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Book Review; The State of Islam: Culture and Cold War Politics in Pakistan

Book Review; The State of Islam: Culture and Cold War Politics in Pakistan

By Najeeb Kakar   Saadia Toor is an Associate Professor of Sociology at City University of New York, College of Staten Island. Her latest book The State of Islam: Culture and Cold War Politics in Pakistan, is a fascinating piece of literature on the modern learnings of Pakistani state – post partition immediate politics and the role of the military establishment. Toor explains the significance of cultural elements as part of the political evolution of Pakistan. From … Read entire article »

Filed under: Afghanistan, Al Qaeda, Anniversery, Army, Bangladesh, Benazir Bhutto, Blasphemy, Book Review, Books, China, Citizens, Civil Service, Colonialism, Corruption, Democracy, Economy, Elections, Faiz Ahmed Faiz, History, Honor Killing, human rights, ISI, Islam, Islamism, Liberal Democratic Pakistan, liberal Pakistan, Literature, Marxism, Media, minorities, movements, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Poet, Politics, Reviews, Rights

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

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

The Pragmatic Liberal

The Pragmatic Liberal

I wrote this article two years ago for PTH. I am reproducing it on her death anniversary. She had her flaws ( all do) but at the same time, in Pakistani context, she was one of the most liberal politicians. RHR Raza Habib Raja This article tries to evaluate the politician Benazir Bhutto and the way she affected her party and the Pakistani political landscape. Since the article tries to adopt a CRITICAL approach therefore it points … Read entire article »

Filed under: Benazir Bhutto, Democracy

اربابِ اختیار کے لئے کسوٹی: حصہ دوئم

اربابِ اختیار کے لئے کسوٹی: حصہ دوئم

نوٹ:  پاک ٹی ہاؤس طاہر بھٹی صاحب کی تحریر کو اپنی آزادی اظہار کی پالیسی کے تحت پبلش کر رہا ہے اور اس لئے بھی کہ  ملک میں جاری تفریق کی روش پر احمدی کیا موقف رکھتے ہیں اسے بھی واضح طور پر قارئین کے سامنے پیش کیا جائے۔ یہ واضح رہے کہ ادارہ کا  مصنف کی رائے سے متفق ہونا ضروری نہیں ہے اور نہ ہی  اس سلسلے میں ادارہ کسی قسم کا ذمہ … Read entire article »

Filed under: Democracy, Islam, minorities, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Parliament, Secterainism, secular Pakistan, Terrorism, Urdu

Religious Absolutism

Religious Absolutism

By Saad Hafiz Arguably, absolutism has played a part in some of the worst social and political evils throughout history. While there is little doubt that religion has made a valuable contribution to civilisation, religious absolutism has also exercised a pernicious influence at times. No one can deny the atrocities of the Crusades or the Inquisition and other evils started by the Church. Bloodshed justified by religious dictum became a widely accepted doctrine. People were branded … Read entire article »

Filed under: Blasphemy, Citizens, Islam, Islam for Peace, Islamism, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Religion

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