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Agony of Pakistani Women Enslaved by Dubai Sex Trade

Agony of Pakistani Women Enslaved by Dubai Sex Trade

Trafficking of Pakistani women is a major issue recognised by the United Nations here is a story by NDTV on sex workers who were tricked by greedy agents who seem to have impunity.   Faisalabad:  Zunera once dreamed of becoming a computer engineer. Instead, aged 16, the bright-eyed Pakistani girl was tricked into prostitution in the UAE, beginning a four-year nightmare of cruelty, violence and rape. Pakistan has long been an important source of cheap labour for the … Read entire article »

Filed under: human rights, Media, Pakistan, Rights, sex, Society, UAE, Women

Twitter Diplomacy

PTH Admin Indian PM Narendra Modi made clever use of social media to describe his interaction with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. He avoided politics and focused on emotional ties that resonate with the masses in India and Pakistan. Mothers are revered, almost worshiped in the popular culture of the region. Modi scored a few points by telling the world how open-minded he is about Pakistan and also avoided making a tough statement just as he became India’s PM. We wish Modi and Sharif the best to take this region out of the constant war-mongering. Peace the only way forward.   [View the story "Twitter Diplomacy!" on Storify] … Read entire article »

Filed under: Democracy, Egalitarian Pakistan, India, liberal Pakistan, Media, Pak Tea House, Pakistan-India Peace Process, peace, secularism, Storify, Twitter

Eating kosher-grasshopper to feed Pakistan’s poor

Fishel Benkhald Locust generally known as grasshopper (Acrididae / Orthoptera), can be a good and cheap source of protein for the undernourished 33%(percentage from SDPI 2012 report page 15) poor (58.7 million) Pakistani population challenged with multidimensional poverty. Our 40% children under five years of age are underweight as per UN FAO. Rising fuel cost, corruption and terrorism are indirectly affecting cost of food, on top of that Pakistan metrological department has already acknowledged that we are headed toward acute water crisis. Shortage of water and electricity increase the overall cost of livestock faming and fishing. Comparing to cow Locust is 73%+( FAO report 2006 5.1 Feed conversion page 06) more efficient in converting feed into body mass while Locust farming also exceptionally eco-friendly in low greenhouse gases emission. UN FAO fearing the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Food Crisis, liberal Pakistan, Nature, Pakistan, People's Pakistan, public policy, Religion, Society

Pakistani Media Wars

Pakistani Media Wars

By Naeem Ahmad Sabir I represent the common man. Lot has been said about the recent events by those who claim to represent the sensibilities of the common man, but these analysis feel quiet biased and sometimes outright lunacy specially when some are clearly trying to advance their own agendas thus ending up being the laughing stock of all those who witness & can see beyond the farce. The problem is the society’s tendency to accept whatever … Read entire article »

Filed under: Blasphemy, Citizens, Democracy, Egalitarian Pakistan, human rights, ISI, Islamism, journalism, Liberal Democratic Pakistan, Media, Pakistan, public policy, Religion, secular Pakistan, Society

Come on Pakistan! Culture isn’t a static thing

By Raja Arsalan Khan Pakistani intelligentsia cannot challenge the Taliban through a comprehensive narrative because of the confusion it is suffering from. We are unique; we are supreme; we are here to tell people how to live; we are destined to change the whole world; only the Muslims have contributed to the human progress; everything should must Islamized; everyone except Muslims are our enemies. It is the executive summary of education imparted to our students while we seek an answer to the question: how to root out militancy from society. And unfortunately, media (now a 24/7 business) is complicating the problem by constantly bashing the West and reminding people about so-called negative influence of non-Muslim world and unending conspiracies designed by Jews, Hindus and Christians to consume us. Even a cursory look at the extremism … Read entire article »

Filed under: culture, Islam, Pakistan, Religion

Free Karim – NOW!

By Madiha Tahir On New Year’s Eve 2009, Karim Khan’s family was blown to pieces. A brother, a son and a house guest –a laborer working at a nearby mosque– were all torn to shreds, ripped up in an American drone attack. Since then, Karim has been working with the Islamabad-based lawyer, Shahzad Akbar to file cases in the Pakistani courts demanding justice. At every step of the way, the demands by Pakistanis for democratic, legal solutions have been met with intimidation, harassment and secrecy both by the Pakistani state and the US. Now, Karim has been disappeared. On Feb 5th, 15-20 men, some of them in police uniform, picked up Karim from his home in Rawalpindi, according to witnesses. They took him in front of his wife and children, and his whereabouts … Read entire article »

Filed under: Drones, Pak Tea House

The Silver Lining: Three Transgender Persons Become Government Employees

The Silver Lining: Three Transgender Persons Become Government Employees

by Kasim Osmani Browsing through e-papers has had been my routine over the past few years, partly because of the nature of my profession, and partly, because I am in a habit of it. Every day, I glance through a flood of news updates; Nawaz Sharif’s peace committee, government’s dialogue offer to the Taliban, the Sindh festival, Musharraf case, so on and so forth. Nothing caught my attention more than the Sindh government’s recent move in … Read entire article »

Filed under: human rights

Will Taliban Destroy Pakistan?

Riaz Haq While some Pakistanis, including major political leaders, are afraid of speaking out against the Taliban, other Pakistanis are taking the challenge posed by the insurgents lightly. They are underestimating the power and the capacity of a rag-tag band of barbarians to bring down the Pakistani state and take control in the nation’s capital in Islamabad. It’s important for Pakistanis to learn from history to end such complacency. History Lessons: Famous medieval Islamic historian Abd ur Rehman Ibn Khaldun (1332-1406) argued in his masterpiece“Muqaddima” that tribesmen and barbarians have often had more courage and social cohesion than settled and civilized folk.  He cited many instances in history when rag-tag bands of ill-educated and uncivilized insurgents have swept in and conquered lands whose rulers became corrupt and complacent. Fall of Empires: History is witness to the fact … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Islam, Taliban

A State in Search of a Nation!

A State in Search of a Nation!

By Saad Hafiz Pakistan’s main ideological foundations were based on a separate nationhood, culture and civilisation identified by Islam. The founding fathers envisaged Pakistan as one unified, centralised nation, with one religion, one people and one language. What began as an obvious attempt to use the emotional attachment of the Muslim masses to religion also became the building block of Pakistani nationalism. What followed was the disconnect of nationalism from modernity, a failed project of a consensual … Read entire article »

Filed under: Democracy, History

Hakimullah Mehsud: The Challenges Ahead For Pakistan

Hakimullah Mehsud: The Challenges Ahead For Pakistan

By Waqas Rafique Looks like hard feelings between Pakistan and the United States could remerge. The way Pakistani authorities are reacting to the killing of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) chief Hakimullah Mehsud is quite reminiscent of what happened when Osama Bin Laden (OBL) was taken out in a covert US Navy SEALS operation in Abbottabad back in 2011. Pakistan felt let down then, and surprisingly that is a vivid hint one gets now especially after the press … Read entire article »

Filed under: Pakistan

Minorities in Pakistan: More Focus Required

Minorities in Pakistan: More Focus Required

A courageous TV show was conducted last night by Beenish Saleem and Raza Rumi, on Capital TV, discussing the plight of Pakistan’s forgotten minorities. The show can be seen in its enitirety at the following link: ( Rabia Mehmood and Shahzad Raza, journalists with extensive on-field experience in covering Minority issues in Paksitan were invited as guests. This kind of shows are a rarity in Pakistani media which usually revolves around its own cacophony. Godspeed to these … Read entire article »

Filed under: Blogroll, Citizens, Constitution, Democracy, History, Jinnah, Law, Liberal Democratic Pakistan, liberal Pakistan, minorities, Pakistan, Partition, Religion, secular Pakistan, USA

Zinda Bhaag: a breath of fresh air

Zinda Bhaag: a breath of fresh air

By Sheharyar Rizwan The much-awaited and much-hyped offering from Pakistani cinema, Zinda Bhaag, was released to packed houses less than a week ago. The film got extra attention when it was announced as Pakistan’s official entry to the Oscars in the Best Foreign film category. While some celebrated the decision, others lashed out at the selection committee for promoting the film as an Oscar nominee when it had just been considered to represent Pakistan at the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Cinema

What Is A Pakistani?

By Nabeel Jafri Many claim that Pakistan is a failed state. A problem cannot be solved without identifying it. So I sat down to dissect the problem but soon ran into a whole new one – to understand Pakistan, I had to understand the Pakistani first. In order to conduct some credible research, my Pakistani couldn’t simply be somebody I knew. It had to be a Pakistani I had no association with and someone who would be recognized by others for being a Pakistani as well. Thus, I set out to find myself a Pakistani to interview.   Unsure of where to start my search, I gave my parents a call. My mother answered the phone. ‘Mamma, I’m looking for a Pakistani. Where can I find one?’ ‘I can’t hear you properly. The rain damaged … Read entire article »

Filed under: musings, Pakistan

The Defenders

By Tamoor Zafar We are so used to listening to and believing in these politicians, they show their faces and defend their political parties and their fused leaders on TV, no matter how serious the issue is they will come up with some kind of defence but no shame and we still listen to them, let’s call these representatives the Defenders. These Defenders love to use precedents from the West. I always feel that If I could be there I could present a better defence, as I cannot be at two places at once therefore I came up with this idea to write some Western precedents which can provide defence to the Defenders on different issues. Nowadays a very common question the Defenders are facing is the question of the violation of sovereignty … Read entire article »

Filed under: Drones, Pakistan, Politics, USA

No One Will Come to Pakistan

Raza Habib Raja One of my very good friends from USA wanted to come to Pakistan. Before leaving I told him that I would get back and then let him know. And now with this latest killings of tourists, who is going to come here?  I have to now actually beg my friend not to come. Every time Pakistan surprises me with its ability to achieve new lows. During the past five years, I have seen Shiite massacre, attacks on Christians, countless suicide bombings and killing of liberal politicians. And overarching all this mayhem has been a sickening state of denial and apologetic defense. In denial mode, our “bright” mostly middleclass Pakistanis simply attribute everything to foreign powers whereas the apologists try to construe extremism as simply a reaction. The deniers often … Read entire article »

Filed under: Taliban, Terrorism, Travel, USA, violence