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Censoring Jinnah: Express Tribune’s shameful surrender

Censoring Jinnah: Express Tribune’s shameful surrender

By Yasser Latif Hamdani This blog was originally published on Jinnah’s birthday this year on Express Tribune (ET).  It was taken down last night by the ET after a group of internet trolls “inspired by the ideology of Pakistan” started a campaign under the hashtag #ExpressTribuneLiesAgain.  None of these geniuses actually bothered to read the blog which frankly only an idiot would call anti-Jinnah or anti-Pakistan.  Apparently they were upset that it contained the following line:  Part … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1947, Jinnah

بندر سے بندوق واپس لو

بندر سے بندوق واپس لو

تحریر:شان تاثیر ہمارے ملک میں بہت سے شریف لوگ احمدیوں پر ظلم کی تو مخالفت کرتے ہیں لیکن ساتھ ہی اس بات کو جائز خیال کرتے ہیں کہ احمدیوں کے لئے مذہبی شناخت وہ ہو جو اکثریتی گروہ ان پر مسلط کرے۔ میری رائے میں اگر آپ کا موقف یہ ہے کہ احمدی آپ کے نزدیک غیرمسلم تو ضرور ہیں لیکن ان پر ظلم نہیں ہونا چاہیے تو دراصل آپ ان سے زیادتی کی تائید کر رہے … Read entire article »

Filed under: Citizens, Constitution, Democracy, Islam, Islam for Peace, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Religion, Urdu

The Questioning

The Questioning

By Zerka Tahir   WHY?   “Who was that? Why are you talking in Urdu? Talk in English! I should not hear you talk in Urdu, is that understood?” Startled, the two boys who were babbling away, going in a straight-line from the classroom to the playground stopped short. Overcoming the blunt onslaught they resumed their walk but not their talk, neither in English nor in any other language. But what about that laugh? That playful, youthful laugh? Where did … Read entire article »

Filed under: Pakistan

Junaid Jamshed and the “Born Again Muslim” Phenomenon

Junaid Jamshed and the “Born Again Muslim” Phenomenon

By Raza Habib Raja. Junaid Jamshed’s untimely death has saddened us all but at the same time also revealed deep schisms in our society. Many are mourning the singer Junaid Jamshed and among them  some are also explicitly mentioning that they do not approve of his misogynist and regressive comments, he made when he turned religious. Many on the other hand are mourning the religious Junaid Jamshed and applauding his decision to quit music and dedicate his … Read entire article »

Filed under: Islam, Pakistan

Asexuality is NOT a Disease

Asexuality is NOT a Disease

By Laiba Zainab In our everyday life we always hear that “sex and sexual appeals are natural”. We are always told that opposites attract each other and by “attraction” it is always considered “sexually”. Well I am glad to let you all know that this is not how it works for every human being in this world. We get to know very little about “asexuality” and “asexuals”. To be very honest people don’t even accept that there … Read entire article »

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

Once upon a time in a Mujra…

Once upon a time in a Mujra…

By Bushra Zia We maintain direct eye contact to keep it all real. I smile at times but he doesn’t. I sway on his directions. I know exactly what he wants from me. We meet every night and have meaningful conversations without wasting a single word. We have a special connection and we know each other way too well! He says my sweet face reminds him of someone and that does not seem to bother me at … Read entire article »

Filed under: Arts and Crafts, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, sex, Women

HAPPY HOUR – Lift Prohibition to End Isolation

HAPPY HOUR – Lift Prohibition to End Isolation

By: Rafique Ali I wanted to move on and write something pressing; supposedly, two articles on alcohol should have been enough. It turns out that Alcohol needs an ongoing conversation.  Starting today, a series of articles related to alcohol will appear in Happy Hour; these will be casual and relaxed discussions including myths, stories, legends and the history of alcohol. Right wing nationalism around the world is stressful, so many scholars and academics are writing about … Read entire article »

Filed under: culture, liberal Pakistan, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, USA

How Wealth Influences Politics

How Wealth Influences Politics

By Ayoub Khan   Modern Democracy as we know it is less than 250 years old. For much of human history, societies were ruled by elites who exercised absolute power by controlling the wealth and resources of their land and dominating their people by force. Today, the New World Order cabal aims to enact this model of totalitarian rule on a global scale. In political science, Elite Theory is a theory of the state to explain the power … Read entire article »

Filed under: Democracy, NATTO, Pakistan