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کھوتی کا کھرا اور ویلنٹائن ڈے پر پابندی

کھوتی کا کھرا اور ویلنٹائن ڈے پر پابندی

تحریر: طاہر بھٹی – فرینکفرٹ ، جرمنی بہاولنگر کے ایک زمیندار کے ڈیرے سے کھوتی چوری ہو گئی جو تقریبا” ہر ڈیرے پر چارہ ڈھونے کے لئے بندھی ہوتی ہے۔ اس زمانے میں یہ جانور تین چار سو روپے میں دستیاب تھا کہ ابھی کھال سمگل ہونی اور گوشت بازار میں بکنا نہیں شروع ہوا تھا۔ موصوف نے کھوجی منگوائے اور کھوتی کا سراغ لگانے کے لئے کھرا چل پڑا ۔ کھرے کے ساتھ عام طور … Read entire article »

Filed under: Islamism, liberal Pakistan, Love, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Religion, Society, Urdu

A Few Weeks with NUR JEHAN – Light of the World

A Few Weeks with NUR JEHAN – Light of the World

By Tayyab Mahmud Nur Jehan was a South Asian diva whose artistic and personal life was baroque. She started acting and singing in Bombay films in the mid-1940s, and was instantly recognized as a star. She moved to Pakistan after the partition of colonial India and established herself as a popular and critically acclaimed vocalist in the country. The formidable range of her repertoire included semi-classical, ghazal, folk, spirituals, and pop. She sang of love and … Read entire article »

Filed under: Arts and Crafts, History, Pak Tea House, Pakistan

Pakistan: Civil-Military Relations

Pakistan: Civil-Military Relations

By Mohammad Shehzad ‘Nawaz Sharif Enterprises’ was up in arms when the military leadership bit its head off for not doing enough to implement the National Action Plan [NAP]. The generals want the inefficient politicians to do more on the terrorism front. (Though they did not use the word ‘inefficient’ but a wise man does not need any explanation.) Blowing his top and crying out loud, our veteran politician Mehmood Khan Achakzai declared the generals’ grievance a … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Constitution, Democracy, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, USA

Nature denied Bhutto and Zia’s mission

Nature denied Bhutto and Zia’s mission

By Syed Foaad Hassan Under the light of Quaid’s words, “Minorities to whichever community they may belong; will be safeguarded. Their religion or faith or belief will be secure. There will be no interference of any kind with their freedom of worship. They will have their protection with regard to their religion, faith, their life, their culture. They will be, in all respects, the citizens of Pakistan without any distinction of caste or creed”. Even here … Read entire article »

Filed under: minorities, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Terrorism, violence

Unpalatable or Disastrous

Unpalatable or Disastrous

By Misbah Azam, Ph.D. In his interview in 1867, with St. Petersburgische ZeitungIt, the German aristocrat and statesman, Prime Minister of Prussia and first Chancellor of Germany, Otto Von Bismark described the politics as “an art of possible”. However, famous Canadian — and later US — economist, public official, the diplomat, and a leading proponent of 20th-century American liberalism, John Kenneth Galbraith disagreed. He wrote to President John F. Kennedy in 1962 that he believes that the, … Read entire article »

Filed under: Citizens, Democracy, Karachi, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Parliament

Bhutto’s legacy

Bhutto’s legacy

By Saad Hafiz Thirty-six years have passed since Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, Pakistan’s first elected prime minister, was executed by a military dictatorship on April 4, 1979. However, Bhutto’s legacy and significance in the country’s troubled political history remain the focus of heated debate even today. His passionate supporters remember him as the populist reformer and spellbinding orator who restored national pride after a humiliating defeat by the Indian army in 1971, the man who returned Pakistan … Read entire article »

Filed under: Constitution, Democracy, History, liberal Pakistan, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Parliament, People's Pakistan, Politics

بھٹو کا فلسفہ کیا تھا؟

بھٹو کا فلسفہ کیا تھا؟

ملک عمید مبشر اکرام کی جانب سے یہ فکر انگیز ٹویٹز یہاں درج کی جارہی ہیں جن میں انہوں نے پیپلز پارٹی کی جانب سے بار بار دہرائے جانے والے نعرے “بھٹو کا فلسفہ” کے تضادات دکھائے ہیں۔ بھٹو مرحوم کا فلسفہ کیا تھا؟ کل کے ایک ٹویٹری لیکچر کے بعد کا ایک جینوئن سوال ہے — Mubashir Akram (@mkw72) April 5, 2015 بھٹو کو کل زندہ تو کروا دیا آج کہاں ہیں مرحوم؟ — Mubashir Akram (@mkw72) April 5, 2015 بھٹو … Read entire article »

Filed under: minorities, Parliament, People's Pakistan, Twitter, Urdu

The Unpredictables Part IV – 1970s: Revival of Pakistan cricket (1971 – 1980), Episode 1

The Unpredictables Part IV – 1970s: Revival of Pakistan cricket (1971 – 1980), Episode 1

Fazal Abbas   Pakistan as a country has been through a number of highs and lows since traumatic partition in 1947 and its cricket has followed the similar pattern, showing how this sport is embedded in social, political and cultural facets of the country. Initially dispersed, unrecognised, underfunded and weak, Pakistan’s cricket team grew to become a major force in world cricket. If cricket is known for its glorious uncertainties, our team is even more notorious for … Read entire article »

Filed under: Bangladesh, Colonialism, Cricket, Democracy, History, India, Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Photos

Our misplaced faith in shortcuts

Our misplaced faith in shortcuts

By Jamal Malik I was about 14 when the ‘Marde Momin, Marde Haq’, General Zia ul Haq toppled Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto’s government and imposed Martial Law in the country. It was 4th April 1979, when I came out of the examination hall of Abbottabad Public School, after taking my Matric Islamiat exam that my friends and I heard that Z. A. Bhutto had been hanged. Most of my friends were Bhutto sympathizers and it was an … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Constitution, Corruption, Democracy, Economy, Egalitarian Pakistan, human rights, journalism, Judiciary, minorities, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Parliament, Politics, Religion, Revolution

Good Luck India

Raza Habib Raja I have written before also that for me India holds a special place in my heart and I feel connected to it emotionally. Besides that as a student of politics also, India for me is an enigma with respect to its ability to sustain a balanced combination of democracy, secularism and stability over almost seven decades. It has to be understood that even in relatively homogeneous countries, these factors are difficult to combine and balance. And yet, India despite being so diverse and complex, has so far done well. It has not been a smooth ride but political will has always been there. I sincerely hope, that in the zeal of voting incumbents out of power, the Indian populace does not lose track of what exactly differentiates India from Pakistan. I … Read entire article »

Filed under: Pakistan

Bangladesh’s Independence Day

Bangladesh’s Independence Day

For an ordinary student of History, it is puzzling to know that Bangladesh does not celebrate its Independence day on the day that it seceded from Pakistan i.e. 16th December and instead on 25th March. This was the day when Operation Searchlight was started by Pakistan Army against its own citizens and Army’s proxies Al-Shams and Al-Badr played their own ugly part in it. Bengalis chose to commemorate the martyrs of Operation Searchlight and chose March 25th as the Independence … Read entire article »

Filed under: Anniversery, Army, Bangladesh, Elections, History, India, movements, Pakistan

Pakistan’s Black September

Syed Ahmad: More than 40,000 civilians and 5,000 soldiers dead at the hands of religious fanatics leaves every Pakistani guessing – where did we go wrong? Can we point out any single day in our 65 year history which symbolizes our collective decision to surrender to the Mullah?  Thirty eight years ago, on 7th of September 1974, the Parliament of Pakistan brazenly stepped into a territory which is the exclusive domain of God. Pakistan’s law-makers adopted a constitutional amendment, which excommunicated the Ahmadiyya community as “not Muslims” for the purposes of law. This was the second amendment to the 1973 Constitution of Pakistan for which Z. A. Bhutto proudly took credit. The truth is that the parliamentary proceedings were a farce. The debate between Ahmadi representatives and the Ulema has been kept hidden from the public eye for the last thirty eight years. If … Read entire article »

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Bhutto dey naaray wajjan gey!

Bhutto dey naaray wajjan gey!

by Maleeha Manzoor A belief that the entire world and all of its religions/communities accept; is after every descent and oppression, there appears a glimmer of ascension and ecstasy just like after every murky night, a new gleam of hope rises in the countenance of sun and the obscurity of the life absconds packing all the pains and thoughts along with it. After its inception, my country ‘Pakistan’ was governed without its own constitution and it … Read entire article »

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A Letter From Garhi Khuda Bux

By D. Asghar Dear Asif, A week or so back, when your PK 01 touched the Mauripur Air Base, many hearts sank. The detractors, opponents, adversaries, and some so called friends, were shell shocked. The Pundits and Analysts on TV screens, who had written you off, were cursing their words. Each time they made the prediction, that you are finished, you have emerged and proved them absolutely wrong. Yes, they felt the same about me. But this has never been new to you. They paint you as this villain, who has no conscience or morals. You are loathed, chastised and humiliated with all kinds of abuse and slurs. Amazingly, all of this would be enough for any other person, to call it quits. But they fail to understand, you are made up of … Read entire article »

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Why Rathore Pakistani Will Not Vote For Imran Khan?

By Faiz Al-Najdi: I have a friend here in Riyadh-Saudi Arabia by the name of Muhammad Riaz Rathore who prefers to be called as his alias of Rathore Pakistani only. He is a simple but knowledgeable person – non-conformist and much opinionated on most issues. And, most importantly he doesn’t have any political affiliation or leaning of any kind. This makes our discussions and discourses on neutral ground – so to say. And, as such, the opinion expressed by Rathore Pakistani can be taken as those of the “silent majority” in Pakistan. We often indulge in discussions on current affairs – local, national and international – and I must admit here our discussions, at times get heated up, but honestly when it gets over I find myself much educated. These days Imran Khan … Read entire article »

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