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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

Inherited Militancy

Inherited Militancy

By Ahmad Karim   Shahbaz Taseer the son of slain governor Punjab, Salman Taseer, was abducted by Usman Basra and his companions on August 26, 2011, from Gulberg area of Lahore. Taseer was later released mysteriously by the abductors and was found in a hotel of Kuchlak, near Quetta. Let’s first discover how Usman Basra turned out to be a kidnapper. Usman completed his matriculation from DPS (Divisional Public School) Lahore in 1999. He was a brilliant student … Read entire article »

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

Dead endangered turtle at Karachi beach

Dead endangered turtle at Karachi beach

By Andaleeb Rizvi The body washed ashore and even though the nearby WWF-Wetland Centre was informed, they had no provisions to investigate. I do not know the official standard operating procedure in Pakistan, but I believe, when an endangered species just washes up dead on the beach, where it is supposedly protected, it needs to be investigated. The turtle could have died due to pollution, ingesting plastics, etc. We might never know what happened. I guess … Read entire article »

Filed under: Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Photo Essay, Photos

Gul-e-Raana: Episodic Disappointments

Gul-e-Raana: Episodic Disappointments

Mahwish Badr I have been watching Gul-e-Raana, the Hum TV play. It had a lot of good ratings and I began watching with high hopes but the play really didn’t live up to a lot of hopes that I had had. However, the end made up for some of the disappointments. A lot of themes in Gul-e-Raana are relevant, especially when it comes to domestic abuse and family pressures that go into making these destructive relationships “work” … Read entire article »

Filed under: Blogging, drama, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, video, Women

Photo Essay: Summer Palace – The Hidden Jewel

Photo Essay: Summer Palace – The Hidden Jewel

By Tania Qureshi   All pictures are courtesy of the author.                                                     The writer is a media professional and can be reached at taniaq29@gmail.com … Read entire article »

Filed under: ancient civilisations, Architecture, Arts and Crafts, Mughals, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Photo Essay

Book Review; The State of Islam: Culture and Cold War Politics in Pakistan

Book Review; The State of Islam: Culture and Cold War Politics in Pakistan

By Najeeb Kakar   Saadia Toor is an Associate Professor of Sociology at City University of New York, College of Staten Island. Her latest book The State of Islam: Culture and Cold War Politics in Pakistan, is a fascinating piece of literature on the modern learnings of Pakistani state – post partition immediate politics and the role of the military establishment. Toor explains the significance of cultural elements as part of the political evolution of Pakistan. From … Read entire article »

Filed under: Afghanistan, Al Qaeda, Anniversery, Army, Bangladesh, Benazir Bhutto, Blasphemy, Book Review, Books, China, Citizens, Civil Service, Colonialism, Corruption, Democracy, Economy, Elections, Faiz Ahmed Faiz, History, Honor Killing, human rights, ISI, Islam, Islamism, Liberal Democratic Pakistan, liberal Pakistan, Literature, Marxism, Media, minorities, movements, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Poet, Politics, Reviews, Rights

گویا مقتول ہی قاتل ٹھرا

گویا مقتول ہی قاتل ٹھرا

انیلا معین سید ستائیس مارچ 2016 بروز اتوار کو لاہور شہر میں پیش آنے والے واقعے نے میرے بھی ہوش اڑا دیے۔ اس زندہ دل شہر کے باسیوں کو خون میں لت پت دیکھنا ایک بڑا کٹھن مرحلہ تھا۔ یوں تو دہشت گردی اور بم دھماکے ہم پاکستانیوں کی زندگی کا لازم و ملزوم حصہ بن چکے ہیں اور اب ایسے واقعات پر نہ اب نہ ہی دل لرزتا ہے اور نہ ہی آنکھوں میں آنسو … Read entire article »

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

Rescue on the Sea

Re-posting Story written and narrated by Zeenat Iqbal Hussain For Voice of Children Broadcasted on FM 102.2 Islamabad Pakistan Original Publication date : 03/28/2014 Duration : 11:17       … Read entire article »

Filed under: ancient civilisations, Arts and Crafts, Books, Children, culture, Pakistan, Storify