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Friends, Romans and Countrymen, lend me your Ears

Friends, Romans and Countrymen, lend me your Ears

By Bisma Tirmizi The system of democracy is not an effigy or idol that the people are to worship, it’s a system that must work for the people it serves, there is no democracy if the system is not working. Absence of food, water, justice, security, education, electricity, gas, sanitation, et cetera means there is no democracy. The last almost 2 days have unleashed the madness of King George on the people of Pakistan, within its borders … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Citizens, Constitution, Democracy, Elections, human rights, Islamabad, Justice, Pak Tea House, Politics, Revolution

Negotiations – the ultimate solution!

Negotiations – the ultimate solution!

By Amir Abbas Turi I wish I could quote Elbaradei; “The time is right for a political solution and the way is negotiations.” But still it’s never too late. In politics and, especially, in democracy, there isn’t a everlasting deadlock and the doors for negotiations are always opened for the political foes. The current political turmoil between the ‘democratic’, ‘partially democratic’ and ‘undemocratic’ forces has resulted in the chaos; which might hamper the growth of democracy … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Citizens, Constitution, Democracy, Elections, ISI, Islamabad, Lahore, Media, movements, Opinion, Parliament, Politics, Revolution, Society, Yusuf Raza Gillani, Zardari

Photo of the Day: Marchers Rest outside State Institutions

Photo of the Day: Marchers Rest outside State Institutions

Combined Marchers sleep outside Parliament on Wednesday Morning. Photo Credits: The Nation … Read entire article »

Filed under: Citizens, Constitution, Democracy, Elections, human rights, Images, Liberal Democratic Pakistan, Pakistan, Parliament, Photo of the Day, Photos, Politics, Revolution

Is Pakistan’s PM Sharif in Trouble?

Raza Rumi’s tweets sum up the underlying causes for the current political chaos.   Raza Rumi points out the Irony of PMLN Govt on maintaining a firm stance on Musharaf trial and ignoring the fact that they themselves have people in their cabinet who are part of Musharaf’s crimes. Thus creating a huge tension between civil-military establishment of which the present drama is the latest installment. [View the story "Is Pakistan's PM Sharif in Trouble?" on Storify] … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Constitution, Corruption, Democracy, Elections, ISI, Media, Pak Tea House, Parliament, Raza Rumi, Revolution, Storify, Twitter

Our misplaced faith in shortcuts

Our misplaced faith in shortcuts

By Jamal Malik I was about 14 when the ‘Marde Momin, Marde Haq’, General Zia ul Haq toppled Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto’s government and imposed Martial Law in the country. It was 4th April 1979, when I came out of the examination hall of Abbottabad Public School, after taking my Matric Islamiat exam that my friends and I heard that Z. A. Bhutto had been hanged. Most of my friends were Bhutto sympathizers and it was an … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Constitution, Corruption, Democracy, Economy, Egalitarian Pakistan, human rights, journalism, Judiciary, minorities, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Parliament, Politics, Religion, Revolution

Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah’s speech of June 3, 1947

Pak Tea House is sharing this speech for our readers delivered by Quaid-e-Azam on 3rd June 1947 from the All India Radio in Delhi. This speech was released by all India Radio. Quaid-e-Azam – Speech From All India Radio by razarumi1 Transcript – released by All India Radio 3rd June, 1947 from the All India Radio, New Delhi, giving his reactions to June-3 Plan I am glad that I am afforded an opportunity to speak to you directly through this radio from Delhi. It is the first time, I believe, that a non-official has been afforded an opportunity to address the people through the medium of this powerful instrument direct to the people on political matter. It augurs well and I hope that in the future I shall have greater facilities to enable me … Read entire article »

Filed under: Constitution, Democracy, Egalitarian Pakistan, History, India, Jinnah, Liberal Democratic Pakistan, liberal Pakistan, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Partition, secular Pakistan, video

Peace and tolerance

Peace and tolerance

by Saad Hafiz In yet another manifestation of the hate that appears to be deeply ingrained in Pakistan, four members of the Ahmedi community in Gujranwala were murdered last week by a mob protesting an allegedly blasphemous post on Facebook by an Ahmedi youth. A mob incited by the pulpit, feeding on suspicion and rumour, killed the defenceless for simply being different. These acts ensure that minorities live with murderous intolerance that tarnishes society at large. It … Read entire article »

Filed under: Blasphemy, human rights, Islam, Islamism, minorities, Pakistan, Religion, Rights, violence

Pakistan, Where Hate Crimes are a Norm

Pakistan, Where Hate Crimes are a Norm

Raza Rumi tells us as why the latest Gujrawala massacre of Ahmadi homes where 4 people, including an unborn baby died due to suffocation will never get any justice how much ever voices are raised and petitions are filed – They always go unheard. [View the story "Pakistan, Where Hate Crimes are a Norm" on Storify] … Read entire article »

Filed under: Blasphemy, Constitution, Jinnah, Media, minorities, Pakistan

Taboos on the brink: What you don’t know about Balochistan

Taboos on the brink: What you don’t know about Balochistan

By: Farooq Abdullah For Most of us, the group of words like violence against women, harassment at institutions or work places, rape, honor killing and gender disparity are not that staggering because we listen about these so often in mainstream media–both domestic and international–that it offers none but very little appall by now. Besides, it is way too “ordinary” a news in this part of the world to get noticed. India, for instance, where reports of raping … Read entire article »

Filed under: baluchistan, Citizens, Conservation, culture, Democracy, Education, human rights, liberal Pakistan, Pakistan, public policy, Rights, Women

Pride of “Nuclear State”-Murdering Humanity

Pride of “Nuclear State”-Murdering Humanity

By Syed Foaad Hassan Just when most of us celebrate “Youm e Takbeer” every year, the day when we experimented a device which can tear your flesh , destroy every single tree, bird in-fact every living thing in milliseconds, just when India and Pakistan talk about war, capturing each other’s land and “Ghazwa e Hind” I want to recall “Humanity”. Four years ago more than 100 Ahmadis died brutally during Jumma prayers in Lahore, the Capital of … Read entire article »

Filed under: Citizens, Constitution, Democracy, Doctors, human rights, Islamism, Justice, minorities, Pakistan, Religion, Rights, Target Killing, Terrorism, USA, violence

Social and Economic Changes with Mobile Phone Use in Pakistan

Social and Economic Changes with Mobile Phone Use in Pakistan

By Dr. Tahir Rauf Mobile phone subscribers are 131 million in Pakistan out of 170 million. Pakistan is ninth in top ten mobile phone users with annual growth of 13.3%. The mobile penetration rate amongst urban class people is almost 100%.  The recent award of 3G and 4G licenses to cellular service provider likely to be more deployment of the mobile technology. Mobile services in Pakistan started in the late nineties during Musharraf’s regime. The government policies … Read entire article »

Filed under: Citizens, Economy, Media, Multinational Corporations, Regulatory Affairs, Technology, Telecommunication

1857: War of Independence or Sepoy Mutiny?

The following is a recent exchange between Yasser Latif Hamdani and Tarek Fatah on the issue of whether 1857 was a war of independence or a sepoy mutiny. As free people living in the 21st century we need to be honest about history. 150 years later the controversy continues as the exchange highlights. Mr Fatah branded YLH as a Hindu hater for saying that it was Sepoy mutiny and YLH defended his position. Please read and make your own decision.   [View the story "War of Independence or Sepoy Mutiny?" on Storify] … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Citizens, Colonialism, Education, Heritage, Hinduism, History, Imperialism, India, Islam, Jinnah, Law, liberal Pakistan, movements, Pakistan, Partition, secularism, south asia, Storify, Twitter, violence, war

Musings over a cup of Tea: `The fault dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves’ – William Shakespeare

By Bisma Tirmizi I am a Karachiite, a person born and raised in the city of Karachi, Pakistan. Come this past Sunday ten terrorists entered through the front gate of my home, created mayhem, chaos, frenzy and tried to kill the spirit of Karachi. They ripped my soul entirely, rattled my sense of security, demoralized my hope, but as Shakespeare aptly said, `The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves.’ Today we must speak up as a nation, today we must put the blame in the mirror, today we must rise and take our city back. The power is always with the masses, the power is always with the middle class, the power is always with the Awaam, let the sleeping giant wake up; we the commoners, … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Karachi, Lashkar e Taiba, Politics, Religion, Terrorism, violence

A Prayer for the Dying: Environmental Injustice in Pakistan

A Prayer for the Dying: Environmental Injustice in Pakistan

by Imran Khalid   News stories about environmental catastrophes in Pakistan are fleeting in that they make the news and then are resigned to the dustbins of afterthought. Such is the case, it seems, with the death of ten people including a child near a Sugar Mill in Dera Ismail Khan. It was reported that a girl child fell unconscious due to the toxic fumes emanating from a drain and fell into it.  Her mother and immediate … Read entire article »

Filed under: Climate Change, Economy, Environment, Nature, Pakistan, poverty, Regulatory Affairs, water

Don’t worry Braadir!

by Quratul Ain Haider Zaider I don’t care if Latif Johar is on hunger strike till death! Yeah I know he’s not eating anything from the last 35 days. It’s his choice after all. To hell with those people who are demanding their rights by indulging in novel techniques of protests in Balochistan. You know most of them are involved in anti state activities, and what is happening with them is what they deserve. Our agencies know better about the issue and we should not create any hurdle in their work due to our own naivety. Balochis are basically trying to gain the sympathy by these subterfuge acts. I laugh at the people who try to compare the situation of Balochistan with East Pakistan. They don’t know anything actually. Long Live … Read entire article »

Filed under: baluchistan, Blasphemy, Doctors, human rights, Islam, Islamism, liberal Pakistan, minorities, peace, Religion, Society, Taliban, violence