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Certain Words…

December 19, 2008

There are certain words that we don’t like for some inexplicable reason. There are quite a few in English and some in Urdu that I dislike using generally. So talking of Urdu I really don’t like when some woman is addressed as Khatoon or Bibi. I was with Benazir on that since she too didn’t like to be called BB although, ironically, that happened to be her name initials.

Benazir reminds me that the government will issue a 10 Rs. coin in her honor on her first death anniversary. Here is the news:

Pakistan will issue a new 10-rupee coin in honour of slain former premier Benazir Bhutto to coincide with the first anniversary of her death in a suicide attack, the central bank said Friday.

The State Bank of Pakistan will issue about 300,000 of the commemorative coins bearing Bhutto’s portrait and inscribed with the phrase “Daughter of the East – Honourable Benazir Bhutto” in Urdu, it said in a statement.

Bhutto was assassinated in a suicide attack in Rawalpindi on December 27 after addressing an election rally, just two months after surviving a strike on her homecoming parade in Karachi.

The government has renamed Islamabad’s international airport after the two-time former premier, as well as a main road and hospital in Rawalpindi.

Pakistan Honors Bhutto With Coin

13 Comments leave one →
  1. owais permalink
    December 19, 2008 10:23 pm

    I wonder when they will change the name of the country to Benazir. How iggnorant can we be!

  2. owais permalink
    December 19, 2008 10:24 pm


  3. Ayesha permalink
    December 19, 2008 10:52 pm

    The road was Liaquat Road I think where she was assassinated now it’s Benazir Bhutto Shaheed Road :S

  4. shobig permalink
    December 19, 2008 11:23 pm

    Sahiba then? Calling a woman by her first name alone is considered disrespectful in our culture, isn’t it? :p

  5. Ayesha permalink
    December 19, 2008 11:32 pm

    What’s with you… πŸ˜›

    Sahiba isn’t bad but it reminds me the Pakistani film actor Sahiba. Remember? :S

  6. Ayesha permalink
    December 19, 2008 11:33 pm

    My name is my identity and I don’t mind being called by my name πŸ˜›

  7. December 19, 2008 11:39 pm

    Bibi is actually pretty respectful, no? What would you rather be called? Madam? Missy perhaps? πŸ˜›

  8. December 20, 2008 2:11 am

    interesting… Raza got a point πŸ˜›

  9. December 20, 2008 2:11 am

    and welcome back πŸ™‚

  10. Saad Ibrahim permalink
    December 20, 2008 11:37 am

    I feel issuing coins of larger denomination decreases the value of currency and increases the demand of the beggars πŸ˜€

  11. Asma Ahsan permalink
    December 20, 2008 10:43 pm

    Ma’am – they should call us that – and we should call all men who call us ma’am, SIR!

    Not MADAM – Ma’am – it sounds better.

  12. Ayesha permalink
    December 21, 2008 10:59 am

    Well, I am fine because these are limited edition coins… something collectible πŸ˜€

    And did you notice the new one rupee coin… πŸ˜• Okay I didn’t like it much.

    Asma has got a point too πŸ˜€

  13. Asma Ahsan permalink
    December 21, 2008 11:23 am

    She does – doesnt she? πŸ˜›

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