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Nadeem Farooq Paracha (NFP) – A Square All-Rounder

In Clsh of Civilizations on April 7, 2010 at 5:53 am

By: Syed Aal-e-Imran

Source : http://tajzia.wordpress.com/ 

Nadeem Farooq Paracha is one of the most widely respected intellectual giants of the country. Throughout his life, he has dedicated himself to contribute towards the betterment of the society on issues of critical importance.

During the 1990s, when The News ran its ‘Vibes’ section in its weekend supplement, NFP, as he is affectionately known, made priceless contribution by highlighting some of the most critical issues relevant to the masses some of which are as follows:

  1. Top Ten Songs of All-Time in Pakistani Pop Music (revisited and updated at least thrice with Sar Kiye Yeh Pahar by Strings always coming out on top)
  2. Top Ten Albums of All-Time in Pakistani Pop Music (again, revisited and updated a number of times Vital Signs Vol. 2 featuring Junaid Junaid Pakistan was always up there)
  3. Precursors of Psychedelic Rock
  4. The Earth, Wind, Fire and Water in Rock Music
  5. The fact that Pepsi destroyed Vital Signs and other bands
  6. Perils of Bubblegum Pop
  7. Musicians and why they had no right to have sponsorships
  8. Dinosaur Acts
  9. Aatish Raj and how to sit and mindlessly roll a coke bottle on guitar strings and record it noise and release it as music
  10. Several literary masterpieces that should have been acted out – they were proper dramas with heroes such as ‘Junaid Junaid Pakistan’

Thereafter, he disappeared till a millennium went away and another came our way.

He then resurfaced and started writing for Dawn and has increasingly become more focused on politics. Such has been his dedication that he exposes Jamaat-e-Islami, Maududi and at times, Tableeghi Jamaat as well, everytime he writes. Imran Khan too always gets the limelight he deserves. There are occasional references to Junaid Jamshed as well – very few people remember that in 1995, in his Vibes column, NFP had written an exposition of Junaid for supporting Imran Khan. Junaid had written that ‘Imran Khan remains the only Pakistani who promised his nation something and then actually delivered it’.

NFP is an expert on Jihadi outfits as well and has actually read Amir Mir’s book himself. Similarly, his very statement that ‘the 2008 Mumbai attacks’ that were ‘undertaken by Pakistani Jihadis’ is the final word – Pakistanis never budge to American or Indian Pressure. You have to believe him when he implies that ‘The Dawah’ and Taliban have the same agenda. He is also correct when he clarifies the retro-Maududi’ist and Tablighi notions of ‘Islamic Society’ which have no difference. Very few have had better grips of Syed Qutb and Maududi that he has. Not many realize, for example, the death of Mustafa Akkad was actually an admission of failure from the proponent of Maududified Qutubi ideologies.

NFP’s expertise is not limited to politics, music – he is the ultimate (read square) all-rounder and can write and talk endlessly on any issue till kingdom come. He knows more about cricket and its management than Imran Khan and others ever did. It is extremely saddening to realize that Pakistani cricket team was humiliated in the 2007 World Cup which was lost because Tableeghi Jamaat exists as testified by NFP.  P. J. Mir also said that and Bob Woolmer would have done the same had he been alive. It is unfortunate that two important members of the team, Shoaib Akhtar and Muhammad Asif, could not deliver at the time because they could not get the NFP recipe for getting things right. Because he is an expert on cricket, you have to believe him that Waqar was appointed captain in 1999 even if he only played two tests and two one-dayers that year. That is because Khalid Hassan said so too. Munir Hussain, that old sadist, was entirely wrong when he mentioned in his World Cup 1992 account that Khalid Hassan spread lies about the Pakistan Team. His eyes lied. Nadeem’s pen didn’t.

If we were to follow Nadeem Farooq Paracha’s thought, the world would be diarrhea-free, conspiracy-theory-free. Everyone would be applying Aafia Beauty and Bleach Cream all the time made from the flesh of that terrorist criminal, the Amazon-like Dr. Aafia Siddiqui who can easily tackle half a dozen American Marines on her own and snatch a gun from them. Everyone would ensure that Farhat Hashmi is bashed every time anything is discussed. In fact, every discussion should start with an exposition of Farhat Hashmi.

Nadeem Farooq Paracha can read between the lines. He knows that these silly SMSs, despite the fact that they are at times actually contain fabricated Hadiths, are actually aiming to make people respect Hadiths. So he has done a great service to humanity by exposing this grand conspiracy. In fact, it is not a conspiracy but a fact because Nadeem Farooq Paracha doesn’t believe in conspiracies and because he doesn’t believe in conspiracies, they do not exist.

We love Nadeem Farooq Paracha for his humble, honest, well-informed, anarchic, Marxist, non-fascist and any-other-prefix-that-he-loves opinions and his highly ethically, completely-in-line-with-journalistic ethics, his ethically and humble ethical personality.

What would we have done without him? Our limited knowledge is nothing compared to the encyclopedia that Nadeem Farooq Paracha is. Hence, we do not know if he believes in Paradise. But if he did, he would be the first to enter it.


Lays Chips Controversy Continues …

In Advertisement on June 21, 2009 at 9:59 am

Lays Chips Controversy Continues …

Yesterday I come across a parody of Junaid Jamshed (JJ) recent Lays TVC. This parody was developed by team of “4 man show” on Aaj TV. May be its fun for them but I personally feel that they have crossed the limits. They directly attacked & presented JJ character as financial benefits seeker, which is not admirable.

I personally feel that this is totally wrong & 1000% disagreed with this accusation.  I believe that JJ intentions were not wrong. He was misguided by the  Information provided by Pepsi Cola & Interflow.

But here there is a learning for JJ also. He should & must be careful & should do a through research across the board & should consult with subject specialist  before appearing in any endorcement type ad.

Today I find an advertisement in Daily Ummat where they are provding more proves tomorrow. For readers reference kindly read their statements

UMMATInshallah , tomorrow I will provide the complete article of great researcher Dr. Abdullah Khan for our honorable readers.

Now, my message to all those my respectable friends who become the  sentimental advocate of Lays chips & their info source is just based on the falls information provided by Pepsi Cola. We should have a capacity to learn that all claims made by any MNC are not right & we should not follow them blindly 🙂

But now my question to you is that what do you understand

Kia dal main “kuch” kala hai – Ya

Poori dal hee kali hai 🙂

PS : New findings



The Reality of Lays Chips Controversy !!!

In Advertisement on June 18, 2009 at 6:54 pm

The controversy about “Lays” turned into a new shape after the recent launch of Junaid Jamshed (JJ)’s new TVC where he is endorsing Lays brand as free from any suspicious ingredients in Islamic Perspective. In TVC he is talking about “vegetable oil” where as issue is entirely different. Pls see that TVC

Before his impressive conversion towards Islamic perspective & lifestyle,  JJ was supposed to be a brand ambassadorJunaid JamshedTahir Khan for Pepsi. He has a strong relationship with Tahir Khan who is owner of Interflow, the advertisement agency of Pepsi Pakistan.  According to my sources JJ was contacted by Tahir Khan & he pushed him to come up in the TVC. Considering his long relationship with Tahir sb & proofs presented by Pepsi, JJ was convinced that Lays are Halal. Basically he was the person who advised Tahir sb to take the advise from South African National Halaal Authority (SANHA).

But when the TVC went on air someone informed him about daily Ummat researches. So he personally contacted to ummatUmmat office  & Saeed Ahmed Abassi (who had done the research),they clarified him about the whole scenario. He was worried & said that he will see what he can do now, but he left for Morocco with tableeghi Jamaat.  I don’t know when he will come back & what he will do. But before appearing in any ad he should have consulted with some reputable scholars regarding the issue.

It looks that now it’s the direct unmatched competition between a multinational company (which has huge promotional budgets with a very active advertising agency(Interflow) that has its own radio station & two TV channels , PR agency & many more ) &  Daily Ummat (who has the second largest reader base of Karachites only ) who is leading the story against Lays.

In search of reality I came across many websites & blogs. Interestingly most of the websites & specially blogs have the same information which is provided by Pepsi company itself.     E.g.                                                                       http://www.pakfactor.com/lays-halal-certificates.html http://mukalma.blogspot.com/2009/05/no-pig-fat-in-e631.html, http://pakmediablog.net/brands/follow-up-lays-100-halal/ http://www.zaheerspeaks.com/2009/05/19/lays-chips-haraam-propaganda-or-truth/

Here, at one blog I also see the image of Amir Liaquat Hussain in which he is eating Lays in IDP camps


But what is the reality? Is it still controversial? see the following

1) The controversy starts from the code “E631”. Pepsi claims that                                                                                                                 (Source :  http://i41.tinypic.com/20shs5.gif )                                                                                                

“In fact the E-631 used by LAYS Pakistan is derived from TAPIOCA STARCH, a plant based raw material which has been certified Halaal.”

2)      But research shows us that,

Disodium  Inosinate (E631), chemical formula C10H11N2Na2O8P, is the disodium salt of inosinic acid. It is a food additive often found in instant noodles, potato chips, and a variety of other snacks. It is used as a flavor enhancer, in synergy with monosodium glutamate (also known as MSG; the sodium salt of glutamic acid) to provide the umami taste. It is mainly found in animals like pigs and fish.

C. Please also visit http://www.exploreenumbers.co.uk/E-Numbers-with-Animal-Origins.html

where its clearly mentioned that E631 is extracted from meat , read the following

“E Numbers Purely Derived from Animal Origins

  1. I. These are the numbers that are derived purely from animal origins:
    1. E120 Cochineal – This crimson red colour comes from the crushed shell of the cactus insect, Dactylopious coccus.
    2. E542 Edible bone phosphate – This originates from animal bones.
    3. E631 Sodium 5’-inosinate – This comes from meat extracts and sardines.
    4. E901 Beeswax – This comes from the honeycomb produced by bees. Many people may think of it as being naturally produced, but people who are strictly avoiding all animal-derived E numbers may prefer to avoid it completely.”

The problem is clear

  1. Pepsi (Miss Saima Arshad- R&D Manager) is claiming that E631 (which produces flavors in Lays Chips) is extracted from TAPIOCA STARCH plant.
  2. Wikipedia is saying that this is a flavorless plant, so how  a flavorless product can produce flavor in chips.
  3. Wikipedia also confirmed that E631 is extracted from bovine sources specially from pigs & fishes.
  4. So the situation is clear Pepsi management is misguiding the people

3)      Pepsi also claims that they get the ingredient from International  flavor & fragrance Inc.” .iiff

I visited their website & failed to find any info about E631 there, You can also visit  http://www.iff.com/Internet.nsf/HomePage!OpenForm

I read the word “Kosher” there but not halal. Kosher means

Kosher foods are those that conform to the rules of Jewish religion.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kosher_foods

4)      According to daily Ummat IFF, Pakistan chapter office which is located in Kashif center – Karachi (near Hockey club of Pakistan) denied any supply of any thing by the name of E631 to Pepsi.

“Central  Islamic committee of Thailand” works under  the ministry of culture in Thailand.                                            There are three 1states where Muslims are in majority i.e.  Yala, Pattani and Narathiwat. In 2005, muslims in Southern Thailand madtHAI mUSLIMSe up 30.4% of population above the age 15, while less than 3% in other parts of the country.

Muslims in Thailand used the products of Indonesia & Malaysia as the Thailand administration  encouraged pig farming. Muslims of Thailand have doubts on the products, so to tackle this issue Thai govt. developed that institute but most of the Muslims don’t trust on that body.

5)      Jamia Ashrafia is  also refuting from issuing the certificate of Halal products to Lay’s. According to them “A Acadmic_BlockConditional Certificate had been issued that “If there is no Pig Particle added in the products, then it is Halal otherwise it is Haram and according to Jamia Ashrafia, “Lay’s Company is misusing that conditional certificate. You can see the written clarification issued by their Publication Secretary

Source: http://www.mesmarty.com/2009/05/lays-chips-jamia-ashrafia-denied-of-lays-authenticity-being-halal/ .


6)      Company is also giving the reference of “The South African National Halaal Authority (SANHA)”.      I am really surprised why Pepsi is not giving any reference of local authority.

So the conclusion is that every thing is not “clear” from LAYS & we have a few ”doubts”. They need to clear theirscan03 position. As far as I am concerned, PBUH advised us that “leave those things which have doubts” & doubts are clearly open & obvious for LAYS chips.