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Filmmaking and human rights

Filmmaking and human rights

By Saad Hafiz   Haider, the recently released Bollywood movie, helps to lift the lid on the brutal conflict in Indian Kashmir. The artistic portrait of modern political rebellion, an exposé of government-sanctioned violence and a vision of hope that continued resistance may galvanise a new future. Set during the 1990s, the most intense years of the ongoing insurgency that has pitted Kashmiri militants and separatists against security forces and their local auxiliaries for more than two … Read entire article »

Filed under: baluchistan, Bangladesh, Bollywood, Democracy, Fiction, human rights, India, Kashmir, Lashkar e Taiba, Pakistan, Pakistan-India Peace Process, Reviews, Terrorism, violence

I Love Karachi

I Love Karachi

We are posting Ali Jafri’s pictures – hope the readers would like them. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Architecture, Arts and Crafts, Economy, Heritage, Images, Karachi, Liberal Democratic Pakistan, liberal Pakistan, Pak Tea House, People's Pakistan, Photos, Tourism

Why India cannot fight War with Pakistan?

Why India cannot fight War with Pakistan?

By Ahmad Khan Indo-Pak relations are once again in doldrums. The simmering tensions along Line of Control (LoC) have put the entire Indo-Pak peace process on a perilous road. After a decade of being out of power, once again the BJP hardliners are back in business in India, playing a dirty politics with their neighbour—Pakistan—to attain domestic political mileage. Apprehensive statements are made by Mr. Modi’s subordinates—Dr Subramaniam Swamy and Indian Army Chief General Dalbir Singh Suhag—regarding … Read entire article »

Filed under: India, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Pakistan-India Peace Process, peace, war

I am an Ahmadi and I love Pakistan

I am an Ahmadi and I love Pakistan

by Saniya Ahmad No matter how much I love Pakistan, it is not the place for me to be right now. No matter how much I say I love it, I will always be labelled a traitor in the place I call home. No matter how much I sacrifice for my country, my fellow citizens will always look at me with contempt and hatred. No matter how patriotic I am, I will be punished.. for being … Read entire article »

Filed under: Citizens, Democracy, minorities, New Writers, Pakistan, Religion, secularism, Society, Taliban

Remembering Shahbaz Bhatti, an unsung hero of Pakistan

Raza Rumi Fate connected me to Salma Peter John – the widow of Pakistan’s slain Christian Minister Shahbaz Bhatti who was assassinated by violent extremists. I cried then and cried yesterday after speaking to brave Salma and watching this video. I share your grief and stand by you. There is no reason that Cammy should have died, no justification but Pakistan and its negligent state enabled this killing. He was a bright man whenever I met him. At least I have the consolation that I will meet Salma in a few weeks and do whatever little I can to turn her grief into the voice that condemns injustice. All these instances of losing Mustafa, my driver-friend-family-member and so many others I know has only taught me one thing. No need to … Read entire article »

Filed under: Blasphemy, human rights, Justice, minorities, Pakistan, Raza Rumi, Religion, Taliban, Target Killing

The Real Picture: Innovation, Technology and Pakistan

The Real Picture: Innovation, Technology and Pakistan

By Azka Naeem If all the brouhaha is to be believed, we’re looking at a failed state with nothing to offer. But is that really the case? Innovation is fundamentally characterised by what can be called ‘newness’, but a field does not have to be completely novel itself for innovation to take place. By that same token, an idea can be born and take root anywhere and at any time. In the politically unstable and consistently maligned Pakistan … Read entire article »

Filed under: Citizens, Education, Egalitarian Pakistan, liberal Pakistan, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Physics, Reviews, Science, youth

The Father of Democracy

The Father of Democracy

By Waqas habib Rana Javed Hashmi is the man who single handedly brought down the egoistic Imran khan and dented his plans to roll over an elected Government through unconstitutional means; as Khan himself pointed towards the “third umpire”.Hashmi’s exposure of London plan dented the whole script that was to be completed with the blood of innocent supporters of Imran Khan and Tahir ul Qadri. Javed Hashmi took away a piece of the moral high ground … Read entire article »

Filed under: Constitution, Democracy, Elections, History, Opinion, Pakistan, Parliament, Politics

Nevada Multi-Ethnic Coalition Candidates’ Forum

Nevada Multi-Ethnic Coalition Candidates’ Forum

October 18, 2014, a candidates’ forum was arranged, at Origin India, by Nevada Multi-ethnic Coalition. More than 250 community members attended to engage with progressive prospective leaders of Nevada. Coalition had members of different  ethnic communities living in Las Vegas. Enthusiasm shown by different communities for engaging with these leaders was really heartening. Forum was organized under the leadership of Mr. Akbar Moten and Dr. Zaffar Iqbal. Mr. Moten worked tirelessly to engage different ethnic communities … Read entire article »

Filed under: Citizens, Pak Tea House, Photos, public policy, USA

We shall see – Faiz Ahmad Faiz

We shall see – Faiz Ahmad Faiz

Following is a translation of Faiz’s remarkable poem ‘Hum Dekhen Gay’. Though the season of Inqilab in Pakistan has passed away without any revolution, it was not for any real one in the first place. This poem will remain eternal to find real and everlasting revolution. We will see It is true, we too shall see That day which has been promised Which is written with God’s ink We shall see When the mountains of oppression and cruelty Will float like carded … Read entire article »

Filed under: Egalitarian Pakistan, Faiz Ahmed Faiz, Liberal Democratic Pakistan, liberal Pakistan, Literature, movements, Revolution, secularism

The profusion of terrorist outfits in Europe and Middle East; Bewilderment for the world

The profusion of terrorist outfits in Europe and Middle East; Bewilderment for the world

By Muqeet Tahir Malik Dear Readers! Do any of you know about the extremist organizations operating in the Balkan states? Have you ever focused on the spread of terrorism especially in Europe? How fast is this trend in Middle East? What are the causes, and how to impede growth of extremism? Do you know the historical importance of the Balkan states?Do you know the ECJM faction? These are pertinent questions that we need to analyse, and … Read entire article »

Filed under: Al Qaeda, Iraq, Islamism, Middle East, Opinion, Secterainism, Taliban, USA, violence

Symbols of defiance

Symbols of defiance

By Saad Hafiz Anne Frank and Malala Yousafzai, two girls from different eras, share a certain kinship. They lived under fear and terror. Their ability to read and write allowed them to share their stories with the world. Both are regarded as symbols of defiance against the forces of cruelty and darkness. Anne died of typhus with her sister Margot, at the Bergen-Belsen internment camp in March 1945. Malala was shot and gravely wounded by a … Read entire article »

Filed under: Children, Education, History, human rights, Malala Yousufzai, Malala Yousuzai, Taliban, Target Killing, violence, Women, World

An open letter to Bilawal Bhutto Zardari

An open letter to Bilawal Bhutto Zardari

By Wahab Tariq Butt Dear Bilawal, I write this letter to try to share with you the sentiments of us common people after your speech on 18th October. First of all, I congratulate you for the mamonth gathering of people last Saturday, that gave the message loud and clear:Pakistan Peoples Party is not down and out. It is worth praise how you spoke against extremist mindset, establishment’s propagandas and their stooges trying to bring change through lotas. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Benazir Bhutto, Democracy, Opinion, Pakistan, People's Pakistan, Punjab, Sindh, Zardari

جانے کب کون کسے مار دے کافر کہہ کر

جانے کب کون کسے مار دے کافر کہہ کر

ارسلان قمر پاکستان کے چھوٹے شہروں کی شامیں اکتوبر کے وسط سےہوا میں بڑھتی خنکی کے سبب خاموش ہونا شروع ہو جاتی ہیں۔یہ خاموشی ہمیشہ پراسرار ہوا کرتی ہے جو کسی کے لئے تو پُر ہیبت ہوتی ہے اورکسی کے لئے پُرسکون ۔ سوچتا ہوں ایسے میں گولی کی آواز توخوب گونجتی ہوگی لیکن اس گولی کے نشانہ بننے والا خاموش رہ جاتا ہے۔ میں پھر سوچتا ہوں کہ پاکستان میں موت بھی اس شام کی … Read entire article »

Filed under: Blasphemy, Citizens, Democracy, human rights, Islam for Peace, Islamism, minorities, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Religion, Rights, Secterainism, Target Killing, violence

Photo of the Day: Bilawal Starts Politics with a Massive Rally

Photo of the Day: Bilawal Starts Politics with a Massive Rally

Malik Omaid Pakistan Peoples Party launches its chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari with a massive rally at Mazar-e-Qaid, Karachi. Although the rally was in Karachi but it was not a rally of Karachi as people from all over Sindh participated in it. On one hand it shows the ‘Rally power’ of PPP in Sindh but uncovers the aready known fact of weak political power in Karachi. This PPP has to take a good care of if they … Read entire article »

Filed under: Afghanistan, baluchistan, Benazir Bhutto, Democracy, Economy, Karachi, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, People's Pakistan, Photo of the Day, Photos, Terrorism, Zardari

The Unpredictables: Part IV – 1970s, 2nd Episode

The Unpredictables: Part IV – 1970s, 2nd Episode

Fazal Abbas   Pakistan as a country has been through a number of highs and lows since traumatic partition in 1947 and its cricket has followed the similar pattern, showing how this sport is embedded in social, political and cultural facets of the country. Initially dispersed, unrecognised, underfunded and weak, Pakistan’s cricket team grew to become a major force in world cricket. If cricket is known for its glorious uncertainties, our team is even more notorious for … Read entire article »

Filed under: Books, Cricket, culture, Images, Karachi, Lahore, Liberal Democratic Pakistan, liberal Pakistan, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, sport