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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

How We See Pakistani Scientists and Educationists.

How We See Pakistani Scientists and Educationists.

By Abuzar Wp There is a homosexual person currently working as an Associate Head of Physics Department at Massachusetts institute of Technology (MIT). Unfortunately, the genetic make-up of the sex chromosome turned out to be XX and that means the being is a female. Most important of all is she is a Parsi by belief system- a Zoroastrian, which means she is certainly a non-Muslim and all these reasons are enough for us to judge, damn and … Read entire article »

Filed under: Blogging, culture, Dr. Abdus Salam, drama, Free Speech, Heritage, human rights, Identity, Islam for Peace, Islamism, Malala Yousufzai, Nergis Mavalvala, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, peace, People's Pakistan, Religion, Rights, youth

The Sexual Misery of the “Muslim” World – Sex is Everywhere!

The Sexual Misery of the “Muslim” World – Sex is Everywhere!

PTH is re-posting the article written by Kamel Daoud. This article was originally written in french and a translated version was posted in The New York Times. Although this article has been written in context to the Arab world, it resembles the “Sexual Misery” the Pakistani society face. On making sex a taboo, we are no different from the Arab societies. Sex is everywhere, especially after death. Do we not remember the continuous sermons of … Read entire article »

Filed under: Europe, Islam, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Religion, Revolution, Society, Women

IN THE LOVE OF PROPHET by JDC

IN THE LOVE OF PROPHET by JDC

By Dr. Muhammad Hassan Auj   I was compelled by my pen to produce this after the glorification of Mr. Mumtaz Qadri as a nationwide hero which was a stab to the Islam I believe in, humanity I strive for. Do terrorism and justice ever dwell together? Can extremism and harmony ever be tuned with each other? Will the transformation from Barbarian society to a humane civilization ever complete? Till when will the saviors of the nation … Read entire article »

Filed under: Hinduism, History, human rights, Islam, Islam for Peace, Islamic Holy Book Quran, Islamism, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Terrorism, violence, war

Muslims, Islam and terrorism

Muslims, Islam and terrorism

By Ali Bhurgri I woke up today, with the devastating news of the terrorist attacks in Paris and Beirut. Heart wrenched as yet again innocent civilians died. With more than 128 killed in the former and 50 plus, in the later. The media’s coverage for the Paris attack, superseded that of Beirut. Even in times of emergency, we are guilty of dissimulation. However, that’s a debate for another day. In such times, we have emergence of the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Al Qaeda, Islam, Islam for Peace, Islamism, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Taliban, Terrorism

Dadri Lynching and the state of minorities in India

Dadri Lynching and the state of minorities in India

By Zargar Yasir A few months before President of U.S.A Barack Obama visited India. In his own words he had already insinuated about the religious bifurcation—if happened in India —-it will get divided on religious lines. He had already cautioned that India will succeed so long as if it is not “splintered along the lines of religious faith (sectarian lines)”. Further he said that, all people are ‘equally entitled to freedom of conscience and the right … Read entire article »

Filed under: Hinduism, human rights, India, Islamism, Jinnah, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Secterainism, secularism

What is Omitted from the way Islamic History is Taught

By Mahnoor Khan Do you really know Islamic history? From school to universities, Pakistanis are taught Islamic history through multiple subjects, it is part of syllabi of Islamiat, Pakistan Studies, some Urdu texts, and of course actual History course also. In my opinion history is an important subject and should definitely be part of the curriculum. If taught well, history can be a wonderful and enjoyable subject, as it opens the bygone worlds to us, and provide links to our own roots as human beings. The problem is that over here history is taught as a badly written propaganda. I am not sure how other countries teach history to their school children, but in Pakistan it is repetitive and sanitized to level of being boring. Emphasis is on learning names, ands dates; … Read entire article »

Filed under: History, Islam

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

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