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The Silver Lining: Three Transgender Persons Become Government Employees

The Silver Lining: Three Transgender Persons Become Government Employees

by Kasim Osmani Browsing through e-papers has had been my routine over the past few years, partly because of the nature of my profession, and partly, because I am in a habit of it. Every day, I glance through a flood of news updates; Nawaz Sharif’s peace committee, government’s dialogue offer to the Taliban, the Sindh festival, Musharraf case, so on and so forth. Nothing caught my attention more than the Sindh government’s recent move in … Read entire article »

Filed under: human rights

Malala book launch halted by PTI’s Government

Malala book launch halted by PTI’s Government

By Amir Abbas Turi A non-profit education network intending to hold a ceremony launching a book by a teenage activist, Malala Yousafzai, shot by the Taliban, have been forced to cancel the event by the PTI-led coalition government in Peshawar amid security concerns. What a lame argument it is! The issue is not of banning a book launch, however, pre-planned right-wing’s misinformation against the valiant Pashtun daughter. Yes, this is the same mindset which entitled a … Read entire article »

Filed under: Books, Terrorism, Women

The Islamization of Pakistan

The Islamization of Pakistan

by Syed Foaad Hassan Quaid-e-Azam in his March 1940 presidential address said “It is extremely difficult to appreciate why our Hindu friends fail to understand the real nature of Islam and Hinduism. They are not religious in the strict sense of the word, but are, in fact, different and distinct social orders; and it is only a dream that the Hindus and Muslims can ever evolve a common nationality. This misconception of one Indian Nation has … Read entire article »

Filed under: Islamism, Jinnah

Peace in Our Time

Peace in Our Time

Saad Hafiz Between phase of strident nationalism and armed conflict, India-Pakistan relations have mostly remained in deep freeze from which there still appears to be no hope of recovery. Historically, bilateral ties have been dominated by shrill jingoism, xenophobia and a quest for absolute justice at the expense of national interest and political realism. National leaders, instead of pursuing peace, have generally found it easier to propagate hawkish positions, unwilling to risk charges of appeasement, defeatism and … Read entire article »

Filed under: Pakistan, peace

Vying for Allah’s Vote

Vying for Allah’s Vote

Author: Haroon K. Ullah What is driving political extremism in Pakistan? In early 2011, the prominent Pakistani politician SalmaanTaseerwas assassinated by a member of his own security team for insulting Islam by expressing views in support of the rights of women and religious minorities. Benazir Bhutto, the former prime minister, was killed by gunfire and explosive devices as she left a campaign event in December 2007; strong evidence links members of extremist organizations to her slaying. These … Read entire article »

Filed under: Books

The Lost Legacy of Subhas Chandra Bose

The Lost Legacy of Subhas Chandra Bose

I am highly grateful to my dear friend S.Tewari to contribute this article to PTH. One of the most unique aspects about PTH is the fact that it has tried to introspect in depth about the Partition. Some say , it is irrelevant. However, nothing is further from the truth than this assertion. The answer to what could avoid partition, perhaps also holds the answer to what can keep communal harmony intact in the complicated landscape … Read entire article »

Filed under: Pakistan

Will Taliban Destroy Pakistan?

Riaz Haq While some Pakistanis, including major political leaders, are afraid of speaking out against the Taliban, other Pakistanis are taking the challenge posed by the insurgents lightly. They are underestimating the power and the capacity of a rag-tag band of barbarians to bring down the Pakistani state and take control in the nation’s capital in Islamabad. It’s important for Pakistanis to learn from history to end such complacency. History Lessons: Famous medieval Islamic historian Abd ur Rehman Ibn Khaldun (1332-1406) argued in his masterpiece“Muqaddima” that tribesmen and barbarians have often had more courage and social cohesion than settled and civilized folk.  He cited many instances in history when rag-tag bands of ill-educated and uncivilized insurgents have swept in and conquered lands whose rulers became corrupt and complacent. Fall of Empires: History is witness to the fact … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Islam, Taliban

Individual liberty or societal damnation – a simple choice

By Javed Hassan Muslims are rightly proud of great thinkers who emerged from the Islamic milieu of the so called Islamic Golden Age. Avicenna, Omar Khayyám , Averroes, Razi, and many more not only carried forward the Greek tradition of rational enquiry but also innovated and brought about new discoveries. We should rejoice the greatness that was once there, and the potential that we might still have to achieve such heights again.  However, before that happens we need to ask ourselves the question that Dawkins posed to all of us, ‘why are there only ten Muslim Nobel laureates compared to thirty from Trinity College Cambridge/”. It’s worth noting that there are some two hundred plus Jewish recipients of the prize. Why has there been virtually no major scientific contribution from Muslims since … Read entire article »

Filed under: Islam

What Muslims Should Remember….

Raza Habib Raja It is often claimed by my fellow Muslims that the world is unfair to us and harbors misperceptions about Islam. What Muslims often overlook is that world’s perception about them as well as Islam is shaped by their actions. So this is what they should remember before complaining. If you endorse terrorism, either openly or through apologetic defense, and that too on religious grounds, then please do not expect the world to consider Islam as a religion of peace, because it simply won’t. It is hard to imagine it doing so when some of the followers are ready to blow themselves in the middle of crowded places which contain even little children on the pretext that Israel has been unfair to Palestinians! Or West has been unfair to Islam. It is even … Read entire article »

Filed under: Islam, minorities

A Real-Life Superhero

A Real-Life Superhero

by Ammar January 6, 2014. It was just another day in Ibrahimzai, in Hangu district of Pakistan. A young boy from this small village, never thought this would be the day he will lose his status as a mortal, to become immortal for his nation. He would go on and make history. Aitzaz Hasan was standing outside the gates of his school with his friends, when a man with beastly intentions tried to gain access to his … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Pakistan, Taliban, Terrorism

The Lies You Tell

The Lies You Tell

By Javed Hassan  Imran Khan and PTI spokespersons repeatedly quote the example of the British talking to the IRA to resolve the Northern Ireland problem.  The argument goes something like this, ‘the American puppet Pakistani government has tried military action against the Taliban for the last ten years instead of negotiating with them. We are fighting America’s war and have failed. Insurgencies can never be defeated by force. It has failed in every other situation. A … Read entire article »

Filed under: Taliban, Terrorism

Lesson from Nuclear Disasters and Karachi Nuclear Plants

Lesson from Nuclear Disasters and Karachi Nuclear Plants

Ahmad Khan and Beenish Altaf ‘It’s no secret that we live in a 24/7 society’that is full of risks. In fact, Pakistanis usually take risks in order to find quick solutions of their lingering problems. In addition to my contention, people in Pakistan usually don’t care at large about the safety of their lives, and frequently indulge themselves in greater problems while taking risks. Actually, our mode of survival pivots around risks, and we neglect certain … Read entire article »

Filed under: Economy, India, Islamabad, war

The Ripple Effect of Rote-Learning

The Ripple Effect of Rote-Learning

by Muhammad Taseer Hussain While I was doing some research work in a library the other day, I saw a young lady sitting besides my table, scribbling on her notebook. Out of curiosity, I asked if she, too, were collecting data for research? “I’m memorizing a topic for my examination”, she said. Knowing that her examinations were not due for another few months, I admired her dedication to studies and probed, “you got plenty of months … Read entire article »

Filed under: Education

Polarization, lack of deliberation and changing the status quo

by Hussain Bokhari Pakistani society is as polarized as it has ever been. The country is coming apart at the seams due to schisms across political, ideological, ethnic, religious, and social dimensions. Political parties that are either inept or unwilling to ask the right questions to address the issues affecting the masses (as indicated by a 2013 British Council survey in which 69% of Pakistanis have an unfavorable view of political parties); increasingly misinformed ideological viewpoints among ‘conservatives’ and ‘liberals’ (as illustrated by the general lack of awareness on both sides about what either ideology really advocates); continued penchant for viewing ourselves and our issues across ethnic lines rather than as a nation (as evidenced by the existence of political parties with ethnic agendas and their success across ethnic lines); existence … Read entire article »

Filed under: public policy

Why it Happened?

Why it Happened?

Raza Habib Raja It has been three years since Governor Salman Taseer was slain. As some commemorate his bravery, this is also a time for reflecting on why it happened. And more importantly why there were actually people throwing rose petals on the murderer, Mumtaz Qadri and why there was little to no public condemnation when he was murdered. To some extent the murder of Salman Taseer happened due to the extreme reverence attached to religion and … Read entire article »

Filed under: Pakistan