Imran Khan vs The System: The Generation Gap of Pakistani Politics

At the end of August 2014 Pakistan stands much more polarized, confused and divided. And perhaps after the 2013 elections for the first time even families stand divided on which side to support. Usual trajectory of the action of support lie however around mostly the scale of age. If you are above 50, you are more likely to oppose what Imran Khan is doing then those below that psychological line. But why?

Before going ahead let’s see what exactly their grievances are. In no particular order they revolve around: (a) Imran Khan and PTI has led in street/mob politics. (b) Imran Khan has no respect for the institutions of the country. (c) Imran Khan has introduced bad language in to the politics. (d) Imran Khan is full of ego. (e) Imran Khan cannot bring in any change and is only fooling the people because Continue reading

peshawar attack

Last Sunday as Churchgoers were coming out from the service for many, their world came to a standstill. Just outside the gates of the Church two bombs, designed to inflict maximum damage to the people around, exploded. Over 80 innocent people and passerby lost their lives and many more injured. However this is not the first time the Pakistani Christian minority has faced such a brutality and unfortunately they are not the only minority at the receiving end of the barrel for this monstrosity which has engulfed the country. With so many issues to deal with my argument for this post will however remain only about the Pakistani Christians.Continue reading

The Great Migration

On this 65th Independence day of Pakistan when everyone is in a jubilant mood, patriotic songs which many deemed paindo (villager-taste) are blaring out on every Radio and TV channel, while some armchair-Internet-pundits are discussing the relevance of Pakistaniat and Government is as usual busy doing everything but Nation-building. Makes me wonder how many of us still remember what Pakistan meant for our elders? Here are just three stories among countless others which personally touched me.

First story is of my Maternal Grandfather who until 1947 was a relatively successful businessman in Amritsar (now Indian Punjab). Being informed about political dynamics, he was smart enough to safely move all his family before time to the present Pakistan. Being one of the last to reach Pakistan amongst his family, he witnessed first hand how friendships were tested and how centuries of connection were lost in mere moments.Continue reading

Somewhere in 2000 I am rushing to mosque for Zuhr (afternoon) prayers, I grab few friends with me as I know it is a good deed to invite more people to a noble cause. Especially calling those you love to the right path; after will you like your younger brother burning in hell fire?

I notice there is a man with long beard, wearing army camouflage jacket with a lean-slender physique in the first row just behind the Imam (prayer leader). After prayer the Imam announces that a Commander has joined us today and will like Continue reading

Exactly what is wrong with Pakistan is what is wrong with Muslim world in general but just on steroids thanks to the various artificial injections. Almost all of the Muslim world is sunk in a pessimist state; with their generation after generation reading the chapters of glories now lost which they cannot see in sight – while they swing ideology from one war and chaos into another!

Obvious choices have ranged from state of total distancing to the quest for finding reasons and eventually dissent. But as with anything else the ever so resilient house of Shem has problem admitting the Continue reading