Monday, July 28, 2014

Tour de Kashmir, Bike Ride

Coming soon, in August Insha Allah. Pretty excited about the upcoming tour, hoping that the weather is not rainy to hamper movement since it's going to be a bike ride.

Monday, July 07, 2014

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Big Bikes in Pakistan

Suzuki atunned the bike lovers last year with their launch of GW250 Inazuma, M800 Intruder and GSXR1300 Hayabusa in Pakistan. Honda followed suit and introduced CBR150 and CBR500 both twin cylinder bikes. The 2014 marks the arrival of Aprilia in Pakistan as they introduce RS4 125 and Shiver 750, which are trult Italian bikes. What has been sheer disappoitment to the bike lovers are the sky high pricesof all these bikes, consider Honda's CBR150 for Rs.660,000-, Inazuma for Rs.700,000- and more surprisingly Aprilia's RS4 125 for a massive Rs.985,000-. No doubt, these imported machines are costly and thanks to higher import duties couppled with weak currency value the total cost goes high but still the price tag put on all these bikes makes no sense and it appears that the these bikes have not been intruduced with the aim of selling them rather it is a projection stunt to show the company's presence in the country, I mean who would buy a 125cc bike for roughly 1 million rupees when he can easily find a used R1 in similar price, which is a more famous and obviously more powerful race bike; 125cc versus 1000cc no comparison at all. Only time will tell how many units of these smaller displacement bikes are sold in Pakistan. In my view, it is a failed experiment.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Right to Information in Pakistan

Constitutions of all the great democracies of the world share some common traits when it comes to the rights of the common man. This is so not just because they know the importance of the public opinion of the government but also because all such common traits are in fact the very spirit of a government that is truly democratic. Whereas a dictatorial monarch will curb every reasoning voice and turn down every pointing finger, a democratic government will lend a keen ear to criticism for it and tend to resolve the issues. Freedom of speech and the right to know are the two fundamental rights that distinguish a democratic state from a dictatorial realm. Freedom of information laws give access to the general public to the data held by national government. There is always a legal process to establish the right to know and have access to government-held information.
The right to information is the touchstone of other freedoms and even in the present age the governments ignore it even when it formally exists. Information is a public good and right of information is a weapon that a common citizen should be armed with for it empowers the civil society to keep a check and control corruption in departments and even make an assessment of how far the country has made progress from a certain point in time. It is like a scanning of the working of governmental body and can be beneficial in treating the epidemics like neglect of duty, misuse of power, corruption, favoritism, social injustice and the like. In a democratic republic right to information should be as basic as the right to breathe, not just on the national level but also on the local level. A common man should have easy access to all the information he requires on anything that bothers him in the city including any policy devised by the local administration.
We are living in the age of wisdom and knowledge where even a common man is well aware of his legal rights, it is for this reason that today many countries of the world are introducing such laws so as to give access to all the required information to the common man. Sweden’s Freedom of the Press Act of 1776 is the oldest one known while in Pakistan it was the historic 18th Amendment in April 2010 that ensured right to information by inserting a new Article 19-A in the Constitution acknowledging the right of citizens to the required information. Pakistan has thus joined the list of more than 50 countries where right to information is guaranteed to its citizens. The Article 19A allows access to information in the following words, “Every citizen shall have the right to access to information in all matters of public importance subject to regulation and reasonable restrictions imposed by law.” The Constitution of Pakistan embodies all the fundamental rights of citizens and insertion of Article 19A further expands the scope of fundamental rights given in the Constitution. This will ensure a step forward toward good governance, effective policymaking, transparency, and active participation of people in the public affairs.
The basic principle in devising laws allowing access to information is that the burden of proof falls on the body from whom the information is required, if the information is not disclosed then a genuine reason has to be given for withholding the same else the concerned body can be held liable for violation of a constitutional right.  Inducting Article 19A in the Constitution of Pakistan can be helpful not only to the public but to the government also in so many ways. Whereas it will ensure protection of public rights it will also create awareness among them as to their own rights, which means that they will become vigilant about their rights and knock the doors to justice for any violation thereof. At the same time it will have indirect effect on the working of the government as well as governmental departments would be well aware that anything they do will be open to public access and they can be easily held responsible for violation of laws, neglect of duty and corruption. It is also helpful in bringing home to the common man what a government is capable of. When everything that goes in black and white is open to common man’s access, government will take effective measures in devising effective policies, make right use of the taxes collected by the public and address the grievances of the public timely. However, having the right to information is one thing and actually grabbing it is quite another story. Since, in Pakistan the law about right to information is still new, not many people are aware of it and it is only with the passage of time that the fruit of this legislation will ripe and only time will tell that to what extent it has been helpful in eradication of social evils and injustice and to what extent the law is being followed in its true perspective. It is only when the understanding of the law will be preached to the common man that a new dawn will break in the country. Laws about freedom to information have effectively played their role in ensuring protection of fundamental rights of citizens where anyone can question deviation from the normal course and any malpractice. The right to information is a hallmark of true democracies all over the world and the nations making the right use of it can make better electoral choices. Well informed taxpayers can know that their money did not go wasted and that it has been rightly used for the purpose it was collected for, informed citizens can hold accountable the concerned for illegal budget and public spending. The law about having access to information is there now, it is for the citizens to understand what power has been transferred in their hand and it is only when the citizens realize the right use of this power that they can get rid of all the social evils and see the country rising to a whole new horizons.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Another Feather in the Cap


 


EFFORTS do not always give the desired results in the spur of a moment especially when you are sailing against the flow, abracadabra does not work here; it takes sweat, determination and hard work. At Pakistan Bikers Club we have always been striving hard to promote the safe, rather sane riding habits. We have hundreds of thousands of hooligans out on the roads to whom safety means nothing, it is this attitude that needs to be changed and there always is a great hope unless it has become a person’s instinct to violate the traffic laws and believe you me some mothers do have them.
How would you define a biker? One who rides a bike, of course; but just sitting on the bike, putting it into gear and going off is not all that it is about. Neglecting the safety measure, the helmet at least, means you are not serious about riding the bike at all. It will take one moment of bad luck to have you involved in an accident that may see you on the bed with serious injuries and broken bones; it may cripple you for life or make you see the eternal life in the worst case. In Pakistan, we have lots of bikers club enjoying their passion through travelling to far off places, weekend get-together or monthly short trips yet so many of these riders are alien to what a real biker means so at Pakistan Bikers Club we have been spending lot of time to make a biker realize his true identity and we do not let go any opportunity to spread our word to the common riders and our stall at the ACTEPR Expo at the Lahore Expo Center on 24th and 25th of August, 2013 was another of such activities. The stall with a display of variety of big and small bikes remained center of attraction for all ages where many forwarded words of appreciation for promoting the motorcycle safety gear.
Hard work never goes unnoticed and PBC is no exception. Some officials of the PTV World were so impressed by our efforts that they invited us to participate in their program Weekend World and thus gave us the opportunity to spread our word. Unfortunate, that time was short and only I and Malik Muhammad Zahid, president of the club were available to go for the recording. The program was broadcast on PTV World at 8:00 pm on September 01, 2013. Soon afterward we started receiving messages congratulating us, appreciating the valuable information we had shared back there. Not that all minds think alike; our efforts of promoting safe riding habits also get criticism from some blocks which mostly comes out as a show of jealousy and which we always neglect with a roar of laughter. Every single human life counts, if our life long efforts can save just one life by adopting the safe riding habits and use of safety gear, our efforts are fully rewarded.


Thursday, October 31, 2013

Photography

I have been interested in photography for some time now and it has been a lot more fun since I bought my first DSLR, Canon 600D, which is a pretty good camera to start with. Buying a DSLR has introduced me to a whole new world, an exciting one. Those who take photography as a profession or passion it does not come cheap. For high quality pics you need good DSLRs with good lenses and that means a lot of budget. I am happy with the 600D and its stock 18-55mm lens though. Some recent pics:
Pic taken a M2, near Kalar Kahar area..
 Pic taken near Murree..
 Sunset at Blue Area..

Saturday, September 07, 2013

The Wheels of Change


The history of motorcycling is quite unique for the changes it witnessed over the course of centuries. While names like Flying Merkel, BSA, Indian, Scott and Henderson, Pope and many others shadowed the motorcycling world of their time, few even know their names today and only the names of Harley Davidson Triumph and Royal Enfield remain from the early 20th century era. The two World Wars did a lot of havoc to the world economy; business was toppled and the motorcycle manufacturing was no exception. It was for this reason that the post World War motorcycle lovers heard nothing of the big motorcycle manufacturers that mostly hailed from Europe and America.
Japan entered the motorcycle business quite late in time but when it did it was with a very serious approach to motorcycling where the aim was to produce bikes that were more affordable and reliable and it would not be wrong to say that it is because of these traits in particular that the Japanes bikes hold the major part of the motorcycle market.
Pakistani motorcycle market has a trend of its own. Out of the big four only Honda and Suzuki are producing bikes in Pakistan at present and Yamaha is expected to come out with a regular launch by 2015 since the production halt a few years ago. Kawasaki could not establish their market and has a bried business history in Pakistan. Suzuki has been in Pakistan since long with Honda always there as a tough contender but it appears that Suzuki has decided to go a step ahead now and the Suzuki's recent launch of the stylish GD110 is one such example. The GD100 was just the beginning though and real credit goes to Suzuki Pakistan for introducing the bigger bikes forthe very first time in the motorcycling history of Pakistan. The Wheels of Change ceremony organized by Suzuki Masters Motors at the Pearl Continental Hotel, Lahore on June 22, 2013 will always be remembered as the most remarkable event by the motorcycle lovers of Pakistan when Suzuki announced a regular launch of the GW250 Inazuma, M800 Intruder and GSXR1300 Hayabusa. What makes the arrival of these bikes even more special is that Suzuki will also provide the after sale service and spare parts, now that is quite remarkable. Suzuki's recent launch of the GD110 and the big bikes has not only introduced a new era to the motorcycling in Pakistan but also it brought to a halt the stagnation that has been prevailing for the past so many years. We are thankful to Suzuki Master Motors Pakistan for inviting some PBC members to their Wheels of Change ceremony, it was definitely an event not to be missed. We look forward to more pleasant surprises by the Pak Suzuki team in future.