Tsunami and Pakistan


So the much talked about tsunami finally hit the ground. As expected there were a huge crowd boys, girls, old people, families groups and what not. The zest and conviction was worth-watching. I wasn’t there; I watched it all over television. But it felt like some kind of remaking of that Manto Park rally in Lahore, 1940. Something that’s going to change the history, or will become history itself, amazing feeling it was. Felt as if I am witnessing a historical event. These emotions aren’t out of love for Imran Khan or PTI. It’s all about the public. It’s all about the participants that were present there with all their enthusiasm and courage and the faith that they have in the party and its leadership. I have never been a supporter of PTI, I have my own reasons. As Justice (Rtd) Wajih ud Din mentioned today our grandparents used to share with us their memories of that Rally at Manto Park in 1940 or memories of how Pakistan came into being. Now witnessing this so called tsunami we’ll tell our children or grandchildren that we witnessed making of a new Pakistan. Today I noticed some good things that I would like to share.

Unity, Faith, Discipline:

Our beloved Quaid gave us the above lesson. I witnessed this in today’s rally. All the leaders individually mentioned it too. There were people from various ethnic backgrounds, social backgrounds, provinces races etc but all of them were united in their cause. There were Muslims, Hindus and Christians for one cause. This is what Pakistan always wanted. Unity: acceptance of other’s existence and respecting it. Faith, in their own-selves, faith of capacity to make something happen, faith that people had back in 1947. This nation was so undermined and cornered that they nearly lost all their self-confidence which is now backing into play. Thirdly, the discipline and the organization, it was so well disciplined. These are the same Pakistanis you’d see on streets and think they could never behave or they could never make a queue etc. As Imran Khan said “an idea, whose time has come”. It’s power of that very idea that made people to unite under one flag on a single platform. If I am not mistaken, that’s what the real change is. That long-lost “Pakistaniat” is returning back.

Concept of Equality:

When you claim to be against status quo, the first and foremost thing you need to ensure is equality, and that’s what we witnessed today. Different people from different social, economic, ethnic and religious backgrounds were equally treated. There were daily wagers and billionaires sitting in the same row. Then there were illiterate and PhD scholars, secular minded to religious ones. Everyone represented a different class and a different thought but all were equally welcomed and treated by PTI. This reminds me of Iqbal’s famous shair:

Aik hi suff mein kharay hogaye mahmood-o-ayyaz

Na koi banda raha aur na koi banda Nawaz

Zest, Enthusiam:

The enthusiasm and zeal & zest that were depicted at the site both by public and the leaders are infect the good news. Pakistani nation that everyone was predicting have lost the thrust of life hit back at large. It felt like Pakistan have won a world cup or have beaten India in a cricket match or that we’ve just had test nuclear explosions or that everyone has got surety of no-CNG/electricity load-shedding. Karachi, as rightly stated by Javed Hashmi, is in actual a Pakistan. It’s like a prototype of Pakistan. There was bloodshed, street crimes and what not but still people looked happy, they were full of energy and their body language conveyed a very positive message to everyone else in the country. If Karachi is smiling, we all will.

Public involvement in national matters:

People were so dis-connected with politics and all this idea of a revolution that they never really cared. But this credit goes to PTI that they’ve made people reconsider their options. People have started to care about national matters and are involving and engaging themselves in every possible way as if it’s not a national issue but their household issue. This is another positive sign; now people are ready change and accept the change. It’s about time to unleash the real agenda and take people into confidence, which Imran khan did during his address.

Innovation:

PTI has introduced innovation and gave a teaser of how un-orthodox its approach is. It can think out-of-the-box and can come-up with solutions yet unknown or unacceptable to public and politicians. The way PTI campaigned for this rally online and how the rally-site was well-equipped with latest technology was in itself a commendable organization also PTI’s belief in employing technology for its aid.

Empowerment and Accountability:

The concept of public empowerment and system that offers accountability is the need of time. Imran khan referred to ameer-ul-momineen’s style of governing. If he succeeds in pulling it off, Pakistan will be back on track in no time. They are empowering people now let’s see what do they do about accountability.

Conclusion:

I have always been criticizing PTI. But I was right in my opinion; I had my own questions that I got answered one by one.  Now that Imran Khan has got seasoned politicians on board and lot of public support, I would like to say that agencies or invisible hand can finance a rally, can make politicians join the party but they cannot make people love nor have faith in someone, they cannot make people to leave their homes for a cause. So, be it an agency’s idea but now it has become our national emotion, a national idea, a point of unification, people have chosen this and now Imran Khan and other leaders in the party aren’t left with any other option but to deliver.  So let’s look forward to it. Long live Pakistan.

Originall published on 29th Dec 2012 at http://abrarkureshy.blogspot.com/2011/12/tsunami-and-pakistan.html

The Bitter Truth


originally published on 20th Feb 2012 on http://abrarkureshy.blogspot.com/2012/02/bitter-truth.html

Baluchistan is burning with hate; love care and respect are only extinguishers

I couldn’t resist to these lyrics from Goo Goo Dolls Dolls IRISin pretext of contemptible condition in Baluchistan, the largest province of Pakistan. 

Balauchistan
Balochistan Burning

 

And you can’t fight the tears that ain’t coming

Or the moment of truth in your lies

When everything feels like the movies

Yeah you bleed just to know you’re alive

Amid all these rallies and sit downs and what not for even the least possible important issues in this country, I wonder how come no political party or group of social activists come up with even a small scale protest for Baluchistan. Be it gas load-shedding or Shezan juice ban issue, they come up with ideas in seconds but when it comes to Baluchistan, no one speaks up. I have read more pieces on an ongoing drama serial Humsafar than on Baluchistan’s current situation. Feels like Baluchistan is our step brother, infect worse than that. We all use their resources but deny facilitating them in any way. Even media, the so called front-row solider for much talked about revolution forgets to mention Baluchistan the way it deserves. We so proudly show indian award shows, movies and paid American content on our local channels but no one dared to do a documentary on Baluchistan. We celebrate Kashmir Solidarity day every year as public holiday, but we never even once mentioned ‘a moment of solidarity with balochs’. They all have equally sacrificed for Pakistan as anyone else here did. Instead of talking things out we start military operations. I never heard about any convention for Baluchistan with sole intention of coming up with a solution of ongoing problems, inviting all the political parties and tribal leaders and Jirga members that proved fruitful. Things can’t be improved by only saying they will. 

Americans presenting bills in their parliament that Baloch’s have rights to struggle for a separate country, and all we did was to issue a ‘condemn statement’. Pakistan has become a human hunting ground like they kill caged animals in South Africa, the worst part, many NGOs and social activists are campaigning against it but so sadly and shamefully we aren’t even speaking about our brothers and fathers being murdered brutally for ethnic and sectarian reasons!

We all talk about equality and harmony and what not. We celebrate countless days with full zest and ensure participation, make Facebook events and even pages and make them trend on twitter, blog posts, Op-eds and every other action possible. I never came across any such thing for Baluchistan. It’s not Baluchistan by the way, it’s about all of us. I randomly searched “Baluchistan” on Facebook to find out if we have any pages; this was the first page I came across with over 8K likes. I don’t know if I was overwhelmed, ashamed, and sad or doomed seeing this. I hardly know any famous poet, scholar, sportsman, actor or any other prominent figure from Baluchistan. All we know about Baluchistan is their incapable and comedian politicians which we Alhamdulillah have in abundance across Pakistan. I refuse to believe that there never existed a scholar, poet, sportsman or actor in Baluchistan, our largest province, richest in natural resources, brave people. No one ever highlighted them, every time we see/read something about Baluchistan is they are terrorists and what not. My humble request to literate brothers and sisters from Baluchistan to come forward, let the world know that you exist. Make yourself count, write about Baluchistan, about its culture, people, traditions so that we all know, we could relate all that to ourselves.

We haven’t done anything for Baluchistan, except for looting them day and night and keeping them from all basic necessities of life. I couldn’t find any stats for developments in about last decade in following fields:

  • Education (Universities/schools/colleges)
  • Health (hospitals in metros and non-metros and government plans for public health)
  • Economic Activity (conducive environment for general business activity)
  • Industry (setting up of new industries)
  • Agriculture (development/production of agriculture and contribution in GDP)
  • Safety and security (government support for public safety rather than detaining them)
  • Skill development (vocational training institutes and centers)
  • Poverty alleviation (
  • Infrastructure (general road/train/airport)
  • Exports
  • Tourism
  • Technology (general development)

Now that we haven’t done anything yet, we have very little time to actually do something. Baluchistan is slipping away; we all have to play our roles. At least talk about it. Tell them we love them and they are part of us as closer as any other parts of this country. Write about it, learn about it, make documentaries, do some shows on the core issue (not that dramy bazi like Geo’s the great debate, a constructive one), promote trends on twitter about Baluchistan. Although I don’t have hope for anything good from politicians but still if they could consider above listed areas to work on so that they could loot more money from these many avenues. There’s a famous poem by legendary poet Ahmed Faraz, “ab mer dosray bazu pe”. These were originally written in other contexts, listen to them with reference of Baluchistan, patriotism might emanate through eyes.

Remember, Pakistan is our motherland; no one really likes to see her mother’s hands being chopped off.

Pakistan Zindabad!

Brand Yourself: How to Stand Out


‘Did u hear what Ali say?’
‘Ali, who?’
‘The one whose always smiling’
‘Oh Jolly Ali’

how to stand out of the crowd

You might come across conversations like these in offices, colleges/universities and social gatherings on a daily basis. Regardless of it being good or bad, we all have a habit of discussing our colleagues, classmates and relatives etc. We always attribute people on basis of what they are good at doing or what they repeatedly do. This becomes their identity or personality, something they are known for. So instead of letting people decide our identity we could make our identity by ourselves.

This phenomenon of attributing own-self is referred to as “Personal Branding”. It’s similar to general branding concepts and practices. A brand has a character, personality and charisma. In simple words it is building up and sustaining reputation for something and then people start recognizing and recommending you for that. The key is to live up to what we are known for. There arises a question: how to brand ourselves and why should we?

Why should we brand ourselves?

A very common emotion about brands is, we highlight and promote branded possessions. No one tries to copy an average person, people always go after brand personalities like rock stars, movie stars or social tycoons etc. because they stand out, they have that one thing that makes them prominent.

In a stagnant economy like ours, we don’t have very many jobs or opportunities to excel. We can create opportunities and capitalize them being prominent.

how to brand yourself

An idea escalated by an average employee doesn’t carry weight and appeal to make the top management pursue it seriously but same idea when presented by a shining star is immediately taken. Secondly the trust, management can’t afford to experiment on certain projects or tasks. So someone who’s not proven yet or his capabilities are unnoticed will have lesser chances of getting the assignment. We have thousands of housing schemes but we all know about Malik Riaz and trust his schemes for what he has delivered in the past (social and moral issues aside).

Branding our personality will offer brighter future prospects. A very common example is of a barber. A normal barber in any market charges Rs. 150 but another man who has made himself a brand and calls himself a ‘hair stylist’ charges thousands of rupees for same services. Brand is not something that only a foreign qualified or an elite class member can make. All it takes careful assessment of what you are, and getting so good at that, people start recognizing you for what you do rather than who you are. Steve Jobs is another example of a very successful brand, so successful that it overshadowed the organization.

How to brand ourselves?

It might not be as easy to brand ourselves as it may seem. It’s not changing yourself or who you are. Branding yourself is to simply do whatever you do with class and style, adding charm to it. standingout

It could be anything, from your technical knowledge at work to your adventurous lifestyle otherwise, from humility and friendships at work to your community service initiatives, from being innovative at work to independent research etc. branding yourself is realizing what you are good at and labeling, what you enjoy doing regardless of your career or job and adding style and charisma to that. This doesn’t mean that your passion should, in anyway, contradict your career or job, find a balance between the two. Be with right people who are capable to give you proper limelight that you require. Getting along with likeminded people doesn’t offer any value addition. In order to introduce your brand, you need to first get social acceptability among peers. Make your brand sound catchy and appealing so that people are attracted to it. Once brand is successfully introduced, all you need to do is to be consistent and do what you have to. Make your brand appearance count and noticed. Develop a new personality and character for the brand so that people follow you.

Transition from product to brands takes time, hard-work and consistent effort. Branding yourself, as I see it, is personal-development. There’s a huge difference in being unique and prominent, for unique you have to possess extra qualities and skills but for being prominent, all you need is action. This wouldn’t offer immediate success, but eventually lead to the path of success. An idea about how to shine on corporate skies among other stars.

27th December: When Democracy was Silenced


It was a normal day, full of political activities. PPP and PML-N had their rallies. Political temperature of the federal capital was at its peak when suddenly a news channel broke the news about suicide attack in PPP’s jalsa in Liaqat Bagh hurting Benzir Bhutto seriously. Later the news of her demise appeared on television and it changed everything in moments. Apparently a politician passed away. Chairperson of a political party died. Felt like we have lost our voice, a window has been shut that let the light in, leaving behind darkness. But it doesn’t end here. Benazir Bhutto
Late Benazir Bhutto, who was once referred to as “Daughter of the East” was murdered, that surely isn’t the way we treat our daughters. There were threats as she herself and other leaders of PPP have talked about and similar attacks on her convoy in Karachi earlier in October when she returned to Pakistan from exile.
Everything was halted, this country kept on burning for three four days, something she might never have approved of in her life. It was a big loss for everyone for sure; all this corruption by current government is a by-product loss of that (she’d be so ashamed in her grave on her political successors). Politicians however encashed it well. There will be many seminars, memorials and tributes whole day tomorrow for her. Frankly I don’t think she need any of this, you can’t tell a moon what beauty is, and, for where she is, her deeds and our prayers can only do something for her. In my opinion, instead of talking about what happened and crying over it, we should better do what she was aimed to do, take her vision a step ahead and make things happen rather than ‘promising’ only.
Now that everything is back on track as per governments’ reporting, I as a common man still have some questions. What happened exactly? Why only she was targeted? How could it happen? If our security forces can’t protect her from such an organized attack how can they protect a common man?  What progress is made in this case? If PPP leadership can’t get justice for their leader how can we expect it? They got elected in her name but doing exact opposite of what she hinted she’ll do. When she came back she sounded different, a mature and understanding politician with an aim of real change, but now all we see in incompetence, arrogance and corruption. What happened to that agenda she introduced? What happened to that charter of de

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mocracy? It is the same judiciary she fought for, but now we see ministers and PPP’s office bearers trolling judiciary. She believed in transparency but currently all we see is under-the-table deals. Every step is being taken for personal benefit and Pakistan is long forgotten. She gave the idea of a healthy economy, equality, justice, public access to basic necessities and education but all we see is exact opposite of that.
Dear PPP leadership and Bhutto family, we all know it’s a great loss for you. But so is for us all. You lost a leader, so did we. You lost a mother, so did we. You lost a voice, so did we. It’s about time to get back to her agenda and make things get better. If can’t deliver, at least try, she gave her life trying, a precious life. May her soul rest in peace and she gets all the blessings of Allah Almighty in her eternal life hereafter.

Step Towards Humanity


first published at Bloggers.
poverty
All my respectable frnds, a humble request. we keep on talking about change but do nothing for it! Whenever i come across poor people who are running after a piece of bread just to feed their kids, it brings tears to my eyes. I cant do anything all alone, i can just stir the silent water and pray to Allah for betterment.
just look around, how many people are going jobless and starving in pakistan. they are like us, they are our brothers and sisters and children.
its already been very late, we can’t just sit and watch, else we’ll become just like them roaming around for one bread to feed our childeren.
Whichever city you live in, whatever occupation u are, whatever cast is yours, as long as you are pakistani, its your national duty to do something for it. no rebellion, no political movement, no drama no nothing, just a step towards humanity on individual level.
My proposal is very simple. form groups among your friends, collect money on monthly basis (any amount that u can easily spare say Rs. 50) identify poor/deserving people and arrange food for them. (either contact some local small hotel in area to give them free food and you pay in advance OR provide poors with groceries, whatever suits you)
Next step is help them finding a job or business just to earn a living. Pls remember, if we dont do it for them, no one would do it for us as well.
Remember, “every thing starts with a decision to try”