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August 11, 2017 LETTER TO EDITOR PML (N) Rally

LETTER TO EDITOR

August 11, 2017

 

 

PML (N) Rally

 

On a serious note, the spectacle of the fiasco met by the PML-N rally in which neither they could stick to any timings, nor the announced schedule of halts enroute or the public addresses by MNS or the over night stays or attract the crowds visualized by the planners, makes one wonder if their entire leadership – big and small put together cannot plan and execute a simple event of a rally from Pindi to Lahore then how could they be entrusted with the governance of a country involving Planning and Execution of hundreds of National Projects of much more import and many times magnitude or for that matter with the vital and crucial defence of the country from both internal and external threats?!

Aren’t we taking too dire a risk by entrusting the country into the hands of such nincompoops?

 

Col. Riaz Jafri (Retd)

Col. Riaz Jafri (Retd)
30 Westridge 1
Rawalpindi 46000
Pakistan
Tel: (051) 5158033
E.mail: jafri@rifiela.com

 

 

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LETTER TO EDITOR: Honest Trading by Col. Riaz Jafri (Retd)

LETTER TO EDITOR

15 May 2017

Honest Trading

 

The renowned Islamic scholar Maulana Tariq Jameel in a TV programme today on Business Ethics in Islam said that Hazrat Abdur Rehman Bin Auf  R.A. of Ashra Mubashara and a trader, because of  his impeccably honest practices of trading made so much profits that he left a fortune of 2 arb, 10 crores, 20 lakh dinars after him. Maulana also explained that a Dinar was 4.5 masha of pure gold.  Now there are 12 mashas in a Tola and 80 Tolas make a Seer (kilo) and 1000 Kilos make a Tonne.  Thus Hazrat Abdur Rehman Bin Auf R.A. left 9853.125 tons of gold!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am just baffled as to where did he store that much of gold? And, he was not the only Meccan trader of his time.  There were other Ashaba e Karaam much richer than him, such as; Hazrat Usman e Ghani R.A., Hazrat Abu Sufian R.A.,  Hazrat Abbas R.A. (Holy Prophet’s uncle) just to name a few.

 

What kind of trading did they use to do that fetched them that huge profit (s)?

 

The largest trading caravan from Mecca used to be that of Abu Sufian R.A. comprising of  1000 camels and that too not all his own camels.  People used to send their commodities on their camels in his caravan for security reasons.  Now a very healthy camel can carry 7 to 8 maunds of a commodity. Apart from the commodity the camel(s) had to carry water and rations not only for the traders and sarbaans (camel drivers) going with the caravan but also for themselves (camels) too.  That means at the most 7000 to 8000 mounds of a commodity was carried for trading from one place to the other.  A caravan used to take two to three months to cover the distance and in one year at the most could make two round trips.  That means in all about 1500 to say 2000 maunds of commodities were traded.  Now coming to prices:  Gold was 60 rupees a Tola in 1960 and I purchased it MYSELF at that price.  It was 29 rupees a Tola in 1930, at the time of my parents’ wedding.  In 1941 and again I myself purchased wheat (and good wheat too) at 11 annas a mound.  A two mound wheat sack used to cost One rupee Six annas.  A kilo of Khalis Desi Ghee used to be for a Rupee and a quarter. Recorded history and no hearsay, tells us that at the time of  Emperor Alauddin Khilji the general commodities were around ONE Paisa a mound.  And that was about 500 years ago only.  By the same token, what would then be the average price of the commodities 1500 years ago?  Surely less than a paisa a mound.  But for argument sake let’s assume a caravan load of 8000 mounds of commodities would be worth, say, at the most 8000 paisas, that is Rs. 125/=  only  (64 paisas to a Rupee).  

 

For heaven’s sake what was their profit margin that according to  Maulana Tariq Jameel made them earn millions and billions of gold Dinars on the transactions involving a working capital of Rs. 125/- or so only!

 

Could someone more learned shed some light on such Trading, please?

 

CRJ

Col. Riaz Jafri (Retd)
30 Westridge 1
Rawalpindi 46000
Pakistan
E.mail: jafri@rifiela.com

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Saudi Iran Conflict and Pakistan by Col. Riaz Jafri (Retd)

 

 

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LETTER TO EDITOR

January 9th, 2016

 

Saudi Iran Conflict and Pakistan

 

The Saudi Iran conflict has placed Pakistan in a very trying situation as to what to do and what not to do. On the one hand the KSA is like an ever benevolent brother whereas on the other Iran a very helpful and trusted more than a neighbour.  Pakistan has as such to play an extremely cautious balancing act between the two.  However, what should have been essentially viewed as a political conflict by Pakistan, our Allamas and Maulanas in their josh e khitabat on our TV talk shows are unwittingly turning it into a sectarian foray. This is, to say the least, a highly dangerous and ill-omened indulgence on their part for the unity of the nation. 

 

May I, therefore, request the electronic media through the columns of your august daily not to invite the clergy and clerics on their TV talk shows on this sensitive matter and instead solicit the views of the seasoned politicians and statesmen, the scholars of international and foreign relations and ambassadors, military strategists and the national security experts and the like of them to discuss the problem in depth and suggest steps to be taken by Pakistan on this issue. The matter must also be discussed in the parliament – preferably by the joint session of both houses – to develop a national consensus on the course  of action to be adopted by Pakistan in resolving this unfortunate conflict between the two very important nations of the Muslim world.

 

Col. Riaz Jafri (Retd)
30 Westridge 1
Rawalpindi 46000
Pakistan
Tel: (051) 5158033
E.mail: jafri@rifiela.com

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Was it the 14 or 15 August ? by Col. Riaz Jafri (Retd)

Was it the 14 or 15 August ?

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Col. Riaz Jafri (Retd)

 

George Orwell, a great philosopher warned the mankind in no uncertain words that, “The most effective way to destroy a people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.”  Unfortunately, our pseudo intellectuals and the so called historians seem to follow this maxim, though admittedly unwittingly, and feed us some bizarre stories of their liking and inventions. It all started with the process of the Islamisation of Pakistan and anything even remotely Islamic whether warranted or not had to be incorporated in and associated with our nascent history in the making.  Anything of the pre-partioned subcontinent was Indian and alien to our history and culture, so much so that even the before-1947 songs of Noor Jahan, born, bred and buried in Pakistan, were considered Indian songs and considered a taboo by  our patriotic Radio Pakistan to air them! At the same ti! me our newly found religious frenzy made our ‘scholars’ lose  sight of all pragmatism to introduce such bizarre stories in our schools’ text books that carried a most nonsensical recounting of our army soldiers throwing  themselves before the Indian tanks at Chawinda in 1965 war with mines tied to their chests to  embrace martyrdom (shahadat)?!  Stupid, firstly, their Commanding Officer would have been court-martialled for not ensuring the safety of the men under his command.  And, secondly, if a soldier could get that close to the enemy tank to lay himself under its tracks then what stopped him from mounting the tank from the rear and lobbing a grenade in the hull that would have killed all its crew apart from exploding the tank’s main gun ammunition inside that would have destroyed the very tank itself ?!! 

 

Whatever, I for one would like to stand up and be counted to unearth the facts of our history as truly as possible.

 

A few days ago I had written an article “11 August – OUR MAGNA CHARTA” establishing that our founding fathers had no intention of Pakistan becoming a religious state in the sense that our rightists are trying to make it one, as according to them religion was a personal matter that had nothing to do with the business of the state.  Naturally,  no daily, weekly or magazine dare publish it, except that it got a thundering response on the social media networks.  I expect the same to happen to this article as well but that shall not deter an eye witness me from speaking out the truth. 

 

And the truth is that Pakistan was not LIBERATED but CREATED at midnight August 14/15, 1947.

It was Bharat that was LIBERATED and got its independence. These are two distinct facets of our history and we should be able differentiate between them. Pakistan, mind you Sirs – Pakistan,  was NEVER a slave country and/or ruled over by any foreign power. It was a born free country.  We should, therefore, not commemorate its “independence” day  but celebrate its ‘Birthday”. Actually, only the British – the Sovereigns – could legally and constitutionally ‘create’ Pakistan while they were still in power or else, once India became independent and a free country then it would have been up to its Constituent Assembly to legislate to carve out or not Pakistan from its main body.  And who knows with the Hindu absolute majority in the assemblies and the Gandhi’s stance of, “Cut me into two before you cut India ! into two”, the Indian parliament would have agreed or not to the partitioning of India?!

 

Secondly, the birthday should be celebrated on the 15th August as it was done in the initial few years (four or five years) in the beginning.  Please see the commemorative postal stamps of the birth anniversary of Pakistan of the time reproduced here to prove what I say. 15 August 1947 can clearly be read on these.

 

https://www.herrickstamp.com/stamp_img/large/paki20-23.jpg

 

It was a later thought and some bright maulvi made it up to coincide with the 27th of Ramzan which had fallen on the 14th August 1947 instead of the 15th

 

History must be read untarnished and as factual as possible. For, “Study the past if you would define the future”.  Said Confucius long ago. Another great mind― Michael Crichton  reminded the mortals, “If you don’t know history, then you don’t know anything. You are a leaf that doesn’t know it is part of a tree.”  

 

My appeal to all especially the younger generation, read and read correct and unbiased history to know of your rich heritage which has an enormously important place in the realm of our  human civilisation.

 

Col. Riaz Jafri (Retd)

 

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LETTER TO EDITOR National Anthem on TV Channels by Col. Riaz Jafri (Retd)

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LETTER TO EDITOR

August 2nd, 2015

 

National Anthem on TV Channels

 

Not many like me may be knowing due to the lack of wider publicity, whether by default or design by the media moguls, that on Friday last PEMRA issued an official advice to all TV channels to telecast national anthem before the start of everyday morning transmission to promote patriotism.

 

PEMRA  has  also raised serious concerns over excessive religious consumerism and commercial programmes aired during the holy month of Ramazan  which were not only lamented by the legislators but also by a large segment of the society who believed that such programmes were against the norms of Islam and violated the sanctity of the Holy Month of Ramadan.

 

A good step though taken belatedly and one hopes that PEMRA would ensure its implicit implementation also.

 

 

Col. Riaz Jafri (Retd)
Rawalpindi 
Pakistan
E.mail: jafri@rifiela.com

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