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RIP Ardeshir Cowasjee

Raza Rumi

(My comments cited in this story at Al Jazeera)

Ardeshir Cowasjee, a Parsi businessman, philanthropist, and a pillar of cosmopolitan Karachi, turned to public activism through his writings. First, as a contributor of letters, and later, as a columnist. The candor in Cowasjee’s columns was unprecedented, and very soon, he started to become an irritant for the governments of the day, various mafia in his native Karachi, and the forces of bigotry. In this process, he acquired hundreds and thousands of followers in Pakistan and abroad, and articulated the aspirations of Pakistan’s majority that wants a peaceful, prosperous and rule-based country to live in

Cowasjee’s columns were opinionated sometimes, pandered to the military on other occasions, but they remained unique due to the honesty with which he wrote, and the no-holds-barred style that he affected through his pithy, direct style of writing. The courts and the governments, within a short period of time, had to take action in response to the issues he raised. As a secular urban citizen, he led a public campaign against illegal construction as well as the destruction of Karachi’s civic sense. Throughout his life, he opposed the Bhuttos and displayed consistency of his position.

His formidable legacy is the shaping of a discourse around the notion of ‘Jinnah’s Pakistan’ – a plural polity with rule of law that Pakistan’s rapacious elites have abandoned since long. Cowasjee’s articulation of this vision inspired many in the country, and will continue to do so in the future. In a country where extremism is growing, Cowasjee will be sorely missed by the liberal progressive forces. (- Al Jazeera)

Nadeem Farooq Paracha has written this apt obituary for Cowasjee in DAWN – a must read:

In 2006, an obituary appeared on the pages of Dawn of someone called A. Cowasjee.

Many well-meaning fans and friends of famous columnist and social activist Ardeshir Cowasjee, rushed to his home, only to find the man up and about, playing with his dogs and inspecting his garden.

Yes, the obituary was of some other Cowasjee. Ardeshir couldn’t help but exhibit his amusement regarding the episode in one of his columns.

He was first bemused by seeing people appear at his gate, look at him as he walked around in his shorts, and then turn away, some without even uttering a single word.

The bemusement turned into a dark comedy when he finally realised what was going on. An old colleague of his told me how he laughed at a bureaucrat who, like many others, appeared at his gate, stood on his toes and silently peeked at Cowasjee.

In the typical style that he spoke Urdu, Cowasjee shouted out: ‘Tum fikar na karo. Hum abhi tak zinda hai!’ (Don’t you worry, I’m still alive). What a character.

Tomorrow the newspapers will be carrying another obituary for an A. Cowasjee. But this time it will be about the Cowasjee so many Pakistanis have come to love, loath or simply get perplexed by.

For almost three decades, Ardeshir Cowasjee remained one of the most read and influential columnists in Pakistan.

Though he wrote for an English language daily, his words reached and echoed in the most significant corners and corridors of power.

Cowasjee came from a well-off Zoroastrian family. Based in Karachi, he was still managing his family business when, in 1972, Prime Minster Zulfikar Ali Bhutto appointed him as the Managing Director of the Pakistan Tourism Development Board (PTDB) – a body formed to accommodate and further attract Western tourists who had begun to come in droves from the late 1960s onwards.

Despite the fact that Cowasjee turned out to be an asset for the board, three years later in 1976, Bhutto suddenly got him arrested. Cowasjee spent days behind bars, where he continued writing letters to Bhutto asking him why he was put in jail. Bhutto never answered, even though he finally ordered his release after 72 days.

Many believe that Cowasjee faced Bhutto’s wrath because he had begun to criticise the Bhutto regime’s growing authoritarianism, in spite of it coming into power through the democratic process.

After Bhutto was toppled by General Ziaul Haq in a military coup in 1977, Cowasjee began writing letters to Dawn’s ‘Letters to the Editor’ section castigating the fallen Bhutto regime.

His well-written and evocatively worded letters became a frequent fixture in Dawn as he then ventured into other topics; topics that gradually began to attract the anger of the Zia dictatorship as well.

In a time when the press was being openly gagged and harassed, Cowasjee was one of the first Pakistanis to invent and articulate a way that has now become a common device used by liberals and secularists to critique political Islam in Pakistan.

After taking Bhutto to task, his letters turned their attention towards the draconian doings of the Ziaul Haq dictatorship and its so-called ‘Islamisation’ project.

Cowasjee did this by simply stating over and over again that the Jinnah (founder of Pakistan) he had met and followed as a young man did not conceptualise Pakistan the way the country’s politicians and military generals were doing.

This argument of his struck a nerve with a number of Dawn readers and soon Cowasjee was invited by the newspaper’s editor, Ahmed Ali Khan, to write a regular column for what was and still is one of Pakistan’s largest English dailies.

In his columns of the mid and late 1980s he continued to bemoan how both Bhutto and Zia had gone about shattering Jinnah’s dream. After Zia’s demise in 1988, Cowasjee became even more pointed against the civilian governments that followed Zia, accusing them of corruption and nepotism.

Also, by the early 1990s, he had slowly been moving away from his old rhetorical style and towards putting on paper hard facts and figures as he went about like a man on a one-way mission putting parties like the PPP, PML-N and the MQM to sword.

Also being a passionate Karachiite with a desire to see his beloved city return to being what it had been before the 1980s, Cowasjee directly confronted the powerful ‘building and land mafia,’ using both his pen and the courts to halt the construction of a number of illegal and gaudy shopping arcades and parking lots – especially on lands that were originally allotted to support parks.

This was also the period when Cowasjee began receiving serious death threats, but he soldiered on.

Though in his columns of the 1980s and 1990s, Cowasjee had always spoken about his understanding of Jinnah being a progressive man, it was from the late 1990s onwards that he openly began to suggest that Jinnah perceived Pakistan to be a progressive, secular Muslim country.

This was Cowasjee reacting to what the second Nawaz Sharif government was planning to do: To introduce a constitutional bill that would have actually endorsed Sharif’s jump from being a prime minster to becoming an ‘Ameerul Momineen.’

So when General Pervez Musharraf overthrew the Nawaz regime in 1999, Cowasjee cynically mocked Sharif almost exactly the way he had done Bhutto, Zia and Benazir. His overall message remained to be that all these leaders were misfits in a Pakistan that Jinnah had conceived.

They were misfits because they were selfish, authoritarian and never far from using religion and other populist gimmicks to retain power.

During his early years, Cowasjee seemed supportive of Musharraf, but all the while advised him not to repeat the mistakes of other Pakistani military dictators like Ayub Khan and Ziaul Haq.

In other words, Cowasjee was warning him to stay away from the usual civilian lot that becomes active only when allowed into the corridors of power through the backdoor. Cowasjee knew better and as the society under Musharraf and after the September 11 episode began to fully reap what was sown in the name of Islam by Zia, Cowasjee started to sound extremely bitter and cynical.

Shrugging at Musharraf’s political misadventures, Cowasjee became more direct and critical against the religious lobbies and parties, so much so that many of them began to accuse him of being anti-Islam.

In 2003, banners went up in Karachi cursing Cowasjee of working against the so-called ‘ideology of Pakistan’ and Islam, and the government had to post police guards outside his home in Karachi’s Bath Island area.

This was also the period when Cowasjee began appearing as guest on privately owned television channels that had exploded onto the scene after 2003.

But on TV Cowasjee was nothing like he was in print. Instead of the articulate columnist with a great command over the English language, Cowasjee decided to almost entirely speak in Urdu.

His Urdu was crude and unsophisticated but ironically perfect to express the more frustrated aspects of his personality that had been building up for decades as he saw his country rapidly slip into a quagmire of authoritarianism, corruption, intolerance and violence.

By now he had also become extremely cynical. First, about this country’s leadership that kept producing one bad apple after another and then about the Pakistani people, whom he began to describe as a lot without any ability to learn from past mistakes or correctly decide what was actually good for them.

So on TV, no matter how hard an anchor would try to make Cowasjee sound like he did in his columns, Cowasjee would refuse and instead continue to use Urdu slang and words like ‘khachar’ (donkey), ‘chariya’ (demented), ‘chor’ (thief), among others, to define politicians, military men and their followers.

For example, during one such TV show when asked what he thought about Pakistan’s status of being a nuclear power, he smirked, pressed mischievously upon his walking stick, and said: ‘Sala iss qaum sey guttur to bundh hota nahi, bum kya chalaye ga …’ (how can this nation be a nuclear power when it doesn’t even know how to stop the flow of an overflowing gutter).

Though he first appeared to be a man whose old age had given him the license to scold the powers that be in the crudest of Urdu, he ultimately became a caricature of himself; or rather was reduced to being one by an electronic media whose own cynicism was not only more amoral but wrapped in all the hypocritical trappings Pakistan’s establishment, polity and society have been quivering in.

Alas, better sense prevailed and Cowasjee’s TV appearances gradually came to a halt. But his columns kept coming and by the time he announced his retirement late last year, he had gone back to once again remind his many readers that this was certainly not the Pakistan Jinnah had dreamt about.

He lamented the fact that Jinnah had passed away too early and that it was left to old men like him to see this dream crumble, piece by piece, right in front of their eyes.

At the time of his death the police guards were still posted outside his house as threats from the building mafia and religious outfits never did stop. But these guards, though provided by the government, were largely financed and fed by Cowasjee.

A Zoroastrian, he always explained himself to be a humanist because to him all religions were basically about humanitarianism.

Cowasjee was also involved in a number of charities, where he liberally donated money for the education of needy students, the construction of parks and a number of other causes.

And though he usually came out as being an angry old man in his columns, in private life he was a warm-hearted family man and someone who always cherished receiving all kinds of people at his home.

In the area where he lived throughout his life in Karachi (Bath Island), his beautiful old bungalow with old shady trees, a neatly manicured garden and low walls is a reminder of what Karachi was once like.

In fact, the street where his house stands is also the only street left in Bath Island that maintains a semblance to what the area was like before it was turned into a congested bundle of ugly apartment buildings and uglier bungalows of the neuvo-riche, who began arriving here after the late 1980s.

As a columnist and more so, as a genuine fan of Jinnah’s, I’m sure Cowasjee passed away heartbroken, unable to actually see Pakistan become what he thought Jinnah wanted it to become. But as a man he lived a full life, leaving behind a huge number of fans and friends to remember him for a very long time.

 




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54 Responses to "RIP Ardeshir Cowasjee"

  1. Bin Ismail Pakistan Google Chrome Windows says:

    Faiz Ahmad Faiz wrote :

    “…Mataa-e lauh-o qalam chhin gaee to kya gham hai
    ke khoon-e dil mein dubo lee hain ungliyaan mein ne…”

    What was remarkable about Ardeshir Cowasjee, was that while he was fully in command of his “mataa-e lauh-o qalam”, the passion, honesty and committment with which he wrote was of someone who had soaked his fingers in his “khoon-e dil” and wrote with his “khoon-e dil. He truly wrote with his heart.

    May his soul rest in peace.

  2. saadh Cayman Islands Google Chrome Windows says:

    “Now, old at 85, tired, and disillusioned with a country that just cannot pull itself together in any way and get on with life in this day and age, I have decided to call it a day.” RIP Ardeshir Cowasjee

  3. sta Pakistan Google Chrome Windows says:

    Reminds me of Habib Jalib’s line:
    “Khaak mein mil gaey nageenay loag”
    Rest in peace.

  4. akb Pakistan Opera Windows says:

    Ard was a brave man, benefited from his own ‘intelligence’ network, had access to ‘inside’ official documents and he knew how to exploit them to pin and defeat others…mainly bad people and land mafia. He was self opinionated…had his own vision of Pakistan and its people, but in any or all cases he was a Kafir as adjudged by Mirza Ghulla or Qadian. Why would a Mirjai say RIP to a kafir departed soul???

  5. Ardeshir Cowasjee was the truly a great human-being (with class, sense of humour and magnanimity as well of sense of functioning duty for fellow humanity); and i (humbly albeit truly) regarded him as the greatest living person of the Indic sub-continent.

    I will miss him tremendously, as those trying cudgels and striving Responsibilities and cumbersome kurSEE of Vision, Deo volente, pass on to me with the melodramatic background music generated by the systemic breastbeasting of my nemeses (art and merit to them are like playing Beethoven before bifurcated bionic-buffaloes!!!).

    I will dedicate my next Museum solo art shows (in Pakistan as well as the United States of America) to him. May god-Mazda bless Ardeshir

  6. sta Pakistan Google Chrome Windows says:

    @akb
    Cowasjee was a gifted person and a gem of a human being. He deserves to be prayed for. In any case, I believe in praying for everybody – and guess what – even for mentally handicapped and atypical imbeciles such as you.

  7. AKB Pakistan Google Chrome Windows says:

    @ sta

    You Mirzai’s are, as Mirja Ghulla had said for others than Muslims, the children of prostitute (I didn’t say that but Mirja Ghulla did!!)….
    don’t spoil an Obit….. already gave my opinion , if you don’t agree with it just shut up and don’t pass ad homenum aspersions against me …that will only spoil the thread which I have no mood to do because it is compiled by a Sufi!

  8. Amin United Kingdom Safari iPad says:

    Shahra Faisal, should be re- named after Ardeshir Cowasjee. He has done more for Karachi than any Arab King

  9. sta Pakistan Google Chrome Windows says:

    @AKB
    //…if you don’t agree with it just shut up and don’t pass ad homenum aspersions against me…//
    Must you make a fool of yourself, wherever you go? Although, this is hardly the place to attend to your juvenile predicaments, still I have three points for you:
    1. If you had an iota of decency in you, which unquestionably you do not have, you would not spewed your anti-Ahmadi venom at an obituary thread. Go back and read your comment of Nov 25, 2012, 5:36 pm. It appears, no one ever took the trouble to teach you any manners. Your greatest contribution at PTH can be made through your silence.
    2. What you are perpetually attributing to Hazrat Mirza Sahib is simply not true.
    3. Ardeshir Cowasjee deserves the sincerest prayers and reverence of all Pakistanis, both as a good human being and as an outstanding Pakistani.
    @Amin
    //…Shahra Faisal, should be re-named after Ardeshir Cowasjee. He has done more for Karachi than any Arab King…//

    I second that.

  10. sta Pakistan Google Chrome Windows says:

    The Daily Dawn should reprint Mr. Cowasjee’s articles as a tribute to this great Pakistani. I also hope, someone takes the initiative of compiling all the articles and columns written by Ardeshir Cowasjee and publishes them in the form of a book.

  11. Rex Minor Germany Google Chrome Windows says:

    Sta,

    Why must you people always make use of emotions and assault those who hold different opinions; silence is more powerful than throwing abuses. AKB is very much human and has been gifted to see the real face of individuals behind the mask. Not many have the talent to see with their naked eye the world as it is and not as it looks.

    Rex Minor

    PS May God rest Mr Cowasjee soul in peace.

  12. mahee Pakistan Google Chrome Windows says:

    @ rex minor: thank u so much for babysitting akb,considering his mental condition he definitely needs some mothering,thanks for being his mother.But just like akb’s blind eyes ur brain has shut too,u cannot see that lunatic akb started his “mirja crap on a mortuary page but u can decipher the natural reaction to this immoral act rather u r labelling it as aN assault,HATS OFF TO U,for empathizing with an evil incarnate like akb who cannot even keep his narcissistic opinions from polluting a moRtuary page,needless to say of someone he likes himself.big rounD of appalAuse to ur teeny intellect!!!
    I WILL PRAY AND PRAY AGAIN MAY YOUR SOUL REST IN PEACE “ARDESHIR COWASJEE” i will pray to my ALLAH ,for Ardeshir Cowasjee, not matter who he was kafir, muslim or sikh: he was a great man….

  13. Milestogo United States Safari iPhone says:

    You got the wrong Allah.

  14. MAHEE United States Opera Mini Unknow Os says:

    @miles to go sorry what do you mean by that??

  15. Rex Minor Germany Google Chrome Windows says:

    Mahee,
    Not the right place to tal science, but since the integrity of a human is not violable by law i the part of world I live in, let me explain about whar I said about AKB regardless of your opposition.

    It was in 1895 that a physicist by the name of Röntgen discovered the x ray which opened up the spectrum of the electromagatec rays on this planet which most can not see with naked eye but still have assisted i our awareness of their usage in the service of humans, regardless of what we observe is not the real world. Piccaso once explained that his paintings represent what he sees and or how others see it; Kadinski paintings follow the same expression.

    I do not follow most of the times you guys put out but I would never imagine that MTG statements are non-sense and start a personal attack which would simply provoke a reaction. I am very keen to learn about AKB and some others on PTH to understand how is it that they see different from others. Have a look at the CT or MRT scan of some peoples brains.

    Rex Minor

    PS Last week Dr Ruth Pfau was awarded a Bambi prize in recognition of her work for lepra patients in Pakistan.

  16. Kashif United States Safari Mac OS says:

    @sta (November 26, 2012 at 5:19 pm)
    //…Ardeshir Cowasjee deserves the sincerest prayers and reverence of all Pakistanis, both as a good human being and as an outstanding Pakistani…//
    Very true. Ardeshir Cowasjee was one of the greatest assets of Pakistan. Alas, Pakistan could not benefit from his intellect and wisdom, as should have been the case. His writings, however, are destined to outlive him. Progressive Pakistanis have much to gain from his writings. God bless the departed soul.

  17. AKB Pakistan Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    @mahee (makhee)

    Just watch you language and Stop quarraling with one and all who differs in view with you. If I needed a mother I would certainly come to you or any other Mirjai nursing woman.
    Rex is a friend and a well read man…learn some etiquette from him if you are averse to mine!!
    .

  18. AKB Pakistan Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    @ sta

    Does your mother or sister run PTH that you want me to move away??
    Talk sense and remember if you hit me with a brick you will get hit back by a granite stone!!
    .

    @Amin

    You came with a remarkable idea!! Why shouldn’t the Shahi Muhallah of Lahore be named after Kowasjee?? After all that is an ‘imperial’ lodge by ….sta’s folks!

    .

    @ Milestogo

    Thanks for updating me on that the Mirjai;s not only have a wrong frofet but also a wrong allah!! lahola wala ..!!

  19. AKB Pakistan Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    @ Kashif

    As if Pakistan will not exist after the demise of cowajee…what rubbish!
    Like mirja ghulla you take every frigging affluent flirt sporting for the press as an ”asset” for the mirjais! Are you trying to say that cowasjee was another roop of Mirja ghulla who has popped off and left the scene blank for you???Bury him in Qadian provided India allows you, otherwise try to save him from vultures and dump him somewere in the Paradise of Mirja Ghulla that you made in Rabwah,,Pakistan!!

    .
    Over commendation is silly….but idiots don’t know!

  20. mahee Pakistan Google Chrome Windows says:

    @ rex minor i actually dont care about whatever your purpose of coming to this site is , u wanna see somones x,rays you wana see someone mri, or you wanna have thalium scans or endoscopy ! do whatever you like whether you are an indian cia agent or some miner none of my concern!but if you have to start some sort of team rivalry here then thats my problem..okay i dont want creation of two different sides on this page ..even if you are inspired by some lunatics craziness , kindly keep it to yourself!!

  21. mahee Pakistan Google Chrome Windows says:

    @ akb, learn some manners from your friend/mother rex miner, i wonder why daughters of today are so unlike their mothers, neiher well read nor well mannered may be they are not getting enough parenting..

  22. Kashif United States Safari iPhone says:

    //…As if Pakistan will not exist after the demise of cowajee…//
    If Pakistan can continue to exist inspite of your existence, I think it can survive anything. AKB, I have to ask you this question. Have you no decency at all? Even mentally handicapped individuals have a faint idea of how to behave during a condolence situation. But you are so bereft of this elementary civility that it surprises me. A condolence is an occasion of sombreness. It requires sobriety. We Pakistanis grieve the departure of Mr. Cowasjee. Our condolences to his family, to all Pakistanis who admired Mr. Cowasjee’s brilliance and also to the Pakistani Parsi Community.

  23. A Pakistani United States Google Chrome Windows says:

    To all admirers of Ardeshir Cowasjee:
    It is with deep regret, that I must inform you all that we have a demented schizophrenic, on the loose, who blogs at PTH as “AKB”. It is most unfortunate that while we gather at this thread to honour the memory of an exceptional Pakistani, this mental patient turns up to disrupt a decent obituary and even the Moderaters find themselves helpless.

  24. Tilsim United Kingdom Safari Mac OS says:

    Ardeshir Cowasjee’s columns were the first and main reason that I used to pick up Dawn. He spoke sense with courage and wit when many around us had lost our sense, courage and wit in Karachi. He took up civic causes when many influential new arrivals in the city from other parts of Sind and Pakistan and India did not comprehend the concept of a civic urban community. I agree that the city should indeed pay it’s tribute to you by naming it’s jugular artery, Sharae Faisal or the Super Highway as Cowasjee Road. You will remain in our hearts. Mr Cowasjee may your soul rest in peace. You were a great Pakistani.

  25. MilesToGo United States Safari Mac OS says:

    akb

    Allah is Allah. There can not be a wrong Allah. Sometimes you insult Islam so bad that even Allah might get angry at you even though Allah is most merciful.

    Please don’t insult Allah. Allah is Allah. There is no wrong Allah.

  26. mahee Pakistan Google Chrome Windows says:

    @Pakistani indeed what would i not give to get him to the mental institution, because even the moderators are helpless….

  27. AKB United States Opera Windows says:

    @ MilesToGo

    I atleast succeeded in making you recite Allah several times that now you will die a peaceful death. May your departed soul rest in eternal ‘piece’. Amen.

  28. AKB Pakistan Opera Windows says:

    @ to all fans of Cowasjee

    I can note ad hominum garbage hurled at me by a group of idiots here…
    Difference of opinion is my right and his fans have No right to stoop so low in their whims that they begin to cry with disdain.
    I have my own opinion about cosajeee and admire him to the extent he actually was. I have already stated that he was a brave man..what more one can say about him?? Then I know he was a rich parsi who had too much time and money at hand to dig into the problems of the city such as the atrocities of the land mafia and for that he had access to inside information which he then compiled to fight his case. His efforts againt land mafia deserve appreciation though.
    As a Pakistani he was a flop….he was just like any other liberal or secular here as his religion would desire him to be. He was from a minority circle and wanted to see things in Pakistan through the eye of a non Muslim. But he failed. The mirjai murted zindeeq’s will miss him for a long long time but Muslims generally won’t as he was againt the spirit of Islam and the basic concept of Pakistan which says that it was made in the name of Islam, as a separate homeland for Muslims. There are no two views about it but only Mirjai maniacs make a row over it…..and are thus DAMNED till eternity!!

  29. MilesToGo United States Safari Mac OS says:

    akb

    You know Allah better…but you do have some hinduana tendencies…

  30. MilesToGo United States Safari Mac OS says:

    jaap is a pagan kuffar practice. It has nothing to do with Islam. Osama probably said allah’s name million times but his skin will be roasted in hell.

    as I said you are a good muslim getting too much kuffar influence…may be get admitted to a good Islamic madras to clear your islamic fundamentals…

  31. MilesToGo United States Safari Mac OS says:

    *madaris

  32. Rex Minor Germany Google Chrome Windows says:

    MTG,
    AKB knows Allah better but you know the fate of muslims after death and wish Sheikh Osama skin in hell, while millions pray that his spirit live for eternity.
    I do not know much about Mr Cowasjee other than what is being said in the press, but in my view he was blessed to live among muslims until his soul parted, for his ancestors left Iran to seek refuge in the land of avatars ad thus avoided to live under the new muslim rulers of Islam. He appears very much similar to famous Iranian muslim sufis.

    May God bless him for what he did in his lifetime for his fellow citizen humans and give peace to his soul.

    Rex Minor

    This What AKB described rathe Islmamong the p untilopimionsai

  33. AKB Pakistan Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    @ mtg
    hai teray qurban jayun!!
    you said::

    ”akb

    You know Allah better…but you do have some hinduana tendencies…”’
    ;

    ZAHID E TUNG NAZAR NE MUJHE KAFIR JANA
    AUR KAFIR YE SAMAJHTA HE MUSALMAAN HOON MEIN!!

    .

    TO EACH HIS RELIGION….THAT IS MY BELIEF. BUT AS REGARDS MIRJAI’S MY STANCE IS VERY CLEAR. BECAUSE THEY CALL ALL MUSLIMS AND OTHERS AS KAFIRS THEY HAVE TO BE CORRECTED…HENCE RESPONDED IN THEIR OWN COIN!s.
    .
    I HAVE NO GRUDGE AGAINST THE HINDUS BUT IF YOU INSIST ABUSING MUSLIMS YOU WILL GET BACK THE SAME IN RETURN. THAT WAY, LIKE THE MIRJAI DEVIATES, YOU WON’T BE DOING ANY SERVICE EITHER TO YOUR RELIGION OR YERSELF.
    HINDUISM IS AN ANCIENT AND ACCREDITED RELIGION SO IS ISLAM ….BOTH ARE GREAT RELIGIONS AND COMMAND RECIPROCAL REVERENCE. BUT OFTEN YOU PROVOKE MUSLIMS TO TURN AND REACT THE WAY YOU DO. FOLLOWING THE MIRZAI DEVIATE PRINCIPLE OF ABUSING OTHER RELIGIONS OR THEIR ADHERENTS AND BRAGGING ABOUT ONE’S OWN (EXCEPT IN CASE OF HERETICS AND DEVIATES) IS UNDESIRABLE AND CALLED FOR .
    FOR ME A HINDU OR A CHRISTIAN IS BETTER THAN A DEVIATE MIRZAI OF QADIAN OR LAHORE BECAUSE THE FORMER ARE UNADULTERATED FAITHS WHEREAS THE LATTER IS AN ADULTERATED HOTCH POTCH OF WORDS, LINGUISTIC TWISTS AND TURNS, A CONCOCTION OF SPURIOUS IDEAS, HERETICAL SEMANTICS,IMITATIONS, PLAGIARISM , SURMISES AND CONJECTURES.
    .

    I AM GLAD THAT YOU ARE NOW ON THE WAY TO UNDERSTANDING ME ……..BETTER!!

    .

    HINDU MUSLIM SIKH ISA-EE
    SADYOAN SE HEIN BHAI BHAI
    JHOOTAY MUNAFIQ OR ZINDEEQ
    BUDBAKHT HEIN YE MIRZAEEEEEEEEEE!!

  34. Khan United States Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    Dear Milestogo,
    AKB just wrote to you : //…TO EACH HIS RELIGION…BUT AS REGARDS MIRJAI’S…//. You might have have some difficulty in fathoming AKB’s otherwise unfathomable wisdom. So, I thought I should provide a helping hand. AKB is trying to tell you, in his own unique style, that to each his religion, except to “Ahmadi Muslims”. Deary me.
    You might have noticed that AKB has very recently repented from some of the beliefs he has held. A few days ago while debating with RajTOO, he made some very “unbrotherly” comments about Rama and Sita. Now he says:
    //…HINDU MUSLIM SIKH ISA-EE
    SADYOAN SE HEIN BHAI BHAI
    JHOOTAY MUNAFIQ OR ZINDEEQ
    BUDBAKHT HEIN YE MIRZAEEEEEEEEEE!!…//
    After all those profane remarks about Rama and Sita, he seems to be suddenly all brothers and sisters with our Hindu friends. Now, isn’t that nice of him. By the way, in case you haven’t noticed, AKB’s key-board has a bad “E” key that tends to get stuck. Please do overlook his typos.

  35. Milestogo United States Safari iPhone says:

    Can you learn Arabic for the love of Allah?

  36. AKB Pakistan Opera Windows says:

    @ KHAN SAHIB

    i TOO HAVE STARTED TO HAVE ”VISIONS’ LIKE MIRJA GHULLA OF QADIAN!! wALLAH! IT’S SPONTANEOUS AND AUTOMATIC!! BUT LIKE MIRJA I DON’T HAVE A HIRSUIT ON MY CHIN. WILL YOU ACCEPT ME OR MTG AS YET ANOTHER TRUE OR FALSE FROFET?/
    DAMN MY KEY BOARD…I AM NORMALLY SLEEPY OR DRUNK AT NIGHT!!
    eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!
    TEECHI TEECHI!!

  37. Rex Minor Germany Google Chrome Windows says:

    khan,

    From washington to miran shah to telaviv to gaza, the ancient biblical law of an eye for an eye…….is a daily ritual today. AKB is not the only bilingual on PTH in english and profanish. He opposes those who denegrade Islam and the Prophet of Islam(pbuh) without any apology. Rama Sita Buddha might have a status in the land of avatars, but they are non-entities in the world of believers.

    Rex Minor

  38. mahee Pakistan Google Chrome Windows says:

    rex miner,
    in your blindness for akb, you forget what side you are at!your intellect goes down the drain!if you are inspired by akb so much tell me what side he is at? when he is on anti ahmadi page he starts writing endless tails of poems for hindus and sikhs to the extent that they become his brothers and sisters!its totally fine with me , rather im happy to see such visual interfaith love it propagates peace and equality and that should be our main concern!but its only game of word play treachery and hypocrisy,identity crisis.because suddenly akb is found on the anti hindu comments going to every levels of lowness he can go to disrespect hinduism. what is this split personality syndrome or a man of islam speaking! because if he is being such a passionate man of islam here he should be true to his own words he should be true to his religion at least!in the religion of islam no where do we find loathsome remarks for other rleigions.no where in the life of holy prophet Muhammed (s.a.w) has he encouraged such dual natures hypocritical policies to protect islam!no where has he encouraged getting obscene and vulgar in the name of protecting islam!you must read the islamic history and tell me where is interfaith dialogue meant to bring disgust for other religions!islam is a religion of peace, purity and decency!as the holy founder of islam was the most “TRUTHFUL” AND the “MOST HONEST”decent,generous, peaceful,kind hearted, rehmaul lil alameen , a mercy for the entire universe!how can a man like akb, ever represent him!i deeply resent him, no matter what he is doing here, if only he had been 10% truthful with holy prophet Muhammed (s.a.w) and the holiest of all scriptures nooray furqan, this had not been his way!this is open treachery in the name of protecting islam he is denegrating islam himself and you would have bear witness to it mr.miner if only you had the wisdom of islam!the true spirit of islam, is peace, love, equality, and mercy towards all kinds..im proud to be an ahmadi muslim practicing islam in its true spirit…

  39. mahee Pakistan Google Chrome Windows says:

    no matter how many languages you know,whether you are quarta lngual or deca lingual, at least have the decency to be true to your own words!!”munafiqat” a great word for great minds who love to play with words, manipulating and moulding thier own statements not knowing what they actually mean!not saying what is in their heart, not seeing what is evidently visible, not believing in the unseen, always doing what is practically simple and effortless.
    alas the rebellious generation and it,s perversions…alas

  40. AKB Pakistan Opera Windows says:

    @ mahee

    stop giving lectures to others….look at yourself in the mirror
    first. I have posted eye witness account of your false frofet as
    noted by his contemporary .Allama Iqbal, Even he condemned Mirja Ghulla
    of Qadian and his cult…have a look at that and compare it
    with your lies…
    Infact you are heretics and hypocrites…and this is why you do not
    come out openly among Muslims around the world. Even the Indian
    Hindus and Sikhs hold you with contempt and you rightly deserve more
    condemnation from all …and everywhere.

    .

    definitely i cannot shed flowers at you for maligning the status
    of my HOLY PROPHET MUHAMMAD but after my repeated requests to you
    to refrain from calling mirja ghulla of qadian a frofet or maseeh mouud
    you resort to maligning Muslims. Eye for an eye , tooth for a tooth…is all that you get in return.

    .

    i can write long long poems in at least four languages paying your false
    frofet ”homage” through Haju’s provided you don’t stop your
    evil propaganda against Muslims and prophet jesus.

    .

    I AM NOT AGAINST HINDUS OR CHRISTIANS OR SIKHS BUT MY ONLY
    TARGET ARE THE UNFAITHFUL DEVIATE MIRJAI’S.
    AS SOON AS THE INTERNET LAW GETS ENFORCED IN PAK I WILL BE THE FIRST
    ONE TO SUE YOU FOR BLASPHEMY YOU HAVE COMMITTED ON THIS FORUM
    AND BRING YOU TO BOOK. JUST WAIT AND SEE………

  41. Rex Minor Germany Google Chrome Windows says:

    Mahee,

    This is not a religion blog. You keep your faith and let me keep mine. No one inspires me nor anyone disappoints me. You are too naive to make judgements about me. I have the ability to keep away from the evil and do not hesitate to encourage those who have the potential to confront the demonic forces without fear.

    Your comments mirror more or less your own personality. It would seem that you have a lot to clarify with AKB. I am not the right address for your passionate spirit.Post ends.

    Rex Minor

  42. AKB Pakistan Opera Windows says:

    MTG

    MIRJA GHULLA WAS MORE LOYAL THAN THE KING, TRIED TO TEACH HIS GRANDMOTHER
    HOW TO SUCK EGGS AND THIS IS HOW HE FOUND HIS NEW CULT…THE MIRJAISM
    KHATM FOR HIM MEANS ‘SEAL’…HA!! POOR MIRJA SHOULD HAVE LEARNT
    SOME ARABIC FROM THE ARABS THEMSELVES!
    HAD HE LEARNT SANSKRIT HE SURELY WOULD HAVE SCREWED GEETA
    AND IF HE KNEW GUR MUKHI, THE GURU GARANTH.

    FOR RAMA KRISHNA SAKE PLEASE TAKE THESE MIRJAI PARIAHS BACK TO
    TO WHERE THEY BELONG…IE QADIAN , INDIA!!

  43. AKB Pakistan Opera Windows says:

    POOR EINSTEIN MUST BE TURNING IN HIS GRAVE AND WONDERING WHY THE CHRISTIANS
    AND JEWS HAVEN’T HELD HIM AS YET ANOTHER FROFET WHEN HE TOO
    HAD ‘VISIONS”;;;;WET DREAMS PERHAPS….WHICH MADE HIM FINALIZE
    HIS FAMOUS EQUATION E=MC SQUARE WITHOUT EVEN GOING TO A LAB!!!
    POOR EINSTEIN!! YOU DREAMT BETTER THAN THE DEVIATE MIRJA GHULLA YET
    THEY DIDN’T TAKE YOU AS YET ANOTHER FROFET!!MAYBE NEXT TIME..

  44. AKB Pakistan Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    sorry to say but it is a fact that the Parsi’s earned fame and wealth through sycophancy. they used to render home service and credit to British officers for their daily needs …and were commonly known as ” walaa’s”…..perhaps cowasjee was also some Kow Walla?? who knows??

  45. AKB Pakistan Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    hey, how come you call him a chikna?? He was a filthy rich man who had hired a gal named Amina Jeelani to do her write ups. As evidence from his writings he had his own ‘intelligence deptt” who got him the inside information and documents to beef up his articles. True, there is always a women behind every man and in this case it was a journo called amina Jeelani !!

  46. AKB Pakistan Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    Jinnah warns minorities….lays condition of allegiance and loyalty to Pakistan and the majority!!
    .
    ”Minority communities must not by mere words but by actions show this that they are truly loyal and they must make majority community feel that they are true citizens of Pakistan. ”

    ”I reiterate that you, like any other minorities, will be treated as equal citizens with all your rights and obligations so long as you are loyal to Pakistan. I am glad and it is very refreshing that you have not gone on with the same old rut and the hackneyed phrases which are echoed in various quarters about the grievances and requests of minorities, but I must tell you that these assurances have been given and they are going to be implemented. Minority communities must not by mere words but by actions show this that they are truly loyal and they must make majority community feel that they are true citizens of Pakistan. Then you will help me and you will facilitate my task in carrying out the policy which we have laid down. You know you must dispel suspicion and distrust. It is now up to minorities to show by actions and deeds that they are true Pakistanis and dispel suspicion and distrust that has been created by deplorable and disgraceful events that have taken place.”
    CONSTITUTIONAL POSITION OF BALUCHISTAN
    Reply to the Address presented by a Deputation of the members of the Quetta Parsi Community on 13th June, 1948

  47. Muneeb Qasim Pakistan Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    He was a courageous man following his dream of seeing Pakistan a progressive, secular Muslim country. Giving up was not his idea of living despite seeing Jinnah’s dream of Pakistan crumble to piece, he tried to influence Pakistani mentality with his words and thoughtful columns.

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