I saw this video of Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu explaining how his country of only 9 million has been able to overtake the rest of the world in science and technology. This video should be seen by every Muslim politician in the world. 

It was Malaysia's Mahathir (now 93 and prime minister) who told Muslims that unless they invested their resources in education, they would never be able to progress. 
The teaching of science has never been a priority among modern Muslims. I tell my fellow Memons about dinosaurs and evolution and they look at me like I'm from another planet. 

After 9/11, Muslims turned towards religion to find an answer to why their condition is so bad. The mullahs of course tell them to be heavily bearded, to wear the "Islamic" dress, to waste their time in mosques listening to illiterate clerics explaining about life after death and so on. Not a single moulvi tells them to practice birth control, no cleric tells them to send their children to technical universities, in fact they advise Muslims to give up living in the twenty first century and spend their time going to villages and teaching the simpletons there how to bathe and clean themselves.

So I don't think there's much hope for Muslims. They will forever remain the slaves of those who use their minds (like the Jews). 

Turning Pakistan into Madina
These are only a few steps that Imran Khan can take to turn Pakistan into an economic power. It is for him to choose whether he wants to be remembered as a wise ruler, or like those who came before him

Since Imran Khan has repeatedly said that he wants to make Pakistan into a welfare state on the pattern of Madina, perhaps he would be interested to know what happened there when the Holy Prophet (SAW) asked for donations before the battle of Tabuk. This is how his Companions responded:
Hazrat Umar (RA) brought half of his property to the Prophet (SAW).
The Messenger of God asked, “O Umar! What did you leave to your family?”
He said, “As much as I brought to you.”
Hazrat Abu Bakr (RA) gave all of his property, which amounted to four thousand dirhams of silver to the Prophet (SAW).
The Prophet said, “O Abu Bakr! What did you leave to your family?”
He said, “I left God and His Messenger to them”.
Hazrat Usman (RA) gave three hundred camels with goods on them to the Messenger of God. He also gave fifty horses and one thousand coins of gold.
This, then, was the spirit which made Madina into a successful state.
So, if Mr. Imran Khan really wants to turn Pakistan into an economic power, he can do it by emulating the people who lived in Madina in those days. He owns a huge mansion in Bani Gala which is built on three hundred kanals (one hundred and fifty thousand square yards), when most Pakistanis exist on two hundred square yards or even less. He should set an example and donate the mansion and the garden to the government, which can sell it.
Then there are his cronies. Jehangir Khan Tareen can sell two of his sugar mills (out of four) and donate the amounts received to the state. He can also return the millions he got written off in past years. There are others who have acquired immense wealth, like Faisal Vawda and Aleem Khan. Should they not do their bit, should they not also help the government in its hour of need?
And while we are at it, perhaps Mr. Imran Khan might be interested to know that in the state of Madina, no one was above the law. Neither the Khalifa nor the Qazi were immune from prosecution if they had been found to be negligent or having committed a crime. So Imran Khan should remove the clause which gives immunity to the president. Moreover, Imran opposed the immunity enjoyed by president Zardari, thus there is no reason to exempt President Arif Alvi from prosecution if need be.
Furthermore, in the state of Madina, no one was exempted from the payment of taxes, whilst in Pakistan, there are people who have never paid any sort of tax despite being rich beyond measure. Not only that, they even pressurize banks to write off their loans.
The other category of tax evaders are smugglers who have damaged the country immensely. If the government enforces checks on imports, they can earn a lot of revenue. Cloth, crockery, cutlery, electronic goods, etc are sold without payment of customs duty or sales taxes. Half the revenue required by the government can be obtained by bringing smugglers into the tax net.
These are only a few steps that Imran Khan can take to turn Pakistan into an economic power. It is for him to choose whether he wants to be remembered as a wise ruler or like those who came before him.
The writer is an engineer and was a lecturer at NED Engineering College. He tweets @shakirlakhani
Published in Daily Times, September 15th 2018.


Suddenly the whole of Pakistan seems to be obsessed with building a controversial dam. Of all people, the Chief Justice is promoting the building of Diamer Bhasha dam as if his life depends upon it. He's gone so far as to imply that opponents of the dam are enemies of the country and will be taken to task. I myself have been accused of being on India's payroll whenever I have opposed this mega dam. The other day I shared a post on how Israel has managed to have surplus water despite not building any dams. The response was "Indian-funded  agenda". It's really depressing the way our Punjabi-speaking majority has become so blind that they cannot see that the Indus delta's ecosystem is being destroyed gradually by shortage of water in the Indus.

The question arises, what has the Chief Justice got to do with dams? Why isn't he doing anything to settle the two million pending cases in his courts? What is his agenda? Every penalty that he imposes as a fine is ordered to be deposited in his dam fund. Justice Faez Issa yesterday differed with his brother judges and held that the fine in a case  should not be put in the dam fund but should be given to the Edhi Foundation. I expect this good judge will soon be described as "Anti-Pakistan" and "Pro-India" by the hysterical supporters of the dam.

Just examining the cost of the dam should be enough to convince any sane person that it is nonviable. Its present cost is estimated to be 16 billion dollars. By the time it is completed (if ever), the cost will have risen to 28 billion dollars. It is situated on a fault line, exposing it to collapse if there is a major earthquake in the area. Yet our so-called wise leaders want to go ahead and build it, despite the enormous risk to neighboring areas in case of the dam collapsing.

Today I was called an Indian agent by some people belonging to the largest province in the country. When a nation has become so intolerant that its people cannot bear to hear any opinion which is contrary to theirs, the future of that nation is very bleak.

THIS is with reference to the letter ‘Quaid on Indo-Pak joint defence’ (Sept 6). As far as I know, Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah never made any such offer to India.
It would have made no sense since Pakistan and India were already involved in hostilities at the time, and there was no threat to either country from any other power.
It was Ayub Khan who offered a joint defence pact to India. Mohtarma Fatima Jinnah was the most vocal critic of this offer.
If the Quaid had ever made a joint defence offer to India, she would not have opposed Ayub Khan in this matter.
Shakir Lakhani
Published in Dawn, September 9th, 2018

I wasn't surprised to read about the hundred odd people who fell violently sick when traveling from Dubai to the U.S. Just a couple of weeks back, I was forced to transit at Dubai Airport after my Air France flight was delayed and I missed the connecting flight to Muscat on my way back to Karachi. Although it was the largest passenger plane (A380), I didn't enjoy the flight because of the inefficiency of the staff. I had no choice but to endure the very cold air from the nozzles above, as no one could change the direction of the nozzle (or even turn it off). The food too wasn't anything to write home about.

I knew of course that Dubai Airport is probably the worst managed airport in the world, and every Emirates flight has to fly for twenty minutes at least over the airport before being given clearance to land. This time my plane circled overhead for half an hour and finally landed, so I only had forty minutes before I could board the connecting Emirates flight to Karachi. 

I stopped running and jogging twenty years ago, so I wonder why I didn't have a heart attack running for forty minutes to the departure gate which (due to the intense love of the government of UAE for Pakistanis) is at the very end of the airport and you can't get there in the fancy train they have but have to run if you don't have enough time. Even though I could see from the illuminated boards that the gate had been closed, I didn't stop running. I got there at the exact time the plane was supposed to take off, but they took pity on me and allowed me to board.

So my advice to everyone I know is: never transit at Dubai Airport, avoid it like the plague. Above all, never go to Dubai unless you are forced to do so at gunpoint!

Their very first week
The new government of Imran Khan has already been shown to be highly inefficient in its first week in power. First, it said that the country would revert to a six-day working week, making Saturday a working day, then within two hours it backtracked and assured civil servants that there would be no change and that they could enjoy two holidays every week.

Afterwards, there was the confusion over what US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said or did not say. Whatever the truth, Imran Khan should not have received the call as he is the chief executive of the country (not the foreign minister). He should have curtly told Pompeo to talk to Shah Mahmood Qureshi.

Shakir Lakhani
The News, August 29, 2018