ART OF SURVIVAL WE LEARNT LONG AGO,
THE RESILIENCE OF OUR NATION PAKISTAN
The enemy keeps on trying and in haughty manner feel here it is, the fruit of our labour to erase Pakistan. And the nation of Pakistan rise to each calamity with a rousing spirit of resilience. A country which Pundits predicted to have evapourated within a few years, is still going strong, by the Will of Allah. How much we have suffered at the hands of external enemies and how much we suffer at hands of internal Mir Jaffers. In fact people are saying that we should stop using the word of yester years and start using the names of the present Mir Jaffers. So many of them but still very much morons who fail to understand the power of Al Mighty Allah. Millions gave their life for Pakistan and thousands are doing it to this day. Morons fail to understand the loss of blood in Shahadat is not an every day death. The spirituality of that existence gives life to society again and again.
Greed is destroying the inner self of these mongrels. To live and die for a higher cause is to be near to Allah all the time. Which nation in the world does not have faults like those highlighted about us. Simply we have not paid money abroad to highlight wrong of those societies. In fact we understand our faults all the time and we criticize ourselves always. It is the enemies who understand our virtues better than any other. There is more democracy in the Armed Forces of Pakistan, than any other status of democracy around the politics of the country. The Pak Army comes from every nook and corner of Pakistan, even the smallest villages are represented in it. It has the capacity for all to march forward. Pure merit is the key in the Pak Army. Usually only those move upwards who deserve it with their inherent capacity. We will write more about it. While we go about doing our every day life, the Guardians of Pakistan are awake to guard us under all circumstances. Pak Army Zindabad! Pakistan Forever!
TODAY ARCHAEOLOGY HAS AN ANSWER FOR EVERYTHING WITHOUT DIGGING
YES, WE HAVE GROUND PENETRATING RADAR IS ANSWER TO GRAVE RESEARCH
Many times people come up with ideas of research but the sites are sacred and cannot be touched. Already the Agha KJhan programme is using radar for research on Lahore Fort. The same can also be used to research the unknown graves within, particularly a grave considered to be that of a Holy Man of the Past. Nothing would be lost or violated but a clearer picture would emerge of the contents of the grave. The same technology can also be used elsewhere.Full research has already been done by others abroad. Such as:
University of Southern Mississippi, Anthropology and Sociology, Faculty Member
Burial Detection Using Ground-Penetrating Radar in Southern Illinois: A Comparison of Historic Cemeteries
Ryan M. Campbell and Nathan J. Meissner The implementation of ground-based geophysical methods for the detection of human burials has become increasingly common in archaeological fieldwork. Ground penetrating radar (GPR) appears to be a useful instrument for cemetery investigations, but the effectiveness of equipment varies by region due to soil differences and other environmental factors. Few region-specific examples are available for comparative purposes, which presents problems for the interpretation of remote sensing data. Here, we present GPR data from three historic cemeteries.
IMAGINE HARTAL IN LAHORE ON ASSASSINATION OF MAHATMA GANDHI
ON 31ST JANUARY 1948 SCHOOLS, COLLEGES, OFFICES CLOSED IN LAHORE
Lahore is a wonderful city with extraordinary traditions. That is why Bullay Shah’s famous verse of not being happy on enemy’s death, for friend is also going to die, so popular here. A city full of passion for Quaid-e-Azam grieved for Mahatma Gandhi in a similar way by observing complete hartal in city. A sad death with sad results. Lahore felt the sudden shock of the passing away an icon of India. And imagine not far away , the other Icon of Pakistan, Quaid-e-Azam would also pass away a few months later. This was a clear cut assassination and it was realized that leaders were subject to games of the high and mighty.
What is probably not realized that the death of Quaid-e-Azam was engineered too. If he had TB, the simple solution was penicillin injections, which were available at that time in Delhi. Why were antibiotics not tried on him? Left in an abandoned ambulance to be in the street, it is pathetic how leaders give their life and die needless deaths. For those who may doubt, just count the number of leaders of Pakistan who met uneventful deaths. The deaths speak of the outer hand themselves. And yet the resilience of Pakistan which makes it survive all obstacles with strength of faith and indomitable energy.
THE LUDICROUS RANT OF ENEMIES ABOUT THE FUTURE OF PAKISTAN
TOTAL FAILURES EATING NEEDLESSLY MONEY OF FOREIGN LOBBIES
Seventy years of local morons trying to create the end of Pakistan. We do not know what generation wise this effort but if you look at it objectively, a small group of nobodies trying to tell foreign lobbies that they have achieved so much in bringing down Pakistan. The target of this small group is another small group whose beliefs are not that strong. We read an article by Mowahid Hussain Shah quoting his father Colonel Amjad Hussain on his passion for Pakistan. Well done Sir! A delight to read him all the time. And the others. Demeaning nonsense. But these poisonous pills full of arsenic are rolled in flavourable flavours of music, dance and fancy philosophic talk. Everybody becomes a revolutionary, Che Guevaras of Pakistan. Talking of some abstruse freedom and not having the guts to tell the world what life is in India and what the present setup is doing to Muslims in India and the beautiful people of Kashmeer. The Grass is greener in other pastures we heard, but the stink of the other pastures is not told to us.
Miserable wretches who survive by Pakistan and curse the country all the time. Beware! Not only have you lost your marbles, you are losing your capacity to look into the morning mirror with passing time. This is that kind of impotence which all the Viagras in the world cannot cure. Stop intoxicating yourself with alcoholic syrups. THE RESILIENCE OF PAKISTAN AS WELL AS THE IDEA OF PAKISTAN EVEN MAHATMA GANDHI COULD NOT STOP. And he is the ultimate icon on the other side. Quaid-e-azam made Pakistan as the first step towards the dream of Dr Allama Iqbal in the reconstruction of religious thought in Islam. And G.A. Pervaiz’s assertion of Islam as a challenge to religion itself.
CHUGHTAI PAINTINGS AT GOVERNOR HOUSE LAHORE
SIX OUT OF TWELVE REMAINING, PRESENT UNKNOWN
The icon of Pakistan M.A. Rahman Chughtai was selected to be represented by his paintings at many public places. These included public buildings as well as Pakistani Embassies abroad. About twelve paintings were acquired for the Governor House Lahore from the artist from the Governorship of Sir Abdur Rab Nishtar to Nawab Gurmani. They hung there for many years and then started disappearing. About six were still there in the time of Pervaiz Musharraf. Presently not known how many are there. In a visit of mine, I saw many had been replaced by works of artist Noon as well as by Abdul Waheed Chughtai. The disappearance could not be possible by outsiders but by the officials themselves.
In any case the same are pride for Pakistan. Some of the visitors who admired them included Queen Elizabeth II as well as Jawaharlal Nehru. In fact the artist himself took Nehru around and introduced his vision about his works. Another important admirer there was the brother of the Emperor of Japan,
as well as Prince Akhito, the present Emperor of Japan. The artist Chughtai has always brought laurels to his country………………………………………………..
CHUGHTAI ART IN EMBROIDERY AS FASHION
BASIC LISTING OF EMBROIDERS IN PAKISTAN
Chughtai Art has been used variously in time. Pitras Bokhari had fire shades made by the artist for his fire place. Done on silk cloth but painted on same. A letter exists about same. Jewelers have taken inspiration from Chughtai Art and his designs of jewelry. There was a cinema in Karachi as well as a cinema in Delhi which had paintings from the book Murraqqa e Chughtai done on the walls of the cinema hall in huge proportions. We saw them ourselves. That was the time when in cinema halls shows used to be started with documentaries on Chughtai Art. Made by Information Department, it had his interview too. People were familiar with the artist.
Embroidery caught up too. Chughtai Art on cushions as well as dresses. The pioneer was Fatima Bai of Salika Sewing Machines, which made long stitch possible on the machine itself. The singer Malika Pukhraj was very fond of embroidery and had done complete paintings of Chughtai from the Murraqqa in stitch. She showed one of the work on PTV, namely Desert in Bloom. But this did not Stop with her. Sajida Hanif Abbasi (now sick with cancer) also made paintings from Amal e Chughtai as embroidery.
Even today one can find embroidered cushions of Chughtai Art on the International market. Neelofar Shahid did a show on Chughtai, as well as Maria B who took inspiration from Chughtai Art. A student from Dallas Texas, Fawad Khalid Hamza wanted to print Chughtai Art on T Shirts. There is a mrket out there for Chughtai Art products, and unfortunately we do not have capacity to undertake it. Perhaps one day we will enter this sector and make Chughtai Art a household word in the world.
DEAF, DUMB AND BLIND, HELEN KELLER SURVIVED IT ALL
THE VISIT OF HELEN KELLER TO LAHORE IN THE YEAR 1955
Helen Keller is the stuff of legends. An international icon, she showed the world optimism in everything she did in life. Presidents met her with humility. She carried an air of hope everywhere. Much traveled, she even came to Lahore. Addressed a Press Conference, which was reported on 15th May, 1955. The city of Lahore welcomed this stalwart with open minds and hearts and she left a deep impression behind. Full of laughter, one could hardly find her in a different mood. She overcame her disabilities, and she poured her hope all over the world.
One can learn a lot from her. A documentary was screened by the USIS here, entitled THE HELEN KELLER STORY and we indeed saw it ourselves. From where her energy came, one does not know, but that energy she passed on to the world. With an age of 88 years, she really was outstanding in her achievements. These are the Americans who made America, America. Legends which impressed the world.
Even today her name is taken in Pakistan with respect. Events are held in her name. United the world, and never sowed discord in life.
MUHAMMED KHAN A FORGOTTEN HERO MARTYR OF WORLD WAR ONE
DEBRIS OF A HOUSE IN LAHORE REVEALS MEDAL SENT BY KING GEORGE
The Britishers used the Indian Army in their fights in World War one in 1915. We do now that a lot of soldiers went from Punjab to France at that time. Villages in Punjab boast of soldiers sent to fight the British cause. In the area of Pakistan, Chakwal is famous for contributing such brave men to the mission. It is also known that people from Lahore also went to France and are acknowledged by plaques in those fields of Europe. Of the many people martyred there, King George sent a letter of condolence to the family of the dead soldier.
A recently demolished house in Lahore turned out a forgotten medal in its debris. The man MUHAMMED KHAN FROM LAHORE died in the British service in World War one. To commemorate his death, King George sent a BRONZE MEDAL highlighting that HE DIED FOR FREEDOM AND HONOUR. The letter obviously is missing. Who was Muhammed Khan? We do not know but this we know that the urban city of Lahore did produce brave men in those times too and they fought on the battle field of Europe, and scarcely remembered by any one. There is knack of history that it enfolds itself sooner or later. Obviously the man must have belonged to the Punjab Regiment, and that regiment is active to this day in the Pakistan Army.
AN UNKNOWN TURKISH SULTANATE PRINCESS OF LAHORE
IS SHE SISTER OF AYAZ WHO MARRIED SULTAN MAHMUD?
Personalities and events are not normally remembered in time. A forgotten world surround us all the time. But memories leave fingerprints here and there, and these are the fingerprints of time itself. Figurines of Lahore is a virgin topic, left unexplored, and juicy with details of the past. Deep down Lahore’s earth are memories of time gone by, and little to remember that time itself.
A face occurs here and there in full splendour of some Princess, some Queen, who the people of Lahore cherished, and put figurines of her in their homes. Twenty five to thirty feet means the Ghaznavid period in Lahore, or even the times of Qutub uddin Aibeg (Aibek). Or even later. History recalls a SHER DE BACHI, who was a sister of Malik Ayaz, the Governor of Lahore, who the Sultan loved very much. That is Sultan Mahmud Ghaznavi. It is not known whether the marriage took place or not, but Sultan himself asked his courtiers for their opinion about the prospects of that marriage. The rest is smoke of history. In any case enjoy a Lahori Princess of the past with her enigmatic Turkish cap. And imagine her days of splendour.
The soil of Lahore reveals us the past all the time.
INDEPENDENCE DAY OF PAKISTAN 14TH AUGUST, 1947
THE CONFUSION OF 15TH AUGUST AS POSSIBLE DATE
No one bothers to clear history of Pakistan. A deliberate confusion is generated by vested interests about the date of independence of Pakistan. Very few would know the way of seeking the truth. The first independence day of Pakistan was celebrated on 15th August, 1948. There is valid reason for same and we have a commemorative postal stamp (First stamp designed by M.A. Rahman Chughtai) that was issued on same date. It was realized by Prime Minister Liaquat Ali Khan that this confusion had to go. Jut like the Two nation theory, the same day of Independence would not work in the long run. It was found that exactly at 12 pm Independence for Pakistan was announced and that would make it 14th August, 1947. Independence for India was announced five minutes later at 00.05 am. It was decided to commemorate Pakistan Day on 14th August each year, while India would retain its India Day on 15th August for the future. All this is on record. The 2nd Independence day was on 14th August, 1949. It is found in older Pakistani guide books published officially but no stress is given to it now. Now you know!