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پانامہ کی ریس اور مردہ گھوڑا

پانامہ کی ریس اور مردہ گھوڑا

تحریر: عماد ظفر پانامہ لیکس کا مردہ ہاتھی جس مضحکہ خیز انداز سے اس قوم کے گوڈوں گٹوں میں بیٹھ گیا ہے اس کو دیکھ کر اکثر اس لال بتی اور ہاتھی کے پیچھے بھاگنے والوں پر ترس آتا ہے۔ عمران خان نے اس ایشو کو لے کر قوم کے اعصاب پر زبردستی سوار ہونے کی جو کوشش کی ہے اس کا نتیجہ مختلف ملکی اور بین الاقوامی سروے رپورٹوں کے ذریعے سامنے آ رہا ہے … Read entire article »

Filed under: Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Politics, Urdu

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

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

بندر سے بندوق واپس لو

بندر سے بندوق واپس لو

تحریر:شان تاثیر ہمارے ملک میں بہت سے شریف لوگ احمدیوں پر ظلم کی تو مخالفت کرتے ہیں لیکن ساتھ ہی اس بات کو جائز خیال کرتے ہیں کہ احمدیوں کے لئے مذہبی شناخت وہ ہو جو اکثریتی گروہ ان پر مسلط کرے۔ میری رائے میں اگر آپ کا موقف یہ ہے کہ احمدی آپ کے نزدیک غیرمسلم تو ضرور ہیں لیکن ان پر ظلم نہیں ہونا چاہیے تو دراصل آپ ان سے زیادتی کی تائید کر رہے … Read entire article »

Filed under: Citizens, Constitution, Democracy, Islam, Islam for Peace, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Religion, Urdu

Asexuality is NOT a Disease

Asexuality is NOT a Disease

By Laiba Zainab In our everyday life we always hear that “sex and sexual appeals are natural”. We are always told that opposites attract each other and by “attraction” it is always considered “sexually”. Well I am glad to let you all know that this is not how it works for every human being in this world. We get to know very little about “asexuality” and “asexuals”. To be very honest people don’t even accept that there … Read entire article »

Filed under: Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, secular Pakistan, sex, Women

Once upon a time in a Mujra…

Once upon a time in a Mujra…

By Bushra Zia We maintain direct eye contact to keep it all real. I smile at times but he doesn’t. I sway on his directions. I know exactly what he wants from me. We meet every night and have meaningful conversations without wasting a single word. We have a special connection and we know each other way too well! He says my sweet face reminds him of someone and that does not seem to bother me at … Read entire article »

Filed under: Arts and Crafts, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, sex, Women

HAPPY HOUR – Lift Prohibition to End Isolation

HAPPY HOUR – Lift Prohibition to End Isolation

By: Rafique Ali I wanted to move on and write something pressing; supposedly, two articles on alcohol should have been enough. It turns out that Alcohol needs an ongoing conversation.  Starting today, a series of articles related to alcohol will appear in Happy Hour; these will be casual and relaxed discussions including myths, stories, legends and the history of alcohol. Right wing nationalism around the world is stressful, so many scholars and academics are writing about … Read entire article »

Filed under: culture, liberal Pakistan, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, USA

Ardeshir Cowasjee – A man of strength and courage!

Ardeshir Cowasjee – A man of strength and courage!

By Farah Ehsan   It needs lots of courage to be an outspoken and fearless non-Muslim in my increasingly intolerant beloved homeland. Ardeshir Cowasjee – One of the few sane voices of my “Sohni Dharti”… he was far more a cosmopolitan and the representative of tolerant Karachi. He was a well-known journalist in one of the leading English newspapers in Pakistan. Ardeshir Cowasjee, a man who blindly followed ‘Quaid’ till death, with a continuous battle against all those who … Read entire article »

Filed under: obituary, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, secularism

Abdus Salam –Pakistan’s first Nobel Laureate

Abdus Salam –Pakistan’s first Nobel Laureate

By Fasi Malik Twenty years ago one of the most brilliant minds of the world left us. Demise is perhaps the most certain thing in this world but some people stay always alive in the memories. Dr. Abdus Salam breathed his last on November 21, 1996 but in his life he achieved so much that many just dream of. Dr. Salam was born in Jhang, a backward district of province Punjab. Unlike the thousands of kids born … Read entire article »

Filed under: Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Science, Secterainism, secular Pakistan

سپر مون کی سائنس

سپر مون کی سائنس

تحریر: فصی ملک گزشتہ دنوں دنیا بھر میں سپر مون کے نظارے دیکھے گئے، ہر ٹی وی چینل پر یہ خبر گردش کر رہی تھی کہ اس دن چاند اپنے عمومی حالت سے چودہ فیصد بڑا اور تیس فیصد زیادہ روشن دکھائی دے گا اور یہ کہ 1948 کے بعد پہلی مرتبہ چاند زمین سے اتنا قریب ہو گا اور پھر 2034 تک ایسا ہونا ممکن نہ ہو گا۔ اس پر بہت سارے لوگ یہ سوال … Read entire article »

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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

لہو لہان کوئٹہ اور جز و کل کی جنگ

لہو لہان کوئٹہ اور جز و کل کی جنگ

تحریر:تنویر آرائیں بلوچستان کا دارالحکومت کوئٹہ ایک بار پھر لہو سے بھیگ گیا جب کالعدم تنظیم کے کارندے پولیس ٹریننگ سینٹر میں گھسے اور بارود کی بو دور دور تک بکھیر دی۔ بارود کی اس بو نے ٹریننگ سینٹر کی حدود متعین کرنے والی کچی دیواروں کو شرما دیا اور خوں سے لت پت لاشیں منہ تکتی رہ گئیں جبکہ ملک میں بسنے والی کروڑوں زندہ لاشیں یہ سوچنے پر ایک بار پھر مجبور ہو گئیں … Read entire article »

Filed under: Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, quetta, Taliban, Terrorism, Urdu

My virginity, my choice!

My virginity, my choice!

By Fizza Abbas   At the verge of demolition, life often gives you mysterious surprises, fascinating hopes, glittering dreams, battered ideas, just to distract you from the current happenings; a heart, that is already torn, broken and pierced by a whole set of presumed consequences, scatters all over the universe, creating a whole passage for humanists to come and fix this heart by replacing the damaged arteries of your heart with other vessels of your body, so that they don’t hurt you more by making you realize the significance … Read entire article »

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Press Release: Pan-Asian International Film And Music Awards Issue Joint Statement In Light Of Issues Surrounding The Release Of Karan Johar’s Film Ae Dil Hai Mushkil

Press Release: Pan-Asian International Film And Music Awards Issue Joint Statement In Light Of Issues Surrounding The Release Of Karan Johar’s Film Ae Dil Hai Mushkil

Over the past decade, Indian and Pakistani cinema has brought together singers, actors and audiences alike in a way that politicians have always failed to do—proving that the arts and particularly cinema has the power to transcend in bringing peace, harmony and connecting the hearts of people across the the world. It is a very sad time for the arts when the hard work of artists across national boundaries over the past decade is brought … Read entire article »

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Concerns on safety and well being of writer-scholar Dr Ayesha Siddiqa

Concerns on safety and well being of writer-scholar Dr Ayesha Siddiqa

Prepared by friends of Dr. Ayesha Siddiqa in Pakistan – Pak Tea House supports freedom of expression and would like to alert everyone that Dr Siddiqa might be in danger. Background: Dr. Ayesha Siddiqa is a Pakistani civilian military scientist, geo-strategist, author, former bureaucrat and political commentator. She is the author of Pakistan’s Arms Procurement and Military Buildup, 1979-99: In Search of a Policy (2001) and Military Inc: Inside Pakistan’s Military Economy, (2007). Dr. Ayesha Siddiqa has recently reported on Indian … Read entire article »

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