. . . . . Hypocrisy Thy Name is . . . . . منافقت . . . . .

آئین جواں مرداں حق گوئی و بے باکی..اللہ کے بندوں کو آتی نہیں روباہی...Humanity is declining by the day because an invisible termite, Hypocrisy منافقت eats away human values instilled in human brain by the Creator. I dedicate my blog to reveal ugly faces of this monster and will try to find ways to guard against it. My blog will be objective and impersonal. Commentors are requested to keep sanctity of my promise.

Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Good Use of Cellphone

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Saturday, May 27, 2006

Ahead of 5 Million People

If you have never experienced the danger of battle, the loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of torture or the pains of starvation, you are ahead of 500 million people around the world.
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Sunday, May 21, 2006

Death in German custody

There are sensible and learned people in Pakistan and in Islamabad too but unfortunately not in the government. Here is a letter written to Editor Dawn by AMIR MOHAMMAD KHAN of Islamabad (published on May 19, 2006) which describes the action which should have taken by the government of Pakistan and can be taken even now.

THE death of Amir Cheema in the German police custody has generated serious legal and moral questions. It is extremely important for Germany to initiate discussion with family members of the deceased through the government of Pakistan and try to allay their misperceptions and misgivings.

It is equally important for Pakistan to come clean on the issue and clarify whether consular access to Mr Cheema was denied. Pakistan must raise this issue with the German government in the light of Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, to which both Pakistan and Germany are parties.

The Convention rests on centuries of accumulated experience. Pakistan in this case must seek redress in two categories of rights: for violations of rights owed to it, and also in the exercise of diplomatic protection in the light of the breach of duties owed to its national. Pakistan can ask courts to adjudge and declare that:

1. Germany, in arresting and interrogating Amir Cheema, violated its international legal obligations to Pakistan, in its own right and in the exercise of its right of diplomatic protection of its national, as provided by Articles 5 and 36 of the Vienna Convention; Article 5 (e) of the Vienna Convention includes protecting the interests of a sending state?s nationals and providing consular assistance to nationals of the state as among the consular functions protected by the Convention. Article 36 implements certain provisions of Article 5 (e) in the case of detained nationals.

2. Germany has acted in violation of obligations owed to Pakistan under Article 36, sub-paragraph 1 (b), of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations. The authorities in Germany detained a Pakistani citizen without advising him of his right to consular assistance or notifying Pakistan consular officers of his detention.

3. Germany is under an international legal obligation not to apply the doctrine of ?procedural default?, or any other doctrine of its internal law, so as to preclude the exercise of the rights accorded under Article 36 of the Vienna Convention.

4. Germany is under an international legal obligation to carry out in conformity with the foregoing international legal obligations any future detention of or criminal proceedings against any other Pakistani national in its territory, and that, pursuant to the foregoing international legal obligations, the German government must accept that:

(a) Any criminal liability imposed on Amir Cheema and the treatment meted to him was in violation of international legal obligations and is void, and should be recognized as void by the legal authorities of Germany;

(b) Germany must accept full responsibility and compensate the deceased family.?

(c) The German government should provide Pakistan a guarantee of the non-repetition of such illegal acts.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Why is the world silent?

Written by: Dr Ghada Karmi, a research fellow at the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, Exeter University (UK), and a former consultant to the Palestinian Authority.
Dawn/The Guardian News Service

Israel is 58 years old today. Israelis have already celebrated with barbecues and parties. And so they should, for they’ve pulled off an amazing stunt: the creation of a state for one people on the land of another — and at their massive expense — without incurring effective sanction. Some of those not celebrating, the Arab citizens of Israel, were also there, demonstrating to remind the world that Israel displaced 250,000 to take their land without compensation. Millions more Palestinians will demonstrate in the refugee camps of Gaza, the West Bank and neighbouring Arab states against their expulsion by Israel.

The world, however, is not listening, any more than it did in 1948, when most of Palestine’s inhabitants were expelled to make way for Jewish immigrants. My family was among those displaced and, though a child, I vividly remember the panic and misery of that flight from our home in Jerusalem on an April morning in 1948, with the scent of spring in the air. Palestine by then had become a raging battleground as Jews fought to seize our land in the wake of the 1947 UN partition resolution.

My parents decided to evacuate us temporarily. “We will return,” they insisted. “The world will not let such injustice happen!” They were wrong: the world let it happen and we never returned. Little comfort in knowing that we were among many others, that we did not end up in tents, that conflicts do such things. Our lives, our history and our future had been traduced. In those early days, I would wonder with anguish how the Jewish incomers who took over our house could sleep at night, seeing our belongings, family photos, children’s toys.

Subsequently, Israelis made much of the danger they faced from five Arab armies in the 1948-49 war, but in reality their forces were greater than all their opponents’ combined, and the latter ill equipped and poorly trained. Growing up in Britain, I got no sympathy but rather kept being told about the need to give Jews a state they could feel safe in. But at whose expense was this generosity? We Palestinians had no hand in the Holocaust, nor in persecuting Jews. But we were transformed from a peaceable agrarian people into a nation of beggars under occupation, refugees, exiles and second-class citizens of Israel.

Worse still, we are now labelled terrorists, suicide bombers or extremists. Our crime? We were in the wrong place at the wrong time. And for that we have been repeatedly punished, most recently for electing the ‘wrong’ government, headed by a party the West, not Palestinians, labels as terrorist.

I went to ‘Palestine’ last month to see what 58 years of Israel had done. It was also springtime, but this was a shadow of the land I had known. I found a pathetically fragmented society, clinging to a fading dream of statehood against the odds. Israel’s policies have broken up the Palestinian territories into ghettoes behind barriers and checkpoints. Gaza, supposedly liberated, is a big prison where, according to the World Bank, 75 per cent are below the poverty line and a quarter of children are malnourished. Since January, Israel has kept the cargo crossings into Gaza closed most of the time. Flour ran out last month, and now medicines. The UN has warned of a humanitarian disaster. Now Israel is threatening to cut off fuel because of outstanding Palestinian debts, normally paid from Palestinian tax receipts, which Israel has illegally held back since January. The barrier wall, sealing off whole towns and villages, makes normal life impossible.

The new, democratically elected Palestinian government is paralysed because of Israeli and western sanctions. International aid to the Palestinians, $1 billion annually, has been stopped; $70 million donated by Arab states is blocked because banks, fearing international sanctions, refuse to transfer the funds. Money has run out for 150,000 public workers and their approximately one million dependants. I found deserted supermarkets and shopkeepers in despair. Armed men roam the streets full of anger at their loss of livelihood. Meanwhile, Israel’s assault on the Palestinians continues. Last week the army killed nine and wounded 24. It mounted 38 incursions into Palestinian towns and arrested 61 people, including 11 children.

The Quartet powers have agreed a three-month emergency aid package. Because of the freeze on relations with Hamas, the aid will bypass the government, though how essential services can be run without a central administration is hard to imagine. Arab foreign ministers have warned of a breakdown in law and order if the Palestinian Authority collapses, but to no avail. The world’s silence in the face of this cruelty is astonishing. There is no international outcry against a policy whose transparent objective is to goad the Palestinians into overthrowing the government they elected in favour of one more pliant to Israel’s designs.

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s plan is to draw Israel’s border ‘unilaterally’, annexing the large West Bank settlement blocs and keeping Jerusalem and the Jordan Valley. The roads connecting it to Israel will bisect Palestinian territory.

What remains, 58 per cent at most, together with the Gaza prison, will form the ‘Palestinian state’. Olmert will be in Washington soon, no doubt seeking a rubber stamp. The idea is presumably that the Palestinians — dispersed and powerless — will then no longer be in Israel’s way. Anyone who believes this, as the West’s unthinking support for Israel seems to suggest, knows nothing about history or the will of peoples to resist injustice. The Palestinians are no exception.

Saturday, May 13, 2006

Administration, Politics & Religion

In the present-day world, influenced by the anti-theological propaganda of the non-believers, some people are calling “Religion must be separated from politics / administration (government)”.

While this slogan has deep and well-meaning roots, I will only briefly deal with its premise. It is said that the reason why the Western world developed is that they were wise to have eliminated religion from politics and business 500 years back. Without going in to the fact to what extent they had disfigured their religion before throwing it out as a whole, let us examine what good has mankind achieved during these 500 years and what resulted in industrialization.

The first and second world wars were fought during these 500 years.

Nuclear bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki not only killing but destroying hundreds of thousands of innocent human beings including young and aged men and women, boys, girls and infants.

Slavery and colonization are also features of these 500 years. The American and Europeans captured African young men and women by deceit and sold them as cattle in the market.

Thousands of innocent citizens were killed in Vietnam by America.

The industrial revolution was achieved by looting and suppressing the weak nations sometimes disguising as friends. Who doesn’t know what East India Company did in India?

Thousands of defenseless Palestinian refugees were butchered in Lebanon by Israel, the state which is fully supported by the so-called human loving Western world.

Palestinians are being killed in their own homeland for the last nearly 6 decades by Israel’s armed forces again supported by the Western world.

Thousands of Afghans were killed and burnt alive by carpet-bombing and dropping Daisy Cutters by America and her allies.

Iraq devastated by killing hundreds of thousands of human beings by America and her allies maiming additional thousands and the killing spree still continues.

Even progress in the field of medicine was mainly used for commercial purposes and was also used as a cool weapon against enemy. Was it not the Western World who developed Heroin, Anthrax, fatal & nerve racking gases and the like?

Research in traditional curing methods, which had long research effort spread over thousands of years starting from times unknown and had rich knowledge-base, was purposely discouraged by multinational firms of the so-called Free Western World.The reality is that decline of Muslims set in when they assumed kingdoms separatin religion from state and, later, from business, thus discarding the ways prescribed by The Creator. They ignored message of Qur’aan: “O Allah! Owner of Sovereignty! Thou givest sovereignty unto whom Thou wilt, and Thou withdrawest sovereignty from whom Thou wilt. Thou exaltest whom Thou wilt, and Thou abasest whom Thou wilt. In Thy hand is the good. Lo! Thou art Able to do all things”.( Sura 3 Al-e-Imran, Verse 26),.

When religion is separated from other aspects of life, the result is that a person obeys God only once in a year, in a week or, may be, even five times a day only for few minutes and there-after remains under no obligation to do so whether in the home, in school, at work, in the street or in the battlefield. The result is evident.

According to the poet-philosopher Dr Muhammad Iqbal:

جُدا ہو ديں سياست سے تو رہ جاتی ہے چنگيزی
“Jooda ho Deen siasat say to reh jati hai changaizi”,
meaning if religion is separated from politics, then what remains is brutality.
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Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Are You Good at Computer ?

اگر آپ بلاگسپاٹ نہ کھول سکتے ہوں تو میرے بلاگ مندرجہ ذیل یو آر ایلز [URLs] سے براہِ راست کھُل جائيں گے
ميں کيا ہوں ۔ What Am I ?
Hypocrisy Thy Name ۔ يہ منافقت نہيں ہے کيا ؟

Friday, May 05, 2006

Failed States – Performance Base 2005

“The Fund for Peace”, a renowned establishment, having over 4 decades experience of collecting data, sifting and deducing useful information, has published it’s second report on working of all the countries on the globe. Tens of thousands of articles from global and regional sources were collected by them from May to December 2005 using Thomson Dialog. Utilizing CAST software to do initial analysis of these voluminous documents and with a review by experts, they compiled the scores. It awards marks on the following 12 negative operators calling them “Index”. Score & rank of Pakistan in each index is given alongside.
1 - Mounting Demographic Pressures - 9.3 Rank 5
2 - Massive Movement of Refugees and IDPs – 9.3 Rank 4
3 - Legacy of Vengeance - Seeking Group Grievance – 8.6 Rank 14
4 - Chronic and Sustained Human Flight – 8.1 Rank 12
5 - Uneven Economic Development along Group Lines – 8.9 Rank 11
6 - Sharp and/or Severe Economic Decline – 7.0 Rank 24
7 - Criminalization or Delegitimization of the State – 8.5 Rank
8 - Progressive Deterioration of Public Services – 7.5 Rank 21
9 - Widespread Violation of Human Rights – 8.5 Rank 13
10 - Security Apparatus as "State within a State" – 9.1 Rank 11
11 - Rise of Factionalized Elites – 9.1 Rank 9
۔12 - Intervention of Other States or External Actors – 9.2 Rank 9
Each index is allotted 10 marks. Countries are listed in descending order of the total marks obtained by them. Thus, the country getting maximum marks or appearing at the top is the worst in functioning and the most failed state. Countries getting less than 90 marks out of total 120 are not listed as “Failed State”. Below is a summary of only the 28 countries declared “failed states”. For details and complete list, please click on the title.

Rank Country Score
1 Sudan 112.3
2 Democratic Rep of Congo 110.1
3 Cote d’Ivoire 109.2
4 Iraq 109.0
5 Zimbabwe 106.9
6 Chad 105.9
7 Somalia 105.9
8 Haiti 104.6
9 PAKISTAN 103.1
10 Afghanistan 99.8
11 Guinea 99.0
12 Liberia 99.0
13 Central African Republic 97.5
14 North Korea 97.3
15 Burundi 96.7
16 Yemen 96.6
17 Sierra Leone 96.6
18 Burma / Mayanmar 96.5
19 Bangladesh 96.3
20 Nepal 95.4
21 Uganda 94.5
22 Nigeria 94.4
23 Uzbekistan 94.4
24 Rwanda 92.9
25 Sri Lanka 92.4
26 Ethiopia 91.9
27 Colombia 91.8
28 Kyrgyzstan 90.3
First report was published in the beginning of 2005 which was based on performance during May to December, 2004. In this report 33 countries were declared as “Failed States”. Pakistan had a narrow escape being 34th securing 89.8 marks. Detailed Marks Sheet is given below:
Index 1 - 5, Index 2 - 5, Index 3 - 6.9 , Index 4 - 8, Index 5 - 9 , Index 6 - 3.3 , Index 7 - 9.8 , Index 8 - 7.5 , Index 9 - 8.1 , Index 10 - 9, Index 11 - 9.3 , Index 12 - 8.5

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What Am I ? - - ميں کيا ہوں ؟

Hypocrisy Thy Name - - یہ منافقت نہیں ہے کیا ؟

Monday, May 01, 2006

Decision Making

A group of children were playing on two railway tracks, one still in use while the other disused. Only one child played on the disused track, the rest on the operational track. The train came, and you were just beside the track interchange. You could make the train change its course to the disused track and saved most of the kids.

However, that would also mean the lone child playing on the disused track would be sacrificed. Or would you rather let the train go its way?

Let's take a pause to think what kind of decision we could make................

Analyze the situation………….

Think and reflect…….

Decided your answer !!!!

Now … go ahead

Most people might choose to divert the course of the train, and sacrifice only one child to save most of the children at the expense of only one child was rational decision, most people would make morally and emotionally. But, have you ever thought that the child choosing to play on the disused track had in fact made the right decision to play at a safe place? Nevertheless, he had to be sacrificed because of his ignorant friends who chose to play where the danger was.

This kind of dilemma happens around us everyday. In the office, community, in politics and especially in a democratic society, the minority is often sacrificed for the interest of the majority, no matter how foolish or ignorant the majority are, and how farsighted and knowledgeable the minority are.

The child who chose not to play with the rest on the operational track was sidelined. And in the case he was sacrificed, no one would shed a tear for him.

To make the proper decision is not try to change the course of the train because the kids playing on the operational track should have known very well that track was still in use, and that they should have run away if they heard the train's sirens. However, if the train was diverted, that lone child would definitely die because he never thought the train could come over to that track! Moreover, that track was not in use probably because it was not safe. If the train was diverted to that track, we could put the lives of all passengers on board at stake! And in your attempt to save a few kids by sacrificing one child, you might end up sacrificing hundreds of people to save these few kids.

While we are all aware that life is full of tough decisions that need to be made, we may not realize that hasty may not always be the right one.

Remember that what’s right isn’t always popular … and what’s popular isn’t always right.

Everybody makes mistakes; that's why they put erasers on pencils.
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