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Twitter Review: Reactions on ISPR “tweet”

Malik Omaid Yesterday the ISPR’s clarification statement about Prime Minister’s denial of asking Army to act as mediator was tweeted. It was anticipated that within few hours it was re-tweeted for more than twenty thousand times. Almost every Pakistani reacted on the tweet and both parties to the conflict tried to explain the tweet by ISPR in a way that it supported their narrative. These self-explanatory and spontaneous reactions are presented here to show how the major Pakistani analysts look to the event as a blow to the Government. The greatest blow to his government &legitimacy was rendered yesterday by Nawaz Sharif &co. Incompetence much?#AskingArmyToResolveTheCrisis — Raza Rumi (@Razarumi) August 29, 2014   ISPR’s tweet contradicts the position that the PM took on the floor of the House. Pressure multiplies. — Nasim Zehra (@NasimZehra) August 29, … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Constitution, Democracy, ISI, Media, Pakistan, Parliament, Politics, Twitter

Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Speech in emergency session of Security Council (22-09-1965)

Pak Tea House is sharing this speech of former Prime Minister Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto during an emergency session of Security Council amidst Pakistan and India war of 1965. Sharing historical speeches is an effort of Pak Tea House to record historical speeches and to start a debate. Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Speech in emergency session… by razarumi1 Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Speech in emergency… by razarumi1 … Read entire article »

Filed under: History, India, Pakistan-India Peace Process, Palestine, Politics, south asia, video, violence, war

Awakening

Awakening

Note: The author does not represent the views of PTH. Pak Tea House is a secular blog where people of all ideologies have freedom to express themselves with in the boundaries of logic and tolerance. By Obaidullah Khan Good systems and strong institutions are the signs of a strong and a cohesive society. You cannot build an institution without an appropriate atmosphere to nurture the system. For example you cannot establish a fire station without the availability … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Citizens, Constitution, Democracy, Egalitarian Pakistan, Elections, History, human rights, Islamabad, journalism, Judiciary, Justice, Media, movements, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Parliament, Politics, Punjab, Revolution, secular Pakistan

Media power and freedoms under threat in Pakistan

Media power and freedoms under threat in Pakistan

In a few fiery tweets Raza Rumi explains the genesis of the current crisis in Pakistan.   [View the story "Media power and freedoms under threat in Pakistan" on Storify] … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Citizens, Constitution, Democracy, human rights, journalism, Media, Parliament, Politics, Raza Rumi, Revolution, Storify, Twitter

New Pakistan?

New Pakistan?

by Saad Hafiz Pakistan is in the grip of the political dysfunction that seems to manifest itself again and again. For six decades, power in Pakistan has teetered between military dictatorship and civilian rule. As usual, there is a lack of ideas and sense of direction despite the abundance of rhetoric. Any forced change is unlikely to address Pakistan’s deep-rooted problems of sectarianism, corruption and extremism. With politicians at odds and the developing chaos in the streets, … Read entire article »

Filed under: Activism, Army, Citizens, Constitution, Democracy, human rights, movements, Pakistan, Parliament, Politics, Punjab, Revolution

Dharna Duet not for Democracy says Nasim Zehra

Dharna Duet not for Democracy says Nasim Zehra

Malik Omaid “Nasim Zehra’s excellent tweets on the partisan role of (some) media & the complex web of forces & interests at work. History repeating itself.” Raza Rumi     [View the story "Dharna Duet not for Democracy says Nasim Zehra" on Storify] … Read entire article »

Filed under: Activism, Army, Citizens, Constitution, Corruption, Democracy, Elections, human rights, Islamabad, journalism, Justice, Lahore, Liberal Democratic Pakistan, Media, movements, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Parliament, Politics, Raza Rumi, Revolution, Storify, Twitter

Photo of the Day: Supreme Court of “Shalwar Kamiz”

Photo of the Day: Supreme Court of “Shalwar Kamiz”

Resident revolutionaries outside the Supreme Court building with Pakistan under their “Shalwar Kamiz” hung for drying.     … Read entire article »

Filed under: Activism, Constitution, Democracy, human rights, Images, Islamabad, Judiciary, Liberal Democratic Pakistan, Media, movements, Pak Tea House, Photo of the Day, Photos, Politics, Revolution

Negotiations – the ultimate solution!

Negotiations – the ultimate solution!

By Amir Abbas Turi I wish I could quote Elbaradei; “The time is right for a political solution and the way is negotiations.” But still it’s never too late. In politics and, especially, in democracy, there isn’t a everlasting deadlock and the doors for negotiations are always opened for the political foes. The current political turmoil between the ‘democratic’, ‘partially democratic’ and ‘undemocratic’ forces has resulted in the chaos; which might hamper the growth of democracy … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Citizens, Constitution, Democracy, Elections, ISI, Islamabad, Lahore, Media, movements, Opinion, Parliament, Politics, Revolution, Society, Yusuf Raza Gillani, Zardari

Photo of the Day: Marchers Rest outside State Institutions

Photo of the Day: Marchers Rest outside State Institutions

Combined Marchers sleep outside Parliament on Wednesday Morning. Photo Credits: The Nation … Read entire article »

Filed under: Citizens, Constitution, Democracy, Elections, human rights, Images, Liberal Democratic Pakistan, Pakistan, Parliament, Photo of the Day, Photos, Politics, Revolution

Twitter Reaction: Imran Khan’s Civil Disobedience Call

Malik Omaid On Imran khan’s Civil Disobediance (#CD) call, major analysts and twitteraties reacted with their views. Twitter got abuzz during his 17th August speech and there were reactions from both sides. Following is a collection of tweets and reactions by tweeters on PTI’s civil disobedience call. PTH Editor Note: “The twitterati have responded to the call for civil disobedience. We hope Imran Khan notes that he may be losing goodwill, quicker than anticipated. It is time to find a way out of the current politics. “   [View the story "Twitter Reaction: Imran Khan's Civil Disobedience Call" on Storify] … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Constitution, Democracy, Media, Pak Tea House, Politics, Revolution, Storify, Twitter

Our misplaced faith in shortcuts

Our misplaced faith in shortcuts

By Jamal Malik I was about 14 when the ‘Marde Momin, Marde Haq’, General Zia ul Haq toppled Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto’s government and imposed Martial Law in the country. It was 4th April 1979, when I came out of the examination hall of Abbottabad Public School, after taking my Matric Islamiat exam that my friends and I heard that Z. A. Bhutto had been hanged. Most of my friends were Bhutto sympathizers and it was an … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Constitution, Corruption, Democracy, Economy, Egalitarian Pakistan, human rights, journalism, Judiciary, minorities, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Parliament, Politics, Religion, Revolution

Inqilab March Unites with Azadi March

Inqilab March Unites with Azadi March

On these crucial moments of political chaos, Raza Rumi analyze the situation after the call of merging Tahir ul Qadri’s “Inqilaab March” with Imran Khan’s Azadi March.   [View the story "Inqilab March included in Azadi March" on Storify] … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Constitution, Democracy, Economy, Elections, History, journalism, Judiciary, Lahore, Media, Pakistan, Politics, Raza Rumi, Revolution, state, Storify, Twitter, violence

Pakistan’s energy crisis & endemic mismanagement

The Irony of the power crisis is that PMLN sits now on the same seat where they use to accuse PPP of corruption. Today they ask for prayers of rain to control situation. The crisis continues with no end in the near future.   [View the story "Pakistan’s energy crisis & endemic mismanagement" on Storify] … Read entire article »

Filed under: Corruption, Democracy, Economy, Pakistan, Politics, Storify, Twitter

How Journalists have become kingmakers

How Journalists have become kingmakers

پاکستان کی صحافتی دنیا میں بہت سے کالم نگاروں اور ٹی وی اینکرز نے عملی سیاست کا بیڑا اٹھا لیا ہے چاہے وہ حکومتوں کو گرانا ہو، آئی ایس آئی اور فوج کو کنٹرول کرنے کی سعی کرنا ہو یا ایسے سیاست دان جو کہ کئی دہائیوں سے اصولی سیاست کرتے آئے ہیں ان کی تذلیل کرنا ہو یہ سب ایک فیشن سا بن گیا ہے۔ حال ہی میں سلیم صافی جو کہ پاکستان کے … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, baluchistan, Constitution, Democracy, Drones, Elections, ISI, journalism, liberal Pakistan, Media, North-West Frontier Province, Pakistan, Parliament, Politics

Mosul and FATA

Mosul and FATA

by Abdul Quayyum Khan Kundi In 2006 Presidential candidate and then US Senator Joe Biden, now Vice President, proposed a plan that Iraq should be divided into three states i.e. Shia, Sunni and Kurd. That plan now seems to be a realty as Islamic State of Iraq and Sham (ISIS) conquers city after city along a line on a map that divides Sunni majority areas from Shia majority. In my personal view there is no danger … Read entire article »

Filed under: Afghanistan, Al Qaeda, Army, China, Europe, FATA, Great game, IDPs, Iran, Iraq, ISI, Islam, Judiciary, North-West Frontier Province, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, peace, Politics, state, Taliban, Terrorism, USA, war, World