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After Axact

After Axact

By Haseeb Akhtar Pakistan is again in the global spotlight. The terror cells and public sector corruption have taken a backseat to an elegant corporate scam conning thousands of people out of millions of dollars annually. Axact, a Karachi based company with a shiny building radiating authenticity, has been accused multiple times of operating a network of sham degree-mill universities. One of them, “Columbiana University,” uses a coincidentally similar name to one of the most well-known … Read entire article »

Filed under: Corruption, journalism, Pak Tea House, Pakistan

NO MORE…

NO MORE…

Here is a poem that writer, art aficionado Fakir Syed Aijazuddin composed on the massacre of 43 innocent Ismailis in a bus in Karachi on 13 May 2015. I have no more blood to spill. My veins are dry, but still My heart beats, pumping clots of remonstrance. I have no more tears to shed. My eyes are no longer red, Instead ringed Saturns of grief and shame. I have no other life to live, No sacrifice left to give To propitiate that Satan … Read entire article »

Filed under: Karachi, poetry, Target Killing, Terrorism

Karachi Massacre

Karachi Massacre

By Obaidullah Khan Pakistan has been facing the terrorism for a long time now. Every terror attack, even target killings of the individuals is condemnable in the strongest terms, yet some of the terror attacks amongst these could be reckoned as the barbarity and butchery of the highest rank. Amongst others, the attack on the Ahmadiyya Community in Lahore where two of their worship places were attacked during the worship by the fully armed terrorists who … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Pakistan, Taliban, Terrorism, war, Zarb-E-Azb

Twitter Corner: Karachi, Karachi and Karachi!!

Twitter Corner: Karachi, Karachi and Karachi!!

Malik Omaid MQM from its foundation has been facing the allegations of using violence for political gains. In 90’s a grand Karachi operation was conducted and many MQM workers were killed extra judicially. There were allegations of MQM working for India and a parallel media trial of the party in hope to finish it or divide it. Haqiqi was formed for this purpose but to no avail. Same MQM was in the lap of establishment during the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Karachi, Pakistan, Religion, Secterainism, secular Pakistan, Top Tweets, Twitter, urban

Top Tweets March 25: Karachi Politics and Saudi invasion in Yemen

Top Tweets March 25: Karachi Politics and Saudi invasion in Yemen

Malik Omaid After the barriers around MQM head quarters 90 were cleared it was necessary for Rangers to do the same at Bilawal House and other VIP spots in Karachi to prove the neutrality of the Karachi operation. There was a lot of hullabaloo on twitter regarding this topic: This is why I say Rangers are biased. Too much evidence on ground. Re: @intaffairs's Tweet: https://t.co/eel516D5NW — Marvi Sirmed (@marvisirmed) March 25, 2015 #PPP is only party trying to … Read entire article »

Filed under: Karachi, Pakistan, Politics, Top Tweets, Twitter, violence, war

Science ka Adda video

This is the inaugural episode of a bi-weekly Urdu series on astronomy called “Science ka Adda”. The basic idea behind the series is to use latest discoveries in astronomy to communicate fundamentals of science for the general audience that speaks Urdu. In the first episode, we look at the scale of the universe and try to figure out our cosmic address from Karachi to some of the farthest galaxies discovered by astronomers. Science ka Adda: Where is our home located in the universe? (Urdu) from Science ka Adda on Vimeo. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Education

Is DHA promoting sectarianism?

Is DHA promoting sectarianism?

By Naeem Sadiq Mr. Justice Maqbool Baqar Chief Justice, Sindh High Court ​DHA promoting sectarianism In September 2009, two Karachi citizens filed an appeal in the Sindh High Court against the Defence Housing Authority (DHA) Karachi stating that the DHA be asked to remove the requirement of declaring religion and sect from its application forms for allotment of plots in DHA City Karachi. The citizens pleaded that this was a totally irrelevant piece of information for the purpose of allotment … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Judiciary, Karachi, Pak Tea House, Regulatory Affairs, Secterainism

I Love Karachi

I Love Karachi

We are posting Ali Jafri’s pictures – hope the readers would like them. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Architecture, Arts and Crafts, Economy, Heritage, Images, Karachi, Liberal Democratic Pakistan, liberal Pakistan, Pak Tea House, People's Pakistan, Photos, Tourism

Photo of the Day: Bilawal Starts Politics with a Massive Rally

Photo of the Day: Bilawal Starts Politics with a Massive Rally

Malik Omaid Pakistan Peoples Party launches its chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari with a massive rally at Mazar-e-Qaid, Karachi. Although the rally was in Karachi but it was not a rally of Karachi as people from all over Sindh participated in it. On one hand it shows the ‘Rally power’ of PPP in Sindh but uncovers the aready known fact of weak political power in Karachi. This PPP has to take a good care of if they … Read entire article »

Filed under: Afghanistan, baluchistan, Benazir Bhutto, Democracy, Economy, Karachi, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, People's Pakistan, Photo of the Day, Photos, Terrorism, Zardari

The Dark Sludge of Religious Sectarianism

The Dark Sludge of Religious Sectarianism

By Saad Hafiz The recent murder of Dr Mohammad Shakil Auj, the dean of Islamic Studies at the University of Karachi, is yet another atrocity in Pakistan’s seemingly unending sectarian conflict. Apparently, Dr Auj, known for his liberal religious views, was targeted for speaking out against sectarian killings. Since the 1980s, the country has been wracked by violence, mostly perpetrated by Sunni extremist groups against the Shia minority. It is important to mention that the Shias … Read entire article »

Filed under: Islamism, Religion, Secterainism, Taliban, Target Killing, Terrorism, violence, war

The Unpredictables – Part II: 1950s

The Unpredictables – Part II: 1950s

By Fazal Abbas Pakistan as a country has been through a number of highs and lows since traumatic partition in 1947 and its cricket has followed the similar pattern in direct proportion, showing how this sport is embedded in social, political and cultural facets of the country. Initially dispersed, unrecognised, underfunded and weak, Pakistan’s cricket team grew to become a major force in world cricket. Pakistan cricket team is regarded as the most unpredictable and mercurial … Read entire article »

Filed under: Colonialism, Cricket, History, Images, Jinnah, Kashmir, Lahore, liberal Pakistan, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Peshawar, Photos, sport

Photo of the Day: PTI shows Power in Karachi

Photo of the Day: PTI shows Power in Karachi

Malik Omaid Yesterday, Imran Khan showed his power in Karachi. Thus, denying the allegations that his anti-Government movement has support only in Punjab. There were also rumors of MQM’s support or “Green Signal” for the “Jalsa” in Karachi. Photo via BBC Urdu … Read entire article »

Filed under: Constitution, Democracy, Elections, Images, Karachi, Pakistan, Photo of the Day, Photos

The Unpredictables: Part I – 1940s: Partition and Foundation Stones of Cricket in Pakistan (1947 – 1950)

The Unpredictables: Part I – 1940s: Partition and Foundation Stones of Cricket in Pakistan (1947 – 1950)

By Fazal Abbas The eternal drama of Pakistan cricket never ceases to fascinate the fans of Cricket game. Why would it? There are only few teams in world cricket, rather world sports, as unpredictable and mercurial as Pakistan. They will be a laughing stock one day with their amateur performance and next day exhibit flamboyant performance with ability to beat best in the world. If not for Pakistani cricket team, cricket would have been the most … Read entire article »

Filed under: Colonialism, Cricket, History, Images, Lahore, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Punjab, secular Pakistan, south asia, sport

Photo Story: Yes we lost Direction

Some times by looking back makes us feel had the direction been set well, we could have been different. Today it looks like we lost all we gained in five thousand years and these vintage tourism posters are talking about some alien civilization.   [View the story "Yes We Lost Direction!" on Storify] … Read entire article »

Filed under: Arts and Crafts, culture, Education, Egalitarian Pakistan, Heritage, History, Identity, India, Liberal Democratic Pakistan, liberal Pakistan, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, peace, Photos, Punjab, secular Pakistan, secularism, Storify, Sufism, Tourism, Twitter

Iftar Deals In Pakistan 2014

Greetings to all Muslims on Holly Ramazan. Ramazan is a special month for Muslims of and they respect this month, keep fasts, offer prayers and recite Quran-E-Pak (Islamic Holy Book). People love to do very early morning breakfast (before Fajar Prayer) called Sehar and don’t eat or drink whole day and allow to eat or drink just (before Maghrib Prayer) called Iftar. Many people love to go outside for Sehar and Iftar and enjoy the best tastes from restaurants in Pakistan. Sehar: Sehar is very early breakfast time in Ramazan people eat healthy dishes to maintain their whole day because keeping Fast they can’t eat or drink anything so they love healthy meals. People of every age love Ramazan and they have energy in them to complete the law of Islam. We see … Read entire article »

Filed under: Arts and Crafts, culture, Food Crisis, Islam, Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, Liberal Democratic Pakistan, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Society