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Remembering Fauzia Wahab – A Photo Essay

Remembering Fauzia Wahab – A Photo Essay

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Filed under: liberal Pakistan, obituary, Pakistan, People's Pakistan

The need to stay for US troops in Afghanistan

By Habib Jan The Afghan President Dr Ashraf Ghani and Chief executive Abdullah Abdullah first official visit to United States for reshaping US-Afghan relations deteriorated during Afghan ex-president Karzai regime due to United States policy of ignorance towards Afghanistan brings new hopes in Afghan political affairs. Post withdrawal course of action by the US in Afghanistan promised by Obama during election campaign was unmindful and inadequate as US led coalition forces have failed to fully cure threats of terrorism in Afghanistan. During his visit to US, Ashraf Ghani highlighted the threats from militants, reiterated Afghan foreign policy, and urged US forces to stay in order to train and assist Afghan national army. Obama administration accepted the request and vowed to provide military assistance due to which 9,800 troops are to stay … Read entire article »

Filed under: Pakistan

Sex Education- More Dangerous than Bullets and Guns

Sex Education- More Dangerous than Bullets and Guns

By Rashid Khan No man can claim to have spent a day without thinking about sex, while some suggest they think it as frequently as 8 times in a minute. But a cell phone manufacturing company recently drew a lot of criticism for going against the social sensibilities and civility by using word “sexy” in one of its ads. Many came forward as strongly as the ideology of state was somewhat challenged by this word which happens … Read entire article »

Filed under: Children, Education, Egalitarian Pakistan, LGBT, Liberal Democratic Pakistan, Love, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, sex, Society

Indo-Pak Tensions and Reality Check

Indo-Pak Tensions and Reality Check

By Umer Ali   During his visit to Bangladesh, Modi confessed of Indian involvement in the armed rebellion in Bengal which led to its separation from Pakistan. As anticipated and quite naturally, fuming rejoinder came from Pakistan, calling for International community to take notice of his statement. Just when Pakistan was abuzz with Modi’s statement, Indian Minister for Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore in his proclamation said, “We will carry out surgical strikes at the place and … Read entire article »

Filed under: India, Lahore, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, south asia

Child labour not inevitable part of economic Growth

Child labour not inevitable part of economic Growth

Malik Omaid This is such a huge tragedy that we have accepted child labor as a necessary evil even in this age. This age where we know that for road to progress there is no short cut except to educate our youth. Pakistanis are a young nation with majority of its population constituting of youth. Today if we deny their right to be educated then tomorrow we would have no way to raise their standard of … Read entire article »

Filed under: Children, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, poverty, Raza Rumi, Storify, Twitter

Jinnah and the Rohingyas

By Yasser Latif Hamdani A number of ill-informed articles have appeared in the national press recently which have taken a rather strange line:   Jinnah is responsible for the plight of Rohingyas in Burma. Jinnah – who died in 1948- is supposed to be responsible for the plight of Burmese Muslims in 2015 because in 1948 the Muslims of Arakan i.e. Burma appealed to him to help them secede (the Mayu region) from Burma and join East Pakistan.  Jinnah refused stating that such an event would be tantamount to interference in Burmese affairs. He further advised the Burmese Muslims to work for their rights as citizens of Burma.  Rohingyas as such constituted a very small percentage of the Burmese population and the idea that they could claim territory on that basis was preposterous. Ultimately a number of … Read entire article »

Filed under: Pakistan

Dear Hamza Ali Abbasi, Don’t You Know?

Dear Hamza Ali Abbasi, Don’t You Know?

By Umer Ali Dear Mr Abbasi, Every now and then, you post your views regarding the latest political scenario on your Facebook page, which happens to have more than 2 million followers. I have no issues with you expressing your thoughts on a social media platform as I strongly believe it is your basic right to do so. The problem I have with you is the mindset you are propagating and how thousands of your followers are … Read entire article »

Filed under: Citizens, Constitution, Islam, Islamism, minorities, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, secular Pakistan, Terrorism

An Open Letter to Nawaz Sharif & Imran Khan

An Open Letter to Nawaz Sharif & Imran Khan

Open letter to The Prime Minister of Pakistan, Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and the Chairman of The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf, Imran Khan by Shaan Taseer   Dear Mr Prime Minister, and Dear Mr Chairman of the PTI When you do so nobly and admirably defend the rights of Rohingas to live as equal citizens in Burma, free from persecution or the fear of persecution and the right to claim the protection of the State, why not speak out for your own … Read entire article »

Filed under: minorities, movements, Pakistan

Metro Bus: A Necessity of Urban development

Metro Bus: A Necessity of Urban development

Malik Omaid With growing urban centers of Pakistan there is a dire need of mass transit systems in mega cities but political differences and lack of will has always created obstacles for such huge projects. Raza Rumi tweeted on the ongoing debate on Metro Bus project. [View the story “Metro Bus: A Necessity of Urban development” on Storify] … Read entire article »

Filed under: Raza Rumi, Twitter, urban

Who is actually being hanged in Pakistan?

Who is actually being hanged in Pakistan?

By Arooj Zahra Executions are a big news in Pakistan. The country lifts the moratorium on death penalty after seven years, in December, 2014, following a deadly attack on Army Public School in the city of Peshawar. The attack took more than 150 lives, most of them children. The incident sent shock waves across the country. Protest rallies were held and civil society demanded strict actions against the terrorists. The government, sensing the public sentiment, agreed … Read entire article »

Filed under: Constitution, Law, Opinion, Pakistan, Rights, Taliban, Terrorism

The General Mindset: A Satire

The General Mindset: A Satire

By Mirza Muhammad Masood Akbar A Corps commander meeting was held in Rawalpindi under the chairmanship of most senior General of Pakistan Army to discuss the prevailing political and security situation in the country. The invitation was also extended to the high ranking official from SPD as a special guest, since it is the fourth branch of Pakistani military. During the meeting all the issues pertaining to common man were discussed in detail. While going through the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Media, Pakistan

When self-interest trumps morality

When self-interest trumps morality

By Awais Saleem So the inevitable has happened. Kamran Khan, the self-proclaimed guru of investigative journalism in Pakistan, has found a new platform. Among the first few to join the now embattled BOL with much fanfare, he led the first batch that jumped ship, and is now the first one to find a new abode. All this with as much ease as if nothing has happened in the meanwhile. Neither his designation has changed, nor the … Read entire article »

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

Where Ms Arundhati Roy Gets it Right

Where Ms Arundhati Roy Gets it Right

It is much updated and amended version of an article I wrote many years ago. I think it is much more relevant now. Not a fan of Ms Roy but frankly she has a point here!!!! Raza Habib Raja “You know, I keep saying this, the most successful secession movement in India is the secession of the middle and upper classes to outer space. They seem to have lost the ability to understand those who have been … Read entire article »

Filed under: India, Left, Pakistan

History of Pop Music In Pakistan

History of Pop Music In Pakistan

By Omar Alavi The popular music in Pakistan developed just like anywhere else in the world. This begs the question fundamentally and primarily: how does one define popular music? Is it the sign of the times or the product of the times one lives in? Popular music just like any other art form is subjective and hard to confine in a genre, people feel satisfied in. In fact popular music is an enigma that keeps the … Read entire article »

Filed under: culture, liberal Pakistan, Music, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Reviews

Obfuscating the crime in Pakistan

Obfuscating the crime in Pakistan

By Hassan Raza In an unfortunate incident which took place in Balochistan province of Pakistan on Friday night, dozens of heavily armed gunmen, wearing the uniforms of security forces as described by the eye witnesses, stopped two buses, singled out ethnic Pashtuns after checking their National identification cards and fatally shot at least 22 of them. As I write this, Hundreds of protesters, mostly the relatives of slain victims, who have refused to bury the dead are … Read entire article »

Filed under: baluchistan, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Target Killing, Terrorism, violence