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Pakistan: Patriotism and its hoaxes

Pakistan: Patriotism and its hoaxes

By Ali Bhurgri The most mislead, misconceived and tractable word. However, the importance of this tool in general can never be undermined. It is on paper, one of the most important mechanism through which a nation state is held together. My mind was clustered with several thoughts about what it really is? It had to be more than just waving a flag, standing up to your national anthem, loving your army and supporting your country in a … Read entire article »

Filed under: baluchistan, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, secularism

Amna Mawaz, A Classical Dancer In Local Polity

Amna Mawaz, A Classical Dancer In Local Polity

By Ahmad Karim To love art is a difficult thing. Basically it demands an inside eye to apprehend the transcendence of ideas/imaginations. And the one who is an artist go through traversed galaxies of imaginations which not only introduces her to eternal nature of being but also invite her to infinite memories. They’re always aloof from multitude. But the news of Amna Mawaz, a classical dancer dwelling in Pakistan’s capital Islamabad, that she is contesting for vice … Read entire article »

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

In Search Of Quaid’s Pakistan

In Search Of Quaid’s Pakistan

By Haseeb Ahmad ….You are free; you are free to go to your temples, you are free to go to your mosques or to any other places of worship in the State of Pakistan. Muhammad Ali Jinnah 11 August 1947 In the heart of every minority residing in Pakistan lives the tightly coiled nightmare of persecution. Every time a minority is attacked or their rights abused, the above often quoted and considered Charter of Pakistan stands mocking … Read entire article »

Filed under: Blasphemy, Jinnah, minorities, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Parliament

ارباب اختیار کے لئے کسوٹی

ارباب اختیار کے لئے کسوٹی

تحریر: طاہر احمد بھٹی، فرینکفرٹ۔ جرمنی جب پشاور سکول واقعے کے بعد اوپر تلے میٹنگز کر کے NAP کا مژدہ سنایا گیا اور ایک یکسوئی اور یکجہتی کا سماں پیدا ہوتا نظر آیا تو میں نے تبادلۂ خیال اور نیک خواہشات کے رنگ میں اپنے ایک دوست کو پاکستان فون کیا اور ان اقدامات اور افواج اور حکومت کے ایک ہی مقصد کے حصول کے لئے گامزن ہونے پر کچھ زیادہ سرخوشی کا اظہار کیا تو … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Blasphemy, Democracy, Islam, Islam for Peace, journalism, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Terrorism, Urdu

Rising Intolerance: A Perception or a Reality

Rising Intolerance: A Perception or a Reality

PTH is grateful to Abhinav Pandya for writing this for PTH on request. The views expressed here are entirely author’s own and PTH does not essentially agree with some of the points made in the article. Abhinav Pandya   Off late, tweets, Facebook posts, blogs and editorials have been written about the rising intolerance and fear in world’s largest democracy called India. Prior to this, many famous media personalities, civil society leaders, opposition parties ,  intellectuals and artists  raised … Read entire article »

Filed under: Hinduism, History, India

کسے وکیل کریں کس سے منصفی چاہیں؟

کسے وکیل کریں کس سے منصفی چاہیں؟

تحریر: ارسلان قمر پاکستان کے شہروں اور دیہاتوں کی راتیں نومبرکے آغاز سے ہی ہوا میں بڑھتی خنکی کے سبب سرد اور خاموش ہونا شروع ہو جاتی ہیں۔ان سرد راتوں میں آگ کی تپش بہت بھلی معلوم ہوتی ہے۔ کہیں گاؤں کے مُنڈے کھنڈے کسی میدان میں لکڑیاں جلا کراس کےاردگرد محفلیں لگاتے ہیں اور کہیں پڑھے لکھے شہری بون فائر اور بار بی کیو کی رونقوں سے دل بہلاتے ہیں۔ دلچسپ بات تو یہ ہے … Read entire article »

Filed under: Blasphemy, Islam, Islamic Holy Book Quran, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Religion, Secterainism, Terrorism

کیا ٹویٹر مر چکا؟

کیا ٹویٹر مر چکا؟

تحریر: طاہر اکبر عمومی طور پر یہ سمجھا جاتا ہے کہ سوشل میڈیا کا سب سے بڑا فائدہ  عوام کو ہوا ہے، جنکواپنی آواز اٹھانے کا ایک میڈیم میسر آ گیا ہے۔ پاکستان کے کانٹکسٹ میں یہ چیز مزید دلچسپ اور درست ہے۔ ہم نے دیکھا ہے کہ عوام نے سیاست، سماجی معاملات اور اداروں کی پرفارمنس کے حوالے سے ٹویٹر کو ایک اچھے ٹول کے طور پر استعمال کیا اور اس سے کئی اچھے نتائج … Read entire article »

Filed under: Blogging, Media, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Reviews, Society, Technology, Twitter, Urdu, USA

An Era of “Perpetual Peace”

An Era of “Perpetual Peace”

By Misbah U. Azam, Ph.D. Immanuel Kant, a German philosopher of 18th-19th century, who is considered the central figure of the branch of philosophy that originated in Western Europe during the 17th century – the modern philosophy — and is now common worldwide. He was one of the earliest proponents of the theory that the “perpetual peace” could be achieved through universal democracy and international cooperation. The international cooperation – in my opinion – is the … Read entire article »

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

جہلم سانحہ: حیات وبال جاں نہ ہو

جہلم سانحہ: حیات وبال جاں نہ ہو

تحریر: عماد ظفر برداشت اور رواداری اختلاف رائے کو برداشت کرتے ہوئے ایک دوسرے کے ساتھ امن و محبت سے رہنے کا نام ہے۔مہذب اور ترقی یافتہ ممالک اور معاشروں میں مختلف سوچ نظریئے اور عقائد رکھنے والے لوگ بستے ہیں اور آپس کے فرق کو کبھی بھی باہم رویوں پر حاوی نہیں ہونے دیتے۔ یہی وجہ ہے کہ ایسے معاشروں میں انسانی زندگی کی قدرو قیمت ہوتی ہے۔ ہم لوگ آج بھی اس حقیقت سے … Read entire article »

Filed under: Blasphemy, Egalitarian Pakistan, Islam, Islamic Holy Book Quran, Islamism, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Religion, Secterainism, Terrorism, Urdu, violence

Javed Ahmed Ghamdi’s Views about Source of Terrorism

Right now terrorism perpetuated by Islamic militants is dominating the global media. Many analysts have tried to come up with their assessment with respect to the possible cause(s) behind this surge. Here is Javed Ahmed Ghamdi, who is a reformist religious scholar, expressing his views about Islamic extremism.   We request our viewers to please watch because some of the points made by the esteemed scholar merit a lot of debate.   … Read entire article »

Filed under: Pakistan

Paris Attacks: Defend the Secularist Faith

Paris Attacks: Defend the Secularist Faith

By Ayushman Jamwal In the Dark Knight, the Joker poignantly expresses his belief to the caped crusader that human society is always prey to its base, survivalist instincts, where the notion of humanity is nothing more than a punch line. In that legendary interrogation scene he reflects on human society saying, “their morals and code, it’s a bad joke, dropped at the first sign of trouble. They are only as good as the world allows them … Read entire article »

Filed under: Islam, Islam for Peace, Islamism, Opinion, Pakistan, Taliban, Terrorism

Ishtiaq Ahmed – the “novelist” hatemonger

Ishtiaq Ahmed – the “novelist” hatemonger

By Yasser Latif Hamdani Two days ago Ishtiaq Ahmed, the novelist who once attempted unsuccessfully to get his name registered in Guinness Book of World Records for being the most prolific author, passed away. Since then my Facebook and Twitter timelines are full of eulogies, praise and admiration for his work.  Hence record must be set straight even though there is no controversy in death:   Ishtiaq Ahmed was a foulmouthed bigoted fanatic who abused and attacked Shias, … Read entire article »

Filed under: Pakistan

In the Muslim World there exists an ideology and it needs to be blamed

In the Muslim World there exists an ideology and it needs to be blamed

By Umer Ali Beirut was rocked with bombing on Thursday, a day before Paris attack. There was no reaction from most of the Muslim world. It was just another day of terrorism for most. Some condemned but many thought it was a good riddance since Shias were killed. Many celebrated because Hezbollah’s stronghold was attacked. Rest didn’t just cared. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack and it was over. A day passes and Paris attack happens. Unlike … Read entire article »

Filed under: Afghanistan, Al Qaeda, Islam, Islam for Peace, Islamism, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Religion, Taliban, Terrorism, violence, war

Paris Attacks and our Extremist Mindset

Paris Attacks and our Extremist Mindset

By Foaad Hassan Being victims of worst terrorism since more than a decade, we still need to learn how an attack on innocent people including men, women and children can be condemned, most of us are not ready to denounce terrorism and acts of extremism whether it is in Pakistan, France, United States, India or anywhere in the world because we always carry a logic “The illogical radical logic” founded by Mr. Hamza Ali Abbasi a … Read entire article »

Filed under: Islam, Islam for Peace, Islamism, liberal Pakistan, Malala Yousufzai, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Terrorism

خوشبو اور روشنیوں کے شہروں میں بارود کی بو

خوشبو اور روشنیوں کے شہروں میں بارود کی بو

تحریر: عماد ظفر خوشبوں کے شہر پیرس اور روشنیوں کے شہر بیروت میں بارود کی بو نے کہرام مچا دیا۔ پیرس میں دہشت گردی کے ایک مکروہ اور گھناؤنے واقعے میں لگ بھگ 150 بے گناہ افراد لقمہ اجل بن گئے جبکہ بیروت میں خود کش حملے میں 50کے لگ بھگ افراد اپنی جان سے ہاتھ دھو بیٹھے۔  دہشت گرد ٹولیوں کی شکل میں پیرس کے مختلف علاقوں میں حملہ آور ہوئے اور ویک اینڈ کی … Read entire article »

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