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Being Homo       

Being Homo       

                                                               By Syed Mohammad Rizwan The main motive behind this article is a question that what is happening to us? I have read different articles and peoples’ opinions, but sadly in striving to become up-to-date why are we leaving Islam behind. Some may find my article ‘molvish’ but believe me I am no molvi, I … Read entire article »

Filed under: Islamic Holy Book Quran, LGBT, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, psychology, Religion

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

گویا مقتول ہی قاتل ٹھرا

گویا مقتول ہی قاتل ٹھرا

انیلا معین سید ستائیس مارچ 2016 بروز اتوار کو لاہور شہر میں پیش آنے والے واقعے نے میرے بھی ہوش اڑا دیے۔ اس زندہ دل شہر کے باسیوں کو خون میں لت پت دیکھنا ایک بڑا کٹھن مرحلہ تھا۔ یوں تو دہشت گردی اور بم دھماکے ہم پاکستانیوں کی زندگی کا لازم و ملزوم حصہ بن چکے ہیں اور اب ایسے واقعات پر نہ اب نہ ہی دل لرزتا ہے اور نہ ہی آنکھوں میں آنسو … Read entire article »

Filed under: Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Taliban, Terrorism, Urdu, Women

Pakistani Definition of Patriotism

Pakistani Definition of Patriotism

By Amir Hayat Patriotism is a Latin word that drives from “Patriota” which means “country man”. The definition of patriotism as per oxford dictionary is “the vigorous support for one’s country”. Generally, patriotism means “Attachment with your own country or homeland. The determinants of the said attachment are cultural, historical, ethnic or political affiliations. In Pakistan, the definition of patriotism neither complies with this universal definition nor with its determinants. The state definition of patriotism is “Pakistan came … Read entire article »

Filed under: Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan

Faisal Saeed’s Fight for Human Rights and Secularism

Faisal Saeed’s Fight for Human Rights and Secularism

By Aslam Kakar Faisal Saeed al-Mutar is an Iraqi born writer, freethinker, computer geek, and human rights activist. He is also an advocate of secularism and the free market of ideas. Faisal is the founder of Global Secular Humanist Movement and Secular Post. At the age of 24, his understanding of politics of the Middle East and the Muslim world is just fascinating. I believe that Faisal is a sane voice misunderstood at home and in … Read entire article »

Filed under: Democracy, Islam, Middle East, Opinion, Pak Tea House, secularism

تحفظِ عورت بِل اور ملاؤں کی پریشانی

تحفظِ عورت بِل اور ملاؤں کی پریشانی

تحریر: ملک عمید پنجاب نے عورتوں پر تشدد کے خلاف جو قانون پاس کیا ہے اس کا ردعمل جن حلقوں کی جانب سے آ رہا ہے اس پر کوئی تعجب نہیں ہوتا، اگر یوں کہیے کہ لگ بھگ تمام مردوں کی جانب سے آ رہا ہے تو غلط نہ ہوگا۔ یہ قانون گزشتہ چند دنوں سے مسلسل بحث کا مرکز بنا ہوا ہے اور روز شام کو ٹی وی کی عدالتیں لگتی ہیں اور روز اس … Read entire article »

Filed under: Opinion, Pak Tea House, Religion, Urdu, violence, Women

How We See Pakistani Scientists and Educationists.

How We See Pakistani Scientists and Educationists.

By Abuzar Wp There is a homosexual person currently working as an Associate Head of Physics Department at Massachusetts institute of Technology (MIT). Unfortunately, the genetic make-up of the sex chromosome turned out to be XX and that means the being is a female. Most important of all is she is a Parsi by belief system- a Zoroastrian, which means she is certainly a non-Muslim and all these reasons are enough for us to judge, damn and … Read entire article »

Filed under: Blogging, culture, Dr. Abdus Salam, drama, Free Speech, Heritage, human rights, Identity, Islam for Peace, Islamism, Malala Yousufzai, Nergis Mavalvala, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, peace, People's Pakistan, Religion, Rights, youth

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

Not Your Average Love Story

By Zulqarnain Khan Couple of months back, I turned 25, that magical number that is somehow seen as the pinnacle of early youth. Tomorrow it’s February the 14th, I’m in America and quite literally, love is in the air, (and wind chills too). You might be thinking what has my age got to do with Valentine Day, the answer lies in the story I intend to tell, one oft told, but not reflected upon nearly enough. We can argue about the merits or demerits of Valentine Day, say it’s not a part of our ‘culture’ like the President of Pakistan, or form teams to ‘forcefully marry’ couples caught celebrating the day, but love has and will always play a central role in everyone’s life, so it is probably better to tell … Read entire article »

Filed under: Islam, Islam for Peace, Love, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Religion

IN THE LOVE OF PROPHET by JDC

IN THE LOVE OF PROPHET by JDC

By Dr. Muhammad Hassan Auj   I was compelled by my pen to produce this after the glorification of Mr. Mumtaz Qadri as a nationwide hero which was a stab to the Islam I believe in, humanity I strive for. Do terrorism and justice ever dwell together? Can extremism and harmony ever be tuned with each other? Will the transformation from Barbarian society to a humane civilization ever complete? Till when will the saviors of the nation … Read entire article »

Filed under: Hinduism, History, human rights, Islam, Islam for Peace, Islamic Holy Book Quran, Islamism, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Terrorism, violence, war

زندگی کی شطرنج پر میں پیادہ نہیں ہوں

زندگی کی شطرنج پر میں پیادہ نہیں ہوں

تحریر: عماد ظفر شطرنج ایک صدیوں پرانا کھیل ہے جو 600سال قبل مسیح دریافت ہوا تھا۔اس کھیل کو کھیلنے والے جانتے ہیں کہ یہ ذہانت اور گہری سوچ رکھنے والوں کا کھیل ہے جس میں آپ کو حریف کو شطرنج کی بساط پر چالوں سے مات دینا ہوتی ہے۔کسی بھی ماہر نفسیات یا انسان کے دماغ پر تحقیق کرنے والے سائنسدانوں کی آرا اس کھیل کے متعلق دیکھی جائیں تو اسے انسانی دماغ کو چست و … Read entire article »

Filed under: Islam, Islam for Peace, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Religion, sex, sport, Urdu

State without Sect

By Ahmad Karim   The recent beheading of a prominent Shiite cleric Sheikh Nimr by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has stirred a debate in the world as well as in Pakistan. That whether Pakistan should take side of one party or should play a reconciliatory role? Sheikh Nimr, was a Shia Sheikh in al-Awamiyah in Saudi Arabia’s eastern province. He was popular among youth and critical of the Saudi Arabian government, calling for free elections in Saudi Arabia. He was first arrested by Saudi authorities in 2006 for being critical of Kingdom. On 15 October, 2014 Al-Nimr was sentenced to death by the Specialized Criminal Court for seeking foreign meddling in Saudi Arabia, disobeying its rulers and taking up arms against the security forces. The beheading of Shiite cleric is being denounced by the … Read entire article »

Filed under: History, Iran, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Secterainism, secularism

حفیظ سنٹر میں ریاست ’پی کے‘ بن گئی

حفیظ سنٹر میں ریاست ’پی کے‘ بن گئی

تحریر: ملک عمید گزشتہ ہفتے احمدیوں کی مخالفت میں لگائے گئے ایک اسٹیکر نے حفیظ سنٹر کی دھوم ساری دنیا تک پہنچا دی۔ یوں حفیظ سنٹر بین الاقوامی شہرت یافتہ ہوگیا۔ بدنام اگر ہوں گے تو کیا نام نہ ہوگا؟ ایک تاجر کی دکان سے احمدی مخالف اسٹیکر اتارنے کی خبر پنجاب حکومت نے ٹویٹر پر برادرم رضا رومی صاحب کو دی۔ ساری دنیا میں واہ واہ ہوگئی۔ ایسے لگا کہ ملک بدلنے لگا ہے۔ تاجروں … Read entire article »

Filed under: Blasphemy, Islam for Peace, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Religion, state

دہرا پن اور اس کے دائرے

دہرا پن اور اس کے دائرے

تحریر: عماد ظفر دہرا معیار بھی ایک عجیب شے ہے یہ آپ کی آنکھوں پر ایک ایسی پٹی باندھ دیتا ہے جس سے آپ اپنے لیئے ہر چیز جائز اور دنیا یا معاشرے کیلئے ہر چیز ناجائز قرار دیتے ہیں۔کرہ ارض پر شاید ہی کوئی ملک وطن عزیز جیسا ہو جہاں ہر کوئی بھانت بھانت کی بولیاں بولتے اپنی اپنی ذات کو عقل ِکل قرار دیتے تمام مسائل کا حل دیتے نظر آئے ۔ اٹھارہ کروڑ … Read entire article »

Filed under: Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Society, Urdu

Islam and the West at the Crossroads

Islam and the West at the Crossroads

By Hasan Naser Khan Recent terrorists attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, California have re-launched a debate on the role of political Islam in relation to the West. Since 9/11, the subject of Islamism has been brought to the light amply by the Western media and the scholars. Yet there is confusion and little understanding of Islam in the West. In the wake of terrorists’ attacks, two narratives have emerged and dominated the discourse on political Islam: … Read entire article »

Filed under: Islam, Islamism, liberal Pakistan, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Religion, Taliban, Terrorism, USA, war