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My Boy Jonaid : A Father's Lament

My Boy Jonaid : A Father's Lament

BY AISHA SARWARI (First published right here on Pak Tea House)  Capt. Jonaid Khan: Special Services Group in the Pakistan army was born in Quetta in 1983, with his primary education in Ankara, where his father Prof. Ayaz Ahmad Khan was stationed on deputation in the Pakistan Mission, Ankara. He was abducted by Taliban on April 19, 2009 and said to be martyred on May 10th 2009.   I met Prof. Ayaz Ahmad Khan at Saint Mary’s College in Rawalpindi.  … Read entire article »

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Lawyers Go Beserk

  This is a terrible way to squander the benefits of a revolution.   Shame on the Lawyers- YLH From the Daily Times Lawyers go unbridled, breaking rules in routine By Rana Tanveer LAHORE: The lawyers’ ruthless attitude towards media in the city on Thursday is not the first such instance. … Read entire article »

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"Dollar nahin deinge, woh hum rakhain ge"

By Ali Eteraz Last Saturday in various Pakistani papers at once, Fiza Batool, the daughter of the current Prime Minister of Pakistan, Syed Reza Gilani, wrote one of the most flattering — I don’t think that quite captures it — pieces of political fluff about Bilawal Bhutto, the son of the late Benazir Bhutto and Asif Ali Zardari, the current President of Pakistan. Bilawal, who is 20 and still at Oxford, is being touted as the next leader of the Pakistan’s People’s Party, which was founded by his grandfather, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. He recently gave a speech to party faithful. … Read entire article »

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Will the General Be Relaunched?

Musharraf, Imran Khan and Overseas Pakistanis By AYESHA IJAZ KHAN July 29, 2009 Although their politics is polls apart, there is one thing that Musharraf and Imran Khan have in common. Both have more support abroad than within Pakistan . Pakistani expatriates, often disturbed by the poverty, lacking social welfare infrastructure and corruption they find on annual trips home, come back pining for “radical change,” a familiar refrain of Imran Khan’s support base. It was this yearning for radical change in fact that led many overseas Pakistanis to initially back Musharraf’s military coup against Nawaz Sharif’s elected government in October 1999. … Read entire article »

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Best Left Unsung

By Nadeem Farooq Paracha  (The Dawn Blog) Modern Pakistani pop culture is a cultural extension of the upper echelons of urban middle-class Pakistan. This remains in spite of the fact that acts such as Sajjad Ali, Nazia and Zoheb, Abrar-ul-Haq, Atif Aslam, and to a certain extent, Junoon and the Vital Signs have often managed to resonate some aesthetic and social relevance within the more populist sections of popular culture in Pakistan. … Read entire article »

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"Pakistani Writing is Older Than Pakistan, Novel itself"

"Pakistani Writing is Older Than Pakistan, Novel itself"

By Mayank A Soofi I caught up with Mr Mr Ali Sethi, a young Pakistani novelist, in the lawn of Delhi’s Ambassador Hotel during the last week of July, 2009. He was visiting India for a book tour of his first novel The Wish Maker. Mr Sethi’s parents, Najam Sethi and Jugnu Mohsin, run The Friday Times and Daily Times, two of Pakistan’s most popular newspapers. He lives in Lahore. Hello, Mr Ali. You are 25 and … Read entire article »

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His Maternal Instinct

By NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF KARACHI, Pakistan She is an illiterate woman from the tribal areas of Pakistan who almost died in childbirth a year after marrying at the age of 12. She suffered a horrific injury during labor called a fistula that left her incontinent and smelly, and for the next 13 years she was confined to her house — never stepping outside for shame at the way she was leaking wastes. He is a famous Pakistani ob-gyn who was educated in Ireland. After spending eight years there, he returned with plans to set up a fertility clinic for rich patients and zip around in a Mercedes-Benz. … Read entire article »

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A Leader With A Vision

By Syeda Fizza Batool Gilani The stage was set and the moment had arrived. It was time to introduce the next generation of Bhutto and Zardari to the world– Bilawal, Bakhtawar and Assefa. Who would have imagined that these children, who had always preferred to stay away from the glitz and paranoia of the dangerous world of politics would one day be entering it albeit, owing to circumstances neither to their liking nor of their own doing. … Read entire article »

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The Leaders Who've Led Pakistan

By Aakar Patel It is difficult for Indians to see the qualities of Pakistan’s leaders because of emotion from years of hostility. Of current president Zardari Indians know very little, though some remember him as Mr 10 per cent. But Zardari never says fierce things, and that marks him out. For outsiders, who are not as concerned with his behaviour on the judges’ issue, which will prove to be irrelevant to Pakistan in the long run, he has been a good leader and might even turn out to be a great one. But he is in the middle of his reign and should be judged after he is through. … Read entire article »

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Faiz-Neruda: Great contemporary poets, friends and humanists

Huzaima Bukhari & Dr. Ikramul Haq Pablo Neruda (1904-1973) and Faiz Ahmad Faiz (1910-1984)—contemporary poets, friends and outstanding humanists—have left lasting impression on the world of literature. Their works won global recognition—Neruda was honoured with Nobel Prize for literature in 1971 and Faiz won Lenin Peace Prize in 1962. Both Neruda and Faiz, like many others, notably Nazim Hikmet and Mahmoud Darwish, were essentially humanists, anti-colonialists and anti-imperialists. Their great struggle and works were interwoven—these were inseparable. Their work complimented their struggle and vice versa. The life and work of Neruda has amazing similarities with that of Faiz.   Pable Neruda (1904-1973)  … Read entire article »

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"India Survived Slowdown Because of Nationalization"

This is a very interesting view.  I wonder how many here would agree with this assessment. -YLH … Read entire article »

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Bitter Realization for Musharraf

By Yasser Latif Hamdani Chaudhry Shujaat, the president of the Pakistan Muslim League Q which was created by Musharraf himself,  has started to bad mouth Musharraf publicly.  How ironic! … Read entire article »

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Revisiting Pak-Afghan trade arrangements

By M. Zafar Haider Jappa Pakistan has two types of trade ties with Afghanistan. One is bilateral trade set-up as it has with the rest of the world. The other is exclusive under Afghan Transit Trade Agreement (ATTA). … Read entire article »

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US Warms Up to India. What Should Pakistan's Reaction Be?

This analysis by Cato Institute in Washington and reported by the Chinese Press should be an eye-opener for complacent Pakistani policymakers.  Obama might have deepest of affections for Pakistan and Pakistanis, strong faith in Pakistan’s ability to overcome difficulties and he may cook Daal and Qeema better than our non-existent Khansamas as one champ put it,  but his administration views – in very substantial terms- India to be a major global power which it is desperate to have on its side in the coming multi-polar global scenario.   This doesn’t mean that we go into a perpetual state of depression but realize that as much as we like Obama and we think he likes us,    we cannot put our eggs in one basket.   Whatever military relationship between us and the US,  the … Read entire article »

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Made in Pakistan

Made in Pakistan

Basic Info Entertainment & Arts – Movies Description:     Still Waters Productions presents “Made in Pakistan,” a Talking Filmain documentary. “Made in Pakistan” is a 60 minute documentary that was motivated by Newsweek’s cover story of October 29th, 2007 that declared Pakistan to be “The Most Dangerous Place in the World.” The film documents the lives of four ordinary Pakistani citizens during military rule in an effort to break Western stereotypes about the country. Featuring the lives of: Waleed Khalid – Lawyer & … Read entire article »

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