China’s WW2 parade caused more shame onto humanity’s shoulders

Wars, although destructive in nature, possess the unique ability to rejuvenate and conciliate nations. The memory of war wipes away divisions within the collective that experienced it and leads to the creation of what Eric Hobsbawm refers to as “invented traditions”. Remembering war binds citizens together; mothers no matter which ethnic, religious or dissenting group they belong to mourn the loss of their sons in battle and fathers stand together as their chests swell with pride at the honour their sons brought to the country. Therefore, within a collective of different people, a shared cultural edifice is formed.

So, remembering war is good for the people of the country psychologically. The parade in China today, however, is marked in a very different hue. It was more boastful than mournful. It was a show of strength, not an opportunity to mourn. The world has been invited to watch as China flexes its militaristic muscle in a ring in which it is the only player. China’s message is simple and clear: I am powerful. Look at my helicopters and missiles. Look at my allies marching with me. I am at the forefront in Asia. Look at everything I have. Japan, are you watching? America, can you see this? India, who’re you kidding… Under the guise of inclusion, this is a clear affront to Japan; Prime Minister Shinzo Abe did not attend the spectacle. Not only did this make Japan uncomfortable, it was a difficult situation for the West as well because it felt that the parade was a self-serving political act. What is particularly peculiar is Pakistan’s enthusiasm in the whole thing. Although Pakistan has protested against India’s plans to organise a carnival in the name of the 1965 war, it underwent no hesitation in being part of China’s glorification ceremony.

Two different wars, same sentiment. Open your eyes, Pakistan.

Does no one remember how the Second World War ended? I’ll remind you. With Hiroshima and Nagasaki being bombed into oblivion. That episode is the only instance of nuclear weapons being used for warfare in history. Do we really need to parade around in tanks, fighter jets and missiles in remembrance of the lowest point in human history? Why did no one cry for humanity today in Beijing? Why did no one reflect on the miseries of war? Why were weapons worshipped like gods?

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9/11 effects on Pakistan

The end of the post 9/11 decade is bringing forth mixed reactions from around the world. It is commonly held that these attacks and their resulting policies have resulted in the establishment of a New World Order. However it can also be said that certain other events occuring in the same decade have perhaps had more far-reaching consequences than 9/11.

No other state equates with Pakistan in the monumental repercussions of 9/11. Out of a total loss of about 35000 lives, security personnel constitute a staggering 3500, which in itself is more than the total victims of 9/11 as well as 30 percent more than the total number of NATO troops killed in Afghanistan to date.Economically, direct or indirect losses amount to 67 billion US dollars, a figure far too great for a developing state to afford. Pakistan has lost its sovereignty over a large territory in the North West. As the economically devastated US plans an exit strategy from Afghanistan, there seems no exit from terrorism and state failure in sight for Pakistan.

The heart of the matter lies in the simple question, ‘Is the War on Terror our War?’ Religious parties and a significant section of the public declare it America’s war and argue for complete withdrawal of Pakistan from the ‘War on Terror’. Usually those associated with the corridors of power, along with some from the educated class, approve of the war as the better circumstantial option because Pakistan is too weak to take the US head on. The third category belongs to some politicians, liberal intelligentsia and political activists who not only own it as Pakistan’s war but consider it mandatory for Pakistan’s survival and prosperity. Building a consensus on the ‘War on Terror’ should be the highest national priority, which can afford no more delay.In fact, the struggle against terrorism existed in Pakistan even before 9/11 and will remain so after America’s exit from Afghanistan. For better or worse, 9/11 essentially brought us to the crossroads where the state had make a choice between supporting or abandoning militancy.

Religious militancy : Today, the world is speaking of moving on from the post 9/11 situation but we in Pakistan don’t seem ready for this. The end of militancy in Pakistan is not only requisite for American troops’ withdrawal from Afghanistan but also pivotal for Pakistan’s bright future. Religious militancy has almost become a civilizational problem for us. The situation is ripe, as until now, the ever needed international consensus against militancy always seemed missing. Time is running out to act decisively against terrorism. Failing to do so could lead to more 9/11′s, more wars, and immeasurable civilian sufferings.

Pakistan’s command and control system safest in the world

Renowned nuclear scientist Dr Samar Mubarakmand on Thursday said Pakistan’s command and control system is the latest and safest in the world, according to Radio Pakistan

“Regardless of the numerous attacks, terrorists were unable to reach Pakistan’s nuclear assets,” Mubarakmand said.

He added while speaking on a programme that “International Atomic Energy Agency has already declared our assets safe.”

Further, Major General (retd) Athar Abbas who was also a part of the programme stated “there should be no doubt about the safety of our nuclear assets as they are in safe hands.”

Earlier, a report produced by two American think tanks claimed that Pakistan could have at least 350 nuclear weapons within the next five to 10 years, making it the world’s third-largest nuclear stockpile.

The report by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and the Stimson Center states Pakistan is rapidly expanding its nuclear capabilities owing to a fear of India.

However, Pakistan rejected the report as ‘utterly baseless’, adding that Pakistan’s policy is characterised by the utmost restraint and responsibility.

Status of women in Pakistan

“No nation can rise to the height of glory unless their women are side by side with them…It is crime against humanity that our women are shut up with in the four walls of the houses as prisoners. There is no sanction anywhere for the deplorable condition in which our women have to live.”… Muhammad Ali Jinnah, Father of the Nation.

According to facts we come to know that even after so much empowerment giving to women in last decades we are still considered as backward in perspective of giving rights to women. As we know or not we are considered as male abscessed country as a nation. We have just 21.3% women in our parliament and 23% in labor force. As of 2010, the literacy rate of females in Pakistan is at 39.6 percent compared to that of males at 67.7 percent. More recent statistics provided by the UNICEF – shows that female education amongst 15-24 year olds has increased substantially to 61.5% – an increase of 45%. Male education is at a steady rate of 71.2%. That statistics clearly define us and shows the World that so far we have done a great job. Females are educated equally like Males in urban areas such as Lahore, Islamabad and Karachi. However, in rural areas, the education rate is substantially lower. This has begun to change with the issuance of government policy, by PTI , in which 70% of new schools are built for girls and that is his approach and it is appreciable.

As far as statistics shows we are going on a right path giving rights to women but still we have to do a lot as a nation and stop these women’s right violations Studies done by several organizations show that has been a 13% increase in violence against women in Pakistan in the year 2009. Rape, gang rape, domestic violations ,honor killings (Karo Kari), vani (exchange of women in settling the disputes), and forced/child marriages are some examples of women’s rights violations that have occurred in Pakistan. Honor killing, or Karo Kari, is one example of the many violent actions against women especially, in Pakistani society. Honor killing occurs when a family member because they have dishonored the family with acts that are viewed as immoral. There is also the common and accepted domestic voilance , in which husbands beat their wives when upset. In addition to this form of violence against women, their rights in rural areas are even fewer as women are plagued with fear of acid attacks etc.

Here are some notable Pakistani women :

Malala Yousafzai  is a Pakistani girl who stood up for the education of young girls and was shot by the Taliban.  Due to the amount of press coverage after the shooting, people around the world gained awareness for the lack of girls receiving a formal education in many countries.  Due to the amount of press coverage after the shooting, people around the world gained awareness for the lack of girls receiving a formal education in many countries. Before get shooted Malala is widely known as a good blogger and appreciated too as she was writing for girls since she was only 11 years old. She got so many prizes after that and got a Nobel prize too with Kylash satyarthi.

Ayesha Farooq is the first woman assigned to one of Pakistan’s front line fighter squadrons. The sky was never the limit for 26-year-old Ayesha Farooq who created history by becoming Pakistan’s front line fighter squadrons. Hailing from Bahawalpur, she is one of the 19 women who have achieved the rank of pilot in the Pakistan Air Force over the last decade — there are five other female fighter pilots but they have yet to take the final tests to qualify for combat.

She has become an inspiration of so many girls now and on Defense day a special tribute is given to him and we prove in actual words that we are not male obsessed country and rising to the heights of glory when women are side by side with us as exactly Quaid told us….!!!!

Syrian refugees , Europe and Muslim countries

The role of Europe in accepting or welcoming refugees from Syria is widely discussed in these days  as they are only one who accept wholeheartedly Syrian refugees while the whole rest of the World stop them on their boundaries. That approach is not true actually as the information says us and when we look on facts and figures.

Some details about countries who open their gates for refugees of Syria and accept them with all their heart ; are mentioned here,

No of refugees accepted by Turkey : 2000,000  ( 2 million )

No of refugees accepted by Lebanon : 1100000 ( 1.1 million )

No of refugees accepted by Jordan : 650000 ( 0.65 million )

No of refugees accepted by Iraq : 250000 ( 0.25 million )

No of refugees accepted by Egypt : 132000 ( 0.132 million )

No of refugees accepted by Libya : 24000 ( 24 thousand )

Now by calculating all above figures we get to know that overall 41,56,ooo ( 4.1 million) refugees accepted by all Muslim countries and Europe as a whole accept 1,50,000 ( 1.5 million ) refugees. So, get to know that Muslim countries are not as bad as they are representing by media but Who saw a peacock dance in the woods?

Its all about  game of media nothing is as good as it shows on media, Europe role is more than good and appreciable as they accept Muslims and the Role of Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates ( U.A.E ) is shameful and condemn-able but that certainly doesn’t mean all Muslim countries do that ( accept refugees ) , facts shows 4.1 million people accepted by Muslim countries which are more than double as accepted by Europe.

A Good Gesture

Finally it seems like that Pakistan is going on a right path at last and army role is very positive and need a lot of appreciation as not coming to politics directly like other previous Generals. According to details shared by top officials in the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, the prime minister has assigned the task to various institutions, including the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR), to get information regarding assets details of his party’s key leaders as well as federal and provincial cabinet members. Sources said the PM has categorically asked to let him know of all cases where the income and assets are beyond any lawmaker’s means. Sources said the PM, after poring over these details, would give the go-ahead to anti-corruption watchdogs to take action against graft-tainted individuals. The prime minister issued these instructions after consulting Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and other close aides during his three-day stay in Lahore.

They said the prime minister made this decision in order to dispel the impression that the federal government has not taken any action against corrupt elements in the PML-N and the Punjab province. Finance Minister Ishaq Dar recently said the campaign against corruption would be across the board and hinted at its beginning in Punjab.

That’s a very positive step and rouses hopes in people of Pakistan that something good is happening and we are finally doing right steps for the glory of our country and we will give “Roshan Pakistan” to our children , a corruption free Pakistan and they will see it happenings In sha Allah.

First crush

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “First Crush.”

Who was your first childhood crush? What would you say to that person if you saw him/her again?

First crush??  It happened when I was in the 9th grade. This person let just call her J, who was also in the same tuition class. Also I sat next or close to her during class.  Not sure if it like obvious for people to tell when people have a crush on someone or if a magical sign appear over their head that say, X has a crush on Y.  Well people did know that I had a crush on J and people did tease me about or would make some reference that I like her. In elementary some of the other girls would just say that I like her. One guy in junior high would say, “hey he hitting on your girl’  not in mean why, but just enough to make me turn into tomato.

Well if I did get a chance to see this person, I would ask several question, first if she knew I had a crush on her?  Am sure she heard people talk about it, made some reference about it.  I wondering if her close friends ever tease her about it. Second, I always wanted to ask her out as we went through school together, but just to afraid to ask her. I was going to ask her out to prom, but she had mention she wasn’t going because she was leaving town for a family wedding. My second question would be, if should would go out with me today?

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Defense Day

Today 6th of September we got independence for second time from the oppressors and we as a nation proved that we are a respectable nation and knows how to get respect. That day in Asia’s Muslim history has very significance when after a long time Muslim fought with that spirit with which Muslims were fought earlier under a supreme leadership of Muhammad (S.A.W.W) in battles with kuffar’s . On that day Indian army with their tanks and troops enters in Pakistan boundaries without any warning and make sure to world that they are oppressors and cowards . They enter from two boarders one from Sialkot and other from Lahore Wahga boarder with a approach that they will drink tea in oval ground GCU Lahore. They receive a lot of humiliation in that day and they cant even come more than 2 miles in Pakistan and in Sialkot the “biggest fight of tanks” after World War II being fought and India loose that war too. That battle continues for seventeen days and on 23rd of September India goes to Russia for help and then Tashkent Declaration of 10 January 1966 is signed by Indian and Pakistan and that was the end of Indo-Pak War of 1965.

I would wish if i could pay tribute to each and every Shaheed and Ghazi here, but that’s not possible. a few famous faces from the 1965 war whom we salute to symbolize our love for those men in uniform, along with their tales, are being posted here. I’d request everyone to post here names and tales, personal, heard from a friend, of a relative, acquaintance, pictures memories etc whatever, to freshen up the blood drops of those brave men. that’s what this blog is all about. celebrate the Defense Day! thanks.
I would have loved to write their entire stories in my own words, but that would take a bit too long, so i’m pasting the official citations here.

Major Raja Aziz Bhatti Shaheed, Nishan-i-Haider

Born 1928 in Hong Kong. Commissioned into the Punjab Regiment, 1950. On 6 September 1965, as Company Commander in the Burki area of the Lahore sector, Major Bhatti chose to move with his forward platoon under incessant artillery and tank attacks for five days and nights in the defense of the strategic BRB canal. Throughout, undaunted by constant fire from enemy shell arms, tanks and artillery, he organized the defense of the canal, directing his men to answer the fire until he was hit by an enemy tank shell which killed him on 10 September 1965. He was 37 years old.

Squadron Leader Sarfaraz Ahmed Rafiqui Shaheed, Sitara-e-Jurat,Hilal-i-Jurat

On 6 September, 1965, Squadron Leader Sarfaraz Ahmad Rafiqui led a formation of 3 F-86 aircraft on a strike against Halwara airfield. The formation was intercepted by about 10 Hunter aircraft out of which Squadron Leader Rafiqui accounted for one in the first few seconds. But then his guns jammed due to a defect and stopped firing. However, Rafiqui refused to leave the battle area which he would have been perfectly justified to do; instead he ordered his No. 2 to take over as leader and continue the engagement while he tried to give the formation as much protection as was possible with an unarmed aircraft. This called on the part of Squadron Leader Rafiqui. The end for him was never in doubt but he chose to disregard it and, in the process, his aircraft was shot down and he was killed but not before enabling his formation to shoot down 3 more Hunter aircraft. Rafiqui’s conduct was clearly beyond the call of duty and conformed to the highest traditions of leadership and bravery in battle against overwhelming odds. For this and his earlier exploits, he is awarded Hilal-i-Jurat and Sitara-i-Jurat.

Flt Lt Yunus Hussain Shaheed, Sitara-e-Jurat

Flight Lieutenant Yunus Hussain fought in air battles aggressively, fearlessly and with great professional skill. During one such engagement he fought singly against 6 enemy aircraft and shot down 2 Hunters. Though his own aircraft was damaged in this encounter, he managed to bring it back to base safely. On 6 September, while attacking Halwara airfield, his small formation was intercepted by a large number of enemy and, although his aircraft was hit, he refused to break off the engagement, in complete disregard of personal safety, and was reported missing from this mission. He became a symbol of courage and professional ability for other pilots. For his gallantry, valor, professional skill and devotion to duty he is awarded Sitara-i-Jurat.

Squadron Leader (Now Air Cdr. retd.) M. M. Alam, Sitara-e-Jurat (Bar)

On 6th September, 1965, during an aerial combat over enemy territory, Squadron Leader Mohammad Mahmood Alam flying as pilot of an F-86 Sabre Jet, shoot down two enemy Hunter aircraft and damaged three others. For the exceptional flying skill and valor displayed by Squadron Leader Mohammad Mahmood Alam in operations, he was awarded Sitara-i-Juraat. On 7th September, 1965, in a number of interception missions flown by Squadron Leader Mohammad Mahmood Alam against the enemy aircraft attacking Pakistan Air Force Station, Sargodha, Squadron Leader Alam destroyed five more enemy Hunter aircrafts. In less than a minute , which remains a record till today.Overall he had nine kills and two damages to his credit. For the exceptional flying skill and valor shown by him in pressing home his attacks in aerial combats with the enemy, Squadron Leader Mohammad Mahmood Alam is awarded a bar to his Sitara-i-Juraat.

We celebrate that day as a “Defense day” and so many ceremonies are being held on this day in memory of martyrs who give their life’s for us for our better tomorrow and in that day we should never forget them in our prayers. May their souls rest in peace and Allah grant them more higher grades in jannah. Ameen