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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

Review:The Wandering Falcon—Exploding the Myth about Tribal Culture(s) in Pakistan

Review:The Wandering Falcon—Exploding the Myth about Tribal Culture(s) in Pakistan

By Aslam Kakar The Wandering Falcon, Jamil Ahmed’s debut novel, was published in 2011—almost four decades after it was written in the early 1970s. Why it took so long for the novel to hit the bookstores’ shelves were the endless rejections from publishers from around the world. One wonders what was it then that kept the author for so long from trashing the manuscript at first.   Perhaps, it was the book’s promising content and Ahmed’s faith in … Read entire article »

Filed under: Afghanistan, Baloch, Honor Killings, North-West Frontier Province, Northern Areas, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Raza Rumi, Religion, Reviews, violence, Women

Part I: Media – Our Friend or Foe?

Part I: Media – Our Friend or Foe?

By Muqeet Tahir Malik   Media, a word that evolves an imaginary television in our brain encompassed by multifarious forms of audio, social media and video. Have you ever thought about the concept of free media in Pakistan? Can media be called a friendly fourth pillar of democracy? How far has media been a player in non-kinetic warfare? How has it widened the citizen-government consanguinity through the rat’s nest policy? How can media ownership issues have severe … Read entire article »

Filed under: Arts and Crafts, Bollywood, Children, Citizens, Economy, Education, Fashion, journalism, Liberal Democratic Pakistan, liberal Pakistan, Literature, Media, Pakistan

How We See Pakistani Scientists and Educationists.

How We See Pakistani Scientists and Educationists.

By Abuzar Wp There is a homosexual person currently working as an Associate Head of Physics Department at Massachusetts institute of Technology (MIT). Unfortunately, the genetic make-up of the sex chromosome turned out to be XX and that means the being is a female. Most important of all is she is a Parsi by belief system- a Zoroastrian, which means she is certainly a non-Muslim and all these reasons are enough for us to judge, damn and … Read entire article »

Filed under: Blogging, culture, Dr. Abdus Salam, drama, Free Speech, Heritage, human rights, Identity, Islam for Peace, Islamism, Malala Yousufzai, Nergis Mavalvala, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, peace, People's Pakistan, Religion, Rights, youth

The Profession of Prostitution

The Profession of Prostitution

By Najeeb Kakar      Many writers and intellectuals boldly write and speak particularly about the menace of terrorism and extremism plaguing the country. Every commoner, religious fanatic, liberal fascist, atheist and feminist is likely to raise their voice against terrorism, extremism, Talibanisation, social inequalities, minorities’ rights, and the growing abuse of human rights. However, very few actually discuss that, why in our society – prostitution has been adopted as a reasonable alternative by thousands of women … Read entire article »

Filed under: Corruption, culture, human rights, journalism, Law, men, minorities, movements, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Peshawar, poverty, psychology

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