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Distorting Pakistan’s history and identity

Distorting Pakistan’s history and identity

By Umer Ali Ever since Pakistan came into being, it has faced different challenges of various magnitudes. Right after its creation, Pakistan lost its father, Muhammad Ali Jinnah. With his body, the hope for a better, progressive Pakistan was gone as well. After the death of Jinnah, a campaign started which led Pakistan to where it is now – radicalized, intolerant and on the verge of destruction. Pakistanis are living through lies and myths presented to them. … Read entire article »

Filed under: History, India, Islamism, Pakistan, Partition, Secterainism

کرائے کی ریاست کا کردار بند ہونا چاہیے

کرائے کی ریاست کا کردار بند ہونا چاہیے

تحریر: محمد شعیب عادل ایران اور سعودی عرب کی جنگ اب یمن میں لڑی جارہی ہے ۔ یمن میں حوثی شیعہ قبائل جن کو ایران کی فوجی و مالی امداد حاصل ہے یمن کی سنی حکومت کا تختہ الٹ کر اقتدار پر قبضہ کرنا چاہتے ہیں۔ اگر یمن میں شیعہ اقتدار پر قابض ہو جاتے ہیں تو ظاہر ہے یہ سعودی عرب کی شیعہ اقلیت کے لیے تقویت کا باعث بنے گااور یہ اقلیت سعودی بادشاہت … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Middle East, Pakistan, Religion, Secterainism, Urdu, war

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

PAKISTAN’S MISSILE CONSCRIPTION AND ESSENCE OF WAR

PAKISTAN’S MISSILE CONSCRIPTION AND ESSENCE OF WAR

Ahmad Khan The technical revolution in modern day warfare operations and tactics tantamount to Revolution in Military Affairs (RMA) ostensibly appeared in the jargon of military organization as enhanced data connectivity, optimized reliability, missile development, and space weaponization. The political and military leadership in the contemporary world is over-reliant on the technological uplifting to find the solution of social, political and military problems. This makes the contemporary technological revolution, not only changing the mission parameters, but … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Cricket, Opinion, Pakistan, south asia, sport, war

Why “India’s Daughter” got Banned

Why “India’s Daughter” got Banned

By Andeel Ali Is it December or is it the Winter? Why do we receive painful news in this month? Or may be it is just a mere coincidence. A very painful coincidence. In the December of 2014 we received the news of Peshawar Attack. Innocent lives were martyred. Likewise, in the December of 2012 an innocent soul was brutally raped and murdered. Right now the internet is flooded with talks on the documentary that … Read entire article »

Filed under: India, Pakistan, violence, Women

Katas Raj Temple – Shiva’s Tears

Katas Raj Temple – Shiva’s Tears

PTH is highly grateful to Mr. Rakesh Vaid for contributing this article. Apart from being a travel log, there is also a deeper message of mutual friendship here. Rakesh Vaid March 21st 2004, Gaddafi Stadium, it’s bustling with cheerful crowd from India and Pakistan in an atmosphere exuding good humour and bonhomie. Looking at the crowd around me I was wondering who coined the word archrivals for India and Pakistan. To me that moment replicated the joy … Read entire article »

Filed under: culture, Heritage, India, Pakistan, Pakistan-India Peace Process

A new realism

A new realism

by Saad Hafiz President Obama’s recent visit to India, while ignoring Pakistan, is being seen as a “diplomatic failure of Islamabad”. Failure or not, the visit does warrant a review of the effectiveness of Pakistan’s foreign policy given the changing nature of a state and the realities of the international scene. Generally speaking, a country’s foreign policy is the face that it presents to the rest of the world and should, therefore, be based on a … Read entire article »

Filed under: Afghanistan, Army, India, Opinion, Pakistan, state, Taliban, Terrorism, USA, Zarb-E-Azb

Shared History and Shared Hopes

Shared History and Shared Hopes

A discussion in context of India and Pakistan organised at world book fair by cross boder friendship initiative Aaghaz-e-dosti 14 FEB, New Delhi, World Book Fair. Aaghaz-e-Dosti, a cross border initiative for Indo-Pak Friendship organised a session today on inaugral day of World Book Fair, New Delhi. This session was organised at ‘Sahitya Manch’ and theme was ‘Shared History-Shared Hopes’. Guest speakers include Prof. Chaman Lal, Ms. Sadia Dehlvi, Ram Mohan Rai and Dr. Dhananjay Tripathi. Session … Read entire article »

Filed under: Citizens, Democracy, India, Pakistan, secularism

AAP’s success in Delhi: Listening Aam Aadmi instead of parachuting an agenda

AAP’s success in Delhi: Listening Aam Aadmi instead of parachuting an agenda

By Samir Gupta The recent assembly elections in Delhi have produced a result that seem groundbreaking to many in India and Pakistan. The Aam Aadmi Party’s success is the ultimate feel good Aam Aadmi story one can imagine in South Asia. An in-depth analysis, however, reveals a familiar tale of electoral politics in India While AAP’s success has been attributed to several factors, from Modi’s 10 lakh suit to the Sangh Parivar’s shrill Hindutva agenda to the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Democracy, Elections, Hinduism, India

Photo of the Day: China, Russia backs India on UN resolution against Terrorism

Photo of the Day: China, Russia backs India on UN resolution against Terrorism

The Express Tribune reported: “China and Russia decided on Monday to back the Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism (CCIT) — a resolution supported by India and heavily biased against Pakistan.” The report further says: The CCIT was proposed by India in 1996 in lieu of Pakistan allegedly backing Kashmiri separatists. The international media has reported that in the 13th meeting of RIC (Russia, India and China) foreign ministers Asian heavy weights Russia and China has agreed to support the Resolution. The Indian … Read entire article »

Filed under: Afghanistan, Al Qaeda, Army, China, India, Kashmir, Lashkar e Taiba, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Peshawar, Photo of the Day, south asia, Terrorism, violence

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

Divergent political paths of India and Pakistan

Divergent political paths of India and Pakistan

by Saad Hafiz In terms of history, culture, language and religions, India and Pakistan have much in common. However, the political paths of the two states have so considerably deviated that it seems unimaginable that they had shared origins. Today, despite many domestic problems that are impairing its growth, India is increasingly an important global political and economic player. Pakistan, in comparison, is trapped in a current of economic, political and social problems that have no … Read entire article »

Filed under: History, India, Pakistan, Politics

Clashing Nationalisms

Clashing Nationalisms

PTH is grateful for this contribution from Gorki. These are Gorki’s views. PTH does not endorse or support everything presented in this article. The purpose is to allow debate and PTH would really welcome opposing views Gorki “Nationalism is an infantile disease. It is the measles of mankind.” — Albert Einstein Nationalism is a relatively modern concept, that first arose in Europe in the 17th century. The modern States of India and Pakistan were both brought about by … Read entire article »

Filed under: India, Pakistan

Raza Rumi says state is soft against anti India Jihadists, talks about Lakhvi and post-Peshawar Attack Scenario on Al Jazeera

Malik Omaid Raza Rumi talked with Al Jazeera on prime suspect of Mumbai attack, Zaki ul Rahman Lakhvi being bailed out by Pakistani court. Here is the transcript of the discussion and the video. Raza Rumi says state is soft against anti India… by razarumi1 Al Jazeera: Prime Minister of Pakistan says we will no longer have the policy of Good Taliban and the bad Taliban we are going to go after all of them, since the summer they have done operation Zarb-e-Azb in Waziristan, you know a huge campaign to go against the extremists however just now this week they said they are going o give the master mind of the 2008 Mumbai bombings, the terrorists attacks Zaki ul Rahman Lakhvi, they have just arrested him again, so what kind of signal … Read entire article »

Filed under: Judiciary, Pakistan, Raza Rumi, south asia, Taliban, Terrorism, violence, war, Zarb-E-Azb

Was it for Growth or Right Wing Lunacy

Was it for Growth or Right Wing Lunacy

PTH is grateful to Abhinav Pandya for making this contribution. In recent days India has been in news with respect to rather hyper active RSS whose activities have raised concerns regarding the future trajectory of the country. Abhinav has contributed before also and this is a timely contribution with respect to recent developments in India. Abhinav Pandya On 16th May, I felt a great sense of jubilation over the victory of Mr. Narendra Modi, so called development … Read entire article »

Filed under: India, Religion