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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

A Telefilm on Interfaith Harmony

Pakistan’s first ever film on the subject of interfaith harmony and social cohesion. Titled ‘Aasha – Ik Ummeed’ was telecast n PTV Home on the Easter eve. The telefilm critically comments on our general attitude towards the followers of different faiths in Pakistan. The simple but gripping story depicts our attitude as a society towards non-Muslim countrymen that frustrates them at every level.The writer and director Kashif Nisar through his artistic portrayal and convincing script tries to remind us how our one-sided narrative in school syllabus reinforced by our hateful attitudes has taken our non-Muslim citizens away from Pakistan. Though the story teller Amir Raza has made the issue of education as its peg but the simple symbolism tells a bigger story – story of a Pakistan where much is … Read entire article »

Filed under: minorities, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Reviews, Society

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

The Christians who mourned for the lynched Muslims

The Christians who mourned for the lynched Muslims

By Mohammad Ali Ilahi This week, a group of students from LUMS lead by the Democratic Students Alliance and as part of the Hum-Aahang initiative (Human Shield for Our Christian Community) went to a Sunday mass to form a human chain outside the Nawlakha Presbyterian Church near the Lahore Railway Station. This was in reaction to the twin suicide blasts that had taken place a week ago in Youhanabad targeting the largest and perhaps one of … Read entire article »

Filed under: Islam for Peace, Lahore, minorities, Pakistan, Photos, Religion, secular Pakistan, secularism, Terrorism

قرارداد استحکام پاکستان 23 مارچ 2015

قرارداد استحکام پاکستان  23 مارچ 2015

تحریر: احمد اعوان آج سے پون صدی قبل ، 23 مارچ 1940 کو ایک قرارداد پیش کی گئ جس کی وجہ سے پاکستان کا قیام ممکن ہوا، جسے قرارداد پاکستان کہا جاتا ہے, اور اسی کے حوالے اس دن کو ہر سال یوم پاکستان کے طور پر منایاجاتاہے۔ اس وقت کی قرارداد پاکستان سے پاکستان بنا لیکن آج پاکستان جن حالات سے گزر رہاہے اس پر ہر شخص یہ کہہ رہاہے کہ یہ بن تو گیا اب … Read entire article »

Filed under: Constitution, Democracy, Pakistan, Religion, secularism, Urdu

ملک ، قانون اور جمہوریت کی تضحیک ہو رہی ہے۔ چوہدری نثار

ملک ، قانون اور جمہوریت کی تضحیک ہو رہی ہے۔ چوہدری نثار

تحریر: محمد شعیب عادل اتوار کو یوحناآباد کے دو گرجا گھروں میں عبادت کے دوران دو خود کش حملے ہوئے جس میں پندرہ افراد موقع پر ہلاک ہو گئے۔ دس افراد کا تعلق مسیحی برادری سے تھا جب کہ پانچ افراد مسلمان تھے۔ عینی شاہدین کے مطابق دو خود کش حملہ آوروں نے گرجا گھروں میں داخل ہونے کی کوشش کی اور جب انہیں روکا گیا تو انہوں نے اپنے آپ کو اڑا لیا۔ڈان نیو ز … Read entire article »

Filed under: minorities, Pakistan, Religion, Secterainism, Terrorism, Urdu, violence, Zarb-E-Azb

Top Tweets March 16: Youhanabad Mob Lynching converted Social Media into a Battle Ground

Malik Omaid March 16th Pakistani twitter and facebook looked like a social media battle ground. The Youhanabad Mob lynching enraged many Paksitanis and the incident was given a sectarian and religious color. Many Pakistani showed their contempt to the Christian community and condemned the act in a religious manner. Those who closely watch Pakistani social media will know that the common Pakistani notion on incidents like Joseph colony and Kot Radha Kishan was that the mob does not represent “Muslims” but yesterday the trend almost changed upside down. Raza Habib Raja explained the matter in one of his facebook posts: “Many Pakistanis who never had even the basic morals to condemn countless incidences of mob violence against the Christian community have now suddenly started to show extreme pain for the two lynched … Read entire article »

Filed under: Lahore, minorities, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Religion, Rights, Society, Terrorism, Top Tweets, Twitter