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February 13, 2012

Fake disturbing pictures of babies on facebook to promote profiles and pages–>Shame on those who do it!

Filed under: thoughts, Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , — syedfaisal @ 4:49 pm

It seems some morons are playing with the sentiments of people on facebook. To promote their pages and profiles they circulate a disturbing picture of a baby and say facebook will donate x amount of dollars for every share and innocent people share it considering it to be a genuine thing. I still appreciate those who do that but for those who initiate those pics I don’t have any good words. If facebook wants to donate something then they are a big corporate giant and they can donate it without circulating disturbing images of any innocent child. Facebook can even use advertisement banners to invite people for direct donations or pages instead of using other profiles/pages.

The better way is to report these pictures to facebook or to send a request/protest messages to those who are doing it by following these profiles (if they are also not the victims of these fake picture thing).

Indeed this is a shameful way of marketing and promoting profiles and pages. Shame on those who do it.

January 27, 2012

26 Jan 2012 : Capital Talk A good program on Missing Person’s Case and ISI state crimes against people

Below is the link of a useful program on ISI’s crimes and state terrorism. In this episode of Capital Talk Hamid Mir talks on one of the most imortant case of our history.

Guests : Lt. Gen(R) Malik Abdul Qayum, Hasil Bazinjo, Omer Cheema,Asima Jehangir and victim/lawyer in missig person’s case.
Real cases are missing persons, NRO, 3rd November 2007 and if these cases are resolved on principles of justice and constitution then we can see some fundamental changes. :

We also need a war tribunal to investigate and prosecute War Crimes in this fake war on terror.
http://www.zemtv.com/2012/01/​26/​capital-talk-on-geo-news-26th-j​anuary-2012/

December 17, 2010

Tax Culture or Manorialism?

Filed under: Economy, politics, thoughts — Tags: , , , , , , — syedfaisal @ 7:01 pm

Before the concepts of agrarian and market economies, ancient societies especially the Roman Empire used to have a system based on Manorialism. In that society ruling elite comprising mostly of feudal elite and others used to control the land resources of the state through their political and military influence. The ruling elite support their finances and lifestyle by collecting obligatory contributions from the peasants and slave population under their jurisdiction. The contributions were in the form of coins, mandatory labor or even in the form of usable items and kinds. The dependent in return only used to get the right of living, earning just enough to live and a false sense of security.

The way situation in Pakistan is going, it seems we are moving very fast in backward direction of time to the point where Manorialism was at its peak and few lords used to enjoy enormous economic and ruling power. Recent debate on imposing new taxes or increasing the percentages of the old one to serve the expenses and corruption of our ruling elite is a good example of this.

The reality of our situation is that few classes of our people are working like bonded labour to pay most of the taxes so that they can ensure their living and also serve the ruling classes of the state. The Tax to GDP ratio debate and the methods which are devised to increase it in order to bring it to so called international standards seems to be leading a common salary class person in a position where he will only be able to serve the ruling elite with his hard work and his own survival will be just enough to keep him available for work.

Read complete :  http://infocrats.org/mag/2010/12/economy/tax-culture-or-manorialism/

Depth of cheap journalism–>Mubashir Luqman calling Afridi culprit for exposing spot fixing in Pakistan Cricket

Filed under: thoughts — Tags: , , , , , , , , , — syedfaisal @ 6:58 pm

Depth of cheap journalism. Mr. Luqman is calling someone a culprit who according to his sources exposed the corruption in Pakistan Cricket. Some BS in the name of supporting players. Luqman has rightly proved himself to be a Klan member of Mushi and Salman Taseer.

http://www.lucman.net/2010/12/12/shahid-afridi-is-culprit-of-spot-fixing-scandal/#comment-58

” Authenticated Sources has confirmed with proofs that English Newspaper News of the World has created the issue of Spot fixing on the report by Shahid Afridi due to few clashes with team players.

Moreover it is also confirmed that Shahid Afridi provided a letter of 4pages to ICC confirming that players are guilty and involved in spot-fixing.”

- Mubasher Lucman

This is a real sorry state of Pakistan where corrupt politicians, journalists,generals and even players use the cover of nationalism or patriotism for hiding their corruption.

October 24, 2010

Searching for our origin.The journey must go on!

Right from the early days of humanity , curiosity has been a key element in the development of mankind. Either this curiosity is induced in it or it developed on its own is also a question of debate like the existence of mankind itself. Probably the most appealing question for human curiosity is the creation of this universe and what brought us to the point of existence.

If we see the endeavors by humanity, from the invention of wheel and use of fire to landing on moon and aiming to discover the farthest places of the universe , we see the purpose of life as exploring things to satisfy the hunger for knowledge and to discover the unknown.

More on : http://infocrats.org/mag/2010/10/sciencetechnology/searching-for-our-origin-journey-must-go-on/

October 15, 2010

Cricket in trouble

Filed under: politics, thoughts — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , — syedfaisal @ 11:49 pm

Spot fixing scandals, PCB mismanagement, team selection issues and now ICC’s one month notice to Pakistan, I don’t know what else is in line that shall force the change in our cricket administration and structure.

Like most of the institutions in Pakistan, our cricket and PCB is full of incompetent people, who can only serve their own interests and greed at the cost of national interest.

Recent issue is a bit more serious than our previous one, as now the entire Pakistani cricket is at stake. According to reports, ICC has clearly stated that if PCB doesn’t make its house in order then ICC can suspend the membership of Pakistan Cricket Board and in worst case can even suspend Pakistan Cricket Team from taking part at international level.

Not only PCB is responsible for this mess, but the role of ICC is not clean too. We all know how India dominates ICC and despite our blindly toeing Indian line, like in recent case of ICC Vice-President nomination, India always plays a negative role to damage Pakistan Cricket.

We also need to understand the possible commercial dynamics of this whole mess. India with its huge commercial interests and influence in ICC, can literally dictate terms in its favor and against us. Indian Cricket is also facing an internal crisis of IPL corruption and due to internal problems they are not even able to organize the mega event in India for last 2-3 occasions. Even in IPL, it has sidelined Pakistan Cricket by not allowing Pakistani Players to take part in IPL and not allowing Pakistan T-20 teams to take part in IPL Champion’s League, despite IPL’s official status in ICC and Pakistan’s position as a senior member.

Pakistan on the other hand is planning its own T-20 league in collaboration with Abdur Rehman Bukhatir of UAE. The series is reportedly planned for next year. The current crisis should also be seen in this context. But the real thing is that it is our board’s mismanagement and cricket corruption issues which have provided the enemies of Pakistan Cricket to play their dirty game.

Some serious steps are needed to be taken for Pakistan Cricket. First and the most important step in this regard should be to change the current management of PCB. Second, we need to take the issues of spot fixing and match fixing very seriously and instead of covering up the issue or treating it casually, strict measures should to be taken to punish the guilty players and officials. Unless we don’t make our house clean and in order, we cannot take any stand if required.

It is also reported that ICC has lifted the charges of match fixing in 3rd one day international between Pakistan and England. We should ask explanation from ICC and give a legal notice to ICC CEO Haroon Lorgat for blaming Pakistan team before doing proper inquiry of the issue.

Also Pakistan should strengthen its cricketing ties with new members including China, UAE and countries like Malaysia, Indonesia and others instead of just relying on so called South Asian Cricket Block, which seems to be of no good. Pakistan needs to pursue its Premier League plans with keeping in mind, not only the revival of cricket but also making it a commercial and financial success.

Teams from associate members like Afghanistan, Hong Kong, UAE and new comers like China, Malaysia and Indonesia can help in getting big marketing money. We have people like Asif Iqbal, Majid Khan and Ramiz Raja who can help our cricket in this regard. People like Javed Miandad have played important role in promoting cricket in China so he along with his great cricketing stature can play an important role. Our country is no short of people who can work as ambassadors of Pakistan Cricket. People like Imran Khan and Wasim Akram, if they just take part in some advertisement campaigns for our cricket can make a huge difference.

The thing is that, we can do a lot even in times of crisis which in fact provides us the chance to gauge our potential. But honesty, commitment and broad vision is required to face the challenges which unfortunately our current cricket administration lacks.

 http://www.aaj.tv/2010/10/cricket-in-trouble/

September 21, 2010

Flood : Task is huge but not impossible

Recent floods in Pakistan are considered to be the worst natural disaster of modern history which has affected more than 20 million people in Pakistan, costing billions of dollars of losses and taking lives of thousands. Economic loss is estimated to be around 15 billion dollars by non-government sources but according to Prime Minister Gillani the loss is over 40 billion dollars.

Rescue and relief efforts are being done with major contribution from local and international charities. Government and its institutions again seem to be lagging behind the required pace of effort.

Read complete : Flood : Task is huge but not impossible

August 19, 2010

Rise as the time calls for it and help your brothers in these hard moments.

Filed under: Economy, life — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , — syedfaisal @ 1:33 am

Rise as the time calls for it and help your brothers in these hard moments. Recent floods are one of the worst disasters in the history. UN has said that the magnitude of damage by recent floods in Pakistan is equivalent to combine effect of 2004 Tsunami, 2005 South Asia Earthquake and 2010 Haiti Earthquake.

Help people in need in whatever way you can. This Ramadan and Indepnedence Day of Pakistan can make us united and strong if we stand in front of this challenge with courage and honor. Its time for us to rise as a nation and build our character without relying much on foreign aid.

The items which can be sent in the areas considering the conditions there are Dry Fruits, Milk, Water, Biscuits, Medicine, Blankets, Tents, Juices and other items which can easily be consumed and disposed off.
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PAKISTAN: Top 10 natural disasters since 1935 – IRIN

Source : http://infocrats.org/mag/2010/08/economy/pakistan-top-10-natural-disasters-since-1935-irin/ , IRIN (Humanitarian News and Analysis) – A Project of UN Office

LAHORE, 10 August 2010 (IRIN) – According to the National Disaster Management Authority, the current floods in Pakistan constitute the worst natural disaster in the country’s history. The 10 worst natural disasters in Pakistan in the last 75 years are:

1935 Quetta earthquake: A 7.7 Richter scale earthquake virtually levelled the city of Quetta in the eastern province of Balochistan, then part of British India. Some 60,000 people were killed in one of the deadliest earthquakes to hit South Asia. The epicentre was 4km southwest of the town of Ali Jaan, some 153km from Quetta.

1945 Balochistan earthquake: A 7.8 Richter Scale earthquake hit southwestern Balochistan on 28 November 1945. The epicentre was 98km southwest of the town of Pasni. Apart from massive damage to property, the quake led to a 40-foot tsunami causing the deaths of over 4,000 people.

1950 floods: Monsoon rain in 1950 killed an estimated 2,900 people across the country. Punjab Province, including the city of Lahore, was among the worst hit when the River Ravi flooded. Flooding also affected parts of the southern province of Sindh. Over 100,000 homes were destroyed, leaving around 900,000 people homeless.

1970 East Pakistan cyclone: The Bhola tropical cyclone struck the territory of East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) on 12 November 1970. It was the deadliest tropical cyclone ever recorded and is rated as one of the worst natural disasters in modern times. Up to 500,000 lost their lives, primarily as a result of the storm surge that flooded much of the low-lying islands of the Ganges Delta. The cyclone also gave rise to unrest which contributed to a civil war and the formation in 1971 of the independent state of Bangladesh.

1974 Kohistan (also known as Hunza) earthquake: A 6.2 Richter Scale quake hit Kohistan and surrounding areas including parts of Swat, Hunza and Kashmir in northern Pakistan and also the Hazara and Swat districts of the then North West Frontier Province on 28 December 1974. About 5,300 people were killed, 17,000 injured and 97,000 affected. Landslides and rockfalls contributed to the damage. Most of the destruction was centred around the village of Pattan, around 160km north of Islamabad, and in Pakistan-administered Kashmir.

2000 drought: At least 1.2 million people in Balochistan were affected by drought, and over 100 died, mostly because of dehydration, according to the government. Millions of animals perished. One of the worst-affected areas was the town of Nushki, close to the border with Afghanistan. The drought lasted over 10 months.

2005 Kashmir quake: A 7.6-Richter scale quake struck the Kashmir region on the India-Pakistan border and parts of northwestern Pakistan on 8 October 2005. According to official figures, at least 73,000 people were killed and more than 3.3 million made homeless. The worst affected areas included Neelum Valley and Bagh District in Pakistan-administered Kashmir and Mansehra Division. A massive international relief effort was launched. Work continues today to rebuild damaged infrastructure.

2007 Cyclone Yemyin: At least 380 people were killed in Balochistan, 250 in Sindh and 100 in NWFP as a result of flash floods triggered by Cyclone Yemyin, which struck coastal areas in early July 2007. Some 350,000 people were displaced, 1.5 million affected and more than two million livestock perished.

2010 Hunza Lake disaster: A landslide in January 2010 in Attabad village in Hunza-nagar District in the far north of the country killed 20 people and led to around 40 houses sliding into the Hunza river. Debris from the landslide caused the river to dam, leading to the formation of a large lake which threatened to flood downstream areas. Some 20,000 were forced to leave their homes by June.

2010 floods: The toll so far: 1,600 deaths; over six million affected. Pakistan has sought international help to cope with the catastrophe. Despite mass evacuations, there are fears the death toll will rise as flooding reaches the southern province of Sindh and the risk of water-borne disease outbreaks increases in many areas.

April 15, 2010

Dr. Israr Ahmad is no more with us. Inna lillah e wainna ilaihe rajioon

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , , — syedfaisal @ 7:22 am

A great Islamic  scholar, a true Pakistani and a great human is no more with us. Dr. Israr Ahmad passed away yesterday by the will of almighty Allah.

Inna lillah e wainna ilaihe rajioon

May Allah bless him with Jannat and forgive whatever wrong he did. He lived a life of a true scholar and a practical Muslim.  His efforts for Deen and Socio-Economic justice will always be remembered with respect.

I attended his few lectures on the topics of Socio-Economic justice and Islamic system and consider it a great thing in my life. His work of Quran Academy will inshaAllah grow more than ever.

April 9, 2010

Random Thought–>Nothing

Filed under: thoughts — Tags: , , — syedfaisal @ 2:17 am

‘Nothing’ is one of the biggest mysteries out there in the universe and yet to be understood properly.

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