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Photo of the Day: Imran Khan’s Jalsa in Lahore and its Political Implications

Photo of the Day: Imran Khan’s Jalsa in Lahore and its Political Implications

Malik Omaid Though by all standards yesterday’s “Jalsa” was of no match to Imran Khan’s first one in Lahore in 2011; still yesterday’s Jalsa was a huge “hit“. This has been said that flop show of PTI in Islamabad may not harm Nawaz Sharif and it can also not be a rehearsal of PNA movement against Z.A. Bhutto as PNA movement was widespread all over the country and continued to be for more than six months. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Constitution, Elections, Justice, Lahore, Media, movements, Pakistan, Parliament, People's Pakistan, Photo of the Day, Photos, Politics, Reviews, Revolution, Rights, Society, Twitter

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: Mosque Collapses in Lahore

Photo of the Day: Mosque Collapses in Lahore

Malik Omaid 22 People dead and many injured as a mosque in Daroghawala area of Lahore collapses. Reason, poor maintenance and engineering. Building second story and a 200 feet high Minaret on a 40 years old already weak structure. One questions as how do they got the approval to build such huge Minarets on weak structure. Do they even applied for approval? One thing we can see from these photos is the humanitarian efforts by the people … Read entire article »

Filed under: Citizens, human rights, Images, Lahore, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Photo of the Day, Photos, urban

Anarchy, chaos and Pakistan’s fragile democracy

Raza Rumi reports, comments and analyses the situation after the Red zone Shelling and baton charge by Police on the PTI/PAT protestors.   [View the story "Islamabad thrown to Chaos" on Storify] … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Citizens, Constitution, Democracy, Elections, human rights, Islamabad, Media, Pakistan, Parliament, Storify, Twitter, violence

Photo of the Day: Supreme Court of “Shalwar Kamiz”

Photo of the Day: Supreme Court of “Shalwar Kamiz”

Resident revolutionaries outside the Supreme Court building with Pakistan under their “Shalwar Kamiz” hung for drying.     … Read entire article »

Filed under: Activism, Constitution, Democracy, human rights, Images, Islamabad, Judiciary, Liberal Democratic Pakistan, Media, movements, Pak Tea House, Photo of the Day, Photos, Politics, Revolution

Sunni militants, their friends versus Sunni Sufis

Sunni militants, their friends versus Sunni Sufis

By Andaleeb Rizvi This time around, the Pakistani state was left with no other choice but to launch an operation against terrorists after the Karachi airport attack on June 8, 2014, but the state conveniently forgot the urban allies of the extremists living comfortably with or without beards. With militant Sunnis like the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) wreaking havoc in the Fertile Crescent, and al-Qaeda anywhere it pleases, Pakistani Sunni groups are at … Read entire article »

Filed under: Afghanistan, Al Qaeda, Army, baluchistan, Blasphemy, Doctors, human rights, ISI, Islamism, Karachi, Lahore, Lashkar e Taiba, Pakistan, public policy, Taliban, Terrorism, violence, Zarb-E-Azb

Jinnah and the Shahidganj dispute: “Give me more Gokhales”

Jinnah and the Shahidganj dispute: “Give me more Gokhales”

Independence Day special By Yasser Latif Hamdani Jinnah’s role as the main leader of the Pakistan Movement 1940 onwards has overshadowed his other numerous contributions to India in the independence struggle and as a mediator between communities.  Jinnah, who even the mid 1930s, was denounced as “more Congress than Congress” on numerous occasions intervened in inter-communal disputes and resolved them, which tragically have been forgotten because of the partisan approach to the India’s partition.  Indians have since … Read entire article »

Filed under: History, Jinnah

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

How to donate for IDPs of North Waziristan

How to donate for IDPs of North Waziristan

By Husham Ahmed Pakistan Army: Karachi & Hyderabad: Collection points at COD Karachi, DHA Golf club, Malir Cantt gate. At Hyderabad and Pano Aqil, donation collection points have been established at respective cantonment gates. Contact numbers for further details are 03212532699, 03006420542, and 03213789526. Lahore: Collection points at Fortress Stadium Lahore, Masjid Chowk E-Block DHA Phase I, Beacon House School Z Block DHA Phase 3, Wateen Chowk DHA Phase5. More details can be obtained from following contacts 042-66993281, 042-37017375, … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Citizens, Democracy, Egalitarian Pakistan, FATA, human rights, IDPs, Islam, Lahore, Love, North-West Frontier Province, Northern Areas, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, peace, People's Pakistan, Society, Taliban, Terrorism, violence, war

MQM’s MNA Tahira Asif Died, a clear Target Killing

MQM’s legislator Tahira Asif has been killed after being shot 4 times by “unknown” assailants in Lahore two days ago. She raised the issue of cleaning Punjab University from Al-Qaeda elements. Raza Rumi tweets!   [View the story "MQM's MNA Tahira Asif Died, a clear Target Killing" on Storify] … Read entire article »

Filed under: Justice, Lahore, liberal Pakistan, Politics, Punjab, Rights, secularism, Storify, Target Killing, Twitter, violence, Women

Model Town Tragedy: Police Brutality and some Tahir ul Qadri’s History

Raza Rumi tweets on the Model Town tragedy while looking into history of Qadri-Sharif nexus.   [View the story "Model Town Tragedy: Police Brutality and some Tahir ul Qadri's History" on Storify] … Read entire article »

Filed under: Democracy, History, human rights, Law, movements, Politics, Rights, Storify, Twitter, violence

Should I be blamed for the murder of the girl outside Lahore high court?

Wahab Tariq Butt They are blaming me for murder of the young pregnant girl outside Lahore High Court. They say I am an accomplice. How dare I stand there and watch those men murder that poor girl? Why didn’t I stop them? They say I should be punished. I don’t have an iota of shame and am a disgrace to men, I am being told. I would normally ignore such people and carry on with my life. But the poor girl who was murdered by her own father and brother asks me the same questions when she haunts my dreams. I can feel for that poor soul. Killed by her own kith and kin for an action not classified as a crime under the laws of Islamic Republic of Pakistan, the girl’s … Read entire article »

Filed under: Blasphemy, Honor Killing, human rights, Islam, Justice, Lahore, Pakistan, Religion, violence

Corporate Slavery “An Advertiser’s Voice”

By Syed Foaad Hassan Advertising is an art persuasion, in modern world it is one of the major industries especially in corporate world, art and creative sector. Unfortunately advertising Industry is the most neglected one in Pakistan as compared to other industries and least creative and artistic we can say even if we compare to our neighbouring country India whose ads are pretty famous here. If we talk about working condition of employees in this industry public has a perception that they are pretty glamorous, enjoy their life, always partying but situation is opposite there. Generally we talk about working conditions of labours, Government employees, sportsmen or media workers in-fact everyone but no one highlights issues of employees working in an advertising agency or services industry. Yes most of them are educated, they … Read entire article »

Filed under: Citizens, Economy, Education, Justice, Labour, Marxism, Pakistan, Rights, Society

Who was Raza Rumi?

It was only late in the night when I came to know that Raza Rumi was attacked—By whom and why? I do not know. I just know that because of the consequence of that unprovoked attacked, Raza was compelled to leave Pakistan and settle in some neutral land where his safety and security is, at least, not at risk. Well, so much has been written about the unfortunate circumstances and plight of the security of journalists in Pakistan and so much has been said already too. I may save myself from taking a dip in this vast sea. Here I want to expound on who was Raza Rumi. A Teacher? A Sufi Master? A Friend? I have no words to express my grief over these unfortunate and saddening times. Long gone … Read entire article »

Filed under: culture, human rights, Identity, Lahore, liberal Pakistan, Media, Punjab, Raza Rumi, Rights, secular Pakistan, secularism, Terrorism, Twitter, violence

GEO TV admits that it ignored other journalists

Malik Omaid GEO TV admitted in their program “Aaj Kamran Khan Ke Sath” 23rd April 2014 that they ignored attack on other journalists including Raza Rumi and continued attacks on Express TV. GEO TV admits that it ignored other journalists by razarumi1 Just to remind many analyst showed their anger on twitter about this shameful trend of avoiding and the attack on rival media group. “@NadeemfParacha: Not a single word on most channels on the cowardly attack on @Razarumi.” SHAME on these channels! — Najam Sethi (@najamsethi) March 28, 2014   … Read entire article »

Filed under: journalism, Lahore, Media, Pakistan, Punjab, Raza Rumi, Twitter, video, violence