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#StopEvictions & #FreeHassanTuri Social Media Campaigns

#StopEvictions & #FreeHassanTuri Social Media Campaigns

Malik Omaid For more than a week social media especially twitter has been witnessing the trend #StopEvictions and and today a new trend #FreeHassanTuri What is this trend and why are almost all prominent twitter and facebook human rights activists are taking part of it, for that let us go to the facebook event page of this campaign. The event page is PROTEST! Stop Forced Evictions – Save our Homes. The details of the event says: The CDA … Read entire article »

Filed under: Activism, Democracy, Islamabad, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, People's Pakistan, Photos, poverty, Twitter

Nilofer’s Corner: 2 Degrees Too Much

Nilofer’s Corner: 2 Degrees Too Much

By Nilofer Qazi I don’t really understand what the climate change debate is all about. I thought, let me speak to a friend who does and explain it to me simply. There is a United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), which 194 countries have signed. Pakistan is one of them. There have been several summits where scientists and politicians have come together and discussed what climate change is about, what is causing it (human … Read entire article »

Filed under: Economy, Nilofer's Corner, Northern Areas, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, south asia

The Killing of Malik Ishaq: Does this Change Anything in Pakistan?

The Killing of Malik Ishaq: Does this Change Anything in Pakistan?

By Mohammad Jibran Nasir Wednesday morning I woke up to the news of Malik Ishaq, the dangerous head of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) being killed in a Police encounter. My first reaction, which I believe was shared by many Pakistanis, was “good riddance.” One of Pakistan’s most notorious terrorists was no more. A lot of people, including many apparent human rights activists went to the extent of sharing the image of his bullet-riddled body with the caption “Eid Mubarak” … Read entire article »

Filed under: Al Qaeda, Army, Democracy, Elections, Islamism, liberal Pakistan, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Politics, Secterainism, Taliban, Target Killing, Terrorism, Twitter, violence, Zarb-E-Azb

ملک اسحاق ایک کٹھ پتلی تھا اصل کردار سیاسی لبادے میں

ملک اسحاق ایک کٹھ پتلی تھا اصل کردار سیاسی لبادے میں

تحریر: عماد ظفر بالآخر ملک اسحاق کا قصہ تمام ہوا اور مبینہ پولیس مقابلے میں اسکو دونوں بیٹوں اور ساتھیوں سمیت ہلاک کر دیا گیا.اسکے ساتھ ہی عالمی میڈیا پر تحریک طالبان افغانستان کے سربراہ ملا عمر کی ہلاکت کی خبر بھی نشر ہو گئی. حالات اور واقعات تیزی سے اس چیز کی نشاندہی کر رہے ہیں کہ ریجنل آرڈر اب تبدیل ہو رہا ہے.ملک اسحاق کی موت کی خبر پر اس سے پہلے کہ سپن … Read entire article »

Filed under: Afghanistan, Al Qaeda, Army, Corruption, Democracy, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Terrorism, violence, war

Is PTH working against the ‘National Interest’?

Raza Habib Raja One of the most interesting experiences for me was to go through in detail the Facebook page of Pak Tea House. For those who have not seen it, I would really advise them to do so. The administrators of the page deserve special appreciation for such a well maintained page with a very strong liberal bent. One of the big achievements of this endeavor has been to attract a large number of Pakistani commentators, something which has eluded our regular website. The comments posted by Pakistanis on the website provide us a window into the general  mindset of the readers. Having spent almost all my life in Pakistan, I am fully cognizant of the fact that it is a conservative country and the dominant narrative is overwhelmingly rightwing and is … Read entire article »

Filed under: Malala Yousuzai, Pak Tea House

Malik Ishaq killed: Arif Jamal talks with Mona Kazim Shah

Malik Ishaq #LeJ killed in police encounter from Mona Kazim Shah on Vimeo. Arif Jamal a political analyst and author of “CALL FOR TRANSNATIONAL JIHAD: Lashkar-e-Taiba 1985-2014” speaks on the development of the case so far and the message it sends across. Interview conducted by Dr. Mona Kazim Shah. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Afghanistan, Al Qaeda, Army, Terrorism, violence, war, Zarb-E-Azb

Malik Ishaq Killed in a Police Encounter: Twitter Reactions & Analysis

Malik Ishaq Killed in a Police Encounter: Twitter Reactions & Analysis

By Malik Omaid Malik Ishaq, leader of banned Lashkar-e-Jhangvi has been killed with his two sons and aides on Tuesday night in a police encounter. This news broke on Wednesday morning when the TV channels started reporting it. As expected reactions on social media including twitter started pouring in and where there was much jubilation especially in the Shia twitteraties there was much skepticism on the way Malik Ishaq has been killed. Though police claimed that … Read entire article »

Filed under: Afghanistan, Al Qaeda, Army, Lashkar e Taiba, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Secterainism, Terrorism, Twitter, violence

Nilofer’s Corner: Interview with Seemi Ezdi Candidate for Islamabad Local Bodies UC 42 Election 2015 area f/10: 2,3,4 PTI

Nilofer’s Corner: Interview with Seemi Ezdi Candidate for Islamabad Local Bodies UC 42 Election 2015 area f/10: 2,3,4 PTI

By Nilofer Qazi With the local bodies elections planned in Islamabad I thought it would enlightening to speak to a candidate before the elections and ask her a few questions on my mind. Since there is little information available thus far why not ask the candidates themselves. I hope to be able to ask similar questions from other candidates vying for seats in Islamabad. Today I ask Seemi Ezdi a woman standing for chairman of UC … Read entire article »

Filed under: Democracy, Elections, Liberal Democratic Pakistan, liberal Pakistan, Nilofer's Corner, Pakistan, Politics

چار مناظر اور ہمار ا فکری اور معاشرتی بحران

چار مناظر اور ہمار ا فکری اور معاشرتی بحران

تحریر: حارث اظہر منظر 1: ایک سرکاری دفتر میں کچھ سرکار ی اور غیر سرکاری تنظیموں کے لوگ بیٹھے ہوئے ہیں ۔چائے کا پرتکلف دور چل رہا ہے اور یہ آپس میں قہقہے بکھیرتے ہوئے اس بات پر گفتگو کررہے ہیں کہ اب سیلاب آنے والا ہے اور اس سیلاب کے قہر کی بدولت آپس میں امداد کی بندر بانٹ کیسے کرنی ہے؟ اور ان کے چہروں پر طمانیت کے آثار نمایاں ہیں۔ منظر2: ایک مشہور جامعہ … Read entire article »

Filed under: Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Society, Urdu, Women

Nilofer’s Corner: Chitral Floods Show How ill-prepared We are for Disasters

Nilofer’s Corner: Chitral Floods Show How ill-prepared We are for Disasters

By Nilofer Qazi Once again the rainy season is upon us & once again government of Pakistan is not prepared. No one ever is. It happens every year, disasters of various magnitudes happen, people get hurt, displaced and even lose their lives but no is ever prepared. Not since 2005, 2010 government does not consider disaster management an important enough ‘activity’. Yes we do have a federal national disaster management authority and provincial disaster management authorities … Read entire article »

Filed under: Citizens, Natural Calamity, Nilofer's Corner, Northern Areas, Pak Tea House, Pakistan

A beautiful rendition of Faiz Ahmad Faiz’s poem – Gham na kar – by Shahram Azhar

We are sharing this beautiful rendition of Faiz Ahmad Faiz’s poem sung by Shahram Azhar. PTH … Read entire article »

Filed under: culture, Faiz Ahmed Faiz, Music

Nilofer’s Corner: Judicial commission’s findings do not imply that 2013 elections were ‘fair’

Nilofer’s Corner: Judicial commission’s findings do not imply that 2013 elections were ‘fair’

By Nilofer Qazi Imran Khan accused the electoral managers of ‘rigging’ the election of 2013. It has been over two years since these accusations were made; a protest that lasted 4 months and nearly brought the sitting Government to a standstill resulted in little change, attention or review of Pakistan’s electoral system. Many who support PTI have also observed Imran Khan’s statements claiming irrefutable proof of pre-mediated irregularities & fixing that have been shared with the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Constitution, Corruption, Democracy, Elections, Judiciary, Justice, Nilofer's Corner, Pak Tea House, Pakistan

End this discrimination

By Ali Saif Recent incidents of racism in USA and rest of the world have not happened by chance or accidental in nature actually such incidents were expected. President of US, Barack Obama is right when he says that massacre at historic African-American church in Charleston in South Carolina is racism and that racism still haunts the United States. He has also warned that people of US have to be vigilant since it still lingers and when it is poisoning the minds of young people, it betrays our ideals and tears our democracy apart. No doubt that they have made great progress in terms of strict legislation on racism but still it haunts United States. Actually dynamics of the population have changed, since last century world has entered into the age of urbanization and cosmopolitanism … Read entire article »

Filed under: Democracy, Free Speech, human rights, Identity, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Society, urban

A Tale of Two Sermons

A Tale of Two Sermons

By Ahmad Faruqui First there was the ‘Eid sermon which began at 9:30 am. As the congregational service at a small town Fairgrounds ended, three of us stood up and moved to a shaded area with chairs, tables and tents. The sun was beating down on us mercilessly and the day had just begun. We were no longer officially in the congregation but the post-prayer sermon was audible. Another friend joined us and we began to chat among ourselves, … Read entire article »

Filed under: Islam for Peace, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Religion, Terrorism

جنید جمشید سے چند اہم سوالات

جنید جمشید سے چند اہم سوالات

“یہ بلاگ پوسٹ اس سے پہل دنیا پاکستان میں پوسٹ ہوچکا ہے. پاک ٹی ہاؤس اسے اپنے قارئین کی دلچسپی اور موضوع کی اہمیت کے پیش نظر کراس پوسٹ کررہا ہے.” تحریر: علی ارقم قرآن میں خواتین کا نام لے کر تذکرہ نہ کرنے کی جنید جمشید کی مجوّزہ تشریح ، اس حوالے سے شدید تنقید اور جْنید جمشید کی جوابی وضاحت کے بعد چند سوالات اْبھرتے ہیں، شاید جْنید جمشید یا اْن کا فین کلب اس کی وضاحت … Read entire article »

Filed under: Islam, Islamism, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Religion, Urdu, Women