Category Archives: Pakistani Politics

Fireworks and fun stuff. That’s one way of putting Pakistani politics but lets see it from my eyes

Why condemn us?

Raymond Davis got released after Diyat was paid to heirs to those who were murdered. In the aftermath of this event, we are all ignited that we let go of this person, whom we should have made an example of to prove our national integrity…..Why we forget these basic things:

  1. First, Faheem and Faizan were robbers (its proven yet remains underobserved because it doesnt help add fuel to fire) and attacked this person who acted in self-defense although too ruthlessly but they were not angels either.
  2. Diyat and Qasas are Divine laws by Allah and are implemented in Pakistan like many other Islamic countries and do not have different interpretation. Its pretty simple. Life against life or Compensation against life (amount can be anything). It is being used in our country and region since ages. If Americans used it, whats they problem? God Forbid, are we not happy with the concept? We need to be careful here that we CANNOT challenge the context and content of this Divine law while we protest against this release which is totally under Islamic laws.
  3. If people are to protest, they should stop doing against state and state machinery, they should protest against the families who had all the support in the world from religious parties and leftist yet they got charmed by money and took it (still legal and ethical because it was their right under Islamic law)
  4. As far as Raymond Davis being an operative of CIA is an issue, honestly, its not that big a deal. CIA operates in all countries and it does so for its own ambitions. We, Pakistanis operate our intelligence machinery in countries of our interest. This cannot end and wont end. CIA operates against its own people as well by throwing them in illegitimate wars (of Gulf, terror, Vietnam and God knows what). Lets be pragmatic about it
  5. Religious parties have their own ulterior motives in Pakistan and they just have one single agenda which Allah has condemned several times in Quran ‘don’t spread violence’. They want people to stay violent regardless of what happens on ground. Much famed maxim ‘jo kuch kerwa raha hai Amrika kerwa raha hai’ manifests it clearly.
  6. The widow of Faizan who committed suicide did not do something praiseworthy. Ethically, morally, legally and in every society, suicide is NOT encourageable
  7. Only aggrieved party to the whole incident is Abad Ur Rahman who was not killed by Davis but another accomplice who fled away and thats where our security and law and order agencies failed. They neither got compensation nor got heard by anyone including the so called ‘molvis’ who understand marketing too well and realize that ‘Davis’ will sell at the moment, lets not talk about the anonymous guy who wont sell.
  8. Finally, full marks to our Government and its operatives for holding their own all along. They said it will be courts who will decide and they continued stating it despite State department and the White House and even President Obama himself kept saying ‘courts cannot decide matters related to diplomatic immunity’. We let the process function and it resulted in a agreeable settlement as per Islamic laws which were fully implemented.

I, personally feel saddened by the fact that even the educated class of this country gets ignited by all this and doesn’t think rationally.

Lets not start blaming our country and its people just for the sake of it or because we cannot condemn a superpower so lets condemn ourselves!


Showing the ‘right’ side

A few months ago, a ‘research’ surfaced stating that Pakistanis search for pornographic material more than any other nation. It also quoted sources like stats by Google trends which authenticated this fact.

Some elements in our media were very quick to promote this and it got mixed reactions from people all over. What it really was? Well, like always it was one side of story. Yes, it might have been true and there is no point in defending even if it was a half truth. But the problem is that we always go for negativities about our country and our people. Even speaking on the same metrics, what people search from Pakistan on internet and using the same tools, one gets to see some pleasant pictures.

The word, ‘Allah’ and ‘Muhammad’ (PBUH) are also among those terms which are searched by Pakistanis more than any other nation.

Yes, we have our share of problems and we are not that good of a nation. We need to work hard on so many fronts. But being positive and optimistic about things is one thing that we need to do internally and ward off all such external forces which are always bent on showcasing a negative Pakistan.

Every country and every nation in the world have their share of ills and it is upto the people and also state of those nations to potray a balanced view and this is one fundamental aspect of marketing a nation.

We need to do the same. I guess its not very hard to do….

Running a [country’s] business

We are now a days quite concerned about new taxes coming in, electricity rates going up because subsidies earlier given by government are being taken away due to IMF’s pressure, tax structure being revised and what not. I mean we already have so much to worry about on key national fronts like politics, governance, security, terrorism, international relations and the list goes on and on. What has gone wrong all of a sudden on the economic front?

Well, floods caused havoc and ruined infrastructure as well as production capacity of agriculture, the backbone of our economy. Terrorism had already choked inflow of Foreign investment and adversely affected confidence of local investors. New jobs are not being created and overall despondency has taken over masses’ sentiments who find nothing going right in Pakistan.

Now, what to do? Isn’t this all a crisis situation rather crises because there is not one crisis!

In business and management, it is often said and practiced that when things get out of control and become complex, it might be a good idea to go back to basics. Perhaps it is time to do so with the business of this country. Let’s try getting back to basics at least in words.

A country is no different from a business, an entrepreneur’s venture. It earns Revenue (taxes) and has some Costs (its governance and functioning). Now lets see how we can make Revenue minus Cost positive, which is a definite objective of a successful business.

Basic mathematics tells us that either increasing Revenue or decreasing Costs or both can help us bring Revenue minus Costs into positive. Lets do both of these i.e. increasing Revenues and decreasing Costs.

Increasing Revenue means that more tax revenue is required. Now, either increase rate of taxes on those who are already paying or make those who are not paying, pay it. Latter options seems more plausible because those who are already paying shouldn’t be overburdened if there are some who are not paying. Who are those?¬†Agriculture sector tops the list. Tax it. Make it in the same way industrial and corporate sector is paying tax i.e. those who earn more should pay more. Then in order to gain more tax from those who are already paying a ‘novel’ idea can be to help them earn more so they can pay more tax. They wont mind paying more tax if they are helped to earn more. How it can be done? Well, help them export more. We have brains sitting in Export promoting bodies who can do excellent marketing and help our businesses do excellent marketing on international level. Give them incentives to export more and lets make our industry and corporate sector eye those markets whose people do not know where Pakistan is located? (yes. there are countries like this). Identify what all we can export and if we do it honestly, we will find a long list of items and an equally long list of producers producing those items.

If we get it all right, many industries and sectors will be able to earn more and pay more taxes.

Next comes reducing costs. Where are we spending more? Lets look at our expenses top down. Meaning starting from parliament and presidency down to government’s offices, lets cut our expenses. Any top-notch holder of public office, whoever he is and whatever sacrifices he has given for our country cannot travel in all or even some 70-80 cars which flank him like crazy when he is going from point A to point B. He can sit on one seat of one car. If he wants he can have the whole of rear seat for himself or even the whole of car for himself, but lets not have ambulances, fire trucks, police officers’ cars chasing or flanking him like anything. Its waste of money and more than that it gives totally wrong signals to the whole machinery of government that we can spend and waster as much as we want. We cannot. Its a fact and lets establish it sternly. It is simple not possible in a country which is ‘developing’.

Lets develop/grow first and be able to earn an income and then think about spending like crazy (wasn’t it what our parents used to tell us).

If we seriously think about it, its all very simple but requires seriousness.

May Allah always guide us towards right path and help Pakistan prosper. Amen.

Just a piece of paper!

Pakistani politics are nothing but a tale of kings and queens, princes and courts and so many other concepts which are nothing but a tale of past in most parts of the world. But in Pakistan the best thing is that we are still living in those times when nation’s destinies would change with the words uttered or written (even supposedly) by a dying king.

Not many months ago, we as a nation got our history changed and re-written by nothing but a piece of paper. A will as they called it of a leader who knew that her time was near. But the interesting thing is that nobody in our supposedly free world ever thought about it.

At times, I think whether it was our leaders in the ruling party who are to be blamed. But then I realize, whats their fault? They did what they deemed best for their party and even for their political careers (and yeah for Pakistani nation too!). But the so-called free media in Pakistan pointed fingers very carefully and very selectively. It has always been very careful while giving perception of being a stalwart of freedom of thought and word.

Media in Pakistan never raise issues which it feels can affect its advertising revenues specially from Government’s kitty. It is always careful in undertaking those ventures which it finds to be of more popular support than real value to nation.

When I desire to write more on Pakistani politics, my mind takes me to another world which many people fail to see. This is the glamorous world of media……….(to be continued)