Mehdi Hasan & the politics of a bounced check

Mehdi Hassan undergoing treatment at the Aga Khan University Hospital

Mehdi Hassan undergoing treatment at the Aga Khan University Hospital

A few weeks back the much acclaimed ghazal singer Mehdi Hasan fell critically ill and was admitted to Agha Khan Hospital for extensive treatment. Many people shared their passion for this gazal maestro to an extent that a few government dignitaries offered financial assistance to the ailing singer.

It is being reported that the President Asif Zardari and the chief minister of Sindh have provided Rs1 million and Rs250,000, respectively, for the treatment, while a cheque for Rs500,000 that was received from the Punjab government after the then chief minister Shahbaz Sharif visited Mr. Hasan at the hospital could not be cashed due to the imposition of the governor’s rule in the province. In the aftermath of these events, the bounced cheque did go through but during the time being Mehdi Hassan’s son was told to meet with the governor of Punjab [Salman Taseer] to ‘sort out the matter

Arif Hasan, one of the sons of Ghazal Hasan said ‘My family, which has exhausted even its ‘rainy day securities’, is now badly failing to foot the treatment bills, we still have to pay an amount to the tune of about half a million rupees to the hospital on account of accommodation and treatment” that is in addition to meeting other expenditures incurred on Khan Sahib and his family

Its very sad to hear that the politics of our country had a direct impact on the workings of our government to have yet again failed to support our national hero’s. It is my genuine sense of sorrow that if our government cannot help, then might the people of Pakistan take matters into our own hands and help this family out of this crisis

21 Comments so far

  1. بستنی (wasiq) on March 23rd, 2009 @ 2:50 am

    Uss ney tapti huie peyshani pey jab haath rakha
    ku ba ku phel gaie baat shana saie ki

  2. fasee on March 23rd, 2009 @ 7:38 pm

    Me still banned

  3. بستنی (wasiq) on March 24th, 2009 @ 5:37 am

    @fasee sab….enjoy it…don’t try to hit against the wall….metroblogging runs on sponsor…and sponsors only sponsor a site according to its popularity and there are only two ways of knowing that
    1.the hits to the site
    2.the comments on the blog

    the hits stats are generally not very reliable…but no sponsor can deny the popularity of a blog if it remains active for so long as we have seen in the past few weeks….i think the mulla blog have broken the record of number of comments world wide…and even if they delete some of the comment for moderation it will remain a record breaker…
    there are few interesting guideline set out by the Metroblogging on the sign up form….and number 3 saysIf we love your comments, we may ask you to join us as a writer for the site. Similarly if you are a jerk and do nothing but cause trouble, we might kick you off.
    it is interesting to note that they have not kicked you off yet…the bloggers have been constantly changing….why is that so…?
    i have never been invited directly but i do keep poking them in case they have any complaints against me….they always reply very promptly…and courteously they are fun people.
    so be patient and try to relax…review your situation and don’t give up…you are Amazing!the best….

  4. barrister on March 24th, 2009 @ 11:37 am

    I personally have great respect for Mehndi Hassan Sahib as he’s a treasure but I am against using public-funds for such purposes. Why can’t he go to Abbasi Shaheed? This family now has a habit of begging for money ..!!!

  5. fasee on March 24th, 2009 @ 11:41 am

    ramadan khatam hu gai….hsaitaan wapis a giya

    @ wasiq.

    sir by all means i wont argue with what you said…..actually i am a very " un sugar coated " sorts of guy…

    but when somebody comes up and says please put some brakes on…then surprisgnly..i really do….

    but belive me…no body had the courtesy to tell me anything or so..

  6. balma on March 24th, 2009 @ 8:19 pm

    This is a touchy subject, but why don’t our people save when things are going well. I am sure during their hey days, for example in case of Mehdi Hasan sahib, they made more money than most Pakistanis. Why didn’t they invest it somewhere or something like this.

    I know this is a touchy subject, and I do enjoy Mehdi Hasan’s singing, and I have heard him live at least twice…..but, I always wonder about this.

  7. fasee on March 24th, 2009 @ 9:26 pm


    True sir….most of western stars, invest in companies or form there own productions….so when they retire they have a good careear to move too

    We desis such short sighted #*@…..jitna kamaoo utna khaa ke soo jaoo….end me ya tu bachoon ke oper lud jao ya road pe bheek mangoo….kiya planning he, what excellent business stratgy

  8. بستنی (wasiq) on March 25th, 2009 @ 12:35 am

    @fasee sab….sir its not about the courtesy…a blogger may find one word offensive and mark you as unsafe…..especially in the kind of environment we live….although you may argue that it is you and I that are putting ourselves at more risk by commenting in such an uncompromising tone…still i say if they have the time or desire they could high light and return our comments for moderation….but I don’t think they have the time…life in cities like Karachi is so busy…

    coming back to the topic….a courtier remains a courtier from his first audience to the last…..I believe that Khan sab is doing an honor to the govt of Pakistan…by accepting the help…

  9. fasee on March 25th, 2009 @ 10:39 am

    @ wasiq.

    agree to disagree with you on this sir… whenever there are strong controls somewhere there are people on websites assigned the moderation job, which is a full time dedictaed job, not a hash and slash job.

    without even having the conurtesy to explain that what is done and why its done.

    its a sign of either a egoistic moron or lack of ethics and transperancy……( funny, such things coming form my mouth..:)

    besides…when there is a lack of transperancy….then if somebody had a bad mood or was needing pshycatric help or something he might find one thign offensive while others might engoy it.

    so…my point is… KD yesterday mentioned…..vulgarity is judgemnt based……so either there has to be a standard for it whcih is clear….otherwsie it becomes a sham, dependent upon the mode of the one having the passwords to mederate at that time.

    sorry…but having wasted so many years in policy making for comapnies i guess i cant stop myself form pointing out that fact.

    in the spirit…..*it was nothing personal, not targeted towadrds anyone, i was talking bout principles and pricniples only*……script taken from nawaz shareef talking bout trial of musharaf.

  10. karachiet on March 25th, 2009 @ 11:31 am

    well ‘donating’ in numbers like ‘paanch lakh’ ‘das lakh’ is more like a fashion thing, IMHO its better if Govt. take full responsibility of the treatment and foot all the bills instead that will save humiliation to the maestro’s family..

  11. بستنی (wasiq) on March 25th, 2009 @ 11:58 am

    aik baat toh tey hai….these agha khani’s increase your value of life per day….from hundred rupees to one lac rupees…or more…so the loved ones could not forget the dying person ever….

    Bholey naa kabhi….bho ley naa
    taroun bharee raat bholey naa kabhi…

  12. fasee on March 25th, 2009 @ 12:10 pm

    mehandi hassan was a %$#@ of his time…when he was all fame he destoryed so many careears due to his egositc attitudes.

    dont know…whenever we are in a position of power or authority we become "mini pharohs" firoon bun jatay hain……play with lives of so many others…thinking like ants roaming around….

    everything has an end….akhir hum kiyoon bhool jatay hain..aaj jo hai woh kaal nahe hu ga…kaal hum bhi kisi ke agay majboor hoon gay

  13. karachiet on March 25th, 2009 @ 12:21 pm

    what he did was his act, we may not critisize or ditch him at the twilight of glory, two wrongs dont make a right..

  14. بستنی (wasiq) on March 26th, 2009 @ 9:01 am

    Allah bhagwan and God maaf kar dey per yeah Agha khani’s maaf nahein kartey….abhi hal hee main mamooli si shikayat pey aik foreign aziz ka phone aaya order karney lagay kay Agha khan shift ho jao…..mein ney kaha….woh toh her jaga nalki dal deytey hain….aik nalki sey khoon aata hai aik sey jata hai…aik nalki sey khana aata hai aik sey jata hai…aik nalki sey dawa aati hai aik sey jati hai….aik nalki sey urine aata hai aik sey jata hai…..aaisa nahein karoun plumber ko bola bhaejoun….kharcha bhi kam ho ga…..sab khud bhi doctor hain ….bahut hansey…..Allah hafiz keh kay phone rakh diya…..mein ney shukar kiya….kay Allah ney aik aur zindagi de….

    Allah tala Khan sab kay woh sins jo sirf Fasee sab kay ilm main hain….ko unn lamhoun kay sadqay main rad kar dey jo unn ki awaz kay jadoo ney mujh jaisey lakoun logon ki zhaheini kaifiyat main kuch behtari laay houn…Ameen!

  15. fasee on March 27th, 2009 @ 11:20 am

    @ wasiq……

    lol…sir fasee ka jub dimagh khola huwa tha agha khan walon nay tub bhi fasee na rock music farmaish pe lagwaya tha operation thearter me…bcoz hum zinda bi thay aur jagay huwa bi…..

    Mehnd hasan ko hum tu chalo maaf ker mera personaly kuch nai bigara…..per woh "alafaz" shayd maaf na krain jin ki yeh sahab gatay huway taang tora kertay thay…:D

  16. kabirdas on March 27th, 2009 @ 7:03 pm

    @ barrister and fasee

    How relevant it will be if Mehdi Hassan could sing today, after reading the referenced comments, Ahmed Nadim Quasmi’s following ghazal:

    Umar bhar sang zani kartay rahay ahl-e-watan
    Yay alag bat hay kah dafnain gay aizaz kay sath

  17. kabirdas on March 27th, 2009 @ 7:41 pm

    @ balma and fasee

    You may be right or you may be wrong. I don’t know how much Mehdi Hassan earned and how much he could save. Chances are you also don’t know this. So let us not be judgmental on this issue.
    He was one in a million person who filled our hearts with joy and let us not forget this. Any amount of tax payer’s money spent on his treatment will be a well spent money.

    Balma: I appreciate the polite language that you used for Mehdi Hassan. Fasee: I wish you had not used the language that you used for Mehdi Hssan. Even if you have to hang a person you don’t have to be rude to him.

    ‘The good that people do is oft interred with their bones’ so said Shakespear. Bu please don’t let it be so with Mehdi Hassan so says Kabir Das.

  18. بستنی (wasiq) on March 27th, 2009 @ 9:02 pm

    @fasee/aku…..acha acha hup hup…kardwa kardwa tu tu….nai princess aaney dey…..

    sir yeah kya baat huie….aap ney best portion toh unn ko pesh kar diya…aur hum ghareboun kay lian bacha kucha…khair pheir maat jaiyeah ga..pheley unn ko pata nahein tha…ab toh woh mera badla bhi aap sey nikalein gay….main ney kafi arsey sey unn ki tangrdee tight kar rakhi hai…
    rahi baat alfaaz ki adaigi ki toh yeah kya keh diya aap ney….

    sunna hai boley toh batoun sey phool jhardtey hain
    challey bhi aao kay gulshan ka karo baarr challey…

  19. fasee on March 28th, 2009 @ 9:52 am

    @ wasiq.

    relax…they didnt dared to open up my brain…bakol mrs fasee…no body dares remove the lid and witness how much crap is inside…:)..lo ji kar lo gal.

    besides what i went through was jujst cosmetic surgery nothing big big.

    @ KD.

    if i hurt yr feeling for what you think of him, then i appologies ( for hurting a guy without purpose ) not for what i belive about that classs of people….but will take care next time i say crap bout others

  20. بستنی (wasiq) on March 28th, 2009 @ 10:35 am

    if you stayed overnight… can you be so sure….?
    make it a habit never to hurt KD’s feelings…..he thinks his margalla is a hill…

    Dil main toofan cho-pa-ay baitha houn
    Yeah na samjho kay mujh ko piyarr nahein

  21. balma on March 28th, 2009 @ 11:36 am

    On second thought, KD is right, and we should be careful. No matter how much money or assets one may have accumulated, it may just not be enough for one’s medical care!

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