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Press Release: Pan-Asian International Film And Music Awards Issue Joint Statement In Light Of Issues Surrounding The Release Of Karan Johar’s Film Ae Dil Hai Mushkil

Press Release: Pan-Asian International Film And Music Awards Issue Joint Statement In Light Of Issues Surrounding The Release Of Karan Johar’s Film Ae Dil Hai Mushkil

Over the past decade, Indian and Pakistani cinema has brought together singers, actors and audiences alike in a way that politicians have always failed to do—proving that the arts and particularly cinema has the power to transcend in bringing peace, harmony and connecting the hearts of people across the the world. It is a very sad time for the arts when the hard work of artists across national boundaries over the past decade is brought … Read entire article »

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Part II: Pakistan’s Foreign Policy & Global Shifting Trends

Part II: Pakistan’s Foreign Policy & Global Shifting Trends

By Muqeet Tahir Malik Continuation of Part I A crux of foreign policy today is the nuclear doctrine adopted by a government. In South Asia, a balance of power exists as both India, and Pakistan have not rectified several accords. These include CTBT, Non -proliferation treaty, and with this status, both countries cannot be a part of NSG. However, it is in the monopoly of a few to give waivers but surprisingly, NSG was formed in reaction … Read entire article »

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A Pakistani soldier’s letter to daughter from Heaven

A Pakistani soldier’s letter to daughter from Heaven

By Zunaira Saqib Dear Baiti, I hope you are keeping up alright. I died yesterday at Line of Control. The media people must have reached the village by now. I wonder if they have already made a hero out of me. I woke up here… at a strange place. They said some place before they send us to heavens. You know I saw him, the guy. The guy from the other side, the soldier. I saw him and … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, India, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, peace

The Strategic Imbalance Paranoia

The Strategic Imbalance Paranoia

By Misbah Azam, Ph.D. The attack on Uri once again exposed the vulnerability and volatility of the region and caused the concerns for not only those who live there or belong to the region but also to those who are far away from there and do not want to see the region in the nuclear holocaust. As expected, the Indian and Pakistan private media, political and defense analysts, ranking government ministers and other officials began the … Read entire article »

Filed under: India, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan

Jinnah Fought for the Minorities

Jinnah Fought for the Minorities

By Aiman Sohail It’s 2016, Pakistan is almost 70 years old and I wonder if this is how Sir Jinnah had wanted Pakistan to turn out? Probably not. People are going to think I’m being negative, which isn’t true. I’m not filled with negativity; Pakistan itself is filled with it. Look around. You’ll find people who think very highly of themselves and pass hateful comments about other people, giving their own verdict on whether they are kafir … Read entire article »

Filed under: Jinnah, minorities, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, secular Pakistan

Fueling Hate

Fueling Hate

By Abrahim Shah   A hearing in the United States Congress a few weeks ago titled “Pakistan: Friend or Foe?” saw several congressmen unleash an unprecedented and vituperative salvo against Pakistan, labeling our administration “repressive” and accusing our government of “manipulating American chumps”. The intense polemic has given voice to the frustration many in the US feel towards Pakistan, but perhaps more alarmingly, it threatens to unbalance the civil-military balance in Pakistan by providing our army the … Read entire article »

Filed under: India, Kashmir, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Terrorism, USA

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 »

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Review: The World We Found

Review: The World We Found

By Aslam Kakar                       Life happens. Things happen. Some pleasant. And some horrible. Some intelligible, while other mysterious and beyond an ordinary mind’s comprehension. In The World We Found, like in The Space Between Us and her other humanistic works, Thrity Umrigar delves deep into that mystery of human nature and real life. She spills the beans about guilt, regret, loss, friendship, relationship, love, hope, death, and the real meaning of life in ways unknown to many … Read entire article »

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سرتاج عزیز کے پتے اور بے ثمر ورزش

سرتاج عزیز کے پتے اور بے ثمر ورزش

تحریر: ملک عمید ہندوستان کے وزیر خارجہ کہتے ہیں کہ پاکستانی طالبان پر ان کا اثر و رسوخ ہے، ساتھ ہی موصوف نے بین الاقوامی ماہرین کے سامنے اعتراف کر لیا کہ ہندوستان پاکستانی طالبان کو پناہ دیتا ہے، ان کے لیڈر ہندوستان میں آتے جاتے ہیں، ان کے خاندان وہیں پر ہیں، ہسپتال کی سہولیات بھی میسر ہیں اور وہ جب چاہیں انہیں میز پر بات چیت کے لیے لانے کے لیے دباؤ ڈال سکتے … Read entire article »

Filed under: Lashkar e Taiba, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Taliban, Terrorism, Urdu

A Tribute to the Agnostic Khushwant Singh

A Tribute to the Agnostic Khushwant Singh

By Naeem Asgher Tarar   “Here lies one who spared neither man nor God. Waste not your tears on him, he was a sod. Writing nasty. Things he regarded as great fun. Thank the Lord he is dead, this son of a gun.” Sardar Khushwant Singh wrote these lines, as his own epitaph. True to the words, during his lifetime he spared neither man nor God, as he once said, “There is no condom for a pen.” Khushwant Singh, basically … Read entire article »

Filed under: Arts and Crafts, Hinduism, History, Islam, Literature, obituary, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Writers

صحت مند ہوگا پاکستان!

صحت مند ہوگا پاکستان!

تحریر: تنویر آرائیں پاکستان کی حکمرانی انتہائی کٹھن کام ہے یا حکمرانوں نے اسے مشکل بنا لیا ہے؟اگر اس سوال کا جواب ڈھونڈا جائے تو یہی جواب ملتا ہے کہ حکمرانوں اور غلط پالیسیوں نے خود اسے مشکل بنا دیا ہے اگر حکمران مخلص، ایماندار اور اہلیت کے حامل بھی ہو تو بھی ہم نے ریاستی اداروں کے اندر اتنی کرپشن اور نااہلی کو پال رکھا ہے جس سے چھٹکارا پانا ایک کٹھن کام ہے۔ مگر … Read entire article »

Filed under: Health, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, south asia, Urdu

Pakistan’s ‘Shake and Slap’ policy

Pakistan’s ‘Shake and Slap’ policy

We are posting this article to generate a debate. This is a guest post from an Indian perspective. Many in Pakistan will not agree entirely. Please send your reactions as blogs, or short comments. It is important for a dialogue to take place – eds. By Ayushman Jamwal When history repeats itself again and again, we must understand that there are set objectives and ideologies that maintain a certain course towards the future. Handshakes, overtures, unified appeals … Read entire article »

Filed under: Afghanistan, Al Qaeda, Army, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Pakistan-India Peace Process

A Few Weeks with NUR JEHAN – Light of the World

A Few Weeks with NUR JEHAN – Light of the World

By Tayyab Mahmud Nur Jehan was a South Asian diva whose artistic and personal life was baroque. She started acting and singing in Bombay films in the mid-1940s, and was instantly recognized as a star. She moved to Pakistan after the partition of colonial India and established herself as a popular and critically acclaimed vocalist in the country. The formidable range of her repertoire included semi-classical, ghazal, folk, spirituals, and pop. She sang of love and … Read entire article »

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

Pak-China: Friends indeed

Pak-China: Friends indeed

With relations between China and Pakistan growing stronger, the region is in for a period of economic upheaval By Namra Mansoor On a concrete wall running along a tunnel in the north of Pakistan, a phrase painted along Pakistani and Chinese flags reads, Long live Pak-China Friendship. Having more than just ornamental value, the words have become a household chant and serve as a testimony to the time-tested friendship between the two countries. The relations are only … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, south asia, Technology, World