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Peshawar: City of flowers to City of Coffins

Peshawar: City of flowers to City of Coffins

Amir Abbas Turi Peshawar: a fabulous and historic city, also known as city of flowers has now been remodeled into the town of coffins, terror and blood. Yesterday’s heart shattering incident – attack on military-run school, Army Public, by heinous monsters – in the provincial capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan, has had shocked the world. The messages of condolences from all over the world attempted to mend the irreparable injuries Peshawrities had received. Our greatest … Read entire article »

Filed under: Children, Islam, Peshawar, Religion, Taliban, Terrorism, war, Zarb-E-Azb

محض مذمت چھوڑئیے اور کچھ کیجیے!

محض مذمت چھوڑئیے اور کچھ کیجیے!

ملک عمید لکھے ہوئے الفاظ دوبارہ لکھنے میں بڑی اذیت ہے۔ مگر پاکستانیوں کو اس پر کچھ زیادہ توقف نہیں ہوتا، ہم بے حسی سے ایسے مواقع گزار دیتے ہیں۔ پشاور میں سینکڑوں بچوں کا قتل عام ہوتا ہے، جہادی اس پر خوشی کا اظہار کرتے ہیں، ہم روتے پیٹتے ہیں، گالیاں دیتے ہیں، مذمت کرتے ہیں،  فوج کی بہادری پر ناز کرتے ہیں اور ان بھیڑیوں کو قرار واقعی سزا دینے کا مطالبہ بھی کرتے … Read entire article »

Filed under: Children, Islamism, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Peshawar, Religion, Society, state, Taliban, Terrorism, Urdu, violence, war, youth, Zarb-E-Azb

On Peshawar’s traumatizing event

On Peshawar’s traumatizing event

By: Sana Ahmad, Today as the death toll in Peshawar was rising, I was at a local theme park, surrounded with cousins the same age as the children who were martyred.Cousins who were riding swings or going down the slide, laughing and playing merrily as they should, while the same aged children of Peshawar were struggling for their lives. Today as I was riding the swing with my 5 year old cousin I had a momentary … Read entire article »

Filed under: Children, Islam, Pakistan, Peshawar, Religion, Taliban, Terrorism, violence, war, Zarb-E-Azb

Junaid Jamshed: Blasphemy, an act Well-done

Junaid Jamshed: Blasphemy, an act Well-done

by Saira A. Nizami Many would be aware of the recent Junaid Jamshed controversy that rocked Pakistani news channels some time ago. The singer-turned-scholar Jamshed became much too comfortable demonizing women stripping them of their rights, maybe to side with the public male opinion. One would think that in a country where women’s rights need to be handed back and reminded that they exist, that the abuse needs to end, a scholar would give the opposite … Read entire article »

Filed under: Blasphemy, Islam, minorities, Pakistan, Religion

Peace, Volunteerism ,and Youth: Perspectives Pakistan

By Muqeet Tahir Malik Have you ever thought of youth as the building blocks of peace? Why are there plethora of aspirations attached to youth? How does the psychology of youth affect the society? Do you know the significance of volunteering? How to assess productivity of Youth in relation to volunteerism? Do you know the pivotal consanguinity that exists between Peace, and Volunteerism? How can we eradicate terrorism from Pakistan through productive generation? These are imperative pertinent questions that will be covered upon in my essay. Firstly, the idea of social cohesion through volunteering is evident as people always volunteer in groups which means that they are selfless and work together for a common concern. For instance, the program Dream Education for All, headed by Jasir Shahbaz of Lahore university of management sciences … Read entire article »

Filed under: Education, Lahore, Pakistan, peace, youth

Malala’s Speech To Receive Nobel Peace Prize

Bismillah hir rahman ir rahim. In the name of God, the most merciful, the most beneficent. Your Majesties, distinguished members of the Norweigan Nobel Committee, dear sisters and brothers, today is a day of great happiness for me. I am humbled that the Nobel Committee has selected me for this precious award. Thank you to everyone for your continued support and love. I am grateful for the letters and cards that I still receive from all around the world. Reading your kind and encouraging words strengthens and inspires me. I would like to thank my parents for their unconditional love. Thank you to my father for not clipping my wings and for letting me fly. Thank you to my mother for inspiring me to be patient and to always speak the truth- which … Read entire article »

Filed under: Pakistan

System of Governance – Not the Governance

System of Governance – Not the Governance

Misbah U. Azam, Ph.D.     The common problem among Pakistani is that – for 67 years — we rely and wait for messiahs, who, with their heavenly powers, would solve every ills of the country.  It isn’t quite amazing for any outside observer when they witness how Imran Khan’s followers justify his actions and blindly follow his rhetoric without asking any question.  Although, it is rather encouraging that a section of society, who have never shown any … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Citizens, Constitution, Democracy, Liberal Democratic Pakistan, Opinion, Pakistan

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

The Father of Democracy

The Father of Democracy

By Waqas habib Rana Javed Hashmi is the man who single handedly brought down the egoistic Imran khan and dented his plans to roll over an elected Government through unconstitutional means; as Khan himself pointed towards the “third umpire”.Hashmi’s exposure of London plan dented the whole script that was to be completed with the blood of innocent supporters of Imran Khan and Tahir ul Qadri. Javed Hashmi took away a piece of the moral high ground … Read entire article »

Filed under: Constitution, Democracy, Elections, History, Opinion, Pakistan, Parliament, Politics

The profusion of terrorist outfits in Europe and Middle East; Bewilderment for the world

The profusion of terrorist outfits in Europe and Middle East; Bewilderment for the world

By Muqeet Tahir Malik Dear Readers! Do any of you know about the extremist organizations operating in the Balkan states? Have you ever focused on the spread of terrorism especially in Europe? How fast is this trend in Middle East? What are the causes, and how to impede growth of extremism? Do you know the historical importance of the Balkan states?Do you know the ECJM faction? These are pertinent questions that we need to analyse, and … Read entire article »

Filed under: Al Qaeda, Iraq, Islamism, Middle East, Opinion, Secterainism, Taliban, USA, violence

Photo of the Day: Border Skirmishes between Pakistan & India intensifies

Photo of the Day: Border Skirmishes between Pakistan & India intensifies

Malik Omaid Despite a ceasefire accord in 2003, border skirmishes at LoC between Pakistan and India has become a common news. Every time the news breaks, both sides accuse other for initiating “unprovoked” firing on the border. No accountability afterwards and no fact finding ever done public to tell what really happened. Neither there is neutral “modus operandi” by which we can confirm that who is the “culprit” nor any of the sides actually want such … Read entire article »

Filed under: Citizens, India, Pakistan, Pakistan-India Peace Process, violence, war

The Politics Of ‘Dharnas’

The Politics Of ‘Dharnas’

By Ali Butt The ‘dharna’ fiasco in our capital’s heartland has exacerbated the tribulations of my hapless compatriots. Despite Khan’s and Qadiri’s pleas, cajoling and even intimidation—the sermons and tirades are aired intermittently on electronic media into luring large swaths of people—the public, at large, has forsaken these self-proclaimed Messiahs. Despondent, dejected and infuriated, they shall stop at nothing to have their unjust demands met. Resorting to civil disobedience and anarchy, with never even once flinching, … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Constitution, Democracy, Islamabad, Pakistan, Parliament, Punjab, Revolution, violence

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

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

What about the common man?

What about the common man?

By Saniya Ahmad It has been 3 weeks since the Azadi/Inquilaab March started. Thousands of people came out of their homes to march against the current government for their poor governance. They have been living without proper shelter and sanitation for weeks now. Every night is dangerous for them for fear of attack by the police. And if that isn’t enough, there is frequent rainfall, much of which continues throughout the whole night. It has been 3 … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Citizens, Constitution, Corruption, Democracy, Egalitarian Pakistan, Islamabad, movements, Pakistan, Parliament, Politics, poverty