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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

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

Terrorist LUBP’s hateful and murderous campaign against me bears fruit

By Yasser Latif Hamdani A few years ago I wrote a piece on Majlis-e-Ahrar in which I quoted Munir Report as saying that the Majlis-e-Ahrar’s president Mazhar Ali Azhar was a Shia. This prompted the hate blog LUBP to not only post a rebuttal (which was their right) but to accuse me of “running a hate campaign against Shias”. This is ironic to say the least because not only have I never written anything hateful against Shias but have always spoken up against Shia genocide and always pointed out that Pakistan’s founder was a Shia.  Well today, I received a phone call from an undisclosed number. The person identified himself as a “Shia” (though I doubt it to be the case) and made specific reference to the article on the web … Read entire article »

Filed under: Pakistan

Account of an enlightening evening with PTI’s Minister of Education

Account of an enlightening evening with PTI’s Minister of Education

By  Sipah-e-Jinnah Today i.e. 25 June 2016, my wife and I went for an Iftar dinner in Islamabad. It was a farewell for a Spanish diplomat I know from gym.  I was unaware of who the organizers were. There I was introduced to four  “boys” (these were 30somes and 40somes) who were all standing together awkwardly.  One of them introduced himself as the Minister of Education in KPK. When they found out I was from Lahore, they volunteered that … Read entire article »

Filed under: Pakistan

Maalik ban is justified

Maalik ban is justified

By Yasser Latif Hamdani I consider myself not just a patriot but an ardent one at that, even if it is unfashionable in some circles to be one today. Therefore, I am programmed to be supportive of films that seek to ignite genuine patriotic fervour amongst Pakistanis. Yet I am disappointed every time a film, claiming to be a patriotic thriller, is released, because it is always, without exception, a hatchet job, sending invariably the worst … Read entire article »

Filed under: Pakistan

Mumtaz Qadri’s hanging and the death penalty debate

By Yasser Latif Hamdani Mumtaz Qadri was hanged on 29.02.2016 for having assassinated Governor Salmaan Taseer five years ago.  Qadri was given a fair shake by the courts.  He went through two appeals process and a review.  Ultimately, he forwarded a mercy petition to the President of Pakistan who rejected it. What was unusual were the circumstances –  the Pakistani government against all odds grabbed the bull by the horns and executed a murderer. This death penalty debate that some people have started is utterly useless in the present context. I am someone who stands for the eventual abolition of death penalty. This has to happen in a legal framework.  The framework in this case are Pakistan’s international obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (“ICCPR”) which operates as minimum standards to be incorporated in national … Read entire article »

Filed under: Pakistan

Bacha Khan, Faqir of Ipi and the Afghanistan angle

By Yasser Latif Hamdani (Author’s note: This article is my personal opinion based on my own research. It does not, necessarily, reflect the point of view of PTH or its editors as a group.) Since the cowardly attack on Bacha Khan University in Charsadda, which we all must condemn as nothing less than attack on Pakistan and its future, a number of self styled progressives have been singing paeans of Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan, or as he is more popularly known Bacha Khan, as a secular and non-violent activist who has been forsaken by the wretched state. That the state has downplayed Bacha Khan and his legacy is not disputed, though there is an international airport named after him and the university named after him is also a government university. Countless roads and buildings exist … Read entire article »

Filed under: Afghanistan, History, Pakistan

The Ahmadi issue Part 1: Quaid-e-Azam Jinnah versus Maulana Azad and Allama Iqbal

The Ahmadi issue Part 1: Quaid-e-Azam Jinnah versus Maulana Azad and Allama Iqbal

Pakistan may be too far along on the Ahmadi issue for there to be any meaningful change in our lifetimes. However it is our duty to keep repeating the truth. Quaid-e-Azam Mahomed Ali Jinnah was the only Muslim politician in the history of the subcontinent to have taken a clear stance in favour of Ahmadis by stating that Ahmadis were Muslims because they said so. He said:   “I have been asked a disturbing question, as to who among the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Pakistan

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

Draft Code of Conduct for Readers’ comments on PTH

Note: This is a draft document for approval by readership at Pakteahouse (“PTH”). Statement of Objects and Reasons: It has been observed that readers’ comments often deteriorate into personal attacks, insults and abuse which deters many bona fide readers from commenting on PTH. The present document therefore  seeks to establish certain ground rules and a moderation policy for the comments here. Rule 1 With the exception of those articles which are in another language such as Urdu, comments have to be in the English Language. Readers posting in any other language, subject to the aforesaid exception, shall have their comments in those other languages removed. Rule 2 Presumption of good faith shall attach to each comment. Consequently no insinuations of a personal nature or insinuations as to the character, background, or agenda shall be tolerated under any circumstances. Such comments … Read entire article »

Filed under: Pakistan

Islamists attempting to concoct another fake Jinnah quote

Islamists attempting to concoct another fake Jinnah quote

Some twitter handles are circulating the picture above. I reproduce here the complete discussion by Jinnah on 14 July 1947. As you can see the quote is fake. Q. Could you as governor-general make a brief statement on the minorities problem? A. At present I am only governor-general designate. We will assume for a moment that on August 15 I shall be really the governor-general of Pakistan. On that assumption, let me tell you that I shall … Read entire article »

Filed under: Pakistan

Wajid Shamsul Hasan and the Punjab Assembly

Wajid Shamsul Hasan and the Punjab Assembly

Pakistan’s ex-envoy to London Wajid Shamsul Hasan spoke last week at the annual Ahmadi Convention. It was a frank talk which hit home certain important points, the gist of which was that declaring Ahmadis Non-Muslims was a huge mistake on part of Pakistan’s National Assembly -which has destroyed the social fabric of the state. Wajid Shamsul Hasan comes from a family which has been committed to Pakistan. His father Syed Shamsul Hasan was a close … Read entire article »

Filed under: Pakistan

Tufail Ahmad -an extreme right wing RSS Stooge at MEMRI

Tufail Ahmad -an extreme right wing RSS Stooge at MEMRI

  By Yasser Latif Hamdani Tufail Ahmad, the Director of South Asia Studies Project at the Middle East Media Research Institute, Washington DC, has recently gone on a rampage against Raza Rumi calling him a “fake liberal” and an “ISI” agent.  Raza has advised against this response but I am writing this in the exercise of my freedom of speech.  Tufail Ahmad is saying the aforesaid about a person who has always spoken out for the rights of minorities, women and marginalized communities … Read entire article »

Filed under: India, journalism, Justice, Kashmir, Pakistan, Raza Rumi

Fake Quote: Laboratory of Islam

Fake Quote: Laboratory of Islam

This is how history was distorted in Pakistan in General Zia’s brutal dictatorship. The quote here has taken a life of its own; it has even made it to textbooks. Here is the problem: 1. Jinnah was not even in Peshawar on the said date. He was in Karachi on 13 January 1948. 2. Jinnah did not refer to Pakistan as an Islamic laboratory. 3. He spoke at Islamia College Peshawar on 14 April 1948 and the said … Read entire article »

Filed under: Pakistan