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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

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

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

Imran Khan: Tall Claims False Hope

Imran Khan: Tall Claims False Hope

By Faisal Zeeshan     Imran Khan (IK) once an inspiration for millions of youth across Pakistan, got 7.5 million votes in General Elections (GE) 2013, his party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) emerged as the second most popular party in Pakistan in GE 2013, formed Government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) while emerged strong opposition party in Punjab, Sindh  and Federation. All IK had to do was to perform in KP, act as a strong Opposition Leader and Wait for … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Democracy, Lahore, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Politics

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Filed under: Blogroll, Health, Lahore, Women, World

Why it is wrong to Compare PIA with Metro Bus Project

Why it is wrong to Compare PIA with Metro Bus Project

Raza Habib Raja Right now the issue which is consuming many on the social media is the privatization of PIA. Many are angry that PIA is being privatized including those who have always castigated it in the past for being substandard in fact often preferring to fly on foreign airlines. Suddenly, the way media has been projecting this issue in the spotlight has made PIA a darling of many. Some are also comparing losses of Metro bus … Read entire article »

Filed under: Lahore, Pakistan

Indo-Pak Tensions and Reality Check

Indo-Pak Tensions and Reality Check

By Umer Ali   During his visit to Bangladesh, Modi confessed of Indian involvement in the armed rebellion in Bengal which led to its separation from Pakistan. As anticipated and quite naturally, fuming rejoinder came from Pakistan, calling for International community to take notice of his statement. Just when Pakistan was abuzz with Modi’s statement, Indian Minister for Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore in his proclamation said, “We will carry out surgical strikes at the place and … Read entire article »

Filed under: India, Lahore, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, south asia

The Christians who mourned for the lynched Muslims

The Christians who mourned for the lynched Muslims

By Mohammad Ali Ilahi This week, a group of students from LUMS lead by the Democratic Students Alliance and as part of the Hum-Aahang initiative (Human Shield for Our Christian Community) went to a Sunday mass to form a human chain outside the Nawlakha Presbyterian Church near the Lahore Railway Station. This was in reaction to the twin suicide blasts that had taken place a week ago in Youhanabad targeting the largest and perhaps one of … Read entire article »

Filed under: Islam for Peace, Lahore, minorities, Pakistan, Photos, Religion, secular Pakistan, secularism, Terrorism

سماجی نقطۂ پگھلاؤ

سماجی نقطۂ پگھلاؤ

تحریر: ملک عمید 15 مارچ کو مسیحی عبادت گاہوں کو ایک بار پھر دہشت گردی کا نشانہ بنایا گیا اور لاہور میں مسیحی آبادی یوحنا آباد کے دو چرچوں پر یکے بعد دیگرے خود کش حملے ہوئے۔ ان حملوں میں سترہ افراد جان سے گئے اور متعدد زخمی ہوئے۔ اس واقعے کے بعد ایک اور افسوس ناک سانحہ ہوا جب ایک مشتعل ہجوم نے دو مشتبہ افراد کو وحشیانہ تشدد کا نشانہ بنایا جس سے وہ … Read entire article »

Filed under: Lahore, minorities, Pakistan, Society, Taliban, Terrorism, Urdu, violence

Top Tweets March 16: Youhanabad Mob Lynching converted Social Media into a Battle Ground

Malik Omaid March 16th Pakistani twitter and facebook looked like a social media battle ground. The Youhanabad Mob lynching enraged many Paksitanis and the incident was given a sectarian and religious color. Many Pakistani showed their contempt to the Christian community and condemned the act in a religious manner. Those who closely watch Pakistani social media will know that the common Pakistani notion on incidents like Joseph colony and Kot Radha Kishan was that the mob does not represent “Muslims” but yesterday the trend almost changed upside down. Raza Habib Raja explained the matter in one of his facebook posts: “Many Pakistanis who never had even the basic morals to condemn countless incidences of mob violence against the Christian community have now suddenly started to show extreme pain for the two lynched … Read entire article »

Filed under: Lahore, minorities, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Religion, Rights, Society, Terrorism, Top Tweets, Twitter

Twitter reactions and comments on Lahore Church Blasts

Malik Omaid Pakistani twitter was full of pain and condemnation on the tragic Lahore blasts in Youhanabad area at a Christian Church killing 15 and injuring more than 70 people. All day Politicians, journalists, analysts and common people commented on the incident and the failure of security forces, Punjab Government and its establishment to protect its minority citizens. Others criticized the apathy of many who were busy celebrating the victory on cricket match in these painful times. Some of the selected tweets are presented here to show the different aspects of discussions on social media: A nation is judged by the way it protects it’s most vulnerable & that includes its minorities #Pakistan #ChristiansUnderAttack #LahoreBlast — Sayeeda Warsi (@SayeedaWarsi) March 15, 2015 Let’s all agree that those earlier rumors of the TTP’s demise were … Read entire article »

Filed under: Lahore, minorities, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Religion, Taliban, Terrorism, Twitter, violence, war

ایل ایل ایف اور لاہور

ایل ایل ایف اور لاہور

تحریر: ملک عمید لاہور شہر دراصل کئی شہروں کا مجموعہ ہے، یہاں ہر بڑے شہر کی طرح کئی دنیائیں بستیں ہیں۔ ایک دوسرے سے کٹی ہوئیں اور بلکل جدا جدا۔ ان دنیاؤں کا رہن سہن معیار زندگی، ثقافت اور زبان تک بھی مختلف ہے۔ یہ ایک دوسرے کے ساتھ محض شہر کا نام ہی بانٹتے ہیں مگر دراصل ان میں کوئی ٹاون شیپیا ہے کوئی باگڑیاں کا کوئی شاہدریا تو کوئی اندرونیا۔ یہ لوگ جن شہروں … Read entire article »

Filed under: Lahore, liberal Pakistan, Literature, Urdu

Photo of the Day: Child Domestic Labourer Severely Beaten in Lahore

Photo of the Day: Child Domestic Labourer Severely Beaten in Lahore

Malik Omaid   During the Faiz Mela last week singer Jawad Ahmad spoke to the audience before his concluding performance expressing his views that Pakistan’s biggest problem is not extremism, its hunger, poverty, inequality in wealth distribution, lack of education and medical facilities, inflation, lack of worker rights and lack of justice. I may slightly disagree with his views but cannot even force my self to disagree entirely. This Photo above authenticates his claims and we see … Read entire article »

Filed under: Children, Democracy, human rights, Justice, Lahore, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Photo of the Day, poverty, Twitter, video

Top Tweets Feb 17: Lahore Blast and Urdu trends

Top Tweets Feb 17: Lahore Blast and Urdu trends

Malik Omaid Yesterday Lahore once again struck with a suicide blast outside Police lines Qila Gujar singh killing at least 8. Initial reports start pouring in on Twitter. In fact I was informed via twitter about the incident. Breakaway faction of TTP, Jamaatul Ahrar claims responsibility for #LahoreBlast http://t.co/C9QUoudNrq pic.twitter.com/3FDq1vvffa — Nazia Memon (@NaziaMemon01) February 17, 2015 Soon the twitter feed started to fill with different view and satire on the ruling “Sharifs” especially this one which says “Shahbaz … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Lahore, Pakistan, Punjab, Taliban, Top Tweets, Twitter, violence

Child Slavery and Sexual Abuse in Pakistan

Raza Rumi tweeted about the tragic incident of young child molested and hanged in Lahore by a Mosque Imam. He also pointed towards the sad state of child slavery common in Pakistani households. [View the story “Child Slavery and Sexual Abuse in Pakistan” on Storify] … Read entire article »

Filed under: Children, Lahore, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Raza Rumi, Religion, sex, Society, Storify, Twitter