Articles Comments

Featured

Idiotic autocrats

Idiotic autocrats

by Saad Hafiz A Turkish government spokesman summarised the reaction to the outcome of the 2007 Turkish parliamentary elections in other Muslim countries as: “What the hell did the Turks do right that we did not do? How come they can manage a predominantly Muslim population, negotiate [for membership] with the EU [European Union], and have a workable democracy while we … Read entire article »

Munawar Hasan: Advocating Violence to fix Country’s Ailments

Munawar Hasan: Advocating Violence to fix Country’s Ailments

Malik Omaid Ex Jamat Islami Chief calls for the culture of Slaughter in the Name of God replacing Democratic culture. Raza Rumi comments on his statement. [View the story "Munawar Hasan: Advocating Violence to fix Country's Ailments" on Storify] … Read entire article »

But What About Blasphemy Against Human Decency?

But What About Blasphemy Against Human Decency?

Usmann Rana A five month pregnant woman and her husband beaten up by a mob and burned alive in the very same kiln where they worked. A child with mental challenges (reportedly Down’s Syndrome) jailed for ‘allegedly’ desecrating the Holy Qur’an, the Muslim scripture. A colony set ablaze by self-righteous defenders of the faith which ended up costing the lives of eight Christian men, women and a … Read entire article »

Photo of the Day: Munawwar Hassan says “Jihad should replace democracy to overcome challenges”

Photo of the Day: Munawwar Hassan says “Jihad should replace democracy to overcome challenges”

Malik Omaid LAHORE: Former Ameer Jamat-e-Islami (JI) Munawwar Hassan on Saturday ruled out the resolution of issues through democratic disposition and instead called for promoting the culture of ‘Jihad’ to overcome the present challenges. “It is beyond the system based on elections to overcome the challenges being faced by the country,” he maintained while addressing a public meeting here at Minar-e-Pakistan. He said … Read entire article »

Higgs Boson & Dr. Abdus Salam

Higgs Boson & Dr. Abdus Salam

By Aqeel Ahmed This article was originally posted in Ibtidah-The Beginning. Paktea House is posting it on the 18th death anniversary of Dr. Abdus Salam to give a better understanding of his achievements and its relevance in the modern physics. There are four fundamental forces in nature, namely, electromagnetism, weak nuclear force, strong nuclear force and gravity. Electromagnetism can be observed in daily … Read entire article »

Faiz Ahmad Faiz: Unlocking the complicated imagery of his poems

Faiz Ahmad Faiz: Unlocking the complicated imagery of his poems

Malik Omaid On the 30th death anniversary of the legendary Poet Faiz Ahmad Faiz, I am posting an excerpt from the excellent article of Ted Genoways  “Let Them Snuff Out the Moon”: Faiz Ahmed Faiz’s Prison Lyrics in Dast-e Saba. When Faiz was confined to solitary, his pen and paper confiscated, he composed qit‘as—a four-line rhymed form that he could memorize and recite. Later … Read entire article »

Photo of the Day: International Terrorism Report 2013-14, Pakistan Termed as third Most affected Country

Photo of the Day: International Terrorism Report 2013-14, Pakistan Termed as third Most affected Country

Malik Omaid According to News Tribe NEW YORK: International Terrorism report 2013-14 issued, Pakistan stands third in the list of most affected countries by terrorism. According to a International Terrorism report, Pakistan stands third in the list of most affected counties by terrorism with 1933 violence case, in which 2345 peoples were killed while 5035 wounded. Iraq is the most affected by terrorism, further … Read entire article »

Corporatization of Militancy

Corporatization of Militancy

By Andaleeb Rizvi It was the year 2011; pro-Shia TV channels and wire services were abuzz with claims about US and Saudi Arabia funding and arming anti-Shia groups all over the Middle East. During the same period, there were several Shia uprisings in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, and of course Iraq and Syria.The Pakistani government too continued to face the onslaught of … Read entire article »

KARACHIWALA , A Subcontinent within a City – Part II

KARACHIWALA , A Subcontinent within a City – Part II

By Shahran Asim Just recently , I had chance to review some interesting excerpts from a book titled “Karachiwala, A subcontinent within a City”. Written by Rumana Hussain. Rumana, is well known art critic, who grew up in Karachi during the days when there was more tolerance and interaction among various communities. In writing this book she conducted 60+ interviews with the … Read entire article »

KARACHIWALA , A Subcontinent within a City – Part I

KARACHIWALA , A Subcontinent within a City – Part I

By Shahran Asim Just recently , I had chance to review some interesting excerpts from a book titled “Karachiwala, A subcontinent within a City”. Written by Rumana Hussain. Rumana, is well known art critic, who grew up in Karachi during the days when there was more tolerance and interaction among various communities. In writing this book she conducted 60+ interviews with the … Read entire article »

پاکستان میں توہین مذہب کے قوانین

ملک عمید مذہب کو استعمال کر کے جب بھی قانون سازی کی جاتی ہے تو وہ قوانین خود بخود “مقدس” حیثیت اختیار کر لیتے ہیں، پھر ان میں محض ‘سقم’ کی بات کرنا بھی توہینِ مذہب میں شمار ہوتا ہے، پاکستان کا یہی حال ہے جس پر رضا رومی نے یہ درد انگیز ‘ٹویٹز’ لکھیں۔ [<a href="//storify.com/Pakteahouse1/story" target="_blank">View the story "پاکستان میں توہین مذہب کے قوانین" on Storify</a>] … Read entire article »

Islamic reformation

Islamic reformation

by Saad Hafiz It is hard to dispute that there is a cancer of extremism within Islam today. Groups like the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and the Taliban reinforce a particularly harsh description of Islam as terrorist-prone, modernity-proof, plagued by fanaticism and susceptible to the hellish clarion call of jihad. The frequent incidents of beheading, suicide bombing and … Read entire article »

Jinnah and the Blasphemy Law

By Yasser Latif Hamdani “I thoroughly endorse the principle that while this measure should aim at those undesirable persons who indulge in wanton vilification or attack upon the religion of any particular class or upon the founders and prophets of a religion, we must also secure this very important and fundamental principle that those who are engaged in historical works, those who are engaged in bona fide and honest criticism of a religion, shall be protected.“  Jinnah on the passage of 295-A of the Indian Penal Code (also Pakistan Penal Code) There is a common tendency – common between Islamists and self-hating Pakistanis alike – to tarnish Jinnah’s memory by saying that because Jinnah was lawyer in … Read entire article »

An open letter to Chairman HEC

by Isa Daudpota Dr Mansoor A Kundi Executive Director Higher Education Commission Islamabad. Dear Dr Kundi (cc Chairman HEC and some academics), Dr Abdullah Sadiq and I received a query about the attached note — circulated by you to universities — from our friend, Mr Naeem Sadiq in Karachi. Only now have I ascertained that the note is genuine.  What you are essentially recommending is censorship!  Given the already suffocating intellectual environment on our campuses, your note will only strengthen those who wish to create a repressive atmosphere of George Orwell’s brilliant dystopia, “1984″.  See: https://archive.org/details/ost-english-1984-george-orwell-1937-dystopia Remember, that it was not long ago that the fascist Zaid Hamid was a welcome guest on our campuses, where he spouted venom against other countries, the Pakistan … Read entire article »

HEC letter on freedom of opinion

HEC letter on freedom of opinion

Last week, the Higher Education Commission, Pakistan issued an alarming directive (No.10-1/A&C/HEC/2013/869) instructing all degree awarding institutions to “remain vigilant and forestall any activity that in any manner challenge(s) the ideology and principles of Pakistan, and/or perspective of the Government of Pakistan thereof.” It is also an attempt at institutionalizing mass clampdown of fundamental rights such as freedom of expression and … Read entire article »