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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

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 »

Filed under: Books

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

Police Constable Mushtaq Ahmed: Let’s not forget our real Heroes

Police Constable Mushtaq Ahmed: Let’s not forget our real Heroes

This article was originally posted as a facebook note by Sumaira Jajja and it is being reproduced by PTH. By Sumaira Jajja In Pakistan, the easiest way for the state to evade responsibility is to label the victims of terrorist attacks, accidents and natural disasters martyrs (shaheed) and dole out a compensation package based on the gravity of the situation (dependent of media backlash and public anger). The compensation for a dead can range from Rs100,000 to … Read entire article »

Filed under: Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Taliban, Terrorism

Dadri Lynching and the state of minorities in India

Dadri Lynching and the state of minorities in India

By Zargar Yasir A few months before President of U.S.A Barack Obama visited India. In his own words he had already insinuated about the religious bifurcation—if happened in India —-it will get divided on religious lines. He had already cautioned that India will succeed so long as if it is not “splintered along the lines of religious faith (sectarian lines)”. Further he said that, all people are ‘equally entitled to freedom of conscience and the right … Read entire article »

Filed under: Hinduism, human rights, India, Islamism, Jinnah, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Secterainism, secularism

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

Pakistan, India and Kashmir Peace Talks – Why War Is Not An Option.

Pakistan, India and Kashmir Peace Talks – Why War Is Not An Option.

By Mona Kazim Shah This symposium is scheduled for the 10th of Oct, 2015 at UT Dallas at 2 PM at Naveen Jindal School of Management. It is organized by #ProjectPakistan, an ongoing campaign that speaks for human rights issues, has philanthropic projects, political radio shows, provides space for open mics, and is working diligently to encourage dialogue to resolve conflicts and promote South Asian art and culture in the U.S. The focus of this symposium is … Read entire article »

Filed under: India, Kashmir, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Raza Rumi, south asia, Women

آئی ایس آئی کے بے شمار ایجنٹوں میں ایک اور کا اضافہ

تحریر: ملک عمید الرحیم پاکستان میں لوگوں کا پسندیدہ مشغلہ ہر الزام یہود و ہنود کے سر تھوپنا ہے۔ سو اگر آپ کی بھینس بیمار ہے یا آپ کی ساس گھر نہیں جارہی تو اس میں بھی کہیں یہود و ہنود کی سازش ہوتی ہے۔ معلوم پڑتا ہے کہ بھارت میں بھی یہی حال ہے بس ذرا یہود و ہنود کی جگہ آپ آئی ایس آئی ڈال دیجیے۔ کسی مخالف کو چپ کروانا ہے اور دلائل و براہین کی کمی ہے تو سیدھا سیدھا الزام پاکستانی ایجنٹ ہونے کا تھوپ دو۔ اگلا پاکستانی ہے توتھوڑا تفصیل میں الزام لگاؤ اور آئی ایس آئی کا ایجنٹ قرار دو۔ سو اگر آپ پاکستانی ہیں اور پاکستان سے نفرت نہیں کرتے بلکہ زیادہ تفصیل میں جائیں یعنی نریندر مودی صاحب سے محبت نہیں کرتے … Read entire article »

Filed under: Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Raza Rumi, Urdu

Feminism – Does it mean absolute equality?

Feminism – Does it mean absolute equality?

By Armughan Ahmad Daud One could find copious material on gender equality and support for feminism all over the internet and in libraries, embellished with resplendent logic and reasons, leaving no space to disagree. Recently, this debate gained heat when Faisal Qureshi made a video on Saif Ali Khan’s comments and addressed him with words like ‘larki’, ‘beti’, ‘behan’ (Daughter and sister) etc. My concern is not to comment on Saif’s faithlessness towards Pakistan and Faisal’s reply … Read entire article »

Filed under: Bollywood, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Partition, Women