About Me

Greetings, fellow Roamans! Lend me your biological listening apparatus.

Oh but why?

My name is Tahir Gul Hasan and I am not a journalist.

I create socio-political satire with fire, throw in a bit of science-friction, tell non-returnable truth and pay the purifying dues through my pen.

I started this blog because a certain silly website that published most of what I wrote became arrogant, its ADMIN refused to listen, and its visitors turned into abusers and detractors when I—:
  1. Countered their anti-Pakistan propaganda
  2. Showed them how the rest of the humanity viewed the drying up of the American ‘wet dream’
  3. Posted rebuttals to anti-Islam elements, atheists and satanists
  4. Opposed and then satirized the debauched views of their sponsored 'favourite' spin-doctors'
Those cyber battles of words are now part of personal history.

Glad to be of service on earth

I was born normally and bred well. After finishing school, I went on to study history, English literature and other subjects at the University of Hard Knox.

Widely-traveled, I have written for Pakistani newspapers (Dawn, The Nation, The News), some magazines (PIA's Air Safety and Humsafar), and the now-defunct Chowk.

Why won't they wake up?

The reason that the bourgeois are chicken-hearted is that they consume large quantities of farm-chicken, hence they stay in-organic. Notice how mostly the poor masses in poorer countries end up protesting and getting beaten up by the police.
What do I think about Pakistanis with dual nationalities? Most of them have two tongues, split personalities, and divided allegiances. They stay away from the heat of our Pakistani kitchen yet vainly hope to change the home-country through remittances of Dollars, Pounds and Riyals or by having futile discussions.

What shall we do then?

Although life is too short to do all what I wish to do, the important thing is to do something rather than worry about being able to do everything.

Why hasn't the mainstream media discovered me?

Mainstream media editors shy away from printing truthful views such as mine. They would rather have readers read Hollywood gossip and solve crossword puzzles all day than make the sheeple think. Thinkers are feared simply for their ability to change the human condition.

I wish to thank all the readers for their patient support over the years. As for those who hate me, their hatred is nothing but LOVE whose 'USE BY' date has expired since long.

TGH
15 October 2009
Email: writersblocktgh@gmail.com

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“The critic has to educate the public; the artist has to educate the critic." —Oscar Wilde"

Now Art should never try to be popular. The public should try to make itself artistic."

—Oscar Wilde

"The parable of the life of this world is but that of rain which We send down from the sky, and which is absorbed by the plants of the earth whereof men and animals draw nourishment, until - when the earth has assumed its artful adornment and has been embellished, and they who dwell on it believe that they have gained mastery over it - there comes down upon it Our judgment, by night or by day, and We cause it to become [like] a field mown down, as if there had been no yesterday. Thus clearly do We spell out these messages unto people who think!" —The Qur'an, 10:24


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Senate unanimously adopts controversial cybercrime bill

ISLAMABAD: The Senate on Friday (29 July 2016) approved the controversial cybercrime bill — ‘The Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act’ — recommending 50 amendments to the original draft.
The bill will now go back to the National Assembly where the proposed amendments will be discussed among members.

Salient features of the earlier bill:

  • Up to seven years imprisonment, Rs10 million fine or both for hate speech, or trying to create disputes and spread hatred on the basis of religion or sectarianism
  • Up to three years imprisonment and Rs0.5 million fine or both for cheating others through internet
  • Up to five year imprisonment, Rs5 million fine or both for transferring or copying of sensitive basic information
  • Up to seven years imprisonment and Rs0.5 million fine or both for uploading obscene photos of children
  • Up to Rs50 thousand fine for sending messages irritating to others or for marketing purposes. If the crime is repeated, the punishment would be three months imprisonment and a fine of up to Rs1 million
  • Up to three year imprisonment and a fine of up to Rs0.5 million for creating a website for negative purposes
  • Up to one year imprisonment or a fine of up to Rs1 million for forcing an individual for immoral activity, or publishing an individual’s picture without consent, sending obscene messages or unnecessary cyber interference
  • Up to seven year imprisonment, a fine of Rs10 million or both for interfering in sensitive data information systems
  • Three month imprisonment or a Rs50 thousand fine or both for accessing unauthorised data
  • Three year imprisonment and a fine of up to Rs5 million for obtaining information about an individual’s identification, selling the information or retaining it with self
  • Up to three year imprisonment and a fine of up to Rs0.5 million for issuing a SIM card in an unauthorised manner
  • Up to three year imprisonment and fine of up to Rs1 million rupees for making changes in a wireless set or a cell phone
  • Up to three year imprisonment and a fine of up to Rs1 million for spreading misinformation about an individual
  • Up to three years imprisonment and fine of up to Rs1 million for misusing internet

Some of the major amendments include:

  • Convicts under the bill will have 30 days to appeal the sentence in a high court.
  • The implementation of the law will be reviewed by relevant authorities twice in a year to weed out problems.
  • Pemra licencees, including TV and radio stations, do not fall under the ambit of this law.
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State Minister for Information Technology Anusha Rehman said on the occasion that the implementation of the cybercrime bill is the sole responsibility of the Interior Ministry.

Elaborating further, she said: "The law includes a total of 21 offences that can be imposed from activity on the Internet."

She went on to say that the government has put in all efforts to ensure that government agencies and officials are not able to misuse the law.

The bill, which has been widely criticised by the IT industry and members of civil society for curbing human rights and giving extraordinary powers to law enforcement agencies, was first passed by the NA standing committee on Information Technology (IT) in 2015, while it was approved by the lower house of the parliament on April 13 this year.

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14 Feruary 2017
Seeking greater transparency, Senate committee approves Right to Information Bill
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