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Cyber Crime Bill: Transforming cyber space into a Tiny Hole

Cyber Crime Bill: Transforming cyber space into a Tiny Hole

Luavut Zahid took comments from two of the Pak Tea House Editors/Contributors on the proposed Cyber Crime Bill that has been approved by National Assembly’s standing committee for IT and has been sent thereof. We are cross posting the comments given for our readers. Malik Omaid The Cybercrime Bill 2015 has been the subject of much controversy with most unsure of whether it is a much needed legislation or a catastrophe in the making. Yasser Latif Hamdani, … Read entire article »

Filed under: Activism, Citizens, Constitution, Democracy, Egalitarian Pakistan, Law, Liberal Democratic Pakistan, minorities, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Parliament

Changing Geostrategic Realities: China-Pakistan Economic Corridor

Changing Geostrategic Realities: China-Pakistan Economic Corridor

By Misbah U. Azam, Ph.D. Well known public intellectual, political analyst and TV anchor person, Mr. Farrukh Khan Pitafi once told me that years ago while he was interviewing Dr. Stephen P. Cohen — a famous American political scientist, a prominent expert on Pakistan, India, and South Asian security and senior fellow in foreign policy studies at the Brookings Institution – he asked Dr. Cohen if there is any example in the world in his knowledge … Read entire article »

Filed under: baluchistan, China, Economy, India, Iran, ISI, Middle East, Pakistan, Zarb-E-Azb

مُلا کا اِسلام اور۔۔۔ میرے مولا کا اِسلام اور۔۔۔!!!

مُلا کا اِسلام اور۔۔۔ میرے مولا کا اِسلام اور۔۔۔!!!

تحریر: عدیل اورنگزیب شمال مشرقی لندن کی اِس وسیع وعریض مسجد میں حسب معمول جمعہ کی نماز کے وقت تِل دھرنے کی جگہ نہ تھی۔ مجھے جس صف میں جگہ ملی، عین اسکے پیچھے پیلے رنگ کی بالٹیوں کی ایک قطار تھی، جن پر “چندہ برائے تعمیر مسجد” ، “صدقہ” ، “زکوٰۃ” جیسے سٹکر چسپاں تھے۔ سفید عربی عمامہ میں پاکستانی امام نے انگریزی میں اپنے خطاب کا آغاز کیا۔ امام صاحب نے اپنی تقریر کی ابتدا، … Read entire article »

Filed under: Islam, Islam for Peace, Pakistan, Religion, Urdu

بلوچستان میں مزدوروں کا قتل

بلوچستان میں مزدوروں کا قتل

تحریر: محمد شعیب عادل تربت بلوچستان میں بلوچ انتہا پسندوں نے بیس مزدوروں کو صرف اس لیے قتل کر دیا کہ ان کا تعلق پنجاب (کچھ کا سندھ) سے تھاکیونکہ پنجابی اسٹیبلشمنٹ، یعنی پاک فوج، بلوچوں کے قتل و غارت میں ملوث ہے۔اس لیے بلوچ انتہا پسندوں کا نشانہ سیکیورٹی فورسز کے لوگ بنتے ہیں یا پھر ان کے پاس کام کرنے والے دیہاڑی دار غریب لوگ۔ اس حملے کی ذمہ داری بلوچ علیحدگی پسند تنظیم، … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, baluchistan, Democracy, Pakistan, peace, poverty, Rights, Urdu

Joint Statement from Article 19, Human Rights Watch, Privacy International, Digital Rights Foundation, and others on the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill 2015 Pakistan

Joint Statement from Article 19, Human Rights Watch, Privacy International, Digital Rights Foundation, and others on the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill 2015 Pakistan

ARTICLE 19, Human Rights Watch, Privacy International, Digital Rights Foundation, and others are seriously concerned by the proposed Prevention of Electronic Crimes (PEC) Bill in Pakistan. The bill introduces a series of new provisions that pose a grave risk to freedom of expression and privacy in Pakistan. We urge members of the Senate of Pakistan to take a stand against the bill and call on the Pakistani legislature to ensure that any new cybercrime legislation … Read entire article »

Filed under: Citizens, Constitution, Democracy, Justice, Law, Liberal Democratic Pakistan, liberal Pakistan, Pakistan, Rights

Bhutto’s legacy

Bhutto’s legacy

By Saad Hafiz Thirty-six years have passed since Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, Pakistan’s first elected prime minister, was executed by a military dictatorship on April 4, 1979. However, Bhutto’s legacy and significance in the country’s troubled political history remain the focus of heated debate even today. His passionate supporters remember him as the populist reformer and spellbinding orator who restored national pride after a humiliating defeat by the Indian army in 1971, the man who returned Pakistan … Read entire article »

Filed under: Constitution, Democracy, History, liberal Pakistan, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Parliament, People's Pakistan, Politics

The Arabian Nights and Water Geysers on Saturn’s Moon Enceladus

Why is there a crater named Sinbad on Saturn’s moon Enceladus? Is there an underwater ocean on Enceladus and what are the chances of life existing on such a moon? In this episode of Science ka Adda (SkA), Salman Hameed talks about the connection between “The Arabian Nights: Tales from a Thousand and One Nights” and one of the most mysterious, interesting, and puzzling objects in our solar system. SkA: The Arabian Nights and Water Geysers on Saturn’s Moon Enceladus (Urdu) from Science ka Adda on Vimeo. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Education, Environment, Science, video

16 Memes Explaining Pakistani public opinion on Yemen War

16 Memes Explaining Pakistani public opinion on Yemen War

Malik Omaid After the Saudi Arabia and its allies did intervention in Yemen’s civil war and their subsequent request to Pakistan for entering into this mess, the whole focus of Pakistani social media shifted towards this ‘evil war.’ Secular pages literally bombarded their walls with memes and slides which shifted the public opinion on social media forums like twitter and facebook (facebook particularly being more popular in Pakistani masses using internet) and forced Supporters of … Read entire article »

Filed under: Blogging, Citizens, Democracy, Images, Middle East, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Parliament, Photos, Twitter, UAE, violence, war, World

میرے قاتل میرے دلدار – سائبر سیکیورٹی کا مجوزہ قانون

میرے قاتل میرے دلدار – سائبر سیکیورٹی کا مجوزہ قانون

تحریر: راجہ عدیل اورنگزیب شاید یہ ڈرامہ کا عنوان تھا جو کچھ عرصہ قبل ٹی وی پر دیکھا تھا۔ لیکن جب اپنی قوم اور معاشرے کو دیکھتا ہوں تو لگتا ہے ماسوا ئے کچھ گنے چنے لوگوں کے ہم بھی اپنے قاتلوں کو دلدار بنا کرانکے رومانس میں بری طرح مبتلا ہیں۔ جن لوگوں نے بار بار ہمارے اعتماد کا خون کیا،ہمیں اس حال تک پہنچانے کے براہ راست زمہ دار ہیں ہم بخوشی نہ صرف … Read entire article »

Filed under: Democracy, Free Speech, Law, Pakistan, Rights, secularism

بلوچستان میں نیشنل ازم اور اشتراکیت کے الجهے معاملات

بلوچستان میں نیشنل ازم اور اشتراکیت کے الجهے معاملات

تحریر: محمد حمزہ بن طارق بلوچستان کی سرزمین تین ممالک افغانستان، پاکستان اور ایران میں منقسم ہے اور 1947 ء میں قیام پاکستان سے ایک سال قبل خان آف قلات نے انگریزوں کو نیپال کی مثال دیتے ہوئے افغان و ایران کے سستان بلوچستان سے بچے ہوئے علاقے جہاں قبائلی نظام پر مبنی ریاستیں تهیں یعنی موجودہ پاکستانی بلوچستان کے لیے ایک آزاد ریاست کا مطالبہ کیا تها. جبکہ قلات کی قومی پارٹی کے ممبران بهی … Read entire article »

Filed under: baluchistan, History, ISI, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Rights

Governance of Another Kind

Governance of Another Kind

By Waqas Rafique Just when residents of Islamabad were finally getting some relief from the jammed traffic of Islamabad after the containers set up during PTI dharna and reopening of Jinnah Avenue recently, the government’s announcement on April 8 came as nothing less than a shock. “Sir, you can take out the order but sorry can’t eat in.” was the reply of a rather embarrassed waiter at one eatery. Irritated, my friend and I tried to go … Read entire article »

Filed under: Corruption, Democracy, Islamabad, Opinion, Pakistan

A Telefilm on Interfaith Harmony

Pakistan’s first ever film on the subject of interfaith harmony and social cohesion. Titled ‘Aasha – Ik Ummeed’ was telecast n PTV Home on the Easter eve. The telefilm critically comments on our general attitude towards the followers of different faiths in Pakistan. The simple but gripping story depicts our attitude as a society towards non-Muslim countrymen that frustrates them at every level.The writer and director Kashif Nisar through his artistic portrayal and convincing script tries to remind us how our one-sided narrative in school syllabus reinforced by our hateful attitudes has taken our non-Muslim citizens away from Pakistan. Though the story teller Amir Raza has made the issue of education as its peg but the simple symbolism tells a bigger story – story of a Pakistan where much is … Read entire article »

Filed under: minorities, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Reviews, Society

Distorting Pakistan’s history and identity

Distorting Pakistan’s history and identity

By Umer Ali Ever since Pakistan came into being, it has faced different challenges of various magnitudes. Right after its creation, Pakistan lost its father, Muhammad Ali Jinnah. With his body, the hope for a better, progressive Pakistan was gone as well. After the death of Jinnah, a campaign started which led Pakistan to where it is now – radicalized, intolerant and on the verge of destruction. Pakistanis are living through lies and myths presented to them. … Read entire article »

Filed under: History, India, Islamism, Pakistan, Partition, Secterainism

Policy statement on Yemen by PM and twitter responses

Policy statement on Yemen by PM and twitter responses

Malik Omaid After the tweets by UAE minister threatening Pakistan of consequences of it neutral stance taken by its Parliament, a response was needed by the government to clear its position afterwards. There were speculations that Pakistan would be forced to change its decision because of extreme pressure from the Gulf states and Saudi Arabia. Hence the announcement of policy statement by PM Nawaz Sharif was greatly anticipated. Here is the statement given by the Prime … Read entire article »

Filed under: Pakistan, Top Tweets, Twitter, UAE, video, war

Social Media Campaign against LUMS

Social Media Campaign against LUMS

Malik Omaid Within hours of allegation by LUMS students and concerned faculty that they were barred by ISI for holding a session with Mama Qadeer on Balochistan issue there was a social media campaign against LUMS and Mama Qadeer. Some examples were tweeted by Raza Rumi. [View the story “Social Media Campaign against LUMS” on Storify] … Read entire article »

Filed under: baluchistan, Raza Rumi, Storify, Twitter