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India and Pakistan: Incomplete Independence

PTH is extremely grateful to Gorki for writing this soul searching and a beautiful article. Several points made in the article are worth pondering upon and these apply to both India and Pakistan. Gorki . Yeh Daag Daag Ujaala, Yeh Sabkajida Sehar Woh Intzaar Tha Jisaka Yeh Woh Sehar Toh Nahi Yeh Woh Sehar Toh Nahi, Jisaki Aarju Leke Chale The.. (Faiz Ahmed Faiz) . The triumph of the Western idea, is evident, first of all, in the total exhaustion of viable systematic alternatives to Western liberalism. So wrote Francis Fukuyama, in his 1992 essay, End of History. In it he boldly predicted that mankind had all but accepted a Western liberal democracy as the final form of human government. Events since then … Read entire article »

Free speech and sensibilities

Free speech and sensibilities

By Saad Hafiz The ghastly terrorist assault in Paris at the office of the French magazine Charlie Hebdo is a direct attack on freedom of speech, thought and expression, the basis on which all open, democratic societies are created. The bedrock of such societies is the protection of life, pluralism, openness and freedom of religion, conscience and security. Whether we agree … Read entire article »

A clarion call

A clarion call

By Shanzeh Iqbal How far lifting the moratorium on death penalty would be effective in curtailing terrorism is a matter of debate now. The executions seen as an antidote to terrorism are discussed by some analysts as a feeble method. They argue that the real terrorist has a genuine faith and is not afraid of death; rather he or she is … Read entire article »

Fresco and Mosaic work at Wazir Khan Mosque Lahore

Malik Omaid I visited historic Wazir Khan Mosque with my friend in a tour to explore Lahore and what I found was a bit of tragedy of ruining frescoes and mosaic treasure. Many of whom had already vanished due to ignorance and incompetence of officials. It is a tragedy that such a historical site is being used by commoners with out the supervision of experts. Some of the still safe frescoes and mosaic are under with my comments from Instagram account [View the story "Frescoes and Mosaic work at Wazir Khan Mosque Lahore" on Storify] … Read entire article »

Is DHA promoting sectarianism?

Is DHA promoting sectarianism?

By Naeem Sadiq Mr. Justice Maqbool Baqar Chief Justice, Sindh High Court ​DHA promoting sectarianism In September 2009, two Karachi citizens filed an appeal in the Sindh High Court against the Defence Housing Authority (DHA) Karachi stating that the DHA be asked to remove the requirement of declaring religion and sect from its application forms for allotment of plots in DHA City Karachi. The citizens … Read entire article »

What PM Can Learn from a Real Statesman

What PM Can Learn from a Real Statesman

PTH is grateful to Abhinav for writing this article. The views presented are entirely of Abhinav and PTH does not necessarily agree with every point made in the article. Abhinav Pandya   When the news reached that the government is awarding Bharat Ratna to Atal Bihari Vajpayee, one of the most towering figure of Indian politics, it became a matter of personal … Read entire article »

Milaad Events Over, Advertisement Continues!

Milaad Events Over, Advertisement Continues!

By Kasim Osmani Every year the month of Rabiyul Awal comes with streets of my town glittering with iridescent flashing lights hanging down from top of every house like a necklace, while in a few streets, the enthusiasts fix rows of tiny electric bulbs on either sides of the street that looks as if you stand beneath a ceiling decorated with … Read entire article »

Peshawar Army Public School Attack – Time to prepare

Peshawar Army Public School Attack – Time to prepare

Dr. Jahanzeb Effendi The anger, frustration, disappointment, and rage cannot be expressed in words. The dastardly terrorist attack on 16th Dec, 2014, targeting the students and staff of the Army Public School on Warsak Road , Peshawar has shocked not just Pakistan, but the entire world. It is time Pakistan realizes that they no longer have the luxury of fighting conventional warfare. … Read entire article »

مذہبی رواداری

مذہبی رواداری

تحریر: محمد شعیب عادل پیرس میں چارلی ایبڈو( ایک طنزیہ میگزین) کے دفتر میں دہشت گردی اور بارہ افراد کے بہیمانہ قتل کے بعد مسلمان حلقوں میں ایک بار پھر عدم برداشت اور عدم رواداری کے موضوع پر بحث شروع ہو گئی ہے۔ مسلمانوں کی ایک بڑی تعداد نے اس واقعے کی مذمت کی ہے اور سوال اٹھایا ہے کہ آزادی … Read entire article »

Drifting to a Martial Abyss?

Drifting to a Martial Abyss?

Misbah U. Azam, Ph.D. Award-winning journalist and author of two famous books, Zahid Hussain, recently wrote in his column in Daily Dawn, “It is, however, wrong to compare the proposed military-led special courts to those set up under military rule. These courts would not be working autonomously, but will be under the control of civilian authorities for a limited period of … Read entire article »

Combating crisis

Combating crisis

Letter to Editor Today we are living in a time of immense crisis. Militancy and extremism have affected us all profoundly. In this situation, we feel it is vital that the media play a role in reshaping opinion and determining peoples’ behavior towards each other. The owners, operators and publishers of all TV channels, radio stations, newspapers, magazines and other media outlets … Read entire article »

A Real Change, a True Revolution and the Actual New Pakistan

A Real Change, a True Revolution and the Actual New Pakistan

By Obaidullah Khan Today was seemed to be an ordinary day when I woke up from a good sleep. Everything was seemed to be normal. I, as a normal routine, picked up my phone to update myself what was happening in the world. And there it was. A news was smiling at me. Firstly I rolled down while having glimpses but … Read entire article »

Last days of my childhood

Last days of my childhood

By Amna Shafqat Age 10: I am riding a bicycle in our village common ground. Happy and delirious, paddling and speeding away. Out of nowhere a middle aged man come running towards me and tries to stop me by pulling the bicycle sideways and tries his best to hurl me off balance. When that doesn’t work, I hear his angry voice, … Read entire article »

DON’T LIE TO ME

DON’T LIE TO ME

By Shaheera Syed We advocate for freedom of expression but we are against freedom for practicing religion. We chant slogans of liberty, equality and justice but we slander, disrespect and mock anyone who doesn’t adhere to what we believe in.Hypocrisy.Hypocrisy.It’s everywhere! The seemingly endless bigoted, offensive and biased anti-Islamic commentary of people like Judge Jeanine or Bill Maherin the wake of the … Read entire article »

Divergent political paths of India and Pakistan

Divergent political paths of India and Pakistan

by Saad Hafiz In terms of history, culture, language and religions, India and Pakistan have much in common. However, the political paths of the two states have so considerably deviated that it seems unimaginable that they had shared origins. Today, despite many domestic problems that are impairing its growth, India is increasingly an important global political and economic player. Pakistan, in … Read entire article »