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The Other Inconvenient Truth

By Abdur Rehman Mian: On May 15th, a friend of mine sent me an email, a quasi electronic alert along with an attachment called Indus Waters. It was an Opinion piece in The News by Mr Zirgham Nabi Afridi, a researcher at the Jinnah Institute. I was intrigued. Because the Indus, its tributaries, its basin rivers and their Doabs, have been a long time passion for me. And before you question me for the nature of … Read entire article »

Filed under: India, Pakistan, water

Our Foreign Policy Gap

By Farakh A. Khan: What is Pakistan’s foreign policy regarding Middle East following one year of Arab Spring? Firstly we have to define what is Middle East. Some people consider the Arabic-speaking people including countries of North Africa as Middle East. The Arabic speaking people of North Africa claim to be descendants of Pharaohs in Egypt while others claim to be descendants of Berbers. Others include Turkey, Iran and Afghanistan also as part of Middle East. … Read entire article »

Filed under: UAE, USA, World

That thing you call life

That thing you call life

Traffic: a small price to pay for your country By Sadia A Ahmed The writer holds a bachelor’s degree from Mt holyoke college and a master’s degree in human rights law from the School of Oriental and African Studies. She likes writing and has worked as a journalist. ___________________________________________________________________________________________ In Karachi, traffic jams are quite common, as they are in any other busy, over-populated city in the world. Laying on the horn, or sticking ones head out the window … Read entire article »

Filed under: Opinion

Can Video Games be Blamed for Acts Committed by Norway’s Shooter?

Can Video Games be Blamed for Acts Committed by Norway’s Shooter?

By Sidrah Zaheer People who maintain prejudice and convert that negative feeling into extreme hatred for other people exist everywhere. They are not exclusive to any caste, class, creed, culture, religion, philosophy or place. The shootings that occurred in Norway last year in July killed several Muslims. This time the culprit was someone harbouring extremism against the minority in his own country and the only way he thought to somehow equalize things in his mind, was … Read entire article »

Filed under: Europe, Identity, Islam, Politics, violence

Dr Shakil Afridi, How dare you?

Dr Shakil Afridi, How dare you?

by Abdul Majeed Mr. Shakil Afridi, the infamous doctor involved in the ‘fake’ vaccination drive that became the chief source of intelligence about OBL and his family, was sentenced recently under the FCR regulations to 33 years in prison. Dr Shakil was sentenced according to Section 121 (waging war against the state) of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC). US secretary of the State, Hillary Clinton expressed dismay over this action and demanded a fair trial for … Read entire article »

Filed under: Afghanistan, Al Qaeda, Conservation, Doctors, FATA, human rights, ISI, Islam, Islamabad, Judiciary, Law, liberal Pakistan, North-West Frontier Province, Peshawar, Religion, USA

The Punjabi Pakistan

Raza Habib Raja The selective way of presenting history in Pakistan conveniently ignores the fact that at its creation, there were two large sometimes contrasting and sometimes overlapping movements. The first was primarily centred around Muslim identity and tried to actually bargain a better position for its bearers. This movement though ended up in carving a separate homeland for the Muslims, nevertheless did not have that strong separatist thrust at least in the beginning. However, the Islamic identity itself was not the only identity assumed by Muslims as strong ethnic nationalist tendencies existed particularly in the region which later became Pakistan. Thus the ethnic nationalist movements in Khyber Pakhtoonkwha and Baluchistan existed even before the partition. Let’s not forget that Khyber Pakhtoonkwha and Baluchistan were not fully comfortable when they “opted” for … Read entire article »

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Campus corner

Campus corner

For the love of Samosas By Zehra Dada Zehra is a student at the LUMS university in lahore and an economics and political science major. “What? Even the samosa costs Rs. 5 more now? Honestly, they should just be sued.” This and other such sentences are the only thing floating around in the conversations of the students of Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) these days. The constant, heated debate has been precipitated by the dramatic rise in … Read entire article »

Filed under: Opinion

Staying the constitutional course

By Saad Hafiz: Pakistan’s troubled history has been dominated by power-hungry generals and mostly corrupt and incompetent politicians supported by a cast of cunning bureaucrats, pliant judges, invisible spooks, political fixers and middlemen, and biddable media persons. These well known ‘pantheon of villains’ thrived in an arbitrarily divided country where unrelated areas and peoples were just illogically and hurriedly joined together. They were helped by the framework of colonial laws and institutions which the country inherited … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Constitution, Gillani

Twitter, Twitter where have you gone.!!

Twitter, Twitter where have you gone.!!

Twitter, the famous micro-blogging website, has been blocked in Pakistan since  today morning i.e. that of 20th May 2012. A similar action was taken against the social networking web site Facebook two years ago, when it was banned by the Lahore High Court. According to News Agency AFP, Pakistan blocked Twitter on Sunday, saying the website had refused to remove posts promoting a Facebook competition involving caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed. “The website has been banned by the … Read entire article »

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Pity the Nation….

Pity the Nation….

By: Riaz Ali Toori Our history is replete with judicial transgressions and military interventions, the implications of which can be very unnerving. A quick glimpse at Pakistan’s history would reveal that when the dictator, General Ayub Khan deposed Iskandar Mirza, the change was welcomed but what did we ultimately reap? Governmental corruption and nepotism, in addition to an environment of repression stifling free speech and political freedom, increased unrest and above all, rigged elections. Then we witnessed … Read entire article »

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Remembering Manto

Remembering Manto

Saadat Hasan Manto, perhaps is the greatest story teller in the history of urdu language. We have collected some thoughts about him by people who knew him best Kamal Ahmed Rizvi The Progressive Writers Movement never completely owned and recognised Manto in his life. Hasan Askari also mentioned that in his essays on Manto. Apparently, there were some lists issued in literary magazines which stated who belonged to the progressives and who didn’t. “Manto did not need … Read entire article »

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Ugly Mullahs of Pakistan

(We received the following contribution from an angry reader of PTH and we are publishing it without malice or much editing. The views expressed by the writer are completely his own and do not reflect the policy of PTH. By: Farooq Ahmad Khan Mullahs of Pakistan are the worst of creatures. They are responsible for religious hatred, intolerance and spreading of extremism in our society. These mullahs freely issue kufar fatwas on their opponent sects and threaten those with a different belief. They say that religion should be part of politics in Pakistan nut in reality, mixing religion and politics has played a negative role against the prosperity and development of the country. Until 1968, the mullah’s role in state affairs was scarce. Government and mullahs were more or less restricted to their … Read entire article »

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SOS! Save Our Shalwars!

By Ghazala Akbar: For the past few years, a silent revolution has been in progress in Pakistan of which our security agencies, political parties, the religious right, Ghairat Brigades, Difa- e- Pakistan Council are blissfully unaware. It is not an Indian – Zionist – Western inspired conspiracy. US Congressman Dana Rohrabacher has no hand in it.There are no hectoring articles written by Western think tanks. Scholars at the Jinnah Institute have not issued any erudite papers.The Human Rights Commission has failed to comment. Honourable Justices of the SC are otherwise engaged to take suo motu notice. Most surprising of all it has escaped the keen trend – spotting eye of NFP, the ever- vigilant cultural critic at Dawn Newspapers! This quiet revolution represents a paradigm shift in our internal dynamics, a development … Read entire article »

Filed under: Humor

National Sovereignty, What Sovereignty?

By Raza Habib Raja One of the most hyped up slogans on the media and the rightwing nationalist circles is of “National Sovereignty”. This slogan is so powerful that Pakistani leadership particularly that of PPP is always on the defensive. According to this “National Sovereignty” school of thought, Pakistan has sold its soul to the foreign powers due to personal greed of the ruler class and has compromised the autonomy by facilitating the drone attacks. People like Imran Khan have made a full career out of opposition to these attacks. Not surprisingly these attacks, despite killing militants are continuously being cited as a “proof” of the great treachery. But then in the past, everything ranging from Nazam-i-Adl in Swat to Military action against Militants in tribal areas has been bracketed under the … Read entire article »

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America Still Survives under Fear of Its Security despite Osama’s Death

By Sidrah Zaheer: In search of Osama bin Laden, the United States went on a manhunt not seen in history. The Allied Forces, and in particular America, should be thankful that Adolf Hitler committed suicide or else there would had been more death and destruction to hunt him down too. Still to this day, there are articles, books, and documentaries based on a conspiracy theory that Hitler somehow managed to deceive the world about his death … Read entire article »

Filed under: Al Qaeda, USA