Few days ago I had to go through a strange incident that forced me to write over this topic. On Abdali Road a VIP vehicle either of a politician or a state servant was coming from SP Chowk; in the meanwhile a well-dressed bike rider fell down while trying to avoid collision with one of the protocol vehicles escorting the said VIP. Driver of the protocol vehicle was in a hurry to keep up with the speed of the VIP and arrive at destination quickly so he did not pay any attention to the youngster who fell down from the bike. Those who are familiar with Multan would know that fiscal institutions and commercial buildings constructed without any planning and parking facilities have created hurdles in the flow of the traffic. Especially when any minister or VIP state servant has to pass this road a strange hassle is observed in which everyone is trying to save himself from the vehicles of the VIP’s convoy. Riders of big vehicles (Pakistanis) do not care however, riders of small vehicles and poor motorcyclists and cyclists had to save their lives.
Saturday, March 1, 2014
Such like situation was being faced by the youngster who fell down from the motorbike. As I was on the footpath near him so I quickly moved towards him but he has stood up before I reached. Blood was seeping out of the bruises he got due to falling on the road however, he did not get any serious injury. The after effects of falling onto the ground were clear on his dress that had stains of dirt as well as was torn away from few places. I enquired the youngster while helping him to stand up his motorbike, he burst up. First of all he poured out anger against the VIP due to whom he fell down and afterwards watching his dress and outlook he got out of control. He started trembling either with sorrow or emotions and tears rolled down from his eyes. I was neither ready for such situation nor able to understand it. Youngster was quite healthy, bruises over his body were not of such nature that he gets out of control nor the stains over his dress were such that a man starts weeping. Watching the situation of the youngster I offered him a bottle of water to drink but he turned down my offer and started cursing the VIPs, state servants, society and rulers as corrupt, moral less etc. whatever came to his mind. He was speaking and weeping as well.
I asked him to be thankful to Allah Almighty that his life and he has been saved from some big loss. He said if here in this country there is no value of humanity than there is no need to be worried, in 1947 Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah won us freedom from English imperialism but freedom from “black and local English” is yet to be achieved. Our system that is apparently democratic but if one is riding over the Elephant of the state or power than others appear to him some lower valued species rather than human beings; while if the Elephant is big or powerful than he considers other human beings as insects. So despite of living in the so-called independent society of 21st century the elites of this country treat public as slaves than there is no need to cry over it or take it to heart.
After hearing few words of compassion from me; he told me that he was unemployed since long and today he was going for an interview hoping to get a job but seems he is not lucky enough to get employed. After completing masters from Bahauddin Zakariya University Multan 3 years he applied for hundreds of jobs out of which for few he was called for interview but only those were selected who had strong reference or a close relation or link with those who move in the luxury vehicles. On that day although he got the call for interview but fate played double game with him.
I comforted him, if he was worried due to getting late than there is no need to worry because just like corruption, nepotism, hoarding, black-marketing, fraud, misrepresentation and adulteration of goods, being late and wasting time has also become our national identity. However, dirty and worn out clothes were a serious problem because job is given keeping in view one’s dressing. I advised him to get a shot of Tetanus vaccine as this was necessary. After reading the news report of Aliyan’s death last Friday due to Tetanus as he got infection after falling on to the road. He got some hope after talking to me and left for his destination. But my thoughts got entangled between the increasing numbers of educated unemployed youth. If even after getting degrees from universities our youth is left to wander in search of jobs; when standard for getting a job would be reference in spite education or capability than what would be the fate of the country? Than what is the use of these universities that are spreading pessimism among the youth in spite of preparing them for the development of the motherland; youth is losing trust over society, equality, honesty and even from themselves. In spite of becoming mentors of the motherland these youngsters are playing in the hands of criminal gangs and persons. On the power of easily available weapons they are adopting street crimes; taking increasing inequality in the society as justification they are getting involved in robberies and upon being at large they become courageous enough to involve abduction for ransom and claim it as revenge from the society. These unemployed and hopeless youngsters even forget the meaning of forgiveness and affection due to the inequality of the society. Moreover, what have we given to our youth except hopelessness and chaos; neither we are aware of Islamic values nor of the Eastern norms; the meaning of Islam has been changed to violence due to personal versions and ego. Holy Quran has been made a book to take false oaths, giving as a gift to brides or for keeping in the cupboards respectfully wrapped in the beautiful covers. Education for guidance is also just like as a commodity for sale, go and buy whatever type of education you like, costly or cheap. This is the reason that students of private universities get job offers even before completing their education.
Irony of the fate is that Pakistan is the only country of the world where even in this modern and developed era feudal system is still in power; only few hundred families own 81% of land, they do not do anything but 51% of the Pakistani population work over the lands of these feudal lords and income is transferred in the accounts of these feudal lords. That is why since 1947, we have been unable to provide universal education system. Dozens of different curriculum are being taught in Pakistan, separate curriculum for elites, other for middle class and for poor or others there is no education or curriculum at all. On the other hand the increasing population; than what does this mean that younger generation should be left to wander in the darkness? The result of this ignorance would be nothing less than collective destruction of the whole nation. Our youngsters does not lack talent, their love for motherland is also exemplary; this could be imagined from the world’s largest human flag of Pakistan made by Pakistani youngsters few days ago despite of severe rain and cold. Whether these modern fields of study or co-curricular activities; Pakistani youngsters can be traced in the top of the list. The only hurdle that Pakistani youth has to face is lack of guidance and equal chances which is impossible without the supervision of govt. The top important requirement is the universal curriculum for the whole country so that in the educational institutions students can progress on the basis of their intelligence, capability and hard work, not on the basis of their social status, family background, references, bribe or nepotism. All this would be possible only when our elite aborts culture of show off and snobbery which is a big question mark?.
This is the result of the show off of the wealth that on the one hand religious extremism is spreading while on the other liberal extremism is spreading like a wild fire. The riots at Peshawar University on the eve of Valentine Day point towards the tension prevailing between the liberal and religious extremist groups that erupted up as the incident of putting hostel rooms on fire. At least what is the reason that tolerance is vanishing from our younger generation? No one is ready to listen or tolerate others beliefs or stance. Here comes the responsibility of our media to come ahead and play its role to start discussions so that younger generation in spite taking the path of violence learns the way of solving their problems through negotiations.
In the end I would like to mention the Bahauddin Zakariya University, due to the problem of this university I was forced to write this column; University’s responsibility is not to hand over degree to its students and leave them to wander but also keep an eye that what problems are being faced by its passed out students. If teacher is given the status of spiritual father than educational institution is known as spiritual mother; how is it possible that children are wandering and facing problems in procuring jobs while mother and father are enjoying. Probably my wordings might hurt administration of the university that they can only impart education not the jobs; I also do not mean so. But only if responsible officials understand it…
Written by Khalid Baig,
Published in Daily Nawa-i-Waqt,
Date: 28 February 2014.
Saturday, February 22, 2014
Insulting Behavior of US Writers Against Pakistan & Retreat of American Forces from Afghanistan in 2014!
|American Convoy loaded with heavy machinery leaving Afghanistan|
A strange situation is prevailing! USA has to withdraw her forces from Afghanistan till 31st December 2014 according to her announced plan leaving behind only 10-15 thousand US soldiers. These remaining soldiers will be deployed over 9 US bases in Afghanistan where they will enjoy immunity to not only Afghan laws but from the rest of the world as well. Although, Afghan President is not ready until now to sign the deal for long stay of US soldiers in Afghanistan; the conditions set by Americans for this deal are not less than a joke as well, as Americans have invaded Afghanistan in 2001 after taking formal permission from Afghan govt. and public. Principally, USA should contact UNO to prolong her stay in Afghanistan as this was UNO who provided mandate to US to invade and destroy Afghanistan. On the other hand discussion is going on in the whole world that whether Afghan govt. will survive after withdrawal of US troops or Afghan army consisting of Northern Alliance only would be able to control Pakhtoon areas? No matter American media and govt. is playing with the blood of majority of Afghan population mutilating their struggle to protect their identity as terrorism but how will USA stop them from coming into power following the rules of democracy in near future; moreover, 10-15 thousand soldiers would be sufficient to stop them from coming into power? If the answer is NO; than is not this a bitter reality that Americans have seeded hatred and division of Afghanistan into two separate states?
If we look back at the history while attacking Afghanistan, USA has given Pakistan only two options either to support USA or face destruction in the hands of Americans; USA had denied right to Pakistan to be an neutral state. At this time India was begging in front of USA to attack Pakistan in spite of Afghanistan and she had offered to provide her forces and air bases to America as well. At such a time no Muslim country even Saudi Arabia was ready to stand by the side of Pakistan; if Nawaz Sharif or Benazir Bhutto had been in power at that time they would have decided as Musharraf did (rulers who do not have courage to stand against Indian control over Cricket how they would had stood against US International Alliance). However, USA declared Pakistan as non-NATO ally upon supporting US invasion in Afghanistan and Pakistan even ignored her interests while supporting America in Afghanistan. Result of Pakistan’s support to USA in Afghanistan is that India converted Pakistan into battle field by utilizing Indian presence and free hand given to her by USA in Afghanistan. The war that was imposed upon Afghanistan in order to fulfill some damn plans of USA has been converted into war for survival of Pakistan by US, Indian, Afghan, British and Israeli secret agencies.
Freedom fighters of Indian Held Kashmir despite of their sacrifices and war crimes committed by Indian State Terrorists were declared as TERRORISTS; they have never targeted any passenger train or innocent people in India. In contrast to this few terrorists working for furtherance of Indian and other countries of the region’s Strategic Agenda, targeting passenger trains, Natural Gas and Electric Transmission Lines, army, security agencies and innocent civilians are enjoying not only American but support from whole Europe. American Senators present Bill for independence of Baluchistan in spite of being aware that after every terrorist activity they accept responsibility for it.
A war that was never against terrorism but a conspiracy to weaken Pakistan to accept slavery of India and neutralize Chinese influence in the region has taken toll of 50 thousand innocent Pakistanis lives including 5 thousand personnel from security agencies, Police and army. Who is supplying latest weapons and financial support to terrorists; no one is ready to answer this! However, disappearance of NATO containers from Qasim Port Karachi containing military equipment numbering not in hundreds but in thousands and silence of US and NATO officials over this issue has answer for all these questions. Painful aspect is that as time for retreat of US troops from Afghanistan is getting closer; bitterness in the behavior of American and Western writers against Pakistan is converting into insult. Although, the basic reason for this bitterness is the thinking of US and Western think tanks over two types of the defeat that their forces are facing into Afghanistan, i.e.
Failure of Americans and Western invaders to be accepted as saviors despite of their propaganda against Taliban and “Daisy Cutter” bombs, failure to win the hearts of Afghans.
Defeat of Americans in Afghanistan despite of latest military equipment, well trained troops, sensitive modern technology, jet fighters equipped with the missiles powerful enough to convert mountains into dust, latest spy system and troops of Black Water filled with the passion of killing human beings in cold blood!
Majority of Americans was told that Pakistan is not doing what Washington was demanding to reinforce American capture of Kabul. During the different meetings and talks held between Pakistan and US officials only one demand was heard from USA i.e. DO MORE; Americans are not ready to consider the relations between Pakhtoons living across Pakistan and Afghanistan, Americans only wanted Pakistan to withdraw all troops from Eastern Border to provide chance to Indian troops for invasion and deploy all forces over Afghan border in order to support genocide of Afghans by US terrorist troops in Afghanistan. Over failure in this goal a storm in the tea cup was created by the propaganda of western media against Pak-Army. Pakistan army was blamed for providing hideouts and support to terrorism. Writers like Ahmed Rasheed (who was arrested during 1973-74 on the orders of Zulifqar Ali Bhutto along with Najam Sethi under the charges of being involved in conspiracy to break apart Pakistan at the beck and call of Soviet Union and India) were hired to write books like DESCENT INTO CHAOS and was provided worldwide circulation and marketing. The summary of these books was, “if peace is required in the world than Pak-Army and ISI should be banned as these two national departments of Pakistan are involved in terrorism in the whole world”. When this propaganda campaign proved to be fruitless; sometimes USA tried Kerry Logger Bill through her hired agents like Hussain Haqqani, attempt was made to give ISI under the control of Rehman Malik when all this bore no fruit than drama of presence and killing of Osama Bin Laden at Abbotabad was staged in order to black mail Pakistan army. Time would unveil the role played by President of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari and Hussain Haqqani. Memo Gate Scandal and attack over Salala Check post all were part of US attempts to black mail Pakistan army and raise questions over military capability for which much support was provided by few anchors of Pakistani electronic media.
Time is merciless it is neither controllable nor waits for anyone. At least 2014 has arrived and time for withdrawal of US troops as well; however, US wants to teach a lesson to Pakistan before leaving Afghanistan. This is the reason current wave of terrorism in Pakistan; otherwise which Shariat allows one to kill FC personnel imprisoned for last 3 years and announce it proudly or claim martyring Police personnel as revenge. On the one hand terrorists have been activated in Pakistan while on the other hand American writers have started pouring their hatred against Pakistan; recent example of this is the article written by C. Christine Fair, Assistant Professor at Department of School of Foreign Service of George Town University, she has written two books (1) Fighting to the End: The Pakistan and (2) Army’s Way of War A Madressah Challenge: Militancy and Religious Education in Pakistan. The article written by C. Christine Fair titled as
“Ten Fictions That Pakistan Defense Officials Love to Peddle”
was published on 31st January 2014. In this article ten points on which Pakistan have concerns that were forwarded by the envoy of Pakistan led by Sartaj Aziz, each and every point has been separately criticized and insulted by the words like RUBBISH, NON-SENSE and MORE FICTION etc. It would have been more appropriate if she had mentioned Maulvi Fazlullah as well who is residing in Afghanistan involved in terrorism under the shelter of USA.
|Writer of Insulting Article against Pakistan; C. Christine Fair|
She has criticized relations with Pakistan from the start and used such words for Pakistani leaders from Quaid-e-Azam to present in her article that it would be inappropriate to mention these words here. She should have dared to study interview of Afghan President published in Sunday Times few weeks before her article in which Afghan President said, “In Afghanistan Americans are working against us (Afghans). Due to American lawlessness, crimes and corruption has been widely spread in Afghanistan. Americans have pushed Afghans into psychological war so that Afghans can be pressurized to transfer their wealth to West. Special class in the country is being brought forward while rest of the public has been left to burn in anger and deprivation”.
“The US-Pakistan “Strategic Dialogue” has restarted yet again. I would remiss If I did not point that it has never been strategic and it has certainly not been a dialogue. No doubt the Pakistanis are worried that wary American taxpayers and their congressional representatives may close the checkbook for good when last US soldier departs from Afghanistan. In the spirit of perpetual rent-seeking, Pakistani defense officials have recently alighted upon Washington to offer the same tired and hackneyed narratives that are tailored to guilt the Americans into keeping the gravy train chugging along”.
Written by Khalid Baig,
Published in Daily Nawa-i-Waqt,
Date: 21 February 2014.
Friday, February 14, 2014
There is no country in the world who happen to have a neighbor like India, a cunning and arch enemy involved in terrorism, explosions in public places and with grand designs in the region. In contrast to this Pakistan has another neighboring country that is far more powerful economically and defense wise i.e. China but she has been steadfast over diplomatic values and right of neighbors. Especially for Pakistan, Chinese strategy is above international political conspiracies, deals over regional affairs or mutual trade. The basic reason of such exemplary friendship might be the Pakistan’s friendly gesture towards China in 1950 when including USA, Western countries had concerns regarding Mao Tse Tung’s ideologies. At such time when Western countries were planning against China, considering socialist culture of China as a threat to their imperialist system, only Pakistan came forward for friendship with China. Due to the Pakistan’s diplomatic struggle Chinese relations with other Islamic countries were established and this credit also goes to Pakistan for establishing secret relations between USA and China and paved way for US President’s visit to China. After successful visit of China and meetings with Chinese officials when US President returned Washington; the stories of Pakistan’s role for US-China relations had been reported to Western Media; so Western and US Media termed it as;
PAKSITAN AND CHINA FRIENDSHIP; AS HIGHER THAN THE MOUNTAINS, DEEPER THAN THE OCEANS, STRONGER THAN STEEL, DEARER THAN EYESIGHT, SWEETER THAN HONEY AND SO ON…
|Karokarm Highway; Link between Pakistan & China|
|Aerial view of Gwadar Port|
- From 1950 to 1965 when friendship was limited to diplomatic issues and supporting each other over international level. Pakistan supported China unconditionally in Tibet, Taiwan and disputes with India and China supported Pakistan over Kashmir dispute against India.
- From 1965 to 1979 in which many defense deals were signed; strategic alliance was established and construction of Karokaram Highway was completed for which hundreds of Chinese and Pakistanis laid down their lives.
- 1979 to 1999 when defense equipment and full support for nuclear technology was provided by China which helped Pakistan to minimize dependence over West.
- 4th stage is after 1999; in 1999 China provided nuclear power plant for production of electricity, production of Al-Khalid Tank MBT-2000 in 2001 through mutual cooperation of both countries considered to be one of the best tanks of the world, offer of China to develop Gwadar port in 2002 and signing of deal for development of Gwadar port in 2005 and completion of development work six months ahead of planned time are such examples of cooperation between both countries that have created concerns for many countries including USA and India.
I have several times written that current wave of violence in Baluchistan started in 2002 after signing of deal between Pakistan and China for construction of Gwadar and arrival of Chinese engineers and workers for construction. Initially this remained confined to protest statements that construction of Gwadar port is a conspiracy to make Baloch devoid of their rights, down grade their status to that of Red Indians and to capture resources of Baluchistan by Punjabi establishment; threats were issued of treason against Federation. When these threats had no effect murder of Chinese engineers along with attacks over military convoys, govt. installations, trains and gas transmission lines. When any militant trying to target Chinese was killed by security personnel deployed for security of Chinese guests; so-called independent Pakistani media also joined the chorus of international media against Pakistan govt. Remaining away from Pakistan’s internal politics Chinese kept working on the construction of Gwadar port and jolted the whole world by completing the project six months ahead of the projected time. How was this possible that anti-Pakistan power remain inactive over such an achievement which has opened new horizons for Pakistan’s economy? India and USA active against China also took completion of Gwadar port as a siren against their interests in the region and kept supporting Baloch militants considering it as easy solution for destruction of Pakistani economy. The result of this foreign support to Baloch insurgents is that now the activities of these terrorists have been spread to outside Baluchistan, Karachi in Sindh and Rojhan and Rahim Yar Khan in Punjab. But all these foreign terrorist activities have no impact on Sino-Pak friendship and joint plans of defense. The current example is the interest of KSA and other Arabic countries in JF-17 Thunder that are now being produced in Pakistan through the cooperation of China.
|Sino-Pak Nuclear deal that has made whole world worried|
Pakistan is the only country of Muslim world that has nuclear capability and according to Western Defense analysts Pakistan’s nuclear technology and is much better and cost effective than other nuclear powers which has provided Pakistan a chance to increase its nuclear capability in lesser time. Currently Pakistan has 3 working nuclear power plants while Chashma power plant 2 and 3 are under construction. Construction of two more power plants has been started in Karachi. It is evident that not only Pakistan is well aware of nuclear power for defense purposes but also well aware of demands for security of nuclear power plants installed for production of electricity and well experienced as well. In fact Pakistan’s defense is not possible without strong economy in future and economy needs energy which should be cheaper as well. That is why while trying to fulfill energy demands through Petroleum and Gas Pakistan has already been left much far behind in the race of economic development.
|Gwadar Port; that is being termed as milestone for Pakistan's Economy|
Written by Khalid Baig,
Published in Daily Nawa-i-Waqt,
Dated: 14 February 2014.