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Bloody-isms

Bloody-isms

Andaleeb Rizvi I wrote a long time ago that our threshold of feelings- good-bad, happy-sad, elated-depressed- for everything just keeps increasing. One smoked half a joint and moved on to two joints a day, as half lost its kick after some time. There were days when a single bomb blast with no deaths depressed us for days. Then came a time when we continued with our life even after a series of bombs and several deaths. We … Read entire article »

Filed under: Al Qaeda, Children, Opinion, Peshawar, Taliban, Terrorism, violence, war, Zarb-E-Azb

دہشت گردکامیاب ہورہے ہیں، دس کھلی کھلی نشانیاں!

دہشت گردکامیاب ہورہے ہیں، دس کھلی کھلی نشانیاں!

ملک عمید آپریشن ضرب عضب جاری ہے اور پشاور حملوں کے بعد ہم روز وزیرستان کے دور دراز علاقوں میں بے نام دہشت گردوں کے مرنے کی خبریں سنتے ہیں، ساتھ ہی ساتھ یہ بھی معلوم پڑتا ہے کہ کیسے ہم ان دہشت گردوں کے خلاف کامیابیاں سمیٹ رہے ہیں، مگر یقین جانیے اس آپریشن میں تو ہم کامیابی پا ہی رہے ہوں گے مگر دہشت گردی کی روک تھام میں نہیں بلکہ اس معاملے میں … Read entire article »

Filed under: Afghanistan, Al Qaeda, Army, Islamism, Middle East, Opinion, Peshawar, south asia, Taliban, Terrorism, violence, war, Zarb-E-Azb

English/Urdu Bipolarity Syndrome in Pakistan

By C. M. Naim An editorial—‘Into the Open’—in the Express-Tribune of December 16, 2014, begins: ‘There has been much speculation, frequently alarmist or simply ill-informed, as to the extent or otherwise that the Islamic State (IS) has a presence in Pakistan. Government ministers have gone on-the-record to say that there is no IS presence, but there are reports of supportive wall-chalking and the circulation of literature that supports the IS from several parts of the country.’ It then goes on to allow that ‘there are parts of the country where the extremist mindset has been fostered and grown over many years, and the ideology of the IS may find fertile ground to root itself in,’ and offers two examples. One is of Abdul Aziz, the chief cleric of the infamous Lal Masjid in … Read entire article »

Filed under: Books, Citizens, Languages, Literature, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Society, Urdu

آئو کھیلیں برداشت برداشت!

آئو کھیلیں برداشت برداشت!

عندیل علی   آپ کے آبأ و اجداد کا تعلق کہاں سے ہے؟ اجمیر شریف سے؟ او ہو تو آپ بہاری ہیں! وہ کیا کہتے ہیں بہاریوں کے بارے میں، ’جو کٹے نہ آری سے وہ کٹے، بہاری سے!‘ آپ کا تعلق کہاں سے ہے؟ لاہور سے؟ اچھا تو آپ ڈگے ہیں! آپ کا تعلق؟ پشاور سے؟ نسوار کھائو گے؟ نسوار؟ اور آپ؟ سکھر سے؟ مانڑو ہو؟ آپ کا تعلق؟ کراچی سے؟ او ہو! بھتہ خور ہو! اور آپ؟ آراوان سے! یہ … Read entire article »

Filed under: Anniversery, Bangladesh, Citizens, Opinion, Pakistan, secular Pakistan, Society

System of Governance – Not the Governance

System of Governance – Not the Governance

Misbah U. Azam, Ph.D.     The common problem among Pakistani is that – for 67 years — we rely and wait for messiahs, who, with their heavenly powers, would solve every ills of the country.  It isn’t quite amazing for any outside observer when they witness how Imran Khan’s followers justify his actions and blindly follow his rhetoric without asking any question.  Although, it is rather encouraging that a section of society, who have never shown any … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Citizens, Constitution, Democracy, Liberal Democratic Pakistan, Opinion, Pakistan

Idiotic autocrats

Idiotic autocrats

by Saad Hafiz A Turkish government spokesman summarised the reaction to the outcome of the 2007 Turkish parliamentary elections in other Muslim countries as: “What the hell did the Turks do right that we did not do? How come they can manage a predominantly Muslim population, negotiate [for membership] with the EU [European Union], and have a workable democracy while we are stuck with these idiotic autocrats?” The spokesman may have lacked tact but he cut … Read entire article »

Filed under: Citizens, Democracy, Islam, Opinion, Pak Tea House

The Khan Enigma

The Khan Enigma

By Waqas Habib Rana How is it possible that Imran Khan openly calls upon the “umpire” to help him oust an elected Prime Minister and gets away with such a treasonous act, how can a political leader ask for unconstitutional help in a democracy and still enjoys a major public support? Well, let us see who to blame for that. There are two major political entities in Pakistan; Pakistan People’s Party and Pakistan Muslim League (N) – … Read entire article »

Filed under: Citizens, Democracy, Opinion, Pakistan, Parliament, Revolution

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

Why India cannot fight War with Pakistan?

Why India cannot fight War with Pakistan?

By Ahmad Khan Indo-Pak relations are once again in doldrums. The simmering tensions along Line of Control (LoC) have put the entire Indo-Pak peace process on a perilous road. After a decade of being out of power, once again the BJP hardliners are back in business in India, playing a dirty politics with their neighbour—Pakistan—to attain domestic political mileage. Apprehensive statements are made by Mr. Modi’s subordinates—Dr Subramaniam Swamy and Indian Army Chief General Dalbir Singh Suhag—regarding … Read entire article »

Filed under: India, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Pakistan-India Peace Process, peace, war

The Real Picture: Innovation, Technology and Pakistan

The Real Picture: Innovation, Technology and Pakistan

By Azka Naeem If all the brouhaha is to be believed, we’re looking at a failed state with nothing to offer. But is that really the case? Innovation is fundamentally characterised by what can be called ‘newness’, but a field does not have to be completely novel itself for innovation to take place. By that same token, an idea can be born and take root anywhere and at any time. In the politically unstable and consistently maligned Pakistan … Read entire article »

Filed under: Citizens, Education, Egalitarian Pakistan, liberal Pakistan, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Physics, Reviews, Science, youth

The Father of Democracy

The Father of Democracy

By Waqas habib Rana Javed Hashmi is the man who single handedly brought down the egoistic Imran khan and dented his plans to roll over an elected Government through unconstitutional means; as Khan himself pointed towards the “third umpire”.Hashmi’s exposure of London plan dented the whole script that was to be completed with the blood of innocent supporters of Imran Khan and Tahir ul Qadri. Javed Hashmi took away a piece of the moral high ground … Read entire article »

Filed under: Constitution, Democracy, Elections, History, Opinion, Pakistan, Parliament, Politics

The profusion of terrorist outfits in Europe and Middle East; Bewilderment for the world

The profusion of terrorist outfits in Europe and Middle East; Bewilderment for the world

By Muqeet Tahir Malik Dear Readers! Do any of you know about the extremist organizations operating in the Balkan states? Have you ever focused on the spread of terrorism especially in Europe? How fast is this trend in Middle East? What are the causes, and how to impede growth of extremism? Do you know the historical importance of the Balkan states?Do you know the ECJM faction? These are pertinent questions that we need to analyse, and … Read entire article »

Filed under: Al Qaeda, Iraq, Islamism, Middle East, Opinion, Secterainism, Taliban, USA, violence

An open letter to Bilawal Bhutto Zardari

An open letter to Bilawal Bhutto Zardari

By Wahab Tariq Butt Dear Bilawal, I write this letter to try to share with you the sentiments of us common people after your speech on 18th October. First of all, I congratulate you for the mamonth gathering of people last Saturday, that gave the message loud and clear:Pakistan Peoples Party is not down and out. It is worth praise how you spoke against extremist mindset, establishment’s propagandas and their stooges trying to bring change through lotas. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Benazir Bhutto, Democracy, Opinion, Pakistan, People's Pakistan, Punjab, Sindh, Zardari

The search for transformative leaders

The search for transformative leaders

Saad Hafiz There is a pent-up demand, especially in the developing world, for what the citizens of a few developing countries have achieved because of transformative leadership. To be a transformational leader, one has to work for a greater purpose and not for one’s own personal gain; that requires vision and discipline. Alas, such leaders are rare in the developing world, where often institutions are weak and greed and corruption are strong, where responsible leadership, therefore, … Read entire article »

Filed under: Democracy, Education, movements, Opinion, Pakistan

Pakistani Women: Nobel, Oscar, Emmy and what not?

Pakistani Women: Nobel, Oscar, Emmy and what not?

Malik Omaid In the last 20 months, Pakistani women have brought home an Oscar, an Emmy, the Nobel Peace Prize & the Asian Gold in cricket -Khadija Amjad — Mariam Chughtai (@MariamChughtai) October 13, 2014 Malala Yousufzai was given the Nobel Peace Prize for 2014 on her championing the cause of Children’s right for education, especially for girls. This is the young girl who was brave enough to ask for her right of education despite the ban from … Read entire article »

Filed under: Children, Citizens, culture, Democracy, Education, human rights, Identity, Images, Islam for Peace, Liberal Democratic Pakistan, liberal Pakistan, Malala Yousufzai, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, peace, People's Pakistan, Photos, Religion, Reviews, Rights, secular Pakistan, secularism, Taliban, Women