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Where do we stand?

Where do we stand?

By Fizza Abbas You have not evolved to an extent that people start considering you in their literary books you still have to go a long way; And then there will come a time, when you will be among those who will be taken in high esteem, you have to stop ranting and do something not for yourself only but for others, but then again, you have to analyze yourself and find out your motive. Are you doing it to gain some limelight? Or you genuinely approve the … Read entire article »

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PAK-CHINA RELATIONS— To be or not to be?

PAK-CHINA RELATIONS— To be or not to be?

By Muqeet Tahir Malik     Have you ever been perturbed by how the media portrays of Pakistan and China’s friendship? Did you ever hear of the difficulties of the countless Chinese who have entered Pakistan? Are you bewildered over growing popularity of Chinese cuisine in Pakistan? We have to evaluate the pros and the cons. The song that rallies as Chinese dignitaries arrive in Pakistan is, “Our friendship is greater than the heights of Himalayan Ranges.” Now, this … Read entire article »

Filed under: China, culture, History, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Politics

A Pakistani Hindu:’I am a citizen & that’s enough for me to hold my basic rights’

By Vijay Kumar Yesterday, on Saturday, July 30th 2016, I got an opportunity to become part of a thought-provoking conference in Hyderabad, the second largest city in Sindh.  The conference was titled as Interfaith Youth Dialogue and Festival, arranged by a young social activist and past Pak-US exchange alumni, Dr. Rajesh Kumar. The session was led by some of the prominent personalities in the Sindh covering intellectuals, mystic poets, human right activists and academia. The conference put lights on many important issues of religious intolerance and religious supremacy prevailing in the Sindh and Pakistan, in general. During the conference, by listening to the panelists and with my own thought pattern, I summarized some of my thoughts on the issues and what I think we can do to curb them. Here is a conflict now. If you pick a … Read entire article »

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A person can change but only under one condition

A person can change but only under one condition

By: Hafsa Sarfraz A person’s imperfection which we sometimes insistently try to point a finger at, really hurts. All the special behavioral models are just psychological protection against wounds inflicted on our soul. It’s only thoroughly developed strategies which allow us to comfortably exist in this world with others. Most of people truly believe that love is so powerful that it can change a person. We can say that a person can change but only under one … Read entire article »

Filed under: Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan

Abdul Sattar Edhi: the greatest Pakistani to have ever lived!

Abdul Sattar Edhi: the greatest Pakistani to have ever lived!

By Imran Ahmad Khan   On a recent official assignment, I was lucky enough to work with the Edhi Foundation. While my interaction with Pakistan’s largest social welfare organization was extremely limited, it gave me a chance to move away from the distractions of life and get a real sense of the great work that Abdul Sattar Edhi had done for humanity. Edhi’s name has always been a part of our lives. His image has always floated around, … Read entire article »

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

Tribute to Amjad Sabri: JABAR KAY ANDHEROON MEIN ZINDAGI GUZARI HAY

Tribute to Amjad Sabri: JABAR KAY ANDHEROON MEIN ZINDAGI GUZARI HAY

By Rafique Ali April 2016 will now stay in my memory forever. Its was a gloomy Saturday evening in Atlanta, usually people in my adopted city don’t like grey sky. Being a native of sunny Karachi, I will forever remain fond of the clouds and rain.  Amjad Sabri was doing US tour and I was on my way to attend his concert. Clouds, light rain, Amjad Sabri and even my wife agreed to accompany me (as she … Read entire article »

Filed under: Arts and Crafts, culture, Media, Music, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Reviews, Sufi, Sufism, USA

Pakistanis and the love of Trump

Pakistanis and the love of Trump

By S Mahmood I think we can all agree that Donald Trump’s stated policies towards Muslims are discriminatory and whenever he comments about them, Muslim voices are raised against him including in Pakistan. Not just against Donald Trump but also injustices against fellow Muslims in places like Syria and Palestine. Yet back home, every time somebody calls for justice in the case of Ahmadis, our sense of fairness is absent. Recently letters to Hamza Ali Abassi have … Read entire article »

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

The Crisis of Good Governance in Pakistan

The Crisis of Good Governance in Pakistan

By Najeeb Kakar Good governance is an indeterminate term used in the international development literature to describe how public institutions conduct public affairs and manage their resources. However, governance is “the process of decision-making and the process by which decisions are implemented (or not implemented)”.  One of the definitions of good governance is “establishing of policies [and rules], and continuous monitoring of their proper implementation by the members of the governing body [government] of an organization [country]”. Good … Read entire article »

Filed under: Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan

Technology without which we can’t live

Technology without which we can’t live

By Hafsa Sarfraz In this day and age everyone uses technology in some way, shape or form to make life easier. For most people technology is not something we give a second thought to but some people literally can’t live without it and I am not being dramatic. For some people the existence of technology is the difference between silence and laughter, loneliness and interaction and even life and death.   Can we live without a technology? Of … Read entire article »

Filed under: Pakistan, Technology, World

Zahra Haider, Sex Ed & It’s Explosive Debate

Zahra Haider, Sex Ed & It’s Explosive Debate

By Maida Sheikh Zahra Haider’s  article on what she learnt on having sex in Pakistan was a small truth, but it doesn’t define the whole of Pakistan or Pakistanis.  She doesn’t claim to define Pakistanis either – which is a relief. I found the article interesting, however nothing she said was explosive or bold to me. I was not surprised by Zahra’s admission to having slept with a dozen different men, since most likely she isn’t the only … Read entire article »

Filed under: Canada, Children, Education, Islamabad, men, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Women

Yes you are supporting Qandeel Baloch!

Yes you are supporting Qandeel Baloch!

By Syed Foaad Hassan I am shocked and feeling ashamed being part of a society where people share videos of a stripper wearing Pakistani flag among their social circles, whether it is Facebook or WhatsApp. I know most of my friends will criticize me after reading this but yes! There are limits! I always spoke against cyber-crime bill, still I do not support any kind of monitoring by Government but I want FIA to take action … Read entire article »

Filed under: Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, sex

Part II: Media – Our Friend or Foe?

Part II: Media – Our Friend or Foe?

  By Muqeet Tahir Malik Media is like a myriad giant setting trends for public all while trying to cajole them for personal gains. A prominent example in this regard is the six month long sit in Islamabad led to chaos and people were compelled to rally against the government leading to instability. Along with this, a loss of Rs. 342 billion, there was a depreciation of investor confidence by 64 % according to State Bank report. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Arts and Crafts, Children, Citizens, Civil Service, culture, drama, Fashion, journalism, Law, liberal Pakistan, Media, men, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Women, Zarb-E-Azb

The Profession of Prostitution – II

The Profession of Prostitution – II

By Najeeb Kakar In my last article, about the profession of prostitution, I deconstructed why prostitution is considered a viable source of revenue by poor Pashtun women. I had also given a detailed analysis of destitute women of our allegedly religious, traditional and intrepid society being obliged to this act. In my concluding piece, I broadly examine the  incalculable causes of prostitution entrenched as a whole in Pakistani society how and why respected women have been … Read entire article »

Filed under: culture, Dance, Law, men, minorities, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Peshawar, Politics, poverty, psychology, sex, Women

Are Karachi & Hyderabad RAW’ Stronghold?

Are Karachi & Hyderabad RAW’ Stronghold?

By Ahmer Muzammil For the 167th time in last 25 years, the establishment of Pakistan and the Punjabi intelligentsia has been trying to convince the rest of the country that MQM is RAW’ B team. This is troubling, because during this same time frame the MQM has continued to enjoy mandate of Urban Sind. It is interesting that Pakistan’s Army was at helm of affairs for all intent and purpose from 1999-2007 and during this tenure … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Citizens, Constitution, Corruption, Democracy, Karachi, MQM, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Politics, Punjab, RAW, Sindh, state, Terrorism

An Open Letter to Mustafa Kamal

An Open Letter to Mustafa Kamal

By  Emad Masroor   Dear Mustafa Kamal,   I am going to preface this letter by saying that I admire you for the way you embraced ownership of the city of Karachi, and encouraged all of her citizens to do the same. Your tenure as mayor was indeed a time of hope and of promise for a city which has never seen much of either – and I say this not because of the number of infrastructure projects executed … Read entire article »

Filed under: Constitution, Corruption, Democracy, Karachi, Love, MQM, Mustafa Kamal, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Politics, Target Killing, Terrorism