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Transgender Community in Pakistan

Transgender Community in Pakistan

Raza ullah khan In the past few years, there has been an unnerving increase in violence against the transgender community in Pakistan. There have been incidents of brutal killing of transgender activists in Khyber Pakhtunkhawa and other parts of the country. According to an activist member of the community, 45 transgender people have been killed and 300 suffered harassment in the last two years in KPK alone. Every day, members of this community suffer humiliation in … Read entire article »

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I like Raheel Sharif But He Should Retire on Time

I like Raheel Sharif But He Should Retire on Time

Raza Habib Raja Despite considering myself a critic of Pakistan army, I really like Raheel Sharif. He is perhaps Pakistan’s most popular person right now. But why is an army officer so popular? The reasons are several. First , he is responsible for the military action against the Taliban. This is a huge achievement. Since 2001, almost 50,000 people have died due to terrorism and yet literally all the governments showed complete impotence to do anything. Unfortunately over … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Pakistan, Taliban

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

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

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

Liberal Democracy and Minority Rights

Liberal Democracy and Minority Rights

PTH is grateful to Gorki sahib for making this contribution on request.  Gorki In 1940 M. A. Jinnah delivered the presidential speech at the Lahore session of the AIML which in hindsight is perhaps one of the most important speeches ever delivered by anyone in the 20th century India.  Gandhi; he said, had invited the AIML to join the congress in the future presumably democratic constituent assembly of India. But, despite its egalitarian appearance it was an … Read entire article »

Filed under: Democracy, India, minorities, Pakistan

Why it Should Not be Okay to Lie

Why it Should Not be Okay to Lie

Ali Izhar Bajwa The recent spate of incidents surrounding the lady who is being dubbed as Pakistan’s first lady in the waiting and Madr-e-Millat (Mother of the Nation) by famous television pundits and gurus has brought to light an important issue plaguing the politics of this great country. These incidents involve the alleged use of government’s resources in terms of helicopters and vehicles, the officiating of government meetings, the interest in securing a seat from his … Read entire article »

Filed under: journalism

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

Governance of Another Kind

Governance of Another Kind

By Waqas Rafique Just when residents of Islamabad were finally getting some relief from the jammed traffic of Islamabad after the containers set up during PTI dharna and reopening of Jinnah Avenue recently, the government’s announcement on April 8 came as nothing less than a shock. “Sir, you can take out the order but sorry can’t eat in.” was the reply of a rather embarrassed waiter at one eatery. Irritated, my friend and I tried to go … Read entire article »

Filed under: Corruption, Democracy, Islamabad, Opinion, Pakistan

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

Civil society says NAP Implementation Disappointing Press Release

Citizens Group to Watch National Action Plan (NAPwatch) Islamabad – March 13, 2015 A broad based alliance of concerned citizens today announced that they would monitor the implementation of NAP and related commitments by the government of Pakistan (including the military) to fight terrorism in the country. #NAPWatch will regularly review the progress made and identify the gaps that need to be addressed. Thus far the most worrying aspect according to the group has been the dilution of NAP agenda as announced by the PM, the vital tasks of madrassa regulation seems to have been dropped. Highlighting the initiative, one of the initiators of #NAPwatch, Marvi Sirmed said that the group was expanding with every coming day with many noted citizens becoming part of it. She said that the presence of scholars … Read entire article »

Filed under: Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Terrorism

India and Pakistan: Incomplete Independence

PTH is extremely grateful to Gorki for writing this soul searching and a beautiful article. Several points made in the article are worth pondering upon and these apply to both India and Pakistan. Gorki . Yeh Daag Daag Ujaala, Yeh Sabkajida Sehar Woh Intzaar Tha Jisaka Yeh Woh Sehar Toh Nahi Yeh Woh Sehar Toh Nahi, Jisaki Aarju Leke Chale The.. (Faiz Ahmed Faiz) . The triumph of the Western idea, is evident, first of all, in the total exhaustion of viable systematic alternatives to Western liberalism. So wrote Francis Fukuyama, in his 1992 essay, End of History. In it he boldly predicted that mankind had all but accepted a Western liberal democracy as the final form of human government. Events since then often seem to prove otherwise, highlighting Yogi Berra’s tongue in cheek popular adage, ‘it is … Read entire article »

Filed under: Colonialism, Democracy, India, Pakistan

Drifting to a Martial Abyss?

Drifting to a Martial Abyss?

Misbah U. Azam, Ph.D. Award-winning journalist and author of two famous books, Zahid Hussain, recently wrote in his column in Daily Dawn, “It is, however, wrong to compare the proposed military-led special courts to those set up under military rule. These courts would not be working autonomously, but will be under the control of civilian authorities for a limited period of time. The amendment in the Constitution does not give carte blanche to the military to … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Constitution, Democracy, Judiciary, Pakistan, Parliament, Terrorism

System of Governance – Not the Governance

System of Governance – Not the Governance

Misbah U. Azam, Ph.D.     The common problem among Pakistani is that – for 67 years — we rely and wait for messiahs, who, with their heavenly powers, would solve every ills of the country.  It isn’t quite amazing for any outside observer when they witness how Imran Khan’s followers justify his actions and blindly follow his rhetoric without asking any question.  Although, it is rather encouraging that a section of society, who have never shown any … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Citizens, Constitution, Democracy, Liberal Democratic Pakistan, Opinion, Pakistan