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Photo of the Day: Munawwar Hassan says “Jihad should replace democracy to overcome challenges”

Photo of the Day: Munawwar Hassan says “Jihad should replace democracy to overcome challenges”

Malik Omaid LAHORE: Former Ameer Jamat-e-Islami (JI) Munawwar Hassan on Saturday ruled out the resolution of issues through democratic disposition and instead called for promoting the culture of ‘Jihad’ to overcome the present challenges. “It is beyond the system based on elections to overcome the challenges being faced by the country,” he maintained while addressing a public meeting here at Minar-e-Pakistan. He said he would not mince his words in declaring that ‘the problems of the the society … Read entire article »

Filed under: Democracy, Islamism, Pak Tea House, Photo of the Day, Photos, Taliban, Terrorism, violence

Higgs Boson & Dr. Abdus Salam

Higgs Boson & Dr. Abdus Salam

By Aqeel Ahmed This article was originally posted in Ibtidah-The Beginning. Paktea House is posting it on the 18th death anniversary of Dr. Abdus Salam to give a better understanding of his achievements and its relevance in the modern physics. There are four fundamental forces in nature, namely, electromagnetism, weak nuclear force, strong nuclear force and gravity. Electromagnetism can be observed in daily life experience. For instance, lighting is a natural phenomenon. Weak nuclear force is manifested in … Read entire article »

Filed under: Anniversery, Education, minorities, Science

Faiz Ahmad Faiz: Unlocking the complicated imagery of his poems

Faiz Ahmad Faiz: Unlocking the complicated imagery of his poems

Malik Omaid On the 30th death anniversary of the legendary Poet Faiz Ahmad Faiz, I am posting an excerpt from the excellent article of Ted Genoways  “Let Them Snuff Out the Moon”: Faiz Ahmed Faiz’s Prison Lyrics in Dast-e Saba. When Faiz was confined to solitary, his pen and paper confiscated, he composed qit‘as—a four-line rhymed form that he could memorize and recite. Later when he could commit his poems to paper, Faiz’s writings that were sent outside the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Anniversery, culture, Faiz Ahmed Faiz, History, liberal Pakistan, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, poetry

Photo of the Day: International Terrorism Report 2013-14, Pakistan Termed as third Most affected Country

Photo of the Day: International Terrorism Report 2013-14, Pakistan Termed as third Most affected Country

Malik Omaid According to News Tribe NEW YORK: International Terrorism report 2013-14 issued, Pakistan stands third in the list of most affected countries by terrorism. According to a International Terrorism report, Pakistan stands third in the list of most affected counties by terrorism with 1933 violence case, in which 2345 peoples were killed while 5035 wounded. Iraq is the most affected by terrorism, further in report. Almost 80 percent of death toll belonged to Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Al Qaeda, Army, Citizens, Iraq, ISI, Islamism, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Photo of the Day, Photos, Religion, Secterainism, Taliban, Terrorism, violence

Corporatization of Militancy

Corporatization of Militancy

By Andaleeb Rizvi It was the year 2011; pro-Shia TV channels and wire services were abuzz with claims about US and Saudi Arabia funding and arming anti-Shia groups all over the Middle East. During the same period, there were several Shia uprisings in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, and of course Iraq and Syria.The Pakistani government too continued to face the onslaught of anti-Shia groups like Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, Jondullah, Sipah-e-Sahaba, Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamat, and Lashkar-e-Islam. Videos of men … Read entire article »

Filed under: Al Qaeda, Islamism, Middle East, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Religion, Secterainism, Terrorism, violence, war

KARACHIWALA , A Subcontinent within a City – Part II

KARACHIWALA , A Subcontinent within a City – Part II

By Shahran Asim Just recently , I had chance to review some interesting excerpts from a book titled “Karachiwala, A subcontinent within a City”. Written by Rumana Hussain. Rumana, is well known art critic, who grew up in Karachi during the days when there was more tolerance and interaction among various communities. In writing this book she conducted 60+ interviews with the families of various communities. See: KARACHIWALA , A Subcontinent within a City – Part I Buildings in Karachi … Read entire article »

Filed under: Citizens, Egalitarian Pakistan, Islamism, Karachi, liberal Pakistan, minorities, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Partition

KARACHIWALA , A Subcontinent within a City – Part I

KARACHIWALA , A Subcontinent within a City – Part I

By Shahran Asim Just recently , I had chance to review some interesting excerpts from a book titled “Karachiwala, A subcontinent within a City”. Written by Rumana Hussain. Rumana, is well known art critic, who grew up in Karachi during the days when there was more tolerance and interaction among various communities. In writing this book she conducted 60+ interviews with the families of various communities. The communities documented are quite a conglomeration and includes fisher folk, street … Read entire article »

Filed under: Citizens, Egalitarian Pakistan, History, Images, Karachi, liberal Pakistan, minorities, Pak Tea House, Pakistan

پاکستان میں توہین مذہب کے قوانین

ملک عمید مذہب کو استعمال کر کے جب بھی قانون سازی کی جاتی ہے تو وہ قوانین خود بخود “مقدس” حیثیت اختیار کر لیتے ہیں، پھر ان میں محض ‘سقم’ کی بات کرنا بھی توہینِ مذہب میں شمار ہوتا ہے، پاکستان کا یہی حال ہے جس پر رضا رومی نے یہ درد انگیز ‘ٹویٹز’ لکھیں۔ [<a href="//storify.com/Pakteahouse1/story" target="_blank">View the story "پاکستان میں توہین مذہب کے قوانین" on Storify</a>] … Read entire article »

Filed under: Blasphemy, Citizens, Islam for Peace, Islamism, minorities, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Raza Rumi, Terrorism, violence

An open letter to Chairman HEC

by Isa Daudpota Dr Mansoor A Kundi Executive Director Higher Education Commission Islamabad. Dear Dr Kundi (cc Chairman HEC and some academics), Dr Abdullah Sadiq and I received a query about the attached note — circulated by you to universities — from our friend, Mr Naeem Sadiq in Karachi. Only now have I ascertained that the note is genuine.  What you are essentially recommending is censorship!  Given the already suffocating intellectual environment on our campuses, your note will only strengthen those who wish to create a repressive atmosphere of George Orwell’s brilliant dystopia, “1984″.  See: https://archive.org/details/ost-english-1984-george-orwell-1937-dystopia Remember, that it was not long ago that the fascist Zaid Hamid was a welcome guest on our campuses, where he spouted venom against other countries, the Pakistan government and many institutions of the state.  Perhaps HEC can now claim ignorance of such … Read entire article »

Filed under: Education, History, human rights, Islamabad, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Writers

HEC letter on freedom of opinion

HEC letter on freedom of opinion

Last week, the Higher Education Commission, Pakistan issued an alarming directive (No.10-1/A&C/HEC/2013/869) instructing all degree awarding institutions to “remain vigilant and forestall any activity that in any manner challenge(s) the ideology and principles of Pakistan, and/or perspective of the Government of Pakistan thereof.” It is also an attempt at institutionalizing mass clampdown of fundamental rights such as freedom of expression and assembly. It is unfortunate and condemnable that critical thinking is being banned in universities, instead … Read entire article »

Filed under: Education, History, Islamabad, liberal Pakistan, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, People's Pakistan, Photos, Rights, Society, south asia

Religious Bigotry and Pakistan

Religious Bigotry and Pakistan

Raza Habib Raja There is that nauseating feeling which I am experiencing right now and worse this feeling is now a common occurrence. Some things become a regular pattern and when they do so, the issue is systemic. What has happened a few miles from Lahore is not a new incidence. A Christian couple has been burnt to death for allegedly desecrating Holy Quran. Past few years have witnessed a flurry of such incidences. With each such … Read entire article »

Filed under: Blasphemy, liberal Pakistan, minorities, Religion

Pakistan: Hiding state failure by invoking the ‘foreign hand’ theory

Malik Omaid Raza Rumi explores the obsession of invoking ‘foreign hand’ to hide state failure after every terror attack which turns out to be a work of terrorists every time.   [View the story "Pakistan's 'foreign hand' Conundrum" on Storify] … Read entire article »

Filed under: Civil Service, History, India, journalism, Pakistan, Raza Rumi, Storify, Taliban, Terrorism, Twitter, violence, war

The Khan Enigma

The Khan Enigma

By Waqas Habib Rana How is it possible that Imran Khan openly calls upon the “umpire” to help him oust an elected Prime Minister and gets away with such a treasonous act, how can a political leader ask for unconstitutional help in a democracy and still enjoys a major public support? Well, let us see who to blame for that. There are two major political entities in Pakistan; Pakistan People’s Party and Pakistan Muslim League (N) – … Read entire article »

Filed under: Citizens, Democracy, Opinion, Pakistan, Parliament, Revolution

Wagah Border Explosion: National Security Apparatus Should Rethink its Strategy

Wagah Border Explosion: National Security Apparatus Should Rethink its Strategy

Malik Omaid Raza Rumi’s analysis on Wagah Border Bomb blast in Lahore. [View the story "Wagah Border Explosion: National Security Apparatus Should Rethink its Strategy" on Storify] … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Citizens, Lahore, Lashkar e Taiba, Pakistan, Raza Rumi, Storify, Terrorism, Twitter

Filmmaking and human rights

Filmmaking and human rights

By Saad Hafiz   Haider, the recently released Bollywood movie, helps to lift the lid on the brutal conflict in Indian Kashmir. The artistic portrait of modern political rebellion, an exposé of government-sanctioned violence and a vision of hope that continued resistance may galvanise a new future. Set during the 1990s, the most intense years of the ongoing insurgency that has pitted Kashmiri militants and separatists against security forces and their local auxiliaries for more than two … Read entire article »

Filed under: baluchistan, Bangladesh, Bollywood, Democracy, Fiction, human rights, India, Kashmir, Lashkar e Taiba, Pakistan, Pakistan-India Peace Process, Reviews, Terrorism, violence