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تحریر: تنویر آرائیں بی بی سی کی متحدہ قومی موومنٹ کے بھارتی خفیہ ایجنسی “را” سے فنڈنگ کے حوالے سے نشر کی گئی ڈاکیومنٹری نے جہاں پاکستانی حکومت اور اداروں کو پریشان کر دیا ہے وہیں پاکستانی عوام کے ذہنوں میں بھی کافی سوال پیدا کر دیے ہیں. پاکستان میں بسنے والا ایک طبقہ اسے متحدہ کے خلاف سازش سمجھ رہا ہے جبکے دوسرا طبقہ اسے حقیقت تصور کر رہا ہے. حقیقت تصور کرنے کی اہم … Read entire article »

Filed under: Karachi, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Target Killing, Urdu

Time to ask the right questions

Time to ask the right questions

By Wahab Tariq Butt Pakistan may perhaps be one of the most politically aware countries in the world today. From the drawing rooms of the rich to the dhabas of the poor, from the sweltering Karachi to the cold north, politics is the favorite discussion. Like any democracy, there are groups of people supporting different causes. Whether its economics, politics or foreign affairs we have self proclaimed experts on every matter. These experts are often not … Read entire article »

Filed under: Karachi, Pak Tea House, Pakistan

Unpalatable or Disastrous

Unpalatable or Disastrous

By Misbah Azam, Ph.D. In his interview in 1867, with St. Petersburgische ZeitungIt, the German aristocrat and statesman, Prime Minister of Prussia and first Chancellor of Germany, Otto Von Bismark described the politics as “an art of possible”. However, famous Canadian — and later US — economist, public official, the diplomat, and a leading proponent of 20th-century American liberalism, John Kenneth Galbraith disagreed. He wrote to President John F. Kennedy in 1962 that he believes that the, … Read entire article »

Filed under: Citizens, Democracy, Karachi, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Parliament

Viva Karachi (The Snippets of Karachi I lived In)

Viva Karachi (The Snippets of Karachi I lived In)

By Omar Alavi The face of the Regal Chowk glows from behind the heavy make up of smoke, grime and dust gathered from the decadent yet utilitarian vanity of decades. It tries to shine through and reflect on the stories it wrote over the years. The story of sunshine and happiness. The story of grey skies and heady days when the sky almost fell with rain and anarchy. The story of limited affluence and large-heartedness. The … Read entire article »

Filed under: Heritage, Karachi, Pak Tea House, Pakistan

Erasmus exchange program: An experience of a lifetime

Erasmus exchange program: An experience of a lifetime

By Khadija Haider Do you want to experience the most enthralling moment in your life? Do you wish to make friends from across the globe? Have you always dreamt of having a multicultural exposure? Above all, do you dream of studying in a university that is recognized globally? If your response to the above questions is in affirmative, then, undoubtedly, Erasmus exchange student scholarship is the right choice for you. You should expect an experience of a … Read entire article »

Filed under: Pakistan

The fault in our Spices

The fault in our Spices

تحریر: عندیل علی کچھ ماہ پہلے کی بات ہے، ایک دوست نے مجھ سے پوچھا کہ ہم سائوتھ ایشینز اتنے ہائپر کیوں ہوتے ہیں۔ مطلب یہ کہ ہر معاملے میں بھاگ دوڑ کرنا، چیخنا چلانا، اکھاڑ پچھاڑ، بات بات پر غصہ، ہماری ہر معاملے میں انتہاء پسندی نظر آتی ہے۔ اب اس کی بہت سی سائنسی توجیہات ہوسکتی ہیں، اس سوال کا بہتر جواب تو کوئی تاریخ دان یا ماہرِ عمرانیات ہی دے سکتا ہے۔ میں … Read entire article »

Filed under: Food Crisis, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Society, Urdu

Teachers – Another Face of Extremism in Pakistan

Teachers – Another Face of Extremism in Pakistan

By Haseeb Khawaja When we discuss schooling in Pakistan, not only the ignorant mullahs (religious teachers) from madrassas (religious schools) are extremists but teachers from common schools are also no less radical in their approach. Few months back, female students were inhumanly treated by Government-teachers in the school which is really a shameful act for the whole nation. 14 students of grade 8 of Government Girls Elementary School, Pinwaal (Village of District Chakwal, Punjab, Pakistan) got low … Read entire article »

Filed under: Education, Islamism, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, secular Pakistan

Shaan Taseer’s speech at the House of Lords, U.K

  Ladies and Gentlemen, distinguished guests. Thank you for this opportunity In the last thirty years, ever since the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, as a result of which, many seminaries were established and promoted for the purposes of recruitment and indoctrination to fight the Afghan war, there has been a systematic and premeditated genocide of Shias in Pakistan by well armed and well trained groups such as the Sipah Sahaba and the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi. This genocide has been witnessed and documented by the UN, Amnesty International, Human rights Watch, The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan and various Shia groups in Pakistan and abroad. They are no accurate numbers, but some online Shia groups have documented 1,200 reported attacks on the Shia community since 2002. More worryingly, whereas thirty to forty attacks took place a … Read entire article »

Filed under: Pakistan, Terrorism, violence

Utilization Of Young Population In Pakistan

Utilization Of Young Population In Pakistan

By Ibn Azhar Background As per UNICEF’s 2013 Statistics, Pakistan is a country with one of the largest youth bulge in the world where almost 35 % of the population is under the age of 15 . This staggering amount of young people on one hand is a huge human resource full of potential waiting to be tapped and on the other hand, amidst rampant corruption, unemployment and terrorism, it can be a ticking bomb waiting to … Read entire article »

Filed under: Arts and Crafts, Children, Education, Egalitarian Pakistan, Elections, Liberal Democratic Pakistan, Pakistan, youth

Paasban – A Graphic Novel

Creative Frontiers and CFx Comics presents our highly anticipated graphic novel series, Paasban ’The Guardians’. Written by the legendary Amjad Islam Amjad and Gauher Aftab, Paasban has been created by Mustafa Hasnain, with art by the extremely talented Yahya Ehsan. The series is a story of friendship, sacrifice and redemption, designed to help protect children from extremist narratives. 15,000 copies of the Paasban series have been distributed in print to students across Punjab, and is now available digitally across Pakistan via the free CFx Comics app, giving users an immersive reading experience with background music and animated effects. The app is available for both iOS and Android, and can be downloaded from Google Play Store, or by subscribing to our website www.cfxcomics.com. Do take a look at our jaw-dropping animated trailer, featuring … Read entire article »

Filed under: Books

JF17 Myanmar and Rohingyas

JF17 Myanmar and Rohingyas

By Yasser Latif Hamdani So which mystery Asian country has placed the order for Pakistani JF-17 fighter jets.  Here is what Defense News has to say: The customer in question is believed to be Myanmar, and the head of the country’s Air Force, Gen. Khin Aung Myint, was in Pakistan at the end of May for a four-day visit at the invitation of the Pakistan Air Force. He met senior defense officials and toured various bases and … Read entire article »

Filed under: Pakistan

مفتا

مفتا

تحریر: عندیل علی شادی کا کھانا کھانے کا دل سب کا کرتا ہے لیکن، کھلانا بہت مشکل ہوتا ہے۔ ہم من حیث القوم ایک دوسرے کو ذلیل خوار کیئے رکھتے ہیں، پتہ نہیں کس بات کا بدلہ لیتے ہیں۔ جانتے سب ہیں کہ یہ ایک رات کا کھانا تین سال کی تنخواہوں کے برابر ہوتا ہے، لیکن پتہ نہیں کیوں لوگ یہ سزا ایک دوسرے کو دینا اور دلوانا چاہتے ہیں۔ سلامی کے نام پر چند … Read entire article »

Filed under: poverty, Society, Urdu

Remembering Fauzia Wahab – A Photo Essay

Remembering Fauzia Wahab – A Photo Essay

Ali Wahab   … Read entire article »

Filed under: liberal Pakistan, obituary, Pakistan, People's Pakistan

The need to stay for US troops in Afghanistan

By Habib Jan The Afghan President Dr Ashraf Ghani and Chief executive Abdullah Abdullah first official visit to United States for reshaping US-Afghan relations deteriorated during Afghan ex-president Karzai regime due to United States policy of ignorance towards Afghanistan brings new hopes in Afghan political affairs. Post withdrawal course of action by the US in Afghanistan promised by Obama during election campaign was unmindful and inadequate as US led coalition forces have failed to fully cure threats of terrorism in Afghanistan. During his visit to US, Ashraf Ghani highlighted the threats from militants, reiterated Afghan foreign policy, and urged US forces to stay in order to train and assist Afghan national army. Obama administration accepted the request and vowed to provide military assistance due to which 9,800 troops are to stay … Read entire article »

Filed under: Pakistan

Sex Education- More Dangerous than Bullets and Guns

Sex Education- More Dangerous than Bullets and Guns

By Rashid Khan No man can claim to have spent a day without thinking about sex, while some suggest they think it as frequently as 8 times in a minute. But a cell phone manufacturing company recently drew a lot of criticism for going against the social sensibilities and civility by using word “sexy” in one of its ads. Many came forward as strongly as the ideology of state was somewhat challenged by this word which happens … Read entire article »

Filed under: Children, Education, Egalitarian Pakistan, LGBT, Liberal Democratic Pakistan, Love, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, sex, Society