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Pakistan – One by One… spares none…!

Pakistan – One by One… spares none…!

By Maleeha Rauf Sind province of Pakistan is known to be the land of Sufis and Saints. Its overall texture is tolerance blended with hospitality and perseverance. Its deep and remote areas may be far behind educationally but they are at advance levels of human virtues deeply rooted in their culture. It is also pioneer in raising people’s voice in the form of political activism which gave us Pakistan People’s Party. Until a few years back, its … Read entire article »

Filed under: Islam, minorities, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Secterainism

Jinnah Fought for the Minorities

Jinnah Fought for the Minorities

By Aiman Sohail It’s 2016, Pakistan is almost 70 years old and I wonder if this is how Sir Jinnah had wanted Pakistan to turn out? Probably not. People are going to think I’m being negative, which isn’t true. I’m not filled with negativity; Pakistan itself is filled with it. Look around. You’ll find people who think very highly of themselves and pass hateful comments about other people, giving their own verdict on whether they are kafir … Read entire article »

Filed under: Jinnah, minorities, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, secular Pakistan

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

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

The Profession of Prostitution – II

The Profession of Prostitution – II

By Najeeb Kakar In my last article, about the profession of prostitution, I deconstructed why prostitution is considered a viable source of revenue by poor Pashtun women. I had also given a detailed analysis of destitute women of our allegedly religious, traditional and intrepid society being obliged to this act. In my concluding piece, I broadly examine the  incalculable causes of prostitution entrenched as a whole in Pakistani society how and why respected women have been … Read entire article »

Filed under: culture, Dance, Law, men, minorities, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Peshawar, Politics, poverty, psychology, sex, Women

The Profession of Prostitution

The Profession of Prostitution

By Najeeb Kakar      Many writers and intellectuals boldly write and speak particularly about the menace of terrorism and extremism plaguing the country. Every commoner, religious fanatic, liberal fascist, atheist and feminist is likely to raise their voice against terrorism, extremism, Talibanisation, social inequalities, minorities’ rights, and the growing abuse of human rights. However, very few actually discuss that, why in our society – prostitution has been adopted as a reasonable alternative by thousands of women … Read entire article »

Filed under: Corruption, culture, human rights, journalism, Law, men, minorities, movements, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Peshawar, poverty, psychology

A Tribute to the Agnostic Khushwant Singh

A Tribute to the Agnostic Khushwant Singh

By Naeem Asgher Tarar   “Here lies one who spared neither man nor God. Waste not your tears on him, he was a sod. Writing nasty. Things he regarded as great fun. Thank the Lord he is dead, this son of a gun.” Sardar Khushwant Singh wrote these lines, as his own epitaph. True to the words, during his lifetime he spared neither man nor God, as he once said, “There is no condom for a pen.” Khushwant Singh, basically … Read entire article »

Filed under: Arts and Crafts, Hinduism, History, Islam, Literature, obituary, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Writers

Documenting the tales of ‘others’ among us

Documenting the tales of ‘others’ among us

Report documenting the ‘State of Religious Freedom in Pakistan’ by Jinnah Institute spells out the plight of minorities   Review by :Shah Nawaz Mohal Man, since time immemorial, is a creature busy in categorizing his species in groups and gangs. Humankind had divided itself in clans, kin, creeds, castes and nations as far as legend, fable and written history goes.. The motive behind such division and the practical function it performs may vary, but one thing is certain, … Read entire article »

Filed under: Jinnah, minorities, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Religion, Secterainism

Social Media Campaign #ProfileForLove for Ahmadis in Pakistan

Social Media Campaign #ProfileForLove for Ahmadis in Pakistan

By Kashif N Chaudhry It was great to see messages of peace trend between India and Pakistan a few days ago. After the success of #ProfileForPeace, we thought it would be a good idea to show some love to fellow Pakistanis who only see hatred back home. I therefore asked Sunnis and Shias to share their love for Pakistan’s Ahmadis using the tag #ProfileForLove. Great #ProfileForPeace trend for India-PK peace. May I suggest #ProfileForLove trend for Pakistan’s … Read entire article »

Filed under: Egalitarian Pakistan, Islam, Islam for Peace, minorities, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Twitter

5 Things Haunting Pakistan Today

5 Things Haunting Pakistan Today

By Hassan K. Bajwa Spend some time watching any news channel or flip through a newspaper anywhere in the world and chances are that you will come across a report of something god-awful happening in Pakistan. These days suicide bombs, sectarian violence, rioting, corruption, economic deprivation, gender discrimination or natural disasters leaving people destitute, are just another report of the daily horrors the average Pakistani has to deal with. The sheer frequency of such happenings is … Read entire article »

Filed under: Islam, Islamism, Jinnah, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Secterainism, secular Pakistan

Nation that Transcends Hypocrisy Indices

Nation that Transcends Hypocrisy Indices

By Armughan Ahmad Daud Pakistan is a strange country and a palpable source of research on behavioural hypocrisy at national and individual levels for Phd scholars. We see our heroes as traitors and our enemies as heroes, and we do not tolerate any opinion that goes against ours, you dare you are a traitor as well. We live in a delusional world of impeccable self-righteousness and anybody having different thinking pattern, albeit more logical and having more … Read entire article »

Filed under: Democracy, Islam, Justice, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Parliament, Religion, Rights, Secterainism, Terrorism, violence

Rafiq Zakaria and APJ Abdul Kalam: Question of Muslimness?

Editorial comment by Yasser Latif Hamdani Dr. Rafiq Zakaria, the father of Fareed Zakaria, was from the old school of Congress “composite nationalist Muslims”- i.e. fiercely nationalistic, conservatively Muslim and an incorrigible Paki-basher. He thought of himself as the numero uno Indian.  Dr APJ Abdul Kalam was – in the words of Shashi Tharoor MP- a “Muslim steeped in Hindu culture – hence a complete Indian”.  This article that Dr. Rafiq Zakaria wrote on the occasion of Kalam’s ascent to power in 2002 thus makes for interesting reading. It shows what is expected of a “good Muslim” according to the old school of Congress Muslims. WHAT’S MUSLIM ABOUT KALAM? Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, who will be our next President, is by all accounts a great scientist; his contribution to India’s defence is of the highest order; he … Read entire article »

Filed under: Pakistan

Dear Hamza Ali Abbasi, Don’t You Know?

Dear Hamza Ali Abbasi, Don’t You Know?

By Umer Ali Dear Mr Abbasi, Every now and then, you post your views regarding the latest political scenario on your Facebook page, which happens to have more than 2 million followers. I have no issues with you expressing your thoughts on a social media platform as I strongly believe it is your basic right to do so. The problem I have with you is the mindset you are propagating and how thousands of your followers are … Read entire article »

Filed under: Citizens, Constitution, Islam, Islamism, minorities, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, secular Pakistan, Terrorism

An Open Letter to Nawaz Sharif & Imran Khan

An Open Letter to Nawaz Sharif & Imran Khan

Open letter to The Prime Minister of Pakistan, Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and the Chairman of The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf, Imran Khan by Shaan Taseer   Dear Mr Prime Minister, and Dear Mr Chairman of the PTI When you do so nobly and admirably defend the rights of Rohingas to live as equal citizens in Burma, free from persecution or the fear of persecution and the right to claim the protection of the State, why not speak out for your own … Read entire article »

Filed under: minorities, movements, Pakistan

Cyber Crime Bill: Transforming cyber space into a Tiny Hole

Cyber Crime Bill: Transforming cyber space into a Tiny Hole

Luavut Zahid took comments from two of the Pak Tea House Editors/Contributors on the proposed Cyber Crime Bill that has been approved by National Assembly’s standing committee for IT and has been sent thereof. We are cross posting the comments given for our readers. Malik Omaid The Cybercrime Bill 2015 has been the subject of much controversy with most unsure of whether it is a much needed legislation or a catastrophe in the making. Yasser Latif Hamdani, … Read entire article »

Filed under: Activism, Citizens, Constitution, Democracy, Egalitarian Pakistan, Law, Liberal Democratic Pakistan, minorities, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Parliament