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North Waziristan- A Tourist Resort – Insaf Blog By Dr Nadia Mubarik

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North Waziristan- A Tourist Resort

North Waziristan is a beautiful mountainous region of northwest Pakistan, bordering with Afghanistan. Waziristan is situated in the south-west of Peshawar between the Kurram River to the north and the Gomal River to the south, forming part of Pakistan’s FATA (old) with a total area of 4,707 square kilometers. Miranshah is capital of North Waziristan. Like northern areas of Pakistan, the North Waziristan is a beautiful lush green valley. But its beauty remained unseen due to the existence of various militant groups in this region.

In 2014, as a result of operation Zarb-e-Azb, a military offensive conducted by the Pak-Army, nearly 930,000 people were internally displaced from North Waziristan.
Peace returned to NWA
after cleansing these areas from terrorists by the untiring efforts of Pakistan Armed forces
and rehabilitation of temporarily displaced persons after safe return to their homes was done smoothly.

Thousands of Army Jawans sacrificed their lives to protect our motherland from terrorists in this operation. Pakistan Army has done a lot for the people of NW e.g.
Miranshah Market Complex is recently constructed which includes 1344 shops, parks, car parking, solar lights, driveways and water supply network along with Ghulam Khan Trade Terminal as part of the Central Trade Corridor.

More projects are in pipeline for people of FATA.
KP government of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf had promoted tourism by taking initiatives in each district of KP to create interaction among the people from different areas and generate economic activities. The Deputy Commissioners of each district were directed to identify such places where rafting, desert safari, paragliding, off-roading, skiing, Hiking, and zip-lining could be managed and the same should be coordinated with KP tourism department.

Imran Khan (Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf) had explored the northern areas and identified the potential tourist resorts that could become tourist hill station. Kumrat valley is one of those magical places of Upper Dir discovered by Imran Khan and he suggested to transform it as tourist point. He had also mentioned the promotion with the importance of tourism in his Eleven 11point agenda at Minar-e-Pakistan, Lahore in front of a massive crowd.

As the people of North Waziristan have suffered a lot due to terrorism and then their displacement as IDPs. Thousands of girls remained uneducated due to shut down of schools by the militant groups. Thousands of people lost their jobs and source of income due to war in this area. After the restoration of peace, the basic facilities of livelihood had been provided to the families but still much more needs to be done. Tourist resorts can be constructed in this region as it will be the gateway for trade.

Tourism should be promoted in North Waziristan (war-affected area) in order to provide jobs to the local community after the merger of FATA in KP. Education and health emergency should be imposed in FATA soon after the merger in KP. Prosperity, peace, and success are door-step away from the residents of FATA, Pakistan.
Long Live Pakistan.

Not A U-Turn – Insaf Blog By Sarah Ahmed

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Not A U-Turn - Insaf Blog By Sarah Ahmed

Since when is a Right Turn a U-Turn?

I can see social media platforms and news channels debating about Imran Khan’s change of choice regarding the caretaker. The elections are near and quite literally, the heat of it and the scorching sun can be felt.

Let us take a step back and end the sudden “U-Turn” debate that has taken the media and its people by storm. The system says that the chief minister and the opposition leader are both to mutually decide on the name of the ‘caretaker’ who shall be in charge for three months. Now, let us emphasize on the aspect that this conclusion has to be agreed upon by both sides and unless signed or stamped, can be altered if any loopholes or conflicting scenarios arise.

Coming back to the present tale, Nasir Khosa – a well-known name in the political world, was the name that both the parties agreed to. After a while, it came to be known that when Nawaz Sharif’s Panama case was going on, he was called in an attempt to talk things out with his brother who is a judge at Supreme Court. Things did not work out in Nawaz’s favor back then and why should they work out in his favor now, considering that evidence that might even be rumored has come into account. Moving forward, the media also reported that Mr. Khosa wanted a post in World Bank and he was told by Sbaz Shareef to hold his horses, as he’d be given an important post in the near future.

With such allegations and declarations being made, how is it not vital for the decision of him being the caretaker to be looked upon again? Imran Khan did precisely that: keeping into thought all that mentioned above, he took his decision back, noting the fact that no statement had been signed and the agreement was merely verbal. Now, some beings who were excited to have Nasir on board have lost their temper commenting on PTI’s decision to take the name back. The story is simple and the turn is right but of course, with all decisions come consequences and individuals seeking such opportunities, which can be seen now.

Let us take another example. When in KPK, the opposition had an issue with Imran Khan meeting the nominated chief minister, Imran Khan agreed to disregard the current decision and taking new names aboard because well, what’s the issue in that? And now, in Punjab, if the same thing is happening and PTI has agreed that their calculations weren’t right, what’s wrong in disregarding Mr. Khosa’s name, I ask the opposition? Is it because Punjab is the real game?

آواز بیداری ،اختر خان کا انصاف بلاگ

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آواز بیداری ،اختر خان کا انصاف بلاگ

تاریخ میں اگر دیکھاجائے تو جب افغانستان اور روس کی جنگ ہوئی تھی تو اس وقت روس صرف ایک افغان سے جنگ نہی لڑ رھا تھا بلکہ روس اس کے ساتھ ساتھ ایک عالمی جنگ بھی لڑرھا تھا-  یہ تاریخ میں کولڈ یا سرد جنگ کے نام سے جانی جاتی ہے جواس وقت کی دوبڑی طاقتیں روس اور امریکہ کے درمیان دنیا کی بڑی اور اکیلی طاقت کے لئے لڑی جارہی تھی-

 اس وقت افغانستان میں مداخلت روس کے لئے ایک بڑا امتحان تھا۔ روس افغانوں  کو قابض کرنے کے بجائے روس کو عالمی جنگ کو بھی ھارنے کےزیادہ تاثرات نظر آنے لگ گئے – اس وقت روس نے اس لئے جنگ سے خود کو نکالا کیونکہ اس کی معشیت بہت کمزور ہوگئی تھی۔تب روس نے خود کو اس وقت دونوں جنگوں میں خود کو کمزور سمجھا اور ڈپلومیسی کے زریعے سےخود کو جنگ سے نکال دیا۔

اسکے بعد روس نے اپنی  معشیت سنبھالنے کی بہت کوشش کی مگر ناکام رہا۔ ۱۹۹۹ میں جب ولاد میر پیوٹن پاور  میں آیا تو اس نے نئی پالیسی متعارف کروائی۔ جس میں اس نے  سیدھا سیدھا چور کرپٹ مافیا کو بول دیاکہ جومیری پالیسی پہ عمل کرے گا بس وہ ہی اس ملک میں رہے گا باقی یا تو پھر اس ملک سے نکال دیے جائیں گے یا ان کو قید کر دیا جائے گا-   تب پیوٹن نے پھر بڑے بڑے کاروباری لوگوں کو نکالا – تب سے اب  تک روس  دوبارہ ایک نئی طاقت بن کے ابھر رھا ہے۔

اس ساری کہانی کو بیان کرنے کا مقصد یہ ہے  کہ اب جب پاکستان پی ٹی آئی کےچیرمین عمران خان صاحب نے اپنی پارٹی میں سےسینٹ کے الیکشن میں ہارس ٹریڈنگ کرنے والے ایم پی ایز کونکالا ۔یہ اپنی نوعیت کاایک انوکھا کام ہے۔اس وقت  جب الیکشن سرپہ ہوں کوئی لیڈر اپنی پارٹی سے ایم پی اے تو دور کی بات ایک کونسلرتک نہیں نکال سکتا- یہ اس بات کی عکاسی کرتاہےکہ خان صاحب  ایک الگ لیڈر ہیں  جو کہ ملک و قوم سے انکالگاؤ ظاہرکرتا ہے۔

اگرملک کی تاریخ میں دیکھاجائے تو اس سےپہلے کوئی ایسا واقعہ نہیں ملے گا ، ملک و قوم سے اتنا پیار کسی نے بھی نہیں کیاہوگا خان صاحب کواپنےمفاد سے  زیادہ ملک کامفاد زیادہ اہم ہے ۔کیونکہ ہارس ٹریدنگ کے زریعے سے آنے والا ایک سینٹر کروڑوں میں پیسہ خرچ کرتا ہے تو وہ پھر اپنے  پیسے پورے  بھی کرتا ہے۔جو کہ ملک و قوم دونوں کے لئے نقصان دہ ہے۔

اس سے پہلے ملک میں اس کام کی کوئی نظیر نہیں ملتی-  ان باتوں کی وجہ سے آج نہ صرف دوسری پارٹیوں کے ہزاروں کی تعداد میں کارکن بلکہ  اہم سیاسی  لیڈر بھی تحریکِ انصاف  میں شامل ہو رہے ہیں اورانکا یہ ہی کہنا ھے کہ ہم لوگ صرف خانصاحب کی سوچ اور انکی لیڈرمندانہ صلاحیتوں سے متاثرہوکر پی ٹی آئی میں شامل ہوئے ہیں۔کیونکہ خانصاحب دوسرے  لیڈروں سے ہٹ کے سوچ رکھتے ہیں جو ملک و قوم کے حق میں بہتر ہونہ کہ اپنے مفاد کے لئےہو۔

ایک دفعہ کسی نے  نیلسن منڈیلا سے کسی نے  پوچھا کہ لیڈر اور سیاستدان میں کیا فرق ہے؟

تو منڈیلا  نے کہا کہ لیڈر اپنی قوم کے مستقبل کے بارے میں سوچتا ہے اور ایک سیاستدان اگلے الیکشن کے بارےمیں سوچتا ہے ۔ خان صاحب کا یہ اقدام ملک کو ان ناسور بیماریوں سے چٹکارہ  دلا دے گا جو ملک کے اداروں کو تباہ وبرباد کر  رہے ہیں-

پی ٹی آئی کی صوبائی حکومت کا دور مکمل

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پی ٹی آئی کی صوبائی حکومت کا دور مکمل

پرویز خٹک، آج حیات آباد کے کرائے کے مکان میں شفٹ ہو جائیں گے۔۔۔۔۔۔آج آخری دن حکومت کے پی کے۔۔۔

صوبہ کے پی کے جس کی صوبائی حکومت پرویز خٹک کی قیادت کررہے تھے آج اپنی مدت پوری کررہی ہے۔
فرنٹ لائن صوبہ جو دہشت گردی کا پچھلی ایک دہائی سے شکار رہا جہاں انفراسٹرکچر بری طرح متاثر تھا پچھلی تمام حکومتوں کی کرپشن کی وجہ سے تمام ادارے بری طرح متاثر تھے عوام بدحال تھے مگر پھر بھی داد دینا ہوگی لوگوں کے سیاسی شعور کی کہ وہاں کی عوام نے چنا تحریک انصاف کی حکومت کو مکمل اکثریت نہ سہی مگر پھر بھی بڑی تعداد میں عمران خان کو ووٹ ڈال کر حکومت سازی کرنے کا موقع دیا۔

ایک کمزور مخلوط حکومت نے پرویز خٹک کی قیادت میں ایک ایسے صوبہ میں کام کرنا شروع کیا جو دہشت گردی کا ایک دہائی سے شکار تھا جہاں انفراسٹرکچر بری طرح تباہ حال عوام غربت سے بدحال پچھلی حکومتوں کی کرپشن سے ہر ادارہ متاثر آئے روز دہشت گردی پولیس مکمل طور پر ڈیمولارئز مگر شاباش کی مستحق کے پی حکومت اس کی کیبنٹ وزیراعلی پرویز خٹک انہوں نے پانچ سال کے عرصے میں پہلے سے تباہ حال انفراسٹرکچر کو واپس تعمیر کیا دہشت گردی سے نمنٹنے کے لئے پولیس کا مورال بلند کیا پولیس کو ہر قسم کی سیاسی مداخلت سے پاک کیا انکو جدید ہتھیاروں سے لیس ایک پروفیشنل فورس میں تبدیل کیا جس نے یک دم سے کے پی میں امن کو بحال کیا عوام دوست پولیس کا تصور پہلی بار کے پی دیکھا گیا۔۔

 اسپتالوں کے تباہ حال اسٹرکچر کو دوبارہ تعمیر کیا پرانے نظام کو بھرپور مزاحمت کے باوجود قانون سازی کے زریعے اسپتال ریفارمز کی صورت میں تبدیل کیا آج کے پی کے کی آدھی آبادی کے پاس صحت کارڈ کی سہولت موجود ہے نئی 57000 بھرتیاں صرف صحت کے محکمے میں کی گئی۔

  اسکولوں کے نظام کو اس حد تک بہتر کیا کے آج کے پی کے لوگ سرکار اسکول کے پڑھائی کے نظام پر بھروسہ کرتے ہوئے اپنے بچوں کو پرائیوٹ اسکولز میں داخل کرارہے ہیں۔

مدرسہ ریفارمز پہلی بار لائیں گئی ان یتیم بے سہارا بچوں کو پہلی بار ریاست نے آگے بڑھ اپنا بنایا اور آئندہ کے لئے وہ راستے بند کرنے کی شروعات کی جو ان بچوں کو برین واش کرکے اپنے مزموم مقاصد کے لئے استعمال کئے جاتے تھے۔

سیاحت کی شعبے میں نئی جہت کے ساتھ کام کیا گیا پہلی بار نئے سیاحتی مقام ڈھونڈے گئے سرکاری ریسٹ ہاوس عوام کے لئے کھولے گئے اس شعبے کو ایک انڈسٹری میں تبدیل کرکے نئی نوکریاں پیدا کی گئی منافع کمایا گیا اس سال پہلی بار ملک بھر سے لاکھوں کی تعداد میں مقامی سیاح نے پرامن خوبصورت سیاحتی مقامات کا رخ کرکے کے پی کے حکومت پر اعتماد کا اظہار کیا اس مقامی سیاحوں سے مقامی لوگوں کے روزگار میں بے پناہ اضافہ ہوا۔

عمران خان اور تحریک انصاف کے وژن کے مطابق کے پی میں بھرپور اختیارات کے ساتھ ایک اعلی بلدیاتی نظام متعارف کرایا گیا آئین کی روح کی مطابق بلدیات کو گاوں محلوں ٹاون کی سطح پر بلدیاتی نمائمدوں کو اختیارات دئے گئے پورے ملک میں سب سے پہلے بلدیاتی انتخابات کرائے گئے۔۔۔

 ایک اور بے مثال منصوبہ جو عمران خان کے وژن کا منہ بولتا ثبوت بلین ٹری سونامی منصوبہ کے پی میں شرور کیا گیا ملک میں جنگلات کا کم ہوتا ہوا رقبہ اور درختوں کی کم ہوتی تعداد کے پیش نظر ایک بہترین منصوبہ تھا عمران خان نے ایک ارب درخت لگانے کا اعلان کیا جس ملک بھر میں بہت مزاق اڑایا گیا اور بے کار منصوبہ اور بے پر کا منصوبہ کہا گیا مگر سلام ہے کے پی حکومت کو اور عمران خان کے کمنٹ کو جس نے کسی بھی دباو کو مسترد کرتے ہوئے اس منصوبہ کو عملی جامہ پہنایا اور پورے کے پی میں ایک ارب درخت لگا کر ہرا بھرا کیا جس کا فائدہ پورے ملک کو پہنچے گا اور یہ منصوبہ کے پی حکومت کی پہچان بنا۔
پہلی بار تمام حالیہ سرویز میں ایک بات نمایاں اور متفقہ رہی کہ خیبرہختونخواہ کے تمام اضلاع میں ریاست مکمل کام کرتی نظر ائی اور یہ ایک بہت حوصلہ افزاء کامیابی رہی کے پی حکومت کی۔۔۔

 ایک مخالف وفاقی حکومت ہوتے ہے بھی جس نے نہ فنڈ وقت پر ریلیز نہ کرنے بہت سے منصوبوں کو وفاقی گارنٹی نہ دینے جیسی مخالفت کے باوجود ایک مشکل صوبہ پر ایک چیلنجنگ حکومت کرنے پر خراج تحسین ہی پیش کیاجاسکتا ہے یہ وہ تمام کامیابیاں جو کے پی کی ایک مخلوط حکومت میں ہوتے ہوئے تحریک انصاف نے انجام دیں ایک مختصر اور بغیر اعدادو شمار کے ساتھ۔۔۔۔۔
کے پی کے عوام کی طرف سے

 سلام عمران خان

سلام  پرویز خٹک نے
سلام کے پی حکومت۔۔

A Health Care Revolution- Insaf Blog By Anila Khwaja

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A Health Care Revolution- Insaf Blog By Anila Khwaja

If there’s one institution that more than any other defines a post-colonial, progressive and egalitarianism in Britain, it’s the UK National Health Service.

As a beneficiary of it having grown up in England, it is almost impossible to overstate the importance of this service to me personally and my family. This state facility more than any other reinforced the very idea of social contract and why every penny of tax paid to the state is justified.  The provision of basic health care irrespective of personal wealth, status, education, or any other differentiating factor fulfilled one of the basic rights of security that every citizen has a fundamental right to expect. Never did anyone of my family or friends have to fear the dire financial consequences of falling ill.

Every penny of tax collected for this service was well worth it, and every government in Britain knows the sentiment of the people towards it.

It may be a long way to go before KP can boast that its healthcare system is as advanced or as comprehensive as UK’s NHS, but it has to be unequivocally stated that the goals of PTI in this area are just as ambitious. The provincial government over the past five years has embarked on the implementation of an affordable healthcare system that has been as transformative for KP as has been the NHS in Britain.

The PTI provincial government has systematically instituted a policy that goes some distance towards providing every citizen in KP essential medical facilities. It has increased the budgetary allocation for health since taking office by almost threefold, from Rs30bn in 2013 to Rs80bm in 2018. In the same period, the number of doctors employed has been increased from 3000 to 9000. The number of hospital beds across the province from 12118 to 18288, and 5070 more to be made soon available. Health insurance that has been provided for 67% of the province residents, with an aim to take this up to 100%.

There’s a clarity of objective, that is no KP resident need be fearful of having bankruptcy or destitution befall the family as a result of the medical ailment. For the elite few in Pakistan who can easily afford the most expensive treatment here and abroad, the grave financial ramifications of falling ill may be difficult to comprehend. However, for the vast majority, the crippling impact on the family should even one member fall ill are sometimes nothing short of catastrophic. It is with this in mind that the KP government with Imran Khan’s blessing put health as one of the top priorities along with education.

The 267% increase in health spending is the highest of any of the four provinces. Not only has money been allocated but the best management with International experience has deployed to ensure that the money is spent in the most cost-effective manner such that there’s the greatest return in terms of health welfare for every Rupee spent. Not only have the number of doctors has increased by as much 300%, there are in place stringent monitoring systems to ensure that there are no ghost doctors employed in the province, as well as rewards or penalties for these medical practitioners is aligned to their performance.

In order to ensure that everyone in the province can take advantage of the system, a basic health-care has been introduced. The premium on this basic insurance scheme is affordability indexed so that those who can’t afford to pay anything are still guaranteed participation in the system. As stated already a large major of the population have health-cards that ensure them access to health facilities. The aim is to have everyone in KP become part of the system. The best international practice for measuring the performance of individual hospital departments have been put in place to create an environment of accountability for doctors, nurses and ancillary healthcare workers employed by the province.

No other province has seen as great an improvement in its healthcare system and facilities as KP has over the last 5 years.  Having started from being far behind other provinces, the KP healthcare system can boast to be superior to all other provinces in almost every metric. However, the ambitions are not dampened and the goals are much higher than its present achievements. The benchmarks have been set high,  but the direction and pace are such that the PTI government feels confident of achieving these stretching targets.

The rest of the country has much to emulate from the experience of success in KP, which was assumed to be the most challenging of provinces to institute positive change. Given its successful experience in KP, PTI is confident that it can deliver similar improvements in other provinces, and someday be able to compete with the NHS of UK.

Anila Khawaja
Head of International Media Affairs
PTI

Imran Khan and Imtiaz Awan

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Imran Khan’s 11 Points, Been There Done That – Insaf Blog By Sajeer Alam

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After witnessing the Jalsa on 29th April being a KP resident, I started to wonder if Imran Khan would be able to fulfill the 11 point agenda when he becomes Prime Minister of Pakistan.  I started comparing developments & changes that had taken place in my province. Here is what Imran Khan has achieved in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa‬:

1. Education ::

The budget has been increased to over 120 Billion rupees;
40 thousand new teachers have been recruited, old schools have been  revamped and with facilities provided, new schools have been constructed while most are under-construction. Teachers absenteeism eradicated,
students migrated from private to Government schools, 5800 schools solarised and over 2000 more being solarised in South KP.

Over 170 militancy-hit schools reopened in Malakand, free WIFI in Government colleges, only Female teachers in Primary schools, Quran study made compulsory for kids, free textbooks provided, IMU established, free Education for students of age 5-16 and many more initiatives have been launched.

2. Health ::

“Sehat ka Insaf” programme was launched for over 60% population in the province, over 6000 new doctors recruited, salary for doctors serving in the far flung districts has been  increased to two-folds.

ICUs and Emergency wards in major hospitals have been revamped & upgraded where state of the art facilities are provided for a common man. All previous Governments long pending projects have been completed, BHUs and RHUs upgraded and staff provided.

Regional Blood Centers established, Polio eradicated from KP completely, 24 hours OPD, ‪Insulin Bank established, Free medicines in Emergency provided, Gajju Medical College operationalised.

3. Tax reforms::

This is not entirely a Provincial subject but still the revenue of KP Government has increased over the past few years.

‪4. Corruption ::

There is zero tolerance towards corruption. All officials/elected representatives including MPAs have not been spared, they are either asked to leave or resign. Jobs are not openly sold like it used to be in past, thousands of Patwaris & Police officials have been terminated from service on corruption charges‬.

5. Investment ::

One-window service has been launched for investors in KP, new 26 Economic Zones are being established, multiple food/clothes chains have opened outlets in KP due to improvedbsecurity situation. A United Kingdom based company has established Cement industry in KP

6. Employment ::

Over 500,000 green jobs created due to Billion Tree Tsunami, Tourism increased by over 70% in KP leading to increase in employment, thousands of doctors and teachers recruited, thousands of jobs given on merit base in the lower grades since PTI established it’s provincial government.

7. Farmers ::

Free Seeds have been given by KP Government to farmers.

8. Strong Federation ::

PTI and KP Government has always supported KP-FATA merger, KP Government is ready to give seats to FATA representatives in KP Assembly.

9. Environment ::

Over 1 Billion and 16 crore trees planted, 40 Chaanga Maanga alike Forests created, 500,000 green jobs created, over 13000 plant nurseries established. There has been a 6.3% increase in the land covered by forests in KP recorded, this entire project is monitored by WWF and endorsed by WEF, IUCN, and International Media houses.

10. Justice and Police ::

Empowered and Depoliticised provincial Police, DRCs established, 26 Police Assistance Lines, 69 Model Police Stations established, CTD established which enabled terrorism to reduce by over 73%, major terrorist activities foiled by Police, all Civil cases are sorted out in 1 year time frame.

11. Women Empowerment ::

Major portion of new Educational institutes are for Women, also  women Desks have been established at Police Stations. Women are serving as Elite Commandos and in Bomb Disposal Unit in KP Police, Nurseries established for women under BTTAP, Female teachers recruited for Primary Schools.

Based on all these accomplishments which I have been a witness to in a difficult province like KP;
I feel Imran Khan certainly has the right know-how & capacity to deliver as the Prime Minister of Pakistan since he has “been there, done that” in KP.

Sajeer Alam (Peshawar, KP)

Blame The Human Heart – Insaf Blog By Salman Ali Khan

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Since September 11th, 2001, the world has witnessed a phenomenal increase in Islamophobia and with it neo-atheism. The term neo-atheism describes a newer form of atheism which suggests that all religions are deceptive and destructive and the truth can only be sought through science. The proponents of this ideology believe that everything which has no scientific reason or proof should be dismissed. Therefore, anything in the realm of doubt and uncertainty, let it be existence of God or life after death should not only be rejected but seen as bogus to indoctrinate the masses. Although all the religions are a fair game for neo-atheist but Islam remains their favorite target.

But one might argue that it’s not only the religion that is used as a tool of manipulation it can be any ideology. To understand if religion in general and Islam, in particular, are actually deceptive and destructive we first need to distinguish ideology from religion as the terms religion and ideology are often mistaken to be the same because of similarity of the meaning and definition; however, both terms have notable differences and shouldn’t be confused with each other. In almost all religions, there is an omnipotent divine power that is responsible for the creation of a world and needs to be worshiped. So it wouldn’t be wrong if we see religion as a set of rules that explains the system of obeying or worshiping the God(s) in order to live a successful and blessed life. On the other hand politics and economics is the basis of a system of ideas that comprise an ideology. For instance political ideals form the basis of the socialist ideology, similarly, we can see economic ideals providing the foundations of capitalism. In a nutshell, ideology has the basis in either economics or politics and this is the main difference between ideology and religion. Some might argue that religion also qualifies as an ideology but unlike political and economic ideologies it originates from religious beliefs. We can sum it up by saying that any ideology is a set of ideas and beliefs that help people at same wavelength to work together to achieve a shared goal. This shared goal has an important purpose because it results in a social outcome, this social outcome can manifest in any shape such as neighborhood watch, sports clubs or even charity organizations. On a bigger level these ideologies effects billions, when they take the form of communism, socialism, capitalism, liberalism, feminism, fascism as well as Islam, Christianity, Judaism, and Buddhism.

Coming back to the point why Islam is a target of so much hate in the west and U.S we have to understand that politicians exploit the fear and hate for Islam to garner support among voters. One of the most widely used arguments used by the politicians to discriminate against Muslims and Islam is that Islam is not at all a religion but a political belief. They argue that at its core Islam has a political ideology which makes it more of a political system than a religion. This narrative is equally popular among conspiracy theorist and serious politicians. A renowned U.S lawmaker said, “Islam is not even a religion; it is a political system that uses a deity to advance its agenda of global conquest”. Similar notions have the support of legislators in higher ranks of power in U.S, Europe and other parts of the world. They believe that religious liberty needs to be protected for all belief systems, but there is also needs to be clarity as to if Islam is fully a religion, or if it’s really a political movement disguised as a religion.

This might not be a surprise at all for many Muslims, as they know that Islam is an all-encompassing ideology. For Muslims who want to live under the shariah law, religion is supposed to explain and influence the political arena. There is no clear agreement on what the ideal Islamic state should look like, but it is consistently held that Muslim principles and values must be at its core. So it might appear that the west is rightfully worried about Islam, as the allegation that Islam promotes a political ideology is not a myth. But this is only the half-truth. All religions not only Islam had been used as a tool for manipulation. Yes, it is a fact that Islam has explained governance, and economics more than other religion but that doesn’t prove that it can be used more or less effectively to promote supremacy over other ideological groups. In fact all religious ideologies can be used to manipulate the same way, similarly, it is also true for political and economic ideologies that can be equally or even more suited for violence and exploitation of humanity.

This is because ideologies distort reality, they give a feeling of righteousness to the ones who have lust for power and authority. Almost all of these ideologies let it be communism, socialism, fascism and even democracy have been used by the corrupt people who have either fooled themselves or mislead others in to believing that only their path is the right path.

It is important to mention at this point that religion is a gift in shape of personal conviction through which life appears to be more understandable and meaningful. It doesn’t matter if religious convictions can be proven or disproven, they are very important for millions of people around the world and also promote tolerance and empathy for other human beings. Unfortunately, the same religion in the past has wreaked havoc by attaching itself to the power through it various institutional manifestations. The dark chapters of our history spanning to 500 years starting from the 10th century, when the Papacy was the center of Catholicism, the humanity suffered death and destruction by the hands of Crusaders followed by the slavery and genocides of Inquisition. These atrocities in the name of God will clearly dwarf the carnage led by any other religious group.

Religions that are admired for their message and peace and love are no different. Take a look at Buddhism, known for the values of tolerance and non-violence, is considered completely benign but when exposed to power turned malignant in no time. The religious intolerance towards minorities in Sri Lanka by the Buddhists and blood spilling of Rohingya minority by Buddhist monks who joined hands with the military dictatorship in Myanmar is still fresh in our memories. The radical Hindu groups in India also supported by Hindu nationalist have claimed that the whole sub-continent belong to Hindus only. Once not much different than the other Abrahamic religions, Judaism in the 20th century transformed into a brutal ideology based in deeply racist and discriminatory philosophy of Zionism that gave birth to an apartheid state of Israel. Thus, both Hinduism and Judaism are driven by politically motivated groups who want to extend their claims on the lands of neighboring countries.

While comparing the political and economic ideologies with religious ideology it becomes evident that although religion gets bulk of criticism, in reality, these are the new form of ideologies that threaten the very fabric of society. Since the ideology has manifested in it’s economic and political form the true hideous nature of human greed has come to surface. These new forms of ideologies, in a few decades, has caused more bloodshed than centuries of religious violence together. Armed with powerful tools used for propaganda these new ideologies effectively quell any criticism aimed at them. The western media repeatedly tell us, how unproductive and ruthless communist regimes are but surprisingly the same media remains oblivious of the carnage led by the western civilizations through their regime change policies and illegal wars, just because the big media corporations along with military industrial complex and oil companies are a beneficiary of capitalist ideology. Our generation has seen religion amidst conflicts and warfare but when inspected closely we see other forces at work, forces that are involved in a tug of war to grab on to resources. The recent revelation by Muhammad Bin Salman the Saudi crown prince, attributing the spread of Wahabism backed by the western capitalist to stop the advance of Soviet Union, makes us understand that perceptions shaped by mainstream media are mostly incorrect.

Religion is certainly not the source of world’s evil. It is far too easy to blame any faith for violence but our recent history is filled with examples, such as Stalin’s Soviet Union and Mao’s China, that didn’t need God as an excuse to commit genocide. Allmajor religions time and time again thrived on the madness of men, the samemen for whomreligion was supposed to be the salvation. But violence is innate and intrinsic to human nature as history tells us that men have not only fought over religion but also over resources, power, women or even sports.

Religion has been implicated in a number of conflicts and violence throughout the history. The faithful had their share of the carnage, when under a leadership that manipulated them using religion. Without exception, this includes almost all major religious groups. Also, the idea that most of the wars of history have been produced by religion is false. Majority of wars have been an outcome of the human lust for wealth, power and supremacy. Religion in the hands of good people can actually be used as a tool to avoid conflicts and wars. In Bono’s words, “The human heart is greedy; it will use religion, color or any other excuse to justify its greed, blame the human heart”.

It Is Achievable – Insaf Blog By Tariq J Qureshi

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These days Asad Umar’s speech is being discussed, and reality is it is possible. Yes, a million jobs can be made possible by creating new brain intensive industries that do not exist in Pakistan.

Here is my proposal:

One way to serve the nation is by adopting one action for dual objectives.

One is national development by reintegration of all youth to become responsible citizens through military training.

Second is by delivering blue color education to develop the trained workforce for future industries.

Compulsory military plus blue-collar training will be 12 months program. We can achieve trained workforce. The program will be for all students not planning to go to College.

1. Madrassas will be included in the program, and it will be mandatory for them to give same matric education and certification as other schools to become a part of the program.

2. First 180 days will be military training. Many from the cadre will be inducted in military, police and paramilitary after training. Every person will be trained in one particular military arm function in infantry, armor, Arty, ASC, Ordinance, AMC, Engrs, EME, and Signals to become reserve force.

3. Second 180 days, will be hands-on trained to become blue-collar workforce (technicians) in following broad future professions.

A. Wind power generation,
B. Solar power,
C. Electrical engines for transport and other sectors.
D. Electrical power transmissions networks,
E. Water purification and water reprocessing technologies.
F. Medical and Healthcare technicians, lab technicians for the medical and chemical industry.
G. Dual purpose Military systems technicians
H. Heavy equipment operations and maintenance,
J. Oil and gas industry technicians,
K. Modern Construction technologies,
L. Computer Diagnostic application for all above industries.

3. All hands on training will be provided on live equipment offered by industry with trainers, and all cost incurred by them. All such companies will be offered tax write-off of two times the amount spent on training annually.

4. All workforce thus created, will be ready for hire in new industries, that will be working in tandem and many of the students will become small business operators.

5. Most of these industries stated, cost between $100K to $10M and are labor incentive, and can be funded from domestic venture funds.

Bottom line; Pakistan is at that stage that if you do not do it, we will sink as a productive nation.

Mujhay Kiyon Nikala – Insaf Blog By Brig Samson Simon Sharaf

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In Pakistan’s street cricket, the boy who owns the bat calls all shots. He is captain, batsman, bowler, and umpire; all in one. Pakistan’s disqualified prime minister played his street cricket on Nisbat Road Lahore as all in one. This innate childhood characteristic continues to frame Nawaz Sharif’s present disposition and his cricket with Pakistan’s future.

According to Syed Jawaid Iqbal of Al Arabia, “it seems Nawaz Sharif has mapped out in his convoluted mind the impression that Pakistan does not have a future and if he is deprived of the privilege to become prime minister again, or even the right to lead his party, then there is no point for Pakistan to exist”. This is a very serious assertion but very close to the truth.

It emerges he is neither a statesman nor a politician’s endearing interests of Pakistan; rather an individual who has exploited opportunities and situations all his life. He reflects a combination of fear, frustrations, and desires of early life dependence turn to rigidity, aggression, and aversion to counsel. He embodies disobedience and socialization within a select group of courtiers.

This is how Nawaz Sharif has evolved from the street cricket of Nisbet Road through the cradles of General Zia, General Jilani, General Aslam Beg, General Jehangir Karamat and General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani.

His is a form of adaptation by narrowing and distorting the environment until one’s conduct appears adequate to it. He is not the one who would later conduct and enlarge knowledge to cope with the larger and real environment. He will drag down everything with him.

His has an exaggerated, bloated and neurotic conduct to have his self-confidence reassured every moment by fresh praise and new successes, something on lines of Obsessive-Compulsive Symptoms. Motorways, interchanges, flyovers, metro buses and orange trains are a reflection of his delusional dreams.

Having finally fallen out of favor, the military-intelligence establishment is irrelevant to his grandiose self. He is convinced he can lead the creation of a new region and he has the backing of Pakistan’s detractors who are stronger and more influential. Yet, he is nobody if he does not have the backing of someone stronger to feed his appetite.

Some are born leaders, others are situational and the most dangerous, opportunists engineered and thrust on the people. Nawaz Sharif belongs to the last category who was allowed amassing political power with the help of establishment for many years.  From 1979 to present, a time continuum represents his desires and politics of ‘my way or no way’.

He has compromised national interests in the past and will do so in future.
Selected and groomed in the shadows of a strong and patronizing military-intelligence establishment for over 25 years, the recent seventeen testify his ability to get back with the patronage of international intervention. His present conduct is an aspersion on the military establishment that negotiated the reconciliation ordinance and how ignorant they were of him, before propelling him to unbridled power for the third time. The lesson, ‘once bitten twice shy’ was ignored repeatedly.

I had a very poor view of him as a statesman and a leader. In 1998, it was Youm e Takbeer that convinced me that the man returned to power with an absolute majority in 1997 was unfit to lead Pakistan. The Prime Minister and the Finance Minister were reluctant on nuclear testing. The Service Chiefs and the Foreign Minister finally prevailed. But Nawaz was quick to take revenge.

The decision to go nuclear was preceded by many studies. One of the most important conclusions was that economically, Pakistan had to put its house in order. A replication of the role of armed forces in the 50s and 60s, an imaginative and practical plan for the role of armed forces in national development was made. It included irrigation, the building of dams, reclaiming waste lands, education, health, technical training schools, and energy. These plans would see Pakistan as if more sanctions were imposed.

The message went unnoticed by the prime minister and his finance minister. Both knew they had not had ‘their way’. It followed that rather than ride the wave of national euphoria and pride, driving an impetus of high national morale and providing the leadership in crises; he ‘out of blue’ froze more than 11 billion US dollars of foreign currency accounts. Overnight banks were instructed to keep open.

Money was laundered out of Pakistan misusing the Economic Reforms Act 1992. Rather than make Pakistan self-reliant, the action plummeted Pakistan into its worst economic crises. The rupee devalued and Pakistan’s economy sunk. Overseas Pakistanis lost trust in the government and stopped making remittances. Pakistan came under more sanctions. I termed it ‘the unkindest cut of them all’.

This was his sweet revenge against the military establishment for not having ‘his way’ and putting lives of hundreds of millions of Pakistanis into misery.

Connected to Pakistan’s national security, the freezing of FCAs indicates the lows of vengeance. It is only recently through Panama Papers that this daylight heist of Pakistan’s economy is revealed. So we cannot single out Nawaz Sharif for blame. Also guilty are the flawed priorities of the establishment that facilitated him to power for the third time.
Earlier the same prime minister had orchestrated an attack on Supreme Court, claimed scalps of Chief Justice and the President and months later the COAS who ironically got him a majority and who overruled him to make Pakistan a nuclear power.

Even the Deterrence Theory is built on a very strong factor of political will. With him or his handpicked cronies in power, it makes a mockery of nuclear credibility. Moreover, he never rejects Indian atrocities in held Kashmir and maintains a mysterious silence on Kulbhushan Jadhav. Do not be surprised when he comes up one day with his twist of aversion.
IK Gujral admitted Nawaz Sharif had provided him details about five terrorists who had been arrested with Stinger missiles in the Kashmir Valley. Lahore declaration on the visit of Indian prime minister proved, he was closer to India than to the Pakistani establishment. As a run-up to the NRO, his backing assumed a new dimension with support from USA and UK.

A puppet cannot dance without strings. A man who has forever lived in the shadows of an establishment can never thrive out of it.

He has now maneuvered himself into a position where his accusations against the military establishment, resonate US and Indian concerns over terrorism. Such admissions coming from a sitting and disqualified prime minister fit into an anti-Pakistan narrative against the armed forces. As his repeated statements indicate, he will play the roulette he thinks he can win with international support.

According to Aitzaz Ahsan, a game seems to be going on aimed at changing the very face of the region of which Pakistan is a part. Unfortunately, the first level of this game is being led by Nawaz Sharif, a segment of media, pseudo-liberals, and forces of sub-nationalism. He is trying his best to engineer a Chaos that targets the armed forces. For how long would the Intensity of his emotive desires overrule national interests of Pakistan?

Next few weeks will see the bull in a china shop go berserk. He will take shot at the Judiciary, National Accountability Bureau, Military and the Intelligence. He will try in tandem with his puppeteers to shape an environment of chaos and anarchy.  He will challenge the military to catch him if it can. He will go to any degree and keep ranting, Muje Kiyun Nikala (why did you disqualify me).