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Reflections 2013


Dear Readers/Blog Visitors

Another year has come to an end. Alhamdulillah! (Praise be to Allah)

I would like to thank all those who have been visiting this small blog . This little effort attracted more than ten thousand views this year and made me a 3 year-old blogger (means three years of blogging). I took refuge in “blogging” as an immature writer who entered the University back in 2010 to complete an undergraduate degree in communication studies. This platform gave me a chance to practice “online journalism” and reach out to people belonging to diverse backgrounds, around the globe. It now has visitors from over 110 countries and around 500 followers.

2013 has been a very exciting year for me and broadened my perspective towards life in a positive way. It took me out of national boundaries for the first time.
This year reinforced my belief in an old adage; “work and worship never go unrewarded”.

I entered into 2013 with a powerful and wise thought by Tariq Ramadan.

TR

 I hope that 2014 unfolds in a better way. I wouldn’t take much of your time as new year‘s eve has evolved into a festivity that is cherished by people in various ways. All I want to achieve via this blog post, is to share some beautiful sayings that I came across or heard.

 The first one is by my teacher at University- Dr Bushra Hameedur Rahman (who is, perhaps, the ONLY teacher that has ever inspired me in life till now).

Dr Bushra

The second one is from a public figure and a writer (Yasmin Mogahed), author of Reclaim Your Heart (the best self-help book that I got my hands on during 2013).

Yasmin Mogahed

The last two quotes are from Nouman Ali Khan ( a person whose perspective towards Islam has helped me to understand my religion in a better way).

NAK

 

NAK-2

 

WISHING YOU ALL A BLESSED 2014! 

Kind regards
Fakiha 

 
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Posted by on December 31, 2013 in Inspiration, Random Scape

 

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Possible Perils for Pakistan in 2013


The coat of arms of Pakistan displays the nati...

The coat of arms of Pakistan displays the national motto, Īmān, Ittiḥād, Nazm. (Urdu Faith, Unity, Discipline). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Unlike the predecessor ‘ruling genre’ of the country, Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) staggered through a variety of challenges. The coalition set-up, led by the PPP had inherited an entangled net of problems that worsened with the passage of time. Instead of approving an idiosyncratic stance, it had to bend down in front of the Supreme Court. After being obstinate for a while, it had to offer Yousaf Raza Gillani as a sacrifice. Everyone in Pakistan was relieved when the local newspapers emboldened headlines stating that ‘the letter has finally been written!’ The government had done little, during 2012, to shield the country against extremism and to ward off sectarian strife. Inefficacy of the incumbent government will have a direct impact on any party that wants to take charge of Pakistan after the general elections of 2013.

The year 2013 heralds a democratic evolution for a nation that has long been viewing the soap opera of interchangeable civilian and authoritarian rule. However, the positive scale of this transition isn’t a lengthy one. Here are a few bullets:

  • With some important ‘chiefs’ leaving the offices during 2013, Pakistan would shift, to some extent, on the domestic and international forefront. Keeping in view the nations’ anti-Western approach in the wake of anti-Islam film and memo-gate scandal, it would support a nationalist Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) in place of General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani (who will leave the office in 2013). A nationalist COAS might be in favour of isolation to achieve self-reliance.

 

  • The implications of this, combined with the depleting foreign reserves and increased dependence on International Monetary Fund will complicate the process of ‘economic recovery’.

 

  • Withdrawal of NATO from Afghanistan by 2014, will have to start during 2013. A predicted outcome of the withdrawal is civil war in Afghanistan. Non-state actors in Pakistan and Tehreek-e-Taliban will be directly involved in case of any civil war in Afghanistan.

 

  • The recent statement by the Punjab- spokesman of Taliban, Asmat Muawiya depicts that Taliban will be affecting the electoral turnout for the general elections 2013.

 

 

  • A latest addition to the political saga is Tahir ul Qadri with his slogan of ‘save the nation, not the politics’. With the elections looming around, Qadri wants electoral reforms ensuring free, fair and transparent elections in the country. He wants a care taker set-up conforming with his proposal. The MQM has already declared its support for Qadri’s objective and Imran Khan has stated that it is close to PTI’s manifesto. If the MQM, PTI and Qadri alliance works well, the results of the elections can be altogether different. The latest announcement informs about a ‘long march’ by the supporters of Qadri, which he claims, will form the largest ‘Tahrir Square’ of the world on January 14, 2013.

The year ahead that won’t be easy for Pakistan, would circumvent around these six points.

 
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Posted by on January 2, 2013 in Political Ticker

 

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Happy New Year to all of you!
Let’s begin the new year eve with the wish that the world gets a better place for those who dwell in it!

 

 
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Posted by on January 1, 2013 in Random Scape

 

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Why the General Elections of 2013 in Pakistan will be Unique?


This audio identifies the factors that make the general elections of Pakistan in 2013, unique and historic.

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Editorial Content of the Audio

Pakistan’s road towards democracy has been full of hurdles. The incumbent ruling coalition of the Pakistan People’s Party ( also known as the PPP) is the first democratically elected government in the history of Pakistan to complete its five-year term. However, the nation paid a heavy price for this. PPP’s leader and former prime minister, Benazir Bhutto was assassinated after addressing a public rally in Liaqat Baagh Rawalpindi just when the elections of 2008 under General Musharraf were around the corner.

The dictator was ousted by the lawyers’ movement that supported the Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry. Pakistan People’s Party marked an important democratic transition under the leadership of Asif Ali Zardari (widower of late Benazir Bhutto). Despite heavy criticism from the opposition for PPP’s bad governance, ill-management of energy crisis and record levels of corruption, the party is moving towards the end of its complete term.

The general elections of 2013 will be unique for a number of reasons.

To name a major few;

  • it is for the first time that political parties got a time span of 5 years to engage with the local population.
  • Imran Khan, the cricketer-turned-politician has attracted a sizeable number of youth that constitutes more than half of the total population of Pakistan. Ascribing the word Tsunami with it, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf under the leadership of Imran Khan presents itself as a symbol for change in Pakistan.
  • It is for the first time that politicians are using social media, information networks like Twitter to reach the masses.
  • Public rallies were in full swing during the years 2011 and 2012. Including the historic public address of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s Chief Imran Khan.
  • The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) is constantly working to ensure that the elections in 2013 should be free and fair by all means.
  • The Supreme Court of Pakistan made some unprecedented verdicts on the socio-political issues of the country including reforms in the electoral process.
  • The upcoming general elections will be the most expensive ones in the history of Pakistan. The ECP has estimated that Rs 5.90 billion in expenses will be incurred during the election compared to Rs 1.45 billion spent in 2008. Moreover, the 180 million ballot papers printed for the election will be watermarked!
  • Last but not the least, ‘political songs’ echoed the most in rallies of Pakistan Muslim League- Nawaz and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf. Pop singer Abrar ul Haq sided with Imran Khan and Fakhir Mehmood, another singer of Pakistan, joined Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz.pakistan_elections

 What is left to be seen is that how these factors will mould voting behaviour in Pakistan where most of the voters are ’emotionally-charged’ and literacy rate isn’t satisfactory.

 
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Posted by on December 14, 2012 in Audio

 

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