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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

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

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

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

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

Ardeshir Cowasjee – A man of strength and courage!

Ardeshir Cowasjee – A man of strength and courage!

By Farah Ehsan   It needs lots of courage to be an outspoken and fearless non-Muslim in my increasingly intolerant beloved homeland. Ardeshir Cowasjee – One of the few sane voices of my “Sohni Dharti”… he was far more a cosmopolitan and the representative of tolerant Karachi. He was a well-known journalist in one of the leading English newspapers in Pakistan. Ardeshir Cowasjee, a man who blindly followed ‘Quaid’ till death, with a continuous battle against all those who … Read entire article »

Filed under: obituary, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, secularism

Abdus Salam –Pakistan’s first Nobel Laureate

Abdus Salam –Pakistan’s first Nobel Laureate

By Fasi Malik Twenty years ago one of the most brilliant minds of the world left us. Demise is perhaps the most certain thing in this world but some people stay always alive in the memories. Dr. Abdus Salam breathed his last on November 21, 1996 but in his life he achieved so much that many just dream of. Dr. Salam was born in Jhang, a backward district of province Punjab. Unlike the thousands of kids born … Read entire article »

Filed under: Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Science, Secterainism, secular Pakistan

Lahore: The Winter Fumes of Sulphur

Lahore: The Winter Fumes of Sulphur

By Aneeq Ejaz   The exhale of a smoker, the cough of a wanderer, the soot of a kebab shop, all of it ends up in the air we breathe. A larger share is claimed by construction dust, vehicular exhaust and industrial emissions. For the past few days, Lahore has been under the cloak of an instagram-like yellow haze. The sky of Lahore seems to have vomited back on us a dry stew of microbes, minerals, soil … Read entire article »

Filed under: Climate Change, Health, Lahore, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan

لہو لہان کوئٹہ اور جز و کل کی جنگ

لہو لہان کوئٹہ اور جز و کل کی جنگ

تحریر:تنویر آرائیں بلوچستان کا دارالحکومت کوئٹہ ایک بار پھر لہو سے بھیگ گیا جب کالعدم تنظیم کے کارندے پولیس ٹریننگ سینٹر میں گھسے اور بارود کی بو دور دور تک بکھیر دی۔ بارود کی اس بو نے ٹریننگ سینٹر کی حدود متعین کرنے والی کچی دیواروں کو شرما دیا اور خوں سے لت پت لاشیں منہ تکتی رہ گئیں جبکہ ملک میں بسنے والی کروڑوں زندہ لاشیں یہ سوچنے پر ایک بار پھر مجبور ہو گئیں … Read entire article »

Filed under: Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, quetta, Taliban, Terrorism, Urdu

What did you do America?

What did you do America?

Ahmer Muzammil   Naahh..this aint America’ fault. This one is on democrat establishment. So before we start the catharsis and how world will end, lets first acknowledge the fact that Majority of Americans voted AGAINST trump. Yepp, I went there. I know it seems like I am clutching at straws, but this is important because it tell us that a huge majority of Americans are neither racist nor bad people. And that includes even people who voted … Read entire article »

Filed under: Elections, Opinion, USA

Concerns on safety and well being of writer-scholar Dr Ayesha Siddiqa

Concerns on safety and well being of writer-scholar Dr Ayesha Siddiqa

Prepared by friends of Dr. Ayesha Siddiqa in Pakistan – Pak Tea House supports freedom of expression and would like to alert everyone that Dr Siddiqa might be in danger. Background: Dr. Ayesha Siddiqa is a Pakistani civilian military scientist, geo-strategist, author, former bureaucrat and political commentator. She is the author of Pakistan’s Arms Procurement and Military Buildup, 1979-99: In Search of a Policy (2001) and Military Inc: Inside Pakistan’s Military Economy, (2007). Dr. Ayesha Siddiqa has recently reported on Indian … Read entire article »

Filed under: Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Twitter

Dear PML-N, Bashing PTI’s Party Workers Will Do You More Harm Than Good!

Dear PML-N, Bashing PTI’s Party Workers Will Do You More Harm Than Good!

By: Haider Rifaat PML-N has yet again managed to exercise unlawful power on innocent civilians, or the opposite party, thereof. Yesterday, the Youth Convention was intervened by a group of police officials who apprehended, jostled and harassed several PTI members including women and had the area evacuated on an urgent basis. It goes without saying that this obnoxious, dimwitted strategy was pre-planned by Nawaz Sharif and his party members in view of the protest scheduled on … Read entire article »

Filed under: Democracy, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan

Lahore, the Dinosaur

Lahore, the Dinosaur

Ahmed Amin Malik   Lahore is a city of many charms and boasts of a history that puts it in a league of its own and all that is not very surprising given the fact that this city has served as a regional capital to some of the mightiest dynasties that ruled our planet, from the Mughal era to modern times. Add to this, the charisma of Sufi Saints whose shrines are visited by thousands since early … Read entire article »

Filed under: Lahore, Mughals, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Tourism

Is our Education framework drives youthful generation towards light ?

Is our Education framework drives youthful generation towards light ?

By Ayoub Khan The word education has been derived from Latin word “Educare” education of Educare, education and Educare” means to train to bring and to nourish while educare means to lead out, so we can say that education is to bring up, to develop and shaping up the individual talent and his inner potentialities. Aristotle said “Education is a process of creation of sound mind in a sound body”. All education is useless until it teaches … Read entire article »

Filed under: Education, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Society