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Is it the Machiavellian “Incentive Structure”? – Part 1

Is it the Machiavellian “Incentive Structure”? – Part 1

By Misbah U. Azam, Ph.D. The common question in Pakistan is, “which system of governance Pakistan should adopt which will deliver to people’s demands”? Should it be the democracy, and if democracy should it be parliamentary or presidential. Should there be a military dictator who rules with iron fist with the help of political dynasties and family oligarchs. Should there be a system where the governments are nominated by the powerful military and Judiciary, which governs … Read entire article »

Filed under: Citizens, Constitution, Democracy, Law, Pak Tea House, Pakistan

Why are Pakistan Poor Chasers?

By Amaar Ahmad: Blame it on one plausible explanation: They simply do not want to run between wickets. They seem to want to run scores through hitting boundaries only. Given a choice to score 4 runs as <0,0,0,4> (3 dots and a boundary) versus <1,1,1,1> (four singles), Pakistani batsmen would prefer the former. Clearly <0,0,0,4> breeds rash stroke play and more mental tension. This is why they cannot chase even as Ireland. And this is why they suffer atrocious run outs more than other teams. Take the current lot: Younis Khan, Ahmed Shahzad, Afridi, Umar Akmal and Misbah. They all suffer from a <0,0,0,4> syndrome. Except for Fawad Alam who is an accumulator (i.e. <1,1,1,1>) most would rather be stroke players. This creates a vicious cycle. Unable to effectively rotate strike, pressure … Read entire article »

Filed under: Pakistan

Photo of the Day: Shia blood keeps spilling in Pakistan

Photo of the Day: Shia blood keeps spilling in Pakistan

Malik Omaid Shia Imambargah in Hayatabad neighborhood of Peshawar was attacked  during Friday prayers by terrorists killing at least 20 and injuring at least 59. State is expressing its resolve against the good and bad Taliban but lacking the same against the good and bad sectarian outfits. Unfortunately these are all the same. Some might not be active against the state institutions especially Army but they are consistently targeting specific groups mainly Shias including both systematic … Read entire article »

Filed under: Afghanistan, Al Qaeda, Army, Pak Tea House, Photo of the Day, Photos, Secterainism, Taliban, Target Killing, Terrorism, violence

Top Tweets Feb 13: Modi, Musharaf and Hayatabad Shia Killing

Malik Omaid Three main issues kept their space on Friday’s Pakistani twitter. The surprise and not so surprise resume of peace talks after the Obama visit to India and his Phone call to Nawaz Sharif. The unfortunate Peshawar attacks on Shia Imam Bargah and the Musharaf’s interview to International Media accepting of cultivating Taliban during his reign in Afghanistan. Spoke to President @ashrafghani, PM Sheikh Hasina, PM Nawaz Sharif & President Sirisena. Conveyed my best wishes for the Cricket World Cup. — Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) February 13, 2015 The Dawn reported: “The announcement came a day after US President Barack Obama called Prime Minis¬ter Sharif to update him about his administration’s efforts for improving Pakistan-India ties. The United States had been nudging India to normalise relations with Pakistan after a spate of skirmishes along the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Afghanistan, Al Qaeda, Army, India, Islamism, Pak Tea House, Peshawar, Photos, Raza Rumi, Secterainism, south asia, Taliban, Terrorism, war

Re-incarnating Dara Shikoh, a Great Moghul

Re-incarnating Dara Shikoh, a Great Moghul

By Ghazala Akbar Paradise is where no Mullah resides May no one pay heed to his Fatwas In a street where a Mullah resides No wise man is ever found Shams Tabrizi? Mirza Ghalib? Guess again. This irreverent verse is attributed to Dara Shikoh, a forgotten prince of Indian history, a great Mughal who never ruled. Dara who? Precisely. Our fascination with the Mughals is ubiquitous. We name our children, streets and even the odd restaurant after them; we display their portraits, … Read entire article »

Filed under: Blasphemy, culture, History, India, Islam, Pak Tea House, peace, poetry, Religion, secularism, south asia, Sufism

AAP’s success in Delhi: Listening Aam Aadmi instead of parachuting an agenda

AAP’s success in Delhi: Listening Aam Aadmi instead of parachuting an agenda

By Samir Gupta The recent assembly elections in Delhi have produced a result that seem groundbreaking to many in India and Pakistan. The Aam Aadmi Party’s success is the ultimate feel good Aam Aadmi story one can imagine in South Asia. An in-depth analysis, however, reveals a familiar tale of electoral politics in India While AAP’s success has been attributed to several factors, from Modi’s 10 lakh suit to the Sangh Parivar’s shrill Hindutva agenda to the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Democracy, Elections, Hinduism, India

Top Tweets Feb 12: Western Media Hypocrisy and DG ISPR briefing in trends

Top Tweets Feb 12: Western Media Hypocrisy and DG ISPR briefing in trends

Malik Omaid Two of the main topics which trended in Pakistani twitter yesterday were the way Western media covered the Chapel Hill Shooting and the way it was turned into a mere Parking dispute. The other one was the briefing by the DG ISPR Gen. Asim Bajwa about the Peshawar School attack. A picture is worth a thousand words #ChapelHillShooting pic.twitter.com/rhTosQLu8S — Rami Ak (@Rami__Ak) February 12, 2015 Trending: #MuslimLivesMatter #ChapelHillShooting pic.twitter.com/O95JWKppTN — Nosheen Abbas (@Goshno) February 12, 2015 Since when … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Religion, Top Tweets, Twitter, violence

ملاله کی جیت

ملاله کی جیت

تحریر: مصطفی کمال     یہ صرف ملاله ہی کی جیت نہیں تھی – یہ تو صدیوں سے چلی ائی تمہاری پدرانہ نظام کی شکست بھی تھی جس میں تم نے سماج اور مذھب کے کندھوں کو استعمال کر کے عورت کو ادھا جنس قرار دیا ہے۔ – تم بندوقوں سے لوگوں کو سلانے میں مصروف رہے اور وہ قلم کتاب تھام کر لوگوں کو جگانے میں مشغول رہی – تمہارا ہتھیار تمہارا خوف تھا اور اسکا کُل اثاثہ … Read entire article »

Filed under: Islamism, Malala is a Drama, Malala Yousuzai, Pakistan, Philosophy, Religion, Society, south asia, Urdu, Women

بول ٹی وی کب آئے گا؟

بول ٹی وی کب آئے گا؟

تحریر: محمد شعیب عادل پاکستان کے پرنٹ، الیکٹرانک اور سوشل میڈیا پر بھاری سرمائے سے شروع ہونے والے نئے نیوز چینل ’’بول‘‘ کا کافی چرچا ہے۔ اس چینل نے بھاری تنخواہ پر نامور اینکر پرسنز ،نیوز ریڈرز اور صحافی رپورٹرز کی بھرتی شروع کر رکھی ہے اور آئے روز اس فہرست میں الیکٹرانک میڈیاکی کسی نہ کسی نامور شخصیت کانام شامل ہورہا ہے ۔ نامور صحافی اور جیو کے چیف ایگزیکٹو اظہر عباس بول کے صدر … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Democracy, journalism, liberal Pakistan, Media, Opinion, Pakistan, secular Pakistan, Urdu

Islamic University Islamabad: My education in a Saudi funded university

Islamic University Islamabad: My education in a Saudi funded university

By Amna Shafqat Whenever I hear these empty notions of ‘No Space for Extremism Left’ so confidently floated in wake of Peshawar Attack, I remain unconvinced. My doubts about these ‘Anti-terrorism’ measures strengthen when I give a cursory look at the present unchecked activities of International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI). The national consensus against extremism means nothing when you know that Saudi’s takfiri ideology is being expanded every day, inch by inch, into small towns of … Read entire article »

Filed under: Children, Citizens, Islamabad, Islamism, Pakistan, Religion, Society, Terrorism, Women

Top tweets Feb 10: Chaudhry Sarwar Joining PTI, Altaf Hussain’s Sorry and Kijriwal’s Victory

Top tweets Feb 10: Chaudhry Sarwar Joining PTI, Altaf Hussain’s Sorry and Kijriwal’s Victory

Malik Omaid On Pak Tea House we are starting a new daily series of top tweets from Pakistani and non-Pakistani twitterati. The idea is to bring the discussions on microblogs here on the old school blog. Your feedback and comments are welcome. Top trend for today was former Governor Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar joining PTI. Many lauded the decision but many also criticized it and reminded PTI supporters of their past statements about Ch. Sarwar. I am pleased to … Read entire article »

Filed under: Activism, Citizens, Democracy, India, journalism, liberal Pakistan, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Politics, Punjab, Raza Rumi, secular Pakistan, Top Tweets, Twitter

Wikimedia Pakistan and the manipulation of Wikipedia Pages on Pakistan

Wikimedia Pakistan and the manipulation of Wikipedia Pages on Pakistan

Given the semi-literate nature of internet usage in Pakistan, Wikipedia has come to be known as the gospel truth in the country’s 30 million odd internet users. Consequently it has to be controlled because whoever controls Wikipedia controls the narrative in cyber-Pakistan. This is where Wikimedia Pakistan [https://twitter.com/WikimediaPK] comes in, run by a self professed college drop out who has too much time on his hands called Saqib Qayyum Chaudhry [http://opensource.com/life/14/9/wiki-loves-monuments-pakistan].     He describes himself as : “The writer … Read entire article »

Filed under: Pakistan

Aam Aadmi votes for the Aam Aadmi Party

Aam Aadmi votes for the Aam Aadmi Party

Raza Habib Raja On 7th February many exit polls were predicting that AAP would win the Delhi elections. BJP leadership tried to dismiss the predictions by claiming that polls would be proven wrong. The elections results are in front of us. The polls have been proven wrong as the margin of victory of AAP is much more than the polls were predicting! In many ways this election had ended up gaining an incredible level of attention, perhaps … Read entire article »

Filed under: Democracy, India

Federal Government gears up for privatization of PESCO

Federal Government gears up for privatization of PESCO

Story by Wahab Tariq Butt Hong Kong Privatization commission of Pakistan today gave advertisement in China Daily and various other Hong Kong newspapers inviting expression of interest from Chinese/Hong Kong financial advisory consortiums to provide financial advisory services to government of Pakistan about privatisation of Peshawar Electric Supply Corporation. According to the advertisement that was published in China Daily, the objective of the government is to divest various power sector generation and distribution assets to allow … Read entire article »

Filed under: Citizens, Economy, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Peshawar

Searching for Hercules

Searching for Hercules

By Saad Hafiz Discontent and annoyance with democracy is picking up pace in Pakistan. The promise of an unprecedented era of lengthy civilian rule appears to be in jeopardy. A sort of toxic impatience with the democratic process, which has always existed in the political discourse, is being rekindled. There is public frustration and resentment against the elected central government. The government is seen as distant, unresponsive and subservient to powerful interests. The litany of complaints … Read entire article »

Filed under: Democracy, Justice, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Politics, Rights, secular Pakistan