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Celebrating Unity as One Nation on August 14th

Celebrating Unity as One Nation on August 14th

By Haris Raja Growing up as a kid in Pakistan, I still remember how much joy 14 August brought to our lives. The Independence Day used to be the main attraction of the summer vacations for many of us. I recall my brother and I staying up late night decorating our house with candles, flashy lights and buntings. We would wear badges of “Dil Dil Pakistan” and “Jashn-e-Azadi” with the Pakistani flag on them. This was … Read entire article »

Filed under: minorities, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, People's Pakistan

Junaid Jamshed to ISIS – Islamic Corporatocracy

Junaid Jamshed to ISIS – Islamic Corporatocracy

By Andaleeb Rizvi It is now a fact that Junaid Jamshed is a misogynist. No amount of selfies and hand holding with Hadiqa Kiani can convince us otherwise. The damage has been done and now he need not make a lot of effort to convince us. We have been reading several calls to boycott the self proclaimed mullah of the Tableeghi Jamaat and a progeny of Mullah Tariq Jameel. However, in those calls for boycott, people … Read entire article »

Filed under: Economy, Islamism, Karachi, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan

کہتے ہیں بھولنا صحت کے لئے بہت اچھا ہوتا ہے

کہتے ہیں بھولنا صحت کے لئے بہت اچھا ہوتا ہے

تحریر: ایم اے کہتے ہیں کہ انسان زندگی کی تمام یادیں اور تمام دکھ یاد کرنا شروع کر دے تو وہ زندگی میں آگے کبھی نہیں بڑھ سکتا. کہتے ہیں کہ بھولنا انسانی نفسیاتی صحت کی علامت ہے. مگر جیسے انسان کی زبان سے پھول بھی جھڑ سکتے ہیں اور زہر بھی؛ جیسے انٹرنیٹ سے ہم دوستیاں بھی بڑھا سکتے ہیں اور دشمنیاں بھی؛ جیسے ایک چاقو انسان کے لئے مفید بھی ثابت ہوتا ہے اور نقصاندہ … Read entire article »

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

سانحہ قصور کے مجرم ہم سب ہیں

سانحہ قصور کے مجرم ہم سب ہیں

تحریر: عماد ظفر بچے سب کے سانجھے ہوتے ہیں. ایک معصوم سا وجود رکھنے والے پھولوں کی مانند جو اپنے وجود کی خوشبو سے چار سو مسرتیں اور مسکانیں بکھیر دیتے ہیں. انسانی زندگی کا سب سے حسین دور بچپن کا ہوتا ہے اور یہ دور انسان کی شخصیت کی بنیادہیں بھی بناتا ہے.بدقسمتی کہیے یا اخلاقی دیوالیہ پن یا پھر شاید انسانیت کا جنازہ کہ اس معاشرے میں بچے بھی جنسی ہوس اور تشدد سے … Read entire article »

Filed under: Children, Law, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, sex, Urdu

ہم انڈیا سے کھیلنے کے لیے کیوں مرے جا رہے ہیں

ہم انڈیا سے کھیلنے کے لیے کیوں مرے جا رہے ہیں

تحریر: عمیر حسن حال ہی میں پی سی بی کے سابقہ ٹاپ آفیشل نجم سیٹھی کا بیان سامنے آیا جس میں ان کا کہنا تھا کہ وہ اب بھی انڈو۔پاک کرکٹ سیریز کے لیے پر اُمید ہیں۔یہ بات سمجھ سے بالا تر ہے کہ ہماری کرکٹ کی ٹاپ مینجمنٹ اس بات پر بضد کیوں ہے کہ ہماری کرکٹ کی بھلائی اسی میں ہے کہ ہم بھارت سے کرکٹ کے تعلقات دوبارہ استوار کریں، حالانکہ دوسری جانب … Read entire article »

Filed under: India, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, south asia, sport, Urdu

اوریہ مقبول جان کے ملا عمر پر لکھے نوحے پر تبصرہ

اوریہ مقبول جان کے ملا عمر پر لکھے نوحے پر تبصرہ

تحریر: عثمان قاضی سبحان اللہ ایسے مرد مومن کا نثری نوحہ رقم کرنے کے لئے ایسا ہی مورخ چاہیے تھا۔ ہم پر تو یہ تعزیت نامے پڑھ کر رقت طاری ہو گئی اور ازمنہ وسطیٰ سے ملا عبدالقادر بدایونی اور جدید تر دور سے مرحوم گوئبلز کی یاد تازہ ہو گئی۔ شدید تاسف بھی ہوا کہ جس دور با برکات کا جنتی نقشہ اوریا صاحب نے کھینچا ہے، ہم بھی اسی دور میں افغانستان کی سرحد … Read entire article »

Filed under: Afghanistan, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Reviews, Taliban, Terrorism, Urdu, violence

Of a trade in flesh: Victims of human trafficking in Pakistan

Of a trade in flesh: Victims of human trafficking in Pakistan

Author: Adan Abid Within a globaville that prides itself on the ease and efficiency with which international trade is conducted along a global chain 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 transborder phenomenon. Even in this day and age, with its lofty claims to protect fundamental human rights, this hideous form of organised crime has managed to challenge … Read entire article »

Filed under: Citizens, human rights, Pak Tea House, Pakistan

Empowering South Asian youths through ICT and Media

Empowering South Asian youths through ICT and Media

By Rafiqul Alam Khan Region’s influential policy-based youth organization, South Asian Youth Society (SAYS) for the first time ever hosted a shadow SAARC conference titled, ‘Model SAARC Summit 2015 in Dhaka. U.S. Embassy Dhaka sponsored the summit with collaboration from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of People’s Republic of Bangladesh. The summit was segmented in couple of sessions in a period of three days, happening in capital’s Edward M Kennedy Center (EMK) and Brac Inn Center successively. Particularly the … Read entire article »

Filed under: India, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, south asia

Nilofer’s Corner: Mandwa, Lok Virsa Film Club

Nilofer’s Corner: Mandwa, Lok Virsa Film Club

By Nilofer Qazi I was invited by Lok Virsa’s Film Club Mandwa to watch Heer Ranja Waris Shah’s love story immortalized in Pakistani cinema in 1970. Ejaz Durrani as Ranja and Firdous as Heer. Ejaz Durrani now a distinguished humble 80 years old was the chief guest as this revival cinema launch. I haven’t really seen too many Pakistani movies unfortunately and a movie club considering reviving our rich history intrigued me. No I was actually excited, … Read entire article »

Filed under: culture, Islamabad, liberal Pakistan, Nilofer's Corner, Pak Tea House, Pakistan

Old habits die hard

By Dr Misbah Azam Pakistani society came from centuries old monarchies, oligarchies and the tribal systems. Almost half of its history Pakistan was governed by military and dictators belong to bureaucracy and feudal/family oligarchies. Consequently, masses still have propensity to look for messiahs who — in their beliefs — would drive them in the right direction where all of their problems would be fixed. Even after the globalization and free media access they show the proneness to idolize the politicians who boast about huge changes and talk what people want to hear. This behavior was clearly observed during last decade when the masses — especially the young generation — treated the electoral process as a war between the forces of malevolence and the benevolence. Most of the political elites in Pakistan … Read entire article »

Filed under: Opinion, Pakistan

Rafiq Zakaria and APJ Abdul Kalam: Question of Muslimness?

Editorial comment by Yasser Latif Hamdani Dr. Rafiq Zakaria, the father of Fareed Zakaria, was from the old school of Congress “composite nationalist Muslims”- i.e. fiercely nationalistic, conservatively Muslim and an incorrigible Paki-basher. He thought of himself as the numero uno Indian.  Dr APJ Abdul Kalam was – in the words of Shashi Tharoor MP- a “Muslim steeped in Hindu culture – hence a complete Indian”.  This article that Dr. Rafiq Zakaria wrote on the occasion of Kalam’s ascent to power in 2002 thus makes for interesting reading. It shows what is expected of a “good Muslim” according to the old school of Congress Muslims. WHAT’S MUSLIM ABOUT KALAM? Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, who will be our next President, is by all accounts a great scientist; his contribution to India’s defence is of the highest order; he … Read entire article »

Filed under: Pakistan

آئو کھیلیں اردو اردو

تحریر: عندیل علی مجھے ایک شدید قسم کی خوش فہمی ہے! کہ اگر ہم پاکستان میں فارسی پڑہانا شروع کردیں تو اس سے قومی یکجہتی کئی گنا بڑھ جائے گی! وجہ؟ عموماً لوگوں کو اردو سمجھ آجاتی ہے! پنجابی بھی(گانے سن سن کر آ ہی گئی ہے)، سندھی بطور مضمون ویسے بھی پڑہا دی جاتی ہے۔ اور جن کو سندھی نہ آتی ہو وہ بھی سرائیکی جاننے کی وجہ سے سندھی سمجھ لیتے ہیں (ویسے سنا ہے سرائیکی پاکستان کی سب سے زیادہ بولی جانے والی زبان ہے)۔ لیکن مسئلہ بلوچی اور پشتو سمجھنے اور بولنے پر آ کر اٹک جاتا ہے! اس موقع پر فارسی کام آسکتی ہے! میری خوش فہمی کے مطابق، فارسی زبان بولنے والا، پشتو اور بلوچی بھی بول اور سمجھ سکتا ہے۔ مجھے ایک اور خوش فہمی … Read entire article »

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

Open Letter to Chairman Imran Khan

Open Letter to Chairman Imran Khan

By Abdul Kundi Salam Chairman Imran Khan PTI is going through tough times as there are concerns raised about its ability to lead the nation as well as questions raised about its internal cohesion and team work. The most important item that needs your attention Mr. Chairman is to unite the party and bring it back to its ideological orientation. To facilitate you in this process, I have voluntarily decided to stop participating in the email chain … Read entire article »

Filed under: Citizens, Constitution, Democracy, Elections, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Parliament, Politics

#StopEvictions & #FreeHassanTuri Social Media Campaigns

#StopEvictions & #FreeHassanTuri Social Media Campaigns

Malik Omaid For more than a week social media especially twitter has been witnessing the trend #StopEvictions and and today a new trend #FreeHassanTuri What is this trend and why are almost all prominent twitter and facebook human rights activists are taking part of it, for that let us go to the facebook event page of this campaign. The event page is PROTEST! Stop Forced Evictions – Save our Homes. The details of the event says: The CDA … Read entire article »

Filed under: Activism, Democracy, Islamabad, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, People's Pakistan, Photos, poverty, Twitter

Nilofer’s Corner: 2 Degrees Too Much

Nilofer’s Corner: 2 Degrees Too Much

By Nilofer Qazi I don’t really understand what the climate change debate is all about. I thought, let me speak to a friend who does and explain it to me simply. There is a United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), which 194 countries have signed. Pakistan is one of them. There have been several summits where scientists and politicians have come together and discussed what climate change is about, what is causing it (human … Read entire article »

Filed under: Economy, Nilofer's Corner, Northern Areas, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, south asia