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The Great Divide

The Great Divide

By Najeeb Kakar   In August, 1947, the Indian sub-continent was partitioned into two independent nation states. Hindu-majority India and Muslim-majority Pakistan. The division of Indian-peninsula was greatly, a fault line which, had been done along the sectarian lines. In the midst, one of the greatest migration took place in the history of human civilization. Millions of Hindus and Sikhs were trekked to India while Muslims headed in the opposite direction. And many millions were killed, tortured, … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1947, Hinduism, History, holocaust, India, Pakistan, Partition, Politics

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

The Profession of Prostitution – II

The Profession of Prostitution – II

By Najeeb Kakar In my last article, about the profession of prostitution, I deconstructed why prostitution is considered a viable source of revenue by poor Pashtun women. I had also given a detailed analysis of destitute women of our allegedly religious, traditional and intrepid society being obliged to this act. In my concluding piece, I broadly examine the  incalculable causes of prostitution entrenched as a whole in Pakistani society how and why respected women have been … Read entire article »

Filed under: culture, Dance, Law, men, minorities, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Peshawar, Politics, poverty, psychology, sex, Women

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

How We See Pakistani Scientists and Educationists.

How We See Pakistani Scientists and Educationists.

By Abuzar Wp There is a homosexual person currently working as an Associate Head of Physics Department at Massachusetts institute of Technology (MIT). Unfortunately, the genetic make-up of the sex chromosome turned out to be XX and that means the being is a female. Most important of all is she is a Parsi by belief system- a Zoroastrian, which means she is certainly a non-Muslim and all these reasons are enough for us to judge, damn and … Read entire article »

Filed under: Blogging, culture, Dr. Abdus Salam, drama, Free Speech, Heritage, human rights, Identity, Islam for Peace, Islamism, Malala Yousufzai, Nergis Mavalvala, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, peace, People's Pakistan, Religion, Rights, youth

The Profession of Prostitution

The Profession of Prostitution

By Najeeb Kakar      Many writers and intellectuals boldly write and speak particularly about the menace of terrorism and extremism plaguing the country. Every commoner, religious fanatic, liberal fascist, atheist and feminist is likely to raise their voice against terrorism, extremism, Talibanisation, social inequalities, minorities’ rights, and the growing abuse of human rights. However, very few actually discuss that, why in our society – prostitution has been adopted as a reasonable alternative by thousands of women … Read entire article »

Filed under: Corruption, culture, human rights, journalism, Law, men, minorities, movements, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Peshawar, poverty, psychology

A case for introspection

A case for introspection

By Abuzar Khan I know many people whom come from apparently conservative school of thought will take it on to the streets, as yet again 14th of February came and as assumed, the moral police would certainly set up blockades of moral checkpoints, and vilify what they deem as the immoral masses of Pakistan.   Having said that, except for Ramazan and every Friday, on which the credit of acting holy and playing decent is due and of course … Read entire article »

Filed under: Citizens, Constitution, culture, History, human rights, Love, Media, movements, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Rights, Secterainism

IN THE LOVE OF PROPHET by JDC

IN THE LOVE OF PROPHET by JDC

By Dr. Muhammad Hassan Auj   I was compelled by my pen to produce this after the glorification of Mr. Mumtaz Qadri as a nationwide hero which was a stab to the Islam I believe in, humanity I strive for. Do terrorism and justice ever dwell together? Can extremism and harmony ever be tuned with each other? Will the transformation from Barbarian society to a humane civilization ever complete? Till when will the saviors of the nation … Read entire article »

Filed under: Hinduism, History, human rights, Islam, Islam for Peace, Islamic Holy Book Quran, Islamism, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Terrorism, violence, war

تعلیمی درسگاہوں میں تبلیغی سرگرمیوں پر پابندی- بہت دیر کی مہرباں آتے آتے

تعلیمی درسگاہوں میں تبلیغی سرگرمیوں پر پابندی- بہت دیر کی مہرباں آتے آتے

تحریر: عماد ظفر پنجاب حکومت نے بالآخر ایک انتہائی دانشمندانہ اقدام اٹھاتے ہوئے تعلیمی درسگاہوں میں کسی بھی قسم کی مذہبی تبلیغ پر پابندی عائد کر دی۔ ساتھ ہی درسگاہوں میں جمعے کی خطبے کو بھی سرکاری اجازت نامے کے ساتھ جاری کرنے کا حکم دیا گیا۔ اس خوش کن اور مثبت فیصلے پر تو مصرعہ یاد آ گیا کہ “بہت دیر کی مہرباں آتے آتے”۔ کسی مفکر نے کہا تھا کہ اگر آپ کسی بھی … Read entire article »

Filed under: Al Qaeda, Education, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Religion, Secterainism, Urdu

Mujhe dushman ke bacho ko parhana hai

Mujhe dushman ke bacho ko parhana hai

By محبِ وطن بلاگ Sir Qooba saw ISPR video “Mujhe dushman ke bacho ko parhana hai” (I need to educate enemy’s children) made on the sad anniversary of APS’ martyred children. Sir Qooba liked idea of educating enemy children! Sir Qooba thinked that why this idea no came earlier? We could have saved some lives No? Anyway, better late came than never came. Right? (should it be ‘than’ or ‘then’? nevermind.)  But Sir Qooba get disappointed when watched tv because … Read entire article »

Filed under: Children, Education, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Secterainism, Terrorism

Malda Riots and Shocking Silence of Indian Liberal Media

Malda Riots and Shocking Silence of Indian Liberal Media

PTH is grateful to Abhinav Pandya for contributing to PTH on request. This article has been posted to invite much needed debate about the role of the liberal media in India. Is the Indian media selective in only highlighting Hindu extremism? Are politicians turning blind eye when extremist Islamic organizations incite violence. This is an important area which needs to be discussed with respect to the secularism in India.   PTH does not essentially agree with all … Read entire article »

Filed under: India, minorities

حفیظ سنٹر میں ریاست ’پی کے‘ بن گئی

حفیظ سنٹر میں ریاست ’پی کے‘ بن گئی

تحریر: ملک عمید گزشتہ ہفتے احمدیوں کی مخالفت میں لگائے گئے ایک اسٹیکر نے حفیظ سنٹر کی دھوم ساری دنیا تک پہنچا دی۔ یوں حفیظ سنٹر بین الاقوامی شہرت یافتہ ہوگیا۔ بدنام اگر ہوں گے تو کیا نام نہ ہوگا؟ ایک تاجر کی دکان سے احمدی مخالف اسٹیکر اتارنے کی خبر پنجاب حکومت نے ٹویٹر پر برادرم رضا رومی صاحب کو دی۔ ساری دنیا میں واہ واہ ہوگئی۔ ایسے لگا کہ ملک بدلنے لگا ہے۔ تاجروں … Read entire article »

Filed under: Blasphemy, Islam for Peace, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Religion, state

Paris Attacks and our Extremist Mindset

Paris Attacks and our Extremist Mindset

By Foaad Hassan Being victims of worst terrorism since more than a decade, we still need to learn how an attack on innocent people including men, women and children can be condemned, most of us are not ready to denounce terrorism and acts of extremism whether it is in Pakistan, France, United States, India or anywhere in the world because we always carry a logic “The illogical radical logic” founded by Mr. Hamza Ali Abbasi a … Read entire article »

Filed under: Islam, Islam for Peace, Islamism, liberal Pakistan, Malala Yousufzai, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Terrorism

خوشبو اور روشنیوں کے شہروں میں بارود کی بو

خوشبو اور روشنیوں کے شہروں میں بارود کی بو

تحریر: عماد ظفر خوشبوں کے شہر پیرس اور روشنیوں کے شہر بیروت میں بارود کی بو نے کہرام مچا دیا۔ پیرس میں دہشت گردی کے ایک مکروہ اور گھناؤنے واقعے میں لگ بھگ 150 بے گناہ افراد لقمہ اجل بن گئے جبکہ بیروت میں خود کش حملے میں 50کے لگ بھگ افراد اپنی جان سے ہاتھ دھو بیٹھے۔  دہشت گرد ٹولیوں کی شکل میں پیرس کے مختلف علاقوں میں حملہ آور ہوئے اور ویک اینڈ کی … Read entire article »

Filed under: Al Qaeda, Islam, Islam for Peace, Islamism, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Taliban, Terrorism, Urdu, violence

مذہب اسلام میں شدت پسندی پر اجمل کمال اور فہمیدہ ریاض کے درمیان دلچسپ مکالمہ

مذہب اسلام میں شدت پسندی پر اجمل کمال اور فہمیدہ ریاض کے درمیان دلچسپ مکالمہ

ملک عمید فیس بک گروپ “بزم” میں معروف ایڈیٹر اور ناشر اجمل کمال صاحب نےمبارک حیدر صاحب کی معروف کتاب ‘تہذیبی نرگسیت’ کا دیباچہ کتاب کے لنک کے ساتھ پوسٹ کیا جس پر ان کے اور معروف شاعرہ اور دانشور فہمیدہ ریاض صاحبہ کے درمیان ایک دلچسپ مکالمہ شروع ہوگیا۔ پاک ٹی ہاؤس کے قارئین کی دلچسپی کے لیے اسے بلاگ کی شکل دی جا رہی ہے۔ فہمیدہ ریاض صاحبہ کہتی ہیں: مسلمان کوئی قوم نہیں ہیں ۔۔۔ان … Read entire article »

Filed under: Colonialism, culture, Islam, Islam for Peace, Islamism, minorities, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Urdu, Women