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What about the common man?

What about the common man?

By Saniya Ahmad It has been 3 weeks since the Azadi/Inquilaab March started. Thousands of people came out of their homes to march against the current government for their poor governance. They have been living without proper shelter and sanitation for weeks now. Every night is dangerous for them for fear of attack by the police. And if that isn’t enough, … Read entire article »

Hope for the Best

Hope for the Best

By Obaidullah Khan The very first thought occurred to my mind after hearing the news of Model Town incident, in the middle of June this year, that it was a conspiracy against the Sharif regime. The background of this sudden conclusion was for two reasons. The first one was based on a mere common sense that Sharifs could not do such … Read entire article »

Friends, Romans and Countrymen, lend me your Ears

Friends, Romans and Countrymen, lend me your Ears

By Bisma Tirmizi The system of democracy is not an effigy or idol that the people are to worship, it’s a system that must work for the people it serves, there is no democracy if the system is not working. Absence of food, water, justice, security, education, electricity, gas, sanitation, et cetera means there is no democracy. The last almost 2 days … Read entire article »

When the Umpire Raised the Finger: General Zia- imposing Martial Law (5-07-1977)

When the Umpire Raised the Finger: General Zia- imposing Martial Law  (5-07-1977)

Malik Omaid Pak Tea House is sharing this video of dictator Zia ul Haq announcing Matial Law in the country on 5th July 1977 ousting the elected Prime Minister Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto. This is for our readers to understand that what were the circumstances when the then Army Chief got the chance to topple democratic government and come into power. It … Read entire article »

Book Review: “Wounded Tiger: A History of Cricket in Pakistan” by Peter Oborne

Book Review: “Wounded Tiger: A History of Cricket in Pakistan” by Peter Oborne

By Fazal Abbas The eternal drama of Pakistan cricket never ceases to fascinate the fans of Cricket game. Why would it? There are only few teams in world cricket, rather world sports, as unpredictable and mercurial as Pakistan. They will be a laughing stock one day with their amateurish performance and next day exhibit elated panache with ability to beat best … Read entire article »

Political turmoil in The Land Of The Pure

Political turmoil in The Land Of The Pure

By Amir Abbas Turi In the wake of current “Sturm und Drang”, if there is one question constantly being asked about Pakistan is, it is “what would happen next?” No wonder the Islamic Republic decorate magazine covers and hits the headline as the most dangerous place on earth after yesterday’s incident in Islamabad. PML(n) lead government received a powerful one-two punch, since … Read entire article »

Waving burial shrouds

Waving burial shrouds

by Saad Hafiz For centuries, wielders of power have entreated the services of populist demagogues and political charlatans to confuse and contain diverse political interests. In Pakistan, the services of rabble-rousers are being instrumentally used to demonise, demobilise and out-flank foes in fiercely contested democratic power sharing arrangements. Powerful populist demagogy can prove to be particularly effective in a hyper-charged political … Read entire article »

After the Army’s public statement, the crisis deepens

After the Army’s public statement, the crisis deepens

As the Political crisis in Pakistan deepens after Army’s statement, Raza Rumi gives his analysis on the situation that how Nawaz Sharif got into this mess. [View the story "After the Army’s public statement, the crisis deepens" on Storify] … Read entire article »

Red Zone Shelling: Reporting from Hospital

After the attack on protestors of PTI and PAT, there have been rumors of deaths of workers with numbers 7 to 35 being reported on social media. Tahir Imran reported directly from the hospital which cleared many rumors and this also showed us how both sides got injured after clashes.   [View the story "Red Zone Shelling: Reporting from Hospital" on Storify] … Read entire article »

Anarchy, chaos and Pakistan’s fragile democracy

Raza Rumi reports, comments and analyses the situation after the Red zone Shelling and baton charge by Police on the PTI/PAT protestors.   [View the story "Islamabad thrown to Chaos" on Storify] … Read entire article »

Twitter Review: Reactions on ISPR “tweet”

Malik Omaid Yesterday the ISPR’s clarification statement about Prime Minister’s denial of asking Army to act as mediator was tweeted. It was anticipated that within few hours it was re-tweeted for more than twenty thousand times. Almost every Pakistani reacted on the tweet and both parties to the conflict tried to explain the tweet by ISPR in a way that it supported their narrative. These self-explanatory and spontaneous reactions are presented here to show how the major Pakistani analysts look to the event as a blow to the Government. The greatest blow to his government &legitimacy was rendered yesterday by Nawaz Sharif &co. Incompetence much?#AskingArmyToResolveTheCrisis — Raza Rumi (@Razarumi) August 29, 2014   ISPR’s tweet contradicts the position that the … Read entire article »

Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Speech in emergency session of Security Council (22-09-1965)

Pak Tea House is sharing this speech of former Prime Minister Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto during an emergency session of Security Council amidst Pakistan and India war of 1965. Sharing historical speeches is an effort of Pak Tea House to record historical speeches and to start a debate. Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Speech in emergency session… by razarumi1 Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Speech in emergency… by razarumi1 … Read entire article »

Photo of the Day: Smile tells the Story

Photo of the Day: Smile tells the Story

On Thursday night Imran Khan smiles when going to meet Army Chief General Raheel Sharif for the solution of Political instability and deadlock in Pakistan. … Read entire article »

Lihaaf [The Quilt]: Ismat Chughtai

 In the series of sharing translations of marvels of Urdu Literature Pak Tea House is sharing this incredible short story by Ismat Chughtai which was originally published in Manushi Magazine. Translation by M. Asaduddin. In winter when I put a quilt over myself its shadows on the wall seem to sway like an elephant . That sets my mind racing into the labyrinth of times past. Memories come crowding in. Sorry. I’m not going to regale you with any romantic tale about my own quilt. It’s hardly a subject for romance. It seems to me that the blanket, though less comfortable, does not cast shadows as terrifying as the quilt, dancing on the wall. I was then … Read entire article »

Political Developments

Political Developments

By Daniyal Arif History was made when, first time in the country, a political government transferred mandate to another political government after completing its full tenure. The development was unprecedented. Never has a political elected government done it before in 68 years since the inception of the state. It did seem an omen of bright prospects for democracy and other fundamental … Read entire article »