Chaos and Revolution


As published in the Newspost :

This is in response to Ghani Khan’s letter (News Post, Nov 3). He has raised some very important points and I am in complete agreement with him. With this nation being unorganised and hankering for a French – or Iran-style revolution, what we forget is the intellectual revolution that took place in Europe and is called ‘The Age of Enlightenment’. It produced great thinkers like Voltaire, Thomas Jefferson, Mikhail Lomonosov, John Locke, Jean-Jacques Rousseau and many others. These were the men who woke the people up from their slumber, taught them to question and learn while setting the stage for change.
In Pakistan, intellectual freedom is not practised so talking about a revolution is useless. It has become our hobby to put the blame for every mishap on ‘foreign hands’ and people do not look beyond such preposterous theories. Our nation needs to realise that without a change in ourselves, there can be no change in Pakistan. As Marilyn Ferguson said, “The greatest revolution in our generation is that of human beings, who by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

Hafsa Khawaja
Lahore

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Aging Players


My letter in the NewsPost today :

“This is in response to Mr Abdul Rauf’s letter ‘Aging players’ (Nov 1). I believe he’s got his answer by now as to why the PCB keeps on giving chances to a player like Abdul Razzaq after seeing his unbelievable performance in the second one-day international against South Africa. We should judge players on the basis of their performance and the way they put up a fight. After all Sachin Tendulkar is 37 and is still playing.
Getting rid of older and more experienced players will harm our team. Young and emerging players need the guidance, confidence and encouragement of the senior players to hone their skills. We should learn from how India’s cricket team trained and polished new players like Kohli in the presence of senior team members such as Sachin, Dhoni etc. In the end, hats off to the Master Blaster for his memorable century.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

Hafsa Khawaja
Lahore”

On Musharraf’s ‘Admittance’ Over Kashmir


As published in the ‘NewsPost’ :

“Musharraf has ‘admitted’ in an interview that Pakistan had trained militant groups to fight in Kashmir. What a brainless person he must be to say such a thing at a time when unrest in Kashmir is at its peak. The Indian government already accuses Pakistan of secretly funding the struggle of the Kashmiris. Musharraf’s statement will provide the Indian government another reason to dismiss the uprising in Kashmir as one facilitated by Pakistan rather than heeding the demands of the oppressed people of the Valley.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

Hafsa Khawaja
Lahore”

Jamshed Dasti And The PM


My letter in the NewsPost on the appointment of Jamshed Dasti, whose graduation degree was proven fake, as the advisor to the Prime Minister:

Saturday, April 17, 2010:

This is with reference to your editorial “Dasti and the PM” (April 12). The PPP has once again decided to give party ticket to Jamshed Dasti to contest the by-election. He had resigned recently after his graduation degree was proved a fake. Rather than reprimanding him, the PPP has once again taken a step that will damage its image. On the other hand, another MNA who had to resign due to the same reason has been welcomed by Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer because he decided to join the PPP. What kind of message are they giving us? That fraudsters will be rewarded rather than punished? While the PPP has learned and admirable people like Raza Rabbani and Aitzaz Ahsan it is patronising dubious characters like Jamshed Dasti. The PPP should maintain some standard. Where are Sherry Rehman and Naheed Khan?

Hafsa Khawaja

Lahore

In Bad Taste


My letter in the NewsPost today:

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Recently I watched a comedy show on a popular private TV channel which discussed the debate in the Punjab Assembly over polygamy, and then joked about the marital life of a former female minister of information. It disturbed me greatly, for even if someone is a public figure, no one has the right to ridicule their personal life or judge them on moral grounds. The said politician is a bold woman and has performed well in office. I believe in freedom of expression, but there are certain limits that the media should stick to.

Hafsa Khawaja

Lahore

Shahbaz Sharif’s ‘Request’ To The Taliban


My letter in the NewsPost today on CM Punjab, Shahbaz Sharif’s ‘request’ to the Taliban to stop attacking Punjab for they are on the same page:

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Shahbaz Sharif’s recent statement asking the Taliban not to attack Punjab, for they and the PML-N were on the same page as far as the war on terror was concerned, is utterly irresponsibly. The Taliban are not bothered about Musharraf. All that they are concerned about is their version of Islam and power. How can a political leader share the views of the murderers of his people who have shaken the whole country? The Taliban are criminals who have committed crimes far bigger than stashing bucks in Swiss accounts. Are the lives of the people of other parts of Pakistan not important?

This seemed like provincialism about which Jinnah had said: “You must learn to distinguish between your love for your province and your love and duty to your state as a whole. Our duty to the state takes us a stage beyond provincialism… our duty to the state comes first: our duty to our province, to our district, to our town, and to our village and ourselves comes next”. Sharif should have shunned the Taliban in his speech rather than trying to soothe them and tell them that he was on their side.

Hafsa Khawaja

Lahore

Who Killed Shahnawaz?


My letter in the NewsPost today:

Monday, March 15, 2010
This is in response to Shakir Lakhani’s letter “Who killed Shahnawaz?” (March 10). Shahnawaz Bhutto’s death was attributed to an overdose of drug by the Pakistani media which was under Zia’s control at the time. The former federal minister and one of the founding members of the PPP, Malik Mukhtar Ahmed Awan, stated last year that he had told Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto that her brother was poisoned by Brig Imtiaz. PPP veteran Naseerullah Babar also believes that Zia was involved in the death of Shahnawaz.

As Shahnawaz died under mysterious circumstances, and his wife was also a suspect in the case, there are many conspiracy theories. But there is no definite answer to the question of the cause of his death.

Hafsa Khawaja

Lahore