The perfect world for CII members would be one without women

 Published: May 27, 2016
"Saying the word talaq thrice consecutively is against the Sunnah," said Islamic Idelogy. PHOTO: FILE

I do not know under whose leadership the body of persons known as the Council of Islamic Ideology was formed. A few days back it recommended the banning of paper money and reversion to coins, as was the practice in the 7th century. I wonder why they didn’t ask the government to ban cars and trucks, and ask for donkey and camel carts to be used for transportation instead. Or that all high rise buildings should be demolished and replaced with huts and hovels!
But their recent proposals to “protect” our women prove that these worthies are obsessed with women. In fact, they believe that all the world’s problems will disappear if women are oppressed and locked up. Consider the following measures which they think will “protect” our women
1.    “A husband should be allowed to ‘lightly’ beat his wife if she defies his commands and refuses to dress up as per his desires; turns down demand of intercourse without any religious excuse or does not take a bath after intercourse or menstrual periods.”

This gem about “light” beating proves that these so-called “scholars” are morons who should be locked up. How does one know how to beat anyone “lightly”? Let’s say a man goes into a rage when his wife refuses to obey him. Only a moron would expect him to pause before starting to beat up his wife and say to himself,
“Wait a minute, I’m supposed to beat her up lightly”.
So should he just deliver only one massive blow to her head instead of the many he wants to inflict on her?

2.    “A beating is also permissible if a woman… interacts with strangers; speaks loud enough that she can easily be heard by strangers; and provides monetary support to people without taking consent of her spouse.”
This effectively means that women should be locked up and prevented from going out of their houses. How can women go shopping without talking to male strangers and without being easily heard by them? As for “providing monetary support to people without the consent of her spouse”, is this such a major problem in our society?

3.    They want a woman’s voice to be so low that she should not be heard by strangers, but these same old fossils have graciously allowed women to take part in politics. So what about all those burqa-clad ladies in the assemblies who have to talk loudly so they can be heard by assembly members (most of whom are men)? Should they be beaten up (“lightly”, of course) every time they make a speech or ask a question in parliament?

4.    These men are so obsessed with women that they want to ban female nurses from attending to male patients. Apparently they think that a woman getting too close to a sick person can cause him (or her) to go berserk, turning him into a rapist or the nurse into a nymphomaniac!

I wonder why such men are bent upon making Pakistan the laughing stock of the whole world. Since they think women are responsible for all their problems, they should gather all like-minded men in the country and settle in one of those numerous islands in the Arabian Sea near Karachi. No women, no problems, eternal bliss.

Shakir Lakhani

Engineer, teacher, industrialist, associated with petroleum/chemical industries for many years. Loves writing, and (in the opinion of most of those who know him), mentally unbalanced. He tweets @shakirlakhani (


APROPOS the letter ‘Dismantled unity’ (May 15). The writer regrets that there are attempts to create more provinces and that people should consider themselves Pakistanis first. This is indeed laudable, but perhaps the writer is too young to remember the days when the whole of present-day Pakistan was a single province.
This resulted in the people of the smaller provinces feeling alienated, just as the people of Karachi today feel they are outsiders. The refusal of the Sindh government to allow Karachiites to run their own affairs has ruined the metropolis from which the provincial government gets 96 per cent of its budget.
The only way to put the country back on the development track is to convert the present 27 divisions into provinces. Switzerland, with a population of only eight million, has 26 provinces known as cantons, and is a very stable democracy, despite having three linguistic groups French, German and Italian.
With more provinces, a much greater number of our people will be able to participate in the political process and get an adequate representation in government.
Shakir Lakhani
Published in Dawn, May 19th, 2016

Sindh tax collection

THIS refers to the news item `Sindh revenue collection rises to Rs31 billion` (April 24) wherein property tax collection in Sindh is shown as Rs 1.529 billion.
In another news item, the FBR has demanded Rs59 billion from just one Karachi builder as income tax. This means that the property tax collection should be many times more than what it is now, considering the enormous construction activity in Karachi alone.

We know, of course, how efficient the Sindh government is, but what about IMF managers? Surely, they will spot massive tax evasion in the province?

Shakir Lakhani
Printed in DAWN, May 12, 2016


If you cannot protect the Sindh Assembly, Mr Qaim Ali Shah, how will you protect us?
By Shakir Lakhani Published: May 2, 2016

Mr Qaim Ali Shah, we have always known that your government (or non-government) is terribly incompetent. This was recently proven when the host of a private TV channel managed to bring an armed person into the assembly without being searched.

Of course you and your speaker made the right noises about the sting operation being illegal and your government arrested the TV channel’s host (Iqrar ul Hassan) and his associate. The fact is, you live in a state of denial and have brainwashed yourself into believing that Sindh is a model province that is being governed very efficiently. We, however, are incredulous that you and your ministers are not able to adequately protect even the hallowed chambers where you and your minions decide how to spend that part of the budget money which has not been siphoned off to foreign countries.

You, of course, will say that security is already enough considering most of our policemen are employed to protect you and your ministers. As far as you are concerned, the rest of the province be damned. But we, the people of Karachi, who provide 96 per cent of the budget revenue, have a right to ask when you will do something to solve our numerous problems.

We live under the constant threat of being looted because there are very few cops on our streets. Our roads are filled with potholes, our traffic signals don’t work, and our traffic policemen believe they have been appointed to extort money from innocent citizens. One of the reasons for all this inefficiency is that most employees (including policemen) in your government have been hired only because they are related to you and your ministers. This is why most of your government employees do not show up for work most of the time, except to collect salaries.
Now that you have seen how easy it is for anyone that is armed to enter a heavily protected building like the Sindh Assembly, will you do something to improve the situation?
Will you continue believing that everything is okay while our policemen risk their lives because they have been given fake bullet-proof jackets?
Will you keep ignoring that our armoured personnel carriers are fitted with useless and defective CCTV cameras?
Will we go on having ghost hospitals and ghost doctors, so that the poor people of Thar see their children dying without medical attention?

How long will you continue living in a state of denial?

Shakir Lakhani
Engineer, teacher, industrialist, associated with petroleum/chemical industries for many years. Loves writing, and (in the opinion of most of those who know him), mentally unbalanced. He tweets @shakirlakhani (