Turning water into wine

Published: August 6, 2012

KARACHI: This is with reference Saroop Ijaz’s article “Turning water into wine” (August 5). The writer is right when he says that “Mr Waqar has benefited from our television anchors, government personnel and luminaries from science who are desperate to have something new to believe, and have now found a quaint simplistic easy-to-believe ‘theory’.”.

I remember the attention a pregnant Indonesian woman got after she arrived in Karachi in the 1960s and proclaimed that the embryo inside her was periodically reciting the ‘azaan’. The whole nation went berserk and it was only when doctors examined her and found a miniature tape recorder concealed in her clothes that she was exposed as a fraudster.

Then there was the newspaper report about the first man on the moon — Neil Armstrong — converting to Islam because he heard the ‘azaan’ on the moon. Mr Armstrong has denied the report (he is still a Christian), but countless Pakistanis still firmly believe that he is a Muslim and I won’t be surprised if the father of our A-bomb is one of them. One can easily guess what the reaction of those who believed in Mr Waqar’s so-called invention would be if a man appeared on the scene and claimed to be pregnant!

Shakir Lakhani

Published in The Express Tribune, August 7th, 2012.

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Reader Comments (3)

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Aug 6, 2012 - 9:59PM

    This is a joke and most probably an election slogan of PPP. The governing party had to bring a better campaign slogan after Imran’s slogan of eradication of corruption and terrorism in 90 days. I think PPP has an edge as its more absurd than Imran’s slogan. I hope PML(N) doesn’t bring something like these ideas.Recommend

  • Sultan Khan
    Aug 7, 2012 - 12:33PM

    I think its callousness to call Agha Waqar a fraudster at this stage. He is just a simpleton who doesn’t fully realize the intricacies of the scientific world and its calculations. He should know that you can do many a things in many a ways but the final decision is made on the basis of cost. What to speak of water you can run the car on potatoes and apples but the cost of converting the hidden energy in them into a form which drives the engine is exorbitant. So, for the time being let’s be content with oil and gas till the time some technology is developed which makes the energy available from water at a lower cost.


  • arjun
    Aug 15, 2012 - 2:43PM

    This is very good singn for world becuse there is no polution


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