Struggles of MMA Athletes in Pakistan

With the hope of finding the decisive fighting champion, Mix Martial arts came into been in Brazil. From brawls to fights with rules and regulations, it was changed into official sport. Around the globe, people visualize MMA as a sports but in Pakistan people don’t really know about it. They don’t consider it as a sports. Rather, they have made a perception that, it is about two people fighting brutally which might cause death. Before a fight, there is a story of both athletes who prepare themselves for it. The hardships they have to go through, are left untold. Above all, there is no proper federation which can provide athletes, a platform where they can showcase their talent and change common public perspective. Unavailability of the platforms and unawareness in Pakistan, has brought this tremendous sports to a position, where people prefer not to even watch this sports. Continue reading

Shia Genocide

The genocide is at its peak. This is the second major blast which killed more than 80 people in one of the densest cities of Pakistan: Quetta; A city which is under nominal sectarian violence. Most of the people killed belong to the “targeted Shia Hazaran community”. This is the second planned bomb-blast this year, the first one being carried on the month of January. The banned Laskar-e-Jhangvi (a so-called Jihadist group), again, claimed responsibility for the attack (The news came on an International T.V channel i.e. Al-Jazeera). It is the same group which, at times, carried out several ambushes on the Pakistani Army in the Baluchistan province.

stop killing peopleThese back to back attacks on Shia-minorities in Pakistan suggest the willingness of the Pakistani government to take any action against those involved in these mass killings. But, above all, it suggests the shameful failure of the Pakistani Intelligence Agencies such as the ISI and the MI which are wholly responsible for the safety of the people of Pakistan and its ideology. The government has totally seemed to have failed since it could not control the law and order situation in its states in the last few years. Either the government is not willing to take any appropriate action against the extremist militants or the government officials are not competent enough to take steps to maintain peace in the country.

In the last few years, target-killings, bomb-blasts and suicide attacks went rampant in the country. Whether it is Karachi, Gilgit-Baltistan, Quetta or any other place where there are secularly different communities, people are being brutally killed. Especially, the Shia minorities have been targeted in a large scale. The seriousness of the genocide can be sensed from the fact that people were pulled down from buses after being identified as Shia and were mercilessly slaughtered. Three such attacks have happened in the last year, leaving the Shias helpless.

Foreign commentators have identified these attacks as a growing link between the Pakistani Taliban (including allied militant groups such as Laskar-e-Jhangvi, Jundullah, BLA, Jaesh-Muhammad, TTP) and the Sepah-e-sahaba Pakistan (SSP: a Sunni-ideology group whose stated goal is to primarily to deter major “Shiite” influence in Pakistan in the wake of the “Iranian Revolution”, was banned in January 2002 due to its operations on the Shias). SSP, since the ban on it, has been operating under the flag of “Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat” (This point is proved by one of the most influential magazine of the time: The Economist).

The ties between these groups have grown and their common goal is to “attack the Shia minorities”. This very fact explains the increasing number of attacks on the Shia community. This has created a state of “anarchy” in the country. It is not odd to suggest that this situation has drastic impacts on the “Economy of Pakistan”, “both political and social stability in the country” and “its image to the external world”.

According to a trusted national T.V channel; over 1200 kilograms of detonating material has been used in the recent blasts in Quetta. The sectarian extremists have been using sophisticated weapons. But an ordinary person can ask where all this funding came from?

America has been blaming Pakistan for helping the Taliban in its tribal areas by providing them monetary aid and asylum. The Pakistani officials have denied such allegations. But one of the Pakistani former Military official did say (while giving interview to the globally recognized T.V channel: BBC, back in 2012) that “good relations with Taliban are in favor of Pakistan”. The possibility that Pakistani Intelligence Agencies are funding or in any way helping the militants can not be the plain truth, the reason being the planned attacks on the Pakistani Army (as I have already mentioned).

The answer may lies in the allegations of some people who suggest that these militants are funded by “Saudi Arabia”. Saudi Arabia’s regime belongs to one of the divisions of Sunni-sect: Wahabi (notorious for their rage and hatred against Shias whom they consider infidels). Saudi Arabia, in past, has been active in funding for the propagation of the Wahabi sect in Pakistan. Hence, these allegations can not be over turned.

It seems like the country is being tore apart. Minorities in the country are not feeling secure due to these numbers of attacks: those who can are fleeing for safer shores. The image of Pakistan has deteriorated. And, it seems like, there is no way of stopping this destruction.

 Written by: Shahid Husain
Shahid Husain

My Village


The one I live in
and the one that lives in me.
Pretty birds,
The whistle of the squirrels The blowing wind,
The smell of grass,
And- This spicy earth.
Friends like those village men and the cattle down near the river,
and those blossoming flowers The sky so big,
so full of shifting clouds and then those clouds creep- over the fields…
making the green, shine.
The sun smiles at my village,
The moon laughs with my village,
The stars live in my village…
The song of the wind, sound of rain,
heavy lanes, full of names…
My village the one I live in, the one that lives in me.

Turning wind mills,
The smell of green from our clean earth
The mornings with the whole day waiting full of promises,
The nights so quiet, filled with expectations and dreams…
My village the one I live in, and the one that lives in me

written by Zubi Baig

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