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Bacha Khan, Faqir of Ipi and the Afghanistan angle

By Yasser Latif Hamdani (Author’s note: This article is my personal opinion based on my own research. It does not, necessarily, reflect the point of view of PTH or its editors as a group.) Since the cowardly attack on Bacha Khan University in Charsadda, which we all must condemn as nothing less than attack on Pakistan and its future, a number of self styled progressives have been singing paeans of Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan, or as he is more popularly known Bacha Khan, as a secular and non-violent activist who has been forsaken by the wretched state. That the state has downplayed Bacha Khan and his legacy is not disputed, though there is an international airport named after him and the university named after him is also a government university. Countless roads and buildings exist … Read entire article »

Filed under: Afghanistan, History, Pakistan

صحت مند ہوگا پاکستان!

صحت مند ہوگا پاکستان!

تحریر: تنویر آرائیں پاکستان کی حکمرانی انتہائی کٹھن کام ہے یا حکمرانوں نے اسے مشکل بنا لیا ہے؟اگر اس سوال کا جواب ڈھونڈا جائے تو یہی جواب ملتا ہے کہ حکمرانوں اور غلط پالیسیوں نے خود اسے مشکل بنا دیا ہے اگر حکمران مخلص، ایماندار اور اہلیت کے حامل بھی ہو تو بھی ہم نے ریاستی اداروں کے اندر اتنی کرپشن اور نااہلی کو پال رکھا ہے جس سے چھٹکارا پانا ایک کٹھن کام ہے۔ مگر … Read entire article »

Filed under: Health, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, south asia, Urdu

Pakistani Regional Security Delegates Achieve Unprecedented Milestone for Track 1.5/ II in Kabul

Pakistani Regional Security Delegates Achieve Unprecedented Milestone for Track 1.5/ II in Kabul

By Faiysal AliKhan A nine member Pakistani delegation comprising senior security officials, members of parliament and media arrived in Kabul on Sunday December 20th, for the first round of regional security working groups meetings, as part Beyond Boundaries, a series of Track 1.5/II meetings between Afghan and Pakistani Security Sector Stakeholders. The initiative is led by the Center for Research and Security Studies (CRSS) in partnership with Afghan counterpart organization DURAN Research and Analysis. After the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Afghanistan, Constitution, Democracy, Pak Tea House, Pakistan

A Complicated Relationship

A Complicated Relationship

By Ahmad Karim We all know after 9/11, in 2001 U.S. jumped into the quagmire, Afghanistan, for the possible arrest of Al-Qaeda’s leader, late Osama Bin Laden, who was being sheltered in Afghanistan by Taliban leader late Mullah Omar. U.S. gumption fell low in searching OBL for years but they managed to topple the government of Taliban facilely. U.S. remained there for a decade in OBL’s search and finally they managed to assassinate OBL in a suspicious … Read entire article »

Filed under: Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Taliban, Terrorism, USA, Zarb-E-Azb

5 Things Haunting Pakistan Today

5 Things Haunting Pakistan Today

By Hassan K. Bajwa Spend some time watching any news channel or flip through a newspaper anywhere in the world and chances are that you will come across a report of something god-awful happening in Pakistan. These days suicide bombs, sectarian violence, rioting, corruption, economic deprivation, gender discrimination or natural disasters leaving people destitute, are just another report of the daily horrors the average Pakistani has to deal with. The sheer frequency of such happenings is … Read entire article »

Filed under: Islam, Islamism, Jinnah, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Secterainism, secular Pakistan

Bashing Liberals and Glorifying Jihadists?

Bashing Liberals and Glorifying Jihadists?

By Ayesha Siddiqa “Relevance of the Liberals” by Muhammad Amir Rana is a sad piece. Its issue for me is not that it lambastes the liberals, which are few and far between, but that it rates radical militants as pragmatists. It is historically weak. If pragmatism is to be defined in this peculiar way then JuD (Jamaat-ud-Daawa) was always that – radical and, yes pragmatist. Muhammad Amir Rana forgets that despite all of that LeT (Lashkar-e-Tayyaba) … Read entire article »

Filed under: Liberal Democratic Pakistan, liberal Pakistan, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, secular Pakistan, secularism

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

The Killing of Malik Ishaq: Does this Change Anything in Pakistan?

The Killing of Malik Ishaq: Does this Change Anything in Pakistan?

By Mohammad Jibran Nasir Wednesday morning I woke up to the news of Malik Ishaq, the dangerous head of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) being killed in a Police encounter. My first reaction, which I believe was shared by many Pakistanis, was “good riddance.” One of Pakistan’s most notorious terrorists was no more. A lot of people, including many apparent human rights activists went to the extent of sharing the image of his bullet-riddled body with the caption “Eid Mubarak” … Read entire article »

Filed under: Al Qaeda, Army, Democracy, Elections, Islamism, liberal Pakistan, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Politics, Secterainism, Taliban, Target Killing, Terrorism, Twitter, violence, Zarb-E-Azb

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

The need to stay for US troops in Afghanistan

By Habib Jan The Afghan President Dr Ashraf Ghani and Chief executive Abdullah Abdullah first official visit to United States for reshaping US-Afghan relations deteriorated during Afghan ex-president Karzai regime due to United States policy of ignorance towards Afghanistan brings new hopes in Afghan political affairs. Post withdrawal course of action by the US in Afghanistan promised by Obama during election campaign was unmindful and inadequate as US led coalition forces have failed to fully cure threats of terrorism in Afghanistan. During his visit to US, Ashraf Ghani highlighted the threats from militants, reiterated Afghan foreign policy, and urged US forces to stay in order to train and assist Afghan national army. Obama administration accepted the request and vowed to provide military assistance due to which 9,800 troops are to stay … Read entire article »

Filed under: Pakistan

Putting Humpty Dumpty Back Together

Putting Humpty Dumpty Back Together

By Misbah Azam, Ph.D. “For an hour I was transported to a place where every new minute inspired me to fall in love with Pakistan again.” Above are the words of one brilliant Pakistani entrepreneur of Silicon Valley, Dr. Safwan Shah, which he wrote to convey his tributes to a dynamic young Pakistani lawyer, politician and social activist, Mohammed Jibran Nasir, after attending his talk in a USA Talk Series 2015 seminar in the Silicon Valley, San … Read entire article »

Filed under: Activism, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Terrorism, USA, Zarb-E-Azb

ہمیں خود ہی کچھ کرنا ہوگا: جبران ناصر

ہمیں خود ہی کچھ کرنا ہوگا: جبران ناصر

ملک عمید حالیہ دنوں میں جبران ناصر کے نام سے کون واقف نہیں ہے۔ ان کا نام طالبان کی جانب سے آرمی پبلک اسکول پر 16 دسمبر کو ہوئے حملے کے بعد تب سے سوشل میڈیا اور مین اسٹریم میڈیا میں لیا جانے لگا جب وہ لال مسجد کے خطیب مولوی عبدالعزیز کے طالبان کی مذمت سے انکار کرنے کے خلاف لال مسجد کے سامنے اکیلے ہی احتجاج کرنے کے لیے کھڑے ہوگئے۔ دیکھتے ہی دیکھتے … Read entire article »

Filed under: Activism, Afghanistan, Army, Benazir Bhutto, Citizens, Constitution, Democracy, ISI, Islamism, Kashmir, liberal Pakistan, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Parliament, Politics, Secterainism, secular Pakistan, Society, Terrorism

جبران ناصر کا دورہ امریکہ اور چند مودبانہ گزارشات

جبران ناصر کا دورہ امریکہ اور چند مودبانہ گزارشات

“نوٹ: پاک ٹی ہاؤس انٹرنیٹ پر فکری تبادلۂ کی ایک کھلی اسپیس ہے اور ہم آزادی اظہار پر مکمل یقین رکھتے ہیں نیز ادارے کا کسی بھی لکھاری کے نظریات سے مکمل متفق ہونا ضروری نہیں۔ ہم اپنے قارئین کو دعوت دیتے ہیں کہ وہ کسی بھی تحریر سے متفق نہیں ہیں تو حقائق اور دلائل پر مبنی جواب ہمیں بھیجیں ہم اسے جگه دیں گے۔” محمد شعیب عادل کچھ ماہ پہلے اسلام آباد میں مولانا عبدالعزیز … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Citizens, Democracy, ISI, Islamism, Liberal Democratic Pakistan, Opinion, Pakistan, Parliament, Politics, Secterainism, secular Pakistan, Terrorism, USA

Changing Geostrategic Realities: China-Pakistan Economic Corridor

Changing Geostrategic Realities: China-Pakistan Economic Corridor

By Misbah U. Azam, Ph.D. Well known public intellectual, political analyst and TV anchor person, Mr. Farrukh Khan Pitafi once told me that years ago while he was interviewing Dr. Stephen P. Cohen — a famous American political scientist, a prominent expert on Pakistan, India, and South Asian security and senior fellow in foreign policy studies at the Brookings Institution – he asked Dr. Cohen if there is any example in the world in his knowledge … Read entire article »

Filed under: baluchistan, China, Economy, India, Iran, ISI, Middle East, Pakistan, Zarb-E-Azb

A new realism

A new realism

by Saad Hafiz President Obama’s recent visit to India, while ignoring Pakistan, is being seen as a “diplomatic failure of Islamabad”. Failure or not, the visit does warrant a review of the effectiveness of Pakistan’s foreign policy given the changing nature of a state and the realities of the international scene. Generally speaking, a country’s foreign policy is the face that it presents to the rest of the world and should, therefore, be based on a … Read entire article »

Filed under: Afghanistan, Army, India, Opinion, Pakistan, state, Taliban, Terrorism, USA, Zarb-E-Azb