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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

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