Israeli terrorism and the shameful silence of Arab world

Once again heartless and brainless Israeli army started killing innocent Palestinian men, women, kids and old age people in Gaza. They are doing this shameful act in the holy month of Ramadan when Muslims all over the world keep fasts, do extra prayers and donate generously.

Palestine

On the other side there is once again complete silence from the neighbouring Arab countries. Allah SWT is punishing Muslims just because of their sectarian differences and lack of unity which is the main reason of this barbarian attitude of Israeli terrorists. If we look today’s situation thoughtfully we will find Shias and Sunnis fighting against each other in Arab countries, Pakistan and Afghanistan. Today one of my Indonesian friends in Sydney told me that in his country where Sunnis are in majority, Shias are considered as infidel (کافر). He added that he got his early education at an Islamic madrassa and was taught that Shias were non-Muslims.

In Iraq Sunnis and Shias are fighting for the sake of power (اقتدار). In Lebanon, Egypt, Syria and Libya there are Muslims fighting against each other. In Pakistan and Afghanistan we see Taliban killing Shias and common people. Therefore I can say that we don’t need any other enemy for destroying us. We have atomic bombs but no passion (جذبہ) at all. Hundreds of years ago Hajjaj Bin Yousaf sent Muhammad Bin Qasim to the combined India on the complaint of one Muslim lady against the cruel ruler Raja Dahir. Today hundreds of Muslims are being slaughtered in Israel but Arab countries that fear from USA have sewed their lips against this uncontrolled barbaric and inhuman torture.

This is the time when we need real unity keeping all our internal sectarian differences on side. We need a united approach on controlling the mad Israeli leaders and army. Allah SWT will bless us with victory once we hold His rope together as per His instructions given in Quran. In Sydney Palestinian expatriates are holding a protest on Sunday afternoon. All Muslims in Sydney are requested to try their best in joining our sad Palestinian brothers in their sorrow.

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.

We will always love you MAJID!!!

25 June 2014 marks the fifth death anniversary of our beloved younger brother Majid Javed. A charming youngster with an exceptional intellectual level, a champion’s smile and great sense of humour; left us for his heavenly abode five years ago.

Majid

Rashid and I were very lucky on having such a loving brother in our life who always stood beside us whenever we needed him, who always brought respect for the family with his successes and achievements during the studies and later in his jobs. He achieved whatever he wanted. However he could not fight with his long fatal disease that claimed his life.

Majid passed away physically on that day but he started a new journey in our hearts where he has his eternal place. No day passes by without his memories. He breathed his last on Thursday and since then every Thursday morning makes me sad….. I never need to think about Majid but he is always there in mind.

On Majid’s 5th anniversary Dr. Javed’s Family would like to thank our beloved Muhammad Ashfaq for his never ending love and care for us. Ashfaq is a true gem who always has proved his love, loyalty and dedication for us and above all for Majid. Ashfaq is my class fellow from my Civil Engineering class and has a very close association with our family. His father Muhammad Yousaf passed away on 27th December 2013. In spite of going through such difficult time he didn’t forget Majid and performed an Umra for him just after a few weeks. He is the first person out of our family who performed this noble act for our beloved Majid. We are highly obliged to him and pray Allah to bless Ashfaq with happiness, prosperity and success in his coming life. We are also highly obliged to Majid’s special friend Aamir Ali who put Majid’s name in RSVP on his wedding card even when Majid was not alive.

Dr. Javed’s Family can never ever forget two great persons who are not among us today, but they are always in our thoughts and prayers. We love our beloved uncles Humayoun Shamsi and Dr. Zaeem Jafri who managed to reach on his funeral in spite of their critical health conditions. We also remember the great role played by Major Tahir Ali on his death when he was in Abbottabad with his family and was at a medical centre for getting his son’s leg plastered that had a minor fracture. As soon as he heard about Majid’s death he left the treatment incomplete and rushed to Lahore.

We are also very much thankful to our beloved friend Ismail Ajaz (Khayaal) who wrote two beautiful poems on Majid after his death. He expressed our thoughts for Majid in a very beautiful way in his second poem.

We as Dr. Javed’s Family once again repeat our commitment with Majid that whoever ignored him on his death has no place in our life and insha Allah we will never forgive those who didn’t reach us in our pain and made lame excuses.

Majid……. We will always love you and you will remain with us forever like a glowing light and a twinkling star. Allah SWT bless you with the highest ranks in Jannat Ul Firdous. Ameen!

Minhaj Ul Quran and Karachi Airport incidents show failure of PML (N) government

Yesterday (17 June 2014) proved the worst day for the current federal government led by Pakistan Muslim League (N). Punjab Police, on the foolish instructions of provincial law minister Rana Sana Ullah, attacked members of Minhaj Ul Quran in Model Town Lahore where they were sent for removing the barriers. Police had clashes with the members but no one could expect such brutal action that resulted in 8 causalities including two females who were sisters-in-law to each other. Dr. Tahir Ul Qadri, chairman of Pakistan Awami Tehreek and Minhaj Ul Quran (MUQ) condemned the brutal and nonsense action in the strictest words. He had announced few days back of his returning back in the next week and leading his followers towards a revolution in Pakistan.

PAT torture

This incident proved very damaging for the provincial government of Punjab and Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif is now really worried. He dismissed some senior Police officials immediately. However the worst thing in this sad incident was that one of the females who lost their life was pregnant and was shot a bullet in her jaw. Other blunder was the breaking of car screens by a dedicated PML (N) member identified as Gullu Butt under the Police supervision. He is given title of Sher-e-Punjab (شیر پنجاب) by Mr. Shahbaz Sharif. Other highly condemn-able thing was the inhuman torture on the female members of MUQ by the male Police force who beat them vigorously without any mercy.

PAT torture 2

Before this brutal incident on 8th June 2014 Pakistan busiest airport Jinnah International Karachi was attacked by 10 terrorists who were later identified as Uzbeks. They killed more than 20 people including Airport Security Force members, Police and common men in the exchange of nonstop firing. All terrorists were finally killed and airport was functional again after suspension of flights for almost 14 hours. This took the impression of our country further down. How can we expect that Pakistan would be considered a safe place for the foreign investors? Security collapse is the main reason of this attack. Cathay Pacific has suspended its flights to Pakistan after this incident. British Airways, Singapore Airlines, Malaysian Airlines and Lufthansa already have suspended their flight operations for Pakistan.

Karachi Airport attack

Both these incidents have brought a bad name for Pakistan and the PML (N) government. Pak Army with the consent of parliament has started its operation in North Waziristan called as Zarb-e-Azab (ضرب عضب) for targeting the terrorists’ shelter places. Let us pray for their success and a peaceful country where one could live with safety and dignity.

پاکستان زندہ باد

For three great men who are no more with us (in Urdu)

Three Gems

WAAR – the amazing Lollywood movie that increased my patriotism!

Waar

Finally I got chance of watching the long awaited movie WAAR in Sydney last Sunday (18 May 2014). I with my friends reached the cinema for the afternoon show. Waar was given two shows on Sunday. I queued up for the ticket and when I reached the counter I asked the staff proudly that I wanted a ticket for the PAKISTANI film Waar. The girl gave me a good smile and handed over the ticket after being paid.

Waar name on Event Cinemas billboard

Waar name on Event Cinemas billboard

I entered the cinema and was delighted to see that around 150 Pakistani people in the groups of friends and families had gathered for watching this Lollywood film that has created a very good impact on the cine-goers. Film started after a little while. I could not believe that it was a Pakistani film. 90% of the dialogues were in English and I must appreciate the director Bilal Lashari who worked very hard on the accent of all artists. Lollywood superstar Shan is the hero in this movie and TV star Shamoon Abbasi has played role of the main villain. Other artists include Aisha Khan, Hamza Abbasi, Ali Azmat, Meesha Shafi, Kamran Lashari and Bilal Lashari. Producer and writer Hassan Waqas Rana has done a great job. Waar is the story about Pakistan Army’s war against the foreign supported terrorism in Pakistan. It shows how skilful and brave our army and police officials are.

Shamoon has played his negative role just wonderfully and has been shown as a highly talented Indian spy and killer. Meesha Shafi is his partner and agent in Pakistan who provides him with the resources and information for targeting the Army, police and the common people. Shan works for the Army and Aisha Khan and Hamza Abbasi assist him in his mission against Shamoon (Ramal in the movie). Whereas Ali Azmat has played role of a patriotic politician Ejaz Khan.

Camera, editing, background music, direction, sound quality all are just superb and match with the Hollywood standards. Climax is superb and audience in the cinema gave a loud round of applause to the creative team. The best dialogue in the movie was, “As long as history will be written by hunters, lions shall never be glorified”. I would recommend this movie with a loud voice to all those who haven’t watched it yet. I bet that you will for sure start loving Pakistan and our brave soldiers more than ever.

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PAKISTAN ZINDABAD!!!!

Geo Group Vs ISI (in Urdu)

جیو گروپ کا ستارہ آج کل گردش میں آیا ہوا ہے اور پاکستان بھر میں اسے شدید تنقید کا سامنا کرنا پڑ رہا ہے، خصوصاً اس گروپ کے سینئر صحافی جناب حامد میر پر کراچی میں ہونے والے قاتلانہ حملے کے بعد سے جس میں بغیر کسی ثبوت کے فوج کے ادارے آئی۔ایس۔آئی اور اس کے سربراہ کو اس حملے کا ذمہ دار ٹھرایا گیا۔ میں اس حساس موضوع پر لکھنا ضروری سمجھتا ہوں لیکن اس بات کو واضح کرتا چلوں کہ میرا تجزیہ بالکل منصفانہ اور غیر جانبدارانہ ہے۔

جیو ٹی وی بلا شبہ پاکستان کا سب سے زیادہ دیکھا جانے والا چینل ہے اور پاکستان میں اس ٹی وی نے بہت سی اچھی باتوں کی بنیاد ڈالی۔ اگر ہم دیکھیں تو جیو کو اس بات کا کریڈٹ جاتا ہے کہ اس نے جمہوریت کو سپورٹ کیااور جنرل پرویز مشرف کے خلاف چیف جسٹس جناب افتخار محمد چوہدری کا ساتھ دیا۔ پاکستان کے باقی پرائیویٹ ٹی وی چینلوں نے بھی اسی روش کا مظاہرہ کیا۔ جیو کے پروگرام “کیپیٹل ٹاک” اور “آج کامران خان کے ساتھ” میں ہمیشہ حکومت وقت کی خامیوں اور کوتاہیوں پر بغیر ڈرے تنقید کی گئی اور تمام معروف سیاسی لیڈروں کو بولنے کا بھرپور موقع دیا گیا۔

جہاں جیو کو ان باتوں کا کریڈٹ جاتا ہے وہیں اس گروپ نے چند بہت بڑی غلطیاں بھی کیں جو کہ پاکستان سے غداری کے مترادف ہیں۔ جیو نے ممبئی حملوں میں حکومتی موقف کے برخلاف اجمل قصاب کو پاکستانی ثابت کرنے میں ایڑی چوٹی کا زور لگایا۔ اسی طرح جیو نے انڈین پریمیئر لیگ کو نشر کیا جبکہ انہوں نے پاکستان کے کرکٹ کھلاڑیوں کو اپنے ہاں کھیلنے کی اجازت دینے سے انکار کر دیا تھا۔ جیو ٹی وی نے بھارتی ایوارڈز کو نشر کرنے کا سلسہ جاری رکھا ہوا ہے جبکہ بھارت میں جیو اور دیگر پاکستانی چینلوں کو نشر کرے کی اجازت تک نہیں۔

ڈاکٹر عامر لیاقت کا معاملہ بھی ایسا ہے جس نے جیو کی ساکھ کو بری طرح متاثر کیا۔ جیو نے ڈاکٹر عامر کی خفیہ وڈیو نشر کر دی جس میں وہ آف کیمرہ غیر مہذب گفتگو کر رہے تھے۔ وجہ صرف یہ تھی کہ ڈاکٹر عامر نے ایک دوسرے میڈیا گروپ کو جوائن کر لیا تھا۔ ڈاکٹر عامر کی ساکھ خراب کرنے کے بعد جیو نے پھر انہیں اپنے ہاں بہت اچھے عہدے پر رکھ لیا اور اپنے اخبار جنگ کے ذریعے پاکستان کے لوگوں کو بتانا شروع کر دیا کہ ڈاکٹر عامر کا شمار دنیا کے 500 بااثر ترین مسلمانوں میں ہوتا ہے۔

اب آتے ہیں آئی۔ایس۔آی کی طرف۔ یہ ملکی سلامتی کے حوالے سے ایک بے حد اہم ادارہ ہے جس کی سربراہی کے لئے پاک فوج کے انتہائی ذہین اور قابل لیفٹنینٹ جنرل کو چنا جاتا ہے۔ یہ ادارہ خفیہ طور پر ملکی سلامتی کے لئے کام کرتا ہے۔ ہر محب وطن پاکستانی اس ادارے کا بے حد احترام کرتا ہے اور کبھی بھی اس کے خلاف بولنے کا نہیں سوچ سکتا۔ بھارت کو آئی۔ایس۔آئی کی وجہ سے ہی ہمارے ملک میں پوری طرح کھل کھیلنے کا موقع نہیں مل سکا آج تک۔

تاہم معذرت کے ساتھ اس ادارے نے بھی کچھ ایسے کام کئے ہیں جس سے اس کی ساکھ متاثر ہوئی ہے۔ سب سے پہلے اگر ہم لاپتہ افراد کا معاملہ دیکھیں تو اس نے اس معتبر ادارے کی ساکھ کو بری طرح نقصان پہنچایا ہے۔ پاکستان کے مختلف علاقوں خصوصاً بلوچستان سے ہزاروں کی تعداد میں شریف لوگوں کو، جن پر کوئی الزام نہیں، اٹھا کر نامعلوم مقام پر رکھا گیا ہے اور یا پھر امریکہ کے حوالے کر دیا گیا جس کا اقرار سابقہ صدر جنرل پرویز مشرف کر چکے ہیں۔ ان کے لواحقین پر قیامت ٹوٹ گئی ہے کہ وہ جانتے تک نہیں کہ ان کے اٹھائے گئے عزیز زندہ بھی ہیں یا نہیں۔ اسی طرح اسامہ بن لادن کی ایبٹ آباد میں موجودگی اور امریکی فورسز کے آپریشن نے بھی اس ادارے کی ساکھ پر سوالیہ نشان لگایا ہے۔ اس متنازعہ آپریشن کی تحقیقات سے قوم کو آج تک مطلع نہیں کیا گیا۔

جیو کے الزامات کے بعد فوج، حکومت اور جیو گروپ کے درمیان حالات کافی کشیدہ ہو گئے ہیں اور پاکستانی قوم بھی اضطراب کا شکار ہے۔ تحریک انصاف کے چیئرمین عمران خان نے بھی جنگ اور جیو ہر انتخابات میں دھاندلی میں ملوث ہونے کا الزام عائد کر دیا ہے اور ان کے بائیکاٹ کو اعلان کر دیا ہے۔ جیو کے خلاف حکومت نے پمرا (پاکستان میڈیا ریگولیشنز اتھارٹی) سے رجوع کر لیا ہے اور اس پر پابندی کا مطالبہ کیا ہے۔ جبکہ جیو کا کہنا ہے کہ اسے پمرا سے انصاف کی توقع نہیں۔

میری رائے میں پاک فوج کو آئی۔ایس۔آئی کے اقدامات کی قوم کو وضاحت پیش کرنی چاہئیے اور لاپتہ افراد کے بارے میں ان کے گھر والوں کو آگاہ کرنا چاہئیے۔ اگر ان لوگوں کا کوئی جرم ہے تو انہیں عدالت میں پیش کیا جائے کیونکہ آئی۔ایس۔آئی مسلسل توہین عدالت کا مرتکب ہو رہا ہے، جس سے عوام میں پاک فوج کا تاثر خراب ہو رہا ہے جو ملکی سلامتی کے لئے کوئی اچھا شگن نہیں۔ دوسری طرف جیو گروپ کے خلاف بھی موثر کاروائی ہونی چاہئیے تاکہ یہ ادارہ اپنی اصلاح کر سکے اور پاکستان کے مفادات کے خلاف پروگرام نشر کرنے سے باز آئے اور بھارتی ثقافت اور پروگراموں کو فروغ دینے سے پرہیز کرے۔

Geo TV’s insulting attitude towards legend Anwar Maqsood

Mr. Anwar Maqsood

Mr. Anwar Maqsood

These days Khabarnaak (خبرناک) is one of the most popular comedy show run on Geo TV network. Aftab Iqbal hosts this programme and discusses many issues with a team of six to seven jugglers. One of the jugglers is so called educated Muhammad Ali Mir who has a good talent of getting getup of any popular figure and mimicking their talking style.

It’s a good way without any objection to make people happy who are already having problems in their everyday life. However I have noticed that Geo TV management plays a great role in controlling the script and level of humiliation of the person who Muhammad Ali Mir presents in his mimicry. Anwar Maqsood is one of the most talented media persons of Pakistan. He is a wonderful compere, writer and producer. He has produced many popular comedy programmes with his highly talented colleagues late Moin Akhtar and Bushra Ansari from PTV Karachi centre. He is one of the best comperes/hosts who can be compared only with legendary Zia Muhiuddin, Naeem Bukhari and Tariq Aziz. In addition to comparing he wrote comedy scripts that gave popularity to late Moin Akhtar.

In many episodes of Khabarnaak, Muhammad Ali Mir adopts getup of Anwar Maqsood and is introduced by the host as ‘Danishwar Sahib’ (دانشور صاحب) which means ‘Scholar’ in English. Then he is shown as a very silly person which is a highly condemnable thing. It can be easily judged that this is being done on the orders of Geo TV management because Anwar Maqsood sahib is the recognition of PTV Karachi centre. Geo TV could not hire him perhaps for their channel and that is the main reason that they started humiliating such a nice and talented person.

Muhammad Ali Mir as dummy of Anwar Maqsood

Muhammad Ali Mir as dummy of Anwar Maqsood

Aftab Iqbal is a very rude person, who has attitude problem. He was removed from the Dunya TV’s popular show Hasb-e-Haal. Later he had issues with the senior actor Aman Ullah who was a permanent member of his Khabarnaak team. Because of his negative attitude talented artists Aman Ullah, Iftikhar Thakur and Sakhawat Naz left him and joined Dunya TV show Mazaaq Raat (مذاق رات).

From Sada-e-Shahid we demand Geo TV to stop insulting the national heroes and give them their due respect, because the nations who insult their heroes eventually disappear from the page of history.

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

Pakistan needs another Omar (RA)

Yesterday’s Pakistani newspapers brought another disturbing story. A mother named Bisma in Johar Town, Lahore killed her 2 year old daughter Minahil and 8 month old son Yousuf by pressing their throats after she had been unable to feed them with anything for 2-3 days. This sad incident took place because her husband has been on illegal drugs for a long time and they did not have enough sources to feed their kids. Police have arrested her. She told the media that she had no other option left for her except killing her kids who had been hungry for 3 days.

Lady who killed her kids due to hunger in Lahore

Lady who killed her kids due to hunger in Lahore (report in Urdu; courtesy of http://jang.com.pk)

Today I am thinking that our government has failed in taking care of the basic necessities of their citizens. People are dying because of hunger, but on the other side resourceful corrupt people are just increasing their assets and no one has the right to question them. A few days ago I was watching Geo TV programme “Aik Din Geo Kay Saath” (ایک دن جیو کے ساتھ), in which anchor Sohail Warraich spent a full day with the famous journalist Mr. Hassan Nisar.  I was highly surprised to see the lavish farm house of the later near Lahore which occupied many hectares. On Mr. Warraich question about the source of his income so called honest journalist replied that he made money mostly from the royalty of his books. I have been viewing books of people like Mustansar Hussain Tarrar, Ata ul Haq Qasmi, Perveen Shakir, Amjad Islam Amjad, Umera Ahmed and Bushra Rehman in the big bookstores in Lahore that sell very well but none of them could become rich like Mr. Hassan Nisar, any of whose books I could never find on shelves of the prominent bookshops that I have been visiting. However as he is a big fish, no one can dare to ask him about his source of income.

If we read the Islamic history, Omar (RA) has been the best ruler after Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) established the first ever Islamic government. Omar (RA) introduced stipend for the feeding mothers. He also developed a very good system of charity (through the zakat collection) that no one is his government could complain about the hunger. Omar (RA) was the person who used to say that if a dog died because of hunger, he as the ruler would be answerable to Allah on the day of judgement. However our Pakistani leaders are least bothered about their poor people and they are just busy in working on prolonging their power and transferring the same to their next generations; be it Bilawal Zardari, Mariam Nawaz, Hamza Shahbaz or Moonis Elahi.

Pakistanis now really need another Omar from Allah who could bring some comfort for them and at the same time establish a true system of justice where a common man could have right to question the ruler without any fear.

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