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What about the common man?

What about the common man?

By Saniya Ahmad It has been 3 weeks since the Azadi/Inquilaab March started. Thousands of people came out of their homes to march against the current government for their poor governance. They have been living without proper shelter and sanitation for weeks now. Every night is dangerous for them for fear of attack by the police. And if that isn’t enough, there is frequent rainfall, much of which continues throughout the whole night. It has been 3 … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Citizens, Constitution, Corruption, Democracy, Egalitarian Pakistan, Islamabad, movements, Pakistan, Parliament, Politics, poverty

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

Friends, Romans and Countrymen, lend me your Ears

Friends, Romans and Countrymen, lend me your Ears

By Bisma Tirmizi The system of democracy is not an effigy or idol that the people are to worship, it’s a system that must work for the people it serves, there is no democracy if the system is not working. Absence of food, water, justice, security, education, electricity, gas, sanitation, et cetera means there is no democracy. The last almost 2 days have unleashed the madness of King George on the people of Pakistan, within its borders … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Citizens, Constitution, Democracy, Elections, human rights, Islamabad, Justice, Pak Tea House, Politics, Revolution

After the Army’s public statement, the crisis deepens

After the Army’s public statement, the crisis deepens

As the Political crisis in Pakistan deepens after Army’s statement, Raza Rumi gives his analysis on the situation that how Nawaz Sharif got into this mess. [View the story "After the Army’s public statement, the crisis deepens" on Storify] … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Constitution, Democracy, History, human rights, Islamabad, journalism, Media, movements, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Parliament, Punjab, Raza Rumi, Storify, Twitter

Second Amendment, Ahmedis and Democracy

Second Amendment, Ahmedis and Democracy

Raza Habib Raja Frankly I would like to say at the onset that I think the Second Amendment which declared Ahmedis as non Muslims is one of the blackest and most shameful act of legislation ever passed in the National Assembly. Its reprehensible content is reinforced by the fact that it was not an ordinance imposed by a dictator but actually passed by majority through legislative process. The Second Amendment was passed unanimously and compared to other controversial … Read entire article »

Filed under: Democracy, Liberal Democratic Pakistan

Awakening

Awakening

Note: The author does not represent the views of PTH. Pak Tea House is a secular blog where people of all ideologies have freedom to express themselves with in the boundaries of logic and tolerance. By Obaidullah Khan Good systems and strong institutions are the signs of a strong and a cohesive society. You cannot build an institution without an appropriate atmosphere to nurture the system. For example you cannot establish a fire station without the availability … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Citizens, Constitution, Democracy, Egalitarian Pakistan, Elections, History, human rights, Islamabad, journalism, Judiciary, Justice, Media, movements, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Parliament, Politics, Punjab, Revolution, secular Pakistan

Photo of the Day: Religious Clerics in Action

Photo of the Day: Religious Clerics in Action

Malik Omaid With Tahir ul Qadri and Imran Khan’s dharna duet on full swing, religious clerics jump in adding their share to the political crisis in the country by trying to convert it into a religious and sectarian crisis.   … Read entire article »

Filed under: Blasphemy, Constitution, Democracy, Elections, Images, Islamism, minorities, Pak Tea House, Parliament, Photo of the Day, Photos, Religion, Revolution

Dharna Duet not for Democracy says Nasim Zehra

Dharna Duet not for Democracy says Nasim Zehra

Malik Omaid “Nasim Zehra’s excellent tweets on the partisan role of (some) media & the complex web of forces & interests at work. History repeating itself.” Raza Rumi     [View the story "Dharna Duet not for Democracy says Nasim Zehra" on Storify] … Read entire article »

Filed under: Activism, Army, Citizens, Constitution, Corruption, Democracy, Elections, human rights, Islamabad, journalism, Justice, Lahore, Liberal Democratic Pakistan, Media, movements, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Parliament, Politics, Raza Rumi, Revolution, Storify, Twitter

Getting democracy right

Getting democracy right

by Saad Hafiz John Adams, the US’s second president, once pronounced: “Democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.” He was clearly wrong. Democracy remains the most powerful and successful political idea — the great victor of the ideological clashes of the 20th century — embraced more pervasively than ever before in the world today. It should be an imperative therefore to shield … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Citizens, Constitution, Corruption, Democracy, Egalitarian Pakistan, Europe, History, human rights, liberal Pakistan, Pakistan, 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

Once upon a time there was Pakistan

Once upon a time there was Pakistan

By Shahzada Muhammad Ali Problems? Poverty, lawlessness, inflation, nepotism, robbery, forgery, money laundering, smuggling, land grabbing, extortion, drug trafficking, corruption, black marketing, political violence, abduction are just a few. Earthquakes and floods add to the flavor of it. PPP is a great opposition indeed. Zardari is on incognito mode. Altaf Bhai is a blessing already. Maulana Tahir-ul-Qadri likes playing his agonizing game of hide and seek. But let’s talk about the two giants, PML-N and PTI, … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Constitution, Democracy, Elections, History, journalism, Justice, Lahore, Media, movements, Revolution, violence

Servants, not masters

by Saad Hafiz In the aftermath to the country’s independence, Mr Jinnah clearly articulated the role of the military: “Do not forget that the armed forces are the servants of the people. You do not make national policy; it is we, the civilians, who decide these issues and it is your duty to carry out these tasks with which you are entrusted.” Other than large-size pictures of the founding father that adorn military institutions, Mr Jinnah’s unambiguous view on civil-military relations was soon buried like the rest of his legacy, to the country’s detriment. With Mr Jinnah’s passing, the military swiftly suborned the political apparatus, becoming the driving force behind the country’s politics, ideology and destiny. It saw fit to manipulate civilian politicians, manage civilian institutions, and invest in a military economy … Read entire article »

Filed under: Democracy, Egalitarian Pakistan, human rights, Jinnah, Liberal Democratic Pakistan, Politics, public policy, Society

Democracy and religion

By Saad Hafiz The theological ethicist Reinhold Niebuhr summed up his arguments on democracy and religion in two powerful sentences: 1) “Man’s capacity for justice makes democracy possible; but man’s inclination to injustice makes democracy necessary” and 2) “Religion is so frequently a source of confusion in political life, and so frequently dangerous to democracy, precisely because it introduces absolutes into the realm of relative values.” Taking heed of Niebuhr’s concerns, modern secular, mostly western liberal democracies have tended to exclude religious considerations from civil affairs or public education.  These societies actively foster democratic traditions and institutions and discourage strident religious dogma.  Secular institutions ensure equality under the law, human rights, freedom of expression and respect for all religious beliefs.  In the political sphere, a tradition of free and fair elections encourages politicians and … Read entire article »

Filed under: Democracy, Education, History, Islam, Pakistan, Religion, Rights

AAP & Not PTI:The power of democracy!

Ahmer Muzammil I am not fascinated or infatuated with India, like some of our Indian readers and mostly for the wrong reasons I might add. I do however acknowledge that it is the land of my forefathers and at a macro level, I am impressed with their dedication to and insistence on democracy. I am under no illusion that indian society is without ills or that democracy has solved all of their issues But compared to Pakistan, they look like rock stars. Compared to Pakistan however, young men and women -some who were wronged and mostly those who are uneducated, impressionable and indoctrinated – aren’t blowing themselves up in cinemas, bazars and places of worship, killing their fellow innocent citizens in cold blood, and to me that alone is a winner every … Read entire article »

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Polarization, lack of deliberation and changing the status quo

by Hussain Bokhari Pakistani society is as polarized as it has ever been. The country is coming apart at the seams due to schisms across political, ideological, ethnic, religious, and social dimensions. Political parties that are either inept or unwilling to ask the right questions to address the issues affecting the masses (as indicated by a 2013 British Council survey in which 69% of Pakistanis have an unfavorable view of political parties); increasingly misinformed ideological viewpoints among ‘conservatives’ and ‘liberals’ (as illustrated by the general lack of awareness on both sides about what either ideology really advocates); continued penchant for viewing ourselves and our issues across ethnic lines rather than as a nation (as evidenced by the existence of political parties with ethnic agendas and their success across ethnic lines); existence … Read entire article »

Filed under: public policy