Qaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah with Sister Fatima and daughter Dina

When time stood still I was dining with friends at my home when Shaukat Aziz, the finance minister, mentioned to me that the Quaid-i-Azam’s daughter and her family were due to visit Pakistan during the Pakistan-India cricket series. I could hardly believe that. The rest of the dinner passed in a haze while I wondered what it would be like to meet this remarkable lady. I grew up in a family where stories of the Quaid were often narrated and listened to in rapt attention. I never had the opportunity of meeting the great man himself, even though he seemed omnipresent in our house. MyRead More →

Kids in the Mosque

Notice at a Mosque in Turkey: “Dear Muslims, if there are no sounds of children laughing in the back as you are praying, fear for the next generation” What a contrast from some mosques I’ve seen – mainly from within the Indo-Pak community – where children are discouraged from coming to the mosque at prayer times or are outrightly banned because “they make too much noise” and “distract the worshippers” when they’re undoubtedly in the midst of their deep contemplative meditation [khushu’]. What irony! I’m certain these people are unaware of the fact that the blessed Prophet would often bring his young grandsons – al-HasanRead More →

Main Stream Media (MSM) has become irrelevant because it perceives public as dumb. This has indirectly forced the public to educate themselves through Social media, which in turn has made MSM even more irrelevant. Why does the Main Stream Media (BBC, CNN, Geo, ARY, AlJazera), have to explain the spoken audible words of Leaders or Politicians? These words or speeches are beamed through our TV screens, after initially reminding us several times that the said speech by said party leader or opposition or whomever it is, is about to get reinterpreted in the main-stream-media’s image and that it would be aired live as soon asRead More →

Spirituality, Religion and Healing Many of us may believe that our way of thinking, feeling, behaving and relating is related exclusively to the events or things happening around us and that this way is the  ultimate truth, only choice or perspective available to us to view and cope with the situation. We conveniently ignore how our past colors our present to a varying degree and enslave us to the repetitive , stereotyped Mal-adaptive patterns. The superimposed unhealthy defenses, perspectives and cognitive distortions act as protective shields and provide temporary relief to our painful emotional and other problems but pay havoc to our long term peace and productivityRead More →

Many of us may believe that our way of thinking, feeling, behaving and relating is related exclusively to the events or things happening around us and that this way is the  ultimate truth, only choice or perspective available to us to view and cope with the situation. We conveniently ignore how our past colours our present to a varying degree and enslave us to the repititive , stereotyped maladaptive patterns. The superimposed unhealthy defenses, perspectives and cognitive distortions act as protective shields and provide temporary relief to our painful emotional and other problems but pay havoc to our long term peace and productivity in various areas ofRead More →

We have many set of rules   which  define the policies, guidlines and standards for behaving and acting. For example, We have a Pakistan Penal Code, Shariat law or Military law. If we don’t obey the rules of these laws, we are penalized. So it’s mandatory for us to obey these rules. Apart from these rules, we set certain personal rules to lead our lives. These rules are basically formulated to compensate for negative core beliefs formed as a result of our childhood experiences. These rules are irrational and illogical, so they are likely to be broken from time to time, causing emotional upset in us.Read More →

There are days that will stay with us for the rest of our lives residing in our memory. Some are good and some are very sad. I shall remember this day 27th Jan. when I kneeled at my freiend Shahpur Khan’s grave. The tears welled up as I tried to be strong and hold them back. It is never easy saying goodbye to a loved one who has passed away. Though I am much older I still felt like crying like a baby for my dearest friend. Today is another sad day as I face saying goodbye for the final time for a very closeRead More →

People in Pakistan (and perhaps overseas too), claim that the people of FATA are illiterate and have no value for education. Probably they are right. But how did this happen? And who is responsible? I am a young man from FATA Tribal area, a Mehsood from Waziristan to be exact. Let me try to explain why my people have no education. Before analyzing my people, I thought, I should see what short comings I had in myself. I found embedded in myself, many problems. I was wondering from where to start. Let me start with my body. I feel extreme pain and all my bodyRead More →

  I died a mineral and became a plant, I died as plant and rose to animal, I died as animal and I was man. Why should I fear? When was I less by dying? Yet once more I shall die as man, to sour, With angels blessed; But even from angel hood, I must pass on: all except God doth perish When I have sacrificed my angel-soul, I shall become what no mind ever conceived. Oh let me not exist! For Non-Existense Proclaims in organ tones. “To Him we shall return”   Rumi  Read More →