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Red Zone Shelling: Reporting from Hospital

After the attack on protestors of PTI and PAT, there have been rumors of deaths of workers with numbers 7 to 35 being reported on social media. Tahir Imran reported directly from the hospital which cleared many rumors and this also showed us how both sides got injured after clashes.   [View the story “Red Zone Shelling: Reporting from Hospital” on Storify] … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Citizens, Constitution, Democracy, Elections, human rights, Islamabad, journalism, Parliament, Photos, Revolution, Storify, Twitter, violence

Anarchy, chaos and Pakistan’s fragile democracy

Raza Rumi reports, comments and analyses the situation after the Red zone Shelling and baton charge by Police on the PTI/PAT protestors.   [View the story “Islamabad thrown to Chaos” on Storify] … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Citizens, Constitution, Democracy, Elections, human rights, Islamabad, Media, Pakistan, Parliament, Storify, Twitter, violence

Twitter Review: Reactions on ISPR “tweet”

Malik Omaid Yesterday the ISPR’s clarification statement about Prime Minister’s denial of asking Army to act as mediator was tweeted. It was anticipated that within few hours it was re-tweeted for more than twenty thousand times. Almost every Pakistani reacted on the tweet and both parties to the conflict tried to explain the tweet by ISPR in a way that it supported their narrative. These self-explanatory and spontaneous reactions are presented here to show how the major Pakistani analysts look to the event as a blow to the Government. The greatest blow to his government &legitimacy was rendered yesterday by Nawaz Sharif &co. Incompetence much?#AskingArmyToResolveTheCrisis — Raza Rumi (@Razarumi) August 29, 2014   ISPR’s tweet contradicts the position that the PM took on the floor of the House. Pressure multiplies. — Nasim Zehra (@NasimZehra) August 29, … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Constitution, Democracy, ISI, Media, Pakistan, Parliament, Politics, Twitter

Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Speech in emergency session of Security Council (22-09-1965)

Pak Tea House is sharing this speech of former Prime Minister Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto during an emergency session of Security Council amidst Pakistan and India war of 1965. Sharing historical speeches is an effort of Pak Tea House to record historical speeches and to start a debate. Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Speech in emergency session… by razarumi1 Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Speech in emergency… by razarumi1 … Read entire article »

Filed under: History, India, Pakistan-India Peace Process, Palestine, Politics, south asia, video, violence, war

Photo of the Day: Smile tells the Story

Photo of the Day: Smile tells the Story

On Thursday night Imran Khan smiles when going to meet Army Chief General Raheel Sharif for the solution of Political instability and deadlock in Pakistan. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Citizens, Constitution, Democracy, Elections, human rights, ISI, Liberal Democratic Pakistan, Media, Pakistan, Photo of the Day, Photos, Revolution

Lihaaf [The Quilt]: Ismat Chughtai

 In the series of sharing translations of marvels of Urdu Literature Pak Tea House is sharing this incredible short story by Ismat Chughtai which was originally published in Manushi Magazine. Translation by M. Asaduddin. In winter when I put a quilt over myself its shadows on the wall seem to sway like an elephant . That sets my mind racing into the labyrinth of times past. Memories come crowding in. Sorry. I’m not going to regale you with any romantic tale about my own quilt. It’s hardly a subject for romance. It seems to me that the blanket, though less comfortable, does not cast shadows as terrifying as the quilt, dancing on the wall. I was then a small girl and fought all day with my brothers and their friends . Often … Read entire article »

Filed under: Arts and Crafts, Citizens, culture, Dance, LGBT, Literature, Rights, sex, Urdu, Women, Writers

Political Developments

Political Developments

By Daniyal Arif History was made when, first time in the country, a political government transferred mandate to another political government after completing its full tenure. The development was unprecedented. Never has a political elected government done it before in 68 years since the inception of the state. It did seem an omen of bright prospects for democracy and other fundamental state institutions. Political elite foresaw it as a milestone and a silver lining for the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Citizens, Constitution, Corruption, Democracy, Elections, human rights, Islamabad, journalism, Media, Pakistan, Parliament

I Declare!

I Declare!

I, Fazal Abbas, a citizen of Pakistan hereby declare my full support to a Democratic system in Pakistan. A Democratic system, implemented in its letter and spirit, is the only way forward for a progressive Pakistan. Our country has suffered a lot during dictatorial regimes. Questions about quality of democracy can always be posed, but then answer to it lies only in supporting and evolving this system over a period of time. Democracy is always … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Citizens, Constitution, Cricket, Democracy, Egalitarian Pakistan, journalism, Judiciary, Justice, Opinion, Rights

Music and Post Colonial Identity

Music and Post Colonial Identity

Rchops tweeted an amazing list of songs that deal with post colonial identity. He tweeted   [View the story “Post Colonial Songs” on Storify] … Read entire article »

Filed under: Arts and Crafts, Bollywood, Colonialism, culture, History, Music, Pak Tea House, Storify, Twitter, video

Photo of the Day: Abandoned Mosque Thatta

Photo of the Day: Abandoned Mosque Thatta

Dabgir Mosque is Thatta, Sindh, Pakistan The Dabgir mosque is another historical mosque in Thatta. It was built in the 16th century by Khusro Khan, the Governor of Thatta. It is 1 km away from the more famous Jamia Mosque. The mihrab is carved with such delicacy of touch that it looks like sandal wood rather than stone. The mosque is no longer in use. Above information taken from the Insight Guides to Pakistan … Read entire article »

Filed under: Architecture, Heritage, History, Images, Islam, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Photo of the Day, Photos, Religion, Sindh

Three Stories

India, my motherland is a land of dreams and stories. In every nook and corner one can find stories. The stories that begin with people like you and I, move on with emotions, faith, sex, lust, politics, crime and tragedy and, continue endlessly, thriving and sustaining on the hopes and dreams of happy ending. These inherently beginningless and endless stories are also as mystical as my country, but they always provide a good fodder for different scribes of sorts. In this series of articles I am going to tell you three different stories. My first story is of the political, commercial and corporate styled babas and their quick-fix solutions. In May, 2012 I was in my home city Udaipur. Like every year, it was terribly hot. Often, it was extremely difficult … Read entire article »

Filed under: Pakistan

Lest We Forget

Lest We Forget

By Salma B. Ahmad and Khullat M. Khan: We are proud Muslim daughters of parents who were blessed with five children. Despite financial constraints our parents tried their utmost to give us the best education available in Pakistan. We admire our parent’s relentless efforts in the pursuit of good education for us. We are horrified by the atrocities committed by extremist organizations such as Boko Haram that put obstacles in the way of women’s education. While it … Read entire article »

Filed under: Al Qaeda, Children, Education, human rights, Islamism, Pakistan, Religion

Second Amendment, Ahmedis and Democracy

Second Amendment, Ahmedis and Democracy

Raza Habib Raja Frankly I would like to say at the onset that I think the Second Amendment which declared Ahmedis as non Muslims is one of the blackest and most shameful act of legislation ever passed in the National Assembly. Its reprehensible content is reinforced by the fact that it was not an ordinance imposed by a dictator but actually passed by majority through legislative process. The Second Amendment was passed unanimously and compared to other controversial … Read entire article »

Filed under: Democracy, Liberal Democratic Pakistan

Sa‘adat Hasan Manto: Gilgit Khan

Sa‘adat Hasan Manto: Gilgit Khan

Pak Tea House is sharing the translation of this amazing short story by Sadat Hasan Manto. Shahbaz khan had it up to here with Jahangir, who worked in his restaurant and also ran errands. He couldn’t stand the man’s indolence, so one day he gave him his marching orders. Actually, Jahangir wasn’t lazy or slow at all, he was so agile and fast that his movements seemed stationary to Shahbaz Khan. Shahbaz Khan paid him the salary … Read entire article »

Filed under: Arts and Crafts, Books, Citizens, culture, Education, History, Labour, Literature, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Writers

Awakening

Awakening

Note: The author does not represent the views of PTH. Pak Tea House is a secular blog where people of all ideologies have freedom to express themselves with in the boundaries of logic and tolerance. By Obaidullah Khan Good systems and strong institutions are the signs of a strong and a cohesive society. You cannot build an institution without an appropriate atmosphere to nurture the system. For example you cannot establish a fire station without the availability … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Citizens, Constitution, Democracy, Egalitarian Pakistan, Elections, History, human rights, Islamabad, journalism, Judiciary, Justice, Media, movements, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Parliament, Politics, Punjab, Revolution, secular Pakistan