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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

Pakistan Belongs To The ‘Badmaash’ & Imran Khan Is Not One Of Them

Pakistan Belongs To The ‘Badmaash’ & Imran Khan Is Not One Of Them

By Haider Rifaat   If I were to meet Imran Khan one day, I would not ask him questions related to politics. Instead, I would give him a word of advice; give it up. Although I appreciate his enthusiasm to bring a ‘revolutionary’ change in Pakistan considering that it is impossible to do so unless political corruption is probed, his efforts seem futile and laughable. Have we all not seen it in the past? Khan’s relentless effort … Read entire article »

Filed under: Constitution, Democracy, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Politics

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

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

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

7 Big Things the Pakistanis Misread about America

7 Big Things the Pakistanis Misread about America

By Aslam Kakar Many believe in things they do not yet see or know. Call it illusion, conspiracy mongering, or a lack of direct experience and knowledge of a phenomenon. Or, call it a lack of intellectual and theoretical clarity. Born and raised in Pakistan, and living in the US for last three years, I have known several intriguing yet absurd misunderstandings that the people of my country of origin believe about America. Here are the seven most … Read entire article »

Filed under: culture, Drones, Islam, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Palestine, Palestine-israel, Politics, USA

The real story of US Politics is the rise of Bernie Sanders

The real story of US Politics is the rise of Bernie Sanders

Raza Rumi posted a ten tweet series explaining how Bernie Sanders is the real story of US politics and not Donald Trump who is always in the media. Due to media coverage, Mr #Trump seems to be the main story. Nothing new there. The real story of #uspolitics is the rise of #BernieSanders — Raza Ahmad Rumi (@Razarumi) April 4, 2016 2.In a country with a legacy of #McCarthyism,the term #socialism has re-entered political discourse firing the imagination of … Read entire article »

Filed under: Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Politics, Raza Rumi, Twitter, USA

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

Nawaz or Rawalpindi?

Nawaz or Rawalpindi?

Imad Zafar Things are unfolding slowly and dramatically on the political horizon of Pakistan.There is nothing new, the same old mindset of “My Way or the Highway” is being adopted from the Rawalpindi Guys. The hanging of Mumtaz Qadri, Tacit Approval of his funeral on mass scale, getting Musharaf out of the constitutional cage and then unleashing the agenda to weaken the already weak civil Government. Timings of the bomb blast on Easter festival in a public … Read entire article »

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

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

The Profession of Prostitution – II

The Profession of Prostitution – II

By Najeeb Kakar In my last article, about the profession of prostitution, I deconstructed why prostitution is considered a viable source of revenue by poor Pashtun women. I had also given a detailed analysis of destitute women of our allegedly religious, traditional and intrepid society being obliged to this act. In my concluding piece, I broadly examine the  incalculable causes of prostitution entrenched as a whole in Pakistani society how and why respected women have been … Read entire article »

Filed under: culture, Dance, Law, men, minorities, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Peshawar, Politics, poverty, psychology, sex, Women

مریم نواز مسلم لیگ نون کا نیا چہرہ‎

مریم نواز مسلم لیگ نون کا نیا چہرہ‎

تحریر: عماد ظفر حکمران جماعت کی دھڑے بندیاں اور وفاقی وزراء کی آپس میں سرد جنگ آج کل منظر عام پر ہے ۔کسی بھی بڑی جماعت میں دھڑے بندیاں یا اختلافات کوئی نہیں بات نہیں لیکن جب اختلافات کھل کر سامنے آجائیں وزراء اور رہنما ٹی وی چینلز اور اخبارات پر ایک دوسرے کے خلاف بیان داغیں تو بہرحال اس سے سیاسی جماعت کی ساکھ متاثر ہوتی ہے ۔یہ دھڑے بندیاں انتخابی نتائج پر بھی براہ … Read entire article »

Filed under: Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Politics, Women

Are Karachi & Hyderabad RAW’ Stronghold?

Are Karachi & Hyderabad RAW’ Stronghold?

By Ahmer Muzammil For the 167th time in last 25 years, the establishment of Pakistan and the Punjabi intelligentsia has been trying to convince the rest of the country that MQM is RAW’ B team. This is troubling, because during this same time frame the MQM has continued to enjoy mandate of Urban Sind. It is interesting that Pakistan’s Army was at helm of affairs for all intent and purpose from 1999-2007 and during this tenure … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Citizens, Constitution, Corruption, Democracy, Karachi, MQM, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Politics, Punjab, RAW, Sindh, state, Terrorism

An Open Letter to Mustafa Kamal

An Open Letter to Mustafa Kamal

By  Emad Masroor   Dear Mustafa Kamal,   I am going to preface this letter by saying that I admire you for the way you embraced ownership of the city of Karachi, and encouraged all of her citizens to do the same. Your tenure as mayor was indeed a time of hope and of promise for a city which has never seen much of either – and I say this not because of the number of infrastructure projects executed … Read entire article »

Filed under: Constitution, Corruption, Democracy, Karachi, Love, MQM, Mustafa Kamal, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Politics, Target Killing, Terrorism

Turk-American Relations & the Kurdistan Divide

Turk-American Relations & the Kurdistan Divide

By Tanveer Arain A new debate has sparked when the President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan had said earlier on Friday that, the United States supplied weapons that had been used against civilians by a Syrian Kurdish Militia Group – the same group that Ankara blamed for the deadly suicide bombing this week. Turkey has blamed the Syrian Kurdish Militia Group (YPG) for the suicide car bomb attack on Wednesday that killed 28 people, most of which … Read entire article »

Filed under: Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, NATO, NATTO, Opinion, Politics, Terrorism, Turkey, USA, violence, World