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Here’s what’s happening across the border: Imran Khan urges people to donate money for construction of dams and a doctor becomes new CEO of Pakistan’s national carrier.

Tax payers’ money to be spent on public welfare, claims PTI video

In a two-minute video shared on social media, Imran Khan-led Tehreek-e-Insaf government claims that for the time in Pakistan’s history, a prime minister is leading an austerity drive to “make sure tax payers’ money is spent on public welfare and not on the luxury of rulers”.

The video shows the inside and the surrounding areas of PM’s residence in Islamabad. The narrator in the clip begins by talking about 25 million children who are still out of school, and more than 2 crore people who have no access to clean drinking water.

The video claims the current PM Imran Khan chose not to live in this house as part of his government’s pledge for an austerity drive he announced in his maiden speech after his party won the elections.

The narrator goes on to say that this is the same country where loans are taken to pay off debts. Next, he says, the palace is spread across 1,100 canals of land but adds that this is a punishment that while the ordinary people of Pakistan struggle to live, public taxes were earlier being used to manage the palace.

The narrator then emphasises that the current prime minister will not live in this house.

Two more quit in support of Ahmadi economist Atif Mian

In the wake of Atif R. Mian’s resignation from Pakistan’s Economic Advisory Council Friday, barely a week after it was constituted on 31 August, two more economists have quit in protest against the “unfair decision of dismissing Mian”.

Atif Mian, one of the world’s 25 best economists, who works at Princeton, is an Ahmadiyya Muslim, a community the Pakistani state doesn’t recognise.

Dr Asim Khawaja, who is the professor of international finance and development at the Harvard Kennedy School, announced his resignation Friday through a Twitter message. His saying was that being part of the economic advisory to this country was in its position but certain values had been compromised which he was completely against.

Another economist, Dr Imran Rasul, professor of University College London, has quit. In a series of five tweets Rasul expressed his opinion on this entire matter.

In his first tweet he announced his resignation and also said that Mian’s expulsion from the council based on religious grounds was unacceptable to him.

His second tweet said the past 10 days showed him ‘the best and worst of Pakistani politics’. The third tweet was about Pakistan benefiting socially and economically only after the macro and ‘fiscal mess’ of the country was resolved.

Dr. Rasul in his fourth tweet stressed that Pakistan needed its leaders to leverage the immense talent pool of its ‘students/academics/orgs/NGOs/civil servants’ for the common good of everybody in the country.

Meanwhile, Atif Mian said he resigned from EAC “for the sake of the stability of the Government of Pakistan”.

“I have resigned from the Economic Advisory Council, as the Government was facing a lot of adverse pressure regarding my appointment from the Mullahs (Muslim clerics) and their supporters,” he tweeted.

Interesting tweets of the day

An anonymous Twitter user Jungjoo Gernail, has once again taken a jibe at Pakistan army and Prime Minister Imran Khan. Khan had Friday asked overseas Pakistanis as well as people to contribute to the construction of dams.

Condemning the act, Jungjoo Gernail tweeted that army allegedly never give, they only take money from civilians.

Committee to Protect Journalists is a body that protects journalists worldwide. The committee’s Asia wing has claimed that “slowly” journalism is ending in Pakistan.

After chief justice, it’s Imran Khan who is asking for funds to build dams

After Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar’s insistence on donating money for the construction of dams, now it’s PM Imran Khan’s turn to urge people to contribute to the cause, reports The Express Tribune.

While addressing the nation Friday, Khan appealed to Pakistanis living abroad as well as those in the country to contribute funds.

According to the report, Khan pointed out that the biggest challenge Pakistan is facing today is water scarcity. He said, if water reservoirs are not constructed in the coming years, the country will be facing severe drought.

He also said, “Overseas Pakistanis, especially those living in European countries, should contribute at least $100 each to the PM/CJP’s fund for dams”.

Pakistan records electoral participation of 183 women but gives seats to only 8

Only eight female lawmakers were able to secure seats in the National Assembly despite 183 women contesting the 25 July polls, Dawn reports, citing data released by the Election Commission of Pakistan.

In contrast, 135 women had contested in the 2013 polls.

A possible reason for these many numbers of women contesting this year’s elections can be attributed to a provision in the Elections Act 2017 that requires all parties to allocate at least 5 per cent of their tickets to women candidates for general seats in the National Assembly and provincial assemblies.

However, the three main political parties of Pakistan – PTI (Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf led by Pirme Minister Imran Khan) PML-N (Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz now led by Shehbaz Sharif) and PPP (Pakistan People’s Party-led by Bilawal Bhutto Zardari), barely followed this 5 per cent requirement providing minimum tickets to women.

Out of the eight women candidates who obtained their seats, three were from PPP, two had contested on PTI tickets while the PML-N, Balochistan Awami Party, and Grand Democratic Alliance each recorded one winning woman candidate.

Doctor with no aviation experience is new CEO of Pakistan’s national carrier  

The Pakistan government has appointed another MBBS doctor Muhammad Saqib Aziz as the chief executive officer of Pakistan International Airlines, reports The Nation.

The report said Aziz’s selection is against the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) rules because the new CEO has three portfolios and with no aviation experience. “The chairman shall be elected subject to such terms and conditions and responsibilities as provided under Section 192 of the act and these regulations,” SECP rules say.

On 3 September, the Supreme Court of Pakistan removed Musharraf Rasool Cyan as the chief executive officer of PIA citing that he was a doctor and did not know to operate an aircraft.

Meanwhile, a senior official told the newspaper that the reason behind these selections is the connection between the secretary of PIA Dr. Ijaz Munir and MBBS doctors.

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    Remind Muslims who think killing minorities is what they are obligated to do, that their prophet was a minority in the world during his whole life. This starts in society in small parts by some people thinking that it is ok to pick on minorities.

    I am defining minority as a person or group with a stance different from the majority. And majority as not more than 50% but just the group with the largest clout. Not necessarily the most in number.

    20 years ago it was mass broadcast media spending which got groups clout.

    Now it is mixed multimedia including the Internet and old mass media which gets groups clout. Threatening with a nuclear bomb vs a pistol.

    Like in the Phil Collins song the black man says to the white man.

    White man turns the corner, finds himself within a different world

    Ghetto kid grabs his shoulder, throws him up against the wall

    He says ‘would you respect me if I didn’t have this gun

    ‘Cause without it, I don’t get it, and that’s why I carry one’

    We always need to hear We always need to hear both sides of the story

    Both sides of the story

    To teach the Muslims, their mamas should send them to countries where they are treated like a minority and get kicked around for a time until they learn what it feels like to be a minority and be picked on not for being right or wrong. But just because you do not have the clout that someone else has at the time.

    It is time to blame the mama for the bad attitude. They spared the rod and spoiled the child.

    The situation is so bad in Pakistan that if you speak against the majority (whatever that may be in fashion at the time) you are going to be asked to shut your yapping or if not be killed.

    So here is the song which explains where this message is coming from :

    What is the current issue

    Here is some of the facts to digest by those who are the Muslim majority in Pakistan.

    1. They consider non muslims minorities.

    2. They call Ahmedis and if they feel like it, they can choose to call shias, non bearded people, and who ever else is different from the Majority as a non muslim depending on what they think is in fashion to be a muslims or a non muslim at the time.

    3. Since a non muslim is a minority by their accepted definition then all those they call non muslims are a minority.

    4. Somehow when someone they want to deal with someone who is a shia or a non bearded person or ahmedi, so they change their definition and start calling them a muslim. This behavior is that of a hypocrite.

    Here is a definition of hypocrisy which is the thing which a hypocrite indulges in.

    Hypocrisy is the contrivance of a false appearance of virtue or goodness, while concealing real character or inclinations, especially with respect to religious and moral beliefs; hence, in a general sense, hypocrisy may involve dissimulation, pretense, or a sham. Hypocrisy is the practice of engaging in the same behavior or activity for which one criticizes another. In moral psychology, it is the failure to follow one’s own expressed moral rules and principles.

    The thing which keeps all serious people calm are the following facts .

    God is the creator and the final judge of everything

    Facts, real world observations, and the truth cannot be changed by the thinking, talking and actions of anyone in the Universe.

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