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System of Governance – Not the Governance

System of Governance – Not the Governance

Misbah U. Azam, Ph.D.     The common problem among Pakistani is that – for 67 years — we rely and wait for messiahs, who, with their heavenly powers, would solve every ills of the country.  It isn’t quite amazing for any outside observer when they witness how Imran Khan’s followers justify his actions and blindly follow his rhetoric without asking any question.  Although, it is rather encouraging that a section of society, who have never shown any … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Citizens, Constitution, Democracy, Liberal Democratic Pakistan, Opinion, Pakistan

Of taboos and sex in Pakistan

Of taboos and sex in Pakistan

Malik omaid This is an important post coming from a Pakistani doctor abroad and raises critical questions on our inability to see the human issues from a psychological perspective. In Pakistan such debates are only treated through the lens of religion and culture but it is time to view the LGBT debate from a humanistic perspective. Readers’ comments are welcome and this is a platform for discussion and exchange. Hassan Majeed As a child and adolescent psychiatrist, I … Read entire article »

Filed under: Egalitarian Pakistan, LGBT, liberal Pakistan, Pakistan, Religion

Idiotic autocrats

Idiotic autocrats

by Saad Hafiz A Turkish government spokesman summarised the reaction to the outcome of the 2007 Turkish parliamentary elections in other Muslim countries as: “What the hell did the Turks do right that we did not do? How come they can manage a predominantly Muslim population, negotiate [for membership] with the EU [European Union], and have a workable democracy while we are stuck with these idiotic autocrats?” The spokesman may have lacked tact but he cut … Read entire article »

Filed under: Citizens, Democracy, Islam, Opinion, Pak Tea House

Munawar Hasan: Advocating Violence to fix Country’s Ailments

Munawar Hasan: Advocating Violence to fix Country’s Ailments

Malik Omaid Ex Jamat Islami Chief calls for the culture of Slaughter in the Name of God replacing Democratic culture. Raza Rumi comments on his statement. [View the story “Munawar Hasan: Advocating Violence to fix Country’s Ailments” on Storify] … Read entire article »

Filed under: Democracy, Islamism, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Raza Rumi, Religion, Storify, Terrorism, Twitter, violence

But What About Blasphemy Against Human Decency?

But What About Blasphemy Against Human Decency?

Usmann Rana A five month pregnant woman and her husband beaten up by a mob and burned alive in the very same kiln where they worked. A child with mental challenges (reportedly Down’s Syndrome) jailed for ‘allegedly’ desecrating the Holy Qur’an, the Muslim scripture. A colony set ablaze by self-righteous defenders of the faith which ended up costing the lives of eight Christian men, women and a child and damage to a church. In any society with human decency and compassion such … Read entire article »

Filed under: Blasphemy, Democracy, human rights, Islamism, Justice, Lahore, minorities, Pakistan, Punjab, Religion, Rights, Society, violence

Photo of the Day: Munawwar Hassan says “Jihad should replace democracy to overcome challenges”

Photo of the Day: Munawwar Hassan says “Jihad should replace democracy to overcome challenges”

Malik Omaid LAHORE: Former Ameer Jamat-e-Islami (JI) Munawwar Hassan on Saturday ruled out the resolution of issues through democratic disposition and instead called for promoting the culture of ‘Jihad’ to overcome the present challenges. “It is beyond the system based on elections to overcome the challenges being faced by the country,” he maintained while addressing a public meeting here at Minar-e-Pakistan. He said he would not mince his words in declaring that ‘the problems of the the society … Read entire article »

Filed under: Democracy, Islamism, Pak Tea House, Photo of the Day, Photos, Taliban, Terrorism, violence

Higgs Boson & Dr. Abdus Salam

Higgs Boson & Dr. Abdus Salam

By Aqeel Ahmed This article was originally posted in Ibtidah-The Beginning. Paktea House is posting it on the 18th death anniversary of Dr. Abdus Salam to give a better understanding of his achievements and its relevance in the modern physics. There are four fundamental forces in nature, namely, electromagnetism, weak nuclear force, strong nuclear force and gravity. Electromagnetism can be observed in daily life experience. For instance, lighting is a natural phenomenon. Weak nuclear force is manifested in … Read entire article »

Filed under: Anniversery, Education, minorities, Science

Faiz Ahmad Faiz: Unlocking the complicated imagery of his poems

Faiz Ahmad Faiz: Unlocking the complicated imagery of his poems

Malik Omaid On the 30th death anniversary of the legendary Poet Faiz Ahmad Faiz, I am posting an excerpt from the excellent article of Ted Genoways  “Let Them Snuff Out the Moon”: Faiz Ahmed Faiz’s Prison Lyrics in Dast-e Saba. When Faiz was confined to solitary, his pen and paper confiscated, he composed qit‘as—a four-line rhymed form that he could memorize and recite. Later when he could commit his poems to paper, Faiz’s writings that were sent outside the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Anniversery, culture, Faiz Ahmed Faiz, History, liberal Pakistan, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, poetry

Photo of the Day: International Terrorism Report 2013-14, Pakistan Termed as third Most affected Country

Photo of the Day: International Terrorism Report 2013-14, Pakistan Termed as third Most affected Country

Malik Omaid According to News Tribe NEW YORK: International Terrorism report 2013-14 issued, Pakistan stands third in the list of most affected countries by terrorism. According to a International Terrorism report, Pakistan stands third in the list of most affected counties by terrorism with 1933 violence case, in which 2345 peoples were killed while 5035 wounded. Iraq is the most affected by terrorism, further in report. Almost 80 percent of death toll belonged to Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Al Qaeda, Army, Citizens, Iraq, ISI, Islamism, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Photo of the Day, Photos, Religion, Secterainism, Taliban, Terrorism, violence

Corporatization of Militancy

Corporatization of Militancy

By Andaleeb Rizvi It was the year 2011; pro-Shia TV channels and wire services were abuzz with claims about US and Saudi Arabia funding and arming anti-Shia groups all over the Middle East. During the same period, there were several Shia uprisings in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, and of course Iraq and Syria.The Pakistani government too continued to face the onslaught of anti-Shia groups like Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, Jondullah, Sipah-e-Sahaba, Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamat, and Lashkar-e-Islam. Videos of men … Read entire article »

Filed under: Al Qaeda, Islamism, Middle East, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Religion, Secterainism, Terrorism, violence, war

KARACHIWALA , A Subcontinent within a City – Part II

KARACHIWALA , A Subcontinent within a City – Part II

By Shahran Asim Just recently , I had chance to review some interesting excerpts from a book titled “Karachiwala, A subcontinent within a City”. Written by Rumana Hussain. Rumana, is well known art critic, who grew up in Karachi during the days when there was more tolerance and interaction among various communities. In writing this book she conducted 60+ interviews with the families of various communities. See: KARACHIWALA , A Subcontinent within a City – Part I Buildings in Karachi … Read entire article »

Filed under: Citizens, Egalitarian Pakistan, Islamism, Karachi, liberal Pakistan, minorities, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Partition

KARACHIWALA , A Subcontinent within a City – Part I

KARACHIWALA , A Subcontinent within a City – Part I

By Shahran Asim Just recently , I had chance to review some interesting excerpts from a book titled “Karachiwala, A subcontinent within a City”. Written by Rumana Hussain. Rumana, is well known art critic, who grew up in Karachi during the days when there was more tolerance and interaction among various communities. In writing this book she conducted 60+ interviews with the families of various communities. The communities documented are quite a conglomeration and includes fisher folk, street … Read entire article »

Filed under: Citizens, Egalitarian Pakistan, History, Images, Karachi, liberal Pakistan, minorities, Pak Tea House, Pakistan

پاکستان میں توہین مذہب کے قوانین

ملک عمید مذہب کو استعمال کر کے جب بھی قانون سازی کی جاتی ہے تو وہ قوانین خود بخود “مقدس” حیثیت اختیار کر لیتے ہیں، پھر ان میں محض ‘سقم’ کی بات کرنا بھی توہینِ مذہب میں شمار ہوتا ہے، پاکستان کا یہی حال ہے جس پر رضا رومی نے یہ درد انگیز ‘ٹویٹز’ لکھیں۔ [<a href=”//storify.com/Pakteahouse1/story” target=”_blank”>View the story “پاکستان میں توہین مذہب کے قوانین” on Storify</a>] … Read entire article »

Filed under: Blasphemy, Citizens, Islam for Peace, Islamism, minorities, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Raza Rumi, Terrorism, violence

Islamic reformation

Islamic reformation

by Saad Hafiz It is hard to dispute that there is a cancer of extremism within Islam today. Groups like the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and the Taliban reinforce a particularly harsh description of Islam as terrorist-prone, modernity-proof, plagued by fanaticism and susceptible to the hellish clarion call of jihad. The frequent incidents of beheading, suicide bombing and lynching confirm that a section of Muslims celebrate violence and intolerance and harbour deeply reactionary … Read entire article »

Filed under: Al Qaeda, Islam, Islam for Peace, Islamic Holy Book Quran, Islamism, Middle East, minorities, Pakistan, Religion, Terrorism

Jinnah and the Blasphemy Law

By Yasser Latif Hamdani “I thoroughly endorse the principle that while this measure should aim at those undesirable persons who indulge in wanton vilification or attack upon the religion of any particular class or upon the founders and prophets of a religion, we must also secure this very important and fundamental principle that those who are engaged in historical works, those who are engaged in bona fide and honest criticism of a religion, shall be protected.“  Jinnah on the passage of 295-A of the Indian Penal Code (also Pakistan Penal Code) There is a common tendency – common between Islamists and self-hating Pakistanis alike – to tarnish Jinnah’s memory by saying that because Jinnah was lawyer in appeal (for a fee and purely in a professional capacity) for Ilam Din who was … Read entire article »

Filed under: Pakistan