Wednesday, June 27, 2018

The Concept of God

June 27, 2018
Religion, basically, is man’s conceptual curiosity or ideological urge to justify the existence of God or a super power and to express man’s allegiance to that power via religion or other forms of faith. The existence of our material world and beyond that the universe with blue sky, stars, moon, sun, clouds, celestial bodies and our planet earth with trees, days and nights, rivers, valleys, mountains, light, darkness, seasons, flowers, animals, man himself and other manifestations of nature were always at the root of man’s zeal and amazement to find about the creator and founder of this spectacularly grand show. Man is bound by the cause and effect doctrine and also by the notion of a creator and the creation.

Naturally there is someone who must have created the universe as it cannot, on its own, come into being. Unless the theory of random mutation is conclusively proven the creation of entire existence and creation must be attributed to a force, a creator, a system or someone who conceived and originated it. No matter whatever the explanations the scientists may offer, the fact remains that there was perfect wisdom and absolute intelligence behind all the creations visible or hidden. Man has thus far scratched the surface and the more he investigates and researches, the more he finds this universe complex, vast and the embodiment of immutable principles.

The existence of God is determined by the creation which means the nature, the universe and all the existence. It has been man’s passion to understand the mysteries of the creation and the universe. Naturally the question arises what is this all about? How it came into being and who created all this awesome system or systems? We exist and that is a fact, but why and how we exist is a very intriguing yet pertinent question. Man, himself has tried to furnish the answers to these questions.

The human logic suggests that since there must be a creator of a creation, so there must be a maker of what we see around and what exists. The universe is there for billions of years and it is perfectly functioning. The sun alone is shining and transmitting light and energy for about 5 billion years or more. How can this system continue for so long and who is sustaining this mind-boggling panorama where the time and space are limitless? The space is limitless and is constantly expanding. The time has no beginning and no end. Neither space nor time can be seen nor measured yet they exist.

Nevertheless, the fact remains that except deriving conclusions and inferences from the creation as well as through the faith, the existence of God remains a perennial mystery and an unresolved puzzle. As the legend goes, Prophet Abraham the father of the three main religions viz Judaism, Islam and Christianity first marveled at the magnificence of sun, moon and stars and thought that these were the powers that created everything.

After viewing that they appear, disappear and reappear on a set course, he thought that there must be someone else who must have created these celestial bodies and fixed them on their courses. Thus, he came to the conclusion that an eternal and omnipotent yet invisible power was there that was responsible for creating everything.

In pagan beliefs every inexplicable phenomenon was attributed to a God and thus love, hatred, food, famine, rain and draught, life and death, victory and defeat, pain and pleasure and similar other traits and phenomena were all attributed to different gods. So, man needed to be thankful to these powers and express obedience and gratitude to them by seeing them before him.

Thus, the idols, images or statues came into being. But such people who thought God was invisible and cannot be divided and personified in an idol stressed and preached that God was beyond human comprehension and senses; that he was alone and possessed all the powers that one can conceive of.

The concept or belief in a supreme power is prevalent in all the religions. Even in Buddhism that apparently negates the existence of God, somehow the belief in a human soul that departs at the time of death exists. Buddha taught mankind to find peace from within, which means man himself was the redeemer of his own sufferings and that no external force or individual could help him in addressing or getting rid of his woes and torment. Yet practically Buddha himself became a God for his followers who have been worshipping his images to this day. Buddhist concept of supreme power starts from the man and ends unto man, albeit with a soul that remains active till it attains Nirvana or the peaceful end and salvation.

Animism or the belief that every living being has a soul that departs at the time of death but still remains around although the physical body perishes has been practiced by man from the time immemorial. According to this belief the soul lives in secluded places and can cast good or bad influences on the living humans. Therefore, the primitive people who met their dead kith in dream or illusions attributed supernatural powers to them and started worshipping them.

But then there was a step forward. Instead of individual souls the people started believing that an all-encompassing soul prevailed and was present in every existing thing. This served as a source of great awe and fear and was another reason or vehicle for the mankind to believe in a super power in the form of a soul that would go back to its origin at the time of death.

In Taoism, mostly practiced in the Far East especially in China and Japan, the followers believe in a self-propelling system in that humans have very little to do. They believe in a state of permanent flux between the two extremes and a spirit or Tao that never dies. It means a spirit and divinity that is eternal. Taoism in subsequent times degenerated into extreme superstition and complex rituals.

The followers of Shintoism mostly practiced in Japan, believe in spirits consisting of nature and of died ancestors floating in the space and inhabiting mountains, valleys and elsewhere in the universe. Shintoism is truly a religion of rites that the Japanese people observe daily as part of their culture and social milieu.

Confucianism basically exhorts self-discipline, right behavior, peace and harmony that come by practicing the concepts of Li and Jen. But Li essentially connotes and symbolizes a supreme deity or power.

Notwithstanding what prophets said about the nature of God, the undeniable fact remains that God has never been understood. We can infer that a supreme being is there who created and controls this universe or whatever he created. The absolute order and scientific principles that govern this whole system of existence speak for the fact that it cannot come into being on its own.

God may not be bothered by the negation or denial of his existence by the people because unlike what the human beings believe God is not swayed or motivated by emotions. As such God is not governing the universe on the basis of sentiments or likes or dislikes or reward or revenge. The entire philosophy or doctrines of the religions are mostly based on God’s pleasure or displeasure.

But what happens is that when man cannot see or sensually perceive God, he tries to personify him in different models and shapes. Starting from the idols to deities all are manifestations of God in physical form. But while personifying God, man is in the habit of attributing absolute powers and abilities to him. In the ancient times, man would worship and kneel before idols to ensure a physical presence of a super power before him.

The monotheist nature of God is practiced and postulated in Judaism and Islam alone. Jesus Christ himself preached monotheism but it was under the Greek influence, pedaled by St Paul that in subsequent times Jesus himself and the Holy Spirit were made part of a divine force.

It means that God was split into three parts. Still no one knows whether God was one undivided being or there were several gods ruling the universe as there has never been a direct link between God or gods on one hand and the human beings on the other.

All the images or the idols that man makes to personify God in the physical forms are from this world because man has no knowledge of any other form. These forms are either human figures or animals. The ancient Egyptians used to worship jackals, the owls, the serpents and several other animals and birds. In Hinduism several animals including ape and cow are treated holy and revered and worshipped as deities.

All these physical manifestations of a super beings are man’s anxiety and psychological urge to see God in some visible from. To limit God with limitless powers into a human shaped or animal designed statue or idol is in fact degrading or demonizing God. It was therefore felt by some founders of the religions primarily Abrahamic to shun idolatry and profess and view God as one and an invisible force that cannot be seen by the human eye as seeing God would confine him to a space and God is not confined to or conditioned by time or space.

Man being an intelligent and conscientious being can have the perception of God and therefore believes in him in one form or another. But it cannot be verified if other creatures that have mind and are living also perceive God. Or else God alone wants only the human beings to have faith in him and then accept other dogmas relating to life after death or paradise and hell and existence of angels and spirits. It means that if faith alone is related and confined to the human beings then God wants humans only to belief in the creator and the creation.

The rest of all existence is above and immune from the cycle of births and rebirths. One can only speculate that human race has devised some system for his own distinctive recognition from the animals and from all those animated existences that have biological mechanism of being born from the male and females. If we accept that these are only the human beings who are supposed to have the awareness of God and the creation of universe then all other manifestations or forms of existence are merely meant for display or some of them meant only to serve and then disappear.

For animals and other creatures, life is simple and limited because they have no perception, urge, lust or craving for living in houses and eating delicious foods and enjoy other comforts of life. They cannot be religious and pray and live and have social life like humans. For them life in the hereafter has no meaning because it is only the human beings who will be resurrected and not the animals.

But keeping in view the development and the corresponding changes in the biological and material constitutions of living creation including the humans one can speculate that a stage might arrive when man becomes an animal or is reduced in size and intelligence and vice versa the animals take the place of humans as for as living and possessing intelligence was concerned. In that case then those developed species would be expected to have messengers, social systems and beliefs in social codes and religions.

By that time the present generation of humans should be living either in paradise or in hell. Or else till all the animals turn into humans or intelligent beings and live and die like humans and the process of resurrection might be deferred. It can be guessed that man is the latest phase of a development process that continued for millenniums.

There is no conclusive evidence that before this generation of mankind there were other generations in a time span of 15 billion years. But it is evident from the study and research focused on anthropology that animals of various sizes and dimensions stalked the earth for millions of years and then disappeared.

The monkey or the ape are closed to humans in the body constitution, habits and instincts barring a consciousness to live sophisticated lives like human beings. But the shape of their skull and construction of hands and gesticulations suggest that man could be like them in the distant past and ultimately was refined to develop into the present from and level of intelligence.

Similarly, it can be speculated that the present generation of apes could be the future humans and once they attain a modicum of human intelligence, they would start living a social life entirely different from the wild life they were having now. Or else since their growth and population is not multiplying they could vanish finally. Or the present generation of human may complete their span of life and finally they all die and resurrected again.

If the dogma of resurrection is taken into account then either the present generation of humans would be enlivened on the doom’s day or they would wait for the apes also to be grown into full-fledged humans, exhaust their given span of life, live a social life with religious or some kinds of beliefs and then join the earlier extinct generations to face the final judgment on the final day of this universe’s existence.

According to scriptures on the “Resurrection Day”, the world would be blown into pieces with thundering sounds and finally everything living or non-living would vanish. But one question that stirs the mind is that when the earth will be torn into pieces where the dead would remain and how in the absence of a space they would rise again. When there would be no earth or space to live even if the dead come to life where they would be gathered to receive their verdict of hell and heaven.

If with the earth, the universe also disappears then again where would this show of reward and punishment be held. There is no explicit explanation as to what space or place would be available for the great assemblage of all the humans whose number should run into trillions. The placement of hell and heavens is also not identified.

Actually, for the faithful of any religion it is sacrilegious or undesirable to go into the details or modalities of all the happenings that start from the birth to the death and the projected events after the death. In Islam it is a sin to question the elements of faith and one is ordained to accept the gospels and teaching as true and beyond questioning. This stops the believers at a level where they would leave everything to the will of God. They seldom rationalize the precepts and dogmas and interpretations of the religion about all these issues that otherwise are also beyond the comprehension of human mind.

Otherwise the fundamental question is that why a powerful God would put to trial the feeble humans with unbridled desires and keep the Satan unleashed to prey upon them. If Adam the father of humans couldn’t withstand the allurement and cunning of Satan, how come that ordinary humans can offset him.

The Satan is believed to be a physical being but no one has seen him ever since this dogma became part of the religions. But it is also believed that Satan is a personification of man’s own unbridled evil desires and ambitions that impel him to commit crimes which may be named as sins in the religious terms. At times, it so happens that sins and crimes converge but primarily crimes are the names given by the society to the harmful and illegal acts that one commits but the sins envisage also the infringement of temporal as well as divine or religious beliefs enshrined in the religious statutes of do’s and don’ts.

Religion is a Fantasy!

June 22, 2018
By Saeed Qureshi
Religion is a fantasy based upon assumed or subjective beliefs and rituals.  Most probably the religions have been created by the human beings themselves to justify the creation that we see around us and live in. The creation of the universe is an insoluble riddle. The only solution that comes to mind is that a great creator created it. The self-creation of the creator is yet another mystery.
It is mentioned in the scriptures and religious holy books that the universe came into being when God uttered the word “be and it came into being”. There is no evidence of the belief that at some point of time God uttered the words to create it.  Uttering of words looks like some human being or a magician speaking. The universe has been in existence for billions of years and going through a continuous evolutionary process which is entirely based upon absolute scientific principles.
For a creation there must be a creator. God’s concept, presumably, evolved by the early apostles, thinkers and the religious scholars to be in the image of a powerful monarch with limitless powers such as creation, pardoning, sentencing, bestowing and withdrawing the favors. A worldly king sends his emissaries to other kings or his governors. Same concept was applied to god that he also sends angels on the back of a horse to his chosen individuals or apostles. In case of God it is the angel Gabriel who performs such roles.
In religions, the attributes of God have been multifarious. But all the attributes than one can find in the religions about God are humans. These traits have been outlined and scribed by the human writers mostly the prophets who would be the sole recipient of the messengers and commandments from God. For instance, God talks to the prophets and angels. he gets happy and angry for good or bad deeds.  He gave command to the angels to kneel before the Adam. He deputes angels to take the messages to the prophets. It is written in the scriptures that God has never revealed himself or talked to the human beings directly except to Satan, Adam and Eve and the angels living in the paradise.
In the old Testament or the Bible and the Muslims’ holy book Quran, the story of creation of Adam and Eve is given which is as follows. There was a garden or paradise somewhere in the Heavens where angels and chief of the angels, later known as Satan lived along with God. God revealed his intention to the angels including chief angel (later Satan) to create the man from clay which he stated would be more superior and knowledgeable than the angles. This divine declaration led to a dialogue between the angels and the Satan on one side and God on the other. God tried to convince the angels that his decision was right and would be proven in the time to come.
After making the first man Adam, from the clay, over a period of seven days, god asked the angels and the chief angel (later)Satan to kneel before his creation. The angels obeyed while the chief Angel refused arguing that he cannot prostrate before a being who is made of clay which goes down while he was from fire that goes up.
He was cursed by god and was projected to be the embodiment of evils. He became the perpetual opponent and enemy of God as well as the human beings. It is not known where the Satan resides after being expelled from the paradise. It looks odd that mighty god would do such things as the humans do. There is no evidence that such a dialogue or a dispute took place except that the writers of the ancient gospels, narrated it as such as if they were watching all those events.
Later god walks (walks like human beings) into the paradise to find that Adam and Eve have been misled by Satan and they had eaten the forbidden fruit (god didn’t know prior to that Eve and Adam would eat the forbidden fruit)
As a punishment Adam and Eve were expelled by God and thrown upon the earth which must already be existing. Ever since, Satan as the sworn enemy of both God and the human beings is misleading the progeny of Adam and Eve from the righteous and divine path not identified at the time of their expulsion.
It shows that God was living like a powerful king who talks and gives commands and gets annoyed and pleased. I would not contend that god can have a physical body and moves around like a custodian of a wonderful place called paradise. 
The commandments of God are directly revealed on the prophets at any time, whether day or night. But those are narrated as if the receivers have imbibed and memorized those all which in those times was impossible. Should we say then that most of the contents in the scriptures were dictated or mentioned by the writers of those books and attributed to the angels or god. The Bible has innumerable stories of the battles, kings, tribes, prophets, traditions religious and social customs and so one. Are those too commanded and conveyed to the human beings through Gabriel and other communication channels. Or else these were written by the human authors.  Same question applies to the Muslims’ holy book Quran.
The second question is as to why intermediaries such as prophets, angles and holy figures were essential for God to convey his commandments. Or else the intermediaries have been professing or claiming to be in touch and in communication with God and that God only talks to them directly and sends his angels to them with messages. It can also be believed that god would never want obedience and to follow religions from other creatures such as animals.
While God is omni-potent and omni-present, he could have the powers to converse or communicate with all the human beings directly. God can send the messages without a medium like Gabriel and instill those in the hearts and minds of the people. By belief we know that the evil and good have been created by God. Even Satan has been created by God almighty and allowed freely to defy and mislead the human beings. He was appointed by god as the leader of the angels all living in heaven along with god.
By banishing Adam and Eve from the paradise, God’s claim about the superiority of Adam was nullified. Yet Satan was allowed to mislead human beings.  Thus, Satan is a villain and rival of both God and the humanity and would remain so till eternity. Satan may be the symbol of wickedness but it is presented in the Bible and Quran having immortal life and amazing powers of remaining hidden and taking any physical form. One may therefore, infer that God himself initiated the tussle between Satan and Humans or between a wicked yet immortal villain with enormous powers and his prey the weak and mortal human beings
Religions are prone to countless divisions and diverse interpretations. These interpretations can be witnessed within religions and among the religions. As far the test of being good and bad is concerned, if God removes his rival Satan who is fountainhead of all the wrong doings and sufferings, the humanity would become obedient and sinless. Yet Satan has been let loose by God himself with enormous powers to mislead the humans who are powerless and weaker than the Satan. As such the evil deeds and ungodly acts that man commits can be termed to carry the approval of almighty God through the Satan.
The attainment of paradise and hell is dependent upon what kind of behavior a person displays in this transitory abode of the world. Does God believe that humans are so strong that they can defy and match the powers possessed by the Arch enemy Satan? Satan is invisible, can enter the minds of the people, pollute their thoughts and seduce them to commit ungodly acts and the sins which have been mentioned in the scriptures particularly in the Muslims’ holy book Quran.
Man looks like a lamb and the Satan like a lion. There is no comparison between these two rivals as far possession of powers is concerned. If God eliminates Satan who is the source of evil acts and wickedness then humans would be as pious and obedient as he wants them to be. Otherwise he could have bestowed matching powers upon the human beings to face Satan and browbeat him (Satan is a male). If it is a test of the humans to stand by goodness then this test is entirely unequal as for powers endowed to the humans and their rival Satan are concerned.
Now this story has travelled to all the succeeding generations from the old testament written by the early authors who were primitive Jews and later followed by the Christian priests and scholars one of which was saint Paul. Later on, this episode was also narrated in Quran.  First of all, didn’t God know in advance that Satan or the arch angel would be defying his order. If Satan had defied order of prostrating before Adam then instead of being given carte-blanche to become God’s rival and mislead the human beings with massive power and at his free will, he should have been readily eliminated. As a matter of fact, such a vicious villain should not have been created by the Lord of the world at all. It may indicate that the tussle between god and the progeny of Adam and Eve or human being had divine approval.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

President Trump Condemns Trudeau and Condones Kim

June 16, 2018

By Saeed Qureshi

It is unbelievable that president Trump could publicly deride Justin Trudeau the youthful prime minister of Canada: a neighboring and friendly country. On the contrary he eulogizes and goes all the way to have a meeting with Kim Jong-un, the 3rd Supreme Leader of North Korea. That historic summit meeting between president Trump and the  North Korean leader Kim Jong-un took place on June 12, 2018, in Singapore. He praised Kim for a host of traits one of which is to get long applause and discipline from his countrymen over which he rules as a spiritual figure.

Of all the countries United States has been treating North Korea as a hostile state because of its being a communist totalitarian state. Secondly it has been making rapid advances in the development of nuclear arsenal technology. In the beginning and after assuming the presidency of the United States, Trump has been trading innuendoes and sharp-tonged expletives with Kim Jong. Even otherwise North Korea as a communist state and friend of China, has remained a pariah state for decades. On the contrary, since beginning, South Korea has been treated to be a close and a trusted ally by the United States. The situation, all of sudden took a 180-degree drastic turn. On June 12, 2018, the first USA-North Korea summit meeting was held in Singapore. It helped in melting away the long-standing acrimony between two formerly hostile countries. 

On the other hand, the 44th G7 summit was held on 8–9 June 2018, in Canada. This was the sixth time since 1981 that Canada has hosted this high-profile meeting. President Trump left the meeting by accusing that why the summit was dubbed as "G6+1".It meant that USA was not a proper member of  G7 summit because of withdrawal of  the United States  from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action as well as from the Paris Agreement. Americas tariffs, and trade-related disputes between Trump and the  French President Emmanuel Macron and Canadian Prime Minister  could be another factor.

On 9 June 2018, from Singapore Trump tweeted that he had instructed the representatives of the United States not to endorse the communique of the 44th G7 summit. At a news conference, he harshly dubbed prime minister Trudeau as "meek and mild dishonest & weak”. The performance of the United States and president Trump’s walkout from the G7 summit meeting received unanimous condemnation from foreign policy experts, political scientists, and former diplomats.

The Singapore summit meeting between the two heads of state of the most mutually hostile countries unbelievably exhibited mutual trust, goodwill and compromise or agreement on many issues.  It expressed the will to work together on contentious issues including the de-nuclearization of the Korean peninsula and enhancement of mutual relationship including the trade.

Besides giving number of concessions to north Korea, the joint statement signed by both the presidents specifically outlined a host of other measures for North Korea from the United states. This package includes: establishing a new format of the U.S.-DPRK relations in accordance with the desire of the peoples of the two countries for peace and prosperity, to build a lasting peace in the Korean Peninsula, reaffirmation of the Panmunjom Declaration dated April 27, 2018. It declares to  work towards the complete de-nuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and recovering POW/MIA remains including the immediate repatriation of those already identified.

Despite this amazing and gubernatorial achievement on the part of the two defiant and thus far hostile countries, United States has almost isolated herself under the presidency of Donald Trump from its erstwhile European allies as well as close door neighbor Canada. United States’ infringement for instance of its withdrawal from the Paris agreement and imposition of high tariffs and import’s duties in the imports from the neighboring as well as the European countries not to speak of Peoples Republic of China is a big impediment in the way of maintaining smooth relationship with her partners. If it is a question of treating the whole world particularly the political and trade allies with a stick and at the cost of harming their business interests, then this paradigm is destined to fizzle out.

The domestic feuding, bad blood and condemnation within the United States with politicians and media by president Trump may be ignored. Yet it would be utterly and outright fallacy to treat other sovereign states to be tied to the apron strings as lesser and unequal partners. President Trump has to be tolerant and accommodating and diplomatic in his forays both domestically and globally.

The Declaration of Restoration of peace in the Korean Peninsula ought to be a remarkable achievement for that part of the world and China as well which a close ally of North Korea. Undoubtedly, that kind of peace serves the interests of North Korea much more (for being a besieged and economically poor country) than the United States which is the leading world economic and military power in its own right.

This has been a momentous step in the right direction towards lessening the tension and jingoism in a very crucial part of the world. However, in other situations as the conflicts in the Middle East, president Trump seems to be having an erratic foreign policy mindset. He has been a vocal antagonist of the illegal immigration across the borders with Mexico and other countries bordering America.

He ordered a travel ban on citizens from several Muslim-majority countries thus brewing an anti-American sentiment in those lands with which America has been having cordial relations such as Pakistan and Afghnistan. He is averse to accommodating and allowing the displaced families and people from the war-torn lands and civil war ridden societies as witnessed by blocking of the entry of huge crowds that travelled all the way to Mexico-US border for safety and a better life in USA. Domestically he is at loggers’ head with the media, homeland security, justice department and other government departments and individuals such as the former FBI director James Comey.

President Trump does not drink alcohol. This decision arose in part from watching his older brother Fred Jr. suffer from alcoholism and as a result of his early death in 1981. President Trump claims that he has never smoked cigarettes or consumed drugs, including marijuana.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Reham Khan’s Book About Imran Khan

June 7, 2018

By Saeed Qureshi

Imran Khan still youthful (65 years of age) looking person, the Chairman of PTI (Pakistan Tehrik Insaf) and a political icon of recent origin has been accused by at least two women for indecent sexual advances and immoral conduct. One is Gulalai and the other female is Reham Khan.

Imran Khan married three times. The first marriage was with Jemimah Goldsmith that lasted from 1995 to 2004. Two sons were born to them. The second marriage was with Reham Khan a British-Pakistani journalist which took place in 2015 and ended the same year. The third marriage is with Bushra Mania early this year.

The startling announcement by Reham Khan to publish a book on the moral misdeeds of Imran Khan, cannot be all humbug or falsehood or a kind of black mail or revenge. A woman who lived with Imran Khan as his wife for ten months (January 2015 to October 2015 must be having extensive information as to what were the daily chores and activities of her husband who otherwise is quite a popular political figure among the youth. It should also be reckoned as to why Reham came up with such a move against a powerful political figure of Pakistan.

It might be advisable for the supporters of Imran Khan just to wait and watch what next move Reham Khan is going to make. In the heat and heightened emotionalism and intense friction, the charged and indignant fans and party members of Imran Khan are bending over heavily backward and trying to prove Reham as a liar. They claim that she was indulging in a blame game at the behest of the political rivals of the PTI chairman to defame and discredit him and thus snatch the chance of winning elections for himself and the party that he heads.

Even otherwise it might not be possible for the PTI to gain majority either at the center or in the provincial elections. There can be an exception in Khyber Puhktoon Khawa but on the other fronts PTI may trail behind in face of politically much stronger opponents.

This move on the part of Reham Khan must be viewed in the backdrop of consistent and brutal defamation onslaught of Imran Khan and his colleagues and party members against Nawaz Sharif and his other family members. Nawaz Sharif has been the main target of the vilification of Imran Khan and his zealous cohorts for a prolonged period of time.

As a result of the bludgeoning and unremitting political offensive against him by PTI cohorts led by Imran Khan and joined by such political luminaries such as Sheikh Rashid, Nawaz Sharif, not only had to give up his post as the prime minister of Pakistan but went and still going through agonizing time because of the. By all reckoning Nawaz Sharif should be a much better family man as compared to Sheikh Rashid who is still a bachelor at the declining age of 67 years.

If Nawaz Sharif had to attend and defend himself and his family members before the judiciary, then the PTI chief can also challenge Reham Khan’s revelations by challenging her in a court of law. Merely dubbing her as a liar and conspirator wouldn’t work. The Blackberry phone that was taken away by Reham Kham may spill beans and unfold incriminating contents. The information and data contained therein might prove somehow Imran’s moral turpitude and a tendency to hook up the females for private sittings and exclusive parties.  That would be an entirely different scenario which may become quite damaging for Imran Khan personally and for his political career as well.

But it is not only Reham Khan who has unfurled the loose ends of the personality and character of Imran Khan. There is another female known as Ayesha Gulalai, a former member of the PTI making the same disclosures.  Gulalai had been a Member of the National Assembly of Pakistan from 2013 to May 2018.

On 1 August 2017, Ayesha Gulalai came forward with allegations of harassment against Imran Khan and claimed that she had been receiving offensive messages from him since October 2013. In an interview, Imran Khan said that he suspected that the Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) had used Gulalai against him to defame and discredit him. Later Ayesha Gulalai said that she would forgive Khan if he apologizes.

If Imran Khan can proceed against Reham Khan in a court of law then such action should also be taken against Gulalai. After all, both these ladies who had been having an image of respect and well-earned fame in Pakistan must not be both liars and conspirators against Imran Khan, the mighty chairman of PTI and with sizeable support and liking of vast potion of youth in Pakistan.

If Imran Khan’s unremitting blitz against PML and Nawaz family was justified and as a result of that they are being dragged in the courts, then Imran too should be prepared for such eventuality.  The charges of wayward behavior, lustful character, indecent and seductive conversation if proven against Imran Khan on the face, and particularly contained in the Blueberry phone, may turn out to be quite damaging for Imran Khan. Blue Berry seems to be a powerful weapon in the hand of Reham Khan.

If Imran Khan and his party members and friends try to block the publication of the book of Reham Khan then it would be tantamount to believe that there was some material or evidence that Imran, his fans and party workers want to hide and keep under the lid.

If the book is not allowed to be published by a court order then it would be a travesty of truth, justice and fair play. It might vividly establish than the courts were taking partisan stands in favor of Imran and his supporters. In the meantime, I have a lurking hunch that there could be more females who might come forward and add to the sleazy stuff that Reham Khan claims to be presenting in her book.

There can be two types of corruptions: one financial and the other moral. The moral turpitude, by all reckoning, is more damaging and dangerous than that of the financial. This is so because one can pay back the stolen funds and return the illicit money, but it would be utterly impossible to restore the lost honor and chastity of a female.

However, Imran Khan is a human being and human beings are prone to making mistakes and committing sins and blunders. If Imran Khan apprehends that there could be some damaging stuff in Reham Khan’s book or contained in the stolen Blackberry then he may, in anticipation, gracefully acknowledge those deviations and ask for forgiveness and this blitz might settle down. If he intends to face and counter those allegations then this bizarre situation might intensify and balloon further. 

Finally, we can say that all is fair in love and war and what goes around comes around. My prayers are that Imran Khan emerges out of this bizarre fiasco unscathed and the danger of his being banned from taking part in forthcoming elections is averted. There could be more serious legal consequences for him as well.