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Journey from India to Pakistan post partition- Story of my grandfather

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My Grandfather was one of the survivors of the partition between India and Pakistan in 1947. I thought of taking a quick interview of him so that the young generation can have an idea of the problems faced by the migrants and that making of a new country meant a lot of sacrifices and therefore a lot of responsibilities for the youth to be taken.

 

please wear headphones to listen. ūüôā

Watan ki mithi gawah rehna

 

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Apricot Oil-GoNatural Review

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I was previously using processed oils on my hair such as Amla Oil by Dabur and Coconut Oil by Parachute which have been good for hair growth but they had perfume and other chemicals added. Now that I have become conscious of using only natural ingredients on my hair and skin, I decided to change my hair oil.

This is when I went to AlFatah in DHA Lahore, and saw a huge range of oils by Go-Natural which claims of using 100% pure ingredients that are cold-pressed. I liked its transparent packaging and that one bottle goes a long way. Therefore I bought its coconut as well as Apricot oil and I have absolutely loved both of them.

This was the first time that I used Apricot Oil on my hair but as mentioned on its bottle, it does make my hair soft and shiny. The best thing about apricot oil is that it is absorbed by the hair quickly so the hair doesn’t look oily at all. I apply a little oil on my scalp and the ends, massage it and leave it on my hair for 30-45 mins. This oil is easier to wash and I have noticed hair growth as well. One could also apply the little oil on the hair tips after bath in order to control the frizz without spraying harsh chemicals.

Apricot oil as mentioned on GoNatural’s bottle is rich in Vitamin A and E which promotes hair growth. As it is made of 100% apricot, it is also safe to apply a little amount on the face as a moisturizer as apricot slows the ageing process. This oil is fragrance free and costs around Rs.360.

On the whole, I love this oil and would purchase other oils such as that of Black Seed and Pumpkin from Go-Natural.

A letter to Pakistans’ youth

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To the ‘NowJawaan’ of Pakistan,

As in recent weeks the country has been mourning over the loss of Amjad Sabri who was brutally shot dead and then the death of Eidhi, a great¬†philanthropist, there is a lot of emotional distress that we all are facing. Moreover, if we look back at our history of 67 years, we have faced a lot of similar events such as the killing of Hakim Saeed who again was a philanthropist and a medical researcher and contributed tremendously to the benefit of Pakistan. Additionally, in the small span of Pakistan’s formation, a lot of minority¬†people have lost their lives just because of religious intolerance and hatred. All these incidents, be it the killing of the Ahmedis, Shias or the legends, has weakened us as a country and engraved scars in our nation. Consequently, people have lost hope for a¬†better future of our country and many others facing life threats have moved and settled abroad which has disintegrated our history.

We,the youth, often find our elders having serious political discussions as to how corrupted our leaders are, how much they loot the economy etc always reaching the same conclusion that ‘ Is mulk ka kuch nahi ho sakta’ and then the discussion ends or the topic is diverted to something else. Ever wonder, why don’t they take an action instead of mere talking? This is something that always strikes my mind because it is time for us to take an action if we want a positive difference¬†in our country rather then just debating about it.¬†Losing hope is not a¬†solution to the crises our nation is plunged in. We, the youth, can make a difference by excelling in any field that we are interested in-be it sports, finance, teaching,music or any other field. We can represent our country and contribute towards improving the nation’s state. Every one’s loyalty and effort matters when it comes for the country’s betterment. I understand that we have a lot of pressure (parents expectations, study pressure etc) that at time we forget our responsibility as a citizen. For instance-just to save a little time some of us ride cars the wrong way-breaking the non-monitored traffic law, throw garbage on roads instead of finding a bin, lie to others to cover up the mistake we made- weakening our system of trust and relationship etc.

So in short I believe that instead of criticizing the public figures (who are also wrong on their part), we should work to ¬†bring the change that every Pakistani dreams of experiencing and it always starts from improving ourselves. Always remember that the ‘Awaam’ is very powerful, after all we make up as a force of 16 crore of people (plus or minus a few). We can make a difference if we all ‘WILL’ for and eliminate the minute difference among us.

Have a good weekend! ūüôā

 

From a concerned soul.

A plead

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A plead

Its been almost 8 years since I left my hometown, Karachi. I still remember the day when I was bading goodbye to all my friends and the amazing teachers. At that time (back in 2008), Mustafa Kamal was the mayor of Karachi and he was constructing underpasses, overhead bridges and 4 lane roads. I along with the rest of the citizens had hope that the city which is the industrial hub of Pakistan will get improved and the lives of people will be at peace because of fewer traffic jams and congestion.

However the last time I visited Karachi , I literally (without a joke) had tears in my eyes. Coming from  airport to my apartment, all that I witnessed was vehicles coming from the wrong direction. Even the people who looked educated from their appearance were riding the wrong way. On service lane I noticed that cars were coming from both sides even though it was meant to be one-way. People were breaking the traffic signal and there was no police to monitor.

To see the condition of my city being deteriorated with passing days makes me feel sad and I feel like questioning the citizens. Obeying the traffic rules and proper law and order will not make people reach late to their offices, university or meetings. Then why do they not follow the rules? The very same individual who breaks signal here is extremely vigilant when he/she goes abroad in order to avoid the fine. Then why cant we all do the same in Karachi when it is our own city. Every single person can make a difference if he/she starts following rules rather than following the crowd.

The city which was at its peak in the 70’s during Bhutto’s regime and the map of which was used to make what Dubai is now is slowly being destroyed in front of our eyes,yet a little is being done. My point here is not to criticize anyone because I do acknowledge that a lot of good stuff has happened in past 8 years. For instance, Dolmen mall which is the biggest indoor shopping mall of the country has been built, there are a lot of amazing restaurants like Do-Darya and some resorts that have been built. There are also a lot of NGO’s being run to educate the poor. However my point is that we still need to do a lot in order to improve our city which has been attached with a negative connotation. Even within the country, people think of Karachi as a place which is overly crowded with all the terrorist activities going on. ¬†For instance, every time I travel from Lahore airport, the guard stops me because I am from Karachi and checks my bag to make sure everything is fine. Like seriously?

When I visited Karachi last time I asked my uncle who was lamenting about the city’s condition that why don’t you do something? He was like, ‘Bass beti, ham kya kar sakte hain…hokumat kuch nahi karte…awaam behes hai…waghira waghira’

Why is it that we consider ourselves so helpless that we cant do something?? I question myself a lot of times because I know for sure that even though it is very hard for one single person to bring a change but at least we should give it a try. Also ager hokumat kuch nahi karti tou pehle baat, hum us hokumat ko vote kyun dete hain aur dosri baat…ager wo kuch nahi karti tou hum bhi tou chup hain. We should speak for our right. For example if traffic police is not performing the duty, we have the right to be protected against accidents and should protest to ensure they work properly. Lastly…those who say ‘awaam behes hai, they have become heartless etc.’ Aap bhi us awaam ka hissa hain tou instead of accusing others, one should start from himself.

Words aren’t enough of how much I love my city and I know that most of you do the same but we need to do something to improve the condition. To make it once again the pride of the nation and a tourist destination. That something need not be big, we all can start from ourselves…to obey the rules, to help the needy of the city, to plant trees on footpaths etc. As it was recently stated by Obama, ”¬†Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek” .

Lahore, you are going to be missed

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I have created some amazing memories living in Lahore for almost three years which I would cherish for the rest of my life. It’s a small, beautiful city with greenery on both sides of the road ¬†all the way from DHA to Canal view. I loved the experience of living as an independent person and going out for cold coffee to beat the extreme heat of summers in rickshaw. The food in Lahore is amazing especially the chicken kebabs and meetha paan which I ate at ¬†food street and stuff chicken of gourmet. It’s a city with rich history and I enjoyed visiting¬†Badshahi mosque, minar -e-pakistan, fort and various other historical monuments which made me re-live the moghul history. Often on my way back from internship, I used to see buffalos and kids showering¬†in the canal. As a person who loves traditional things, I will miss wandering in shops to find the right bangles,paranda, kola puri sandels¬†and the embroided clothes especially near eid season. Being surrounded by people who all speak my own language made me feel comfortable although at a subconscious level.

I am really gonna miss this city when I leave it after an year but I am glad I got to live here. ūüėÄ

The voice unheard, the tears and cries ignored‚Ķ..

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My fellow friends, today I am going to share with you people a bitter truth. I have been watching the news channels since my childhood and the word that is repeatedly heard is ‚ÄėTerrorism‚Äô. The word ‚Äėterrorism‚Äô has a negative connotation as it is associated with innocent killing, bloodbath, millions of deaths and loud cries for the lost ones. It creates an atmosphere of sadness and melancholy. Worse still, if a terrorist activity is performed in a third world country like Pakistan then the victims are not even condoled and compensated and their demands are suppressed. ¬†If we talk about Karachi alone, more than thousands of terrorist activities have occurred in the last couple of decades. More than 1 million people have lost their lives, a lot of women have become widows and many more have lost their children. Furthermore, most of the people killed or injured were common civilians. The question that these common citizens are compelled to ask is that ‚Äėwhy have they been victimized?‚Äô I have seen plenty of videos showing the mothers crying for the killing of their family members without them being involved in any sort of political activity. They are totally broken and it could be felt from their voice. Additionally, in an ever busy city of Karachi I presume that about 80% of the civilians have witnessed or become the victim of petty crimes like stealing and robbery. Many of them have asked the government to compensate them for their loss and to improve the law and order of the city but most of the times their voices have been unheard or ignored. Students have raised the issue of terrorism in Pakistan on social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter but rarely any action has been taken to reduce these crimes and terrorist activities. I would like to end this article by saying that how many more people have to lose their life‚Äôs, how many mothers have to see the death of their sons in front of their eyes, how much more bloodshed ¬†Karachi has to experience. It is important for government to wake up and work towards betterment or our country will experience a massive brain drain. ¬†dream of seeing peace again in my country, harmony among the citizens and relationship based on trust and unity rather hatred among the different sectarian groups. (Amen)

My first year experience of university life

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Whoa!!! Its been an year…I cant believe it. It seems just yesterday when my parents came with me to Lahore and bade me goodbye after settling me in the hostel. My first thought about LUMS was that it is just the university I have always imagined. I liked the greenery of the campus as it is very rare for us to find some in Saudi Arabia where I have lived for almost 6 years. In the first week I felt lonely in the campus as most of the groups of students came from the same school and were already friends. Hence my o-week experience was a little strange. However i made a couple of friends in the hostel’s common room and these buddies turned out to be my closest friends in the years time. Moreover I got to experience the diversity at LUMS. There were students from different cities of Pakistan for example I know people from Sargodha, okara, Hyderabad and Kashmir. It was great to know about their culture and tradition. Now coming towards the main point the studies…..I personally found the studies to be hard as firstly we have relative grading and most of the students in my section had already studied the commerce subjects like accounting and economics in their A-levels. I knew nothing about accounting and hence I found it hard. Anyhow with my consistency and dedication I was able to get 3.71 GPA in my first semester.I think the GPA is fine especially for student who didn’t have the commerce background. We had projects and presentations in almost every course so it inculcated the presentation skills in us. Despite the studies being hard we got to learn a lot of new ¬†things. Overall my first year experience of university life was great and is filled with a lot of good memories.¬†

drone attacks in pakistan

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Can the continuation of U.S drone attacks in Pakistan be justified?

I would like to give credit to all the sites from which I have collected the information. 

Drones are the Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) which operate autonomously by a pre-programmed mission(Freakyworld).The earliest recorded use of UAV for war fighting occurred on August 22,1849,when Austrians attacked Venice with unmanned balloons loaded with explosives(The Nation).Although drones have only recently been the subject of significant public debate, they are not new as their use can be traced back to World War I(Living under drones).As technology progressed, the drones were modified and were made smarter. Smaller drones were developed which could fly into unsafe areas like war zones and were able to drop bombs in a military strike (pacans).The question arises that, ‚Äėwhat caused U.S to start the drone attacks in various countries?‚ÄôIt was after the September 11, 2001 attack on World Trade center when the Bush administration initiated drone strikes against suspected members of Al-Qaeda and the other armed groups. The CIA carried out its first targeted drone killing in 2002 in Afghanistan in an effort to kill Osama Bin Laden.Additionally, after the U.S invasion of Afghanistan, a number of Taliban fighters fled across the border and came into Pakistan in the regions of FATA and North Waziristan. This ¬†in turn caused U.S to start drone attacks in Pakistan in 2004 in order to target the extremist group members which ¬†have continued till date.Morever, the strikes have accelerated under Obama administration as he considers drone as an effective and precise technology to combat militant groups(Living under the Drones).Drone strikes have now become a key part of the US government to combat terrorism as it enables US to kill afar without any risk to the US citizens(Stanford, NYU Living under drones).It has been recorded by Bureao of Investigative journalism that there were 52 drone strikes under Bush administration whereas there have been 318 strikes under Obama administration until now.(TBIJ)

Furthermore, according to the research done by Stanford Law School, ‚Äúthe number of high level targets killed as a percentage of total casualties is extremely low-estimated at just two percent‚ÄĚ (LivingUnderDrones) which shows the ineffectiveness of these drones. This compels one to ask that, ‚Äėcan the continuation of U.S drone attacks in Pakistan be justified?‚Äô Despite the fact that Obama officials have announced to continue the drone strikes (Aljazeera), U.S government should be forced to dismiss this practice as the United Nations secretary general-Ban Ki Moon condemned them and stated that, ‚ÄúThe use of armed drones, like any other weapon should be subject to long-standing rules of international law, including international humanitarian law‚ÄĚ(Moon,voanews.com).In addition, there have been hundreds of anti-drone protests all over Pakistan which shows that the civilians are unhappy by the U.S drone strikes and thus should be ceased due to their adverse effects. Although the supporters of U.S drone strikes argue that they help in killing the extremist group members, however; they cannot be justified because they destabilize Pakistan‚Äôs economy, result in massive civilian casualty and the chemicals from missiles cause fatal diseases to the population.

Advocates of drone strikes believe that they kill the extremist group members and thus help in eradicating terrorism from Pakistan‚Äôs soil. According to Sam Bollier, ‚Äú11% of Pakistani‚Äôs have a favorable view about the US drones‚ÄĚ (Bollier, Aljazeera).Moreover, Anoop Sarbahi, a political scientist at Stanford university stated that, ‚ÄúDrones disrupt and degrade the terrorist organizations and reduces their ability to conduct attacks‚ÄĚ (Sarbahi, Aljazeera).The supporters of drone attacks believe that doing so eliminates the evil from its root and helps in bringing peace in the country. According to data compiled by the New America Foundation, since Obama has been in the White House, U.S. drones have killed an estimated 3,300 al Qaeda, Taliban, and other jihadist operatives in Pakistan and Yemen (Brookings).¬†In addition, President Obama in his speech on drone policy stated that, ‚ÄúDrones are a cure of terrorism‚ÄĚ(Obama, nytimes).Alas, the believe that drone attacks on Al Qaeda members and other groups result in declining terrorist activities is a false presumption. Drones on the extremist groups aggravate them and in fact causes their group to strengthen rather than disintegrate. In the entire decade of drone strikes, Pakistan has experienced an increase in terrorist rate. In 2006, there were three drone strikes and nine suicide bombing incidents in Pakistan. Whereas in 2007, the number of drones increased to five causing fifty seven suicide attacks (Tribune).Hence, this shows the relationship that the increase in drone attacks result in a rise in terrorism which heightens the risk for Pakistan.

Moreover, the drone strikes in the tribal areas of FATA and Waziristan have caused Taliban to leave that area and enter into other parts of Pakistan. According to Michael Rubin, ‚ÄúDrone strikes have driven many of the militant leaders out of the mountains, and into the dense urban jungles of the southern Punjab and Karachi,”¬†(Rubin, Aljazeera).This shows that drones have been ineffective in targeting the right person and eliminating terrorism. The death of one militant causes the extremist group to hire more and to take revenge. Consequently, they plant more bombs with the immediate victim being Pakistani community and it also ruptures the country‚Äôs economic development. This can be proven from the fact that the killing of ¬†Hakimullah Mehsud on November 1,2013 have caused Pakistani Taliban to vow to take an ‚Äúunprecedented‚ÄĚ revenge(ndtv) which means that targeting militants causes the remaining group members to retaliate and hence results in massive destruction. Pakistani ambassador, Masood Khan stated that, ‚ÄúDrones are a chilling reminder that reprisal strikes by terrorists are around the corner‚ÄĚ(Khan, Dawn) .According to Imran Khan, the chairman of PTI, it is now time to hold peace talks with talibans rather than drone strikes in a hope of reducing the terrorist activities(Tribune).Therefore the notion that drones result in decrease in terrorism by killing Taliban and Al-Qaeda members is not true. Instead, every drone attack worsens the situation by causing the militants to result in more disaster in Pakistan and hence the continuation of drone strikes cannot be justified.

In addition, drone strikes destabilize Pakistan‚Äôs economy. The Prime Minister of Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif said that, ‚ÄúDrones are a violation to the country‚Äôs territorial integrity and they destabilize the whole economy‚ÄĚ (Sharif, Dawn).These drone strikes have ruined the tribal regions and Waziristan completely. Moreover there has been a loss of massive property and the repeated attacks on houses, mosques, funerals and madrassa‚Äôs have made the entire place barren. For instance in June 2012, three houses were destroyed and 23 vehicles were badly damaged (TheNews). Professor Akbar Ahmed, the Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies at American University and former Pakistan Ambassador to the United Kingdom stated that, ‚Äúthis has caused a large number of local populations to flee their homes and these destitute communities are now scattered in the bigger cities. However it is difficult for them to survive due to limited financial resources‚ÄĚ (Ahmed, The cost of our drone war). Also, these tribal men are unable to find jobs which affect the economy of Pakistan in an adverse manner. As a result, the victims suffer from extreme economic hardships. The attacks on madrassas and schools have made the children scared of going to schools which has destroyed the education system in these areas.Faheem Qureshi, a resident of North Waziristan stated in an interview that, ‚ÄúDrones have affected our education adversely, of course… we cannot learn things because we are always in fear of the drones hovering over us, and it really scares the small kids who go to school‚ÄĚ (Qureshi, Living under drones).¬†Most often the staff and the teachers also do not come to schools because of the constant threat of drone attack which has completely distorted the education system in the tribal zones. Additionally, Pakistan‚Äôs economic outlook has taken stagnation and because of the insecurity and instability there has been a decline in Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in Pakistan (Passive voices).¬†¬† Moreover, the economy of Pakistan has further been destabilized due to the drone strikes in settled areas of Khyber Paktunkhwa. According to Professor Akbar Ahmed, ‚ÄúThese attacks have broken the fragile link between the Pakhtun tribes and Pakistan‚Äôs central government, violated their tribal code of honor and destabilized their hierarchy‚ÄĚ(Ahmed, The cost of our drone war).There was a drone strike in Bannu district of KPK a few years ago and recently there was an attack in Hangu near a Degree college which flared the residents (Nation).These attacks have caused Paktuns to go against the government as they have lost their faith in the state. Drones have overall weakened the economy and disintegrated the unity between the communities. This is the reason that PTI chairmen, Imran Khan held a rally and protested againt drone attacks. Thus, the continuous drone attacks have destabilized the government and the economy which is one of the reasons why Imran Khan and Nawaz Sharif are pressuring US to cease the attacks by blocking the NATO supply from reaching the American soldiers in Afghanistan (World. time).

 Furthermore, drone strikes result in a high civilian casualty which makes the continued use of them unjustified. From the data collected by Bureau of Investigative Journalism, “From June 2004 through mid September 2012, approximately 500 civilians have been killed of which 176 were children (Stanford NYU Living under drones). Also there are several unreported strikes which would have killed even greater number of civilians (Stanford NYU Living under drones).This shows that drones have been counterproductive in killing the target and instead result in the killing of bystanders, many of whom have no idea about America and the Al-Qaeda. On 30th October, 2006 there was an attack on madrassa in Waziristan which took the lives of 69 innocent children who were under the age of 17(Tribune).There was also a drone strike in June 2006 near Datta Khel which killed the young miners and woodcutters (Stanford NYU Living under drones).Moreover, Momina Bibi who was the grandmother of Nabila died in 2012 due to the explosion from drone while she was out of the home picking okra and her body was blown into pieces. A second strike minutes later injured family members tending her (Telegraph).The killing of any ones child or a family member is unjustified and is prohibited by the international humanitarian law. Amnesty international announced that the drone attacks result in unlawful killings that contribute in extra judicial executions and war crimes(daily mail).Therefore drones are a striking failure of technology as they are inaccurate in targeting the right person and result in massive collateral damage (the guardian).

Additionally, the killing of hundreds of civilians in Pakistan by a remote control cannot be justified while in US the government morns for even the death of a single US citizen. For example: President Obama condemned the Boston bombing which occurred on April 15, 2013 killing three US citizens (BBC).Obama stated in his speech that, ‚ÄúThe American people will say a prayer for Boston tonight and Michelle and I send our deepest thoughts and prayers to the families of the victims in the wake of this senseless loss‚ÄĚ( Obama, Whitehouse.gov).The question put forward is that, ‚Äėwhy should the world remain silent for the death of the civilians in drone attack?‚Äô Drones are unjustified because it takes the lives of many civilians, most of whose death is not even recorded and hence the world should not remain silent. Benjamin, the leading anti-war activist reported an incident that, ‚ÄúIn one village, the Americans thought a wedding party was a Taliban gathering. One minute, forty-three relatives were joyously celebrating and the next minute, their appendages were hanging off the limbs of trees‚ÄĚ (Drone Warfare, 3).This once again proves the ineffectiveness of drones and the massive loss of innocent lives. The report stated that, ‚ÄúTo accept such a policy would be to endorse state practices that fundamentally undermine crucial human rights protections that have been painstakingly developed over more than a century of international law-making,” (The guardian).Also, Pakistan‚Äôs UN ambassador Masood Khan stated that, ‚ÄúThe killing of unarmed ,innocent civilians is a clear breach of international law‚ÄĚ (Khan, nation).Hence, the continuation of US drone attacks is against humanity and cannot be justified as civilians are indiscriminately killed under heavy drone assaults (tv.global research).

Another reason for which drone attacks cannot be justified is that the chemicals from missile of drone strikes cause fatal diseases and psychological trauma to the remaining ¬†¬†population. Pakistani physicians have revealed that the deadly chemical materials used in the missiles have caused the survivors to suffer from complicated skin, eye and respiratory diseases(Press TV).The journalist, Safdar Dawar told that, ‚ÄúSince these drone strikes have been carried out, peculiar disease cases have been witnessed, and the press club have been frequently visited by those complainants, who have developed skin and bronchial diseases in the aftermath of drone airstrikes‚ÄĚ(Dawar, Press TV).In addition, the radiation from these chemical explosion ¬†cause fatal diseases.¬†An expert from Waziristan told that his daughter died of blood cancer soon after she had developed a skin disease, which occurred due to the poisonous effect of chemical substances used in the non-UN-sanctioned drone strikes (Press TV).Missiles fired from drones release powerful waves which are capable of crushing the internal organs. The people who survive the drone strikes suffer from limb amputation and disfiguring burns and shrapnel wounds.A survivor of drone attack who lost her legs in the explosion told Benjamin (an anti war activist) in an interview that it is better to die because surviving as a crippled widow with no income and no family was too much to bear (Drone Warfare page 3).

Also, the frequent drone strikes in Waziristan have traumatized the civilians. The survey done by Stanford law school and NYU found out from the mental health professionals in Pakistan that there have been several cases of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder among their patients in Waziristan due to the constant presence of drones (Stanford NYU Living under drones).Drones fly at a visible height and their continuous presence in the sky frightens the people. Ismail Hussaini, a resident of Waziristan told the interviewer that, ‚ÄúBefore this we were all very happy. We lived a very good life. But after these drones attacks a lot of people are victims and¬† have developed mental illnesses‚ÄĚ(Hussaini, Living under drones).Dawood Ishaq, another resident stated that ‚Äúpeople are scared of coming out of their house as they can hear the circling of drone in the sky. People know that they can be the next target‚ÄĚ (Ishaq, Living under drones).There is a constant buzzing in the sky which cause people to avoid going out.In addition, drones have left deep scars on the population (Amnesty International). Dr Peter Schaapveld, a clinical and forensic psychologist reported that drone strikes are having an adverse psychological impact on children especially. The children are always traumatized, suffer from a form of phychological torture and are unable to form relationship or play with other children (Schaapveld, Chanel4).In addition, the witnessing of drone strikes and the destruction taking place will have a devastating impact on the personality development of children. Therefore drones affect the lives of the survivors in a detrimental manner. The lethal chemicals result in deadly diseases and witnessing such incident develop emotional trauma and anxiety among the victims which makes it difficult for them to lead a normal life. Hence, drones cannot be justified under any circumstances as they are affecting the lives of the future generations in a negative way.

Despite the fact that drone strikes kill the Al-Qaeda leaders and Taliban members, however drones have proven counterproductive as they aggravate the extremists to carry out more terrorist activities. Moreover, drone strikes destabilizes Pakistan’s economy, cause enormous civilian casualty and the chemicals from missile cause fatal diseases. Therefore the continuation of U.S drone strikes in Pakistan cannot be justified because it has more disadvantages. In conclusion, Pakistan’s government should pressurize U.S to cease the drone strikes which will be for the betterment of the entire Pakistan’s economy as Naeema Kishwar Khan,a member of JUI urged to stop the drone attacks as they are the violation of the UN Charter, humanitarian norms and International laws(the news).

Peace in Pakistan

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Hoping to get  the long desired peace in Pakistan has been the main concern of the media during the past few days.There are a lot of high hopes from the 12th elect Pakistani President -Mamnoon Hussain who is an IBA graduate that he will certainly help the country to improve its economic standards.

It is a mere fact that the entire Pakistan saw its worse five years when People Party was in power.Mr Mamnoon is a well educated person and his interview aired on ARY news yesterday brought hope to all Pakistani’s that this change will bring betterment in our country.

The biggest question is ,’Can we ever bring peace in Pakistan?’. Definitely yes.The simple solution is to eradicate poverty and to provide necessities(shelter,clothes and food) to the unpreviledged members of our society.Satisfaction in everyone’s life will be the starting of a peaceful nation.I believe that peace can not be brought by prayers and meditation but only by action.And I do wish that the new powerful party-i.e PML Nawaz along with the new elected President will work to fulfill their promises to the general public.

A peaceful Pakistan is a dream of every citizen.Our country has been blessed with every sort of natural resources(from minerals,goldmines,scenic beauty to the Arabian sea and the beautiful five rivers).Despite these resources Pakistan has been the victim of instability due to high corruption rate and terrorism.

Peace leads to prosperity and happiness.Thus it is the responsibility of every citizen to work with determination so that they can contribute towards the development of the peaceful nation.

YOUR IDEAS AND COMMENTS TO BRING PEACE IN PAKISTAN AND THE WORLD ARE WELCOMED.

 

Muree,Pindi and Islamabad

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In 2005 we went to Lahore.In the same trip we took the Daewoo bus and went to Islamabad.It was a 4 hours journey and the motorway was very well constructed.Islamabad was so clean and green.I had never seen such greenery in Karachi.We all were so tired and were half sleeping,so couldn’t see the view properly.All I remember is that in was night(late evening)when we reached the central islamabad.We took the taxi and went to the Faisal Mosque.After that we asked the same taxi driver to take us to Murree which is about 58 km from Islamabad.We trip the whole time in taxi.Just imagine what would happen if the driver took us somewhere else or would have kidnapped us.Anyways Murree is located in the Northern part of Pakistan.It is a hilly area and the weather was very pleasant.At first I thought that the mountain is covered with snow cap but later I came to know that it was just the smoke when I went near it.We sat on the Chair lift in Patrita.It was so much fun.My memories about this trip are as vivid and clear as if it was just yesterday that all this happened.I really wish that I can revisit Murree again with my family.(Ameen)