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Reading: Some Reflections (and the Books I read in 2016)

Reading: Some Reflections (and the Books I read in 2016)

Aslam Kakar I grew up in a small village on the periphery of Pakistan. In childhood and till my undergraduate studies in Lahore, I did not read at all. Perhaps, I did not have the opportunity or perhaps I just did not care. Or may be I did not care because of the environment. There was no library where I lived. I never saw a book store till the age of 18 when I went to … Read entire article »

Filed under: Books, culture, Education, Fiction, Lahore, LGBT, Liberal Democratic Pakistan, Love, Nature, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, peace, Politics, psychology, quetta, Religion

نیب ،احتساب اور کہانی

نیب ،احتساب اور کہانی

تحریر: عماد ظفر کچھ خبریں اور افواہیں ایسی بے تکی اور بھونڈی ہوتی ہیں کہ بے اختیار ہنسنے کو جی چاہتا ہے۔آج کل الیکٹرانک میڈیا کے پاس چلانے کو اور عوام کو بیچنے کو کوئی سنسنی نہیں مل رہی تھی۔اس لیئے نیب کو لے کر ایک ” کہانی” گڑھ کر پھر سے عوام کو نئے تماشے کے پیچھے لگا دیا گیا۔ وزیر اعظم کے نیب دوارے بیان کو لے کر ایسے دہائیاں مچائی جا رہی ہیں … Read entire article »

Filed under: Justice, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Politics, Urdu

مشرف کی بریت بلوچستان کے زخموں پر نمک پاشی‎

مشرف کی بریت بلوچستان کے زخموں پر نمک پاشی‎

تحریر : عماد ظفر بلوچستان کے باسیوں کی محرومیوں میں ایک بار پھر آضافہ ہو گیا ۔ خصوصی عدالت برائے انسداد دہشت گردی نے سابقہ آرمی چیف اور بد ترین آمر پرویز مشرف کو ساتھیوں سمیت اکبر بگٹی کے قتل سے بری کر دیا۔ دلچسپ بات یہ ہے کہ پرویز مشرف ایک بھی مرتبہ اس مقدمے کی سماعت کے دوران عدالت میں پیش نہیں ہوا چنانچہ اس امر سے یہ اندازہ لگانا ہرچند مشکل نہیں کہ … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, baluchistan, Judiciary, Justice, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Urdu

انصاف کے بیس سال

انصاف کے بیس سال

تحریر: ابن اظہر نوے کی دہائی میں جب روس معاشی زوال کا شکار ہو کرکئی حصوں میں بٹ گیا تو یوگوسلاویہ میں بھی علیحدگی پسند رحجانات نے جنم لیا. پہلے سلووینیا کی مشرقی ریاست نے اور پھر کروشیا نےآزادی کا اعلان کر دیا. فروری 1992 میں تیسری ریاست بوسنیا نے بھی ایک ریفرنڈم کے بعد آزادی کا اعلان کر دیا.مسلمانوں کی اکثریت ہونے کےباوجود یہاں پر دوسری بڑی اکثریت سربوں کو یہ بات پسند نہ آئی. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Justice, Terrorism, Urdu, war

ممتاز قادری بمقابلہ مُلا عبدالعزیز

ممتاز قادری بمقابلہ مُلا عبدالعزیز

تحریر: محمد شعیب عادل پاکستانی سماج میں جس طرح انتہا پسندی سرایت کر چکی ہے اس کا اندازہ پاکستان میں رہنے والے ہی لگا سکتے ہیں۔قرارد ادِ مقاصد سے لے کر 1973کے آئین کو قرآن و سنت کے ماتحت کرنے اور پھر ایک موذی ڈکٹیٹر کی جانب سے آئین کو اسلامائز کرنے کے بعد اب ملٹری کورٹس کے ذریعے انتہا پسندی کو ختم کرنے کی کوششیں کی جارہی ہیں۔اصول پسند سینٹر رضا ربانی نے جب آئینی … Read entire article »

Filed under: Blasphemy, Constitution, Islamism, Justice, Law, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Religion, Target Killing, Terrorism, Urdu, violence

Celebration of murder

Celebration of murder

by Saad Hafiz Pakistan is a country permanently roiled by political chaos and militant jihadism. On December 16, 2014, the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) attacked the Army Public School in Peshawar, leaving 141 dead, including 132 schoolchildren. Unconfirmed reports indicate that children from military families were separated from their peers and shot in the head. The TTP spokesperson announced that the Peshawar attack was in retaliation to Operation Zarb-e-Azb (sharp and cutting strike), the Pakistani army’s move … Read entire article »

Filed under: Democracy, Islamism, Justice, minorities, Opinion, Pakistan, Peshawar, Secterainism, Taliban, Terrorism, violence, war, Zarb-E-Azb

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

Violence and Justice

Meera Ghani Lately I find myself losing hope. It seems as if we all are so caught up in our mundane day to day lives that we’ve stopped caring about what’s going on around us. I much rather believe that it is for this reason that not many decided to come out to condemn the recent illegal use of power and violence by our security forces because the other prospect is much too horrifying. I can’t fathom that our people actually agree with what’s being carried out in the name of justice. I can’t let myself believe that we as a nation endorse state terrorism and do not believe in due process anymore. But that certainly seems to be the case. The culture of violence especially against women is growing in Pakistan and … Read entire article »

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Governance failure: Anarchy or speedy justice?

Faisal Naseem Chaudhry has contributed this excellent piece for PTH. Apparently, the Supreme Court has taken notice of this incident. But this incident itself is reflective of the growing frustration among Pakistanis with respect to governance and in particualr the failures of the criminal justice system. As Faisal says people have lost faith in the judicial system, no matter whosoever heads the institution! Whilst Pakistan gears its creaky state machinery to face the monumental challenges ahead, this incident is a parable of our times. The pending reform agenda of improving the police, the courts and administration cannot be further delayed lest we want to promote anarchy and mayhem in the country. Raza Rumi A horrifying incident took place in Mauza Buttar District Sialkot on 15 August when two alleged dacoits were … Read entire article »

Filed under: Pakistan

Pakistan’s Supreme Court versus the democratic government

Pakistan’s Supreme Court versus the democratic government

– by Abdul Nishapuri In a (not so) surprise move, top judicial bureaucrats sitting in Pakistan’s Supreme Court and Lahore High Court have declared war against a fragile democracy in Pakistan. The (right-wing) establishment has taken its dagger out for a final attack on the democratic government of the (left-wing) Pakistan People’s Party. In a decision announced in the after hours on Saturday, the Supreme Court of Pakistan suspended the appointment of two judges by … Read entire article »

Filed under: Democracy, lawyers movement, Pakistan, Politics

Former corps commander, 2 ISI officials booked

Daily Times   04 Feb 2010 Case registered in line with orders of Supreme Court over disappearance of Quetta resident Ali Asghar Bangalzai By Malik Siraj Akbar QUETTA: Police in the provincial capital registered a case on Wednesday against former corps commander Gen (r) Abdul Qadir Baloch and two senior ISI officials, in line with orders of a Supreme Court bench hearing a case related to the disappearance of a resident of the city, Ali Asghar Bangalzai. The family of Bangalzai, a tailor master, registered the first information report (FIR) with the Sariab Police Station against the former corps commander, former ISI Quetta chief Brig Siddique and another senior ISI official identified only as Col Bangash. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, baluchistan, Democracy, Justice, Law, lawyers movement, Pakistan, state

Kal Aaj Aur Kal

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2nREzSIbNhk&feature=fvw] Jeet Hamara Mustaqbil Hai. Pakistan Zindabad … Read entire article »

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ISLAM – CAPITALISM OR SOCIALISM

Asghar Ali Engineer A few days ago a press conference was held in Mumbai by some Muslim organizations including some Muslim theologians claiming that Islam is against capitalism and imperialism and that we would launch a campaign against both. It is indeed a crude attempt to compare or contrast modern political ideologies with Islam which originated in 7th century Arabia. Islam has its central values like truth, justice and equality of all human beings. But these are core values of Islam which very favourably compare with modern concept of human rights, human dignity and social justice. But modern economic conditions and political ideologies have their own origin which has nothing to do with the economic conditions prevailing after Islam appears on the Arabian scene. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Islam, Left, Philosophy, Politics, Religion

Ruchika Girhotra, Safia Bibi and Mukhtar Mai: any different?

 By Ishtiaq Ahmed         Daily Times 05 Jan 2010 What goes on all the time in rural India with regard to working women, especially from lower castes, hardly ever figures in media discussions. Such women are constantly harassed and molested by men of the superior castes Some years ago, I met Indian human rights activists in Delhi. A lively discussion followed without the usual rancour that India-Pakistan interactions are notorious for, because we were interested in the rights and dignity of human beings as human beings and not as Christians, Hindus, Muslims, and Sikhs and so on. The exchange of views and notes ended with us being unable to decide whether the Indian or the Pakistani dominant classes were more ruthless and heartless. That both were identical in their inhumanity was probably the … Read entire article »

Filed under: culture, Democracy, Education, human rights, India, Islam, Justice, Law

NRO Debate Continues …

By Yasser Latif Hamdani Duniya ki tareekh gawah hai,  adl bina jamhoor na hoga   History bears witness,  there shall be no republic (democracy) without justice -From Aitzaz Ahsan’s Poem “Kal, Aaj Aur Kal” – the anthem of Pakistan’s Lawyers’ Movement.   “I am for the Law.  We wish for a republic of laws.”   John Adams- one of the founding fathers of the United States of America.  “The first observation that I would like to make is this: You will no doubt agree with me that the first duty of a government is to maintain law and order, so that the life, property and religious beliefs of its subjects are fully protected by the State.”   Mahomed Ali Jinnah- our Quaid-e-Azam. The decision on NRO was a historic one.   Based on the short order, however, a reasonable apprehension exists that by invoking articles 62-f … Read entire article »

Filed under: Justice, Pakistan