Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Of humiliation and... further humiliation

It's somehow, become a depression in the day to actually read the news online. Whatever I lay my eyes on, has the possibility of depressing me out of my wits. Or making me want to drown in shame.

A dear minister of ours, present in the entourage of the President that visited the United States, apparently had too good a time at a club in New York. Yes, he got into a near-brawl. His friends got him out, just in time. Express News reported a lot of other pleasant activities our top leadership engaged in - in New York (after all, who can have a chance to be in NY -- alone -- for free eh?).

I would like to go crawl under a rock. Hussain Haqqani, our dear ambassador to the U.S hosted a party for the Pakistani diplomats, in the honour of Zardari sahib, at the Pakistan Embassy in Washington. Jee, the party cost around half a million dollars (not rupees, dollars). Who paid for this party? And er, how?

We have a begging bowl in our hands, when we visit foreign nations. No wonder they're laughing at us.

Source: The Nation

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A man lost a precious year (more than a year actually) in a New York prison, after 9/11. For whatever "rational" reason he was caught, he was released later, having no charges proven. The torture, and severe abuse he went through while in prison, has come to a rather bitter end.

Oh yeah, the justice system. The justice served him so well, that the former Attorney General John Ashcroft and FBI Director Robert Mueller who he had filed a lawsuit against, CANNOT be sued. Now. End of story. You got hit, just bear it with a smile, because your perpetrators can't even be sued. Punsihed to duur kee baat hay.

Source: Daily Times
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Our high commissioner to the UK suffered quite a lot of humiliation and "painful searches" when he visited the detained Pakistani students at Belmarsh Prison, where they are being held. The same process was applied to lawyers and Consul Generals of Pakistan Masroor Junejo and Chaudhry Arif Mehmood at Manchester and Milton Keynes on their visits to prison on April 28, 2009 but Pakistani authorities did not raise any voice against it. And by the way, it's against the 1964 Vienna Convention -- so not even a/c to the law, it is permissible. Ho. But why would we complain?

*painful smile*

Source: The Nation
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How you can help !


Source

So the refugees are piling up (by the way, all of them are not out of their respective districts, there are still some left, and I'm dreadfully worried about what will happen to them). I am quoting directly from the websites for easy access.

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Donate Generously to Support
AL-KHDIMAT FOUNDATION PAKISTAN
Soneri Bank Limited.

Bank Information
02011459382 Pak rupees
02180030740 US $
02190005108 Pound Sterling
02200003782 Euro
Swift Code: SONEPKKALHR

Main Branch, Branch code :001
Soneri Bank Ltd. 87- Shahrahe Quaid-e-Azam, Lahore


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Make your cheques payable to "UM Healthcare Trust" and mail to the following address:

UM Healthcare Trust,
#510, Street 9, Sector F-10/2,
Islamabad, 44000, Pakistan.

Ph: +92-51-210 6304
Fx: +92-51-926 6626

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UNHCR - either go to this website: www.unhcr.org/emergency/pakistan/global_donation.html, for easy online donation, or:

You can also mail your check or money order to:
UNHCR
Private Sector Fundraising
Case Postale 2500
CH-1211 Genève 2 Dépôt
Switzerland


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Events include:
Rotary Club arranging free airlift of rations from Karachi for Swat IDPs on May 22

For more details, see here.

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For international citizens:

UNHCR (contact details given above)
The following amounts cover:

1. $80
Provides 20 wool blankets to protect refugees from the cold.

2. $100
Provides a survival kit to a refugee family, with essentials such as blankets, cooking and heating stove.

$200
Provides an all-season tent to shelter a family of 5.

$500
Sinks two wells to provide clean water for refugees.

$1,000
Provides a therapeutic feeding kit to feed 100 children.


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ISLAMIC HELP ( ENGLAND )

You can make a cheque/postal order made payable to ‘Islamic Help’ and send it to:

Islamic Help
19 Ombersley Road
Balsall Heath
Birmingham
B12 8UR

Please do not send cash in the post and please do not forget to write your name and address on a piece of paper.

Bank
You can put money directly into our bank account
Name: Islamic Help
Bank: HSBC
Account No: 41687425
Sort Code: 40-42-12

If you are in a country other than the UK, you can go into any bank in the world and quote the following International Bank Account

Number (IBAN) and Branch Identifier Code (BIC)

IBAN: GB 72 MIDL 404212 41687425
BIC: MIDL GB 2155 G

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MUSLIM AID ( ENGLAND )
Send a cheque or postal order made payable to ‘Muslim Aid’, together with a note of your name and address to:

Muslim Aid
P O Box 3
London
E1 1WP

Donate directly to our bank account
Name of the Muslim Aid Bank
LLOYDS TSB

Address of the Muslim Aid Bank
LLOYDSTSB BANK PLC
HIGHBURY CORNER
31 HOLLOWAY CORNER
LONDON
N7 8JU


SWIFT/BIC/CODE (OUTSIDE UK)
LOYDGB 21180


To donate in pound sterling £
Name of the account
MUSLIM AID-DONATION AC
Sort code
30-94-21
Account number
01436818
Iban (outside UK)
GB25 LOYD 3094 2101 436818

To donate in euros
Name of the account
MUSLIM AID- EURO AC
Sort code
30-94-21
Account number
86151365
Iban (outside UK)
GB42 LOYD 3094 2186 151365

To donate in dollars $
Name of the account
MUSLIM AID-DOLLAR AC
Sort code
30-94-21
Account number
12044226
Iban (outside UK)
GB75 LOYD 3094 2112 044226

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ISLAMIC RELIEF

Barclays Bank Plc
Colmore Row Business Centre
15 Colmore Row
P.O. Box No 34
Birmingham
B3 2BY
UK
Sort Code: 20-07-71

Account for £ Sterling donations: 90847461
IBAN GB71 BARC 2007 7190 8474 61
SWIFT: BARCGB22

Account for $ US Dollar donations: 57422611
IBAN GB93 BARC 2007 7157 4226 11
SWIFT: BARCGB22

Account for € EURO donations: 75751755
IBAN GB27 BARC 2007 7175 7517 55
SWIFT: BARCGB22

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Canadian Pakhtoon Cultual Association Inc.

Contact number of Yar Mohd Naeme : (+1) 416- 822 1499
Contact number of Salma attuallah Jan : (+1)416-930-7272


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A huge thanks to pro pakistani and this website, for providing a compiled set of links, where people can make donations, or contribute items that are needed.

For a complete list of items, please see here.

Thanks very much for reading this far, if you have. The situation isn't good. We have to act now.



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They're appealing for help



I am so inspired by these individuals, working within their organisation, (P@SHA) to generate funds for the refugees in the camps. Do help out as much as possible people.
This video is taken from the blog of Jehan Ara, President P@SHA (Pakistan Software Houses Association).

Sunday, May 17, 2009

NADRA - both sides of the story :)


Picture taken from here

I was appalled to hear that NADRA is charging Rs. 50 for the poor displaced people, if they don't have their ID cards on them. The people don't have anything to eat for Gods sake! Wouldn't they buy some roti, or water, if they had 50 rupees?

When will we learn, I wonder. I can, with some stretch of imagination maybe imagine why people need to be registered in the first place, but charging them for it :'( ??

This news was reported here

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The following is taken from this website:

In the interest of fairness, I am re-posting NADRA Deputy Chairman, Mr. Tariq Malik’s response to this website’s post on the Rs. 50/ charge being levied on IDPs that are trying to re-establish their particulars in light of their displacement.

“Thanks for pointing out an important issue on your blog. Let me clarify that there is no fee for IDP registration. The people in IDP camps are eligible to get free of cost ID cards. Strict disciplinary action will be taken against NADRA employee who demands for any fee from IDPs. NADRA has deputed a lot of Mobile Registration Vans (MRVs) which are parked and/or moving in the effected registering and delivering ID cards free of cost. The snapshot is misleading as it shows a reciept of NADRAs electronic application called eSahulat which is available in various parts of Pakistan for citizens to verify a citizens credentials as to whether the person is legal citizen of Pakistan or not (to combat Identity fraud). It appears that the friends and relatives of IDP living in other parts of Pakistan are using these machines (not located in IDP camps) helping to verify ID cards of IDPs so that they can get speedy services. IDPs must contact MRVs for free services. We are going to run a public awareness campaign on this issue.”

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:D I like fair people.. :D

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Terribly, terribly ashamed... :'( :'(


(displaced children ride a truck away from the bombs)

Do you know what's happening in my country? To my country folk? Do you know what the country is willingly doing to those folks? God, I can't breath with the injustice of it all. The way our army has reacted to a few men's actions in some parts of the northern areas, and how ALL the people are having to bear the brunt of this reaction. Yepp. We're at war. And who's caught in the cross fire? Our own people.

Oh did we prepare alternative living arrangements for the hundreds of thousands of people we forced out of their homes..? **thinking**.. Hmmmmmmm. Some brave (brave in the sense, that isn't afraid of answering in the presence of Allah on the Day of Judgement), human being answered

"You think we're mad that we would have made prior arrangements and let out that we're preparing to attack? Are you absolutely nuts?"

Oh yes we are. Yes, Sireeee. We surely think that you could have made alternative arrangements, in the shape of getting everything (tents, medical supplies, food etc) READY BEFOREHAND! SO THAT THE POOR PEOPLE WHO WERE DISPLACED DO NOT HAVE TO LOOK AROUND, HUNGRY AND HELPLESS LIKE THEY ARE DOING SO NOW.

Does that strike you as... sensible? Or still you think it would have made a dent in your precious military strategy, huh!

I have an invitation.

To: Mr. President, PM, Rehman Sahib and .. Bilawal Zardari
From: The IDPs (Internally Displaced People)
Venue: Camps in Islamabad
Time: NOW

*scowling deeply*. It sucks that we can't do a thing about it. It also sucks that the action of a few men (whom we don't even have a shred or ounce of proof that they're being targeted and killed right now - or even arrested for that matter) - has resulted in this great calamity!

Oh yeah I forgot. The world is praising us. What does THAT tell you!

Gordon Brown is toothily praising us, Hilary mam is all set to give us a hug, Obama ain't sad either, Manmohan smiles from a distance, and Musharraf grins away in his corner.... we've never felt more...

NEECH. Gira hua! I have no english for this. Lowwww down nation! Shame on us, seriously!

Now that I have ranted enough, let me tell you. The common man of Pakistan is STILL not with this army operation. Yes, we weren't with the Taliban either, but we happen to think that an all out military operation for a few men will never work. It didn't work in Afghanistan. It didn't work in Iraq. By what shard of reasoning can we assume that it will work HERE?

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Better

I know you look at me
And wish…
I were different…
Better

I know you compare me
With others you know
Who are smarter, brainy-er…simply
Better

I get it, I see it
It’s right in front of my eyes
I see what I am not…
Better

In every way possible
In ways I can’t control too
But I sure wish things were…
Better

What bugs me though is
The fundamental question: Why me?
Why me not….
Better?

**a significantly thoughtful pause**

So self-absorbed am I
I forget the pain of others
Others not so....
Better

What I can only do is
Pray for them
Pray for them to get...
Better