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Social Media Campaign against LUMS

Social Media Campaign against LUMS

Malik Omaid Within hours of allegation by LUMS students and concerned faculty that they were barred by ISI for holding a session with Mama Qadeer on Balochistan issue there was a social media campaign against LUMS and Mama Qadeer. Some examples were tweeted by Raza Rumi. [View the story "Social Media Campaign against LUMS" on Storify] … Read entire article »

Filed under: baluchistan, Raza Rumi, Storify, Twitter

From Un-Silenced to Re-Silenced

From Un-Silenced to Re-Silenced

By Syed Foaad Hassan Let’s again recall Faiz Ahmed Faiz and compare what we are facing today My salutations to thy sacred streets, O beloved nation! Where a custom ‘that none shall walk with his head held high’ has been invented And if a devotee yearns to go on pilgrimage Then He must walk, with eyes lowered & body crouched in fear The heart is in a tumultuous wrench at the sight Of stones and bricks locked away and mongrels breathing free In … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, baluchistan, Constitution, Democracy, ISI, Pakistan, Parliament, Terrorism, violence

Choosing to Forget!

Choosing to Forget!

By Saad Lakhani How can a society live with itself when people are burned alive for only being accused of something! This sentiment is lacking, and not. It is a sentiment that comes into being, and disappears as quickly, when and where necessary. It is a sentiment that horrifies the poor victims that we are—revealing to us the conspiracies of the world—and at the same time, it is a sentiment that goes missing entirely at the oddest hours. The … Read entire article »

Filed under: minorities, Pakistan, Secterainism, Terrorism, violence

A friend who had to leave Pakistan

A friend who had to leave Pakistan

Abdul Majeed Abid “And now, I want to introduce you all to one of my biggest trolls.” The hall filled up with echoes of laughter and boos as he said this. It was not the introduction I had had in mind, but I acted the part well enough. We were at a panel discussion in Karachi on the “Perils of Social Media” and I was sharing the stage with people who had far more experience than … Read entire article »

Filed under: Raza Rumi, Taliban, Target Killing, Terrorism

سماجی نقطۂ پگھلاؤ

سماجی نقطۂ پگھلاؤ

تحریر: ملک عمید 15 مارچ کو مسیحی عبادت گاہوں کو ایک بار پھر دہشت گردی کا نشانہ بنایا گیا اور لاہور میں مسیحی آبادی یوحنا آباد کے دو چرچوں پر یکے بعد دیگرے خود کش حملے ہوئے۔ ان حملوں میں سترہ افراد جان سے گئے اور متعدد زخمی ہوئے۔ اس واقعے کے بعد ایک اور افسوس ناک سانحہ ہوا جب ایک مشتعل ہجوم نے دو مشتبہ افراد کو وحشیانہ تشدد کا نشانہ بنایا جس سے وہ … Read entire article »

Filed under: Lahore, minorities, Pakistan, Society, Taliban, Terrorism, Urdu, violence

Twitter reactions and comments on Lahore Church Blasts

Malik Omaid Pakistani twitter was full of pain and condemnation on the tragic Lahore blasts in Youhanabad area at a Christian Church killing 15 and injuring more than 70 people. All day Politicians, journalists, analysts and common people commented on the incident and the failure of security forces, Punjab Government and its establishment to protect its minority citizens. Others criticized the apathy of many who were busy celebrating the victory on cricket match in these painful times. Some of the selected tweets are presented here to show the different aspects of discussions on social media: A nation is judged by the way it protects it’s most vulnerable & that includes its minorities #Pakistan #ChristiansUnderAttack #LahoreBlast — Sayeeda Warsi (@SayeedaWarsi) March 15, 2015 Let’s all agree that those earlier rumors of the TTP’s demise were … Read entire article »

Filed under: Lahore, minorities, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Religion, Taliban, Terrorism, Twitter, violence, war

تجھ کو پرائی کیا پڑی اپنی نبھیڑ تو

تجھ کو پرائی کیا پڑی اپنی نبھیڑ تو

تحریر : ملک عمید کافی عرصہ سے میڈیا کے “مخصوص حصے” اس خیال کو زور شور سے پروان چڑھا رہے ہیں کہ پاکستان میں ہونے والی دہشت گردی کے پیچھے ہندوستان کا ہاتھ ہے اور ہندوستان ان تمام دہشت گردوں کی مالی معاونت کر رہا ہے جو “پاکستان” میں دہشت گردی کر رہے ہیں۔ یہ الزامات تو سالوں سے لگ رہے تھے مگر چونکہ قومی بیانیہ میں ابھی پچھلے سال تک تحریک طالبان پاکستان والے “پاکستان … Read entire article »

Filed under: India, Islamism, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Taliban, Terrorism, Urdu

Photo of the Day: Child Domestic Labourer Severely Beaten in Lahore

Photo of the Day: Child Domestic Labourer Severely Beaten in Lahore

Malik Omaid   During the Faiz Mela last week singer Jawad Ahmad spoke to the audience before his concluding performance expressing his views that Pakistan’s biggest problem is not extremism, its hunger, poverty, inequality in wealth distribution, lack of education and medical facilities, inflation, lack of worker rights and lack of justice. I may slightly disagree with his views but cannot even force my self to disagree entirely. This Photo above authenticates his claims and we see … Read entire article »

Filed under: Children, Democracy, human rights, Justice, Lahore, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Photo of the Day, poverty, Twitter, video

Fresco and Mosaic work at Wazir Khan Mosque Lahore

Malik Omaid I visited historic Wazir Khan Mosque with my friend in a tour to explore Lahore and what I found was a bit of tragedy of ruining frescoes and mosaic treasure. Many of whom had already vanished due to ignorance and incompetence of officials. It is a tragedy that such a historical site is being used by commoners with out the supervision of experts. Some of the still safe frescoes and mosaic are under with my comments from Instagram account [View the story "Frescoes and Mosaic work at Wazir Khan Mosque Lahore" on Storify] … Read entire article »

Filed under: Architecture, Arts and Crafts, culture, Heritage, History, India, Islam, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Photos, Storify

Stop using religion for Politics

Raza Rumi’s reaction on the attack on people remembering Salman Taseer at Liberty roundabout, Lahore.   [View the story "Stop using religion for Politics" on Storify] … Read entire article »

Filed under: Blasphemy, human rights, Islam for Peace, Islamism, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Raza Rumi, Storify, Taliban, Target Killing, Terrorism, Twitter, violence

Are they Serious this time?

Are they Serious this time?

By Syed Foaad Hassan Terrorists have targeted our future by attacking Army Public School in Peshawar and killing over 130 children, Sacrifices of our children will not go in vain. Terrorists will have to pay the price for their heinous act, and they will pay soon ·         There will be a crackdown on hate-speech, and action will be taken against newspapers, magazines contributing to the spread of such speech ·         Measures will be taken to stop religious extremism and to … Read entire article »

Filed under: Constitution, minorities, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Religion, Secterainism, Taliban, Terrorism

Respected Maulana Tariq Jameel Sahab

Respected Maulana Tariq Jameel Sahab

by Syed Foaad Hassan Respected Mulana Tariq Jameel sahb, I got a chance to view your recent video about Junaid Jamshed where you got all emotional while speaking about his case. I admit, I could feel you the pain, maybe because this is not the first time I am seeing someone becoming a target of this law. I too cried and spoke about the forgiveness of several people prior to this who also came under the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Blasphemy, Citizens, Constitution, Islam for Peace, Lahore, minorities, Pakistan, Religion, Secterainism, Terrorism, violence

The Khan Enigma

The Khan Enigma

By Waqas Habib Rana How is it possible that Imran Khan openly calls upon the “umpire” to help him oust an elected Prime Minister and gets away with such a treasonous act, how can a political leader ask for unconstitutional help in a democracy and still enjoys a major public support? Well, let us see who to blame for that. There are two major political entities in Pakistan; Pakistan People’s Party and Pakistan Muslim League (N) – … Read entire article »

Filed under: Citizens, Democracy, Opinion, Pakistan, Parliament, Revolution

Wagah Border Explosion: National Security Apparatus Should Rethink its Strategy

Wagah Border Explosion: National Security Apparatus Should Rethink its Strategy

Malik Omaid Raza Rumi’s analysis on Wagah Border Bomb blast in Lahore. [View the story "Wagah Border Explosion: National Security Apparatus Should Rethink its Strategy" on Storify] … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Citizens, Lahore, Lashkar e Taiba, Pakistan, Raza Rumi, Storify, Terrorism, Twitter

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