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Photo of the Day: Abandoned Mosque Thatta

Photo of the Day: Abandoned Mosque Thatta

Dabgir Mosque is Thatta, Sindh, Pakistan The Dabgir mosque is another historical mosque in Thatta. It was built in the 16th century by Khusro Khan, the Governor of Thatta. It is 1 km away from the more famous Jamia Mosque. The mihrab is carved with such delicacy of touch that it looks like sandal wood rather than stone. The mosque is no longer in use. Above information taken from the Insight Guides to Pakistan … Read entire article »

Filed under: Architecture, Heritage, History, Images, Islam, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Photo of the Day, Photos, Religion, Sindh

Three Stories

India, my motherland is a land of dreams and stories. In every nook and corner one can find stories. The stories that begin with people like you and I, move on with emotions, faith, sex, lust, politics, crime and tragedy and, continue endlessly, thriving and sustaining on the hopes and dreams of happy ending. These inherently beginningless and endless stories are also as mystical as my country, but they always provide a good fodder for different scribes of sorts. In this series of articles I am going to tell you three different stories. My first story is of the political, commercial and corporate styled babas and their quick-fix solutions. In May, 2012 I was in my home city Udaipur. Like every year, it was terribly hot. Often, it was extremely difficult … Read entire article »

Filed under: Pakistan

Lest We Forget

Lest We Forget

By Salma B. Ahmad and Khullat M. Khan: We are proud Muslim daughters of parents who were blessed with five children. Despite financial constraints our parents tried their utmost to give us the best education available in Pakistan. We admire our parent’s relentless efforts in the pursuit of good education for us. We are horrified by the atrocities committed by extremist organizations such as Boko Haram that put obstacles in the way of women’s education. While it … Read entire article »

Filed under: Al Qaeda, Children, Education, human rights, Islamism, Pakistan, Religion

Second Amendment, Ahmedis and Democracy

Second Amendment, Ahmedis and Democracy

Raza Habib Raja Frankly I would like to say at the onset that I think the Second Amendment which declared Ahmedis as non Muslims is one of the blackest and most shameful act of legislation ever passed in the National Assembly. Its reprehensible content is reinforced by the fact that it was not an ordinance imposed by a dictator but actually passed by majority through legislative process. The Second Amendment was passed unanimously and compared to other controversial … Read entire article »

Filed under: Democracy, Liberal Democratic Pakistan

Sa‘adat Hasan Manto: Gilgit Khan

Sa‘adat Hasan Manto: Gilgit Khan

Pak Tea House is sharing the translation of this amazing short story by Sadat Hasan Manto. Shahbaz khan had it up to here with Jahangir, who worked in his restaurant and also ran errands. He couldn’t stand the man’s indolence, so one day he gave him his marching orders. Actually, Jahangir wasn’t lazy or slow at all, he was so agile and fast that his movements seemed stationary to Shahbaz Khan. Shahbaz Khan paid him the salary … Read entire article »

Filed under: Arts and Crafts, Books, Citizens, culture, Education, History, Labour, Literature, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Writers

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

Richard Attenborough: The man who manufactured the myth of Gandhi has passed away

Richard Attenborough: The man who manufactured the myth of Gandhi has passed away

By Yasser Latif Hamdani Richard Attenborough, who in my opinion was the most successful storyteller of our times and he told the most fantastic story –  Gandhi, has passed away. May he rest in peace.  Future generations will point to his most successful work on the life of the “Mahatma” as one of the examples of how Hollywood completely and totally butchered history for commercial reasons. Forget the demonization of Jinnah, which was to be expected as … Read entire article »

Filed under: Pakistan

Photo of the Day: Religious Clerics in Action

Photo of the Day: Religious Clerics in Action

Malik Omaid With Tahir ul Qadri and Imran Khan’s dharna duet on full swing, religious clerics jump in adding their share to the political crisis in the country by trying to convert it into a religious and sectarian crisis.   … Read entire article »

Filed under: Blasphemy, Constitution, Democracy, Elections, Images, Islamism, minorities, Pak Tea House, Parliament, Photo of the Day, Photos, Religion, Revolution

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

Photo of the Day: “Aik Zardari Abhi tak Bhari”

Photo of the Day: “Aik Zardari Abhi tak Bhari”

Photo of former President Asif Ali Zardari was every where yesterday as he had lunch with Prime Minister as his Raiwand residency. Every where on social Media the talk was on how Nawaz Sharif need the rescue from Asif Ali Zardari. In Nadeem Fareed Paracha’s words..”Aik Zardari Abhi Tak Bhari”   … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Citizens, Constitution, Corruption, Democracy, human rights, Images, Lahore, Media, Parliament, Photo of the Day, Photos, Zardari

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

Feeling Betrayed by Imran Khan

Feeling Betrayed by Imran Khan

By Zafar Siddique In 2012, when Imran Khan’s political popularity was at its peak, I got a chance to meet him and told him that the youth of Pakistan is overwhelmingly supporting him because they believe that he was the only hope for Pakistan. I told him that a certain segment of the youth believed that what he was offering was simply impossible to implement in its actuality and was highly unrealistic. I told him that … Read entire article »

Filed under: Afghanistan, Army, Citizens, Constitution, Corruption, Democracy, Elections, ISI, Islamabad, Justice, movements, Pakistan, Parliament, Revolution

Photo of the Day: A lone wolfpaces the stage

Photo of the Day: A lone wolfpaces the stage

Alone atop his container on Thursday afternoon, PTI chief Imran Khan tries to rally supporters as the sit-in venue wears a deserted look. Photo by Tanveer Shahzad / White Star via Dawn … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Citizens, Constitution, Democracy, Elections, Images, Justice, movements, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Parliament, Photo of the Day, Photos

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