How to actually bring a revolution

The fundamental differences between revolutions and protests

Whether PTI and PAT were or would be able to accomplish their mission of revolution shall continue to be debated for a longtime. An analysis of the rhetoric employed by the leaders of these two outfits, however, continues to baffle even their staunch past supporters. Starting from the demand for electoral reforms plus minus one formula (PTI) to socio-political and economic revolution (PAT), a massive confusion abounds regarding their fall back positions in case their initial demands remained unmet. Rigidity in attitudes that both IK and Dr Qadri have failed to recognise could lead initial successes into failure. Because of this rigidity it is almost certain that their present mission will remain (un)accomplished.

In the past more than four weeks Pakistan had been in a state of turmoil due to the marches organised by PTI and PAT leadership for achieving their change or shall we say their revolutionary agendas. The overriding claim from both sides had been to transform Pakistan according to a prescription which even the leaders of the two parties found difficult to decipher for their supporters. Tall claims had been emanating from the elevated platforms of their expensive air-conditioned containers. While the rhetoric employed initially bordered on encouraging violence to achieve the so called revolution, the grand plan lacked a robust execution plan. The absence of an execution plan was based on the assumption that some hidden forces would land on the capital and deliver the revolution. Both the leaders forgot that revolutions never occur on the promise of a third force, they require major sacrifices on the part of the leaders as vanguard of the revolutions.

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Wining start for Pakistan’s hockey team in Korea

Pakistan hockey team got off to winning start in the practice match against the Korean club side in a friendly match played in Korea on Wednesday.

Talking to The Nation from Korea, head coach and manager Shahnaz Sheikh said: “It is quite unfortunate that despite our repeated requests to Korean national team and teams like Malaysia and Japan to play practice matches against the green shirts, they excused sighting other commitments. We are well-short of competitive practice matches.”

“Now we have turn our attentions towards the one and only practice match against Bangladeshi hockey team, which will be played today (Thursday), otherwise, we have to completely rely on training and self practice. The situation is not encouraging, as Pakistan team didn’t play a single international event or series for the last 11 months or so, while all the other title-contender nations have played a lot of international events besides playing world cup and Commonwealth Games,” he added.
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“Please vacate our schools”, students protest in Islamabad

students-protestDozens of students, some in uniform, and parents gathered in front of Islamabad Model College for Girls F-10/2 demanding opening of their schools. Thousands of policemen from the provinces brought in by the government to control protesters have been living in around twenty-seven schools and colleges for the past one month.
“Please vacate our schools,” the students chanted objecting why only twenty-seven schools and colleges were closed while all others were open and why can’t police personnel be accommodated in other buildings.
Parents expressed deep concern that their children languishing at home for the past four months. “The future of our children should not be put at stake for the sake of politics and police should be accommodated at some other place so that the classes can be started,” said one of the protesting parents. Continue reading “Please vacate our schools”, students protest in Islamabad

Polio count jumps to 158

Pakistan’s polio crisis has pushed the country to a point of no return. From 145 cases on September 12, the national case count on Tuesday jumped to 158 when the Polio Virology Laboratory at the National Institute of Health (NIH) confirmed 13 more wild type-1 polio cases in a single day.

With a meeting of the International Monitoring Board (IMB) on Polio Eradication scheduled for September 30, Pakistan’s reprehensible performance is bound to elicit a strong international outcry.Ever since the imposition of the May 5, 2014 travel restrictions on countries that were seen as “posing the greatest risk of further wild poliovirus exportations in 2014,” Cameroon and Syria have neither reported a single polio case nor have they exported the virus beyond their respective geographical frontiers.  Continue reading Polio count jumps to 158

BJP suffers a blow in by-polls

It may sound premature, but it has to be said: the Modi wave has ebbed. Sure, bypolls are not general elections, nor are they a vote of confidence on the incumbent Prime Minister. But these elections across ten states in 33 assembly and three Lok Sabha seats are a clear indication of the mood of the people in those constituencies. After 100 days of the Modi government at the Centre, when public discourse is still dominated by just one man and his promises, the people in most of these constituencies seem at best indifferent towards Narendra Modi and his party.

The results are not officially out yet, but Samajwadi Party seems to have made a clean sweep in seven out of 11 constituencies in Uttar Pradesh. All these were sitting BJP seats and a vote against BJP in their own assembly seats, that too when BSP was not even contesting the bypolls, is nothing short of a big slap on BJP’s face. And this is far worse than the Bihar bypoll results because in Bihar, even the combined might of Lalu Yadav, Nitish Kumar and Congress could not stop BJP from winning four out of ten seats and emerging as the single biggest party in the state’s bypolls.

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PMLN MNA’s sons accused of sexually assaulting a girl, blackmail her into silence

The girl sexually assaulted by the three sons of a PMLN MNA and five other suspects in Faisalabad has decided to drop the case. The victim changed her original statement on Friday from being raped, to exchanging ‘harsh words’ with the accused. The sudden retraction blatantly points to manipulation on part of the sons of Mian Farooq; Muazzam, Saad and Qasim Farooq got to her before justice could run its course. The police have dropped investigations after refusal on part of the victim to give her blood sample and sanction DNA tests.

The accused and their father, MNA Mian Farooq, have said that this was an attempt to malign their reputation. Vehemently denying the accusations and calling the victim a liar is beyond abominable, but not unexpected. The victim’s decision to retract the FIR does not prove their innocence. When it comes to blackmail, the person being blackmailed is the one that strives to divert public attention away from the entire episode. Common sense dictates that the girl is the one who is being blackmailed, while it is in the interest of Mian Farooq and his sons to keep this under wraps. Continue reading PMLN MNA’s sons accused of sexually assaulting a girl, blackmail her into silence

More democracy, less dictatorship

The writer is a freelance columnist.ALMOST like clockwork, the ‘fake democracy’ crowd is back. Those claiming that the era of dictatorships and coup-mongering was over utterly failed to take into account the intellectual and moral bankruptcy of the well-heeled and the well-fed of this country.

Apart from the usual Twitter warriors and Facebook philosophers, a group of supremely talentless yuppies have even come out with a song denouncing Pakistan’s procedural democracy and its accompanying rhetoric. Continue reading More democracy, less dictatorship

Qaid-e-Azam’s 66th death anniversary observed

Quad-e-AzamThe 66th death anniversary of the founder of Pakistan‚ Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah was observed throughout the country today with reverence and honor.

Different sittings of Quran Khawani were held on this occasion countrywide including the one at the mausoleum of the Quaid in Karachi. Political personalities, armed forces, officials, and citizens visited the mausoleum of the great leader to pay tributes to him for his services to the cause of Muslims of the Sub continent.

Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ibad and Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah also visited the Mazar of the Quaid, laid floral wreaths and offered Fateha.
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Asian Games begin, Pakistan sends hockey and football teams

pakistan-Hockey_0Pakistan hockey team along with officials and head coach/manager Olympian Shahnaz Shiekh left for Korea on Thursday afternoon.

Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) finally managed to arrange early departure of the team after failing to provide a single international tour for the last 11 month or so. Head coach had time and again emphasized on the need of playing competitive hockey and had filed detailed future tour programme with the federation which failed to provide any relief to the team.

Talking to The Nation, Shahnaz admitted that the team was well short of international exposure, but it would be covered with the passion and practice, the boys did in the last four months. “Asian Games will also show how much boys have taken advantage from what we have taught them. We will take each and every opponent very seriously.”
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COAS invites college & university students to get to know the army better

a-day-out-with-army A group of over 100 students from Kinnaird College visited various military units and formations at Lahore Garrison on Thursday.

The programme, ‘A Day Out with Army’ has been specifically introduced throughout the Army on instructions of Chief of Army Staff to acquaint students from different colleges and universities on routine functioning of Pakistan Army and its operational preparedness.

The objective is also to instil even greater sense of patriotism, confidence and dedication towards the country in our youth. Earlier, a group of students from F.C College Lahore spent a day with troops.
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