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Who is a Muslim?

Who is a Muslim?

Raza Habib Raja Pakistan unfortunately is not a very tolerant country for minorities. We all know that Christian colonies have been attacked whenever a member of their faith was accused of blasphemy. Likewise, there have been forcible conversions in Sindh of some Hindus. Yes, there is no doubt that minorities suffer a lot in Pakistan but there is a category (which has various sub-categories) which has suffered even more in Pakistan. This category is not a fixed … Read entire article »

Filed under: Islam, minorities, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Religion

Haider Rifaat Interviews Meher Bokhari

Haider Rifaat Interviews Meher Bokhari

By Haider Rifaat   So recently I had the honor of interviewing one of Pakistan’s youngest journalists Meher Bokhari in my new web show for YouTube titled ‘The Haider Rifaat Show’ which covers politics, social issues and entertainment. Bokhari is best known for anchoring the famous talk show ‘NewsEye’ which airs on DAWN News from Monday to Thursday. The interview was regarding different issues ranging from Pakistan’s politics to the recent Kashmir mayhem. Q1) Haider Rifaat: Prior to … Read entire article »

Filed under: journalism, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, video

آیا تجھے سلام

آیا تجھے سلام

تحریر: حسن ایلیا ماں کا نام ہی محبت ایثار قربانی کی علامت ہے مگر میں جس ماں کی کہانی سنانے جا رہا ہوں وہ ان تمام جذبات سے عاری ہے۔ سن ستاون کی بات ہوگی ایک نوزائیدہ ملک میں وبا پھیل گئی کیا بوڑھا کیا بچہ سب ہی اس سے متاثر ہونے لگے جو کچھ صحت مند اور توانا تھے وہ تو جلد صحت یاب ہو گئے کمزور اور ناتواں کی حالت دن بدن بگڑتی جا … Read entire article »

Filed under: Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, state, Urdu

Its Beer, Wine and Whiskey – Not Sharab

Its Beer, Wine and Whiskey – Not Sharab

By Rafique Ali Former Bollywood item girl Rakhi Sawant is an outlandish personality. Brash sensationalism, non-conventional, loves to speak her mind and stirring controversy are some of her favorite treads. Luckily, that notoriety and edginess landed her into few TV talk & reality shows as a second career. Prominent one was Rakhi Sawant Show, a Bollywood version of Jerry Springer Show. Replicating chanting of ‘Jerry Jerry’ as Jerry Springer walks in, audience in India also chants ‘Rakhi … Read entire article »

Filed under: Pakistan

The irony of our unity

The irony of our unity

By Ayoub khan I have nothing against the celebrations. I am a patriotic Pakistani myself, who in the past celebrated Independence Day enthusiastically like everyone else do with high spirits. I am one of you. But on the 69 birth day of Pakistan the case is different for guys like me, as we have lost whole province community of lawyers on 8th august in a suicide blast in civil hospital where more than 80 peoples martyred … Read entire article »

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

A Pakistani Observer Team Leaves for USA to Ensure “Free, Fair and Transparent” Elections

A Pakistani Observer Team Leaves for USA to Ensure “Free, Fair and Transparent” Elections

By Ahsan Yousaf Chaudhary   As the 2016 US Elections near their November poll date, a team of Pakistani Election Observers prepares to leave for the United States. “The team has been carefully selected to balance the civil-military representation and is due to leave by the end of August,” read a statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. According to official handout, a copy of which is available with PTH, “The team will visit polling stations both during … Read entire article »

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

The Quetta Massacre and My People’s Annihilation

The Quetta Massacre and My People’s Annihilation

Aslam Kakar               A little over a week has passed since the massacre of lawyers in my hometown and Balochistan’s capital, Quetta. The shock and pain from the attack, while writing these lines from a university bench on the streets of New Jersey, is ever recurring and daunting. Away from home and writing about a carnage, which was too cruel to be true, is beyond the description of words: however, they are my only refuge from the devastation … Read entire article »

Filed under: baluchistan, Judiciary, Justice, quetta, state

Where do we stand?

Where do we stand?

By Fizza Abbas You have not evolved to an extent that people start considering you in their literary books you still have to go a long way; And then there will come a time, when you will be among those who will be taken in high esteem, you have to stop ranting and do something not for yourself only but for others, but then again, you have to analyze yourself and find out your motive. Are you doing it to gain some limelight? Or you genuinely approve the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Pakistan

Independence Day: Looking Back & Moving Ahead

Independence Day: Looking Back & Moving Ahead

By Sarah Naqvi “We are stronger together” were the echoes repeatedly delivered at at the Democratic National Convention a few weeks ago in the United States. The first thought that came to mind upon hearing this slogan was not disagreement to the message. We certainly are stronger together as Americans. However, it reminded me of the numerous similar conversations I’ve had with friends with regards to South Asia, often visualizing the would-have-been formidable force, had India, … Read entire article »

Filed under: Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan

Pakistan – One by One… spares none…!

Pakistan – One by One… spares none…!

By Maleeha Rauf Sind province of Pakistan is known to be the land of Sufis and Saints. Its overall texture is tolerance blended with hospitality and perseverance. Its deep and remote areas may be far behind educationally but they are at advance levels of human virtues deeply rooted in their culture. It is also pioneer in raising people’s voice in the form of political activism which gave us Pakistan People’s Party. Until a few years back, its … Read entire article »

Filed under: Islam, minorities, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Secterainism

Jinnah Fought for the Minorities

Jinnah Fought for the Minorities

By Aiman Sohail It’s 2016, Pakistan is almost 70 years old and I wonder if this is how Sir Jinnah had wanted Pakistan to turn out? Probably not. People are going to think I’m being negative, which isn’t true. I’m not filled with negativity; Pakistan itself is filled with it. Look around. You’ll find people who think very highly of themselves and pass hateful comments about other people, giving their own verdict on whether they are kafir … Read entire article »

Filed under: Jinnah, minorities, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, secular Pakistan

Muslim societies need philosophers

Muslim societies need philosophers

By Hadeel Naeem When the first human beings put down their axes and spears they settled down to think and make sense of the world. The first things that they thought of were how to make the world a better place, how to govern, be a good human, fulfill duties and live ethically. Hence, when mankind started to think is when mankind started to philosophize. Philosophy became the very foundation of our civilization. What many of … Read entire article »

Filed under: Education, Islam, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Philosophy, Society

را، این ڈی ایس، اچھے طالبان اور بلوچستان کا مسئلہ

را، این ڈی ایس، اچھے طالبان اور بلوچستان کا مسئلہ

کوئٹہ حملوں کے بعد  برخوردار خان کا ٹویٹر اکاونٹ اخباروں اور ویبسائٹس کی زینت بن گیا جب انہوں نے اپنی ٹویٹس کے ذریعے  اس بات کو واضح کیا کہ وکلا برادری نے اس حملے کے نتیجے میں کس قدر نقصان کا سامنا کیا ہے۔  کوئٹہ حملے کے بعد ہر طرف سے بیانات کی بھرمار ہوگئی اور مولانا فضل الرحمان اور محمود اچکزئی کے ایجنسیوں پر تنقید کرنے کے بعد بہت شور اور ہنگامہ ہوا ہے۔ … Read entire article »

Filed under: Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, quetta, RAW, Taliban, Terrorism, Twitter, Urdu, Zarb-E-Azb

Why I Will Not Be Celebrating Pakistan’s Independence

Why I Will Not Be Celebrating Pakistan’s Independence

by Haider Rifaat Pakistan does not bleed green anymore; it bleeds red.  I know what this country stood for in the past; freedom, happiness, a brighter future for our children, but it does no longer. What is there to celebrate about? Despite Pakistan being freed from a tangled web of hypocrisy and hatred, this country has not lived up to its strength. Millions of Pakistanis gallivant off to celebrate Pakistan’s independence each year and discount the … Read entire article »

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

PAK-CHINA RELATIONS— To be or not to be?

PAK-CHINA RELATIONS— To be or not to be?

By Muqeet Tahir Malik     Have you ever been perturbed by how the media portrays of Pakistan and China’s friendship? Did you ever hear of the difficulties of the countless Chinese who have entered Pakistan? Are you bewildered over growing popularity of Chinese cuisine in Pakistan? We have to evaluate the pros and the cons. The song that rallies as Chinese dignitaries arrive in Pakistan is, “Our friendship is greater than the heights of Himalayan Ranges.” Now, this … Read entire article »

Filed under: China, culture, History, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Politics