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Life of a Journalist in Pakistan

By Rukhshan Meer   Every day I read and watch multiple news stories and I observed that media, more than often, pays tribute to cricketers, actors, dancers, civil servants, military men and many other known and unknown personalities. However, no one pay attention to those who are behind writing these stories. Do you ever wonder, who gathers this information, compiles it and then write for you to read it in the morning on your breakfast table or on your office desk? I’m pretty sure that no one pays attention, nevertheless I did. A friend of mine is working in an Urdu Daily newspaper, paid me a visit to Lahore from Islamabad. A decent, well-spoken and well learned person – we had a deep conversation over a cup of tea on cool evening. I … Read entire article »

Filed under: human rights, journalism, Justice, Media, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Rights

The forced realities of life.

By Abuzar   Starting from our childhood, we are forced to believe in ideas that are said to be the realities of life. These realities slowly become imprinted on our developing conscience. Based on figments of imagination, made up of biases, these thoughts are fueled by hatred – nullifying what is real and what is not. I, myself was forced into believing a particularly conformed idea.  “People of Shit’te sect smell bad”, this was told to me by none other than my uncle, whose own thought was groomed by one of his elders.  Even though I hail from an apparently liberal family, this repugnant thought found its way into my consciousness. I was in my early teens, when one day my Uncle was having a business deal with someone he knew.  However, apparently he … Read entire article »

Filed under: minorities, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, People's Pakistan

Pakistan: Civil-Military Relations

Pakistan: Civil-Military Relations

By Mohammad Shehzad ‘Nawaz Sharif Enterprises’ was up in arms when the military leadership bit its head off for not doing enough to implement the National Action Plan [NAP]. The generals want the inefficient politicians to do more on the terrorism front. (Though they did not use the word ‘inefficient’ but a wise man does not need any explanation.) Blowing his top and crying out loud, our veteran politician Mehmood Khan Achakzai declared the generals’ grievance a … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Constitution, Democracy, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, USA

India’s Tyrst With Destiny: 1947-2015

India’s Tyrst With Destiny: 1947-2015

 PTH is grateful to Johnny Sahib for making this contribution on request. PTH does not essentially agree with everything presented in the article. By Johnny “Long years ago we made a tryst with destiny, and now the time comes when we shall redeem our pledge, not wholly or in full measure, but very substantially. At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps, India will awake to light and freedom. A moment comes, which comes but rarely in … Read entire article »

Filed under: India, minorities, Politics, secularism

Pakistan: Patriotism and its hoaxes

Pakistan: Patriotism and its hoaxes

By Ali Bhurgri The most mislead, misconceived and tractable word. However, the importance of this tool in general can never be undermined. It is on paper, one of the most important mechanism through which a nation state is held together. My mind was clustered with several thoughts about what it really is? It had to be more than just waving a flag, standing up to your national anthem, loving your army and supporting your country in a … Read entire article »

Filed under: baluchistan, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, secularism

Bihar Elections: Modi’s Waterloo or Jungleraaj-Part 2

Bihar Elections: Modi’s Waterloo or Jungleraaj-Part 2

PTH is grateful to Abhinav Pandya for making this contribution on request. Further PTH does not essentially agree with every point made in the article Abhinav Pandya In the intellectual circles the verdict of 8th November 2015 marks the victory of the forces of secularism over communalism. In the annals of documented history, it will go down as the day of revolution which arrested the onslaught of the juggernaut of mythical and invincible Modi. Half a century … Read entire article »

Filed under: India, Rural, secularism

Liberal Democracy and Minority Rights

Liberal Democracy and Minority Rights

PTH is grateful to Gorki sahib for making this contribution on request.  Gorki In 1940 M. A. Jinnah delivered the presidential speech at the Lahore session of the AIML which in hindsight is perhaps one of the most important speeches ever delivered by anyone in the 20th century India.  Gandhi; he said, had invited the AIML to join the congress in the future presumably democratic constituent assembly of India. But, despite its egalitarian appearance it was an … Read entire article »

Filed under: Democracy, India, minorities, Pakistan

Stop Posting Funny Memes And Jokes About Fasting, Pakistan!

Stop Posting Funny Memes And Jokes About Fasting, Pakistan!

By Haider Rifaat The social media has played a pivotal role in promoting the importance of Ramadan in our lives. However, the occasional perversion often seems to surface every now and then, despite all the awareness. I have come across many individuals on Facebook and Twitter (most of them being Pakistanis FYI), who post comical yet unreasonable pictures, comments, statuses and memes about fasting that we ought to ignore while observing it. I am not trying to … Read entire article »

Filed under: Islam, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Religion

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

Evolution of Religious Extremism in Pakistan

Evolution of Religious Extremism in Pakistan

By Syed Amir As per an estimate 96.4% of total 199 million Pakistanis are Muslims and rest of the population consists of Christians, Hindus, Sikhs and other minority groups. However, diversity in Pakistan is more visible along cultural and ethnic lines and less through its religious distribution. Pakistan is the cradle of Indus Valley Civilization and since those days, Pakistan opened its arms for all the migrants, settlers, traders, invaders and nonetheless preachers from all over the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Pakistan, Religion

R.I.P. Sabeen Mahmud. You blazed a trail and passed the spark on to us

R.I.P. Sabeen Mahmud. You blazed a trail and passed the spark on to us

By Samir Gupta We are cross posting this piece by Samir Gupta from Aman Ki Asha blog. Samir has given a tribute to Sabeen Mahmud from India, where many have responded with grief to the murder of the Pakistani activist and entrepreneur in Karachi last Friday. Late last Friday night, I was talking on the phone with a Pakistani friend who suddenly stopped our conversation with: “Oh my god, oh my god, Sabeen has just been shot”. I did … Read entire article »

Filed under: baluchistan, Blogroll, Media, obituary, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Photos, Target Killing, Terrorism

Governance of Another Kind

Governance of Another Kind

By Waqas Rafique Just when residents of Islamabad were finally getting some relief from the jammed traffic of Islamabad after the containers set up during PTI dharna and reopening of Jinnah Avenue recently, the government’s announcement on April 8 came as nothing less than a shock. “Sir, you can take out the order but sorry can’t eat in.” was the reply of a rather embarrassed waiter at one eatery. Irritated, my friend and I tried to go … Read entire article »

Filed under: Corruption, Democracy, Islamabad, Opinion, Pakistan

From Un-Silenced to Re-Silenced

From Un-Silenced to Re-Silenced

By Syed Foaad Hassan Let’s again recall Faiz Ahmed Faiz and compare what we are facing today My salutations to thy sacred streets, O beloved nation! Where a custom ‘that none shall walk with his head held high’ has been invented And if a devotee yearns to go on pilgrimage Then He must walk, with eyes lowered & body crouched in fear The heart is in a tumultuous wrench at the sight Of stones and bricks locked away and mongrels breathing free In … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, baluchistan, Constitution, Democracy, ISI, Pakistan, Parliament, Terrorism, violence

Choosing to Forget!

Choosing to Forget!

By Saad Lakhani How can a society live with itself when people are burned alive for only being accused of something! This sentiment is lacking, and not. It is a sentiment that comes into being, and disappears as quickly, when and where necessary. It is a sentiment that horrifies the poor victims that we are—revealing to us the conspiracies of the world—and at the same time, it is a sentiment that goes missing entirely at the oddest hours. The … Read entire article »

Filed under: minorities, Pakistan, Secterainism, Terrorism, violence

Wearing a Veil is My Right

Wearing a Veil is My Right

By Sana Ahmad     Can you imagine being made to feel like you do not belong? Can you imagine being made to feel that you are inferior because of a piece of clothing? That your ideals are wrong if they are different from the norm? This is something that people face even today. With time, our society is becoming more and more judgmental and narrow minded. Today, we see various campaigns trying to promote diversity, trying to … Read entire article »

Filed under: Islam, Opinion, Religion, secularism, Society, Women