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The Unpredictables – Part V – 1980s: The Asian Cricket Tigers Take on the World, Episode 1

The Unpredictables – Part V – 1980s: The Asian Cricket Tigers Take on the World, Episode 1

By 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, Pakistan team is even more renowned … Read entire article »

Filed under: Cricket, Egalitarian Pakistan, History, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Photos, sport, video

Murder of Rationality

Murder of Rationality

Raza Habib Raja Bangladesh and Pakistan are similar and yet different. They are similar as both of them are Muslim countries and both have Islamists in their midst. And yet they are different as the latter is definitely more embroiled in Islamic extremism than the former. Bangladesh to be fair is a more moderate country compared to Pakistan. And this moderation owes to many factors. Bengalis are foremost nationalists and this characteristic to some extent acts as … Read entire article »

Filed under: Bangladesh, Blasphemy, Islamism, Religion

Katas Raj Temple – Shiva’s Tears

Katas Raj Temple – Shiva’s Tears

PTH is highly grateful to Mr. Rakesh Vaid for contributing this article. Apart from being a travel log, there is also a deeper message of mutual friendship here. Rakesh Vaid March 21st 2004, Gaddafi Stadium, it’s bustling with cheerful crowd from India and Pakistan in an atmosphere exuding good humour and bonhomie. Looking at the crowd around me I was wondering who coined the word archrivals for India and Pakistan. To me that moment replicated the joy … Read entire article »

Filed under: culture, Heritage, India, Pakistan, Pakistan-India Peace Process

!یہ ہم نہیں” کہنے والے سن لیں! یہ ہم ہی ہیں”

!یہ ہم نہیں” کہنے والے سن لیں! یہ ہم ہی ہیں”

By Andeel Ali  غالباً یہ سنہ ۲۰۰۸ کی بات ہے جب میں نے کراچی شہر میں جا بجا، بڑے بڑے ہورڈنگز پر ایک گرنیڈ اور اس پر لگا ہوا بڑا سا کاٹی کا نشان دیکھا۔ ہر گرنیڈ کے ساتھ لکھا ہوتا تھا کہ یہ ہم نہیں، یہ ہم نہیں! کالے پیلے اس بورڈ کو دیکھ کر مجھے بڑا غصہ آتا تھا۔ اسی طرح آج بھی جب کوئی دہشت گردی کا جواب دہشت گردی یا کم از … Read entire article »

Filed under: Pakistan, secular Pakistan, Terrorism, Urdu

A new realism

A new realism

by Saad Hafiz President Obama’s recent visit to India, while ignoring Pakistan, is being seen as a “diplomatic failure of Islamabad”. Failure or not, the visit does warrant a review of the effectiveness of Pakistan’s foreign policy given the changing nature of a state and the realities of the international scene. Generally speaking, a country’s foreign policy is the face that it presents to the rest of the world and should, therefore, be based on a … Read entire article »

Filed under: Afghanistan, Army, India, Opinion, Pakistan, state, Taliban, Terrorism, USA, Zarb-E-Azb

Culture of Violence against Minorities and Women

Culture of Violence against Minorities and Women

Saad Lakhani It is no longer uncommon to ‘hear’ of mobs attacking (and burning and lynching) people for alleged blasphemy. Coincidentally enough, these people are quite disproportionately belonging to ‘minority’ groups and sects. That these incidents are sometimes ‘heard of’ does in no way mean that they are being ‘felt’ in any considerable way. Perhaps at least not in the same way that we heard and felt the unbearable soundbites on our screens telling us that … Read entire article »

Filed under: Blasphemy, minorities, Pakistan, Religion, Terrorism, violence, Women

Top Tweets Feb 23: Apology by Mullah Abdul Aziz, Moin Khan in Casino and a Perfect Pakistani

Top Tweets Feb 23: Apology by Mullah Abdul Aziz, Moin Khan in Casino and a Perfect Pakistani

Malik Omaid Justice Rana Bhagwan Das passed away yesterday, the only person in “Islami Pakistan” to whom everyone had faith and trust but the most talked about topics yesterday were about Moin Khan going to casino and fikar e Maududi. Such is our behavior towards our real heroes. While I leave fikar e Maududi to his followers there was another very important issue which was in yesterday twitter trends and it was the “apology of the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Judiciary, liberal Pakistan, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Peshawar, Terrorism, Top Tweets, Twitter

Good for Nothing

Good for Nothing

By Taj Siddiqui Last week we were invited to our friend’s home, Abdul and his wife Katharine. We have known them for over 30 years. Our children grew up playing together. During the dinner, their daughter Salma asked me, “Uncle I want to marry a boy in my college. His name is Mike. My father tells me that I am not allowed to marry him because he is an infidel”. Instead of answering her, I politely … Read entire article »

Filed under: Education, Egalitarian Pakistan, Islam, minorities, Pakistan

Photo of the Day: Child Domestic Labourer Severely Beaten in Lahore

Photo of the Day: Child Domestic Labourer Severely Beaten in Lahore

Malik Omaid   During the Faiz Mela last week singer Jawad Ahmad spoke to the audience before his concluding performance expressing his views that Pakistan’s biggest problem is not extremism, its hunger, poverty, inequality in wealth distribution, lack of education and medical facilities, inflation, lack of worker rights and lack of justice. I may slightly disagree with his views but cannot even force my self to disagree entirely. This Photo above authenticates his claims and we see … Read entire article »

Filed under: Children, Democracy, human rights, Justice, Lahore, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Photo of the Day, poverty, Twitter, video

Top Tweets Feb 19: JuD?! Peace Talks with Afghan Taliban & Pakistan’s Blasphemy Problem

Top Tweets Feb 19: JuD?! Peace Talks with Afghan Taliban & Pakistan’s Blasphemy Problem

Malik Omaid There was a lot of laughter on Chaudhry Nisar’s wardrobe and his personality resembling some “actor” during his current US visit by the Pakistani Twitterati but as Omar Qureshi reported yesterday this statement by our Interior Minister is crueler joke. Pakistani Govt. does not have much data about JuD. Well ask the Army! Explains why JuD holds rallies despite being banned –> Pak Interior Minister tells US audience Govt has no ‘exact data’ on JUD … Read entire article »

Filed under: Afghanistan, Army, Blasphemy, Pak Tea House, Secterainism, Terrorism, Top Tweets, Twitter, war, Zarb-E-Azb

Top Tweets Feb 17: Lahore Blast and Urdu trends

Top Tweets Feb 17: Lahore Blast and Urdu trends

Malik Omaid Yesterday Lahore once again struck with a suicide blast outside Police lines Qila Gujar singh killing at least 8. Initial reports start pouring in on Twitter. In fact I was informed via twitter about the incident. Breakaway faction of TTP, Jamaatul Ahrar claims responsibility for #LahoreBlast http://t.co/C9QUoudNrq pic.twitter.com/3FDq1vvffa — Nazia Memon (@NaziaMemon01) February 17, 2015 Soon the twitter feed started to fill with different view and satire on the ruling “Sharifs” especially this one which says “Shahbaz … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Lahore, Pakistan, Punjab, Taliban, Top Tweets, Twitter, violence

انتہا پسندی روکنے میں ادب کا کردار

ملک عمید یہ بات بارہا کہی اور لکھی جا چکی ہے کہ جس طریقے سے انتہاء پسندی اور جہادی لٹریچر اور نصاب کے ذریعے افغان جنگ کے دوران پاکستانی بیانیہ کو بدل کر رکھ دیا گیا اسی زور دار طریقے اور لگن سے ہمیں دہشت گردی کے جوابی بیانیہ پر کام کرنا ہوگا۔ ادب اور اردو صحافت کا کردار اس سلسلے میں بہت اہم ہے جس پر ماضی میں بہت کم توجہ دی گئی۔ آج بھی اگر کسی بھی اردو کے اخبار کو اٹھا لیجیۓ ہمارا قومی بیانیہ دہشت گردوں کی کاروائیوں پر معذرت خواہانہ اور انکی طرف جھکا ہی نظر آئے گا۔ اسی سلسلے میں وائس آف امریکہ کے پروگرام میں ملک کے سینئر تجزیہ نگاروں وسعت اللہ خان، عائشہ صدیقہ اور رضا رومی نے اظہار خیال کیا جو یہاں … Read entire article »

Filed under: Afghanistan, Al Qaeda, Arts and Crafts, Citizens, Constitution, History, Islam for Peace, Islamism, journalism, Literature, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Raza Rumi, Urdu, video

Shared History and Shared Hopes

Shared History and Shared Hopes

A discussion in context of India and Pakistan organised at world book fair by cross boder friendship initiative Aaghaz-e-dosti 14 FEB, New Delhi, World Book Fair. Aaghaz-e-Dosti, a cross border initiative for Indo-Pak Friendship organised a session today on inaugral day of World Book Fair, New Delhi. This session was organised at ‘Sahitya Manch’ and theme was ‘Shared History-Shared Hopes’. Guest speakers include Prof. Chaman Lal, Ms. Sadia Dehlvi, Ram Mohan Rai and Dr. Dhananjay Tripathi. Session … Read entire article »

Filed under: Citizens, Democracy, India, Pakistan, secularism

Is it the Machiavellian “Incentive Structure”? – Part 2

Is it the Machiavellian “Incentive Structure”? – Part 2

By Misbah U. Azam, Ph.D. Read : Is it the Machiavellian “Incentive Structure”? – Part 1   On January 13, 2015, Dr. Moeed Yusuf, Director, South Asia Program in US Institute of Peace (USIP), shocked many democrats by writing a piece – A Rotten System — in Daily Dawn. Here what he noted, “Ever since the Zardari government took over in 2008, I have struggled to place Pakistan among the established models of democratic consolidation? I have increasingly … Read entire article »

Filed under: Citizens, Constitution, Democracy, Law, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Parliament, USA

Is it the Machiavellian “Incentive Structure”? – Part 1

Is it the Machiavellian “Incentive Structure”? – Part 1

By Misbah U. Azam, Ph.D. The common question in Pakistan is, “which system of governance Pakistan should adopt which will deliver to people’s demands”? Should it be the democracy, and if democracy should it be parliamentary or presidential. Should there be a military dictator who rules with iron fist with the help of political dynasties and family oligarchs. Should there be a system where the governments are nominated by the powerful military and Judiciary, which governs … Read entire article »

Filed under: Citizens, Constitution, Democracy, Law, Pak Tea House, Pakistan