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Profile: The whistleblower

Published Oct 13, 2012 10:02pm


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Ardeshir Cowasjee– photo courtesy The Herald

The man doesn’t know diplomacy or tact, he only speaks the truth. He has made many enemies. But the threats to his life don’t impress him one bit. So there he goes throwing all caution to the wind, moving around in his silver Mercedes convertible with the top removed as the police mobile behind him struggles to keep up with his car, which in turn is trying to lose it in the traffic.

Ardeshir Cowasjee does what he feels like doing and says whatever may be on his mind… whether you like it or not is another matter altogether. Admonished by this scribe for walking into the Dawn office in cotton shorts, he would only ignore the matter promising to be more decently dressed the next time.

And dressed the same way the next time, he would try sneaking in quietly. No one wonder he was banned from the golf club when he failed to follow the rule of wearing shorts that are at least lower than knee-length when sitting down.

Still the naughty but lovable Mr C would rarely refuse a lady any favour. Guys of course are treated differently and kept at bay with his walking stick. He quickly complies when approached by them for autographs but a guy requesting him to write something in his little book is given a nice little story about a broken finger coming in the way of his writing anything. But that is as far as the untruths go.

The weekly columns, which graced the Friday (when it was a weekend holiday) and Sunday pages of Dawn from 1988 to 2011 are evidence of this. While for most it was a treat to open the Op-ed page on weekend mornings for some at the receiving end of his exposés they simply spelled doom with gloom in tow, leaving them hungry for his blood. For the leader page staff the trials began after the second half of every Wednesday when the writer handed in his column. Everything had to be gone over with a fine-toothed comb to avoid the possibility of facing a lawsuit later for Cowasjee, in his quest to take the wrongdoers to task, named names and pointed fingers.

This newspaper was the best choice for the whistleblower’s columns as the paper after all was founded by the Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah for whom Cowasjee carries the utmost respect. On his visits to Dawn he shared many a story about Jinnah, especially his interaction with his father and the Haroons during the newspaper’s early years. The columns, too, carried much about Jinnah and how he really envisioned Pakistan.

Born on April 13, 1926, into a shipping family, Ardeshir, too, after completing his education from the Bai Virbaiji Soparivala Parsi High School and DJ Sindh Govt Science College, joined the family business. In 1953, he married a young doctor Nancy Dinshaw. The couple had two children, a girl Ava and boy Rustom. Cowasjee’s daughter lives with him in the adjoining house at Bath Island and works in the family business and his son is an architect in the US. Nancy passed away in 1992.

Although the family’s shipping company, the East and West Steamship Company, was nationalised by the government of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto in 1974, there are other business owned by the family. Besides this the Cowasjees are known for their philanthropy work. The Cowasjee Foundation has been responsible for providing funding for the higher education of many Pakistani students. One of The Citizens Foundation’s biggest campuses is the Cowasjee Campus in Lyari. Many of Karachi’s hospitals such as the Lady Dufferin Hospital, Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation and the National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases are some of the beneficiaries of the foundation.

However, the shipping business was the one closest to Cowasjee’s heart as he enjoyed running his ships. Bhutto’s appointing him as the managing director of the Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation was no consolation and he couldn’t continue with the job for long. The next big post that came his way was chairman of the Port Qasim Authority, which didn’t work out either. Then in 1976, Bhutto sent him to the Karachi Central Prison where he was confined for 72 days. Cowasjee isn’t sure what got him to deserve that but those who know him well think that it was the prime minister’s reaction to some remark he had made about him. Having hit rock bottom and risen back to great heights Cowasjee knows about many things and the workings of many people.

Any wrongdoing including human rights violations, animal rights issues or encroachments in Karachi, was swiftly questioned and challenged by him. The few articles and letters to the editor which he wrote in Dawn earned him a regular column in the paper. His very first regular column, on Nov 11, 1988, was about press freedom and the very last one was, on Dec 25, Jinnah’s birthday and Christmas.

“I am 86 now, too old to pen weekly columns. Besides what’s there to write about with the same old politics and same old politicians. Do you really believe that they will go away? I am bored writing about them again and again,” he says during our meeting at his place last week.

The dogs, Jack Russel Terriers, Billie and her children Captain and Lulu were there to welcome me, Captain bringing me one of his favourite stuffed toys to play with as I waited for Mr C to come. The Australian cockatoo Ben wasn’t keeping very well and chose to stay upstairs and Tobey, the cat, I was saddened to know was no more. Mr C, too, recuperating after a femur fracture, wasn’t his usual self and seemed extra quiet and lost in thought. There were long pauses in conversations.

Only when a young barrister friend came by to share with him his success in court about saving an amenity plot reserved for a children’s playground from the Karachi Building Control Authority which intended constructing an office block on it, did he suddenly snap out of it to inquire about their other pending cases against various government departments and the land mafia. He will be okay… just fine, I thought before taking my leave.


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Qasim Oct 15, 2012 02:05am
Live long Mr Cowasjee
Asghar Mayo Oct 14, 2012 02:52pm
Mr C is indeed a great inspiration for all those who still believe in the idea of Pakistan,howsoever, are disappointments and betrayals. A true erudite Gentleman. May he live long to see different Pakistan.
Ghulam Mujtaba Oct 14, 2012 09:55pm
He is my favorite, he is genius and perfect person in all walks of life...
qamer Oct 14, 2012 12:45pm
He is a real change maker, As a reader I learnt alot from his truthful writings
Ather Oct 15, 2012 11:35am
i get inspiration from him and a bit maturity.
Ratnam Oct 15, 2012 01:36am
I truly miss Mr. Cowasjee's columns. When he wrote for Dawn he was indomitable. I hope that he is enjoying his retirement.
Jamhoora Oct 14, 2012 09:09pm
Mr Cowasjee is an institution . With the passing of time, his great contribution to the upholding of the law especially, when it came to the State( which includes all gangsters , looters enjoying its protection) vs the common Citizen....cannot be forgotten, but will be suppressed by official channels, like the history of the great Minority figures who impacted Pakistan, his achievements will also be consigned to the " They Never Existed " box of Pakistani History. ...Justice Cornelius, Justice Dorab Patel, Justice Bhagwandas Barwani etc to name a few in the legal field. My dear friends, who have been enriched by the great eccentric yet romantic Ardeshir Cowasjee ...Consider yourself lucky that you had a link with the towering personalities that laid the foundation of Pakistan and sustained it.....till the Looters came in...that is another story! Pakistan zindabad!
sja Oct 15, 2012 09:45am
Ardeshir Cowasjee ------ you have left a blank a very big GAP in our journalistic world of Pakistan. You have been torch bearer of Truth and for the love of GOD and your country and all of us Pakistanis all around the world, you did everything commendable for the blessed but politically unfortunate Pakistanis. I always loved from the shores of Karachi, the LIGHTHOUSE, guiding the shipping vessels to arrive in and out of the Karachi Port. You are a man of that intellect using the knowledge for the good of humanity. The people at the command of the destiny of Pakistan have democracy to CRY out and complete debouchery for the people of Pakistan. God bless all those who are sincere towards people of all faiths. PLease keep on the good work and once a while do make your reapparene in the pages of Dawn for the good of Pakistan in turmoil. With best wishes and a good memory of sharing views with you via correspondence.
Nabad Ali. Oct 15, 2012 02:25am
I too wish a collection of his columns could be published in a book form. He is out of this world, an angel in human form, true gentleman.
M. Shahid Yousuf Oct 15, 2012 02:31am
For me he is Mr. Pakistan.
hussein Oct 14, 2012 01:03pm
really really miss his columns - for ages have read him - must be sick and tired seeing what has happened to this great country.
Syed Tahir Hussain Oct 15, 2012 10:01am
The only living Legend. A man with an iron will and unshakeable courage.
abdul Oct 14, 2012 05:03pm
Sahib jee, we miss your views on current affairs, sir,cowasjee it helped me a great to improve my english and knowledge, i admire you from the core of my heart, to date i enjoy your past articles in DAWN, you are jewel of a man,no doubt. rahim chundrigar
Ahmed Hasan Oct 14, 2012 12:52pm
Mr. Cowasjee, You're a rare Pakistani Asset. Please continue to write. You're an amazing and bold person. You have a huge following and we love you for what you stand for.
Raw is War Oct 14, 2012 04:14pm
a truthful person.
zulfiqar khaki Oct 14, 2012 05:13pm
he is man of his words
Muhammed Asim Rao Oct 15, 2012 03:28am
I am a fan of Cowasjee articles. I wish you very well and a long life. Please keep writing (may be reduce the columns per year) - but your words are important and I hope and pray that you have many many readers like me
Mansoor Qureshi, Canada Oct 14, 2012 05:00pm
AC was indeed all time great.One of the best writers Pakistan ever produced.
Dilawer Oct 14, 2012 12:55pm
Peope would have worshiped A.C were he in some other country/ Where is the status if AC? We need make that now not after he is no more. There should be a chair in his name in every single University in Pakistan.
Abstracthinker Oct 14, 2012 12:31pm
And according to the laws of Pakistan this man cannot be the President, Prime Minister or Army Chief because he is not a muslim. Don't you think that instead of empty tributes like these people should change those laws? By the way I do not know the entire list of posts a non-muslim cannot occupy in Pakistan.
Ali Oct 15, 2012 08:44am
Speaks bitter but the truth, I like him & pray for his health & long life...
bilal asif Oct 15, 2012 08:24am
Sir I respect you and your views, I still remember your comments about a young men and how he bring up his family in Pakistan...
parvez Oct 15, 2012 08:03am
Miss him. Praying for his health.
siddiq karim Oct 14, 2012 02:15pm
It is amazing how many great people BVS has produced. I learned to love Pakistan from BVS and not from the clerics. Education for all is a must for all pakistanis. Girls and boys. Way to go Mr. Cowasjee and thanks for the truths.
ARFC Oct 15, 2012 02:12pm
you need to be corrected as well, it is AC or ARFC as he likes to be shortened to. Ardeshir Rustomjee Fakirjee Cowasjee
msk Oct 15, 2012 02:09pm
What a wonderful man. Full of knowledge and in-depth insight He is upright and honest He has tremendous love for the country and the nation. Live long Mr Cowasjee. You are really greaT.
Shuja Khan Oct 14, 2012 05:51pm
Mr C is way above holding those posts. Please don't bring faith or religion in every discussion.He is respected about his independent views. No president or any other office bearer comes close to his stature.
Aziz Bhoi Oct 14, 2012 06:41pm
Let us try Mr Cowasjee performance as a caretaker Prime Minister of Pakistan. I am sure Mr Cowasjee being an honest man and will deliver by holding fair election and its results will be acceptable to all the political parties in Pakistan.Mr Cowasjee appoinment as caretaker Prime Minister of Pakistan will be a good start and the results of elections can put Pakistan back on the track of progress as a strong nation on the world map.Question? will Mr Cowasjee accept this challanging task.?at this advance age of his life.. Written By Aziz Bhoi
Razi A. Shah Oct 14, 2012 06:34pm
I always wonder, who was this guy with glasses. Thanks.
fiaz Oct 14, 2012 10:14pm
God bless you with long healthy life.
Rahat Ali Abbasi Oct 14, 2012 11:32pm
You have heard Mr. A C in english. now it is your duty to make him heard to people in the language which you speak. Thankyou
sri1ram Oct 14, 2012 07:23pm
Words from people and patriots like Cowasjee, Ayaz Amir, Irfan Hussain will not be forgotten long since they stop writing for Dawn. They are the main columnists who have attracted many like me to Dawn time and again. Pity there is a dearth of good writers of their caliber in my native land - or maybe it is just my misfortune to not have discovered such original gems in Indian newspapers.
Sultan Oct 14, 2012 08:44am
No Doubt Mr. C is a national asset.
I. N. Joidit Oct 14, 2012 07:20pm
Mr. C is da man!
urawal Oct 15, 2012 12:48pm
A true Pakistani parsee !
Shuja Oct 14, 2012 10:59pm
Mr Cowasjee, may you enjoy a long and happy retirement. Your articles were not just enjoyable but have taught this nation the difference between right and wrong. It is up to us to save our society. I remember you seeing me as a patient for an orthopaedic problem in the nineties. Needless to say you did not heed my medical advice. Hope you are recovering well from your recent fracture. Best wishes
sb Oct 14, 2012 05:22pm
Mr. C is a wonderful writer and a great citizen. Wish him the best and a long happy life!
Gul Khan Oct 14, 2012 08:52pm
Speak you mind Cowasjee, You only live once.. A fellow DJarian!
WAJAHAT Oct 14, 2012 08:52pm
i remember his reply to one of my questions . STAY THERE was his response..and STAY THERE i did..HE IS THE BEST...
Sadiqa Mian Oct 14, 2012 10:18pm
Thank you for your wonderful article on Cowasjee. His columns were the reason I started visiting Dawn website. His columns showed his true love and sincere wishes for welfare of Pakistan. I wish there were more like him in Pakistan, and that people listened to values promoted by him. I live in the US and one morning I had the most pleasant surprise of hearing his interview on radio (NPR). A related article appeared on NPR website at link below: He is truly a great man and one Pakistan should be proud of.
Chandio Abdus Sattar Oct 15, 2012 08:50am
He is the conscious of humanity. He believes in universal truth,"Humanity First". It is because of his columns that I started reading DAWN. Hats off to the man and his courage!
DrTK Oct 15, 2012 06:48am
Thank you Mr. Cowasjee, for everything. May you have happiness!!
Haider Oct 15, 2012 08:38am
How many Mr. C left now??? What will happen to our beutiful city after all these real Karachiest gone. I wish him long & healthy life and pray that our city to be proteced from all Mullahs/Talibans
Salman Ahmed Oct 14, 2012 10:17pm
The first time that I saw AS was on the telly was when he was being interviewed, along with a few other individuals, after the last coup. The anchor called him 'Mr Casaowjee' - AS immediately corrected him in a very stern tone clearly making the anchor extremely nervous. That image has stuck in my mind :-)
Jeremy Frankel Oct 15, 2012 06:51pm
I miss his weekly column. Why cant Dawn persuade him to do a monthly column. His fearless insight into the depths of Pakistani politics leaves a big hole that no commentator has managed to fill.
Feroze Ursani Oct 14, 2012 09:54am
If at all there was an assimilated humanitarian and bravery award in Pakistan, there could be no other most deserving candidate then Ardeshir Cowasjee. His writings, are both incisive and decisive, perfect for the Voltarian spirit, and his prose impeccable. His kinsman Sir Cowajee Jehangir bequeathed us a home to house the mentally challenged. My only regret is his decision not to pen his regular column anymore, but I do wish a collection of these could be published in a book form. Thanks Mr Cowasjee! FEROZE A URSANI Swansea, ILL
Major Razavi Oct 14, 2012 09:53am
observer Oct 14, 2012 10:12am
I practically grew up reading AC. I had to wait for his column to appear and I would read it the first things in print edition of Dawn. This went on for years. Not to say that Paksitan was ever a heaven on earth, but we are in much rougher waters now. I hope and pray we can get that peaceful, simple society back.
nasr Oct 15, 2012 08:08am
Mr. Cowasjee true you are are in everything you stand for; that is why you stand out. You are compassionate and a perfect patriot with a cause. While millions, like myself who ran away from Pakistan (I 37 years ago), you stayed behind and continue to serve Pakistan, its people and everything Pakistan stands for. You and others like Eidi are source of inspiration for millions of Pakistani of all creed, race and religion. I hope and pray that one day I can return to Kar and work as a volunteer in one of your orgs. Hats off to you and all those who admire and share your patriotism. Shazia thanks for blowing the whistle on Cowasjee.
B. Ally Oct 14, 2012 03:31pm
Mr.C is a great person.I wish to emulate his way of life,
Sohrab Oct 14, 2012 01:21pm
25th August, 1988. I just opened my files and looked at the copy of the fifty thousand ruppees cheque which was given to me as an outright gift to study abroad. I was a young doctor, just finished my internship and had all the crdentials but not enough money. My sister took me to him and before I could open my mouth to presnet my case he handed this cheque to me. "You do not have to explain anything to me" he said. You have the two prerequisites he told me. Your credentials are outstanding which means you are capable iof achieving whatever you set your mind on. The second is that your father is an honest judge of the High Court, which obviously means you do not have the money. Come and serve the people of this country when you are a big shot and excused himself as he was late for a golf game. I keep the cheque in the same file where I keep my wonderful degrees from all over the world, just to remind me where I started and what is expected of an honorable Parsee like him and my dad. God Bless you both.
A. Khan Oct 14, 2012 07:55pm
AC has always responded whenever I commented on his columns. Given that he must be receiving thousands of emails after his articles were published, I was really impressed by this gesture. It was a pleasure reading his articles and may he enjoy a healthy and long retirement.
Noor Oct 14, 2012 09:15pm
Miss your columns Mr.C. You are the only person who could expose the crooks in high offices and get away with it, because the nation was behind you.Now there is no brave man left to fill in the gap. All the best.
Taimur Oct 14, 2012 04:28pm
Mr. Cowasjee we love you. You are my hero. May Allah bless you with long life and may He always bless you with excellent health
Khalid (UK) Oct 14, 2012 04:26pm
What a man Cowasjee! miss your articles very much indeed! No one else told the truth like you did, (although there is one NFP comming of age), There is only one cure education, education education.
Obaid Qureshi Oct 14, 2012 04:26pm
Thank you Shazia Hasan for this beautiful article about a true and examplary Pakistani. God bless you.
AM Oct 14, 2012 08:00pm
U r great writer and person Where r u really from
Khawaja Ali Oct 14, 2012 04:46pm
I visited him sometime back. It was my first visit, and I certainly hope not my last. Conversation was hard and he was very quiet, sort of lost and constantly reflecting. Only in the end did he light up and with a subtle smile, asked me whether he could do anything for me (and he meant it). The whistle blower is tired and has well given up. I am sure it hurts him, to see what happened to Napier's great city and how it never reached its heights, save population wise.
Majaz Amin Oct 14, 2012 09:51am
Mr. C is my favourate columnist. He speaks the truth. Sundays DAWN has lost its charm since he has stopped writing in DAWN. I respect him a lot. May God bless him with good health and happiness.
Sidster Oct 14, 2012 02:42pm
You are right that no one will hear the noise of a fallen tree, atleast there is a notion of noise that you will recognize when u see a fallen tree. If Mr Cowasjee word do not mean anything now, but they will be remembered for the years to come.
Khurram Oct 14, 2012 01:55pm
come on please, there's a HUGE difference b/w hoodbhoy and Cowajee ..
manghirmalani Oct 14, 2012 11:03am
We met several times, he is a gentleman
Capt C M Khan Oct 14, 2012 11:42am
Mr Cowasjee should be appointed the caretaker Prime Minister if required. I have met him once and have read his articles from over 15 years, a true gentelman and an Honest person, whatever he wrote is turning out correct the way Pakistan is today.. So Sad he does not write anymore.
Dr.K.Afghan Oct 14, 2012 11:46am
Dr.Kamar Afghan from London writes-There is no place for an honest,truthful and charitable person who speaks his/her mind.This is an old tradition of a country like ours. This appears to be a one sided story and we do not know the other side in regards to Mr.C's relationship with Mr.Z.A.Bhutto as Mr.Bhutto is not here to respond to this criticism.All politicians in power through out the world are not angels.In this particular case therefore,it may be only right not to comment on the relationship between the two personalities but one must praise Mr.A.C for the work he seems to have done for his own community in Karachi and his contribution towards the education and health care sector in Karachi which must deserve enormous praise.and I will go further in saying that we needed people like him to work and bring progress to the cities and districts of Sindh province.
Baber Khan Oct 14, 2012 11:16am
I only wish there was another Cowasjee in the offing, for ONE is just not enough to 'shame the shameless!" Baber Khan Al Ain
TheAKUchallenge Oct 14, 2012 09:48pm
He is the darling of the readers.
pathanoo Oct 15, 2012 06:29pm
WOW!!!! I am moved speechless. Nary a contrarian thought except absolute unmitigated praise for a a man who is the GEM of Pakistan. Nothing more left to say except Pakistan was/is lucky to have him. Sad that the thundering voice of truth, fairness, courage and reason is going to be silent due to physical fraility. MAY THE GOOD LORD GRANT YOU STILL A LONG, HAPPY AND PEACEFUL LIFE, MY FRIEND - AFRC.
True Pakistani Oct 14, 2012 11:51am
- accepting pakistani awards and medals is tantamount to insulting oneself. prof. hoodbhoy refused when offered one by musharraf.
Ishrat Salim Oct 14, 2012 11:57am
A great man, an unsung hero....Mr C is like a needle in a hey stack...this nation owes him a place in history...this nation is indebted for all that you have done....we have no words to express our gratitude to a remarkable person, an asset this nation shall always grieve to have forgotten to learn from...may you live longer Mr C....
Dilawer Oct 14, 2012 11:58am
I love A. Cowasjee to death. He is a GEM and and we need to Clone and make a 1000 copies of him. Cowasjee ..Tum Salamat Raho Hazar baras aur har baras kay din hoon pachass hazar
Babur Oct 15, 2012 03:46pm
It was last night that I was talking to my wife about Mr. Cowasjee. She had never heard of him, she being an Pakistani American. I told her about how influential he had been to me personally and how I admired him and what he stands for.
Ahsan Ahmed Oct 14, 2012 11:26am
The nation salutes you sir. I have been your avid reader although I was at one time a Jamiat and later Jamaat-e-Islami member. But your writings, your courage to write nothing else but truth always stood out. I wish there are poeple to continue your legacy.
adam memon Oct 14, 2012 02:31pm
With best wishes and regards. Dr Adam Memon son of Ishaque Bawa.
SS Oct 14, 2012 11:01am
For he is a man... We continue to his column of truth... I wish someone has the courage, the intelligence, the ethics, and the generosity of thought to take on the challenge to emulate Mr. Cowasjee on paper... Great people can never be replaced...
Noushad Oct 14, 2012 02:07pm
I wrote to Mr.C with regards to the now defunct KMC not having fulfilled their obligations regarding the cottage industry plot in Orangi Township that have been encroached upon asking him whether the Provincial Ombudsman could be of help and it was a pleasure to have received a timely response and he was truthful to say that the Ombudsman would be of not help.
akhter husain Oct 15, 2012 07:22am
Where are you "Young Old Man?Why have you stopped writing inspirational pieces?We want our old guard to be active again for Jinnah's Pakistan Or else it will go in the hands of stone age civilisation.Wake up young old man for the sake of the beleaguered masses.The famine of sanity is eating up the poor and helpless people.
azher khanzada Oct 14, 2012 12:35pm
Telling truth in English in Pakistan does not count. 99% of people of Pakistan will never heard of him. So if tree fall in jungle, does anybody heard that?
Syed Hussain Oct 14, 2012 12:36pm
No Mr. Cowasjee please don't stop writing. Your frank ness and greatness should move with you to your last moments. May God bless you !!
khanm Oct 15, 2012 10:55am
People may come and people may go but the work inspirational articles must continue... Let us take the charge and continue his legacy......
Tariq Oct 15, 2012 06:30am
Tariq: Great Cowsjee. We respect you with core of our hearts.
Shahid Latif Oct 15, 2012 12:40pm
Dear Ardeshir Cowasjee, You are one of the lot which make us proud. We do not agree with you all the time but we greatly appreciate your courage to take on "the all powerful" of our beloved country. Wish to see you in prints for a long time to come. Likes of you are very rare in any society. You are aware , You have knowledge and sense and you have the courage to say it.
Honest Belief Oct 15, 2012 01:52pm
Hats of to you Mr. Cowasjee. It has always been a pleasure reading your articles. Best regards and keep well. From a Kavasji
Naveed Oct 15, 2012 07:03am
really miss you Cowasjee
Nader Martens Oct 15, 2012 09:16pm
An honest and blunt person.
Fak Oct 15, 2012 07:38pm
We love u Mr. C...
Anwar Shahid Oct 14, 2012 08:31am
Cowsjee is in fact a Jee! a great man.He reflects the characterisics of Muahammed Ali Jinnah. Tomorrow when we we emerge as a geat nation Cowsjee will be remembered as one of the pioneers who paved the way to way to achieve the high goal...My heartiest compliments to him for that he has done for us selflessly..
Shahid Niaz Oct 14, 2012 08:22am
May he live long and help save few more amenity plots from the clutches of Karachi Building Control Authority, the authority which is actually tasked to do this.
Anthony Mendes Oct 14, 2012 01:21pm
Mr A. Cowasjee, is a brave and courageous Pakistani. He only wanted the people of Pakistan to get the best. Like Jinnah he did not care for religion but for people of Pakistan. He could have migrated to a safer place, he had the wealth and the reasons. He did not. He chose to bring change within. Salute you sir.
taranveer Singh Oct 15, 2012 07:51pm
parsis are very brilliant, honest and kind people . they have only 50000 population in India. still many famous people in India industrialists, chief justices, military legends , scientists , film actors are parsis.