Dear Readers,

Thank you very much for visiting this blog. Your views are extremely valuable and important for me. I urge you to kindly share here, if you have any opinion, comment, suggestion, advice, or just any thing that you want world to know or me to write on.

Obliged and grateful,



85 thoughts on “Interact

  1. Sartaj Khan says:

    Dear Marvi,
    thank you very much to add me , My Name is Sartaj Khan i am from Northern Areas. dear i am really impresed from you ,ple accept me as your friend. thanks and i will write you next…
    Sartaj Khan


  2. S.M.PASHA says:



    • Marvi Sirmed says:

      Pasha sahib, I’m so grateful to you for joining in and writing the rejoinder. But sir, can you please elaborate on what exactly do we mean by “not to deal with them as they deal with their muslim brothers and sisters”. Because it is just not clear to me what exactly are saying. Is it a usual cry for hatred (which is already quite rampant in the world)? If we look around, we dont have an “agreed upon” way to deal with muslim brothers and sisters. We rape muslim sisters, we kill muslim brothers inthe name of spreading Islam, we loot muslims, we rob them under broad day light. What then are you talking about? Please educate.


  3. Arun says:

    Wishes from across the border. happy to see the kind of initiative yu r on to. Heard yu on NDTV which made me follow yu to tis site. Hopin to actively participate.


  4. shahid khan shaikh says:

    respected marvi,
    i am quite excited and happy to see such wonderful material on internet. honestly speaking i feel difficulty while interacting with my friends and colleagues because no one agrees with me. my opinions and views are opposite than the views of my friends and all the people around me.
    i hope i can a learn a lot from you.
    great work ….. SHABAASH


  5. Joy says:

    am new to twitter
    dont know how i chose to follow you! (first & only person i am following in these trial visits)
    was redirected to your blog Baagi
    deeply impressed by your thought provoking comments (& profile)



  6. Shaukat Masood Zafar says:

    BY: Shaukat Masood Zafar
    Email Address:
    Flight of Capital from Pakistan—How to restore it?.
    Capital flight erodes the financial basis of a country. The role of banks and financial institutions in facilitating capital flight is almost acknowledged; we should review the role of banks and financial institutions in capital flight from Pakistan. There is no other economic condition that is so damaging to the poor as hyperinflation which at times go on for a pretty long period upto decades, but it’s nothing like illegal flight of capital which goes on for generations. It is a one-way flow of money from Pakistan to developed western countries which never comes back. There are several components of flight of capital—corruption and trade mispricing being on top; corruption continues to plague both the country and its ability to develop free and fair institutions to monitor and charge corrupt officials. The capital flight due to elements of Corruption, non-transparent privatization, tax evasion, and black economy (bribery, employment of professional criminals and commission from not only government projects but from hidden contracts with foreign companies) are leading Pakistan to more economic troubles. There is another serious issue of banks having written off loans of more than Rs250bn, which, obviously, would have flied to some other destination. The tax evaders are frightened of being caught are shifting their money to EU countries. Billions of dollars are flying out of Pakistan due to growing fears of terrorism and worsening economic situation are finding their way into London’s slumped property market. Politicians and senior army generals siphoning off huge funds and buying property abroad is not a secret. As per reports, Pakistani politicians and military officers have been investing in areas around the prestigious Park Lane and Mayfair in central London, which are historically the most sought after areas by the rich and famous Pakistanis. It is a tragedy that billions of dollars are finding their way out of Pakistan when remittances from expatriate community have almost dried up. Poor governance leads to and encourages and breeds corruption in a number of ways, for instance through bribery, extortion, nepotism, fraud and embezzlement. It reduces the efficiency on which the economy of a country depends upon, and by increasing the cost of investment, lowers the potential return. It also reduces the government’s resources and hence its capacity for investment. Corruption in Pakistan is unique because it occurs upstream; it has wings which encourage flight of capital rather than wheels which encourage reinvestment. National procurement systems handle a substantial share of total government expenditures in Pakistan. If the public procurement systems in Pakistan were improved, there would be substantial positive effects on public services, private enterprise, economic growth, and the legitimacy and effectiveness of public authority. The theft of funds and disappearance of resources out of Pakistan closely resembles what has been occurring in connection with Latin America throughout the 20th Century, in and out of Africa since the years of independence in the late 1950s and early 1960s, and in the Middle East long riven with wealth disparities and ideological shifts. We did not know how to meet our foreign exchange expenses beyond a certain day. Our debts are technically in default. investment is virtually non-existent, flight of capital is rampant, currency is depreciating its value very fast. There are other factors, too.

    Pakistan comes first and it is the responsibility of all of us to love this country and should be patriotic. The only secret is that if you are professional in your approach, if you are transparent, if you have no hidden agendas, people in the end will respect what you are doing and of course nothing pays better or helps better than producing results. Surely there are a lot of challengesin Pakistan but we should rember Rome was not built in a day; it takes a long time. But what this shows is that if you can have a clear approach, a clear vision, a clear strategy, and you execute it professionally and transparently, results can be achieved, even the worst cynics gradually come to appreciate this. Wise stewardship by country’s leadership helps reduce the severity of the economic cycles and GOOD governance best flourishes only in a corruption-free situation. The confidence of business and investor community in the economy also plays a significant role. If the businessmen and investors feel the government and central bank is managing the economy well, they continue to play their role to maintain economic health. On the other hand, if they lose confidence in government’s economic team, they begin to slow or even withdraw their investments which hit the economy hard. The businessmen who do this are not malicious, they are not trying to derail you, they just have genuine concerns and a different point of view. As long as you know what you are doing and you can explain what you are doing, the system would not obstruct you. To get rid of corruption and other allied evils the foremost requirement is proper education. It should be on top priority. To restore the confidence of the businessmen and investors ultimately leading to return of capital and further investment is transparency, honesty and strict enforcement of Rule of Law. To save our Society and our country, urgent and stringent measures need to be taken some of which are recommended as under:

    1. Education (At least 7 to 10 % of GDP may be reserved for education for next 10 years);

    2. Building strong institutions having no political interference;

    3. A national anti-corruption commission should be set up as an independent watchdog;

    4. Treating all ‘illegal’ money and property transactions in industrialized countries at par with drug money.

    5. Strict enforcement of Rule of law and safeguarding the interests and life of ordinary citizens;

    6. Political stability and ending ‘one man show’ in political parties;

    7. Ending all discretionary powers/ laws;
    8. Involving common man in diagnosing corrupt systems;

    9. Restoring foreign investors confidence (including overseas Pakistanis who have a huge role to play but are discouraged);

    10. The problem of corruption is quite severe at the lower judiciary and a system of alternative dispute resolution needs to be worked out urgently;

    11. Poverty alleviation and economic reforms should be focused on;

    12. Provision of energy (electricity, gas, petrol) to industry and agriculture at subsidized rates;

    13. Research and development in niche industries including agriculture be promoted;

    14. Effective management and steering of economic plans;

    15. Development of infrastructure, storage, shipping, ports; and

    16. Proper development of human resources.

    These are the building blocks for the bridge that will lead Pakistan into the better future Inshallah.

    Shaukat Masood Zafar,
    House No.1060, Street No.95, Sector I-10/1,

    Cell: 0333-5499592.


  7. Asif Ali says:

    Shaukat Masood Zafar, very good and looking at the sorry state of Pakistan and watching the Kleptocrates, hoodlums, scamsters, feudals and industrialists raping not only the economy of this country but selling sovereignty and self-respect, we are nearing our doom.

    It is high time and the only solution is to REVOLT against the collaboration of Is i.e. Zardar, Gilani and Kiyani, what Chief of Army Staff you are when you cannot stop the Drone Attacks, what President and Prime Minister you are when you don’t know whats going on on the street, why people are committing suicides and why families are selling their kids to stuff their stomachs for food.

    If we don’t get rid of them soon, God forbid we will be another Somalia or Afghanistan very soon.



  8. Asif Ali says:

    Thanks a million Marvi for doing a wonderful job, and I think we need to introduce more topics I have a lot to tell people like “who is controlling this world” and what and who are doing to make this world suffer.

    I believe in the power of words, let’s get together and change this world and the way people think.

    Great Work….


  9. hamnah ayed says:

    how are you any different from others in the cohort of Anti- religious lobbyists. You think voicing the vice “so called liberal” views against Islam and our religious values is a show of courage? and an order of human rights? may be to rejoice in your own gang/ network but what about the archives of the Creator whose ruling you choose to shun so balatantly? I pray He guide you to be different, charismatic as a Mominah and more empowered with the knowledge which is supreme, that of the Quran, some day!


  10. Wrik Sen says:

    Dear Marvi,

    I am here to offer my sincere apologies for my replies to you on twitter. I should have taken a more detailed and matured view towards your point of view, before replying in such a harsh manner.

    Just to let you know, you are indeed doing great work in Pakistan and I hope you succeed in future.

    Wrik Sen


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  33. a stranger says:

    I fully agree with you as far as dealing with Taliban is concerned. There is no way you can justify implementation of any particular religion with force. Having said that I’ve few simple questions / observations / reservations. Before I enumerate them let me remind you that just because a thing has been said many times, you can’t defy it if its logical. There you go now
    1. Why there were no terrorist attacks inside Pakistan before 9/11 ?
    2. With all your brilliance, intellectual capability in mind, I fail to understand how can you not mention sacrifice of 35,000 Pakistanis in last 10 years? How can you not mention attacks on civil and military establishments inside Pakistan by Taliban? And keeping in mind above, how can you still assume that Pakistan Army or ISI is supporting Taliban.
    3. My point of view might bother you, I’m sorry in advance if it does but the factual position is this; India, USA, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Russia, Pakistan and even China are using Taliban to achieve their respective interests. So those taliban who are being used by anti Pakistan forces are striking Pakistan and others are striking US forces in Afghanistan. And I hope you have read and understood this famous line of diplomacy “You don’t have permanent enemies or permanent friends, only your interest is permanent”. And “enemy of enemy is friend”. So in my opinion if some Pakistanis develop a soft corner for talibans not fighting against Pakistan, its understandable (I’m personally not in favor of using the wrong to do the right)
    4. Your Bindya gives me an impression that India is the world’s most tolerant society. I think Kashmir, Operation Blue star, Holocaust of Muslims in Gujrat, Burning alive the christian missionaries, support of Tamil tigers in Sri Lanka, strained relations with Pakistan, Bangla Desh, China, Sri Lanka, killing of a royal family in SAARC region all of these things were probably conducted by Pakistan and ISI? Otherwise this Bindya only appears to me as a symbol of shame, inferiority complex, a cheap of seeking attention and a pseudo intellectualism.
    5. Pakistani society has been kidnapped by 2 kind of extremists. One people like you so called liberals but actually liberal extremists and religious extremists (Taliban etc). Ironically none of you two represents the true face of over whelming majority of Pakistanis. I am an ordinary Pakistani. I’m clean shaved. I love to put on western clothing because of its ease in work and the way it makes you active. I offer Jumma prayers. Sometimes i get regular in prayers, sometimes i totally miss them. I love indian movies, music, hollywood movies and Pakistani Pop. In our marriages, we dance. We are true liberals of Pakistan because we are tolerating the two most stupid school of thoughts and we are coward too, we are letting idiots from two most lame school of thoughts kidnap and black mail us.
    6. Hope my point of view is conveyed and understood clearly (And I further hope that my feed back will be published as it is)


  34. Nirmal Singh says:

    Hello Marvi
    Sat Siri Akal

    I read every tweets by you and congratulate on your liberal and farsightedness on all issues. I have also seen you on TV debating on various issues. I wish you best of luck and look forward to more such articles. Yes, killing of 4 doctors are very bad . It happens in our country where innocent human being are killed without any reason. Recently two youths were brutally murdered in Mumbai for objecting to eve teasing and they were killed in broad day light in the presence of many people. I pray that sanity descend on all of us for a crime free society.

    Thanks and Salaam,

    Nirmal Singh


  35. Nirmal Singh says:

    Hello Marvi
    Sat Siri Akal

    I read every tweets by you and congratulate on your liberal and farsightedness on all issues. I have also seen you on TV debating on various issues. I wish you best of luck and look forward to more such articles. Yes, killing of 4 doctors are very bad . It happens in our country where innocent human being are killed without any reason. Recently two youths were brutally murdered in Mumbai for objecting to eve teasing and they were killed in broad day light in the presence of many people. I pray that sanity descend on all of us for a crime free society.

    Thanks and Salaam,

    Nirmal Singh


  36. Ali Kazim says:

    you are a piece of shit … i wish to tell you that i want to kill you for defending and raising gay and lesbian rights and demanding rights for them … BITCH …. why dont we see the women who die everyday in sindh and balouchistan …. you are a HINDU BITCH WHO BELONGS TO RAW and you must be banished out of pakistan … this is an official threat …i live in islamabad and i will definately find you …. i wont kill you if i find you instead i wanna sit down and fall into a BIG detailed argument … remember … being LIBERAL is ok … but being LIBERAL against pakistan is a trait … only a hindu is a trait … you are a trait … Traitor BITCH….


  37. RMalik says:

    Dear Marvi
    The guy NissarAlikhan at twitter is bad guy. I checked his old posts and seems he use threat openly against others. You are not the only person against whom he has used threat.

    I know you are a bold lady but best way to handle such idiots if block them. I admire the kind of people you handle time to time.
    I know you are a patriotic Pakistani lady.

    Melbourne Australia


  38. wazdan says:

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  40. Dr Dev Sharma says:

    Dear Marvi,

    I am an Indian PhD scholar and a medical doctor based in Australia. I saw your interviews on You Tube. I am very impressed by you. As an Indian, I love Pakistanis and the common culture that we share. Only people like you can educate the masses in Pakistan so that they elect a government that focuses on economic development and education rather than conflict with India.

    Indians are progressive people. We are more concerned about education, housing and economic problems rather than conflict with any country. We too have some radical and foolhardy people in our country who talk nonsense rhetoric (although no one can match Zaid Hameed’s level of stupidity); but overall we are a secular nation which had a Muslim President and muslim ministers. Indians who live abroad love their Pakistani friends and vice versa.

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  41. kazmicolumnist says:

    justice, equality and humanism , these are not only three words but also a whole theme of struggle in Pakistan.
    Justice is denied so that Bhaagi The Character suffers
    Equality is limitized to just few families who are ruling this country.
    Humanism is avoided, so that peoples are living below human standards.

    You are doing great…. I would like to be in contact with you as i am now writing columns in difference newspapers.



  42. kazmicolumnist says:

    justice, equality and humanism, These are not just three words but whole theme
    JUSTICE is denied in our country, so characters like BHAAGI are suffering
    EQUALITY is just defining living standards of 22 families in whole country.
    HUMANISM is avoided as a society, peoples are living below human standards, by ignorance of ruling class.

    I would like to interact with you on regular basis, as i m writing articles in difference newspapers now.



  43. Mike says:

    You look amazing !!! Hats off to your boldness!! How are you able to survive in Pakistan!! God bless you!!!
    Once again big fan of your journalism as well as your beauty!!


  44. Puja says:

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