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Regrouping of Militants in Balochistan

Regrouping of Militants in Balochistan

By Najeeb Kakar The volatile occupied province of Balochistan has witnessed a series of militant assaults in the past year. However, as of late the province irrefutably become a garrison state. Despite the presence of huge civil and military intelligence networks and paramilitary forces, Balochistan has become a code red abode for militant insurgency. Since January 2016, the militants of diverse groups and their splinter segments have carried out lethal and high profile attacks against police, … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1947, Afghanistan, Al Qaeda, Baloch, baluchistan, History, ISI, Lashkar e Taiba, Pakistan, Zarb-E-Azb

Trump and the Pakistani Christians

Trump and the Pakistani Christians

Shuham A. Charles US President Donald Trump has made remarks during his campaign, and even after assuming the office, that have outraged many minority communities. His executive order to suspend immigration from a select group of Muslim countries has earned him a barrage of criticism. There is a sense of apprehension caused by Trump administration which is shared by Muslims in the US and Pakistan alike. Is America becoming intolerant of its racial and religious minorities? … Read entire article »

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پانامہ کی ریس اور مردہ گھوڑا

پانامہ کی ریس اور مردہ گھوڑا

تحریر: عماد ظفر پانامہ لیکس کا مردہ ہاتھی جس مضحکہ خیز انداز سے اس قوم کے گوڈوں گٹوں میں بیٹھ گیا ہے اس کو دیکھ کر اکثر اس لال بتی اور ہاتھی کے پیچھے بھاگنے والوں پر ترس آتا ہے۔ عمران خان نے اس ایشو کو لے کر قوم کے اعصاب پر زبردستی سوار ہونے کی جو کوشش کی ہے اس کا نتیجہ مختلف ملکی اور بین الاقوامی سروے رپورٹوں کے ذریعے سامنے آ رہا ہے … Read entire article »

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

قائداعظم سے متعلق اوریا مقبول جان کی ایک اور غلط بیانی

قائداعظم سے متعلق اوریا مقبول جان کی ایک اور غلط بیانی

اوریا مقبول جان کا تازہ ترین شوشہ ڈیپارٹمنٹ آف اسلامک ریکنسٹرکشن کے حوالے سے ہے جو موصوف فرماتے ہیں کہ واحد ادارہ ہےجو قائداعظم نے بنایا۔ موصوف متعدد ٹی وی شوز میں یہ صاف غلط بیانی ایک پرچہ لہرا لہرا کر بیان کرتے ہیں۔ دکھ یہ ہے کہ پاکستان میں لوگ ایسی غلط بیانیوں پر یقین بھی کر لیتے ہیں۔ میں نے جناح پیپرز کا بغور مطالعہ کیا ہے اور میں اوریا مقبول جان اور دیگر … Read entire article »

Filed under: History, Jinnah, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Urdu

Secular Jinnah and the so called Department of Islamic Reconstruction

Secular Jinnah and the so called Department of Islamic Reconstruction

By Yasser Latif Hamdani Before fake news there was Orya Maqbool Jan. These are the people who brought you Jinnah’s diary which was discovered in the 1980s by Zia’s government.  I have already written about this issue but the thing with lies is that you have to be ever vigilant in combating it. So before I begin I must quote what I said in 2013: A new lie has been concocted by chachas of Nazaria-e-Pakistan now especially by … Read entire article »

Filed under: Jinnah

بڑا کام

بڑا کام

تحریر: زہیب اختر گرمیوں کی آمد آمد تھی، لاھور میں مئ کے سورج میں دن بدن شدت کا اضافہ ہو رہا تھا۔ محمد علی کے اسکول میں بھی گہما گہمی کا عالم تھا کیوں کہ جمعہ کا روز تھا اور ہفتے سے موسمِ گرما کی چھٹیوں کی شروعات ہونی تھیں۔ معمول کے مطابق محمد علی کی جماعت چہارم بی کے اساتذہ باری باری آتےاور چھٹیوں کا ہوم ورک بچوں کے ہاتھ میں تھما کے چلے جاتے۔ … Read entire article »

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Obama Administration: Erosion of US Primacy?

Obama Administration: Erosion of US Primacy?

Misbah Azam, Ph.D. The new administration in US will take over after the 20th January and the political pundits and experts are in the “wait and see” mode, as all the political science theories, which were widely accepted and were the basis of drawing the future projections about how the coming days would look, were failed after the Donald Trump’s clean and decisive victory in 2016 presidential elections.  However, the debate has initiated regarding the eight … Read entire article »

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Transgender Community in Pakistan

Transgender Community in Pakistan

Raza ullah khan In the past few years, there has been an unnerving increase in violence against the transgender community in Pakistan. There have been incidents of brutal killing of transgender activists in Khyber Pakhtunkhawa and other parts of the country. According to an activist member of the community, 45 transgender people have been killed and 300 suffered harassment in the last two years in KPK alone. Every day, members of this community suffer humiliation in … Read entire article »

Filed under: Pakistan

Reading: Some Reflections (and the Books I read in 2016)

Reading: Some Reflections (and the Books I read in 2016)

Aslam Kakar I grew up in a small village on the periphery of Pakistan. In childhood and till my undergraduate studies in Lahore, I did not read at all. Perhaps, I did not have the opportunity or perhaps I just did not care. Or may be I did not care because of the environment. There was no library where I lived. I never saw a book store till the age of 18 when I went to … Read entire article »

Filed under: Books, culture, Education, Fiction, Lahore, LGBT, Liberal Democratic Pakistan, Love, Nature, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, peace, Politics, psychology, quetta, Religion

Why It Happened?

Why It Happened?

Raza Habib Raja Right now Pakistan is once again in the news related to its controversial anti-blasphemy law. Shaan Taseer, the son of late Salman Taseer is in hot water after posting a video message in which he condemned Pakistan’s blasphemy laws and tried to show solidarity to its oppressed Christian minority. After seeing the message the religious community is calling for his arrest. Some have gone even further and have started to incite violence against him. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Blasphemy, Pakistan

Of Chalgozas and Lollipops

Of Chalgozas and Lollipops

By Mohammad Ali Ilahi We all have heard about the lollipop, banana and candy analogies, which are often used to rationalize the use of burka and abaya for women. However, the official facebook page of Mufti Syed Adnan Kakakhel went a step further today and uploaded a picture showing 3 pine nuts (popularly known as Chalgozas in the sub-continent), of which two had turned black as a result of defective or no covering at all, whereas … Read entire article »

Filed under: Pakistan

Protection of Minorities Bill: Brilliant!

Protection of Minorities Bill: Brilliant!

Naeem Asgher Tarar   On 24th November, Sindh assembly outmaneuvered all other provinces by passing a law which is for protecting the minorities of the province from the evil of forced conversions.  It is about time that a bill like this should have been brought, signed into law and implemented throughout the province, but even now it is felicitous and a big sigh of relief for the people of different minorities, who were being molested and threatened.   I … Read entire article »

Filed under: Pakistan

Circumcision: A Modern Form of Forceful Bodily Mutilation

Circumcision: A Modern Form of Forceful Bodily Mutilation

Numan Hussain I grew up in a village in Pakistan and was lucky enough to have a healthcare staff for my circumcision ceremony. I tried to escape the pain, but all in vain, as it turned out to be far more severe than I expected. The more astonishing thing I remember is the attitude of my relatives, who were holding me tight throughout the procedure even though I always believed that they will be by my … Read entire article »

Filed under: Pakistan