A Thousand Words: Badalta hai rang aasmaan

Posted on September 9, 2008
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56 Comments on “A Thousand Words: Badalta hai rang aasmaan

  1. Anwar says:
    September 9th, 2008 5:43 pm

    Changing of guards or the guardians…?
    “Badalta hai rang aasmaan kaisey kaisey…”
    So true!

  2. Irfan Gul says:
    September 9th, 2008 6:12 pm

    Amazing collection of pictures you have put together. The first two specially :-)

  3. irfan Gul says:
    September 9th, 2008 6:13 pm

    Amazing. Same Judge. Same Soomro next to them.

  4. Riaz Haq says:
    September 9th, 2008 7:08 pm

    Pakistan is out of the frying pan, into the fire.

  5. MQadir says:
    September 9th, 2008 7:15 pm

    Let’s not jump the gun and give him a chance…

  6. Harris Siddiqui says:
    September 9th, 2008 9:42 pm

    I bet one of the soldiers had an itch in his right index finger when Zardari walked by.

  7. SH Kavi says:
    September 9th, 2008 10:17 pm

    @ Harris Siddiqui,
    What you are wishing for is not nice.We have enough violence and bloodshed ,we don’t deserve anymore.It is one thing to disagree with someone, which very legit,but it is another thing to wish him physical harm. That should not be acceptable.

  8. whole LOTA love says:
    September 9th, 2008 10:39 pm

    someday you will be writing,

    Zameen khaa gae aasman kaisay kaisay

  9. Aamir aLI says:
    September 9th, 2008 11:00 pm

    Proof of how immature, forgetful and confused Pakistanis are as an awam.

  10. malik says:
    September 9th, 2008 11:15 pm


    trust me a man who says contract (waada) is not a word of quran that has to be honored, (if u remember zardari said that) has no character whatsoever. and he is of the highest degree of hypocrites. Any hopes from that person is either naive or delusional

  11. auk says:
    September 9th, 2008 11:19 pm

    What is not visible to the naked eye is the same America standing behind them.

  12. FAZEEL says:
    September 9th, 2008 11:58 pm

    These pictures show the change of the fortune of Pakistan. Good fortune era of 9 years has been ended and the bad fortune era has been started (I don’t know for how long). People are happy, atleast they have chosen their own fortune even though it is bad. Atleast we have democracy in the country even though RS is declining and not a single investment is comming.

    Long Live the Democracy

  13. Harris Siddiqui says:
    September 10th, 2008 12:32 am

    SH Kavi,
    Where in my comment did I say that it was my wish? I was just betting that at least one soldier had the urge.

    Are you willing to take the bet?

  14. Steve says:
    September 10th, 2008 1:03 am

    Democracy consists of choosing your dictators, after they’ve told you what you think it is you want to hear.

  15. YLH says:
    September 10th, 2008 2:17 am

    The only plausible issue I see is with Dogar as Chief Justice… otherwise … getting a guard of honor, wearing a suit, standing in the presidency.. any president would go through the same motions.. the point is?

    It is not like Zardari is wearing a uniform or came to power through a coup. He had the backing of 3.5 provinces.

  16. Alix says:
    September 10th, 2008 2:23 am

    To all those, who are lamenting the stupidity or naivet

  17. Wajid Ali says:
    September 10th, 2008 2:24 am

    Very interesting pictures. Yes, times do change. I think for the better. Interesting also to see Soomro sitting next to each in teh small pictures. Is Soomro the new Waseem Sajjad?

  18. September 10th, 2008 2:55 am

    There is much difference between the two. The two pictures speak different stories. If someone thinks that time has changed for the better, he will regret his words in near future. He who thinks that Pervez Musharraf did nothing for the country and was only a symbol of dictatorship will regret it all the more.

    Zardari has played his cards well. Six months have passed and we have not seen any attention from government for the basic problems being faced by the people. To them the only solution is to increase prices.

    In our neighboring India, prices of petrol and gas have been reduced twice in a short span of time to pass on the benefit of decreasing international prices to the people. In our country, the finance minister says that petrol prices would not be decreased at all. Power charges have been increased by 40 per cent despite the fact that we do not get electricity for more than 8 hours daily. Prices of essential commodities are rising almost daily.

    What would we do with this democracy where the people are groaning under its heavy yoke.

  19. Usman Akram says:
    September 10th, 2008 5:14 am

    At least Musharaf read the oath correctly; Zardari couldn

  20. Usman Akram says:
    September 10th, 2008 5:23 am

    For Pakistan and Majority of Pakistanies, this is a bad news.
    Democracy is not a bad way to govern but democracy is the worse one if you do not have right people in power.

    Did someone check Zardari’s profile on Wikipedia? it lists all his cases, he openly asked for 10% commission from france and poland. It is an insult that our president is a thug.

    I wonder why media is not showing a documentary about his cases!

  21. Sahreen Tanvir says:
    September 10th, 2008 5:37 am

    After facing much crucial and critical situations we dont have any word to say on that now asif ali zardari is the president of pakistan. Lets hope for the best.

  22. S H says:
    September 10th, 2008 5:54 am

    Is this another oath and agreement that Zardari will later renege on?

    What a shame and disgrace to the office of the presidency!

  23. Akhtar says:
    September 10th, 2008 6:40 am

    Mr. Zardari has come a long way from being in a”dog house” to the Presidency of Pakistan. It is possible that he made arrangement with the devils and broke agreements withothers including PML-N to achieve the current position with a sincere desire to do good for the country. Let’s give him 100 days, and I believe he will suprise us all with his good initiatives to improve the conditions of the poor lots. I think he will be seen as the best President in last 20 years. But, he should not stay more than one term of 5 years, otherwise it will go to his head like his predecessors.

  24. Amjad Hussain says:
    September 10th, 2008 6:48 am

    Mr. Usman, how do you know this is bad news for majority of Pakistanis.
    Maybe you did not hear, but the MAJORITY of Pakistanis voted for his party and then through their representatives for him? \

    Maybe its bad news for the minority who do not care about what the majority thinks or wants!

  25. Sahreen Tanvir says:
    September 10th, 2008 7:17 am

    After facing much crucial and critical situation we dont have any word to say.Lets hope for the best.Now Asif ali zardair is president of pakistan. But i am not getting understand the situation.Our new president has not agood reputation. Past records about him indicate that he was involved in various illegal activities.There was lot of black money in his accounts.
    An accountibility board was also set up to investigate about his wealth. Does he deserve to become a president of pakistan. I dont think so.

  26. auk says:
    September 10th, 2008 7:20 am

    Now talking about differences, there is one other not yet pointed out. Moshe had a high school diploma, while Zardari’s claim to have one can’t be verified (Source: Wall Street Journal, Sep 6th or 7th).

  27. Capri5315 says:
    September 10th, 2008 7:29 am


    On the one hand we have a president, chairperson of ruling party who had advocated that the Musharaf

  28. fatima says:
    September 10th, 2008 7:31 am

    musharraf got a gud sense of dressing
    and all i can say
    GOD bless pakistan
    the man who is chosen by the nation is a criminal

  29. Amjad Hussain says:
    September 10th, 2008 7:34 am

    Just noted in photos another bad legacy Musharraf has given Pakistan… Just like his real master, George Bush, he has given wearing flags on dress to show false patriotism … now everyone has to do it.

    When real patriotism was killed by Musharraf he replaced it with symbols of false patriotism

  30. Khurshid says:
    September 10th, 2008 7:40 am

    I can understand that people will worry about Zardari because of his reputation but I cannot understadn that anyone could defend Musharraf with a straight face. Specially those who are sad that the PPP govt has not done much in 6 months but forget that Musharraf did nothing for teh poor in 8 years.

    Please, all ISI wallas, stop insulting our intelligence!

  31. Pakistan Zindabad says:
    September 10th, 2008 8:20 am

    Both were days of shame. One is a renowned crook and the other a military dictator. What have we done to Jinnah’s Pakistan! I’m no fan of the PPP, and especially not of Mr. Zzardari aka 10%, but I do hope that his prison sentences have instilled some sense into him and he can act above his personal vendettas and financial agendas. Who am I to question the will of the people, but sometimes wonder how our people are so gullible.

  32. Aamir Ali says:
    September 10th, 2008 10:53 am


    If jahil awam has elected incompetents, which awam itself called incompetent crooks, then why not call the awam jahils?

    Some Pakistanis only care about ideology while others are more interested in results. The results of the 1990′s were very poor and the results from this current govt are even poorer. That cannot be forgiven simply by screaming “democracy”.

  33. UJMi says:
    September 10th, 2008 11:19 am

    I have no idea why but I for some reason am hoping that this guy will do things better! But ok wait again, most probably there is no logical explanation to this feeling of mine – because I might be thinking like a Pakistani! A Pakistani who is willing to always go through the same tests again, but of course on a different date…

    All hail to the generous Jahaliat of me and my fellow country men!

    But yes again, kya pata Zardari acha ho geya ho!

  34. Uzma says:
    September 10th, 2008 12:28 pm

    Well, he has proved himself to be shrewd so far. If it is channeled in the right directions, we might actually get somewhere, provided the govt does get a chance to run through its time & survive the many crises.

  35. Alix says:
    September 10th, 2008 1:20 pm

    To Aamir Ali:

    please try to understand that this is part & parcel of democracy and something that is accepted across the world. Incompetent or corrupt people get elected all the time in India but we don’t see them rushing to denounce the process. Again, I ask if India can survive with the likes of Modi, Lalo Prasad and RSS then what’s wrong with Zardari.

    Claiming that it is the result that matters is what leads us to situations like this where institutions are weakened and check & balances vanish. I think it was Churchill who said something like “democracy is the worst form of government we have but it is the only one we know that works”. Countries where institutions flourish and rule of law is established are the ones where people don’t take short circuits by saying that results are all that matter.

    Knowing the arrogance of the man, he will screw up. Right now, I bet he feels pretty smug thinking that he has outsmarted everyone. But if our history is any indicator he will eventually screw up.

    Don’t discard a whole process because you got results that you don’t like this time.

  36. Aamir Ali says:
    September 10th, 2008 2:25 pm


    Democracy is wonderful but your awam is too jahil for democracy to work in Pakistan. They have elected the same crooks, liars and failures again and again, who have harmed the country again and again, yet it is all ok because its “democracy”. You sound like a hopeless romantic.

  37. -Farid says:
    September 10th, 2008 2:27 pm

    Alix: Well said. Agree Completely. The point is not to elect x or y – the point is to have a fair process.

    I’m completely convinced that NONE of the current crop of politicians can do much for the country

    But that is kind of the point.

    If we’d only let the process take its course, we might end up with some political maturity at some point.

    The fact remains that PPP did get the votes, and now if they have gone an appointed Zardari as president and we don’t like it, lets vote them out the next time around.

    I don’t think Zardari can single-handedly destroy the country, nor indeed can he do too much good. I personally wish he was not the president – I wince every time I think of it.

    But I for one am willing to wait till the next elections.

  38. Alix says:
    September 10th, 2008 2:59 pm

    Hopeless romantic ? my better half would most definitely disagree :) and you won’t make that comment if you knew my age and the ailments that come with it

    Besides, trying to discredit the messenger rather than the message dilutes the argument.

    You seem to be missing the point and keep on ranting about the jahil awam. I am not saying that our awam is not jahil. But the point is awam is jahil across the world: In US, a guy like Kerry looses to a mediocre clown like Bush, a veteran who lost 3 limbs in Vietnam looses his office after being accused of un-patriotism by a draft dodger. Look at the rise of the BNP in UK and the win of PPP on sympathy vote.

    Awan are jahil everywhere but the process has to go on. BTW, I give this govt 3 years at the top.

  39. Harris Siddiqui says:
    September 10th, 2008 5:39 pm

    Accountability is an integral part of the democratic process. Without accountability we get the same faces coming back over and over again and every time their voters think that “this time may be different”, history tells us that false hopes and prayers alone are not capable to change the destiny of a nation.

    People in Pakistan are blaming dictatorships for the failure of democracy in Pakistan. To me it is nothing more than a feeble argument to put the blame squarely on someone else, be it the Army, Mosad, Raw or batman’s evil twin. No one has the guts to admit that our masses have failed to learn the basics of democracy, and we can not blame anyone but ourselves.

    Most of your political leaders including Bhutto and Nawaz Sharif were hatched from the rotten egg of dictatorship and true to their upbringing, subscribed to the same dictatorial traits after getting elected. Look closely at the roster of M.N.A’s and Senators and you will find the same faces or at least the same surnames that have “served” us under dictatorships. The only thing that changes about them from time to time is the flag of the political party on their land cruiser, everything else remains the same.

    Please wake up people! Stop hoping that the leadership that is responsible for bringing Pakistan to this point will miraculously save it one day. If we had a strong foundation for a democratic process, people like Zardari and Yousaf Gilani would either be in jail or hiding in disgrace not ruling 180 million people.

  40. azhar aslam says:
    September 10th, 2008 7:24 pm

    Dear All, Wake up and do what ? accountability and democracy do not throw up new face automatically and out of nothing. For these to work properly, it needs a wide range and variety of people to have political will and commitment; and even then, as is the case in the west as described here earlier, the mechanism can be used to, by hook or crook, elect leaders with vested interests and narrow visions. Its not only Bush. Berlusconi is another example. or Blair for that matter who was son of spin.

    But in every case you will notice that none of these leaders will or can act against the overall national interests and against their own people. ie they are not , and cannot be mir jaffar or mir sadiq. clearly this is because the system, the institutions and the people will not allow them to be.
    But then public in the west is educated, aware and well fed. Public in pakistan is neither educated nor well fed. Why is that? It all boils down to lack of political will and commitment. And that is because our politicians have very little stake in our country, have extremely limited vision, short term interests and narrow self centred worlds. There is lack of grace, courage, generosity and sanguinity.

    There is no dedicated, organised core of people with political will, acumen and commitent to take charge and change the course of the history. Without such a core of dedicated people, no nation can ever grow, prosper or develop. Above all else, Pakistan needs this core of dedicated people.

    Take the example of China nad India. We hear lot of talk about chinese human rights etc. And that chinese progress is the result of market reforms started under Deng Xiapeng.But would these reforms had worked without the human capital development that took place before Deng? NO. So while India may have democracy ( of sorts atleast) it is 30 years ( some say 50 years) behind China. Why? Lack of dedicated core of people, who were single minded in pursuing an agenda of development.

    I am not advocating chinese system here. Frankly each nation and state has its own peculiar conditions and governance systems evolve uniquely to those conditions, unless these are implanted. This has unfortunatley been the case ( mostly) in Pakistan. But one must not depair. There is always oppurtunity in adversity.

    Even if we begin today, developing Pakistan is not a tall order. Our population is still about one eighth of India and one tenth of china. We are extremely resource rich country. Our agriculture can still produce far more than what we need. We can still fulfill our energy, food, housing, education and health requirements relatively independently. Our strategic location can be a bigger boon than Dubai. Our people are full of enterprenuership, talent, zest and are hardworking.

    Pakistan, properly managed can move into middle income group in about 20 years ie only in one generation. And in another sixty years we can be a leading and developed country. One of the biggest advanatage that a country like us has is that we can see how others developed. We have so many models on offer. We have so any examples of success and even more of failure.

    And so far a democracy, human rights, liberty are concerned, these tend to follow development necessarily and spontaneously. Just look at History. Which brings us to the crux of the matter? Are there any dedicated people left in Pakistan? Is there such a core of people.

    I believe there are. But they are scattered, leaderless and in much anguish and pain, swinging between hopelessness and despair. We need a platform to get them together. People who will put national interest and well being above theirs and everything else. It will only be then that the course of History will change. And change it will.

    Please do not depair. Do not let this psychological war get to you. About Pakistan and its desperation. There are countries in this world and nations with weaker state structures, much weaker economies, higher inflation, less freedom, more terrorism and lawlessness, and more poverty.

    We all say Pakistan is a dream for us. Yours, mine, everyone’s. Well let me tell you. Pakistan is not a dream. It is a reality. Yours and mine. Let us make it our desire, our want, and our ambition. As John F Kennedy said ‘Think not what your country can do for you; Think what you can do for your country’. So let us think that. Come up with suggestions and plans how to get what you all seem to want: A properous, modern and developed Pakistan.
    Any one for the taking?

  41. Harris Siddiqui says:
    September 10th, 2008 7:56 pm

    I respect your thoughts and in fits of patriotism, I say the same. Unfortunately the reality on the streets of Pakistan is very different. We are a fractured society. Just one look at the results of the last election tells the story. No single party was able to get a national mandate. Our second largest party has no representation outside one province. The fourth largest is limited to one city.

    The other day I was watching the interview of ex C.M of N.W.F.P, Mehtab Abbasi and cringed when I heard that during his rein, he once called Shebaz Sharif and threatened to cut off power supply to Punjab if more wheat was not sent to his province immediately. The message I got from it was that we need a strong federation to eliminate even the slightest chance of one province threatening another for anything.

    We need a party with a broad appeal that addresses the issues of the nation, not just a city or an ethnicity. A party that enforces high standards of accountability on their leaders. A party that only keeps the benefits of Pakistan in mind when making any policy. A party that crushes provincialism to make sure our nation is not divided. A party that represents the residents of Islamabad and the residents of Nasirabad equally.

    Here comes the bitter truth. If a leadership like that rises from Pakistan, the whole corrupt system from the peon of your local police station to the president of Pakistan will make sure that the status quo is not shaken.

    Are you willing to stand up to the call? I am!

  42. Nasir says:
    September 11th, 2008 5:15 am

    All people with concience!

    Was Pakistan created to kill the innocent people on the precext of “Kufr” fatwa, was it demanded so that pwoerful be able to throw acid on the face of young girls, did Quai i azam worked for a Pakistan where in the name of religion all sorts of atrocities be suffered by innocent and helpless people?

    I there any one who can voice against this religous killing of Ahmadies in Mirpur Khas during thisRamazan, the month of pryers, peace andpiety.

  43. Usman Akram says:
    September 11th, 2008 5:38 am

    I voice you Nasir.

    Can I also ask, howcome suddenly in 2007 we had an electricity shortage? and the next wheat shortage? If this was due to poor policies of musharaf era, shouldnt this happen on a static pace. How did last government manage to provide us electricity untill they were in power. we are certainly missing something. Did no one from opposition alarmed us in last 10 years?

    And people who criticise Musharaf for not doing enough on electricity, let me jolt your memory, he fought hard for Kala bagh Dam, even secured funds from world bank but backedoff after politicians opposed the plan.

    Had we built kala bagh dam, we would be sufficient in energy which would have kept energy prices and production costs low. this would have giving pakistan stronger exports as production costs would be low.

    What about the india factor?, india built couple of dams in kashmir which stopped water to flow into our rivers.

    Had Benazir (and other politicions) not stated several times in world press that our nukes technology was not safe (for their political reasons) we might be producing nuclear energy which would be cheaper and more environment friendly then coal or dams

    Also for some who beleive Zardari is the nation’s choice as the parliment is democratic and they have choosen him. The politicians in PPP and PML-N are thugs and they have choosen and biggest thug of all times as their leader. If this was public vote he would have lost.

    The way PML-N and PPP are behaving they will be up in arms very soon and take pakistan 50 years back.

    “It takes most of the sheri rehman’s day in beauty parlor”

  44. September 11th, 2008 8:44 am

    Like people like leaders.

  45. Aqil Sajjad says:
    September 11th, 2008 12:54 pm

    Usman Akram:

    “Can I also ask, howcome suddenly in 2007 we had an electricity shortage? and the next wheat shortage?”

    Looking at facts won’t hurt, will it?

    For your info, load shedding started in 2006.

    For example, check these links

    Pakistan needs to tackle energy crisis -DAWN – Business; June 24, 2006

    Power load-shedding: chasing the shadows -DAWN – Business; July 31, 2006

    Load Shedding: Are we next? | Lahore Metblogs, July 6th, 2006

    and there is also one from chamcha times (given this name due to the newspaper’s deliberate distortion of facts in support of Mush and Salman Taseer)


  46. lida says:
    September 11th, 2008 1:08 pm

    No words to describe this picture.
    Its like a Thief is walking in to loot our country dry.
    We kicked an honest man so we get a looter in..this is what democracy is.


    GEO TV should be called MaR’RO TV

    I hold GEO TV responsible for electing Zardari!!!!!


    Next is that brat Bilawal Bhutto who will run our country after Zardari. I thought PPP is a democratic party. Why the kuhle aam Nepotism????

  47. Riaz Haq says:
    September 11th, 2008 2:56 pm

    With Zardari as president and Gilani as PM, the PPP has no genuine excuses to not perform now.
    They should take their responsibility seriously to go about delivering on their oft-repeated promise of roti, kapra aur makan. Please read http://www.riazhaq.com/2008/09/uncle-sam-saves-fannie-and-freddie.html for serious suggestions to that.

    To the people of Pakistan I’d like to say: It’s better to light a candle than to curse the darkness. Here’s more for you to read: http://www.riazhaq.com/2008/09/light-candle-dont-curse-darkness-in.html

  48. Capri5315 says:
    September 11th, 2008 3:43 pm

    It appears Mr Aqil Sajid has only referred to the article that argue

  49. Aqil Sajjad says:
    September 11th, 2008 6:24 pm

    “It appears Mr Aqil Sajid has only referred to the article that argue

  50. azhar aslam says:
    September 11th, 2008 7:00 pm


    Ofcourse I am. ready and willing.

    You are very right about things you have said, expecially about being fractured society and people living lives in little caccoons. And problems are deep, very deep indeed. But in every age and at every historical moment in any nations’ life, problems are deep and wide. These were so for Washington, jefferson and colleagues. These were so for Mao and comrades. They were so for Ghandi and Nehru. These were so for Jinnah.

    Today I was thinking what must have the Prophet gone through? He must have felt so much despair, desperation and disappointment. Were there any moments of hopelessness for him? He had very few people with him and some of the most powerful people in Arabia were against him. He ran from pillar to post. Was stoned, chased, hit, abused, thrown out, forced to migrate and scorned upon for years. How strong his faith must have been. We must hold onto ours.

    You are right about the party and you are spot on about everyone wanting to maintian status quo. except that there are exceptions and I have met people who do want a change and will do their bit for it.

    So where do we start ? Lets start talking.

  51. Heer says:
    September 11th, 2008 9:26 pm

    raakh ho gya chaman armaanon ka
    naam-o-nishan bhi na baccha mere fasanoon ka

    i still sometimes cant believe that Mr.Pervaiz musharraf, the ever-so-composed, and the ever-so-determined would come to an end like that.

  52. Shumaila says:
    September 11th, 2008 10:38 pm

    Mush looks good in black sherwani. I give that picture more points than the rest.

  53. Aamir Ali says:
    September 11th, 2008 11:23 pm

    Why do Pakistanis believe that a leopard can change its spots? Are Pakistanis politically dumb?

    After Zardari will come Crown Prince Bilwal’s turn, or it might be Hamza Sharif’s turn. This is the shamocracy that people are celebrating ??

  54. September 13th, 2008 3:40 pm

    well.. we all keep on saying what we have to say and laugh on them but in real they are going forward and doing what ever they would like to do with our and our generation’s future..
    No matter who’s son will be graced by the crown but we need to open our eyes. GEO TV is one of the most cruel enemy of our nation….
    Guys, let is not just comment on each other’s point of view.. but try to learn lesson and do something to prevent this in the future..
    they are just playing with us for their own pleasure….

  55. Aqil Sajjad says:
    September 13th, 2008 6:05 pm

    I was googling for something else but found this and its wworth checking

  56. ASLAM says:
    September 25th, 2008 1:57 am

    What goes up comes down. Zardari will also.

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