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Updated the website!

I have updated my website: moved from the “Website Builder” software to the more reliable WordPress! I have also migrated my blog posts from my old WordPress.com blog to my own personal domain (ahmerjamilkhan.org). WordPress is amazing, I must say; it is really easy to use and manage, highly adaptable, easy to customize and has made managing my content easier!

It took some time for me to familiarize myself to the new software, and update/migrate content, and recreate it in some cases, but that was worth it and didn’t take much of my time. The whole thing took about 2 hours to complete.  🙂 This included copying the Google Analytics code and the TraceMyIP.org into my website, setting up plugins and customizing the theme’s code (yep, its hand customized and essentially rewritten)!

I have downloaded Windows Essentials on my Windows 8, and the programs I installed are Windows Live Writer, Windows Live Photo Gallery and Windows Live Movie Maker, skipping Windows Live Mail and Messenger in favor of Mail and Messaging apps of Windows 8.

After setting up Windows Live Writer to post to my website, this is the first post I have written! 😀

That’s all I have to write about right now!

Ahmer Jamil Khan

P.S. I just love the Windows Live emotions like these: 🙂 😛 😀 🙁 :X

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The beautiful end to a wonderful beginning!

SM-MUN-300x1501The 1st SM-MUN finally came to a beautiful end! It was really amazing to see our hard work and efforts shine so beautifully! To our volunteers and all our delegates, I am really indebted to you all! I am really thankful to Owais, Mr. Lobo, Mrs. Naiyer and Mr. Misquita for all their support and encouragement.

As I had said in the opening speech on the first day:

“SM-MUN is all yours; make it or break it, but do your best!”

I am really pleased that you all did your best and made our first MUN the best it could be!

Heartiest congratulations to all the delegates who won the awards and a big encouraging pat to those who didn’t make it to the podium; there’s always a next time! All our chairs were awesome, especially Owais, who was voted as the best. In the end, I’d say a big thank you to our General Secretary Bilal, we did it pal!

At this moment, who could be happier than the President of this event, yours truly! I must say, I am probably the happiest person on the face of this Earth!

The last note: expect more awesome events this year!
Hoping to see an even better MUN next year!

Ahmer Jamil Khan
President of St. Michael’s Model United Nations
Head Boy of St. Michael’s Convent School

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Evolution of the English language

The European Commission has just announced an agreement whereby English will be the official language of the European Union rather than German, which was the other possibility.

As part of the negotiations, the British Government conceded that English spelling had some room for improvement and has accepted a 5-year phase-in plan that would become known as “Euro-English”. In the first year, “s” will replace the soft “c”. Sertainly, this will make the sivil servants jump with joy. The hard “c” will be dropped in favour of “k”. This should klear up konfusion, and keyboards kan have one less letter.

There will be growing publik enthusiasm in the sekond year when the troublesome “ph” will be replaced with “f”. This will make words like fotograf 20% shorter.

In the 3rd year, publik akseptanse of the new spelling kan be expekted to reach the stage where more komplikated changes are possible. Governments will enkourage the removal of double letters which have always ben a deterent to akurate speling. Also, al wil agre that the horibl mes of the silent “e” in the languag is disgrasful and it should go away.

By the 4th yer people wil be reseptiv to steps such as replasing “th” with “z” and “w” with “v”. During ze fifz yer, ze unesesary “o” kan be dropd from vords kontaining “ou”.

After ziz fifz yer, ve vil hav a reil sensi bl riten styl. Zer vil be no mor trubl or difikultis and evrivun vil find it ezi tu understand ech oza. Ze drem of a united urop vil finali kum tru.

Und efter ze fifz yer, ve vil al be speking German like zey vunted in ze forst plas.

If zis mad you smil, pleas pas on to oza pepl.

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In the name of love

In-the-name-of-LoveLove has many different meanings in many different contexts. But does this broad term encompass vandalism, robbery, arson, murder, terrorism? Many would disagree; many did just all this in the name of love. Someone made a blasphemous video insulting Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H.); this ignited the sentiments of the Muslims and resulted in attacks on the US and European Embassies around the Muslim world, which included the murder of the US ambassador to Libya.

Wednesday 19th September 2012: the federal government of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan announced Friday 21st September 2012 as Ishq-e-Rasool (S.A.W.W.) Day, a public holiday to enable the people to show their love for Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H.). The move might not had been entirely religiously motivated; the Islamic fundamentalist political parties in the opposition had issued a call for strike as a protest against the said video.

It was announced by the Interior Ministry that cellular services would be suspended throughout the nation on Friday 21st October 2012, to prevent any undesirable incident. Cellular blackouts are now a common feature under Abdul Rehman Malik’s ministry.

Thursday 20th September 2012: In Islamabad, the federal capital of the Islamic Republic, protesters marching towards the US embassy in the Red Zone’s Diplomatic Enclave scuffled with the police; this evolved into skirmishes between the protesters and the security forces. In hours this escalated into a battle, and the Pakistan Army was called in. Protests also erupted in other cities of Pakistan as well other Muslim countries around the world.

Friday 21st September 2012, the Ishq-e-Rasool (S.A.W.W.) Day: Protests in all major cities began after the Friday prayers; before that an uneasy calm prevailed. The demonstrators and the criminals alike took to the streets and vandalized public and private property: petrol pumps, banks, cinemas, restaurants, shops, and many public places were vandalized, robbed, burnt and many people lost their lives. At many places the protesters and the law enforcement agencies were involved in street gun battles, in which many were injured and some lost their lives. At the end of the day, 189 suspects found themselves in police custody, and 27 were dead.

All in the name of love; love for the person who never cursed even those who tortured and persecuted him, love for the person who was sent as a blessing to humanity, love for the Prophet of the religion which means peace.

Protesting about something which one may consider offensive is one’s right, but protesting in such a way, is that even acceptable? Not at all, as I believe; this believe is shared by all I know. That day, Facebook statuses denouncing such acts flooded every Pakistani’s news feeds. Every sane and literate person hated what was going on outside in the streets.

But why did all this happen? The answer lies in the mentality of the masses, majority of which are illiterate. Literacy rate has been very low here in Pakistan, even when the definition of a literate person is “one who can read and write their own name”, funny, isn’t it? Their mentality has been altered; they have been brainwashed, hatred has been seeded in their minds. What Pakistan needs at this moment is a strong, well-funded educational infrastructure. For only educated and sane people seem to realize that love isn’t what many showed what it meant to them that day.

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An Incomplete Dream

Muhammad Ali JinnahWe, here in Pakistan, live in an incomplete dream; the incomplete dream of a great man who passes away 64 years ago today (11th Sept. 2012)… Yes, this nation is the dream and vision of Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the founding father of this great nation.

Living in this incomplete dream, we criticize this country, blame others for its pitiful condition and live with a desire to forsake our motherland.

It is our responsibility, our duty to fulfil that dream, and build upon it with dreams of our own. This country is our home, and we are its custodians, guardians, its keepers.

I had made a promise to myself that I will do whatever it takes to make this nation great, make it proud of me a d make the world proud of my country.
I wish every Pakistani makes a similar pledge to themselves and work together, hand in hand, to lift this nation from the quicksand of hatred, injustice and fear and build it upon the rock sold foundations of love, justice and equality.

This nation has given us a lot, an identity, a place to call home and much, much more than that. Lets see what we can do to repay this great debt.

This post is a tribute to the great founding father of Pakistan, Muhammad Ali Jinnah.

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Award Ceremony 2012 Speech

Ahmer Jamil Khan

The following is the text of the speech I delivered at the Award Ceremony 2012, at St. Michael’s Convent School.
The main theme of the speech was why I had decided to do my A Levels from St. Michael’s Convent School.

Respected Principal and Deputy Principal, Honorable Parents and Teachers and my fellow students.

Welcome to the Annual Award Ceremony 2011-2012.

Today, it is my honor and privilege to stand up here, and address the bright and outstanding students of our prestigious institution, and their proud and esteemed parents.

The Annual Award Ceremony, is one of the school events that I have attended almost every calendar year, sitting here in the crowd as one of these high achievers.

I joined this institution, back in 1998, in the Lower Nursery. I still remember the first day at school, when I was left at my class, where the teacher welcomed me in. That day was the first step of my journey, 15th and last year of which began this 1st of August. This journey has been a long, yet interesting one.

I achieved a lot during this journey, the credit of which goes to my parents, teachers and my institution, who have molded and shaped my character, and made me what I am today.

This journey has been a wonderful one, I made really good friends, learned a lot of new things, and had fun doing so. I really looked forward to the school opening after vacations. It became a second home for me, and all my friends.

Out of my wonderful time in school, there have been moments where I felt like being nagged by my teachers, or felt the school rules were too harsh and too strict upon me. Not being allowed in class for coming in an improper uniform, or for forgetting books, these rules may indeed seem harsh to a young student.

But looking back at those moments, I realize that it was the concern of my teachers and the institution; they could have easily chosen to ignore our mistakes and mischief, but they did not. This decision of theirs has had made a lasting impact on me and all my fellow students. This changed our carefree and forgetful habits, transformed us into prim and proper pupil. That has made us stand out of the rest.

Now I say with pride, I am really lucky to have concerned and caring parents and teachers.

The school has always provided us with a fair and healthy competitive environment in every field, be that sports, academics or extracurricular activities, and has always encouraged us to do our best and to strive for perfection in anything we do. The school has always appreciated me in each and every of my achievements. All these have been really motivating factors.

Like me, every student has a reputation which they made for themselves, they have a recognition, and they have a fair chance in every opportunity that comes our way. The school has prepared us to face all the cut throat challenges life has in store for us.

Keeping in mind my qualities and capabilities, the school made me the Deputy Head Boy in the O Levels.

I got an excellent set of results in the O levels, which included a distinction.

Like all my achievements, the school duly appreciated my achievement, and awarded 100% scholarship to me in the A levels.

The school is like a second home, to me, and to all my friends. I did not even think about leaving the school in the A levels. And so I came back here for A levels. That was a decision I cherish every moment.

In the A levels, I was sent to the National Science Talent Competition, by the school. There, I made it to the top 50, out of thousands of high achievers from institutions across Pakistan. I was proud to represent our institution there.

This year I became the Head Boy of our School.

They say, “The journey of a thousand miles, begins with the first step.” St. Michael’s provided me with the first step which will lead me to my future journey in the professional field.

Finally, I would like to use this opportunity to thank my parents, all my teachers, and our institution, for making me what I am today. I would especially like to thank our Principal Mr. Peter Misquita, and our Deputy Principal Mrs. Seema Nayier, thank you so much for everything you have done for us and our institution. Without you our institution wouldn’t be where it is today.

Thank you everyone for your time.

Ahmer Jamil Khan

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Positive Thinking

Following is the text of my speech on Friday, 10th August 2012 before the Assembly of students at St. Michael’s Convent School. The speech was titled ‘Positive Thinking’, was a part of my personal effort to reduce, if not eradicate negativity and negative thinking from my fellow students’ minds.

Respected Deputy Principal, teachers and my fellow students. I am Ahmer Jamil Khan.

I’m here to share a few things with you all…

I think I just heard someone back there say, “abay yaar phir ek lambi speech” (Another long speech). Well, is this the attitude we have to start our day with? Negative thoughts, negative speech, negative actions and all this leads to a negative approach to life.

But why shouldn’t we be so negative? There are problems everywhere, in everyone’s life, getting scolded by our parents, being nagged by our teachers, and there are those nose poking neighbors, friends who are no better than pests, and then she said this to me, he said that to me, life is so unfair for those with a negative attitude…

Some of us have a really very negative approach to life and all the things that come our way, and when someone says something negative, others around them get carried away. People with a negative attitude have reasons to justify their attitude.

But friends, I have learnt, negative attitude to anything can never be justified. If I call anyone up here to tell us what’s wrong with the school, I’m sure many people can come up with some reasons to dislike our school. But did anyone ever realize how fortunate we are to be in this institution, or how fortunate we are to be able to receive good education here, can someone count the blessings they have?

Why do we have to complain about the one thing that we do not have, when there are 9 other things that we do have.

If someone can come up with 10 reasons to dislike our country, there are 90 reasons to love it!

I just checked this morning, 925 million people in the world are undernourished and 6 million children die of starvation each year! We have had a good meal this morning!

Our negative thinking takes up most of our attention, and we do not realize all the good things in life that we are missing out on.

A really good approach I found to tackle this problem, I write a diary every day. I only mention the good things that happened to me each day, and I also mention all the good things I did in the day. By doing this I realized how beautiful life is, how fair things are, and how easily I neglected the blessings I have.

Sometimes life hits us with a brick in the face. When it does, never lose hope, and never curse, but try to appreciate this as an opportunity to learn from the mistakes, try to appreciate the experience gained from that.

We should learn to appreciate our blessings before they are taken away? We should enjoy the things we have in life, instead of regretting over what we do not have, and to do this we need to change our attitude.

As Abraham Lincoln said, “People are only as happy as they want to be.” Really, happiness is a choice, and it’s up to us to choose to be positive or negative.

Life is too short to be unhappy. Let’s change our way of thinking, our attitude and let’s choose to be happy and see the magic.

Thank you all for your time.

Ahmer Jamil Khan

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Tomorrow?

Well, there is always a tomorrow!

Surely there would me more time tomorrow…

That, my friends, is the greatest illusion of today!

Time is the only fair thing: everyone gets 24 hours each day, and its up to the people how they spend it! If something is left out, well you’ll get 24 hours again, tomorrow! 🙂

What I learnt from life is that one never wastes time, time actually wastes one!

Time is Money, cash it!!!

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Persistent Vegetative State

Should a patient in Persistent Vegetative State (PVS) be disconnected from his/her life support system? Is it fair that a person, who might have survived be sentenced to death? Is it fair that money be spent to keep the body of a person alive, who is otherwise no more alive than dead, rather than the same money being spent on feeding the starving people? That’s a really debatable issue… What is your opinion?
Read more about PVS in the attached link…

Persistent Vegetative State

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Bored?

Hey, are you bored?

Boredom is , in my opinion, the worse thing to ever happen to humankind, because, when you are bored, you do not have anything to do, and you are a burden on the Earth! When we have exams, or have a target or a deadline, you feel occupied, or perhaps even tensed. That’s good for you because, you will not feel useless and helpless! You see, we get this life only once, so live it to its fullest!!!

Life for today, who has seen tomorrow, but work hard, with sincere dedication for tomorrow, for the future holds great surprises!!! 😀

If you have nothing to do, start bothering someone else!!! If you have “nothing else to do,” feel free to bother me! 😀

Thanks for reading my blog!