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Coup Attempt in Pakistan

We may recall a few weeks back a strong rumor made its rounds within Pakistan that a coup was under way in the absence of Musharraf who happened to be in NY attending the UN General Assembly and simultaneously doing a book tour in the Untied States of America.

It was also reported that the Pakistani upper echelon who happened to be alongside the President enjoying the full expense paid royal trip were indeed significantly worried and made frantic calls to Pakistan to confirm this rumor. Lucky for them it was all just a false alarm, but it seem like there was indeed some thing in the air as upon Musharraf’s return, some rockets were found in and around the capital with even a remotely activated rocket aimed at his residency. As a consequence to this development approximately 40 people have been arrested who happen to be middle-ranking Pakistani Air Force officers, even a few civilian arrests of which included the son of a serving brigadier in the army.

The conspiracy was discovered through the naivety of an air force officer who this month used a cell phone to activate a high-tech rocket aimed at the president’s residence in Rawalpindi. The rocket was recovered, and its activating mechanism revealed the officer’s telephone number. His arrest led to the other arrests. Other rockets were then recovered from various high security zones, including the headquarters of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) in Islamabad. – AToL

What’s your take on the issue?

Salary of a Pakistani MNA

National Assembly of Pakistan

I have recently come across a few interesting facts regarding the pay scale and fringe benefits enjoyed by each member of our National Assembly. One tends to wonder what we are doing at wasting so much of money on a ghost assembly whose job is to do …… NOTHING, everyone knows they have no powers but quite simply play the game as it create a silver lining in their pockets both in terms of official perks and all the unofficial perks they must be enjoying.

The current batch of 534 342 MNA’s have done nothing apart from bashing their tables or quite often staging a walk-out in protest, I have occasionally had the displeasure to watch this circus on TV and it appears that these illiterate hooligans quite often simply don’t understand the issue at hand let alone comprehend its importance for its benefits or disadvantages on behalf which may impact the very constituents who elected him into office in the first place.

Pakistani MNA’s Salary and Government Perks

Monthly Salary
Rs. 120,000 to 200,000
Expense for Constitution per month
Office expenditure per month
Traveling concession (Rs. 8 per km)
(For a visit to ISLAMABAD & return: 6000 km)
Daily BETA during Assembly meets
Charge for 1 class (A/C) in train
(All over PAKISTAN)
Free Unlimited
Charge for Business Class in flights
(With wife or P.A.)
Free for 40 trips / year
Rent for Govt hostel any where
Electricity costs at home
Free up to 50,000 units
Local phone call charge
Free up to 1,70,000 calls.
TOTAL expense for a MNA per year
Rs. 32,000,000
TOTAL expense for 5 years
Rs. 1,60,000,000
For 534 342 MNA, the expense for 5 years
Rs.8,54,40,000,000 Rs. 5,47,20,000,000
(over 550 crores)

Please keep in mind that these numbers totalling over Rs. 550 crore are only the official estimates one can easily imagine the unofficial sums easily acquire by a man in such a position.

ICC a White Commonwealth

Pakistan England Series 2006

Article written in the Guardian by Stephen Moss talks about the ongoing controversy in the corridors of cricket in the past few days, the actual issue has been beaten to death by many but Stephen talks about about another genuine problem that has continued to create hurdles in this game that we call cricket.

The sport cannot go forward until those two blocs are working together, and that can only be done when ICC is manifestly less of a white Commonwealth club. For the past 20 years it has, to all appearances, been a cartel run by Australians. Highly competent administrators, no doubt, who have for the most part – and despite an obsession with ludicrous money-making wheezes such as last year’s “SuperTests” – done a good job and raised the profile of the sport. But there remains an impression that the Asian countries are permitted into the halls of power on unequal terms. Only when they are equal partners will cricket start to embrace a 21st century whose face is likely to more brown than white.

The Asian countries’ belief that, despite supplying two-thirds of the money in the global game, they are endless patronised by white administrators is the cankerous root of the current crisis. It had to be confronted some time; it might as well be now. The long-term good will outweigh the short-term damage. It is essential that the next chief executive of ICC is Asian, and rather than be in swanky Dubai perhaps its headquarters should be in Islamabad or Mumbai. A bit of bending over backwards to make up for past errors may be in order.

Your thoughts on this white-skin dominated bureaucracy.

Pakistan Googled by a Texan

Bush Googly

George W. Bush’s two-day trip to Pakistan can now sadly be looked back upon more as a state sponsored relaxation trip for the President after his hectic schedule in India. Little do the Pakistanis have anything to show for this visit by the most powerful dictator of the world. In 2000, we were literally on our knees begging for Clinton to stop by to say Hi, but in contrast, in 2006, when the US President willfully offers to come, we fail miserably to perform.

It was no secret that Pakistan was unlikely to get any crumbs from the nuclear grants when India worked hard to create a mutual understanding. Delhi has been after Washington for a long time and Pakistan can’t expect to get a deal just for the heck of being a critical neighbour with India. For Pakistan, the Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT) should have been the hot deal to be inked during the two-day trip. The BIT has been in the works for a good time, but sadly, Islamabad was caught napping till the nth hour and any last minute efforts only left objections making it unreasonable to be finalized in March.

When dealing with the most powerful country of the world it should not be difficult for us to come up with alternative memoranda of understanding (MOUs) to cover up and potentially replace the BIT. Other MOUs could then have served a face-saving for the embarrassed government and it would have been a benefit for Pakistan even at a microscopic level. Instead, the two days were spent playing cricket and munching dinners at state expense.

The Texan did make news (the only news to make headlines around the world), not on a political level but instead while playing cricket – he was hit by a bouncer and spun a googly in the process. It goes to say what a waste of time it is, trying to teach a baseball fan to hold the oddly shaped cricket bat let alone trying to teach him to bowl over-arm without the sling shot pitching style he’s more used to.

Making matters worse, Mushy and his cronies went all out to cordon Islamabad off from the world. The airport and all incoming roads were effectively closed for all making it more like a prison and, simultaneously, all sorts of political activity was addressed by issuing house arrests for the loudest of all critics namely Qazi and Imran Khan. I applaud Imran Khan to have taken the limelight from the visit with some very interesting TV interviews he gave leading to the trip. Qazi Saheb, what can I say?

Bottom line – Musharraf and his team have terribly mismanaged this trip, only to be remembered for the wrong’un delivery that Bush faced during his practice session at the nets.

Dentistry in Karachi

Teeth Maestro is actually the pen name of Dr. Awab Alvi who is a dentist by profession in Karachi, Pakistan. He has been practicing Dentistry in Karachi since 1999 when he graduated from de’Montmorency College of Dentistry, Lahore and has since been practicing with his father Dr. Arif Alvi at Alvi Dental Hospital, which is located at

23-B Sindhi Muslim Society
Karachi, Pakistan

If any one wants any dental assistance you are more then welcome to email me or call us up to schedule a dental appointment at your convenience

Shaukat to quit as PM

Well rumors have been circulating quite seriously for the past few months of a pending resignation of Shaukat Aziz from the corridors of Islamabad and soon to move into Washington as the Managing Director World Bank. It would indeed be sad day for Pakistan to loose such a brilliant economist another casualty to our power hungry President who has slowly alienated him out of the picture.

This move to World Bank would no doubt be a very respectable exit for Aziz out of the power circle hence leaving at the top with his reputation intact (which we have rarely seen in Pakistani politics). I wish him all the best and also appreciate all his efforts in positioning Pakistan back into a booming economy. We honestly can only hope that his replacement which will most likely be Hamid Chattha, can mimic Aziz even to a fraction of his strengths in taking Pakistan onwards. What do you have to say?

Read more on SA Tribune.com

Pakistani Blogger: G3nu1n3

Pakistani Bloggers G3nu1n3 – A Pakistani Blogger from Islamabad, blogging for about 6 months from 26th Oct 2004 has to-date an astonishing 1300+ posts on his blog, that puts him on an average of 8 posts per day for his 168 days of blogging. A huge number by any standard…

I myself, probably started following him from November ’04 and have been glued to his blog ever since as I feel its now my one-stop source for all IT-related information. I sometimes feel its too much information for one human to possibly comprehend, but then its human nature to have the greed for more. A point in time may come when you say to yourself "I have explored every nook and cranny of the internet" but then G3 at his blog would produce another impressive post that would send you down for another solid hour of surfing.

Strangely it took me sometime to decipher the word G3nu1n3 as Genuine but now I honestly believe that he is indeed true to his name. Many bloggers sweep into the world like a brilliant Halley’s comet but disappear before you even know it, G3nu1n3 is undoubtedly here to stay.

If you are looking for a quick dose of uptodate technology articles then turn to the G3-Blog

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Is Islamabad Really Dead?

I was in Islamabad for two days to visit the US Embassy for a visa so that I can go to the US to continue my training at UPENN in Microscopic Endodontics.

The visit was OK as the Gods of the INS Authorities found me "qualified for a visa", but I dearly missed the hustle bustle of my beloved city Karachi. Islamabad to me was a dead city, people appeared to be in bed around 9 or 10pm with no one around on the streets, I did get to go to dinner late night (8-9pm considered late in Islo terms) came back by 10 and the streets were dead.

Islamabadi’s continued to say that its only fun if you have "contacts to parties on the weekend", but then you mean to testify that apart from weekend parties the city is technically dead. Karachi on the other hand wakes up at 10 to continue to 1 am thats my life, one does not always need party tickets to enjoy the night in Karachi, a drive around town is entertaining enough – I LOVE YOU KARACHI

Prove me wrong Islamabadi’s !!!!!

Save the Whale Campaign (Save Musharraf)

Watch for todays headlines – Daily Times was loaded with news reports that Musharraf should remain in the driving seat – well welcome to the new turn of affairs – Economy takes a back seat and Save the Whale “Save Musharraf” campaign comes to the front.

Wake up people until december you are going to be bombarded with evidence upon evidence that Musharraf must say – according to the man himself “I have the pulse of the Nation” and according to that wierd pulse 96% want him in power – Yikes which artery does he have Constitution Avenue in Islamabad.

The pulse of Pakistan says –
1 – dont make a mess of the traffic by test drivign those Merc’s
2 – dont beleve that you are the saviour – we soundly believe in Allah
3 – dont assign retired generals to take over ministeries – Pakistan is not a post retirement job for army personnel

— until next time

President Musharraf and Karachi

Mind you Karachiites – whenever President Musharraf is in Karachi you are
bound to be cursing out loud and not simply under your breath. The
establishment is so scared that they block traffic both ways, my advice to
management is that it shall always be Allah’s will, you can’t do anything to
prevent it. You might deter the small crooks but the big fish will find a
way, and my gut felling is that it will be from an insider.

Until then Karachi can wait for his Royal Highness to attend his meetings, its cheaper to fly everyone to Islamabad then have Musharraf drop into our