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Islam, Nationalism and Pakistan

Islam, Nationalism and Pakistan

Raza Habib Raja Pakistan displays strange contrasting patterns with respect to religion’s influence. Apparently Pakistan looks to be a relatively moderate country particularly when compared to the likes of Iran , Afghanistan , Saudi Arabia etc. Here the hardliners have never been voted in power through the ballot box. It has an independent media and relatively loose censorship standards. Radical Islam … Read entire article »

Negotiations – the ultimate solution!

Negotiations – the ultimate solution!

By Amir Abbas Turi I wish I could quote Elbaradei; “The time is right for a political solution and the way is negotiations.” But still it’s never too late. In politics and, especially, in democracy, there isn’t a everlasting deadlock and the doors for negotiations are always opened for the political foes. The current political turmoil between the ‘democratic’, ‘partially democratic’ … Read entire article »

Photo of the Day: Marchers Rest outside State Institutions

Photo of the Day: Marchers Rest outside State Institutions

Combined Marchers sleep outside Parliament on Wednesday Morning. Photo Credits: The Nation … Read entire article »

LGBT Pakistan: Lesbians’ lives on the line

LGBT Pakistan: Lesbians’ lives on the line

This article was first published in BBC News Asia. Pak Tea House is sharing this post to our readers to highlight the issue and the plight of these women. Urdu literature had raised this topic nearly a century ago with the famous short story “Lihaf” which deals with the plight of women trapped in patriarchal and oppressive conditions. Something that is so … Read entire article »

Civil Disobedience is just not cricket

Civil Disobedience is just not cricket

  By Yasser Latif Hamdani   I was very young but I still remember the 1987 semi final in Lahore.  Imran Khan was given out unfairly by Dickie Bird.  Pakistan went on to lose to Australia.  Five years later Imran Khan, one of the most successful captains in the history of cricket,  lifted the World Cup in Australia. Now imagine if Imran Khan had … Read entire article »

Photo of the Day: Hindu community celebrates Krishna Janmashtami in Rawalpindi Pakistan

Photo of the Day: Hindu community celebrates Krishna Janmashtami in Rawalpindi Pakistan

Saira Ahmad Nizami Krishna Janmashtami, or sometimes simply as Janmashtami, is an annual celebration of the birth of the Hindu deity Krishna, the eighth avatar of Vishnu. The festival is celebrated on the eighth day (Ashtami) of the Krishna Paksha (dark fortnight) of the month of Bhadrapada (August–September) in the Hindu calendar. Rasa lila, dramatic enactments of the life of Krishna, are … Read entire article »

Twitter Reaction: Imran Khan’s Civil Disobedience Call

Malik Omaid On Imran khan’s Civil Disobediance (#CD) call, major analysts and twitteraties reacted with their views. Twitter got abuzz during his 17th August speech and there were reactions from both sides. Following is a collection of tweets and reactions by tweeters on PTI’s civil disobedience call. PTH Editor Note: “The twitterati have responded to the call for civil disobedience. We hope Imran Khan notes that he may be losing goodwill, quicker than anticipated. It is time to find a way out of the current politics. “   [View the story "Twitter Reaction: Imran Khan's Civil Disobedience Call" on Storify] … Read entire article »

Indifference

PTH is grateful to Ranghar for this amazing short story Regards RHR By Ranghar  I dress feverishly, buckling over to help ease my stomach cramps. The floor is fading in and out of my vision. I need to focus my eyes on something to delay the inevitable bout of sickness by just a few more moments. I look at the wall, my usual resource to keep myself attached to reality. It is covered with hand drawn tribal designs and anime portraits. Remnants of a more productive phase in my past. It is also pitted with small holes where the cement has been pulverized by shrapnel from a hand grenade. Ethnic cleansing 101. My family is no longer welcome … Read entire article »

Getting democracy right

Getting democracy right

by Saad Hafiz John Adams, the US’s second president, once pronounced: “Democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.” He was clearly wrong. Democracy remains the most powerful and successful political idea — the great victor of the ideological clashes of the 20th century — embraced more pervasively … Read entire article »

Is Pakistan’s PM Sharif in Trouble?

Raza Rumi’s tweets sum up the underlying causes for the current political chaos.   Raza Rumi points out the Irony of PMLN Govt on maintaining a firm stance on Musharaf trial and ignoring the fact that they themselves have people in their cabinet who are part of Musharaf’s crimes. Thus creating a huge tension between civil-military establishment of which the present drama is the latest installment. [View the story "Is Pakistan's PM Sharif in Trouble?" on Storify] … Read entire article »

Our misplaced faith in shortcuts

Our misplaced faith in shortcuts

By Jamal Malik I was about 14 when the ‘Marde Momin, Marde Haq’, General Zia ul Haq toppled Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto’s government and imposed Martial Law in the country. It was 4th April 1979, when I came out of the examination hall of Abbottabad Public School, after taking my Matric Islamiat exam that my friends and I heard that Z. A. … Read entire article »

Sunni militants, their friends versus Sunni Sufis

Sunni militants, their friends versus Sunni Sufis

By Andaleeb Rizvi This time around, the Pakistani state was left with no other choice but to launch an operation against terrorists after the Karachi airport attack on June 8, 2014, but the state conveniently forgot the urban allies of the extremists living comfortably with or without beards. With militant Sunnis like the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) wreaking … Read entire article »

Changing Rhythms of Pakistan’s Patriotic songs

Malik Omaid I have grown up in 90′s era, when Pakistani Pop music was at its Peak. We used to have Patriotic songs in almost every album of Pop Artists. It was like a competition between the Pop artists. “Hai Jawan” by “Awaz”, “Hai Jazba Junoon” by “Junoon” and “Apni Zameen” by Vital Signs were a gift of that memorable era. It is very heart breaking to see that now no more of such gems are produced. This is a very interesting video depicting of how Pakistani Patriotic songs changed by the time.   The changing rhythms of patriotism by razarumi1http://dai.ly/x23po8d   This video has been taken from Dawn’s Youtube channel. … Read entire article »

Photo Story: Yes we lost Direction

Some times by looking back makes us feel had the direction been set well, we could have been different. Today it looks like we lost all we gained in five thousand years and these vintage tourism posters are talking about some alien civilization.   [View the story "Yes We Lost Direction!" on Storify] … Read entire article »

Jinnah and the Shahidganj dispute: “Give me more Gokhales”

Jinnah and the Shahidganj dispute: “Give me more Gokhales”

Independence Day special By Yasser Latif Hamdani Jinnah’s role as the main leader of the Pakistan Movement 1940 onwards has overshadowed his other numerous contributions to India in the independence struggle and as a mediator between communities.  Jinnah, who even the mid 1930s, was denounced as “more Congress than Congress” on numerous occasions intervened in inter-communal disputes and resolved them, which tragically … Read entire article »