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Putting Humpty Dumpty Back Together

Putting Humpty Dumpty Back Together

By Misbah Azam, Ph.D. “For an hour I was transported to a place where every new minute inspired me to fall in love with Pakistan again.” Above are the words of one brilliant Pakistani entrepreneur of Silicon Valley, Dr. Safwan Shah, which he wrote to convey his tributes to a dynamic young Pakistani lawyer, politician and social activist, Mohammed Jibran Nasir, after attending his talk in a USA Talk Series 2015 seminar in the Silicon Valley, San … Read entire article »

Filed under: Activism, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Terrorism, USA, Zarb-E-Azb

Return to the Path of the Sufis

Return to the Path of the Sufis

Uzair Khan Auqabi Rooh Baidar Hoti Hai Jawanon Mein Nazar Ati Hai Iss Ko Apni Manzil Asmanon Mein When an eagle’s spirit awakens in youthful hearts, It sees its luminous goal beyond the starry heavens. Words that were used to rally a nation into action. Have self belief, it tells the agitators and the activists. Focus on the innate ability and capabilities one is endowed with. Reach for the stars and believe. Iqbal in his famous poems brings to attention … Read entire article »

Filed under: Sufism

On the Road to Bin Laden’s House

On the Road to Bin Laden’s House

By David Peduto   Four years ago today, Osama bin laden was killed in Abbottabad, Pakistan. Then a senior in college, I remember being crowded around a TV in a roomful of classmates as President Obama broke the news to the world. It seemed strange to think that instead of a cave in Afghanistan, the terrorist leader was found in a three-story compound just down the street from Pakistan’s West Point. Even stranger is the fact that … Read entire article »

Filed under: Afghanistan, Al Qaeda, History, Islam for Peace, Pakistan, Terrorism, USA, war

A future foretold

A future foretold

By Saad Hafiz Another Pakistan Day or Pakistan Resolution Day has come and gone, this time with a grand military parade put off for several years due to terrorism fears. On March 23, 1940, the All-India Muslim League moved a resolution in its annual session in Lahore that demanded autonomous states for the Muslims of British India. This resolution was a change in strategy from the Muslim League’s earlier demand for constitutional guarantees for Muslims in … Read entire article »

Filed under: History, Pakistan

Top Tweets March 26: Yemen War comes to Pakistani Social Media

Top Tweets March 26: Yemen War comes to Pakistani Social Media

Malik Omaid On the eve of 24th March Saudi Arabia started an operation against the Housthi rebels in Yemen. There were already speculations of the presence of Paksitani forces in Saudi Arabia which later were claimed to be there for joint military exercise. But after an Arab channel claimed that Pakistan will join the operation being conducted in Yemen twitter went abuzz and Pakistanis were concerned on possible Pakistani entry in the operation. Foreign office gave … Read entire article »

Filed under: Secterainism, Terrorism, Top Tweets, Twitter, war, World

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

سماجی نقطۂ پگھلاؤ

سماجی نقطۂ پگھلاؤ

تحریر: ملک عمید 15 مارچ کو مسیحی عبادت گاہوں کو ایک بار پھر دہشت گردی کا نشانہ بنایا گیا اور لاہور میں مسیحی آبادی یوحنا آباد کے دو چرچوں پر یکے بعد دیگرے خود کش حملے ہوئے۔ ان حملوں میں سترہ افراد جان سے گئے اور متعدد زخمی ہوئے۔ اس واقعے کے بعد ایک اور افسوس ناک سانحہ ہوا جب ایک مشتعل ہجوم نے دو مشتبہ افراد کو وحشیانہ تشدد کا نشانہ بنایا جس سے وہ … Read entire article »

Filed under: Lahore, minorities, Pakistan, Society, Taliban, Terrorism, Urdu, violence

A time for introspection

A time for introspection

By Saad Hafiz There is a growing desire to understand the root causes of Islamic extremism. This is a natural reaction to the unspeakable horrors that transnational terrorist groups, including the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), Boko Haram (translated as western education is forbidden) and Daesh or the Islamic State (IS) are carrying out against innocent people, the majority of whom are Muslims. It is recognised that extremism now poses the greatest challenge to universal human values and world peace. See More: A new realism President Obama has … Read entire article »

Filed under: Democracy, Islam, Islam for Peace, Society, south asia, Terrorism

World will Eventually Judge Islam through Actions of Muslims

Raza Habib Raja It was a day in 1994. I picked up the newspaper to get my daily dosage of news. While glancing down, my eyes suddenly caught hold of a two column new article. It described an incidence which had taken place in Gujranwala ( an industrial city in Pakistan). According to the article, a mob in Gujranwala had burnt  a Hafiz Koran ( Hafiz is someone who memorizes Koran) named as Sajjad, alive on suspicion of desecrating the Holy Koran. According to the details, Sajjad had burnt Koran and as soon as the nearby Mullah (clergy) got the whiff of it, he issued a fatwa (religious call for action). A mob gathered and dragged the individual out of his home and started beating him. As they were beating him, someone in … Read entire article »

Filed under: Blasphemy, Religion

Katas Raj Temple – Shiva’s Tears

Katas Raj Temple – Shiva’s Tears

PTH is highly grateful to Mr. Rakesh Vaid for contributing this article. Apart from being a travel log, there is also a deeper message of mutual friendship here. Rakesh Vaid March 21st 2004, Gaddafi Stadium, it’s bustling with cheerful crowd from India and Pakistan in an atmosphere exuding good humour and bonhomie. Looking at the crowd around me I was wondering who coined the word archrivals for India and Pakistan. To me that moment replicated the joy … Read entire article »

Filed under: culture, Heritage, India, Pakistan, Pakistan-India Peace Process

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

Good for Nothing

Good for Nothing

By Taj Siddiqui Last week we were invited to our friend’s home, Abdul and his wife Katharine. We have known them for over 30 years. Our children grew up playing together. During the dinner, their daughter Salma asked me, “Uncle I want to marry a boy in my college. His name is Mike. My father tells me that I am not allowed to marry him because he is an infidel”. Instead of answering her, I politely … Read entire article »

Filed under: Education, Egalitarian Pakistan, Islam, minorities, Pakistan

Free speech and sensibilities

Free speech and sensibilities

By Saad Hafiz The ghastly terrorist assault in Paris at the office of the French magazine Charlie Hebdo is a direct attack on freedom of speech, thought and expression, the basis on which all open, democratic societies are created. The bedrock of such societies is the protection of life, pluralism, openness and freedom of religion, conscience and security. Whether we agree or not, the value of publications like Charlie Hebdo lies in what they represent: an … Read entire article »

Filed under: Blasphemy, Islam, Pak Tea House, Religion, secularism, Terrorism, violence

مذہبی رواداری

مذہبی رواداری

تحریر: محمد شعیب عادل پیرس میں چارلی ایبڈو( ایک طنزیہ میگزین) کے دفتر میں دہشت گردی اور بارہ افراد کے بہیمانہ قتل کے بعد مسلمان حلقوں میں ایک بار پھر عدم برداشت اور عدم رواداری کے موضوع پر بحث شروع ہو گئی ہے۔ مسلمانوں کی ایک بڑی تعداد نے اس واقعے کی مذمت کی ہے اور سوال اٹھایا ہے کہ آزادی اظہار رائے کی کوئی تو حد ہونی چاہیے؟ کیا آزادی اظہار رائے کے پردے میں … Read entire article »

Filed under: Blasphemy, Free Speech, Islam for Peace, Islamism, Pakistan, Religion, Terrorism, Urdu, World

DON’T LIE TO ME

DON’T LIE TO ME

By Shaheera Syed We advocate for freedom of expression but we are against freedom for practicing religion. We chant slogans of liberty, equality and justice but we slander, disrespect and mock anyone who doesn’t adhere to what we believe in.Hypocrisy.Hypocrisy.It’s everywhere! The seemingly endless bigoted, offensive and biased anti-Islamic commentary of people like Judge Jeanine or Bill Maherin the wake of the recent attack on Charlie Hebdoare enough to boil the blood of even a pacifist. Dramatic … Read entire article »

Filed under: Activism, Citizens, Democracy, Europe, Free Speech, Islam, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Politics, Religion, Terrorism, violence