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Can we spare the children of our planet from violence!

Can we spare the children of our planet from violence!

By Dr. Ilmana Fasih Thousands of miles away, in a candle vigil for the children of the Peshawar attack, the Mayor of Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, Bonnie Crombie said, “The children lost in Peshawar were not just Pakistani kids; they were our children, the children of this planet.” I shuddered to imagine the paranoia of millions of parents in Pakistan on the day that their children will have to go back to school after winter break. And along with them, my … Read entire article »

Filed under: Children

پولیس والے بھی انسان ہیں

پولیس والے بھی انسان ہیں

-عندیل علی … Read entire article »

Filed under: Citizens, Democracy, New Writers, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Regulatory Affairs, Society, Urdu

Common enemy of Pakistan and Pakistanis

Common enemy of Pakistan and Pakistanis

By Shehla Ahmad In the wake of the recent and tragic attack at a school in Peshawar which resulted in over 130 innocent children being massacred, many seemed optimistic that this sad incident may become a turning point in opening the eyes of the Pakistani nation against their real enemy. However, after only a few days on December 22, Geo TV Pakistan aired a morning show hosted by Aamir Liaquat Husain.  In this program one of … Read entire article »

Filed under: Citizens, Islam for Peace, Media, minorities, New Writers, Pakistan, Religion, Secterainism, Terrorism

Dear “Real” Muslims, No One is Forcing You to Consider Ahmadis as Muslims But……

Raza Habib Raja Pakistan, it seems has no desire to mend its way. Hardly ten days have passed since the Peshawar tragedy and religious zealots are at it again. Now Peshawar tragedy is being linked with Ahmedis ( as kind of “conspiracy” from them) and violence is being openly incited against them. Right now civil society is pressurizing PEMRA to take appropriate action against GEO and Amer Liaquat. Although I agree with the move of the civil society but I think this issue won’t die away unless our general way of looking at Ahmedis is not changed. They are considered as Non Muslims who are claiming to be Muslims and therefore on this pretext, all the so called “real” Muslims are ready to resort to violence against them. Further I am told that … Read entire article »

Filed under: Media, minorities, Secterainism

Eradicating extremist ideology

Eradicating extremist ideology

By Hussain Bokhari It has been over a week since the devastating attack on the school in Peshawar that took the precious lives of so many. Over the past week, I have thought about that day, the children that were mercilessly killed, and the families that will forever be barren. I was unable to express my grief and rage as many others so eloquently did – the words required to do so eluded me. My visceral reaction … Read entire article »

Filed under: Taliban, Terrorism, war, Zarb-E-Azb

Celebration of murder

Celebration of murder

by Saad Hafiz Pakistan is a country permanently roiled by political chaos and militant jihadism. On December 16, 2014, the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) attacked the Army Public School in Peshawar, leaving 141 dead, including 132 schoolchildren. Unconfirmed reports indicate that children from military families were separated from their peers and shot in the head. The TTP spokesperson announced that the Peshawar attack was in retaliation to Operation Zarb-e-Azb (sharp and cutting strike), the Pakistani army’s move … Read entire article »

Filed under: Democracy, Islamism, Justice, minorities, Opinion, Pakistan, Peshawar, Secterainism, Taliban, Terrorism, violence, war, Zarb-E-Azb

Hate Speech on Geo TV against Ahmadis

Malik Omaid Raza Rumi tweets about the show inciting hate against Ahmadis on Geo TV.   [View the story “Hate Speech on Geo TV against Ahmadis” on Storify] … Read entire article »

Filed under: Islamism, minorities, Pakistan, Raza Rumi, Religion, Society, Storify, Terrorism, Twitter

GEO TV and Aamir Liaquat Spreading Hatred

by Saira A. Nizami Many would be aware of the hate incitement by Aamir Liaquat in his program Subah Pakistan, on December 22, 2014. One would think that a morning show would have some kind of soothing content to get one ready for the day ahead rather it was a session of spewing vile. GeoTV- Subh e Pakistan program incites hatred… by rabwahtv In the past, in 2008 on his show Aalim Online, there was a same kind of program held due to which 2 known Ahmadi leaders were brutally murdered in next two days. After that, as a result there was no prosecution and Aamir Liaquat, neither those clerics were questioned nor held accountable. After the recent program where the cleric bashed Ahmadis as being “the biggest enemies of Pakistan” also there … Read entire article »

Filed under: Pakistan

آئیے اسلام مال چلیں!

آئیے  اسلام مال چلیں!

تحریر: نضیرا اعظم ہم مسلمان ایک عجیب دور سے گذر رہے ہیں، کیا افراد کیا اقوام سب غلامی کے دلداہ اور آزادی سے نالاں نظر آتے ہیں، ایک ایسی آزادی جو ذہنوں کو جلا بخشتی ہے، جو رواداری، برداشت اور تنظیم کا سبق سکھلاتی ہے، جو افراد کو ذمہ دار اقوام کا روپ دیتی ہے ہم من حیث الجماعت اس سے قطعی بے بہرہ ہیں کیونکہ ابھی تک ہمارے پاس وہ لیڈرشپ نہیں جسکا زمانہ صدیوں سے … Read entire article »

Filed under: Citizens, History, Identity, Islam, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Religion, Society

Democracy’ Are we?

By Wahab Butt A parliamentary democracy such as Pakistan which runs on common law principles has to abide by 3 core principles to function properly: the separation of powers, the sovereignty and supremacy of parliament and the rule of law. The separation of powers between legislature and executive in Pakistan is an eyewash, thanks to the parliament that has confined its role to rubber stamping the decisions made by executive and which has proved itself unable to force the executive to follow its resolutions. This sluggish role of parliament has also undermined its authority entitled to it under the constitution of Pakistan. Lets take the example of the ban on youtube. The ban on youtube was enforced by executive after the order from the court. But when in May this year, the parliament of … Read entire article »

Filed under: Constitution, Democracy, Pakistan, Parliament

Are they Serious this time?

Are they Serious this time?

By Syed Foaad Hassan Terrorists have targeted our future by attacking Army Public School in Peshawar and killing over 130 children, Sacrifices of our children will not go in vain. Terrorists will have to pay the price for their heinous act, and they will pay soon ·         There will be a crackdown on hate-speech, and action will be taken against newspapers, magazines contributing to the spread of such speech ·         Measures will be taken to stop religious extremism and to … Read entire article »

Filed under: Constitution, minorities, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Religion, Secterainism, Taliban, Terrorism

Was it for Growth or Right Wing Lunacy

Was it for Growth or Right Wing Lunacy

PTH is grateful to Abhinav Pandya for making this contribution. In recent days India has been in news with respect to rather hyper active RSS whose activities have raised concerns regarding the future trajectory of the country. Abhinav has contributed before also and this is a timely contribution with respect to recent developments in India. Abhinav Pandya On 16th May, I felt a great sense of jubilation over the victory of Mr. Narendra Modi, so called development … Read entire article »

Filed under: India, Religion

THE “NAAN ROTI TANDOOR” SECURITY POLICY

THE “NAAN ROTI TANDOOR” SECURITY POLICY

By Saira A. Nizami In the wake of the gruesome attack in Peshawar school killing 132 children, Pakistan’s interior minister Chaudhry Nisar gave a press conference on December 21, 2014. He began by announcing of providing an alert system, which is a helpline to alert of anything that seems suspicious and for all to be alert for security. In an example of what could be “suspicious,” he suggested that madrassahs are not to be blamed for terrorism, … Read entire article »

Filed under: Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Peshawar, Politics, Short Story, Terrorism, violence

Peshawar Massacre: A Gaffe

Peshawar Massacre: A Gaffe

Misbah U. Azam, Ph.D.   Iraqi-born expert on Middle East politics and affairs, and the syndicated columnist of Jerusalem Post, Dr. Alon Ben-Meir – in February 2007 — wrote about the miscalculations terrorists commonly make when they plan some significant and spectacular terror attacks. He took a case of 9/11 attack on New York and Washington DC and pointed out some indiscretions which the terrorists committed while planning their gruesome act. He wrote, “The fallout from the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Islamism, Pakistan, Peshawar, strategy, Taliban, Terrorism, violence, war

Bloody-isms

Bloody-isms

Andaleeb Rizvi I wrote a long time ago that our threshold of feelings- good-bad, happy-sad, elated-depressed- for everything just keeps increasing. One smoked half a joint and moved on to two joints a day, as half lost its kick after some time. There were days when a single bomb blast with no deaths depressed us for days. Then came a time when we continued with our life even after a series of bombs and several deaths. We … Read entire article »

Filed under: Al Qaeda, Children, Opinion, Peshawar, Taliban, Terrorism, violence, war, Zarb-E-Azb