Thursday, February 16, 2006

In uniform

Published in Daily Times, Lahore on Feb. 16, 2006

Sir: While commenting on his future plans General Musharraf said, “My uniform is no threat to democracy” (Daily Times, February 12). Sorry Mr President; you have it all wrong. As someone once said, they don’t serve steak at vegetarian restaurants; they don’t allow bikinis at nudist colonies; and democracies are not run by generals in uniform.

New York

Sunday, February 12, 2006

Snowstorm in New York

I woke up this morning to a spectacular show of Nature. A snow storm! It is the second snowfall of the season in New York, but a real big one. Looking out through the window of my fourth floor bedroom, it seems as if someone has ripped open millions of pillows in the sky and tons of feathers came tumbling down. Coming from Islamabad, I love the sight. But I know New Yorkers are not as enthused.

New York

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Danish Cartoons

Letter to the New York Times published on February 8, 2006.

As a Muslim, what I know about the life and character of Prophet Muhammad, I am sure he himself would not have been angered by the Danish cartoons, nor would he have asked his followers to go on a rampage in protest. He was kind, gentle, forgiving and generous to a fault.

Unfortunately, some Muslims do not emulate any of those characteristics and yet profess abiding love and affection for him. By burning embassies and threatening to kill People the demonstrators have done more damage to the name of the Prophet today than the Danish cartoons.