Category: Commentaries

اك پنجابی نظم۔۔رافعہ ضیأ

  بم دہما كیاں تے خون دی ھولی توں متاثِر ھاسِیاں رنگے سوھنے لاھور دی رنگ رنگیلڑی دھرتی دے ناں نی ھاسِیاں رنگیِے ھسنا نہ بھُلیں نِیون دی چوگاٹھ توں رُوح دی ڈیوڑھی تك جِنے وی قدماں دی چاپ سنائ دیندی اے او ایھو سُنیھا دیندی اے كھڑ دی رھویں ھنسدی رھویں رافعہ ضیأ (Borrowed…

Rawalpindi Bombing–Close to Home

Yesterday’s bombing of the National Bank was so close to my home that had I been there I would have felt the tremor and heard the blast from my room. What the newspapers have failed to mention is that this particular bank branch primarily dealt with the pension accounts of army retirees. So, most of…

South Waziristan–Update

As of early hours of Sunday, the Pakistan Army has provided the following information about their operations on three axes: Sararogha–the Taliban stronghold–has been surrounded on all sides. This means that the troops have gained all high points around the town and are holding them. The next phase, clearing up of the town is to…

Against Terror: Have Courage, Keep Faith, and Help the Victims

As I write these lines, the cowards who claim to understand the mind of God have declared war against the people of Pakistan. Their aim: to break the will of Pakistani nation. As the Pakistan army advances, finally, to call Hakeemullah Mehsud’s bluff, the caveman-warrior has responded with sending his murderers to kill innocent women,…

The Ulama Must Speak Against These Purveyors of Death

[Addendum: There are Ulama who have spoken against these murderers. Dr. Sarfraz Naeemi, one of the leading figures against the murderous policies of Taliban, was recently killed in a Taliban-sponsored suicide bombing.] Yet another bomb hit Peshawer yesterday killing 49 innocent people and wounding over a hundred. What kind of religious fanaticism could lead a…

The Caveman Speaketh!

It has been reported that Mullah Omar, the leader of a cave-dwelling Muslim sect, recently reminded his enemies of the warlike history of Afghanistan. His message: “We have always defeated outsiders!” But what I fail to understand about these cave-dwellers is just one thing: How is there interpretation of Islam the right one if they…

Blackwater (Xe International) in Pakistan?

According to The Nation and other Pakistani bloggers the infamous Blackwater–notorious for being kicked out of Iraq–is now consolidating its position in Pakistan. This is seriously disturbing as the company is known for its excessive use of force and for its disrespect for the local laws of Iraq. Will they repeat the same idiotic practices…

غزل ۔ فیض احمد فیض

ھم كے ٹھرے اجنبی اتنی مداراتوں كے بعد پھر بنیں گے آشنا كتنی ملاقاتوں كے بعد كب نظر میں آے گی بیداغ سبزے كی بھار خون كے دھبے دھلیں گے كتنی برساتوں كے بعد دل تو چاھا پر شكستِ دل نے مھلت ھی نہ دی كچھ گلے شكوے بھی كر لیتے مناجاتوں كے بعد تھے…