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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

Say No to Political Filth!

Say No to Political Filth!

By FD.Sheikh “Loootaay…”, “Agya hai na phir wapis apni party main…” (so back to your party, finally!) , “hence proved you are also a Mr. U-turn” these are some of the comments I was bombarded with when I recently shared a post on social media that was portraying some of the good steps taken by the ruling party, I used to support. I have observed a quite strange attitude in most of us that instead of … Read entire article »

Filed under: Citizens, Democracy, Elections, Pak Tea House, Politics, Revolution

Fascisms of every kind

Fascisms of every kind

by Saad Hafiz As was the case in the 1930s, the global forces of reaction are emerging with populist appeals directed against immigrants, ethnic and sectarian minorities. Society’s seemingly permanent infatuation with xenophobic demagogy is alive and well. It is a conducive environment for the most reactionary and chauvinistic elements in society to prosper. They are egged on by opportunistic leaders who find a way to harness the smouldering anger and disenchantment of vulnerable sections of … Read entire article »

Filed under: Constitution, Democracy, Elections, Islamabad, movements, Politics, Revolution

Photo of the Day: Crackdown in Islamabad

Photo of the Day: Crackdown in Islamabad

Malik Omaid From Friday night Police arrested hundreds of protesters camped in the capital for more than a month, the arresting of political workers continued on Saturday. This has escalated tensions in Islamabad and PTI and PAT have boycotted talks with the Government till their workers are set free. Earlier, Imran Khan announced a celebration on Saturday as the sit-in in Islamabad completes one month. As the Sit-in enters the next month, the country already hit by … Read entire article »

Filed under: Citizens, Constitution, Democracy, Islamabad, Media, movements, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Photo of the Day, Photos, Politics, Revolution, violence