<![CDATA[Ali Nasir - Broadcast Journalist, Economist, Analyst, Historian and researcher - Blog]]>Sun, 28 Feb 2016 13:46:56 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[Social security and rule of law; the two reasons why people own or disown their country]]>Sun, 21 Feb 2016 16:36:16 GMThttp://alinasir.weebly.com/blog/-social-security-and-rule-of-law-the-two-reasons-why-people-own-or-disown-their-country
In recent years it has been observed that many educated and well to do Pakistanis have acquired foreign nationalities and properties abroad. Pakistan is an idealogical state. A citizen can't share two ideologies that conflict. A natural clash of interest exists if people maintain two nationalities. No two states share common goals, values, beliefs and territory.

The ruling elite in Pakistan face a dilemma. They enjoy power and a life of privilege here but are concerned about the future. Parliamentarians (Law makers), Businessmen, Professionals and Bureaucrats have all sought to live a life abroad by acquiring a foreign passport or have stashed their wealth overseas.

Social welfare system is in tatters. Many believe that the founding fathers of Pakistan envisioned it to be a welfare state, but their dream stands broken. Basic amenities and services are unavailable to the poor and the needy.

Even the rich and middle class feel marginalized. The system virtually excludes everyone. Even those who superficially run the show. The lack of social welfare has resulted in very loose bonding with state. The rule of law is absent. It is believed that the law is applied to different people differently. Blatant abuses of law are scattered in the press everyday. The feudal system is distorting the very face of the state that claims to be democratic. Thus the canons of equality and justice are nullified and strong voices of society raise slogans to end this but to no avail.

Thus many today have sought to lead a better life for themselves abroad. Others seek a foreign passport so that they they can flee persecution. Other to avoid prosecution.

<![CDATA[Never Stand in queue]]>Fri, 21 Aug 2015 02:19:44 GMThttp://alinasir.weebly.com/blog/-p-margin-bottom-01in-direction-ltr-color-rgb0-0-10-line-height-120-text-align-left-pwestern-font-family-liberation-serifserif-font-size-12pt-pcjk-font-family-droid-sans-fallback-font-size-12pt-pctl-fontNever stand in queue
Advice for you if you stand in a long line to board a plane

You are in the waiting lounge at an airport and hear an announcement to board the plane, suddenly all the passengers start rushing to the boarding gate.  Most of them making sure that they are as brisk as possible. Yet they all have boarding passes. No one can take their seats. They are juggling their luggage and belongings to keep pace. They have to remain standing for a few minutes and than the gate opens. The ordeal continues as they have to move at a snail's speed to reach the plane. Getting seated is a challenge as most fellow travelers are placing their luggage in compartments.

Now here is a healthy piece of advice. Just rewind to the point when the announcement was made. You keep sitting while the others jump and run to the boarding gate. Take the opportunity to finish a drink, or just flip through the last few pages of a magazine. Keep an eye on the shrinking queue. As soon as the line becomes thinner, get up  and walk conveniently to the gate. You will be through in a few seconds. Exchange greetings with the crew of the plane, they would be happy to properly guide you to your seat.

This is a travel secret that you should not reveal to everyone. But let me know if it is useful.

The author is a Television presenter and travels frequently
Ali Nasir
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<![CDATA[My Grandfather Khair Ullah Sharif]]>Sun, 30 Sep 2012 04:24:46 GMThttp://alinasir.weebly.com/blog/my-grandfather-khair-ullah-sharifKhair Ullah Sharif, Captain 1904-1959

He was known for his illustrious career as a Horsemen and Polo Player, in British India and Pakistan.

His Family was a scion of Yemeni background which goes back to 18th century A.D..

The head of the family Rahim Ullah Shah was his Great Great Grand Father, who brought a band of soldiersfrom Yemen and harboured in an Arab sanctuary near Banglore, and was inducted into Haidere Ali / Tipu Sultan Army. Rahim Ullah Shah was believed to be a General of Tipu Sultan in the last battle at Sirangapatnam.

The defeat disintegrated Tipu's Army but the British wisel integrated these mercenaries with the cavalry regiments-some were absorbed by choice with the Nizam's cavalry as well.His ancestors joined British cavalry.

Khair Ullah Sharif, hjd a long lineage with Cavalry

At the Age of 18 he joined 7 Light Cavalry at Balaram, Hyderabad Deccan, in 1922, as about one squadron was those of his relations: They were various ranks.

From the advent he was an outsanding rider, was selected to do Equisterian course at Sangar in 1930. He recieved Distinguished grade and was retained as an INstructor. With the exception of one more Jat instructor, the the remaining three instructors were British NCOs, trained from Wesdon (UK). He stayed at Sangar from 1931-1934. Here he also excelled in Polo and was rated at 5 Goal polo player in All India.

In his completion of tenure he reverted back to 7 Light cavalry stationed at Jullender as a Jmadar.

Later he was selected as riding incharge at I.M.A. Dehradoon, in the rank of Risaldar. Since in the Regimental seniority he was given the option to join Army Remanents (Breeding Areas) at Sarghoda or revert lower rank. He opted for posting to Remounts.

The facilities offered inn Remounts were out of the ordinary. The World War II having started , he preferred to stay at Sargodha in ARD. The life in Remounts were those of Lords wityh Buggies two in hand and 16 horses in own stable. The distinguished portion of his riding career was that he was selected for 1936 Olympics but due to departmental bellicasities, funds and risky travel for horses by sea, cancelled the participation , for Indian Team.

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<![CDATA[Lower Taxes]]>Mon, 30 Jan 2012 02:40:39 GMThttp://alinasir.weebly.com/blog/lower-taxesI was asked in a recent interview about raising the Tax to GDP ratio; my answer: 'do nothing'.
Pakistan's problems are not related to tax and revenue collection. We need to lower Government spending. The solution is
(1) Reduce the number of Bureaucrats, not by firing them but by simply capping or reducing new hiring.
(2) Making a smaller government, fewer ministries and divisions, doing away with unwanted departments, and most of all saying bye bye to over regulation.
(3) Selling Government enterprise and business.

<![CDATA[The nation's priorities]]>Sun, 08 Jan 2012 04:06:09 GMThttp://alinasir.weebly.com/blog/the-nations-prioritiesJan 8, 2012
Shockingly everyone in Pakistan seems to be focused on 'Memogate' and Supreme Court cases. Whereas the major problems within the country are; Law and Order, Extremism, Terrorism, Corruption, Health and Education. The welfare system of the country is in shambles. Many people are living below the poverty line. Those that can earn a decent living are facing energy shortages and non availability of basic needs such as potable water.
Our Nation is fast becoming a nation of misplaced priorities, praying for change, yet unaware of their true objectives.
Television News Channels are continuously discussing political change in the country. This has been the trend for the last ten years since  the liberalization of the media by the so-called dictator 'Pervez Musharraf'. However the last change was the ouster of the same 'Musharraf' and the arrival of 'Democracy'. The word 'Democracy' is synonymous to the 'turn' of conventional politicians to loot and plunder the country.
The question arises amidst the talk of political change - Would political change bring a change in our quality of life?
Illiteracy, Corruption, Injustice, Inefficiency, Economic instability ... the list is endless, would not disappear. So what are we doing about this?
Is it in our priorities to be able to provide clean water to a population of more than 180 million people or to provide speedy justice to thousands if not millions. Indeed a select few politicians like to talk about it but do they have a solution. ]]>
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