Category Archives: Social Issues

Some hot topics which we hear a lot about specially in developing countries

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!


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.

My House, my home

This is just a perspective and is not meant to target any person or group by any means. Just a thought which I found worth sharing and worth listening to other’s thoughts on it.

When I was young, I read a story of a boy who lived in a poor family and had a simple house. One day his friend invited him to his birthday and he was amazed to see his house as it had all modern luxuries or stuff like that. On returning back, he found his home to be even more humble and was irritated with his parents who tried explaining him these realities of life. But his young, immature mind couldn’t grasp theses properly and even wanted to leave his house and live with his friend in a ‘luxurious house’ but afterwards he did realize that it was his home and his house and it belongs to him.

There is nothing in this story. But just a thought. If my house is not luxurious, if my house houses my family members with different lifestyle, difference of opinions, different attitudes and responses to different situations as we move along in life, what should I do? Should I leave? Should I leave for a rented house? Which although I can live in but will never be ‘mine’. Even if I buy a different house, will it give me same sense of belonging as the house where my family is altogether? Will it give me same sense of protection? Will it be mine?

Think over it and then think is Pakistan not our house, our home, where we all live as a big family?

We have our differences, our share of problems, our issues but should we leave it? should we go to a ‘rented’ place? Another land which we cannot call our own? Even as our generations wont be able to call it theirs? always they will be known from the family they actually belonged, their roots. and they will be looked down upon as ‘immigrants’?

What if my house has bad floors, bad electricity, bad tempers? Should I not be courageous enough and bold enough to stand up and try my own to resolve it. What if at the end, my life is nothing but a struggle to mend my house? If my whole life is a struggle, I can rest with peace in my grave with the contentment that it was life spent for a cause. Cleaning, mending my house, my Pakistan for my generations to live a better life……

And before I make this decision to ‘move’ should I not know that the rented house have these problems too? Even worse can be there? Just because its problems are ‘different’ from my own house’s problems, I should accept it? Owners or neighbors there would not accept me because I am not one of ‘them’. I am not what they look like, live like and at times I would abhor their lifestyle and would even prevent my child from even thinking about doing what they do.

I think I know answer to these questions……

Few thought-provoking lines…..

I don’t know who exactly wrote these lines but really liked them as they are thought-provoking…..

The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings but shorter tempers, wider Freeways , but narrower viewpoints. We spend more, but have less, we buy more, but enjoy less. We have bigger houses and smaller families, more conveniences, but less time. We have more degrees but less sense, more knowledge, but less judgment, more experts, yet more problems, more medicine, but less wellness.

We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly, laugh too little, drive too fast, get too angry, stay up too late, get up too tired, read too little, watch TV too much, and pray too seldom.

We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values. We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often.

We’ve learned how to make a living, but not a life. We’ve added years to life not life to years. We’ve been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet a new neighbor. We conquered outer space but not inner space. We’ve done larger things, but not better things.

We’ve cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul. We’ve conquered the atom, but not our prejudice. We write more, but learn less. We plan more, but accomplish less. We’ve learned to rush, but not to wait. We build more computers to hold more information, to produce more copies than ever, but we communicate less and less.

These are the times of fast foods and slow digestion, big men and small character, steep profits and shallow relationships. These are the days of two incomes but more divorce, fancier houses, but broken homes. These are days of quick trips, disposable diapers, throwaway morality, one night stands, overweight bodies, and pills that do everything from cheer, to quiet, to kill. It is a time when there is much in the showroom window and nothing in the stockroom.

Remember; spend some time with your loved ones, because they are not going to be around forever.

Remember, say a kind word to someone who looks up to you in awe, because that little person soon will grow up and leave your side.

Remember, to give a warm hug to the one next to you, because that is the only treasure you can give with your heart and it doesn’t cost a cent.

Remember, to say, ‘I love you’ to your partner and your loved ones, but most of all mean it. A kiss and an embrace will mend hurt when it comes from deep inside of you.

Remember to hold hands and cherish the moment for someday that person will not be there again.

Give time to love, give time to speak! And give time to share the precious thoughts in your mind.


Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.