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I am a subscriber of Time magazine and have been reading it regularly for the past quite a few years. Last week, when I received my copy of January 16, 2012, I literally got shocked to see the cover page that reads, “Pakistan’s Dark Heart – Karachi is dangerous, chaotic, ungovernable — and essential to global economy” By Andrew Marshall.


The article started with a heading, “Karachi is doomed. Karachi is indestructible”. I stopped reading the article at once as the starting few NEGATIVE words of the article about Karachi freaked me out and then the first thing that came into my mind was that as to how to contact Mr. Marshall and talk to him one on one about his views on Karachi and how to show him the positive side of Karachi and even the entire country, Pakistan. But then I started looking at different ways as to how to involve someone not from Karachi but have visited Karachi to write something about the city, so that my writing something about Karachi, being the Karachiite does not look at all a biased viewpoint to him. So I am looking forward to sending a counter article with all positive aspects about Karachi and the entire country, Pakistan by someone very soon as in my view the writer of that article, Mr. Andrew Marshall has got the eye that has seen only the negativity about Karachi but nothing else.

Your views, comments, feedback will help me a lot in preparing my article and I desperately am looking forward to it.

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Thanks to PTI for arranging jalsa on Sunday, on Quaid’s birthday and in an enclosed area across Mazar-e-Quaid. People were there for the love of Imran Khan. Youngsters were very excited and the public stayed there until the end of the show. After a long time, it felt like a city free to walk around and talk without fear. No heavy traffic jam especially around Mazar-e-Quaid.

I am not blaming Imran Khan but this was a successful effort of PTI for those who are used to the typical type of political public gatherings, for those who don’t care about dust, sand and pollution, for those who don’t care about discipline. So far nothing different except a true public involvement in Karachi after a long time.
Revolution comes through people. What kind of revolution can people of Pakistan bring? Have they prepared themselves to bring any revolution or will rely on the promises made by PTI and wait for them to bring a change?

I think Imran Khan announced this gathering a month ago. I would have called this the start of a true revolution for a New Pakistan if they had reserved at least twenty thousand out of sixty thousand chairs for women on one side of the ground and a gate for their entrance. Thirty thousand chairs should have been allotted to old men so they can sit and enjoy the show. Men from other provinces and interior need every-second-guidance for which way to walk, where to enter from, to walk in line, leave space for others etc. They don’t have a concept of “others too have a right of way even as a pedestrian”. People with flags should stand on side or all the way in the back or at least sit down so they don’t block the view of others.

It was really hard to breathe due to sand everywhere and people sneezed openly on others without covering their nostrils. A month or two was enough time to maintain that venue. Can’t they grow grass there, make it look pleasant?

By the way, why a crowd has to be on the stage and get tired by standing, moving, spinning, squeezing and leaning?

Change comes through people. Do people have courage to raise their voice against corruption at homes, against their beloved fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, sons, daughters, uncles, cousins, in-laws, friends, colleagues and employers?

Imran Khan is right, corruption is easier than to reduce illiteracy. Only if people promise no more fake fake birth certificates, fake medical certificates, fake land documents, fake any kind of official documents, traffic violations, no more dowry, no more show off, no more breaking roads to celebrate their weddings, birthdays, majalis, milad, aqiqa ceremonies and death anniversaries. No more selling marks and positions in exams, no more telling exam syllabus to favourite (useful) students, no more occupying side-walks, no more throwing garbage out of balconies and windows and on streets, no more SPITTING around. No more wall chalking or spraying for publicity, putting banners and pasting flyer on poles, roads, bus stops and roundabouts. No more cheating in selling rotten, damaged, spoiled and expired products and goods.

Imran Khan may lead a successful rally against Zardari, Nawaz Sharif, Altaf Hussain and other political evils. But how would he convince common Pakistanis to end corruption at home?

Common Pakistanis are used to one-man show, they don’t like to talk about boring things like responsibilities of good citizens, duties of good Muslims, importance of rules and laws in a society, etc.
They are still saying that Imran Khan will bring the change. They haven’t said they will change themselves to work with Imran Khan??????????????????????????????

Nato attack: Turkey express solidarity with Pakistan | The News Tribe.

Due to the current worst ever catastrophic Rain Flood in the province of Sindh, millions of people have been displaced and hundreds have lost their lives. All those displaced people had to leave their houses, belonging and are roaming here and there looking for a place or shelter, food and water to live by. It is a pity that they are starving and fighting for their survival. Their hue and cry is genuine. They look totally helpless when they see their children fighting for food, water and clothes.

In this worst and desperate situation, it is the responsibility of every single person and welfare organizations to come forward and contribute for the relief and rehabilitation of our poor countrymen.

It is requested that all the local and international social activists play their role and help those who are in our need…as God help those who help themselves.

At this point in time, food items, tents/shelters, medicines, clothing are badly needed.

We look forward to your kind and brotherly response in this regard.

Pakistan Youth Revolution has joined hands with PK Relief /SA Relief (www.sarelief.com) in collecting funds and supporting the Flood Relief activities.

Please donate generously via “SA Relief” while going to the link http://www.sarelief.com/donate/. You can have complete update through the website as well.

You can also contact PYR Members to collect funds.
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Video: Our trip to Badin with SA Relief Team ….. this is the point called “Khoski” Dist. Badin where we distributed some thousands of “ready-to-eat” food hampers.

As always an amazing and insightful post !!!

People say Islam is more important than Pakistan, faith is more important than land. I say, "Pakistan is the symbol of Islam in form of land.  If you don't care about land, where would you practice your Islam and establish khilafah, in the air or under water?  Land, book, building, stone – all are material things and have no value against faith.  But Muslims do own Makkah, Madinah, Ka'abah, Aqsa, Qur'an and Hajr-ul-Aswad.  Then what's wrong with … Read More

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Tax on agriculturists

THIS is apropos of the letter ‘Are agriculturalists holy cows?’ by Dr Mervyn Hosein (June 12). Sometimes it seems that Pakistan was created so that those who do not pay taxes can get elected and force the honest million-and-a-half registered taxpayers to pay taxes.
It is because of this that the country is in such a mess today. Most government officers, ministers, judges and even junior civil servants have feudal backgrounds.
And it is fairly easy to give an explanation about ill-gotten wealth: just say it is agricultural income even if you have half an acre of barren land. I won’t be surprised if a law is promulgated to penalise anyone who dares to suggest that agricultural income be taxed.

/Via SHAKIR LAKHANI

Karachi

Published in DAWN, June 21, 2011

Holy cows.

KARACHI: 

The youth of Karachi are planning a huge Independence Day present for their compatriots this August when they will attempt to break the Guinness world record for the largest number of people singing a national anthem simultaneously.

The present record – which was set in Pune, India, on January 12, 2010 – featured 104,637 people singing ‘Vande Mataram,’ one of India’s most popular national songs. However, some confusion exists about the 2010 record, because “Vande Mataram” is not the actual national anthem of India.

“We have contacted the Guinness World Records to rectify this record… We are waiting for their response and correct record details,” said Abid Beli, an entrepreneur with the heart of a social worker and one of the focal persons organising the record challenge in Karachi.

Should that record be set aside, the previous one set by 5,000 plus people singing the Philippines’ national anthem Lupang Hinirang would be recognised again. Either way Abid and his fellow organiser Waqas Pai say they and their volunteers will be prepared.

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Karachi youth hope to sing their way into the record books and beat India while they’re at it.

Amazing piece of write-up by Hanny (http://twitter.com/beradadisini) about her visit to Karachi in connection with “Network!! Pakistan 1st Social Media Summit” held on last Saturday, June 11, 2011.

Pakistan: Dangerously Enchanting. Kindness is like electricity. It keeps flowing wherever it finds a connection | Bina Shah, Pakistani's writer & columnist What have you heard about Pakistan? If all that came to mind is the images of bombings, killings, corruption, Moslem extremists, natural disasters, poverty and terrorist attacks, well, you were just like me. Until four days ago, that is, when I landed in Karachi (Pakistan’s City of Bright Lights) and realized that the coun … Read More

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TEDxKarachi - Reflections on inspiration TEDxKarachi 2011 was an event for the elite. It had a political slant to it. The line to get in was long, the air-conditioning sucked, there were too many technical glitches with the microphones. The snacks were mediocre.There were people there that didn’t deserve to be invited over many others that weren’t there. The talks were not all exactly what we see at TED Global. Yet I returned from the event thinking that making the impossible was possib … Read More

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A 4 minute intro to Pakistan. Non-commercial & unconditional love work of Zeelaf & Munir for Pakistan. It shows a Pakistan that is largely hidden from the public eye in the West. Without doubt, religious extremism, some decadent Madrassahs and violence exist in Pakistan but such symbols are not entirely representative of Pakistan, its rich cultural heritage, architectural marvels, a passion for sports, and great music productions, shades of which are shown in the video, also signify what Pakistan stands for. This is an effort to show this side of the coin as well.

More at http://www.whatispakistan.com