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The Dark Sludge of Religious Sectarianism

The Dark Sludge of Religious Sectarianism

By Saad Hafiz The recent murder of Dr Mohammad Shakil Auj, the dean of Islamic Studies at the University of Karachi, is yet another atrocity in Pakistan’s seemingly unending sectarian conflict. Apparently, Dr Auj, known for his liberal religious views, was targeted for speaking out against sectarian killings. Since the 1980s, the country has been wracked by violence, mostly perpetrated by Sunni extremist groups against the Shia minority. It is important to mention that the Shias … Read entire article »

Filed under: Islamism, Religion, Secterainism, Taliban, Target Killing, Terrorism, violence, war

Photo of the Day: Imran Khan’s Jalsa in Lahore and its Political Implications

Photo of the Day: Imran Khan’s Jalsa in Lahore and its Political Implications

Malik Omaid Though by all standards yesterday’s “Jalsa” was of no match to Imran Khan’s first one in Lahore in 2011; still yesterday’s Jalsa was a huge “hit“. This has been said that flop show of PTI in Islamabad may not harm Nawaz Sharif and it can also not be a rehearsal of PNA movement against Z.A. Bhutto as PNA movement was widespread all over the country and continued to be for more than six months. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Constitution, Elections, Justice, Lahore, Media, movements, Pakistan, Parliament, People's Pakistan, Photo of the Day, Photos, Politics, Reviews, Revolution, Rights, Society, Twitter

The Unpredictables – Part II: 1950s

The Unpredictables – Part II: 1950s

By 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 in direct proportion, 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. Pakistan cricket team is regarded as the most unpredictable and mercurial … Read entire article »

Filed under: Colonialism, Cricket, History, Images, Jinnah, Kashmir, Lahore, liberal Pakistan, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Peshawar, Photos, sport

Textbook Nationalism

Textbook Nationalism

By Saad Hafiz Prior to and since independence, both India and Pakistan have challenged and manipulated their joint histories for both political and social reasons. Evidently different nationalist ideologies also shape the message in textbooks that India and Pakistan seek to convey to their future citizens. Stark contrasts emerge in the portrayal of political leaders, as well as the causes, consequences and even dates of events. Historical events are politicised to substantiate present events with textbooks used … Read entire article »

Filed under: Citizens, Education, History, India, Jinnah, Pakistan, Pakistan-India Peace Process, Partition

پروفیسر اجمل خان صاحب کے طالبان کے متعلق انکشافات پر ایک تبصرہ

پروفیسر اجمل خان صاحب کے طالبان کے متعلق انکشافات پر ایک تبصرہ

ملک عمید چار سال کا عرصہ اعصاب کو تباہ کرنے اور بندے کو مجنوں بنانے کے لئے کافی ہوتا ہے،مگر یہ پروفیسر صاحب کے مضبوط اعصاب اور اپنے فرض سے دیانتداری کی انتہا ہے کہ جہاں بھی گئے علم کی شمعیں روشن کیں۔ وہ  بھیڑیے جو لوگوں کو اندھا کرنا چاہتے ہیں، وہ بھی اپنے بچوں کے لئے روشنی چاہتے ہیں۔وہ لوگ جو ملالہ  جیسی ہونہار بچی کو علم کی بات کرنے سے روکنے کے لیے … Read entire article »

Filed under: Afghanistan, Al Qaeda, Army, Education, FATA, Islamism, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Religion, Reviews, Taliban, Terrorism, violence

The Politics Of ‘Dharnas’

The Politics Of ‘Dharnas’

By Ali Butt The ‘dharna’ fiasco in our capital’s heartland has exacerbated the tribulations of my hapless compatriots. Despite Khan’s and Qadiri’s pleas, cajoling and even intimidation—the sermons and tirades are aired intermittently on electronic media into luring large swaths of people—the public, at large, has forsaken these self-proclaimed Messiahs. Despondent, dejected and infuriated, they shall stop at nothing to have their unjust demands met. Resorting to civil disobedience and anarchy, with never even once flinching, … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Constitution, Democracy, Islamabad, Pakistan, Parliament, Punjab, Revolution, 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

The Unpredictables: Part I – 1940s: Partition and Foundation Stones of Cricket in Pakistan (1947 – 1950)

The Unpredictables: Part I – 1940s: Partition and Foundation Stones of Cricket in Pakistan (1947 – 1950)

By Fazal Abbas The eternal drama of Pakistan cricket never ceases to fascinate the fans of Cricket game. Why would it? There are only few teams in world cricket, rather world sports, as unpredictable and mercurial as Pakistan. They will be a laughing stock one day with their amateur performance and next day exhibit flamboyant performance with ability to beat best in the world. If not for Pakistani cricket team, cricket would have been the most … Read entire article »

Filed under: Colonialism, Cricket, History, Images, Lahore, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Punjab, secular Pakistan, south asia, sport

Sit-ins in Pakistan mean ‘Old Wine in New Bottle

Sit-ins in Pakistan mean ‘Old Wine in New Bottle

By Aoduley Aryan The on going sit-ins in Islamabad Pakistan staged by Imran Khan of Pakistan Tehreek Insaaf and another by a cleric Tahiurl Qadri. Their followers have caused a  severe political crises threats to democracy and are pushing the country on the verge of destruction. The country’s masses are already faced with terrorism, sectarianism and religious extremism. Above all, the worst threat to the country is downing democracy and its vulnerable parliament that are toppled … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Citizens, Constitution, Democracy, Islamabad, Opinion, Pakistan, Parliament, Revolution

Say No to Political Filth!

Say No to Political Filth!

By FD.Sheikh “Loootaay…”, “Agya hai na phir wapis apni party main…” (so back to your party, finally!) , “hence proved you are also a Mr. U-turn” these are some of the comments I was bombarded with when I recently shared a post on social media that was portraying some of the good steps taken by the ruling party, I used to support. I have observed a quite strange attitude in most of us that instead of … Read entire article »

Filed under: Citizens, Democracy, Elections, Pak Tea House, Politics, Revolution

The tragic floods in Kashmir and Jingoism

Raza Rumi points out the apathy of both Pakistani and Indian twitteratis who are still busy chanting jingoistic slogans amidst huge floods devastating Kashmir on the both sides of Line of Control.   [View the story "The tragic floods in Kashmir and Jingoism" on Storify] … Read entire article »

Filed under: Activism, Climate Change, Images, India, Media, movements, Pakistan, Photos, Punjab, south asia, Storify, Twitter

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

فطرت کا میوزیم ،تھر پار کر

فطرت کا میوزیم ،تھر پار کر

راشد احمد بلوچ مملکت خدادادپاکستان کو قدرت نے بڑی فیاضی سے حسن جہاں سوز سے مالا مال کیا ہے ۔حسن کی ان نیرنگیوں میں لہراتی بل کھاتی ندیاں بھی ہیں جو دھرتی کے سینے کو سیراب کرتی ہیں ۔بادلوں سے سرگوشیاں کرتے بلندو بالا پہاڑ بھی ہیں تو صدیوں سے کسی آبلہ پا کے انتظار میں آنکھیں فرش راہ کئے صحرا بھی ،جہاں باوجود صدہا مشکلات کے زندگی اپنے پورے آب و تاب کے ساتھ جلوہ … Read entire article »

Filed under: Architecture, Citizens, Egalitarian Pakistan, Environment, Heritage, Hinduism, Images, Liberal Democratic Pakistan, minorities, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Photos, secular Pakistan, Sindh, Urdu

The Temples of Sindh-Culture of Coexistence under Threat

Malik Omaid There were times when Hindus and Muslims lived peacefully in the Land of Sufi saints, Sindh. But today we see Hindus in Sindh being target of forced conversions, abduction and mob rule destroying their temples and houses. Bigotry in the society has also made these images of symbols of peaceful coexistence a story of the past. Raza Rumi tweets the images of Hindu Temples and how they were visited by both Hindus and Muslims. [View the story "The Temples of Sindh-Culture of Coexistance under Threat" on Storify]Malik … Read entire article »

Filed under: Citizens, culture, Egalitarian Pakistan, Heritage, Hinduism, History, Images, Islam, liberal Pakistan, minorities, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, peace, Photos, public policy, Raza Rumi, Religion, Rights, secular Pakistan, Sindh, Society, Storify, Sufism, Twitter

Photo of the Day: Crackdown in Islamabad

Photo of the Day: Crackdown in Islamabad

Malik Omaid From Friday night Police arrested hundreds of protesters camped in the capital for more than a month, the arresting of political workers continued on Saturday. This has escalated tensions in Islamabad and PTI and PAT have boycotted talks with the Government till their workers are set free. Earlier, Imran Khan announced a celebration on Saturday as the sit-in in Islamabad completes one month. As the Sit-in enters the next month, the country already hit by … Read entire article »

Filed under: Citizens, Constitution, Democracy, Islamabad, Media, movements, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Photo of the Day, Photos, Politics, Revolution, violence