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From Un-Silenced to Re-Silenced

From Un-Silenced to Re-Silenced

By Syed Foaad Hassan Let’s again recall Faiz Ahmed Faiz and compare what we are facing today My salutations to thy sacred streets, O beloved nation! Where a custom ‘that none shall walk with his head held high’ has been invented And if a devotee yearns to go on pilgrimage Then He must walk, with eyes lowered & body crouched in fear The heart is in a tumultuous wrench at the sight Of stones and bricks locked away and mongrels breathing free In … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, baluchistan, Constitution, Democracy, ISI, Pakistan, Parliament, Terrorism, violence

Re-Silencing Balochistan?

Re-Silencing Balochistan?

  Today, a roundtable on “Unsilencing Balochistan” to be held on Thursday 9 April at LUMS was cancelled due to state intervention. The event was an academic event, gathering academics and activists involved in, or concerned by the situation in Balochistan. The guests were I. A. Rehman, director, HRCP; Aasim Sajjad, Professor, Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad; Sajjad Changezi, Activist, Alif Ailaan; Mohammed Ali Talpur, Columnist; Mama Qadeer, President VMPB; Farzana Majeed, General Secretary VMPB. Such cancellation is a gross … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, baluchistan, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Top Tweets, Twitter

A future foretold

A future foretold

By Saad Hafiz Another Pakistan Day or Pakistan Resolution Day has come and gone, this time with a grand military parade put off for several years due to terrorism fears. On March 23, 1940, the All-India Muslim League moved a resolution in its annual session in Lahore that demanded autonomous states for the Muslims of British India. This resolution was a change in strategy from the Muslim League’s earlier demand for constitutional guarantees for Muslims in … Read entire article »

Filed under: History, Pakistan

Aitzaz Ahsan Blowing Huge Holes in Government’s Stance on Yemen War – Twitter Reactions

Aitzaz Ahsan Blowing Huge Holes in Government’s Stance on Yemen War – Twitter Reactions

Malik Omaid Aitzaz Ahsan took the Government to hot seat on Yemen war policy. Quick twitter reactions and comments by leading journalists and analysts is presented here:   #Breaking: Defense minister didn't elaborate on the danger SA is facing. – Aitizaz Visit: http://t.co/oyev4NnV6t pic.twitter.com/7mMYemcraQ — SAMAA TV (@SAMAATV) April 6, 2015 Aitzaz: 'Do we have a policy if Iran's territorial integrity is threatened? What about Egypt? Lebanon?' — Hasan Zaidi (@hyzaidi) April 6, 2015 Aitzaz: 'There's 2000 miles of desert between Yemen border … Read entire article »

Filed under: Pakistan, Parliament, Twitter, war

بھٹو کا فلسفہ کیا تھا؟

بھٹو کا فلسفہ کیا تھا؟

ملک عمید مبشر اکرام کی جانب سے یہ فکر انگیز ٹویٹز یہاں درج کی جارہی ہیں جن میں انہوں نے پیپلز پارٹی کی جانب سے بار بار دہرائے جانے والے نعرے “بھٹو کا فلسفہ” کے تضادات دکھائے ہیں۔ بھٹو مرحوم کا فلسفہ کیا تھا؟ کل کے ایک ٹویٹری لیکچر کے بعد کا ایک جینوئن سوال ہے — Mubashir Akram (@mkw72) April 5, 2015 بھٹو کو کل زندہ تو کروا دیا آج کہاں ہیں مرحوم؟ — Mubashir Akram (@mkw72) April 5, 2015 بھٹو … Read entire article »

Filed under: minorities, Parliament, People's Pakistan, Twitter, Urdu

Understanding an Enigma

Understanding an Enigma

Raza Habib Raja I remember going through Stanley Wolpert’s very good book on this enigmatic politician. The first sentence more or less defines Bhutto’s legacy. Wolpert while researching his book on Jinnah wrote that during his stay in Pakistan, he found out that people either hated or loved Bhutto. He also wondered about the amazing contradictions in the personality of this amazing politician. Today, as we stand in the middle of 2015, and look back into … Read entire article »

Filed under: Pakistan

Choosing to Forget!

Choosing to Forget!

By Saad Lakhani How can a society live with itself when people are burned alive for only being accused of something! This sentiment is lacking, and not. It is a sentiment that comes into being, and disappears as quickly, when and where necessary. It is a sentiment that horrifies the poor victims that we are—revealing to us the conspiracies of the world—and at the same time, it is a sentiment that goes missing entirely at the oddest hours. The … Read entire article »

Filed under: minorities, Pakistan, Secterainism, Terrorism, violence

کرائے کی ریاست کا کردار بند ہونا چاہیے

کرائے کی ریاست کا کردار بند ہونا چاہیے

تحریر: محمد شعیب عادل ایران اور سعودی عرب کی جنگ اب یمن میں لڑی جارہی ہے ۔ یمن میں حوثی شیعہ قبائل جن کو ایران کی فوجی و مالی امداد حاصل ہے یمن کی سنی حکومت کا تختہ الٹ کر اقتدار پر قبضہ کرنا چاہتے ہیں۔ اگر یمن میں شیعہ اقتدار پر قابض ہو جاتے ہیں تو ظاہر ہے یہ سعودی عرب کی شیعہ اقلیت کے لیے تقویت کا باعث بنے گااور یہ اقلیت سعودی بادشاہت … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Middle East, Pakistan, Religion, Secterainism, Urdu, war

Iran nuclear deal framework announcements on Twitter and Quick Reactions

Iran nuclear deal framework announcements on Twitter and Quick Reactions

Malik Omaid Thursday evening rocked the world with the announcement of agreement on Iran and World powers nuclear deal framework. Formal announcements were made on twitter by world leaders and reactions were made. Pakistani twitterati who were anticipating these talks with great enthusiasm (of course we are neighbours) gave quick reactions. Some of them are below:   Found solutions. Ready to start drafting immediately. — Javad Zarif (@JZarif) April 2, 2015 Big day: #EU, P5+1, and #Iran now have … Read entire article »

Filed under: Iran, Middle East, Twitter, World

A New Model of Politics

Malik Omaid Political Parties making alliances with violent groups. [View the story "A New Model of Politics" on Storify] … Read entire article »

Filed under: Politics, Raza Rumi, Secterainism, Storify, Twitter

Pakistan wants to be ‘Arab’

Malik Omaid Raza Rumi explains how the Prophet condemned the discrimination between Arab and non-Arabs. [View the story "Pakistan wants to be 'Arab'" on Storify] … Read entire article »

Filed under: Islam, Raza Rumi, Religion, Storify, Twitter

حجاز پھر خطرے میں؟

حجاز پھر خطرے میں؟

تحریر: علی ارقم زمانہء طالبِ علمی میں اردو کہانیاں اور رسائل پڑھنے کے شوق کے باعث جن رسائل سے تعارُف ہوا، ان میں ماہنامہ نونہال، ماہنامہ ٹوٹ بٹوٹ، ماہنامہ آنکھ مچولی اور جماعت اسلامی کی ذیلی تنظیم کا ماہنامہ ساتھی شامل تھا۔ آخرالذکر رسالے کی ایک خصوصیت یہ تھی کہ وہ ہمیں مُفت پڑھنے کو میسر آجاتا تھا اور اُس میں مواد بھی بڑا دلچسپ تھا جیسے حکیم سعید کے ادارے ہمدرد میں ‘مونٹی کرسٹو کا … Read entire article »

Filed under: History, Middle East, Pakistan, Religion, Urdu

رضا رومی پر حملے کا ایک سال

رضا رومی پر حملے کا ایک سال

تحریر علی ارقم ڈیڈھ سال قبل کی بات ہے کہ بلوچستان کے ضلع لسبیلہ کے قصبے اُتھل میں ہندو عبادت گاہ میں کچھ شرپسندوں نے رات گئے گُھس کے توڑ پوڑ کی اور مذہبی عبادت گاہ کے تقدّس کو پامال کیا، یہ خبر انتہائی افسوس ناک ہونے کے ساتھ ساتھ باعث تشویش بھی تھی کیوں کہ بلوچستان کے ان علاقوں میں ایک قابلِ ذکر تعداد ہندو برادری کے افراد کی ہے جو کہ وہاں چھوٹے کاروباروں … Read entire article »

Filed under: baluchistan, journalism, Liberal Democratic Pakistan, Media, minorities, Pakistan, Raza Rumi, Religion, Secterainism, secular Pakistan, Target Killing, Terrorism, Urdu

Top Tweets March 27: Imran Khan tapped call Controversy

Malik Omaid The day started with the tweet of Sheena Abid Shah’s tweet with Imran Khan’s call recording which was by the way released one month ago but gone unnoticed and this was in discussion all day along. In Mainstream media and social media bashing Imran Khan or the agencies (which ever you chose, IB for the Govt. the other one in case of Establishment) also continued for whole day. Some were really upset on the existence of the tape and the others were more on the content therein. The content says Imran Khan was happy with the “Saqoot-e-PTV” and was patting Arif Alvi. Denials were formerly made from PTI and Arif Alvi. ثبوت پی ٹی آئی اور عمران نے پی ٹی وی پر حملہ کروایا اور نوازشریف کے استعفی … Read entire article »

Filed under: Islamabad, journalism, Politics, Top Tweets, Twitter, war

A friend who had to leave Pakistan

A friend who had to leave Pakistan

Abdul Majeed Abid “And now, I want to introduce you all to one of my biggest trolls.” The hall filled up with echoes of laughter and boos as he said this. It was not the introduction I had had in mind, but I acted the part well enough. We were at a panel discussion in Karachi on the “Perils of Social Media” and I was sharing the stage with people who had far more experience than … Read entire article »

Filed under: Raza Rumi, Taliban, Target Killing, Terrorism