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Haider Rifaat Interviews Meher Bokhari

Haider Rifaat Interviews Meher Bokhari

By Haider Rifaat   So recently I had the honor of interviewing one of Pakistan’s youngest journalists Meher Bokhari in my new web show for YouTube titled ‘The Haider Rifaat Show’ which covers politics, social issues and entertainment. Bokhari is best known for anchoring the famous talk show ‘NewsEye’ which airs on DAWN News from Monday to Thursday. The interview was regarding different issues ranging from Pakistan’s politics to the recent Kashmir mayhem. Q1) Haider Rifaat: Prior to … Read entire article »

Filed under: journalism, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, video

The irony of our unity

The irony of our unity

By Ayoub khan I have nothing against the celebrations. I am a patriotic Pakistani myself, who in the past celebrated Independence Day enthusiastically like everyone else do with high spirits. I am one of you. But on the 69 birth day of Pakistan the case is different for guys like me, as we have lost whole province community of lawyers on 8th august in a suicide blast in civil hospital where more than 80 peoples martyred … Read entire article »

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

A Pakistani Observer Team Leaves for USA to Ensure “Free, Fair and Transparent” Elections

A Pakistani Observer Team Leaves for USA to Ensure “Free, Fair and Transparent” Elections

By Ahsan Yousaf Chaudhary   As the 2016 US Elections near their November poll date, a team of Pakistani Election Observers prepares to leave for the United States. “The team has been carefully selected to balance the civil-military representation and is due to leave by the end of August,” read a statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. According to official handout, a copy of which is available with PTH, “The team will visit polling stations both during … Read entire article »

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

Independence Day: Looking Back & Moving Ahead

Independence Day: Looking Back & Moving Ahead

By Sarah Naqvi “We are stronger together” were the echoes repeatedly delivered at at the Democratic National Convention a few weeks ago in the United States. The first thought that came to mind upon hearing this slogan was not disagreement to the message. We certainly are stronger together as Americans. However, it reminded me of the numerous similar conversations I’ve had with friends with regards to South Asia, often visualizing the would-have-been formidable force, had India, … Read entire article »

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Pakistan – One by One… spares none…!

Pakistan – One by One… spares none…!

By Maleeha Rauf Sind province of Pakistan is known to be the land of Sufis and Saints. Its overall texture is tolerance blended with hospitality and perseverance. Its deep and remote areas may be far behind educationally but they are at advance levels of human virtues deeply rooted in their culture. It is also pioneer in raising people’s voice in the form of political activism which gave us Pakistan People’s Party. Until a few years back, its … Read entire article »

Filed under: Islam, minorities, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Secterainism

Jinnah Fought for the Minorities

Jinnah Fought for the Minorities

By Aiman Sohail It’s 2016, Pakistan is almost 70 years old and I wonder if this is how Sir Jinnah had wanted Pakistan to turn out? Probably not. People are going to think I’m being negative, which isn’t true. I’m not filled with negativity; Pakistan itself is filled with it. Look around. You’ll find people who think very highly of themselves and pass hateful comments about other people, giving their own verdict on whether they are kafir … Read entire article »

Filed under: Jinnah, minorities, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, secular Pakistan

Muslim societies need philosophers

Muslim societies need philosophers

By Hadeel Naeem When the first human beings put down their axes and spears they settled down to think and make sense of the world. The first things that they thought of were how to make the world a better place, how to govern, be a good human, fulfill duties and live ethically. Hence, when mankind started to think is when mankind started to philosophize. Philosophy became the very foundation of our civilization. What many of … Read entire article »

Filed under: Education, Islam, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Philosophy, Society

را، این ڈی ایس، اچھے طالبان اور بلوچستان کا مسئلہ

را، این ڈی ایس، اچھے طالبان اور بلوچستان کا مسئلہ

کوئٹہ حملوں کے بعد  برخوردار خان کا ٹویٹر اکاونٹ اخباروں اور ویبسائٹس کی زینت بن گیا جب انہوں نے اپنی ٹویٹس کے ذریعے  اس بات کو واضح کیا کہ وکلا برادری نے اس حملے کے نتیجے میں کس قدر نقصان کا سامنا کیا ہے۔  کوئٹہ حملے کے بعد ہر طرف سے بیانات کی بھرمار ہوگئی اور مولانا فضل الرحمان اور محمود اچکزئی کے ایجنسیوں پر تنقید کرنے کے بعد بہت شور اور ہنگامہ ہوا ہے۔ … Read entire article »

Filed under: Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, quetta, RAW, Taliban, Terrorism, Twitter, Urdu, Zarb-E-Azb

Why I Will Not Be Celebrating Pakistan’s Independence

Why I Will Not Be Celebrating Pakistan’s Independence

by Haider Rifaat Pakistan does not bleed green anymore; it bleeds red.  I know what this country stood for in the past; freedom, happiness, a brighter future for our children, but it does no longer. What is there to celebrate about? Despite Pakistan being freed from a tangled web of hypocrisy and hatred, this country has not lived up to its strength. Millions of Pakistanis gallivant off to celebrate Pakistan’s independence each year and discount the … Read entire article »

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PAK-CHINA RELATIONS— To be or not to be?

PAK-CHINA RELATIONS— To be or not to be?

By Muqeet Tahir Malik     Have you ever been perturbed by how the media portrays of Pakistan and China’s friendship? Did you ever hear of the difficulties of the countless Chinese who have entered Pakistan? Are you bewildered over growing popularity of Chinese cuisine in Pakistan? We have to evaluate the pros and the cons. The song that rallies as Chinese dignitaries arrive in Pakistan is, “Our friendship is greater than the heights of Himalayan Ranges.” Now, this … Read entire article »

Filed under: China, culture, History, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Politics

The Era of Musharraf’s Narrative

The Era of Musharraf’s Narrative

By Khurram Ali     Musharraf may have lost the battle but the institution has won the game. Old commando is master of deception, as he first deceived Nawaz Sharif, who took him as a soldier with no political ambitions, then he deceived us by giving up too easily in front of lawyers’ movement. In actual he is the most successful statesman among all the dictators who have ruled the country, as he gave birth to most essential instrument … Read entire article »

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

“His Excellency” Meraj Muhammad Khan

“His Excellency”  Meraj Muhammad Khan

INTERVIEW By: NAIMAT KHAN     As a rebellious kid Khan “attacked” British soldier in Mumbai turned down Zia’s offer to form party of Karachi’s Mohajirs Former Afghan President Dr Najib called him his Excellency Says “Bhutto was responsible for disintegration of Pakistan.” Shaikh Mujeeb facilitated Bhutto to hold public gathering in his constituency Thinks “Congress and Muslim could have better way-out” Saw Nehru kicking soldiers for not protecting Jamia Islamia students Used to swim in Jamna every day in morning “Bhutto was forced for federation, … Read entire article »

Filed under: Benazir Bhutto, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Society

The Pakistani disapora

The Pakistani disapora

By Ali Bhurgri     The country is 68 year old, and the idea of patriotism is confined by a strict narrative of nationalism embedded into people as “not Indian” or a “Muslim” As a kid growing up I was always exhilarated by the idea of nationalism. Wearing a Pakistani flag badge on 14th August was one of the things I waited for throughout the year. There was pride and deep satisfaction in waving the Pakistani flag, as I … Read entire article »

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Madrassahs Responsible for Decline of Muslim Civilisation

Madrassahs Responsible for Decline of Muslim Civilisation

Dr. Taimur Rahman Muslim civilisation can never advance as long as it does not do away with the outdated madrassah education system and embrace modern scientific education. For the last 500 years Muslim civilisation has been in an intellectual decline because we simply refuse to embrace modern scientific secular education. We keep living in the past and talk about Ibne Sina and Al-Khwarizmi. But the madrassah system that stopped all critical thinking after the 13th century ban … Read entire article »

Filed under: Education, Islam, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Religion, secularism

امجد صابری کے قتل سے رینجرز پر اٹھنے والے سوال

امجد صابری کے قتل سے رینجرز پر اٹھنے والے سوال

تنویر آرائیں ملک کے معروف اور عالمی شہرت یافتہ لاکھوں دلوں کی دھڑکن قوال امجد صابری کا قتل پاکستان سمیت دنیا کے مختلف ملکوں میں بسنے والے ان کے گرویدہ یا چاہنے والے لاکھوں افراد کو سوگوار کر گیا۔ پاکستان کے معاشی مرکز اور اہم ترین شہر کراچی میں کسی اہم شخصیت یا عوام کے دلوں پر راج کرنے والے شخص کو پہلی بار نشانہ نہیں بنایا گیا۔ اس شہر میں اس سے قبل بھی کئی … Read entire article »

Filed under: Karachi, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Sufi, Taliban, Target Killing, Terrorism, Urdu