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Filmmaking and human rights

Filmmaking and human rights

By Saad Hafiz   Haider, the recently released Bollywood movie, helps to lift the lid on the brutal conflict in Indian Kashmir. The artistic portrait of modern political rebellion, an exposé of government-sanctioned violence and a vision of hope that continued resistance may galvanise a new future. Set during the 1990s, the most intense years of the ongoing insurgency that has pitted Kashmiri militants and separatists against security forces and their local auxiliaries for more than two … Read entire article »

Filed under: baluchistan, Bangladesh, Bollywood, Democracy, Fiction, human rights, India, Kashmir, Lashkar e Taiba, Pakistan, Pakistan-India Peace Process, Reviews, Terrorism, violence

I Love Karachi

I Love Karachi

We are posting Ali Jafri’s pictures – hope the readers would like them. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Architecture, Arts and Crafts, Economy, Heritage, Images, Karachi, Liberal Democratic Pakistan, liberal Pakistan, Pak Tea House, People's Pakistan, Photos, Tourism

Malala Yousufzai Winning Nobel Peace Prize: Divided Reactions from Pakistanis on Social Media

Malala Yousufzai Winning Nobel Peace Prize: Divided Reactions from Pakistanis on Social Media

Malik Omaid Malala Yousufzai the Swat girl who wrote diaries as “Gul Makai” for the BBC Urdu service and was shot by Taliban on speaking for Girls right of education won this years Nobel Peace Prize. While the whole world was praising this young girl, 17 years of age and the youngest of all Nobel Laureates, for her courageous promotion of Girls education not only in Taliban effected Pakistan but also worldwide, she was target of … Read entire article »

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فطرت کا میوزیم ،تھر پار کر

فطرت کا میوزیم ،تھر پار کر

راشد احمد بلوچ مملکت خدادادپاکستان کو قدرت نے بڑی فیاضی سے حسن جہاں سوز سے مالا مال کیا ہے ۔حسن کی ان نیرنگیوں میں لہراتی بل کھاتی ندیاں بھی ہیں جو دھرتی کے سینے کو سیراب کرتی ہیں ۔بادلوں سے سرگوشیاں کرتے بلندو بالا پہاڑ بھی ہیں تو صدیوں سے کسی آبلہ پا کے انتظار میں آنکھیں فرش راہ کئے صحرا بھی ،جہاں باوجود صدہا مشکلات کے زندگی اپنے پورے آب و تاب کے ساتھ جلوہ … Read entire article »

Filed under: Architecture, Citizens, Egalitarian Pakistan, Environment, Heritage, Hinduism, Images, Liberal Democratic Pakistan, minorities, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Photos, secular Pakistan, Sindh, Urdu

The Revolt of Monkeys: Sa‘adat Hasan Manto

The Revolt of Monkeys: Sa‘adat Hasan Manto

The alarming news that “monkey-ism” was on the rise was trickling in from all parts of the country. The government turned a blind eye to it at first but when it noticed the matter threatening to become serious it imme-diately sprang into action. It is appropriate that the reader should be told up front what “monkey-ism” or “apishness” stood for. Of course we can’t go into much detail here because it’s a fairly long story, but … Read entire article »

Filed under: Arts and Crafts, Citizens, Constitution, Democracy, human rights, Identity, Law, Literature, movements, Pakistan, Revolution, Society, Writers

Habib Wali Muhammad Passed Away

Habib Wali Muhammad Passed Away

Malik Omaid Famous singer Habib Wali Muhammad passed away on Thursday at the age of 90, after being treated for his illness in Los Angeles for the past few days. Habib Wali Muhammad was famous for his unique style of Ghazal singing and he rose to fame after the release of his song “Lagta nahi hai dil mera” which was a poem of Bahadur Shah Zafar. We are sharing some of his celebrated songs for our readers as … Read entire article »

Filed under: Arts and Crafts, culture, Music, obituary, Pakistan, video

Lihaaf [The Quilt]: Ismat Chughtai

 In the series of sharing translations of marvels of Urdu Literature Pak Tea House is sharing this incredible short story by Ismat Chughtai which was originally published in Manushi Magazine. Translation by M. Asaduddin. In winter when I put a quilt over myself its shadows on the wall seem to sway like an elephant . That sets my mind racing into the labyrinth of times past. Memories come crowding in. Sorry. I’m not going to regale you with any romantic tale about my own quilt. It’s hardly a subject for romance. It seems to me that the blanket, though less comfortable, does not cast shadows as terrifying as the quilt, dancing on the wall. I was then a small girl and fought all day with my brothers and their friends . Often … Read entire article »

Filed under: Arts and Crafts, Citizens, culture, Dance, LGBT, Literature, Rights, sex, Urdu, Women, Writers

Music and Post Colonial Identity

Music and Post Colonial Identity

Rchops tweeted an amazing list of songs that deal with post colonial identity. He tweeted   [View the story "Post Colonial Songs" on Storify] … Read entire article »

Filed under: Arts and Crafts, Bollywood, Colonialism, culture, History, Music, Pak Tea House, Storify, Twitter, video

Photo of the Day: Abandoned Mosque Thatta

Photo of the Day: Abandoned Mosque Thatta

Dabgir Mosque is Thatta, Sindh, Pakistan The Dabgir mosque is another historical mosque in Thatta. It was built in the 16th century by Khusro Khan, the Governor of Thatta. It is 1 km away from the more famous Jamia Mosque. The mihrab is carved with such delicacy of touch that it looks like sandal wood rather than stone. The mosque is no longer in use. Above information taken from the Insight Guides to Pakistan … Read entire article »

Filed under: Architecture, Heritage, History, Images, Islam, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Photo of the Day, Photos, Religion, Sindh

Sa‘adat Hasan Manto: Gilgit Khan

Sa‘adat Hasan Manto: Gilgit Khan

Pak Tea House is sharing the translation of this amazing short story by Sadat Hasan Manto. Shahbaz khan had it up to here with Jahangir, who worked in his restaurant and also ran errands. He couldn’t stand the man’s indolence, so one day he gave him his marching orders. Actually, Jahangir wasn’t lazy or slow at all, he was so agile and fast that his movements seemed stationary to Shahbaz Khan. Shahbaz Khan paid him the salary … Read entire article »

Filed under: Arts and Crafts, Books, Citizens, culture, Education, History, Labour, Literature, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Writers

Changing Rhythms of Pakistan’s Patriotic songs

Malik Omaid I have grown up in 90′s era, when Pakistani Pop music was at its Peak. We used to have Patriotic songs in almost every album of Pop Artists. It was like a competition between the Pop artists. “Hai Jawan” by “Awaz”, “Hai Jazba Junoon” by “Junoon” and “Apni Zameen” by Vital Signs were a gift of that memorable era. It is very heart breaking to see that now no more of such gems are produced. This is a very interesting video depicting of how Pakistani Patriotic songs changed by the time.   The changing rhythms of patriotism by razarumi1http://dai.ly/x23po8d   This video has been taken from Dawn’s Youtube channel. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Arts and Crafts, culture, Egalitarian Pakistan, Music, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, video

Photo Story: Yes we lost Direction

Some times by looking back makes us feel had the direction been set well, we could have been different. Today it looks like we lost all we gained in five thousand years and these vintage tourism posters are talking about some alien civilization.   [View the story "Yes We Lost Direction!" on Storify] … Read entire article »

Filed under: Arts and Crafts, culture, Education, Egalitarian Pakistan, Heritage, History, Identity, India, Liberal Democratic Pakistan, liberal Pakistan, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, peace, Photos, Punjab, secular Pakistan, secularism, Storify, Sufism, Tourism, Twitter

Iftar Deals In Pakistan 2014

Greetings to all Muslims on Holly Ramazan. Ramazan is a special month for Muslims of and they respect this month, keep fasts, offer prayers and recite Quran-E-Pak (Islamic Holy Book). People love to do very early morning breakfast (before Fajar Prayer) called Sehar and don’t eat or drink whole day and allow to eat or drink just (before Maghrib Prayer) called Iftar. Many people love to go outside for Sehar and Iftar and enjoy the best tastes from restaurants in Pakistan. Sehar: Sehar is very early breakfast time in Ramazan people eat healthy dishes to maintain their whole day because keeping Fast they can’t eat or drink anything so they love healthy meals. People of every age love Ramazan and they have energy in them to complete the law of Islam. We see … Read entire article »

Filed under: Arts and Crafts, culture, Food Crisis, Islam, Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, Liberal Democratic Pakistan, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Society

Afghan singer Gulnaz shot dead in Peshawar

Afghan singer Gulnaz shot dead in Peshawar

Afghan singer Gulnaz has been killed by unknown gunmen in Peshawer area Gulberg. This is not the first time that singers from Pushtoon origin has been targeted. Pushtoon singers especially female singers have been systematically target killed in recent years. In the past another renowned singer Ghazala Javed was killed allegedly by her husband. The detailed report by Raza Rumi on that event is posted for our readers. The Music Doesn’t Stop in Peshawar   On June 18 (2012), … Read entire article »

Filed under: Afghanistan, Arts and Crafts, culture, Dance, Honor Killing, human rights, Islamism, Music, Pakistan, Society, violence, Women

The night club songs of Nahid Akhtar, the Asha Bhosle of Pakistan

The night club songs of Nahid Akhtar, the Asha Bhosle of Pakistan

By Nate Rabe Introducing the woman who gave the world ‘Hello Madam Disco’ and ‘Some Say I Am Sweety’. Nahid Akhtar came onto the music scene in Pakistan in the mid-1970s, first on the small screen but finding her true space on the much grander sets of the Lahore film industry. After the 1971 war, which resulted in the creation of Bangladesh and a horrible period of national crisis in Pakistan, the best Bengali artists left Pakistan … Read entire article »

Filed under: Bollywood, Cinema, culture, liberal Pakistan, Media, Music, secularism, Society, video