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We shall see – Faiz Ahmad Faiz

We shall see – Faiz Ahmad Faiz

Following is a translation of Faiz’s remarkable poem ‘Hum Dekhen Gay’. Though the season of Inqilab in Pakistan has passed away without any revolution, it was not for any real one in the first place. This poem will remain eternal to find real and everlasting revolution. We will see It is true, we too shall see That day which has been promised Which is written with God’s ink We shall see When the mountains of oppression and cruelty Will float like carded … Read entire article »

Filed under: Egalitarian Pakistan, Faiz Ahmed Faiz, Liberal Democratic Pakistan, liberal Pakistan, Literature, movements, Revolution, secularism

Symbols of defiance

Symbols of defiance

By Saad Hafiz Anne Frank and Malala Yousafzai, two girls from different eras, share a certain kinship. They lived under fear and terror. Their ability to read and write allowed them to share their stories with the world. Both are regarded as symbols of defiance against the forces of cruelty and darkness. Anne died of typhus with her sister Margot, at the Bergen-Belsen internment camp in March 1945. Malala was shot and gravely wounded by a … Read entire article »

Filed under: Children, Education, History, human rights, Malala Yousufzai, Malala Yousuzai, Taliban, Target Killing, violence, Women, World

An open letter to Bilawal Bhutto Zardari

An open letter to Bilawal Bhutto Zardari

By Wahab Tariq Butt Dear Bilawal, I write this letter to try to share with you the sentiments of us common people after your speech on 18th October. First of all, I congratulate you for the mamonth gathering of people last Saturday, that gave the message loud and clear:Pakistan Peoples Party is not down and out. It is worth praise how you spoke against extremist mindset, establishment’s propagandas and their stooges trying to bring change through lotas. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Benazir Bhutto, Democracy, Opinion, Pakistan, People's Pakistan, Punjab, Sindh, Zardari

جانے کب کون کسے مار دے کافر کہہ کر

جانے کب کون کسے مار دے کافر کہہ کر

ارسلان قمر پاکستان کے چھوٹے شہروں کی شامیں اکتوبر کے وسط سےہوا میں بڑھتی خنکی کے سبب خاموش ہونا شروع ہو جاتی ہیں۔یہ خاموشی ہمیشہ پراسرار ہوا کرتی ہے جو کسی کے لئے تو پُر ہیبت ہوتی ہے اورکسی کے لئے پُرسکون ۔ سوچتا ہوں ایسے میں گولی کی آواز توخوب گونجتی ہوگی لیکن اس گولی کے نشانہ بننے والا خاموش رہ جاتا ہے۔ میں پھر سوچتا ہوں کہ پاکستان میں موت بھی اس شام کی … Read entire article »

Filed under: Blasphemy, Citizens, Democracy, human rights, Islam for Peace, Islamism, minorities, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Religion, Rights, Secterainism, Target Killing, violence

Photo of the Day: Bilawal Starts Politics with a Massive Rally

Photo of the Day: Bilawal Starts Politics with a Massive Rally

Malik Omaid Pakistan Peoples Party launches its chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari with a massive rally at Mazar-e-Qaid, Karachi. Although the rally was in Karachi but it was not a rally of Karachi as people from all over Sindh participated in it. On one hand it shows the ‘Rally power’ of PPP in Sindh but uncovers the aready known fact of weak political power in Karachi. This PPP has to take a good care of if they … Read entire article »

Filed under: Afghanistan, baluchistan, Benazir Bhutto, Democracy, Economy, Karachi, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, People's Pakistan, Photo of the Day, Photos, Terrorism, Zardari

The Unpredictables: Part IV – 1970s, 2nd Episode

The Unpredictables: Part IV – 1970s, 2nd Episode

Fazal Abbas   Pakistan as a country has been through a number of highs and lows since traumatic partition in 1947 and its cricket has followed the similar pattern, showing how this sport is embedded in social, political and cultural facets of the country. Initially dispersed, unrecognised, underfunded and weak, Pakistan’s cricket team grew to become a major force in world cricket. If cricket is known for its glorious uncertainties, our team is even more notorious for … Read entire article »

Filed under: Books, Cricket, culture, Images, Karachi, Lahore, Liberal Democratic Pakistan, liberal Pakistan, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, sport

Pakistani Women: Nobel, Oscar, Emmy and what not?

Pakistani Women: Nobel, Oscar, Emmy and what not?

Malik Omaid In the last 20 months, Pakistani women have brought home an Oscar, an Emmy, the Nobel Peace Prize & the Asian Gold in cricket -Khadija Amjad — Mariam Chughtai (@MariamChughtai) October 13, 2014 Malala Yousufzai was given the Nobel Peace Prize for 2014 on her championing the cause of Children’s right for education, especially for girls. This is the young girl who was brave enough to ask for her right of education despite the ban from … Read entire article »

Filed under: Children, Citizens, culture, Democracy, Education, human rights, Identity, Images, Islam for Peace, Liberal Democratic Pakistan, liberal Pakistan, Malala Yousufzai, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, peace, People's Pakistan, Photos, Religion, Reviews, Rights, secular Pakistan, secularism, Taliban, Women

The Nobel is defaming us!

The Nobel is defaming us!

Qurat UlAin H Zaidi Great is the nation who doesn’t rely on anyone for its own prosperity, for it always has nationals with tons of self-reliantness in them. They don’t need ‘agents’ either to get a Nobel for them. Keeping in view their everyday perspectives and inferences, their sanity and reason know no bounds. Their valour and strength lie conveniently deep in their consciousness. The inhabitants possess minds rarefied by the fire of nationalism, love of … Read entire article »

Filed under: Children, Democracy, Education, History, Islam for Peace, Malala Yousufzai, Malala Yousuzai, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Photos, Religion, south asia, Women

The Unpredictables Part IV – 1970s: Revival of Pakistan cricket (1971 – 1980), Episode 1

The Unpredictables Part IV – 1970s: Revival of Pakistan cricket (1971 – 1980), Episode 1

Fazal Abbas   Pakistan as a country has been through a number of highs and lows since traumatic partition in 1947 and its cricket has followed the similar pattern, showing how this sport is embedded in social, political and cultural facets of the country. Initially dispersed, unrecognised, underfunded and weak, Pakistan’s cricket team grew to become a major force in world cricket. If cricket is known for its glorious uncertainties, our team is even more notorious for … Read entire article »

Filed under: Bangladesh, Colonialism, Cricket, Democracy, History, India, Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Photos

Malala Yousufzai Winning Nobel Peace Prize: Divided Reactions from Pakistanis on Social Media

Malala Yousufzai Winning Nobel Peace Prize: Divided Reactions from Pakistanis on Social Media

Malik Omaid Malala Yousufzai the Swat girl who wrote diaries as “Gul Makai” for the BBC Urdu service and was shot by Taliban on speaking for Girls right of education won this years Nobel Peace Prize. While the whole world was praising this young girl, 17 years of age and the youngest of all Nobel Laureates, for her courageous promotion of Girls education not only in Taliban effected Pakistan but also worldwide, she was target of … Read entire article »

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اسلامی جمہوریہ پاکستان کو درپیش خطرات سے ایک ملا قات

اسلامی جمہوریہ پاکستان کو درپیش خطرات سے ایک ملا قات

سعد خلیل میں ایک گھنٹے کا سفر کرکے ہوٹل پہنچا تھا اور لابی میں بیٹھا کمرے کی صفائی کا انتظار کر رہا تھا کہ اچانک پیچھے سے آواز آئی ،”سر-آپ پاکستان سے ہیں”۔ کولمبو (سری لنکا) میں پنجابی لہجے کی اردو میں ایسا سن کر ایک خوشگوار سا احساس ہوا۔اثبات میں جواب  کے بعد میں نے اس سے پوچھا کہ اس نے یہ اندازہ کیسے لگایا۔ تو اس نے کہا کے اپنے ملک کے لوگوں کو … Read entire article »

Filed under: Citizens, Constitution, human rights, Islamism, minorities, Pakistan, Secterainism, south asia, Terrorism, Urdu, violence

Toxic Jelly State

Toxic Jelly State

By Saad Hafiz Pakistan has become a favourite international punching bag. One critical portrayal of the country is that it is far from being the ‘land of the pure’; instead, it is one of the clearest demonstrations of the futility of defining a nation by religion and one of the textbook failures of a state and society, doomed to be a dysfunctional military theocracy from day one. M J Akbar, an eloquent Indian journalist and author … Read entire article »

Filed under: Al Qaeda, Army, Egalitarian Pakistan, History, Identity, minorities, Pakistan

Photo of the Day: Border Skirmishes between Pakistan & India intensifies

Photo of the Day: Border Skirmishes between Pakistan & India intensifies

Malik Omaid Despite a ceasefire accord in 2003, border skirmishes at LoC between Pakistan and India has become a common news. Every time the news breaks, both sides accuse other for initiating “unprovoked” firing on the border. No accountability afterwards and no fact finding ever done public to tell what really happened. Neither there is neutral “modus operandi” by which we can confirm that who is the “culprit” nor any of the sides actually want such … Read entire article »

Filed under: Citizens, India, Pakistan, Pakistan-India Peace Process, violence, war

Photo of the Day: Quetta Bombings, Hazara Comunity again Under Attack

Photo of the Day: Quetta Bombings, Hazara Comunity again Under Attack

Malik Omaid Quetta’s Hazara Shia community was again under attack yesterday when a suicide attacker blew himself inside Hazara town, the self maintained Ghetto by the Hazara community. Five people have died and 25 have been injured in the attack (Source)  No one has yet claimed responsibility but in the past Hazara Community has been under attack due to their Shia Identity and this is a fourth attack in the Hazara Town in past two years. … Read entire article »

Filed under: baluchistan, Democracy, human rights, Islamism, minorities, quetta, Religion, Secterainism, violence

Photo of the Day: Govt Bans 24 outfits Including Jamat ud Dawa

Photo of the Day: Govt Bans 24 outfits Including Jamat ud Dawa

Malik Omaid The Govt of Pakistan has banned 24 outfits including “Jamat-Ud-Dawa Pakistan”. ARY News Reported: “The Government of Pakistan issued a list of 24 different organizations on Thursday declaring all of them to be banned from now onwards. The list included Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, Hizb ut Tehrir, Sipah-e-Muhammad Pakistan (SSP), Sipah Sahaba Pakistan (SSP), Jaish e Muhammad, Jamatul Furqan, Millat e Islamia and Kher un Nisa International Trust. The Government also declared Jamiat ul Ansar, Tehreek Nifaz … Read entire article »

Filed under: Citizens, Islamism, Kashmir, Lashkar e Taiba, Pakistan, Photo of the Day, Photos, violence, war