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Regrouping of Militants in Balochistan

Regrouping of Militants in Balochistan

By Najeeb Kakar The volatile occupied province of Balochistan has witnessed a series of militant assaults in the past year. However, as of late the province irrefutably become a garrison state. Despite the presence of huge civil and military intelligence networks and paramilitary forces, Balochistan has become a code red abode for militant insurgency. Since January 2016, the militants of diverse groups and their splinter segments have carried out lethal and high profile attacks against police, … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1947, Afghanistan, Al Qaeda, Baloch, baluchistan, History, ISI, Lashkar e Taiba, Pakistan, Zarb-E-Azb

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

HASAN BIN SABAH – His Defensive Warfare

HASAN BIN SABAH – His Defensive Warfare

By Rafique Ali Article on ‘Hasan Bin Sabah Ki Jannat & Khud Kush Bambar’ posted on PTH Facebook page captured my attention. If you Google Hasan Bin Sabah, results will more or less narrate his Jannat in Alamut Fort and an unparalleled loyalty he command from followers. European historians extract myth of Hasan Bin Sabah also known as Old Man of Mountains from Marco Polo’s memoir ‘The Kingdom and Marvels of The East’. Two books of modern … Read entire article »

Filed under: ancient civilisations, Army, dynasties, History, Opinion, Pak Tea House

PAK-CHINA RELATIONS— To be or not to be?

PAK-CHINA RELATIONS— To be or not to be?

By Muqeet Tahir Malik     Have you ever been perturbed by how the media portrays of Pakistan and China’s friendship? Did you ever hear of the difficulties of the countless Chinese who have entered Pakistan? Are you bewildered over growing popularity of Chinese cuisine in Pakistan? We have to evaluate the pros and the cons. The song that rallies as Chinese dignitaries arrive in Pakistan is, “Our friendship is greater than the heights of Himalayan Ranges.” Now, this … Read entire article »

Filed under: China, culture, History, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Politics

How dare you identify yourself as Muhajir!

How dare you identify yourself as Muhajir!

By  Rafique Ali   ‘How do you identify yourself’ is a question sometimes asked during a discourse. It can either be a political, literary and intellectual or a cause based conversation. There is freshness of liberation in this question. Sometimes this question has been asked with compassion & sometimes in an intimidating, accusatory, mocking & investigative manner. Doesn’t matter how & under what circumstances it’s been asked, the responder can feel the power of making the choice … Read entire article »

Filed under: culture, Democracy, History, MQM, Muhajir, Opinion, Pakistan

Why Secularism

Why Secularism

By Najeeb Kakar Pakistan has often been experienced the religious orthodoxy since its inception. It has engendered religious narratives among the people who recalls secularism as a non-Islamic ideology. People in Pakistan are spewing detrimental arguments, that secularism is a Western ideology, which is an antipodal to Islam and a planned Western conspiracy against us. Hence, which would lead to destroying our religion, cultural and social values. Unfortunately, they are obviously distraught, since there are no-return … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1947, Citizens, History, Islam, Jinnah, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, secular Pakistan, secularism

The Great Divide

The Great Divide

By Najeeb Kakar   In August, 1947, the Indian sub-continent was partitioned into two independent nation states. Hindu-majority India and Muslim-majority Pakistan. The division of Indian-peninsula was greatly, a fault line which, had been done along the sectarian lines. In the midst, one of the greatest migration took place in the history of human civilization. Millions of Hindus and Sikhs were trekked to India while Muslims headed in the opposite direction. And many millions were killed, tortured, … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1947, Hinduism, History, holocaust, India, Pakistan, Partition, Politics

Book Review; The State of Islam: Culture and Cold War Politics in Pakistan

Book Review; The State of Islam: Culture and Cold War Politics in Pakistan

By Najeeb Kakar   Saadia Toor is an Associate Professor of Sociology at City University of New York, College of Staten Island. Her latest book The State of Islam: Culture and Cold War Politics in Pakistan, is a fascinating piece of literature on the modern learnings of Pakistani state – post partition immediate politics and the role of the military establishment. Toor explains the significance of cultural elements as part of the political evolution of Pakistan. From … Read entire article »

Filed under: Afghanistan, Al Qaeda, Anniversery, Army, Bangladesh, Benazir Bhutto, Blasphemy, Book Review, Books, China, Citizens, Civil Service, Colonialism, Corruption, Democracy, Economy, Elections, Faiz Ahmed Faiz, History, Honor Killing, human rights, ISI, Islam, Islamism, Liberal Democratic Pakistan, liberal Pakistan, Literature, Marxism, Media, minorities, movements, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Poet, Politics, Reviews, Rights

Lights, Camera , Revolution – A walk through history

Lights, Camera , Revolution – A walk through history

By Rukhshan Meer There is no doubt in the fact that anyone these days would require any sort of introduction regarding cameras and their functioning in the media world. As Chaudhry Nisar also said in his press conference a week ago that media is the most important tool to win the war against terrorism at the physiological end and yes, we can see that camera does have the power to win any social, economic or religious … Read entire article »

Filed under: History, Pak Tea House, Photos

A case for introspection

A case for introspection

By Abuzar Khan I know many people whom come from apparently conservative school of thought will take it on to the streets, as yet again 14th of February came and as assumed, the moral police would certainly set up blockades of moral checkpoints, and vilify what they deem as the immoral masses of Pakistan.   Having said that, except for Ramazan and every Friday, on which the credit of acting holy and playing decent is due and of course … Read entire article »

Filed under: Citizens, Constitution, culture, History, human rights, Love, Media, movements, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Rights, Secterainism

A Tribute to the Agnostic Khushwant Singh

A Tribute to the Agnostic Khushwant Singh

By Naeem Asgher Tarar   “Here lies one who spared neither man nor God. Waste not your tears on him, he was a sod. Writing nasty. Things he regarded as great fun. Thank the Lord he is dead, this son of a gun.” Sardar Khushwant Singh wrote these lines, as his own epitaph. True to the words, during his lifetime he spared neither man nor God, as he once said, “There is no condom for a pen.” Khushwant Singh, basically … Read entire article »

Filed under: Arts and Crafts, Hinduism, History, Islam, Literature, obituary, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Writers

IN THE LOVE OF PROPHET by JDC

IN THE LOVE OF PROPHET by JDC

By Dr. Muhammad Hassan Auj   I was compelled by my pen to produce this after the glorification of Mr. Mumtaz Qadri as a nationwide hero which was a stab to the Islam I believe in, humanity I strive for. Do terrorism and justice ever dwell together? Can extremism and harmony ever be tuned with each other? Will the transformation from Barbarian society to a humane civilization ever complete? Till when will the saviors of the nation … Read entire article »

Filed under: Hinduism, History, human rights, Islam, Islam for Peace, Islamic Holy Book Quran, Islamism, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Terrorism, violence, war

Bacha Khan, Faqir of Ipi and the Afghanistan angle

By Yasser Latif Hamdani (Author’s note: This article is my personal opinion based on my own research. It does not, necessarily, reflect the point of view of PTH or its editors as a group.) Since the cowardly attack on Bacha Khan University in Charsadda, which we all must condemn as nothing less than attack on Pakistan and its future, a number of self styled progressives have been singing paeans of Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan, or as he is more popularly known Bacha Khan, as a secular and non-violent activist who has been forsaken by the wretched state. That the state has downplayed Bacha Khan and his legacy is not disputed, though there is an international airport named after him and the university named after him is also a government university. Countless roads and buildings exist … Read entire article »

Filed under: Afghanistan, History, Pakistan

Aurangzeb rules…in Germany!

Aurangzeb rules…in Germany!

By Ghazala Akbar To most people, the city of Dresden in Saxony, Germany is notable for its exquisite porcelain. Some might remember too, its apocalyptic destruction by Allied planes in the last days of World War II. More recently, it has been in the news, for its strident marches against radical Islam by an organisation known as PEGIDA (Patriotic Europeans against Islamisation of the West.) Not widely known perhaps is that one Dresden’s splendid museums, the Green … Read entire article »

Filed under: Arts and Crafts, History, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Reviews

State without Sect

By Ahmad Karim   The recent beheading of a prominent Shiite cleric Sheikh Nimr by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has stirred a debate in the world as well as in Pakistan. That whether Pakistan should take side of one party or should play a reconciliatory role? Sheikh Nimr, was a Shia Sheikh in al-Awamiyah in Saudi Arabia’s eastern province. He was popular among youth and critical of the Saudi Arabian government, calling for free elections in Saudi Arabia. He was first arrested by Saudi authorities in 2006 for being critical of Kingdom. On 15 October, 2014 Al-Nimr was sentenced to death by the Specialized Criminal Court for seeking foreign meddling in Saudi Arabia, disobeying its rulers and taking up arms against the security forces. The beheading of Shiite cleric is being denounced by the … Read entire article »

Filed under: History, Iran, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Secterainism, secularism