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The Crisis of Good Governance in Pakistan

The Crisis of Good Governance in Pakistan

By Najeeb Kakar Good governance is an indeterminate term used in the international development literature to describe how public institutions conduct public affairs and manage their resources. However, governance is “the process of decision-making and the process by which decisions are implemented (or not implemented)”.  One of the definitions of good governance is “establishing of policies [and rules], and continuous monitoring of their proper implementation by the members of the governing body [government] of an organization [country]”. Good … Read entire article »

Filed under: Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan

Men & Mice Conflict Provokes Intellect: An Analogical Reasoning

Men & Mice Conflict Provokes Intellect: An Analogical Reasoning

By Gulzar Ahmad The current remarkable let up in suicide bombings across the country as a result of ongoing military operation in the tribal belt of Waziristan has ‘overtly’ created an illusion that the use of force is durable  in purging society from the evils of militancy and insurgency that continues to haunt the state of Pakistan from the very outset. It goes without saying that human beings are in perpetual conflict with mouse specie since … Read entire article »

Filed under: Free Speech, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Zarb-E-Azb

Is Pakistan Responsible for Destabilization of Afghanistan?

Is Pakistan Responsible for Destabilization of Afghanistan?

By Misbah Azam, Ph.D.   By definition, sovereignty is the quality of having independent authority over a geographic area. It can be found in a power to rule and make laws that rests on a political fact for which no pure legal definition can be provided. The land or territory is considered sovereign if the state has its law implemented there and the people are bound to follow the Social Contract between the people and the state. … Read entire article »

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

Technology without which we can’t live

Technology without which we can’t live

By Hafsa Sarfraz In this day and age everyone uses technology in some way, shape or form to make life easier. For most people technology is not something we give a second thought to but some people literally can’t live without it and I am not being dramatic. For some people the existence of technology is the difference between silence and laughter, loneliness and interaction and even life and death.   Can we live without a technology? Of … Read entire article »

Filed under: Pakistan, Technology, World

Council of Islamic Ideology and its Regressive Recommendations

Council of Islamic Ideology and its Regressive Recommendations

Raza Habib Raja The Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) Pakistan is a body whose job is to give recommendations to the government of Pakistan for making the legal framework more in line with Islam and for that purpose it actively reviews several existing as well as the proposed laws. Most recently the CII is in the news for suggesting that men should be allowed to beat their wives. Before that CII made international headlines because of actually rejecting … Read entire article »

Filed under: Islam, Law, secularism, Women

MY RIGHT TO LIBERTY WAS RESTRICTED WITH MY DUPPATTA

MY RIGHT TO LIBERTY WAS RESTRICTED WITH MY DUPPATTA

By SJ There is a fine line between office and work. Offices are never easy and nor do they promise to be.  In our male dominating society, it’s hard for women to breathe amongst sexual predators, assaulters and misogynists.  We do stumble upon sexism and encounter it in all possible forms. Unfortunately, our counterparts are always successful to find a way to let us down and to prove their superiority.  They will make sure they don’t … Read entire article »

Filed under: men, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Women

Changing Narrative! Is the State ready to do that?

Changing Narrative! Is the State ready to do that?

By Misbah Azam, Ph.D. The cold blooded assassination of Khurram Zaki raises the question that why the agencies are unable or unwilling to protect those intellectual elites who are accepted as custodians of liberal and progressive agendas in any country. Zaki was a journalist, research scholar, blogger, human rights and rights activist, and editor of the Pakistani blog and news website “Let Us Build Pakistan” (LUBP), who’s stated aim, is to “spread liberal religious views and … Read entire article »

Filed under: Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Raza Rumi, Taliban, Target Killing, Terrorism

Creativity is contagious, pass it on.

Creativity is contagious, pass it on.

by Rukhshan Meer   Albert Einstein said “Creativity is Contagious, pass it on”. Since there is a lack of official platforms to show case our youth’s creativity, we organized an Art exhibition and competition at our university in which students of various institutions participated to show their hidden talent. After seeing their creative work, I was pleasantly surprised that the students, who haven’t study arts, can be so good at painting, calligraphy and sketching. Students pursuing their degrees … Read entire article »

Filed under: Arts and Crafts, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Reviews

Domestic violence is an exaggeration

Domestic violence is an exaggeration

By Andaleeb Rizvi   When I mentioned the recent article on Dawn.com ‘These women stayed in abusive marriages because Pakistan failed them’ and quoted HRCP for saying 90% women face some form of domestic violence, I was told it doesn’t happen this much because:   nobody in this room beats their wife: This makes sense to all those who feel they are being held responsible for something they did not do. Violence against women should not be mentioned to keep … Read entire article »

Filed under: Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, violence, Women

Let’s Leave it To God: Why State Does Not Have the Right to Declare Ahmedis As Non Muslims

By Raza Habib Raja First of all, let me make it clear that I am NOT an Ahmadi. This clarification is essential so that my motives are clear to everyone. A few months ago I wrote an article on Huff post in which I criticized the infamous Second Amendment which had declared Ahmadis as Non-Muslims. I got a lot of heated responses on that with some saying that I am myself an Ahmadi (which I am not), and some claiming that I am anti-Islam or at least do not know about it. Further I was told that Ahmadis also hate Muslims and consider all other sects as Non-Muslim and therefore it is “fair” to declare them as Non-Muslims. Of course I have been told a number of times that they are “against” Pakistan. Some … Read entire article »

Filed under: minorities, Pakistan

How dare you identify yourself as Muhajir!

How dare you identify yourself as Muhajir!

By  Rafique Ali   ‘How do you identify yourself’ is a question sometimes asked during a discourse. It can either be a political, literary and intellectual or a cause based conversation. There is freshness of liberation in this question. Sometimes this question has been asked with compassion & sometimes in an intimidating, accusatory, mocking & investigative manner. Doesn’t matter how & under what circumstances it’s been asked, the responder can feel the power of making the choice … Read entire article »

Filed under: culture, Democracy, History, MQM, Muhajir, Opinion, Pakistan

Why Muslims are Partly Themselves Responsible for the Negative Global Image

Why Muslims are Partly Themselves Responsible for the Negative Global Image

Raza Habib Raja Right now the global spotlight is on extremist Muslims due to a string of incidences from Paris to Belgium.  Due to these barbaric acts perpetuated by these extremists, Muslims in general are also facing a lot of backlash, some of which is excessive. However, whereas we as Muslims are correct to complain that it is unfair to bracket ordinary Muslims with the extremists, but at the same time we need to understand that our … Read entire article »

Filed under: Blasphemy, Islam, Islam for Peace

Should I be proud that my country treats women like cattle?

Should I be proud that my country treats women like cattle?

By Syeda Sana Ahmad May 3rd, 2016 – ‘A 13 year old girl was gang raped and then set ablaze in Chiniot’, the Ary news website informs me the next day. I scroll down to see the comments but there are none. I then go to the Pakistan Times website but there aren’t any responses there either. No one has commented, shared or discussed this tragedy. That is when, it once again, dawned on me how … Read entire article »

Filed under: Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Rights, Society, Women

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

Why Secularism

Why Secularism

By Najeeb Kakar Pakistan has often been experienced the religious orthodoxy since its inception. It has engendered religious narratives among the people who recalls secularism as a non-Islamic ideology. People in Pakistan are spewing detrimental arguments, that secularism is a Western ideology, which is an antipodal to Islam and a planned Western conspiracy against us. Hence, which would lead to destroying our religion, cultural and social values. Unfortunately, they are obviously distraught, since there are no-return … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1947, Citizens, History, Islam, Jinnah, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, secular Pakistan, secularism