Syed Irfan Ajmal

Prose, Poetry, and Random Ramblings

Hakimullah Mehsud is dead. Is this good or bad for Pakistan?

We have to defeat the mindset that creates such extremists and terrorists. While the bullet may do the job in the short-run (would have been better if the bullet/drone was OURS) we have to look at other countries like Malaysia and Indonesia who have done a better job at counter-terrorism and rehabilitation than us. Most of all we have improve the standard of education in the entire country but especially in those thousands of maddrassas where students are ‘educated’ for free.

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SEO Study: Local SEO Tactics Improved Google Visibility by 179%

[Source: Search Engine Land] Local SEO can be defined as a specialized type of online marketing which helps businesses increase visibility by getting ranked for geographically-related keywords. Significant portion of Local SEO includes ”ranking in the Local algorithms, as well as ranking well in the organic results for Local keywords.”

Digital agency and technology provider SIM Partners has released a report  [registration needed] sharing how usage of different basic local SEO (Search Engine Optimization) tactics drastically improved Google visibility.

The report found that Basic Local Search Engine Optimization Steps Improved Google Visibility By 179 Percent.

Results of Local SEO Tactics

Results of Local SEO Tactics

While the study involved large businesses, SIM Partners believe the tactics used would be beneficial for SME (Small & Medium sized Enterprises) as well.  315 US business locations were included in this study.


The various tactics used to obtain these results included:

  • Creating custom business descriptions for each of the locations
  • Adding additional information such as photos and videos to the listings
  • Removing duplicate listings from Google and other sites
  • Identifying third-party sites that are respected by Google and are relevant to the site
  • Creating and optimizing third-party listings
  • Continuously working on each listing to modify and optimize it and rank it different search terms.

It is important to note that these results were achieved over a six-to-nine-months time period.

Local SEO [Picture Credits:]

Local SEO [Picture Credits:]


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Fun Email – Deal With SPAM Like Matt Cutts and Liam Neeson

Who doesn’t hate spam? Everybody and yet spammers think sending us an email about how to earn $5000 per day or how to get penile enlargement will work.

No Time For Spammers

Spammer? Ain’t Nobody Got Time For That!

Find out how Matt Cutts (Head of Web Spam Team, Google) deals with spam here.

But don’t do it the way Liam Neeson seems to be doing it in the below image:

Liam Neeson Threatening a Spammer

Liam Neeson Threatening a Spammer

Finally, I will end this post with a fun quote:

The funniest thing is that now I know what reverse spam is. You know you get spam from people saying, ‘Can you invest in this or that?’ People are now e-mailing me saying, ‘Oh my God, can I invest in your company?’ It’s a reverse solicitation of money.

Jefferson Han

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”Yes, I am Imran Khan” – Said My Uncle

I have an uncle who loved playing cricket. I was probably 3 years old when I asked him if he is Imran Khan. He wasted no time in confessing that he was indeed Imran Khan Took me a good few years to realize I had been conned.

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Eid Sacrifice – An Opportunity for Entrepreneurs?

Moonis Rehman, CEO of thinks Eid Sacrifice can be a great opportunity for entrepreneurs. Here is what he opined at Facebook:

”Back of napkin calculation suggests about $1 Billion spent on sacrificial animals over Eid in Pakistan at approximately 2X cost/kg of meat, over-paying by about $500 Million. Entrepreneurs?”

But I wonder if there are any hidden costs invovled?

When I shared Moonis’s post on my page, a friend commented:

”Ask any livestock farmer and he’ll tell you the other costs involved.
All that glitters is not gold. I should know after quitting the business.


We had our own issues but in general sacrificial animals give a profit around 10 to 20% on average which is not bad considering an investment for 3 to 4 months. If all goes well. And that last line is all that matters.” – Abid Siddiq Omerson

I personally feel that, the fact that the prices goes up by 2 times means there is an opportunity there. ”Surely there must be obstacles and all but the profit margin could be bigger than 10-20% if one plays it right and has a year long strategy instead of jumping on the bandwagon 3-4 months prior to Eid.”.

I would love to know others’ views as those who are in the business may know better about hidden costs etc.


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Log & Allah

”Log Allah Ko Maante hain, Allah Ki Nahin.”

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Quote of the Day – 10/19/2003

”Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

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We do the Eid Sacrifice Ourselves

We do the sacrifice ourselves each year since always. Rarely do we hire a butcher and even when we do, we don’t sit idle but constantly work along with him shoulder by shoulder and we outclass him every single time.

Now while my hands have quite a few a cuts on them right now and despite the fact that I hate blood and the smell of raw meat, and I don’t like eating meat too much either, I feel proud of, what is probably, the only activity that most of cousins and ucnles do together once an year.

Perhaps the next generation will take up hunting or something but what we are doing ain’t so bad either.

Wish you all very happy Eid. I hope your butcher came on time because I and my family got free at 1 pm and I ain’t working for you unless you can pay a 1,000 USD per hour fee

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What opinion do Pakistanis have about Gandhi? [Quora]

Gandhi at his bst

Gandhi at his best

The question was asked on Quora.

I am sharing my response below:

”The illiterates (who make up the larger population of Pakistan) probably have little idea. All they may know is that he is Indian/Hindu and this alone may be enough for them to hate him.

Literacy Rate in Pakistan

Literacy Rate in Pakistan – 1951 – 2008

The semi-literates probably know a little but based on their little knowledge and whatever the 7th and 8th grade history books have taught them, make find him to be funny due to his attire and may firmly believe that Jinnah was far better than Gandhi and all that jazz. This group may also rely on Urdu magazines etc which, I have noticed, mostly have anti-India propaganda in it.
The more educated ones admire Gandhi for his non-violence struggle in my view. Being a Pashtoon Pakistani, I feel a certain affinity with Gandhi since he was a great friend of Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan aka Bacha Khan who, due to his non voilence views and movement is also known as ‘Sarhadi Gandhi’. I think people like me who have lived abroad or still live abroad (and may have had Indian friends/roommates) are more open minded and understand the fact that it is not a sin to appreciate and admire anything India. The people here don’t understand that (but I think this is mutual).

Bacha Khan and Gandhi

Bacha Khan and Gandhi at a rally

Bacha Khan and Gandhi being Cheerful

Bacha Khan and Gandhi being cheerful

While I mentioned how Gandhi may be hated or laughed at, I like to believe that the bias against Indians in Pakistan is lesser than the bias against Pakistanis in India.
Forgive me for digressing but I would like to share something which would give a bit of context to why things are they way they are. n India acquaintance who is a journalist and visits Pakistan quite often believes Pakistanis generally have much friendly views of Indians than the other way around. The same acquaintance believes that the reason for this is that Pakistanis have open access to India dramas and movies which sort of humanize the Indians for them. On the other hand, India has banned all access to Pakistani movies, music and dramas since 1999.”

RaOne at a Premiere Cinema of Pakistan

RaOne at a Premiere Cinema of Pakistan

Mr. Mashood Elahi Khan [a Pakistani-American] was kind enough to share his views:

My two pennies worth concerning Gandhi Ji.

First his strengths:

* He was the first Indian leader to have realized the importance of involving the Indian masses into the politics of the day and he set and accomplished that task all by himself. The masses were absolutely held in thrall of the man and responded to his calls with alacrity. He used that power to dog the Brits with measures that convinced them that their days in India were numbered. His personal appearance was a part of the persona he created to attract the masses and that worked quite well too.
* He imbibed and improved the ideas being floated in that day and age -by the likes of Leo Tolstoy among others- concerning non-violent methods of resistance against foreign occupation. He used that tool too to some degree of success against the Imperial rule. However, he took the idea too far -almost to the point of being ludicrous- when he advised the Brits to stop fighting the Germans in a world wide conflagration and allow them to invade their island home.
* He caught the imagination of a whole generation of Indians and was able to dominate their political -even social- thinking as much as any other politician of his time if not more.
* He didn’t want a partition of India and understood the importance of taking the Indian Muslims with him to that end. In that pursuit he, however, failed to convince his second tier Hindu leadership to toe his line. Nehru and Patel -the young Turks of the Congress- had their own ideas. Had they listened to Gandhi the political outcome of the events of that era may have been different.

Now his weaknesses:

* As Qaid-e-Azam rightly pointed out – Gandhi ji made a massive blunder when he brought religion into the political discourse of the day. He introduced terminology such as Ram Rajaya etc to lure the Hindu masses into the process which, at the same time, sowed the seeds of doubt in Muslim minds for whom it could only mean subjugation of the Hindu majority in the newly promised dispensation. Jinnah said that ‘we will rue the day’ as indeed we all did.
* His imagination ran wild when he started to emphasize on the village based economy through communes or Ashrams. In another world, at another time it may or may not have worked but at that time when the heavily Industrialized Europe stood as a Colossus dominating the affairs of the world, expecting a new country, breaking out of a century old subjugation, was irrational. His view had to fail against the vision of leaders like Nehru who wanted India to become an industrial power in the form of the European entities albeit with a socialist hue. This was a major reason why he ultimately became irrelevant to the decision making process in the end and his ideas lost when confronted by Nehru and Patel.
* Jinnah was his nemesis among India’s largest minority. In confronting Jinnah he could only succeed had he been a different kind of a person. Like a chameleon he changed his colors and arguments suiting the occasion. Jinnah -with his Constitutional lawyers mind- detested it. He was more wont to follow a set of rules / laws within which to set a goal and achieve it. As a result, any opportunity that Gandhi had of successfully dealing with Jinnah on his own to counter the destructive thinking of his own colleagues in Congress failed.* His personality quirks -such as laying down with young girls to test the power of his own abstinence- or traveling with a goat for the regular diet of milk that she provided are beyond matters concerning his politics and are better left for his biographers.* A good source for people who want to study personalities of Jinnah and Gandhi juxtaposed would be [S.K.] Mujumdar’s Gandhi and Jinnah.

Kamran Siddiqui [a Pakistani-Canadian] opines (and I agree with him to quite an extent): 

Some very insightful arguments made above… two cents:

1. All three major players i.e Gandhi, Nehru and Jinnah made some compelling blunders, at one stage or the other.

2. British Raj was not an Evil Raj.

3. The independence movement was in essence not an idependence movement. The British were leaving any way. It was a futuristic struggle for power and intersts in the post British India.

4. All the major players, despite years of negociations and political poturing failed to prevent rioting, bloodshed and uprooting of millions. It was a major failure that could have been avoided.

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‘Thanks God its Monday.” – Sajjad Kirmani

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”That Garden of Eden” and Lynching

Saw a friend post this beautiful quote on Facebook:

“When I see an old movie, like from the ’40s or ’50s or ’60s, the people look so calm. They don’t have smartphones, they’re not looking at computer screens, they’re taking their time. They’ll sit in a chair and just stare off into space. I think some day we’ll find our way back to that garden of Eden.”

— Rudy Rucker

May be that would look something like this:

Staring off into space happily

Staring off into space happily

But then just below that quote on facebook, there was this hilarious comment:

White People Lynching Black People in the 'Good Old TImes'

White People and Black People in the ‘good old times’

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Best Harvey Specter Quote/Scene Ever [Suits]


  • Harvey: “You once helped me without me asking. Well, now I’m asking. ”
  • Scottie: “Then tell me something. ”
  • Harvey: “Something what? ”
  • Scottie: “Just…something. ”
  • Harvey: I remember the first time I ever saw you.
  • Scottie: Con Law. You threw me some line, and I gave you shit about your hair.
  • Harvey: No, it was two weeks before that, outside Langdell. You were wearing a blue dress. The wind was blowing. When I saw your face, it stopped me dead in my tracks.
  • Scottie: “That’s not enough. ”
  • Harvey: The next time I saw you was con law. You answered the first question that Dyson asked, and I knew that that face that blew me away was your second best asset.

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Santa Banta Go Fishing

Santa Banta Go Fishing

Santa & Banta

Santa and Banta went fishing. They caught a lot of fish and returned to the shore.
Santa: I hope you remember the spot where we caught all these fish,’
Banta: ‘Yes, I marked X on the side of the boat to mark the spot.’
Santa: ‘You idiot! How do we know we will get the same boat tomorrow?’

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Learn Chinese in 5 Minutes [Humor]

Learn Chinese in 5 Minutes

Pretty Easy Eh? And Funny Too!

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Joke of the Day – 10/05/2013

من موہن سنگھ اکونومسٹ ہیں اور سونیا جی نے اسی لئے ان کو وزیر اعظم مقرر کیا ۔ وہ سویٹ اور نہایت شریف آدمی ہیں، اپنے کام سے لگے رہتے ہیں ۔ بیان بازی سے واسطہ نہیں رکھتے ۔ لیکن ایک دن ان کے دانت میں درد ہو ا اور ڈینٹسٹ کے پاس جانا پڑا ۔ ڈینٹسٹ نے کہا

پردھان منتری جی ۔اب یہاں تو آپ کو منہ کھولنا ہی پڑے گا


Nasim Ahmad, an acquaintance from India comments:

بھت خوب ! لیکن وہ اتنے کم گو بھی نہیں ہیں – ایک بار پارلیمنٹ میں اپوزیشن رہنما سشما سوراج کے ایسے ہی کچھ کم بولنے کے طنز پر وہ انہیں کچھ اس طرح چپ بھی کرا چکے ہیں –

مانا کہ تیری دید کے قابل نہیں ہوں میں”
”تو میرا شوق دیکھ میرا انتظار دیکھ

PS: I’ve quite a few friends and acquaintances from India and I have tremendous respect for India and its inhabitants including the current Prime Minister.

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Funny Youtube Comment of the Day – 10/05/2013


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How About Starting the Day with a Fake Quote or Two?

Reading a quote which gets you in the right mood to tackle the day’s issues and challenges is nice right? Even if its a fake Buddha quote, it ain’t a choice too bad provided that the message expressed in the quote is a good one.

So he:  ”Every experience, no matter how bad it seems, holds within it a blessing of some kind. The goal is to find it.”

Now most people would think this is a Buddha quote since its being spread around as such in the form of the following image:

Is this a Buddha quoteImage Source: Unknown

This image shared on some highly respectable sites, including the Mindful Muscle Facebook page (which has 18,000+ likes to date and some great content) which shared it today.

But, is it really a Buddha quote? According to the Fake Buddha Quotes website:

Buddha quotesImage Source:

The author states that, ”[…] it’s simply not something that the Buddha said. Both the sentiment and the vocabulary are totally alien to the Buddhist scriptures. It sounds more like something from a modern self-help or spirituality book.”

Couple of comments below that post are also interesting. For instance:

Lindsay: ”The clincher for me is the words “bad” and “blessing”. Would seem as if the author of this saying was telling us how we should interpret the situation, not quite the open-endedness [sic] I expected from the Buddha.”

For more details, please visit this post which is about the very same quote.

Hope you liked this fake (but inspiring) quote of the day 🙂 !

But in case you wanna read a couple of more fake quotes, here you go.

The first one is another fake Buddha quote:

This was never stated by Buddha. According to the Fake Buddha Quotes site it belongs to Jack Kornfield, appearing for the first time in his book Buddha’s Little Instruction Book (1994).

Another all time classic fake quote which points to the blessing and the ‘blessing’ that internet is, especially for quotes:

Yeah really, one can’t be sure of the authenticity of any quotes shared on internet right.

But there are some good resources like ThinkExist and GoodReads which are usually good for accessing authentic quotes. Check them out!

PS: Mindful Muscle responded on 10/06/2013 saying, ”The reality is, none of the “Buddha’s” quotes are written verbatim… no one from his time wrote down his words with written language, they were passed down verbally for hundreds of years before ever being written.” 

PSS: Mentioned to a friend how ”I posted this blog post of mine in few groups and you won’t believe that I’ve got people laughing at me and saying ‘internet was not invented during Lincoln’s time’.

I responded to them by asking, ‘did Star Wars exist during Lincoln’s time’, referring to Linconln’s photoshopped pic in which he is wearing a star wars cap. And they STILL didn’t get it. LOL”

© Syed Irfan Ajmal

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The Guest House – Rumi

The Guest House

This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.

A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.

The dark thought, the shame, the malice.
meet them at the door laughing and invite them in.

Be grateful for whatever comes.
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.

— Jelaluddin Rumi,
translation by Coleman Barks

Filed under: Heart Break, Others, Poems, Spirituality, Success

My Tweet to Bilawal regarding Sindh Govt.’s Ban on Skype/Viber/WhatsApp

Sindh Government’s Bank on Skype/Viber/WhatsApp and Bilawal Bhutto Zardari

So Mr. Bilawal Bhutto Zardari thinks the Sindh Government ban on Skype/Viber/WhatsApp is a good thing.

Below is a snapshot of what he said and how I responded to him.

My tweet to Bilal Bhutto Zardari regarding Sind government's ban on skype, viber and whatsapp

My tweet to Bilal Bhutto Zardari regarding Sind government’s ban on skype, viber and whatsapp


Dear Burgers, Sorry abt Skype/Viber/Whtsapp. Excuse us while we catch some terrorists and save some lives. SMS for 3months. Sincerely BBZ

Syed Irfan Ajmal@syedirfanajmal

@BBhuttoZardari It ain’t used by burgers alone. Ever heard of Pakistani IT outsourcing industry? We depend on Skype/Viber etc for a living!

One person said that the calls made by such apps are untraceable which is why this ban was imposed.

My response to him:  I am sure there exist software to help make calls from smartphones untraceable. These apps are the backbone of our IT outsourcing industry and  hence such bans are counter-productive.
We need to have a much better counter-terrorism strategy than banning everything. The terrorists also use cars. Should we ban car imports?

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Competition and Self-Improvement

Too often, we focus so much on what others are doing and how they are doing a better job than us that we forget to focus on self-improvement. While competition is not a bad thing if done in a healthy way and up to a certain limit, our primary focus should be on self-improvement rather than what getting entrenched in a toxic competition or a rat-race of any sorts with others.
Instead of constantly comparing yourself, your business, your job with someone else or someone else’s business/job etc. try to be the best that you can be. Try to make your business your job performance the very best. Sure there are days when our productivity is not at its peak and that’s completely normal, but never settle for mediocrity and seize to be bogged down by the constant competition with others.

competition and self-improvement

Competition and Self-Improvement

”The only person you should try to be better than, is the person you were yesterday.” – Anonymous

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Verse – A Poem by Nizar Qabbani

Nizar Qabbani (1923-1998) was a Syrian diplomat but he is famous for being one the most prolific contemporary poets in the Arab world.

Nizar Qabbani

Here I am sharing English translation of one of my most favorite poems of Nizar Qabbani.

VERSE By Nizar Qabbani

The old word is dead.
The old books are dead.
Our speech with holes like worn-out shoes is dead.
Dead is the mind that led to defeat.

Our poetry has gone sour.
Women’s hair, nights, curtains and sofas
Have gone sour.
Everything has gone sour.

My grieved country,
In a flash
You changed me from a poet who wrote love poems
To a poet who writes with a knife

What we feel is beyond words:
We should be ashamed of our poems.

Stirred by Oriental bombast,
By boastful swaggering that never killed a fly,
By the fiddle and the drum,
We went to war,
And lost.

Our shouting is louder than our actions,
Our swords are taller than us,
This is our tragedy.

In short
We wear the cape of civilisation
But our souls live in the stone age

You dont win a war
With a reed and a flute.

Our impatience
Cost us fifty thousand new tents.

Dont curse heaven
If it abandons you,
Dont curse circumstances,
God gives victory to whom He wishes
God is not a blacksmith to beat swords.

It’s painful to listen to the news in the morning
It’s painful to listen to the barking of dogs.

Our enemies did not cross our borders
They crept through our weaknesses like ants.

Five thousand years
Growing beards
In our caves.
Our currency is unknown,
Our eyes are a haven for flies.
Smash the doors,
Wash your brains,
Wash your clothes.
Read a book,
Write a book,
Grow words, pomegranates and grapes,
Sail to the country of fog and snow.
Nobody knows you exist in caves.
People take you for a breed of mongrels.

We are a thick-skinned people
With empty souls.
We spend our days practicing witchcraft,
Playing chess and sleeping.
Are we the ‘Nation by which God blessed mankind’?

Our desert oil could have become
Daggers of flame and fire.
We’re a disgrace to our noble ancestors:
We let our oil flow through the toes of whores.

We run wildly through the streets
Dragging people with ropes,
Smashing windows and locks.
We praise like frogs,
Turn midgets into heroes,
And heroes into scum:
We never stop and think.
In mosques
We crouch idly,
Write poems,
Beg God for victory
Over our enemy

If i knew I’d come to no harm,
And could see the Sultan,
This is what i would say:
Your wild dogs have torn my clothes
Your spies hound me
Their eyes hound me
Their noses hound me
Their feet hound me
They hound me like Fate
Interrogate my wife
And take down the name of my friends.
When I came close to your walls
and talked about my pains,
Your soldiers beat me with their boots,
Forced me to eat my shoes.
You lost two wars,
Half of our people are without tongues,
What’s the use of a poeple without tongues?
Half of our people
Are trapped like ants and rats
Between walls.’
If i knew I’d come to no harm
I’d tell him:
‘You lost two wars
You lost touch with children.’

If we hadn’t buried our unity
If we hadn’t ripped its young body with bayonets
If it had stayed in our eyes
The dogs wouldn’t have savaged our flesh.

We do not want an angry generation
To plough the sky
To blow up history
To blow up our thoughts.
We want a new generation
That does not forgive mistakes
That does not bend.
We want a generation of giants.

Arab children,
Corn ears of the future,
You will break our chains,
Kill the opium in our heads,
Kill the illusions.
Arab children,
Don’t read about our suffocated generation,
We are a hopeless case.
We are as worthless as a water-melon rind.
Dont read about us,
Dont ape us,
Dont accept us,
Dont accept our ideas,
We are a nation of crooks and jugglers.
Arab children,
Spring rain,
Corn ears of the future,
You are the generation
That will overcome defeat.

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My View on Musharraf’s Treason Trial


I agree that singling out one man (i.e. Musharraf) is not right but we have to start from somewhere right? Trying 5000 or so people from all walks of life who supported and strengthened one of the many military dictatorship over the course of last 55 years or so wouldn’t be so easy but trying one man who was once the strongest man of 

Pakistan (and is a retired ARMY GENERAL) should send a strong message.

And yes he should be tried for 99 as well. 

This is my view on the matter. What do you guys think?

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