never in the favour of attacking physically or verbally on any person who has a different approach to yours. We must respect their way of thinking. However Islam also tells us to never make a compromise in the matters where we have a clear guideline or commandment from Allah SWT and Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). So I would request my Muslim friends not to cross their religious limits when appreciating a non-Muslim. Yes Dr. Abdus Salam was our national hero and he deserves lot of respect from all Pakistanis, however he was not a Muslim. Some people after his death and burial damaged his grave title which mentioned him to be the first Muslim Nobel laureate. I personally condemn this action by so called Muslims as we have no right to enter their graveyard and cause any damage to the graves. This is indeed a shameful act.

Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan, our national hero!

Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan, our national hero!

Now I come to the issue of Dr. Abdul Qadeer, who is our father of nation after the founder Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. He is the person who played great role in making Pakistan an atomic power. Once I commented in response to the comments under Dr. Abdus Salam’s issue post that our nation also does not acknowledge Dr. Qadeer and he was humiliated by the ex-General Musharraf on the public TV channel, one man started saying that he was a traitor who stole the technology from Netherlands. I was shocked to read such shameful comments from a mature person about our national hero. We as Pakistani nation must respect him for his great efforts in making Pakistan safe from our enemies.

I would just conclude by saying that we must not say anything that we cannot defend in front of Allah SWT on the judgement day. At the same time we need to develop a sense of respecting others’ views and beliefs. Peace is the most important thing we need at this time.

Difference between ‘Bidaa’ and ‘Aqeedat’ (in Urdu)

بدعت اور عقیدت میں فرق کو سمجھنا وقت کی ضرورت ہے

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میں نے جب سے ہوش سنبھالا اور اسلام کو سمجھنے کی صحیح طرح سے کوشش کی، مجھ پر یہ حقیقت کھلی کہ جس دین کو اللہ تعالٰی اور نبی کریم صلی اللہ علیہ و آلہ وسلم نے نہایت آسان بتایا، ہمارے مولویوں نے اسے کس قدر مشکل بنا دیا ہے۔

پاکستان میں شیعہ اور سُنیوں کے اختلافات کے علاوہ سُنیوں کے اپنے فرقوں مثلاً دیوبندی، بریلوی، اہل حدیث اور وہابیوں کے اختلافات بھی بہت زیادہ ہیں۔ سب لوگ یہ بھول بیٹھے ہیں کہ دین میانہ روی کا درس دیتا ہے۔ ایک، دوسرے کو غلط اور کافر قرار دینے سے مسائل حل ہونے کی بجائے بڑھ رہے ہیں۔ سب کی مسجدیں علیحدہ ہیں۔ آپ کسی بریلوی مسجد میں امام کی دوران نماز سورۃ فاتحہ کی تلاوت کے بعد اونچی آواز سے آمین نہیں کہہ سکتے۔ اسی طرح آپ رفع یدین کرتے ہوئےبھی گھبراتے ہیں۔ ایسے ہی کسی اہل حدیث کی مسجد میں آپ نماز کے بعد اونچی آواز میں درود نہیں پڑھ سکتے۔

میں نے چند سال متحدہ عرب امارات میں بھی گزارے، جہاں زیادہ تر مساجد میں امام شافع (رح) کے طریقے کو فالو کیا جاتا ہے، لیکن مجھے بڑی مسرت ہوتی تھی کہ کبھی جب میں لیٹ ہو جانے ہر اکیلا نماز پڑھ رہا ہوتا تھا، تو کوئی عرب انسان جو میرے بھی بعد مسجد میں داخل ہوا ہوتا تھا، میرے کندھے کو پیچھے سے ہلکا سا چھو کر مجھے احساس دلاتا تھا کہ اب ہم ایک جماعت میں نماز پڑھ رہے ہیں، اور میں امام ہوتا تھا۔ بعد میں آنے والے بھی جماعت میں شامل ہو جاتے تھے اور یوں ہم سب کو با جماعت نماز کا ثواب مل جاتا تھا۔ وہاں کوئی اس بات کو نہیں دیکھتا کہ امامت کرنے والا رفع یدین کر رہا ہے یا نہیں۔ نماز کے بعد سب لوگ اپنی، اپنی دعا مانگ کر رخصت ہو جاتے ہیں۔

ہم نے دین میں بے پناہ مشکلات پیدا کر دی ہیں۔ میں ایک سُنی مسلمان ہوں اور بدعت سے بچنے کی حتی الوسع کوشش کرتا ہوں۔ ہم نے اپنے چھوٹے بھائی ماجد کی وفات پر اس کے قل اور چہلم نہیں کئے تھے کیونکہ ان چیزوں کا شریعت میں کوئی وجود نہیں اور یہ سراسر بدعت ہیں۔ تاہم یہ بھی سچ ہے کہ انسان ہونے کے ناتے ہمارے جذبات ہمیں مجبور کرتے ہیں کہ اس کی برسی پر ہم ضرور اداس ہوتے ہیں اور اس کی تعزیت کرنے والوں کا شکریہ ادا کرتے ہیں۔

اب میں اس موضوع کی طرف آتا ہوں جس نے مجھے یہ بلاگ لکھنے پر مجبور کیا۔ 12 ربیع الاول کی تاریخ کو دنیا کے تمام اسلامی ممالک نبی کریم حضرت محمد صلی اللہ علیہ و آلہ وسلم کی تاریخ ولادت کے طور پر مناتے ہیں۔ اس موقع پر لوگ ایک دوسرے کو مبارک باد بھی دیتے ہیں اور پاکستان میں عمارتوں کو خوب سجایا بھی جاتا ہے۔ جبکہ بہت سے لوگ نذر اور نیاز کا بھی اہتمام کرتے ہیں۔

میرے چند دوست اس دن کو عید کہنے کو اور منانے کو بدعت قرار دیتے ہیں۔ ان کی منطق یہ ہوتی ہے کہ 12 ربیع الاول کی تاریخ آپ (ص) کے وصال کی تاریخ ہے اور آپ (ص) کی تاریخ پیدائش پر امت میں اختلاف ہے۔ اسی طرح یہ لوگ کہتے ہیں کہ آپ (ص) کے یوم پیدائش کو منانا یا عید کہنا ہی غلط ہے، کیونکہ یہ صحابہ کرام (رض) سے ثابت نہیں۔ اسی طرح بہت سے دوست 10 محرم کو ایک غم کے دن کے طور پر منانے کے بھی سخت خلاف ہیں۔

میں چونکہ دین میں میانہ روی کا قائل ہوں اور بدعت کو بھی غلط سمجھتا ہوں، لہٰذا میری اس بارے میں رائے یہ ہے کہ ہمیں بدعت اور عقیدت میں فرق کو سمجھنا چاہئیے۔ جیسے آپ اپنی کسی کامیابی یا بیٹے، بیٹی کی سالگرہ پر خوشی مناتے ہیں اور دوستوں اور عزیزوں کو دعوت دیتے ہیں، میں نہیں سمجھتا کہ اس میں کوئی گناہ ہے۔ اسلام ہمیں محبت بڑھانے کا درس دیتا ہے اور دعوت دینے سے آپس میں محبت بڑھتی ہے۔ ہاں یہ لازم ہے کہ ان دعوتوں میں اسلام کے بنیادی اصولوں سے انحراف نہ کیا جائے۔ ناچ، گانے اور شراب جیسی قباحتوں سے بچا جائے اور جہاں تک مناسب ہو، پردے کا بھی اہتمام کیا جائے۔ ہر بات میں بدعت کو گھسیٹ کر لانے سے سانس لینا بھی مشکل ہو جائے گا۔ کیا ایک ماں اپنے بیٹے کا ماتھا چومے یا آپ قرآن کریم کو محبت سے چومیں تو یہ بھی بدعت ہے؟

اب میں آتا ہوں عید میلاد النبی (ص) اور عاشورہ محرم کی طرف۔ نبی کریم حضرت محمد صلی اللہ علیہ و آلہ وسلم کو اللہ تعالٰی نے تمام انسانیت کے لئے رحمت بنا کر بھیجا ہے۔ ہم سے زیادہ خوش قسمت امت کوئی نہیں جو آپ (ص) کو اپنا نبی مانتی ہے۔ میں تمام تر توجیہات کے باوجود اس مسلمان کو انتہائی بخیل قرار دوں گا جو آپ (ص) کی پیدائش پر اپنے مسلمان بھائیوں کو مبارک نہ دے۔ اگر 12 ربیع الاول پر اتفاق نہیں ہے تو پھر تمام عرب ممالک کیوں اسی دن کو آپ (ص) کی پیدائش کا دن تصور کرتے ہیں اور تعطیل کرتے ہیں؟ ہمیں اس بات کو سمجھنا ہوگا کہ اسلام کبھی بھی خوشی کے اظہار سے منع نہیں کرتا۔ اگر کوئی اس دن چراغاں یا روشنی کرے تو اس میں ہرگز کوئی بری بات نہیں۔ روایات سے پتا چلتا ہے کہ ابو جہل نے آپ (ص) کی پیدائش کی خوشی منائی تھی، جس کی وجہ سے اسے دوزخ میں سے ہر سال اس دن نکالا جائے گا جس دن آپ (ص) دنیا میں تشریف لائے۔

ہاں جو لوگ نذر، نیاز وغیرہ کا انتظام کرتے ہیں، ان کو چاہئیے کہ وہ سال کے باقی دنوں میں بھی غریبوں کو کھانا کھلانے کا انتظام کرتے رہیں، تاکہ یہ بدعت نہ بن جائے، اور غریب اور مسکین سال بھر صرف ان ہی دنوں کا انتظار نہ کرتے رہیں۔

اسی طرح 10 محرم کی بات ہے۔ یہ وہ دن ہے جس دن اسلام کے دشمنوں نے نبی کریم حضرت محمد صلی اللہ علیہ و آلہ وسلم کے خاندان کو مٹانے کی کوشش کی اور آپ (ص) کے چہیتے نواسے امام حسین (رض) کو ان کے پیارے ساتھیوں سمیت پیاس کی حالت میں شہید کیا۔ یہی نہیں بلکہ امام (رض) کا سر مبارک نیزے پر رکھ کر یزید ملعون کے دربار میں پیش کیا۔ اس بات سے قطع نظر کہ میں سُنی ہوں اور شیعہ نہیں، میں اس دن کو ہمیشہ اداس ہوتا ہوں اور میرا دل ہی نہیں چاہتا کہ اس دن میں کوئی خوشی مناؤں، کیونکہ اس دن میرے پیارے نبی (ص) کے گھرانے پر خود کو مسلمان کہنے والوں نے ظلم کے پہاڑ توڑے۔۔۔۔۔۔ البتہ ماتم کرے اور خود کو مارنے سے بہتر ہے کہ ہم اپنے اندر امام عالی مقام (رض) کے اوصاف پیدا کریں اور ظلم کے سامنے ڈٹ جانے کی عادت اپنائیں۔

عیسائی لوگ بیشک آج اپنے مذہب کو بہت زیادہ فالو نہیں کرتے لیکن وہ کرسمس کو حضرت عیسٰی علیہ السلام کی پیدائش کے طور پر بھرپور طریقے سے مناتے ہیں۔ ہمیں بھی ایک باوقار طریقے سے پیغمبر اسلام و انسانیت حضرت محمد صلی اللہ علیہ و آلہ وسلم کا یوم پیدائش شایان شان طریقے سے بدعت سے بچتےہوئے منانا چاہئیے اور ساتھ، ساتھ آپ (ص) کی تعلیمات کو بھی اپنانا چاہئیے، تاکہ ہم اپنی بخشش کا سامان کر سکیں۔

اللہ تعالٰی ہمارا حامی و ناصر ہو۔ آمین

Some words for the world’s best politician and human rights activist His Excellency Nelson Mandela

I still remember when I was a child and Pakistan Television was the only TV channel available at that time, in the 9:00 pm Urdu news (Khabarnama) there was quite often mentioning of the name Nelson Mandela and his fight for getting the equal rights for black skinned people living in South Africa. Time kept moving on. I also came to know that due to the extreme level of racism in South Africa their sports teams were not allowed to participate in any international event, i.e. Cricket world cup, Soccer world cup, Olympic Games etc.

Madiba

I moved to Australia in 2010. Here I got an opportunity of working in with RailCorp New South Wales as a Project Engineer. Sunil Mistry was my very nice and friendly colleague. From his name I had an idea that he was from India. One day Sunil surprised me by telling that his origin was India but he and his parental family spent their time in South Africa for many years before migrating to Australia. As mentioned above, I always had heard a lot about the South African apartheid (racism). I asked Sunil about the reality based on his personal experience. Sunil told me that there was such a high level of racism in South Africa that at every place they used to have three types of public toilets, one for the white skinned, second for the migrated Indian origin people, and third and the worst quality ones for the black people.
Sunil also mentioned that except garbage collectors and street cleaners, no black person was allowed to enter the central business district in Cape Town and other cities. Any black found in those areas was immediately arrested and fined.
5 December 2013 was a shocking day for the whole world. Nelson Mandela’s death news made everyone sad. He was the person who started his struggle in South Africa. He was born on 18th of July 1918. He served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. He was South Africa’s first black chief executive, and the first elected in a fully representative democratic election. His government focused on dismantling the legacy of apartheid through tackling institutionalised racism, poverty and inequality, and fostering racial reconciliation.
Politically an African nationalist and democratic socialist, he served as President of the African National Congress (ANC) from 1991 to 1997. Internationally, Mandela was Secretary General of the Non-Aligned Movement from 1998 to 1999. He spent 27 years in prison, out of which 6 years in isolation (قید تنہائی). An international campaign lobbied for his release. He was released in 1990, during a time of escalating civil strife. Mandela joined negotiations with President F. W. de Klerk to abolish apartheid and establish multiracial elections in 1994, in which he led the ANC to victory and became South Africa’s first black president.
Unlike Pakistani politicians who always want to rule and damage the country, he did not like to be elected as the president of South Africa for the second term and became an elder statesman, focusing on charitable work in combating poverty and HIV/AIDS through the Nelson Mandela Foundation.
During his life, he gained international acclaim for his activism, having received more than 250 honours, including the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize, the US Presidential Medal of Freedom, the SovietOrder of Lenin and the Bharat Ratna. He is held in deep respect within South Africa, where he is often referred to by his Xhosa clan name, Madiba, or as Tata (“Father”); he is often described as “the father of the nation”.
He followed principles of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) after getting the rule and did not take any revenge from those who had made his life like hell. He forgave every one of them. He kept eligible white skinned people in his staff and brought them closer to the black skinned people. Due to his efforts South Africa held the Cricket world cup and their teams were allowed to participate in all international sporting events.
Nelson Mandela was laid to rest in his childhood village of Qunu today (Sunday, the 15th of December 2013) marking the end of an exceptional journey for the prisoner turned president who transformed South Africa.
I wish that our Muslim, especially Pakistani, leaders could learn from Madiba that how they can earn respect in this world.

66th Independence Anniversary of Pakistan

پاکستان کا جشن آزادی مبارک

پاکستان کا جشن آزادی مبارک

14th August 1947 was the day when Muslims of the sub-continent finally got a ‘home’ for themselves where they could spend their life practising the golden principles of Islam, without any fear. Under the great leadership of Muhammad Ali Jinnah, later knighted by the nation as The Big Leader (قائد اعظم), Pakistanis started their journey with full zeal and devotion. Founder of the nation Mr. Jinnah had also assured non-Muslim minorities for giving them the equal rights just like their Muslim countrymen.

Pakistan was founded with a great though and after a long brainstorming. It was envisaged that this young Islamic country would emerge as leader of the Islamic countries. However this dream could not be fulfilled. Due to the corruption and political mismanagement in the country the goals could be achieved. Today in spite of being the only Islamic atomic power in the world, we are under the huge debts. We have compromised on our sovereignty just because we have to pay the USA billions of dollars.

Afghan war and so called ‘war on terror’ have brought us the worst circumstances. On one side we have been facing the drone attacks and on the other side our internal terrorists are carrying out the suicidal attacks in which thousands of innocent Pakistanis have lost their lives. Everyday our media brings us ‘breaking news’ that really break us and bring disappointment. No one in the government is bothered about the deteriorating economic condition of Pakistan. In any public department, you cannot get your genuine works done without bribing or having references. Similarly there is no control on the prices of everyday grocery items. Common man is the one who is suffering the most. He cannot provide fruits or meat to his kids. Was Pakistan created for this???

There is no justice in the country. Chief Justice’s son was not punished at all in spite of the clear witnesses against him in the corruption case. Similarly Shahrukh Jatoi, son of a landlord in Sindh, has not been punished till date for murdering the innocent Shahzeb Khan in Karachi, who had just returned home after attending his elder sister’s wedding. Overseas Pakistanis, like me, get stressed when they visit Pakistan and face difficulties in getting the simple things done. They always visit Pakistan with happiness but after a few days the happiness is gone.

I wish that our passport could also get the respect like the other passports. We could travel to any country without applying for the visas, and even of the visas are required, being Pakistanis we could get them without any problem. For this we have to come out for changing our corrupt system and play our role in improving country’s impression in the eyes of other citizens of the developed countries.

At this great day I wish all my Pakistani friends and their families a very happy Independence Day. At the same time I would request you all to consider seriously whether we deserved an independent country or not. We have to prove that we deserved it.

پاکستان زندہ باد