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Cheap publicity stunt by a hate blog

Cheap publicity stunt by a hate blog

  By Shahzad Raza Fickle-minded self-styled pseudo vigilantes have been lurking around the Internet sphere: some to be reckoned among the guttersnipes of a web-portal, “Let Us Build Pakistan.” If this is what the building is, as they propagate, one shudders to think what would the destruction mean. The moral bankruptcy trickles down from every word, put on the website to malign independent, liberal and unbiased media personalities. The one who calls himself Ali Taj (picture above who knows) … Read entire article »

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National Maududian Hypocrisy and the Peshawar Blast

National Maududian Hypocrisy and the Peshawar Blast

  (Maulana Maududi – the God Father of Islamic Fundamentalism and Terrorism. Also Haider Maududi’s father). By Yasser Latif Hamdani As the nation comes to grip with the horrible massacre of Christians in Peshawar,  Haider Maududi on Duniya TV (which shamelessly said “jo kachra saaf kartay thay un ka safaya ho giya)  decided to muddy the waters by claiming that this was bound to happen in a country founded in the name of religion. FACT: This fiction that Pakistan … Read entire article »

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Parliament’s decision will not fade the Ahmadi contribution to Pakistan

Today 7th September would mark the 39th anniversary of the infamous decision by Bhutto’s parliament to declare Ahmadis ‘non-Muslims’ for the purpose of constitution. By meddling in religious matters and pandering to Mullahs, the progressive Pakistan of 1960s eventually turned into a hotbed of extremism with a divided society that is confused about ideology. What people has Pakistan disowned in these 39 years? Following is a list of a few of the many sons of the soil – all of whom happen to be Ahmadis – who were Pakistan’s true heroes and whose contribution to the nation is being maligned and erased by people whose own loyalty to the land is dubious. 1. Dr. Muhammad Abdus Salam: A Physicist of world acclaim who won the Nobel Prize in 1979 and was … Read entire article »

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Lessons from the Islamabad Fiasco

Lessons from the Islamabad Fiasco

by Abdul Majeed (This is a useless post because Pakistan and Pakistanis have steadfastly refused to learn any lessons from the past). On 15th August 2013,a middle aged man in the Capital of Islamic Republic of Pakistan started aerial firing in the middle of the city. He started firing into the air in the central Jinnah Avenue neighbourhood — less than a kilometre from the presidency and parliament buildings — after being stopped for a traffic violation on … Read entire article »

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Jinnah unequivocally wanted Pakistan to be a secular state

Jinnah unequivocally wanted Pakistan to be a secular state

  (Photo: Jacket Cover of leftist Indian historian Dr Ajeet Jawed’s book “Secular and Nationalist Jinnah“) By Yasser Latif Hamdani I am writing this article as a rebuttal to Khuldune Shahid’s article “Jinnah’s Pakistan a mirror of his contradictions.” It is necessary because if you do not counter a falsehood in public domain over time it is taken to be the truth. It is sad that there are many OpEd writers who when writing on this topic do … Read entire article »

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LUBP’s Attacks on Raza Rumi – Shameful

By Yasser Latif Hamdani It has long been my policy to ignore altogether the blog that claims to be run by “critical PPP supporters” called “Let us build Pakistan”, though it really should be called “Let us Bomb Pakistan” because of the nature of its materials. Nor is it in the least bit affiliated with the Pakistan People’s Party. Let me start by explaining why I am writing this blog post. Raza Rumi is one of the most extraordinary progressive intellectuals produced by Pakistan – the sort who will leave an indelible mark long after all of us are gone. His work as a civil society activist as well as an author is already well recognized and needs no elaboration. His work on behalf of minorities and his work to create an … Read entire article »

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Red is Black

By Rabia Umaima Ahmed The day Malala was shot, I went to my university wearing a black ribbon as a sign of protest. I received a mixed response, largely negative and discouraging. Even the bus conductor did not spare me his sarcasm. That was when I realized what most girls, not just Malala, have to go through. Observing everything happening around us, it’s easy to conclude that we have no sense of balance left in our temperament. It’s more like a pendulum now. We can shout over the target killings, drone attacks, political issues and each ill of the society, but when it comes to the minorities, we make every attempt to justify shameless mistreatment. We are not ready to accept newly emerging educated and well-informed politicians, and wish to keep voting … Read entire article »

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The Resurrection of Pak Tea House(Part 1)

The Resurrection of Pak Tea House(Part 1)

Pak Tea House, the original tea house which became the inspiration for the name of this webzine, had been reduced to a Tire Shop during the last decade. It used to be a place where all the literary lights of the times(From 1940s till 1980s) gathered for a cup of tea and intellectual discussions. Stalwarts of Urdu Literature discussed various ideas over hot cups of tea. It was revived as a Tea House by the Punjab … Read entire article »

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The Drone Signature

By Saad Hafiz Drones have been a popular topic of late, mostly in discussions about whether the US government should be authorized to track down and kill suspected terrorists anywhere around the globe using the pilot-less predators. Amidst the passionate debate, the much vilified drones have become the signature weapon in the post-9/11 anti-terrorist warfare, particularly in the al-Qaeda and Taliban safe havens straddling the Afghan-Pakistan border. US drones have proven to be quite effective and a much-needed instrument of attack in the war against the terrorists. Drone strikes have taken out key leaders, disrupted meetings and curtailed movement, often forcing terrorists to scurry for cover. Drone enthusiasm is driven by the minimization of the risk to ground forces and non-combatants. Opponents counter that drones are an ignoble and cowardly form … Read entire article »

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The Egyptian Dilemma

By Muqeet Tahir Malik   Dear Readers! We have witnessed the Arab spring resulting in the overthrow of dictators like Mommar Qaddafi, and  Hosni Mubarik  making way for new leaders who were appointed through the democratic process of elections. However, now a political divide is emerging in these countries between the conservatives and secular class as on the governing policies. This has also led to widespread protests in the Egyptian capital of Cairo, at the renowned Al Tahrir Square which has led to a coup by the Egyptian military which toppled the elected President Muhammad Morsi. Firstly, matters began to worsen when President Muhammad Morsi in November 2012 unilaterally decreed that he had immunity from the judiciary. The same decree was aimed at hindering the courts from nullifying the decisions of the upper … Read entire article »

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Pakistan’s New Government and Afghan Policy

By Farakh A. Khan   Former British Foreign Minister, David Miliband in his article ‘How to end the war in Afghanistan’ claimed that ‘neither UK nor US started the war in Afghanistan’. Then who did? Miliband is either ill informed or deliberately not telling the truth. Either way this is not an unusual claim. Afghanistan has been at war for the last 30 years. With Russian invasion of 1979 Afghanistan was a pawn between Russia and the U.S. in the Cold War era. The Americans not only supplied arms and armament but also a heavy dose of Saudi brand of Islam through Pakistan, promoting Jihad. The leaders of Mujahideen were on the pay role of the Saudis and Americans including Osama bin Laden. Later the foremost villain in the eyes of the Americans … Read entire article »

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Trade Unions Dismayed, Flay Budget “of the Capitalists”

By Behzad Taimur I sit on the thick, but worn, carpet of a small mosque inside Bakhtiar Hall on Lahore’s Nisbet Road, with Mr. Khurshid Ahmed, general secretary of Pakistan Worker’s Confederation and Pakistan Worker’s Federation. There is no electricity, but the heat is not oppressive. Mr. Ahmed is surrounded by trade union workers who accord him a sort of respect that is rare to be seen – he is their “Great Leader”. Yet, he sits very humbly on the floor of the mosque with me, his head bowed and hands cupped in his lap, and even as he does he seems to exude a rare aura of authority, dignity and grace. “We are dismayed that the government has ignored all of our demands,” says Mr. Ahmed. Pakistan Worker’s Confederation (PWC), the largest … Read entire article »

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The End of Cold Start Doctrine?

By Ahmed Khan   India’s development of an offensive military doctrine after the 2001 attack on its parliament was meant to create a strategic advantage over Pakistan. Has it worked? The imbalance created between India and Pakistan due to the Indo-U.S nuclear agreement, coupled with their strategic partnership with the U.S. in various technological and scientific fields, has created a new security situation in South Asia. Pakistan has limited economic strength and military capabilities compared to its historical rival. The asymmetric nature of their conventional and non-conventional military forces has created a disparity in their strategic relationship. Moreover during the past decade and a half, Indian policymakers, along with its military leadership, have devised a new strategy that envisions and enables a limited war by conducting surgical strikes on Pakistan. The more offensive doctrine … Read entire article »

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Mind and Meditation

By Sri Sri Ravi Shankar   Have you observed what is happening in your mind every moment? It vacillates between the past and the future – it is either in the past occupied with what has happened or in the future thinking about what you have to do. Knowledge is being aware of this phenomenon of the mind — of what is happening right now in your mind as you are reading this article. Information can be acquired by reading books or browsing the internet. You can open a book on any subject such as how to lose weight, how to prepare for an interview, success 101 and so on. There are innumerable volumes available on a countless number of topics, but the awareness of your own mind cannot be learnt from a … Read entire article »

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The Psychology of The Internet Troll

This most interesting video by Academic Earth attempts to shed light on the psychology of the internet troll and explains how anonymous trolling contributes to the online “disinhibition effect”.   Link below:   Click here - http://academicearth.org/electives/psychology-internet-troll/ … Read entire article »

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