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Eid Mubarak

To all the readers and friends of Pak Tea House, Eid Mubarak. May this Eid bring peace, prosperity and happiness to all of you and above all Pakistan. Raza Rumi … Read entire article »

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How TV sells religion

By Salma B. Ahmad: Ramadan Kareem Ramazan is slowly coming to an end. What began as a sacred month and an extraordinary exhibition of piety and righteousness by Pakistani actors/scholars on different TV channels is gradually being replaced by Eid celebrations and programme teasers. This Eid special transmission ranges from dance and music to telefilms and Indian award shows. I was amazed to see on a TV channel the promo of a Eid special morning show in which the hosts were dancing to the beat of an Indian song, “Assalam o Alaikum, Eid Mubarak”. At the same time, the course of the show during Ramazan was very religious and once even invited “Dr” Amir Liaqat to address questions pertaining to Islam from their young audience. The inclusion of Amir Liaqat after his … Read entire article »

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Since 1977

Since 1977, military or quasi-military governments have ruled Pakistan. The basic tenet of such a governance structure has been centralization and denial of multiple identities that Pakistanis have. Recent reform via the 18th Amendment has opened up a debate on new provinces. Not long ago, division of provinces was a taboo. Not anymore. This by itself is a major victory of the quasi-democratic process since 2008, howsoever flawed and contradictory it might be. Remember this is a country where the largest federating unit – East Pakistan (Bengal) was denied its due in power and resources leading to the tragic events of 1971. From 1955-1970, ethnic, linguistic and local identities were forcibly negated under the One Unit. After the creation of Bangladesh, the federal debate focused on Punjab versus the rest of … Read entire article »

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The internet divide: it’s just not cricket

By Ghazala Akbar: In cricket as in politics, the Machiavellian dictum holds: if your opponent is your enemy, then your opponent’s enemy is your friend. Pakistanis, on the back foot on just about every front these days took time off — from bemoaning the state of their own Nation — to admire and applaud England’s recent drubbing of India 4-0. Never mind the fact that our own team got a similar pasting last year, 3-1. This was different. It is not every day that we get to see a prolonged public flogging. It is not every day that super heroes come crashing down to earth not so much with a bang but a whimper. A word of German origin encapsulates this emotion: Schadenfreude—glee at other people’s misfortunes. Who can resist a sly … Read entire article »

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Faiz Ahmed Faiz on Jinnah’s Birthday – Editorial 27.12.47

As we write the Muslims of India and Pakistan are celebrating the birthday of the Quaid-i-Azam. As the man who has propelled, guided and controlled the national policies of nearly hundred million human souls, the man who has been responsible for the birth of a major State and the liberation of a major nation from economic and political bondage, the Quaid-i-Azam has already passed into history. … Read entire article »

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Resilience in Badin

Resilience in Badin

By Faisal Kapadia: … Read entire article »

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What eid should be like

What eid should be like

By Hira Khan   So as Eid approaches I ask myself yet another question. For those who are not used to this habit of mine, I must say my brains are my good teacher if not the best. Coming back to the question, I asked myself a simple thing. What is Eid all about?  Avoiding getting into the labyrinth of religion which answers it in relation to Ramadan, the month of fasting and explains that it is the … Read entire article »

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Myth and reality of extremism

Pakistan needs to undertake research on militancy for effective policymaking By Raza Rumi: A recent attempt to understand militancy, “Poverty and Support for Militant Politics: Evidence from Pakistan” (Graeme Blair, C. Christine Fair, Neil Malhotra, Jacob N. Shapiro, 2011), provides us fresh insights into the phenomenon or myth of popular support for militant extremism in Pakistan. Using a sample of urban and rural population and employing inventive techniques, this research is an important document if only Pakistan’s policymakers would ever pay attention to the little evidence that is generated with respect to militancy. It is a sad state of affairs that our national policy institutes and ‘think-tanks’ are yet to undertake such studies even when the state and its agencies have been brutally attacked and over 35,000 Pakistanis have died due to … Read entire article »

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A Double Whammy for the Cyber Army General

A Double Whammy for the Cyber Army General

Slowly but surely the cyber army general, more popularly known as Zaid Hamid or “Sir” Zaid by his army of silk mustached self styled patriots or the bevy of monikers that circle around his red beret is clawing his way back to the limelight after his Yusuf Kazab association related lull. Yes, we’ll never let anyone forget of that shady association. Of late he’s been making all sorts of nasty waves by appearing on two … Read entire article »

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Love is not yet a taboo in Pakistan

By Raza Rumi: In a few days, Mohammad Hanif’s new novel will be available in Pakistan. Last week, I met him at his house in Karachi. The grand dame of Urdu literature, Qurratulain Hyder, used to make fun of people who would ask writers what were they writing about. “Are writers cooks that they should be subjected to senseless questions,” she remarked in one of her essays. With this sentence lurking somewhere in the corner of my mind, I was most hesitant to ask Hanif questions about his new novel. In any case, Hanif is not known for responding to inane questions either. We found ourselves locked in this battle: me not wanting to ask; and Hanif avoiding to pontificate about his latest book. Awkward? No. Funny, Yes. We found ourselves locked … Read entire article »

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Pakistan keenly watches India’s anti-corruption movement

Anita Joshua From The Hindu    First came the Arab Spring and then the Indian Summer of Discontent. Pakistan has been watching both keenly with some hoping that these winds of change will be strong enough to blow into this country and set off a similar movement. … Read entire article »

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Of the dead, say nothing but good…

By Ghazala Akbar: We have become so accustomed and de- sensitised towards death these days in Pakistan that death anniversaries are not high on anybody’s priority list. In the midst of the ongoing Karachi carnage followed by the mosque bombing, August 17, 1988 came and went, unmarked, unnoticed. That was the day, the self- styled ‘soldier of Islam,’ Zia ul Haq was blown to oblivion, when his plane crashed mysteriously near Bahawalpur, thus ending another sorry chapter in our episodic history. A grieving Pakistan laid the good General to rest with full Islamic rites although there was little or nothing of his body remaining. However, he bequeathed the Nation plenty.  ‘The evil that men do lives after them; the good is oft interred in their bones.’ Thirty-four years on, daily reminders of … Read entire article »

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Get rid of apathy – help re stabilize badin

Get rid of apathy – help re stabilize badin

Kiran Nazish is a freelance journalist, social activist and current affairs lecturer. Badin, the resourceful land of Sufi shrines and magnanimous rice and cotton fields has been ruthlessly hit by destructive floods due to the heavy rains this summer. Inspite of the fact that Badin district’s urban centre is quite advanced in terms of communication (with 3905 licenses issued by 2001) with many radio and TV channels, it took quite a while for it to communicate … Read entire article »

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RED – relationship enhancement drive

RED – relationship enhancement drive

“I am Abrar Qureshi (25) from Islamabad, hold a master degree in Marketing and works for a telecom operator. I have my own beliefs & faiths about different things, you can say ‘opinionated’ and being strong-willed person, this makes me undertake challenges that others normally don’t”     To start with, I must quote Iqbal’s verses from “Shikwa” to make the basis of my idea. Kyun ziyan kaar banoo, sood faramosh rahun Fiqr-e-farda na karun, mehve ghum-e-dosh rahun Naaley bulbul ke sunoo. … Read entire article »

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New provinces for religious minorities?

By Yasser Latif Hamdani (Courtesy Daily Times) Now that an idea of administrative distribution of provinces into new provinces has been conflated with the idea of sub-national homelands within the Pakistani federation for linguistic groups, it was only a matter of time before a religious minority would raise its own demand for a province of their own. … Read entire article »

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