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Another Lesson!! July 15, 2009

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This one is a bad experience that I had while working with someone, who I met through a tech personality in the local community, and before I realized my mistake it had been over a year since I was working for this company/individual.

To keep it short, I would just like to tell people who are running a startup or working with some medium/big size company as freelancers to NEVER quote low for any project on the promise(written or verbal) that there are bigger and better projects for you to do. Secondly, always make a written agreement with the payment terms and deliverables mentioned clearly. There are many other lessons which I would be sharing soon.

Its been a real lesson for me. The biggest let down from someone whom I started looking upto as a mentor and as a senior.


President Zardari as Chairman PEPC November 3, 2008

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The following is an old piece of news that I went through and thought like sharing it here. This is from the second term of PPPP in 1996 when our President Zardari was the Chariman of Pakistan Environmental Protection Council. DO READ CAREFULLY and try to read between the lines and map these words from when they were said and what happened after they were said and uptil now. DO look at our President’s stance for IMF in 1996 and here we are in 2008 again knocking the door of IMF.

Asif offers help to businessmen
Sabihuddin Ghausi

KARACHI, May 1: The Chairman of Pakistan Environmental Protection
Council, Asif Ali Zardari, offered to serve as a bridge between the
business community and the government to sort out all issues that may be
hindering trade and industrial activities.
He also suggested to them to form small committees with the government
to sort out all outstanding issues and problems which they consider are
obstructing trade and industrial activities.

I am ready to act as a bridge between you and the government, Mr
Zardari told a luncheon meeting of the about 200 businessmen clustered
in the corridor of Sindh Governors House where he announced the
appointment of the former President of the Federation of Pakistan
Chambers of Commerce and Industry, S.M. Muneer, as Chairman of Pakistan
Trade Fair Corporation, with immediate effect and till further orders.

Done, was the prompt reply from Asif Zardari in response to a
suggestion of former FPCCI Chief Mr Tariq Sayeed to give representation
to the private sector on Privatisation Commission. The only condition
for such a nomination, he said was that businessman should be known
He also agreed to have a businessman as the Chairman of Export
Processing Zone Authority and apparently consented that structure of the
Board of Investment needed a fresh look to provide room for
representation of private sector on it.

More than three hours discussion in hot and humid corridor of the
Governors House was more of a brain storming session in which more than
a dozen businessmen spoke at length on the issues that included the levy
of general sales tax on an expanded level in the coming budget,
implications on investment plans of some investors of the abrupt
withdrawal of specialised industrialised zones (SIZ) scheme, rebate
refund, role of pre-shipment companies and necessity of involving
businessmen in crucial decision making. There were complaints of non-
implementation of the decisions taken in the previous meetings and non-
compliance of the policies framed to boost exports and invest. However,
none spoke on the environmental related issues or bringing
agriculturists income into tax net.

Money making is the best pursuit in life, the husband of Prime
Minister remarked while sharing governments changed perception on trade
and industry with the businessmen to stress the point that the
government now considers promotion of investment and trading activities
sine qua non for the countrys progress and development.
He repeatedly stressed upon the businessmen to consider government as
their partner in their trade and industrial pursuits and should cease to
be hostile as was in the past.

Mr Zardari also emphasised the need to bring an end of discrimination
between the urban and rural people. Both live in Pakistan and they
supplement and complement each other in economic progress, he said.
He indicated that government would hold pre-budget meetings with the
businessmen and that your views would serve as inputs for the budget
makers, he assured.

Speaking on the current economic situation, the PPP Member of National
Assembly from Nawabshah said that he considers countrys current export
earning capacity of 9 billion dollars as mere peanuts when looked in
context of the available potential. Our foreign exchange reserves are
too meagre, he said and expressed the view that export earnings and
foreign exchange reserves can be increased manifold if both government
and businessmen pool their talent and resources.

His assertion was that 125 million population was an asset of the
country rather than a liability as some international agencies try to
create impression. He termed Pakistans geographical location at
immediate proximity of Central Asian Republics as the greatest economic
advantage which has yet to be fully exploited.
Referring to some businessmens observations on conditionalities of the
International Monetary Fund, Mr Zardari reminded them that IMF was
facilitation agency and has a responsibility to ensure that budgetary
expenditure, inflation and other conditions remains under control.

He said that 5 billion dollars are being invested in the power projects
to ensure that electricity reaches all part of the country and
particularly in the remote rural areas where he said people still live
in primitive conditions.


Source: http://www.lib.virginia.edu/area-studies/SouthAsia/SAserials/Dawn/1996/02My96.html

Conspiracy Against Zardari!! September 26, 2008

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Sarah Palin 20 years ago!!

Even after 20+ years of winning a beauty paegeant Sarah Palin hasn’t lost her touch. After the Hopeful-P Mr. Mc Cain asked her to meet and greet the world leaders in NewYork, the Governor of Alaska had a great day doing what she does best. Charming the World Leaders. Since she has little or no experience in meeting world leaders and discussing issues she came up with a startegy to handle the Head of States and delegates meeting her.


She met the Indian Prime Minister and President of Pakistan the same day. Every news channel is making a fuss about Mr.Zardari’s antics infront of the press. I agree that as the President of Pakistan he should have acted more reasonably rather than being the casanova he used to be or maybe he still is 🙂 . But if we take a look at the reason why the Indian Prime Minister didn’t and our President did woo the Alaskan Governor and Hopeful-VP we may feel that our President was trapped into doing what he did. Afterall, once a Casanova always a Casanova 😉 . The Attire and the atitude of the Alaskan Governor while meeting the Indian and Pakistani representatives shows clearly what made the old-experienced Casanova wooo the Hopeful-VP.

Sarah Meets SinghSarah Meets Zardari


Even if noone believes what I have just stated I would still say it was a setup to defame our President by those who donot want democracy in Pakistan 😉

President’s visit to Mazar-e-Quaid September 19, 2008

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On 11th Septemper 2008, The newly elected President of Pakistan paid a visit to the Mazar-e-Quaid and he wrote the following few lines in the guest book.
Goad or God???

Goad or God???

6th September!! September 7, 2008

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6th september is remembered as defence day in Pakistan when our soldiers defended our country in 1965. We celebrate the day by paying our gratitude to the martys of the 1965 war.

After 43 years this country has elected a President who is the most controversial politician/businessman this country has seen.

In my opinion this day marks the beginning of the end of democracy in this country. I hope we as a nation learn to elect the worthy and capable leaders. We must not get emotional while casting our vote as we might just regret the sympathy vote we casted this February.

I hope the new President proves me wrong. And I am really looking forward to that.

Is this the end of the crisis?? August 18, 2008

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After the resignation, is the crisis going to end? Is the political unrest going to settle down? Is the economic crisis the country is facing going to end?

Elections 2008 Part II February 18, 2008

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17th February 2008-An off day for me, no office no lunch with friends. So I had the whole day for myself, I decided to go out and get some vegetables for the week as it was Sunday and daddy was not home today, he was busy with some project deadline. I started my car at 12 noon, drove to the market and while I was there I noticed something really strange something that everybody was seemed to doing, I realised there was a pattern to it. Everybody was in a hurry, they were all buying things in unusual quantities as if there is a war going to start and they are filling up their cabinets with all the food and groceries.

 I asked a lady who was at the shop buying bread and milk, that too in quantities enough for a week, why are you buying so much if the shops are gonna be open on tuesday as usual. She replied beta tum ko nahin maloom elections mein kuchh alag result aa gaya tab 27th december walay haalaat ho jaayen gey.

I talked to my neighbor, three more strangers with the same answers. To check on this and to re-confirm my research, I drove to hasan square from North Nazimabad and saw the same look on people’s faces and the same way of buying stuff. I went to Jumbo Books to get some books and cds, I watched people buying movies in bulk the average was 6 movies per person. After seeing all this, I came to one conclusion that people are so scared of the 27th december incident they are taking no chances and leaving no room in ensuring that they do not suffer as they had from 27th to 29th december.

Elections this time are gonna be very crucial, that we all know. But what I feel is that the turnout would be low due to the sense of insecurity in people, nobody feels safe. There is another aspect to the shopping abnormality and that is what the lady in the shop told me, if the results of the elections are not what is expected then we might see some disturbance in the country. Specially when Zardari, C0-Chair PPPP, has said if the polls are rigged we will start a nation wide movement. Though, Mutahhida has said that they will accept all the results whatever they maybe, but we might just see if they loose on the previosly mentioned 4 seats there would be some problems in some areas of the city.

There also have been news pouring in that polls have been cancelled in some parts of the country, polling stations have been blown up by bombs, firing incidents in Quetta injuring a candidate, another in Lahore. BUT the government has repeatedly said everything is under control(Yeah Right!!).

There are more rumors emerging from lahore this time that PML(N) will have a clean sweep in Lahore and Shaikh Rasheed might just retire from politics after loosing out to Javed Hashmi and Hanif Abbasi. JUI(F) Leader Mr. fazl Ur Rehman has indicated polls are likely to be rigged which confirms what I stated in my previous entry that we might just see some unexpected results on his strong constituencies.

Lets just pray that whatever the results are at day end tomorrow, Pakistan remains peaceful and its people remain safe and sound either watching movies or going to the polling stations. And the business will flourish irrespective of who is forming the government and who is in the opposition, who is the Prime Minister or who will become the new President. Amen.

Elections 2008 Part 1 February 14, 2008

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Elections are less than a week away, rumors are everywhere in the city. Predictions, pre-poll rigging, riots bursting out in the country and the government to be formed will not last for more than a year.

My take on all these is, its all gonna happen :D. Why?

Predictions(If polls are conducted fairly)

PML(N) will win in Punjab and in NWFP with support from ANP.

MQM will make a clean sweep in Karachi, except for 4 seats NA-250(KhushBukht Shujaat vs Dr. Mirza Ikhtiar Baig) and Lyari NA-248, Malir and Bin Qasim Town NA-258, another seat where Faisal Abidi of PPPP is against the MQM leader Haider Abbas Rizvi. It is the only constituency where too much has been spent by the PPPP candidate on adverts and publicity(which makes their publicity mantra quite evident: “Jo dikhta hai woh bikta hai”) so Faisal Abidi is everywhere in his area while MQM is following their successfull strategy by rallies on bikes and cars on the roads and billboards are decorated with their Quaid-e-Tehreek’s photo. Haider Abbas Rizvi is the favorite but Faisal Abidi’s publicity campaign looks promising. Though, the pundits are saying MQM will win 16 seats in Karachi due to the work done by City Nazim of Haq Parast Group.

PPPP will form the government in Sindh, but this will be a coalition government. Now the question with whom will PPPP form the government will come as a surprise.

PML(Q) will get seats in Punjab and Baluchistan. In Baluchistan, they will form their government easily.

 JUI will not appear as a very strong party like 2002 elections. Infact, results will show that Maulana Fazl ur Rehman has lost his touch in the NWFP. Due to Maulana Sahab’s inclination towards Musharraf this would not come as a surprise if his party would loose on their strongest seats.

The federal government formed after the elections, will be a mixture of PPPP ,PML(N), ANP and other small parties and PML(Q) ‘s MNAs who have always been with the rising sun. As predicted, this federal government will not last more than a year by either the use of 58(ii)b or by lack of confidence motion. We might see PPPP splitting up in choosing between Amin Faheem and Zardari, who might contest for NA seat from Benazir’s constituency. There are upsets expected like Sheikh Rasheed loosing from Pindi.

                                                                                                                    To be contiued…


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WASHINGTON DC – An aura of `fin de regime’ hangs over this imperial capitol, as eight years of Republican rule nears an end. All the lobbyists, consultants, deal-makers and journalists who feed off the Federal Government are now frantically scrambling to latch on to the new regime that will come in January, 2008.

Polls show Democrats way ahead of the beleaguered Republicans – so far. A majority of Americans are fed up with the Bush Administration’s foreign policy disasters and, increasingly, the seriously ailing economy which is slipping into recession. The massive frauds and outright criminal activity lying behind the sub-prime mortgage crisis is going to be squarely blamed on Republicans.

Unless there is a major terrorist attack on the US in coming months, the Republicans seemed doomed. At least they did until the 29 January Florida primary. Suddenly, Republicans see a glimmer of light at the end of their very dark tunnel: Sen. John McCain.

Conservative Republicans do not like the senator from Arizona, seeing him as too permissive over social and religious issues. Many moderate East Coast Republicans shudder when they listen to McCain propose decades of wars against the Muslim World, and sending more US troops to Iraq.

At a political rally last April, Sen. McCain led a chorus singing, `bomb, bomb, bomb Iran.’ This act alone should have disqualified him from high office. But right wingers loved the senator’s bellicose song, and now hail him as the man who will really `unleash’ America’s military might.

Last summer, McCain’s candidacy seemed doomed when his campaign ran out of money. McCain held on, and is now the front-runner, with the robotic Mitt Romney snapping at his heels.

The humiliating defeat in Florida of former New York City mayor Rudi Giuliani also alters the dynamics of the primary race. Giuliani was primarily financed and supported by Republican Neoconservatives because of the ex-mayor’s hard line support of Israel. His neocon financial backers and advisors are now trying to climb aboard the McCain bandwagon. This will give McCain important new finance to battle Romney’s millions, and even more important media support.

Even so, with some 66% of voters saying they will vote Democratic in the November elections, Republican chances still seem dim. But this does not take into account the Hillary factor.

Senator Hillary Clinton still leads Barak Obama in the Democratic primary race. The next round of `super’ primaries, on 5 February, may cement her lead, unless Obama produces an upset.

Women like Hillary Clinton because of her image as a wronged wife and champion of female rights. A teary-eyed speech won her the woman’s vote in New Hampshire. But many men detest Hillary just as much. She represents to them everything they find distasteful in some women: deviousness, aggressiveness, underhandedness and unattractiveness.

Republicans are down on their knees praying Hillary will beat Obama. If she becomes the Democratic candidate, the Republican – now most likely led by John McCain – will probably beat her. No matter how angry American men are with the Bush Administration’s follies, they detest Hillary even more. They could very well hold their noses and vote Republican again.

Though just endorsed by the influential Kennedy family as anointed heir to the sainted President John Kennedy, Barak Obama must yet face an oncoming crisis. The internet is rife with accusations from rightwing know-nothings that he is a Muslim who will hand Washington over to al-Qaida and Taliban. But the debate over his religious roots has not yet hit the mainstream media in a meaningful manner.

So far, Obama has managed to get away with claiming he is a Christian and has no Muslim background. But it’s clear he does, having a Muslim father. When more Americans become aware of this awkward fact, Barak Obama could face an uphill struggle. Anti-Muslim prejudice is so high in America that even a Muslim grandparent could be the political kiss of death.

If Obama cannot evade this problem, or falters on 5 Feb, Hillary Clinton will become the Democratic candidate. Faced with widespread male disapproval, she could lead her party to defeat and the nation to another Republican victory. This time led by a hardliner who likes to sing about bombing Iran and was actually a war hero.

Source: http://www.ericmargolis.com/