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Significance of the Name of a Political Party

Significance of the Name of a Political Party

By Obaidullah Khan You might see an illiterate man with a name Ilm Din or a poor lady with a name Dolat bibi. But you would not hear a right wing political party named as Communist Party or a left wing party with a name Islamic party. Name of a political party is to be suggested thoughtfully. It reflects its manifesto and popular tide it is planning to go with. Our political arena is demanding a new … Read entire article »

Filed under: Islam, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Politics

An Islamic Version of Consensus [Ijma]

An Islamic Version of Consensus [Ijma]

By Ahmad Kareem Consensus [Ijma] is the last institution in the history of Islam and when the nation of Islam is in some local situation, in some domestic milieu or at national level encounters a big crisis or if a big question rises and savants of religion and savants of time are unable to solve it then it is transferred to community for some solution but how strange it is that the problem after taking back … Read entire article »

Filed under: Al Qaeda, Islam, Islam for Peace, Islamism, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Terrorism

Leadership: Irking Passions or Guidance

Leadership: Irking Passions or Guidance

By Misbah Azam During the mid-1960s, when America witnessed the Civil Rights Movement and the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, then the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which gave the voting rights to African-Americans, the Republican Party Presidential candidates, Berry Goldwater and Richard Nixon exploited the Republican Party’s “Southern Strategy” to woo the white conservative voters by appealing to racism against African Americans. Historians believe that 1960s Republican’s strategy created ready audiences for … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Democracy, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan

زلزلے کے بعد کی ابتر صورتحال

زلزلے کے بعد کی ابتر صورتحال

تحریر: عماد ظفر ملک میں سوموار کی دوپہر شدید زلزلے نے ایک اضطرابی کیفیت پیدا کر دی ہے. ریکٹر سکیل پر زلزلے کی شدت 8.1 ریکارڈ کی گئی جو کہ اکتوبر 2005 کے ہولناک زلزلے سے بھی بہت زیادہ تھی. جس وقت یہ مضمون لکھا جا رہا ہے اس وقت تک ملک بھر میں ہونے والی ہلاکتوں کی تعداد 200 کے لگ بھگ ہے اور ان میں اضافے کا بھی خدشہ ہے ابھی مالی نقصانات کا … Read entire article »

Filed under: earthquake, Media, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Urdu

Mapping Young Pakistan’s Consciousness

Mapping Young Pakistan’s Consciousness

We are starting a series of blogs authored by Asad Rahman – young scholar – on the aspirations, and concerns of young Pakistanis. These writings capture the reality of life as a young 20-something in a country misrepresented in the world due to the debates on global terrorism. PTH Part 1: How do Pakistan’s youth relate to terrorism? Over the summer of 2014, I had the privilege of interviewing young people from across Pakistan as part of … Read entire article »

Filed under: Pak Tea House, Pakistan, youth

What has General Raheel Sharif Changed?

What has General Raheel Sharif Changed?

By Umair Arif Imran Khan recently tweeted that the “popularity level of Gen Raheel Sharif is touching skies”. Even though this is true but I am one of the many who are not easily convinced by the superficial displays of patriotism, songs, signboards or statements, which determine ‘popularity’ of political and military “celebrities”. I would rather discuss the serious issues like policies designed to resolve the chronic problems of the country. While Gen Raheel has shown … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Pakistan-India Peace Process, south asia, Taliban, USA

ممتاز قادری کی سزائے موت عدلیہ کا جرات مندانہ فیصلہ

ممتاز قادری کی سزائے موت عدلیہ کا جرات مندانہ فیصلہ

عماد ظفر انصاف کسی بھی معاشرے کے پھلنے پھولنے اور بقا کا ضامن ہوتا ہے. بروقت آور فوری انصاف سماجی رویوں پر براہ راست اثر انداز ہوتا ہے جس معاشرے میں انصاف فوری اور سستا ملے اس معاشرے کا باہمی رویہ مثبت ہوتا ہے اور وہاں جرائم کی شرح بھی کم ہوتی ہے اس ضمن میں سکینڈی نیوین ممالک کی مثال دی جا سکتی ہے. ہمارے ہاں انصاف بھی اشیائے صرف کی طرح مہنگا آور لوگوں کی … Read entire article »

Filed under: Blasphemy, Judiciary, Justice, minorities, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Religion

Pak-China: Friends indeed

Pak-China: Friends indeed

With relations between China and Pakistan growing stronger, the region is in for a period of economic upheaval By Namra Mansoor On a concrete wall running along a tunnel in the north of Pakistan, a phrase painted along Pakistani and Chinese flags reads, Long live Pak-China Friendship. Having more than just ornamental value, the words have become a household chant and serve as a testimony to the time-tested friendship between the two countries. The relations are only … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, south asia, Technology, World

Raza Rumi on Syria conflict

Ubaid Imran interviews Raza Rumi on the Syria conflict. Please watch the video and give us your feedback. Whats Happening In Syria | Raza Rumi With Ubaid Imran from Ubaid Imran on Vimeo. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Pakistan

A Complicated Relationship

A Complicated Relationship

By Ahmad Karim We all know after 9/11, in 2001 U.S. jumped into the quagmire, Afghanistan, for the possible arrest of Al-Qaeda’s leader, late Osama Bin Laden, who was being sheltered in Afghanistan by Taliban leader late Mullah Omar. U.S. gumption fell low in searching OBL for years but they managed to topple the government of Taliban facilely. U.S. remained there for a decade in OBL’s search and finally they managed to assassinate OBL in a suspicious … Read entire article »

Filed under: Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Taliban, Terrorism, USA, Zarb-E-Azb

Criminalizing Owais Raheel

Criminalizing Owais Raheel

By Umair Arif The news on Wednesday emerged on several news channels regarding the arrest of a Lecturer named Owais Raheel of SZABIST University who is a BE from NED University and an MBA from IBA. The news clip on geo.tv website reports “Another highly educated terror suspect arrested in Karachi’s Clifton” and samaa.tv reports “Karachi professor booked for terror-ties” and arynews.tv reports “IBA graduate turned terrorist arrested in Karachi”. The CTD has arrested Owais Raheel … Read entire article »

Filed under: Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Terrorism

Police Constable Mushtaq Ahmed: Let’s not forget our real Heroes

Police Constable Mushtaq Ahmed: Let’s not forget our real Heroes

This article was originally posted as a facebook note by Sumaira Jajja and it is being reproduced by PTH. By Sumaira Jajja In Pakistan, the easiest way for the state to evade responsibility is to label the victims of terrorist attacks, accidents and natural disasters martyrs (shaheed) and dole out a compensation package based on the gravity of the situation (dependent of media backlash and public anger). The compensation for a dead can range from Rs100,000 to … Read entire article »

Filed under: Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Taliban, Terrorism

Liberal Democracy and Minority Rights

Liberal Democracy and Minority Rights

PTH is grateful to Gorki sahib for making this contribution on request.  Gorki In 1940 M. A. Jinnah delivered the presidential speech at the Lahore session of the AIML which in hindsight is perhaps one of the most important speeches ever delivered by anyone in the 20th century India.  Gandhi; he said, had invited the AIML to join the congress in the future presumably democratic constituent assembly of India. But, despite its egalitarian appearance it was an … Read entire article »

Filed under: Democracy, India, minorities, Pakistan

Aleem Khan’s politics: From NA-127 to NA-122

Aleem Khan’s politics: From NA-127 to NA-122

By Awais Saleem There is never a dull moment in Pakistani politics, more so when electoral fever is in full flow. The by-election in NA-122 has become a “do or die” affair for both PMLN and PTI. Battle lines have been drawn, emotions are running high, claims are being made and supporters of both sides are baying for each other’s blood. The PMLN, having the advantage of incumbency in the Center as well as Punjab, has traditionally … Read entire article »

Filed under: Elections, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Politics, Reviews

گالی

گالی

علی ارقم بس میں پچھلے اسٹاپ سے سوار ہونے والا مُسافر مُسلسل اصرار کیئے جارہا تھا کہ کنڈیکٹر نے اُس سے دو روپے زائد لیئے ہیں جب بار بار تقاضے کے باوجود اُس نے وہ دو روپے واپس نہیں کیئے تو کافی دیر تک زیر لب بڑبڑاتا رہا اور پھر کنڈیکٹر کی قومیت کا حوالہ دے کرایک موٹی سی گالی دی اور خاموش ہوگیا۔ اگلے اسٹاپ پر ایک نوجوان لڑکا سوار ہوا جس نے آٹو ورکشاپس پر … Read entire article »

Filed under: Identity, Karachi, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Society, Urdu