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Baloch Separatism is not a liberal cause

We are posting this exclusive article by Yasser Latif Hamdani. It should be noted that this is the personal view of the author and should not be construed as the stance of Pak Tea House, its editors and contributors. PTH Admn It is become some what of trend in chattering classes of Pakistan where causes are fads and the latest fashion. If you disagree with Baloch separatism you are automatically illiberal, Islamist, ISI Stooge, Punjabi elite boys, fakester, Fake Liberal, racist against Baloch people and so on and so forth. Therefore let me state it at the outset- Baloch Separatism is not a liberal cause. In fact it is not much of a cause as much as it is a bunch of political actors fighting over royalty from Gas well heads … Read entire article »

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OBL, Saddam and the War on Terror

By Hassan Naqvi: Ever since Man learned to swing a sword there have 2 types of conflicts: Those that revolve around issues and those that revolve around people. The current war on Terror was meant to be the latter type. The ultimate objective of the Iraq invasion was to vanquish Saddam Hussein. The ultimate point of the Afghanistan Invasion was to vanquish Osama Bin Laden. It could be said the war on terror was initially just a man hunt for these two. Now Saddam is dead, and Osama is dead yet the war continues. Furthermore it continues with no end in sight. When President Mubarik stepped down in January last year the Egyptian revolution ended. When Hitler committed suicide in 1945 WWII ended. Conflicts that revolve around people end when those … Read entire article »

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Fashion week pakistan

Fashion week pakistan

By  The fashion police   The wait is finally up!!! Fashion Pakistan Week 3 is coming back with a bang!  Fashion Pakistan proudly announces the date of Fashion Pakistan Week 3 is this April 2012, now all you fashionistas need to save this date!  This is one fashion week you won’t want to miss, as Pakistan’s most powerful and influential designers will all be under one roof for one week only! Fashion Pakistan Week 3 is a … Read entire article »

Filed under: culture, Fashion

Outside in

Outside in

By Shahbaz Ali Khan Shahbaz, a former Industry relations and PR professional, has spent the past 8 years experimenting with the frontiers of professional competence by insisting on not specializing in anything but thinking, communicating and writing. He tweets at @intensedesigns   I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky, And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by John Macefield   I am not a sea-faring man; I have … Read entire article »

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Elections, Corruption and Institutional Failure in Pakistan

Elections, Corruption and Institutional Failure in Pakistan

By Prof Farakh A Khan: Recently two bombs hit Pakistan. The first was of former Mehran Bank chief Younis Habib admitting dishing out money to IJI politicians in 1990 elections to wipe out PPP. Habib then gave money to PPP politicians in 1993 elections. All this was done at the behest of the army generals all in ‘national interest’. While with Habib Bank Limited Younis Habib was arrested on April 7, 1994 for misappropriating sale proceeds … Read entire article »

Filed under: Politics

Fallacies that befuddle the ‘educated’ Pakistani mind

Fallacies that befuddle the ‘educated’ Pakistani mind

by Abdul Majeed Wise people always say, Do not try to present complex matters in black and white terms as it will defeat the purpose. To quote Paul Valery: “That which is simple is always false; that which is not simple is always unusable”. Kala Kawa, a widely read blogger, recently wrote, “Something I Wrote On Pakistan Day”. In that particular blogpost, the blogger expressed his opinion about “confronting your own biases or assumptions” and “middle class … Read entire article »

Filed under: Al Qaeda, Conservation, Islam, Islamism, Pakistan, Politics, Society, Taliban, Terrorism, Women

Ham Kis Gali Ja Rahay Hain-II

Ham Kis Gali Ja Rahay Hain-II

by Abdul Majeed Yesterday, Mr. Shahid Ali wrote an article on his views about Democracy and focused on the example of India. I just have one thing to say about his view, “Democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried”. I have tried to take a look at our own backyard before pointing fingers elsewhere.   … Read entire article »

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Ham kis gali ja rahe hain

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Returning to a “people-centred” ideology

By Saad Hafiz: It can be argued that Pakistan in its early years pursued Mr. Jinnah’s pragmatic approach to cope with its survival as a newly-formed state. Mr. Jinnah advocated an inclusive society based on shared values such as equality, justice and fair play. This common sense approach built on the broad principles of pragmatism served to stabilize a young nation. Many of Pakistan’s problems stem from the inability to sustain a shared socio-political vision of what ‘the nation’ stands for, as various leaders after Mr. Jinnah used all means of political and social engineering to emphasize a narrow partisan Islamic ideology and orientation for the country. Generally speaking, different nations’ ideologies are influenced mainly by the standard of materialism and the intrinsic attitude of worldliness of man. Money and power that … Read entire article »

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SHOWCASE 2012

SHOWCASE 2012

SHOWCASE 2012 starts today. 4 days of fashion – 29 local designers, 7 international designers on the ramp. This promises to be fun. Watch this space for live coverage of this event with some of the following featured designers  Zubair Gilani, Syed Mohammad Rizwanullah, Feeha Noor Jamshed,Zainab Sajid, Ajai Vir Singh, Wardha Saleem, Khanzada Faisal Khan, Sanya Muneer Karim Rizwan Beyg … Read entire article »

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Murder of History (Part 2)

Murder of History (Part 2)

For Part 1, Click here. by Abdul Majeed   I have written in for Posterity. In a hundred years’ time when the future historian sets out to contemplate the Pakistan of an age gone by and look for the causes that brought it low, he might find in this book of mine one small candle whose quivering flame will light his path. K.K.Aziz, in Preface to his book ‘The Murder of History’ We discussed last week about some of the prevalent … Read entire article »

Filed under: History, Identity, Islam, Literature, Pakistan, Society

One Rupee Project

One Rupee Project

By Ali Rahman   Twitter: @Baahirezaman The name, “One Rupee Project”, being quite appealing, made it simply irresistible as I came across it initially on Dr. Awab Alvi’s facebook page and twitter.  The project, from whatever was shared of it initially, seemed to be a very simple initiative and was able to capture my attention.  One Rupee?, I thought to myself, and thought how it is not a problem for many others.  An almost immediate virtual calculator was … Read entire article »

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Dismantling the barriers of hate

Dismantling the barriers of hate

  By Ghazala Akbar Midway between the cities of Lahore in Pakistan and Amritsar in India each about 25 km away is the village called Wagah. It stands on an ancient pathway that stretches from Kabul in the North West to Calcutta in the North East and beyond to Shonargaon in Bangladesh. Known variously in history as Uttara Patha, Sadaq – e -Azam or the Grand Trunk road, it was until very recently, the only road link … Read entire article »

Filed under: Citizens, culture, Democracy, India, Pakistan, Politics, secular Pakistan, Society

Religious Bigotry and Masses: Do Not Underestimate the Problem

By Raza Habib Raja Once again Pakistan has witnessed merciless killings which are sectarian in nature.  A few days ago, killers stopped a bus enroute to Gilgot, picked out those belonging to the Shiite faith and killed them mercilessly. The killing despite making international and domestic headlines nevertheless did not attract much condemnation from the Pakistani public. It is often said that ordinary Pakistani is nether religious nor is inspired by religious bigotry. Often this argument is supplemented by referring to electoral results which have generally shown that moderate parties like PPP, PML (N), ANP and MQM take the bulk of the votes. I have read and heard for the zillionth time that religious parties do not get votes. Intellectuals supportive of PPP continously cite PPP as some kind of a bulwark against extremism and try to … Read entire article »

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Using Twitter, YouTube, Facebook and Other Internet Tools, Pakistani Terrorist Group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi Incites Violence against Shi’ite Muslims and Engenders Antisemitism

Using Twitter, YouTube, Facebook and Other Internet Tools, Pakistani Terrorist Group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi Incites Violence against Shi’ite Muslims and Engenders Antisemitism

:By Tufail Ahmad Introduction Contrary to the popular perception and notwithstanding the Pakistani government’s ban, the militant religious group Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan (SSP) runs a vibrant organization at the grassroots level in Pakistani towns, recruiting members, propagating its activities and holding regular organizational elections to elect its local leaders. The Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) – the military of SSP – too is active and runs a vibrant media campaign on the internet, using U.S.-based social networking sites such as Twitter, … Read entire article »

Filed under: Lashkar e Taiba