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Imran Khan on Shia Killings

 

 
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Posted by on April 13, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

Compilation of Imran Khan Statements Against Taliban/Terrorists

 

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on April 13, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

How Anchors Mock PMLN on Attacking SKMT

In a total desperation, PMLN today hurled a filthy and baseless attack on SKMT, led by badmouth Daniyal Aziz and low life Pervez Rasheed. The attack on SKMT’s financial integrity totally backfired. Presenting you tweets from famous TV anchors and opinion makers. Have fun, dear PMLN!😉

Fawad Chauhdry 

Ejaz Haider

Rabia Anum

Fereeha Idrees

Ajmal Jami

Mubasher Lucman

Mansoor Ali Khan

Asma Shirazi

Imran Khan

Mehr Tarar

Marvi Sirmed

Khawwar Ghumman

Syed Shafaat Ali

 
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Posted by on April 6, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

10 reasons why the Judicial Commission verdict is a stepping stone for PTI

The verdict is out and it has shocked leaders, members and supporters of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI).

Yes, we are talking about the Judicial Commission (JC) report on the alleged rigging in the 2013 General Elections. While Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s (PML-N) celebrations add to PTI’s wounds, anyone who thinks that the verdict is an irreparable blow to PTI may need to think again.

Believing in ‘every cloud has a silver lining’, here are my two cents why JC’s verdict may be one of the best things for PTI.

1. No excuse for PML-N

Had Nawaz Sharif resigned due to the sit-ins or after the findings of the JC validating rigging claims, he could have found excuses to hide his incompetence. PML-N’s performance is no better than Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and it provides a great opportunity for PTI as there’s no victim card left for PML-N to play.

2. Coming clean out of allegations

When Javed Hashmi defected from PTI, he made shocking revelations about PTI having establishment’s backing and went on to claim that the judiciary was in connivance with PTI to oust Nawaz. One wonders if that was all true, why that hasn’t happened yet. Today, PTI comes clean out of all such allegations.

3. Caring leadership

Most of the PTI voters were first time voters in last elections. When they felt they were cheated, they looked up to Imran Khan to secure their right. PTI leadership has fulfilled its responsibility to its voters who genuinely believed they suffered due to a fraudulent election. PTI’s leadership can proudly say that they tried their level best.

4. Revived soft corner for Imran Khan

Those who saw rigging themselves have found another reason to believe in Imran. JC has not only declared elections in Punjab as fair, but also the same for parts of Sindh and Balochistan. The anti-status quo mind-set still rallies behind Imran.

5. Better bargain for next caretaker setup

PTI is the second largest party in Punjab and a key stakeholder in the National Assembly as well. Owing to the 20th amendment, an opposition leader has a huge say in the finalisation of the caretaker setup. With PTI’s Mehmoodur Rasheed as the opposition leader, PTI can bargain to bring a neutral setup to avoid the repercussions of previous election.

6. Unprecedented political awareness

PTI may have lost its case in JC, but it doesn’t necessarily mean it has ceased to believe its rights were deprived. PTI and its supporters must be proud of the political awareness that has spread in the masses. How many people knew what a Form XIV or XV was before the rise of PTI. Similarly, masses have begun to debate on budget allocation for health, education, law and order and infrastructure development. All this is strengthening Pakistan’s democracy and will eventually attract voters towards PTI.

7. Complete focus on Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P)

The 350 micro hydel dam projects, the Billion Tree Tsunami, the Tameer-e-School, the de-politicisation of police and health reforms projects can now have Imran’s complete attention. K-P has re-voted for PTI in the local body elections, which speaks of their performance, and Imran’s enhanced focus will impress K-P in 2018 too.

8. Reforms through Parliament

PTI has been a forerunner in demanding electoral reforms. Furthermore, it has been the demanding voting rights for overseas Pakistanis. PTI must utilise the parliament for reforms and overseas Pakistanis’ suffrage. JC’s report extensively states the poor planning and negligence of Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) and, PTI can bring up this report in the parliament as a precursor for revamping ECP.

9. Party re-organisation

Imran has already started re-organising the party; we see new decision makers have been brought on-board in all provinces. With the next elections at least three years away, PTI’s attention should be on overcoming all its weaknesses, then it will comfortably be in a position to form its own government.

10. Pending cases in Election Tribunal

Success is not final, failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts.

PTI might not be able to convince the JC of systematic rigging but its petitions of the four infamous constituencies in the Election Tribunal is still strong. It already stands vindicated in NA125. It may be a long legal battle but Imran is not ready to give it up.

The verdict may have hurt the PTI politically, but it’s certainly not all over for them. We have seen the highs and the lows of every political party and PTI will overcome this hurdle as well. Elections 2018 will be a contest of good performance and governance between PTI and PML-N, and the prototype of Naya Pakistan in K-P will be evident by then.

Originally written for ET blogs

 
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Posted by on August 2, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Saving Our Democracy

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Democracy in Pakistan remains an elusive concept and a lofty ideal. The foundations of democracy which are ostensibly free judiciary, free media and a free and fair election process are still evolving. At a time when the credibility of these three essentials have been questioned by the actions of Iftikhar Chaudhry & Co and media houses subjugating to commercial interests, the need of a free and fair election process is further highlighted. It is a pity that every election after 1977 has been claimed to be rigged but practically nothing has been done to allay the concerns.

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Pakistan’s nascent democracy saw an unprecedented feat when on May 11, 2013 elections were held after a democratic government completed its five year. In the terminology of electoral studies, May 11 elections can be termed as ‘critical elections’ as voters were anticipated to have new alignments and electoral landscape was expected to change, primarily attributed to the huge wave of support enjoyed by Imran Khan and his party.

What we saw on May 11, 2013 was a vibrant democratic process with the highest voter turnout of 55.02% ever since 1988. One would have thought that such an enthusiastic participation would be a buttress to trust the democratic process but it was totally marred by widespread rigging complaints, protests and sit-ins soon after election. The most vocal was the PTI which alleged that elections were massively rigged. If we look at the large number of petitions filed in Election Tribunals regarding rigging, the claims are substantiated. Most interestingly, the largest no of petitions filed in ET were by PMLN (66) and then followed by PTI (58) out of a tally of 384 petitions.

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To maintain people’s faith in the process, it was necessary to address the concerns. While the PPP remained silent and PMLN starkly indifferent, leading in this call was Imran Khan who demanded a detailed and forensic audit of mere 4 constituencies across Pakistan where the PTI had the highest rigging apprehensions. Whether rigging happened and to what extent is a separate issue in itself but if such assertions are ignored, people’s faith in democracy will be shaken. The beauty of democracy is in elections, which are used for the accountability of the incumbent. Fake electoral exercises will deprive the masses of the power they hold and our governments would in turn be kakistocracy and kleptocracy in nature and certainly not democracy.

Building on PTI’s avowals that rigged winners do not take interest of masses in consideration, let’s take example of 2 constituencies out of the 4 which were demanded for audit, viz NA110 and NA125, won by Khwaja Asif and Saad Rafiq, respectively. Khwaja Asif is the federal minister for water and power who was recently accused of having shares in an IPP. Rubbing further salt to the wounds is the fact that NEPRA head, Khwaja Naeem is brother-in-law to the minister. Thus, candidates who win elections through rigging disregard the pristine principle of ‘conflict of interest’ in democracy and reward their cronies. Since they do not consider themselves accountable, scams like those of Nandipur Power Plant are inevitable to occur. Similar is the case of Saad Rafiq. Currently he is serving as the federal minister for railways. He has stakes in a housing project and is alleged trying to make 10 acres railway land a part of the project. It appears that our rulers have no fear of accountability and a virtual monarchy exists, where the king and his courtiers are free to do whatever they please.

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PTI is now all set to do ‘Azadi March’ towards the avenues of power in Islamabad on Aug 14. PTI maintains that they went to the tribunals, to the Supreme Court, raised issue in the parliament to an extent that PTI Chairman gave in black and white to open PTI’s constituencies too but justice remained a far cry. One expected that PMLN would show political maturity and would sort out things before they go to point of no return. Heavens would have not fallen if the 4 constituencies were audited. It appears that the government knew massive rigging took place in the 4 constituencies as already a few other constituencies examined exposed rigging. Perhaps, in its last attempt to survive its fake mandate, the government is hiding behind army and has invoked Article 245 in Islamabad. It is an irony of fate that an embattling Zulfikar Ali Bhutto had also imposed Article 245 in the wake of massive protests over rigging. What happened later is known to everyone. Bhutto neither could save his chair nor democracy. Nawaz Sharif should also focus on saving democracy and not his govt. Pakistan’s democracy deserves to be emboldened and strengthened. Our egos must be smaller than our national interests and people faith in democracy must be upheld.

Originally published at http://insaf.pk/mediagallery/blogs/17794-saving-our-democracy-by-faisal-ahmad-jafri

 
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Posted by on February 1, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Opening New Floodgates at NED

A widespread perception observed is that while NED is the country’s premier engineering school, there still seems to be something missing. One would find people(mostly NED’s own students) citing references to  HEC’s dubious rankings, a few teaching incapacities are presented as proofs to this hypothesis and gratuitous comparisons are made with other universities to further support this argument. Considering this, it is necessary to question if this is true and if it is, what basic reforms are needed to transform NED and make it an epitome seat of learning.

The possibilities in this regard can be some missing links at the admin side; may be the technical facilities and resources are not appropriate; perhaps the faculty and its development programs are not apt or maybe there is a lack of luster for research initiatives.

It is essential to evaluate these arguments. Since the last decade or so, NED University has really progressed a great deal under the leadership of Engr. Abul Kalam who is admired as a chiseled administrator. When it comes to technical facilities and resources, NED is a hallmark for providing one of the best undergraduate level lab equipments for demonstration and understanding purposes, almost all the departments have at least six to seven labs of their own – so this claim was also rebutted. Apart from already teaching PhD and Master teachers in all departments, NED has sent scores of its faculty members for advanced studies and in a time of 3-4 years from now on, one would see many PhDs in each department.

The state of research initiatives remains as the last aspect to be scrutinized. This subject needs a prudent and meticulous brainstorming. My modest understanding in this regard says that the possibilities of research and development at NED require an extensive exploration drive. By saying this, I would first address the students; a majority of which prefers to remain disinclined and unwilling. Inflation has become ubiquitous and has affected even grades as well. This is a ‘grade inflation’ era! Good organizations expect a high GPA, very good math and reasoning skills and the ability to write well. However, writing a good paper is not just an activity that one needs to undertake in order to get a better grade.  On the contrary, one learns how to research a topic, how to think critically about that topic and how to coherently express understanding, analysis and conclusions. The more one writes quality papers in college and the more one works to improve research and writing skills, the better the analytical skills will become. A close analysis of resume of several successful engineers will highlight the fact that it is replete with their achievements of research projects and papers. An engineer with no research paper to his name is of not much significance. To top it all, having research papers on one’s credit improves the chances of admission in the desired engineering university abroad.

In the same context, several steps can be suggested to flourish research work at NED. These steps should encompass allocating a suitable amount of funds for research initiatives as part of student and faculty development, implementing and authorizing these projects responsibly and most importantly, changing mindsets to promote research and to enable real and activity based learning. One very crude step to bolster research at NED should include non-closure of labs during lunch break and extension of lab timings so that serious researchers can continue their work without any disruption after classes. In addition, special incentives must be given to young faculty members, who are teeming with the spirit of making their mark, to indulge in research projects. Moreover, faculty members should suggest their areas of interest for final year projects.  In this way, we can produce better final year projects leading towards writing of good research papers too.  Teachers can also assign students to explore various research papers on a particular topic as part of their sessional work. This would help in broadening students thinking. A good way to launch these measures can be to enter into understandings with various EU or even South East Asian universities and collaborate accordingly. Ensuring such steps would yield tremendous outcomes within a period of 5-7 years.

Given the genius and resources NED is blessed with, the opening of new floodgates of research should not remain merely a dream. However, it requires long term and serious policies to accelerate research at NED. Lastly, for all those students who censure NED unduly, it is crucial to determine what have we contributed so far.

Orginally written for CommuniCat 2010

 
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Posted by on August 23, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

SIMmeria

I have always been baffled by this new trend of people changing their SIMs (and so their cell number and operator) every now and then.  Whether it’s a friend or even my brother who maintains multiple SIMs or changes SIM like anything, I feel like stamping my foot on his head. Probably it has become a technological fashion or a ‘transmittable’ disease! It often becomes so much annoying when I text a friend and get no reply. The next day when you meet them saying, “Yaar message ka reply tou kardia karo!”, there are two possibilities for the answer. Either s/he was out of credit or s/he has changed the SIM – I’m excluding the third possibility in which one has been absolutely deprived of his cellphone by the guys who have a due share in the sale of handsets in Karachi! Yes, I’m talking about the dear gun-point snatcher fraternity.

You might think this is an angry outburst on my part, but I must tell you that actually there can be various reasons for this churn. By the way, the term churn in communications refers to the tendency of switching service providers. For youth, there can be a variety of issues and ‘external pressures’ forcing them to take such a U-turn on their policy of choosing their cellular operator. Guys usually contribute significantly to this churn rate if the connection they use doesn’t match with the one used by their girlfriend(s) – to keep their credit budget in control, they need to have their girlfriend’s number on their favourite number list! =P

When it comes to the poor girls, one of the most common factors responsible for the number change is the realization that their number has been leaked out by a traitor, and that they are receiving a lot of unwanted calls from the not-so-good-guys! The remaining simple and innocent people (read singles) like me, are least bothered to switch to a new operator if they are satisfied with the one they are using.

However, on a serious note, it has been observed in Europe that the telecom sector is among the poorest at holding on to their customers compared with other industries.  This was stated by a recent survey conducted by BMC software, a US-based IT management systems supplier. The good news from the survey is that, there are a number of things that the telecom operators can do to reduce this churn. Three quarters of all respondents said they would be less likely to churn if the operators were more proactive in informing customers about what they were doing; another half also said that they would be less likely to churn if there was a self-service facility to avoid trying through call-centre maze. What I believe for Pakistan is that, people will definitely churn due to money reasons but primarily it’s the quality of service that activates the desire to switch and try a new operator.

Given the complexity of the telecom industry, everyday new attractive packages and extremely persuasive TV ads having one of the stunning faces of our modelling industry will inevitably cause the people to churn. Well, I’ve no issues if you churn, as long as you maintain the same number and for that, you can use the mobile number portability facility. Changing one’s number is a different thing and forcing others to make changes in their address book is a different thing. If still it continues, then one day nothing can stop me from banging my head somewhere!

PS: Those of you who maintain multiple SIMs at a time, I’ve nothing to say or request to! I will take revenge from you the day I will be afflicted with this disease SIMmeria =P

Orginally written for CommuniCat 2008, the official magazine of the Department of Telecommunications Engineering, NED University

 
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Posted by on December 24, 2009 in Uncategorized