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تحریر: زہیب اختر گرمیوں کی آمد آمد تھی، لاھور میں مئ کے سورج میں دن بدن شدت کا اضافہ ہو رہا تھا۔ محمد علی کے اسکول میں بھی گہما گہمی کا عالم تھا کیوں کہ جمعہ کا روز تھا اور ہفتے سے موسمِ گرما کی چھٹیوں کی شروعات ہونی تھیں۔ معمول کے مطابق محمد علی کی جماعت چہارم بی کے اساتذہ … Read entire article »

Obama Administration: Erosion of US Primacy?

Obama Administration: Erosion of US Primacy?

Misbah Azam, Ph.D. The new administration in US will take over after the 20th January and the political pundits and experts are in the “wait and see” mode, as all the political science theories, which were widely accepted and were the basis of drawing the future projections about how the coming days would look, were failed after the Donald Trump’s clean … Read entire article »

Transgender Community in Pakistan

Transgender Community in Pakistan

Raza ullah khan In the past few years, there has been an unnerving increase in violence against the transgender community in Pakistan. There have been incidents of brutal killing of transgender activists in Khyber Pakhtunkhawa and other parts of the country. According to an activist member of the community, 45 transgender people have been killed and 300 suffered harassment in the … Read entire article »

Reading: Some Reflections (and the Books I read in 2016)

Reading: Some Reflections (and the Books I read in 2016)

Aslam Kakar I grew up in a small village on the periphery of Pakistan. In childhood and till my undergraduate studies in Lahore, I did not read at all. Perhaps, I did not have the opportunity or perhaps I just did not care. Or may be I did not care because of the environment. There was no library where I lived. … Read entire article »

Why It Happened?

Why It Happened?

Raza Habib Raja Right now Pakistan is once again in the news related to its controversial anti-blasphemy law. Shaan Taseer, the son of late Salman Taseer is in hot water after posting a video message in which he condemned Pakistan’s blasphemy laws and tried to show solidarity to its oppressed Christian minority. After seeing the message the religious community is calling for … Read entire article »

Of Chalgozas and Lollipops

Of Chalgozas and Lollipops

By Mohammad Ali Ilahi We all have heard about the lollipop, banana and candy analogies, which are often used to rationalize the use of burka and abaya for women. However, the official facebook page of Mufti Syed Adnan Kakakhel went a step further today and uploaded a picture showing 3 pine nuts (popularly known as Chalgozas in the sub-continent), of which … Read entire article »

Protection of Minorities Bill: Brilliant!

Protection of Minorities Bill: Brilliant!

Naeem Asgher Tarar   On 24th November, Sindh assembly outmaneuvered all other provinces by passing a law which is for protecting the minorities of the province from the evil of forced conversions.  It is about time that a bill like this should have been brought, signed into law and implemented throughout the province, but even now it is felicitous and a big … Read entire article »

Circumcision: A Modern Form of Forceful Bodily Mutilation

Circumcision: A Modern Form of Forceful Bodily Mutilation

Numan Hussain I grew up in a village in Pakistan and was lucky enough to have a healthcare staff for my circumcision ceremony. I tried to escape the pain, but all in vain, as it turned out to be far more severe than I expected. The more astonishing thing I remember is the attitude of my relatives, who were holding me … Read entire article »

Censoring Jinnah: Express Tribune’s shameful surrender

Censoring Jinnah: Express Tribune’s shameful surrender

By Yasser Latif Hamdani This blog was originally published on Jinnah’s birthday this year on Express Tribune (ET).  It was taken down last night by the ET after a group of internet trolls “inspired by the ideology of Pakistan” started a campaign under the hashtag #ExpressTribuneLiesAgain.  None of these geniuses actually bothered to read the blog which frankly only an idiot … Read entire article »

بندر سے بندوق واپس لو

بندر سے بندوق واپس لو

تحریر:شان تاثیر ہمارے ملک میں بہت سے شریف لوگ احمدیوں پر ظلم کی تو مخالفت کرتے ہیں لیکن ساتھ ہی اس بات کو جائز خیال کرتے ہیں کہ احمدیوں کے لئے مذہبی شناخت وہ ہو جو اکثریتی گروہ ان پر مسلط کرے۔ میری رائے میں اگر آپ کا موقف یہ ہے کہ احمدی آپ کے نزدیک غیرمسلم تو ضرور ہیں لیکن ان … Read entire article »

The Questioning

The Questioning

By Zerka Tahir   WHY?   “Who was that? Why are you talking in Urdu? Talk in English! I should not hear you talk in Urdu, is that understood?” Startled, the two boys who were babbling away, going in a straight-line from the classroom to the playground stopped short. Overcoming the blunt onslaught they resumed their walk but not their talk, neither in English nor … Read entire article »

Junaid Jamshed and the “Born Again Muslim” Phenomenon

Junaid Jamshed and the “Born Again Muslim” Phenomenon

By Raza Habib Raja. Junaid Jamshed’s untimely death has saddened us all but at the same time also revealed deep schisms in our society. Many are mourning the singer Junaid Jamshed and among them  some are also explicitly mentioning that they do not approve of his misogynist and regressive comments, he made when he turned religious. Many on the other hand are … Read entire article »

Asexuality is NOT a Disease

Asexuality is NOT a Disease

By Laiba Zainab In our everyday life we always hear that “sex and sexual appeals are natural”. We are always told that opposites attract each other and by “attraction” it is always considered “sexually”. Well I am glad to let you all know that this is not how it works for every human being in this world. We get to know very … Read entire article »

Once upon a time in a Mujra…

Once upon a time in a Mujra…

By Bushra Zia We maintain direct eye contact to keep it all real. I smile at times but he doesn’t. I sway on his directions. I know exactly what he wants from me. We meet every night and have meaningful conversations without wasting a single word. We have a special connection and we know each other way too well! He says my … Read entire article »

HAPPY HOUR – Lift Prohibition to End Isolation

HAPPY HOUR – Lift Prohibition to End Isolation

By: Rafique Ali I wanted to move on and write something pressing; supposedly, two articles on alcohol should have been enough. It turns out that Alcohol needs an ongoing conversation.  Starting today, a series of articles related to alcohol will appear in Happy Hour; these will be casual and relaxed discussions including myths, stories, legends and the history of alcohol. Right … Read entire article »