Zardari’s Government Collapsing?

The Washington Post has reported that President Zardari’s government is near to collapse. Dana Milbank reports that;

“Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari has a problem. His government is near collapse, hundreds of thousands of people are fleeing the Taliban in northwest Pakistan, and militants are within 60 miles of the capital, Islamabad”.


While President Zardari is on an official visit to US this article means that US Government is pressurizing Pakistan and they are not in a frame of mind to bring to a halt Drone attacks, which are a serious menace for our sovereignty. Americans are using Pakistan for their own interests. They invade Afghanistan and now they want us to help them ruin our own country. We should learn to be self made and independent for our decisions. Government must not be begging the aid rather demanding it as a compensation of what we did for them.

I would like to borrow words from Afghan President Hamid Karzai who said about America that,

“Money cant buy you love no matter how much it is and force wont buy you obedience no matter how mush it is”

How to cope with Economic Recession

I was reading an article of Forbes magazine, which publish a list of billionaires of the world every year. I came to know that the richest people in the world have gotten poorer, just like the rest of us. This year the world’s billionaires have an average net worth of $3 billion, down 23% in 12 months. The world now has 793 billionaires, down from 1,125 a year ago.

Pakistan had also been affected by this situation and it has become very difficult to make both ends meet now days for common man. Apart of it there are various other problems prevailing in the society making life difficult. But Pakistanis are amazing in their own sweet or strange way. They know how to overcome a problem or how to use adversity.

A moorish poet once said;

Dimly burns the lantern, but
When it’s wick is cut
Perfect will it’s lustre be
Through the wick’s deficiency

In the developed countries people are not synonymous with the word load shedding, but we are, thanks to WAPDA, PEPCO, and KESC etc. So perhaps soon KESC will also be advertising a message like,

Load shedding is not a curse; it’s for your benefit. We are providing business in current economic recession days to candle, UPS, Generator industry to help our economy. When there is power failure you can not charge your mobile, so we are saving your money which you may spend by using your mobiles. You cannot watch T.V so we are keeping you busy in other healthy activities like visiting a park or neighbors. We also provide you a time to thank God when the light came.

Cow on MotorcycleI hope that this time may not come but the current load shedding hours in Karachi are more than 6. Another problem is transport, the means are few and inappropriate in urban areas but in rural areas it is more difficult. Not only the numbers of vehicles are less but the fare is high that one hardly affords it. Look at the images, how badly this animal is being transported. People don’t bother to carry a trolley on their head and a even a cow on the bike. I thought from where does this idea comes from? And probably the answer is adversity.

The effects can also be seen on IT industry, which had a boom in the last decade especially in Pakistan. People get familiar with computers and everyone wants to have their own. But current situation has made computers to be sold in Kilos. One can only pray that we keep on using adversity in our own way.

Sell Computer by Weight

Shisha: A serious health risk

In my childhood we used to spent our summer holidays with grand parents in Punjab. There was a custom there to smoke hookah, which we never saw in Karachi. It was a strange yet interesting observation for us to see how people were enjoying it. Later on I came to know that it contains tobacco and it is a serious risk for health.

Shisha Recently I saw a glamorized version of this traditional hookah which I was familiar with, called Shisha or water pipe. My neighbors have a strawberry flavored shisha which their son use in BBQ parties. When I heard of it I asked my husband if it is just flavored smoke can I have it? He replied that may be next time you can try it. When I researched about this new trend amongst youngsters I came across shocking news that most of the people including my husband don’t know that it is a serious risk for health. People consider it just flavored smoke but it is not as simple. Dr Javaid Khan, Professor and consultant Chest Physician of Agha Khan University Hospital, Karachi, Pakistan had a research report about it.

Shisha also known as Hookah, Water Pipe or Narghile is known to man kind for over 300 years. Shisha offers a mixture of crude types of tobacco fermented with molasses and fruits and the sweet odour of fruits conceals the natural smell of tobaccos tar and nicotine. A large number of school and college students of both genders hang at Shisha houses for smoking as don’t face any hurdle there to satiate their desire. It has been claimed that more than 100 million people worldwide smoke shisha daily. It is a common practice in the Middle East, Turkey, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and some Parts of China. In some parts of Middle East, Shisha use is more prevalent than cigarette smoking. Among Arab women in many countries, there is less of a stigma associated with Shisha than with cigarette smoking and therefore more and more women are taking up this habit as a fashion.

Scientific studies done to see the adverse health consequences of shisha smoking point to dangers that are similar to those associated with cigarette smoking. The research conducted on Shisha use has clearly shown that it has particularly serious health consequences on 2 vital organs of body namely the lungs and heart. Lung Cancer, Cancers of the Food Pipe, Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease, Emphysema, low birth weight, precipitation of Asthma attacks and pneumonia are some of the health hazards associated with shisha smoking.

Additional dangers not encountered with cigarette smoking are infectious diseases resulting from pipe sharing and the frequent addition of alcohol or psychoactive drugs to the tobacco. Another worrying aspect of shisha epidemic is that previously it was used in countries like Pakistan and India, mainly by the elderly people living in the villages but in the past few years its use has markedly increased in the urban areas of this subcontinent. Many restaurants in urban areas are now offering Shisha to their customers.

Smoke from Shisha besides others contains hundreds of potentially dangerous heavy metals like, Arsenic, Cobalt, Chromium and Lead. Under normal Shisha use the smoke produced from a single pipe use contain approximately the same amount of Nicotine and Tar equivalent to 20 Cigarettes. Research has also shown that after 45 minutes of Shisha use expired air, carbon monoxide, plasma nicotine and heart rate are significantly elevated. Nicotine dependence may also result from repeated inhalation of tobacco smoke from Shisha. Besides Lung Cancer Shisha use is also linked with increased risk of, Mouth and Urinary Bladder Cancer.

There is an urgent need to educate the public against the dangers of the Shisha use. Our religious scholars as well as non-governmental organizations should come forward and educate the public against the Shisha epidemic which is rapidly spreading in not only in the Muslims countries but also in the developed world. Special seminars should be held in schools warning the children against the dangers of Shisha use. Government must also bring laws restricting restaurants owners serving Shisha to its customers.water-pipe tobacco should be subjected to the same regulations as cigarette and other tobacco products. Besides creating awareness about the health hazards of pipe smoking, Pakistan needs to broaden the scope of the Tobacco Control Programme to encompass water-pipe smoking as well.

Adamzad ka Gham

پیڑ کو دیمک لگ جائے یا آدم زاد کو غم

دونوں ہی کو امجد ہم نے بچتے دیکھا کم

تاریکی کے ہاتھ پہ بیعت کرنے والوں کا

سُورج کی بس ایک کِرن سے گُھٹ جاتا ہے دَم

رنگوں کو کلیوں میں جینا کون سِکھاتا ہے!

شبنم کیسے رُکنا سیکھی! تِتلی کیسے رَم!

آنکھوں میں یہ پَلنے والے خواب نہ بجھنے پائیں’

دل کے چاند چراغ کی دیکھو، لَو نہ ہو مدّہم

ہنس پڑتا ہے بہت زیادہ غم میں بھی اِنساں

بہت خوشی سے بھی تو آنکھیں ہوجاتی ہیں نم

Countryside Chalet Club E Resort

Entrance to village room
Entrance to village room

This is a housing and farmhouse project beyond Malir Cantt. Its got a pond in the center of it and is full of lush greenery.The best place for people looking for a healthy retreat from the hustle and bustle of Karachi. I had an experience of staying there in village room which was very well furnished. The place is quite relaxing and offers something to everyone. The dining experience was also nice. It has a dining hall, lawn sitting and food street arrangements. Swimming pool though lacks stairs but it was clean and enjoyable experience.

Pond and tree houses beside
Pond and tree houses beside

Countryside Chalet offers the experience of rich resort life while being close to nature.The  environment includes a huge entertainment area, picturesque lake, lush green lawns, cricket pitches, tennis courts, and a gym. While it has miscellaneous indoor games for those who don’t want to venture out far, They have an aviary, horse riding, swings, ATV buggies, Tonga rides mountain bikes and golf carts for the active visitors. A mini cinema resembling with cineplex is also an attraction. A mosque and super store is there for the visitors.

Break fast or Hi tea area
Break fast or Hi tea area

I enjoyed driving buggy and tonga ride is awesome. It reminds me of the days when we use to visit Punjab and fascinated with the ride of Tonga there. Pedal boating is also enjoyable but very tiring as it makes  my foot muscles cramp. Tree houses are nice and unique.

Overall a worthwatching place and an unforgettable visit.

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