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Colonization vs. Infection

I was learning the difference between colonization and infection in class earlier this week. Colonization refers to the normal flora that is not a part of the body but still resides on it. It does not harm the body. Infection, on the other hand, is also referring to the flora that colonizes our body, but it also makes us sick. It harms us. The difference between colonization and infection boils down to causing harm.

We use the word colonization to refer to the westerners settling in Native american lands, controlling the subcontinent, Africa, East Asia, and Middle East etc. But learning that about infectious diseases makes me think that we are using the wrong term. By all means, the western settlers were an infection for the natives, they were an infection for the Indians, the Africans, the Asians, and the Middle eastern people of the world.

They acted like a disease that spread through the lands they arrived in. Committing genocide in proportions never seen before, or since. Their destructive, parasitic ambitions draining the people they infected of resources they utilized to thrive.

Just some things to think about. 

A note on Aitzaz Hasan…

thechaichronicles:

intotheordinary:

…the Pakistani teenager who recently gave his life to prevent a suicide bomber from attacking his school:
Please don’t compare him to Malala Yousafzai. Please don’t compare him to victims of drone strikes. Please don’t paint him as a victim of random, senseless violence. I’ve recently seen some comments drawing all of the above comparisons, and in response, I would like to clarify something:

Aitzaz belonged to the minority Shia community in Pakistan, which has been under attack for years now for being Shia. Throughout Pakistan, Shia professionals and intellectuals are being murdered almost daily; Shia communities like the Hazara community in Quetta are constantly under attack— again, simply for being Shia. To associate Aitzaz directly with other “causes” is to distract from the very real issue of ongoing Shia genocide in Pakistan. Yes, education is a major issue in Pakistan. So are drone strikes in the northern regions, as well as senseless and gang violence carried out in some regions of Pakistan. But it is important to understand that the suicide attack on Aitzaz’s school was deliberate and systematic. It was part of a larger program of militant groups attempting to wipe out the Pakistani Shia population. To distract from this issue is to ignore the dangerous reality for Shias living in Pakistan. This issue is already widely ignored by the Pakistani political elite (it took the Hazara community staging a sit-in with the dead bodies of their loved ones to get some media attention following a bomb attack last year, for instance), so not directly addressing it allows for this violence to continue. 

I know that this news is “old” in these days of easy distractions, but I have been collecting my thoughts over the past few days as I read coverage on Aitzaz. Here’s to hoping for a better, safer, more empowered Pakistan, where kids like Aitzaz get a chance to grow up before doing amazing things for their communities, InshaAllah (God willing).

Reblogging for Haroon.

— Huma

Each act of violence deserves to be investigated and seen for what it is. Violence has specific causes and prejudices, the victims have specific reasons which makes them a victim. By taking away those specific elements, one ends up promoting that violence by hiding its reason. Only by recognizing those causes, no matter how ugly they are, can we move towards eradicating them. 

There have been too many Aitzaz’s in the Shia community of Pakistan. It used to be that these incidents will start to happen on the first of Muharram and go on for a few more days after the 10th of Muharram. These cowards have become more bold now. They’ve been targeting Shias throughout the year. If we truly want them to stop, we will have to come together as unified Pakistanis (Shias and Sunnis both).

Two agencies with the same goal in mind are Majlis-e-Wahdat-e-Muslimeen (MWM) and Sunni-Ittehad-Coucil (SIC). They’ve both allied together to fight against such injustices in the name of Pakistan. 

Let us support efforts that promote unity against the cowards who enact violence and spill the blood of the innocents.

Haroon

What Pakistan needs.

They want us to think that democracy and elections are the way to a new Pakistan. That just isn’t true. Democracy and elections haven’t even worked in U.S! what makes anyone think they’ll work in Pakistan!? We need to look beyond the political process. We need to look towards the people, and look towards Islam to find the answer. 

People are told that investment will bring progress. They are lies told by so called experts. They point to the success of scandinavian countries. But that progress relies on the blood and sweat of third world countries which their corporations exploit. Who are we going to exploit? we are the third world. I guess we will have to exploit our own people just to invite their corporations.

What is necessary is the hard way. Necessity means that we stop relying on foreign aide (which our politicians depend on so much). Necessity means we develop our own industry, using the tools and people we have, for our own people. Equating globalization to progress is a neo-colonial lie spread by the IMF and World Bank so the first world can keep the status quo.

Globalization is a sham. Globalization means that each country plays their position in the world to promote  a harmonious “world order”. The position is that the first world countries stick to being rulers and policing the world, while the third world sticks to supplying the people of the first world with resources so that the “responsible” first world countries can put them to good use. It is an exploitative lie designed and spread by experts in a way that makes third world people believe it is good for them. Much like how the arguments of slavery were that slavery is good for the slaves.

Pakistanis need to look beyond this lie, they need to see that true progress can only be achieved through breaking off ties from the “globalized economy” and focusing on bettering their own self. Examples of such successes would be in countries such as Cuba, Venezuela, Iran, Eriteria, Bolivia (which even kicked out Coca-Cola company), among others.

It is time we look past the sects and races, and claim Pakistan for Pakistanis. Not for politicians, not for the army, not for the ISI, but only for Pakistanis. Forget uniting over politicians like Imran Khan, Pakistanis need to unite against policies that hurt Pakistanis themselves.

How about Punjabis rising up and protesting against the massacres in Balochistan? 

How about Sindhis protest in Karachi against the Drone strikes? 

How about the Pakhtuns protest against Shia killings?

I won’t ask anything of the Balochis because they’ve been going through massacres and assassinations by the Pakistani army for decades now. Before anything else, Pakistanis need to rise up for other Pakistanis. 

A lot needs to be done. We need to take away our faith from Imran Khan or Nawaz Shareef. We need to put our faith in Islam. Islam compels us to rise against the oppressors. The Quran doesn’t ask us to put our faith in politicians, the Quran asks us to put our faith in truth and fight against the oppressors. No matter who they are, no matter who they are oppressing.

Writing a name on a paper doesn’t change the world, it never has. What changes the world is standing up for each other and claiming Pakistani resources and people for Pakistan, and not for any multinational corporation. 

justsomeonethere: Even with this protest against rigging in elections going on, I don't know I just have lost all hope of actually seeing a naya Pakistan. But I am very happy that the people are waking up, and taking a stand. However, what type of economy do you think will work for Pakistan? Yes I agree that having multinational and transnational companies invest in Pakistan will harm the people. But people actually believe that having them invest in Pak is a sign of progress and moving in a globalized world.

Naww don’t lose all hope. Just look beyond what they want you to know. They want you to know that democracy and elections are the way to naya Pakistan. That just isn’t true. Democracy and elections haven’t even worked in U.S! what makes anyone think they’ll work in pakistan!? look beyond the political process. Look towards the people, look towards Islam and there lies the answer. 

People believe that investment will bring progress. They are lies told by so called experts. They point to the success of scandinavian countries. Did you know the progress of scandinavian countries relies on the blood and sweat of third world countries  which their corporations exploit? Who are we going to exploit? we are the third world, we are going to exploit our own people to invite those corporations!

The people don’t see what is necessary because the necessity is the hard way. Necessity means that we stop relying on foreign aide (which our politicians depend on so much). It is a neo-colonial lie spread by the IMF and World Bank that globalization is the key to progress.

Globalization is a sham. Globalization means that each country plays their position in the world to promote  a harmonious “world order”. The position is that the first world countries stick to being rulers and policing the world, the third world sticks to supplying the people of the first world with resources so that the “responsible” first world countries can put them to good use. It is an exploitative lie.

The people need to realize that it is a sham, they need to see that true progress can only be achieved through breaking off ties from the “globalized economy” and focusing on bettering their own self. Examples of such successes would be in countries Cuba, Venezuela, Iran, Eriteria, Bolivia (which even kicked out Coca-Cola company XD), among others.

It is time we look past the sects and races and claim Pakistan for Pakistanis. Not for politicians, not for the army, not for the ISI, but only for Pakistanis. Forget the politicians, the people need to unite.

How about Punjabis rising up and protesting for the sake of the massacres in Balochistan? 

How about Sindhis protest in Karachi against the Drone strikes? 

How about the Pakhtuns protest against Shia killings?

I won’t ask anything of the Balochis because they’ve been going through massacres and assassinations by the Pakistani army for decades now. Before anything else, Pakistanis need to rise up for other Pakistanis. 

So yea, a lot needs to be done. We need to take away our faith from Imran Khan or Nawaz Shareef. Writing a name on a paper doesn’t change the world, it never has. What changes the world is standing up for each other and claiming Pakistani resources and people for Pakistan, and not for any multinational corporation. 

WHY CLASS MATTERS

by: Daanish Mustafa

Excerpt: Social power determines who gets hurt by floods and how much

More years ago than I care to admit, I was doing field work for my Ph.D. research on flood hazards in central Punjab. I was struck at the time by how all the ‘educated’ high level government officials considered floods an act of God or better still India, and how all the ordinary flood victims considered them a social disaster, visited upon them because they were poor and powerless. In a village a young boy asked me what I was researching and why. I explained that I was investigating if and how social power bears upon who gets hurt by floods and how much. The boy innocently commented in amazement at my explanation—“And they give you a Ph.D. for that? I mean even our village challah (idiot) knows that who gets hurt by floods is a function of one’s financial and social power.” The depressing part is that what even a Pakistani village idiot knows to be obvious is generally a matter of complete ignorance, for Pakistani ‘educated’ elites and decision makers to this day.

Oh my beloved! After witnessing your Infinite Beauty I become entangled.
Seeing, the manifestation of Your Glory, I become saturated with joy and ecstasy.

I forget my own existence and proclaimed the slogan -‘I am the truth’,
and like the Mansoor Hallaj volunteered my self for hanging.

The agony and pain of your love has burnt my entire existence.
That I become fed up with my own self; and my affairs become the talks of the town

"Let the doors of tavern be opened,
and let us go there day and night.

Because, I become disgusted with,
the Mosque as well as from the School.

"I took off the dress of ascesticm and dissimulation.”
And become awakened after wearing the robe of a tavern’s haunter.”

"The town’s preacher with his preaching made me uncomfortable
Therefore, I sought refuge in someone who was inwardly upright but outwardly lewd.”

Let me allow to remember the temple’s sweet memories.
Where I was awakened from the sweet touch of my beloved’s hand.

—    

Ghazal-e-Sufi by Imam Khomeini

People tend to remember his politics but forget the spirituality and asceticism that was the core of his actions. 

Here is the link which explains the meaning behind these Sufiyana verses which seem to be verses of an apostate to the ignorant eye. This is indeed the beauty of Dravidian and Indo-Dravidian languages. Whether it be Persian, or Urdu, or Dari, or Hindi. The words people use to describe their materialistic desires hold such spiritual weight indeed.

Shia Killing and Political Parties

Shia Muslims have been subjected to persecution, oppression, tyranny and hatred in all ages. Their only sin was and is their love for the last prophet and apostle of God almighty Hazrat Muhammad and his infallible progeny (peace be upon them).
It seems after Pakistan came into being that this would not happen here but these expectations proved wrong . Enemies of Shia Muslims misused illiteracy and unawareness of people. They followed imperialistic powers tactics to poison the minds of people. They sowed the seeds of hatred. Gradually, they spread across Pakistan to act upon their condemnable activities.

In 1980s, when houses and mosques of Shia Muslims were gutted, these stooges of imperialism had not much influence and society had not accepted them. With the passage of time, position of these anti-state and anti-Islam elements had been strengthened. They promoted the game that the U.S. and Israel had introduced. These stooges expanded the network of their plots. They hoodwinked people by masquerading themselves as Sunni Muslims. They somehow succeeded in their game.

After society, political parties were their second target. They wanted to influence countries political matters through political parties. When Muhajir Qaumi Movement (renamed as Muttahida Qaumi Movement) was formed, they set religious tolerance as one of their targets. They introduced the slogan that they would serve people irrespective of religious affiliation. They did so in the beginning although such policy was aimed at increasing their vote bank. To incline to such a party was natural in the wake of burning of houses and Imam Bargahs.

Despite these facts, genocide of Shia Muslims was not stopped but Gilgit-Baltistan was made target of genocide during tenure of General Zia ul Haq.

The PMLN was inclined to Saudi Arabia from the day one. It remains an open secret that Nawaz Sharif was being funded by Saudi Arabia and when he is financed by Saudi Arabia he would toe Saudi line too. Wahhabism rules the Saudi Arabia. Demolition of Jannat ul Baqee graveyard in Medina had exposed Saudi rulers. Their efforts to promote Wahhabism in Pakistan came to light. Nawaz Sharif first worked underground to promote Wahhabism. But, now PMLN’s relations with banned terrorist outfits and supporting them are not hidden from anybody nor they tried to cover-up it. These facts compelled Shia Muslims remained away from PMLN.

Pakistan People’s Party was known as Shia party because Shia Muslims had supported the PPP. After 11 dictatorial years of General Zia ul Haq, PPP came into power. Then, Shia Muslims were hopeful and they thought they would be compensated. As a matter of fact, Taliban was founded or organized and strengthened during PPP’s government. In the 1990s, Taliban was involved in the Bamiyan massacre of Shia Muslims. It was published fact that extremists within army had helped Taliban and Supreme Leader had strongly condemned that. When Taliban was made strong in Afghanistan, positing of banned Sipah-e-Sahaba was also made strong in Pakistan.

In the late 1980s to late 1990s, governments of the PPP and PMLN were formed like a chair-game but one thing that was common between the otherwise two squabbling parties was carnage of Shia Muslims and patronage of anti-Shia elements. Despite the fact that a number of Shia leaders were in the PPP, the power hungry people attached importance to U.S. and Israel instead of religion.

Karachi and Hyderabad’s Shias were hopeful after the MQM was formed that this party would fight for their rights but with the passage of time, their hopes were dashed.

The MQM gave Shia Muslims representation in provincial assembly and national assembly but MQM itself faced retribution. Jihadi groups were formed in the name of jihad in Kashmir. When they didn’t remain under control, they were banned. Those jihadi groups took shelter of different political parties including the MQM.

Anti-Shia elements gradually replaced Shias in the MQM. Facts remain that from the day one, the party was not formed for Shia rights but they benefited from Shia vote-bank. Now, MQM has 19 MNAs and only 2 of them are Shia Muslims and they were bound according to MQM’s policy that they would not speak on Shia legitimate rights.

There are many mosques in Karachi from where Shia Muslims are censured or they violated the sanctities of Shia Islam but these mosques had plaques inscribed with the names of MQM ministers. After Ashura tragedy in Karachi, MQM’s city nazim Mustafa Kamal tried to lay the blame on Shias instead of sharing grief or condoling over irreparable losses caused to Shia Muslims. MQM’s real face was exposed to the world on that day. The same Mustafa Kamal regularly visits jihadi seminaries to install computer and sometimes help then in cash. Is it not an anti-Shiism act on part of the MQM? 

According to an estimate, 160 Shia Muslims were mercilessly killed from November 2011 to April 18, 2012 in Pakistan. Did the MQM, PPP, PMLN and PTI voice their protest against the genocide?

If a worker of the MQM is killed and it is not known who killed him, they resort to violence and whole of the city is burnt. But, we shoulder many coffins in a day and they take no notice, why?

After a show of mass strength by a Shia party, the anti-Shia elements have resurfaced with old tactics. They are trying to hoodwink Shia Muslims by shedding crocodile tears. Reports had it that the MQM’s delegations have visited Shia mosques and Imam Bargahs in Karachi and Hyderabad. Trustees of mosques and Imam Bargahs were conveyed veiled threats that it is MQM alone that will defend Shia rights.

Who can believe in it? Where MQM was when we shouldered 35 coffins and our sanctities were violated? Where MQM was when disappointment gripped hundreds of Shia families? How you can claim that you are sympathizer of Shia Muslims. When a rally was staged from Incholi to Governor House to demand of the government to arrest the murderers of martyr Askari Raza, MQM warned their workers not to participate in the rally otherwise their membership will be cancelled, why? If the sit-in outside Governor House with the body of martyr Askari Raza was a meeting of MQM’s rival parties or was they promoting anti-MQM ideology?

Perhaps, MQM has forgotten but we don’t. MQM should recall that when elections were announced in the 1980s, Dr Farooq Sattar had led a delegation to a meeting with Tehrik-e-Nifaz-e-Fiqh e Jafaria (TNFJ). In that meeting with TNFJ representatives, Mr. Sattar asked the TNFJ why they were participating in Elections. He said that MQM is there to defend the rights of Shia Muslims and Bralevi Sunnis. The TNFJ’s Maulana asked from Mr. Sattar why MQM was participating in Elections when Jamaat-e-Islami is there to represent Sunni Bralevis. The MQM’s delegates had no answer to TNFJ’s question.

Now, MQM has proved it was interested in toeing party line instead of defending Shia Muslims legitimate rights. It seems that soon MQM will withdraw from Sunni Bralevis rights as well.

MQM has come under the influence of Taliban elements that are eating MQM like a termite. Under a plan, Shia Muslim members of the MQM were killed but MQM took no notice of it and no action against the killers. Why MQM had not taken any sort of action against Taliban-like elements within their party.

Reports had it that MQM’s MPA namely Raza Haider was killed on a tip-off from within the MQM because informants were anti-Shia elements of the MQM. The only sin of Mr. Raza Haider was the fact that he deviated from party policy. Clad in a token “kafan,” he offered namaz and protested against Ashur and Chehlum tragedies. Was it not a point for the MQM to ponder upon?

Don’t take care of Shia Muslims. Shias are not afraid of martyrdoms. Shias are not scared of threats. The U.S. has been threatening Shias and sometimes she threatens through Taliban and Zionist regime. Shia Muslims are Hussaini and Hussainis are fearful of God Almighty. There are 50 million Shia Muslims in Pakistan. Now, we are awakened. Now, we shall fight to attain our legitimate rights. In this fight, if we shall die we shall be called martyr otherwise we shall be Ghazi.

THERE IS VIDEO ON THE RIGHT SIDE WHEN YOU CLICK ON HTE LINK. THE VIDEO IS FROM LIVE PROTESTS HAPPENING IN PAKISTAN. AN AMAZING SPEAKER ALI MURTAZA ZAIDI IS SPEAKING RIGHT NOW. PLEASE LISTEN.

The British officers were, however, against Gurmukhi because it was symbolic of the Sikh religious identity. In a letter of 16 June 1862, the Commissioner of Delhi wrote to the Punjab Government that, ‘Any measure which would revive the Goormukhee which is the written Punjabee tongue, would be a political error.’ As Sikh children learned Gurmukhi in school, it might have been considered politically expedient not to support it officially. There were, to be sure, popular folk songs against Mughal rule, which may be called anti-colonial but they were no longer a part of any active anti-British movement. Thus, there is neither any mention of this oral literature nor of any political apprehension from the Punjabi language or its literature, which was mostly mystical in the official records of that period.

…Indeed, some Englishmen even felt that Punjabi should be allowed to become extinct, Judge A.W. Stogdon, the Divisional Judge of Jullundur, wrote in his letter of 3 August 1895 that:

“As for the encouragement of Punjabi, I am of the opinion that it is an uncouth dialect not fit to be a permanent language, and the sooner it is driven out by Urdu the better.”

—    

Tariq Rahman, Punjabi Language During British Rule (via sitaronse)

Sadly, the colonial mentality still plagues the oppressed minds of Pakistani society today, Punjabi is still seen as an “uncouth dialect” by many Urdu speakers. Its vocabulary considered dirty and insulting to use.

(via inautumn-inkashmir-deactivated2)

In Pakistan, US blamed for Taliban attack on Malala, report says
A report says there is a general belief in Pakistan that the United States was behind a recent Taliban attack on a 14-year-old girl.



According to a report by the Washington Post, some Pakistanis believe that the recent attack is aimed at transforming the public opinion in Pakistan against the militants by introducing them as bad guys and thus laying the ground for an all-out US assault against them in North Waziristan where the Taliban are based. 

The Post adds that the latest idea “to gain traction [in Pakistan] is the notion that the United States was behind the Taliban attack this month on Malala Yousufzai.”


On October 9, Yousufzai was shot in the head and neck by the Taliban militants in the town of Mingora. She was targeted for speaking out against the extremists and promoting education for Pakistani girls and women. 

“A Taliban spokesman was quick to assert responsibility for the attack on the schoolgirl and her two classmates. Yet, the idea of US involvement has spread widely, even generating its own meme on Facebook,” the Post said. 

Nasreen Ghufran, an international relations professor at Pakistan’s University of Peshawar, was quoted by the Post as saying that many in Peshawar think the Taliban “on their own would not do anything unless the ISI (Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence) and the army is behind it.” 

The US has at times accused the ISI of backing the Taliban-affiliated Haqqani network of carrying out deadly attacks on US forces in Afghanistan. 

US relations with the Pakistani intelligence apparatus and the role the Taliban play on the political stage of Pakistan remain murky. 

YH/HSN/MA

On Malala

She is not the first, nor the last girl who has suffered in Pakistan through violence. Majority of children have died from drone strikes. There is no outrage. Honestly, i doubt the Taliban are behind this attack. When Taliban attack, they do not leave anyone alive. There were two other girls with her who were injured as well. So far it looks like a ploy by the Pakistani and US government. Through this rather showy act they have successfully proven to the west that the Taliban are still in control of that area. It won’t be long before an increased and more direct U.S presence is seen in that area, maybe a base will be built there. 

Malala is an unfortunate victim of a plot that undermines Pakistani sovereignty. The Taliban themselves were created by the collaboration of CIA and ISI. I highly doubt those organizations can let their employees go rogue so easily. Many Taliban groups are linked to the ISI already, it is possible that Malala was shot by, or was ordered to be shot by, ISI. The Pakistani Govt’s haste in rushing her to a hospital abroad for surgery is very well planned out. How come they were able to reach her so quickly and point to the rehearsed culprit when they cant even find bodies of hundreds of children that die from suicide bombings and drone strikes? 

The sad truth of the matter is, that Malala is victim of a political ploy first and foremost, and then she is the victim of violence enacted for the sake of politics.