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Socio-Religious Irony

By Saad Hafiz It is an irony that the world’s great religions speak of caring for the sick, the poor and the orphaned, of eradicating poverty and illiteracy, and of practicing mercy and goodwill towards fellow humans, yet these traits are often more evident in the world’s least religious states. In fact, secular states today are faring much better on nearly every single indicator of well-being imaginable compared to the most religious nations on earth. Coupled with strong democratic structures, secular societies protect their citizens from the authoritarianism that is characteristic of religion when it has temporal power. In contrast, oppressive religious states and conservative religious scholars have colluded to produce certain interpretations of religion that represent serious impediments to human development, particularly when it comes to freedom of thought, accountability … Read entire article »

Filed under: Democracy, Islam, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Religion, Society

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

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

UAE Minister Threatens Pakistan: Twitter reactions

UAE Minister Threatens Pakistan: Twitter reactions

Malik Omaid Late night yesterday, UAE’s minister of state for foreign affairs, Anwar Gargash responded on the Pakistan parliament’s resolution to stay neutral in the Yemen crisis. The minister was literally throwing tantrums on Twitter on this decision and threatened Pakistan for its consequences. Pakistani twitterati responded to his tweets and gave their views. Some are selected for our readers.   UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Dr Anwar Mohammad Gargash on Pakistan’s Parliaments decision on Yemen … Read entire article »

Filed under: Constitution, Iran, Middle East, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Parliament, Religion, Top Tweets, Twitter, UAE, war, World

The Christians who mourned for the lynched Muslims

The Christians who mourned for the lynched Muslims

By Mohammad Ali Ilahi This week, a group of students from LUMS lead by the Democratic Students Alliance and as part of the Hum-Aahang initiative (Human Shield for Our Christian Community) went to a Sunday mass to form a human chain outside the Nawlakha Presbyterian Church near the Lahore Railway Station. This was in reaction to the twin suicide blasts that had taken place a week ago in Youhanabad targeting the largest and perhaps one of … Read entire article »

Filed under: Islam for Peace, Lahore, minorities, Pakistan, Photos, Religion, secular Pakistan, secularism, Terrorism

قرارداد استحکام پاکستان 23 مارچ 2015

قرارداد استحکام پاکستان  23 مارچ 2015

تحریر: احمد اعوان آج سے پون صدی قبل ، 23 مارچ 1940 کو ایک قرارداد پیش کی گئ جس کی وجہ سے پاکستان کا قیام ممکن ہوا، جسے قرارداد پاکستان کہا جاتا ہے, اور اسی کے حوالے اس دن کو ہر سال یوم پاکستان کے طور پر منایاجاتاہے۔ اس وقت کی قرارداد پاکستان سے پاکستان بنا لیکن آج پاکستان جن حالات سے گزر رہاہے اس پر ہر شخص یہ کہہ رہاہے کہ یہ بن تو گیا اب … Read entire article »

Filed under: Constitution, Democracy, Pakistan, Religion, secularism, Urdu

Pakistan Steel or Steal Pakistan?

Pakistan Steel or Steal Pakistan?

By Humna Mehwish Pakistan Steel Mill (PSM) serves as the backbone of industrialization in Pakistan and yet it has been underrated and exploited by both public and private entities. This humongous institution has been in the news often due to its corruption scandals and lack of resources, in such a scenario preventing right to information law from implementation and use is not just alarming but also thought-provoking as to why information is being kept behind locks? Recently, … Read entire article »

Filed under: Constitution, Corruption, Democracy, Pakistan

Searching for Hercules

Searching for Hercules

By Saad Hafiz Discontent and annoyance with democracy is picking up pace in Pakistan. The promise of an unprecedented era of lengthy civilian rule appears to be in jeopardy. A sort of toxic impatience with the democratic process, which has always existed in the political discourse, is being rekindled. There is public frustration and resentment against the elected central government. The government is seen as distant, unresponsive and subservient to powerful interests. The litany of complaints … Read entire article »

Filed under: Democracy, Justice, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Politics, Rights, secular Pakistan

Democracy’ Are we?

By Wahab Butt A parliamentary democracy such as Pakistan which runs on common law principles has to abide by 3 core principles to function properly: the separation of powers, the sovereignty and supremacy of parliament and the rule of law. The separation of powers between legislature and executive in Pakistan is an eyewash, thanks to the parliament that has confined its role to rubber stamping the decisions made by executive and which has proved itself unable to force the executive to follow its resolutions. This sluggish role of parliament has also undermined its authority entitled to it under the constitution of Pakistan. Lets take the example of the ban on youtube. The ban on youtube was enforced by executive after the order from the court. But when in May this year, the parliament of … Read entire article »

Filed under: Constitution, Democracy, Pakistan, Parliament

Another attempt to derail the Democratic Process?

Malik Omaid Raza Rumi tweeted about the Lahore protests and Imran Khan’s strategy which reminds one of the 1977 PNA movement and other establishment backed efforts to derail the democratic process.   [View the story “What’s new in Naya Pakistan?” on Storify] … Read entire article »

Filed under: Citizens, Democracy, Elections, History, Islamabad, Lahore, movements, Pakistan, Raza Rumi, Revolution, Storify, Twitter, Women

Photo of the Day: PTI shows Power in Karachi

Photo of the Day: PTI shows Power in Karachi

Malik Omaid Yesterday, Imran Khan showed his power in Karachi. Thus, denying the allegations that his anti-Government movement has support only in Punjab. There were also rumors of MQM’s support or “Green Signal” for the “Jalsa” in Karachi. Photo via BBC Urdu … Read entire article »

Filed under: Constitution, Democracy, Elections, Images, Karachi, Pakistan, Photo of the Day, Photos

Sit-ins in Pakistan mean ‘Old Wine in New Bottle

Sit-ins in Pakistan mean ‘Old Wine in New Bottle

By Aoduley Aryan The on going sit-ins in Islamabad Pakistan staged by Imran Khan of Pakistan Tehreek Insaaf and another by a cleric Tahiurl Qadri. Their followers have caused a  severe political crises threats to democracy and are pushing the country on the verge of destruction. The country’s masses are already faced with terrorism, sectarianism and religious extremism. Above all, the worst threat to the country is downing democracy and its vulnerable parliament that are toppled … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Citizens, Constitution, Democracy, Islamabad, Opinion, Pakistan, Parliament, Revolution

Three MCQs for Imran Khan

Three MCQs for Imran Khan

By Baber Mirza   I have three questions for Imran Khan, or for any lawyer or supporter who can guess Imran Khan’s answers to these questions. Having seen his marches and heard his speeches, I don’t for a second doubt his honesty and bravery but I wouldn’t bet a dime on his logic. Therefore, these questions are in the form of MCQs. NOTE: Please remember while answering that the choices in each MCQ contain more than one CORRECT … Read entire article »

Filed under: Citizens, Constitution, Democracy, Pakistan, Parliament, Politics, Revolution

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

A conversation with a constitutional Kaafir

Balal Haider Ahmadis are constitutional Kaafirs in Pakistan. The best part is Pakistan is the only country in the world which proudly presents us with such a Politico-Religious categorization of its people. Below is a conversation from a daily life of a constitutional Kaafir (CK) and Radicalized Constitutional Muslim (RCM)… CK: “Asalam o Alikum my dear friend” RCM: ” Yala Harama, you go to jail, how dare you speak the words which sends peace to me, you!!, let me call the police station.” CK: “I am so sorry my friend I am just used to spreading peace and teachings of love. I am sorry to have offended you, Let me do some Astagfar.” RCM: ” Toba Toba, you are using an Arabic word, how dare you act like a muslim” CK: ” I am sorry, I … Read entire article »

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