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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

Rescue on the Sea

Re-posting Story written and narrated by Zeenat Iqbal Hussain For Voice of Children Broadcasted on FM 102.2 Islamabad Pakistan Original Publication date : 03/28/2014 Duration : 11:17       … Read entire article »

Filed under: ancient civilisations, Arts and Crafts, Books, Children, culture, Pakistan, Storify

Ten Most Powerful Quotes from the Novel, Breath, Eyes, Memory

Ten Most Powerful Quotes from the Novel, Breath, Eyes, Memory

Aslam Kakar ‘Women are as brave as stars out at dawn’, writes Edwidge Danticat in her novel Breath, Eyes, Memory. Danticat is a Haitian-American novelist, and dedicates her masterpiece to the humiliated and most impoverished, yet brave women of her country of origin, Haiti. Women are treated as the most vulnerable and the least fortunate of humankind, almost in all societies. But, in some cultures, particularly in the developing world, they experience terrible afflictions. Rape, physical humiliation, and suppression … Read entire article »

Filed under: Books

Nawaz or Rawalpindi?

Nawaz or Rawalpindi?

Imad Zafar Things are unfolding slowly and dramatically on the political horizon of Pakistan.There is nothing new, the same old mindset of “My Way or the Highway” is being adopted from the Rawalpindi Guys. The hanging of Mumtaz Qadri, Tacit Approval of his funeral on mass scale, getting Musharaf out of the constitutional cage and then unleashing the agenda to weaken the already weak civil Government. Timings of the bomb blast on Easter festival in a public … Read entire article »

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

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

Four self-defeating practices of Pakistan’s liberals

Four self-defeating practices of Pakistan’s liberals

Taimur Rahman Four self-defeating practices of Pakistan liberals that have made them ineffective against extremism. 1) Liberals are unable to develop an awami (popular) culture. Lets face it, Pakistani liberals mostly come from the elite (with some notable exceptions). At the individual level this is not the problem (I also come from the same elite). The problem is that they also bring that elitist culture into the organisations and movements they create. And this destroys internal democracy and … Read entire article »

Filed under: Citizens, liberal Pakistan, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Reviews, secularism

Lahore, you have been strong

Lahore, you have been strong

Kamini Masood For years now you have held us, all of us huddled together in your ever growing palms You have held us and we have jostled for space, knocking each other around and striking bruises into our flesh and yours You have held us and we have built homes upon homes in the lines on your palms that are more our future than yours You have smiled down at us as we, unbothered by difference, unfazed by change, … Read entire article »

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

مومن مومن، کافر کافر

مومن مومن، کافر کافر

سائرہ امبرین میں مومن، تو کافر ہے ہاں صحیح کہا، تو کافر ہے مار کے اس کو اے لوگو! تم پار لگو، غازی کہلاؤ کیا بولے؟ میں ماروں؟ میں۔۔۔۔۔۔۔۔۔۔ کیوں ماروں؟ میرا کام تو بات پھیلانا پھر بے سدھ ہو کر سو جانا اب صبح اٹھوں گا پھر دیکھوں گا کتنے مومن، کتنے کافر؟ کس نے کس کو مارا ہے؟ سارا کام یہ میرا ہے دیکھو نا! گر میں ماروں گا۔۔۔۔۔۔۔۔۔۔ باقی کام یہ کون کرے گا؟ اتنے فتوے رہتے ہیں۔۔۔۔۔۔۔ کب بانٹوں گا؟ یاد آیا!!! کل اک فتوہ میں اور بھی دوں گا میں بولوں … Read entire article »

Filed under: Pak Tea House, Pakistan, poetry, Taliban, Terrorism, violence

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

Pakistani Definition of Patriotism

Pakistani Definition of Patriotism

By Amir Hayat Patriotism is a Latin word that drives from “Patriota” which means “country man”. The definition of patriotism as per oxford dictionary is “the vigorous support for one’s country”. Generally, patriotism means “Attachment with your own country or homeland. The determinants of the said attachment are cultural, historical, ethnic or political affiliations. In Pakistan, the definition of patriotism neither complies with this universal definition nor with its determinants. The state definition of patriotism is “Pakistan came … Read entire article »

Filed under: Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan

پاکستان میں انتہا پسندی کی کہانی

پاکستان میں انتہا پسندی کی کہانی

تحریر اجمل شبیر ہر مذہب کے ابتدائی زمانے کے بارے میں عام طور پر یہی کہا جاتا ہے کہ اس مذہب کو الہی رہنمائی حاصل ہے ۔دنیا کا کوئی بھی مذہب اٹھا کر دیکھ لیں ،اس کا ابتدائی زمانہ الہی قصے کہانیوں سے بھرپور ہوتا ہے۔ہر مذہب کے ابتدائی زمانے کی تعلیمات انتہاتی سادہ بھی ہوتی ہیں ۔عام و خاص ان تعلیمات کو آسانی کے ساتھ سمجھتے ہیں۔ابتدائی زمانے کے مذہب میں بہت زیادہ مسائل بھی … Read entire article »

Filed under: Al Qaeda, Blasphemy, Democracy, Islam, Islamism, Jinnah, Liberal Democratic Pakistan, minorities, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Politics, Secterainism, secular Pakistan, secularism, Terrorism

Review: The World We Found

Review: The World We Found

By Aslam Kakar                       Life happens. Things happen. Some pleasant. And some horrible. Some intelligible, while other mysterious and beyond an ordinary mind’s comprehension. In The World We Found, like in The Space Between Us and her other humanistic works, Thrity Umrigar delves deep into that mystery of human nature and real life. She spills the beans about guilt, regret, loss, friendship, relationship, love, hope, death, and the real meaning of life in ways unknown to many … Read entire article »

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Yes you are supporting Qandeel Baloch!

Yes you are supporting Qandeel Baloch!

By Syed Foaad Hassan I am shocked and feeling ashamed being part of a society where people share videos of a stripper wearing Pakistani flag among their social circles, whether it is Facebook or WhatsApp. I know most of my friends will criticize me after reading this but yes! There are limits! I always spoke against cyber-crime bill, still I do not support any kind of monitoring by Government but I want FIA to take action … Read entire article »

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

Part II: Media – Our Friend or Foe?

Part II: Media – Our Friend or Foe?

  By Muqeet Tahir Malik Media is like a myriad giant setting trends for public all while trying to cajole them for personal gains. A prominent example in this regard is the six month long sit in Islamabad led to chaos and people were compelled to rally against the government leading to instability. Along with this, a loss of Rs. 342 billion, there was a depreciation of investor confidence by 64 % according to State Bank report. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Arts and Crafts, Children, Citizens, Civil Service, culture, drama, Fashion, journalism, Law, liberal Pakistan, Media, men, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Women, Zarb-E-Azb