Guinness World Records: Pakistan first or Politics?

Originally published at Express Tribune

Pakistan made it to international media again on 20th, 21st and 22nd Oct 2012, but happily so, in a positive and progressive manner. In a country that is so accustomed to digest target killings, honor killings, bomb blasts, terrorist attacks and drone strikes, the news of Pakistan setting records after records are nothing but moments of pure joy and national pride.


Midst of all the surrounding taboos of terrorism, political instability, corruption, restlessness, load-shedding, inflation, extortion, kidnappings, target killings, sectarian violence and what not, these small events serve as ventilators that bring in fresh air of hope, joy, life and belief in ourselves. This Punjab Youth Festival (PYF12) which was named as “Pakistan Youth Festival” by CM Punjab Mr. Shahbaz Sharif is, regardless of any political affiliation, one of its kind and a great initiative for all the youth of Punjab, a great opportunity to spread positivity and hope, i wish all Pakistanis have these kind of events in their respective provinces and cities.
Although I wasn’t physically present there in National Hockey Stadium Lahore, but I witnessed this on my television screen and recited the national anthem with all those participating. It felt great, sheer pleasure, a moment of pure national pride and unity. There have been only few times this year, when Pakistan emerged beyond national level in a positive and progressive manner, and this record setting activity was by far on top of the list. Other good news was the exhibition match between Pakistan XI and International World Stars XI, indeed a door has opened, making its way for international cricket back in Pakistan. The largest national flag record as well held my heart like millions of Pakistanis around the globe. mosaic reord pak

All these news brought smiles on millions of distressed, agitated, disappointed and worried faces. People rejoiced and cherished these moments. For they know how these little things help in national image building in the outer world. Pakistan has never emerged in world world news this way. Sadly though, but others mostly know us as a nation that manufactures Taliban and terrorists and export them. People text each other and congratulated on these records and social media went all green again. Twitter trends and public response was so overwhelming.

This happy episode continued until I found some people ranting about it and came across tweets like these.

Regardless of political hatred for Punjab government or PMLN, we all should have cherished these precious moments in a time when all we get is bad news. Mostly PTI trolls took the pride in overlooking the achievement and degrading Punjab Government for corruption and looting money and all. As mentioned in the copied tweets, that Punjab government spent billions of rupees on PYF12 and all. This proves that political hatred is greater than patriotism or love for Pakistan. This is biased, political leaders and opinion makers need to divert their attention to this as well or else it would become an even more critical issue, it also makes obvious whose out there for Pakistan and whose there for personal/political gains. This brings two simple questions in my mind that I would like to ask all the self-claimed-revolutionists.

1- If this money could be so well used otherwise, why didn’t they donated all the money for rehabilitation of drone victims instead of creating all the hype and drama for so-called ‘peace march’, when they never even marched to the announced station in Wazirstan?

2- Are these records building Pakistan’s image or Punjab government’s image? Who participated, common man or political workers? In case PTI comes into power, should we expect no-sports in Pakistan, since its wastage of time and money?

In my humble opinion, we’ve already suffered a lot and the basic reason for that is our lack of unity. We are so separated and segregated by these ‘classes’. Be it ethnic, political, sectarian or caste. We cannot rise unless we break these immortal shells that are keeping us separated and injecting intolerance & hatred among us. Having different opinions is okay but not on cost of Pakistan. Its about time that we put in combined efforts for Pakistan beyond political bias, learn to give credit where its due, Let’s be united and cherish these moments of national pride and joy together, and show the real soft image of Pakistan to the world.


A Day in Malala’s Diary


8:00 AM 

“Dear Diary, Its a bright Mangora morning here in Swat Valley; I just had my breakfast and now heading towards school. Last night I saw a strange dream. There was this lamp in middle of a dark jungle. Some people were trying to put it off because it seemed different and brighter, but every time they did, little fractions of flame lit up again, in different colors, lights and styles. I smiled on their nuisance, they couldn’t understand, ‘lights cannot be put off so easily‘.

1:30 PM

School was fun today, I always enjoy studying, I know the importance of education. I pray to Allah Almighty that all the girls in Pakistan get education facility. Strange thing happened today. While I was going back home, an uncle stopped our van, asked for me, when I was identified, he stood there watched me, took out his gun and shot at me. One Bullet passed through my skin and rested somewhere in my skull and other bullet passed out through my neck. I fainted and fell down…. Once I recover from these injuries, I will tell you more about this incident. And be sure, this act of cowardice won’t stop me (I couldn’t write this, I fell unconscious) ‘ 

Dear Readers, I am Malala’s diary. You all know Malala Yousafzai right? That 14 year old girl who stood tall when this great Valley of SWAT was in havoc; she fought with all she had, for her and other girl’s education rights, when female education was banned and schools were being burnt in this valley. The only weapon she had was her diary that became her voice, her identity. She was recognized, acknowledged and awarded both nationally  and internationally for her courage and initiative.

She wasn’t just an ordinary girl; she was a thought, an emblem of resistance or rather conscious and sanity in Pakistan. She had vision, she had potential and self belief that she displayed and expressed quite well, amid all that brutality and inhuman activities going around, she never shattered or stepped back, she held her head high and kept working for the cause until earlier today when she was shot in her head. Can you imagine, a 14 year old, innocent child being shot in her head. I know everyone in Pakistan, infect in whole world is worried and sad about the incident and are praying for her recovery.

Since Malala isn’t around, I want to ask you few simple questions if you’d be nice enough to answer please.

Malala Wounded
Malala Yousafzai in hospital

What was Malala’s crime or sin?                                       

Is this how you treat people with vision in Pakistan?

Who would take her mission forward?

Doesn’t this incidence pose a potential threat for every other girl in Pakistan who stands tall for a cause?

Please pray for Malala. She’s a sweet little child; she’s our daughter, Pakistan’s daughter. And remember, it’s not about Malala alone; it’s about every daughter of Pakistan.

Thank you Raina’s Nephew

Hey Raina, this post is exclusively to thank you or your nephew, whoever it was, for all the awesomeness and bliss you brought to Pakistani cricket lovers, even after we lost the Semifinal.

Be sure, am not going to bash you or start a lecture about manners or down side of unlimited intake of booze. For, we Pakistani’s have much more sportsmanship unlike many others. See my last post, just before the Pakistan, India match.

Anyway, true, we supported South Africa in that last super-eight game. But that’s what Indians did by supporting Australia against Pakistan earlier that day. Having said that, to be realistic, our support outside the field technically didn’t hurt or influence the game by any means. So it was the Indian team that played bad and lost, not because of Pakistan’s support to South Africa.

Raina's Shit
Suresh Raina’s Tweet that he deleted later on.

Secondly my dear, we made it to Semifinals and you didn’t. Accept that fact and live with it for the rest of your life. You are a very good player but only in IPL on home grounds. Needless to say how heart-broken we were after losing semifinal. Shattered and started bashing our own heroes. We individually analyzed every player, called them names and what not. But that’s our way of loving/owning them.

But you my dear were a great help to provide us the opportunity to be united again and start bashing something collectively. You or your nephew, whoever, provided us utter bliss and enjoyment (go through these hashtags #RainaNephew, #TweetLikeRaina, #ReplaceMovieTitleWithNephew).  So thank you very much for that tweet you probably composed while you were extremely high of something, watching your IPL performances.

Raina Apology
Raina’s tweet apologizing about earlier tweet and putting the blame on his Nephew

If you go through social media (FB/Twitter) of both countries, before and after these matches, you’d find a great difference in attitudes of both countries; needless to say which one’s better, all hail Aman ki Asha. Now, that you’ve lost and have some time left for the IPL, take some-time out and learn how to play well on ground with bat rather playing with words on twitter later on, for which you have to apologize as well. And secondly, learn how to control emotions first, if not, at least accept your fault like a man. Although we forget our defeat because of your action, and apology later one, but dear a neighbor’s brotherly advice, your excuse is nothing but crap seriously, grow up.

Good luck for IPL, where you perform the best =D


Me not my Nephew