Four senators decline pay rise

Report by Asim Yasin, published in “The News” on May 20, 2005

ISLAMABAD: Four senators in the 100-member House have declined to accept the pay raise and continue to draw salary according to pre-November, 2003 scales.

Among them, 3 belong to the Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) including Prof Khurshid Ahmad, Prof Muhammad Ibrahim and Prof Ghafoor Ahmed while the fourth one is Pakistan People’s Party’s Farhatullah Babar.

Last month the government approved a 15 per cent pay raise for the MPs. This was the second raise in pay and perks for the present graduate parliament whose members were elected with a pledge by General Musharraf to cleanse politics of corruption and self-seeking individuals.

The first pay raise of nearly one hundred percent was announced in November 2003 while the parliament was witnessing rowdy scenes of “go Musharraf go” and “no Musharraf no”. Before the November 2003 pay raise, a parliamentarian was paid a gross monthly salary of about Rs 24,000 including daily and conveyance allowances. This was raised to nearly Rs 50,000 gross emoluments in November 2003.

Initially, the MMA senators informed the Senate Secretariat that they had decided not to accept the raise temporarily and would take a decision in due course of time in the light of how parliament proceeded in its work.

However, within weeks these senators decided to accept the pay raise, with most of them saying that instead of abandoning the additional benefits to the government for spending it in questionable ways they would like to draw it from the exchequer and themselves donate it for charitable causes.

Farhatullah Babar in his letter said he had publicly opposed the pay raise, as the parliament remained dysfunctional, its members were unable to perform their duties and conditions of poverty and unemployment were pathetic. “It is not possible for me to accept the pay raise and denounce it at the same time”.

Interesting Label Instructions

When you buy some thing, do you read the instructions on the package before opening it ? Here are some of those stupid instructions.

On Sears hairdryer: “Do not use while sleeping”

On a bag of Fritos: “You could be winner! No purchase necessary. Details inside”.

On a bar of Dial soap: “Directions: Use like regular soap.”

On some Swanson frozen dinners: “Serving suggestions: “Defrost.”

On Tesco’s Tiramisu dessert (printed on bottom of box): “Do not turn upside down”.

On Marks & Spencer Bread Pudding: “Product will be hot after heating”.

On packaging for a Rowenta iron: “Do not iron clothes on body

On Boot’s Children’s Cough Medicine: “Do not drive a car or operate machinery after taking this medication”.

On Nytol Sleep Aid: “Warning: May cause drowsiness”.

On most brands of Christmas lights: “For indoor or outdoor use only”.
On a Japanese food processor: “Not to be used for the other use”.

On Sainsbury’s peanuts: “Warning: Contains nuts”. On an American Airlines packet of nuts: “Instructions: Open packet, eat nuts.”

It is NOT about hypocrisy but Golden Rules

We take for granted the things that we should be giving thanks for.
Do what you can, for whom you can, with what you have, and where you are.
The real measure of a man’s wealth is what he has invested in eternity.
God always gives His best to those who leave the choice with Him.

Everyone has beauty but not everyone sees it.
Man looks at outward appearance but the Lord looks within.

Happiness is enhanced by others but does not depend upon others.
All people smile in the same language. Laughter is God’s sunshine.
Take time to laugh, for it is the music of the soul.
Thank God for what you have and TRUST GOD for what you need.

بظاہر منافق مگر حقیقت میں ہمدردSame Definition but not Hypocrite

ویسے تو سچائی یا اصل کو چھپانے والا یا غلط بیانی کرنے والا عام طور پر منافق ہوتا ہے لیکن ایک ایسا شخص ہے جو کسی دوسرے انسان کی جائز بہتری کے لئے یعنی اس کی جان بچانے کے لئے یا دو آدمیوں میں صلح کرانے کے لئے اصل بات کو چھپا جاتا ہے اور اس سے کسی کا کوئی نقصان نہیں ہوتا تو یہ عمل منافقت میں شامل نہیں ہوتا مگر اس میں بہتری کے سوائے کسی قسم کا لالچ نہ ہو۔ سب سے اہم میاں بیوی کی مثال ہے۔ اگر میاں بیوی کسی وجہ سے جو کہ بڑا گناہ نہ ہو ناراض ہو جائیں اور علیحدگی کا خدشہ ہو یا کوئی اور بڑا نقصان ہو سکتا ہو اور ایک آدمی ان میں صلح کرانے کے لئے ایک یا دونوں سے کوئي ایسی بات کہے جو حقیقت نہ ہو مگر ایسا کرنے سے ان میں صلح ہو سکتی ہو تو یہ منافقت نہیں بلکہ کار ثواب ہے۔ اسی طرح اگر ایک بے قصور آدمی کے مارے جانے کا خدشہ ہے اور اس کی جان بچانے کے لئے اصل بات چھپائی جائے تو یہ بھی منافقت نہیں

Ordinarily, hiding facts or narrating something which is not factual is a trait of a Hypocrite but a person who, for deserved betterment of another person, for example, for saving a human life or removing misunderstandings between two persons so that they become friends again, hides some facts provided that it is not done for any personal benefit and this act does not have any adverse effect on anybody, it will not be called hypocrisy but a praiseworthy act.

An important example would be that due to some trivial issue the spouses get involved in grave misunderstanding and there is chance of divorce or some other damage to both or one of them. A person, knowing the truth, hides facts and that brings the spouses together and they start living happily or there is danger to the life of an innocent person and his / her life can be saved by hiding some facts. All such cases do not come under Hypocrisy.

The Osama Tapes (translated)

These audio tapes were retrieved by courageous HT journalists from a remote palace in Saudi Arabia. Analysts surmise that, like Richard Nixon, Osama had his conversations recorded for historic purposes or perhaps for his memoirs.

Tape ObL36045

Unidentified Minion: Boss, the Satanic US has warned its subjects that we may soon attack their electrical infrastructure or water supply through hacking their computers. Is this true?

Osama: I hadn’t thought of it, but it’s a good idea.

But Boss, we have no computer expertese. Only bomb-making and guerrilla training.

Idiot! I’m filthy rich. I can hire the expertese.

But Boss, the hacker’s code… where can you find an un-American hacker?

You talk like an arrogant American… there are genius computer hackers all over the world—China, Korea, Malasia… The Russians would love to pull the tail of the Lion.

Boss, the Lion was the symbol of the British Empire. The US Empire has no such symbol.

All right, then “tug on Superman’s cape”.

Oh, Boss, who says you have no sense of humor.

Enough. Put out the RFB (request for bid).
[the rest of the tape is mostly minor administrative matters involving funds transfers, executive orders, posthumous commendations for martyrs.]

For reading script of more tapes click on the title above