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Evolution of Religious Extremism in Pakistan

Evolution of Religious Extremism in Pakistan

By Syed Amir As per an estimate 96.4% of total 199 million Pakistanis are Muslims and rest of the population consists of Christians, Hindus, Sikhs and other minority groups. However, diversity in Pakistan is more visible along cultural and ethnic lines and less through its religious distribution. Pakistan is the cradle of Indus Valley Civilization and since those days, Pakistan opened its arms for all the migrants, settlers, traders, invaders and nonetheless preachers from all over the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Pakistan, Religion

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

Cyber Crime Bill: Transforming cyber space into a Tiny Hole

Cyber Crime Bill: Transforming cyber space into a Tiny Hole

Luavut Zahid took comments from two of the Pak Tea House Editors/Contributors on the proposed Cyber Crime Bill that has been approved by National Assembly’s standing committee for IT and has been sent thereof. We are cross posting the comments given for our readers. Malik Omaid The Cybercrime Bill 2015 has been the subject of much controversy with most unsure of whether it is a much needed legislation or a catastrophe in the making. Yasser Latif Hamdani, … Read entire article »

Filed under: Activism, Citizens, Constitution, Democracy, Egalitarian Pakistan, Law, Liberal Democratic Pakistan, minorities, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Parliament

A friend who had to leave Pakistan

A friend who had to leave Pakistan

Abdul Majeed Abid “And now, I want to introduce you all to one of my biggest trolls.” The hall filled up with echoes of laughter and boos as he said this. It was not the introduction I had had in mind, but I acted the part well enough. We were at a panel discussion in Karachi on the “Perils of Social Media” and I was sharing the stage with people who had far more experience than … Read entire article »

Filed under: Raza Rumi, Taliban, Target Killing, Terrorism

پاکستانی سیاست کے مینار

پاکستانی سیاست کے مینار

تحریر: تنویر آرائیں پاکستان میں سیاست کرنے لئے عقلمندی، رواداری، اخلاقیات، شرم وحیا یا غیرت ضروری نہیں ہے اور صرف ان چیزوں کے سہارے آپ سیاست میں کامیاب نہیں ہو سکتے اور نہ ہی اعلیٰ تعلیم، پالیسی سازی میں مہارت، مسائل سے نمٹنے کے تجربے یا حکمت کی ضرورت ہے. پاکستان میں سیاست میں کامیابی حاصل کرنے کے لئے آپ کو فقط بیچنے کا سلیقہ ہونا چاہیے، غلط سمجھنے کی ضرورت نہیں میں تجارت کی بات … Read entire article »

Filed under: Opinion, Pakistan, Politics, Urdu

Twitter reactions and comments on Lahore Church Blasts

Malik Omaid Pakistani twitter was full of pain and condemnation on the tragic Lahore blasts in Youhanabad area at a Christian Church killing 15 and injuring more than 70 people. All day Politicians, journalists, analysts and common people commented on the incident and the failure of security forces, Punjab Government and its establishment to protect its minority citizens. Others criticized the apathy of many who were busy celebrating the victory on cricket match in these painful times. Some of the selected tweets are presented here to show the different aspects of discussions on social media: A nation is judged by the way it protects it’s most vulnerable & that includes its minorities #Pakistan #ChristiansUnderAttack #LahoreBlast — Sayeeda Warsi (@SayeedaWarsi) March 15, 2015 Let’s all agree that those earlier rumors of the TTP’s demise were … Read entire article »

Filed under: Lahore, minorities, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Religion, Taliban, Terrorism, Twitter, violence, war

National Action Plan Watch

National Action Plan Watch

To keep readers informed, we are posting the tweets from the citizen initiative NAP Watch to review progress on the implementation of government’s counter terrorism policy. [View the story "National Action Plan Watch" on Storify] … Read entire article »

Filed under: Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Photos, Storify, Taliban, Terrorism, Twitter

انتہا پسندی روکنے میں ادب کا کردار

ملک عمید یہ بات بارہا کہی اور لکھی جا چکی ہے کہ جس طریقے سے انتہاء پسندی اور جہادی لٹریچر اور نصاب کے ذریعے افغان جنگ کے دوران پاکستانی بیانیہ کو بدل کر رکھ دیا گیا اسی زور دار طریقے اور لگن سے ہمیں دہشت گردی کے جوابی بیانیہ پر کام کرنا ہوگا۔ ادب اور اردو صحافت کا کردار اس سلسلے میں بہت اہم ہے جس پر ماضی میں بہت کم توجہ دی گئی۔ آج بھی اگر کسی بھی اردو کے اخبار کو اٹھا لیجیۓ ہمارا قومی بیانیہ دہشت گردوں کی کاروائیوں پر معذرت خواہانہ اور انکی طرف جھکا ہی نظر آئے گا۔ اسی سلسلے میں وائس آف امریکہ کے پروگرام میں ملک کے سینئر تجزیہ نگاروں وسعت اللہ خان، عائشہ صدیقہ اور رضا رومی نے اظہار خیال کیا جو یہاں … Read entire article »

Filed under: Afghanistan, Al Qaeda, Arts and Crafts, Citizens, Constitution, History, Islam for Peace, Islamism, journalism, Literature, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Raza Rumi, Urdu, video

ممتاز قادری بمقابلہ مُلا عبدالعزیز

ممتاز قادری بمقابلہ مُلا عبدالعزیز

تحریر: محمد شعیب عادل پاکستانی سماج میں جس طرح انتہا پسندی سرایت کر چکی ہے اس کا اندازہ پاکستان میں رہنے والے ہی لگا سکتے ہیں۔قرارد ادِ مقاصد سے لے کر 1973کے آئین کو قرآن و سنت کے ماتحت کرنے اور پھر ایک موذی ڈکٹیٹر کی جانب سے آئین کو اسلامائز کرنے کے بعد اب ملٹری کورٹس کے ذریعے انتہا پسندی کو ختم کرنے کی کوششیں کی جارہی ہیں۔اصول پسند سینٹر رضا ربانی نے جب آئینی … Read entire article »

Filed under: Blasphemy, Constitution, Islamism, Justice, Law, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Religion, Target Killing, Terrorism, Urdu, violence

Combating crisis

Combating crisis

Letter to Editor Today we are living in a time of immense crisis. Militancy and extremism have affected us all profoundly. In this situation, we feel it is vital that the media play a role in reshaping opinion and determining peoples’ behavior towards each other. The owners, operators and publishers of all TV channels, radio stations, newspapers, magazines and other media outlets need to run a campaign for one year to combat extremism. To achieve this, all … Read entire article »

Filed under: Citizens, journalism, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Regulatory Affairs, Rights, Terrorism

Terrorism in Rawalpindi

Malik Omaid This short peom of Raza Rumi uncovers the hypocrisy of the leadership and the Muslim world which is helping the terrorists to continue their ‘Holy mission’ in Pakistan and all over the world. The Usual routine. Terrorism in Rawalpindi: Outrage Condemnations Sectarian point-scoring Foreign Hand Arrests Bails Freedom Until next target… #Pakistan — Raza Rumi (@Razarumi) January 10, 2015 The apologetic behavior with out countering the narrative which helps to fuel extremism. “This is not Islam” “Muslims can’t do this” “Well OK they are misled” “Hang them – now” “Relatives of victims forgave them” The End. — Raza Rumi (@Razarumi) January 10, 2015 The Irony. You incited Provoked me I had no option But to kill I can’t draw,can’t write I can’t rally My killing is not the issue Your provocation is! — Raza Rumi (@Razarumi) January 10, … Read entire article »

Filed under: Blasphemy, Islam, Islam for Peace, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, poetry, Raza Rumi, Religion, Storify, Taliban, Terrorism, Twitter

Not in my name! #JeSuisCharlie

Malik Omaid Raza Rumi tweeted after the brutal attack on French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo as a ‘revenge’ to provocative cartoons on Islam. 12 People were killed in this attack.   [View the story "Not in my name! #JeSuisCharlie" on Storify] … Read entire article »

Filed under: Blasphemy, Islamism, journalism, Raza Rumi, Storify, Terrorism, Twitter, violence, Writers

THE “NAAN ROTI TANDOOR” SECURITY POLICY

THE “NAAN ROTI TANDOOR” SECURITY POLICY

By Saira A. Nizami In the wake of the gruesome attack in Peshawar school killing 132 children, Pakistan’s interior minister Chaudhry Nisar gave a press conference on December 21, 2014. He began by announcing of providing an alert system, which is a helpline to alert of anything that seems suspicious and for all to be alert for security. In an example of what could be “suspicious,” he suggested that madrassahs are not to be blamed for terrorism, … Read entire article »

Filed under: Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Peshawar, Politics, Short Story, Terrorism, violence

We burnt our flowers, we killed them.

We burnt our flowers, we killed them.

By Balal Haider Never have I rushed home in such speed, never have I gone straight to my young son and kissed him and embraced him with such warmth. Never have I ever bursted in to tears on his impulsive laughter. Never have I gone room to room in my home feeling as a coffin lies somewhere. Never can take out the image of a child begging for mercy when a terrorist put his AK 47 … Read entire article »

Filed under: Children, Peshawar, Religion, Taliban, Terrorism, violence, war, Zarb-E-Azb

توہین مذہب کی مختلف اقسام اور ہمارا رد عمل

توہین مذہب کی مختلف اقسام اور ہمارا رد عمل

ملک عمید   کچھ دنوں پہلے جنید جمشید کی ایک ویڈیو دیکھی جو سوشل میڈیا پر شیئر کی جا رہی تھی اس عنوان سے کہ ‘جنید جمشید امہات المومنین کی گستاخی کرتے ہوئے’۔ سو اپنے آپ کو ایسی ویڈیوز سے پرہیز کرنے کی عادت کے باوجود اسے دیکھنے پر مجبور پایا۔  ویڈیو میں جنید جمشید کسی ماہر فنکار کی طرح حضرت عائشہ کی نقالی کرتے ہوئے پائے گئے، نیز کہانی کا سبق یوں تھا کہ “عورت تو … Read entire article »

Filed under: Blasphemy, Constitution, Islam, Islamism, Justice, minorities, Pak Tea House, Religion, secularism, Taliban, violence