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Another attempt to derail the Democratic Process?

Malik Omaid Raza Rumi tweeted about the Lahore protests and Imran Khan’s strategy which reminds one of the 1977 PNA movement and other establishment backed efforts to derail the democratic process.   [View the story "What's new in Naya Pakistan?" on Storify] … Read entire article »

Filed under: Citizens, Democracy, Elections, History, Islamabad, Lahore, movements, Pakistan, Raza Rumi, Revolution, Storify, Twitter, Women

Living with political Islam

Living with political Islam

by Saad Hafiz As secularists and democrats, we do not want religion applied to politics, as we believe that religion is too divisive. We believe that democratic freedoms are strengthened by the separation of religion from politics. We are sceptical of religion playing a constructive role as an agent of stability and predictability. This does not mean, however, that we should support demands to ban political parties having a religious platform, like the Muslim Brotherhood in … Read entire article »

Filed under: Al Qaeda, Citizens, Islam, Islam for Peace, Islamic Holy Book Quran, Islamism, Middle East, minorities, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Politics, Religion, secularism, Society

Junaid Jamshed: Blasphemy, an act Well-done

Junaid Jamshed: Blasphemy, an act Well-done

by Saira A. Nizami Many would be aware of the recent Junaid Jamshed controversy that rocked Pakistani news channels some time ago. The singer-turned-scholar Jamshed became much too comfortable demonizing women stripping them of their rights, maybe to side with the public male opinion. One would think that in a country where women’s rights need to be handed back and reminded that they exist, that the abuse needs to end, a scholar would give the opposite … Read entire article »

Filed under: Blasphemy, Islam, minorities, Pakistan, Religion

Peace, Volunteerism ,and Youth: Perspectives Pakistan

By Muqeet Tahir Malik Have you ever thought of youth as the building blocks of peace? Why are there plethora of aspirations attached to youth? How does the psychology of youth affect the society? Do you know the significance of volunteering? How to assess productivity of Youth in relation to volunteerism? Do you know the pivotal consanguinity that exists between Peace, and Volunteerism? How can we eradicate terrorism from Pakistan through productive generation? These are imperative pertinent questions that will be covered upon in my essay. Firstly, the idea of social cohesion through volunteering is evident as people always volunteer in groups which means that they are selfless and work together for a common concern. For instance, the program Dream Education for All, headed by Jasir Shahbaz of Lahore university of management sciences … Read entire article »

Filed under: Education, Lahore, Pakistan, peace, youth

Malala’s Speech To Receive Nobel Peace Prize

Bismillah hir rahman ir rahim. In the name of God, the most merciful, the most beneficent. Your Majesties, distinguished members of the Norweigan Nobel Committee, dear sisters and brothers, today is a day of great happiness for me. I am humbled that the Nobel Committee has selected me for this precious award. Thank you to everyone for your continued support and love. I am grateful for the letters and cards that I still receive from all around the world. Reading your kind and encouraging words strengthens and inspires me. I would like to thank my parents for their unconditional love. Thank you to my father for not clipping my wings and for letting me fly. Thank you to my mother for inspiring me to be patient and to always speak the truth- which … Read entire article »

Filed under: Pakistan

Gandhi, Nehru, Jinnah and Partition

By Yasser Latif Hamdani Lately the news coming out of India is not good. Other than Modi’s unfathomable pronouncements about there being genetic science and plastic surgery in ancient India, there have begun mass “re-conversions” of Muslims to Hindus under the “Purkhon ki wapsi” events. Meanwhile one minister of the Modi government has gone on the offensive and declared non-Hindus to be bastards and another minister has declared Bhagwad Gita to be the “national scripture” of India which is constitutionally a secular state. The space for Non-Hindus in India is shrinking amidst protests by Indian liberals and those who have always argued in favour of India’s model of democracy and secularism that it is against the very ethos of India. Through this post I want to forward a couple of arguments which are as … Read entire article »

Filed under: Pakistan

Respected Maulana Tariq Jameel Sahab

Respected Maulana Tariq Jameel Sahab

by Syed Foaad Hassan Respected Mulana Tariq Jameel sahb, I got a chance to view your recent video about Junaid Jamshed where you got all emotional while speaking about his case. I admit, I could feel you the pain, maybe because this is not the first time I am seeing someone becoming a target of this law. I too cried and spoke about the forgiveness of several people prior to this who also came under the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Blasphemy, Citizens, Constitution, Islam for Peace, Lahore, minorities, Pakistan, Religion, Secterainism, Terrorism, violence

THE BEST TIME IS NOW!

Waqas Rafique Microblogs these days are sensationally good enough to make for tv news and newspaper headline material. New ways for the new generation- Pakistan People’s Party Chairman Bilawal Bhutto for example uses twitter to his great benefit and it works for him! He uses it to make harsh and much needed statements against terrorism and sometimes indulges with MQM on it too. Maryam Nawaz Sharif is not far behind in humble bragging. Interestingly she appears as a spokesperson of her dad on, the Prime Minister and mostly uses retweets of certain accounts that appear to be influenced by PML-N media cell. Apart from this, what meets the eye is nuanced by tweets! Case in point is fresh Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s two day visit to Islamabad. Though the Afghan leader has interacted … Read entire article »

Filed under: Afghanistan, Blogroll, Islamabad, Pak Tea House, secular Pakistan, south asia, Terrorism

توہین مذہب کی مختلف اقسام اور ہمارا رد عمل

توہین مذہب کی مختلف اقسام اور ہمارا رد عمل

ملک عمید   کچھ دنوں پہلے جنید جمشید کی ایک ویڈیو دیکھی جو سوشل میڈیا پر شیئر کی جا رہی تھی اس عنوان سے کہ ‘جنید جمشید امہات المومنین کی گستاخی کرتے ہوئے’۔ سو اپنے آپ کو ایسی ویڈیوز سے پرہیز کرنے کی عادت کے باوجود اسے دیکھنے پر مجبور پایا۔  ویڈیو میں جنید جمشید کسی ماہر فنکار کی طرح حضرت عائشہ کی نقالی کرتے ہوئے پائے گئے، نیز کہانی کا سبق یوں تھا کہ “عورت تو … Read entire article »

Filed under: Blasphemy, Constitution, Islam, Islamism, Justice, minorities, Pak Tea House, Religion, secularism, Taliban, violence

Muslims and Islam

Raza Habib Raja For the past few weeks the media has been constantly debating over the controversial remarks by famous comedian Bill Maher about Muslims. There have been heated exchanges on TV and a series of articles and counter articles have appeared in various high-profile newspapers. And the debate has resulted in a strange kind of polarization where supporters of Bill Maher are being called bigots and opponents are being called naïve and supporters of terrorists. To even partially or conditionally endorse any of the opinions has resulted in needless name calling. I do think that Bill Maher stretched too much to equate the majority of Muslims with ISIS as after all let’s not forget ISIS is extreme even by Al-Qaida standards. To equate billions of people to a fringe group is uncalled … Read entire article »

Filed under: Islam

Sell them books, not weapons

Sell them books, not weapons

Naeem Sadiq   Chairman, Pakistan Ordinance Factories. A half page advertisement of Pakistan Ordinance Factories (POF), the organization that you head, was carried by most national newspapers on 28 November 2014. The ‘ad’ related to availability of POF-made high quality irreversible semi-automatic weapons to public (read VIPs) of Pakistan. One assumes that being the Chairman of POF, you fully well understand that the weapons can perform only one function. If you are a resident of this country you might have … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Books, Citizens, Democracy, Pakistan, Terrorism, violence

System of Governance – Not the Governance

System of Governance – Not the Governance

Misbah U. Azam, Ph.D.     The common problem among Pakistani is that – for 67 years — we rely and wait for messiahs, who, with their heavenly powers, would solve every ills of the country.  It isn’t quite amazing for any outside observer when they witness how Imran Khan’s followers justify his actions and blindly follow his rhetoric without asking any question.  Although, it is rather encouraging that a section of society, who have never shown any … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Citizens, Constitution, Democracy, Liberal Democratic Pakistan, Opinion, Pakistan

Of taboos and sex in Pakistan

Of taboos and sex in Pakistan

Malik omaid This is an important post coming from a Pakistani doctor abroad and raises critical questions on our inability to see the human issues from a psychological perspective. In Pakistan such debates are only treated through the lens of religion and culture but it is time to view the LGBT debate from a humanistic perspective. Readers’ comments are welcome and this is a platform for discussion and exchange. Hassan Majeed As a child and adolescent psychiatrist, I … Read entire article »

Filed under: Egalitarian Pakistan, LGBT, liberal Pakistan, Pakistan, Religion

Idiotic autocrats

Idiotic autocrats

by Saad Hafiz A Turkish government spokesman summarised the reaction to the outcome of the 2007 Turkish parliamentary elections in other Muslim countries as: “What the hell did the Turks do right that we did not do? How come they can manage a predominantly Muslim population, negotiate [for membership] with the EU [European Union], and have a workable democracy while we are stuck with these idiotic autocrats?” The spokesman may have lacked tact but he cut … Read entire article »

Filed under: Citizens, Democracy, Islam, Opinion, Pak Tea House

Munawar Hasan: Advocating Violence to fix Country’s Ailments

Munawar Hasan: Advocating Violence to fix Country’s Ailments

Malik Omaid Ex Jamat Islami Chief calls for the culture of Slaughter in the Name of God replacing Democratic culture. Raza Rumi comments on his statement. [View the story "Munawar Hasan: Advocating Violence to fix Country's Ailments" on Storify] … Read entire article »

Filed under: Democracy, Islamism, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Raza Rumi, Religion, Storify, Terrorism, Twitter, violence