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The tragic floods in Kashmir and Jingoism

Raza Rumi points out the apathy of both Pakistani and Indian twitteratis who are still busy chanting jingoistic slogans amidst huge floods devastating Kashmir on the both sides of Line of Control.   [View the story "The tragic floods in Kashmir and Jingoism" on Storify] … Read entire article »

Filed under: Activism, Climate Change, Images, India, Media, movements, Pakistan, Photos, Punjab, south asia, Storify, Twitter

Fascisms of every kind

Fascisms of every kind

by Saad Hafiz As was the case in the 1930s, the global forces of reaction are emerging with populist appeals directed against immigrants, ethnic and sectarian minorities. Society’s seemingly permanent infatuation with xenophobic demagogy is alive and well. It is a conducive environment for the most reactionary and chauvinistic elements in society to prosper. They are egged on by opportunistic leaders who find a way to harness the smouldering anger and disenchantment of vulnerable sections of … Read entire article »

Filed under: Constitution, Democracy, Elections, Islamabad, movements, Politics, Revolution

Photo of the Day: Crackdown in Islamabad

Photo of the Day: Crackdown in Islamabad

Malik Omaid From Friday night Police arrested hundreds of protesters camped in the capital for more than a month, the arresting of political workers continued on Saturday. This has escalated tensions in Islamabad and PTI and PAT have boycotted talks with the Government till their workers are set free. Earlier, Imran Khan announced a celebration on Saturday as the sit-in in Islamabad completes one month. As the Sit-in enters the next month, the country already hit by … Read entire article »

Filed under: Citizens, Constitution, Democracy, Islamabad, Media, movements, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Photo of the Day, Photos, Politics, Revolution, violence

Three MCQs for Imran Khan

Three MCQs for Imran Khan

By Baber Mirza   I have three questions for Imran Khan, or for any lawyer or supporter who can guess Imran Khan’s answers to these questions. Having seen his marches and heard his speeches, I don’t for a second doubt his honesty and bravery but I wouldn’t bet a dime on his logic. Therefore, these questions are in the form of MCQs. NOTE: Please remember while answering that the choices in each MCQ contain more than one CORRECT … Read entire article »

Filed under: Citizens, Constitution, Democracy, Pakistan, Parliament, Politics, Revolution

Twitter Trends: Movies in Naya Pakistan

Twitter Trends: Movies in Naya Pakistan

Malik Omaid Since Sunday, #NayaPakistanMovies is trending in Pakistan like a roller coaster. Lots of people mostly those against the Dharna’s of Tahir-ul-Qadri and Imran Khan are taking part in it. This trend points out the irony behind the PTI “dharna” as how can Pakistan be changed altogether by just making Imran Khan Prime Minister. Many of the twitteraties made titles relating PTI youth mindset. Some of the hilarious titles are following.   “Jab pyar kiya to dharna … Read entire article »

Filed under: Activism, Citizens, Constitution, Dance, Democracy, Elections, human rights, Islamabad, Lahore, Pakistan, Parliament, Politics, Reviews, Twitter

کوئی حد نئیں صبراں دی

کوئی حد نئیں صبراں دی

ضیاء کھوکھر دکھوں کی صلیب پر مصلوب رہنے کے بعد قبر میں اتر جانے والی بیگم نصرت بھٹو یادیں اور تاثرات (نومبر۱۹۶۸ء تا اکتوبر ۲۰۱۱ء) پاکستان پیپلز پارٹی کے قیام کے کچھ عرصہ بعد 13نومبر 1968ء کو چیئرمین ذوالفقار علی بھٹو کو لاہور سے گرفتار کرلیا گیا۔ یہ وہ دور تھا جب ایوب خان کی آمریت کا سورج پوری آب وتاب سے چمک رہا تھا۔ جمہوریت کی بحالی کی تمام تحریکیں دم توڑ چکی تھیں۔ پرانی روایتی … Read entire article »

Filed under: Benazir Bhutto, Democracy, History, Lahore, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, poetry, Politics, secular Pakistan, Sindh, Women

تمہیں یاد ہو کہ نہ یاد ہو

عبیداللہ خان   چوہدری اعتزاز احسن صاحب جنہیں اللہ نے نہ صرف جوش خطابت سے نوازا ہے بلکہ اردو اور انگریزی دونوں زبانوں پر ملکہ بھی عطا کیا ہے۔ اس سونے پر سہاگہ یہ کہ موصوف پاکستان کے چوٹی کے قانون دانوں میں شمار ہوتے ہیں جن سے بحث میں جیتنا جوئے شیر لانے سے کم نہیں ہے۔ ان کے سامنے کسی کی چودھراہٹ نہیں چلتی خواہ وہ ملک کاوزیر داخلہ چوہدری نثار علی خان ہی کیوں نہ ہو۔ اعتزاز صاحب کی تقریر سے گزشتہ سال بھر میں پہلی بار احساس ہوا کہ پیپلز پارٹی واقعی اپوزیشن کی جماعت ہے۔ یا شاید یہ احساس دلانے کا وقت ابھی آیا ہے؟ جب اعتزاز احسن صاحب نے اپنی گھن گرج قسم کی توپوں کا رخ نواز حکومت سے دھرنا سیاست کی طرف موڑا تو ایک … Read entire article »

Filed under: Constitution, Democracy, History, Islamabad, minorities, Pakistan, Parliament, Politics, Religion

What about the common man?

What about the common man?

By Saniya Ahmad It has been 3 weeks since the Azadi/Inquilaab March started. Thousands of people came out of their homes to march against the current government for their poor governance. They have been living without proper shelter and sanitation for weeks now. Every night is dangerous for them for fear of attack by the police. And if that isn’t enough, there is frequent rainfall, much of which continues throughout the whole night. It has been 3 … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Citizens, Constitution, Corruption, Democracy, Egalitarian Pakistan, Islamabad, movements, Pakistan, Parliament, Politics, poverty

Friends, Romans and Countrymen, lend me your Ears

Friends, Romans and Countrymen, lend me your Ears

By Bisma Tirmizi The system of democracy is not an effigy or idol that the people are to worship, it’s a system that must work for the people it serves, there is no democracy if the system is not working. Absence of food, water, justice, security, education, electricity, gas, sanitation, et cetera means there is no democracy. The last almost 2 days have unleashed the madness of King George on the people of Pakistan, within its borders … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Citizens, Constitution, Democracy, Elections, human rights, Islamabad, Justice, Pak Tea House, Politics, Revolution

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 »

Filed under: Army, Constitution, Democracy, Egalitarian Pakistan, Elections, human rights, Islamabad, movements, Partition, peace, Politics, Revolution, violence

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