A Thief in Abeyance


It was middle of a peaceful passage of night; when I was suddenly woken up by my better half to ruin the later half of the night. Surprised and stunned I looked at the fan, it was working, then gazed at the AC which was functional too. In my typical husband’s brain I tried to figure out what has happened so wrong that she had to wake me up as it was one of the most unholiest act and of course a very dangerous move. Such act is only allowed by WAPDA and that too in case of malfunctioned UPS. I quickly tried to recall when was the last time I took her to her mom’s home and realized with my unconscious mind that I was in safe limits rather I realized we just came back that night from her mom’s home. Now totally short of ideas I looked at her and asked what every husband would ask his wife even in normal conditions “Whats wrong?” which actually meant “Whats the hell is so wrong with you?” (yeah men think that way but often doesn’t say it to save the time) and realizing that the question was pretty silly to ask on the first place; “There is nothing wrong with her…. she is a wife…..she is meant to be that way”. Recalling this answer I asked her again and she pointed towards the back window of our room. I focused my attention at the window and realized that there is a loud fuss going on at the back of our house.

Understanding the seriousness of the situation and trying to believe that it was not a hangover due to food at in-laws; I got out of the bed and approached the window which could give me a better view of whats going on. What i witnessed was weird, there was a man sitting at the back wall which was adjoining to our back wall neighbor’s and was begging that he should not be handed over to police. Well, that was the moment when I really woke up even though I was standing and witnessing it for much longer. Before I could think of anything I tried to follow the conversation. Now let me explain the geography at the back side of my house. The home right back to my house is a double storey building while the one next to it is a single storey. My back wall neighbors were asking him where did he come from? (which of course meant which path has he followed to reach the place where he could sit like a SpiderMan). He replied that he used the wall of the single storey home to to reach their roof and from there he came to the point and now he was sitting at the back wall-nexus of four homes.  The back wall neighbors assured him they wont harm him and before i could decide to go out he climbed the roof of single storey home and from there he was taken by the arm and it seemed as he was boarding a ship but of course his next journey wasn’t going to be nice.

It was pretty safe now as the thief was caught. Oh! did I use the word thief; yeah I did. I moved out of the home and of course had a gathering later on and the caught guy gave a strange story. He said that he along with four men were hired from a village near Wazirabad and he was assured that he would be given Rs.500 per day and food to participate in Tahir-ul-Qadri’s rally but they abandoned him and now he needed money to get back home. At first I thought that he was lying but when he was handed over to police and police confirmed that that four more men were caught from the same street, it really made me believe that he was telling it right. Any one after the incidents would be way too stupid to tell police (yeah police) that he belonged to Qadri (police would be aching to beat the hell out of him for the beating they took recently). That was more like he demanded to rot in hell (of course at local police station).

After everything settled and I was done appreciating the alertness of our neighbors, I of course could analyze it and say a few words about it as it could make me sound intellectual (that’s what everyone does on FB these days I mean contrive to sound intellectual) but it really made me think that whether he was telling the truth or not, whether he was hired to participate in mob or not, what if he really was. That means that man power can easily be bought (hired) to do any evil act, that’s how we harbor terrorists? He could have been sleeping peacefully at his home if he wasn’t that poor and his needs didn’t make him a sell out. Even if he wasn’t hired to do so he wasn’t there because he did not like the model of his Ferrari or Lamborghini. The way he was begging to let him go reminded me of the saying “Hate the crime not the criminal”. After being caught he was just an ordinary man looking totally helpless telling that they could go to his village to see how needy he is. That made sense to me that why would he travel such a large distance to make robberies. Anyways, this is how needs turn normal men into criminals and even terrorists. You can easily buy a man if you can buy him his needs.

Alleviating the poverty, providing jobs maintaining balance in economy and of course education are the things which not only can make us a better nation but would also help us to make our face better in international community because such people when go abroad (either legally or illegally) are the ones who ruin the face of the country but they don’t belong to any country they just belong to the poverty club which isn’t much fancy at all.

Take care everyone, look around and help anyone you can before he starts opting for a wrong path. That may be the right move for you to contribute good to society and the world. Thank you 🙂


Social Media and Dangers Imparted

Danger associated with social mediaSocial media despite of its advantages had been pretty controversial in recent times. Dangerous is the word which can easily be attributed to it in many aspects. Much had been written on its moral obligations and a bit about its remedies but here I want to write about what I had been observing in recent scenario when a very condemnable act happened in Lahore by the hands of Punjab Police.

Despite of the fact that many of my friends accuse me of supporting a party in a very conventional way; however i deny any such affiliations. I am a typical Pakistani with many flaws. After the incident I witnessed many posts which were mainly between supporters of PTI and PML(N) in which they tried to accuse one another using many pictorial posts with many altered captions. I must confess I had been re-posting many of them too. But being a patriot I had to observe the whole scenario neutrally. I would get to that point what my actual point of view is on all what happened, for now i can only condemn it.

Many fake pictures were used by both groups and in a few moments one could easily see the retaliating post or clarification of the accusation on any previous posts. I really began to wonder that now it is possible for almost anyone to just take a pic and post it online with any caption they want. Rest of the work would be done by the great spectators of social media who already have mastered in the art of judging.

It’s very easy to accuse; for example I was sick a few days back and while collecting my blood reports i began to think that anyone can take a pic of mine and post it online claiming that I am forcing the lab guys to alter the results so that a dishonest employee like me could avail some holidays. In the same way my son’s forehead busted open while he was playing with scooty and while i was carrying him to the ER of the hospital anyone could have taken a pic and posted it with captions like “A brutal father brutalized his son”. I am glad my wife doesn’t belong to the other party else she would have also accused me of conspiring the whole scene and would have accused my act of purchasing that scooty for the underage and would have demanded me to resign from my current position of being father. Lolz

Anyways, my point is that we have stepped into a very dangerous zone of the social media where posting a pic can ruin someone’s reputation for nothing. We really should be more responsible while posting or re-posting it. As a muslim, as a Pakistani it should be our utmost desire to minimize hatred and promote positivity.

Now a word about what i think of Lahore incident. Indeed a very shameful event for sitting government. Shahbaz Sharif no doubt a good administrator for many development projects really failed to survive here. Regardless of the fact what sort of conspiracy had been prepared, where army is taking on terrorists and all political parties should have supported and postponed their differences for a while; here we have an imported controversial so-called scholar who is making life difficult for everyone. Just suppose that govt is full of flaws but the scholar of religion of peace should have told his followers to step away and avoid chaos or any deaths. On the other hand whoever’s orders it were; it is not acceptable and indeed brutal to open fire on civilians. One cannot deny the birth of future gullu butts/terrorists when one see his mom shot dead with straight bullet fires right before their eyes. It was a slap to humanity. Over all it was a matter of “freaks vs morons”. Of course moron is government here, because it does not matter if someone is conspiring against you or not, you should be capable of tackling every situation.

Mr. Qadri has arrived and has caused a chaos. This is just an attempt to hurt army which is working hard to stabilize matters and eliminate terrorists willing to sacrifice good talibans too. At such stage Zarb-e-Azb is sidelined and a clown is asking army to talk to them. Motives are pretty clear to everyone and may Allah bless Pakistan as next two days are of crucial importance.

And please post responsibly; yes it applies to me too 🙂