Makes me Crazy

President Asif Ali Zardari shakes hands with US Assistant Secretary of State Richard Boucher after conferring the Hilal-e-Quaid-i-Azam award on him during an ceremony at the Aiwan-e-Sadr on Monday. A statement issued by the Presidency said that Boucher had been instrumental in promoting a stable, broad-based and long-term Pak-US relationship.

Yeah Right!

THIS makes me completely crazy. Americans are now awarded with hilals and deceased looters are printed on coins.

Few days back I read on a blog omething that reflected voice of a common Pakistani … quoting here:

بی بی! ہم بھی شہید ہیں

These are the Names of the Brave Men who have fought ruthlessly in Field and brought us the Victory that wasn’t a child’s play in the case of Pakistan who had nothing at the time of Partition but just named tanks and planes….Its the day now when nobody knows that 6th of September is Pakistan’s Defense Day, the day to pay patronage to the one’s who have given us their everything.

Captain Muhammad Sarwar
Major Tufail Muhammad
Major Raja Aziz Bhatti
Pilot Officer Rashid Minhas
Jawan Sowar Muhammad Hussain
Major Mohammad Akram
Lance Naik Muhammad Mahfooz
Major Shabbir Sharif
Captain Karnal Sher Khan
Havaldaar Lalak Jan

And then it is, that we can’t even find them on a 10rs Postal stamp, and we can find Shaheed Benazir Bhutto’s Pictures engraved on 10rs coins the 1st year after her death.

Images Courtesy: Daily Times

12 Comments so far

  1. Tazeen (tazeen) on January 6th, 2009 @ 1:03 pm

    Ufff, i loath this man. Has anyone seen his interview where he said that ‘Bibi sahiba qabar se president sahab ki rehnumaiee karteen hain’

    yani marnay ke baad bibi sahiba wali ho gayeen aur yeh unkay mureed.

  2. crazymonkey on January 6th, 2009 @ 1:10 pm

    A taxi driver told me that Asif Zardari will be the ideal person to rule this country. I asked him why. He replied as follows:

    "Iss harami qaum per ek harami hee hukmarani ker sakta hay".

    Your views please.

  3. ڈفرستان کا ڈفر (duffer) on January 6th, 2009 @ 1:56 pm

    this is not medal
    this is the honor of mayor ship to our new lord
    shit over our rulers
    this party is gone gone and gone
    na koi bhutto ka nam lene wala bachay ga na bb ka

  4. ڈفرستان کا ڈفر (duffer) on January 6th, 2009 @ 1:56 pm

    @crazymonkey: agreed, you should have awarded the driver with Rs. 50+

  5. wkhang on January 6th, 2009 @ 4:12 pm


    Agreed with you lets put in the respectable form
    "Jasy Kom waisay Hukmaran", including myself, never forget to add yourself we all are the part of this HERO ZARDARY.

    One side Obama’s UN is faild to come on any resolution on Palistine & Israel issue, the other hand India is changing its colours again and again.

    Dont we think that our duty is to stand up and say or act or take some step against all this.

  6. durranee on January 6th, 2009 @ 5:28 pm

    to be honest, after reading this news I feel as if I’ve been robbed or something
    every new step this zardari thing takes piss me off more than previous one

  7. kabirdas on January 6th, 2009 @ 8:27 pm

    @ crazymonkey on January 6th

    The taxi driver couldn’t have been more right. If I were you I would have given him a tip of 10 bb coins.

  8. kabirdas on January 6th, 2009 @ 8:30 pm

    Doesn’t this award shows two good traits of Zardari

    a. He is not an ungrateful person.
    b. He is YARON KA YAR.

  9. majad (isl_majad) on January 8th, 2009 @ 11:31 pm

    I want to share this excellent article you may not have read – i’ve named it "Shireen Mazari Slaps Zardari":

    Our rulers repress their own, kowtow to outsiders
    Wednesday, January 07, 2009
    Shireen M Mazari

    Just when one thinks the rulers can disgust no more, they surprise us once again. And so it was that one had to witness with revulsion the president of Pakistan awarding our Hilal series of national awards (second in rank after the Nishan series) to an American official whose sole claim to fame in Islamabad are his frequent visits to pressurise the Pakistani state into submitting to US diktat.

    To see Richard Boucher being given the Hilal-e-Quaid-e-Azam was to see our leaders slapping the Pakistani nation on its face. After all, Boucher represents the US administration that has all but destroyed the Pakistani polity through daily killings of our people in drone attacks and through consistent demands to ‘do more’ even as we have seen the fallout of the insane ‘war on terror’ bring suicide bombings, terrorism and polarisation into Pakistan as never before. Yes, we had had our share of sectarian terror much before 9/11, but it was limited and on the wane before the US struck Afghanistan with its deathly military might.

    So what is Boucher being rewarded for? Killing Pakistanis in the tribal belt? Pushing forward a debilitating agenda for Pakistan? Putting Pakistanis into Guantanamo Bay and other US prisons? Getting our military political leadership to participate in renditions and torture of Pakistani citizens? Or getting our civilian political leadership to give in to the new round of Indian histrionic demands post-Mumbai? Are all these what our rulers see as the furtherance of US-Pakistan ties? What a shame and disgrace to this long-suffering nation of Pakistan.

    But there should be no surprise in this. We now stand devoid of strong institutions, moral and ethical leadership and any modicum of dignity and self-respect. So when Boucher comes effectively as an emissary of India, to push Pakistan into accepting unquestioningly the Indian dossier on Mumbai, we award him the Hilal-e-Quaid-e-Azam. Which brings up the whole issue of the Mumbai dossier. Those who have seen this brilliant piece of diplomatic propaganda feel there is little substantive in the way of credible proof. Instead, it is a compilation of past accusations, old theories plus pictures and apparent identities of the dead perpetrators with some purported mobile calls and so on. It is no wonder the Indians sent their US partner to push Pakistan into accepting everything without question. And our rulers welcomed Boucher with a national award!

    Of course, one should accept the dossier but immediately also demand that we would need to verify the veracity of the ‘facts’ mentioned in the dossier. This would require our investigators going to Mumbai, questioning Indian officials involved in the investigations and examining the ‘evidence’ mentioned in the dossier. Then, if there really is even an iota of credible evidence pointing to anyone in Pakistan or belonging to Pakistan, we must move forcefully against the accused. But the rulers need to respond in an assertive fashion rather than in a strangely defensive, apologetic mode. Look at India’s brazenness on the Samjhota Express terrorist incident despite the now-established guilt of rogue elements in the Indian army and Hindu extremists!

    But this brazen defiance of all international norms is the hallmark of not only India (look at its track record in Occupied Kashmir) but also its new strategic partner the US. Look what is happening to the Palestinians in Gaza where a massacre is being conducted by Israel and the US is single-handedly refusing to allow the UN Security Council any role in stopping this mass killing of the Palestinians. Just as Muslim lives are expendable in Pakistan for the US, so Palestinian lives are totally expendable for the Zionists. Interestingly, the Indian state has also adopted a muted stance reflecting their now-established alliance with Israel and the US.

    However, why decry the Indian stance when our own leadership along with the leadership of the Arab World has barely voiced its protest beyond the usual whimperings. No major Arab state has recalled their envoys from Israel – only Mauritania of the Arab League has made this move and once again the Muslim world, especially the Arab leadership, has shown its confidence deficit and self-imposed helplessness in the face of the US and Israeli aggression.

    Yet, ordinary Muslims across the globe hope that the determination of the Palestinians in Gaza will pull down the Israelis just as Hezbollah did so in Lebanon. We also know that it is these acts of barbarism that will create more defiant spirits in the coming generations just as we know only too well that the seeming connivance or acceptance of US-Israeli aggression will also create more radicalisation within the Muslim polities – thereby shrinking ever further the space for ‘moderates’. The timing of this latest Israeli killing spree in Gaza could not have been more ironic – Muharram with all that that signifies in Islamic history and in the spirit of sacrifice.

    As long as the Muslim leadership in our part of the world is only able to bare its fangs on its own people, we will be trodden upon by outside forces and kept repressed by our elitist leaders. Today in Pakistan the people are without any independent avenues for legal redress and democracy has only brought into power civilian dictators hell-bent on unleashing their power not through responding to the will of the people but through the force of power and naked hooliganism. Instead of defending our people against external enemies and threats, our leaders are trying to bring their people to their knees through economic hardships and political use of the state apparatus to browbeat the dissenters. If the US agenda for Pakistan is truly to balkanise the country, then it is being served loyally not only by the IMF but also by old Citibank employees. And it would appear our rulers are silent partners in this agenda since the Citibankers have come in at their behest!

    As for the use of naked political power, I saw it up close in a recent bye election in southern Punjab where members of the Punjab cabinet supported by at least ten Kalashnikov-touting gunmen (police I was told) went around barging into polling booths. Since I was confronted with one such group inside a polling booth, I saw such power for myself – but as with all bullies, once one stands up to them, they back off. But this is a topic for another day, as it exposed the sleaze and moral bankruptcy of the emerging political forces being supported by the diehard tumandars that comprise the PML-N/PPP leadership of southern Punjab. Suffice it to say that despite the modern pretentions of at least the PML-N leadership in Punjab, the feudal mindset rules the roost and there is little to choose from between the main contenders and wielders of power today.

    The point really is that if Muslim leaders were to trust their own people more and learn to live with peaceful dissent and diversity, they would not suffer from a continuing psychological confidence deficit when confronting external powers and threats. Unfortunately at present they feel more threatened by their own people which makes them vulnerable to being exploited from outside. The present Arab crisis in the wake of yet another Israeli aggression against the Palestinians supported by the US reveals this in a most glaring fashion.

    But we in Pakistan have been witnessing the US play this murderous role since 9/11 in our own region and we have watched our Kashmiri brethren suffer abuse and repression at the hands of Indian state terrorism since 1947, as our leadership has bungled on one count after another on these issues. As long as our leaders repress and mistrust their own people, they will continue to fall prey to hostile external actors as our people continue to die at their hands. But then perhaps our lives are also cheap for our ruling elites?

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  10. crazymonkey on January 12th, 2009 @ 12:20 am

    lol @ HERO ZARDARI

    Alright, I’ll award the taxi driver the 50 rupees and the 10 BB coins the next time I see him :] Let’s just hope he’s not already in HERO ZARDARI’S jail by now… hehe

  11. kabirdas on January 12th, 2009 @ 1:22 am

    @ crazymonkey on January 12th

    Sir, you may have missed out the taxi driver’s subtle point. He did not seem to be blaming Zardari so much for his Haramipun as this nation for its Haramipun.
    As a matter of fact he exonarated Zardari for his alleged Haramipun on account of the proven Haramipun of this nation. As such he may have been a PPP jiala.
    As such please don’t worry to see him behind bars or something like that. If Zardari comes to know about his comments he may call him to president’s Shadi Hall and confer on him an award of Halal-e-Quaid-e-Azam for calling this nation as Harami and rightly so.

  12. Fahim Akhter (fahimakhter) on January 12th, 2009 @ 12:18 pm

    Well, somehow I’m indifferent now. I don’t really get shocked by anything our beloved does. But what does really amuse me is the fact when everyone says that hey Musharaf was somehow better, like aaa ok were you sleeping when every thing was going and everyone wanted BB back ?

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