Zain Hussain Qureshi: Drowning in the sea of pointless pointlessness pointlessly!

By: Saleha Javaid

vcAs if juicy tidbits about “Meera” aren’t bizarre enough already, staggering reports about Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi’s son, “Zain H. Qureshi” are a ‘special’ and hopefully ‘limited’ edition to tabloid journalism in the country. The intern who has been ripped to shreds for his internship at Senator John Kerry’s Office is alleged to have been complicit in drafting the controversial Kerry Lugar legislation in his capacity as “legislative fellow” during the period of his internship. So much for gaining pre-professional work experience prior to graduation!  What is more amusing is the portrayal of this association between the FM’s son and the Senate Foreign Relations committee chair as being covert and classified, intensifying Pakistani suspicion about recently passed and highly controversial “Kerry Lugar Bill.”

There was a time when I used to shy away from discussing individuals as opposed to events. Only recently I have broken my rules and feel compelled to say things publicly, stamping out gossip when it sparks up, believing it is imperative to dispel baseless allegations, while augmenting the demand for facts.

Since the latest trend in Pakistani politics is stirring up hysteria, and taking things at face value while mindlessly spreading rumors like wild fire, I am trying to keep up with the current theme of systematically extending the life of every topic, irrespective of how pointless it may be!

After critically analyzing Pakistan’s social spectrum, I have come to realize that in addition to indulging in bogus gossip, a significant number of Pakistanis are now suffering from an acute and potentially dangerous psychological illness which impairs their ability to think rationally. Nation-wide study predicts that full recovery of such chronic patients will require getting in touch with reality and embracing it. Left untreated, this disease may inflict a serious cost on the nation in the form of mental decline.

Last time I checked, I couldn’t find a good enough reason to tarnish someone’s image with an outlandish claim, so can someone please explain to me the rationale behind purposely digging up dirt on people? What could be the logic behind character assassination? Why do people like spreading salacious information with a passion? When will we label the whole practice as reprehensible? Isn’t it our duty to question hearsay? Shouldn’t it be our responsibility to discredit misinformation that has no basis in reality? Or will we continue finding flaws for the sake of ‘habitual criticism’?

As if juicy tidbits about “Meera” aren’t bizarre enough already, staggering reports about Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi’s son, “Zain H. Qureshi” are a ‘special’ and hopefully ‘limited’ edition to tabloid journalism in the country. The intern who has been ripped to shreds for his internship at Senator John Kerry’s Office is alleged to have been complicit in drafting the controversial Kerry Lugar legislation in his capacity as “legislative fellow” during the period of his internship. So much for gaining pre-professional work experience prior to graduation!  What is more amusing is the portrayal of this association between the FM’s son and the Senate Foreign Relations committee chair as being covert and classified, intensifying Pakistani suspicion about recently passed and highly controversial “Kerry Lugar Bill.”

In a world free of delusions, an internship is a career specific, temporary position which helps to gain necessary work experience by observing and understanding things as they occur over a specified course of time. It is perfectly legit to secure an internship for the educational and academic value it provides. It is also perfectly normal to have a visiting card for the duration of the internship which further clarifies the transparent means through which networking is conducted. Experience entails professionalism and facets of PR are important to represent your country, especially in Washington DC, the prime political capital of the world.

So then what is wrong in undergoing practical training? Why is it bad to get your foot in the door? How many politicians in Pakistan attempt to gain professional experience? How many try to learn about the inner workings of the US Senate and the general workings of the American system? Should Zain be criticized because he got the chance to learn and discover?  Should he be lambasted for refining his skills? Shouldn’t we appreciate him for diversifying his experience? Shouldn’t he be encouraged to gain a better understanding of his political field?

It is extremely unfortunate that many people in Pakistan completely disregard transferable skills and fail to understand the importance of seeking work place maturity and perspective. But it is about time we realize that it is an asset to have youth that commands an awareness of the world. Engaging international audiences’ helps remove any misperceptions that might hinder the attainment of our foreign policy objectives.

Pakistan needs people who can represent our interests in the policy formulation bodies of America. We lack important insights into the workings of the American system which are required to bolster public diplomacy and are necessary to understand and apprehend foreign perspective. As a nation we need to get out of the ‘gossip groove’ and strive to attain the knowledge we need for tomorrow, to pave the way into a better future. That is the only way we can give back to our community; the only way in which we can build a stable bridge between home and abroad!

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3 responses to “Zain Hussain Qureshi: Drowning in the sea of pointless pointlessness pointlessly!

  1. India is bad enough for its record of corruption but Pakistan has no limit to put to its scale of corruption. But it is pertinent to India in the sense that the Pakistani leaders has not bothered to develop the country since independence. They have been indulging in the rampant corruption and loot, kept the masses under delution of passing the buck on India for all its ills. They have stupidly allowed the religious zealots and followed a jihadi and quarreling mentality with the neighbours as well as with their people leading to the loss of East Pakistan. India exploited this weakness of the division in the two societies of Pakistan, helping to create the Bangladesh. I am amazed that Maulana Abdul Kalam Azad had predicted this mismatch between
    the two parts of the then Pakistan after partition, but long before the actual partition. Maulana Saheb was never in favour of the ‘Two Nation Theory’ till his last moments and kept speaking against the division on religious basis. I agree that how far- sighted he was. 1971-72 proved him right, though the Pakistani authorities spew venom against India for that but Yahya Khan was responsible for the entire bloodshed, and even following that.

    Dr. O. P. Sudrania

  2. I missed one more important point. The issue of Kashmir, created by Jinnah Saheb and maintained by the successive governments in Pakistan against India is another reason for keeping the Pakistani majority people in dark and kept the dispute going. This allowed the leaders to divert the attention of the people from the actual cause of non-devlopment, i.e. corruption and the high life style of the top notch.

    This also allowed the hardcore radical elements to flourish which were used as non state players for a proxy war, initially devised and applied by Jinnah Saheb in the Kashmir soon after the independence. Unfortunately, the successive leadership never showed signs of maturity. They kept falling prey to their mindset. The 1979 Af invasion by USSR made the situation worst. But the Pakistan authorities are to be blamed more for it, as they kept falling prey to these cunning people with no far sight.

    This also allowed to mushroom the Al Qaeda and Taliban in the first place. The same mistake was repeated by President Musharraf after the 9/11 by again falling prey to USA. This way, they were easily exploited by the outside players for their vested interests and this made them completely dependent on this nexus of corruption at home, the outside players, their obstinacy against India, the proliferation of Islamic radical groups, no concern for the declining national welfare and the personal power hunger above the national interest. All this put together has brought the Pakistan to its heels.

    The present situation is alarming enough, unless a
    very stringent measure at war footing is undertaken by the leadership. A pragmatic approach is required.

    Dr. O. P. Sudrania

  3. Syed Raza Hussain Naqvi

    Aslam-O-Alikum,
    I m very pleasure to read this blogs.I m the neighbour of Shah mehmood Qureshi.Hamari dua hai k aap tarqee kerien oure un mazloom logoin kee awaz banain joo tabqay majboor hain .
    Thanx

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