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Transgender Community in Pakistan

Transgender Community in Pakistan

Raza ullah khan In the past few years, there has been an unnerving increase in violence against the transgender community in Pakistan. There have been incidents of brutal killing of transgender activists in Khyber Pakhtunkhawa and other parts of the country. According to an activist member of the community, 45 transgender people have been killed and 300 suffered harassment in the last two years in KPK alone. Every day, members of this community suffer humiliation in … Read entire article »

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Reading: Some Reflections (and the Books I read in 2016)

Reading: Some Reflections (and the Books I read in 2016)

Aslam Kakar I grew up in a small village on the periphery of Pakistan. In childhood and till my undergraduate studies in Lahore, I did not read at all. Perhaps, I did not have the opportunity or perhaps I just did not care. Or may be I did not care because of the environment. There was no library where I lived. I never saw a book store till the age of 18 when I went to … Read entire article »

Filed under: Books, culture, Education, Fiction, Lahore, LGBT, Liberal Democratic Pakistan, Love, Nature, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, peace, Politics, psychology, quetta, Religion

Protection of Minorities Bill: Brilliant!

Protection of Minorities Bill: Brilliant!

Naeem Asgher Tarar   On 24th November, Sindh assembly outmaneuvered all other provinces by passing a law which is for protecting the minorities of the province from the evil of forced conversions.  It is about time that a bill like this should have been brought, signed into law and implemented throughout the province, but even now it is felicitous and a big sigh of relief for the people of different minorities, who were being molested and threatened.   I … Read entire article »

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How Wealth Influences Politics

How Wealth Influences Politics

By Ayoub Khan   Modern Democracy as we know it is less than 250 years old. For much of human history, societies were ruled by elites who exercised absolute power by controlling the wealth and resources of their land and dominating their people by force. Today, the New World Order cabal aims to enact this model of totalitarian rule on a global scale. In political science, Elite Theory is a theory of the state to explain the power … Read entire article »

Filed under: Democracy, NATTO, Pakistan

Who Am I?

Who Am I?

By Anonymous   I was born in a Muslim family, hence it was expected from me that I become a practicing Muslim as well. My mom was my first teacher about religion, she taught me that our religion is about truthfulness and honesty. My father hardly ever offered Namaz, but my mom told me that he is a very pious man. He is working as a civil servant in a government job and never takes bribes, ensuring … Read entire article »

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

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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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