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Putting Humpty Dumpty Back Together

Putting Humpty Dumpty Back Together

By Misbah Azam, Ph.D. “For an hour I was transported to a place where every new minute inspired me to fall in love with Pakistan again.” Above are the words of one brilliant Pakistani entrepreneur of Silicon Valley, Dr. Safwan Shah, which he wrote to convey his tributes to a dynamic young Pakistani lawyer, politician and social activist, Mohammed Jibran Nasir, after attending his talk in a USA Talk Series 2015 seminar in the Silicon Valley, San … Read entire article »

Filed under: Activism, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Terrorism, USA, Zarb-E-Azb

Living the Pakistani Dream

Living the Pakistani Dream

By Nausherwan Ali Recently, I came across an article titled “What is the Korean Dream?” by Seong-Hyung Hong published in the World post in which he discussed a vision for his people, a vision which transcends national boundaries and which if translated into reality, will add to the splendor of the Korean people. The writer compared his “Korean dream” with the American, Chinese and Japanese dreams, and highlighted the values which make the Korean dream distinct from … Read entire article »

Filed under: Democracy, Egalitarian Pakistan, Liberal Democratic Pakistan, liberal Pakistan, Pak Tea House, Pakistan

Dil Phaink – a multimedia love letter to the Pakistani spirit

Dil Phaink – a multimedia love letter to the Pakistani spirit

This May, PeaceNiche is taking ‘Dil Phaink’, a multimedia love letter to the Pakistani spirit, to the Alchemy Festival at London’s Southbank Centre. The Alchemy Festival is an annual showcase of the best of dance, music, theatre, design, fashion, comedy and literature from South Asia and this is the second consecutive year that Pakistani artists will be welcomed to the festival. Dil Phaink is a celebration of an inimitable spirit of abandon and exuberance, bordering on melodrama. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Activism, Arts and Crafts, Citizens, culture, 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

Thirteen Pakistani Memes that perfectly describes Pakistan vs South Africa Match

Thirteen Pakistani Memes that perfectly describes Pakistan vs South Africa Match

Malik Omaid From the beginning of this world cup Pakistani social media is in frenzy. We have forgot almost all national issues and these days World Cup is on top priority. Even senate elections cannot match the way cricket is being discussed. Part of this is because of “unpredictable” nature of Pakistani team performance. I have yet to remember a tournament when our qualifying to next level is not connected to the performance of other teams. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Cricket, Humor, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Photos, south asia, sport

Top Tweets Feb 19: JuD?! Peace Talks with Afghan Taliban & Pakistan’s Blasphemy Problem

Top Tweets Feb 19: JuD?! Peace Talks with Afghan Taliban & Pakistan’s Blasphemy Problem

Malik Omaid There was a lot of laughter on Chaudhry Nisar’s wardrobe and his personality resembling some “actor” during his current US visit by the Pakistani Twitterati but as Omar Qureshi reported yesterday this statement by our Interior Minister is crueler joke. Pakistani Govt. does not have much data about JuD. Well ask the Army! Explains why JuD holds rallies despite being banned –> Pak Interior Minister tells US audience Govt has no ‘exact data’ on JUD … Read entire article »

Filed under: Afghanistan, Army, Blasphemy, Pak Tea House, Secterainism, Terrorism, Top Tweets, Twitter, war, Zarb-E-Azb

Top Tweets Feb 17: Lahore Blast and Urdu trends

Top Tweets Feb 17: Lahore Blast and Urdu trends

Malik Omaid Yesterday Lahore once again struck with a suicide blast outside Police lines Qila Gujar singh killing at least 8. Initial reports start pouring in on Twitter. In fact I was informed via twitter about the incident. Breakaway faction of TTP, Jamaatul Ahrar claims responsibility for #LahoreBlast http://t.co/C9QUoudNrq pic.twitter.com/3FDq1vvffa — Nazia Memon (@NaziaMemon01) February 17, 2015 Soon the twitter feed started to fill with different view and satire on the ruling “Sharifs” especially this one which says “Shahbaz … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Lahore, Pakistan, Punjab, Taliban, Top Tweets, Twitter, violence

Why are Pakistan Poor Chasers?

By Amaar Ahmad: Blame it on one plausible explanation: They simply do not want to run between wickets. They seem to want to run scores through hitting boundaries only. Given a choice to score 4 runs as <0,0,0,4> (3 dots and a boundary) versus <1,1,1,1> (four singles), Pakistani batsmen would prefer the former. Clearly <0,0,0,4> breeds rash stroke play and more mental tension. This is why they cannot chase even as Ireland. And this is why they suffer atrocious run outs more than other teams. Take the current lot: Younis Khan, Ahmed Shahzad, Afridi, Umar Akmal and Misbah. They all suffer from a <0,0,0,4> syndrome. Except for Fawad Alam who is an accumulator (i.e. <1,1,1,1>) most would rather be stroke players. This creates a vicious cycle. Unable to effectively rotate strike, pressure … Read entire article »

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Top tweets Feb 10: Chaudhry Sarwar Joining PTI, Altaf Hussain’s Sorry and Kijriwal’s Victory

Top tweets Feb 10: Chaudhry Sarwar Joining PTI, Altaf Hussain’s Sorry and Kijriwal’s Victory

Malik Omaid On Pak Tea House we are starting a new daily series of top tweets from Pakistani and non-Pakistani twitterati. The idea is to bring the discussions on microblogs here on the old school blog. Your feedback and comments are welcome. Top trend for today was former Governor Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar joining PTI. Many lauded the decision but many also criticized it and reminded PTI supporters of their past statements about Ch. Sarwar. I am pleased to … Read entire article »

Filed under: Activism, Citizens, Democracy, India, journalism, liberal Pakistan, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Politics, Punjab, Raza Rumi, secular Pakistan, Top Tweets, Twitter

Wikimedia Pakistan and the manipulation of Wikipedia Pages on Pakistan

Wikimedia Pakistan and the manipulation of Wikipedia Pages on Pakistan

Given the semi-literate nature of internet usage in Pakistan, Wikipedia has come to be known as the gospel truth in the country’s 30 million odd internet users. Consequently it has to be controlled because whoever controls Wikipedia controls the narrative in cyber-Pakistan. This is where Wikimedia Pakistan [https://twitter.com/WikimediaPK] comes in, run by a self professed college drop out who has too much time on his hands called Saqib Qayyum Chaudhry [http://opensource.com/life/14/9/wiki-loves-monuments-pakistan].     He describes himself as : “The writer … Read entire article »

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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

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

Book Review: “Wounded Tiger: A History of Cricket in Pakistan” by Peter Oborne

Book Review: “Wounded Tiger: A History of Cricket in Pakistan” by Peter Oborne

By Fazal Abbas The eternal drama of Pakistan cricket never ceases to fascinate the fans of Cricket game. Why would it? There are only few teams in world cricket, rather world sports, as unpredictable and mercurial as Pakistan. They will be a laughing stock one day with their amateurish performance and next day exhibit elated panache with ability to beat best in the world. If not for Pakistani cricket team, cricket would have been the most … Read entire article »

Filed under: Books, Citizens, Cricket, Egalitarian Pakistan, History, Images, Lahore, liberal Pakistan, Pakistan, Photos, sport, Writers

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