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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

A Pakistani soldier’s letter to daughter from Heaven

A Pakistani soldier’s letter to daughter from Heaven

By Zunaira Saqib Dear Baiti, I hope you are keeping up alright. I died yesterday at Line of Control. The media people must have reached the village by now. I wonder if they have already made a hero out of me. I woke up here… at a strange place. They said some place before they send us to heavens. You know I saw him, the guy. The guy from the other side, the soldier. I saw him and … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, India, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, peace

How We See Pakistani Scientists and Educationists.

How We See Pakistani Scientists and Educationists.

By Abuzar Wp There is a homosexual person currently working as an Associate Head of Physics Department at Massachusetts institute of Technology (MIT). Unfortunately, the genetic make-up of the sex chromosome turned out to be XX and that means the being is a female. Most important of all is she is a Parsi by belief system- a Zoroastrian, which means she is certainly a non-Muslim and all these reasons are enough for us to judge, damn and … Read entire article »

Filed under: Blogging, culture, Dr. Abdus Salam, drama, Free Speech, Heritage, human rights, Identity, Islam for Peace, Islamism, Malala Yousufzai, Nergis Mavalvala, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, peace, People's Pakistan, Religion, Rights, youth

TTP Confronts Balochistan

TTP Confronts Balochistan

By Najeeb Kakar The arrival of the New Year 2016 has brought a gigantic and an unprecedented waves of violence and terror. Indeed, the terrorist assaults were allegedly reported as the religious terrorism and instigated by the Tehrik – i – Taliban Pakistan (TTP) in Balochistan. Thus, around 42 people comprising of police and FC personnel have been palpably killed in numerous terrorist attacks in Quetta city and its outskirts. However, this act of terrorism has … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, baluchistan, Civil Service, Northern Areas, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, peace, People's Pakistan, Politics, Taliban, Zarb-E-Azb

لطف یہ ھے کہ آدمی عام کرے بہار کو

لطف یہ ھے کہ آدمی عام کرے بہار کو

تحریر: طاہر احمد بھٹی۔ فرینکفرٹ۔ جرمنی سردیوں کی شام کو بے منزل آوارگی سے گزارنا ہر کسی کا نصیب بھی نہیں اور ذوق بھی نہیں ہوتا۔۔۔۔ ہمیں ایک طویل عرصے سے یہ علت نصیب ہے۔ کل شام ایک دوست کے ساتھ فورسہائیم Pforzhiem کی سیر کو نکلے تو یہ چند تصاویر قارئین کے ذوق نظارہ کے لئے بنائیں۔ جو دراصل اس اشاعت کی وساطت سے اہل پاکستان کے لئے food for thought بھی ہیں۔ جرمنی کے اس شہر … Read entire article »

Filed under: Egalitarian Pakistan, Islam for Peace, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, peace, Society, Urdu

International Youth Summit for Nuclear Abolition: Youth demand Action Now!

International Youth Summit for Nuclear Abolition: Youth demand Action Now!

By Syed Mehmood Kazmi No more Nagasakis. No more Hiroshimas: Youth demands a Nuclear Free World! Hiroshima and New York, August/Sep 2015 Throughout the years, I have been working with young people around the globe in building their capacity by empowering communities and advocating for peace, security and the rights of all people. When it comes to youth, my aspirations are always multiplied with hope and strength because we are the “generation of change”. If we can’t change the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Pak Tea House, Pakistan, peace, war

بلوچستان میں مزدوروں کا قتل

بلوچستان میں مزدوروں کا قتل

تحریر: محمد شعیب عادل تربت بلوچستان میں بلوچ انتہا پسندوں نے بیس مزدوروں کو صرف اس لیے قتل کر دیا کہ ان کا تعلق پنجاب (کچھ کا سندھ) سے تھاکیونکہ پنجابی اسٹیبلشمنٹ، یعنی پاک فوج، بلوچوں کے قتل و غارت میں ملوث ہے۔اس لیے بلوچ انتہا پسندوں کا نشانہ سیکیورٹی فورسز کے لوگ بنتے ہیں یا پھر ان کے پاس کام کرنے والے دیہاڑی دار غریب لوگ۔ اس حملے کی ذمہ داری بلوچ علیحدگی پسند تنظیم، … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, baluchistan, Democracy, Pakistan, peace, poverty, Rights, Urdu

Re-incarnating Dara Shikoh, a Great Moghul

Re-incarnating Dara Shikoh, a Great Moghul

By Ghazala Akbar Paradise is where no Mullah resides May no one pay heed to his Fatwas In a street where a Mullah resides No wise man is ever found Shams Tabrizi? Mirza Ghalib? Guess again. This irreverent verse is attributed to Dara Shikoh, a forgotten prince of Indian history, a great Mughal who never ruled. Dara who? Precisely. Our fascination with the Mughals is ubiquitous. We name our children, streets and even the odd restaurant after them; we display their portraits, … Read entire article »

Filed under: Blasphemy, culture, History, India, Islam, Pak Tea House, peace, poetry, Religion, secularism, south asia, Sufism

ملٹری کورٹس

ملٹری کورٹس

تحریر:محمد شعیب عادل سوشل میڈیا پر کسی نے خوب کہا ہے کہ کوئی سال پہلے سویلین حکومت ایک فوجی کو سزا دینے چلی تھی مگر سال بعد فوجی اپنی عدالتیں بنا کر سویلین کو لٹکانے چلے ہیں۔۔۔ ملٹری کورٹس کی نوبت کیوں آئی ؟اس میں نواز حکومت کی نااہلی کا بھی عمل دخل ہے جو دہشت گردوں کے خلاف کوئی ٹھوس کاروائی کرنے کی بجائے ذاتی رنجشوں پر آگئی اور ایک میڈیا گروپ کے ساتھ مل … Read entire article »

Filed under: Constitution, Democracy, Judiciary, Pakistan, peace, Peshawar, Taliban, Terrorism, Urdu, war, Zarb-E-Azb

Peace, Volunteerism ,and Youth: Perspectives Pakistan

By Muqeet Tahir Malik Have you ever thought of youth as the building blocks of peace? Why are there plethora of aspirations attached to youth? How does the psychology of youth affect the society? Do you know the significance of volunteering? How to assess productivity of Youth in relation to volunteerism? Do you know the pivotal consanguinity that exists between Peace, and Volunteerism? How can we eradicate terrorism from Pakistan through productive generation? These are imperative pertinent questions that will be covered upon in my essay. Firstly, the idea of social cohesion through volunteering is evident as people always volunteer in groups which means that they are selfless and work together for a common concern. For instance, the program Dream Education for All, headed by Jasir Shahbaz of Lahore university of management sciences … Read entire article »

Filed under: Education, Lahore, Pakistan, peace, youth

Why India cannot fight War with Pakistan?

Why India cannot fight War with Pakistan?

By Ahmad Khan Indo-Pak relations are once again in doldrums. The simmering tensions along Line of Control (LoC) have put the entire Indo-Pak peace process on a perilous road. After a decade of being out of power, once again the BJP hardliners are back in business in India, playing a dirty politics with their neighbour—Pakistan—to attain domestic political mileage. Apprehensive statements are made by Mr. Modi’s subordinates—Dr Subramaniam Swamy and Indian Army Chief General Dalbir Singh Suhag—regarding … Read entire article »

Filed under: India, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Pakistan-India Peace Process, peace, war

Pakistani Women: Nobel, Oscar, Emmy and what not?

Pakistani Women: Nobel, Oscar, Emmy and what not?

Malik Omaid In the last 20 months, Pakistani women have brought home an Oscar, an Emmy, the Nobel Peace Prize & the Asian Gold in cricket -Khadija Amjad — Mariam Chughtai (@MariamChughtai) October 13, 2014 Malala Yousufzai was given the Nobel Peace Prize for 2014 on her championing the cause of Children’s right for education, especially for girls. This is the young girl who was brave enough to ask for her right of education despite the ban from … Read entire article »

Filed under: Children, Citizens, culture, Democracy, Education, human rights, Identity, Images, Islam for Peace, Liberal Democratic Pakistan, liberal Pakistan, Malala Yousufzai, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, peace, People's Pakistan, Photos, Religion, Reviews, Rights, secular Pakistan, secularism, Taliban, Women

Malala Yousufzai Winning Nobel Peace Prize: Divided Reactions from Pakistanis on Social Media

Malala Yousufzai Winning Nobel Peace Prize: Divided Reactions from Pakistanis on Social Media

Malik Omaid Malala Yousufzai the Swat girl who wrote diaries as “Gul Makai” for the BBC Urdu service and was shot by Taliban on speaking for Girls right of education won this years Nobel Peace Prize. While the whole world was praising this young girl, 17 years of age and the youngest of all Nobel Laureates, for her courageous promotion of Girls education not only in Taliban effected Pakistan but also worldwide, she was target of … Read entire article »

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The Temples of Sindh-Culture of Coexistence under Threat

Malik Omaid There were times when Hindus and Muslims lived peacefully in the Land of Sufi saints, Sindh. But today we see Hindus in Sindh being target of forced conversions, abduction and mob rule destroying their temples and houses. Bigotry in the society has also made these images of symbols of peaceful coexistence a story of the past. Raza Rumi tweets the images of Hindu Temples and how they were visited by both Hindus and Muslims. [View the story “The Temples of Sindh-Culture of Coexistance under Threat” on Storify]Malik … Read entire article »

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Political turmoil in The Land Of The Pure

Political turmoil in The Land Of The Pure

By Amir Abbas Turi In the wake of current “Sturm und Drang”, if there is one question constantly being asked about Pakistan is, it is “what would happen next?” No wonder the Islamic Republic decorate magazine covers and hits the headline as the most dangerous place on earth after yesterday’s incident in Islamabad. PML(n) lead government received a powerful one-two punch, since the current dead lock, as ISPR press release nullified what Prime Minister Mr. Nawaz Sharif … Read entire article »

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