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Pakistani Media: Misinformation and manipulation

The purpose of the media is an easy one to understand. The dissemination of factual information on issue relevant to the citizenry. This entails (or should entail) a research and effort to uncover the truth, as well as a responsibility to uphold principles of free speech, adequate voice (as absolute voice and impartiality is impossible) and a separation to some extent from the control of politics. Thus the media has always been imagined as a … Read entire article »

Filed under: journalism, Media, Opinion

Life is attachment, and attachment pure misery

Life is attachment, and attachment pure misery

By Shahbaz Ali khan Born in a military family, shahbaz’s youth was spent in far too many playgrounds and schools. Having graduated as a Business Management specialist from the UK, Shahbaz has spent the past 8 years experimenting with the frontiers of professional competence by insisting on not specializing in anything but thinking and communicating. Shahbaz currently works for a national corporate advisory body out of the National University of Sciences & Technology, and considers science … Read entire article »

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Allama Iqbal: a critical perspective

By Abdul majeed Abid: “Every generation has its own dreams and vision which it wants to accomplish without interference. Not imitation but freedom is required to build a new world. Therefore, an attempt should not be made to repeat but to make new history. People should be liberated from the shadows and allowed to flourish in a free society. Great leaders should be respected but not worshipped”. (Dr Mubarak Ali) Ibne Khaldun, the doyen of Muslim Historians, described History as a science and not an art. He was of the view that History should be objective, not subjective to the historian’s whims or the needs of the hour. The problem with later-day Muslim historians arose when they tried to “glorify” Muslim history and “re-invented” certain personalities as shining examples for the modern Muslims. This historical … Read entire article »

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Imran Khan: Where Critics like Me Went Wrong in Estimating His Popularity

Raza Habib Raja It is often alleged that ISI is supporting him. It may actually be true but ISI is not the only one supporting him. It is alleged that reactionaries support him. Well may be true again but once again they are not the only one. It is said that a segment of urban middleclass with passion for Allama Iqbal’s Islam  supports him. Yes it does but here too, it is not the only one. Imran is now being supported by many in ADDITION to the categories I have just mentioned. Ladies and Gentlemen, urban middleclass alone cannot fill huge venues and as far as almost all the reports are concerned, the massive rallies were attended by people from all walks of life. Something else is happening here APART from the alleged … Read entire article »

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An open letter to CIO / Pc World Pakistan

To: CIO/PC WORLD Dear Sir/Madam: Respectfully submitted as follows: 1.  That I am addressing you as the co-editor of the blogzine, http://www.pakteahouse.net (“PakTeahouse”) which was a nominee the recently concluded “Pakistan Blog Awards”. 2.That you awarded the “best current affairs blog” to a little known blog called http://zaviews.blogspot.com (the “ZAVIEWS AKA NEWS”). 3. That the PakTeahouse team has perused the aforesaid and the team unable to decipher how you came to the conclusion that ZAVIEWS AKA NEWS is the best current affairs blog, given that it has only a few blog entries, few of which are directly relevant to the recent events in Pakistan. 4. That in comparison PakTeaHouse blog has established its credentials as the go to blog for Pakistani current affairs and the same has been recognized not just nationally but internationally by such publications as The New … Read entire article »

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Feedback at two am

Feedback at two am

Yes we Khan? By Faisal Kapadia   A freelance columnist, Faisal Kapadia lives in Karachi, writes on everything and social media and misses the time when we could tell the good guys from the bad by the color of their light sabers. He tweets with the same name and sometimes answers emails at faiskap666@gmail.com ________________________________________ 2:00 pm 25/12/2011 Whaaat Firdaus resigns in a crying fit booohoooo woman stop trying to take attention away from whats gonna happen today! The pti jalsa and imma … Read entire article »

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A Letter From Garhi Khuda Bux

By D. Asghar Dear Asif, A week or so back, when your PK 01 touched the Mauripur Air Base, many hearts sank. The detractors, opponents, adversaries, and some so called friends, were shell shocked. The Pundits and Analysts on TV screens, who had written you off, were cursing their words. Each time they made the prediction, that you are finished, you have emerged and proved them absolutely wrong. Yes, they felt the same about me. But this has never been new to you. They paint you as this villain, who has no conscience or morals. You are loathed, chastised and humiliated with all kinds of abuse and slurs. Amazingly, all of this would be enough for any other person, to call it quits. But they fail to understand, you are made up of … Read entire article »

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A Janus Faced Alliance

A Janus Faced Alliance

By Saad Hafiz: The heightened rhetoric between Pakistan and the United States has reached a fever pitch after the recent incident which killed twenty-four Pakistani soldiers on the Pak-Afghan border. The relationship already beset by accusations, recriminations and threats since the bin Laden killing seems to have gone into a tailspin in the last few weeks. Pakistan considers the unfortunate border incident as a deliberate act, a part of a ‘plot,’ and very nearly as an act … Read entire article »

Filed under: USA

Sunrise at the Arabian Sea, Charna Island

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The ‘F’ word*

The ‘F’ word*

You tell a male that this day forth he must not go out to work, he must marry to support himself, he must take permission from his wife or parents before he goes out, that he doesn’t need education… he would find such restrictions ridiculous. When a female has the same sentiments, she is thought to be ridiculous. The sentiments of the sexes can be the same, because as humans we are similar and equal. This … Read entire article »

Filed under: culture, Opinion, Rights

Continuation of a joint heritage

  Ilmana Fasih recounts some examples of the ‘Ganga Jamuni Tehzeeb’ and centuries’ old, peaceful coexistence beyond religious divides An otherwise sane looking person I met at a party recently started to spew venom laced with conspiracy theories about “Hindu Muslim animosity”. To top it all, he tried to use my own life to justify his views, insisting that my going to live in Pakistan after marrying a Pakistani was proof of the natural divide. He refused to … Read entire article »

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“I am a female but I am not a feminist”

By Paras Abbasi:  Yes that’s true. And I realized it when I came to understand what people have developed as the concept of “feminism.” It’s more than talking about rights of women. It has become more of a fashion statement, with every other person calling himself/herself an enthusiast for the women’s cause without even knowing of what they are talking about. It comes very natural to me to describe what Feminism actually means before going into details of what it has come out to be. It is basically a doctrine that advocates equal rights of women. But wait! It does not say “same” rights anywhere. I must be thought of by many of you as being very conservative when I say they do not have the rights to everything as a man, … Read entire article »

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System vs individuals

System vs individuals

By Engr. Syed Ghulam Mustafa   The nation I am talking about has  sixty four years experience in different forms of government, from civil to military, parliamentary to presidential, Union council to municipal, but is still in search of a system that could satisfy their need of progress, prosperity and peace. Yes, I am definitely talking about my own nation, Pakistan. The only missing point in our whole struggle and analysis of searching a flawless political system … Read entire article »

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Pakistan through pictures in 2011 – Part 5

Pakistan through pictures in 2011 – Part 5

  Cyclists compete during the second stage of the Himalayas 2011 International Mountainbike Race in the mountainous area of Lake Saif-ul-Maluk in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province on Sept. 17. The cycling event, organized by the Kaghan Memorial Trust to raise funds for its charity school set up in the Kaghan valley for children affected in the October 2005 earthquake, attracted some 30 international and 11 Pakistani cyclists.   Policemen pick up clothing and shoes of residents who were … Read entire article »

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Exorcising the Ghosts of 1971…If only!

By Ghazala Akbar: ‘The past is a foreign country…they do things differently there’ Remember December 16, anyone? It is that time of the year when the Pakistani High Commissioner in Bangladesh is inexplicably indisposed, takes a mini-break from official duties or heads out of the Capital city Dhaka for some urgent business! Still clueless? Here’s another hint: 1971. Forty years ago, on this date, the Pakistan that came into existence on August 14, 1947 died a slow and agonizing death. It was a particularly violent finale to a nine-month war marked by extreme brutality. In the closing days and its aftermath, the savagery intensified into bestiality. War is hell. In this War of Liberation or Secession (of the majority from the minority), human life and suffering were the biggest and most tragic casualties. … Read entire article »

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