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Whither Democracy?

Written by “a concerned doctor” A movement was started to resolve longstanding issues of doctors like service structure and health policy of the country. Like every other citizen of Pakistan, doctors too, have right to raise their voice for genuine issues related to health in Pakistan. Doctors understand the health issues better than any bureaucrat, lawyer, politician and judge. All the respected rulers and authorities of the country must think over it. Sanity must prevail; let the young doctors play their positive role for health sector in Pakistan; let them serve Pakistan; let them survive; don’t make policies that forces them to leave Pakistan resulting in forcible brain drain from the country. Doctors should not be barred from raising their voice and fundamental rights need to be preserved. After all Pakistan … Read entire article »

Filed under: Pakistan

Karachi Massacre

Karachi Massacre

By Obaidullah Khan Pakistan has been facing the terrorism for a long time now. Every terror attack, even target killings of the individuals is condemnable in the strongest terms, yet some of the terror attacks amongst these could be reckoned as the barbarity and butchery of the highest rank. Amongst others, the attack on the Ahmadiyya Community in Lahore where two of their worship places were attacked during the worship by the fully armed terrorists who … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Pakistan, Taliban, Terrorism, war, Zarb-E-Azb

Expanding My Heart

Expanding My Heart

By Chintan Grish Modi 1Yeh tau ghar hai prem ka, khaala ka ghar naahi Sheesh kaat bhui dharay, tab baithay ghar maahi [This is where love resides, not your maternal aunt Chop off your head, leave it on the ground, then come have a seat.]   The first time I visited Pakistan, I felt like I was returning to a long abandoned ancestral home. Strange, the rational mind would say, considering no one from my family ever lived there. I was … Read entire article »

Filed under: India, Pakistan-India Peace Process

Murder of Rationality

Murder of Rationality

Raza Habib Raja Bangladesh and Pakistan are similar and yet different. They are similar as both of them are Muslim countries and both have Islamists in their midst. And yet they are different as the latter is definitely more embroiled in Islamic extremism than the former. Bangladesh to be fair is a more moderate country compared to Pakistan. And this moderation owes to many factors. Bengalis are foremost nationalists and this characteristic to some extent acts as … Read entire article »

Filed under: Bangladesh, Blasphemy, Islamism, Religion

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

Is it the Machiavellian “Incentive Structure”? – Part 1

Is it the Machiavellian “Incentive Structure”? – Part 1

By Misbah U. Azam, Ph.D. The common question in Pakistan is, “which system of governance Pakistan should adopt which will deliver to people’s demands”? Should it be the democracy, and if democracy should it be parliamentary or presidential. Should there be a military dictator who rules with iron fist with the help of political dynasties and family oligarchs. Should there be a system where the governments are nominated by the powerful military and Judiciary, which governs … Read entire article »

Filed under: Citizens, Constitution, Democracy, Law, Pak Tea House, Pakistan

A Real Change, a True Revolution and the Actual New Pakistan

A Real Change, a True Revolution and the Actual New Pakistan

By Obaidullah Khan Today was seemed to be an ordinary day when I woke up from a good sleep. Everything was seemed to be normal. I, as a normal routine, picked up my phone to update myself what was happening in the world. And there it was. A news was smiling at me. Firstly I rolled down while having glimpses but then there was a moment in which my mind grasped what I just saw. I … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Judiciary, Pakistan, Taliban, Terrorism, Zarb-E-Azb

Celebration of murder

Celebration of murder

by Saad Hafiz Pakistan is a country permanently roiled by political chaos and militant jihadism. On December 16, 2014, the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) attacked the Army Public School in Peshawar, leaving 141 dead, including 132 schoolchildren. Unconfirmed reports indicate that children from military families were separated from their peers and shot in the head. The TTP spokesperson announced that the Peshawar attack was in retaliation to Operation Zarb-e-Azb (sharp and cutting strike), the Pakistani army’s move … Read entire article »

Filed under: Democracy, Islamism, Justice, minorities, Opinion, Pakistan, Peshawar, Secterainism, Taliban, Terrorism, violence, war, Zarb-E-Azb

Respected Maulana Tariq Jameel Sahab

Respected Maulana Tariq Jameel Sahab

by Syed Foaad Hassan Respected Mulana Tariq Jameel sahb, I got a chance to view your recent video about Junaid Jamshed where you got all emotional while speaking about his case. I admit, I could feel you the pain, maybe because this is not the first time I am seeing someone becoming a target of this law. I too cried and spoke about the forgiveness of several people prior to this who also came under the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Blasphemy, Citizens, Constitution, Islam for Peace, Lahore, minorities, Pakistan, Religion, Secterainism, Terrorism, violence

Sell them books, not weapons

Sell them books, not weapons

Naeem Sadiq   Chairman, Pakistan Ordinance Factories. A half page advertisement of Pakistan Ordinance Factories (POF), the organization that you head, was carried by most national newspapers on 28 November 2014. The ‘ad’ related to availability of POF-made high quality irreversible semi-automatic weapons to public (read VIPs) of Pakistan. One assumes that being the Chairman of POF, you fully well understand that the weapons can perform only one function. If you are a resident of this country you might have … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Books, Citizens, Democracy, Pakistan, Terrorism, violence

Imran Khan or “Im the Dim” quotes Macaulay’s forged quote

… it is not Macaulay. This is the quote that the PTI Leader repeated verbatim on 14 October 2014 in his evening address to the Dharna: “I have traveled across the length and breadth of India and I have not seen one person who is a beggar, who is a thief. Such wealth I have seen in this country, such high moral values, people of such caliber, that I do not think that we would ever conquer this country, unless we break the very backbone of this nation, which is her cultural and spiritual heritage, and, therefore, I propose that we replace her old and ancient education system, her culture, for if the Indians think that all that is foreign and English is good and greater than their own, they will lose … Read entire article »

Filed under: Pakistan

Toxic Jelly State

Toxic Jelly State

By Saad Hafiz Pakistan has become a favourite international punching bag. One critical portrayal of the country is that it is far from being the ‘land of the pure’; instead, it is one of the clearest demonstrations of the futility of defining a nation by religion and one of the textbook failures of a state and society, doomed to be a dysfunctional military theocracy from day one. M J Akbar, an eloquent Indian journalist and author … Read entire article »

Filed under: Al Qaeda, Army, Egalitarian Pakistan, History, Identity, minorities, Pakistan

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

Twitter enables free expression for Army officials

Malik Omaid It is difficult to determine if the twitter handles operating as Army officials are real or fake but they do amuse a lot of Pakistanis especially those disillusioned with democracy and keen supporters of army rule. Another trend which is evident is that PMLN and Mian Nawaz Shari is highly unpopular among these accounts. Is that a coincidence that protests against NS have brought the Shareef brothers close to their exit. These are sample tweets from some of the popular “Army official” accounts from last 5 days. Some of them use highly abusive language against the civilian leadership and Media houses and are ardent supporters of recent “Inqilaab” and “Azadi” Marches.   [View the story “Twitter enables free expression for Army officials” on Storify] Note: It was very difficult to choose tweets which were … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Citizens, Constitution, Democracy, human rights, journalism, Media, movements, Parliament, Storify, Twitter

Hope for the Best

Hope for the Best

By Obaidullah Khan The very first thought occurred to my mind after hearing the news of Model Town incident, in the middle of June this year, that it was a conspiracy against the Sharif regime. The background of this sudden conclusion was for two reasons. The first one was based on a mere common sense that Sharifs could not do such a suicidal attempt against their political standing which was relatively strengthening after the commencement of … Read entire article »

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