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پاکستان کی حکومت اور عسکری قیادت: پاناما پیپرز کے اثرات

پاکستان کی حکومت اور عسکری قیادت: پاناما پیپرز کے اثرات

تحریر: آمنہ افضل جب پاناما لیکس کی وجہ سے وزیرِ اعظم نواز شریف اور ان کے اہلِ خانہ کی غیر ملکی کمپنیوں اور “آف شور اکاؤنٹس” میں خفیہ دولت کی خبریں سامنے آنے لگیں تو پاکستان میں ایک تہلکہ مچ گیا۔ جب حکومت نے اس معاملے پر کسی بھی قسم کے تحقیقاتی اقدامات اٹھانے سے گریز کیا تو آرمی چیف راحیل شریف نے اپنے ایک بیان میں وسیع پیمانے پر احتساب کی ضرورت پر زور دیا۔ … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Corruption, Democracy, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan

Haider Rifaat Interviews Meher Bokhari

Haider Rifaat Interviews Meher Bokhari

By Haider Rifaat   So recently I had the honor of interviewing one of Pakistan’s youngest journalists Meher Bokhari in my new web show for YouTube titled ‘The Haider Rifaat Show’ which covers politics, social issues and entertainment. Bokhari is best known for anchoring the famous talk show ‘NewsEye’ which airs on DAWN News from Monday to Thursday. The interview was regarding different issues ranging from Pakistan’s politics to the recent Kashmir mayhem. Q1) Haider Rifaat: Prior to … Read entire article »

Filed under: journalism, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, video

Maalik ban is justified

Maalik ban is justified

By Yasser Latif Hamdani I consider myself not just a patriot but an ardent one at that, even if it is unfashionable in some circles to be one today. Therefore, I am programmed to be supportive of films that seek to ignite genuine patriotic fervour amongst Pakistanis. Yet I am disappointed every time a film, claiming to be a patriotic thriller, is released, because it is always, without exception, a hatchet job, sending invariably the worst … Read entire article »

Filed under: Pakistan

Book Review; The State of Islam: Culture and Cold War Politics in Pakistan

Book Review; The State of Islam: Culture and Cold War Politics in Pakistan

By Najeeb Kakar   Saadia Toor is an Associate Professor of Sociology at City University of New York, College of Staten Island. Her latest book The State of Islam: Culture and Cold War Politics in Pakistan, is a fascinating piece of literature on the modern learnings of Pakistani state – post partition immediate politics and the role of the military establishment. Toor explains the significance of cultural elements as part of the political evolution of Pakistan. From … Read entire article »

Filed under: Afghanistan, Al Qaeda, Anniversery, Army, Bangladesh, Benazir Bhutto, Blasphemy, Book Review, Books, China, Citizens, Civil Service, Colonialism, Corruption, Democracy, Economy, Elections, Faiz Ahmed Faiz, History, Honor Killing, human rights, ISI, Islam, Islamism, Liberal Democratic Pakistan, liberal Pakistan, Literature, Marxism, Media, minorities, movements, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Poet, Politics, Reviews, Rights

Are Karachi & Hyderabad RAW’ Stronghold?

Are Karachi & Hyderabad RAW’ Stronghold?

By Ahmer Muzammil For the 167th time in last 25 years, the establishment of Pakistan and the Punjabi intelligentsia has been trying to convince the rest of the country that MQM is RAW’ B team. This is troubling, because during this same time frame the MQM has continued to enjoy mandate of Urban Sind. It is interesting that Pakistan’s Army was at helm of affairs for all intent and purpose from 1999-2007 and during this tenure … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Citizens, Constitution, Corruption, Democracy, Karachi, MQM, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Politics, Punjab, RAW, Sindh, state, Terrorism

An Open Letter to Mustafa Kamal

An Open Letter to Mustafa Kamal

By  Emad Masroor   Dear Mustafa Kamal,   I am going to preface this letter by saying that I admire you for the way you embraced ownership of the city of Karachi, and encouraged all of her citizens to do the same. Your tenure as mayor was indeed a time of hope and of promise for a city which has never seen much of either – and I say this not because of the number of infrastructure projects executed … Read entire article »

Filed under: Constitution, Corruption, Democracy, Karachi, Love, MQM, Mustafa Kamal, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Politics, Target Killing, Terrorism

Turk-American Relations & the Kurdistan Divide

Turk-American Relations & the Kurdistan Divide

By Tanveer Arain A new debate has sparked when the President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan had said earlier on Friday that, the United States supplied weapons that had been used against civilians by a Syrian Kurdish Militia Group – the same group that Ankara blamed for the deadly suicide bombing this week. Turkey has blamed the Syrian Kurdish Militia Group (YPG) for the suicide car bomb attack on Wednesday that killed 28 people, most of which … Read entire article »

Filed under: Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, NATO, NATTO, Opinion, Politics, Terrorism, Turkey, USA, violence, World

کمزور ووٹر سے کچھ التجایں‎‎

کمزور ووٹر سے کچھ التجایں‎‎

تحریر: رخشان میر پاکستان تیسری دنیا کا ایک غریب ملک ہے جسے آزاد ہوئے ایک صدی بھی نہیں بیتی۔پاکستان یوم آزادی سے ہی اچھی قیادت سے محروم رہا ہے ، میرے خیال میں یہ کہنا زیادہ مناسب ہوگا کے ہم ایک اچھی قیادت کی بجائے ایک اچھی قوم سے محروم رہے ہیں ۔ کیونکہ قیادت بھی قوم سے ہی نکلتی ہے نا ، ہمارے حکمران بھی تو ہم میں سے ہی ہیں ، ہمارے افسران بھی … Read entire article »

Filed under: New Writers, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Politics, Urdu

General Raheel Sharif: Our Hero

General Raheel Sharif: Our Hero

By Rukhshan Meer What is required to develop a strong Pakistan? The answer is “A strong democracy”. Democracy doesn’t only extends to the parliament but It also covers a wide variety of civil institutions i.e. Police, Medical, Education, Foreign and Internal departments of the country. Every institution must work as it was supposed to do the work at the time of its inauguration. Officers must come through a transparent system, work as they are assigned by … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, baluchistan, Democracy, journalism, Justice, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Punjabi, Sindh

بہت شکریہ راحیل شریف

بہت شکریہ راحیل شریف

تحریر: عماد ظفر بالآخر وطن عزیز میں عرصہ دراز سے جاری سول ملٹری تعلقات میں کشیدگی کی افواہوں کا دم ٹوٹ ہی گیا۔ بلکہ یوں کہیئے کہ فوج کے تعلقات عامہ کے شعبے نے شکریہ راحیل شریف کا راگ الاپنے والوں کا منہ بند کر دیا تو بے جا نہ ہو گا۔ حال ہی میں جاری ہونے والی ڈی جی آئی ایس پی آر عاصم باجوہ صاحب کی ٹویٹس کے مطابق جنرل راحیل شریف مدت ملازمت … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Terrorism, Urdu, Zarb-E-Azb

سقوط ڈھاکہ کیا پایا کیا سیکھا؟

سقوط ڈھاکہ کیا پایا کیا سیکھا؟

تحریر: عماد ظفر کچھ زخم قوموں کی تاریخ میں ایک بدنما داغ کی مانند ہوتے ہیں جو ہمیشہ یہ احساس دلاتے رہتے ہیں کہ تاریخ کبھی بھی ناانصافی اور جبر کو معاف نہیں کرتی۔ سقوط ڈھاکہ بھی ایک ایسا ہی زخم ہے جب ہم نے خود اپنے ہاتھوں سے اس وطن کو دو لخت کر دیا۔بنگلہ دیش کیوں بنا اکہتر کی جنگ میں کیا ہوا سقوط ڈھاکہ کی وجوہات کیا ہیں ان تمام بنیادی سوالات کو … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Bangladesh, Citizens, Constitution, Democracy, Drones, Jinnah, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, war

When People Decide!

When People Decide!

By Misbah U. Azam, Ph.D. Some weeks ago, Pakistan’s well known public intellectual Raza Rumi, indicated some concern about the future of the current civilian government and democracy in general during our private conversation. On September 15, while addressing the Farmers’ Convention in Islamabad at Jinnah Convention Center, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif asked his “opponents” to think of Pakistan’s interests instead of putting up efforts to get him dislodged so that ‘they’ could take up reins of … Read entire article »

Filed under: Democracy, Pak Tea House, Pakistan

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