Trip to Pir Chinasi

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We always need a little push. Reassurance may be, but we always tend to look outside regarding our opinions, experiences etc. Likewise we all know how Pakistan is blessed with so much scenic beauty, yet we wait for someone else to tell us and we rejoice only after that.

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We friends were long planning for a trip up north for quite sometime. And this time around, thanks to an old friend who was visiting from USA after three years, we finally agreed to visit Pir Chinasi. Break from Corporate slavery is always refreshing, so we enjoyed a lot. Journey, the gossips, catching up on each others lives, reliving memories etc.

 Pir Chinasi is peak of the mountain some 9300 Ft high above sea level and once you reach up you realize this looking downwards at the neighboring mountains.

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View from Pir Chinasi Top

There aren’t any hangout places on the hill top, just a shrine of a Pir Sahab. We reached around 30 minutes before sunset. It wasn’t winters yet we had to go from T-shirts to warm hoodies in like 5 minutes.  The chilly wind was blowing passing through neighboring mountains producing muffled sounds. View from the top is just fantastic. Here are few pictures.

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There’s this “aabshar” (our local Niagra falls) spot somewhere on way to Muzaffarabad from Kohala across river Jhelum was truly a great experience.

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Local Niagara Falls

This manual lift is only way to cross the river and go across to enjoy, it’s quite economical like 50 rupees only for round trip. The ride though is quite scary but totally worth it.

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Roads are in good condition. Just that they are expanding it so construction machinery and rubble. Also it’s a steep track so your car should be dependable and an expert driver would comfortably take it up the hill. We stayed at a local yet neat, clean and decent accommodation – Mir Continental which was hardly 30-40 mins drive from Muzaffarabad city (it’s like half-way from Muzaffarabad to Pir Chinasi top).

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We also visited this spot on Srinagar road besides River Jhelum with cute little huts. Overall it was a wonderful, amazing and refreshing for us.

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Unlike the Telenor Rawaan ad we didn’t explore serenity or solace yet alongside exploring beautiful sceneries, life on mountains etc we learnt some pro-tips for trips. So here they are:

Pro-Tips for the Trips

  • Don’t, ever plan a nighter ahead of any such trip. We were scheduled to leave around 6am but thanks to that night-out plan we left after 10:30. Big shoutout to Sajjad Bhai (our van driver) for patiently waiting in his van for like 3-4 hours in our office parking.
  • Always book a van for trips. A – Everyone get to enjoy the journey together cracking jokes and not constantly look at the road. B – Expert driver who knows his job better.
  • While going on hilly areas sunblock is a must to avoid sunburn. This boy is a keeper
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  • Many people have nausea issues while travelling to high altitudes – someone told us instead of taking medicines, try “imli” and guess what, it works!
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Amjad Sabri – RIP

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I’ll start this by saying Rest in Peace Amjad Sabri. May Allah Grant you highest Ranks in Jannah. Having said that, I don’t say I was your biggest fan or anything like that. I don’t know you personally, haven’t ever met not even remotely connected. Just that, today when I saw your name trending on Twitter . I was shocked to learn about your sad demise. I felt terrible as if a dear one departed that too – shot dead. I can’t imagine what your family, friends and acquaintances would be going through. Thoughts and prayers for them.

All I know is when I entered home from office, my mom told me with teary eyes “see what they did to Amjad Sabri”. She was cursing your murders and praying for your maghfirat. Speaking from religious perspective, passing away in Ramazan is like a desirable death for Muslims.

 

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I don’t know how big a star, Qawwal or cultural artist you were and it doesn’t even matter now. Stars never die its the human being who departs. Today we mourn that human being who has departed leaving behind the legacy of Sabri Family.  Everywhere on the television and social media people are heart-broken, mourning Amjad Sabri regardless of taste in music or any other affiliation etc. This surely means you were a great human being than a qawwal.

Sadness is in the air, whole nation is in a state of shock and mourning. Today Exactly depicts that verse someone wrote decades ago:

کچھ اس ادا سے بچھڑا کہ رُت ہی بدل گئی

اک شخص سارے شہر کو ویران کرگیا

May Allah give your family patience and ability to bear this loss. May Allah have mercy on us all. May Allah protect us all in this Holy month of Ramazan. Things at Karachi are getting worse again. Lets pray to the Almighty for peace and prosperity in our homeland specially Karachi.

I will end this post with video-link to that beautiful kalam Amjad Sabri recited this very Sehri on Sama Tv. Seems like Allah Almighty has listened to his prayers and granted him what he’s praying for:

Amjad Sabri’s last kalam

Note – Please refrain from posting those raw-blood stained images. Amjad Sabri has always been a smiley jolly person. Seeing him soaked in bllod is extremely disturbing. Also we should have some respect for the slain.

Update:

Season 9 of Coke Sutdio featuring Amjad Sabri. The maestro recorded a qawwali alongside Rahat Fateh Ali Khan for Coke Studio 9 (set to release soon).

Sharing is Caring – Olpers Meherbaan


They say sharing is caring and what ,care, could be better than sharing food with underprivileged ones that too in the holy month of Ramzaan. It is an integral part of our belief system, good deeds are multiplied in Ramzaan. Olper’s Milk came up with this awesome campaign this Ramzaan with title of #OlpersMeherbaan. A CSR initiative by Olper’s aimed at community mobilization outreaching underprivileged ones.

On ground volunteer teams visited different areas, going door to door in Islamabad/Rawalpindi, Lahore and Karachi motivated people to donate food which eventually to be shared with unprivileged ones. Teams received food items from donors, put Olper’s contribution in and delivered to underprivilegedOlpe recipients in different areas of aforementioned cities.

Campaign was all about sharing food with underprivileged ones under slogan “har bejaan table ki jaan, Olpers Meherbaan” campaign started a day or two days before Ramzaan with a powerful thematic ad that kept on-air throughout the month. Parallel to advertisement on TV and OOH, digital media campaign was also run where volunteers from all walks of life participated and expressed their views about the campaign and how could everyone be part of it. Digital campaign was very well managed considering the duration and how tactfully seeders kept it alive and ensured public participation.

Olper’s through their official twitter account and Facebook page, kept updating daily activity areas, pictures anOlpers2maind even asked people to vote which areas to visit. In starting days of the activity largest city of Pakistan, Karachi was hit by heatstroke and claimed many lives, volunteers used #OlperMeherbaan hashtag on social media to coordinate with masses and arrange medicines, blood, water and other required items.

In total more than 24,000+ households were reached. This is among the largest community mobilization CSR activities where such huge number of people were reached and benefited from the activity. This indeed was need of the hour considering how many people live under the poverty line in Pakistan who couldn’t even afford food for themselves or their families. Corporate sector coming out with such positive campaigns and initiatives beyond commercial objectives is a good sign and a betterment for public at large. I wish initiatives like this keep running so that common man can also chip in and contribute to their extent.

Honoring Women – CCBPL Savvy & Successful Awards


We Pakistanis are very strange people. Surprising and shocking simultaneously. 3 days ago a women was stoned to death outside Lahore high court by family for she married out of own choice. Media took up the issue, everyone ranted about women rights, and taboo of honor killings. Yesterday evening, in very city of Lahore, Coca Cola Pakistan organized an event to honor and acknowledge Pakistani females who have achieved something. Event was named as Savvy & Successful where 6 Pakistani females were awarded and acknowledged for their achievements on personal and community levels.

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It was a wonderful event arranged at Lahore Expo Center; following 6 iconic women were acknowledged and awarded for their outstanding achievements, breaking all the stereotypes about women prevailing in our society. Looking at their profiles and achievements its impossible not be surprised that our nation is so blessed with such great women of substance.

  1. Ameena Syed – Managing Director Oxford Press, mind behind Karachi & Islamabad literature festival, first ever Pakistani woman to head a multinational company, she has also been awarded Knight of the Order of Art and literature by Government of France and Order of British Empire (OBE)
  2. Ayesha Farooq – Ayesha is a fighter in every meaning of the word. She’s Pakistan’s first and only female combat-ready fighter pilot.
  3. Naseem Hameed – Naseem is south Asia’s fastest woman and as called many times ‘Queen of Track’ she wom gold medal in SAF games 2010 in 100 meters sprint event. She’s inspiring upcoming athletes in her academy “Naseem Hameed Sports Academy”  
  4. Nilofer Shahid – The Runway Empress of Pakistan is undoubtedly the fashion icon of Pakistan. She was awarded Order of Arts & Letters from the Government of France. Nilofer is the only Pakistani fashion designer who has exhibited at world renowned venues like Louvre in Paris, Royal Albert Hall in UK and the list goes on.
  5. Roshaneh Zafar – Roshaneh started Kash foundation in 1996 on Grameen model that microfinances women. She has been awarded with Tamgha-e-Imtiaz from Government of Pakistan and One Women Initiative award from U.S. state department in 2009.
  6. Samina Baig – Samina set foot on Mount Everest in 2013 at age of 22. She became the youngest Muslim and Pakistan’s only woman to have summit the Mount Everest.

CCBPL being a commercial venture, honoring and acknowledging women from different walks of life is a testimonial to the fact that our women are not behind any other women in the world, they have proven their mettle in all fields and grounds, provided some support from our society these women can do wonders.

This wasn’t just a corporate event or a PR stunt, rather it was mystical endowment of coke’s vision and core values they believe in women empowerment. Top management along with Coca Cola groups HR director Ms. Rengin Oney and Coca Cola International’s President Mr. Ahmet C. Bozer were present at the ceremony. Ms. Oney said women have been nurturing and empowering lives since the beginning of times. Mr. Bozer loud & clear mentioned corporate vision regarding women empowerment, acknowledging their contributions and achievements. In his keynote speech, Mr. Bozer said a research was conducted in the US that woman does 60% of the total work yet they get less than 20% of the share in income, it was about housewives. This whole savvy & successful event was a testimonial to cokes’ vision of women empowerment and acknowledges their contributions.

Chief Guest at the Savvy & Successful awards 2014 was the honorable Governor Punjab, Mr. Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar. He, in his address, told that he has always been speaking up for women rights and struggling for it.

Successful & Savvy awards started in 2013 by CCBPL. 2014 event award ceremony was followed by a fashion show by Pakistan’s fashion icon Ms. Nilofer Shahid and spectacular liver performance of Coke Studio.

Such esteemed guests’ presence at these kind of events which carry a strong message to the society balances out all the negativity that sad  events like honor killings create. Government and private sector’s like-mindedness in issues such as women empowering is indeed a very good positive and healthy sign for society at large. As the honorable Governor said, the kind of progress and achievements I see today in females, day isn’t very far when these talented ladies will take over the society as driving force.

Musharraf: Handle with Care


Although elections are just around the corner but everything else is just the same as months ago with no electricity, CNG and food etc, yet people and media going all crazy over Musharraf’s case as if his ‘execution’ is the only solution to all our problems.

People have their emotions, respect that, but we need to understand, that as a nation we are going through testing times these days. IN18_MUSHARRAF_1432038f For the first time in history of Pakistan a civilian government has completed its term successfully, handed over to interim government and going for General Elections in anticipation of being succeeded by another civilian democratic setup. Many ‘unseen’ forces however, still are trying to sabotage the effort and postpone the elections for good.

Secondly for the first time in Pakistan and probably in history of world a dictator is being summoned by an independent judiciary and is under house-arrest by civilian forces (opinions may differ).

To many, this might be the victory or even beyond but things aren’t as simple as they look. Especially this Musharraf issue is a very delicate one. It’s not ‘Pakistan Vs. Pak Army’ this case is between Pakistan and an ex-dictator who suspended the law twice, declared emergency, allegedly gave way to all the problems we have these days, jeopardize a 2/3rd majority government and the list goes on.

Nawaz Sharif who could have been his greatest enemy pushing the court for capital punishment came up with a very balanced statement and clarified it’s nothing against the Pak Army but an individual who happens to be a retired general.

Army has been very patient so far, not persuading not taking sides, but our media and social media constantly trying to pretend as if it’s Judiciary against the Army which gives out negative vibes and might persuade army to take notice for its stakes are the highest in this case. img_606X341_1804-m-pakistan-musharraf-arrest-RTXYP0Z

Yes true, no one’s above the law but there are certain protocols that need to be taken care of when you are dealing with an individual of this stature and class. This so called independent media was given birth and nourished in Musharraf’s tenure, give credit where it’s due. Even convicted prisoners have rights which Mr. Musharraf doesn’t seem to have.

In my humble opinion, media and political parties should not butt-in the legal process and give it the wrong meaning and shape; it’s a history in the making and let the judiciary deal with it on merit.

Musharraf is a parcel received with clear warning: handle with care. If this case is mishandled at any level, it might hurt our dream of witnessing Pakistan prosper democratically.

2012 in review


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600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 2,000 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 3 years to get that many views.

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Tahir-ul-Qadri and Doomsday Conspiracy


Originally Published on Pak Tea House.

Ok this comes in a little late as I was confused on 21st December about what to do. Tahir ul Qadri

Curse Mayan calendar for wrongly scaring the whole world for nothing, watch the movie 2012 again and laugh or consider it alright as self-claimed “Sheikh-ul-Islam” Prof. Dr. Tahir-ul-Qadri was “launched” in Pakistan on that day and in Nazir Naji’s words, after this incident we don’t need a separate doomsday.
Whole world almost gone crazy about probable occurrence of doomsday and did pre-emptive measures to counter the calamities and we Pakistanis, as always, welcomed the sugar coated calamity with arms wide open.

I personally don’t like to bother about ‘conspiracy theories’ but this matter is of slightly different nature. Mr. Qadri has been a controversial character ever-since he gained popularity back in early 90’s, first that dream, fake attack story, and then countless revelations that Sheikh-ul-Islam sb came up with time to time.

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Qadri’s Fatwa about interest

Here’s a small story that I read in Ashfaq Ahmed’s Zavia-1. It goes like once a saint was travelling with one of his followers and they saw a snake, badly hurt and about to die. Saint picked up the snake, fed him, kept in safe custody until that snake came back to life and first thing he did, was bit saint’s hand. Saint calmly took him off his hands and continued travelling. Follower inquired about the incident, saint replied ‘it’s his way of expressing gratitude, all snakes bite regardless of how you deal them’. Story ends here and many readers would recall the first political stunt of Qadri sb when he accused Mian Nawaz Sharif of attacking him and whole episode was found fake (court’s remarks in link). I don’t support any party’s political agenda here just that Mian Sharif was the one who gave Tahir-ul-Qadri wings to fly and his son was the first person whom Qadri sb chose for character assassination. It doesn’t mean I called Mian Sb a saint or Qadri sb a snake, these were mere characters of the story to make my point. He might return the favor in similar manner in days to come.

Tahir-ul-Qadri who went in self-exile and moved to Canada for “research” purposes is known to twist facts and manipulate his own statements as and when required. This video, that I found online, is testimonial of the fact. He has done a great damage to the religion Islam ever since he got audience. He might be welcomed by ‘secular’ circles within the country but a common man never want such ‘enlightened moderation’ that is achieved on cost of one’s own identity and ideology. court's verdict

Now comes the part of Qadri’s return and agenda. He runs an NPO namely ‘Minhaj-ul-Qura’n’ which has many donors worldwide and this institution provides both religious and worldly education to students. Pakistani’s witnessed massive TV campaign about Qadri’s return and message with posters and banners well placed in all the places in major cities. Now the question arises, who is supporting Qadri? Who sponsored his campaign and bearing all other expenses? The message that Qadri gave is not new. As mentioned by honorable Nazir Naji sb in his urdu column on 22nd December, this slogan, with different versions, has been used before as well. All our dictators chanted the same slogan and needles to say what they did to Pakistan, so will Qadri sb, if God-forbid, he comes to power. Also his version of Government is beyond debate.

Political parties like MQM formally and PTI informally ‘embracing’ Qadri’s version and columnists like Hassan Nisar praising Qadri as if he’s long-waited Imam-Mehdi, gives a hint that Sheikh-ul-Islam is being backed/launched by uncle-sam. In my humble opinion, he’s just a ‘guest-appearance’ for an ‘item number’ or two, just to give whole story a boost and enhance ‘marketability’.

All I, or common people like me, can do is keep our eyes open and pray to Almighty that none of our political leaders fall prey to Qadri’s attractive words and derail the system for worst.

May Almight save us and our beloved country for Qadri sb’s conspiracy is no smaller than that of doomsday conspiracy

گونگلواں دی مٹی


یہ پوسٹ دراصل عزت ماب صدرِ پاکستان جناب آصف علی زرداری کے دورہ و خطاب خیبر پختونخواہ سے متعلق ہے۔ پوسٹ کے عنوان کی وضاحت کرتا چلوں یہ ایک پنجابی محاورہ ہے جسے عرفِ عام میں کسی کو ٹالنے کے معنوں میں استعمال کیا جاتا ہے، جسے فرازؔ نے یوں بیان کیا

 اب تم آئے ہو میری جان تماشا کرنے         ؎

اب دریا میں تلاطم ہے نہ سکوں ہے یوں ہے

خیر، ٹال مٹول میں تو الحمداللہ ہماری موجودہ حکومت اپنا ثانی نہیں رکھتی۔ آج بہت سے تجزیہ نگار، جمہوریت کےٹھیکیدار اور سیاسی لیڈران و لوٹاگان صدر صاحب کے”جراتمندانہ” خطاب کو پاکستان اور جمہوریت کی تاریخ میں ایک اہم اور روشن باب سے عبارت کررہے ہیں، جبکہ میرا اور میرے جیسے بہت سے پڑھے لکھے لوگوں کی رائے اس امر میں مختلف ہے۔
کہتے ہیں کہ پرانے زمانوں میں کسی کے گھر کی بالائی منزل کو آگ لگ گئی، دیکھنے والوں نے دیکھا کہ صاحبِ مکان بالائی منزل کی بجائے نیچے والی منزل پہ ہی پانی کی بالٹیاں بھر بھر کے پھینک رہے ہیں۔ کسی نے پوچھا کہ بھائی آگ اوپر لگی ہے اور پانی تم نچلی منزل پہ ضائع کررہو۔ تو صاحبِ مکان بڑی دانشمندی سے بولے ‘بھائی اول تو یہ کہ یہاں سے جتنی بھی کوشش کرلوں اس منزل تک پانی نہیں پھینک سکتا، دوم یہ کہ اگر اوپر جا کر بجھانے کی کوشش کروں تو احتمال ہے کہ کہیں میں بھی آگ کی لپیٹ میں نہ آجاؤں، اور سوم یہ کہ میری اوپر والی منزل میں ایسا کچھ قیمتی سامان بھی نہیں کہ جل جائے تو پھر نہ بن سکے، بلکہ اگر یہ جلتا ہے تو اسکے بدل مجھے لوگ ازراہِ ہمدردی جو امداد فراہم کریں گے، اسکی مدد سے پہلے سے بہترسامان بناؤں گا’۔ سوال کرنیوالے نے پھر سوال کیا، اگر ایسا سے تو آرام سے جاکر گھر میں بیٹھ رہو، کیوں ناحق اپنی جان ہلکان کرتے ہو، اس پہ صاحبِ مکان بولا ‘وہ اس لئے کہ کل میں لوگوں کے سامنے اپنا دکھڑا رو سکوں کہ “دیکھو بھائیو میں نے اپنے تئیں تو بہت کوشش کی آگ بجھانے کی مگر وہ نہ بجھ سکی۔” اب ذرا زرداری صاحب کا حال ملاحظہ ہو۔ جب خیبر پختونخواہ میں سیلاب آیا، زرداری صاحب کراچی تشریف لے گئے، جب دہشتگردی ہوئی تو کبھی امریکہ کبھی دبئی اورایسے ہی ہر موقع پر کہیں نہ کہیں ضروری کام سے چلتے بنے۔ ملک میں کہیں آتشبازی بھی ہوتی تو صدر صاحب بمعہ عیال کراچی تشریف لیجاتے۔ اور ؔآج جب کراچی میں خون کی ہولی کھیلی جارہی ہے تو صدر صاحب بجائے وہاؐں جاکر کوئی تسلی تشفی فرماتے، گونگلوؤں کی مٹی اتارنے خیبر پختونخواہ آگئے۔
اب یہ تو بات ہوگئی صدر کے جانے کی۔ وہاں جا کے خطاب جو کیا مجھے تواسکی سمجھ نہیں پڑی، جیسے وہ محاورہ ہے کہ “گونگے دی رمز نوں گونگا ہی جانے” (یعنی بے زبان کی بات بے زبان ہی سمجھ سکتا ہے) تو عین ممکن ہے کہ سیاسی طور پہ واعی زرداری صاحب نے چھکا مارا ہو جسے باقی سیاستدان ہی سمجھ سکتے ہوں۔ ایک واقعہ اس مد میں عرض کرنا چاہوں گا، اکثر و بیشترجمہوریت کے ذکر پہ ازراہِ تفنن سنایا جاتا ہے۔ ایک بار ایک شخص ساتویں منزل سے گرا، سر میں چوٹیں آئیں، وہ جانبر نہ ہوسکا اور مرگیا۔ سارے محلے میں ہائے توبہ مچ گئی، ایک سیانی بڑھیا نے جو لاش دیکھی تو قدرے اطمینان سے بولی، ارے شکر کرو آنکھ بچ گئی ہے۔ تو زرداری صاحب کے خطاب میں جو “جمہوریت” کا لفظ بار بار عود آتا ہے وہ دراصل یہی آنکھ ہے جو بدقسمتی سے بچ گئی ہے، کہ کرپشن کا رونا رونے والو، ملکی تنزلی اور بدحالی کا بین کرنیوالو، امن و امان کی صورتحال پہ پیچ و تاب کھانے والے نادانو، ذرا غور تو کرو، جمہوریت قائم ہے، اور خودی نہیں قائم بلکہ میری انتھک محنت اور کوششوں کے سبب قائم ہے۔ اور پھر ساتھ ہی یہ وضاحت بھی کردیتے ہیں کہ میری ہرگز یہ منشاء نہ تھی، بلکہ یہ تو بآمرِ ربی ہے، نہ بے نظیر رخصت ہوتیں، نہ مجھے موقع ملتا۔
اور جو بار بار بی بی شہید کا بدلہ “جمہوریت” کو مضبوط کرکے لیا۔ اب یہ تو کوئی طفلِ مکتب بھی بتا سکتا ہے کہ گارڈ آف آرنر کس کو دیا گیا اور بدلہ کس سے لیاجارہا ہے۔ صدر صاحب کا تقریباً مکمل خطاب اسرار و رموزِ جمہوریت کے گرد گھومتا ہے۔ اور اسی جمہوریت کا اعجاز ہے کے پورا پاکستان مر رہا ہے مگر بھٹو آج بھی زندہ و جاوید ہے اور سب لٹنے کے بعد بھی صد شکر کہ جمہوریت باقی ہے۔ ضیاء الحق نے شاید بھٹوکو پھانسی لگا کر ان سے اتنی زیادتی نہیں کی جتنی زرداری صاحب نے انکا نام لے لے کر کی ہے۔ اقبؔال کے اس شعر کے صحیح مفہوم اور اسکی عملی جوجیح کو اگر کوئی پہنچا ہے تو وہ ہمارے ہردلعزیز صدر صاحب ہیں:

 جمہوریت اک طرزِ حکومت ہے کہ جس میں     ؎

بندوں کو گنا کرتے ہیں ، تولا نہیں کرتے

تیسری بات جو غور طلب ہے وہ دیگر امور جن کو صدر صاحب دورانِ خطاب چھوتے گئے، وہ مخصوص سوچ کا ذکر ہے ، جو بقول زرداری صاحب بینظیر کی قاتل ہے، جبکہ چار سال پہلے تک تو محترمہ کے قاتل مشرف اور ق لیگ والے تھے، جو اب زرداری صاحب کو اپنی کرسی کی طرح عزیز ہیں۔ یا اس وقت زرداری صاحب غلط بیانی کررہے تھے یا اب، واللہ اعلم۔

Iqbal: The forgotten Vision


As I updated my FB/BBM status to “Happy Birthday National Poet” like many of my other countrymen, a thought hit my conscience, how would Iqbal think of us remembering him only on his birthday? So here’s an imaginary letter, things that Iqbal would have said.

“Dear Son,

Thank you for your wishes. It means a lot, especially when half of your nation is still confused if it’s my birthday or death anniversary. It’s the only day of the year people remember me, write poems or articles, organize Conferences and Seminars about The Allama Iqbal, but

never bother to understand who Iqbal is. People know me as a mere poet. A poet whose greatest works are ‘cow & goat’, ‘Mother’s prayer’ and ‘Child’s dream’ etc, no one knows about Iqbal the philosopher, the orator, the poet of struggle, motivation, vision and Iqbal the leader. People have long forgotten Iqbal the vision of Pakistan.I know 90% of youth hardly read any of my works, so I write few of stanzas for reference, to re-establish my teachings, with translation in English because many of you can’t even read Urdu properly.

آ تجھ  کو بتاؤں تقدیرِ امم کیا ہے

تیغ و سناں اول ، طاؤس و رباب آخر

[Let me tell you the secret of rise of the nations, struggle and hard-work first, rest & recreation later]

Pakistan wasn’t made the easy way. It took everything to establish the idea, convincing masses and making it the only identity we had. Pakistan’s identity was a nation that fought its way through. A nation that changed the course of history, made alterations to the world map, won the war of its survival on table. A nation that honored brotherhood cherishes culture & traditions and value education. An honest nation, true and great leaders, but alas, we lost it all. We lost it to our earthly desires.

نہیں تیرا نشیمن قصرِ سلطانی کے گنبد پر

تو شاہین ہے بسیرا کر پہاڑوں کی چٹانوں پر

[Your destination isn’t the Royal castle, you are a Shaheen, be on your toes all the time and strive for new heights]

پرواز ہے دونوں کی اسی ایک فضا میں

کرگس کا جہاں اور شاہیں کا جہاں اور

[Both fly in this very sky, yet crows have their own world and shaheen has its own world]

   نیہں تفاوت الفاظ و معانی میں لیکن

ملا کی اذاں اور مجاہد کی اذاں اور

[words are the same, but a Mujahid’s (whose in battlefield) prayer is way more stronger and passionate than a Mullah (whose is in peace)]

Pakistan was never about the Royals and their joys. It was an emblem of iqbal ka shaheencontinuous struggle with outer and inner mortals. I always wanted them to be like ‘Shaheen’. Shaheen is aliving example of excellence, he stays at heights, beyond earthly desires, struggles, is far-sighted, focused and consistent. Even being a bird, he still makes it different and superior. I wanted Pakistanis to be like this.

اگرچہ بت ہیں جماعت کی آستینوں میں

مجھے پھر بھی ہے حکمِ ازاں لاالہٰ الا اللہ

[Even if they have vested interests, my duty still remains the same]

I see ranting becoming a national habit. Everyone’s blaming other from top to bottom. First you fulfill your own duty, contribute as much as you can, forget about the rest. Do your part.

تجھے گر فقر و شاہی کا بتادوں

غریبی میں نگہبانی خودی کی

[Should I tell you the secret of spiritualism and ruling, ‘khudi’ is nourished in hard times]

میرا طریق امیری نہیں فقیری ہے

خودی نہ بیچ، غریبی میں نام پیدا کر

[I am not a man of treasure, I have knowledge, never compromise on your ‘khudi (self)’ prefer hardships rather]

One cannot prosper unless they maintain their dignity and pride, and once they lose shame, they lose all. As said earlier, the idea of Pakistani nation was of a struggler, whose beyond earthly desires, who starves instead of bowing in front of enemies. But today it seems as if west is ideological forefathers of current political leaders.

فرد قائم دبط ِ ملت سے ہے تنہا کچھ نہیں

موج ہے دریا میں اور بیرونِ دریا کچھ نہیں

[Identity is just because of its relationship with the nation, nothing individually. Similarly a wave has an impact when in the ocean, nothing once it’s outside the sea]

Unity, faith and discipline was the great lesson taught by the great Quaid-e-Azam. 

But you have long forgotten that. And see most of the troubles you have created for yourself. Unity, discipline are the basic essence of a nation, their power and appeal. You have lost that. All I see divided and separated groups of people on basis of sects, creed, race, religion, politics and what not. That’s not how nations prosper, that’s the path for downfall rather. Pakistan has lost its identity, media propagates the wrong stereotypes hence making our youth believe Gandhi was a greater leader than Jinnah. Politicians and liberals claiming, Pakistan to be a political stunt, that went wrong. Youth has learned Indian bhajjans and adopted western ways that is damaging our culture and structure. And most threatening thing I came across the other day was the slogan of “perhne likhe ke siwa, Pakistan ka matlab kya” instead of “Pakistan ka matlab kya, la illaha illa Allah” an attempt on ideology of Pakistan.

This verse from my poem best describes my heartiest fears and nation’s condition. You are losing it day and night, yet you people don’t bother.

وائے ناکامی متاعِ کارواں جاتا رہا

کارواں کے دل سے احساسِ زیاں جاتا رہا

[Pity that nation kept losing all they had, for they lost the, ‘realization’ of losing it]

Son, I don’t need any appreciation or conferences or seminars in my honor,  I have seen enough respect, fame & honor as a poet in my life, all I wish for now is you to understand me, understand the message, know what is need of the time, instead of beating around the bush. And also please keep me away from today’s politics, for my vision, struggle and message is way beyond this politics.

Best Regards,

Muhammad Iqbal,

The forgotten Vision of Pakistan “