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Negotiations – the ultimate solution!

Negotiations – the ultimate solution!

By Amir Abbas Turi I wish I could quote Elbaradei; “The time is right for a political solution and the way is negotiations.” But still it’s never too late. In politics and, especially, in democracy, there isn’t a everlasting deadlock and the doors for negotiations are always opened for the political foes. The current political turmoil between the ‘democratic’, ‘partially democratic’ and ‘undemocratic’ forces has resulted in the chaos; which might hamper the growth of democracy … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Citizens, Constitution, Democracy, Elections, ISI, Islamabad, Lahore, Media, movements, Opinion, Parliament, Politics, Revolution, Society, Yusuf Raza Gillani, Zardari

Our misplaced faith in shortcuts

Our misplaced faith in shortcuts

By Jamal Malik I was about 14 when the ‘Marde Momin, Marde Haq’, General Zia ul Haq toppled Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto’s government and imposed Martial Law in the country. It was 4th April 1979, when I came out of the examination hall of Abbottabad Public School, after taking my Matric Islamiat exam that my friends and I heard that Z. A. Bhutto had been hanged. Most of my friends were Bhutto sympathizers and it was an … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Constitution, Corruption, Democracy, Economy, Egalitarian Pakistan, human rights, journalism, Judiciary, minorities, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Parliament, Politics, Religion, Revolution

Selective Protest of Pakistanis on Gaza

Raza Rumi points out the selective outrage of Pakistanis on Gaza under attack by Israel while remained silent on the killing by Taliban in Pakistan.   [View the story "Selective Protest of Pakistanis on Gaza" on Storify] … Read entire article »

Filed under: Islamism, minorities, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Palestine, Palestine-israel, public policy, Raza Rumi, Storify, Taliban, Terrorism, Twitter, violence, war, World

Overcoming Pakistan’s Nuclear Dangers

Overcoming Pakistan’s Nuclear Dangers

By Ahmad Khan ‘Overcoming Pakistan’s Nuclear Dangers’ is an endeavor from one the prominent scholar from the west to undertake a study on the inherited nuclear dangers emanating from one of the de facto nuclear state—Pakistan. Mark Fitzpatrick is currently the director of nonproliferation at International Institute of Strategic Studies London, has pinned down another research articulating the perceptions and realities regarding Pakistan nuclear weapons. Primarily the book is the investigation of the problem that Pakistan is increasing … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Democracy, Nuclear Pakistan, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Pakistan-India Peace Process

Mosul and FATA

Mosul and FATA

by Abdul Quayyum Khan Kundi In 2006 Presidential candidate and then US Senator Joe Biden, now Vice President, proposed a plan that Iraq should be divided into three states i.e. Shia, Sunni and Kurd. That plan now seems to be a realty as Islamic State of Iraq and Sham (ISIS) conquers city after city along a line on a map that divides Sunni majority areas from Shia majority. In my personal view there is no danger … Read entire article »

Filed under: Afghanistan, Al Qaeda, Army, China, Europe, FATA, Great game, IDPs, Iran, Iraq, ISI, Islam, Judiciary, North-West Frontier Province, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, peace, Politics, state, Taliban, Terrorism, USA, war, World

A Rodeo of Political Chaos

A Rodeo of Political Chaos

By Fazal Abbas Tie-down Roping or Calf Roping is a timed rodeo event, particularly famous with American cowboys, which features a calf and a rider mounted on a horse. The goal of this sport is for the rider to lasso the calf, dismount from the horse, run to the calf, and control it by tying three legs together. All of these activities have to be executed in as short a time as possible. Now let’s apply this … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Democracy, Islamabad, Lahore, Opinion, Pakistan, Politics, Punjab, Revolution, Taliban, Terrorism

ماڈل ٹاؤن سانحہ،شیر اور بھیڑیے میں سے بھیڑیے کا انتخاب

عبید اللہ خان وزیرستان آپریشن شروع ہونے پر لگنے لگا تھا کہ ہماری فوج اور حکومت میں ہم آہنگی کا ایک اور اچھا موقع پیدا ہوگیا ہے۔ جو ملک کے لئے بہت سود مند ثابت ہوسکتا تھا ۔ قوم بھی متحد دکھائی دینے لگی تھی۔ لیکن یہ ماڈل ٹاؤن والا واقع بیچ میں آن ٹپکا۔ پہلے پہل سن کر میری طرح چند اور دوستوں کا خیال تھا، گو تھوڑے ہی تھے، کہ شریف برادران سے دوراندیشی کی توقع تو خیر نہیں کی جاسکتی مگر اس حد تک عقل سے پیدل اقدامات جو سیاسی خودکشی کے مترادف ہوں اسکی توقع بھی خیر ان لوگوں سے نہیں کی جاسکتی۔ لہٰذا یقیناً یہ کسی تیسرے ہاتھ کی سازش لگتی ہے جو غیر  محسوس طریق پر فریقین کو استعمال کرجاتا ہے اور دونوں کو معلوم … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Democracy, dynasties, Elections, Judiciary, Lahore, Opinion, Politics, Punjab, Urdu, Zardari

It All Started With…

Obaidullah Khan Some of us might have heard the story of the young apprentice who was sent to a renowned healer of that time in a far away village to master the art of healing and could become a source of blessing for his village where no healer was available. The first patient they attended together was suffering from abdominal problem. The healer checked the pulse and while observing the surroundings he saw some grains of chickpeas under the patient’s bed. He asked the patients whether he ate chickpeas last time. His speculation got confirmed and the healer suggested the medicine and the patient became healthy again. While returning the apprentice told him that he had learned a lot during that visit and had already mastered the art of healing enough and … Read entire article »

Filed under: Blasphemy, Citizens, Democracy, Egalitarian Pakistan, human rights, Islamism, Justice, Law, liberal Pakistan, minorities, Opinion, Punjab, Religion, Rights, secular Pakistan, Society, violence

Who attacked Raza Rumi- II

Here is a compilation of tweets that indicate news reports on the attackers of Raza Rumi and some of the reactions by the twitter sphere: [View the story "Who attacked Raza Rumi- II" on Storify] … Read entire article »

Filed under: journalism, Justice, Lahore, Media, minorities, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, peace, Politics, Punjab, Raza Rumi, secularism, Storify

Two Must Read Books

Two Must Read Books

By Zerka Tahir Hats Off To The Men In Hats: Seventh day, strange, why the despondency, the hollowness, the morning was bright, yes a little too sunny, but no reason to feel so listless. Then dawned the realization that I had finished reading ‘Man In The Hat’. For the past few days Shoaib Sultan Khan had been my companion, my friend, my guide, my mentor. I had been by his side through thick and thin, travelled … Read entire article »

Filed under: Books, Economy, Literature, Opinion, Reviews

Diana: A Film Review

Diana: A Film Review

Review by Ras H. Siddiqui Director Oliver Hirschbiegel’s movie “Diana” is an ambitious film, one which might face initial viewer reservations because many in our generation still have vivid memories of the late Lady Diana Spencer.  As Princess of Wales or just Lady Di, she was one member of the British Royalty who touched the hearts and minds of millions around the globe as she became Britain’s most glamorous face to the world. Her controversial life … Read entire article »

Filed under: Cinema, Education, human rights, Media, Reviews, World

Mr. Prime Minister: Here is some advice

By Waqas Farooq During his recent address ( to the nation Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif admitted the failure of state apparatus in fulfilling its role and providing basic services to the citizens. The Prime Minister also appreciated any advice which can be offered to him for solutions on an array of problems Pakistan is facing. Here, I am going to avail myself of that liberty and offer up some sage advice. Having realized the failure of the administration, there is now a need to act sooner rather than later in order to fix the system. There is a dire need to infuse a performance oriented culture in the civil administration of the country. The government should adopt a mission to have result oriented machinery that fulfills its obligations. The government should chalk out … Read entire article »

Filed under: Opinion, Pakistan

Death of a Nation

Death of a Nation

by Hafsa Khawaja Holding on in the midst of political, social and economic storms, the Pakistan of today is an illustration of an almighty bedlam. Unsurprisingly, death and destruction have now eased into humdrum routinely occurrences for most people; Predictably throwing a cloak of desensitization over them; giving rise to chronic apathy. A common trend that has been nurtured in this environment is the juxtaposition of tragedies for comparisons to exhibit selectivity of people’s reactions and responses. To question … Read entire article »

Filed under: Citizens, culture, drama, History, human rights, Identity, Opinion, Pakistan, Society, violence, war

Hasta Siempre, Comandante Hugo Chavez: a great leader

By Asif Jehangir Naqshbandi-Haqqani Hugo Chavez died yesterday to the predictable gloating of the right-wing press both in the USA and also, sadly, here in the United Kingdom. I say sadly because here was a man who in his fourteen years of rule had a profound change on his nation’s fortunes, particularly on the lives of the weakest members of society. For me, the measure of success and greatness of both a county, at a national level, and of a person, at an individual level is how they treat the poorest, weakest and most down-trodden of the society. In my opinion, and I’ll be the first to admit that my religious views play a large role in this outlook, how we treat our fellow human beings who are not as well … Read entire article »

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Rising power?

By Yusra Askari Connecting With the World In Their Own Voice: Bridging the Mainstream Media Gap from PeaceNiche on Vimeo.   I was asked to moderate a panel discussion at the ‘Social Media Mela 2012’. Scheduled for the 14th of July, the debate was titled ‘Connecting with the World In Their Own Voice: Bridging the Mainstream Media Gap’ and focused on the challenges faced by region’s minorities. Among the participants; Smita Choudhary, a rights activist working in Chattisgarh and from Kashmir, Sabbah Haji and Raheel Khursheed. Representing the minorities of Pakistan, Imran Jattala of the Ahmediya Times, Anthony Permal, a Pakistani Christian based in Dubai and rights activist, Irfan Ali, a member of Quetta’s Shia Hazara community. The participants spoke passionately about the threats facing their respective communites. All in attendance agreed, one voice clearly stood … Read entire article »

Filed under: Blogging, Opinion, Technology