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Majhi Satakli – The other side of a celebrated Police Officer

Majhi Satakli – The other side of a celebrated Police Officer

“We are posting this story as Naimat Khan has penned a fuller picture of Ch Aslam who was killed in an attack by TTP. It is a tragic story where violent, extra-judicial means put state officials into a vortex of further violence and retributive justice carried out by private militias. PTH“ By: Naimat Khan Inspired from Singham’s Majhi Satakli, SP Muhammad Aslam Khan – popularly known as Chaudhry Aslam – hit his forehead when I hurled a direct … Read entire article »

Filed under: Al Qaeda, Citizens, Corruption, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Society, Taliban, Terrorism

Junaid Jamshed to ISIS – Islamic Corporatocracy

Junaid Jamshed to ISIS – Islamic Corporatocracy

By Andaleeb Rizvi It is now a fact that Junaid Jamshed is a misogynist. No amount of selfies and hand holding with Hadiqa Kiani can convince us otherwise. The damage has been done and now he need not make a lot of effort to convince us. We have been reading several calls to boycott the self proclaimed mullah of the Tableeghi Jamaat and a progeny of Mullah Tariq Jameel. However, in those calls for boycott, people … Read entire article »

Filed under: Economy, Islamism, Karachi, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan

Heat stroke – just for the poor

Heat stroke – just for the poor

By Zafar Siddique People are dying helplessly in Karachi because of heat stroke. Instead, I would say they are dying out of poverty as the survey of the situation reveals that most of the casualties were of the homeless and poor. In the quest of my argument I asked a simple question from a friend who grew up in Karachi. Nowadays, he is doing philanthropic work there. I asked him ‘Why only the poor people are … Read entire article »

Filed under: Pakistan

متحدہ نامہ

متحدہ نامہ

تحریر: تنویر آرائیں بی بی سی کی متحدہ قومی موومنٹ کے بھارتی خفیہ ایجنسی “را” سے فنڈنگ کے حوالے سے نشر کی گئی ڈاکیومنٹری نے جہاں پاکستانی حکومت اور اداروں کو پریشان کر دیا ہے وہیں پاکستانی عوام کے ذہنوں میں بھی کافی سوال پیدا کر دیے ہیں. پاکستان میں بسنے والا ایک طبقہ اسے متحدہ کے خلاف سازش سمجھ رہا ہے جبکے دوسرا طبقہ اسے حقیقت تصور کر رہا ہے. حقیقت تصور کرنے کی اہم … Read entire article »

Filed under: Karachi, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Target Killing, Urdu

Time to ask the right questions

Time to ask the right questions

By Wahab Tariq Butt Pakistan may perhaps be one of the most politically aware countries in the world today. From the drawing rooms of the rich to the dhabas of the poor, from the sweltering Karachi to the cold north, politics is the favorite discussion. Like any democracy, there are groups of people supporting different causes. Whether its economics, politics or foreign affairs we have self proclaimed experts on every matter. These experts are often not … Read entire article »

Filed under: Karachi, Pak Tea House, Pakistan

Unpalatable or Disastrous

Unpalatable or Disastrous

By Misbah Azam, Ph.D. In his interview in 1867, with St. Petersburgische ZeitungIt, the German aristocrat and statesman, Prime Minister of Prussia and first Chancellor of Germany, Otto Von Bismark described the politics as “an art of possible”. However, famous Canadian — and later US — economist, public official, the diplomat, and a leading proponent of 20th-century American liberalism, John Kenneth Galbraith disagreed. He wrote to President John F. Kennedy in 1962 that he believes that the, … Read entire article »

Filed under: Citizens, Democracy, Karachi, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Parliament

Viva Karachi (The Snippets of Karachi I lived In)

Viva Karachi (The Snippets of Karachi I lived In)

By Omar Alavi The face of the Regal Chowk glows from behind the heavy make up of smoke, grime and dust gathered from the decadent yet utilitarian vanity of decades. It tries to shine through and reflect on the stories it wrote over the years. The story of sunshine and happiness. The story of grey skies and heady days when the sky almost fell with rain and anarchy. The story of limited affluence and large-heartedness. The … Read entire article »

Filed under: Heritage, Karachi, Pak Tea House, Pakistan

Some Aspects of Madrassah Education

Some Aspects of Madrassah Education

By Ali Arqam Post 9/11 era comes with the attempt to study roots of religious extremism, militancy and overall radicalization of society, where focus has been shifted towards centers of religious education known as Madrassahs. Some scholars have linked extremism to poverty and deprivation in society and have stated that kids of the poor are enrolled in Madrassahs due to lack of financial resources required for their upbringing. This notion can be held only partially … Read entire article »

Filed under: Education, Islamism, Karachi, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Religion

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