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‘Lambs to the Slaughter’: Reflections on Geo’s New Educational Campaign

Posted by yourpakistan on January 28, 2013


Geo Distorting Pakistan Ideology

by Hira Shamim and Muhammad Umer Toor – PKKH

Few months back, GEO channel aired different kinds of ads of success stories in education. We had very heated discussions with our friends on Facebook about those one-sided educational promos, in which only worldly education was being glorified: the materialistic approach that primarily helps people gain jobs, dubbed by GEO as ‘success’.  Initially, nothing was too startling or alarming about it, but with a very smooth transition, the message has been stepped up to a whole new level.  Now they have come up with a very bold and provocative message: Parhnay Likhnay k siwa Pakistan ka Matlab kaya? (What can be the meaning of Pakistan, Except education?). According to a survey conducted by the Gallop Pakistan this message is known to at least 44% of Pakistanis.

Pakistan, we believe, was forged in the liberating fire of Tawheed, and any attempt to replace this meta-historical basis is to bring a new idol back into the Kaaba of the Muslim consciousness. Pakistan was gained in the name of Allah, apart from other factors, such as economic freedom, etc. Saleena Karim in her thoroughly researched and seminal book, Secular Jinnah & PakistanWhat the Nation Doesn’t Know (2005) has exposed multiple myths of secular academia. Some of these textbook myths paraded as facts are: “Jinnah never used the word ‘Ideology of Pakistan’, or, ‘Jinnah vetoed the proposals for an Islamic state’,” or, “Jinnah wanted a homeland for Muslims, not an Islamic state’,” or, “Islam was just a propaganda tool.” Suffice to say that Islam is the soul of Pakistan and its supra-identity is the Islamic identity, as formulated by Quaid in following words:

“The Pakistan Movement started when the first Muslim put his foot on the soil of Sindh, the Gateway of Islam in India.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Why We Hate Pakistani Media

Posted by yourpakistan on January 27, 2013


Pakistani Media Channels

 

PKKH Exclusive  | by Atiq Durrani

A tug of War between Pakistan Mainstream Media and Alternative Media is heating up by the day because of Ideological differences between these two. The alternative media criticizes mainstream media for its corrupt Anchors/Analysts, its vulgarity in different programs and its tilt towards India and Indian culture. conversely social media is criticized by the mainstream media and they accuse it of being made of not professional journalists or reporters; that social media is promoting religious extremism; that social media is narrow minded and that it promotes hatred for India/UK/US/Israel, Hindu/Jews/Christians.

In a recent post titled “How much do you hate Pakistan’s media?” in “The Express Tribune Blog”, alternative media especially Facebook pages were targeted. The closing line of this post was “But what else could we expect? The media as an institution is after all, a mirror of the society it is operating in”. This is perfectly true and that’s what Alternative Media and the viewers are crying about. That is also the answer for “why we hate Pakistani Media?” Mainstream Media should be the mirror of society it is operating in but our media became the mirror of India and Turkey. It’s projecting their images, their plays, their stories, their views, their social values into our society. This reaction can also be found in the comments on this post. 75-80% agreed to the contents of alternative media. Question is not “How much we hate Pakistan’s media” the question is “Why we hate Pakistani Media”.

Ideologies of MM (Mainstream Media) and AM (Alternative Media)

To get a clear view of Ideologies of MM and AM it is important to refer to the ideology of Pakistan. Pakistan’s Ideology was based on the vision of its Founding Fathers, every nation crafts its National Purpose and vision on the basis of the vision given to them by their founding fathers, For Pakistan, it is without a doubt, the “Two Nation Theory” which meant being a separate nation. Muslims have their own religion, their own civilization, their own customs, their own culture and a totally different way of life from other religions, cultures, customs and traditions. Like any other distinct nation, Muslims also cannot be merged or sub-merged in or under any other nation because their philosophy of life is based on the principles of Islam, their religion, to which they refer as the complete code of life. Read the rest of this entry »

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Connecting the Dots Around Qadri

Posted by yourpakistan on January 25, 2013


Tahir Ul Qadri Long March Saga

PKKH Exclusive | by Faiqa Salman

There is always a bigger picture, bigger players and bigger interests. Let’s look at our scenario in the region. The Afghan US war is the most pressing global issue in the region and Pakistan is the key player that comes after Afghanistan in bringing stability into the land. US forces will be leaving Afghanistan in 2014. NATO and US presence depends on the Pakistan’s support alone. US could leave today but it yet needs a face saving excuse to exit along with other regional interests none of which could be achieved so far and it partly blames Pakistan for it.

Elections in Pakistan are just months away. Despite all of its funding in shape of the Kerry Lugar Bill, the USAID etc. to make the Zardari Government successful, the inept corrupt government failed public support in the country and as a consequence failing the US cause. As it happens, PPP however much incapable, is the only force in Pakistan that can harbor US interests completely. Whereas smooth democratic transition in form of PTI or the coalition of PMLN with other Parties like JI is more likely to be underway, any one of which may force US troops to retreat even before 2014 or may not cooperate with the US backed Karzai regime. 

So what is the situation of Pakistan that suits US and NATO presence most.

  1. PPP being elected once again or given extension for an unlimited period of time.
  2. An Interim Government that suits its goals.
  3. Pak Army occupied internally acting as US proxy fighting its enemies in the region.
  4. A new democratic government that watches US interests after it leaves.

So where did Dr. Tahir ul Qadri fit in. Let me stray away from the topic. Putting the pieces of the puzzle together, the mystery of his showing up abruptly reveals that there is a very careful planning behind the comeback, but what is behind the planning? Read the rest of this entry »

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Jinnah: India’s prejudice

Posted by yourpakistan on January 23, 2013


Quaid e Azam Mohammed Ali Jinnah

 

“confident, suave, and incorruptible as a lawyer; and was a staunch Muslim and nationalist. Ravoof also traces Jinnah’s political career, especially his differences of opinion and rivalry with Nehru and Gandhi, whom he termed a “prehistoric …” Meena Khorana

By Brig Asif Haroon Raja

In order to hide their crimes and to distort historical facts, Indian historians and political leaders have chosen to paint Quaid-e-Azam as the ‘villain of the piece’. The Indians propagate the theme that ‘Muhammad Ali Jinnah was a communalist responsible for the bloody break up of Pakistan. He founded a theocratic and non-secular State’. The BJP and other Hindu hardliners even now accuse him of leading a communal agitation to achieve the goal of Pakistan. This is travesty of history and negation of facts that prove beyond doubt that Partition was a legitimate and democratic outcome of the collective choice made by all Muslims and Hindus of the subcontinent. They conveniently and deliberately close their eyes to the hard fact that politics, not religion led to creation of Pakistan. Acceptance of Cabinet Mission Plan by Jinnah in 1946 demonstrated his earnestness for amicably resolving the communal problem. It was Nehru and his Congress colleagues who wasted that opportunity and dug the last nail in the coffin of united India.  Nehru’s and other Indian leaders’ acts of commission and omission are far too many and have already been narrated by historians.

Indian passions flowing from distorted historiography notwithstanding, the Quaid was as tall a man as history has ever carried. His penetrating vision had room for a united India but he simultaneously foresaw the dangers of unrelenting Congress led Hindu domination. Congress confirmed his fears. He knew parting was inevitable. After the Congress had rejected the Cabinet Mission Plan, the Congress was the first to sign the Act of Partition. The Muslim League signed it subsequently. In the backdrop of these crystal clear historical facts, how come Quaid is being blamed by certain segments of Indian society? The blame rests squarely on the shoulders of Gandhi, Nehru and Patel who deliberately turned the course of history. It is naïve to dub Pakistan as a theocratic State if it came into existence as a result of the intransigence of a ‘majority’ that preferred partition over granting the ‘minority’ it’s due rights and proportionate share. Read the rest of this entry »

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Hindu ‘Saffron’ Terror Camps Breeding Terrorists – Indian Home Minister Shinde Confesses

Posted by yourpakistan on January 21, 2013


India Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde

‘Samjhota, Makkah Masjid, Malegon Blasts were carried out by BJP and RSS; blamed on Muslims’

by Tabish Qayyum

In a ground-breaking confession, India’s home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde has exposed the nexus between BJP and the RSS for breeding ‘Hindu terrorism’, a charge which has raged a storm from hard line Hindus on Indian mainstream and social media.

Speaking during Congress’s Chintar Shivir at Jaipur, Shinde said: “We have reports that RSS, BJP camps are promoting Hindu terror in the country.”

He alleged that RSS was behind Samjhauta, Mecca Masjid and Malegaon blasts.

“Reports have come during investigation that BJP and RSS conduct terror training camps to spread terrorism; Bombs were planted in Samjhauta express, Mecca Masjid and also a blast was carried out in Malegaon.” 

Considering this a serious security threat, Shinde further said,

“We will have to think about it seriously and will have to remain alert,”

Remaining steadfast on his stance Shinde defended his allegation by saying, “This has come so many times in the papers… It is not a new thing that I have said today.”

Relating this to notorious ‘Saffron Terror’ often related to fundamental Hindu Right Wing groups which have previously been alleged for terrorism he said,

“This is saffron terrorism that I have talked about. It is the same thing and nothing new. It has come in the media several times,” the home minister said.

The Home Minister of India, P. Chidambaram urged Indians to beware of “Saffron terror” on August 25, 2010 at a meeting of state police chiefs in New Delhi, first time the word was officially used.

Charging Congress with having a “destructive mindset which was reflected in the home minister’s statement”, BJP said it was “very objectionable”. “It is not only unacceptable but dangerous also,” party spokesman Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said.
“There cannot be anything worse that the country’s home minister giving such an objectionable statement to disrupt peace and harmony of the country,” Naqvi told reporters in Delhi. Read the rest of this entry »

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Pakistan: The Tahir Ul Qadri Phenomenon

Posted by yourpakistan on January 18, 2013


MQM  Tahir ul Qadri

By S. M. Hali

 The “million march” that Allama Tahir-ul-Qadri (TUQ) had promised to launch on January 14, taking the capital by storm to rid Pakistan of its “inept” and “corrupt leadership” has occurred. The “million march”, may or may not comprise a million souls; depending on the view point of the observer. Pro-government as well as those opposition politicians feeling threatened by the ‘million march” are bent upon being myopic and perceive and propagate much fewer numbers.

Neutral observers like this scribe and pro-change elements witness a sea of humanity, which may be close to a hundred thousand but more participants are still trickling in despite inclement weather, the numerous hurdles in reaching the venue like barring vehicles, innumerable security checkpoints and other harassment. What is the TUQ phenomenon? Who is funding it? and what is the main objective of the “million march”? These are some of the questions, which have plagued analysts, potential supporters as well as detractors of TUQ.

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Pakistan High-speed Changing Political Spectrum

Posted by yourpakistan on January 17, 2013


“Today Pakistan has come of age; when people are willing to die no one can defeat them. Long live Pakistan.” Raja Mujtaba

Dharna in Islamabad

By Brig Asif Haroon Raja 

Operation ‘Weaken Pakistan through covert war’ launched in 2002 by so-called allies of Pakistan was part of four-dimensional plan to destabilize, de-Islamize, denuclearize and destroy Pakistan. For eleven years concerted efforts have been made by the US and its allies grouped together in Kabul to achieve their objectives. The first phase of destabilization has progressed fairly well and today Pakistan’s socio-politico-economic-military fabric is seriously disheveled. Fast crumbling economy has made the state fragile and vulnerable to military intervention. But for deceptive friendship and slavish compliance of our leaders, this sort of progress was impossible to achieve by our so-called allies. So far it was intensely debated whether India or religious extremism cum terrorism was the existential threat to Pakistan’s security. It is now being said that the biggest threat is posed by the ruling coalition subservient to the wishes of Washington. In its near five-year tenure, the PPP led regime has left no stone unturned to destroy each and every institution of Pakistan and to bring bad name to democracy. Read the rest of this entry »

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Quetta Blasts, Lessons to be Learned

Posted by yourpakistan on January 16, 2013


Quetta Blasts & Our Government

PKKH Editorial

The recent episodes of terrorism in Quetta on January 10th, 2013 was one of the deadliest days for Pakistan as 120 innocent died and more than 200 injured. PKKH condemns the brutal killings of Shia Hazara in Quetta and stands by the victims in times of distress. PKKH understands the suffering of Hazara brothers and sisters and request the authorities that the perpetrators should be brought to justice and the alleged sectarian violence perpetrated across the country be dealt with.

The daily ruthless killings of the innocents from Karachi to Quetta, and from Swat to Lahore, shows the incompetence and lack of ability on part of the government to counter and control this threat of violence and extremism. The government in her five year tenure couldn’t even guarantee the right to life of the citizen or safeguard the property and life of innocents.

Here it is very important to note that besides internal threats there are many external threats which are hounding Pakistan for quite some time. We have to search for a nexus that is behind these atrocious sectarian killings in Pakistan. We have to look into the knitted threads of evil and intolerance which is engulfing our societal structure like a wild fire. Internal threats have compounded with the external ones and the society in general is at the verge of clash.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Pakistan: Massacre In Quetta

Posted by yourpakistan on January 12, 2013


Pakistan

More Proof That There Is No Justice for Minorities In Pakistan

By Peter Chamberlin

[Over the years, Pakistan has dealt with Sunni terrorist outfits massacring Shia and other Pakistani minorities by “outlawing” the groups under their original names, only to allow the same individuals to adopt new names and then carry-on with the business of Sectarian slaughter as usual.  Pakistan only bans names of outfits, without taking any police actions against the criminal members of  the terrorist organizations.  The Pak govt., the Frontier Corps. and the Army all know exactly who is behind the many Hazara murders, Lashkar e-Jhangvi, the latest incarnation of the banned Sipah-e-Sahaba, yet, LeJ criminals remain free to kill at the next opportunity.  This single fact implicates the Pak Army and FC authorities as co-conspirators in every unprosecuted slaughter of Hazara.  Previous and ongoing ties between the Army/ISI and the Sunni militants who have been waging this sectarian war, mostly against Shia “KAFIR” (infidels), helps to prove the case of Pakistan’s guilt in acts of genocide against  its own citizens.  If the authorities really wanted to end the terrorist bombings in Shia enclaves, then they would arrest every Sipah or Lashkar member (current or former member), as well as every militant leader such as Hafiz Saeed or Syed Salauddin, and begin filling prisons and “death rows” with the evil men who masquerade as religious “authorities,” who are behind this slaughter.  The next step would be to put an end to the Saudi-financed war upon Shiites by closing all Saudi/Arab-funded madrassas and religious institutions.  Without these steps, the unchecked stream of Wahhabi terrorism will help Pakistan to destroy itself with its own self-hatred within a couple of years, at most.]

Pakistani police officers and local residents gather on January 10, 2013at the site of a bomb blast that targeted paramilitary soldiers in a commercial area in Quetta, Pakistan. A series of bombings in different parts of Pakistan killed 115 people on Thursday in one of the deadliest days in the country in recent years. — Photo by AP Read the rest of this entry »

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The Tahir ul Qadri Experiment

Posted by yourpakistan on January 7, 2013


Tahir-ul-Qadri

PKKH Editorial 

It is not wrong to say that Pakistan has been the most eventful theater of all sorts of political dynamics for several years; home to 4 Long-Marches and more in the making; where huge political rallies, both by the government and against it, are almost weekly events; where the world saw the largest and the most numerous anti-blasphemy protests. Where members of the parliament are often seen changing loyalties and where re-grouping is the vogue of the day. It seems, to the common observer, as if all those who hold the offices of the highest trust of their people, are the most un-trustworthy, befuddled in the bedlam of vested interests. For the common man there is no trust, no belief, skepticism fills the air and the air of collective conscience is becoming so heavy that the nation has come on the brink of nauseating. 

Perhaps the reasons for such intense induced-chaos in Pakistan’s politics are as various as the many stake-holders in her politics, spread wide and deep around the world. Many times the country has seen its leaders imported from abroad and all the time some of the most patent of its politicians are stationed abroad. Like they say ‘it takes two to tango’, the lowly weakness of our leaders, who consider politics to be a means of making magnanimous rackets and nothing else, who lack broader vision and despise it, invite with full heart interference and mentorships of foreign entities.  Read the rest of this entry »

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