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My heart cries when I read or see something emotional about Pakistan. Two weeks ago it was a series of images and clips of Pakistan with a national song in the background, now the case is of some articles on the on going ‘Birth Of Pakistan’ exhibition at Mohatta Palace museum Karachi.

It is usually my practice to skim through articles before giving it a full read, and while doing this today I came across few lines which talked about children writing to Mr. Jinnah and thanking him for giving them Pakistan, and also telling him how proud they are of their homeland. This just filled my heart with emotions.

Seeing the new generation being more comprehensive of the ideology of Pakistan is heart warming. These kids and the articles have made me want to experience the exhibition first hand and personally thank CAP (Citizens Archive of Pakistan) for organizing the exhibition.

The exhibition started on 23rd of March (marking the Pakistan Resolution Day) and will continue till 23rd of June. I will be visiting soon and anybody who wants to join in is most welcome.

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Few days ago there was an article about Crowne Plaza Copenhagen’s idea of producing green electricity and reducing their carbon footprint on the earth. The idea was of a cycle placed in their gymnasium, which has the capability of producing electricity, just by paddling. The hotel was also providing the guests a chance to win a free meal by producing a particular amount of wattage for the hotel; food and health together.

Just imagine using such an innovative idea around hotels and health centres in Karachi. Yes, I know people here would not take it seriously, but what if they do. Why do you have to be so open, just install the cycle powered generation unit in the exercise machines and see the gap in demand and supply of electricity fall. But is this the real problem?

The problem lies, in not implementing the idea, but in encouraging people to join health clubs. Moreover, Karachiites are becoming more and more obsessed with eating out. Blame it on lack of recreational activities, lack of awareness of such spots or security of life, the truth is that the new fast food generation has been born and grown. In no time we will be competing with America for the largest population of obese people in the world.

On the positive side, some people (already obese) will welcome the idea as an opportunity to shed some fat and work for a greener planet. Others, from the pro-conservative society will welcome the idea with open arms, ready to adopt the system in their lives.

This innovative idea will not only bring about a drastic change in the frequency and length of load shedding by KESC or WAPDA, but will help to reduce obesity and make our planet green.

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Violent protests broke out in Abbotabad, a city of Hazara Division on Monday. The protests have left 9 people dead and 200 hundred injured. The protests turned violent after the police tried to break the anti-Pakhtunkhwa demonstration, which was in defiance with a ban on public gatherings ahead of planned rallies.

The Hazara people are Hindko speaking compared to the majority of Pakhtuns (there are 5 million Hazara people in a population of 21 million in NWFP) residing in the province. They object that the new name of the province reflects only the Pashtu speaking majority of the region. The second reason for their protests is that they want their region to be given a separate status of a province.

Nevertheless, the sentiments of the Hazara people should have been taken into account when the 18th amendment bill was presented into the parliament. No doubt the majority always wins in a democratic government, but the people of Hazara have a right to protest. What they did wrong was to not use the proper channel of communication to get their views to the National Assembly. They should have used their power to object to the provisions of the 18th amendment bill that changes the name of North-West Frontier Province (The name given by the British Colonial rulers) to Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, through their parliamentarians elected in their constituencies. That’s how a democratic Government works.

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