This Blog Has Been Moved !
This Blog Has been moved to http://aleemkhan.wordpress.com
Just Forgot to put the link to the Video on the previous post. Here it is
President Musharraf appears on the Daily Show and has some good chuckles with Jon Stewart. Well Musharraf seems to be on a real marketing move for the book, a bit too much I guess.
“In the Line of Fire” by Pervez Musharraf has been released today and already it is promising to be a best seller, well why it shouldn’t be when the President himself has caused sensation about the book by providing controversial excerpts from the book during his recent US visit (even during Bush-Musharraf press conference the book came up). The book is certainly going to earn a fortune for the publishers and Musharraf himself.
I have not read the book, but I would love to read it after all the buzz about the content. However, I have read some reviews and most people believe that the book is definitely ghost written with Musharraf’s insights. Also people believe that book may not be all facts but mostly the views about people and events in Musharraf’s own patriotic and military mind. (I praise him of being a patriot). I also read that the book has really negative views/comments about A.Q Khan and his alleged network of nuclear proliferation, personally I believe like most of the other Pakistanis that the whole A.Q Khan drama was a big cover up from
Overall I am a strong Musharraf supporter (still), he may not be the best option but it’s basically a choice between an arrogant military patriot and a bunch of stupid, illiterate and corrupt politicians, so I go with the patriot.
I’ll try to put down my personal review if I ever get to read the bookJ.
Just saw Anousheh Ansari's Space Blog (She is the space tourist currently on ISS), and read her post which she posted from ISS(International Space Station). Wow ! she seemed to be really enjoying her trip, and who will not ?. Its an adventure of a life time and comes at a cost too ($20 million) ... lol.
Its interesting to read the space experience of an ordinary person and not from the astronomer's perspective. I really wish Space Travel becomes more easy and common (and cheaper :d) in our life times, so maybe then me and Azeem and go on a Trip).... I wish :)
Last week when I was in Pakistan, Azeem (my yonger brother) seemed super excited about blogging, he created a blog at blogspot around six months back but never used it actively. This time its good to see him active. I hope he continues, atleast I'll have some good links on history and politics. :)
Its hard to believe that I am back from the long awaited trip to pakistan, was waiting for this from months and the week passed so fast. Apart from meeting the family after 6-7 months, the good thing about the trip was that I got to attend the first ever REUNION of BCSS01 (my batch) and BCSSF01 (my juniors).
It was a wonderful event, the paticipation was very low from our batch and most of the teachers could not make it but overall it was really wonderful to meet old friends and have a some time together. Its a good start and I really hope this becomes more formal and an official Alumni gathering in the years to come.
Thmbs up to Fahim for floating the idea and all his friends who were involved in making this happen. Another nice thing about this event was that we got a chance to float an idea of a Alumni Sponsored Needy Scholarship for PUCIT students.
Actually I am quite late to blog about this, Fahim has been waiting for haroon and my comments about the event (Haroon does'nt seem to get time to write). Hammad(bunty), Ayaz and Kashif have also written about thier experiences.
I am trying to upload some pictures but this Blogger Picutre Upload is giving me tough time, will upload later.
I just read that POPE In-Person apologized for his earlier address. I think this is very responsible step at this stage. Although Muslim leaders around the world are still outraged and asking for a more direct apology, but personally I think we should not be so outraged in the first place.
Anyway I hope this crisis gets over wihtout any furthur damage.
Surely the Pope’s comments have outraged Muslims all around the world. Although he quoted a previous conversation from history (did not say the controversial sentences directly) but one cannot say that he quoted this for the mere purpose of proving his point. He could have easily given various other examples about the topic “Religion and Politics” (the actual topic of his complete lecture) from the long and Bloody history of Christianity. So, definitely the western interests are be behind this and this may be another way of causing outrage and frustration among Muslims.
However, I do not understand why we are once again so outraged about this. The POPE is not a Muslim, he definitely does not believe in Prophet Muhammad and I think no Christian Does. Also, he does not believe in Islam nor he should be expected to have any respect for Islam or the Prophet Muhammad. So, the POPE or any other Christian believes something wrong and disrespectful about Islam is not something new, at least for me.
Now some people say, that why don’t the Christians (including the POPE) do not respect our religion and Prophet like we Respect their Religion and Prophet (Hazrat Issa). The answer to this question is that Respecting Christianity is a part of our religion because our religion requires us to believe in Christianity and Hazrat Issa, but Christianity does not require Christians to believe in Islam or the Prophet Muhammad. It is actually the same thing if we analyze how much we respect Hinduism/Buddhism as compared to Christianity because Islam does not requires us to believe in Hinduism or Buddhism. So we do not respect Hinduism and their Gods or their Messengers/Prophet (as they believe) like we respect other religions which are directly mentioned in the Holy Quran.
I do agree completely that according to the current situation of the WORLD, harmony and respect for each other’s religion is very crucial for living together and someone like POPE who influences many should not have given such a controversial example about the 2nd major religion of the world. If this is the issue that we raise and this is the point we stress on, we stand justified (according to my understanding) and we will be able to convey a valid point to the World, but if we take this emotionally and consider this as an attack on our religion (exactly as we are doing now) and react in the same way we did a few months back with Violence on the streets, we will be letting WEST win and giving them another reason to portray a negative image of our humble Religion Islam.
Portraying a Humble, Noble and a True Image of Islam to the world is our responsibility and this can only be achieved by intelligence, wisdom and tolerance not by mere emotions and burning our own countries.
Today was a great day, early in the morning I passed the driving test for the LMV (Light Motor Vehicle) and got the Driving Licnese. I simply believe that it was due to the grace of Allah. I have failed one before in last month, but even getting License in second attempt is an achievement in Dubai.
Now have to start looking for a good car, but probably after I get back from the visit to Pakistan next week. Yes finally going to Pakistan after 7 months, really excited to meet family & friends there.
Got this cool comic in mail, a good complement to a bulk of the irritating mails on the mailing lists, that people keep forwarding without verification.
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