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Sit-ins in Pakistan mean ‘Old Wine in New Bottle

Sit-ins in Pakistan mean ‘Old Wine in New Bottle

By Aoduley Aryan The on going sit-ins in Islamabad Pakistan staged by Imran Khan of Pakistan Tehreek Insaaf and another by a cleric Tahiurl Qadri. Their followers have caused a  severe political crises threats to democracy and are pushing the country on the verge of destruction. The country’s masses are already faced with terrorism, sectarianism and religious extremism. Above all, the worst threat to the country is downing democracy and its vulnerable parliament that are toppled … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Citizens, Constitution, Democracy, Islamabad, Opinion, Pakistan, Parliament, Revolution

Say No to Political Filth!

Say No to Political Filth!

By FD.Sheikh “Loootaay…”, “Agya hai na phir wapis apni party main…” (so back to your party, finally!) , “hence proved you are also a Mr. U-turn” these are some of the comments I was bombarded with when I recently shared a post on social media that was portraying some of the good steps taken by the ruling party, I used to support. I have observed a quite strange attitude in most of us that instead of … Read entire article »

Filed under: Citizens, Democracy, Elections, Pak Tea House, Politics, Revolution

The tragic floods in Kashmir and Jingoism

Raza Rumi points out the apathy of both Pakistani and Indian twitteratis who are still busy chanting jingoistic slogans amidst huge floods devastating Kashmir on the both sides of Line of Control.   [View the story "The tragic floods in Kashmir and Jingoism" on Storify] … Read entire article »

Filed under: Activism, Climate Change, Images, India, Media, movements, Pakistan, Photos, Punjab, south asia, Storify, Twitter

Fascisms of every kind

Fascisms of every kind

by Saad Hafiz As was the case in the 1930s, the global forces of reaction are emerging with populist appeals directed against immigrants, ethnic and sectarian minorities. Society’s seemingly permanent infatuation with xenophobic demagogy is alive and well. It is a conducive environment for the most reactionary and chauvinistic elements in society to prosper. They are egged on by opportunistic leaders who find a way to harness the smouldering anger and disenchantment of vulnerable sections of … Read entire article »

Filed under: Constitution, Democracy, Elections, Islamabad, movements, Politics, Revolution

فطرت کا میوزیم ،تھر پار کر

فطرت کا میوزیم ،تھر پار کر

راشد احمد بلوچ مملکت خدادادپاکستان کو قدرت نے بڑی فیاضی سے حسن جہاں سوز سے مالا مال کیا ہے ۔حسن کی ان نیرنگیوں میں لہراتی بل کھاتی ندیاں بھی ہیں جو دھرتی کے سینے کو سیراب کرتی ہیں ۔بادلوں سے سرگوشیاں کرتے بلندو بالا پہاڑ بھی ہیں تو صدیوں سے کسی آبلہ پا کے انتظار میں آنکھیں فرش راہ کئے صحرا بھی ،جہاں باوجود صدہا مشکلات کے زندگی اپنے پورے آب و تاب کے ساتھ جلوہ … Read entire article »

Filed under: Architecture, Citizens, Egalitarian Pakistan, Environment, Heritage, Hinduism, Images, Liberal Democratic Pakistan, minorities, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Photos, secular Pakistan, Sindh, Urdu

The Temples of Sindh-Culture of Coexistence under Threat

Malik Omaid There were times when Hindus and Muslims lived peacefully in the Land of Sufi saints, Sindh. But today we see Hindus in Sindh being target of forced conversions, abduction and mob rule destroying their temples and houses. Bigotry in the society has also made these images of symbols of peaceful coexistence a story of the past. Raza Rumi tweets the images of Hindu Temples and how they were visited by both Hindus and Muslims. [View the story "The Temples of Sindh-Culture of Coexistance under Threat" on Storify]Malik … Read entire article »

Filed under: Citizens, culture, Egalitarian Pakistan, Heritage, Hinduism, History, Images, Islam, liberal Pakistan, minorities, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, peace, Photos, public policy, Raza Rumi, Religion, Rights, secular Pakistan, Sindh, Society, Storify, Sufism, Twitter

Photo of the Day: Crackdown in Islamabad

Photo of the Day: Crackdown in Islamabad

Malik Omaid From Friday night Police arrested hundreds of protesters camped in the capital for more than a month, the arresting of political workers continued on Saturday. This has escalated tensions in Islamabad and PTI and PAT have boycotted talks with the Government till their workers are set free. Earlier, Imran Khan announced a celebration on Saturday as the sit-in in Islamabad completes one month. As the Sit-in enters the next month, the country already hit by … Read entire article »

Filed under: Citizens, Constitution, Democracy, Islamabad, Media, movements, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Photo of the Day, Photos, Politics, Revolution, violence

Photo of the Day: Pakistan Army digging trenches at Durand Line

Photo of the Day: Pakistan Army digging trenches at Durand Line

Malik Omaid In an attempt to counter insurgency from Afghanistan, Pakistan Army has started to dig trenches on the Durand Line. Though these will be of little help in stopping terrorists from entering the country, it will surely affect the social circle of Pashtuns living on the both sides of border being relatives to each other. On more details on the trenches The Express Tribune reports: QUETTA: The Paramilitary Frontier Corps (FC) Balochistan has started digging 480-kilometre-long trenches along the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Afghanistan, Al Qaeda, Army, Citizens, Images, Pakistan, Photo of the Day, Photos, war

Oath of the scented ones

Oath of the scented ones

By Saad Hafiz Some newspaper reports indicate that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has made an appeal to the local population in the border regions of Pakistan and Afghanistan to support its struggle for the establishment of an Islamic caliphate. It has also been reported that a number of hardline groups operating in the area have announced support for the self-styled ISIS caliph, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. These groups have claimed that they want … Read entire article »

Filed under: Al Qaeda, Citizens, Iraq, Islamism, Opinion, Religion, Taliban, USA, violence, war, Women

Economic zone awaiting activation

Economic zone awaiting activation

In recent years, perhaps one of the greatest economic developments between Pakistan and China has been that of the Haier & Ruba Economic Zone, established in November 2006 as a joint project. To understand the importance of this project, it is crucial to consider all aspects of the matter at hand. As it stands, the Haier & Ruba Economic Zone has two stages: the first stage of the project is operational in Haier Industrial Park in … Read entire article »

Filed under: Blogroll, China, Citizens, Economy, Egalitarian Pakistan, Lahore, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, public policy

Twitter Trends: Movies in Naya Pakistan

Twitter Trends: Movies in Naya Pakistan

Malik Omaid Since Sunday, #NayaPakistanMovies is trending in Pakistan like a roller coaster. Lots of people mostly those against the Dharna’s of Tahir-ul-Qadri and Imran Khan are taking part in it. This trend points out the irony behind the PTI “dharna” as how can Pakistan be changed altogether by just making Imran Khan Prime Minister. Many of the twitteraties made titles relating PTI youth mindset. Some of the hilarious titles are following.   “Jab pyar kiya to dharna … Read entire article »

Filed under: Activism, Citizens, Constitution, Dance, Democracy, Elections, human rights, Islamabad, Lahore, Pakistan, Parliament, Politics, Reviews, Twitter

Photo of the Day: Floods Create Havoc in North Pakistan

Photo of the Day: Floods Create Havoc in North Pakistan

Due to unexpectedly heavy monsoon rains in Punjab and Kashmir huge amount of floods recorded in Punjab rivers. Buildings are half submerged in Wazirabad city. Flood waters from Aik, Pakhu and Bhed nalah submerged Sialkot this morning. View from Chiniot hills, dozens of villages submerged surrounding Chenab river. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Citizens, Images, Natural Calamity, Pak Tea House, Photo of the Day, Photos, Punjab, water

تمہیں یاد ہو کہ نہ یاد ہو

عبیداللہ خان   چوہدری اعتزاز احسن صاحب جنہیں اللہ نے نہ صرف جوش خطابت سے نوازا ہے بلکہ اردو اور انگریزی دونوں زبانوں پر ملکہ بھی عطا کیا ہے۔ اس سونے پر سہاگہ یہ کہ موصوف پاکستان کے چوٹی کے قانون دانوں میں شمار ہوتے ہیں جن سے بحث میں جیتنا جوئے شیر لانے سے کم نہیں ہے۔ ان کے سامنے کسی کی چودھراہٹ نہیں چلتی خواہ وہ ملک کاوزیر داخلہ چوہدری نثار علی خان ہی کیوں نہ ہو۔ اعتزاز صاحب کی تقریر سے گزشتہ سال بھر میں پہلی بار احساس ہوا کہ پیپلز پارٹی واقعی اپوزیشن کی جماعت ہے۔ یا شاید یہ احساس دلانے کا وقت ابھی آیا ہے؟ جب اعتزاز احسن صاحب نے اپنی گھن گرج قسم کی توپوں کا رخ نواز حکومت سے دھرنا سیاست کی طرف موڑا تو ایک … Read entire article »

Filed under: Constitution, Democracy, History, Islamabad, minorities, Pakistan, Parliament, Politics, Religion

Habib Wali Muhammad Passed Away

Habib Wali Muhammad Passed Away

Malik Omaid Famous singer Habib Wali Muhammad passed away on Thursday at the age of 90, after being treated for his illness in Los Angeles for the past few days. Habib Wali Muhammad was famous for his unique style of Ghazal singing and he rose to fame after the release of his song “Lagta nahi hai dil mera” which was a poem of Bahadur Shah Zafar. We are sharing some of his celebrated songs for our readers as … Read entire article »

Filed under: Arts and Crafts, culture, Music, obituary, Pakistan, video

Twitter enables free expression for Army officials

Malik Omaid It is difficult to determine if the twitter handles operating as Army officials are real or fake but they do amuse a lot of Pakistanis especially those disillusioned with democracy and keen supporters of army rule. Another trend which is evident is that PMLN and Mian Nawaz Shari is highly unpopular among these accounts. Is that a coincidence that protests against NS have brought the Shareef brothers close to their exit. These are sample tweets from some of the popular “Army official” accounts from last 5 days. Some of them use highly abusive language against the civilian leadership and Media houses and are ardent supporters of recent “Inqilaab” and “Azadi” Marches.   [View the story "Twitter enables free expression for Army officials" on Storify] Note: It was very difficult to choose tweets which were … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Citizens, Constitution, Democracy, human rights, journalism, Media, movements, Parliament, Storify, Twitter