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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

Bacha Khan, Faqir of Ipi and the Afghanistan angle

By Yasser Latif Hamdani (Author’s note: This article is my personal opinion based on my own research. It does not, necessarily, reflect the point of view of PTH or its editors as a group.) Since the cowardly attack on Bacha Khan University in Charsadda, which we all must condemn as nothing less than attack on Pakistan and its future, a number of self styled progressives have been singing paeans of Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan, or as he is more popularly known Bacha Khan, as a secular and non-violent activist who has been forsaken by the wretched state. That the state has downplayed Bacha Khan and his legacy is not disputed, though there is an international airport named after him and the university named after him is also a government university. Countless roads and buildings exist … Read entire article »

Filed under: Afghanistan, History, Pakistan

Pakistan Media and its Struggle till Musharaf Period

Pakistan Media and its Struggle till Musharaf Period

By Faisal Zaidi Pakistani Press divided into different parts according to their struggle in the different eras. The first era (1947-1957): when press struggled for constitution and the reformation for the democratic Govt. They took their clear stands against judiciary, Establishments and Military. The Pakistan Times, Dawn news and Jung group wrote several editorials on it. Muhammad Ali Jinnah’s 11th August 1947 speech and press reaction is one example. In that speech Jinnah stated that state had nothing to … Read entire article »

Filed under: History, journalism, Media, Pak Tea House, Pakistan

Relevance of Sheikh’s 1960 letter for today’s Indo-Pak leaders

Relevance of Sheikh’s 1960 letter for today’s Indo-Pak leaders

By Nyla Aly Khan “Sarvodaya” leader Jayaprakash Narayan (l) greets Jammu and Kashmir CM Sheikh Abdullah (5 December 1905 – 8 September 1982) on the latter’s visit to Delhi in 1970. PHOTO/Times Content Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah’s letter to Chaudhary Noor Hussain, (Chairman of Defense Committee for Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah), which Sheikh sahib wrote while in incarceration in 1960, is particularly relevant in the wake of the failed Indo-Pak NSA talks and would be of interest to … Read entire article »

Filed under: History, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, USA

The Objectives Resolution and the Misunderstood Role of Sir Ch. Muhammad Zafarulla Khan

The Objectives Resolution and the Misunderstood Role of Sir Ch. Muhammad Zafarulla Khan

By Dr Mirza Sultan Ahmad The resolution, ‘Aims and Objectives of the Constitution’, was presented in the Legislative Assembly of Pakistan on 7th March, 1949, and was approved after just a few days ‘discussion. All members of the Muslim League who were Muslims cast their vote in favor of the resolution. The respected members of the Assembly who belonged to the Hindu faith suggested a few amendments in the resolution which were rejected by a majority … Read entire article »

Filed under: History, Islam for Peace, Justice, minorities, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Partition

عبداللہ حسین، ادھوری کہانی اور ایک عام آدمی کا خواب

عبداللہ حسین، ادھوری کہانی اور ایک عام آدمی کا خواب

تحریر: راجہ قیصر احمد “نعیم کا کیا بنا ؟ نعیم کا کیا بنا؟ شاید فسادات میں مارا گیا۔ کچھ ٹھیک پتا بھی نہیں ایک طرف میری خواہشیں ہیں اور دوسری طرف میری زندگی ہے۔ اِن کے درمیان۔۔۔۔۔تم اسے نہیں سمجھ سکتیں کیوں کہ تم تیسری نسل ہو۔” میں نے ادیبوں سے متاثر ہونا چھوڑ دیا ہے۔ شاید اس لئے بھی کہ یہ ویسے نہیں ہوتے جیسے نظر آتے ہیں۔ اپنے ہیولے اور شخصیت کے بُت پنا کر … Read entire article »

Filed under: Arts and Crafts, Books, History, Literature, obituary, Pak Tea House, Pakistan

Viva Karachi (The Snippets of Karachi I lived In)

Viva Karachi (The Snippets of Karachi I lived In)

By Omar Alavi The face of the Regal Chowk glows from behind the heavy make up of smoke, grime and dust gathered from the decadent yet utilitarian vanity of decades. It tries to shine through and reflect on the stories it wrote over the years. The story of sunshine and happiness. The story of grey skies and heady days when the sky almost fell with rain and anarchy. The story of limited affluence and large-heartedness. The … Read entire article »

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Remembering Fauzia Wahab – A Photo Essay

Remembering Fauzia Wahab – A Photo Essay

Ali Wahab   … Read entire article »

Filed under: liberal Pakistan, obituary, Pakistan, People's Pakistan

History of Pop Music In Pakistan

History of Pop Music In Pakistan

By Omar Alavi The popular music in Pakistan developed just like anywhere else in the world. This begs the question fundamentally and primarily: how does one define popular music? Is it the sign of the times or the product of the times one lives in? Popular music just like any other art form is subjective and hard to confine in a genre, people feel satisfied in. In fact popular music is an enigma that keeps the … Read entire article »

Filed under: culture, liberal Pakistan, Music, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Reviews

Bhutto’s legacy

Bhutto’s legacy

By Saad Hafiz Thirty-six years have passed since Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, Pakistan’s first elected prime minister, was executed by a military dictatorship on April 4, 1979. However, Bhutto’s legacy and significance in the country’s troubled political history remain the focus of heated debate even today. His passionate supporters remember him as the populist reformer and spellbinding orator who restored national pride after a humiliating defeat by the Indian army in 1971, the man who returned Pakistan … Read entire article »

Filed under: Constitution, Democracy, History, liberal Pakistan, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Parliament, People's Pakistan, Politics

A future foretold

A future foretold

By Saad Hafiz Another Pakistan Day or Pakistan Resolution Day has come and gone, this time with a grand military parade put off for several years due to terrorism fears. On March 23, 1940, the All-India Muslim League moved a resolution in its annual session in Lahore that demanded autonomous states for the Muslims of British India. This resolution was a change in strategy from the Muslim League’s earlier demand for constitutional guarantees for Muslims in … Read entire article »

Filed under: History, Pakistan

بھٹو کا فلسفہ کیا تھا؟

بھٹو کا فلسفہ کیا تھا؟

ملک عمید مبشر اکرام کی جانب سے یہ فکر انگیز ٹویٹز یہاں درج کی جارہی ہیں جن میں انہوں نے پیپلز پارٹی کی جانب سے بار بار دہرائے جانے والے نعرے “بھٹو کا فلسفہ” کے تضادات دکھائے ہیں۔ بھٹو مرحوم کا فلسفہ کیا تھا؟ کل کے ایک ٹویٹری لیکچر کے بعد کا ایک جینوئن سوال ہے — Mubashir Akram (@mkw72) April 5, 2015 بھٹو کو کل زندہ تو کروا دیا آج کہاں ہیں مرحوم؟ — Mubashir Akram (@mkw72) April 5, 2015 بھٹو … Read entire article »

Filed under: minorities, Parliament, People's Pakistan, Twitter, Urdu

The Parallel Universe: Do We Live in World # 1?

Misbah U. Azam, Ph.D. Driving on the express way, we come across different exits which we may or may not take, depending upon the destination requirements, traffic densities, breaks for food, gas or other human needs. Now let us consider a scenario. You are driving on the road and there was an exit. You are debating whether to go out on it and stop by some restaurant to eat or for a cup of coffee or tea. Due to some deliberation you decide to keep driving for some more time before taking a break for coffee. After some time you drive, you see a car which overtook you minutes ago gets into an accident. You stop your car, come out and call the emergency. Then you approach the wrecked car and … Read entire article »

Filed under: India, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Partition, Society

The Unpredictables – Part V – 1980s: The Asian Cricket Tigers Take on the World, Episode 1

The Unpredictables – Part V – 1980s: The Asian Cricket Tigers Take on the World, Episode 1

By Fazal Abbas   Pakistan as a country has been through a number of highs and lows since traumatic partition in 1947 and its cricket has followed the similar pattern, showing how this sport is embedded in social, political and cultural facets of the country. Initially dispersed, unrecognised, underfunded and weak, Pakistan’s cricket team grew to become a major force in world cricket. If cricket is known for its glorious uncertainties, Pakistan team is even more renowned … Read entire article »

Filed under: Cricket, Egalitarian Pakistan, History, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Photos, sport, video

The Real Picture: Innovation, Technology and Pakistan

The Real Picture: Innovation, Technology and Pakistan

By Azka Naeem If all the brouhaha is to be believed, we’re looking at a failed state with nothing to offer. But is that really the case? Innovation is fundamentally characterised by what can be called ‘newness’, but a field does not have to be completely novel itself for innovation to take place. By that same token, an idea can be born and take root anywhere and at any time. In the politically unstable and consistently maligned Pakistan … Read entire article »

Filed under: Citizens, Education, Egalitarian Pakistan, liberal Pakistan, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Physics, Reviews, Science, youth