Modi's 'supremacist agenda' could lead to massive bloodshed — PM Khan

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan speaks during a press conference at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on September 24, 2019. (AFP)
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Updated 13 December 2019

Modi's 'supremacist agenda' could lead to massive bloodshed — PM Khan

  • Lists down a string of anti-Muslim policies pursued by New Delhi in his Twitter post
  • Warns the world that appeasing the Modi administration would only lead to dire consequencespakis

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday reiterated that his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi was pursuing a “Hindu supremacist agenda,” warning the international community against appeasing the administration in New Delhi since it would lead to dire consequences.
The world “must realize, as appeasement of the genocidal Supremacist agenda of Nazi Germany eventually led to [World War II], Modi’s Hindu Supremacist agenda, accompanied by threats to [Pakistan] under a nuclear overhang, will lead to massive bloodshed & far-reaching consequences,” he said in a Twitter post.
The prime minister also presented a list of anti-Muslim policies pursued by the current Indian administration, starting with the “illegal annexation & continuing siege of [Indian-occupied Jammu and Kashmir]; then stripping 2 [million] Indian Muslim in Assam of citizenship [and] setting up internment camps; [and] now the passage of Citizenship Amendment Law.”
“As in Nazi Germany,” he continued, “in Modi’s India dissent has been marginalized & the world must step in before it is too late, to counter this Hindu Supremacist agenda of Modi’s India threatening bloodshed & war.”
This is not the first time Khan has compared Modi’s India to Nazi Germany. He made the same assertion in an opinion piece published by The New York Times in August this year.
The Pakistani prime minister repeated the same theme during his United Nations General Assembly speech on September 27.
He also questioned the safety of India’s nuclear weapons in August this year, claiming they had fallen into the hands of “the fascist, racist Hindu Supremacist Modi Govt,” after the Indian Defense Minister Rajnath Singh said New Delhi could revisit its “no first use” policy on nuclear weapons.

Commercial truck art enters Pakistani drawing rooms

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Commercial truck art enters Pakistani drawing rooms

  • Truck art is trending in interior design and gift industries
  • Its charm lies in imperfection, says artisan

KARACHI: In a small room of a building located in Saddar neighborhood in the heart of Karachi, Shahzad Hussain, 46, is making final touches to a brightly colored teapot, a wedding present painted with famous Pakistani truck art patterns.

“I have got an order to color 500 kettles from a family that is planning to present it as a wedding gift to their guests,” Shahzad told Arab News while his three assistants were busy painting other orders with vivid colors.

Pakistan’s famous truck art continues to flourish not only on freight vehicles, but also as unique ornaments that attract much recognition worldwide.

Lively hand-painted patterns – often inscribed with poetry verses – drawings of Pakistan’s native flora and fauna, or caricatures of popular personalities, have for decades caught attention, especially on the country’s roads.

“We paint truck art designs on a variety of products that are not limited to only truck models. People come up with different items such as trays, pots, key chains, shoes to give them different colors,” Hussain said. “In fact, we have over 200 items on our list that are painted with truck art.”

Truck artist Shahzad Hussain is painting a teapot with truck art ornaments at his shop in Saddar, Karachi on Jan. 22, 2020. (AN photo)

His customers are seasonal. In summers, he paints models of buses of all sizes, trucks and rickshaws, which are popular among foreign tourists. He also paints suitcases for between Rs1,500 and Rs10,000, wooden cases, lanterns, and photo frames.

The art is trending. In many Pakistani households, drawing rooms are considered incomplete without truck art-decorated objects.

Hussain’s works are also sold abroad, purchased mostly by handicraft sellers.

“We keep the aesthetic sense of customers in mind while painting. To survive in the business an artist must know the taste his clients,” the artisan argues and dismisses the impression that commercial artists are underpaid.

According to him, truck art should be promoted among the young and taught as a form of profession. “It takes at least five years to learn it. We need professional schools to promote the art,” he said, explaining that it must be handmade as machines, computers would lose its feel. It needs human imperfection.

“When you would try to make this work with all perfection, it will not look good,” he said.