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Old habits die hard

By Dr Misbah Azam Pakistani society came from centuries old monarchies, oligarchies and the tribal systems. Almost half of its history Pakistan was governed by military and dictators belong to bureaucracy and feudal/family oligarchies. Consequently, masses still have propensity to look for messiahs who — in their beliefs — would drive them in the right direction where all of their problems would be fixed. Even after the globalization and free media access they show the proneness to idolize the politicians who boast about huge changes and talk what people want to hear. This behavior was clearly observed during last decade when the masses — especially the young generation — treated the electoral process as a war between the forces of malevolence and the benevolence. Most of the political elites in Pakistan … Read entire article »

Filed under: Opinion, Pakistan

End this discrimination

By Ali Saif Recent incidents of racism in USA and rest of the world have not happened by chance or accidental in nature actually such incidents were expected. President of US, Barack Obama is right when he says that massacre at historic African-American church in Charleston in South Carolina is racism and that racism still haunts the United States. He has also warned that people of US have to be vigilant since it still lingers and when it is poisoning the minds of young people, it betrays our ideals and tears our democracy apart. No doubt that they have made great progress in terms of strict legislation on racism but still it haunts United States. Actually dynamics of the population have changed, since last century world has entered into the age of urbanization and cosmopolitanism … Read entire article »

Filed under: Democracy, Free Speech, human rights, Identity, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Society, urban

آپریشن ضرب عضب اورخطے میں قیام امن کا خواب

آپریشن ضرب عضب اورخطے میں قیام امن کا خواب

تحریر: محمد شعیب عادل نومبر 2013 میں جب آرمی چیف جنرل راحیل شریف نے اپنے عہدے کا چارج سنبھالا تو حسبِ روایت پاکستانی میڈیا نے انہیں ایک پیشہ ور سپاہی کا خطاب دیا جس کا کام سیاست نہیں ملکی سرحدوں کی حفاظت کرنا ہوتا ہے ۔مگر پاکستان جیسے پسماندہ ملک میں طاقت کا اپنا نشہ ہوتا ہے جس کے لیے کسی اصول و ضابطہ کی اہمیت نہیں ہوتی ۔ لہذا جیسے جیسے وقت گذرتا ہے تو … Read entire article »

Filed under: Afghanistan, Al Qaeda, Army, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Religion, Taliban, Terrorism, Urdu

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

Parliament has the authority to enact laws based on ijtihad says Ghamidi

Malik Omaid These are few tweets by Raza Rumi about his meeting with Javed Ghamidi and the discussion during their meeting Summary: Parliament has the authority to legislate and enact any ijtihad as the law. In other words, scholars will do ijtihad but parliament has the right to adopt any one ijtihad on the basis of majority. [View the story “Raza Rumi’s meeting with Ghamidi” on Storify] … Read entire article »

Filed under: Islam, minorities, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Parliament, Raza Rumi, Religion, Storify, Twitter

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

Living the Pakistani Dream

Living the Pakistani Dream

By Nausherwan Ali Recently, I came across an article titled “What is the Korean Dream?” by Seong-Hyung Hong published in the World post in which he discussed a vision for his people, a vision which transcends national boundaries and which if translated into reality, will add to the splendor of the Korean people. The writer compared his “Korean dream” with the American, Chinese and Japanese dreams, and highlighted the values which make the Korean dream distinct from … Read entire article »

Filed under: Democracy, Egalitarian Pakistan, Liberal Democratic Pakistan, liberal Pakistan, Pak Tea House, Pakistan

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

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

کرائے کی ریاست کا کردار بند ہونا چاہیے

کرائے کی ریاست کا کردار بند ہونا چاہیے

تحریر: محمد شعیب عادل ایران اور سعودی عرب کی جنگ اب یمن میں لڑی جارہی ہے ۔ یمن میں حوثی شیعہ قبائل جن کو ایران کی فوجی و مالی امداد حاصل ہے یمن کی سنی حکومت کا تختہ الٹ کر اقتدار پر قبضہ کرنا چاہتے ہیں۔ اگر یمن میں شیعہ اقتدار پر قابض ہو جاتے ہیں تو ظاہر ہے یہ سعودی عرب کی شیعہ اقلیت کے لیے تقویت کا باعث بنے گااور یہ اقلیت سعودی بادشاہت … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Middle East, Pakistan, Religion, Secterainism, Urdu, war

Inquiry for the public

Inquiry for the public

Daniyal Arif Political hierarchy has never assumed the role of serving the public. Instead, government service is used as a safest bid by many to exploit the inherent deficiencies of the system to enhance their commercial and power clout. Hence, with the absence of the real intention on which democracy bases its self, the democracy has failed to deliver in the so called land of pure where hardly any eatable is ever found pure; ironically, land … Read entire article »

Filed under: Democracy, Elections, Pakistan

Secular Democracy: the only way forward for Pakistan

Secular Democracy: the only way forward for Pakistan

Mustafa Kamal Today, on 15th March, 2015. Two Taliban suicide bombers attacked a Christian church in Lahore, killing almost 14 and injuring around 76 people. The death tolls will increase, it is doubted. Previously, Christian churches have been vandalized, and towns resided by Christian community have been set torched and looted by fundamentalist Islamic groups. Number of Christian individuals have faced severe punishment as they were falsely accused of blasphemy in Pakistan.  As a state, Pakistan … Read entire article »

Filed under: Democracy, Pakistan, secular Pakistan, secularism, Society

A time for introspection

A time for introspection

By Saad Hafiz There is a growing desire to understand the root causes of Islamic extremism. This is a natural reaction to the unspeakable horrors that transnational terrorist groups, including the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), Boko Haram (translated as western education is forbidden) and Daesh or the Islamic State (IS) are carrying out against innocent people, the majority of whom are Muslims. It is recognised that extremism now poses the greatest challenge to universal human values and world peace. See More: A new realism President Obama has … Read entire article »

Filed under: Democracy, Islam, Islam for Peace, Society, south asia, Terrorism

Is it the Machiavellian “Incentive Structure”? – Part 2

Is it the Machiavellian “Incentive Structure”? – Part 2

By Misbah U. Azam, Ph.D. Read : Is it the Machiavellian “Incentive Structure”? – Part 1   On January 13, 2015, Dr. Moeed Yusuf, Director, South Asia Program in US Institute of Peace (USIP), shocked many democrats by writing a piece – A Rotten System — in Daily Dawn. Here what he noted, “Ever since the Zardari government took over in 2008, I have struggled to place Pakistan among the established models of democratic consolidation? I have increasingly … Read entire article »

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

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