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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

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

Pakistanis and Glass of Wine – A Social Enema  

Pakistanis and Glass of Wine – A Social Enema  

By Rafique Ali   The previous article was about intricacies of drinking, there is another elephant in the room; social behavior of Pakistanis towards alcohol.  Today is the day to talk about it, so let’s open can of worms. Not too long ago, a tweet from a semi-retire secular journalist now settled in London summarized social response of Pakistanis toward alcohol. He was probably exchanging pleasantries with a friend in a light mood, posted a picture of bottle … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1947, Colonialism, Conservation, Corruption, culture, Democracy, Economy, Islamism, Jinnah, Liberal Democratic Pakistan, liberal Pakistan, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Religion, Rights, Tourism, Travel

Who is a Muslim?

Who is a Muslim?

Raza Habib Raja Pakistan unfortunately is not a very tolerant country for minorities. We all know that Christian colonies have been attacked whenever a member of their faith was accused of blasphemy. Likewise, there have been forcible conversions in Sindh of some Hindus. Yes, there is no doubt that minorities suffer a lot in Pakistan but there is a category (which has various sub-categories) which has suffered even more in Pakistan. This category is not a fixed … Read entire article »

Filed under: Islam, minorities, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Religion

Abdul Sattar Edhi: the greatest Pakistani to have ever lived!

Abdul Sattar Edhi: the greatest Pakistani to have ever lived!

By Imran Ahmad Khan   On a recent official assignment, I was lucky enough to work with the Edhi Foundation. While my interaction with Pakistan’s largest social welfare organization was extremely limited, it gave me a chance to move away from the distractions of life and get a real sense of the great work that Abdul Sattar Edhi had done for humanity. Edhi’s name has always been a part of our lives. His image has always floated around, … Read entire article »

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

Madrassahs Responsible for Decline of Muslim Civilisation

Madrassahs Responsible for Decline of Muslim Civilisation

Dr. Taimur Rahman Muslim civilisation can never advance as long as it does not do away with the outdated madrassah education system and embrace modern scientific education. For the last 500 years Muslim civilisation has been in an intellectual decline because we simply refuse to embrace modern scientific secular education. We keep living in the past and talk about Ibne Sina and Al-Khwarizmi. But the madrassah system that stopped all critical thinking after the 13th century ban … Read entire article »

Filed under: Education, Islam, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Religion, secularism

Muslims Shaking Hands

Muslims Shaking Hands

Iftikhar Ahmad Muslim schoolboys who refused to shake hands with their female teacher will face a steep fine. This is the latest turn in a controversial matter that started last April in a Swiss school, when two Muslim boys refused to shake hands with their (female) teacher, because that would go against the Koran’s teachings. The boys argued that Islam forbids men to have physical contact with a woman outside of the family unit. But this … Read entire article »

Filed under: Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Religion

Pakistanis and the love of Trump

Pakistanis and the love of Trump

By S Mahmood I think we can all agree that Donald Trump’s stated policies towards Muslims are discriminatory and whenever he comments about them, Muslim voices are raised against him including in Pakistan. Not just against Donald Trump but also injustices against fellow Muslims in places like Syria and Palestine. Yet back home, every time somebody calls for justice in the case of Ahmadis, our sense of fairness is absent. Recently letters to Hamza Ali Abassi have … Read entire article »

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

The article which was censored in Pakistan: Sex Talk for Muslim Women

The article which was censored in Pakistan: Sex Talk for Muslim Women

Mona Eltahawy This article was originally published on The New York Times and it was removed by the printing partner of New York Times in Pakistan. After I gave a reading in Britain last year, a woman stood in line as I signed books. When it was her turn, the woman, who said she was from a British Muslim family of Arab origin, knelt down to speak so that we were at eye level. “I, too, am fed … Read entire article »

Filed under: journalism, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Religion, sex

Inherited Militancy

Inherited Militancy

By Ahmad Karim   Shahbaz Taseer the son of slain governor Punjab, Salman Taseer, was abducted by Usman Basra and his companions on August 26, 2011, from Gulberg area of Lahore. Taseer was later released mysteriously by the abductors and was found in a hotel of Kuchlak, near Quetta. Let’s first discover how Usman Basra turned out to be a kidnapper. Usman completed his matriculation from DPS (Divisional Public School) Lahore in 1999. He was a brilliant student … Read entire article »

Filed under: Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Religion, Taliban, Terrorism

A culture of hypocrisy

A culture of hypocrisy

By Saad Malik Couple of years back when the wave of terrorism and energy crisis was at its peak, I had an unpopular opinion about the two biggest problems faced by Pakistan. Since the media coverage focused exclusively on electricity shortfall and terrorism, these two issues were often recognized as the gravest problems faced by Pakistan. I often disagreed citing climatic change and a culture of hypocrisy as the gravest threats faced by the country. With … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Islam, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Religion, Reviews, Secterainism

Havoc in Pak: Lahore Bleeds again, killer mobs march in Islamabad

Havoc in Pak: Lahore Bleeds again, killer mobs march in Islamabad

Malik Omaid Sunday, March 27 will be remembered as a deadly day when Lahore saw another bomb blast in the children’s playing area of Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park, Lahore. Meanwhile, mobs championing the cause of former Governor Punjab, Salman Taseer’s killer Mumtaz Qadri march in Islamabad causing havoc in the federal capital. Raza Rumi commented on these two incidents through his tweets:   #prayforlahore Over 65 dead &300 injured in a #park full of women &children. My beautiful city rocked, once … Read entire article »

Filed under: minorities, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Raza Rumi, Religion, Taliban, Terrorism, Twitter, violence

تحفظِ عورت بِل اور ملاؤں کی پریشانی

تحفظِ عورت بِل اور ملاؤں کی پریشانی

تحریر: ملک عمید پنجاب نے عورتوں پر تشدد کے خلاف جو قانون پاس کیا ہے اس کا ردعمل جن حلقوں کی جانب سے آ رہا ہے اس پر کوئی تعجب نہیں ہوتا، اگر یوں کہیے کہ لگ بھگ تمام مردوں کی جانب سے آ رہا ہے تو غلط نہ ہوگا۔ یہ قانون گزشتہ چند دنوں سے مسلسل بحث کا مرکز بنا ہوا ہے اور روز شام کو ٹی وی کی عدالتیں لگتی ہیں اور روز اس … Read entire article »

Filed under: Opinion, Pak Tea House, Religion, Urdu, violence, Women

خواتین کا عالمی دن اور دعا

خواتین کا عالمی دن اور دعا

تحریر: عماد ظفر 8 مارچ کو دنیا بھر میں خواتین کا عالمی دن منایا جاتا ہے۔ ورکنگ وومن بالخصوص اس دن کا اہم حصہ ہوتی ہیں۔ دنیا بھر میں خواتین کی خدمات کے اعتراف میں اس دن کو منایا جاتا ہے۔ پچھلی صدی کے اوائل میں اس دن کو باقاعدہ منانے کا سلسلہ شروع ہوا تھا۔ باقی دنیا کی طرح ہم پاکستان میں بھی اس دن کو منائیں گے۔ لیکن ایک منقسم معاشرے اور قوم کی … Read entire article »

Filed under: Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Religion, Urdu, Women

Review:The Wandering Falcon—Exploding the Myth about Tribal Culture(s) in Pakistan

Review:The Wandering Falcon—Exploding the Myth about Tribal Culture(s) in Pakistan

By Aslam Kakar The Wandering Falcon, Jamil Ahmed’s debut novel, was published in 2011—almost four decades after it was written in the early 1970s. Why it took so long for the novel to hit the bookstores’ shelves were the endless rejections from publishers from around the world. One wonders what was it then that kept the author for so long from trashing the manuscript at first.   Perhaps, it was the book’s promising content and Ahmed’s faith in … Read entire article »

Filed under: Afghanistan, Baloch, Honor Killings, North-West Frontier Province, Northern Areas, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Raza Rumi, Religion, Reviews, violence, Women