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Tribute to QAWAL Amjad Sabri (A soul staggering Incident)

Tribute to QAWAL Amjad Sabri
(A soul staggering Incident)

By : Iqra Saeed He didn’t have a protocol He didn’t have a squad He lived like a common man Prospered by a plod He didn’t have the weapons He didn’t hold criminality Ambushed so viviciously Payed for fidelity Wolves feed on human blood Ripped off the innocent All humans shed tears On act of this dissident Curse you all devils Curse you so loud All your filthy bodies Soon face the shroud … Read entire article »

Filed under: Arts and Crafts, culture, Music, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, poetry, Reviews, Sufism, tribute

Honor Killing: Pakistan’s National Sport

Honor Killing: Pakistan’s National Sport

By Ahmad Karim   Last week, Zeenat, a resident of Lahore’s rundown residential town, was set ablaze on charge of eloping with her lover Hasan. It was her callous, enraging mother and brother who burnt her own daughter/sister. And that she has no remorse or regret for burning her daughter to death. Parveen, the mother of Zeenat, according to some media reports, roamed in the locality after burning her daughter shouting angrily that she had burnt her … Read entire article »

Filed under: Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Women

ماروی سرمد ، مولانا حمد اللہ ، خواجہ آصف ، شیریں مزاری .. مسئلہ کہاں ہے ؟ مسئلہ کیا ہے

ماروی سرمد ، مولانا حمد اللہ ، خواجہ آصف ، شیریں مزاری .. مسئلہ کہاں ہے ؟ مسئلہ کیا ہے

فہد رضوان   مولانا حافظ حمداللہ صاھب صرف کی جانب سے ماروی سرمد صاحبہ کو جس طرح بے ہودگی کا نشانہ بنایا گیا اس سے بہت سے خوش عقیدہ حضرات کی آنکھیں کھل جانی چاہیں . یہ زوال صرف مدارس دینیہ ہی نہیں ، ہمارے جدید تعلیمی اداروں میں پڑھنے والے افراد کی فکر میں بھی نظر اتا ہے . وزیر دفاع خواجہ آصف کی جانب سے ، شیریں مزاری صاحبہ کو دیے جانے والے القابات اس … Read entire article »

Filed under: Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Urdu, violence, Women

No honour in honour killings

No honour in honour killings

By Eraas Haider Pakistan is no exception when it comes to ills of honour killings. Every year, according to estimates, nearly 1000 lives are lost in the name of honour killing, mostly women. The recent incident in Lahore where a mother burnt her 17 year old daughter, Zeenat, for marrying a guy of her choice is just another case of countless atrocities women in our society suffer from. Zeenat was legally married to the person she … Read entire article »

Filed under: Honor Killing, Honor Killings, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, secularism, sex, Women

Men & Mice Conflict Provokes Intellect: An Analogical Reasoning

Men & Mice Conflict Provokes Intellect: An Analogical Reasoning

By Gulzar Ahmad The current remarkable let up in suicide bombings across the country as a result of ongoing military operation in the tribal belt of Waziristan has ‘overtly’ created an illusion that the use of force is durable  in purging society from the evils of militancy and insurgency that continues to haunt the state of Pakistan from the very outset. It goes without saying that human beings are in perpetual conflict with mouse specie since … Read entire article »

Filed under: Free Speech, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Zarb-E-Azb

Is Pakistan Responsible for Destabilization of Afghanistan?

Is Pakistan Responsible for Destabilization of Afghanistan?

By Misbah Azam, Ph.D.   By definition, sovereignty is the quality of having independent authority over a geographic area. It can be found in a power to rule and make laws that rests on a political fact for which no pure legal definition can be provided. The land or territory is considered sovereign if the state has its law implemented there and the people are bound to follow the Social Contract between the people and the state. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Taliban, Terrorism

MY RIGHT TO LIBERTY WAS RESTRICTED WITH MY DUPPATTA

MY RIGHT TO LIBERTY WAS RESTRICTED WITH MY DUPPATTA

By SJ There is a fine line between office and work. Offices are never easy and nor do they promise to be.  In our male dominating society, it’s hard for women to breathe amongst sexual predators, assaulters and misogynists.  We do stumble upon sexism and encounter it in all possible forms. Unfortunately, our counterparts are always successful to find a way to let us down and to prove their superiority.  They will make sure they don’t … Read entire article »

Filed under: men, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Women

Changing Narrative! Is the State ready to do that?

Changing Narrative! Is the State ready to do that?

By Misbah Azam, Ph.D. The cold blooded assassination of Khurram Zaki raises the question that why the agencies are unable or unwilling to protect those intellectual elites who are accepted as custodians of liberal and progressive agendas in any country. Zaki was a journalist, research scholar, blogger, human rights and rights activist, and editor of the Pakistani blog and news website “Let Us Build Pakistan” (LUBP), who’s stated aim, is to “spread liberal religious views and … Read entire article »

Filed under: Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Raza Rumi, Taliban, Target Killing, Terrorism

Creativity is contagious, pass it on.

Creativity is contagious, pass it on.

by Rukhshan Meer   Albert Einstein said “Creativity is Contagious, pass it on”. Since there is a lack of official platforms to show case our youth’s creativity, we organized an Art exhibition and competition at our university in which students of various institutions participated to show their hidden talent. After seeing their creative work, I was pleasantly surprised that the students, who haven’t study arts, can be so good at painting, calligraphy and sketching. Students pursuing their degrees … Read entire article »

Filed under: Arts and Crafts, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Reviews

Domestic violence is an exaggeration

Domestic violence is an exaggeration

By Andaleeb Rizvi   When I mentioned the recent article on Dawn.com ‘These women stayed in abusive marriages because Pakistan failed them’ and quoted HRCP for saying 90% women face some form of domestic violence, I was told it doesn’t happen this much because:   nobody in this room beats their wife: This makes sense to all those who feel they are being held responsible for something they did not do. Violence against women should not be mentioned to keep … Read entire article »

Filed under: Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, violence, Women

Let’s Leave it To God: Why State Does Not Have the Right to Declare Ahmedis As Non Muslims

By Raza Habib Raja First of all, let me make it clear that I am NOT an Ahmadi. This clarification is essential so that my motives are clear to everyone. A few months ago I wrote an article on Huff post in which I criticized the infamous Second Amendment which had declared Ahmadis as Non-Muslims. I got a lot of heated responses on that with some saying that I am myself an Ahmadi (which I am not), and some claiming that I am anti-Islam or at least do not know about it. Further I was told that Ahmadis also hate Muslims and consider all other sects as Non-Muslim and therefore it is “fair” to declare them as Non-Muslims. Of course I have been told a number of times that they are “against” Pakistan. Some … Read entire article »

Filed under: minorities, Pakistan

Should I be proud that my country treats women like cattle?

Should I be proud that my country treats women like cattle?

By Syeda Sana Ahmad May 3rd, 2016 – ‘A 13 year old girl was gang raped and then set ablaze in Chiniot’, the Ary news website informs me the next day. I scroll down to see the comments but there are none. I then go to the Pakistan Times website but there aren’t any responses there either. No one has commented, shared or discussed this tragedy. That is when, it once again, dawned on me how … Read entire article »

Filed under: Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Rights, Society, Women

The article which was censored in Pakistan: Sex Talk for Muslim Women

The article which was censored in Pakistan: Sex Talk for Muslim Women

Mona Eltahawy This article was originally published on The New York Times and it was removed by the printing partner of New York Times in Pakistan. After I gave a reading in Britain last year, a woman stood in line as I signed books. When it was her turn, the woman, who said she was from a British Muslim family of Arab origin, knelt down to speak so that we were at eye level. “I, too, am fed … Read entire article »

Filed under: journalism, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Religion, sex

Societies’ survival impossible with shortcuts like torture & extra-judicial killing

Societies’ survival impossible with shortcuts like torture & extra-judicial killing

By Ayesha Siddiqa This article was originally posted on Ayesha Siddiqa’s blog. A MQM worker was killed in Rangers’ custody – a reminder of the old tradition of lack of accountability of law enforcement and the overall security apparatus of the state. Torture and its most crude form: extra-judicial killing takes place all in the name of providing security. But we are not sure if such measures contribute to peace and stability. I am reminded of what … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, state

3 Dangerous Things Happen When You are not into Critical Reading and Thinking

3 Dangerous Things Happen When You are not into Critical Reading and Thinking

Aslam Kakar In a conversation, the owner of a small restaurant in San Diego tells me that thousands of IS fighters are breaking into the city from Tijuana. A bulky waitress on counter and a guest couple on a side table also make gestures of agreement with him. But, I have no idea what the heck this guy is talking about. I mean I am in grad school, studying peace and conflict Studies. And, I am also … Read entire article »

Filed under: Books, Islam, Malala Yousufzai, Media