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Nilofer’s Corner: Judicial commission’s findings do not imply that 2013 elections were ‘fair’

Nilofer’s Corner: Judicial commission’s findings do not imply that 2013 elections were ‘fair’

By Nilofer Qazi Imran Khan accused the electoral managers of ‘rigging’ the election of 2013. It has been over two years since these accusations were made; a protest that lasted 4 months and nearly brought the sitting Government to a standstill resulted in little change, attention or review of Pakistan’s electoral system. Many who support PTI have also observed Imran Khan’s statements claiming irrefutable proof of pre-mediated irregularities & fixing that have been shared with the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Constitution, Corruption, Democracy, Elections, Judiciary, Justice, Nilofer's Corner, Pak Tea House, Pakistan

End this discrimination

By Ali Saif Recent incidents of racism in USA and rest of the world have not happened by chance or accidental in nature actually such incidents were expected. President of US, Barack Obama is right when he says that massacre at historic African-American church in Charleston in South Carolina is racism and that racism still haunts the United States. He has also warned that people of US have to be vigilant since it still lingers and when it is poisoning the minds of young people, it betrays our ideals and tears our democracy apart. No doubt that they have made great progress in terms of strict legislation on racism but still it haunts United States. Actually dynamics of the population have changed, since last century world has entered into the age of urbanization and cosmopolitanism … Read entire article »

Filed under: Democracy, Free Speech, human rights, Identity, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Society, urban

A Tale of Two Sermons

A Tale of Two Sermons

By Ahmad Faruqui First there was the ‘Eid sermon which began at 9:30 am. As the congregational service at a small town Fairgrounds ended, three of us stood up and moved to a shaded area with chairs, tables and tents. The sun was beating down on us mercilessly and the day had just begun. We were no longer officially in the congregation but the post-prayer sermon was audible. Another friend joined us and we began to chat among ourselves, … Read entire article »

Filed under: Islam for Peace, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Religion, Terrorism

جنید جمشید سے چند اہم سوالات

جنید جمشید سے چند اہم سوالات

“یہ بلاگ پوسٹ اس سے پہل دنیا پاکستان میں پوسٹ ہوچکا ہے. پاک ٹی ہاؤس اسے اپنے قارئین کی دلچسپی اور موضوع کی اہمیت کے پیش نظر کراس پوسٹ کررہا ہے.” تحریر: علی ارقم قرآن میں خواتین کا نام لے کر تذکرہ نہ کرنے کی جنید جمشید کی مجوّزہ تشریح ، اس حوالے سے شدید تنقید اور جْنید جمشید کی جوابی وضاحت کے بعد چند سوالات اْبھرتے ہیں، شاید جْنید جمشید یا اْن کا فین کلب اس کی وضاحت … Read entire article »

Filed under: Islam, Islamism, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Religion, Urdu, Women

امریکہ ایران ڈیل۔۔۔ پاکستان کو سبق حاصل کرنا چاہیے

امریکہ ایران ڈیل۔۔۔ پاکستان کو سبق حاصل کرنا چاہیے

تحریر: محمد شعیب عادل امریکہ اور یورپ کی ایران کے ساتھ ڈیل پر سوشل میڈیا میں ایک کمنٹ آیا کہ ’’چالیس سال تک مرگ بر امریکہ کا نعرہ لگانے والوں نے بالاخر اسی سے سمجھوتہ کر لیا لیکن چالیس سالوں میں مذہب کے نام پر ایک نسل کو ختم کردیا‘‘۔ کچھ نے کہا کہ ماضی کو کوسنے کی بجائے اب ہمیں آگے کی طرف دیکھنا چاہیے اور اس معاہدے کا خیر مقدم کرنا چاہیے۔ لیکن کیا … Read entire article »

Filed under: Democracy, Iran, Islamism, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Terrorism, Urdu, USA

Nilofer’s Corner: Atticus Fitch

Nilofer’s Corner: Atticus Fitch

By Nilofer Afridi Qazi To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee without a doubt is a book that moved me along with millions across the globe and remains more than a book, the book was an experience, which had tremendous influence on how I looked at people, class, culture & history. Deeply moving. No matter how often I re read it, or watch Gregory Peck’s movie or see an adaptation Play it brings me to … Read entire article »

Filed under: Books, Literature, Nilofer's Corner, Pak Tea House, Pakistan

Nilofer’s Corner: Violence

By Nilofer Afridi Qazi I hate violence. Lord since when have I started using language and tone which is violent to describe my aversion to violence? Something has happened in the past 10 years, to me, in Pakistan. There has been too much violence. This is from someone who is blessed and safe. And yet the environment of uncertainty constant violence physical and cultural is everywhere. Conversations justify violence. Actions ignore violence our conscience have become numb. Is this a self-preservation mode we have turned on? I don’t know is this an excuse to justify the growth and apathy by so many of the violence all around us? So easily television anchors demand scream and write ‘hang this one kill this one eliminate that one’. Killing comes so easily. Where did the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Nilofer's Corner, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, violence

The Media Muddle

By Dr. Munawar A. Anees and Maryam Iraj “The media is the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that’s power. Because they control the minds of the masses.” – Malcolm X Beyond the power dynamics, media – the fourth pillar of the state – is pivotal to a functioning democracy, social enlightenment, and entertainment. None of the above seems to be functional when it comes to the mushrooming electronic media in Pakistan, in many instances, owned and operated by the entrenched print establishment. This in spite of the enviable freedom it enjoys. In channel programming, domains like education, arts, health, science, culture, world affairs, history, environment, technology all belong to terra incognita. But Talk Shows on political themes are … Read entire article »

Filed under: Media, Opinion

2015 EID Notes: Nilofer’s Corner

By Nilofer Afridi Qazi Relief & Embarrassment. Looking at the Ruet e Hilal Committee ramble on their television press conference, 10 minutes later announcing the ‘sighting’ of the moon and ‘formally’ declare Pakistan ‘can’ celebrate Eid 30 days of fasting later. Even the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia the bastion of all things awful considers it appropriate to rely on science to determine when the lunar calendar begins/wanes. There is no rational explanation why the politicians in the land of the pure consider it important to maintain this ‘committee’ of NONSENSE. Chaand raat with friends reminds one of all the wonderful and warmth of Pakistan. There is no description that appropriately captures the feeling of the collective joy and reflection of a shared month of many emotions, from the jokes of those … Read entire article »

Filed under: Nilofer's Corner, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Religion

جدید سائنس اور ہماری سوچ

تحریر: عماد ظفر امریکی سپیش شپ کی خلا میں پلوٹو سیارے کے گرد موجودگی سائینس کی ایک اہم پیش رفت ہے اور بین الاقوامی دنیا میں اس پر بحث مباحثہ جاری ہے ساری دنیا میں میڈیا پر آپکو لوگ اس اہم پیش رفت پر بولتے اور پروگرامز کرتے نظر آئیں گے۔ اور اس سائینسی کامیابی کو انسانی فکر انسانی شعور کی کامیابی قرار دے رہیں ہیں۔ ہم لوگوں نے خلائی سائینس کی اس اہم پیش رفت پر وہی کیا جو ہم برسوں سے کرتے آ رہے ہیں کچھ دیر کو میڈیا پر خبر چلی اور اس کے بعد پھر اپنی اپنی دنیا میں مست۔ذرا غور کیجیے کہ ہم لوگوں کا رویہ سائینس کے بارے میں کیا ہے اور ہم کتنی ریسرچ اور پیسہ سائینس پر خرچ کرتے ہیں ۔جدید دور میں سائینس … Read entire article »

Filed under: Education, Pak Tea House, Pakistan

Debunking The Filthy Image Of Junaid Jamshed

Debunking The Filthy Image Of Junaid Jamshed

By Haider Rifaat The recent ARY transmission of Junaid Jamshed’s Ramadan program heaped constructive criticism soon after his controversial statement about women went viral on the social media. The 50-year old singer-songwriter is notorious for his speeches about women in Islam. The much controversial statement Jamshed claimed was: “Hazrat Maryam’s name has been solely mentioned in the Holy Quran and that too because of Hazrat Isiah. Other than that, no other woman’s name has been quoted … Read entire article »

Filed under: Islam, Islamic Holy Book Quran, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Religion, video, Women

Flesh Trade

Flesh Trade

Ironically, world that takes pride in the ease and efficiency with which international trade is conducted along the global lines of production and supply, there exists a less prosperous side to commerce. In the dark corners of economy human trafficking still thrives as a rampant trans-border phenomenon. Even in this modern era, with lofty claims to protection of fundamental human rights, this hideous form of organized crime has managed to challenge our credibility as a … Read entire article »

Filed under: Pakistan

PTI, Reham Khan and the Self-Righteousness

PTI, Reham Khan and the Self-Righteousness

By Umer Ali After the famous 30th October 2011 demo of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, like other young members of the society who sought change, I too got carried away with the very charismatic Imran Khan and the future he promised. Bringing world cup home and building Pakistan’s first cancer hospital, Khan looked determined to get rid of the corrupt politicians and bring about a positive change in the country. From campaigning door to door to writing on social … Read entire article »

Filed under: Citizens, Democracy, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Politics

Which School Should My Child Go to?

Which School Should My Child Go to?

By Nilofer Qazi Met a friend the other day, while discussing how to choose a play school for one’s 2 year old, the conversation turned out to be quite existential in nature. Which school should one put our little ones in is a very big deal; All parents will tell you this. What are some of the issues one considers? The quality of the teachers is definitely a consideration, given that most teachers here are not professionally … Read entire article »

Filed under: Education, Islamism, Pak Tea House, Pakistan

Why it Should Not be Okay to Lie

Why it Should Not be Okay to Lie

Ali Izhar Bajwa The recent spate of incidents surrounding the lady who is being dubbed as Pakistan’s first lady in the waiting and Madr-e-Millat (Mother of the Nation) by famous television pundits and gurus has brought to light an important issue plaguing the politics of this great country. These incidents involve the alleged use of government’s resources in terms of helicopters and vehicles, the officiating of government meetings, the interest in securing a seat from his … Read entire article »

Filed under: journalism