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Lahore: The Winter Fumes of Sulphur

Lahore: The Winter Fumes of Sulphur

By Aneeq Ejaz   The exhale of a smoker, the cough of a wanderer, the soot of a kebab shop, all of it ends up in the air we breathe. A larger share is claimed by construction dust, vehicular exhaust and industrial emissions. For the past few days, Lahore has been under the cloak of an instagram-like yellow haze. The sky of Lahore seems to have vomited back on us a dry stew of microbes, minerals, soil … Read entire article »

Filed under: Climate Change, Health, Lahore, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan

Lahore, the Dinosaur

Lahore, the Dinosaur

Ahmed Amin Malik   Lahore is a city of many charms and boasts of a history that puts it in a league of its own and all that is not very surprising given the fact that this city has served as a regional capital to some of the mightiest dynasties that ruled our planet, from the Mughal era to modern times. Add to this, the charisma of Sufi Saints whose shrines are visited by thousands since early … Read entire article »

Filed under: Lahore, Mughals, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Tourism

Imran Khan: Tall Claims False Hope

Imran Khan: Tall Claims False Hope

By Faisal Zeeshan     Imran Khan (IK) once an inspiration for millions of youth across Pakistan, got 7.5 million votes in General Elections (GE) 2013, his party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) emerged as the second most popular party in Pakistan in GE 2013, formed Government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) while emerged strong opposition party in Punjab, Sindh  and Federation. All IK had to do was to perform in KP, act as a strong Opposition Leader and Wait for … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Democracy, Lahore, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Politics

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Filed under: Blogroll, Health, Lahore, Women, World

Photo Essay: Summer Palace – The Hidden Jewel

Photo Essay: Summer Palace – The Hidden Jewel

By Tania Qureshi   All pictures are courtesy of the author.                                                     The writer is a media professional and can be reached at taniaq29@gmail.com … Read entire article »

Filed under: ancient civilisations, Architecture, Arts and Crafts, Mughals, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Photo Essay

گویا مقتول ہی قاتل ٹھرا

گویا مقتول ہی قاتل ٹھرا

انیلا معین سید ستائیس مارچ 2016 بروز اتوار کو لاہور شہر میں پیش آنے والے واقعے نے میرے بھی ہوش اڑا دیے۔ اس زندہ دل شہر کے باسیوں کو خون میں لت پت دیکھنا ایک بڑا کٹھن مرحلہ تھا۔ یوں تو دہشت گردی اور بم دھماکے ہم پاکستانیوں کی زندگی کا لازم و ملزوم حصہ بن چکے ہیں اور اب ایسے واقعات پر نہ اب نہ ہی دل لرزتا ہے اور نہ ہی آنکھوں میں آنسو … Read entire article »

Filed under: Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Taliban, Terrorism, Urdu, Women

Lahore, you have been strong

Lahore, you have been strong

Kamini Masood For years now you have held us, all of us huddled together in your ever growing palms You have held us and we have jostled for space, knocking each other around and striking bruises into our flesh and yours You have held us and we have built homes upon homes in the lines on your palms that are more our future than yours You have smiled down at us as we, unbothered by difference, unfazed by change, … Read entire article »

Filed under: Pak Tea House, Pakistan, poetry, Taliban, Terrorism

Havoc in Pak: Lahore Bleeds again, killer mobs march in Islamabad

Havoc in Pak: Lahore Bleeds again, killer mobs march in Islamabad

Malik Omaid Sunday, March 27 will be remembered as a deadly day when Lahore saw another bomb blast in the children’s playing area of Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park, Lahore. Meanwhile, mobs championing the cause of former Governor Punjab, Salman Taseer’s killer Mumtaz Qadri march in Islamabad causing havoc in the federal capital. Raza Rumi commented on these two incidents through his tweets:   #prayforlahore Over 65 dead &300 injured in a #park full of women &children. My beautiful city rocked, once … Read entire article »

Filed under: minorities, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Raza Rumi, Religion, Taliban, Terrorism, Twitter, violence

لندن لکھنؤ فیسٹیول

لندن لکھنؤ فیسٹیول

یہ تحریر اگرچہ پچھلے سال کی ہے مگر یوں لگتا ہے کہ یہ اس سال کے لئے ہی لکھی گئی ہو۔ کچھ بھی تو نہیں بدلا۔ گزشتہ چار سال سے کراچی لٹریچر فیسٹیول پر بھی یہی تنقید کی جاتی رہی ہے اور یہی تنقید لاہور لٹریچر فیسٹیول بھی ہوتی رہی ہے مگر ان فیسٹیولز کی انتظامیہ پر جوں تک نہ رینگی۔ یہ اس بات کی نشانی ہے کہ یہ لسانی سامراجیت جان بوجھ کر برتی … Read entire article »

Filed under: Literature, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Urdu

اے نئے سال بتا تجھ میں نیا پن کیا ہے؟

اے نئے سال بتا  تجھ میں نیا پن کیا ہے؟

تحریر: ارسلان قمر عالمِ گیتی پر ایک”نیا سال” دستک دے رہا ہے۔ نا جانے کیوں ایک ہندسے کے بدلنے کو قسمت کے بدلنے پر محمول کرلیا جاتا ہے۔ہم یوں سوچتے ہیں جیسے ’’نیا سال‘‘ ان سب تاریکیوں کو، جو اس ’’پرانے سال‘‘ میں ہمیں اپنے ہی وجود سے اوجھل کئے رکھی تھیں، اجالوں میں بدل دینے پر قادر ہے ۔ خود فریبی کا ایک ایسا عالم ہے جو مسلسل ہے ۔ شاید ہماری سوچ کبھی تنہا … Read entire article »

Filed under: Anniversery, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Terrorism

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

Aleem Khan’s politics: From NA-127 to NA-122

Aleem Khan’s politics: From NA-127 to NA-122

By Awais Saleem There is never a dull moment in Pakistani politics, more so when electoral fever is in full flow. The by-election in NA-122 has become a “do or die” affair for both PMLN and PTI. Battle lines have been drawn, emotions are running high, claims are being made and supporters of both sides are baying for each other’s blood. The PMLN, having the advantage of incumbency in the Center as well as Punjab, has traditionally … Read entire article »

Filed under: Elections, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Politics, Reviews

Freedom of Hatred in Pakistan

Freedom of Hatred in Pakistan

By Syed Foaad Hassan Recently Prime Minister, Chief of Army staff, DG Rangers and every one was praising law and order situation of Karachi; I do not know on which grounds whether it was after Sabeen Mahmud’s murder or multiple targeted attacks on an Ahmadi youth leader, a Professor and an American lady or maybe they were trying to tell us that if they have raided Nine-Zero then they have conquered the world, caught every terrorist, … Read entire article »

Filed under: baluchistan, Islamism, minorities, Pakistan, Religion, Terrorism

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