Who deserves what?

Confusion is the prime of sorrow and everything that has been happening in the land of the green and the pure for the better half of the last decade can briefly be summarized as a confused view point following an even more confusing ideology. Everyone has a brief stint of identity crisis where the greener pastures seem blue if focused on properly but even more daunting than this is the global rejection of the green.

“We deserve it; it’s just God’s way of telling us that we aren’t good people”

This is something that I get to hear very often and it just makes me sad thinking how people can so aptly point this out without paying heed to the fact that the law and order lapses and the massive failure of infrastructure is a direct consequence of the short-term thinking of everyone who has been in power for the last six decades. It has all been due to the cat and mouse game that the honchos in big government establishments play when they could have diminished their differences and given more attention to both economic and environmental sustainability.

Why sit back silently and accept this as an order from the heavens and not ask questions? Why do we always give into dogma and refuse to question anything because either it is the ultimate word or it won’t make a difference if we ask questions. We know there was a flood, we know people are dying of hunger and disease, we know it’s the worst disaster of this century; we know it will take years to get everything back to the way it was. But isn’t it about time we start pruning every little detail and make amends so that it doesn’t happen again, isn’t it time we finally stop blaming it on some sect that doesn’t go to the same place to worship as you?

Acts of barbaric undertones have been happening for as long as I can remember. There have been public beheadings, little girls have been raped, people have been tortured and the recent incident in Sialkot is no less. It did not happen because we “deserve it”. It happened because people are afraid to raise a voice against anything that goes against their confused ideologies. It happened because at the end of the day every act of heinous malicious intent is justifiable using means ranging from scriptures to principles to how it’s a religious thing and no one should question it. It’s sad, really sad.

Tell this to a mother who lost her children or a kid who can’t ever have his parents sing lullabies again, tell them that they have been isolated in this world because “we as a nation” don’t deserve anything good. It’s about time we stop fighting over personal lives on national television, it’s about time we stop joining social networking sites to enhance a political image and it’s about time we start thinking about sustainability and a long-term view because you can have the best leader who can get people together but what direction to steer them is of utmost importance.

To think nine out of ten people that I asked about the recent catastrophe and what the solution to it post-rehab could be replied:-

“It’s happening because we aren’t good Muslims and we should hit the government with “a-shoe”.
Bless you I say, bless you.

(Picture taken by me)

16 Comments so far

  1. neha (unregistered) on August 29th, 2010 @ 3:44 pm

    awesum pic,amazng words n great country where da rich r getng richer n da poor poorer

  2. ravi (unregistered) on August 29th, 2010 @ 5:57 pm

    awesum dude…and so very true…amazing words and the problem where our nation is always failing…we should question ourselves and solve out the issues, rather than accepting it only because its God’s will…

  3. Neelam (unregistered) on August 29th, 2010 @ 9:42 pm

    Here! here!
    When we point a finger at someone— three other fingers point back at us

  4. hashriani on August 29th, 2010 @ 10:54 pm

    There should be no finger pointing anywhere, everything should be rationally pruned and nurtured into a plan to move forward.

  5. wkhang on August 31st, 2010 @ 2:29 pm

    Good Thoughts,

    Writing your thoughts will not resolve the problem, the problem is me, you and us, who voted this government and the last government, previous
    one as well. so think again how and why we cant resolve our problems….

    Its not God wish for sure …

    Remember the Nara in 1947…Pakistan Ka metleb kia ? in answer it was the first Kelma. So Pakistan came in existence on this Nara which means Pakistan should have the law of Allah implemented. But we did not fulfill our promise so the AZAB of Allah have started, in the month of Ramadan the AZAB came in the way of earthquake, war on terror and now flood.

    So unless we start the law of Allah in our country things wont comes in normal e.g Zakat is the biggest tool to control the balance in between poor and rich people.

    Its definition is the best law in the world.



  6. Shailendra Chauhan (unregistered) on August 31st, 2010 @ 4:21 pm

    A story about stone pelters, football and Kashmir.


    Must Read!

  7. Don Cox (unregistered) on August 31st, 2010 @ 6:46 pm

    No doubt the voters voted for the wrong people. But were there any right people standing for office?

    Voting for a more religious government is a recipe for worse failure. What you want, ideally, is people who are honest.

    Unfortunately, honest politicians are very rare. So you need strong checks and balances in the constitution, to prevent crooks or fanatics from getting too much power, and a very free press so that they can be shamed by ridicule. One of the first actions of a crooked politician or preacher is to demand respect.

  8. kaami (unregistered) on September 1st, 2010 @ 7:35 am

    First thing first @WKHANJ

    I have talked to quite a few old timers and Muslim League workers from the 1940’s era including my father and they vehemently say that they never heard this Nara: “Pakistan ka Mutlab Kya?” This is just another farce. The most popular nara of that era was “Bat ke rahey gaa Hindustaan, le ke rahin ge Pakistan” and “Chirtee kyoun ho meri jaan, ab baney gaa Pakistan”. Pakistan’s mutlab was never in question.

    Not long ago we took pride in calling Pakistan “The land of Sufi’s”. Where villagers across the country from Sindh to Sarhad and Punjab to Baluchistan got together in their respective chopaals and Autaaaqs and sang songs of love and devotion by Baba Farid, Sachal Sarmast, Bhitai, Sultan Bahu, Rehman Baba and Waris Shah etc.

    Now the message of these great men has been muted by blazing sermons of hate emanating from our mosques, whereas, the culture of contenment and cherished values has been replaced by insatiable greed and self righteousness.

    The tragedy is that there does not even exist a sense of loss.

  9. A for [pine]Apple (unregistered) on September 1st, 2010 @ 5:46 pm

    I’ve to agree with kaami here .. akistan ka matlab kiya laa ilaha illa Allah was the slogan made in 50’s by the ahraris and the mullah of then .. and was not the slogan made during the struggle for Pakistan’s existence. Some facts need to be straightened out in here.

    we have sadly created a nation going towards cannibalism … to be exact. Thats exactly what we are doing.

  10. wkhang on September 4th, 2010 @ 12:50 pm


    Agreed with you …lets say it was not the nara of Pakistan, why we choose the name Pak is tan, is the meaning of Pakistan is for Pak People ?


  11. kaami (unregistered) on September 4th, 2010 @ 7:43 pm

    @Wkhanj Choro yaar kis bahas mein par gaye:

    Bundagi hum ne chor dee hey Faraz
    kya karein loag jub khuda ho jain

    This was written by Obaidullah Aleem in 1971 and echoes what @Afor PineApple commented, tragedy is, it still holds true:

    Mein ye kis ke naam likhoon jo alam guzar rahey hein
    meray shehar jal rahey hein, meray loag mar rahey hein

    Koi aur tou nahein hey pas-e-khanjar aazmaee
    Hum hee qatl ho rahey hein, hum hee qatl kar rahey hein

    Mein ye kis ke naam likhoon….

  12. yasmin (unregistered) on September 16th, 2010 @ 2:17 pm

    well written hashim..
    its time to dig solutions instead of speculations.

  13. Kabir Das (unregistered) on October 18th, 2010 @ 2:23 pm

    It is happening because we are good muslims but not good human beings. As a first step we should separate religion from state. Promote education instead of religion.

  14. wkhang on October 19th, 2010 @ 1:50 pm

    I think ISB Blogers are Sleeping ……
    Asma As well : )

    They need to post something new…..


    Long time have not sean you … how is your health and yourself : )…since I came to Pk I wish to meet you, now a days I am in Rwp please give me ring …eaglegroup786@gmail.com

    Best Regards

  15. بستنی (wasiq) on October 21st, 2010 @ 10:56 am

    I knew its a death trap….but sometimes a man got to do what a man got to do…!

    @WK….now a days I am in Rwp please give me ring
    what are you …done ? already ? please don’t fish in that water…its too shellish.

    have a nice day Islamabad…love you all !


  16. wkhang on October 21st, 2010 @ 12:03 pm

    Hey Wasiq,

    how you know its too shellish….
    What I am, I am nothing : )
    Already, yeah : )

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