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Book Review; The State of Islam: Culture and Cold War Politics in Pakistan

Book Review; The State of Islam: Culture and Cold War Politics in Pakistan

By Najeeb Kakar   Saadia Toor is an Associate Professor of Sociology at City University of New York, College of Staten Island. Her latest book The State of Islam: Culture and Cold War Politics in Pakistan, is a fascinating piece of literature on the modern learnings of Pakistani state – post partition immediate politics and the role of the military establishment. Toor explains the significance of cultural elements as part of the political evolution of Pakistan. From … Read entire article »

Filed under: Afghanistan, Al Qaeda, Anniversery, Army, Bangladesh, Benazir Bhutto, Blasphemy, Book Review, Books, China, Citizens, Civil Service, Colonialism, Corruption, Democracy, Economy, Elections, Faiz Ahmed Faiz, History, Honor Killing, human rights, ISI, Islam, Islamism, Liberal Democratic Pakistan, liberal Pakistan, Literature, Marxism, Media, minorities, movements, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Poet, Politics, Reviews, Rights

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

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

TTP Confronts Balochistan

TTP Confronts Balochistan

By Najeeb Kakar The arrival of the New Year 2016 has brought a gigantic and an unprecedented waves of violence and terror. Indeed, the terrorist assaults were allegedly reported as the religious terrorism and instigated by the Tehrik – i – Taliban Pakistan (TTP) in Balochistan. Thus, around 42 people comprising of police and FC personnel have been palpably killed in numerous terrorist attacks in Quetta city and its outskirts. However, this act of terrorism has … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, baluchistan, Civil Service, Northern Areas, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, peace, People's Pakistan, Politics, Taliban, Zarb-E-Azb

لندن پلان پارٹ ٹو بھی ناکام فلم ثابت ہو گی‎

لندن پلان پارٹ ٹو بھی ناکام فلم ثابت ہو گی‎

نوٹ: تمام خیالات مصنف  کے اپنے ہیں اور پاک ٹی ہاؤس بلاگ کا ان سے متفق ہونا ضروری نہیں۔ تحریر: عماد ظفر سیاست بھی نرالا کھیل ہے جس میں دکھایا کچھ جاتا ہے اور پس پردہ کچھ اور ہوتا ہے۔ اس کھیل میں نہ تو مستقل دوست ہوتے ہیں اور نہ مستقل دشمن اگر مستقل کوئی شے ہوتی ہے تو وہ مفادات کا تحفظ اور اقتدار کے تخت پرقبضہ کرنے کی خواہش۔وطن عزیز کی سیاست کا کھل … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Democracy, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Urdu

Pakistan’s Future Under Attack

Pakistan’s Future Under Attack

By Muhammad Aslam About 132 students and teachers, mostly children, were murdered on December 16, 2014, in the APS school attack by TTP in Peshawar. This was the most horrendous act of terrorism and religious militarism in Pakistan’s history. It also came to known as Pakistan’s 9/11. In fact, worse than 9/11 because the victims were innocent children. Most of them in their teens and younger even. Before the APS, in June 2013, at least 25 people, … Read entire article »

Filed under: Education, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Taliban, Terrorism, Zarb-E-Azb

When People Decide!

When People Decide!

By Misbah U. Azam, Ph.D. Some weeks ago, Pakistan’s well known public intellectual Raza Rumi, indicated some concern about the future of the current civilian government and democracy in general during our private conversation. On September 15, while addressing the Farmers’ Convention in Islamabad at Jinnah Convention Center, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif asked his “opponents” to think of Pakistan’s interests instead of putting up efforts to get him dislodged so that ‘they’ could take up reins of … Read entire article »

Filed under: Democracy, Pak Tea House, Pakistan

The General Mindset: A Satire

The General Mindset: A Satire

By Mirza Muhammad Masood Akbar A Corps commander meeting was held in Rawalpindi under the chairmanship of most senior General of Pakistan Army to discuss the prevailing political and security situation in the country. The invitation was also extended to the high ranking official from SPD as a special guest, since it is the fourth branch of Pakistani military. During the meeting all the issues pertaining to common man were discussed in detail. While going through the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Media, Pakistan

A new realism

A new realism

by Saad Hafiz President Obama’s recent visit to India, while ignoring Pakistan, is being seen as a “diplomatic failure of Islamabad”. Failure or not, the visit does warrant a review of the effectiveness of Pakistan’s foreign policy given the changing nature of a state and the realities of the international scene. Generally speaking, a country’s foreign policy is the face that it presents to the rest of the world and should, therefore, be based on a … Read entire article »

Filed under: Afghanistan, Army, India, Opinion, Pakistan, state, Taliban, Terrorism, USA, Zarb-E-Azb

Is it the Machiavellian “Incentive Structure”? – Part 2

Is it the Machiavellian “Incentive Structure”? – Part 2

By Misbah U. Azam, Ph.D. Read : Is it the Machiavellian “Incentive Structure”? – Part 1   On January 13, 2015, Dr. Moeed Yusuf, Director, South Asia Program in US Institute of Peace (USIP), shocked many democrats by writing a piece – A Rotten System — in Daily Dawn. Here what he noted, “Ever since the Zardari government took over in 2008, I have struggled to place Pakistan among the established models of democratic consolidation? I have increasingly … Read entire article »

Filed under: Citizens, Constitution, Democracy, Law, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Parliament, USA

Is it the Machiavellian “Incentive Structure”? – Part 1

Is it the Machiavellian “Incentive Structure”? – Part 1

By Misbah U. Azam, Ph.D. The common question in Pakistan is, “which system of governance Pakistan should adopt which will deliver to people’s demands”? Should it be the democracy, and if democracy should it be parliamentary or presidential. Should there be a military dictator who rules with iron fist with the help of political dynasties and family oligarchs. Should there be a system where the governments are nominated by the powerful military and Judiciary, which governs … Read entire article »

Filed under: Citizens, Constitution, Democracy, Law, Pak Tea House, Pakistan

Military operation alone is no solution, it must accompany pragmatic policy changes

By Kashif Shaikh Placed between the devil and the deep blue sea, Pakistan has finally ended its prolong fickle to launch a military operation in North Waziristan. Especially after the unfortunate siege of Karachi airport which resulted in loss of many innocent lives, there has been a proverbial consensus among many Pakistanis in support of military operation. However, there are still many, flooding on social media – not so happy with this war, labeling their counter-parts as utterly wrong. Let me just say for them that sometimes war is a necessity. More importantly, the government’s decision to declare war against terrorists is consistent with the principles of just war: it is being fought to save Pakistan and Pakistanis from Taliban attacks, it is being undertaken by a legitimate authority and above … Read entire article »

Filed under: Afghanistan, Army, FATA, human rights, ISI, NATTO, North-West Frontier Province, Pakistan, Terrorism, war

The Structure of Power in Pakistan

M Asadi A class/power structure analysis of the country reveals that it has changed dramatically since the military backed by the Americans incorporated itself in the power equation formally in 1958, in what was hitherto a feudal dominated, agrarian state, cultivated by the British during their colonization of India. The next big change in the power equation was the military dictator Ayub Khan promoting the underdeveloped local bourgeoisie as a bulwark against the feudal elite whose power he was attempting to usurp, (we cannot talk about a “developed” business class at this time when the country’s production and trade is dominated by primary products and most of the population is rural) leading to SOME industrialization, massive inequality and also land reforms for that very end- i.e. to weaken the feudal elite and … Read entire article »

Filed under: History, Politics

Hate Destroys

By Saad Hafiz The sectarian schism, which leads to unending violence, is probably the most deadly of Pakistan’s list of self-inflicted problems. The historic manipulation of religion by the state for political purposes has sowed the seeds of hateful intra-religious sectarian division. Sectarian violence is not only pervasive, it also accentuates divisions within Pakistan and underlines the ineptness of the government and security services in stemming this phenomenon. During the last 35 years, thousands of people, mostly from minority sects, have been killed and thousands more maimed in attacks by zealots from rival sects in Pakistan. For hardline Sunni sectarian groups, Ahmedis, Shias and even fellow Sunnis are fair game. Their lethal attacks on Shia ulema (clerics) and professionals have generated a violent Shia backlash. The French political philosopher, Montesquieu said, … Read entire article »

Filed under: violence

Countering Cold Start with AZM-e-NAU

By Ahmad Khan COAS Ashfaq Pervez Kiani, while speaking at the concluding ceremony of Pakistan’s biggest military exercises in its history—AZM-e-NAU—praised the participants and stated: “Pakistan Army resolves to meet all future challenges squarely.” He went on to say that “the Army in coordination with the Navy and PAF is fully configured and prepared to thwart any military aggression against the country.”  First, let us briefly analyze his statement concerning external military aggression. Pakistan is facing multifaceted threats to its national security from within the country as well as from outside its borders. General Kiani, while speaking at the concluding ceremony, said the army was ready to counter any foreign military intervention in any form, whether it is in the form of a preemptive strike or a limited counter strike or … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Pakistan-India Peace Process, strategy