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The search for transformative leaders

The search for transformative leaders

Saad Hafiz There is a pent-up demand, especially in the developing world, for what the citizens of a few developing countries have achieved because of transformative leadership. To be a transformational leader, one has to work for a greater purpose and not for one’s own personal gain; that requires vision and discipline. Alas, such leaders are rare in the developing world, where often institutions are weak and greed and corruption are strong, where responsible leadership, therefore, … Read entire article »

Filed under: Democracy, Education, movements, Opinion, Pakistan

The Unpredictables Part IV – 1970s: Revival of Pakistan cricket (1971 – 1980), Episode 1

The Unpredictables Part IV – 1970s: Revival of Pakistan cricket (1971 – 1980), Episode 1

Fazal Abbas   Pakistan as a country has been through a number of highs and lows since traumatic partition in 1947 and its cricket has followed the similar pattern, showing how this sport is embedded in social, political and cultural facets of the country. Initially dispersed, unrecognised, underfunded and weak, Pakistan’s cricket team grew to become a major force in world cricket. If cricket is known for its glorious uncertainties, our team is even more notorious for … Read entire article »

Filed under: Bangladesh, Colonialism, Cricket, Democracy, History, India, Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Photos

Toxic Jelly State

Toxic Jelly State

By Saad Hafiz Pakistan has become a favourite international punching bag. One critical portrayal of the country is that it is far from being the ‘land of the pure’; instead, it is one of the clearest demonstrations of the futility of defining a nation by religion and one of the textbook failures of a state and society, doomed to be a dysfunctional military theocracy from day one. M J Akbar, an eloquent Indian journalist and author … Read entire article »

Filed under: Al Qaeda, Army, Egalitarian Pakistan, History, Identity, minorities, Pakistan

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

Say No to Political Filth!

Say No to Political Filth!

By FD.Sheikh “Loootaay…”, “Agya hai na phir wapis apni party main…” (so back to your party, finally!) , “hence proved you are also a Mr. U-turn” these are some of the comments I was bombarded with when I recently shared a post on social media that was portraying some of the good steps taken by the ruling party, I used to support. I have observed a quite strange attitude in most of us that instead of … Read entire article »

Filed under: Citizens, Democracy, Elections, Pak Tea House, Politics, Revolution

Political turmoil in The Land Of The Pure

Political turmoil in The Land Of The Pure

By Amir Abbas Turi In the wake of current “Sturm und Drang”, if there is one question constantly being asked about Pakistan is, it is “what would happen next?” No wonder the Islamic Republic decorate magazine covers and hits the headline as the most dangerous place on earth after yesterday’s incident in Islamabad. PML(n) lead government received a powerful one-two punch, since the current dead lock, as ISPR press release nullified what Prime Minister Mr. Nawaz Sharif … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Constitution, Democracy, Egalitarian Pakistan, Elections, human rights, Islamabad, movements, Partition, peace, Politics, Revolution, violence

Waving burial shrouds

Waving burial shrouds

by Saad Hafiz For centuries, wielders of power have entreated the services of populist demagogues and political charlatans to confuse and contain diverse political interests. In Pakistan, the services of rabble-rousers are being instrumentally used to demonise, demobilise and out-flank foes in fiercely contested democratic power sharing arrangements. Powerful populist demagogy can prove to be particularly effective in a hyper-charged political culture, aided by the use of violent imagery of death and carnage. The rhetoric of … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Constitution, Democracy, human rights, Islamabad, Pakistan, Parliament, Revolution, Rights, violence

Political Developments

Political Developments

By Daniyal Arif History was made when, first time in the country, a political government transferred mandate to another political government after completing its full tenure. The development was unprecedented. Never has a political elected government done it before in 68 years since the inception of the state. It did seem an omen of bright prospects for democracy and other fundamental state institutions. Political elite foresaw it as a milestone and a silver lining for the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Citizens, Constitution, Corruption, Democracy, Elections, human rights, Islamabad, journalism, Media, Pakistan, Parliament

Awakening

Awakening

Note: The author does not represent the views of PTH. Pak Tea House is a secular blog where people of all ideologies have freedom to express themselves with in the boundaries of logic and tolerance. By Obaidullah Khan Good systems and strong institutions are the signs of a strong and a cohesive society. You cannot build an institution without an appropriate atmosphere to nurture the system. For example you cannot establish a fire station without the availability … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Citizens, Constitution, Democracy, Egalitarian Pakistan, Elections, History, human rights, Islamabad, journalism, Judiciary, Justice, Media, movements, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Parliament, Politics, Punjab, Revolution, secular Pakistan

New Pakistan?

New Pakistan?

by Saad Hafiz Pakistan is in the grip of the political dysfunction that seems to manifest itself again and again. For six decades, power in Pakistan has teetered between military dictatorship and civilian rule. As usual, there is a lack of ideas and sense of direction despite the abundance of rhetoric. Any forced change is unlikely to address Pakistan’s deep-rooted problems of sectarianism, corruption and extremism. With politicians at odds and the developing chaos in the streets, … Read entire article »

Filed under: Activism, Army, Citizens, Constitution, Democracy, human rights, movements, Pakistan, Parliament, Politics, Punjab, Revolution

Feeling Betrayed by Imran Khan

Feeling Betrayed by Imran Khan

By Zafar Siddique In 2012, when Imran Khan’s political popularity was at its peak, I got a chance to meet him and told him that the youth of Pakistan is overwhelmingly supporting him because they believe that he was the only hope for Pakistan. I told him that a certain segment of the youth believed that what he was offering was simply impossible to implement in its actuality and was highly unrealistic. I told him that … Read entire article »

Filed under: Afghanistan, Army, Citizens, Constitution, Corruption, Democracy, Elections, ISI, Islamabad, Justice, movements, Pakistan, Parliament, 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

Getting democracy right

Getting democracy right

by Saad Hafiz John Adams, the US’s second president, once pronounced: “Democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.” He was clearly wrong. Democracy remains the most powerful and successful political idea — the great victor of the ideological clashes of the 20th century — embraced more pervasively than ever before in the world today. It should be an imperative therefore to shield … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Citizens, Constitution, Corruption, Democracy, Egalitarian Pakistan, Europe, History, human rights, liberal Pakistan, Pakistan, 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

Inqilab March Unites with Azadi March

Inqilab March Unites with Azadi March

On these crucial moments of political chaos, Raza Rumi analyze the situation after the call of merging Tahir ul Qadri’s “Inqilaab March” with Imran Khan’s Azadi March.   [View the story "Inqilab March included in Azadi March" on Storify] … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Constitution, Democracy, Economy, Elections, History, journalism, Judiciary, Lahore, Media, Pakistan, Politics, Raza Rumi, Revolution, state, Storify, Twitter, violence