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The Quetta Massacre and My People’s Annihilation

The Quetta Massacre and My People’s Annihilation

Aslam Kakar               A little over a week has passed since the massacre of lawyers in my hometown and Balochistan’s capital, Quetta. The shock and pain from the attack, while writing these lines from a university bench on the streets of New Jersey, is ever recurring and daunting. Away from home and writing about a carnage, which was too cruel to be true, is beyond the description of words: however, they are my only refuge from the devastation … Read entire article »

Filed under: baluchistan, Judiciary, Justice, quetta, state

Where do we stand?

Where do we stand?

By Fizza Abbas You have not evolved to an extent that people start considering you in their literary books you still have to go a long way; And then there will come a time, when you will be among those who will be taken in high esteem, you have to stop ranting and do something not for yourself only but for others, but then again, you have to analyze yourself and find out your motive. Are you doing it to gain some limelight? Or you genuinely approve the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Pakistan

Independence Day: Looking Back & Moving Ahead

Independence Day: Looking Back & Moving Ahead

By Sarah Naqvi “We are stronger together” were the echoes repeatedly delivered at at the Democratic National Convention a few weeks ago in the United States. The first thought that came to mind upon hearing this slogan was not disagreement to the message. We certainly are stronger together as Americans. However, it reminded me of the numerous similar conversations I’ve had with friends with regards to South Asia, often visualizing the would-have-been formidable force, had India, … Read entire article »

Filed under: Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan

Pakistan – One by One… spares none…!

Pakistan – One by One… spares none…!

By Maleeha Rauf Sind province of Pakistan is known to be the land of Sufis and Saints. Its overall texture is tolerance blended with hospitality and perseverance. Its deep and remote areas may be far behind educationally but they are at advance levels of human virtues deeply rooted in their culture. It is also pioneer in raising people’s voice in the form of political activism which gave us Pakistan People’s Party. Until a few years back, its … Read entire article »

Filed under: Islam, minorities, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Secterainism

Jinnah Fought for the Minorities

Jinnah Fought for the Minorities

By Aiman Sohail It’s 2016, Pakistan is almost 70 years old and I wonder if this is how Sir Jinnah had wanted Pakistan to turn out? Probably not. People are going to think I’m being negative, which isn’t true. I’m not filled with negativity; Pakistan itself is filled with it. Look around. You’ll find people who think very highly of themselves and pass hateful comments about other people, giving their own verdict on whether they are kafir … Read entire article »

Filed under: Jinnah, minorities, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, secular Pakistan

Muslim societies need philosophers

Muslim societies need philosophers

By Hadeel Naeem When the first human beings put down their axes and spears they settled down to think and make sense of the world. The first things that they thought of were how to make the world a better place, how to govern, be a good human, fulfill duties and live ethically. Hence, when mankind started to think is when mankind started to philosophize. Philosophy became the very foundation of our civilization. What many of … Read entire article »

Filed under: Education, Islam, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Philosophy, Society

را، این ڈی ایس، اچھے طالبان اور بلوچستان کا مسئلہ

را، این ڈی ایس، اچھے طالبان اور بلوچستان کا مسئلہ

کوئٹہ حملوں کے بعد  برخوردار خان کا ٹویٹر اکاونٹ اخباروں اور ویبسائٹس کی زینت بن گیا جب انہوں نے اپنی ٹویٹس کے ذریعے  اس بات کو واضح کیا کہ وکلا برادری نے اس حملے کے نتیجے میں کس قدر نقصان کا سامنا کیا ہے۔  کوئٹہ حملے کے بعد ہر طرف سے بیانات کی بھرمار ہوگئی اور مولانا فضل الرحمان اور محمود اچکزئی کے ایجنسیوں پر تنقید کرنے کے بعد بہت شور اور ہنگامہ ہوا ہے۔ … Read entire article »

Filed under: Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, quetta, RAW, Taliban, Terrorism, Twitter, Urdu, Zarb-E-Azb

Why I Will Not Be Celebrating Pakistan’s Independence

Why I Will Not Be Celebrating Pakistan’s Independence

by Haider Rifaat Pakistan does not bleed green anymore; it bleeds red.  I know what this country stood for in the past; freedom, happiness, a brighter future for our children, but it does no longer. What is there to celebrate about? Despite Pakistan being freed from a tangled web of hypocrisy and hatred, this country has not lived up to its strength. Millions of Pakistanis gallivant off to celebrate Pakistan’s independence each year and discount the … Read entire article »

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

PAK-CHINA RELATIONS— To be or not to be?

PAK-CHINA RELATIONS— To be or not to be?

By Muqeet Tahir Malik     Have you ever been perturbed by how the media portrays of Pakistan and China’s friendship? Did you ever hear of the difficulties of the countless Chinese who have entered Pakistan? Are you bewildered over growing popularity of Chinese cuisine in Pakistan? We have to evaluate the pros and the cons. The song that rallies as Chinese dignitaries arrive in Pakistan is, “Our friendship is greater than the heights of Himalayan Ranges.” Now, this … Read entire article »

Filed under: China, culture, History, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Politics

Book Review: “Fallen Leaves”, Will Durant

Book Review: “Fallen Leaves”, Will Durant

By: Yasir Khan The” Fallen leaves”, last out of the three posthumous publications of Will Durant, the recipient of the Pulitzer Prize and the Medal of Freedom, was published in 2014. Even though it was conceived around 1960s, the mega project of “the story of civilizations” of Will and Ariel Durant can be considered a reason in its procrastination so long as 50 years! Or perhaps, he was not ready to write a book that would … Read entire article »

Filed under: Book Review, Books, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan

The Era of Musharraf’s Narrative

The Era of Musharraf’s Narrative

By Khurram Ali     Musharraf may have lost the battle but the institution has won the game. Old commando is master of deception, as he first deceived Nawaz Sharif, who took him as a soldier with no political ambitions, then he deceived us by giving up too easily in front of lawyers’ movement. In actual he is the most successful statesman among all the dictators who have ruled the country, as he gave birth to most essential instrument … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Terrorism

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 »

Filed under: Pakistan

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