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Circumcision: A Modern Form of Forceful Bodily Mutilation

Circumcision: A Modern Form of Forceful Bodily Mutilation

Numan Hussain I grew up in a village in Pakistan and was lucky enough to have a healthcare staff for my circumcision ceremony. I tried to escape the pain, but all in vain, as it turned out to be far more severe than I expected. The more astonishing thing I remember is the attitude of my relatives, who were holding me tight throughout the procedure even though I always believed that they will be by my … Read entire article »

Filed under: Pakistan

Censoring Jinnah: Express Tribune’s shameful surrender

Censoring Jinnah: Express Tribune’s shameful surrender

By Yasser Latif Hamdani This blog was originally published on Jinnah’s birthday this year on Express Tribune (ET).  It was taken down last night by the ET after a group of internet trolls “inspired by the ideology of Pakistan” started a campaign under the hashtag #ExpressTribuneLiesAgain.  None of these geniuses actually bothered to read the blog which frankly only an idiot would call anti-Jinnah or anti-Pakistan.  Apparently they were upset that it contained the following line:  Part … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1947, Jinnah

بندر سے بندوق واپس لو

بندر سے بندوق واپس لو

تحریر:شان تاثیر ہمارے ملک میں بہت سے شریف لوگ احمدیوں پر ظلم کی تو مخالفت کرتے ہیں لیکن ساتھ ہی اس بات کو جائز خیال کرتے ہیں کہ احمدیوں کے لئے مذہبی شناخت وہ ہو جو اکثریتی گروہ ان پر مسلط کرے۔ میری رائے میں اگر آپ کا موقف یہ ہے کہ احمدی آپ کے نزدیک غیرمسلم تو ضرور ہیں لیکن ان پر ظلم نہیں ہونا چاہیے تو دراصل آپ ان سے زیادتی کی تائید کر رہے … Read entire article »

Filed under: Citizens, Constitution, Democracy, Islam, Islam for Peace, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Religion, Urdu

The Questioning

The Questioning

By Zerka Tahir   WHY?   “Who was that? Why are you talking in Urdu? Talk in English! I should not hear you talk in Urdu, is that understood?” Startled, the two boys who were babbling away, going in a straight-line from the classroom to the playground stopped short. Overcoming the blunt onslaught they resumed their walk but not their talk, neither in English nor in any other language. But what about that laugh? That playful, youthful laugh? Where did … Read entire article »

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Junaid Jamshed and the “Born Again Muslim” Phenomenon

Junaid Jamshed and the “Born Again Muslim” Phenomenon

By Raza Habib Raja. Junaid Jamshed’s untimely death has saddened us all but at the same time also revealed deep schisms in our society. Many are mourning the singer Junaid Jamshed and among them  some are also explicitly mentioning that they do not approve of his misogynist and regressive comments, he made when he turned religious. Many on the other hand are mourning the religious Junaid Jamshed and applauding his decision to quit music and dedicate his … Read entire article »

Filed under: Islam, Pakistan

Asexuality is NOT a Disease

Asexuality is NOT a Disease

By Laiba Zainab In our everyday life we always hear that “sex and sexual appeals are natural”. We are always told that opposites attract each other and by “attraction” it is always considered “sexually”. Well I am glad to let you all know that this is not how it works for every human being in this world. We get to know very little about “asexuality” and “asexuals”. To be very honest people don’t even accept that there … Read entire article »

Filed under: Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, secular Pakistan, sex, Women

Once upon a time in a Mujra…

Once upon a time in a Mujra…

By Bushra Zia We maintain direct eye contact to keep it all real. I smile at times but he doesn’t. I sway on his directions. I know exactly what he wants from me. We meet every night and have meaningful conversations without wasting a single word. We have a special connection and we know each other way too well! He says my sweet face reminds him of someone and that does not seem to bother me at … Read entire article »

Filed under: Arts and Crafts, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, sex, Women

HAPPY HOUR – Lift Prohibition to End Isolation

HAPPY HOUR – Lift Prohibition to End Isolation

By: Rafique Ali I wanted to move on and write something pressing; supposedly, two articles on alcohol should have been enough. It turns out that Alcohol needs an ongoing conversation.  Starting today, a series of articles related to alcohol will appear in Happy Hour; these will be casual and relaxed discussions including myths, stories, legends and the history of alcohol. Right wing nationalism around the world is stressful, so many scholars and academics are writing about … Read entire article »

Filed under: culture, liberal Pakistan, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, USA

How Wealth Influences Politics

How Wealth Influences Politics

By Ayoub Khan   Modern Democracy as we know it is less than 250 years old. For much of human history, societies were ruled by elites who exercised absolute power by controlling the wealth and resources of their land and dominating their people by force. Today, the New World Order cabal aims to enact this model of totalitarian rule on a global scale. In political science, Elite Theory is a theory of the state to explain the power … Read entire article »

Filed under: Democracy, NATTO, Pakistan

Review: Paying Guest—A Masterpiece of Dev Anand

Review: Paying Guest—A Masterpiece of Dev Anand

By Naeem Asgher Tarar   Chhod do aanchal zamaana kya kahega O o o chhod do aanchal zamaana kya kahega Ha ha ha inn adaaon kaa zamaana bhee hai divaana Divaana kya kahega……   What a marvellous song to hum with pleasure, from great music to animated lyrics, it offers everything. This song was sung by the master musicians of their time, Kishore Kumar and Asha Bhosle for a 1957 Bollywood movie ‘Paying Guest.’ The star cast of this movie includes Dev … Read entire article »

Filed under: Pakistan

Ardeshir Cowasjee – A man of strength and courage!

Ardeshir Cowasjee – A man of strength and courage!

By Farah Ehsan   It needs lots of courage to be an outspoken and fearless non-Muslim in my increasingly intolerant beloved homeland. Ardeshir Cowasjee – One of the few sane voices of my “Sohni Dharti”… he was far more a cosmopolitan and the representative of tolerant Karachi. He was a well-known journalist in one of the leading English newspapers in Pakistan. Ardeshir Cowasjee, a man who blindly followed ‘Quaid’ till death, with a continuous battle against all those who … Read entire article »

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

Abdus Salam –Pakistan’s first Nobel Laureate

Abdus Salam –Pakistan’s first Nobel Laureate

By Fasi Malik Twenty years ago one of the most brilliant minds of the world left us. Demise is perhaps the most certain thing in this world but some people stay always alive in the memories. Dr. Abdus Salam breathed his last on November 21, 1996 but in his life he achieved so much that many just dream of. Dr. Salam was born in Jhang, a backward district of province Punjab. Unlike the thousands of kids born … Read entire article »

Filed under: Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Science, Secterainism, secular Pakistan

سپر مون کی سائنس

سپر مون کی سائنس

تحریر: فصی ملک گزشتہ دنوں دنیا بھر میں سپر مون کے نظارے دیکھے گئے، ہر ٹی وی چینل پر یہ خبر گردش کر رہی تھی کہ اس دن چاند اپنے عمومی حالت سے چودہ فیصد بڑا اور تیس فیصد زیادہ روشن دکھائی دے گا اور یہ کہ 1948 کے بعد پہلی مرتبہ چاند زمین سے اتنا قریب ہو گا اور پھر 2034 تک ایسا ہونا ممکن نہ ہو گا۔ اس پر بہت سارے لوگ یہ سوال … Read entire article »

Filed under: Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Science, Urdu

Lahore: The Winter Fumes of Sulphur

Lahore: The Winter Fumes of Sulphur

By Aneeq Ejaz   The exhale of a smoker, the cough of a wanderer, the soot of a kebab shop, all of it ends up in the air we breathe. A larger share is claimed by construction dust, vehicular exhaust and industrial emissions. For the past few days, Lahore has been under the cloak of an instagram-like yellow haze. The sky of Lahore seems to have vomited back on us a dry stew of microbes, minerals, soil … Read entire article »

Filed under: Climate Change, Health, Lahore, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan

لہو لہان کوئٹہ اور جز و کل کی جنگ

لہو لہان کوئٹہ اور جز و کل کی جنگ

تحریر:تنویر آرائیں بلوچستان کا دارالحکومت کوئٹہ ایک بار پھر لہو سے بھیگ گیا جب کالعدم تنظیم کے کارندے پولیس ٹریننگ سینٹر میں گھسے اور بارود کی بو دور دور تک بکھیر دی۔ بارود کی اس بو نے ٹریننگ سینٹر کی حدود متعین کرنے والی کچی دیواروں کو شرما دیا اور خوں سے لت پت لاشیں منہ تکتی رہ گئیں جبکہ ملک میں بسنے والی کروڑوں زندہ لاشیں یہ سوچنے پر ایک بار پھر مجبور ہو گئیں … Read entire article »

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