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'Spiritual democracy and its followers'

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There are such 'seasoned and shrewd' politicians present in Captain's cabinet who are crying out for wisdom every day to invite us to think.

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The pearl of the latest wisdom was discovered when Federal Minister for Kashmir Affairs Ali Amin Gandapur, while addressing a gathering, told the people about the recipe for combating inflation. He said: "9% inflation is nothing in the country. Eat nine less morsels of bread out of 100 morsels and consume nine sugar grains out of 100 grains." 

What the minister said is in fact an example of the captain's vision, in fact "spiritual democracy" is at work in the country. Yes! Spiritual democracy. The new system was unveiled on the captain's birthday on October 5, when renowned singer and filmmaker Salman Ahmed premiered a documentary on the Prime Minister's birthday-- "Spiritual Democracy" --at the Governor's House in Karachi. When the announcement was made, I was shocked to hear the name of the film, but when the detailed report of the premiere came, I was satisfied that there is indeed democracy in the country which does not look like me because it is "spiritual".

The documentary includes a detailed interview with the captain, in which the captain uses the term super virtual democracy and defines it. He says "being human is spiritual and where democracy is in the interest of the people it is spiritual democracy". Wow, what to say. The philosophy of the system of government that emerged from ancient Greece and what form it took when it reached Pakistan is amazing.

Inflation is setting new records every year during the PTI's three-year rule. It's common practice for food items to disappear from the market and then return to the market at double the price. The price of sugar, that disappeared from market, was more than doubled by the government and was brought back to the market with new rates. When the flour disappeared, it appeared with a new rate. The petrol pump owners stopped the supply of oil and set an arbitrary price. We used to consider these three years of "successful" measures as bad governance and incompetence because we were unfamiliar with the "spiritual version" of democracy.

One of the basic requirements of "spirituality" which is also called mysticism and behavior is self-purification ie less food, less sleep and less talking. In fact, the captai's spiritual government continued to increase the prices to guide the nation, so that the nation would eat less, if the stomach was full, then the nation would fall asleep in a state of negligence. Efforts have also been started on talking less, like most journalists and anchors usually speak, the Media Development Authority Bill has been introduced to get rid of this habit. When the media will be quiet, the nation will also have no topic to discuss and debate. Thus the basic requirements of self-purification will be fulfilled automatically.

Ali Amin Sahib is a high-ranking Sufi (saint) involved in this spiritual government, so those who misunderstand his advice to eat less as a government official are misguided, they should immediately repent and be afraid of being caught.

One of the most important virtues of spiritual democracy is "U-turn". There is also an explanation of this in the interview included in Salman Ahmed's documentary. The captain was asked, "You have issued many statements in the past but later did the opposite." To which teh prime minister stated, "If you make a statement somewhere, you have no idea that the surrounding conditions may change".

Salman Ahmed's documentary and the minister's statements have opened the eyes of less knowledgeable people like me. Growing poverty, unemployment and other economic and social problems are now to be solved under the spiritual system, giving jobs to the people is not the mission of the government, the nation should spend its time in "meditation" and should go to anchorage in case of being hungry. Earlier, instead of providing employment opportunities, the policy of anchorages could not be exposed to the ignorant and in my ignorance I committed the sin of criticizing it as well, which is now the time to repent.

The first and foremost requirement of spirituality is "Iradat Sheikh" ie perfect follower of the Murshid (Who is followed). Since spiritual democracy is established in the country and the Prime Minister, as the head of this spiritual democracy, holds the rank of Murshid Kamil (Who is followed in total), any criticism of him is nothing but misguidance and disobedience can lead him astray. The government sometimes arranges "light" punishments with the help of law enforcement agencies and, if necessary, with the help of unknown individuals to bring the lost to the right path and teach obedience to the Sheikh.

Most of the misguided and disobedient people are also from media and opposition but true followers of Murshid Kamil bring some new prescription every day to bring the rest of the nation on the right path. Whether its new NAB ordinance or Media Development Authority Bill ... and so on, many prescriptions have not only been proposed but will also be strictly enforced. If the government completes its term, the entire nation will have reached many levels of spirituality and will be seen wandering everywhere.

Young poet Syed Shadab Asghar of Rohtas India says in his poetry: 

کچھ تو اس کی بے حسی سے مر گئے
اور کچھ سادہ دلی سے مر گئے

Someone should explain to the spiritual democrats that the dervishes have no interest in the government, they have nothing to do with the court and the government, politics and government have nothing to do with spirituality, mysticism and conduct. The one who has to reach spiritual heights should wear green robes, go to the deserts and sit in solitude and enjoy meditation.

Those who recommend eating less snacks may not be aware that people don't even have one meal at a time. The lower middle income scale was used to measure poverty in Pakistan, according to data released by the World Bank in June this year on people living below the poverty line. In this regard, the number of poor in Pakistan was 39.3% in 2020-21 and is likely to remain 39.2% in 2021-22.

If you look at the data of the World Bank, it is estimated that there is hunger in every house and the dervish ministers are advising to reduce the number of snacks.

I am recalling the poem of Balwan Singh Azar at the moment:

لوگ بھوکے ہیں بہت اور نوالے کم ہیں
زندگی تیرے چراغوں میں اجالے کم ہیں

 

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Time to pass torch to ‘younger voices’: Biden

Biden said: “I have decided the best way forward is to pass the torch to a new generation”

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Washington: United States President Joe Biden told Americans on Wednesday that he quit the 2024 election to unite the country, saying in a historic Oval Office speech that it was time to pass the torch to ‘younger voices’.

“I revere this office. But I love my country more,” the 81-year-old said in an elegiac prime-time address to the nation urging his divided country to embrace democracy and shun hatred.

“The defence of democracy, which is at stake, is more important than any title,” Biden said. “I have decided the best way forward is to pass the torch to a new generation. That is the best way to unite our nation.”

In his first televised address since his stunning decision, Biden also hailed his Vice President Kamala Harris, 59, who is set to be the new Democratic presidential nominee. “She’s experienced. She’s tough. She’s capable,” Biden said in just the fourth address of his presidency from behind the Resolute Desk — and likely his last.

Biden bowed out of the race later than any other president in US history, giving in to weeks of pressure from Democrats after a disastrous debate performance against Donald Trump raised concerns about his age.

Speaking in a hushed voice after a Covid infection, Biden used the powerfully symbolic setting to insist on his achievements — while admitting it was time to move on.

He said there was a “time and a place for new voices, fresh voices — yes, younger voices. And that time and place is now.”

‘Never wavered’

In a poignant sign of support for Biden after the toughest decision of his political life, most of his family sat watching him in the Oval Office as he spoke. They included his wife Jill and daughter Ashley — who held hands near the end of his remarks — Biden’s troubled son Hunter and several Biden’s grandchildren.

Jill Biden later posted a letter on X thanking “those who never wavered” — an apparent backhanded dig at the Democrats who called on Biden to quit — and said it was “time to put that trust in Kamala.”

Biden’s withdrawal has upended Trump’s campaign, which had previously focused on the president’s age and mental acuity. Now it is Trump, 78, who is the oldest candidate in US history.

Trump, who had initially called for unity after surviving an assassination attempt on July 13, was in no mood for magnanimity after Biden’s speech. “Crooked Joe Biden’s Oval Office speech was barely understandable, and sooo bad!” Trump said on social media.

Republicans have called for Biden to step down altogether, saying that if he is not fit to stand for reelection then he is not fit to serve as president.

Biden however insisted that he was no lame duck and that he would continue to work on the economy and key foreign policy issues for the rest of his time in office. “Over the next six months I will be focused on doing my job as president,” he said.

‘Lunatic’

One key goal is a peace deal in the Middle East — a legacy-defining dream that many US presidents before Biden have chased.

Biden, who has been increasingly critical of Israel’s military campaign in Gaza, meets Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House on Thursday.

But in a sign of how quickly things are changing, Netanyahu will sit down separately that day with Harris as well, as well as meeting Trump in Florida on Friday.

The US election campaign meanwhile is moving ahead at full speed without Biden. In his first rally since Harris secured enough delegates to become the de facto Democratic nominee, Trump hit out at Harris as his “new victim.”

“She is a radical left lunatic who will destroy our country,” he said, accusing Harris of hiding Biden’s “mental unfitness.” Earlier, the White House denied there was any “cover-up” over Biden’s condition.

Harris was also on the campaign trail Wednesday, telling a Black college sorority in Indianapolis that “I am fighting for our nation’s future”.

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ECP notifies 39 returned MNAs as PTI lawmakers

Notification came after the decision of Supreme Court

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Islamabad: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has notified 39 Member of National Assembly (MNAs) as members of the Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf.

The notification has been issued in the light of previous verdict of the Supreme Court of Pakistan (SCP).

The electoral watchdog has formally recognized these law makers, who earlier represented the Sunni Itehad Council (SIC), as the members of the Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf (PTI).

After this notification, the strength of Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf’s Members of National Assembly (MNAs) are expected around 114 in the National Assembly (NA).

It is worth mentioning here that The Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday July 9 reserved the verdict on the Sunni Ittehad Council's (SIC) plea against the Peshawar High Court's (PHC) verdict upholding the Election Commission of Pakistan's (ECP) decision denying them the reserved seats.

Headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Qazi Faez Isa, a 13-member full court bench conducted the hearing today with Barrister Salman Akram Raja, representing Kanwal Shauzab, and SIC's Faisal Siddiqui presenting their arguments before the court.

Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah, Justice Muneeb Akhtar, Justice Yahya Afridi, Justice Amin-ud-Din Khan, Justice Jamal Khan Mandokhail, Justice Muhammad Ali Mazhar, Justice Athar Minallah, Justice Syed Hassan Azhar Rizvi, Justice Ayesha Malik, Justice Shahid Waheed, Justice Irfan Saadat Khan and Justice Naeem Akhtar Afghan are also part of the bench.

The reserved seats issue

In March of last year, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) decided in a 4-1 vote that the SIC was ineligible for reserved seats due to significant legal flaws and failure to comply with mandatory requirements for submitting a party list.

Subsequent to this decision, the commission redistributed these seats among other parliamentary parties. The PML-N and PPP gained significantly, securing 16 and five additional seats respectively, while the JUI-F received four seats. The PTI, however, opposed the verdict, deeming it unconstitutional.

Later in the same month, the Peshawar High Court (PHC) dismissed an appeal from the SIC challenging the ECP's decision and upheld the denial of reserved seats to the party.

In April, the SIC, led by party chief Sahibzada Hamid Raza, filed a petition before the Supreme Court seeking to overturn the PHC's judgment.

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Accurate data helps in provision of relief to public, says CM Punjab

Maryam Nawaz says she opened helpline for all the projects and schemes

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Lahore: Punjab Chief Minister Maryam Nawaz on Thursday said that correct data was crucial for the future and people will be provided relief at their doorsteps.

Addressing the inaugural session of Social Economic Registry, CM Maryam said that she applauded the efforts of Marriyum Aurangzeb and the planning ministry.

She said that when she took oath in the month of Ramazan, she announced a package and provided it to the people at their doorsteps.

“We started receiving complaints due to a lack of adequate data. We prepared Ramazan Package according to the numbers we had. We had many addresses devoid of complete information.

“The phone numbers were obsolete and wrong. There is 130 million population of Punjab and I don’t know what number comes into the category of Social Economic Registry.”

Maryam Nawaz was of the view that the BISP also needed to be updated. Ramazan packages were made on the basis of data of BISP and NADRA. She realised then that the government made decisions without information and data.

She said they did not have adequate data of farmers who got registered 12 acres of their lands in order to evade taxes.

The chief minister said she was not well aware of the data regarding homeless, those living on rents, and those on wheelchairs. She said she had opened helpline for all the projects and schemes. “Those who are not registered in schemes can register themselves by contacting helplines,” she said.

She said more than 5,000 registration centres had been established. “There is a well trained staff in the centre. Data collection is not an easy task. Many people cannot pay their electricity bills. We are introducing 4.5 million solar panels. Data is being received,” she said.

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