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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

Pakistanis and Glass of Wine – A Social Enema  

Pakistanis and Glass of Wine – A Social Enema  

By Rafique Ali   The previous article was about intricacies of drinking, there is another elephant in the room; social behavior of Pakistanis towards alcohol.  Today is the day to talk about it, so let’s open can of worms. Not too long ago, a tweet from a semi-retire secular journalist now settled in London summarized social response of Pakistanis toward alcohol. He was probably exchanging pleasantries with a friend in a light mood, posted a picture of bottle … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1947, Colonialism, Conservation, Corruption, culture, Democracy, Economy, Islamism, Jinnah, Liberal Democratic Pakistan, liberal Pakistan, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Religion, Rights, Tourism, Travel

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

پاکستان میں انتہا پسندی کی کہانی

پاکستان میں انتہا پسندی کی کہانی

تحریر اجمل شبیر ہر مذہب کے ابتدائی زمانے کے بارے میں عام طور پر یہی کہا جاتا ہے کہ اس مذہب کو الہی رہنمائی حاصل ہے ۔دنیا کا کوئی بھی مذہب اٹھا کر دیکھ لیں ،اس کا ابتدائی زمانہ الہی قصے کہانیوں سے بھرپور ہوتا ہے۔ہر مذہب کے ابتدائی زمانے کی تعلیمات انتہاتی سادہ بھی ہوتی ہیں ۔عام و خاص ان تعلیمات کو آسانی کے ساتھ سمجھتے ہیں۔ابتدائی زمانے کے مذہب میں بہت زیادہ مسائل بھی … Read entire article »

Filed under: Al Qaeda, Blasphemy, Democracy, Islam, Islamism, Jinnah, Liberal Democratic Pakistan, minorities, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Politics, Secterainism, secular Pakistan, secularism, Terrorism

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

Bashing Liberals and Glorifying Jihadists?

Bashing Liberals and Glorifying Jihadists?

By Ayesha Siddiqa “Relevance of the Liberals” by Muhammad Amir Rana is a sad piece. Its issue for me is not that it lambastes the liberals, which are few and far between, but that it rates radical militants as pragmatists. It is historically weak. If pragmatism is to be defined in this peculiar way then JuD (Jamaat-ud-Daawa) was always that – radical and, yes pragmatist. Muhammad Amir Rana forgets that despite all of that LeT (Lashkar-e-Tayyaba) … Read entire article »

Filed under: Liberal Democratic Pakistan, liberal Pakistan, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, secular Pakistan, secularism

Jinnah’s Pakistan: Actions speak louder than words

Jinnah’s Pakistan: Actions speak louder than words

By  Mohammad Ali Ilahi A never ending debate that has been raging on between the seculars and conservatives for quite some time is about the nature of the country that the Quaid envisioned Pakistan to be. While the seculars use the 11th August speech of the Quaid as the basis of their argument, their counterparts present the 1st July 1948 speech which Jinnah delievered on the opening ceremony of the State Bank and which called for Pakistan … Read entire article »

Filed under: Jinnah, Liberal Democratic Pakistan, liberal Pakistan, minorities, Pak Tea House, Pakistan

Nilofer’s Corner: Interview with Seemi Ezdi Candidate for Islamabad Local Bodies UC 42 Election 2015 area f/10: 2,3,4 PTI

Nilofer’s Corner: Interview with Seemi Ezdi Candidate for Islamabad Local Bodies UC 42 Election 2015 area f/10: 2,3,4 PTI

By Nilofer Qazi With the local bodies elections planned in Islamabad I thought it would enlightening to speak to a candidate before the elections and ask her a few questions on my mind. Since there is little information available thus far why not ask the candidates themselves. I hope to be able to ask similar questions from other candidates vying for seats in Islamabad. Today I ask Seemi Ezdi a woman standing for chairman of UC … Read entire article »

Filed under: Democracy, Elections, Liberal Democratic Pakistan, liberal Pakistan, Nilofer's Corner, Pakistan, Politics

Utilization Of Young Population In Pakistan

Utilization Of Young Population In Pakistan

By Ibn Azhar Background As per UNICEF’s 2013 Statistics, Pakistan is a country with one of the largest youth bulge in the world where almost 35 % of the population is under the age of 15 . This staggering amount of young people on one hand is a huge human resource full of potential waiting to be tapped and on the other hand, amidst rampant corruption, unemployment and terrorism, it can be a ticking bomb waiting to … Read entire article »

Filed under: Arts and Crafts, Children, Education, Egalitarian Pakistan, Elections, Liberal Democratic Pakistan, Pakistan, youth

Sex Education- More Dangerous than Bullets and Guns

Sex Education- More Dangerous than Bullets and Guns

By Rashid Khan No man can claim to have spent a day without thinking about sex, while some suggest they think it as frequently as 8 times in a minute. But a cell phone manufacturing company recently drew a lot of criticism for going against the social sensibilities and civility by using word “sexy” in one of its ads. Many came forward as strongly as the ideology of state was somewhat challenged by this word which happens … Read entire article »

Filed under: Children, Education, Egalitarian Pakistan, LGBT, Liberal Democratic Pakistan, Love, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, sex, Society

Living the Pakistani Dream

Living the Pakistani Dream

By Nausherwan Ali Recently, I came across an article titled “What is the Korean Dream?” by Seong-Hyung Hong published in the World post in which he discussed a vision for his people, a vision which transcends national boundaries and which if translated into reality, will add to the splendor of the Korean people. The writer compared his “Korean dream” with the American, Chinese and Japanese dreams, and highlighted the values which make the Korean dream distinct from … Read entire article »

Filed under: Democracy, Egalitarian Pakistan, Liberal Democratic Pakistan, liberal Pakistan, Pak Tea House, Pakistan

Dil Phaink – a multimedia love letter to the Pakistani spirit

Dil Phaink – a multimedia love letter to the Pakistani spirit

This May, PeaceNiche is taking ‘Dil Phaink’, a multimedia love letter to the Pakistani spirit, to the Alchemy Festival at London’s Southbank Centre. The Alchemy Festival is an annual showcase of the best of dance, music, theatre, design, fashion, comedy and literature from South Asia and this is the second consecutive year that Pakistani artists will be welcomed to the festival. Dil Phaink is a celebration of an inimitable spirit of abandon and exuberance, bordering on melodrama. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Activism, Arts and Crafts, Citizens, culture, Liberal Democratic Pakistan, liberal Pakistan, Pakistan, Rights

جبران ناصر کا دورہ امریکہ اور چند مودبانہ گزارشات

جبران ناصر کا دورہ امریکہ اور چند مودبانہ گزارشات

“نوٹ: پاک ٹی ہاؤس انٹرنیٹ پر فکری تبادلۂ کی ایک کھلی اسپیس ہے اور ہم آزادی اظہار پر مکمل یقین رکھتے ہیں نیز ادارے کا کسی بھی لکھاری کے نظریات سے مکمل متفق ہونا ضروری نہیں۔ ہم اپنے قارئین کو دعوت دیتے ہیں کہ وہ کسی بھی تحریر سے متفق نہیں ہیں تو حقائق اور دلائل پر مبنی جواب ہمیں بھیجیں ہم اسے جگه دیں گے۔” محمد شعیب عادل کچھ ماہ پہلے اسلام آباد میں مولانا عبدالعزیز … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Citizens, Democracy, ISI, Islamism, Liberal Democratic Pakistan, Opinion, Pakistan, Parliament, Politics, Secterainism, secular Pakistan, Terrorism, USA

Cyber Crime Bill: Transforming cyber space into a Tiny Hole

Cyber Crime Bill: Transforming cyber space into a Tiny Hole

Luavut Zahid took comments from two of the Pak Tea House Editors/Contributors on the proposed Cyber Crime Bill that has been approved by National Assembly’s standing committee for IT and has been sent thereof. We are cross posting the comments given for our readers. Malik Omaid The Cybercrime Bill 2015 has been the subject of much controversy with most unsure of whether it is a much needed legislation or a catastrophe in the making. Yasser Latif Hamdani, … Read entire article »

Filed under: Activism, Citizens, Constitution, Democracy, Egalitarian Pakistan, Law, Liberal Democratic Pakistan, minorities, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Parliament

Joint Statement from Article 19, Human Rights Watch, Privacy International, Digital Rights Foundation, and others on the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill 2015 Pakistan

Joint Statement from Article 19, Human Rights Watch, Privacy International, Digital Rights Foundation, and others on the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill 2015 Pakistan

ARTICLE 19, Human Rights Watch, Privacy International, Digital Rights Foundation, and others are seriously concerned by the proposed Prevention of Electronic Crimes (PEC) Bill in Pakistan. The bill introduces a series of new provisions that pose a grave risk to freedom of expression and privacy in Pakistan. We urge members of the Senate of Pakistan to take a stand against the bill and call on the Pakistani legislature to ensure that any new cybercrime legislation … Read entire article »

Filed under: Citizens, Constitution, Democracy, Justice, Law, Liberal Democratic Pakistan, liberal Pakistan, Pakistan, Rights