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Cross posting documentary made on me & PYA by Al-Jazeera English, highlighting some of the work we do.


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The student wing of Jamat-e-Islami, Islami Jamiat E Tulba (IJT) has been in the limelight for quite some time. These neo-fascists and closet Taliban have been responsbile for the most inhumane and violent behaviour in educational institutions throughout Pakistan. Yes, my friends, they are self-proclaimed caretakers of Islam who leave no stone unturned to enforce their version of Islam on others. Does it ring any bells? Taliban taking over in Swat and FATA?    

From Punjab Universitiy to Peshawar University, IJT has been guilty Taliban-like acts throughout Pakistan. They on the back of their father-fascist religio-political party, take law in their own hands just like Mullah FazlUllah or BaitUllah Mehsud did in Swat and FATA.    

I received a message from a friend, Ahmed Zubair in Peshawar yesterday which forces me to write this blogpost. I am copy-pasting the extact message he sent to me:    

Adnan, the student of 8th Semester- Civil Department UET was listening to music in his room in the Tribal hostel of UET. The members of ” Islami Jamiat talba” knocked and warned him to stop it or lower its volume. In the meanwhile, harsh comments were exchanged and a small fight also took place.
After that, other students started to mediate and tried to patch it up between them but in vain. It is said that “Islami Jamiat talba” didn’t agree.
No one had thought that a small fight would cost Adnan his life.   

After a day or two, a bunch of Jamiat students spotted Adnan and his friends and started beating them brutally with the Nail embedded Sticks. Adnan and his 4 friends were shifted to the hospital. Adnan was in ICU, in a state of coma for a week. This happened on the last Saturday i.e 13th March 2010.
Unfortunately, Adnan passed away yesterday (19th March, 2010) which gave birth to protests and strikes once again. As a result, both the Peshawar University and UET are closed for an indefinite period.   


You must also remember the bashing of Imran Khan in Punjab University Lahore, when IJT invited him and then treated him badly.    

Time has come to demand a complete ban on these neo-fascist student wings. Time to cleanse our prime educational institutions from  Talibanization and extremism.

Imran Khan mistreated by IJT


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Casualties of war
Casualties of war

Ever since God sent us for this test, we have faced numerous trials and tribulations. Human history is full of wars and acts disgraceful to humanity itself.  

No group/nation claims to be wrong, none ever confessed erring and no human being ever disrupted the world peace, maybe angels from heavens were descending down and making humans kill each other, sometimes in the name of God, sometimes in lust of power and sometimes for a single woman!  

Animal like characteristics overwhelm our lower selves; ego and we commit the most hideous crimes in revenge or to expect revenge. Every religion underlines the importance of “forgiving” and what splendors can this attribute of “forgiving” can infest in us. I shall go into the sapiens/Neanderthals, the crusades, the 20th century’s WWI and WWII. But reality remains that man has swum oceans like fishes and discovered secrets that one did not know existed; flown skies like birds and reached heights one’s ancestors could not even imagine, but as we enter the 21st century, a new global world where information and education is just a click away, we fail to respect each others right to live.  

World scenario changed after 911. Islamic militants, who vow to defeat the “forces of evil” triggered one of the most successful terrorist attacks in the recent history and like said above, an even bigger and more inhumane “revenge”. Uncle Sam, the holy “Saudi Arabia” and the land of pure, after instigating (read: giving birth to) Islamic militants and using them as a shield against USSR, left them alone, only to progress with automatic rifles and what progress could automatic rifles bring?  

Taliban and Al Qaeda rose to fame. The same Taliban who had Iftar dinners with Saudi kings, who were invited to USA and glorified as heroes, the same Islamic militant’s Pakistani intelligence (military) trained and were considered a strategic depth had now become enemies. Mysterious was the turn of time for them, as those who were once called valiant Mujahideen were now the worlds most wanted men. Again, like said above, no one was “wrong”. Every one party to using violence and teaching little kids the war of guerilla warfare backed out. Many international events led to Jihadi movements and its splinter groups, who believed in using terrorism as a weapon in their holy Jihad against the force of evil. They had forgotten the basic rules of how a Muslim fights, with what grace he never stoops to a level that is disgraceful to his own prestige.  

How could a super power, with a military might unparalleled in history, stand an attack on its heart? The revenge was the call. Invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq, aerial bombings, killings of hundreds of thousands of innocent Muslims, incorporated with rapes, torture and crimes humanity could not own became the order of the day. Again, no one was wrong!
War has long figured as a theme in poetry–after all, some of the world’s oldest surviving poems are about great armies and heroic battles. But while Homer may have idealized his combatants and revered their triumphant, incessant fighting, the treatment of war in poetry has grown increasingly more complex since then.  

The numerous conflicts of the twentieth century produced poets who sometimes chose to concentrate their writing on the horrifying effects of war on civilians. In Pablo Neruda’s famous poem about the Spanish Civil War, “I Explain a Few Things,” he discards metaphor entirely to say: “in the streets the blood of the children / ran simply, like the blood of children.” At the end of the poem he implores the reader to look at the devastating results of war:  

Come and see the blood in the streets,
come and see
the blood in the streets,
come and see the blood
in the streets!

It’s shocking how humanity has progressed in science, philosophy and other fields but still yearns to learn the art of respecting each others right to live! Some people in the land of pure, on the lines of General Zia’s radicalization policies still propagate war and racism. Some even use it as a tool to define “patriotism”, forgetting “an eye for an eye will make everyone blind”. Forgetting that a war between two nuclear armed rivals, Pakistan and India could mean humanity may cease to exist in the Indo-Pak subcontinent. (Read potential consequences of an India-Pakistan war)  

Go to war. Fight. Kill!  

– Syed Ali Abbas Zaidi : Plastic Tearz and Fake Smiles  


Nuclear War


Blood, Pain and suffering

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Mystifying is the turn of time, indeed. The same Allama Iqbal who was given fatwa’s on, by his contemporary “Mullahs” is now quoted by well-reputed Mullahs of the same school of thought.

The same Bulleh Shah, who had been refused by the mullahs to be buried after his death in the community graveyard because of his unorthodox views, today enjoys worldwide reverence and is quoted by contemporary mullahs. The tomb of Bulleh Shah in Qasur and the area around it is today the only place free of collective refuse, and the privileged of the city pay handsomely to be buried in the proximity of the man they had once rejected.

Maulana Rum (aka Rumi), who was condemned as a kaafir, is not only the top selling poet across the globe but is held in high reverence by people of all religions.

I have written on this topic previously, the verses of Bulleh Shah force me to write again. Every word that was misinterpreted by mullahs, can serve a cure for all the ills we are facing in our times.

Chal Way Bullehya Chal O’thay Chaliyay
Jithay Saaray Annay
Na Koi Saadee Zaat PichHanay
Tay Na Koi Saanu Mannay
O’ Bulleh Shah let’s go there
Where everyone is blind
Where no one recognizes our caste (or race, or family name)
And where no one believes in us
Masjid Dha Day, Mandir Dha Day
Dha Day Jo Kujh Disda
Par Kissay Da Dil Na Dhawee(n)
Rub Dilaa(n) Wich Wasda
Tear down the Mosque, tear down the temple
Tear down every thing in sight
But don’t (tear down) break anyone’s heart
Because God lives there
Hindu na nahi musalmaan,
Baheeye tiranjan taj abhimaan.
Sunni na naheeN ham sheeya
Sulha kuhl ka maarag leeya.
Neither Hindu nor Muslim,
Sacrificing pride, let us sit together.
Neither Sunni nor Shia,
Let us walk the road of peace.


Props to Junoon, Rabbi, Abida Parveen, Saeen Zahoor and other musicians of our times for helping the new generation in rediscovering the message of Bulleh Shah. Junoon started the trend and was labeled as “Sufi Rock Band” – The message that pierced my heart was through them, when I was 12.

This first aspect of Bulleh Shah’s poetry and philosophy that strikes upfront is his bold and almost arrogant critique of the religious orthodoxy of his day; specifically the Islamic religious orthodoxy. His poetry is filled with direct attacks on anyone claiming control over religion.

Mulla tay mashaalchi dohaan ikko chit
Loukan karday chananan, aap anhairae vich
Mullah and the torch-bearer, both from the same flock
Trying to give light to others; themselves in the dark 


Bulleh Shah’s poetry portray him as a humanist. Someone providing solutions to the sociological/political/cultural problems of the world around him, describing the turbulence his homeland of Punjab is passing through, while simultaneously searching for God. His poetry highlights his mystical spiritual journey through the four stages of Sufism – Shariat (Path), Tariqat (Observance), Haqiqat (Truth) and Marfat (Union). He starts from the rules as laid down by Islam, and eventually ends up at a point where he accepts the existence of God, everywhere, with no discrimination between different religions, finally becoming one with God.

Pointing at someone else’s faith would only unveil how weak your faith is. Picking up guns, instead of pens to enforce your way of thinking would never have an effect that the likes of Bulleh Shah had through his soul-searching and heart-melting poetry.

Islam was never spread by sword. It wouldn’t be the fastest growing religion on earth if that were the case. Islam is spread by the message of love and by deeds, not the way Taliban “ENFORCE” it.

Lord Almighty Himself says:

There shall be no compulsion in religion – [2:256]

I cannot help pasting the verse below:

Bulleh-a aashiq hoyiyon Rabb da, Hoai Malamat Lakh
Tenon Kafir Kafir aakhdey, toon aaho aaho aakh

O Bulleh, just love your God and ignore the chidings
When they say you are an infidel, say “yes I am one”


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There are some elements within our ranks, who constantly try to defend the barbaric messengers of hate, the Taliban. From torturing women in Afghanistan to slitting throats of everyone who doesn’t agree to their frame of thought Taliban have over the years tried to portray a twisted version of Islam, the religion of peace.

Growing up I saw banners of the call for Afghan and Kashmir jihad in the streets of Pakistan, and I always wondered if this short-sighted policy of using Islamic militias, training them and providing unconditional moral/material/emotional support can haunt our streets and our citizens. The fear saw its realization when Musharraf’s regime took a U-turn policy from glorifying them as “heroes” to labeling them as “terrorists”. I still remember the fear within, when top Taliban commanders of Pakistan declared war on Pakistan. The fault was intrinsically OURS. Zia ul Haq’s vision of making an army of guerilla mujahideen, providing a regular supply of twisted Wahhabi brainwashed barbarians ready to blow themselves up in the name of Allah and Musharraf’s short sighted-preferring-foreign-agendas-over-peace-within notion meant chaos. Only in last year, 3000 have died due to suicide attacks in Pakistan. Losses to army and security forces far surpass the damage done in 65, 71 and Kargil.

We are in the state of war, a war that wasn’t initially ours but like history repeats itself, we are masters of fighting someone’s war in our land. They have killed our countrymen, and now the war is ours – whether we like it or not. The blood shed by these monsters will not go in vain and we shall fight them. Remain disillusioned or pretend to be in a state of denial, WE HAVE TO FIGHT THEM.

We have to say no to Taliban, we have to denounce foreign help to these home grown monsters and we have to condemn Taliban apologists who constantly bombard our media with their utopian “conspiracy theories”

I came across this news, that a famous right-wing political party leader declared Baitullah Mehsud a “shaheed”. The same mullahs, who once gave Fatwa’s on Quaid and Iqbal, are still busy trying to be the self-proclaimed caretakers of this wonderful religion of peace that we all follow.

As far as foreign support is concerned, it is nearly impossible to stop it, for we did the same when we exported terrorism from our land around the world. Every act of terror had a link to Pakistan, this was not an evil “hindu-zionist” agenda of undermining Pakistan as our time-tested friend China saw support of Pakistan based groups to insurgency in her province, recently Iran yelled with similar allegations. The seeds that were sowed by the mighty tyrant Zia had to nourish into evil cactuses. No one is able to stop foreign support to traitors in your home; if within your ranks people are sold. Realizing the faults within is a prelimary step to the final redemption and resurrection. We have to make examples out of those who hurt Pakistan, whose short-sighted policies ended up in killing thousands of Pakistanis and disrupting peace in our land. We also have to identify the Taliban apologists who distract masses and de-motivate our valiant jawans fighting to make sure we sleep safe in our homes.

Baitullah Mehsud, the famous (READ-THIS) “HOME-GROWN” militant is a veteran of the anti-Soviet ‘jihad’ , which the man lying in Jabra Chowk, Zia ul Haq engineered with his intelligence agencies to cement his rule in the 80’s. Baitullah emerged to become the top Taliban commander in Pakistan during the recent Taliban uprising in the Frontier.  He several times claimed to enjoy ‘good relationship’ with the Afghan Taliban’s top most commander Mullah Omar. In addition to directly controlling sizeable militias who have waged overt war with Pakistani security forces in Waziristan, Baitullah has also been blamed for a number of terrorist attacks in the rest of the country, including the assassination of former Pakistani premier Benazir Bhutto.

As a young madrassa student, Baitullah would often travel into Afghanistan to assist the Taliban in its implementation of Sharia, ‘their’ version of it. He emerged as a major tribal leader soon after the 2004 death of Nek Mohammad, another militant who was responsible for many terrorist activities within and outside Pakistan.
In a ceremony attended by five leading Taliban commanders, including Mullah Dadullah, Baitullah was appointed Mullah Omar’s governor of the Mehsud area.
By 2006, Baitullah Mehsud’s growing influence in South Waziristan led terrorism analysts to label him as “South Waziristan’s Unofficial Amir” – The Amir of mass genocide, murder of humanity and the hub of suicide bombers in Pakistan.
An official in the Northwest Frontier Constabulary described his army: Baitullah’s lashkar (army) is very organized. He has divided it into various units and assigned particular tasks to each unit. One of the units been tasked to kill people who are pro-government and pro-US or who support the US occupation of Afghanistan. The last person to be killed was Malik Arsallah Khan, chief of the Khuniakhel Wazir tribe, who was killed on 22 February in Wana (in South Waziristan).
A September 2007 report from the United Nations attributed almost 80% of suicide bombings in Pakistan to Baitullah. Pakistani officials traced an estimated 90% of suicide and militant attacks within Pakistan throughout the 2007–2009 period to his South Waziristan stronghold. He led an army of some say, 10000 militants ready to blow themselves up in the name of God, forgetting what God had ordained upon them about killing innocents:
On 28 December 2007 the Pakistan government claimed that it had strong evidence regarding Baitullah Mehsud as the man behind the assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto on 27 December 2007.
In telephone interviews with famous media groups, Mehsud claimed responsibility for the 30 March 2009 attack on the police training academy in Lahore. In the other interviews Mehsud claimed two other attacks: a March 25 attack on an Islamabad police station and a 30 March suicide attack on a military convoy near Bannu were also originated from him and his brutal army, who claimed being “Muslims” but did not live up to being called “humans”

Pakistan’s security forces launched a massive operation to apprehend the criminal, who challenged the writ of the state, committed hideous crimes against humanity and was single-handedly responsible for numerous terrorist activities in Pakistan and abroad which led to the death of hundreds of innocents.

He was said to be killed as a result US Drone strike. Intelligence officials reconfirmed that the TTP chief was among those killed in the missile strike.

I have chosen my side, you can chose yours!

Like always, “ derive your conclusions yourself “

Yours truly,

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The recent blurt of French President Sarkozy reminds of Mullah Omar’s dawn to power in Afghanistan, where his first sermon on radio made it mandatory on Muslim women to wear ” Taliban-Style ” burqas. The trend continued and where-ever Taliban took over, strict rules were defined for women who were ordered to wear shuttle-sock/ninja type burqas and advised not to roam in streets or markets, get educated or do anything at all – outside their homes!

The West protested and human/women rights activists across the globe went nuts.

How can the “enlightened” French, who are extremely tolerant to nearly-naked women walking on their streets, be so intolerant to Muslim girls wanting to wear burqas in France? Isnt this extremism? The recent head-scarf controversy was a shameful unveiling of how intolerant West can be towards other nations and their ideals.


Here, I am pasting two news briefings for your enlightened mind.
Dawn – Girls wear burqa after warning by Taliban
Dated : November 21, 2007 


The News – No place for burqas in France: Sarkozy
Dated : November 13, 2009 



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