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A Pakistani Hindu:’I am a citizen & that’s enough for me to hold my basic rights’

By Vijay Kumar Yesterday, on Saturday, July 30th 2016, I got an opportunity to become part of a thought-provoking conference in Hyderabad, the second largest city in Sindh.  The conference was titled as Interfaith Youth Dialogue and Festival, arranged by a young social activist and past Pak-US exchange alumni, Dr. Rajesh Kumar. The session was led by some of the prominent personalities in the Sindh covering intellectuals, mystic poets, human right activists and academia. The conference put lights on many important issues of religious intolerance and religious supremacy prevailing in the Sindh and Pakistan, in general. During the conference, by listening to the panelists and with my own thought pattern, I summarized some of my thoughts on the issues and what I think we can do to curb them. Here is a conflict now. If you pick a … Read entire article »

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Fueling Hate

Fueling Hate

By Abrahim Shah   A hearing in the United States Congress a few weeks ago titled “Pakistan: Friend or Foe?” saw several congressmen unleash an unprecedented and vituperative salvo against Pakistan, labeling our administration “repressive” and accusing our government of “manipulating American chumps”. The intense polemic has given voice to the frustration many in the US feel towards Pakistan, but perhaps more alarmingly, it threatens to unbalance the civil-military balance in Pakistan by providing our army the … Read entire article »

Filed under: India, Kashmir, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Terrorism, USA

Qandeel Baloch: Is pride bigger than a human life?

Qandeel Baloch: Is pride bigger than a human life?

Farhan Janjua One of the challenges that Qandeel Baloch faced was being harassed for her ‘Baloch’ surname. She was trolled continuously by the so called ‘honourable’ folks who would tell her to stop using this surname. What’s in a surname? Why are ‘gharat-mand’ Balochs so offended by her actions? In this vlog, I explore this issue while also discussing how anyone’s pride is not bigger than a human life. Watch my vlog here and your feedback … Read entire article »

Filed under: Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, secularism, sex, video

CANCER – A Letter to Caregiver

CANCER – A Letter to Caregiver

By Anonymous  Dear Caregiver: You don’t know me neither do I. We may be living in separate countries, speaks distinct language, practice different religion, carry conflicting political ideologies but why do I feel we did meet more than once.  Why do I feel we have a deep connection, and we understand each other? Do you remember the day when your loved one was first diagnosed with cancer? The news fell like a bombshell and you cried for your … Read entire article »

Filed under: Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, USA, World

“His Excellency” Meraj Muhammad Khan

“His Excellency”  Meraj Muhammad Khan

INTERVIEW By: NAIMAT KHAN     As a rebellious kid Khan “attacked” British soldier in Mumbai turned down Zia’s offer to form party of Karachi’s Mohajirs Former Afghan President Dr Najib called him his Excellency Says “Bhutto was responsible for disintegration of Pakistan.” Shaikh Mujeeb facilitated Bhutto to hold public gathering in his constituency Thinks “Congress and Muslim could have better way-out” Saw Nehru kicking soldiers for not protecting Jamia Islamia students Used to swim in Jamna every day in morning “Bhutto was forced for federation, … Read entire article »

Filed under: Benazir Bhutto, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Society

South China Sea : A Latent Flashpoint

South China Sea : A Latent Flashpoint

By Misbah Azam, Ph.D. Territorial disputes over the handful of islands of the East and South China Sea have already thrashed relations between China and countries like Philippines, Vietnam, Taiwan, Malaysia, and Brunei in recent years. The South China Sea region is the area that is the home to a wealth of natural resources, fisheries, trade routes, and military bases. The Ministry of Geological Resources and Mining of the People’s Republic of China estimates that the … Read entire article »

Filed under: China, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, USA

The Pakistani disapora

The Pakistani disapora

By Ali Bhurgri     The country is 68 year old, and the idea of patriotism is confined by a strict narrative of nationalism embedded into people as “not Indian” or a “Muslim” As a kid growing up I was always exhilarated by the idea of nationalism. Wearing a Pakistani flag badge on 14th August was one of the things I waited for throughout the year. There was pride and deep satisfaction in waving the Pakistani flag, as I … Read entire article »

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A person can change but only under one condition

A person can change but only under one condition

By: Hafsa Sarfraz A person’s imperfection which we sometimes insistently try to point a finger at, really hurts. All the special behavioral models are just psychological protection against wounds inflicted on our soul. It’s only thoroughly developed strategies which allow us to comfortably exist in this world with others. Most of people truly believe that love is so powerful that it can change a person. We can say that a person can change but only under one … Read entire article »

Filed under: Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan

I like Raheel Sharif But He Should Retire on Time

I like Raheel Sharif But He Should Retire on Time

Raza Habib Raja Despite considering myself a critic of Pakistan army, I really like Raheel Sharif. He is perhaps Pakistan’s most popular person right now. But why is an army officer so popular? The reasons are several. First , he is responsible for the military action against the Taliban. This is a huge achievement. Since 2001, almost 50,000 people have died due to terrorism and yet literally all the governments showed complete impotence to do anything. Unfortunately over … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Pakistan, Taliban

Abdul Sattar Edhi: the greatest Pakistani to have ever lived!

Abdul Sattar Edhi: the greatest Pakistani to have ever lived!

By Imran Ahmad Khan   On a recent official assignment, I was lucky enough to work with the Edhi Foundation. While my interaction with Pakistan’s largest social welfare organization was extremely limited, it gave me a chance to move away from the distractions of life and get a real sense of the great work that Abdul Sattar Edhi had done for humanity. Edhi’s name has always been a part of our lives. His image has always floated around, … Read entire article »

Filed under: Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Religion, secularism

State funeral or Edhi’s final humiliation?

State funeral or Edhi’s final humiliation?

By Andaleeb Rizvi Abdul Sattar Edhi is the only man who consistently stood up for the poor throughout the history of Pakistan. He didn’t shy away from burying the dead, no matter what their political, religious, or sectarian affiliation. He was the man, who didn’t put a cloth to his nose while carrying a putrefied body taken out of an open manhole. He was the true revolutionary in the face of the feudal-military-capitalist trio. And the … Read entire article »

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What Muslims Misunderstand about Secularism

What Muslims Misunderstand about Secularism

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. An overwhelming majority of politicians, and even intellectuals, often try to defend themselves when “accused” of being secular, particularly on mainstream online media and Urdu print media. To declare oneself as a secular is considered equivalent to being considered an atheist in the public … Read entire article »

Filed under: secular Pakistan, secularism

Terrorist LUBP’s hateful and murderous campaign against me bears fruit

By Yasser Latif Hamdani A few years ago I wrote a piece on Majlis-e-Ahrar in which I quoted Munir Report as saying that the Majlis-e-Ahrar’s president Mazhar Ali Azhar was a Shia. This prompted the hate blog LUBP to not only post a rebuttal (which was their right) but to accuse me of “running a hate campaign against Shias”. This is ironic to say the least because not only have I never written anything hateful against Shias but have always spoken up against Shia genocide and always pointed out that Pakistan’s founder was a Shia.  Well today, I received a phone call from an undisclosed number. The person identified himself as a “Shia” (though I doubt it to be the case) and made specific reference to the article on the web … Read entire article »

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کراچی میں گرتی لاشیں مگر رینجرز کو سب معاف

کراچی میں گرتی لاشیں مگر رینجرز کو سب معاف

فواد حسن ابھی شہید امجد صابری کی نمازِ جنازہ بھی ادا نہ کی گئی تھی کہ مختلف ٹی وی چینلز پر یہ سرخیاں گردش کرنے لگیں کہ شریف آباد تھانہ کہ جس کی حدود میں مشہور قوال کا ناحق قتل ہوا اس کے ایس۔ایچ۔او کو معطل کردیا گیا ہے۔ لیکن یہ کوئی نئی بات نہیں تھی دیکھنے میں یہی آیا ہے کہ جب بھی کوئی دہشتگردی کا واقعہ شہرِ کراچی میں رونما ہوا ہے تو فی … Read entire article »

Filed under: Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Taliban, Urdu

Madrassahs Responsible for Decline of Muslim Civilisation

Madrassahs Responsible for Decline of Muslim Civilisation

Dr. Taimur Rahman Muslim civilisation can never advance as long as it does not do away with the outdated madrassah education system and embrace modern scientific education. For the last 500 years Muslim civilisation has been in an intellectual decline because we simply refuse to embrace modern scientific secular education. We keep living in the past and talk about Ibne Sina and Al-Khwarizmi. But the madrassah system that stopped all critical thinking after the 13th century ban … Read entire article »

Filed under: Education, Islam, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Religion, secularism