An American Dream gone wrong

I always dreamt of an American dream, in fact, people from my country (Pakistan) thought so much of it to label me a “CIA” agent. My crime: espoused American values and ideals of freedom in every sense, expression, faith or none, human rights, compassion to the extent that most migrants from Asia, Africa, South America, and Pacific belt feel more secure, valued and “at home” in America than their own countries. Ask any of them to go back to their homelands and they’ll tell you to take a hike. Because America treats them with dignity and equality.

 

Americans almost always had fine leaders, Lincoln, Eisenhower, JFK, even Nixon, Reagan, Ford, Carter, Bush Sr, and Jr. Stop right here. GW Bush Jr – the man who inherited 9/11 something most world leaders would leak in their pants if happened to them, even the one’s succeeding GWB till today. I cannot imagine a more difficult time for a leader than one GWB had. The heart of America, the symbol of Capitalism burned to ruins by a rogue group of haters thousands of miles away. Chaos everywhere. If Obama was in his place he’d probably blame America for it and offer compensation to the attackers. If Trump was there he’d probably blame the Left in California for funding the terrorists. Luckily for America there was GWB, while people made fun of him, that man, rock-solid as he was stood his ground, took quick and firm decisions, some paid off, some didn’t – but that’s what leadership is, every roll of the dice don’t get you the jackpot. But you do the best you can. GWB did. He united America under the star-spangled banner, under time tested American values and challenged the haters in unequivocal terms, he reached out to Allies with a clear with us or against us message, he was a strongman needed to fight strongmen. He laid the foundation for the destruction of the Taliban, Al Qaeda, and ISIS.

 

GWB rocked. And after him, America is just counting rocks thrown at her. Obama, a man from the once marginalized and abused African American community became America’s first African American President. People had high hopes, I’ll be honest I did too! I thought he will now mend the wars and unite humanity. To an extent, he probably intended to but he was simply too inexperienced, he won by votes lost to his own incompetence. He wasn’t ripe for POTUS perhaps if NOW he fought elections I bet he’ll do 80% of what he did differently. For example, not naming an American Healthcare policy after his own name! (Obamacare), not focusing on playing for the Nobel Peace Prize to the world while the American economy, racial tensions were worsening. He not only ignored them but was partisan in his assessment of color based events, which earned him the disdain of the very own voter base that brought him in. Like perhaps focusing on making African Americans competitive? Something he totally ignored, centuries of slavery and marginalization had/has left many African Americans in ghettos, singing rap, doing drugs, binge eating, blaming the “white man” and not really vying to rise out of the vicious circle around them that ironically Obama did himself! If only he’d become a motivational speaker for the Black community of America inspiring them with his example and telling them that if an Asian or African or South American or Chinese or Russian immigrant can “make it big” in America why can’t the homegrown African Americans? This was not to be in 8 years. Obama was the “good guy” talking about the environment and all things lofty and irrelevant to his voters. Frustration rose in America. I was in America in those days, 2015, 2016, and later 2018, most “liberal” pro left Americans brushed off Trump as a “nobody” – Hillary didn’t even start her campaign till much later by the time Trump had ignited enough hate against her and the left. I tried to reason that “I think this guy will make it” and people scoffed at me, my own family in DC or NY “you’re not an American, we’ve lived here for decades, we know how it works.” – famous last words for many I guess!

 

One man capitalized on it. A charlatan, an ex-Democrat himself, a friend of Clintons and Obamas, a billionaire made on bankruptcies, beauty pageants, Reality Shows. Donald Trump! Trump had only one aim, he was a businessman and he knew aims were important: leadership. No one took him seriously but he took his aim seriously. Obama’s voter bank was bleeding, the Deep South “Bible Belt” was fed up with pro left, pro-abortion, pro LGBTQ overtures of Obama administration. They needed a savior, a born again Christ to show them the way. And they were mobilized using anger by blaming each and everything on Obama and his team, hate became a tool to power. Hillary became Killary, “lock her up” was chanted all along in MAGA caps all across America. Never in the history of this great nation a woman, a political opponent was disgraced to this extent. It was a summary execution ordered before a trial! Obama and his wife were publicly and constantly insulted in the Trump campaign. Making America great again was about pointing out the bad guys who weren’t necessarily bad, but plain incompetent for their jobs (Obama and Hillary) who she handled Benghazi, how Obama handled 8 years with larger than life rhetoric.

 

Trump knew what he had to do to win, reinvent himself to be someone he wasn’t – a born again Christian Republican! When you’re used to acting it just becomes easier with every passing scene! And so millions of Americans reveled in the hate Trump gave them, my erstwhile best friend in NYC with whom I stayed a while would be constantly attuned to FoxNews and despite him being an intellectual, a very well-read man, an ex Professor of English Literature at NYU, humanitarian par excellence who served America and beyond, this man would utter the foulest and obscene sentences validating the hate channel (Fox) he was in front of for most of his waking hours. Such was the hypnotic appeal of hate, ironically used by Taliban, ISIS, Al Qaeda, RSS/BJP, Anti Ahmedis in Pakistan, and different religions so forth for centuries. Trump simply applied the winning formula of hate with the results it always delivers. Mind control, power, and subservience.

 

For the first time in American history people from the same family, best friends for decades would not sit on the same dinner table or meetup even. Such was the divisiveness Trump caused, and still causes, America to suffer. His reelection campaign will have more vitriol – what worked in 2016 would repeat itself in 2020.

 

What’s truly unbelievable is the Democrat vote bank sidelining the only man who could counter all the power and hate-based politics of Trump with PURE goodness that is what America stands for, Bernie Sanders. But the Right had him labeled a “socialist” – in practical terms America and much of the West IS socialist AND capitalistic in the same breath. You have a welfare state and also ample opportunities for entrepreneurs to grow!

 

I believe 2020 is a test for the entire humanity and especially America. COVID19 has proven to us how mind control can lead to the shutdown of entire nations, where people ignore facts like the majority get well without needing any treatment yet taking the more serious risk of shutting down economies leading to famine, civil wars and ultimately global wars for limited resources. The George Floyd case in America only partially highlighted police weaknesses, no police anywhere in the world is perfect, and I often asked Black Lives Matters organizers in 2016 who blamed the Police for a lot that “would you prefer police from any African country to replace American police and hence treat you with fairness and justice” some of them were speechless others just fumed and blocked me. American Police is fantastic, yes they make mistakes, I do believe Police Training needs to be rethought out and I volunteer if any listening for the task, building empathy and better communication skills, and stress management to avoid disproportionate responses.

 

Today is the eighth day after George Floyd’s murder, protests have been happening for 5 days. Trump waited for them to get worse and as of last night announced action. Why so late? Why not “strike the iron when it’s hot” – very simple, Trump was trumped at the incident, clearly the protestors had a point against the police, videos were all over the world, not just America. So how could he offend his voter base by agreeing with African Americans? So he had to paint them black, some say the protestors were paid, I say even if they weren’t if you let a man on the loose long enough he would have done the damage, and so it happened. Now Trump has in his order written one line for Floyd and 50 against the protesters, armed with ammunition, their certainly unlawful reactions that were incomprehensibly lawfully allowed! Evidence my friends’ evidence, so future police highhandedness is justified, “these people don’t deserve decent treatment”  and some may say “maybe Floyd did something wrong too!” – it will come to that, but before it does a great nation and a great people would have immeasurably and needlessly suffered.

 

And the irony of it all is that there are millions of Americans out there who are far better persons, leaders and visionaries than the Obamas and Trumps America got, truly the short end of the deal.

 

The question is: for how long will good Americans take to wake up from this trance?

My vision for the future of humanity

Let us rise against the mafia of hate who use religion, race, ethnicity, and nationalism to DIVIDE common humans who are literally otherwise NO different from each other, under a common law I see peace and tolerance built into the legal system

No person be allowed to insult the faith of another, but that doesn’t mean not protecting human rights from socially or legally unacceptable practices in any faith

If any spread hate in the name of freedom of speech; apprehend them, make them apologize, and promise not to repeat, and if they don’t or dishonor their commitment have them punished all the same regardless of who is who. So a Muslim in a Muslim majority country should be reprimanded and treated with the same strictness for spreading hate as a Hindu in a Hindu dominated land or a Jew in Israel or a Christian in a Christian dominated land. When people “get it” that they can’t get away with it over time hate would subside, people will become emphatic and careful in communicating

Any negative “beliefs” in any faith that affect people must be legally challenged and some outlawed. Shias (a Muslim sect) do “Matam” or remember the death of the Grandsons of the Prophet with knives and whatnot, knives usage must be outlawed! If there is a Sati custom in Hinduism (where a widow “sacrifices” herself with her deceased husband by burning to death) or any other caste system based that tramples on human rights OUTLAW it. If Hijab or marriage is FORCED on women in a Muslim country or anywhere OUTLAW it. If hatred is spread by a Mullah or Pundit, Rabbi, Priest against another faith PUNISH them without ANY leniency. If racism is done as we saw in the US recently SWIFTLY punish those responsible without regard for them being representatives of a majority

While COVID19 is a real challenge, humanity must not let it destroy our lifestyles and economies, use appropriate protection, masks, immunity-boosting diets, exercise, the level of paranoia that I see related to COVID19 is reminiscent of fear as the driving force. It looks like the whole world thinks the ONLY thing that humanity should be worried about is catching and dying from a virus knowing that at least 80% get away with the same ease as the common flu! While economies and human survival is at risk!

So in short, a positive, health, productivity and humanity focused world where the same set of “good” humanity based globally acceptable CORE laws based on CRIME than SINS are applied in the same way to every single individual regardless of their faith, race, color, nation – hate is discouraged at all levels so should religious beliefs that suppress the freedom of men, women, LGBTQ, and children

Thank you for your time in reading my vision

My reward: Envy, hate, and jealousy

Please see pure hate and even death threats I got on the following threads either for speaking on Women’s abuse, Ahmedis or on PIA crash or asking for rationality and secular thinking than Mullah based thinking. I was labelled a “Qadiani” (which I’m not) I was given open and clear death threats by many including fellow IBA graduates, friends I knew for 10 years blocked me, most Pakistanis are myopic beyond imagination and I’ve personally suffered them

On threats to close my account and the trauma at hate by fellow Pakistanis

When I called such people out and for reform

On how women are treated and empowerment

https://www.facebook.com/groups/BMSDOfficial/permalink/10157777902009735/

On cheap IBA grads and threats

https://www.facebook.com/groups/2226372535/permalink/10156985730197536/
On PIA8303 Crash (pilot error)

On IndoPak peace and blaming India but not correcting Pakistan issues

On interfaith harmony

On Ahmedis

Please see pure hate and even death threats I got on the following threads either for speaking on Women’s abuse, Ahmedis or on PIA crash or asking for rationality and secular thinking than Mullah based thinking. I was labelled a “Qadiani” (which I’m not) I was given open and clear death threats by many including fellow IBA graduates, friends I knew for 10 years blocked me, most Pakistanis are myopic beyond imagination and I’ve personally suffered them

Call me a traitor, I can’t toe the line anymore!

I was born in Pakistan, nothing I can be credited or blamed for, unfortunately, I never affirmed to the class-based, affirmation based culture of Pakistan, hence I was, for the most time, a misfit.

I am a global citizen, a free and wild bird, I don’t derive my identity from a nation, “faithful followers”, race, color, or any of those tags. I am, a human, someone who believes in a borderless world where all humans live and let live, in love, equality, peace, productivity, and prosperity.

I did serve my country after an MBA from a prestigious University (IBA) who of late has declined beyond recognition intellectually if not academically, served multinationals like Motorola, BASF, Nokia and others as a Consultant, besides my homeland to the best I could as at tinyurl.com/changepakistan – launched political parties, GadhaParty.com and WomenAreVotes.com – one with retired officers, UFDP. They were all symbolic and idealistic ventures meant to inspire people and those in Government to think through their problems with some out of the box solutions. I made countless good friends, mostly retired Officers, who liked the way I think and saw the truth in my thoughts and words. But they, like me, were powerless and hence not to much avail.

Since the advent of social media I had started interacting with a global audience, people who came from different faiths, nations, and backgrounds, some considered frenemies to Pakistan (Americans and other Westerners), some daggers are drawn enemies (Indians) and so on. Being a half-baked intellectual, I was decent with all, no preconceived notions of hate or disgust on any grounds, instead, I attempted the impossible, empathy! I tried to step into their shoes and see things as they saw it. It earned me the genuine friendship, love, and understanding of many from the “other” sides. I also spoke on Peace and a border-less world using a Global Police Force as at tinyurl.com/globalpolice based on my thoughts on World Peace as at tinyurl.com/chkworldpeace – toured the Rotaries in America and spoke to them as at tinyurl.com/chkrotary and made many new friends in faraway lands.

All along I continued attempting to influence Pakistani politicians, Army, Government on good governance, and a tolerant society many of the ideas at my blog BlahBlah.info besides manifestos in my political writings as above. Advised the ex-President of Pakistan, General Musharaf, and wrote articles for him that Australian NewsBlaze (Alan Gray) was kind enough to publish. My writings were/are liberal, offbeat, and completely at right angles to whatever is “mainstream” thought on governance, economy, law & order, foreign relations, religion, and peace in Pakistan. Many listened to me, few agreed, and far too many harbored open or closed animosity – resorted to maligning me and some even issued “death threats” for my views on empowerment and rights for women or tolerance in matters of faith (where I always proclaimed “let God be the judge, don’t play God on earth by passing edicts/fatwas” – I thought my fresh, unadulterated, innocence and purity based thinking would strike a chord. I was wrong, very, very wrong! It earned me the jealousy of many, as you can see in the “Penalty of Leadership” by Theodore MacManus (tinyurl.com/chkpenalty) where he aptly and in great detail describes what I face some 105 years later. The threats I received from hardliners speak volumes at tinyurl.com/chkthreats on women’s rights and tolerance in general.

I made some amazing friends some of whom as of the last week have blocked me, some of them, having known me and my family from 5-10 years labeled me a CIA, RAW, Mossad, “non-Muslims” agent! Foremost in the list was Akhtar Janjua, a passionate intellectual facebook.com/akhtar.janjua next was Farooq Malik, like a real brother to me till last week for 5 years! facebook.com/farooq.malik.790 and finally Shams Abbas, a fine man I knew on social media facebook.com/shams.abbas.16 I assure you while they’re not the only ones they’re the one’s who’s reactions left me with pain, for I assumed they “knew me.” again, I was wrong.

The problem can be traced to an egoistic, self-righteous, “patriotic” culture prevalent in Pakistan where despite being at the bottom of the pit, at the fabled doldrums, many still think, imagine, assume, the dream of grandeur, where national “pride” reigns supreme even as the nation is tearing apart at its seams for so many reasons, law and order is a joke as the recent case of the daughter of a corrupt to the teeth, rich real estate developer case is being highlighted or women’s abuse en vogue, or that of minorities. None of which an average, educated, Pakistani is even willing to accept!

Couple all this with the fact that on social media people from all over come by and comment, and when they do on threads that are critical of Pakistan, like my Indian or “Western” friends, for I can’t stop them from commenting can I? And if they say something that is correct I cannot deny them or should I? And if mine do not make sense I object or shouldn’t I? I get flack for being unpatriotic or an “agent” or trying to “appease” the West or our “enemies” – whilst they conveniently ignore my umpteen posts criticizing Trump or American Police highhandedness or the WHO fiascoes in handling COVID19 or my vocal posts on the rights of Kashmiris or how RSS/BJP/Modi Hindutva approach is counterproductive if not downright despicable – none of that is even noticed! But one post on my beloved motherland and her problems that I feel strongly about turning me into a CIA/Mossad/RAW agent. That simple!

If you don’t accept a problem how the heck can you solve it? There you go, this is reason numero uno why Pakistan is where it is today!

I hope Pakistanis learn to introspect, let go of hypocrisy and false national pride. For my part, I’ve reached a point of no return with Pakistan, if some super cheap, mean and downright dirty rotten scoundrels of Pakistanis actually think I am a traitor and some “agent” of CIA/RAW/Mossad, etc then please, by all means, be my guest and in doing so introduce them to me! for as of yet either they haven’t “valued” me as much as you believe they should have or they’re simply oblivious of my many talents as you so assume.

Despicable, in one word.

How Pakistani Men & Women let Women down…

Women’s rights or empowerment? Forget it… let alone basic respect. Women are treated worse than goats, marital rape is commonplace, pregnancies are defined by men, women’s consent is not taken into account, the quest for a “boy” has had many a wife, sister or a mother forced to bear many children till “a boy” is born, some even murdered (abuse in front of children is actually a norm) – “second” wives are brought in to make up for the lack of a “son” – the concept of romance even between husband and wife is considered taboo. Valentine’s Day is mocked on some flimsy religious grounds as “unIslamic” (religion as always reigns supreme in Pakistan to control minds). A husband who listens to his wife is a “sissy” – wife beaters are respected in society. And oft times it is WOMEN perpetuating these behaviours as mothers and sisters. I have heard from many that Imran Khan’s marriage to Jemima Khan and even Reham Khan was adversely affected by his family, sisters or so I have unverified reports on from close circles. And Mr Khan and his family are highly educated top 0.1% of Pakistan, imagine the rest!

Sadly, when I launched AuratKiAwaz in Pakistan (WomenAreVotes) with Shahnaz Minallah back in 2016 she told me “women are women’s worst enemies often” I see that in action today, Malik Riaz’s daughter acted like a spoilt brat and tyrant to the women her husband was having a fling with as documented in the news item. WORSE, cheap men aplenty in Pakistan have been commenting on “why aren’t AuratMarch / Women’s Rights activists” not coming forward? Instead of being MAN enough themselves to stand up for women!

No, Pakistani men and women remind me of Europeans in the Dark Ages. We still live those times, God knows for how much longer…

https://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2020/05/27/actress-uzma-khan-accuses-malik-riazs-daughters-of-attacking-her-over-love-affair/

The INTOLERANT so-called educated GRADUATES of Pakistan

A few days back I posted my OPINIONS on PK8303 on IBA forums, the place I graduated from and was once known for it’s fine quality of graduates

Sadly, I report that with the passage of time, as a nation, we have regressed to a stage where we cannot even TOLERATE an opinion which is different from our perception of reality, using any bull or logic that we can invent. Frequent name calling, personal attacks, abuse and insults have sadly become the norm in group discussions, leaving no room from the observer perspective to consider those engaged in it as “educated” or “refined” from any angle

I don’t work for the CAA, I don’t work for Airbus, my opinion is as valuable or as worthless as yours or anyone elses’ – but nevertheless its’ my opinion

It is possible that what I think of the cause of the crash may be different in your opinion, it is also possible that you may be of the opinion to NOT have ANY opinion on this matter, that is indeed your choice and your right! Just as it is MINE to HAVE an opinion EVEN if it is contrary to HAVING an opinion or a different one in your view!

Yet years of interactions with IBA grads has fortified the same conclusion, having an opinion contrary to “mainstream” is considered blasphemous and is swiftly reprimanded with insulting or demeaning remarks banking on emotions and self serving logic than facts or even the RIGHT of an individual to have an opinion or to express it! Contrary to what most people think, my heart DOES go out to the pilots too, I feel they were in tremendous STRESS for WHATEVER reasons, whether their own failings or technical glitches and if ANY of you have studied air crashes 99% of air crashes are due human error, which are often made in stress

Bear in mind these aircraft are more like computer games, they’re literally flown BY the computers with minimum human intervention by autopilots with umpteen systems that a human cannot effectively monitor or diagnose in times of crises, and when things go wrong the BEST and most EXPERIENCED of pilots do get panicky, it is human nature and has been the discovery of umpteen crash investigations

So may the pilots and all who perished rest in peace, my heart goes out to them, but under NO circumstances will I EVER agree to people shoving their shut up calls down my throat JUST because they think my opinion is contrary to theirs OR that I shouldn’t even HAVE an opinion!

You cannot do that, it is against basic human rights, it’s despicable, it’s inhuman, it’s uneducated, it’s vile and it’s not acceptable to me, you can say anything you like, spread hate, call me names, spread your venom, but you will NEVER be able to STOP me from SPEAKING MY MIND

I hope you get that, loud and clear. In the same breath I respect your right to have an opinion on the crash, and if you did I will NEVER demean you or insult you, that’s just not the way I was raised…

Picking up the pieces of Pakistan and rising from the ashes!

Tariq Khan shared a link mocking Indian soldiers for holding placards to Chinese at the border. we should first accept that WE are NOT a weak nation or army, despite all the brainwashing. Pakistan behaves with India, the way India behaves with China – this is not a logical comparison nor approach by any standards. I’ve often written that atLEAST 50% of Indians are pro Pakistan as they’re either minorities or truly secular in nature FED UP with their Hindustva Government and sadly, even their fine men in uniform, unlike ours, support extremism, murders and rapes against Muslim minorities and others too as evident in Kashmir to the whole world

On the positive side, I am proud of Pakistan Army and say so publicly as you’re all aware, for beating the hell out of Taliban and extremists at large, yes a lot still needs to be done but we’ve been on the right track

I also appreciate, publicly, the FANTASTIC governance Pakistan Army offers its kin in cantonments and have since 2007 vide tinyurl.com/changepakistan openly praised and asked for the SAME for our civilians via 100% military rule, courts and police with a simple 10% tax policy and win/win foreign relations as outlined in my 2 party manifestos at GadhaParty.com and WomenAreVotes.com UFDP sadly was taken over and my knowledge is that it’s on a different track than one I envisioned and many of you took active part in

They say you can NEVER fix a problem unless you go to it’s ROOT CAUSE

Forgive me my dear fellows for my harsh words below, for only THEY can help you realize PRACTICALLY what is happening in Pakistan

The first mistake our Army made, and repeated, was not, for good, taking control of governance from the civilians and blindly following a constitution reeked in religious hatred and a system which, practically can never be followed as the right people do not exist to implement it, government and face changes have proven to be failures every now and then, that shall remain as is. As they say “the definition of insanity is trying the same thing over and over again expecting different results” so it shall be with iterations of “democracy” under any garb or excuse or “leader” in Pakistan – no matter how “clean” they may be, the system isn’t, except the Army, the true heirs the British left behind in 1947, men of honor who stuck to principles

But at a combined level, they and the civil government erred as follows, read, get angry and perhaps, moved to ACTION! then “shoot the messenger” (myself) which is what I expect from 99% of the readers (as in the past)

We are like a eunuch who commends his manhood on the basis of flag hoisting ceremonies, parades, salutes, songs, tales & fables of past glory. But never goes to bed, is assured of non performance. The only performances we offer are on 23rd March, 14th August , 6th September, Iqbal Day, 25th December, 12th Rabi Ul Awal and nowadays “Kashmir Day” – the eunuch cannot be convinced to stand up and perform in Kashmir, in fact he tells you that the UN and world community will go to bed on his behalf. He also tells you that peace is the only option given “Indian aggression” and that “is parcham ke sai tale ham aik hain”

Blasphemous right? Of course I don’t expect you to speak or side with the truth! So inconvenient than the official narrative of “celebrating manhood using predefined days, songs, parades and speeches”

Cliched rhetoric and Pakistan – two sides of the same coin. Where foreign policy at a military and civil level is driven by fear. The day we get over our fear of “what will happen IF…” and just “goto bed” trust me the Indians will have sleepless nights and the Kashmiris and Indian Muslims and minorities will have a peaceful night in a long time, and ours will have a recognition of respect and achievement in real than eunuch terms in a long time. Otherwise it’s a nuclear powered joke of a nation

Please enlighten and correct me if I’m wrong with FACTS and REAL LOGIC than patriotic jingo, keep that for the sheep aplenty

As men in uniform the LEAST I expect from you, is the TRUTH —

May I?

Who are we to judge a person’s faith?

If Ahmedis say they’re Muslims why do Pakistanis feel so insecure? Don’t hate/kill them, let God be the Judge

Many quote the killing of Kazzab, a man who claimed to be a Prophet during Mohammad’s SAWS time who never asked him to be harmed, later, after his death, the Caliph Abu Bakr had him killed, but there is no instruction or record that the Prophet ordered his killing, it was a decision of his friend (Abu Bakr) and hence cannot be considered a norm, rule or law of Islam or of / by the Prophet. It’s not written anywhere in the Quran that “if anyone claims to be a Prophet, or insults the Prophet, hate them and go ahead and kill them!” this is all a concoction of the Mullahs in my view and spreads hate for no reason. It is barbaric, akin to dark ages and simply wrong

A side effect of this is hatred in general even against Muslims, like the case of the 14 year old boy in Syria shot dead at point blank range for one line he uttered that was taken as “disrespect” to the Prophet! A Prophet who in his life was known for forgiveness, love and care of even those who were unkind to him, like the woman who spread thorns in his way who’s well being he asked when one day the thorns were absent. Such a man we follow and such hate we express at right angles to his life and teachings!

It saddens me to see the real teachings of Muhammad SAWS are more enacted by those whom we call “non Muslims” in terms of their focus on equality, justice, merit, non discrimination, kindness, charity, concern, innovation and general goodness for human beings

Somewhere down the line we Muslims have forgotten the great essence of Islam which is not very different from Abrahamic or other faiths – and replaced with judgments, bigotry, hatred and anger

1 https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-23139784

2 https://www.quora.com/Who-was-Musaylimah-Kazzab

In my hearts of hearts I always assumed Pakistanis were better people then the followers of Modi, filled with hatred and religious intolerance. I was proved wrong today by comments on the following posts! We are, atleast, equally intolerant when compared to the Indians. My point was simple. Ahmedis/ Qadyanis consider themselves to be a branch of Islam with an “extra” Prophet, exactly the same as Christians are to Jews, or Muslims are (in general) to Christians. Now each of these “faiths” have dozens or more “sects” and they often think very differently from each other. Yet in the case of Pakistan the Ahmedis are singled out, hated and maligned. They are called a “British/American” etc “conspiracy” and what not, many have written openly in their comments that “they must be killed” and so should their “supporters” (like myself!) – although, ironically my support was ONLY to the extent of saying that let them say what they like to say! Don’t judge them! But no, people didn’t listen to me, they called me an Ahmedi (which I’m not and if I was I am not scared of anyone to have said so) – they called me an “Western agent” anything literally that comes to their filthy minds. So my contention is that the Britishers should seriously consider taking BACK the freedom they granted in 1947 to both Pakistan and India for both are extremely intolerant, hateful to minorities, self righteous and led by people with extremist ideologies. It was a sad today to see the WORST of my countrymen, many old friends too!

 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/mianwasim2009/1485525321629367

https://www.facebook.com/groups/ptipakistan/3067131766642375/

 

Treat Ahmedis as EQUALS in Pakistan or ask the WORLD to treat Pakistani Muslims as UNEQUALS

Attention:

1 The Prime Minister of Pakistan, Hon Imran Khan

2 Federal Minister of Religious Affairs, Hon Noor-ul-Haq Qadri

3 Chief of Army Staff, Hon General Qamar Javed Bajwa

4 Chief Justice of Pakistan, Hon Gulzar Ahmed

Subject: Should we be the judge or let God be the judge when it comes to faith?

If CoronaVirus helps people see where they erred, let Pakistan undo the wrong done to Ahmedis since 1973.

While Pakistanis and Muslims the world over complain, whether China or US or EU or Australia or NZ or Canada, of being discriminatory towards them, branding them as “terrorists” and even storming their mosques and killing them. Is it not ironical that worse is done by Pakistani Muslims to those who could in every possible sense be called their very own, from them and within them, the Ahmedis.

“لَكُمْ دِينُكُمْ وَلِيَ دِينِ

Lakum deenukum waliya deen – To you is your religion and to ours, our religion. (Surat al-Kaafiroon, 109:6)”

“Minister for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony Noor-ul-Haq Qadri has said that anyone in Pakistan sympathising with the Ahmadiyya community can never be loyal to the country and Islam.”

“A person who does not believe in the absolute and unqualified finality of The Prophethood of Muhammad , the last of the Prophets or claims to be a Prophet, in any sense of the word or of any description whatsoever, after Muhammad , or recognizes such a claimant as a Prophet or religious reformer, is non-Muslim for the purposes of the Constitution or law.”

“Approximately 2–5 million Ahmadis live in Pakistan, which has the largest population of Ahmadis in the world. It is the only state to have officially declared the Ahmadis to be non-Muslims as they do not consider Muhammad to be the final prophet.”

“On May 28, 2010, extremist Islamist militants attacked two Ahmadiyya mosques in the central Pakistani city of Lahore with guns, grenades, and suicide bombs, killing 94 people and injuring well over a hundred. Twenty-seven people were killed at the Baitul Nur Mosque in the Model Town area of Lahore; 67 were killed at the Darul Zikr mosque in the suburb of Garhi Shahu. The Punjabi Taliban, a local affiliate of the Pakistani Taliban, called the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), claimed responsibility. On the night of May 31, unidentified gunmen attacked the Intensive Care Unit of Lahore’s Jinnah Hospital, where victims and one of the alleged attackers in Friday’s attacks were under treatment, sparking a shootout in which at least a further 12 people, mostly police officers and hospital staff, were killed. The assailants succeeded in escaping.”

Why?

Why are the Ahmedis hated and killed even though they’re faith is atleast “closest” to Islam even if one claims that they are not Muslims! How could an “average” Pakistani, even educated, play God? How could they claim that an Ahmedi can or cannot claim to be a “Muslim” or any faith? And that if they challenge the “finality of Prophethood with their own Prophet” then they must be declared as Non – Muslims.

The second amendment of the constitution of Pakistan openly and brazenly declares the Ahmedis as “non Muslims” using the finality of the Prophet clause. Since WHEN is a STATE required to interfere to THIS extent in a person’s religious beliefs?

Who has given this “authority” to the State of Pakistan to label Ahmedis as non Muslims? Is it not clearly mentioned in the Quran as given at the outset that “To you is your religion and to ours, our religion. (Surat al-Kaafiroon, 109:6)” then why such haste to judge “non Muslims” or even those who call themselves “Muslims” though you and I may not agree?

And not only that, labeling, hating and killing Ahmedis is a norm, why so?

Why can’t we accept them with the same love, affection and rights that the Christian nations we migrate to for money and a better future accept us overall? Do any of their lands “define” who is or isn’t a Muslim or a Christian or Jewish or a Buddhist or a Baha’ai or a Parsi or a Hindu? They just go by what YOU say you are! They don’t judge you, in a way, being “non Muslims” they precisely follow Sura Kafiroon, but you do not! Why?

You can cook up any excuse, any rationale, any “logic” but the fact remains that judgment, as per Islam, rests with God not with humans, not for religious affairs. For non religious affairs such as crimes a state is certainly required to interfere and judge, for example, rapes, murders, thefts even hate crimes. But for a state to stoop so low as to label a certain people Muslims or not is beyond reprehensible.

I demand, as a Pakistani, that Ahmedis are given respect, equal treatment and the right to proclaim whatever they believe in, just as you and I have the right to proclaim whatever we believe in may we be Muslims [Sunnis (Deobandis, Barelvis, Wahabis), Shias (Athna Ashri, Boris), Agha Khanis], Hindus, Christians or Parsis living in Pakistan. To rob the right of what the Ahmedis believe themselves to be, whether right or wrong by our faith, is the same if Christian nations where Muslims earn Dollars, Euros and Pound label Muslims as “Non Christians” and hence open the door to discrimination against them as we have in Pakistan.

And our “Religious Affairs” Minister considers it “disloyalty to Islam and Pakistan to sympathize with Ahmedis”

So please, sir count me as one! For I sympathize with HUMANITY first then a religion that is BASED on humanity in spirit! And I think it is YOU who are going against the spirit of Islam and humanity if you insist on demeaning, ridiculing, hating and killing Ahmedis in Pakistan.

I know I will get hatred and flak for speaking the truth here, but atleast I know I’ve been honest to my conscience. I hope so do you.

Regards,

Crystal Heart Kazmi

Founder WomenAreVotes.com

Anyone Sympathising With Ahmadis Is Disloyal To Pakistan, Says Minister

https://www.hrw.org/news/2010/06/01/pakistan-massacre-minority-ahmadis

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Persecution_of_Ahmadis

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Second_Amendment_to_the_Constitution_of_Pakistan

https://sufilive.com/Religion-is-Advice-5167-EN-print.html

 

Women ARE Votes!

I’m a man and my dream behind WomenAreVotes is a world led by women with “chapters” all over the world, they could take be a pressure group, a political party, or an advocacy group. Though isn’t it ironic that women ARE votes, and yet, they are not even humans in many countries of the world, and most often, in their very own sacred places of protection and nurture, their homes. A Bollywood flick Highway remains etched in my end with images of a woman abused by her protectors

Because us men have given the world disasters from tyrants like Pharoahs, Nimrod, mass killers like Genghis Khan, Hitler, Saddam Hussain, Gaddafi, Osama Bin Laden, to idiotic world leaders (need I take names? Some are mentioned with their stupendous quotes several times a day on mainstream media) 

I have been abused and given death threats for standing up for women of Pakistan, and the world. That’s because I’m a Pakistani, but trust me, the threats would have flowed all the same even if I was a national of say 90% of the world we live in where women are treated like garbage. India, many in South America, Africa. In fact, GlobalCitizen points out 5 countries where it is “worst” to be a woman. According to Vox, the internet is full of men from all over the world who hate feminism

My vision was and remains simple: Women are better leaders than men, the recent COVID-19 crisis has uncovered that nations where women led coped better than the rest led by us men

  • According to Harvard Business Review, scientific evidence supports Women as better leaders. Pew Research published findings were also inclined in favor of women
  • Replicon counted 17 reasons why women are better leaders than men. Among them: empathy, WLB, better listeners, nurturing, pro teamwork, multitaskers, seek challenges, better communicators, dreamers, better crisis managers, wear many hats (don’t we know that? mother, wife, sister, worker), keep egos in check, more emotionally intelligent, flexible, lead by example, defy the odds and above all, make their job appear effortless!
  • Barack Obama said: “If women ran every country in the world there would be a general improvement in living standards and outcomes” as endorsed by the LatinAmericanPost later

The more I struggled in this area, since 2016, the more people I met, I was told that often it is women who are the worst enemies of other women. People blamed women for not uniting, revolting and gaining power, as generally power transitions have happened through the ages. I think it is due centuries of domination of us me, a mass “Stockholm Syndrome” trough the ages where women learned to become better wives, better sisters, better mothers, better daughters, but not necessarily better persons. Because their lives revolved around men, from cradle to gave. In pre-Islamic Arabia it was a common practice to bury a girl child, alive! Imagine a mother, a brother, a father who partakes or endures in such a practice? Well you can! For even in today’s world “(dis)honor killing” is common in India, Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan and many other countries, to the extent that when these people “migrate to the West” they don’t stop it even if they are EU or UK or other Western world citizens!

The “crimes” women are murdered for often range from such reprehensible acts as of “marrying or eloping with someone with their own free will” often from another faith, caste or social strata.

  • In India, a low caste marriage resulted in the groom’s gruesome death, dragged outside of an Indian Court in the presence of police and judges, and beaten to death
  • British Pakistani Samira Nazeer was brutally murdered for marrying an Afghani man. “After an argument, her brother Azhar Nazir (30) and a cousin, Imran (17), murdered her by stabbing her more than 18 times using four knives. The attack was performed in front of other family members, including two of her nieces, aged two and four.
  • A pregnant 14 year old Afghani teen was murdered, set on fire by her in-laws because her dad eloped with a girl from the groom’s family
  • Two Afghan men granted asylum in the UK for helping Allies troops in the Afghan war murdered their 25 year old Afghan daughter for renouncing her faith and choosing to do whatever she liked with her body
  • US President Donald Trump, is on record for his remarks on women, that I find too low to repeat here in words
  • A 2-1/2 year old, angelic, American girl, Riley Ann S
  • awyers, was gruesomely murdered by her step-father and her biological mother in Galveston Bay, Texas, for not being “obedient”

I think women have had enough!

But do women agree? I’d love to see a strong woman or a group of women rise and shine? I’d love to hear from you, connect with us and attempt to rewrite human history. It all starts with a dream…

CrystalHeart Kazmi
Founder, WomenAreVotes.com
WhatsApp +923205345555 Email Crystal.Kazmi@gmail.com