It’s uncommon to see someone expressing regret over the recent state of affairs that have led Mr. Pervez Musharraf to resign from the presidency amid mounting pressure from the ruling coalition in the form of impeachment calls.
I have a lot of respect for this man, he doesn’t hail from a large family abundant with wealth and a legacy recognized by it’s last name. He represents the core population of Pakistan, he’s not overtly wealthy, and has spent his entire life being educated in, and fighting for, Pakistan. By now, I’m sure everyone recognizes the circumstances that brought him to power initially. ‘Coup d’etat’ as he refers to it, a counter-coup against Mr. Nawaz Sharif who had ordered that his Chief of Army Staff not be allowed to land in Pakistan and instead land in India. Under him, Pakistan received international acclaim as a rising power in the world.
Mr Nawaz Sharif, I don’t doubt this man’s sincerity to himself one bit, he is a self glorifying and power hungry incompetent little punjabi. I don’t usually believe in ethnic strife, but I have to say, that this man is the very epitome of it. During his rule, there was very little development if any in Sindh, Balochistan and NWFP. It was purely Punjab, and even then it was a half-assed job. He built one motorway, and provided farmers with land to grow crops on. He did nothing to increase sustainable growth in the economy, he was the sole reason that Pakistan plunged further into economic shambles in the form of Sanctions imposed by our glorious leaders in the USA. Yet, while all this was happening, he was busy storming pillars of state and passing constitutional amendments to further allow for his absolute rule, while his ministers and party workers reaped the benefits in the form of corruption proceeds. His only reason for being elected into power was his staunch opposition to Musharraf, which was a personal vendetta and nothing else.
Asif Ali Zardari, the smartest politician to ever exist in the Pakistan Arena. He is the only man, to be branded synonymously with corruption and spend years in jail for it and then display his (corrupted) wealth in the forms of private buildings in the Emirates and palaces in Europe. YET, he has managed to convince the common man, that he is just like them, and is fighting for the same rights. The biggest difference between him and Nawaz Sharif is that (I believe) he’s quite capable of leading the nation to prosperity, and to enforce strict reforms that will allow the population of Pakistan to reap from. He’s great with words and is able to hold his own while being attacked by the media all over the world. I’m confident in his skills to take the country and rape it for all it’s worth before making a glorified exit.
We have other personalities such as Asfyandar Wali and Fazl-ur-Rehman in the coalition, but i’m going to ignore them as they are but mere pimples in the coalition.
The question remains, in the last nine years was there really that much destruction? I think the turning point of Musharraf’s fortunes was the NRO and the second emergency. In my view, he had extremely lousy political advisers, although one may argue that the choice was his in the end. Before then, it was all smooth sailing, he was never more popular, and the country was seeing economic growth. Yes, it’s really only economic growth that he can claim as his legacy, he didn’t do much to reform the educational system, nor did he do much to counter the unprecedented growth that would surely result in unchecked inflation and a high demand for internal structure (electricity and the such).
There was considerable infrastructure development during his rule, roads and telecommunication being the major contenders. His local government system was genius, unfortunately, it’s benefits have really only been seen in Karachi under the watch of the MQM. He promoted the growth of an independent media, and was available to anyone through his (now scrapped after his resignation) website which provided regular updates on the occurrences in the presidency via his spokesman.
He was a visionary, and a moderate. This is something that is rare in the corridors of power, and may not be seen. I firmly believe that it was the sole responsibility of Musharraf to cultivate and nurture a political scenario that is conducive to state affairs. He should have taken young minds under his wing, and should have instilled in them the importance of honesty and hard work. Very much the foundation of Musharraf’s work ethic.
Alas, all of this has come to an end, and he will surely be missed, if not now then in a few years, if not then, surely in a few decades. When we are all bombed back to the stone age by NATO infiltration under the guise of increasing extremism, and are left in a ‘state of Iraq’ (I own the rights to using Iraq as an adjective). When Pakistan’s titties been sucked dry by the calves known as Zardari and Nawaz Sharif. When the army has been called and turned into a defunct political power that obeys the whim of any state with money. That’s when we’ll remember his resignation as the day we started falling from prosperity.
Posted by Shehzad at 06:41 AM.
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very much like a pinball, my life is bouncing around. One bumper to the next, my path changes with every obstacle i come across. I’ve come to realise, that you can’t really make a solid plan that’s set out for too long, you need to keep on working on short term goals, (obviously they must contribute to a more general form of a long term goal) but in essence, it is those very same short term goals that build character and allow you to form longer-than-short-term goals (if that makes any sense).
that was my 2 cents of the day.
Posted by Shehzad at 06:02 AM.
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Politically speaking..there is no option but to invoke a revolution. I’ve made a strong effort to keep my will and resolution alive these past few days amid a variety of shocks that i’ve received recently, most unprecedented and unaccounted for in the grand scheme of things.
I kid you not, it has been difficult, and it is very hard to try and push forward when it seems that all hope is lost, and that every meaning i hold dear to myself has been shriveled to a minute point in the time-line of my life.
I need to work out a new gameplan, make sense of what i need to do, and try and rework through past mistakes and correct them. Vital decisions are to be made this point, some smart and all very difficult. I’ve managed to do very little since, and i hope to change that, i need to get my self active and working again. I’ve lost one year, and that’s all i want to lose now.
The first thing i plan to do is become selfish for my own desires, to many times i’ve made decisions that belonged to to the well being of others. Inadvertently hurting myself in the bigger picture.
I need to make an organized schedule and adhere to it. And anything that conflicts with that schedule, must be flicked off - very much like a booger.
I need to incorporate a healthy life style in my system. This means that i need to revert back to my diet, which in all honesty wasn’t very difficult to follow, i just lost sight of its limits over time.
I need to fix my sleeping schedule, this was a major flaw in the way my day worked, it led to me waking up later and everything then got pushed down or inadequately completed.
Save the first requirement, the latter three provided to be quite successful in their own individual workings, it is important that i incorporate all of these general guidelines in my life in order to achieve stability in any way.
In hindsight, these are principals i need to START on before i can work towards a more disciplined frame of mind.
I need to pass my Canadian Securities Course before heading off to Abu Dhabi, which is sometime around early July.
I need to figure out what i’m going to spend my time doing constructively in the next 12 months. Possibly working up some more external exams that will help with my career.
Maybe pick up some courses at other institutes that might help with my career and future goals.
For now, time is needed to contemplate and argue with myself, the best options to undertake and move on.
Posted by Shehzad at 06:55 PM.
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Sour, lukewarm and milky. That’s what my morning double double was. Unfortunately, it’s really the only thing that provides the morning ‘kick’ that really gets me going. I’ve started off the summer with a bang, albeit a few unwise decisions, it has become busy and i hope it stays like this.
I’m taking courses at the UTM campus, and this involves getting up at 7 am in the morning, grabbing an 8 o’clock bus, that then takes an hour to get to the campus where i have to wait for 3 hours before my first class starts. There’s a few reason to support this decision:
a) Mom’s here and so spending time in mississauga with salman and bhabi will become guilt-free as classes will be close by.
b) If i’m forced to get up early in the morning, my routine won’t be as messed as it can get.
c) It gives me a lot of free time where i’m stuck at campus, hence studying and going to classes will hopefully provide to be effective.
It’s really only my second day, and hence we’ll find out over the summer how dedicated i stay to this, i’m going to set up a wiki for class notes. The one much similar to sean-miekle did for the pol classes. They REALLY help!
I’ve picked up a LOT of work shifts, just because i have the time to do it now, only have classes two days a week and so i’d like to use my time effectively doing something, as a pose to sitting around doing nothing. It’s good money, and hopefully will work towards paying off my debts, and my macbook loan. :D
I’ve recently, thanks to Suparna, picked up some sort of responsibility at Amnesty International. They needed me just as much as i needed someone, and so i’m working on their campaign and basically aiding out in reducing the individual workload that is on all of the team members. In all honesty, it’s really good. It’s good work, it’s just started off, and soups really sounded dedicated to the cause. I’m really looking forward to the this other event that she’s been talking about. A benefit concert. It’s my calling, marketing, music and people, and fun. I’ll let all 3 of my possible readers (if you’re there, there’s a commenting link below this post, and COMMENT!) know how this goes.
For now, i bid you all (whoever’s here) farewell!
Posted by Shehzad at 11:14 AM.
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yes, it passes quite fast.
i reckon it’s the fastest thing on earth.
i would tell you, but it’s too late.
I’ve been at home for the longest time now, and i seem to be going temporarily insane. Mom’s here, she came in a few weeks ago, i got a brand new spanking macbook :D. But i’ve got one more final that i’ve got to don my battle armor for. I’ve honestly done relatively well in my previous finals, and this one will be the final where i go in not knowing what to expect and how to answer.
I had all the time to really get to it, but procrastination is one of my finer skills, and it got to the better of me. It’s frustrating, it’s annoying and i hate it, but there’s nothing i can do about it. You really do learn something new everyday, i’ve learnt today, that i should have learnt yesterday what i’m going to learn tomorrow.
And hence, time. The importance i would relate to you, but it’s too late.
Posted by Shehzad at 08:20 PM.
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alloo..it’s been quite a rough day, woke up later than expected lazed around most of it, got hardly any studying done and to top it off, my bike was stolen today. smack in the middle of a busy street (bay street) during rush hour. Within the span of an hour. So within the hour, the thief (asshole as i refer to him in my head) managed to disable to alarm in my lock, cut the cable and ride away without causing a huge commotion. Now, normally the question of whether or not i locked it properly would have plagued me, but Jehanzeb was with me and saw me lock it properly. Which means we have an asshole running around with my bike trying to hock it for very cheap.
This year has not at all gone well for me. Right from the very beginning of this year, a very troubled and rocky relationship with my significant other that to this day has not gained my full trust and probably won’t for a long time, got into a near fatal car crash that probably has hurt my shoulder deeper than i think it has and really put a damper on my history with Salman and not to mention my driving record is probably really fucked, i’m struggling in my courses now and have a very long uphill battle to be able to make any ground, i didn’t get any internships out of the 20 or so i applied to and so i’m stuck doing mundane courses which may shorten my time at university (basically i might be able to graduate on time now) but does nothing for my career after and it’ll be really tough to find a job with the situation i’m stuck in. To add to that, my credit card woes have not left me either, and even though i’ve made big payments and everything, i just can’t seem to take the debt away, i just want to zero that shit and be done with it. Whatever comes up, must go down. What happens if you’re on a downward spiral? And it just so happens that this happens to me all time, at least once or twice a year i always analyze what is going in my life, and rarely do i ever find a cause to celebrate.
Now, by nature i’m not a pessimist, but i have to sit and wonder. this rain cloud has been raining cats and dogs on me too long now. How do i shoo it away? For some reason, this reminds me of the Pink Panther Episode, where the cloud just won’t leave him alone! Actually,
i’m going to youtube the video, and embed it here..just for viewing pleasure correction: couldn’t find it on youtube, as shocked as i am, there are videos that are not available on youtube.. haha, poor guy, he’s always stuck in some sort of trouble and it never gets better for him..acutally, that’s what i am, the brown panther! the malung panther! from now on, all of you refer to me as malungi panther!
Posted by Shehzad at 10:07 PM.
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