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Two Brothers

By Sahir Palijo I live in Hyderabad, Sindh and at around 9 PM I entered a local store to buy some household items. I started picking up the stuff I wanted and when I was done I asked the store manager to prepare my bill, while I waited, two boys, most probably brothers because they kept calling each other ‘Bha’ which means Brother in Sindhi, entered the store. The eldest one was around 10 years old while the younger one must be 5 or maybe 6 years old. The eldest one wore a blue Shalwaar Kameez with dirt marks on it while the youngest one wore a pair of torn faded jeans and a shirt which missed buttons and was larger than the boy’s actual size. Their hairs were all messed up … Read entire article »

Filed under: Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan

Imran Khan: Tall Claims False Hope

Imran Khan: Tall Claims False Hope

By Faisal Zeeshan     Imran Khan (IK) once an inspiration for millions of youth across Pakistan, got 7.5 million votes in General Elections (GE) 2013, his party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) emerged as the second most popular party in Pakistan in GE 2013, formed Government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) while emerged strong opposition party in Punjab, Sindh  and Federation. All IK had to do was to perform in KP, act as a strong Opposition Leader and Wait for … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Democracy, Lahore, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Politics

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

مریم نواز مسلم لیگ نون کا نیا چہرہ‎

مریم نواز مسلم لیگ نون کا نیا چہرہ‎

تحریر: عماد ظفر حکمران جماعت کی دھڑے بندیاں اور وفاقی وزراء کی آپس میں سرد جنگ آج کل منظر عام پر ہے ۔کسی بھی بڑی جماعت میں دھڑے بندیاں یا اختلافات کوئی نہیں بات نہیں لیکن جب اختلافات کھل کر سامنے آجائیں وزراء اور رہنما ٹی وی چینلز اور اخبارات پر ایک دوسرے کے خلاف بیان داغیں تو بہرحال اس سے سیاسی جماعت کی ساکھ متاثر ہوتی ہے ۔یہ دھڑے بندیاں انتخابی نتائج پر بھی براہ … Read entire article »

Filed under: Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Politics, Women

ہمیں غیرت کی اصطلاح ترک کرنی پڑے گی

ہمیں غیرت کی اصطلاح ترک کرنی پڑے گی

تحریر: عماد ظفر “غیرت” کے نام پر خواتین کا قتل سنگین جرم ہے۔ وزیر اعظم پاکستان نے یہ جملہ شرمین عبید چنائے کی ڈاکیومینٹری دیکھنے کے بعد کہا۔ آج کے دور میں یہ بیان کوئی خاص اہمیت کا حامل نہیں لگتا کیونکہ انسان شعوری ترقی کی منازل طے کرنے کے بعد یہ جان گیا ہے کہ قتل کسی بھی حوالے سے ہو ناقابل قبول ہے۔ خون غیرت کے نام پر بہایا جائے یا جنگ کے نام … Read entire article »

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TTP Confronts Balochistan

TTP Confronts Balochistan

By Najeeb Kakar The arrival of the New Year 2016 has brought a gigantic and an unprecedented waves of violence and terror. Indeed, the terrorist assaults were allegedly reported as the religious terrorism and instigated by the Tehrik – i – Taliban Pakistan (TTP) in Balochistan. Thus, around 42 people comprising of police and FC personnel have been palpably killed in numerous terrorist attacks in Quetta city and its outskirts. However, this act of terrorism has … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, baluchistan, Civil Service, Northern Areas, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, peace, People's Pakistan, Politics, Taliban, Zarb-E-Azb

قومی ایئر لائن نجکاری “ہنگامہ ہے کیوں برپا”‎

قومی ایئر لائن نجکاری “ہنگامہ ہے کیوں برپا”‎

تحریر: عماد ظفر گھر میں بسنے والے اپنے گھر کی دیکھ بھال اور مرمت کا کام ٹھیکے پر دیتے ہیں۔ گھر بڑا ہے اور بلند منزلہ ہے اس لیئے اس میں بسنے والے ٹھیکے پر اپنی مرضی سے ٹھیکیداروں کا چناؤ کر کے گھر ان کے حوالے کرتے ہیں تا کہ گھر میں تعمیر شدہ ڈھانچے کی حفاظت بھی ہو سکے اور گھر کا خرچہ بھی چلتا رہے۔ گھر میں بالائی منزلوں تک رسائی کے لیئے … Read entire article »

Filed under: Economy, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Urdu

لندن پلان پارٹ ٹو بھی ناکام فلم ثابت ہو گی‎

لندن پلان پارٹ ٹو بھی ناکام فلم ثابت ہو گی‎

نوٹ: تمام خیالات مصنف  کے اپنے ہیں اور پاک ٹی ہاؤس بلاگ کا ان سے متفق ہونا ضروری نہیں۔ تحریر: عماد ظفر سیاست بھی نرالا کھیل ہے جس میں دکھایا کچھ جاتا ہے اور پس پردہ کچھ اور ہوتا ہے۔ اس کھیل میں نہ تو مستقل دوست ہوتے ہیں اور نہ مستقل دشمن اگر مستقل کوئی شے ہوتی ہے تو وہ مفادات کا تحفظ اور اقتدار کے تخت پرقبضہ کرنے کی خواہش۔وطن عزیز کی سیاست کا کھل … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Democracy, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Urdu

The Neglected Land

The Neglected Land

By Ahmad Karim Imran Farooq murder case registered in Pakistan is taking its course with an aim to further shock MQM’s leadership. The recent confessional statements by Khalid Shamim and Mohsin Ali, who were being arrested by Pakistani LEA’s a few days after the assassination of Imran Farooq in London, not only put the MQM on back foot but also developed a milieu in which PPP’s leadership is susceptible to mega set-back. On Thursday both the alleged … Read entire article »

Filed under: Karachi, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Politics, Sindh

Significance of the Name of a Political Party

Significance of the Name of a Political Party

By Obaidullah Khan You might see an illiterate man with a name Ilm Din or a poor lady with a name Dolat bibi. But you would not hear a right wing political party named as Communist Party or a left wing party with a name Islamic party. Name of a political party is to be suggested thoughtfully. It reflects its manifesto and popular tide it is planning to go with. Our political arena is demanding a new … Read entire article »

Filed under: Islam, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Politics

Leadership: Irking Passions or Guidance

Leadership: Irking Passions or Guidance

By Misbah Azam During the mid-1960s, when America witnessed the Civil Rights Movement and the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, then the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which gave the voting rights to African-Americans, the Republican Party Presidential candidates, Berry Goldwater and Richard Nixon exploited the Republican Party’s “Southern Strategy” to woo the white conservative voters by appealing to racism against African Americans. Historians believe that 1960s Republican’s strategy created ready audiences for … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Democracy, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan

Case Closed

By Misbah Azam, Ph.D. Max Fisher — an ex-staffer of Washington Post who left the Post in February 2014 along with two of other staffers to join Ezra Klein’s new Vox Media-backed venture — on January 28th, 2014, wrote an interesting article in the Post. In his article Fisher presented the mathematical model by Jay Ulfelder — a political scientist, a former research director of the Political Instability Task Force commission by the Central Intelligence Agency, and a moderator of a blog “Dart-Throwing Chimp” – who roughly estimates the likelihood that each country will experience a coup in the year 2014 by tracking over a dozen variables – from political system to years of independence the presence of absence of an “elite” ethnic group. Ulfelder claims that because he “fine-tuned” the model … Read entire article »

Filed under: Al Qaeda, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan

Remembering Fauzia Wahab – A Photo Essay

Remembering Fauzia Wahab – A Photo Essay

Ali Wahab   … Read entire article »

Filed under: liberal Pakistan, obituary, Pakistan, People's Pakistan

Putting Humpty Dumpty Back Together

Putting Humpty Dumpty Back Together

By Misbah Azam, Ph.D. “For an hour I was transported to a place where every new minute inspired me to fall in love with Pakistan again.” Above are the words of one brilliant Pakistani entrepreneur of Silicon Valley, Dr. Safwan Shah, which he wrote to convey his tributes to a dynamic young Pakistani lawyer, politician and social activist, Mohammed Jibran Nasir, after attending his talk in a USA Talk Series 2015 seminar in the Silicon Valley, San … Read entire article »

Filed under: Activism, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Terrorism, USA, Zarb-E-Azb

The Chessboard of Pakistani Journalism

The Chessboard of Pakistani Journalism

By Awais Saleem To say that the exposé done by the New York Times on a Pakistan-based IT company, Axact’s shady business practices has caused ripples in the Pakistani media industry would be an understatement. The way it has divided opinions among the working journalists, be it senior or those still learning the ropes, is even more startling. The NYT story had detailed alleged involvement of Axact in running an international network selling fake online diplomas and degrees through sleek websites of ghost … Read entire article »

Filed under: Constitution, Democracy, Economy, journalism, Pak Tea House, Pakistan