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#StopEvictions & #FreeHassanTuri Social Media Campaigns

#StopEvictions & #FreeHassanTuri Social Media Campaigns

Malik Omaid For more than a week social media especially twitter has been witnessing the trend #StopEvictions and and today a new trend #FreeHassanTuri What is this trend and why are almost all prominent twitter and facebook human rights activists are taking part of it, for that let us go to the facebook event page of this campaign. The event page is PROTEST! Stop Forced Evictions – Save our Homes. The details of the event says: The CDA … Read entire article »

Filed under: Activism, Democracy, Islamabad, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, People's Pakistan, Photos, poverty, Twitter

Nilofer’s Corner: Interview with Seemi Ezdi Candidate for Islamabad Local Bodies UC 42 Election 2015 area f/10: 2,3,4 PTI

Nilofer’s Corner: Interview with Seemi Ezdi Candidate for Islamabad Local Bodies UC 42 Election 2015 area f/10: 2,3,4 PTI

By Nilofer Qazi With the local bodies elections planned in Islamabad I thought it would enlightening to speak to a candidate before the elections and ask her a few questions on my mind. Since there is little information available thus far why not ask the candidates themselves. I hope to be able to ask similar questions from other candidates vying for seats in Islamabad. Today I ask Seemi Ezdi a woman standing for chairman of UC … Read entire article »

Filed under: Democracy, Elections, Liberal Democratic Pakistan, liberal Pakistan, Nilofer's Corner, Pakistan, Politics

اسلام آباد میں پولیس گردی

اسلام آباد میں پولیس گردی

تحریر: احمد خان دہشت گردی نے پاکستان کی سماجی، ثقافتی، معاشرتی اور معاشی بنیادوں کو کھوکھلا کر دیا ہے۔ اوپر سے ستم ظریفی یہ ہے کہ “تحفظ” کے نام پر مظلوم عوام پر ریاستی اداروں نے مزید مظالم ڈھانے شروع کر دیئے ہیں۔ ان ریاستی اداروں نے قومی سلامتی کے نام کا خوب فائدہ اٹھاتے ہوئےاور ریاست کی طرف سے بے پناہ اختیارات کا خوب استعمال کرنا شروع کر دیا ہے۔ ان ریاستی اداروں میں سب … Read entire article »

Filed under: executive, Islamabad, Pakistan, Rights, Society, Terrorism, Urdu

Governance of Another Kind

Governance of Another Kind

By Waqas Rafique Just when residents of Islamabad were finally getting some relief from the jammed traffic of Islamabad after the containers set up during PTI dharna and reopening of Jinnah Avenue recently, the government’s announcement on April 8 came as nothing less than a shock. “Sir, you can take out the order but sorry can’t eat in.” was the reply of a rather embarrassed waiter at one eatery. Irritated, my friend and I tried to go … Read entire article »

Filed under: Corruption, Democracy, Islamabad, Opinion, Pakistan

A friend who had to leave Pakistan

A friend who had to leave Pakistan

Abdul Majeed Abid “And now, I want to introduce you all to one of my biggest trolls.” The hall filled up with echoes of laughter and boos as he said this. It was not the introduction I had had in mind, but I acted the part well enough. We were at a panel discussion in Karachi on the “Perils of Social Media” and I was sharing the stage with people who had far more experience than … Read entire article »

Filed under: Raza Rumi, Taliban, Target Killing, Terrorism

Pakistan’s Foreign Policy & Obama’s visit

Pakistan’s Foreign Policy & Obama’s visit

محمد شعیب عادل صدر اوبامہ کا دوسرا دورہ انڈیا اور دوسری دفعہ بھی پاکستان کو نظر انداز کرنا پاکستانی حلقوں میں موضوع بحث بنا ہوا ہے۔ صدر اوبامہ نے اپنے دورہ بھارت میں بہت سے تجارتی معاہدوں پر دستخط کیے ہیں ۔جن میں سرفہرست سول نیو کلئیر ٹیکنالوجی کی فراہمی کا معاہدہ بھی ہے۔یہ معاہدہ 2008 میں ہوا تھا مگر کچھ معاملات پر اتفاق رائے نہ ہونے کی وجہ سے اس پر عمل درآمد نہیں ہو … Read entire article »

Filed under: Democracy, India, Opinion, Pakistan, Pakistan-India Peace Process, south asia, Urdu, USA

Peshawar Massacre: A Gaffe

Peshawar Massacre: A Gaffe

Misbah U. Azam, Ph.D.   Iraqi-born expert on Middle East politics and affairs, and the syndicated columnist of Jerusalem Post, Dr. Alon Ben-Meir – in February 2007 — wrote about the miscalculations terrorists commonly make when they plan some significant and spectacular terror attacks. He took a case of 9/11 attack on New York and Washington DC and pointed out some indiscretions which the terrorists committed while planning their gruesome act. He wrote, “The fallout from the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Islamism, Pakistan, Peshawar, strategy, Taliban, Terrorism, violence, war

Photo of the Day: Political parties show Unity while Imran Khan calls of ‘Dharna’

Photo of the Day: Political parties show Unity while Imran Khan calls of ‘Dharna’

Malik Omaid In a positive outcome after the deadly Peshawar Attack on innocent children, the political leadership of Pakistan has sit together setting all political differences aside. Express Tribune reports: “We have decided to draft a national plan of action against terrorists and act upon it immediately,” Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said while reading out decisions taken at a meeting of heads of all parliamentary parties at the Governor’s House in Peshawar. “We have unanimously decided that a committee … Read entire article »

Filed under: Al Qaeda, Islamism, Pakistan, Peshawar, Photo of the Day, Photos, Raza Rumi, Religion, Taliban, Terrorism, violence, war, Zarb-E-Azb

THE BEST TIME IS NOW!

Waqas Rafique Microblogs these days are sensationally good enough to make for tv news and newspaper headline material. New ways for the new generation- Pakistan People’s Party Chairman Bilawal Bhutto for example uses twitter to his great benefit and it works for him! He uses it to make harsh and much needed statements against terrorism and sometimes indulges with MQM on it too. Maryam Nawaz Sharif is not far behind in humble bragging. Interestingly she appears as a spokesperson of her dad on, the Prime Minister and mostly uses retweets of certain accounts that appear to be influenced by PML-N media cell. Apart from this, what meets the eye is nuanced by tweets! Case in point is fresh Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s two day visit to Islamabad. Though the Afghan leader has interacted … Read entire article »

Filed under: Afghanistan, Blogroll, Islamabad, Pak Tea House, secular Pakistan, south asia, Terrorism

توہین مذہب کی مختلف اقسام اور ہمارا رد عمل

توہین مذہب کی مختلف اقسام اور ہمارا رد عمل

ملک عمید   کچھ دنوں پہلے جنید جمشید کی ایک ویڈیو دیکھی جو سوشل میڈیا پر شیئر کی جا رہی تھی اس عنوان سے کہ ‘جنید جمشید امہات المومنین کی گستاخی کرتے ہوئے’۔ سو اپنے آپ کو ایسی ویڈیوز سے پرہیز کرنے کی عادت کے باوجود اسے دیکھنے پر مجبور پایا۔  ویڈیو میں جنید جمشید کسی ماہر فنکار کی طرح حضرت عائشہ کی نقالی کرتے ہوئے پائے گئے، نیز کہانی کا سبق یوں تھا کہ “عورت تو … Read entire article »

Filed under: Blasphemy, Constitution, Islam, Islamism, Justice, minorities, Pak Tea House, Religion, secularism, Taliban, violence

HEC letter on freedom of opinion

HEC letter on freedom of opinion

Last week, the Higher Education Commission, Pakistan issued an alarming directive (No.10-1/A&C/HEC/2013/869) instructing all degree awarding institutions to “remain vigilant and forestall any activity that in any manner challenge(s) the ideology and principles of Pakistan, and/or perspective of the Government of Pakistan thereof.” It is also an attempt at institutionalizing mass clampdown of fundamental rights such as freedom of expression and assembly. It is unfortunate and condemnable that critical thinking is being banned in universities, instead … Read entire article »

Filed under: Education, History, Islamabad, liberal Pakistan, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, People's Pakistan, Photos, Rights, Society, south asia

The Khan Enigma

The Khan Enigma

By Waqas Habib Rana How is it possible that Imran Khan openly calls upon the “umpire” to help him oust an elected Prime Minister and gets away with such a treasonous act, how can a political leader ask for unconstitutional help in a democracy and still enjoys a major public support? Well, let us see who to blame for that. There are two major political entities in Pakistan; Pakistan People’s Party and Pakistan Muslim League (N) – … Read entire article »

Filed under: Citizens, Democracy, Opinion, Pakistan, Parliament, Revolution

The Father of Democracy

The Father of Democracy

By Waqas habib Rana Javed Hashmi is the man who single handedly brought down the egoistic Imran khan and dented his plans to roll over an elected Government through unconstitutional means; as Khan himself pointed towards the “third umpire”.Hashmi’s exposure of London plan dented the whole script that was to be completed with the blood of innocent supporters of Imran Khan and Tahir ul Qadri. Javed Hashmi took away a piece of the moral high ground … Read entire article »

Filed under: Constitution, Democracy, Elections, History, Opinion, Pakistan, Parliament, Politics

Photo of the Day: Imran Khan’s Jalsa in Lahore and its Political Implications

Photo of the Day: Imran Khan’s Jalsa in Lahore and its Political Implications

Malik Omaid Though by all standards yesterday’s “Jalsa” was of no match to Imran Khan’s first one in Lahore in 2011; still yesterday’s Jalsa was a huge “hit“. This has been said that flop show of PTI in Islamabad may not harm Nawaz Sharif and it can also not be a rehearsal of PNA movement against Z.A. Bhutto as PNA movement was widespread all over the country and continued to be for more than six months. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Constitution, Elections, Justice, Lahore, Media, movements, Pakistan, Parliament, People's Pakistan, Photo of the Day, Photos, Politics, Reviews, Revolution, Rights, Society, Twitter

The Politics Of ‘Dharnas’

The Politics Of ‘Dharnas’

By Ali Butt The ‘dharna’ fiasco in our capital’s heartland has exacerbated the tribulations of my hapless compatriots. Despite Khan’s and Qadiri’s pleas, cajoling and even intimidation—the sermons and tirades are aired intermittently on electronic media into luring large swaths of people—the public, at large, has forsaken these self-proclaimed Messiahs. Despondent, dejected and infuriated, they shall stop at nothing to have their unjust demands met. Resorting to civil disobedience and anarchy, with never even once flinching, … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Constitution, Democracy, Islamabad, Pakistan, Parliament, Punjab, Revolution, violence