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Pakistan Belongs To The ‘Badmaash’ & Imran Khan Is Not One Of Them

Pakistan Belongs To The ‘Badmaash’ & Imran Khan Is Not One Of Them

By Haider Rifaat   If I were to meet Imran Khan one day, I would not ask him questions related to politics. Instead, I would give him a word of advice; give it up. Although I appreciate his enthusiasm to bring a ‘revolutionary’ change in Pakistan considering that it is impossible to do so unless political corruption is probed, his efforts seem futile and laughable. Have we all not seen it in the past? Khan’s relentless effort … Read entire article »

Filed under: Constitution, Democracy, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Politics

Lockdown is neither democratic nor constitutional

Lockdown is neither democratic nor constitutional

by Abdul Quayyum Khan Kundi Today Supreme Court started hearing of the petitions filed by many parties including Imran Khan. As a first step, Supreme Court ordered Nawaz Sharif and other defendants to appear before the court in two weeks time. Constitution of Pakistan does not provide any immunity to the office of Prime Minister so it is not an unusual request. But as usual friends and investors of IK were exchanging high fives as if … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Constitution, Democracy, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan

Military Regimes in Pakistan

Military Regimes in Pakistan

Shahid Raja It is one of the ironies of fate that Pakistan which owes its creation to a democratic struggle has to live half of its post-independence existence under military regimes. Every military dictator who took over the reins of the country on the pretext of ridding the political system of corrupt practices and putting country on the trajectory of high growth rates, left it economically ruined and democratically exhausted. One left it truncated into two … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Pakistan

Two Brothers

By Sahir Palijo I live in Hyderabad, Sindh and at around 9 PM I entered a local store to buy some household items. I started picking up the stuff I wanted and when I was done I asked the store manager to prepare my bill, while I waited, two boys, most probably brothers because they kept calling each other ‘Bha’ which means Brother in Sindhi, entered the store. The eldest one was around 10 years old while the younger one must be 5 or maybe 6 years old. The eldest one wore a blue Shalwaar Kameez with dirt marks on it while the youngest one wore a pair of torn faded jeans and a shirt which missed buttons and was larger than the boy’s actual size. Their hairs were all messed up … Read entire article »

Filed under: Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan

The Legacy We Live With

The Legacy We Live With

By Sadaf Alvi The treatment of minorities in the judicial system, under the blasphemy law, has become the most profound human rights crisis facing Pakistan in 2016. SC’s failure to hold the pressure of religious fanatics and refusal to Asia Bibi’s final appeal hearing not only undermines any progress that we have made in ensuring NAP but also calls into doubt our faith in the rule of law. In practice, the blasphemy law has become an instrument … Read entire article »

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

Islam and Modern Times

Raza Habib Raja It was a day in 1994. I picked up the Daily Jang to have my daily dosage of information and news. In those PTV dominated pre internet days newspapers were the chief source for somewhat objective and independent coverage of the events. The front page was full of news about ongoing political battle between PPP and PML(N). The decade of 1990s was characterized by constant political tussle between the two major political parties. While glancing down, my eyes suddenly caught hold of a two column new article. It described an incidence which had taken place in Gujranwala. According to the article a mob in Gujranwala , had burnt a Hafiz Quran, Hafiz Sajjad alive on suspicion of desecrating the Holy Quran. According to the details, Hafiz had burnt Quran … Read entire article »

Filed under: Islam

How Pakistan Looks Like on the Internet?

How Pakistan Looks Like on the Internet?

Aslam Kakar Last night, my friend from Chile showed me some pictures of her country on the Internet. She googled city after city like Santiago, Chile’s capital, Patagonia, and even smaller towns only for me to remain amazed at the captivating scenes, both natural and man-made. All the while, I kept repeating ‘wow!’, ‘wow!’, and more ‘wows!’ till it was my turn to show her some glimpses of Pakistan. So, I started with my hometown, Quetta, the … Read entire article »

Filed under: baluchistan, Malala Yousufzai, minorities, Pak Tea House

Blasphemy Ordeal in Pakistan

Blasphemy Ordeal in Pakistan

  Here are 16 tweets by Reema Omar who is ICJ’s International Legal Advisor for South Asia that tell the blasphemy ordeal in Pakistan as it is. Editor One year ago, @ICJ_org published a detailed study on fair trial violations in #blasphemy cases in #Pakistan https://t.co/1WaPO5jCBC — Reema Omer (@reema_omer) October 5, 2016 1. ICJ found Most #blasphemy offences in Pakistan, incl. 295-C, are non-bailable. Police may also arrest accused without a judicial warrant — Reema Omer (@reema_omer) October 5, 2016 2. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Blasphemy, Law, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Twitter

Part II: Pakistan’s Foreign Policy & Global Shifting Trends

Part II: Pakistan’s Foreign Policy & Global Shifting Trends

By Muqeet Tahir Malik Continuation of Part I A crux of foreign policy today is the nuclear doctrine adopted by a government. In South Asia, a balance of power exists as both India, and Pakistan have not rectified several accords. These include CTBT, Non -proliferation treaty, and with this status, both countries cannot be a part of NSG. However, it is in the monopoly of a few to give waivers but surprisingly, NSG was formed in reaction … Read entire article »

Filed under: Pakistan

This is how I tried to build a connection between academic studies and my own thoughts

This is how I tried to build a connection between academic studies and my own thoughts

By Fizza Abbas I tried to recall Archimedes Principle today. At first, I was confused as how to understand the basic principle that became a source of history’s infamous Eureka, and some thoughts of experimenting it out myself in the washroom secretly aroused in my mind, but I kept them at bay by absorbing myself into understanding the principle itself so that Archimedes could also feel a bit happy that being such a dumbo, I’m mustering … Read entire article »

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

A Pakistani soldier’s letter to daughter from Heaven

A Pakistani soldier’s letter to daughter from Heaven

By Zunaira Saqib Dear Baiti, I hope you are keeping up alright. I died yesterday at Line of Control. The media people must have reached the village by now. I wonder if they have already made a hero out of me. I woke up here… at a strange place. They said some place before they send us to heavens. You know I saw him, the guy. The guy from the other side, the soldier. I saw him and … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, India, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, peace

Part I: Pakistan’s Foreign Policy & Global Shifting Trends

Part I: Pakistan’s Foreign Policy & Global Shifting Trends

By: Muqeet Tahir Malik What is the foreign policy? What are the new treaties, and institutes constituted? Hace Pakistan’s diplomatic missions done enough to speak up for our role? Is it justified to provide India a position among the nuclear suppliers’ group members? Is Pakistan a rock solid lobbying country for its demands in context of Kashmir? Have you heard about the Shanghai Corporation (SEO)? Did you ponder over the transforming alliances trend? What are the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Economy, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, USA

The Strategic Imbalance Paranoia

The Strategic Imbalance Paranoia

By Misbah Azam, Ph.D. The attack on Uri once again exposed the vulnerability and volatility of the region and caused the concerns for not only those who live there or belong to the region but also to those who are far away from there and do not want to see the region in the nuclear holocaust. As expected, the Indian and Pakistan private media, political and defense analysts, ranking government ministers and other officials began the … Read entire article »

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

Imran Khan: Tall Claims False Hope

Imran Khan: Tall Claims False Hope

By Faisal Zeeshan     Imran Khan (IK) once an inspiration for millions of youth across Pakistan, got 7.5 million votes in General Elections (GE) 2013, his party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) emerged as the second most popular party in Pakistan in GE 2013, formed Government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) while emerged strong opposition party in Punjab, Sindh  and Federation. All IK had to do was to perform in KP, act as a strong Opposition Leader and Wait for … Read entire article »

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

Maleeha Lodhi responds to Sushma Swaraj’s allegations against Pakistan

Maleeha Lodhi responds to Sushma Swaraj’s allegations against Pakistan

Pakistan’s permanent representative to United Nations, Maleeha Lodhi have responded on twitter with her 9-tweet series  to the allegations leveled by Indian foreign minister Sushma Swaraj in her speech at United Nations General Assembly The Indian FM’ speech is a litany of falsehoods and baseless allegations.The biggest falsehood is that Kashmir is an integral part of India. — Maleeha Lodhi (@LodhiMaleeha) September 26, 2016 Kashmir is an internationally recognised dispute. It is the oldest item on the UN … Read entire article »

Filed under: India, Kashmir, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Twitter