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‘Every Land is Karbala’: The Globalization of Muharram

‘Every Land is Karbala’: The Globalization of Muharram

by Fahad Desmukh Here’s a map I’ve made by plotting a bunch of Youtube videos of the rites of the Shia Muslim commemoration of Muharram/Ashura. The embedded map below is a bit small and annoying to use, so click on this link for a full page version of the same. Then click on any of the little blue markers and a youtube video will pop up showing you an example of how the Muharram rites are performed … Read entire article »

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The story of PPP – 1967-2011

Riaz Ali Toori, an active member of the Pakistan People’s Party, remembers its evolution, challenges and successes We are celebrating the 45th Foundation Day of Pakistan Peoples Party through the auspices of which, proper democracy and constitution got introduced first time in Pakistan. From 1947 to 1973 we had failed to formulate an effective constitution but PPP managed it within a couple of years after taking power. We knew Democracy by its name but were unable to see its application for two and a half decades. The charismatic leader Z A Bhutto Shaheed ushered in democracy and gave us a constitution that is even now “Centre of Unity and Sovereignty” and equally sacred to all political parties and provinces. Even today PPP is strengthening democracy through policy of reconciliation under the farsighted … Read entire article »

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Hizbut Tahrir’s High Treason

By YLH This morning I received an email from Pakistani branch of Hizbut tahrir addressed to Pakistani Generals asking them to rise up against the constitutional government of Pakistan and their own chain of command i.e. General Kayani and General Pasha. Article 6 of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, 1973, has been thrown about a lot in wake of the Memogate scandal but nothing in the memo attracts Article 6. I wrote an article about Article 6 and memogate in Daily Times. However, Hizbut Tahrir’s letter presents a fit case for prosecution under Article 6 of the Constitution. Article 6 supra reads: “High treason. (1) Any person who abrogates or subverts or suspends or holds in abeyance, or attempts to hold in abeyance or attempts or conspires to abrogate or subvert or … Read entire article »

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Shah Mehmood Qureshi’s Flight To PTI

By D. Asghar As expected, Mr. Qureshi made his much awaited decision to join, Imran Khan’s PTI at Gothki. The twitter sphere went ablaze with tweeps (including myself) registering their comments. Mostly being critical of his decision to join the now perceived as the “Establishment’s Party.” The followers of PTI take major offense to that allegation and deny it vehemently. They attribute it to the charisma and character of our former Cricket skipper. Ironically, Pakistan has always had a history of “King’s Parties.” All Muslim Leagues with the alphabet soups were the brain children of many infamous smooth operators. As a fellow blogger said , the most appropriate name of this party would be PML-I, but I digress. If truth be told, Imran Khan has been trying his luck for last … Read entire article »

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Freedom of Speech/Expression and Right to Information; Arguments before Lahore High Court

By Yasser Latif Hamdani This morning my writ petition was heard by His Lordship Umar Ata Bandial J of the Lahore High Court, pertaining to the arbitrary block on Blackberry Browsing Services in Pakistan.  I am reproducing my arguments on Article 19 and Article 19-A of the Constitution of 1973. If I am successful, this will hopefully lay down the law pertaining to the freedom of speech and expression in Pakistan. … Read entire article »

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Pakistan’s Parallel Government

By Saad Hafiz: US Republican Presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney said in a recent debate: “The right way to deal with Pakistan is to recognize that Pakistan is not a country, like other countries, with a strong political center that you can go to and say, ‘Gee, can we come here, will you take care of this problem?’” Romney should know that the Pakistan Armed Forces are the strong center in the country that one could go to take care of any problem. For over 60 years, successive US administrations from Eisenhower to Obama have either dealt directly with military governments or civilian setups backed by the military to get things done in Pakistan. Not so long ago, a few phone calls from an American Secretary of State to a military President saw … Read entire article »

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Nothing Wrong Even If He Did Write It…

Raza Habib Raja Mr. Hussain Haqqani has resigned following the controversy of the memo and Ms Sherry Rehman, whom I regard very highly, has been appointed the new ambassador. In nominating her, the government and establishment have cleverly tried to dispel the notion that the latter just wanted a “yes man” in USA. Ms. Rehman is  one of the few REAL liberals in this country and a woman with amazing courage as well as empathy. However, while I really admire her, the man she is about to replace is as good as she is and yet has been treated extremely unfairly. It is all but clear that Mr. Haqqani got the axe simply because he has always been a vocal critic of the military. Anyone who has listened to his statements as well … Read entire article »

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Does it itch?

So there was this girl, in this Lahori country club, and she was buying chicken patties. Her hair color was a disgruntled shade of ginger but it was her flamboyant jumpsuit that traumatized me more. There were buttons, front and back. Some where they should be, some where they shouldn’t. It was hard to tell where her hips were in the jumble, so I assumed her legs started two feet from the ground, making her … Read entire article »

Filed under: Fashion, Humor, Lahore

Au Revoir Ambassador Haqqani

By D. Asghar A fellow blogger commented on the recent development pertaining to Hussain Haqqani’s resignation as Pakistan’s Ambassador to the US, “its not the end of the world.” I agree with my esteemed colleague. It may not be end of the world, but it sure seems like the world around people leading the PPP government, although may not be ending but it is no longer going to be the same. Many Pakistani Americans would agree along with many Pakistanis that Haqqani sure was one of the best envoy to the US. Perhaps that was his biggest shortcoming. I agree with my colleague on another forum, where he has said that, many came and left PPP and it has survived. Undoubtedly, the party has the spirit of the most valuable and admired … Read entire article »

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Neo-liberalization of Egypt Continues

By Danish Khan: The ruling elites of the world have subjugated the average mind through their propaganda media which feeds manipulated and selected information. I personally feel that corporate news and generally the whole of corporate media has been used by the dominating sects of the society to keep folks under the magic spell of capitalistic illusions, and they have been successful in shaping the political and social consciousness of an average person according to their needs and interests. As when Arab Spring was hoping to take over the long lasting socio-economic season of autumn, immediately the thing that struck me was the 24/7 coverage of Arab Spring ,especially of Egypt by the corporate media in United States. Frankly speaking, I don’t depend or trust on the corporate news-channel for my … Read entire article »

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The Case of a Curious Memo

PTH is proud to publish this exclusive piece written by Ali Aftab Saeed (who made his mark as the creator of the famed Aalu Anday song by the beghayrat brigade band). Ali is remarkable for his clarity on progressive politics and he dispels the myth that Pakistan’s youth have been brainwashed by right wing media and doctored history textbooks. All power to him and hundreds of thousands like Ali – who need a voice. PTH … Read entire article »

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Israel and Iran: On a collision course to Hell

By Saad Hafiz: The world waits with bated breath as Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad square off on Iran’s nuclear program.  Bibi, who was recently referred to as a “Liar” by French President Sarkozy and the combative Ahmedinejad who dismisses the Jewish Holocaust, are hardly leaders who can be trusted at the helm in this delicate confrontation. For the moment, Israel’s top leaders are employing the good cop bad cop routine with Iran.  Bibi is implying that an attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities is imminent while ceremonial President Peres seemingly opposing unilateral action is saying that “Israel will first of all see what the world is doing.”  Nobel Peace Prize winner Peres added: “We don’t want to jump alone, we are part of the civilization of the … Read entire article »

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Political Realities and Shades of Grey

Raza Habib Raja A few days ago I wrote an article titled as Why Some Liberals Are Supporting Imran.  The basic thrust of the article was that with the passage of time and owing to a host of factors, the ideological differences between the political parties have blurred. This lack of clear cut distinction means that in reality (despite so called ideological differences) there is not much difference left between the most of the parties barring perhaps definitely religious parties such as Jamat-i-Islami. One of the readers, Mr. Awais Aftab, twitted the article and also twitted another article which he had written on the same subject. Clicking on the link, I was taken to one of the best blogs, I have ever seen. The article which he had written was short but in … Read entire article »

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Here comes the change?

Here comes the change?

By Faisal Kapadia There is a strange feeling in the air these days. No its not the smell of rotting blood from the carcasses strew about after Eid ul adha but something a little more unfamiliar. Everywhere I go and whoever I meet talks about one subject alone, what should we make of “Imran Khan” Previously the same drawing rooms were full of talk about an exit strategy and plan b but it seems that after … Read entire article »

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