I Am A Traitor. I Am A RAW Agent. I am A Kafir. I Am A Pakistani With An Awakened Conscience.


Winston Churchill once said,

‘’You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.’’

A slightly simplified or altered version of this quote goes:

“A person who has no enemies never stood up for anything or anyone.”

It may be universally true but for Pakistan, I ‘reshape’ the quote to; If you’ve never been called a Kafir, traitor, RAW or MOSSAD Agent, it means you’ve never stood up for anything.

And today I’ll confess what makes me liable to be labelled any of the aforementioned terms on the virtual world.

I am a traitor for I chose to speak.

I am part of the ‘Fifth column of the enemy’ for I question the military establishment, its adventurism, ploys and doctrines that have become our strategic death. I am a RAW Agent for it agonizes me to see the oppression being carried out in Balochistan by no one else but this country’s own security apparatus and agencies and so I clamor against it.

I am a liberal fascist for I refuse to bear the hypocrisy that compels me to vociferate against brutal killings of innocents in Iraq, of Palestinians and other places; but  remain in deliberate oblivion and silence about the persecution and killings of Shias, Hindus, Ahmedis and Christians in Pakistan.

I am a traitor for I  question the silence on murders of the Baloch, Hazara, Tooris & other oppressed groups.
I am a traitor for I challenge questionable customs, traditions, myths and practices that have made this society and many lives rot away for too long.

I am a Kafir for I dare to reclaim my religion from the Mullahs. I am a disbeliever for I admire Abdus Salam and Sir Zafarullah Khan and have the audacity to express my rightful desire for them to be honored by all. I am worthy of being consigned to hell because I do not judge and determine who is a Muslim, to what extent and who isn’t. I am a disbeliever and a damned-to-hell liberal because somewhere in my confabulations there may be secularist undertones.
I am on a payroll for I do not ascribe every happening in my country to external forces or hidden hands and yet vociferate against the greatest of dangers and threats this country faces from within.

I am a traitor for I gladly rip away the locks imposed on my lips by orchestrated  ‘patriotism’ that shuns the voice of  my thoughts from translating into words of concern for what happens in this country of mine.

I am a RAW Agent trying to constantly ruin the country’s image for I draw attention to the misery of minorities in Pakistan in hope of the people realizing the importance of the well-being and freedoms of those to whom the white of our flag is dedicated.

I am a traitor for I chose to speak up. I am a traitor for I am a Pakistani with an awakened conscience.

‘Lack of success does not justify the crime of silence in the face of criminal, arbitrary power.’ ~ Eqbal Ahmad

~ Hafsa Khawaja

Lets Keep DHA Green and Waste Electricity On A Routine?


Street-lights lit on during broad daylight : Captured By Me.

Recently while crossing into the DHA of Lahore, I noticed the street-lights were still lit as far as one’s eye could see even during broad-daylight.

Today we face a shortage of 4000 megawatts causing the load shedding of nine to seventeen hours. According to analysts energy projects being worked on will not able to fulfill
the nation’s energy needs even in 2011 to 2012. The Governor of EGAT (Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand) Vitaya Kotcharak Iin 2009 said the authority estimated that power supply requirements for local consumption at the end of 2016 would total 48,271 megawatts.

The government and the local people of DHA along with those of other areas where such practises of keeping lights on are a routine, should take this issue up with DHA itself.
This will never end until the local authorities start to keep the electricity crisis in consideration along with projects of keeping the area ‘green’ and we start contributing to saving energy on an individual basis.

It is said that little things result into making a huge difference and we can all help in making that difference.

– Hafsa Khawaja

Honouring Heroes and Facilitating Future Ones?


The heroes of a country are considered its irreplaceable asset but in Pakistan they are left forgotten.

A few years ago, it was discovered by a private TV channel that Pakistan’s star squash player was selling chips on a road-side.
Recently, more stories like the aforementioned are emerging by the day.
Of Pakistan’s once Olympian Bicyclist driving a rick-shaw and offering to sell his medals, a national heavy-weight lifter is also living a life of poverty and has put his medals and awards for sale to earn money.
Pakistan’s young boxer from Quetta who participated in many national and foreign boxing events is now working at a burger shop for a meagre amount of money to earn bread and butter for his family while his foreign peers reach new heights of glory everyday.

What we see in all these cases is one evident factor that all of these heroes have one thing in common, they are jobless.
It is definite that an athelte will have to travel down the mountain of success and glory after reaching its peak, they will have to do something to support themselves if they haven’t earned a great amount of money.

The Government should ensure these people who crowned Pakistan with numerous jewels of prestige and prominence, means to suppport themselves, that is to give them appropriate jobs. They Government had guaranteed and promised them of full facilitation in this regard but as usual, it reflected their attitude in politics of unfulfilled promises and lip service.

As far as the new and emerging talent of the country is concerned, such as Naseem Hameed who has proved to be the fastest woman in the region in SAG and young boxer from Quetta who selles burgers today, they should be given full attention and provided with the best of facilities.
Pakistan is not short of talent nor potential but only lacks the facilities to polish the skills of its future stars who can be a cause of great pride for the nation in the future.

If the heroes of a country are not valued and honoured, they country will eventually stop producing them at a point in time.

– Hafsa Khawaja