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Why I Left Axact? The Inside Picture.

Editor’s note: This post reflects the views of the blogger and are not necessarily shared by Pak Tea House, its administrators, editors or contributors. Only the author can verify the claims made here. PTH accepts no responsibility whatsoever for the contents in this post.  Kasim Osmani Yeterday, social media lashed out at Axact after NYT report disclosed its million-dollars fake degrees scam. Axact appears to be ‘world’s leading IT company’ as its slogan reads; however, most of its office floors (at least at DHA) are occupied with agents who operate in Middle East region luring Arab/international people with certified US degrees solely on basis of their professional experience. These degrees range from Bachelors, Masters, and PhD (Axact takes pains to prepare thesis for you as well, if you don’t have enough time … Read entire article »

Filed under: Economy, Education, Judiciary, Justice, Law

Evolution of Religious Extremism in Pakistan

Evolution of Religious Extremism in Pakistan

By Syed Amir As per an estimate 96.4% of total 199 million Pakistanis are Muslims and rest of the population consists of Christians, Hindus, Sikhs and other minority groups. However, diversity in Pakistan is more visible along cultural and ethnic lines and less through its religious distribution. Pakistan is the cradle of Indus Valley Civilization and since those days, Pakistan opened its arms for all the migrants, settlers, traders, invaders and nonetheless preachers from all over the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Pakistan, Religion

Pak Tea House has been Threatened for Free Speech

Pak Tea House has been Threatened for Free Speech

New York Times broke an explosive story on a Pakistani company Axact which revealed how the company may be involved in a huge scam of awarding fake online degrees. Pak Tea House compiled some of the reactions here and now it has been served with a legal notice. This is against the principles of free speech. If the company is aggrieved it should present counter-facts and prove that NYT story is wrong. Instead it has … Read entire article »

Filed under: Pak Tea House, Pakistan

NO MORE…

NO MORE…

Here is a poem that writer, art aficionado Fakir Syed Aijazuddin composed on the massacre of 43 innocent Ismailis in a bus in Karachi on 13 May 2015. I have no more blood to spill. My veins are dry, but still My heart beats, pumping clots of remonstrance. I have no more tears to shed. My eyes are no longer red, Instead ringed Saturns of grief and shame. I have no other life to live, No sacrifice left to give To propitiate that Satan … Read entire article »

Filed under: Karachi, poetry, Target Killing, Terrorism

Return to the Path of the Sufis

Return to the Path of the Sufis

Uzair Khan Auqabi Rooh Baidar Hoti Hai Jawanon Mein Nazar Ati Hai Iss Ko Apni Manzil Asmanon Mein When an eagle’s spirit awakens in youthful hearts, It sees its luminous goal beyond the starry heavens. Words that were used to rally a nation into action. Have self belief, it tells the agitators and the activists. Focus on the innate ability and capabilities one is endowed with. Reach for the stars and believe. Iqbal in his famous poems brings to attention … Read entire article »

Filed under: Sufism

Break the Internet – Report on Axact by NYT

Break the Internet – Report on Axact by NYT

Malik Omaid Pakistani internet broke on Monday morning but it was not because of Kim Kardashian but because of New York Times report regarding Axact group involved in a fraud of fake degrees. Axact group is the owner of Bol Network. This is the reason that thousands joined twitter discussions on Axact scam report and gave their views. Some of the prominent views, analysis, memes and jokes are presented here: Fake Degrees, Real Cash – how a … Read entire article »

Filed under: journalism, Pakistan, Twitter

Freedom of Hatred in Pakistan

Freedom of Hatred in Pakistan

By Syed Foaad Hassan Recently Prime Minister, Chief of Army staff, DG Rangers and every one was praising law and order situation of Karachi; I do not know on which grounds whether it was after Sabeen Mahmud’s murder or multiple targeted attacks on an Ahmadi youth leader, a Professor and an American lady or maybe they were trying to tell us that if they have raided Nine-Zero then they have conquered the world, caught every terrorist, … Read entire article »

Filed under: baluchistan, Islamism, minorities, Pakistan, Religion, Terrorism

Karachi Massacre

Karachi Massacre

By Obaidullah Khan Pakistan has been facing the terrorism for a long time now. Every terror attack, even target killings of the individuals is condemnable in the strongest terms, yet some of the terror attacks amongst these could be reckoned as the barbarity and butchery of the highest rank. Amongst others, the attack on the Ahmadiyya Community in Lahore where two of their worship places were attacked during the worship by the fully armed terrorists who … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Pakistan, Taliban, Terrorism, war, Zarb-E-Azb

Does the State Sponsor Takfiris?

Does the State Sponsor Takfiris?

Andaleeb Rizvi I quote from my previous blog I wrote about Sabeen Mehmud. In Pakistan, bad is on loop. You get done with the death anniversary of someone or some incident every month, and a new tragedy is added to the mourning list. So, this time it is the killing of 47, nay 43 Ismailis. Since killings are merely a number for us now. Yesterday (May 13, 2015) six gunmen surrounded a bus carrying Ismaili Shias in the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Al Qaeda, Army, Karachi, minorities, Pakistan, Religion, Terrorism

سیمور ہرش کے انکشافات

سیمور ہرش کے انکشافات

تحریر: محمد شعیب عادل نیویارکر میگزین کے رپورٹر سیمور ہرش نے لندن ریویو آف بکس LRB پر اپنے ایک حالیہ مضمون میں اسامہ بن لادن کو پکڑنے کے لیے امریکی آپریشن کے حوالے سے ایک مضمون لکھا ہے جس پر پوری دنیا میں بحث ہو رہی ہے۔ امریکی کالم نگاروں کے مطابق ہرش کی کہانی کمزور ہے اور اس کہانی کا ذریعہ ایک ریٹائرڈ پاکستانی فوجی افسر ہے جس کی ٹپ پر امریکہ نے اسامہ بن لادن … Read entire article »

Filed under: Al Qaeda, Army, Democracy, journalism, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Taliban, Terrorism, USA, war, World, Yusuf Raza Gillani, Zarb-E-Azb, Zardari

Can Pakistan become a Secular State?

Raza Habib Raja In Pakistan and in fact most of the Islamic world, the very concept of secularism is completely misunderstood. Somehow the concept has been thoroughly confused and amalgamated with Atheism in Pakistan. An overwhelming majority of politicians, and even intellectuals, often try to defend themselves when “accused” of being secular particularly on mainstream electronic media and Urdu print media. To declare oneself as a secular is considered equivalent to being considered an atheist in the public imagination. The entire atmosphere is riddled with severe misconceptions about secularism. Due to fear of being branded as “Atheist” and anti Islamic the word secular, in both letter and spirit, is virtually absent from the discourse.Even those who understand that secularism is fundamentally different from atheism often raise the question: “what good is secularism?” and … Read entire article »

Filed under: secular Pakistan, secularism

Religious Absolutism

Religious Absolutism

By Saad Hafiz Arguably, absolutism has played a part in some of the worst social and political evils throughout history. While there is little doubt that religion has made a valuable contribution to civilisation, religious absolutism has also exercised a pernicious influence at times. No one can deny the atrocities of the Crusades or the Inquisition and other evils started by the Church. Bloodshed justified by religious dictum became a widely accepted doctrine. People were branded … Read entire article »

Filed under: Blasphemy, Citizens, Islam, Islam for Peace, Islamism, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Religion

پرویز رشید کی راست گوئیاں – کچھ حیا کرو البکستانیوں

پرویز رشید کی راست گوئیاں – کچھ حیا کرو البکستانیوں

محمد حمزہ بن طارق آجکل پرویز رشید کے اردو زبان میں بولے گئے چند بہت ہی واضح اور حقیقت پر مبنی جملوں پر پرویز صاحب کو مذہبی حلقوں کی جانب سے شدید تنقید اور رد عمل کا سامنا ہے- اس مختصر ویڈیو کو جب میں نے دیکها تو یہی سمجهنا دشوار ہوگیا کہ انہوں نے تو آرٹس کونسل کراچی کے پلیٹ فارم کا بڑا خیال کرتے ہوئے بہت احتیاط سے کام لیا- مجهے وزیر صاحب سے یہ شکایت … Read entire article »

Filed under: Education, Islam, Islamism, Pakistan, Religion, Secterainism, secular Pakistan, Urdu

Pressure on the courts

Pressure on the courts

By Daniyal Arif The highlight of the week has been conviction of Salman Khan, the icon of Bollywood. The culpable homicide case that has been going on for the last thirteen years has finally come to a conclusion. The heart throb of the Bollywood industry has been sentenced to a five year imprisonment. This decision is as ironic as it is judicious. A person was killed when Salman Khan’s car slammed five people out of whom … Read entire article »

Filed under: Bollywood, India, Judiciary, Justice

Goodbye Sabeen Mehmud

Goodbye Sabeen Mehmud

By Saba Gul Khattak Goodbye Sabeen Mahmud. I read the news of your death in Istanbul after a long day of sightseeing rendered to memory through photographs. We did not know one another formally but I knew of you. I had visited T2F to attend a seminar on Balochistan a couple of years ago with my dear friend Nazish Brohi who was moderating it. I also came to the Serena to listen to you talk about … Read entire article »

Filed under: baluchistan, obituary, Pakistan, Target Killing, Terrorism