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میں پاکستان کا “مالک” کیا چاہتا ہوں‎

میں پاکستان کا “مالک” کیا چاہتا ہوں‎

عماد ظفر پاکستانی فلم “مالک” وفاقی حکومت کی جانب سے پابندی کا شکار ہو جانے کے بعد آج کل میڈیا پر بحث کا باعث بنی ہوئی ہے۔ اس فلم کے ڈائریکٹر رائٹر اور ہیرو عاشر عظیم ہیں جنہوں نے لگ بھگ دو دہائیوں قبل پاکستان ٹیلی ویژن سے ایک سپرہٹ ڈرامہ دھواں میں اداکاری کے جوہر دکھائے تھے۔ اس فلم مالک میں سیاستدانوں اور نظام کو ناکارہ دکھاتے ہوئے ہیرو جو کہ ریٹائرڈ کمانڈو ہوتا ہے … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Urdu

Having Sex in Pakistan: Experiences of a young woman

Having Sex in Pakistan: Experiences of a young woman

This article was originally posted on Vice. Pak Tea House is reproducing it to highlight the issue. In our society sexual desires are hugely repressed. Lack of sexual education leads to unsafe and unhygienic practices causing long term ills to the youth. The lack of spaces to fulfill the human need of sex has lead a huge part of society to indulge in the practice of phone-sex; a matter normally pushed under the carpet. These … Read entire article »

Filed under: Citizens, human rights, liberal Pakistan, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, secularism, sex

Using Kitsch for Fame?

Using Kitsch for Fame?

By Rukhshan Meer   For those of you who are not familiar with word “kitsch”, lets bring to your knowledge that it is a German word, known to be first used in 1925. Urban dictionary states that it is as an art movement, lifestyle, or literature and film genre, which is pleasingly distasteful. It’s melodramatic, overdone, gaudy and tacky or sentimental and folksy. It’s so bad that it’s cool. The same concept is being implied by Taher Shah, … Read entire article »

Filed under: Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan

The Great Divide

The Great Divide

By Najeeb Kakar   In August, 1947, the Indian sub-continent was partitioned into two independent nation states. Hindu-majority India and Muslim-majority Pakistan. The division of Indian-peninsula was greatly, a fault line which, had been done along the sectarian lines. In the midst, one of the greatest migration took place in the history of human civilization. Millions of Hindus and Sikhs were trekked to India while Muslims headed in the opposite direction. And many millions were killed, tortured, … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1947, Hinduism, History, holocaust, India, Pakistan, Partition, Politics

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

Dead endangered turtle at Karachi beach

Dead endangered turtle at Karachi beach

By Andaleeb Rizvi The body washed ashore and even though the nearby WWF-Wetland Centre was informed, they had no provisions to investigate. I do not know the official standard operating procedure in Pakistan, but I believe, when an endangered species just washes up dead on the beach, where it is supposedly protected, it needs to be investigated. The turtle could have died due to pollution, ingesting plastics, etc. We might never know what happened. I guess … Read entire article »

Filed under: Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Photo Essay, Photos

7 Big Things the Pakistanis Misread about America

7 Big Things the Pakistanis Misread about America

By Aslam Kakar Many believe in things they do not yet see or know. Call it illusion, conspiracy mongering, or a lack of direct experience and knowledge of a phenomenon. Or, call it a lack of intellectual and theoretical clarity. Born and raised in Pakistan, and living in the US for last three years, I have known several intriguing yet absurd misunderstandings that the people of my country of origin believe about America. Here are the seven most … Read entire article »

Filed under: culture, Drones, Islam, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Palestine, Palestine-israel, Politics, USA

The Crimson Girl

PTH is grateful to Mr. Kashif Khuhro for contributing this short story which throws light on an important aspect of our society By Kashif Khuhro Everyone called her Rosie William Masih. Thin arms, long black hair, and dark complexion. A cute little girl of nine years she was. But she was older at her head than she looked. Rosie was very curious about everything. She probably never learnt to settle on a single answer for anything. She always wanted to be a pilot. She loved airplanes though she had never seen an airport in her life. Like most children, Rosie hated going to school. But she couldn’t help it. She had to go every day otherwise her father would get angry with her. But Sundays were fortunate exceptions. It was Saturday that morning … Read entire article »

Filed under: Children, Egalitarian Pakistan, minorities

Calling all bloggers in Lahore! ‪#‎munibaforghurki‬ ‪#‎GTTH‬

Filed under: Blogroll, Health, Lahore, Women, World

Gul-e-Raana: Episodic Disappointments

Gul-e-Raana: Episodic Disappointments

Mahwish Badr I have been watching Gul-e-Raana, the Hum TV play. It had a lot of good ratings and I began watching with high hopes but the play really didn’t live up to a lot of hopes that I had had. However, the end made up for some of the disappointments. A lot of themes in Gul-e-Raana are relevant, especially when it comes to domestic abuse and family pressures that go into making these destructive relationships “work” … Read entire article »

Filed under: Blogging, drama, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, video, Women

The real story of US Politics is the rise of Bernie Sanders

The real story of US Politics is the rise of Bernie Sanders

Raza Rumi posted a ten tweet series explaining how Bernie Sanders is the real story of US politics and not Donald Trump who is always in the media. Due to media coverage, Mr #Trump seems to be the main story. Nothing new there. The real story of #uspolitics is the rise of #BernieSanders — Raza Ahmad Rumi (@Razarumi) April 4, 2016 2.In a country with a legacy of #McCarthyism,the term #socialism has re-entered political discourse firing the imagination of … Read entire article »

Filed under: Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Politics, Raza Rumi, Twitter, USA

Photo Essay: Summer Palace – The Hidden Jewel

Photo Essay: Summer Palace – The Hidden Jewel

By Tania Qureshi   All pictures are courtesy of the author.                                                     The writer is a media professional and can be reached at taniaq29@gmail.com … Read entire article »

Filed under: ancient civilisations, Architecture, Arts and Crafts, Mughals, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Photo Essay

Zulfi Bhutto and Pakistan

Zulfi Bhutto and Pakistan

  Raza Habib Raja Today is Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto’s 37th death anniversary. It is time to look back and try to make sense of the enigma that was Bhutto. This article does not try to tread the familiar theme of praising or lamenting Bhutto, but tries to evaluate his impact whether positive of negative( depending how positives or negatives are interpreted by the reader) on the course of history in Pakistan. Impact, can be intended or unintended … Read entire article »

Filed under: Islam, Pakistan

Book Review; The State of Islam: Culture and Cold War Politics in Pakistan

Book Review; The State of Islam: Culture and Cold War Politics in Pakistan

By Najeeb Kakar   Saadia Toor is an Associate Professor of Sociology at City University of New York, College of Staten Island. Her latest book The State of Islam: Culture and Cold War Politics in Pakistan, is a fascinating piece of literature on the modern learnings of Pakistani state – post partition immediate politics and the role of the military establishment. Toor explains the significance of cultural elements as part of the political evolution of Pakistan. From … Read entire article »

Filed under: Afghanistan, Al Qaeda, Anniversery, Army, Bangladesh, Benazir Bhutto, Blasphemy, Book Review, Books, China, Citizens, Civil Service, Colonialism, Corruption, Democracy, Economy, Elections, Faiz Ahmed Faiz, History, Honor Killing, human rights, ISI, Islam, Islamism, Liberal Democratic Pakistan, liberal Pakistan, Literature, Marxism, Media, minorities, movements, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Poet, Politics, Reviews, Rights

گویا مقتول ہی قاتل ٹھرا

گویا مقتول ہی قاتل ٹھرا

انیلا معین سید ستائیس مارچ 2016 بروز اتوار کو لاہور شہر میں پیش آنے والے واقعے نے میرے بھی ہوش اڑا دیے۔ اس زندہ دل شہر کے باسیوں کو خون میں لت پت دیکھنا ایک بڑا کٹھن مرحلہ تھا۔ یوں تو دہشت گردی اور بم دھماکے ہم پاکستانیوں کی زندگی کا لازم و ملزوم حصہ بن چکے ہیں اور اب ایسے واقعات پر نہ اب نہ ہی دل لرزتا ہے اور نہ ہی آنکھوں میں آنسو … Read entire article »

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