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1857: War of Independence or Sepoy Mutiny?

The following is a recent exchange between Yasser Latif Hamdani and Tarek Fatah on the issue of whether 1857 was a war of independence or a sepoy mutiny. As free people living in the 21st century we need to be honest about history. 150 years later the controversy continues as the exchange highlights. Mr Fatah branded YLH as a Hindu hater for saying that it was Sepoy mutiny and YLH defended his position. Please read and make your own decision.   [View the story "War of Independence or Sepoy Mutiny?" on Storify] … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Citizens, Colonialism, Education, Heritage, Hinduism, History, Imperialism, India, Islam, Jinnah, Law, liberal Pakistan, movements, Pakistan, Partition, secularism, south asia, Storify, Twitter, violence, war

My Name is Khan and I am not a Terrorist: IDP’s of North Waziristan

Raza Rumi shares the plight of IDP’s of North Waziristan and the long forgotten miseries of FATA. [View the story "My Name is Khan and I am not a Terrorist: IDP's of North Waziristan" on Storify] … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Democracy, FATA, IDPs, Justice, Media, North-West Frontier Province, Northern Areas, Pakistan, poverty, public policy, Rights, Society, Storify, Taliban, Terrorism, Twitter, Zarb-E-Azb

Our Common Shame….

Our Common Shame….

Raza Habib Raja Misogyny is a universal phenomenon which is prevalent in every society in varying degrees and in different forms. Rape is one of the most perverted expressions of misogyny as it bestows ultimate humiliation on the victim. Whereas rape is common all across the globe, right now it is the Indian subcontinent — in particularly India and Pakistan — which is making news. We can of course continue to argue about “Two Nation Theory” and how … Read entire article »

Filed under: India, Pakistan, Women

How to donate for IDPs of North Waziristan

How to donate for IDPs of North Waziristan

By Husham Ahmed Pakistan Army: Karachi & Hyderabad: Collection points at COD Karachi, DHA Golf club, Malir Cantt gate. At Hyderabad and Pano Aqil, donation collection points have been established at respective cantonment gates. Contact numbers for further details are 03212532699, 03006420542, and 03213789526. Lahore: Collection points at Fortress Stadium Lahore, Masjid Chowk E-Block DHA Phase I, Beacon House School Z Block DHA Phase 3, Wateen Chowk DHA Phase5. More details can be obtained from following contacts 042-66993281, 042-37017375, … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Citizens, Democracy, Egalitarian Pakistan, FATA, human rights, IDPs, Islam, Lahore, Love, North-West Frontier Province, Northern Areas, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, peace, People's Pakistan, Society, Taliban, Terrorism, violence, war

A Rodeo of Political Chaos

A Rodeo of Political Chaos

By Fazal Abbas Tie-down Roping or Calf Roping is a timed rodeo event, particularly famous with American cowboys, which features a calf and a rider mounted on a horse. The goal of this sport is for the rider to lasso the calf, dismount from the horse, run to the calf, and control it by tying three legs together. All of these activities have to be executed in as short a time as possible. Now let’s apply this … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Democracy, Islamabad, Lahore, Opinion, Pakistan, Politics, Punjab, Revolution, Taliban, Terrorism

The other side of the operation

The other side of the operation

By Waqas Rafique With Operation Zarb-e-Azb a few days old now, news broadcasts that I get to present these days are dominated with updates on the offensive launched against terrorists and violent extremists that had found safe haven in North Waziristan. In the past, we have been told all such operations have been important and made gains. Be it Operation Rah-e-Rast in South Wazirstan or Rah-i-Nijat, which was the battle for Swat. But we have also seen … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Children, Citizens, human rights, Media, North-West Frontier Province, Pakistan, peace, Taliban, Terrorism, violence, war

Military operation alone is no solution, it must accompany pragmatic policy changes

By Kashif Shaikh Placed between the devil and the deep blue sea, Pakistan has finally ended its prolong fickle to launch a military operation in North Waziristan. Especially after the unfortunate siege of Karachi airport which resulted in loss of many innocent lives, there has been a proverbial consensus among many Pakistanis in support of military operation. However, there are still many, flooding on social media – not so happy with this war, labeling their counter-parts as utterly wrong. Let me just say for them that sometimes war is a necessity. More importantly, the government’s decision to declare war against terrorists is consistent with the principles of just war: it is being fought to save Pakistan and Pakistanis from Taliban attacks, it is being undertaken by a legitimate authority and above … Read entire article »

Filed under: Afghanistan, Army, FATA, human rights, ISI, NATTO, North-West Frontier Province, Pakistan, Terrorism, war

India and Pakistan in War Peace

By Ahmad Khan The complexities of South Asia’s political and geostrategic environment drives scholars, experts and practitioners from within subcontinent and the West to share their scholarly views on the dynamics of its major component: the India-Pakistan relationship. A relook or revisit to their scholarly work in form of book, biographies and research papers gives us a broad canvas to draw a holistic picture of the ever fragile relationship since the subcontinent partition in 1947. Most of the scholarly work is about studying the dynamics of relationship that have been changing since the Cold War. Such books and research papers discussed the nature of the conflict and the security competition between India and Pakistan as per the understandings of the authors. J.N. Dixit articulated the nature, history and type of relationship … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, China, India, ISI, Islamabad, Pakistan, Politics, strategy

ماڈل ٹاؤن سانحہ،شیر اور بھیڑیے میں سے بھیڑیے کا انتخاب

عبید اللہ خان وزیرستان آپریشن شروع ہونے پر لگنے لگا تھا کہ ہماری فوج اور حکومت میں ہم آہنگی کا ایک اور اچھا موقع پیدا ہوگیا ہے۔ جو ملک کے لئے بہت سود مند ثابت ہوسکتا تھا ۔ قوم بھی متحد دکھائی دینے لگی تھی۔ لیکن یہ ماڈل ٹاؤن والا واقع بیچ میں آن ٹپکا۔ پہلے پہل سن کر میری طرح چند اور دوستوں کا خیال تھا، گو تھوڑے ہی تھے، کہ شریف برادران سے دوراندیشی کی توقع تو خیر نہیں کی جاسکتی مگر اس حد تک عقل سے پیدل اقدامات جو سیاسی خودکشی کے مترادف ہوں اسکی توقع بھی خیر ان لوگوں سے نہیں کی جاسکتی۔ لہٰذا یقیناً یہ کسی تیسرے ہاتھ کی سازش لگتی ہے جو غیر  محسوس طریق پر فریقین کو استعمال کرجاتا ہے اور دونوں کو معلوم … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Democracy, dynasties, Elections, Judiciary, Lahore, Opinion, Politics, Punjab, Urdu, Zardari

India And the Choice before its Right Wing Parivar

PTH is grateful to the author, Gorki Sahib, who is our seasoned commentator for this contribution which has been made on request.  Gorki The recent electoral victory of the right wing BJP under its dynamic but controversial leader Narendra Modi generated quite a bit of interest but also a little misgiving in the wider world about the person of the Indian PM and his ideological moorings; the RSS. To its detractors the RSS is India’s version of a typical fascist organization while to its supporters it remains an organization of selfless nationalists and idealists committed to restoring ancient India’s lost glory. The actual RSS (and its family) is neither, though it carries little shades of both. In order to understand the RSS, a bit of background is necessary. Founded in 1925, the RSS was … Read entire article »

Filed under: Pakistan

MQM’s MNA Tahira Asif Died, a clear Target Killing

MQM’s legislator Tahira Asif has been killed after being shot 4 times by “unknown” assailants in Lahore two days ago. She raised the issue of cleaning Punjab University from Al-Qaeda elements. Raza Rumi tweets!   [View the story "MQM's MNA Tahira Asif Died, a clear Target Killing" on Storify] … Read entire article »

Filed under: Justice, Lahore, liberal Pakistan, Politics, Punjab, Rights, secularism, Storify, Target Killing, Twitter, violence, Women

Afghan singer Gulnaz shot dead in Peshawar

Afghan singer Gulnaz shot dead in Peshawar

Afghan singer Gulnaz has been killed by unknown gunmen in Peshawer area Gulberg. This is not the first time that singers from Pushtoon origin has been targeted. Pushtoon singers especially female singers have been systematically target killed in recent years. In the past another renowned singer Ghazala Javed was killed allegedly by her husband. The detailed report by Raza Rumi on that event is posted for our readers. The Music Doesn’t Stop in Peshawar   On June 18 (2012), … Read entire article »

Filed under: Afghanistan, Arts and Crafts, culture, Dance, Honor Killing, human rights, Islamism, Music, Pakistan, Society, violence, Women

Model Town Tragedy: Police Brutality and some Tahir ul Qadri’s History

Raza Rumi tweets on the Model Town tragedy while looking into history of Qadri-Sharif nexus.   [View the story "Model Town Tragedy: Police Brutality and some Tahir ul Qadri's History" on Storify] … Read entire article »

Filed under: Democracy, History, human rights, Law, movements, Politics, Rights, Storify, Twitter, violence

The rise of atheism in Saudi Arabia, where talking about atheism is illegal

The rise of atheism in Saudi Arabia, where talking about atheism is illegal

This article was originally posted here! Caryle Murphy, GlobalPost In the “cradle of Islam,” a growing number of people are quietly declaring themselves nonbelievers.   JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia — In this country known as the cradle of Islam, where religion gives legitimacy to the government and state-appointed clerics set rules for social behavior, a growing number of Saudis are privately declaring themselves atheists. The evidence is anecdotal, but persistent. “I know at least six atheists who confirmed that to me,” said … Read entire article »

Filed under: Citizens, human rights, Islam, minorities, Religion, secularism, Society

Zarb-e-Azb: A Decisive Battle?

Zarb-e-Azb: A Decisive Battle?

By Syed Ali Zia Jaffery Clausewitz defined war as an act of violence aimed at compelling the enemy to submit to our will. While theorizing war, the Prussian military strategist agreed to the fact that the concept of “absolute war” was impossible in the real world. It is erroneous to mix “absolute war” with “total war”. The former imagine a utopia where war and warriors are unbridled. No account is taken of political and social objectives. Total … Read entire article »

Filed under: Afghanistan, Army, Citizens, human rights, Islamism, North-West Frontier Province, Northern Areas, Pakistan, Taliban, Terrorism, violence