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R.I.P. Sabeen Mahmud. You blazed a trail and passed the spark on to us

R.I.P. Sabeen Mahmud. You blazed a trail and passed the spark on to us

By Samir Gupta We are cross posting this piece by Samir Gupta from Aman Ki Asha blog. Samir has given a tribute to Sabeen Mahmud from India, where many have responded with grief to the murder of the Pakistani activist and entrepreneur in Karachi last Friday. Late last Friday night, I was talking on the phone with a Pakistani friend who suddenly stopped our conversation with: “Oh my god, oh my god, Sabeen has just been shot”. I did … Read entire article »

Filed under: baluchistan, Blogroll, Media, obituary, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Photos, Target Killing, Terrorism

10 Awesome yet Crazy Hanging Bridges of Pakistan

10 Awesome yet Crazy Hanging Bridges of Pakistan

Malik Omaid Pakistan is full of wonders. On one hand we can admire the awesomeness of these ‘terrifying’ bridges but on other hand the reality is these places need Govt. attention. Hey! these places need some safe infrastructure! they will yield you more revenue if you can provide some safe tourism to the locals. Jail road Lahore can wait for signal free corridors for some time. These bridges may look awesome but they are hanging deaths. Bridge … Read entire article »

Filed under: Egalitarian Pakistan, Images, North-West Frontier Province, Northern Areas, Pakistan, Photos, Tourism

On the Road to Bin Laden’s House

On the Road to Bin Laden’s House

By David Peduto   Four years ago today, Osama bin laden was killed in Abbottabad, Pakistan. Then a senior in college, I remember being crowded around a TV in a roomful of classmates as President Obama broke the news to the world. It seemed strange to think that instead of a cave in Afghanistan, the terrorist leader was found in a three-story compound just down the street from Pakistan’s West Point. Even stranger is the fact that … Read entire article »

Filed under: Afghanistan, Al Qaeda, History, Islam for Peace, Pakistan, Terrorism, USA, war

یہ کیسی دیوار گریہ ہے؟

یہ کیسی دیوار گریہ ہے؟

تحریر: علی ارقم یہ کیسی دیوار گریہ ہے جس کی سماعتوں پر ہماری آہ وبکا پڑتی تو ہے مگر اس میں کوئی لرزش نہیں ہوتی اوراس کی دراڑوں میں ہمارے ہاتھ سے لکھی مناجاتیں رکھی ہوئی ہیں جس نے اس جانب کا منظر بھی متجسس نگاہوں سے چُھپا رکھا ہے جو شاید جھانکنا چاہتی ہیں کہ اس بھاری سلوں والی دیوارکےپار کہیں کوئی ہماری آہ و زاری پہ گریہ کناں بھی ہے ابھی کچھ دن ہی گُزرے ہیں اسی دیوارکے پہلو میں کھڑے معبد کے زینوں میں ایک مجمع کھڑاہوکر اپنے دکھوں کی دُہائی … Read entire article »

Filed under: Activism, Army, baluchistan, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, poetry, Target Killing

Twitter Corner: Karachi, Karachi and Karachi!!

Twitter Corner: Karachi, Karachi and Karachi!!

Malik Omaid MQM from its foundation has been facing the allegations of using violence for political gains. In 90’s a grand Karachi operation was conducted and many MQM workers were killed extra judicially. There were allegations of MQM working for India and a parallel media trial of the party in hope to finish it or divide it. Haqiqi was formed for this purpose but to no avail. Same MQM was in the lap of establishment during the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Karachi, Pakistan, Religion, Secterainism, secular Pakistan, Top Tweets, Twitter, urban

Enchanting colors of Coastal Highway of Balochistan

Enchanting colors of Coastal Highway of Balochistan

Malik Omaid Balochistan coastal highway lets one witness captivating scenes throughout the journey which consists of places like Hingol National Park, Zarabad, Kund Malir and Makran till the Gawadar port. We are posting amazing photos selected from Instagram for our readers. بلوچستان کی ساحلی ہائی وے کے ساتھ ساتھ قدرت کے دلفریب مناظر نظر آتے جن میں ہنگول نیشنل پارک ، زر آباد، کند ملیر اور مکران کے علاقے گوادر تک شامل  ہیں۔  ان مناظر کی دلفریب … Read entire article »

Filed under: baluchistan, Images, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Photos, Tourism, Travel

Sabeen Mehmud

Sabeen Mehmud

By Bushra Ahmed Sabeen Mahmud was from Karachi Pakistan, While Veronica Guerin was from Dublin, Ireland. Both of them were fighting for the freedom but underestimated hubris and ruthlessness of their attackers. One was slain because she raised her voice against the injustice of the state machinery; The other one was shot dead for bringing in light the atrocities of the drug barons who were “untouchables” in Ireland. She was shot dead while waiting in her car at the intersection of … Read entire article »

Filed under: baluchistan, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Revolution, Society, Terrorism, Writers, youth

Cyber Crime Bill: Transforming cyber space into a Tiny Hole

Cyber Crime Bill: Transforming cyber space into a Tiny Hole

Luavut Zahid took comments from two of the Pak Tea House Editors/Contributors on the proposed Cyber Crime Bill that has been approved by National Assembly’s standing committee for IT and has been sent thereof. We are cross posting the comments given for our readers. Malik Omaid The Cybercrime Bill 2015 has been the subject of much controversy with most unsure of whether it is a much needed legislation or a catastrophe in the making. Yasser Latif Hamdani, … Read entire article »

Filed under: Activism, Citizens, Constitution, Democracy, Egalitarian Pakistan, Law, Liberal Democratic Pakistan, minorities, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Parliament

Changing Geostrategic Realities: China-Pakistan Economic Corridor

Changing Geostrategic Realities: China-Pakistan Economic Corridor

By Misbah U. Azam, Ph.D. Well known public intellectual, political analyst and TV anchor person, Mr. Farrukh Khan Pitafi once told me that years ago while he was interviewing Dr. Stephen P. Cohen — a famous American political scientist, a prominent expert on Pakistan, India, and South Asian security and senior fellow in foreign policy studies at the Brookings Institution – he asked Dr. Cohen if there is any example in the world in his knowledge … Read entire article »

Filed under: baluchistan, China, Economy, India, Iran, ISI, Middle East, Pakistan, Zarb-E-Azb

مُلا کا اِسلام اور۔۔۔ میرے مولا کا اِسلام اور۔۔۔!!!

مُلا کا اِسلام اور۔۔۔ میرے مولا کا اِسلام اور۔۔۔!!!

تحریر: عدیل اورنگزیب شمال مشرقی لندن کی اِس وسیع وعریض مسجد میں حسب معمول جمعہ کی نماز کے وقت تِل دھرنے کی جگہ نہ تھی۔ مجھے جس صف میں جگہ ملی، عین اسکے پیچھے پیلے رنگ کی بالٹیوں کی ایک قطار تھی، جن پر “چندہ برائے تعمیر مسجد” ، “صدقہ” ، “زکوٰۃ” جیسے سٹکر چسپاں تھے۔ سفید عربی عمامہ میں پاکستانی امام نے انگریزی میں اپنے خطاب کا آغاز کیا۔ امام صاحب نے اپنی تقریر کی ابتدا، … Read entire article »

Filed under: Islam, Islam for Peace, Pakistan, Religion, Urdu

بلوچستان میں مزدوروں کا قتل

بلوچستان میں مزدوروں کا قتل

تحریر: محمد شعیب عادل تربت بلوچستان میں بلوچ انتہا پسندوں نے بیس مزدوروں کو صرف اس لیے قتل کر دیا کہ ان کا تعلق پنجاب (کچھ کا سندھ) سے تھاکیونکہ پنجابی اسٹیبلشمنٹ، یعنی پاک فوج، بلوچوں کے قتل و غارت میں ملوث ہے۔اس لیے بلوچ انتہا پسندوں کا نشانہ سیکیورٹی فورسز کے لوگ بنتے ہیں یا پھر ان کے پاس کام کرنے والے دیہاڑی دار غریب لوگ۔ اس حملے کی ذمہ داری بلوچ علیحدگی پسند تنظیم، … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, baluchistan, Democracy, Pakistan, peace, poverty, Rights, Urdu

Joint Statement from Article 19, Human Rights Watch, Privacy International, Digital Rights Foundation, and others on the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill 2015 Pakistan

Joint Statement from Article 19, Human Rights Watch, Privacy International, Digital Rights Foundation, and others on the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill 2015 Pakistan

ARTICLE 19, Human Rights Watch, Privacy International, Digital Rights Foundation, and others are seriously concerned by the proposed Prevention of Electronic Crimes (PEC) Bill in Pakistan. The bill introduces a series of new provisions that pose a grave risk to freedom of expression and privacy in Pakistan. We urge members of the Senate of Pakistan to take a stand against the bill and call on the Pakistani legislature to ensure that any new cybercrime legislation … Read entire article »

Filed under: Citizens, Constitution, Democracy, Justice, Law, Liberal Democratic Pakistan, liberal Pakistan, Pakistan, Rights

Bhutto’s legacy

Bhutto’s legacy

By Saad Hafiz Thirty-six years have passed since Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, Pakistan’s first elected prime minister, was executed by a military dictatorship on April 4, 1979. However, Bhutto’s legacy and significance in the country’s troubled political history remain the focus of heated debate even today. His passionate supporters remember him as the populist reformer and spellbinding orator who restored national pride after a humiliating defeat by the Indian army in 1971, the man who returned Pakistan … Read entire article »

Filed under: Constitution, Democracy, History, liberal Pakistan, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Parliament, People's Pakistan, Politics

The Arabian Nights and Water Geysers on Saturn’s Moon Enceladus

Why is there a crater named Sinbad on Saturn’s moon Enceladus? Is there an underwater ocean on Enceladus and what are the chances of life existing on such a moon? In this episode of Science ka Adda (SkA), Salman Hameed talks about the connection between “The Arabian Nights: Tales from a Thousand and One Nights” and one of the most mysterious, interesting, and puzzling objects in our solar system. SkA: The Arabian Nights and Water Geysers on Saturn’s Moon Enceladus (Urdu) from Science ka Adda on Vimeo. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Education, Environment, Science, video

16 Memes Explaining Pakistani public opinion on Yemen War

16 Memes Explaining Pakistani public opinion on Yemen War

Malik Omaid After the Saudi Arabia and its allies did intervention in Yemen’s civil war and their subsequent request to Pakistan for entering into this mess, the whole focus of Pakistani social media shifted towards this ‘evil war.’ Secular pages literally bombarded their walls with memes and slides which shifted the public opinion on social media forums like twitter and facebook (facebook particularly being more popular in Pakistani masses using internet) and forced Supporters of … Read entire article »

Filed under: Blogging, Citizens, Democracy, Images, Middle East, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Parliament, Photos, Twitter, UAE, violence, war, World