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Lahore, the Dinosaur

Lahore, the Dinosaur

Ahmed Amin Malik   Lahore is a city of many charms and boasts of a history that puts it in a league of its own and all that is not very surprising given the fact that this city has served as a regional capital to some of the mightiest dynasties that ruled our planet, from the Mughal era to modern times. Add to this, the charisma of Sufi Saints whose shrines are visited by thousands since early … Read entire article »

Filed under: Lahore, Mughals, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Tourism

Men & Mice Conflict Provokes Intellect: An Analogical Reasoning

Men & Mice Conflict Provokes Intellect: An Analogical Reasoning

By Gulzar Ahmad The current remarkable let up in suicide bombings across the country as a result of ongoing military operation in the tribal belt of Waziristan has ‘overtly’ created an illusion that the use of force is durable  in purging society from the evils of militancy and insurgency that continues to haunt the state of Pakistan from the very outset. It goes without saying that human beings are in perpetual conflict with mouse specie since … Read entire article »

Filed under: Free Speech, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Zarb-E-Azb

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

Lights, Camera , Revolution – A walk through history

Lights, Camera , Revolution – A walk through history

By Rukhshan Meer There is no doubt in the fact that anyone these days would require any sort of introduction regarding cameras and their functioning in the media world. As Chaudhry Nisar also said in his press conference a week ago that media is the most important tool to win the war against terrorism at the physiological end and yes, we can see that camera does have the power to win any social, economic or religious … Read entire article »

Filed under: History, Pak Tea House, Photos

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

TTP Confronts Balochistan

TTP Confronts Balochistan

By Najeeb Kakar The arrival of the New Year 2016 has brought a gigantic and an unprecedented waves of violence and terror. Indeed, the terrorist assaults were allegedly reported as the religious terrorism and instigated by the Tehrik – i – Taliban Pakistan (TTP) in Balochistan. Thus, around 42 people comprising of police and FC personnel have been palpably killed in numerous terrorist attacks in Quetta city and its outskirts. However, this act of terrorism has … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, baluchistan, Civil Service, Northern Areas, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, peace, People's Pakistan, Politics, Taliban, Zarb-E-Azb

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 »

Filed under: Heritage, Karachi, Pak Tea House, Pakistan

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