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When the Umpire Raised the Finger: General Zia- imposing Martial Law (5-07-1977)

When the Umpire Raised the Finger: General Zia- imposing Martial Law  (5-07-1977)

Malik Omaid Pak Tea House is sharing this video of dictator Zia ul Haq announcing Matial Law in the country on 5th July 1977 ousting the elected Prime Minister Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto. This is for our readers to understand that what were the circumstances when the then Army Chief got the chance to topple democratic government and come into power. It was the  stubbornness of shortsighted civilian leaders which gave a chance to a non-representative Army … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Citizens, Constitution, Democracy, human rights, Islamism, Law, liberal Pakistan, New Writers, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Parliament, Society, video

After the Army’s public statement, the crisis deepens

After the Army’s public statement, the crisis deepens

As the Political crisis in Pakistan deepens after Army’s statement, Raza Rumi gives his analysis on the situation that how Nawaz Sharif got into this mess. [View the story "After the Army’s public statement, the crisis deepens" on Storify] … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Constitution, Democracy, History, human rights, Islamabad, journalism, Media, movements, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Parliament, Punjab, Raza Rumi, Storify, Twitter

I Declare!

I Declare!

I, Fazal Abbas, a citizen of Pakistan hereby declare my full support to a Democratic system in Pakistan. A Democratic system, implemented in its letter and spirit, is the only way forward for a progressive Pakistan. Our country has suffered a lot during dictatorial regimes. Questions about quality of democracy can always be posed, but then answer to it lies only in supporting and evolving this system over a period of time. Democracy is always … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Citizens, Constitution, Cricket, Democracy, Egalitarian Pakistan, journalism, Judiciary, Justice, Opinion, Rights

Dharna Duet not for Democracy says Nasim Zehra

Dharna Duet not for Democracy says Nasim Zehra

Malik Omaid “Nasim Zehra’s excellent tweets on the partisan role of (some) media & the complex web of forces & interests at work. History repeating itself.” Raza Rumi     [View the story "Dharna Duet not for Democracy says Nasim Zehra" on Storify] … Read entire article »

Filed under: Activism, Army, Citizens, Constitution, Corruption, Democracy, Elections, human rights, Islamabad, journalism, Justice, Lahore, Liberal Democratic Pakistan, Media, movements, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Parliament, Politics, Raza Rumi, Revolution, Storify, Twitter

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