02/12: More than 2 years of silence...

It been over 2 years and 4 months of silence on this blog. Time has been a precious asset for the last couple years and will remain so for the foreseeable future but I will be posting stuff again occasionally as time permits.

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14/08: Happy Independence Day!

14th August is finally here! Let's come and celebrate this day together with the vision to do everything to bring to reality the vision of Muhammad Ali Jinnah with regards to Pakistan to make it a nation standing for equality and prosperity. May Allah (SAW) help us with this vision.


A very Happy Independence Day to the whole nation!

15/05: Model Airplane Club

With the ongoing fiasco created by IAC management regarding flying R/C models inside Islamabad, some of the pioneering R/C members in Islamabad have come together to form another club for R/C enthusiasts in Islamabad and Rawalpindi. The new club has been named MAC (standing for Model Airplane Club - the club is not exclusive to airplanes ,though).

MAC Logo

Keeping with the norm of most clubs abroad, the flying field for the club has been developed outside of the main city limits to ensure safety of public and property. The field lies in a picturesque location near the Motorway M1 Tarnol/Fatehjung interchange against the backdrop of the beautiful Margalla Hills. In the distance, one can see brick kilns and electricity poles dotted on the landscape with lots of small farms scattered all about the location. It can potentially be a great location for FPV enthusiasts!

Details about the club location and membership procedure can be had here on RCPAK.com.

Below are some pictures of the launch day of the new club:

People milling about...

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04/12: Corruption - A Democratic Right?

I am not a big fan of the current Pakistani style of dictatorial democracy. A Minister from the ruling political party of the government, the Pakistan People's Party, recently stated that "Corruption is our right!" on a live TV program. Watch the video here: Corruption Is Our Right: PPP Minister.

Is it just me who thinks that supporting such a "democratic setup" which feels that corruption is its God given right is rather pointless? Or is it just reward for the Pakistani people to have such a government which deems corruption its right? After all, it was these very people who voted this government in through pity votes due to Benazir Bhutto's death.

And the final question which this leads to is: Is democracy a viable system of governance for Pakistan and its people? It hasn't worked for Pakistan in the past 60+ years. Do we have the luxury of time to wait another 60 years hoping that it works for us?

21/10: Worth of a democracy...

Two suicide bomb blasts recently occurred at the International Islamic University campus in H-9, Islamabad. One of them was in the women campus cafeteria which resulted in loss of innocent lives and some damage to the university campus.

It is a sad incident and the reprehensible acts of the terrorists should be condemned. It was a time of mourning for the losses incurred. However, as is usual, the interior minister Rehman Malik paraded in with his entourage for his usual media whoring. The students protested against his very presence and showed deep anger over the failure of the democratically elected government. A video of this incident can be seen here (highly recommended!). As a common citizen of Pakistan, I fully agree with the sentiments expressed within the video by the students and Talat Hussain, as they relate to government officials.The widening disconnect between the rulers and the ruled reflects the ever widening difference in perceptions of the aforementioned parties.

I, for one, fail to see the benefit of democracy judging by the performance of the PPP led government since the elections. This government is the epitome of leadership failure, irresponsibility, lack of political savviness and utter disregard for public sentiments and aspirations.To put it forth plain and simple, former President Musharraf's quasi-democracy era was far better than this failed democracy because ultimately, the people and the country's progress matter far more than the imposition of a supposedly better political system just for the sake of the system itself. While the Pakistani media presents a differing point of view, the Pakistani public is becoming increasingly disenfranchised with democracy as a workable system.

The question which arises is this: How long will we keep dragging this democratic wreck with us?

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