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Bhutto’s legacy

Bhutto’s legacy

By Saad Hafiz Thirty-six years have passed since Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, Pakistan’s first elected prime minister, was executed by a military dictatorship on April 4, 1979. However, Bhutto’s legacy and significance in the country’s troubled political history remain the focus of heated debate even today. His passionate supporters remember him as the populist reformer and spellbinding orator who restored national pride after a humiliating defeat by the Indian army in 1971, the man who returned Pakistan … Read entire article »

Filed under: Constitution, Democracy, History, liberal Pakistan, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Parliament, People's Pakistan, Politics

A future foretold

A future foretold

By Saad Hafiz Another Pakistan Day or Pakistan Resolution Day has come and gone, this time with a grand military parade put off for several years due to terrorism fears. On March 23, 1940, the All-India Muslim League moved a resolution in its annual session in Lahore that demanded autonomous states for the Muslims of British India. This resolution was a change in strategy from the Muslim League’s earlier demand for constitutional guarantees for Muslims in … Read entire article »

Filed under: History, Pakistan

Is it the Machiavellian “Incentive Structure”? – Part 1

Is it the Machiavellian “Incentive Structure”? – Part 1

By Misbah U. Azam, Ph.D. The common question in Pakistan is, “which system of governance Pakistan should adopt which will deliver to people’s demands”? Should it be the democracy, and if democracy should it be parliamentary or presidential. Should there be a military dictator who rules with iron fist with the help of political dynasties and family oligarchs. Should there be a system where the governments are nominated by the powerful military and Judiciary, which governs … Read entire article »

Filed under: Citizens, Constitution, Democracy, Law, Pak Tea House, Pakistan

Searching for Hercules

Searching for Hercules

By Saad Hafiz Discontent and annoyance with democracy is picking up pace in Pakistan. The promise of an unprecedented era of lengthy civilian rule appears to be in jeopardy. A sort of toxic impatience with the democratic process, which has always existed in the political discourse, is being rekindled. There is public frustration and resentment against the elected central government. The government is seen as distant, unresponsive and subservient to powerful interests. The litany of complaints … Read entire article »

Filed under: Democracy, Justice, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Politics, Rights, secular Pakistan

A Real Change, a True Revolution and the Actual New Pakistan

A Real Change, a True Revolution and the Actual New Pakistan

By Obaidullah Khan Today was seemed to be an ordinary day when I woke up from a good sleep. Everything was seemed to be normal. I, as a normal routine, picked up my phone to update myself what was happening in the world. And there it was. A news was smiling at me. Firstly I rolled down while having glimpses but then there was a moment in which my mind grasped what I just saw. I … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Judiciary, Pakistan, Taliban, Terrorism, Zarb-E-Azb

Divergent political paths of India and Pakistan

Divergent political paths of India and Pakistan

by Saad Hafiz In terms of history, culture, language and religions, India and Pakistan have much in common. However, the political paths of the two states have so considerably deviated that it seems unimaginable that they had shared origins. Today, despite many domestic problems that are impairing its growth, India is increasingly an important global political and economic player. Pakistan, in comparison, is trapped in a current of economic, political and social problems that have no … Read entire article »

Filed under: History, India, Pakistan, Politics

Was it for Growth or Right Wing Lunacy

Was it for Growth or Right Wing Lunacy

PTH is grateful to Abhinav Pandya for making this contribution. In recent days India has been in news with respect to rather hyper active RSS whose activities have raised concerns regarding the future trajectory of the country. Abhinav has contributed before also and this is a timely contribution with respect to recent developments in India. Abhinav Pandya On 16th May, I felt a great sense of jubilation over the victory of Mr. Narendra Modi, so called development … Read entire article »

Filed under: India, Religion

Photo of the Day: Political parties show Unity while Imran Khan calls of ‘Dharna’

Photo of the Day: Political parties show Unity while Imran Khan calls of ‘Dharna’

Malik Omaid In a positive outcome after the deadly Peshawar Attack on innocent children, the political leadership of Pakistan has sit together setting all political differences aside. Express Tribune reports: “We have decided to draft a national plan of action against terrorists and act upon it immediately,” Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said while reading out decisions taken at a meeting of heads of all parliamentary parties at the Governor’s House in Peshawar. “We have unanimously decided that a committee … Read entire article »

Filed under: Al Qaeda, Islamism, Pakistan, Peshawar, Photo of the Day, Photos, Raza Rumi, Religion, Taliban, Terrorism, violence, war, Zarb-E-Azb

The Darkest Hour

The Darkest Hour

Raza Habib Raja All countries face those times which due to sheer tragedy end up being called the darkest hour. Over the years, Pakistan has witnessed so much mayhem that to even single out one particular tragedy as the darkest or most sinister has become  difficult. Over the last 13 years, we have seen numerous suicide attacks, killing of Hazaras and several high profile political assassinations. At one point suicide attacks had become so frequent that they … Read entire article »

Filed under: Terrorism

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