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امجد صابری کے قتل سے رینجرز پر اٹھنے والے سوال

امجد صابری کے قتل سے رینجرز پر اٹھنے والے سوال

تنویر آرائیں ملک کے معروف اور عالمی شہرت یافتہ لاکھوں دلوں کی دھڑکن قوال امجد صابری کا قتل پاکستان سمیت دنیا کے مختلف ملکوں میں بسنے والے ان کے گرویدہ یا چاہنے والے لاکھوں افراد کو سوگوار کر گیا۔ پاکستان کے معاشی مرکز اور اہم ترین شہر کراچی میں کسی اہم شخصیت یا عوام کے دلوں پر راج کرنے والے شخص کو پہلی بار نشانہ نہیں بنایا گیا۔ اس شہر میں اس سے قبل بھی کئی … Read entire article »

Filed under: Karachi, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Sufi, Taliban, Target Killing, Terrorism, Urdu

How dare you identify yourself as Muhajir!

How dare you identify yourself as Muhajir!

By  Rafique Ali   ‘How do you identify yourself’ is a question sometimes asked during a discourse. It can either be a political, literary and intellectual or a cause based conversation. There is freshness of liberation in this question. Sometimes this question has been asked with compassion & sometimes in an intimidating, accusatory, mocking & investigative manner. Doesn’t matter how & under what circumstances it’s been asked, the responder can feel the power of making the choice … Read entire article »

Filed under: culture, Democracy, History, MQM, Muhajir, Opinion, Pakistan

Dead endangered turtle at Karachi beach

Dead endangered turtle at Karachi beach

By Andaleeb Rizvi The body washed ashore and even though the nearby WWF-Wetland Centre was informed, they had no provisions to investigate. I do not know the official standard operating procedure in Pakistan, but I believe, when an endangered species just washes up dead on the beach, where it is supposedly protected, it needs to be investigated. The turtle could have died due to pollution, ingesting plastics, etc. We might never know what happened. I guess … Read entire article »

Filed under: Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Photo Essay, Photos

Are Karachi & Hyderabad RAW’ Stronghold?

Are Karachi & Hyderabad RAW’ Stronghold?

By Ahmer Muzammil For the 167th time in last 25 years, the establishment of Pakistan and the Punjabi intelligentsia has been trying to convince the rest of the country that MQM is RAW’ B team. This is troubling, because during this same time frame the MQM has continued to enjoy mandate of Urban Sind. It is interesting that Pakistan’s Army was at helm of affairs for all intent and purpose from 1999-2007 and during this tenure … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Citizens, Constitution, Corruption, Democracy, Karachi, MQM, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Politics, Punjab, RAW, Sindh, state, Terrorism

An Open Letter to Mustafa Kamal

An Open Letter to Mustafa Kamal

By  Emad Masroor   Dear Mustafa Kamal,   I am going to preface this letter by saying that I admire you for the way you embraced ownership of the city of Karachi, and encouraged all of her citizens to do the same. Your tenure as mayor was indeed a time of hope and of promise for a city which has never seen much of either – and I say this not because of the number of infrastructure projects executed … Read entire article »

Filed under: Constitution, Corruption, Democracy, Karachi, Love, MQM, Mustafa Kamal, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Politics, Target Killing, Terrorism

مصطفی کمال ایک اور ناکام سکرپٹ

مصطفی کمال ایک اور ناکام سکرپٹ

تحریر: عماد ظفر مصطفی کمال کی اچانک واپسی اور دھواں دھار پریس کانفرنس نے ملکی سیاست میں ایک نیا تلاطم برپا کر دیا۔ وہ تمام خبریں جو متحدہ قومی مومنٹ کو توڑ کر ایک نئی مہاجروں کی جماعت بنانے کے بارے میں گردش کر رہی تھیں سچ ثابت ہوتی دکھائی دیں۔ اور ایک بات جو اس پریس کانفرنس سے طے ہوئی وہ یہ ہے کہ پس پشت قوتوں نے ماضی کی غلطیوں سے کچھ نہیں سیکھا۔ … Read entire article »

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

لطف یہ ھے کہ آدمی عام کرے بہار کو

لطف یہ ھے کہ آدمی عام کرے بہار کو

تحریر: طاہر احمد بھٹی۔ فرینکفرٹ۔ جرمنی سردیوں کی شام کو بے منزل آوارگی سے گزارنا ہر کسی کا نصیب بھی نہیں اور ذوق بھی نہیں ہوتا۔۔۔۔ ہمیں ایک طویل عرصے سے یہ علت نصیب ہے۔ کل شام ایک دوست کے ساتھ فورسہائیم Pforzhiem کی سیر کو نکلے تو یہ چند تصاویر قارئین کے ذوق نظارہ کے لئے بنائیں۔ جو دراصل اس اشاعت کی وساطت سے اہل پاکستان کے لئے food for thought بھی ہیں۔ جرمنی کے اس شہر … Read entire article »

Filed under: Egalitarian Pakistan, Islam for Peace, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, peace, Society, Urdu

گالی

گالی

علی ارقم بس میں پچھلے اسٹاپ سے سوار ہونے والا مُسافر مُسلسل اصرار کیئے جارہا تھا کہ کنڈیکٹر نے اُس سے دو روپے زائد لیئے ہیں جب بار بار تقاضے کے باوجود اُس نے وہ دو روپے واپس نہیں کیئے تو کافی دیر تک زیر لب بڑبڑاتا رہا اور پھر کنڈیکٹر کی قومیت کا حوالہ دے کرایک موٹی سی گالی دی اور خاموش ہوگیا۔ اگلے اسٹاپ پر ایک نوجوان لڑکا سوار ہوا جس نے آٹو ورکشاپس پر … Read entire article »

Filed under: Identity, Karachi, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Society, Urdu

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