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By Dr Misbah Azam Pakistani society came from centuries old monarchies, oligarchies and the tribal systems. Almost half of its history Pakistan was governed by military and dictators belong to bureaucracy and feudal/family oligarchies. Consequently, masses still have propensity to look for messiahs who — in their beliefs — would drive them in the right direction where all of their problems would be fixed. Even after the globalization and free media access they show the proneness to idolize the politicians who boast about huge changes and talk what people want to hear. This behavior was clearly observed during last decade when the masses — especially the young generation — treated the electoral process as a … Read entire article »

Rafiq Zakaria and APJ Abdul Kalam: Question of Muslimness?

Editorial comment by Yasser Latif Hamdani Dr. Rafiq Zakaria, the father of Fareed Zakaria, was from the old school of Congress “composite nationalist Muslims”- i.e. fiercely nationalistic, conservatively Muslim and an incorrigible Paki-basher. He thought of himself as the numero uno Indian.  Dr APJ Abdul Kalam was – in the words of Shashi Tharoor MP- a “Muslim steeped in Hindu culture – hence a complete Indian”.  This article that Dr. Rafiq Zakaria wrote on the occasion of Kalam’s ascent to power in 2002 thus makes for interesting reading. It shows what is expected of a “good Muslim” according to the old school of Congress Muslims. WHAT’S MUSLIM ABOUT KALAM? Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, who will be our next President, is by all … Read entire article »

آئو کھیلیں اردو اردو

تحریر: عندیل علی مجھے ایک شدید قسم کی خوش فہمی ہے! کہ اگر ہم پاکستان میں فارسی پڑہانا شروع کردیں تو اس سے قومی یکجہتی کئی گنا بڑھ جائے گی! وجہ؟ عموماً لوگوں کو اردو سمجھ آجاتی ہے! پنجابی بھی(گانے سن سن کر آ ہی گئی ہے)، سندھی بطور مضمون ویسے بھی پڑہا دی جاتی ہے۔ اور جن کو سندھی نہ آتی ہو وہ بھی سرائیکی جاننے کی وجہ سے سندھی سمجھ لیتے ہیں (ویسے سنا ہے سرائیکی پاکستان کی سب سے زیادہ بولی جانے والی زبان ہے)۔ لیکن مسئلہ بلوچی اور پشتو سمجھنے اور بولنے پر آ کر اٹک جاتا ہے! اس موقع پر فارسی کام آسکتی ہے! میری خوش فہمی کے مطابق، فارسی زبان … Read entire article »

Open Letter to Chairman Imran Khan

Open Letter to Chairman Imran Khan

By Abdul Kundi Salam Chairman Imran Khan PTI is going through tough times as there are concerns raised about its ability to lead the nation as well as questions raised about its internal cohesion and team work. The most important item that needs your attention Mr. Chairman is to unite the party and bring it back to its ideological orientation. To facilitate … Read entire article »

#StopEvictions & #FreeHassanTuri Social Media Campaigns

#StopEvictions & #FreeHassanTuri Social Media Campaigns

Malik Omaid For more than a week social media especially twitter has been witnessing the trend #StopEvictions and and today a new trend #FreeHassanTuri What is this trend and why are almost all prominent twitter and facebook human rights activists are taking part of it, for that let us go to the facebook event page of this campaign. The event page is … Read entire article »

Nilofer’s Corner: 2 Degrees Too Much

Nilofer’s Corner: 2 Degrees Too Much

By Nilofer Qazi I don’t really understand what the climate change debate is all about. I thought, let me speak to a friend who does and explain it to me simply. There is a United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), which 194 countries have signed. Pakistan is one of them. There have been several summits where scientists and politicians … Read entire article »

The Killing of Malik Ishaq: Does this Change Anything in Pakistan?

The Killing of Malik Ishaq: Does this Change Anything in Pakistan?

By Mohammad Jibran Nasir Wednesday morning I woke up to the news of Malik Ishaq, the dangerous head of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) being killed in a Police encounter. My first reaction, which I believe was shared by many Pakistanis, was “good riddance.” One of Pakistan’s most notorious terrorists was no more. A lot of people, including many apparent human rights activists went to … Read entire article »

ملک اسحاق ایک کٹھ پتلی تھا اصل کردار سیاسی لبادے میں

ملک اسحاق ایک کٹھ پتلی تھا اصل کردار سیاسی لبادے میں

تحریر: عماد ظفر بالآخر ملک اسحاق کا قصہ تمام ہوا اور مبینہ پولیس مقابلے میں اسکو دونوں بیٹوں اور ساتھیوں سمیت ہلاک کر دیا گیا.اسکے ساتھ ہی عالمی میڈیا پر تحریک طالبان افغانستان کے سربراہ ملا عمر کی ہلاکت کی خبر بھی نشر ہو گئی. حالات اور واقعات تیزی سے اس چیز کی نشاندہی کر رہے ہیں کہ ریجنل آرڈر اب … Read entire article »

Is PTH working against the ‘National Interest’?

Raza Habib Raja One of the most interesting experiences for me was to go through in detail the Facebook page of Pak Tea House. For those who have not seen it, I would really advise them to do so. The administrators of the page deserve special appreciation for such a well maintained page with a very strong liberal bent. One of the big achievements of this endeavor has been to attract a large number of Pakistani commentators, something which has eluded our regular website. The comments posted by Pakistanis on the website provide us a window into the general  mindset of the readers. Having spent almost all my life in Pakistan, I am fully cognizant of the fact … Read entire article »

Malik Ishaq killed: Arif Jamal talks with Mona Kazim Shah

Malik Ishaq #LeJ killed in police encounter from Mona Kazim Shah on Vimeo. Arif Jamal a political analyst and author of “CALL FOR TRANSNATIONAL JIHAD: Lashkar-e-Taiba 1985-2014″ speaks on the development of the case so far and the message it sends across. Interview conducted by Dr. Mona Kazim Shah. … Read entire article »

Malik Ishaq Killed in a Police Encounter: Twitter Reactions & Analysis

Malik Ishaq Killed in a Police Encounter: Twitter Reactions & Analysis

By Malik Omaid Malik Ishaq, leader of banned Lashkar-e-Jhangvi has been killed with his two sons and aides on Tuesday night in a police encounter. This news broke on Wednesday morning when the TV channels started reporting it. As expected reactions on social media including twitter started pouring in and where there was much jubilation especially in the Shia twitteraties there … Read entire article »

Nilofer’s Corner: Interview with Seemi Ezdi Candidate for Islamabad Local Bodies UC 42 Election 2015 area f/10: 2,3,4 PTI

Nilofer’s Corner: Interview with Seemi Ezdi Candidate for Islamabad Local Bodies UC 42 Election 2015 area f/10: 2,3,4 PTI

By Nilofer Qazi With the local bodies elections planned in Islamabad I thought it would enlightening to speak to a candidate before the elections and ask her a few questions on my mind. Since there is little information available thus far why not ask the candidates themselves. I hope to be able to ask similar questions from other candidates vying for … Read entire article »

چار مناظر اور ہمار ا فکری اور معاشرتی بحران

چار مناظر اور ہمار ا فکری اور معاشرتی بحران

تحریر: حارث اظہر منظر 1: ایک سرکاری دفتر میں کچھ سرکار ی اور غیر سرکاری تنظیموں کے لوگ بیٹھے ہوئے ہیں ۔چائے کا پرتکلف دور چل رہا ہے اور یہ آپس میں قہقہے بکھیرتے ہوئے اس بات پر گفتگو کررہے ہیں کہ اب سیلاب آنے والا ہے اور اس سیلاب کے قہر کی بدولت آپس میں امداد کی بندر بانٹ کیسے … Read entire article »

Nilofer’s Corner: Chitral Floods Show How ill-prepared We are for Disasters

Nilofer’s Corner: Chitral Floods Show How ill-prepared We are for Disasters

By Nilofer Qazi Once again the rainy season is upon us & once again government of Pakistan is not prepared. No one ever is. It happens every year, disasters of various magnitudes happen, people get hurt, displaced and even lose their lives but no is ever prepared. Not since 2005, 2010 government does not consider disaster management an important enough ‘activity’. … Read entire article »

A beautiful rendition of Faiz Ahmad Faiz’s poem – Gham na kar – by Shahram Azhar

We are sharing this beautiful rendition of Faiz Ahmad Faiz’s poem sung by Shahram Azhar. PTH … Read entire article »