Mediation on India & Pakistan to avoid a Nuclear War

Your Excellency, Mr Narendra Modi
Prime Minister of India
New Delhi, India
CC PM Imran Khan, Islamabad, Pakistan

Offer of mediation on Indo-Pak-Kashmir conflict by a well-meaning Pakistani, self-proclaimed PEACE MINISTER OF PAKISTAN

Your Excellency, Mr Modi,

Salam / Namaste,

Before anyone hits the nuclear button in India or Pakistan, I do hope and pray my words are read and taken into account. This is a love story of two brothers, India & Pakistan gone VERY VERY wrong and I believe can be corrected quickly, if I am given a chance to mediate between the two. What we need is KodeOfKonduct enforced in both India & Pakistan via our capable armies and intel agencies for our common good.

I write to you as nothing really seems to be working between Pakistan and India except increasing tensions with the Kashmiris paying for the sins of both.

Sir, in the comity of world leaders you occupy a special space, one of respect all over the world, you have worked hard for it. Your second term is a proof of your popularity at home as well.

Now, I understand you must be a very busy man so I’ll get straight to the point, if you see the attached pictures, they are of my late mother and father with Indira Gandhi in the early 80s at the Vigyan Bhawan in Delhi, while I’ve never stepped foot in India, my parents were born there and migrated like millions did from both sides on which Salman Khan recently did an epic movie called “Bharat” – the story is old and known to many, what is NOT known to many are the following facts:

1                     I am the self-proclaimed Pakistani “Minister of Peace” founder of GadhaParty.com and WomenAreVotes.com that will inspire any in the poor nations of the world and women alike one day

2                     Indians and Pakistanis abroad are often the best of friends and immediately get along, similar language and culture, I have seen Indians and Pakistanis supporting each other even breaking the law to do so in EU and elsewhere! Such bonding is impossible to imagine in today’s “war fever” however, Sir, I have seen it with my own eyes and can share exact details and locations if required

3                     India is home to almost as many Muslims as reside in Pakistan, not all of them are unhappy with India, you must be doing some things right to keep them happy!

4                     The Muslims of India are mostly converts from Hinduism, it is the same story of other religions throughout history, as a Muslim I apologize to every Indian and yourself for the forced conversion and high handedness of the Muslims who conquered India a thousand years back, I also apologize for the terrible self-centered governance of the “Moguls” who built more tombs and had more mistresses than welfare of the people, in my opinion. I personally believe the British did us all a HUGE favor by freeing them from their oppression, teaching us table manners, English and if I may say “humanity” for that is what lacked in the region before the British came here, again it is my opinion and you are free to disagree Sir

5                     My late father was an ICS Officer from the 1930s and left in the late 50s to Pakistan, he lamented this division as in his words the British when dividing India made a prophecy that rings true till this day that “the people of India (and Pakistan) are excellent subordinates but inconsiderate leaders” –now please do not take it personally, neither yourself nor Imran Khan on our side are inconsiderate leaders, but if you see our history in general (both India and Pakistan post partition), our civil services and especially our police, they have been far from fair. The people rotting away in jails in India or Pakistan are mostly innocent and sadly those who SHOULD be in jail are roaming scot free! I am sure, to a certain extent you might agree with me

6                     Now while democracy thrived and feudalism died in India post partition Pakistan had a different story, you may find it hard to believe Sir but I am a fan of all militaries all over the world, I have dear friends in Pakistan Army and know some of the Indian ones via Facebook, my contention has always been that both Indian and Pakistani governments do NOT have roots in Hinduism or Islam, rather the laid out charted out manuals left by the British, and thank God for that! Indian Army has MANY loyal Muslim soldiers ready to kill their enemies at the command of their commanders and the EXACT same situation exists in Pakistan where Hindu soldiers are loyal to Pakistan! And are given fair and equal treatment on both sides. Hence it is evident that religion as a basis of differentiation has a weak correlation between India and Pakistan. After all, please do tell me Sir WHY do almost ALL Muslim nations barring a few support India than Pakistan? Does it not tell you that the terms India and Pakistan have are NOT based on religion? For were that so the entire Muslim “Ummah” would be untied against India today but we see the opposite! It is not a diplomatic “win” of India simply the broadmindedness of all parties concerned

7                     And now, you may not believe me, but I find Pakistani Army extremely rational, logical and pro peace. I do not think the Indian Army is very different either. So where is the problem?

8                     Sir, again, in my opinion, you are perhaps unknowingly kindling a fire that can one day burn your own home as it did ours. To appease the Amercians back in the 70s we nourished Taliban, ultimately our Army had to fight and kills them as we’d created a Frankenstein! Now draw parallels with India of today, you, perhaps inadvertently, gave rise to Hindu Nationalism in a country (India) which was erstwhile FAR MORE SECULAR than Pakistan! In doing so, and the recent highly questionable moves in Kashmir that the Indian Courts are also challenging, besides the world community to some extent, you are turning the tide EXACTLY like WE in Pakistan did back in the 80s! We suffered 20 years to get rid of that extreme fanatic mindset! As a BROTHER and a FRIEND I tell you Sir India will be hurt much more than Pakistan was because of Taliban. Sir you ARE a secular nation, such extreme fundamentalists asking people to chant “Jai Shri Ram” (or kill them otherwise), cutting tongues of Muslims, raping young or old Muslim girls is NOT the Indian fabric is India or the WHOLE WORLD knows it Sir!

9                     My dream and YOUR dream and OUR dream should be a SECULAR Indo Pak where like EU we can all have open borders where we travel and work freely! Increase tourism and be a combined global military and economic force, include Nepal, Afghanistan and Bangladesh to the belt too! And use our armies and elite intelligence agencies on BOTH sides to work TOGETHER against crime

10                 If you have concerns with Pakistan, allow me to help play a mediator, consider me 50% Indian and 50% Pakistani, after all my parents belonged to Allahabad and Bhopal! And still have a lot of family there but since I do not feel ‘welcome’ in India I’ve traveled the WHOLE world, ate and drank with Indians abroad but have the unmet dream of driving from Lahore to Kerala, and the way things are even if I did I’ll perhaps never make it in one piece J Not only that I am a disciple and friend of YOUR friend Sri Sri Ravi Shankar of the Art of Living, go ahead and call him, ask him “who is this Imran Owais Kazmi / CrystalHeart” and he and his team, Rugmani, Prabharker in India, Aniket in New York, Poonam in LA will all apprise you who I am and what I stand for

11                 Lastly PLEASE you and I and 1.6 billion people in India and Pakistan speak a similar language or variations, have a very similar culture and have COEXISTED for THOUSANDS of years happily (in the balance) – please do NOT make the mistake our Muslim ancestors did today is my humble brotherly and friendly advice to you sir

12                 We have more common friends than enemies Modi Saheb, let us build on those bonds! My thoughts on Kashmir are simple, let them be sir, we should give up ours, you give up yours and let them decide their fate like an independent self-respecting people, again you may not agree, but it is my humble suggestion and as I understand also the alma mater of UN resolutions and agreements between India and Pakistan todate – in ANY CASE if India and Pakistan reach LASTING PEACE and open their borders WHAT DIFFERENCE WILL IT MAKE! We will all be able to go anywhere we like from Afghanistan to Bengal via Kashmir, Nepal and India (so I dream!) – however, I would love to hear your views too and see where we can have a combined meeting of minds (you and the Pakistanis)

13                 Sir let us please work towards PEACE than PIECES of each other – consider me the catalyst, the guy who know Imran Khan and our fine people as well as yours, through yourself, allow this “Minister of Peace” an audience, let’s have a candid talk and end on the Beatle’s line of “let’s make love not war” – I am pretty sure we will, though not literally J

14                 Both sides are full of anger, both sides are nuclear capable, I pray to Allah or Bhagwan, whoever you believe in to give sense to leaders of both nations, I am at the service of both countries as an AMBASSADOR / MINISTER OF PEACE should you allow me the honor and pleasure – PLEASE DO NOT LET THE WORLD DIVIDE US BROTHERS IN ARMS, one winning is not another losing, it is BOTH losing! Think about it sir!

I am reachable on +971 50 5849562 should anyone from your team wish to setup a call or an appointment with yourself, let us turn these testing times to an opportunity for creating peace for a lifetime!

Best regards and have a great day,

CrystalHeart Kazmi
Chief Thinking Officer at CRSCube (.com)
Chief Operating Officer inTouch
Cell / Whatsapp +971 50 5849562
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Last chance for Pakistan

The status quo

Never in the HISTORY of Pakistan have the people of Pakistan felt as disillusioned, let down and cheated as they do today, by all institutions of Pakistan, whichever face, race, ethnicity, even the ruling PTI supporters are disgruntled. Hopelessness is in the air and there is no savior in sight. Every passing day brings newer and higher taxes, increasing prices, closing businesses, decreasing income, newer and more innovative global shame, and the abject helplessness in helping those all Pakistani civil, religious and military leaders always called the aorta of Pakistan: Kashmir.

The tip of the iceberg

Take a look at Twitter, an open letter to our PM Imran Khan by a Christian Indian or the barrage of negative comments by Indian’s on Imran Khan’s twitter account. Fine India is Enemy Numero Uno how does one justify the absolute rejection of Pakistan’s call for help by the world community in general including Muslim countries? The UNSC resolution was nothing short of a joke that our politicians pounced on as a “victory” for it neither restored Article 370 in Kashmir nor improved Pakistan’s standing anywhere in practical terms, all our leaders have are theories, while the people day by day are getting more and more angry and frustrated at an apparent failure of governance at all possible levels, internal or external.

Two neighbors, both got freedom at the same time, India’s economy is 9 times bigger than Pakistan’s. This is where the discussion should start. The world, you and I inclusive, respect the rich and despise the poor. The term “bhikari” (beggar) on google returns images of Imran Khan. Now, the fact of the matter is that Imran is a fairly well-off and self-respecting man but he stooped to the lowest possible level to save his dying under debt nation by going to all he could.

But Imran couldn’t possibly solve even 1% of Pakistan’s problems, let alone Kashmir!

Why so? Quite simply, he came in too late, through an electoral process that literally gets the SCUM of the land and shovels them to the corridors of power. He had no choice but to wheel and deal his way. That’s just ONE weakness, he inherited the baggage of goof ups mostly under ‘democratic’ thieves of Pakistan (whom he’s ungainfully locked up for now, Nawaz and Zardari) and some from military leaders as well.

The problem was quite simple, politicians belonged to feudal or technocrat families with a clear intent to loot as much as they could in the shortest possible time. The only balancing act was the powerful Army which would come here and there to fix things up, last formal attempt with a lot of unmet promises was by Gen Pervez Musharaff in October 1999. His colorful life and colorless blunders scared the hell out of his successors in tying the military power knot again and hence became an era of “selection” which has again, at the risk of repetition, gave an “ungainful” candidate with a moronic team which is more like a circus if anything at all, sans entertainment worth your money.

Politicians are bad in Pakistan, no doubt, but who propped them up? Bhutto grew up in Ayub Khan’s lap (who also hurled abuses at the founder’s sister Fatima Jinnah), Gen Zia groomed the witless clueless brainless idiot Nawaz and the thug Altaf Hussain to corridors of power, yes the 1987 (post Zia death) to 1999 period can be attributed to “foreign efforts” of both Bhutto and Nawaz, later in 2007 legend and rumor has it Gen Kyani, the man Musharaf entrusted with power, played the power game first with Zardari and then Nawaz, hurling Pakistan into a finale of loot the likes of which an impoverished 98% of 250 million people as I outlined in GadhaParty could never EVER have imagined. Kyani as I am told by those who know what the ordinary people know not, was influential in the killer final terms of Zardari and Nawaz that have broken the economic back of Pakistan. Which is why the people are angry on one side, and India is stronger in disputed J&K/IOK on the other.

Hell is what Imran Khan inherited!

And a hostile neighbor which pounced at the opportunity of a weak Pakistan by legitimizing it’s abuse over the disputed Kashmir territory.

And the “wrong” faith for world leaders and opinion makers: Islam

Now bad luck or whatever, since Kashmiris are Muslims and no one in power today of any faith (including Muslims!) likes Muslims their fate was sealed from the very inception, just like Palestinians or Rohingyas. Had these three been Christians or Jewish or Hindus all hell would have broken loose, wars would have been fought and they’d have got “homelands” by now. But nay, “Muslims are troublemakers, Sharia induced and terrorists” say the KKK, right wingers every where on a killing spree in mosques or wherever they find this “diseased version of humanity” – an ethnic cleansing similar to what Hitler did to Jews as is being done to Muslims today, overtly in Kashmir and covertly elsewhere. Imran and Pakistan’s Kashmir cause was and is a non starter in this back drop.

The GCC Arab nations are wiser, they have walked the line of “tolerance” atleast overtly and won over just about every one in the comity of nations Pakistan has lost.

Ironically, with more Muslims living in India then Pakistan one would have assumed a positive foreign policy, similar language and culture, but nay for decades we hated them (and vice versa) while they built stronger and stronger ties with our “Muslim brethren” to the point that India boasts their support! Neighboring Iran and Afghanistan, both predominantly Muslim nations vow allegiance to India anyday and everyday. Afghanistan we counted on but like East Pakistan couldn’t retain as a friend. May I mention here that while many Pakistanis speak of Indian Army raping Muslim Kashmiri women and killing, torturing and abusing their men that back in 71 it was our Army engaged in the same with fellow Muslim East Pakistanis to the extent that Indians were called for help by the Bengalis and our troops made a huge demoralizing surrender.

History has an uncanny way of repeating itself, it seems Pakistan and Pakistanis have learnt nothing if anything at all from their 7 decades of existence besides the familiar slogans of “Long Live Imran Khan” and “Long Live Pak Army and ISI” there is nothing concrete or tangible to talk about except recognizing failure after failure.

We went wrong everywhere, internally and externally, time to speak, write and DO the truthful of things that lead to improvement.

Amateurism is how Imran tackled inherited hell

Fine, things were bad, very bad, internally. What did King Khan do? Raised taxes to make IMF happy which in the same vein broke the back of an impoverished people AND killed whatever hope there was of reviving the economy, next he went on all possible tangents that backfired from austerity drives to loud statements and war of words with Indian Premier whom he later tried to appease and “wished he win so Kashmir is resolved” and the EXACT OPPOSITE happened! Wisdom and Imran Khan don’t go together, top it off with an incompetent team key members often selected by lenders and you have a recipe for disaster. Sealing the fate of Pakistan.

So the way out?

Indian Kashmir is not even remotely the key problem Pakistan faces, as they say in the airlines “place your oxygen mask over your face before you help others” is precisely what our situation is with Indian Kashmiris. We need to stay alive before we can let another soul to life!

Long ago, Stephen Covey who published the bestseller “7 habits of highly effective people” (which applies to nations too) spoke of “circle of concern” and “circle of influence”, the former referring to people who spend their time worrying about what they cannot change and the latter to those who work on areas that bring direct improvement in their lives. The same holds true for nations. Pakistan has been blabbering about issues it has NO control over and doing little on those it should to change the status quo. And Mr Khan now the roving Ambassador of Kashmir is doing the opposite. His lack of understanding of key issues facing Pakistan and their antidotes is only complicating and compounding our problems.

Economy and Justice

The magic words for Pakistan. But the exact opposite is happening since the s/election of the harbinger of change, Imran Khan! Economy is literally dying bending over backwards for the sins of previous “democracies” and justice what to speak of it, suffice to say a pipe dream for most Pakistanis. We have the most corrupt and horrible legal and police systems in the world. Imran has done little to change that. Because he doesn’t even understand WHY it is so and WHAT will change it for the better! Because of his incompetence today we suffer a terrible legal and justice system, a worse economy and a shameful face in the world.

The only people who can bring justice to Pakistan as I wrote in ChangePakistan is the Army, I wrote it back in 2007! 12 years, toiled and met politicians, Army Generals and you name Who is Who of Pakistan. Everyone acknowledged and appreciated my efforts but DID NOTHING tangible to make it happen.

Second, the economy, we need to incentivize people to invest in Pakistan and create jobs, that can only be done by reducing taxes to bare minimum of 10% that too VAT (value added) and no income taxes so people invest! create jobs and revive our dying economy.

We need to, in the same breath reduce expenses by cutting out all government ministries and departments and merging them as CALL CENTRES and APPs in NADRA which should also focus on tax collection using retired army officers and personnel giving exemplary punishment to thieves of the 10% low taxes. Also the Army need to cut down all admin expenses using IT and focus on combat mode needs only. Thus our reduced expenses will be met by a lower tax regime.

This cannot be done without negotiating an “interest and principal” break from IMF and other lenders for atleast 2-5 years so the economy comes back on track.

Extremism is still very much a part of Pakistan and it’s constitution, we need to go secular, allow nightclubs and bars openly to attract tourism, if the Middle East with hot arid deserts can get 200 billion dollars a year from tourism why can’t we?

Foreign relations need to be positive and low key, we need to take a passive then aggressive tone with India and extend a hand of real friendship to them like the rest of our Muslim brothers and sisters, in the interest of our survival and that of 300 million Muslims living in India besides the moderates that are aplenty. Pakistan must not kindle the fire but try its best to douse it. For decades we watched their movies and they loved our dramas, our dressing, jokes, language are far more similar than others, I see every reason to envision an EU like alliance between India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Sri Lanka.

As for Kashmir we should support the Kashmiri people by funding their Government in exile in the US, France, UK, China, Russia, Singapore, Brussels and Australia independently and where not as extension of Pakistan Missions abroad. We should ask for an INDEPENDENT KASHMIR free of Pakistani or Indian influence with NATO and UN troops to protect them. This is the RIGHT THING to do, it’s ethical and it’s correct. We should woo Kashmiris living outside India in US, UK, EU etc including Muslims, Christians and Hindus in it. This alone will save the subcontinent from the fire of extremism RSS and Modi are stoking.

So in short, life is all about survival of the fittest. India is not the fittest, but is far more fit then we are. Remember that, and chalk out your first goal: survival.

Art of Humanity

I am thinking of forming a glorious global organization called THE ART OF HUMANITY where the aim is to transcend all boundaries of faith, borders, race, ethnicity, color, language or orientation to a common human form where respect and love for another human being becomes mandatory

Isn’t it sad that while we have advanced so much in technology and manners we are still light years behind in love and acceptance of fellow human beings? Look at the conflicts all over the world, whether due land, or religion, are they justified? It is ironical that people wear different hats only because of a “flag” they are supposedly born with, which is based on physical boundaries, which have changed umpteen times since the dawn of humanity and so they shall as we go along

My question is simple: Why can’t we humans let go of our egos and parental or governmental or religious teachings of hatred towards fellow human beings?

My vision is simple: That this group or organization one day challenges the concepts of hatred and “enemy state” or “enemy religion” or “enemy color / race” all over the world. Oblivious to the fact that humanity is plagued by poverty (90% of our world is poor in real terms), malnutrition, sickness, crime (prevalent all over the world even the so-called “developed” world)

My aim is simple: To unite all global governments, armies and intelligence agencies to fight hatred, crime, poverty and intolerance

Is it too much to ask? I think not, I think we as humans have graduated beyond pettiness, if only we inspire ourselves and others around us, my entire life is an example where I went beyond my personal needs and aims to help this amazing but regressive planet

Will you support this one man army for global peace, love, acceptance and collaboration called CrystalHeart Kazmi? Challenge your demons, of who is the enemy, who is good and who is bad, and then challenge those of society. Until a day comes when we all are ONE as our Creator originally made us

https://chat.whatsapp.com/JYndyrWuJPb2LDNfKvhXM5

It is inspired by my first ever in life venture for change at https://happyhumans.wordpress.com/ back in 2007

Art of Humanity

I am thinking of forming a glorious global organization called THE ART OF HUMANITY where the aim is to transcend all boundaries of faith, borders, race, ethnicity, color, language or orientation to a common human form where respect and love for another human being becomes mandatory

Isn’t it sad that while we have advanced so much in technology and manners we are still light years behind in love and acceptance of fellow human beings? Look at the conflicts all over the world, whether due land, or religion, are they justified? It is ironical that people wear different hats only because of a “flag” they are supposedly born with, which is based on physical boundaries, which have changed umpteen times since the dawn of humanity and so they shall as we go along

My question is simple: Why can’t we humans let go of our egos and parental or governmental or religious teachings of hatred towards fellow human beings?

My vision is simple: That this group or organization one day challenges the concepts of hatred and “enemy state” or “enemy religion” or “enemy color / race” all over the world. Oblivious to the fact that humanity is plagued by poverty (90% of our world is poor in real terms), malnutrition, sickness, crime (prevalent all over the world even the so-called “developed” world)

My aim is simple: To unite all global governments, armies and intelligence agencies to fight hatred, crime, poverty and intolerance

Is it too much to ask? I think not, I think we as humans have graduated beyond pettiness, if only we inspire ourselves and others around us, my entire life is an example where I went beyond my personal needs and aims to help this amazing but regressive planet

Will you support this one man army for global peace, love, acceptance and collaboration called CrystalHeart Kazmi? Challenge your demons, of who is the enemy, who is good and who is bad, and then challenge those of society. Until a day comes when we all are ONE as our Creator originally made us

https://chat.whatsapp.com/JYndyrWuJPb2LDNfKvhXM5

It is inspired by my first ever in life venture for change at https://happyhumans.wordpress.com/ back in 2007

“The” Problem with Pakistan

Before I am ascribed labels of being “liberal” or a “foreign agent” or from “some banned sect” please attempt, if you can, to read my analysis and suggestions with an open mind.

Pakistan, after seventy two years of existence has nothing really to write home about compared to immediate neighbors or even disjointed twin Bangladesh, even lesser to show for the 40 something Arab nations.

Why?

In an NPR article titled Picturing Pakistan’s Past: The Beatles, Booze And Bikinis, “in a four-part Web series called Also Pakistan, Paracha includes a newspaper clipping that describes how The Beatles’ Paul McCartney was engulfed in a frenzy of fans at an airport bar in Karachi.” – that, too, was once Pakistan!

Critics would counter me saying “we’re a nuclear nation” – alright, what else? With a collapsing economy how long can we protect the nukes from the vultures out there?

12.3 billion dollars of external debt (which isn’t much compared to $33.1 bn for Bangladesh or India’s $521 bn) GDP (Gross Domestic Product) for Bangladesh is $249 bn, India $2.6 trillion respectively while Pakistan GDP is just $305 bn. Bangladesh per capita income is $1900 and India’s over $2,000 while Pakistan’s $1,600. The most alarming stats are in tourism, while Bangladesh makes a mere $400 mn in tourism, India makes $240 bn per year and Pakistan makes a mere $7.5 bn in tourism given our excellent landscape. Compare these three nations tourism income of Dubai’s alone which earns upwards of $70 bn with just 15 million tourists (Bangladesh 1.8 mn tourists, India 10 mn, and Pakistan only 1.9mn)

It’s a shame we’re not making atleast 10 times more from tourism then we are! Given the natural resource we have our GDP and per capita income is directly correlated to lack of tourism, when Mideast tourism hubs, literally an oasis in the desert with severe temperatures, harsh climate and hardly any nature in comparison to Pakistan which has literally everything from beaches to mountains to green fields to beautiful lakes and forests earn more than 10 times what we earn? Why is it that Pakistan despite it’s rich natural resource earns only a fraction of what it possibly can?

Why Tourism Revenue is sub optimal in Pakistan?

Tourism is a sector which is not just driven by infrastructure as is evident in Pakistan, but also by policies:

  • Who would believe that for a foreigner to get a tourist visa to Pakistan is simply a nightmare! Whereas it should be literally visa on arrival as long as you can show you have the cash or means to spend!
  • Alcohol, while widely consumed in-private in Pakistan is banned officially except for non Muslims and at select 5 star hotels as room service. Now anyone who has traveled the world knows that unless you’re seeking “Islamic” or “Rehab” tourism – a majority of tourists like to drink alcohol at public places, namely pubs and bars and also go to nightclubs with live music, drinks and dancing options. Pakistan has none, atleast officially. So a German couple or a French traveler or an American explorer, or even the Chinese, unless on a dry spell, will find it a bit odd to be vacationing with a rather dry nightlife sans alcohol, clubs and the works.
  • Our neighbors whether India or slightly distant Nepal, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Indonesia, Turkey, most of the GCC except Saudi Arabia have easily available Alcohol and nightlife, so literally except Iran and Saudi Arabia all Muslim nations the entire world understand these as the pre-requisites for tourism.
  • All Pakistan has are food joints, they too often serve dog and donkey meat (my inspiration, besides poverty and lawlessness for GadhaParty) unbeknownst to the unwary tourist.
  • Is it not a shame that a beautiful country that can easily earn upwards of 10 times its current tourism revenue easily paying it’s external debt in a few years is lying stagnant, wasted and unexploited? For what reasons?

People will tell you it’s “Islamic” – however, the real barrier to tourism in Pakistan is cultural, it’s not religious. Pakistanis are sadly hypocrites when it comes to alcohol, a 2013 BBC article details the growing alcohol addiction problem in Pakistan, a nation where alcohol is officially banned! Not just the elites but even the lower and middle classes have decent alcohol consumption patterns, which leads one to ask what is good for the goose why not for the gander (traveler / tourist) – the answer is simple, while Islam is certainly not followed when it comes to alcohol (or even basic human rights aspects), the morbid culture of Pakistan where drinking or selling alcohol is not legally or socially accepted and nor are open night clubs. The elites party hard at home or sometimes even low lying private clubs, the masses are somehow programmed culturally to “reject” the advent of “Western values” and “culture” some go so far as to say “5th Generation War on Pakistani people and values” (while it’s 4th Generation technically yet the popular 5th Gen misnomer)

Impact of lack of publicly available Alcohol in Pakistan

I think lack of public Alcohol availability is a symptom of extremists’ survival and rise in Pakistan, which leads to their stupendous, laughable and sometimes alarming rhetoric on why Pakistan is the citadel of Islam, why “foreign powers, 5 top international secret agencies, internal enemies and agents” are all combining to “destabilize” Pakistan with differing versions of how some want an “UnIslamic Pakistan aka liberal” which many consider to have been the secular vision of Pakistan’s founder Jinnah, a man who consumed alcohol and was as liberal as can be, only formed Pakistan to save Indian Muslims from Hindu extremism & terrorism which is much on the rise today.

However the conspiracy theorists run amok on all sorts of wild imaginative ideas, some of which even I, in amusement, support, as people tend to feel “secure” and “united” when you tell them “hey the whole world is after you poor and lawless people for imaginary benefits only your mind can believe they stand to gain!” – and yet much as I am amused am also saddened in the same breath for I see this culminating in the status quo of spiraling inflation, massive poverty (90% plus in real terms compared to any decent country’s per capita income), lawlessness and the debt trap.

One is appalled at Pakistani double standards as the same nations we loathe for being “liberal and open for alcohol, women and party time” our people go to as cheap labor or undocumented illegal immigrants and send back “precious foreign exchange” – no conservative man or Mullah or analyst questions the “kosher-ness” of the money hence remitted!

Pakistanis look up to the Chinese as some sort of “saviors and father figures” which is an odd marriage as the Chinese are infamous for their crackdown on Muslims and human rights at home, plus the rather public scrutiny of every Pakistani’s dream “CPEC” deal which has been proved by many to be far less beneficial to Pakistan then portrayed every now and then. We just seem to be drifting towards a different, and visibly worse, set of masters than before. If we build on tourism, we don’t need ANY masters! We can finally be free!

Foreign Image

Fact: (for anyone well traveled or even familiar with world media) Pakistan is, perhaps after Iran, one of the most despised and looked down upon Muslim countries in the world, even by many other Muslim countries, let alone non Muslim ones!

Take for example India, the worlds’ second largest Muslim population projected to have the highest Muslim population in the world less than 50 years!, that every single Muslim country in the whole world including our not so friendly neighbor, Iran, has good or excellent terms with is a sworn enemy to us! Forget the reasons, think of the bigger picture, why are we the isolated enemy’s of India and if we are indeed right in whatever we believe is the cause for animosity HOW COME not a SINGLE “brotherly” Muslim country stands with us politically or militarily against India? While we send our troops to them to fight THEIR wars when required?

Take also the fact that Pakistanis’ have the most severe visa restrictions all over the world. No one likes to welcome you to their land if you’re a Pakistani. You’re looked down upon, a decade back I wanted to visit Norway and was rejected by them saying “people from your part of the world seldom come with the intent of returning” – it was my first, graphic, insulting and hurtful instance of refusal from any country and a very painful one that as time went by I realized reasons thereof. Our people marry abroad to gain immigration, or seek asylum often on fictitious grounds (as I was told by many in the US and other places) and even resort to living illegally come what may then return to their homelands. Pakistan’s famous Dawn Newspaper clearly confirmed the obvious US shift “Media reports claimed on Saturday that the United States had added Pakistan to a list of countries which face visa restrictions for refusing to take back their citizen deportees and visa overstayers.” – Such is the apathy of our Government and (dis)ownership of her citizens!

The way forward (if any)

Thus unless a populist leader like Imran Khan takes the road less traveled and shouts out to the people to see reality for what it is, and do away with culturally mutilated religious dogmas who knows Pakistan may actually become a prosperous, progressive and respected country in the world!

Pakistan needs to go open, liberal, secular. It’s an antidote we need to take after Zia and US induced Talibanization drug which has secured our roots. Besides liberalization and de-radicalization at a state and street level, we need to ensure law and order, which as I wrote about in ChangePakistanNow should solely be the domain of ex servicemen. To ensure locals and tourists are safe and sound under the rule of law then corrupt, inept and lawless mafia of current police and judiciary.

Liberalization will lead Pakistan to the nirvana of growth and prosperity, if only people reflected with a cool head and understood!

Who can bell the cat? Mr Populist Leader Imran Khan or the obvious saviors of Pakistan, the Army, the most logical, liberal and progressive group of men and women remaining in today’s Pakistan.

CrystalHeart Kazmi (a writer on peace, prosperity, good governance for the world more at blahblah.info)

I Resign

I’ve not been sadder in ages. In fact I’m a very happy go lucky man. Happy in rags or riches, in the company of paupers or Kings. I’ve found happiness within. Yet today I must pour my heart ❤ to you for one last time

First of all please note my email address crystal.kazmi@gmail.com as in the last one week three of my WhatsApp numbers have been literally banned. So maybe you will see this number but I will still be banned and hence I won’t be able to communicate. I’ve no idea HOW LONG this number will be active

My fault?

I spoke my mind. I was threatened I was demeaned I was labeled all sorts of things

I was born in Pakistan into a Muslim family. But truth be told I’ve never really been someone who goes with how a slave thinks or acts. I’m a free man. I’m more like an American or a European in my thought process and values. Egalitarian, kind and loving towards all humanity. Pakistanis unfortunately tend to hate so many ideals, sects and groups then shower love upon a minute minority, that too conditionally!

I’m sad my countrymen let me down. They had my numbers banned from WhatsApp because I for the life of me could not understand why a particular sect is literally manhandled in what and how they can call themselves!

I am sorry. I’m not so narrow minded. I just cannot be. And if it means you hate me then please go ahead

My happiness lies in my head not in your insinuations and hatred

May whichever God Allah Bhagwan Yahweh Christ or Buddha you believe in bring you out of hate as I wrote long ago at tinyurl.com/kodeofkonduct even in utter despair and sadness my sincere prayers for your spiritual release from hate. For that is the real path of Satan or whichever term you use for evil

God bless and goodbye forever. Please if you must only contact me privately I will remain in groups passively at best no interest in hate or the arrogant

Please ONLY USE email or phone to contact me. WhatsApp can go figure. Crystal.Kazmi@gmail.com

 

Death of a politician’s son

جس نه لكها سو فىصد صحيح، عمران كاظمى hundred percent correct whoever wrote this. CrystalHeart, we truly have become a stonehearted nation, whichever way you look at it

قمر زمان کائرہ صاحب کے بیٹے کی ایکسیڈینٹ میں موت کے بعد مسلسل اس خبر کی وجہ سے قوم کے دکھ اور تکلیف میں اضافہ دیکھ رہا ہوں ۔ ۔ ۔ دکھ تو ہونا چاہیئے، کائرہ صاحب کا جواں سال بیٹا جو ابھی کالج میں پڑھتا تھا، تیزرفتاری کے باعث گاڑی الٹ گئی اور اللہ کے پاس پہنچ گیا۔ میری دعا بھی ہے اور مجھے یقین بھی ہے کہ انشا اللہ، اللہ تعالی اس کے درجات بلند کرے گا اور اسے جنت میں جگہ دے گا۔ اس کے ساتھ ساتھ قمرزمان کائرہ صاحب اور ان کے اہل خانہ کو صبر اور حوصلہ بھی عطا فرمائے گا۔

تاہم میں کائرہ خاندان کے دکھ میں برابر کی شریک اس قوم کو یاد دلانا چاہتا ہوں کہ ابھی کل ہی کہ بات ہے جب عدالت نے شاہ رخ جتوئی کی شاہزیب خان کے قتل میں پھانسی کی سزا ختم کردی۔ شاہزیب خان کی عمر بھی اتنی ہی تھی جتنی کائرہ کے بیٹے کی جب اسے 2012 میں سندھ کے تالپور اور جتوئی گھرانوں کے بگڑے ہوئے نوجوانوں نے اس وجہ سے اس کے گھر والوں کے سامنے قتل کرڈالا کہ اس نے انہیں اپنی بہن کو چھیڑنے سے منع کیوں کیا تھا؟ اتفاق کی بات ہے کہ قاتل شاہ رخ جتوئی کی بھی اتنی ہی عمر ہے جتنی کائرہ صاحب کے بیٹے کی۔ کائرہ صاحب اس وقت وزیراطلاعات تھے اور میڈیا کو تلقین کیا کرتے تھے کہ شاہزیب قتل کے واقعے کو سیاسی رنگ مت دے، ایسے واقعات ہوتے رہتے ہیں۔

تھوڑا مزید آگے آئیں، نوازشریف کے دوسرے دور کے وزیرخارجہ صدیق کانجو کے بیٹے نے ن لیگ کے دور میں نشے میں دھت ہو کر راہ چلتے راہگیروں پر فائرنگ شروع کردی جس کے نیتجے میں دسویں جماعت کا طالبعلم جو موٹرسائکل پر سوار تھا، موقع پر ہی جاں بحق ہوگیا۔ قریب ہی ایک گھر کا دروازہ کھلا جس میں ایک لڑکا شور سن کر باہر نکلا تو وہ بھی گولی لگنے سے جاں بحق ہوگیا۔ اتفاق کی بات ہے کہ وہ بھی کائرہ صاحب کے بیٹے کا ہم عمر ہی تھا۔ اس وقت کائرہ صاحب کی حلیف جماعت کے وزیراطلاعات نے بھی وہی بیان دیا جو کائرہ صاحب نے دیا تھا، یعنی واقعے کو سیاسی رنگ مت دیا جائے۔

یادداشت کا پہیہ مزید تیز کریں تو ن لیگ دور میں ہی سابق وزیراعظم یوسف گیلانی کے بیٹے عبدالقادر گیلانی نے محض اس وجہ سے ایک نوجوان کو قتل کرڈالا کہ اس نے گیلانی کی گاڑی کو اوورٹیک کیوں کیا؟ اگر میں غلط نہیں تو اس قتل ہونے والے نوجوان کی عمر بھی کائرہ صاحب کے بیٹے کی ہی تھی۔ اس وقت کائرہ صاحب نے پیپلزپارٹی پنجاب کے صدر کے طور پر پریس کانفرنس میں قوم کی تلقین فرمائی تھی کہ اس واقعے کو سیاسی رنگ مت دے، یہ محض حادثہ ہی ہے۔

ابھی یادداشت کو دوڑاتے جائیں۔ چند سال قبل بلاول کراچی ہسپتال کے انتظامات کا جائزہ لینے پہنچا تو پروٹوکول کی وجہ سے تمام دروازے بند کردیئے گئے، باہر گیٹ پر ایک غریب مزدور اپنی دس سالہ بیٹی کو 104 ڈگری بخار سمیت اپنے بازوؤں میں اٹھائے ایمرجینسی میں جانے کا انتظار کرتا رہا اور دروازے نہ کھلے، یہاں تک کہ اس کی بیٹی اللہ کے پاس پہنچ گئی۔

اس وقت بھی کائرہ صاحب نے پی پی کے دوسرے لیڈرز کے ہمراہ یہی کہا کہ واقعے کو سیاسی رخ مت دیا جائے، ایسے حادثے ہوتے آئے ہیں۔

میری کائرہ صاحب کے ساتھ ہمدردی اتنی ہی ہے جتنی کہ ہماری حرامزادی اشرافیہ کو پاکستانی عوام سے ہے۔

میں بھی کائرہ صاحب کو تسلی دیتے ہوئے یہی کہنا چاہتا ہوں کہ دل چھوٹا مت کریں، ایسے حادثات ہوتے آئے ہیں، نہ تو آپ کا بیٹا وہ پہلا بیٹا ہے جو کسی حادثے میں جاں بحق ہوا، اور نہ ہی آخری۔

تاہم اگر آپ نے اب بھی اپنے سیاسی اعمال کا جائزہ نہ لیا، زرداری کی غلامی ترک نہ کی تو پھر ابھی بہت سے مزید دکھ اور آئیں گے جو کہ آخرت میں ہی ملیں گے۔

باقی رہی بات کائرہ صاحب کے بیٹے کے غم میں مبتلا قوم اور دانشوڑان کی، تو یہ بے غیرت ذہنی غلام ہیں، انہیں ہمیشہ اپنے بچوں سے زیادہ اشرافیہ کے بچے عزیز رہے ۔ ۔ ۔ ایسے بے غیرتوں کا کیا غم اور کیا خوشی!!!