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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

Lahore Mob Lynching a trend!

Lahore Mob Lynching a trend!

Malik Omaid Raza Rumi explained how Youhanabad mob lynching is not an isolated event but a trend which has been happening continuously  in Pakistan’s recent past. [View the story “Lahore Mob Lynching a trend!” on Storify] … Read entire article »

Filed under: minorities, Raza Rumi, Storify, Theatre, Twitter

Culture of Violence against Minorities and Women

Culture of Violence against Minorities and Women

Saad Lakhani It is no longer uncommon to ‘hear’ of mobs attacking (and burning and lynching) people for alleged blasphemy. Coincidentally enough, these people are quite disproportionately belonging to ‘minority’ groups and sects. That these incidents are sometimes ‘heard of’ does in no way mean that they are being ‘felt’ in any considerable way. Perhaps at least not in the same way that we heard and felt the unbearable soundbites on our screens telling us that … Read entire article »

Filed under: Blasphemy, minorities, Pakistan, Religion, Terrorism, violence, Women

Aam Aadmi votes for the Aam Aadmi Party

Aam Aadmi votes for the Aam Aadmi Party

Raza Habib Raja On 7th February many exit polls were predicting that AAP would win the Delhi elections. BJP leadership tried to dismiss the predictions by claiming that polls would be proven wrong. The elections results are in front of us. The polls have been proven wrong as the margin of victory of AAP is much more than the polls were predicting! In many ways this election had ended up gaining an incredible level of attention, perhaps … Read entire article »

Filed under: Democracy, India

Hate Speech on Geo TV against Ahmadis

Malik Omaid Raza Rumi tweets about the show inciting hate against Ahmadis on Geo TV.   [View the story “Hate Speech on Geo TV against Ahmadis” on Storify] … Read entire article »

Filed under: Islamism, minorities, Pakistan, Raza Rumi, Religion, Society, Storify, Terrorism, Twitter

But What About Blasphemy Against Human Decency?

But What About Blasphemy Against Human Decency?

Usmann Rana A five month pregnant woman and her husband beaten up by a mob and burned alive in the very same kiln where they worked. A child with mental challenges (reportedly Down’s Syndrome) jailed for ‘allegedly’ desecrating the Holy Qur’an, the Muslim scripture. A colony set ablaze by self-righteous defenders of the faith which ended up costing the lives of eight Christian men, women and a child and damage to a church. In any society with human decency and compassion such … Read entire article »

Filed under: Blasphemy, Democracy, human rights, Islamism, Justice, Lahore, minorities, Pakistan, Punjab, Religion, Rights, Society, violence

Photo of the Day: Another Ahmadi Killed in Sindh

Photo of the Day: Another Ahmadi Killed in Sindh

Malik Omaid Another day. Another Ahmadi killed RT @SaleemudDinAA: Sad news-Mirpur Khas where Mubashir Ahmad Khosa shot..shot..by 2 gunmen on a motorbike — Raza Rumi (@Razarumi) September 22, 2014 One more member of the Ahmadiyya sect in Sindh has been gunned down. It is reported that in Mirpur Khas, Mubashir Ahmad Khosa, a member of the already persecuted Ahmadiyya community was shot dead in his medical practice by two gunmen on a motorbike. Minorities in Pakistan have been facing … Read entire article »

Filed under: Citizens, Constitution, human rights, Images, Islamism, minorities, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Photo of the Day, Photos, Sindh, Target Killing, Terrorism, violence

Minorities at Cross Roads: Comments on Judicial Pronouncements by Fali Sam Nariman

The elections in April-May, 2014 this year have put a strong majoritarian Government in power at the Centre. I welcome it Whilst I welcome a single-party majority government, I also fear it. Fear it because of past experience with a majoritarian government in the nineteen sixties and nineteen seventies: when the then all-Congress Government had unjustifiably imposed the Internal Emergency of June 1975. And rode rough shod over the liberties of citizens. I cannot forget it nor can I condone it. My wife and I have lived through it and we know how a very large number of people suffered. Traditionally Hinduism has been the most tolerant of all Indian faiths. But – recurrent instances of religious tension fanned by fanaticism and hate-speech has shown that the Hindu tradition of tolerance is showing signs of … Read entire article »

Filed under: ancient civilisations, Books, Democracy, Heritage, Hinduism, History, India, minorities, Pak Tea House

Fascisms of every kind

Fascisms of every kind

by Saad Hafiz As was the case in the 1930s, the global forces of reaction are emerging with populist appeals directed against immigrants, ethnic and sectarian minorities. Society’s seemingly permanent infatuation with xenophobic demagogy is alive and well. It is a conducive environment for the most reactionary and chauvinistic elements in society to prosper. They are egged on by opportunistic leaders who find a way to harness the smouldering anger and disenchantment of vulnerable sections of … Read entire article »

Filed under: Constitution, Democracy, Elections, Islamabad, movements, Politics, Revolution