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Nawaz or Rawalpindi?

Nawaz or Rawalpindi?

Imad Zafar Things are unfolding slowly and dramatically on the political horizon of Pakistan.There is nothing new, the same old mindset of “My Way or the Highway” is being adopted from the Rawalpindi Guys. The hanging of Mumtaz Qadri, Tacit Approval of his funeral on mass scale, getting Musharaf out of the constitutional cage and then unleashing the agenda to weaken the already weak civil Government. Timings of the bomb blast on Easter festival in a public … Read entire article »

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

A culture of hypocrisy

A culture of hypocrisy

By Saad Malik Couple of years back when the wave of terrorism and energy crisis was at its peak, I had an unpopular opinion about the two biggest problems faced by Pakistan. Since the media coverage focused exclusively on electricity shortfall and terrorism, these two issues were often recognized as the gravest problems faced by Pakistan. I often disagreed citing climatic change and a culture of hypocrisy as the gravest threats faced by the country. With … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Islam, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Religion, Reviews, Secterainism

Four self-defeating practices of Pakistan’s liberals

Four self-defeating practices of Pakistan’s liberals

Taimur Rahman Four self-defeating practices of Pakistan liberals that have made them ineffective against extremism. 1) Liberals are unable to develop an awami (popular) culture. Lets face it, Pakistani liberals mostly come from the elite (with some notable exceptions). At the individual level this is not the problem (I also come from the same elite). The problem is that they also bring that elitist culture into the organisations and movements they create. And this destroys internal democracy and … Read entire article »

Filed under: Citizens, liberal Pakistan, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Reviews, secularism

Lahore, you have been strong

Lahore, you have been strong

Kamini Masood For years now you have held us, all of us huddled together in your ever growing palms You have held us and we have jostled for space, knocking each other around and striking bruises into our flesh and yours You have held us and we have built homes upon homes in the lines on your palms that are more our future than yours You have smiled down at us as we, unbothered by difference, unfazed by change, … Read entire article »

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

مومن مومن، کافر کافر

مومن مومن، کافر کافر

سائرہ امبرین میں مومن، تو کافر ہے ہاں صحیح کہا، تو کافر ہے مار کے اس کو اے لوگو! تم پار لگو، غازی کہلاؤ کیا بولے؟ میں ماروں؟ میں۔۔۔۔۔۔۔۔۔۔ کیوں ماروں؟ میرا کام تو بات پھیلانا پھر بے سدھ ہو کر سو جانا اب صبح اٹھوں گا پھر دیکھوں گا کتنے مومن، کتنے کافر؟ کس نے کس کو مارا ہے؟ سارا کام یہ میرا ہے دیکھو نا! گر میں ماروں گا۔۔۔۔۔۔۔۔۔۔ باقی کام یہ کون کرے گا؟ اتنے فتوے رہتے ہیں۔۔۔۔۔۔۔ کب بانٹوں گا؟ یاد آیا!!! کل اک فتوہ میں اور بھی دوں گا میں بولوں … Read entire article »

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

Havoc in Pak: Lahore Bleeds again, killer mobs march in Islamabad

Havoc in Pak: Lahore Bleeds again, killer mobs march in Islamabad

Malik Omaid Sunday, March 27 will be remembered as a deadly day when Lahore saw another bomb blast in the children’s playing area of Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park, Lahore. Meanwhile, mobs championing the cause of former Governor Punjab, Salman Taseer’s killer Mumtaz Qadri march in Islamabad causing havoc in the federal capital. Raza Rumi commented on these two incidents through his tweets:   #prayforlahore Over 65 dead &300 injured in a #park full of women &children. My beautiful city rocked, once … Read entire article »

Filed under: minorities, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Raza Rumi, Religion, Taliban, Terrorism, Twitter, violence

Pakistani Definition of Patriotism

Pakistani Definition of Patriotism

By Amir Hayat Patriotism is a Latin word that drives from “Patriota” which means “country man”. The definition of patriotism as per oxford dictionary is “the vigorous support for one’s country”. Generally, patriotism means “Attachment with your own country or homeland. The determinants of the said attachment are cultural, historical, ethnic or political affiliations. In Pakistan, the definition of patriotism neither complies with this universal definition nor with its determinants. The state definition of patriotism is “Pakistan came … Read entire article »

Filed under: Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan

پاکستان میں انتہا پسندی کی کہانی

پاکستان میں انتہا پسندی کی کہانی

تحریر اجمل شبیر ہر مذہب کے ابتدائی زمانے کے بارے میں عام طور پر یہی کہا جاتا ہے کہ اس مذہب کو الہی رہنمائی حاصل ہے ۔دنیا کا کوئی بھی مذہب اٹھا کر دیکھ لیں ،اس کا ابتدائی زمانہ الہی قصے کہانیوں سے بھرپور ہوتا ہے۔ہر مذہب کے ابتدائی زمانے کی تعلیمات انتہاتی سادہ بھی ہوتی ہیں ۔عام و خاص ان تعلیمات کو آسانی کے ساتھ سمجھتے ہیں۔ابتدائی زمانے کے مذہب میں بہت زیادہ مسائل بھی … Read entire article »

Filed under: Al Qaeda, Blasphemy, Democracy, Islam, Islamism, Jinnah, Liberal Democratic Pakistan, minorities, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Politics, Secterainism, secular Pakistan, secularism, Terrorism

Review: The World We Found

Review: The World We Found

By Aslam Kakar                       Life happens. Things happen. Some pleasant. And some horrible. Some intelligible, while other mysterious and beyond an ordinary mind’s comprehension. In The World We Found, like in The Space Between Us and her other humanistic works, Thrity Umrigar delves deep into that mystery of human nature and real life. She spills the beans about guilt, regret, loss, friendship, relationship, love, hope, death, and the real meaning of life in ways unknown to many … Read entire article »

Filed under: Books

Yes you are supporting Qandeel Baloch!

Yes you are supporting Qandeel Baloch!

By Syed Foaad Hassan I am shocked and feeling ashamed being part of a society where people share videos of a stripper wearing Pakistani flag among their social circles, whether it is Facebook or WhatsApp. I know most of my friends will criticize me after reading this but yes! There are limits! I always spoke against cyber-crime bill, still I do not support any kind of monitoring by Government but I want FIA to take action … Read entire article »

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

Part II: Media – Our Friend or Foe?

Part II: Media – Our Friend or Foe?

  By Muqeet Tahir Malik Media is like a myriad giant setting trends for public all while trying to cajole them for personal gains. A prominent example in this regard is the six month long sit in Islamabad led to chaos and people were compelled to rally against the government leading to instability. Along with this, a loss of Rs. 342 billion, there was a depreciation of investor confidence by 64 % according to State Bank report. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Arts and Crafts, Children, Citizens, Civil Service, culture, drama, Fashion, journalism, Law, liberal Pakistan, Media, men, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Women, Zarb-E-Azb

The Profession of Prostitution – II

The Profession of Prostitution – II

By Najeeb Kakar In my last article, about the profession of prostitution, I deconstructed why prostitution is considered a viable source of revenue by poor Pashtun women. I had also given a detailed analysis of destitute women of our allegedly religious, traditional and intrepid society being obliged to this act. In my concluding piece, I broadly examine the  incalculable causes of prostitution entrenched as a whole in Pakistani society how and why respected women have been … Read entire article »

Filed under: culture, Dance, Law, men, minorities, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Peshawar, Politics, poverty, psychology, sex, Women

مریم نواز مسلم لیگ نون کا نیا چہرہ‎

مریم نواز مسلم لیگ نون کا نیا چہرہ‎

تحریر: عماد ظفر حکمران جماعت کی دھڑے بندیاں اور وفاقی وزراء کی آپس میں سرد جنگ آج کل منظر عام پر ہے ۔کسی بھی بڑی جماعت میں دھڑے بندیاں یا اختلافات کوئی نہیں بات نہیں لیکن جب اختلافات کھل کر سامنے آجائیں وزراء اور رہنما ٹی وی چینلز اور اخبارات پر ایک دوسرے کے خلاف بیان داغیں تو بہرحال اس سے سیاسی جماعت کی ساکھ متاثر ہوتی ہے ۔یہ دھڑے بندیاں انتخابی نتائج پر بھی براہ … Read entire article »

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

Are Karachi & Hyderabad RAW’ Stronghold?

Are Karachi & Hyderabad RAW’ Stronghold?

By Ahmer Muzammil For the 167th time in last 25 years, the establishment of Pakistan and the Punjabi intelligentsia has been trying to convince the rest of the country that MQM is RAW’ B team. This is troubling, because during this same time frame the MQM has continued to enjoy mandate of Urban Sind. It is interesting that Pakistan’s Army was at helm of affairs for all intent and purpose from 1999-2007 and during this tenure … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Citizens, Constitution, Corruption, Democracy, Karachi, MQM, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Politics, Punjab, RAW, Sindh, state, Terrorism

Faisal Saeed’s Fight for Human Rights and Secularism

Faisal Saeed’s Fight for Human Rights and Secularism

By Aslam Kakar Faisal Saeed al-Mutar is an Iraqi born writer, freethinker, computer geek, and human rights activist. He is also an advocate of secularism and the free market of ideas. Faisal is the founder of Global Secular Humanist Movement and Secular Post. At the age of 24, his understanding of politics of the Middle East and the Muslim world is just fascinating. I believe that Faisal is a sane voice misunderstood at home and in … Read entire article »

Filed under: Democracy, Islam, Middle East, Opinion, Pak Tea House, secularism