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Life of a Journalist in Pakistan

By Rukhshan Meer   Every day I read and watch multiple news stories and I observed that media, more than often, pays tribute to cricketers, actors, dancers, civil servants, military men and many other known and unknown personalities. However, no one pay attention to those who are behind writing these stories. Do you ever wonder, who gathers this information, compiles it and then write for you to read it in the morning on your breakfast table or on your office desk? I’m pretty sure that no one pays attention, nevertheless I did. A friend of mine is working in an Urdu Daily newspaper, paid me a visit to Lahore from Islamabad. A decent, well-spoken and well learned person – we had a deep conversation over a cup of tea on cool evening. I … Read entire article »

Filed under: human rights, journalism, Justice, Media, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Rights

بسمہ مر گئی تو کیا بھٹو تو زندہ ہے نا

بسمہ مر گئی تو کیا بھٹو تو زندہ ہے نا

تحریر: عماد ظفر بھٹو زندہ رہنا چاہیے بھلے ہی اس کو زندہ رکھنے کیلئے ہمیں ہزاروں جیتے جاگتے انسانوں کو موت کے گھاٹ اتارنا پڑے۔ دس ماہ کی ایک بچی نے کراچی کے سول اسپتال کے مین گیٹ پر دم توڑ دیا کیونکہ اس کو اسپتال کے اندر جانے کی اجازت نہیں تھی اندر اسپتال میں بلاول بھٹو اپنی والدہ بینظیر بھٹو کی یاد میں ایک وارڈ کا افتتاح کر رہے تھے لہذا عام عوام کیلئے … Read entire article »

Filed under: Citizens, Democracy, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Urdu

Pakistan Media and its Struggle till Musharaf Period

Pakistan Media and its Struggle till Musharaf Period

By Faisal Zaidi Pakistani Press divided into different parts according to their struggle in the different eras. The first era (1947-1957): when press struggled for constitution and the reformation for the democratic Govt. They took their clear stands against judiciary, Establishments and Military. The Pakistan Times, Dawn news and Jung group wrote several editorials on it. Muhammad Ali Jinnah’s 11th August 1947 speech and press reaction is one example. In that speech Jinnah stated that state had nothing to … Read entire article »

Filed under: History, journalism, Media, Pak Tea House, Pakistan

اربابِ اختیار کے لئے کسوٹی: حصہ دوئم

اربابِ اختیار کے لئے کسوٹی: حصہ دوئم

نوٹ:  پاک ٹی ہاؤس طاہر بھٹی صاحب کی تحریر کو اپنی آزادی اظہار کی پالیسی کے تحت پبلش کر رہا ہے اور اس لئے بھی کہ  ملک میں جاری تفریق کی روش پر احمدی کیا موقف رکھتے ہیں اسے بھی واضح طور پر قارئین کے سامنے پیش کیا جائے۔ یہ واضح رہے کہ ادارہ کا  مصنف کی رائے سے متفق ہونا ضروری نہیں ہے اور نہ ہی  اس سلسلے میں ادارہ کسی قسم کا ذمہ … Read entire article »

Filed under: Democracy, Islam, minorities, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Parliament, Secterainism, secular Pakistan, Terrorism, Urdu

زلزلے کے بعد کی ابتر صورتحال

زلزلے کے بعد کی ابتر صورتحال

تحریر: عماد ظفر ملک میں سوموار کی دوپہر شدید زلزلے نے ایک اضطرابی کیفیت پیدا کر دی ہے. ریکٹر سکیل پر زلزلے کی شدت 8.1 ریکارڈ کی گئی جو کہ اکتوبر 2005 کے ہولناک زلزلے سے بھی بہت زیادہ تھی. جس وقت یہ مضمون لکھا جا رہا ہے اس وقت تک ملک بھر میں ہونے والی ہلاکتوں کی تعداد 200 کے لگ بھگ ہے اور ان میں اضافے کا بھی خدشہ ہے ابھی مالی نقصانات کا … Read entire article »

Filed under: earthquake, Media, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Urdu

Pakistan, India and Kashmir Peace Talks – Why War Is Not An Option.

Pakistan, India and Kashmir Peace Talks – Why War Is Not An Option.

By Mona Kazim Shah This symposium is scheduled for the 10th of Oct, 2015 at UT Dallas at 2 PM at Naveen Jindal School of Management. It is organized by #ProjectPakistan, an ongoing campaign that speaks for human rights issues, has philanthropic projects, political radio shows, provides space for open mics, and is working diligently to encourage dialogue to resolve conflicts and promote South Asian art and culture in the U.S. The focus of this symposium is … Read entire article »

Filed under: India, Kashmir, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Raza Rumi, south asia, Women

The Media Muddle

By Dr. Munawar A. Anees and Maryam Iraj “The media is the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that’s power. Because they control the minds of the masses.” – Malcolm X Beyond the power dynamics, media – the fourth pillar of the state – is pivotal to a functioning democracy, social enlightenment, and entertainment. None of the above seems to be functional when it comes to the mushrooming electronic media in Pakistan, in many instances, owned and operated by the entrenched print establishment. This in spite of the enviable freedom it enjoys. In channel programming, domains like education, arts, health, science, culture, world affairs, history, environment, technology all belong to terra incognita. But Talk Shows on political themes are … Read entire article »

Filed under: Media, Opinion

Stop Posting Funny Memes And Jokes About Fasting, Pakistan!

Stop Posting Funny Memes And Jokes About Fasting, Pakistan!

By Haider Rifaat The social media has played a pivotal role in promoting the importance of Ramadan in our lives. However, the occasional perversion often seems to surface every now and then, despite all the awareness. I have come across many individuals on Facebook and Twitter (most of them being Pakistanis FYI), who post comical yet unreasonable pictures, comments, statuses and memes about fasting that we ought to ignore while observing it. I am not trying to … Read entire article »

Filed under: Islam, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Religion

When self-interest trumps morality

When self-interest trumps morality

By Awais Saleem So the inevitable has happened. Kamran Khan, the self-proclaimed guru of investigative journalism in Pakistan, has found a new platform. Among the first few to join the now embattled BOL with much fanfare, he led the first batch that jumped ship, and is now the first one to find a new abode. All this with as much ease as if nothing has happened in the meanwhile. Neither his designation has changed, nor the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Media, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan

Jang publishes Pak Tea House’s article of Wajahat S Khan but fails to mention its Original Source

Jang publishes Pak Tea House’s article of Wajahat S Khan but fails to mention its Original Source

Malik Omaid Daily Jang published the translation of Wajahat S Khan’s exclusive article ‘The Article Nobody Will Publish – by Wajahat S Khan’ but intentionally ignores to mention the name of the source, instead uses ‘a Social Websit.e’ I remember the same way Axact mentioned Declan Walsh’s in response to NYT story as ‘Some reporter’. It looks these Media houses and newspapers think there is no other media house, newspaper or website other than theirs. Geo … Read entire article »

Filed under: journalism, Media, Pak Tea House, Pakistan

Inquiry for the public

Inquiry for the public

Daniyal Arif Political hierarchy has never assumed the role of serving the public. Instead, government service is used as a safest bid by many to exploit the inherent deficiencies of the system to enhance their commercial and power clout. Hence, with the absence of the real intention on which democracy bases its self, the democracy has failed to deliver in the so called land of pure where hardly any eatable is ever found pure; ironically, land … Read entire article »

Filed under: Democracy, Elections, Pakistan

Thirteen Pakistani Memes that perfectly describes Pakistan vs South Africa Match

Thirteen Pakistani Memes that perfectly describes Pakistan vs South Africa Match

Malik Omaid From the beginning of this world cup Pakistani social media is in frenzy. We have forgot almost all national issues and these days World Cup is on top priority. Even senate elections cannot match the way cricket is being discussed. Part of this is because of “unpredictable” nature of Pakistani team performance. I have yet to remember a tournament when our qualifying to next level is not connected to the performance of other teams. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Cricket, Humor, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Photos, south asia, sport

Combating crisis

Combating crisis

Letter to Editor Today we are living in a time of immense crisis. Militancy and extremism have affected us all profoundly. In this situation, we feel it is vital that the media play a role in reshaping opinion and determining peoples’ behavior towards each other. The owners, operators and publishers of all TV channels, radio stations, newspapers, magazines and other media outlets need to run a campaign for one year to combat extremism. To achieve this, all … Read entire article »

Filed under: Citizens, journalism, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Regulatory Affairs, Rights, Terrorism

Media lacked clarity against Terrorists in Pakistan

Media lacked clarity against Terrorists in Pakistan

The clear reaction by French Media against the terrorists who attacked the french satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo made Raza Rumi point towards the lack of clarity in Pakistani Urdu Media against terrorists in the country.   [View the story “Media lacked clarity against Terrorists in Pakistan” on Storify] … Read entire article »

Filed under: journalism, Media, Pakistan, Raza Rumi, Religion, Secterainism, Storify, Taliban, Terrorism, Twitter, violence

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