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Did Pakistan TV Debate Prompt Burning of Yoga Center?

Pak Tea House was noted by the famous US media outlet NBC NEWS in this story below. Wish we were quoted in a more positive news story. By Wajahat S. Khan ISLAMABAD – Armed men may have burned down a yoga center in Pakistan after it was criticized during a provocative television talk show, local observers said Monday. The Art of Living, a non-profit organization whose spiritual leader is an Indian yogi, was set on fire Saturday evening, three weeks after outspoken television anchor Arshad Sharif suggested it was a potential threat to Pakistan’s national security. The two nuclear armed nations are fierce rivals and have fought four wars and countless skirmishes. In a Feb. 14 episode of his prime-time show “Kyoon?” – meaning “Why?” – Sharif suggested that the facility’s spiritual leader, India yoga … Read entire article »

Filed under: Arts and Crafts, Citizens, culture, human rights, India, Islamabad, Media, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Pakistan-India Peace Process, secular Pakistan, Terrorism, violence

The Art of Living Centre in Islamabad

  Media back to work.  Last time, they had incited violence against Salmaan Taseer and got him martyred. Now their show has resulted in the attack and destruction of Art of Living Center in Islamabad. See the complete show here: http://dunyanews.tv/index.php/en/pv/Kyun/5991/ep-10794/All/2014-02-14#.Uxxz-vmunWY … Read entire article »

Filed under: Pakistan

A Short Escape from the Travails of Life in Pakistan

A Short Escape from the Travails of Life in Pakistan

Kasim Osmani Music Freedom Day is a globally celebrated event intended to pay homage to the singers and musicians who suffer censorship, bans, life-threats, financial constraints, stereotypical treatment, and other constraints for being a part of the music industry. The Music Freedom Day is also dedicated to those who spend their lives serving music, yet, cannot come to the spotlight. Life is made difficult for artists in most of the under-developed countries, such as Mali and … Read entire article »

Filed under: Arts and Crafts, Music

Valentine’s Day at Centaurus Mall

Valentine’s Day at Centaurus Mall

By Waqas Rafique It was Friday and the colours of the Valentine’s Day were in full bloom. I tossed my vehicle into an annoyingly long queue of cars outside the Centaurus Mall, Islamabad, with a friend. All we wanted was a late afternoon snack. However, when we reached at the main gate, the security guard informed that we couldn’t go inside the mall since it was a “family day”. Awkwardly surprised, I told him that my … Read entire article »

Filed under: culture

Pothowar — A Land of Forgotten History

Pothowar — A Land of Forgotten History

By Umair Tariq Punjab as we already know is comprised of Eastern Foothills of Himalayas, Pothohar Plateau and Upper Indus Valley. Whereas the most of our history has been brushed into the carpet by dictator Zia’s regime, the most misunderstood region of Punjab remained Pothohar Plateau. Usually the history of Pothohar Plateau is started from Mahmud of Ghazni who used traversed through it to invade Eastern Hindustan and to Sher Shah Suri who was also an … Read entire article »

Filed under: Architecture, Arts and Crafts

Speak up (Melancholy )

Speak up (Melancholy )

by Caeser Ali Khan Islamic culture holds Melancholy (Hazen) in high esteem but I consider it not an honor but illness. We Muslims are suffering from a communal pain. It is often said “If you were a good and true Muslim, you would not care so much about your worldly losses.” What a pity. I am not speaking of your personal grief but of the pain and suffering we absorb with pride as a community. I am … Read entire article »

Filed under: Islam, Islamism, Pakistan

The Airblue Crash

The Airblue Crash

Anam Wahid Pakistan is a nation that excels in moving on. We don’t have a choice. Every week we are bombarded with traumas such as suicide bombing, murders, abductions, kidnapping and extortion on a grand scale. The nation hardly gets a chance to breathe before the next crisis occurs and we move on. The Peshawar High Court recently announced its verdict on the Airblue crash case and it seems that the Court has resigned itself from the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Islamabad, Judiciary

List of Journalists Given Plots

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has been informed that some 1,000 journalists of Islamabad had applied for plots after the government launched new sectors in Islamabad and invited applications from the general public, government servants and others as part of a uniform policy to give plots to those who were permanently living in Islamabad and did not have any property. A two per cent quota was also fixed for Islamabad-based journalists. A high-powered committee comprising government officials and senior journalists was formed which after careful scrutiny of the applicants, had recommended names of 172 journalists who were given plots against payments. The PAC is in possession of a list of 172 journalists who were given plots in the federal capital in line with their two per cent quota in G-13 and G-14 sectors … Read entire article »

Filed under: journalism, Justice, Media, Uncategorized

Pakistan through pictures in 2011- Part 2

Pakistan through pictures in 2011- Part 2

  A Pakistani boy drinks tea in a makeshift shelter at a livestock market ahead of Eid al-Adha in Lahore on Nov.5. The annual Islamic holiday, is marked by the ritual sacrifice after morning prayers of sheep, goats, cows and other livestock whose meat is then shared with the poor.   People carry posters of Pakistani cricketers Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif, who were sentenced by the London’s Southwark Crown Court to jail for their role in a … Read entire article »

Filed under: Pakistan

Au Revoir Ambassador Haqqani

By D. Asghar A fellow blogger commented on the recent development pertaining to Hussain Haqqani’s resignation as Pakistan’s Ambassador to the US, “its not the end of the world.” I agree with my esteemed colleague. It may not be end of the world, but it sure seems like the world around people leading the PPP government, although may not be ending but it is no longer going to be the same. Many Pakistani Americans would agree along with many Pakistanis that Haqqani sure was one of the best envoy to the US. Perhaps that was his biggest shortcoming. I agree with my colleague on another forum, where he has said that, many came and left PPP and it has survived. Undoubtedly, the party has the spirit of the most valuable and admired … Read entire article »

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Pakistan’s State of Nature

By AA Khalid The Hobbesian Narrative Hobbes is perhaps the most important political philosopher Pakistanis concerned about their country should be reading. Of course it will require a ‘’Desification’’ (or ‘’Pakistanization) of the man’s central work, ‘’The Leviathan’’. The Islamic tradition too has works of political philosophy, we think of Al Farabi, who applied the utopian understanding of Plato’s Republic (the rule of the Philosopher King) to the prophetic experience of the Prophet of Islam as a pre-eminent example. Ibn Tufayl and Ibn Bajja were more realistic if not pessimistic about politics than Farabi’s enthusiastic application of political Platonism. In fact Tufayl and Bajja seek to return to another strand of the Platonic tradition which is more pessimistic and realistic. For Plato knowledge was power and that is why the Philosopher the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Islamabad, Pakistan

The cavalcade of Army Chief in Islamabad

Filed under: Army

Getting Islam “Burbaad” In Islamabad

By D. Asghar So barely two months and we have another brave human being murdered in the name of hyper religiousity. Shaheed Shahbaz Bhatti, may your soul rest in eternal peace and the scum bags who killed you, get to face you on the Final Day. Amen. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Islam, Islamabad

Diplomatic Immunity for Afghan Ambassador in Islamabad

By Dr. Irfan Zafar “When we arrived in Peshawar I was taken to a lavishly-fitted office. A Pakistani flag stood on the desk, and a picture of Mohammad Ali Jinnah hung at the back of the room, I was in the devil’s workshop, the regional head office of the ISI.It was eleven o’clock at night and I was getting ready to go to bed when the door to my cell suddenly opened. A man entered; he was … Read entire article »

Filed under: Afghanistan, Al Qaeda, Army, Democracy

Islamabad remembers Taseer

Islamabad remembers Taseer

by Husham Ahmed As despondency and hopelessness descended in the hearts of the few who have been advocating reason and logic in this land of fanaticism, a decent number of people came out at a vigil held in Kohsaar Market, Islamabad to pay homage to Salman Taseer and to make an effort to reclaim their little space, or what is left of it. The place of tragic demise of Salman Taseer by the hands of a … Read entire article »

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