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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

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

Muslim societies need philosophers

Muslim societies need philosophers

By Hadeel Naeem When the first human beings put down their axes and spears they settled down to think and make sense of the world. The first things that they thought of were how to make the world a better place, how to govern, be a good human, fulfill duties and live ethically. Hence, when mankind started to think is when mankind started to philosophize. Philosophy became the very foundation of our civilization. What many of … Read entire article »

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

Madrassahs Responsible for Decline of Muslim Civilisation

Madrassahs Responsible for Decline of Muslim Civilisation

Dr. Taimur Rahman Muslim civilisation can never advance as long as it does not do away with the outdated madrassah education system and embrace modern scientific education. For the last 500 years Muslim civilisation has been in an intellectual decline because we simply refuse to embrace modern scientific secular education. We keep living in the past and talk about Ibne Sina and Al-Khwarizmi. But the madrassah system that stopped all critical thinking after the 13th century ban … Read entire article »

Filed under: Education, Islam, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Religion, secularism

Zahra Haider, Sex Ed & It’s Explosive Debate

Zahra Haider, Sex Ed & It’s Explosive Debate

By Maida Sheikh Zahra Haider’s  article on what she learnt on having sex in Pakistan was a small truth, but it doesn’t define the whole of Pakistan or Pakistanis.  She doesn’t claim to define Pakistanis either – which is a relief. I found the article interesting, however nothing she said was explosive or bold to me. I was not surprised by Zahra’s admission to having slept with a dozen different men, since most likely she isn’t the only … Read entire article »

Filed under: Canada, Children, Education, Islamabad, men, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Women

Part I: Media – Our Friend or Foe?

Part I: Media – Our Friend or Foe?

By Muqeet Tahir Malik   Media, a word that evolves an imaginary television in our brain encompassed by multifarious forms of audio, social media and video. Have you ever thought about the concept of free media in Pakistan? Can media be called a friendly fourth pillar of democracy? How far has media been a player in non-kinetic warfare? How has it widened the citizen-government consanguinity through the rat’s nest policy? How can media ownership issues have severe … Read entire article »

Filed under: Arts and Crafts, Bollywood, Children, Citizens, Economy, Education, Fashion, journalism, Liberal Democratic Pakistan, liberal Pakistan, Literature, Media, Pakistan

ثقلی موجیں

ثقلی موجیں

تحریر:فیصل منظور آج سے ایک سو برس قبل آئن سٹاین نے عمومی اضافیت کا نظریہ پیش کیا تھا۔ اس نطریہ کی رو سے زمانہ اور مکان ایک دوسرے سے جدا نہیں بلکہ جڑے ہوے ہیں۔ اس کو سمجھنے کے لیے آپ زمان و مکان کو ربڑ کی ایک لچکیلی چادر کی مانند گمان کر سکتے ہیں۔ اس طرح کی چادر میں جب بھی کوئی وزنی شئے رکھی جاتی ہے تو وہ اس میں خم ڈالتی ہے۔جس … Read entire article »

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Failing Saqiba Kakar and Lessons to Learn

Failing Saqiba Kakar and Lessons to Learn

By Aslam Kakar While the world was celebrating Valentine, a twelfth-grader teen of Balochitasn’s Killa Saifullah district, Saqiba Kakar, committed suicide because her college principal rejected her form to the annual examination board. In June last year, Saqiba and her friends had staged protests at the Quetta Press Club against the suspension of classes in the college. That incurred the wrath of principal Abida Ghous and the college administration. However, Saqiba and her friends had afterwards … Read entire article »

Filed under: baluchistan, Education, Malala Yousufzai, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Women

ڈاکٹر عبد السلام : دامن بنے تو رنگ ہوا دسترس سے دور

ڈاکٹر عبد السلام : دامن بنے تو رنگ ہوا دسترس سے دور

نوٹ: یہ امر متعدد بار ظاہر کیا جاچکا ہے کہ مصنف ‘احمدی’ عقیدے سے تعلق رکھتے ہیں اور چونکہ ڈاکٹرعبدالسلام صاحب بھی اسی ‘فرقے’ سے تعلق رکھتے تھے اس لیے ‘مین سٹریم’ (قومی دھارے)  میں مصنف کی تحریر دلچسپی کا باعث ہوگی۔ نیز یہ بھی کہ پاک ٹی ہاؤس بلاگ آزادی اظہار پر یقین رکھتا ہے اس لئے یہ تحریر قارئین کی نظر کی جارہی ہے۔ یاد رہے کہ مصنف کے خیالات سے ادارے کا … Read entire article »

Filed under: Education, Islam, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Religion, Secterainism, Urdu

Pakistan’s Future Under Attack

Pakistan’s Future Under Attack

By Muhammad Aslam About 132 students and teachers, mostly children, were murdered on December 16, 2014, in the APS school attack by TTP in Peshawar. This was the most horrendous act of terrorism and religious militarism in Pakistan’s history. It also came to known as Pakistan’s 9/11. In fact, worse than 9/11 because the victims were innocent children. Most of them in their teens and younger even. Before the APS, in June 2013, at least 25 people, … Read entire article »

Filed under: Education, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Taliban, Terrorism, Zarb-E-Azb

تعلیمی درسگاہوں میں تبلیغی سرگرمیوں پر پابندی- بہت دیر کی مہرباں آتے آتے

تعلیمی درسگاہوں میں تبلیغی سرگرمیوں پر پابندی- بہت دیر کی مہرباں آتے آتے

تحریر: عماد ظفر پنجاب حکومت نے بالآخر ایک انتہائی دانشمندانہ اقدام اٹھاتے ہوئے تعلیمی درسگاہوں میں کسی بھی قسم کی مذہبی تبلیغ پر پابندی عائد کر دی۔ ساتھ ہی درسگاہوں میں جمعے کی خطبے کو بھی سرکاری اجازت نامے کے ساتھ جاری کرنے کا حکم دیا گیا۔ اس خوش کن اور مثبت فیصلے پر تو مصرعہ یاد آ گیا کہ “بہت دیر کی مہرباں آتے آتے”۔ کسی مفکر نے کہا تھا کہ اگر آپ کسی بھی … Read entire article »

Filed under: Al Qaeda, Education, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Religion, Secterainism, Urdu

ڈاکٹر عبدالسلام ایک ہیرو‎

ڈاکٹر عبدالسلام ایک ہیرو‎

تحریر: عماد ظفر جو قومیں اپنے ہیروز کو فراموش کر دیتی ہیں تاریخ بھی بہت جلد ان کو وقت کے قبرستان میں دفن کر دیتی ہے.کسی بھی قوم کی آنے والی نسلوں کا مان ان کے وہ بڑے لوگ اور ان کے کام ہوتے ہیں جنکو سامنے رکھ کر بچے اور نوجوان سر اٹھا کر جیتے ہیں اور پھر اپنے اپنے شعبے میں اپنے ہیرو کو سامنے رکھتے ہوئے اس جیسا بننے کی کوشش کرتے ہیں.بدقسمتی … Read entire article »

Filed under: Education, minorities, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Religion, Urdu

دہشت گردی کو شکست ہم مل کر دے سکتے ہیں

دہشت گردی کو شکست ہم مل کر دے سکتے ہیں

تحریر: عماد ظفر دہشت گردوں کا دہشت گردی کے واقعات برپا کرنے کے پیچھے ایک اہم مقصد ہوتا ہے. وہ مقصد معاشرے میں خوف کی ایسی فضا قائم کرنا ہوتا ہے کہ جس کے تلے ہر فرد اپنے آپ کو غیر محفوظ تصور کرتا ہے جہاں ہر سانس لینے والا اپنی زندگی کو دہشت گردوں کے ہاتھوں یرغمال سمجھتا ہے. نفسیات کی دنیا میں اس کیفیت کو “پیرانویا” کہا جاتا ہے جہاں ہر وقت انسان کو … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Education, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Urdu

Mujhe dushman ke bacho ko parhana hai

Mujhe dushman ke bacho ko parhana hai

By محبِ وطن بلاگ Sir Qooba saw ISPR video “Mujhe dushman ke bacho ko parhana hai” (I need to educate enemy’s children) made on the sad anniversary of APS’ martyred children. Sir Qooba liked idea of educating enemy children! Sir Qooba thinked that why this idea no came earlier? We could have saved some lives No? Anyway, better late came than never came. Right? (should it be ‘than’ or ‘then’? nevermind.)  But Sir Qooba get disappointed when watched tv because … Read entire article »

Filed under: Children, Education, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Secterainism, Terrorism

10 Tips for Winning Humphrey Fellowship

By Hasan Naser Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship is a lifetime opportunity for any midcareer professional to get his skills honed and prepare himself for the leadership role in his field. The fellowship is tailor-made for the professionals as it provides them a great exposure to professional development activities such as field trips, workshops, seminars and one-on-one appointments with the experts in the field. Besides professional enhancement, accomplished fellows from diverse fields are brought and placed to 16 American Universities. With every passing year, the size of the fellows from Pakistan is growing. Ten to twenty fellows from all walks of life are sent to USA every year to enrich their professional experience. To work for news organizations such as Al-Jazeera TV, Associated Press, The Christian Science Monitor, CNN, International Center for Journalists, … Read entire article »

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