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‘Smoking kills’ but not the die-hard smelly smokers. Who does it kill then? Us, people who even hate the stench of nicotine and tobacco. Every packet of cigarette says ‘smoking is injurious to health’ but why would they listen. If you must have cigarettes then have it. That’s what they think.

There are so many people who fall sick due to passive smoking and many more who feel nauseous due to the smell. Do they care about these things? Given that they do not even care how they smell around friends, why would they care how others would feel. They are even numb to the feelings of people who care about them.

If you want to die, then die alone. Dragging others with you will not do you any good. In the hereafter we won’t even recognize each other. So what’s the use.

Think about the time when you have a lovely wife, a son and a daughter. Would you want them to smoke passively? What will happen to them; when they are still in their primaries and u die due to smoking related diseases. Who will support them, who will encourage and motivate them to try their best, who will get them their first  bike or their first car, who would ease the tension and depression of your wife? Think about it.

It is a humble request to all the habitual and occasional smokers to stop smoking. To the freshmen of the school of smelly smokers DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT pick that passport to disaster again.

“THROW AWAY THAT PACK OF GOLD”

SAY YES TO NO SMOKING.

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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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Muhammad bin Qasim defeated Raja Dahir on 10th of Ramadan 711 AD. On 11th of Muharram, after appointing governors in all principal districts of Sindh, he left Brahamanabad and marched Towards Alore (Modern day Arore) where Fofi, son of Raja Dahir, had fortified his position. Muhammad Bin Qasim called his forces to a halt opposite the fort. This is where he built a mosque, known as Muhammad Bin Qasim Mosque. The ruins of the mosque still stand on top of a hill in Arore.

Islam came to Pakistan through Sindh. That is why it is known as “The Gateway of Islam”. With time Islam spread from this small region to the whole of South Asia. It was due to Muhammad Bin Qasims’ efforts (by building Mosques and educating people about Islam) that this was possible.

Our physical existence in this world is temporary. After we die we will only be remembered by what we did while we were alive. Muhammad bin Qasim is remembered for bringing Islam into South Asia. This Mosque is evidence to his achievement, and the government of Pakistan needs to recognize it as a historical building and inject funds in reviving it.

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