Monday, September 17, 2012

Bryan Stevenson: We need to talk about an injustice

Bryan Stevenson says "the opposite of poverty is NOT rich, it is justice. We should judge the rich NOT by their riches but by the way they treat the poor, the young and people who are bring treated unjustly." I agree! He makes the great point that even the worst of us is not MORE than their worst act. So someone who stole or sold drugs is more than a thief or a drug dealer. Very good talk and inspiring too!

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Friday, March 09, 2012

Yunus Habib spills the beans on Mehran Bank scandal

According to Younus Habib:
•Rs140 million was paid through Gen Beg to politicians;
•Rs70 million to former chief minister Sindh Jam Sadiq Ali;
•Rs15 million to Pir Pagara through Jam Sadiq;
•Rs70 million to Younus Memom on the instructions of then president Ghulam Ishaq Khan and Gen Beg for the politicians who
wished not to be paid directly from the ISI;

•Some amount was also dished out to the Army Welfare Trust.
According to the affidavit of former DG ISI Asad Durrani:

•Nawaz Sharif received Rs3.5 million;
•Mir Afzal Khan Rs10 million;
•Lt-Gen Rafaqat Rs5.6m for distribution among journalists;
•Abida Hussain Rs1 million;
•Jamaat-i-Islami Rs5 million;
•Altaf Hussain Qureshi Rs0.5 million;
•Ghulam Mustafa Jatoi Rs5 million;
•Jam Sadiq Rs5 million;
•Mohammad Khan Junejo Rs0.25 million;
•Pir Pagara Rs2 million;
•Maulana Salahuddin Rs0.3 million;
•Humayun Marri Rs1.5 million;
•Jamali Rs4 million;
•Kakar Rs1 million;
•K. Baloch Rs0.5 million
•Jam Yousuf Rs0.75 million
•Bizenjo Rs0.5 million;

•Various small groups in Sindh received Rs5.4 million.

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Sunday, February 26, 2012

Abuse of Pakistan Army Act PAA by former military dictators

• Field Marshal Ayub Khan first altered the act in 1967 after he faced criticism for having signed the Tashkent accord. He amended
Section 2(1)(D) of PAA and empowered military courts to conduct court martial of civilians; earlier only military men could be tried under the section.

• Under this amendment, a person who comments on military affairs of the Pakistan army can be tried under the army

act even in the absence of martial law in the country.

During Gen Ziaul Haq’s tenure, this amendment was used to imprison poet Ahmed Faraz.

• Gen Zia further changed section 2(1)(D) of PAA to give military courts the right to award flogging as a punishment.

• Gen Zia, in 1985, through a notification, gave the COAS the power to allow or to refuse to provide the trial proceedings documents of a military court to the accused.

• Gen (retired) Pervez Musharraf, through a presidential ordinance, brought the highest number of people under the purview of the army act by enlarging the scope of section 2(1)(D) and added nine offences that could be tried by the army.

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Sunday, January 08, 2012

Life is a second

Every life is like a second in the history of Earth. What are you doing with your second?

I want to spend my second in discovering or inventing something, anything that shall have an hour worth of impact on the history of the universe. Knowledge lives forever. Ask Ibné Masoodi or Copernicus.

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Thursday, December 27, 2007

Benazir Bhutto is NOT DEAD

I woke up this morning to find out that Benazir Bhutto was assassinated by someone. I immediately called my mother, father and sisters. My sisters cannot stop crying, neither my very brave, very strong father. I have only seen him cry once before on his father's death. After I hung up I began to cry and cannot stop crying even as I write this post (I did not cry when my own beloved grandmother died, I did not cry when my father was politically victimised and I did not cry when the Army barricaded my house when I was 9 and 15 after the Army ousted the democratically elected Benazir both times). My father has been in the PPP (Benazir's party) for over 20 years. He was serving as the VP of the Chief Executive Committee of which she was the Chairperson. He also was the chief of intelligence and cured Karachi of the terrorists that infected it in the 1990s. I wish she had listened to my father in his open letter to her (and the press) where he asked her to stop listening to the people around her who were pushing her to contest in these elections when the judiciary was in jail.

In 1996 I spent the Summer with BB along with my sisters in London. I cannot forget those days as I write this article, I remember her shriek from a scary scene at the movies. She was a normal every day person in private who ate with her hands at a fancy restaurant. But she was a strong Muslim woman with a strong faith in Justice and Freedom. She was the strongest and bravest woman I know from History, both recent and ancient. There never again will be a woman like her and there never was a woman like her.


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Sunday, August 27, 2006


$3,000 martini

What kind of society spends three thousand US dollars on a Martini? On a damned Martini.
It is this lavish behavior that makes me want to divorce society and just sit on a farm somewhere and grow my own food. But I know that this is not going to solve any problems for the others but only my own. When are we going to realise that life is short, it can end any time. I know some of us will live to be 70 and even 100, but what I mean is that from this moment on, who can say that they will be alive for such and such number of days. There is no evidence of re-incarnation and even if re-incarnation was possible there is no evidence of bringing with you belongings from a past life. So then why do we gather all these meaningless pieces of furniture, why do we gather the latest cell phones and why do we drink three thousand dollar martinis?
Whatever your faith, you will be rewarded according to your good deeds; be it through Karma, Heaven, Janat or any other way. I am yet to come across some faith that says you will be rewarded for drinking a three thousand dollar martini. What I mean is that this money can be better spent "Ending Poverty" or putting students through college and higher education. Why can't we get the simple fact through our heads that we must help each other to make the world a better place.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Thing is funny

I found the following to be a very deep statement from George Bernard Shaw:

When a thing is funny, search it carefully for a hidden truth.

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Stephen Colbert truly has brass cojones!!!

Stephen Colbert seems to be the only one with balls at the White House Correspondents Association dinner. Read his speech here or watch it here. What's appalling is how the press has painted his comments but that can be understood because he took a jab at them too.

Stephen Colbert, I now hold you up there with Jon Stewart. Isn't it ironic that my favorite news anchors are on Comedy Central. What a world we live in. I am ashamed to be a member of this generation. What a batch of ignorant and therefore cruel fools we have become.

There has been much criticism of Stephen Colbert, that he misused the hospitality and came off as plain rude. I would agree with that on many levels but I have to make this case an exception.

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Google Calendar: The wait is over!!!

Google calendar is finally here and it's awesome to use. I can't wait till google takes over BMW and starts making cars.

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Google and Decentralised Computing

Google recently bought Writley and according to sabotaged documents Google has plans to launch an online drive with unlimited space for storage called GDrive. They launched Google Desktop earlier which will help you keep your local files organised and synchronise them with GDrive automatically. This means you never have to upload files. They teamed up with Sun to give us a better Open Office. So when you are at your computer, you use Open Office and Writley when you are on the move and all the files are kept in sync using Desktop. Awesome!!!

Google changed the way we email with the launch of Gmail. Remember those days of deleting emails to make room in your inbox for fresh emails. Now they are changing the way we compute. Devices with no hard drives and WiFi can be used around WiFi enabled cities like Philadelphia and San Francisco. Companies like Fon, sponsored by Google too, are popping up to get us more WiFi hotspots.