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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

Pangs of Conscience

Pangs of Conscience

By Abuzar Wp   The duality of standards in modernized Pakistan can be seen in some walks of life. In my own perspective, every human is a hypocrite. The values that have been hurled at every individual since birth and the degree of his conduct in later life often shows stark differences. The one type of hypocrisy I have noticed lately and cringing on at the same time is the change of behavior towards social circle, especially towards a … Read entire article »

Filed under: liberal Pakistan, Love, men, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Rights, Women

Zahra Haider, Sex Ed & It’s Explosive Debate

Zahra Haider, Sex Ed & It’s Explosive Debate

By Maida Sheikh Zahra Haider’s  article on what she learnt on having sex in Pakistan was a small truth, but it doesn’t define the whole of Pakistan or Pakistanis.  She doesn’t claim to define Pakistanis either – which is a relief. I found the article interesting, however nothing she said was explosive or bold to me. I was not surprised by Zahra’s admission to having slept with a dozen different men, since most likely she isn’t the only … Read entire article »

Filed under: Canada, Children, Education, Islamabad, men, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Women

میں پاکستان کا “مالک” کیا چاہتا ہوں‎

میں پاکستان کا “مالک” کیا چاہتا ہوں‎

عماد ظفر پاکستانی فلم “مالک” وفاقی حکومت کی جانب سے پابندی کا شکار ہو جانے کے بعد آج کل میڈیا پر بحث کا باعث بنی ہوئی ہے۔ اس فلم کے ڈائریکٹر رائٹر اور ہیرو عاشر عظیم ہیں جنہوں نے لگ بھگ دو دہائیوں قبل پاکستان ٹیلی ویژن سے ایک سپرہٹ ڈرامہ دھواں میں اداکاری کے جوہر دکھائے تھے۔ اس فلم مالک میں سیاستدانوں اور نظام کو ناکارہ دکھاتے ہوئے ہیرو جو کہ ریٹائرڈ کمانڈو ہوتا ہے … Read entire article »

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

Having Sex in Pakistan: Experiences of a young woman

Having Sex in Pakistan: Experiences of a young woman

This article was originally posted on Vice. Pak Tea House is reproducing it to highlight the issue. In our society sexual desires are hugely repressed. Lack of sexual education leads to unsafe and unhygienic practices causing long term ills to the youth. The lack of spaces to fulfill the human need of sex has lead a huge part of society to indulge in the practice of phone-sex; a matter normally pushed under the carpet. These … Read entire article »

Filed under: Citizens, human rights, liberal Pakistan, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, secularism, sex

Using Kitsch for Fame?

Using Kitsch for Fame?

By Rukhshan Meer   For those of you who are not familiar with word “kitsch”, lets bring to your knowledge that it is a German word, known to be first used in 1925. Urban dictionary states that it is as an art movement, lifestyle, or literature and film genre, which is pleasingly distasteful. It’s melodramatic, overdone, gaudy and tacky or sentimental and folksy. It’s so bad that it’s cool. The same concept is being implied by Taher Shah, … Read entire article »

Filed under: Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan

The Great Divide

The Great Divide

By Najeeb Kakar   In August, 1947, the Indian sub-continent was partitioned into two independent nation states. Hindu-majority India and Muslim-majority Pakistan. The division of Indian-peninsula was greatly, a fault line which, had been done along the sectarian lines. In the midst, one of the greatest migration took place in the history of human civilization. Millions of Hindus and Sikhs were trekked to India while Muslims headed in the opposite direction. And many millions were killed, tortured, … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1947, Hinduism, History, holocaust, India, Pakistan, Partition, Politics