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HNisar’s Most Personal Interview Secrets got Opened.

July 31, 2012 Leave a comment

Hassan Nisar Opening his heart and giving glimpse of his personality for the first time. Hassan Nisar gets really emotional specially in last 15 minutes of interview.

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Tracing the Roots of Religious Extremism – Dr Tahir Kamran

July 25, 2012 Leave a comment

Tracing the Roots of Religious Extremism – Dr Tahir Kamran

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Dr Abdus Salam’s lecture

July 23, 2012 Leave a comment

A short lecture by the greatest scientist of Pakitan. What a legend he is. No words!!!


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Dr Abdus Salam winning his Nobel Prize in 1979

July 23, 2012 Leave a comment

This video contains rare footage of an Ahmadi Muslim being awarded the nobel prize for his work in Physics in 1979. Dr. Abdus Salam is the first ever Muslim to have achieved this honour. His achievement was a fulfilment of the prophecy of the Promised Messiah (AS) that his followers will excel others in the fields of knowledge and wisdom. He indeed excelled all others by becoming the first ever Muslim nobel laureate with the grace and mercy of Allah Almighty. The whole life of this great man is a role model for everyone. He always said that he got the inspiration of his scientific work from the teachings of Holy Quran. He was true believer in the existance of God and always said there is no contradiction in the word of God and the work of God

View from US: Yeah, I am a believer!

July 22, 2012 Leave a comment
From the Newspaper |  | 4 hours ago

Yes I saw (its) face, now I’m a believer Not a trace of doubt in my mind Said I’m a believer, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Nicknamed ‘God particle,’ it has finally been spotted. It was the missing link in the scientific understanding of Creation. To discover it consumed two years, 7000 scientists, and $10 billion. The experiment was conducted underground on the Switzerland-French border.

Finally scientists were able to reach into the “fabric of the Universe at a level” they had never done before — finding proof of an invisible energy that fills the vacuum of space.

Who creates this energy? The divine ‘God particle.’ Actually the particle is called Higgs Boson. It is named after two physicists — Peter Higgs of the Edinburgh University and Satyendra Nath Bose, an Indian mathematician. The two began looking for the unidentifiable particle way back in 1964. Wait. Where’s Abdus Salam? Forgotten, of course.

“The pioneering work of Abdus Salam, Pakistan’s only Nobel laureate, helped lead to the apparent discovery of the subatomic ‘God particle,’” reports Sebastian Abbot of Associated Press. “But the late physicist is no hero at home, where his name has been stricken from school textbooks.” Pervaiz Hoodbhoy of Quaid-e-Azam University in Islamabad told AP “The way he (Salam) has been treated is such a tragedy… someone who could not set foot in Pakistan. If he came, he would be insulted and could be hurt or even killed.”

Forget the past; celebrate the present. Stop press. This is the moment to remind the world that the man who pointed his finger to ‘God particle’ and won the Nobel Prize for doing so 33 years ago was a Pakistani. Zardari and Raja Ashraf should have gone on national media to claim credit and made a bang, big enough for the world to sit up and take note.

Instead, the two politician VVIPs, perhaps ignorant of world affairs, science and technology and the latest discovery announced in Geneva, are more interested in acquiring penthouses in Europe and America; fattening their foreign asserts and saving the Swiss accounts. Cashing in on Salam’s pioneering work to build a better image for Pakistan is their least priority. They may not even know who Abdus Salam is.

They cannot be faulted because thanks to the religious obscurantists, Salam’s name has been struck off. He does not exist for the Pakistanis.

It’s the holy month. Millions in Pakistan fast. In America too. Let us then turn to the magnificence and meaning of the ‘God particle.’ Life derives energy from a divine source. To waste it, squander it or misspend it in activities that are mindless is a sin. The Divine Design incorporates compassion, generosity, honesty and humanness. It shuns hypocrites who are shallow but show the world they outdo the rest in piety because they fast, say their prayers and recite the Holy Quran. Rarely are we able to fathom the real meaning of God’s commands and why He insists we follow them in letter and spirit. The term ‘letter and spirit’ is a jaded cliché that we use without really understanding what it defines. The definition I would like to push is: implement according to the rule/law/regulation, but also attempt to follow the intent behind the law. Most of our religious clerics overlook the ‘intent’ part while emphasising the law. A pastor at a church in Houston, Texas, draws weekly seven million viewers wanting to hear him preach. His message is simple. Rather than quote the Scriptures and breathe fire and damnation on the sinners, Joel Osteen focuses on good deeds, good news, and good life. His goal is the same: to convince people that God does not like sinners, but his style is one that is gentle, kind and easy to understand.

A visitor from Pakistan who hears Osteen at his Lakewood Church in Houston is rapt in wonder. “I was astounded to see the well-heeled and wealthy Americans, actually take time out to go to church and pray,” she tells me. “They are not poor, nor sick, nor in need of any kind… yet there is an innate need in them to seek God.”

So why do people want to hear Osteen? Because says the Pakistani visitor, “Osteen encourages us to think and ask simple questions like ‘Are you content in this life? Are you content in all circumstances?’ “There’s a huge difference between being content and being complacent, according to Osteen. When you are content, you are satisfied; you’re full,” says the Pakistani visitor. She quotes the pastor who says one of the best ways to find contentment in your circumstances is to reach out and help someone else who is in need. When you turn your focus toward helping others, your own challenges seem more manageable, and sometimes, they simply disappear. That’s because whatever you make happen for other people, God will make happen for you. Is this not a similar message for Muslims during Ramazan? You fast because you realise what it is to go hungry. Instead of stuffing your stomachs at iftar, give food to someone who is needy. This example best fits the ‘letter and spirit’ definition mentioned above. “Some in Pakistan are push button ignorants who can recite the Holy Quran by rote but know little about translating the words into our daily living,” my interviewee tells me. “We treat people and animals badly but pray five times a day. We call these people good even if they throw stones at dogs, misbehave with their wives and children and stare at the neighbour’s women!”

I ask the Houston lady if we need preachers like Osteen. “Why, of course yes!” She shoots back. “I love the way he does not talk about hell, damnation and God’s fury. Rather he emphasises faith. Values hold a high worth in his gospel, like akhlaqi qadren (good behaviour); accepting people for who they are, showing honour to people, striving for better, having faith in the Power above.”

Not everyone believes Osteen. Just as Pakistan has its share of religious hardliners, so does America. The Christian fundamentalists criticise Osteen as the “pastor of prosperity.”

Here’s the last word: “I wonder if it is in line with our belief to demand more from God for abundance or should we do sabar and shukar and die in poverty?” says the Texas-returned Karachiite. “I heard Osteen’s lectures. He says ‘Don’t settle for a C in life. Go for an A. And do stop carrying a chip on your shoulder.’”



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Dr. Abdus Salam honoured in Pakistan at last

July 18, 2012 Leave a comment

In a series of steps announced last night by the prime minister of Pakistan at a special session of the National Assembly – steps that have taken the world by storm and raised Pakistan’s image manifold – the new airport at Multan has been named Dr Abdus Salam Airport to honour Pakistan’s first and only Nobel Prize winner. The prime minister observed that “for too long we have neglected this great human being because of views held by people who spread hate and intolerance.”

He added amidst thunderous applause that a new stamp was being issued on 29 January to mark Dr Salam’s birthday and declared it a public holiday. He said that steps had already been taken to preserve the small house he grew up in and the school he attended in Jhang. Both places, he added, were national monuments and would be suitably honoured. The prime minister’s speech was continuously interrupted by cries of “Well done!” “Bravo!” and “Pakistan Zindabad!” and one could see how visibly he was moved. He said that a man who had dedicated his life and work for the greater glory of Muslims everywhere, and in particular Pakistan, deserved to be a national hero. He announced that major roads in all cities would be named after the great scientist, thousands of scholarships in Dr Salam’s name would be given to outstanding students and researchers and international seminars would henceforth be held in his memory.

The prime minister added that as Dr Salam was the founding director of the Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO), and establishment of the Theoretical Physics Group (TPG) in the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC), all three institutions would herewith carry Dr Salam’s name. Government College, Punjab University, the Institute of Physics at Quaid-e-Azam University and the Pakistan Institute of Nuclear Science and Technology (Pinstech) at Nilore, Islamabad, would rename their physics departments, erect statues of the learned doctor and convene special meetings, programmes, workshops and seminars to inspire new students to follow in his footsteps. He said he was inspired by a decision taken in 1997 when the International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) in Trieste, set up by Dr Salam in 1964, became Dr Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics. The prime minister concluded that henceforth Dr Salam’s life and achievements would be part of the regular curriculum in all institutions, and that these were just a handful of measures that were being taken to give Dr Salam an honourable place that he so richly deserved. He assured the cheering house that more such steps were already being planned.

The prime minister’s government fell within 24 hours of announcing these measures.

Ah, what a scenario. Like a fairytale. It’s nice to “dream on,” as the saying goes, but the reality is painfully different. We know far too well that this is not a bridge we have yet to cross but a bridge we already have crossed. In our hate-filled, hell-fire vision of life, there is no room for the likes of Dr Salam. But I do think that after all the anger and frustration has been taken out of your system – if indeed this is possible – you should feel nothing but pity for this land we live in. You have to think that surely we must be amongst the most unfortunate people who in this new century don’t even have the basic necessities and whose people lead miserable lives. And yet, if all that is not bad enough, we are torn apart, end to end, by prejudice, hatred, venom, hypocrisy and intolerance. There is not a day in our lives when the fires of hate are not stoked and the macabre dance of death not played out.

One of the enduring things about mankind is the human spirit, the ability to rise above the ordinary, to view life on this blue planet with childlike innocence. But, sadly, those who see such visions are few. Most of us are in the vortex, tossed and thrown about. We really have no one to blame but ourselves. We can’t even pin this on the Americans. Impotent Pakistanis can only curse the system. They are incapable of finding solutions. They feel powerless to change things because nothing they say or do can outgun the forces of evil which are stronger than ever before.

And thus, to Dr Salam. If you surf the internet and type the words “Dr Abdus Salam” you are swamped with the work of an amazing man, who achieved distinctions beyond our imagination – an absolutely brilliant scientist and administrator, a great teacher and a man of great humility and decency. A true lover of the land that betrayed him, Pakistan.

Abdus Salam’s love for Pakistan was like a consuming passion. He longed to be here when circumstances forced him out of the country and he was never happy separated from the soil of the land where he was born. His abiding love for Pakistan remained within him and he did everything possible to improve things, particularly in his phenomenal scientific work that garnered him award after award, culminating in 1979 in the Nobel Prize in Physics. There were even more honours which seemed to trail him wherever he went and whatever he did. He was celebrated across the world which held him in awe. We denied him and exiled him but we could not force Dr Salam to let go of Pakistan. This country and its future was his guiding light – that and a faith that never shook or wavered.

When in 1996 death brought him back to his native land, the state stayed away, creating unnecessary hurdles while over 30,000 mourners paid silent homage to this great son of Pakistan. As in the case of an ordinary person, his body was bundled off quickly to Rabwah (now bizarrely called Chenabnagar), and there he was laid to rest close to the graves of his parents. Not content, we then defiled his simple grave in that small cemetery. A nameless magistrate’s orders obliterated the word “Muslim” from his headstone. The apt epitaph, “First Muslim Nobel Laureate” became the meaningless “First Nobel Laureate.” More madness on display, but hardly anyone spoke up. It’s a miracle we haven’t thought of bulldozing his grave, but who knows we might, should our piety drive us to Chenabnagar.

The pity is we will never see a man like Dr Salam in our midst. Not in a very long time, and, given the quality of those we see on the horizon, perhaps never. The world knows that. We don’t and we are the losers. Abdus Salam was always above our petty ways. If you look at his life, rising from the squalor of a small dusty village deep in middle Punjab to a place of global eminence, you might get an idea of this unique and amazing man’s achievements. The first Muslim and first Pakistani Nobel Laureate is admired by the world and forsaken by us. Tragic?

During his acceptance speech for the Nobel Prize in Physics in Norway in 1979, Dr Salam quoted from the Quran: “Thou seest not, in the creation of the All-merciful any imperfection. Return thy gaze, seest thou any fissure? Then return thy gaze, again and again. Thy gaze comes back to thee dazzled, aweary.” He then said: “This, in effect, is the faith of all physicists; the deeper we seek, the more is our wonder excited, the more is the dazzlement for our gaze.”

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Dr Abdus Salam: Pride Pakistan does not deserve

July 18, 2012 Leave a comment

Why take pride in his achievements now when he is gone? What suddenly makes him eligible to be a pride for Pakistan? GRAPHIC: SUNARA NIZAMI

Professor John Womersley, Chief Executive of the Science and technology Facilities Council, told reporters at a briefing in London that they have discovered a particle consistent with theHiggs boson

I’m sure that strikes a nerve with many knowing Pakistani’s. The Higgs’ boson, in Pakistan, is synonymous for Dr Abdus Salam; a scientist who was at the fore of this frontier of discovery in the 1970s. But rather than appreciation for his magnificent achievement, he was shunned and sidelined.


Dr Abdus Salam, Pakistan’s first and only theoretical physicist and Nobel Laureate, was also an Ahmadi.

His grand unification theory of strong, weak and electromagnetic fields opened the gateway for the discovery of bosons and laid down the basis for this quantum electrodynamics project.

Dr Salam would be a very happy man, had he been alive today, as Steven Weinberg and Abdus Salam were the first to apply the Higgs mechanism to the breaking of the electroweak symmetry. This showed how a Higgs mechanism could be incorporated into Sheldon Glashow’s electroweak theory, in what became the Standard Model of particle physics.

Dr Salam along with Sheldon Glashow and Steven Weinberg shared the 1979 Nobel Prize for this discovery.

So most of you by now are wondering why so much commotion and celebration over the discovery?  What Is this Higgs Boson?

If you go back to the beginning, even before the Big Bang, particles didn’t have any masses, according to our understanding. There was just one very large force that all these particles interacted with. As the universe cooled down, particles gained mass by interacting with the Higgs boson.

So the reason you can’t push a car is because of the mass of the particles in the car interacting with a Higgs field.

The Higgs boson is the final piece of the Standard Model of Particle Physics, a theoretical model which describes the fundamental particles and forces that control our Universe. Finding the Higgs plugs a gaping hole in the Standard Model, the theory that describes all the particles, forces and interactions that make up the universe.

Scientists say it is a five sigma result which means they are 99.999% sure they have found a new particle which unfold many more mysteries about the universe we are all habitants of. This discovery holds colossal value; had the particle was shown not to exist, it would have meant tearing up the Standard Model and going back to the drawing boards for all those physicists who probably gave up more than just time in their lives towards the research.

Upon this discovery, Scientists at CERN are very interestingly terming it as the finding of “God Particle”.

Boy, won’t that name be attracting the attention of a lot of people out there who already believe science to be in some direct confrontation with god? So for all those who will probably fly off the handle and let their imaginations take over, the fact is, ‘God Particle’ isn’t what the scientists call it, it’s what the media calls it, and Atheism has nothing to do with it.

The name comes from a book which describes the search for the Higgs Boson. This book was originally going to be called ‘God-Damn Particle’– hinting at how elusive it is- but was changed to ‘The God Particle’ by the publishers.

An ironic fact that is worth a mention here is that, most physicists are staunch atheists or at least that is the general consensus, but Salam was one of the few firm believers of God.

Abdus Salam was known to be a devout Muslim, whose religion did not occupy a separate compartment of his life; it was inseparable from his work and family life. He once wrote:

“The Holy Quran enjoins us to reflect on the verities of Allah’s created laws of nature; however, that our generation has been privileged to glimpse a part of His design is a bounty and a grace for which I render thanks with a humble heart.”

For him, there was no such thing as Islamic science, Hindu science, Buddhist science, Christian, Jewish or Atheist science. It was the study of the Laws of Nature and the laws of nature were the laws of God. So he would emphasise not to put science in a box for if you did, then he thought you would not find progress.

Yet, Pakistan didn’t seem to accept him for his grandeur. Even when religion was a fundamental part of his research and the respect he held for it could not be challenged. Likewise was his love for Pakistan.

In 1974, the Pakistani parliament made a constitutional amendment that declared Ahmadis as ‘non-Muslims’.
In protest, Salam left Pakistan for London. Even after his departure, Salam did not completely terminate his connection to Pakistan, and kept close association with the Theoretical Physics Group as well as academic scientists from the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC). Leaving Pakistan in protest was something he greatly regretted because he loved his country. Unfortunately his country failed to reciprocate.

Dr Ishfaq Ahmad, former chairman of the PAEC and a lifelong friend of Salam recalls:

“Dr Abdus Salam was responsible for sending about 500 physicists, mathematicians and scientists from Pakistan, for doctorate’s to the best institutions in UK and US”.

How did the nation honour him then? By ostracising him and his faith.

Even the epitaph on his tomb which initially read “First Muslim Nobel Laureate”, because of Salam’s adherence to the Ahmadiyya Muslim sect, the word “Muslim” was erased on the orders of a local magistrate, leaving the nonsensical “First Nobel Laureate”.

Despite the immense services he had done for Pakistan and the government, he has been discriminated against because of his affiliation with the Ahmadiyya sect, which the Pakistan Government has formally denounced.

Yet, today, after so many years of controversy, this scientific achievement, set to go down in history, cannot be separated from the name Abdus Salam. That is exactly how Pakistani’s will remember it – as the day a scientific breakthrough made way and a Pakistani physicist had so much to do with it. A denounced Pakistani.

To Pakistan, he was an Ahmadi, deserving of scorn and ridicule. To the world and to me, at least, he was a legendary physicist.

Brilliance with no religion, no creed, no race, no caste and unfortunately, no country. Why call him Pakistani when we drew him away? Why take pride in his achievements now when he is gone? Why claim to have contributed to a discovery by a man you shunned? What suddenly makes him eligible to be a pride for Pakistan?

If only Pakistan had looked upon his achievements and awards without the lens of religious skepticism and discrimination on, we will see that personalities like him that exist amongst us even today, are a matter of pride. They deserve to be recognised, valued and appreciated- not shunned or denounced.

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