Join our whatsapp channel for News Updates

Safe places in Pakistan and elsewhere!

12:32 PM | 22 Nov, 2018
Safe places in Pakistan and elsewhere!
It is indeed very heartening to learn that there are certainly certain safe places in Pakistan where we have able to keep poor blasphemers like Asia Bibi safe.

It is time to tell the world and brag about it, that the tide is turning and Pakistan is no more as unsafe as they said and hoped.

Since her acquittal a couple of weeks ago, a festival of sound and fury by the bearded brigade of Pakistan adorned the streets of Lahore, Karachi and Islamabad. Such protests by holy-looking and unholy sounding folks have replaced the famous and colourful festival of Basant in Lahore.

One difference these protestors have from the kites is that the former are very black-n-white, and it looks a grey substitute of Basant. But then, better or worse there is always a substitute.

Many in the world taunted that Pakistan was the most unsafe place on earth; particularly when the late OBL one morning found that living in a safe cantonment was not that safe after all.

On that, one would say, earth itself is getting very unsafe for humans in the galaxy. But, this piece is not the right forum for such mega issues, so we keep in our lane of small traffic here.

On safe places in the contest of poor, accused of blasphemy is like advocating safe sex in front of men who are basically against sex. So, ‘safe’ for them is not even on the table.

After the unique piecemeal treatment of unfortunate Mr. Khashoggi in Saudi Consulate in Turkey last month, it seems our brother countries of KSA and Turkey have joined hands to divert some of the world’s attention from Pakistan as being the unsafe place.

Schools are considered safe space in the developed countries, but given the spree of mass shootings in the US schools, and gang sexual abuse in a Catholic Schools in Canada (which are like Pakistan’s English Medium elite schools), it seems Pakistani rural schools which the local notables tend to use as animal barns are safer spaces for kids sans teachers and animals alike.

London and Paris used to be considered very safe for asylum seekers but since the aashqaan-e-rasool have found refuge there, and after the infamous 7.7 in London and Charlie Hebdo shootout in Paris, these leading cities of the world too extended a favour to Pakistan in getting some sheen off latter’s global leadership in unsafeness.

London reminds of another extremely famous albeit wannabe blasphemer who is not poor, Mr. Rushdie. He was well off at the time of his alleged blasphemy but after that he became rich and was knighted as well. He can be called pioneer of the contemporary wannabe blasphemers.

He can also be credited to make blasphemy internationally famed. Several of his associates who took part in the publication of– lets call it Salman’s Verses in order not to repeat blasphemy –were attacked or killed. He too lived under the thick wraps of security since then.

The funny thing is most of the people who hate him for his alleged blasphemy have not read his any book, let alone S Verses; because if they did, they would perhaps hate him for his English.

I read a few of his books, and heard several of his interviews. Given my poor English, and very poor taste in English, I politely say he writes bad English, but speaks great.

Most of the time what he writes doesn’t look English. It looks like a love-child of German and Italian (with great respect for both lingos, but no promise of any respect for their love-child).

Initially, I thought Mr. Rushdie, by writing such English, was settling some post-colonial scores against the English. I guess I was not wrong. The moment Americans figured this, they asked him to be their guest.

On safe places in Pakistan, a safe place is where no one in police or media knows about you.

On blasphemy, I say we are following the European model of denuclearization via MAD – Mutually Assured Destruction. When everyone had this weapon, the weapon lost its utility.

So, cheers to the more use of blasphemy against judges, generals, and religious leaders. As they say, the more the merrier and as its use becomes trivial, pokes will replace bullets.

Arshed Bhatti is a typical Pakistani who operates at very high level of confidence with extremely low level of knowledge. Being true Muslim he believes the real life is in the hereafter and urges countrymen to take it easy, and enjoy the talk shows. He writes songs, satire and fake non-fiction. He tweets @CivilJunction


Pakistani rupee rate against US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Riyal - Check 14 April forex rates

Pakistani currency remains unchanged against US dollar and other currencies in open market on April 14, 2024.

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

On Sunday, the US dollar was being quoted at 277.5 for buying and 280.5 for selling.

Euro was quoted at 299.95 for buying and 302.9 for selling while British Pound stands at 349.5 for buying, and 353 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.45 and Saudi Riyal's new rates was at 73.30. 

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 14 April 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 08:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.5 280.5
Euro EUR 299.95 302.9
UK Pound Sterling GBP 349.5 353
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.45
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.3 74.05
Australian Dollar AUD 182.7 184.5
Bahrain Dinar BHD 739.38 747.38
Canadian Dollar CAD 204 206.2
China Yuan CNY 38.45 38.85
Danish Krone DKK 40.45 40.85
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.57 35.92
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.86
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 903.91 912.91
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.92 59.52
New Zealand Dollar NZD 167.63 169.63
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.38 25.68
Omani Riyal OMR 722.1 730.1
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.35 77.05
Singapore Dollar SGD 206 208
Swedish Korona SEK 25.72 26.02
Swiss Franc CHF 307.11 309.61
Thai Bhat THB 7.61 7.76


Follow us on Facebook

Follow us on Twitter

Sign up for Newsletter