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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 New Model of Politics

Malik Omaid Political Parties making alliances with violent groups. [View the story "A New Model of Politics" on Storify] … Read entire article »

Filed under: Politics, Raza Rumi, Secterainism, Storify, Twitter

پاکستانی سیاست کے مینار

پاکستانی سیاست کے مینار

تحریر: تنویر آرائیں پاکستان میں سیاست کرنے لئے عقلمندی، رواداری، اخلاقیات، شرم وحیا یا غیرت ضروری نہیں ہے اور صرف ان چیزوں کے سہارے آپ سیاست میں کامیاب نہیں ہو سکتے اور نہ ہی اعلیٰ تعلیم، پالیسی سازی میں مہارت، مسائل سے نمٹنے کے تجربے یا حکمت کی ضرورت ہے. پاکستان میں سیاست میں کامیابی حاصل کرنے کے لئے آپ کو فقط بیچنے کا سلیقہ ہونا چاہیے، غلط سمجھنے کی ضرورت نہیں میں تجارت کی بات … Read entire article »

Filed under: Opinion, Pakistan, Politics, Urdu

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

Stop using religion for Politics

Raza Rumi’s reaction on the attack on people remembering Salman Taseer at Liberty roundabout, Lahore.   [View the story "Stop using religion for Politics" on Storify] … Read entire article »

Filed under: Blasphemy, human rights, Islam for Peace, Islamism, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Raza Rumi, Storify, Taliban, Target Killing, Terrorism, Twitter, violence

THE “NAAN ROTI TANDOOR” SECURITY POLICY

THE “NAAN ROTI TANDOOR” SECURITY POLICY

By Saira A. Nizami In the wake of the gruesome attack in Peshawar school killing 132 children, Pakistan’s interior minister Chaudhry Nisar gave a press conference on December 21, 2014. He began by announcing of providing an alert system, which is a helpline to alert of anything that seems suspicious and for all to be alert for security. In an example of what could be “suspicious,” he suggested that madrassahs are not to be blamed for terrorism, … Read entire article »

Filed under: Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Peshawar, Politics, Short Story, Terrorism, violence

Living with political Islam

Living with political Islam

by Saad Hafiz As secularists and democrats, we do not want religion applied to politics, as we believe that religion is too divisive. We believe that democratic freedoms are strengthened by the separation of religion from politics. We are sceptical of religion playing a constructive role as an agent of stability and predictability. This does not mean, however, that we should support demands to ban political parties having a religious platform, like the Muslim Brotherhood in … Read entire article »

Filed under: Al Qaeda, Citizens, Islam, Islam for Peace, Islamic Holy Book Quran, Islamism, Middle East, minorities, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Politics, Religion, secularism, Society

Photo of the Day: Quetta Bombings, Hazara Comunity again Under Attack

Photo of the Day: Quetta Bombings, Hazara Comunity again Under Attack

Malik Omaid Quetta’s Hazara Shia community was again under attack yesterday when a suicide attacker blew himself inside Hazara town, the self maintained Ghetto by the Hazara community. Five people have died and 25 have been injured in the attack (Source)  No one has yet claimed responsibility but in the past Hazara Community has been under attack due to their Shia Identity and this is a fourth attack in the Hazara Town in past two years. … Read entire article »

Filed under: baluchistan, Democracy, human rights, Islamism, minorities, quetta, Religion, Secterainism, violence

Photo of the Day: Imran Khan’s Jalsa in Lahore and its Political Implications

Photo of the Day: Imran Khan’s Jalsa in Lahore and its Political Implications

Malik Omaid Though by all standards yesterday’s “Jalsa” was of no match to Imran Khan’s first one in Lahore in 2011; still yesterday’s Jalsa was a huge “hit“. This has been said that flop show of PTI in Islamabad may not harm Nawaz Sharif and it can also not be a rehearsal of PNA movement against Z.A. Bhutto as PNA movement was widespread all over the country and continued to be for more than six months. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Constitution, Elections, Justice, Lahore, Media, movements, Pakistan, Parliament, People's Pakistan, Photo of the Day, Photos, Politics, Reviews, Revolution, Rights, Society, Twitter

Dharna Duet not for Democracy says Nasim Zehra

Dharna Duet not for Democracy says Nasim Zehra

Malik Omaid “Nasim Zehra’s excellent tweets on the partisan role of (some) media & the complex web of forces & interests at work. History repeating itself.” Raza Rumi     [View the story "Dharna Duet not for Democracy says Nasim Zehra" on Storify] … Read entire article »

Filed under: Activism, Army, Citizens, Constitution, Corruption, Democracy, Elections, human rights, Islamabad, journalism, Justice, Lahore, Liberal Democratic Pakistan, Media, movements, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Parliament, Politics, Raza Rumi, Revolution, Storify, Twitter

Twitter Reaction: Imran Khan’s Civil Disobedience Call

Malik Omaid On Imran khan’s Civil Disobediance (#CD) call, major analysts and twitteraties reacted with their views. Twitter got abuzz during his 17th August speech and there were reactions from both sides. Following is a collection of tweets and reactions by tweeters on PTI’s civil disobedience call. PTH Editor Note: “The twitterati have responded to the call for civil disobedience. We hope Imran Khan notes that he may be losing goodwill, quicker than anticipated. It is time to find a way out of the current politics. “   [View the story "Twitter Reaction: Imran Khan's Civil Disobedience Call" on Storify] … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Constitution, Democracy, Media, Pak Tea House, Politics, 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

Pakistan’s youth: The ideological challenge

Pakistani Leaders have abused religion and Anti-America slogans to achieve political gains for decades. This has created a society where committing barbarities in the name of Religion or using Anti-America sentiment is Kosher. For decades our youth have been in filled with Ideas that Taliban are fighting a “Holy War” against the Imperialist and Anti Islam forces thus their barbarities are overlooked. [View the story "Pakistan’s youth: The ideological challenge" on Storify] … Read entire article »

Filed under: Afghanistan, Al Qaeda, Army, Drones, ISI, Pakistan, public policy, Raza Rumi, Storify, Twitter, violence, war

India and Pakistan in War Peace

By Ahmad Khan The complexities of South Asia’s political and geostrategic environment drives scholars, experts and practitioners from within subcontinent and the West to share their scholarly views on the dynamics of its major component: the India-Pakistan relationship. A relook or revisit to their scholarly work in form of book, biographies and research papers gives us a broad canvas to draw a holistic picture of the ever fragile relationship since the subcontinent partition in 1947. Most of the scholarly work is about studying the dynamics of relationship that have been changing since the Cold War. Such books and research papers discussed the nature of the conflict and the security competition between India and Pakistan as per the understandings of the authors. J.N. Dixit articulated the nature, history and type of relationship … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, China, India, ISI, Islamabad, Pakistan, Politics, strategy

Jang Group and its Media History

Raza Rumi expresses his views on Geo TV and Jang group; on its media tactics.   [View the story "Jang Group and its Media History" on Storify] … Read entire article »

Filed under: Activism, Blasphemy, journalism, magazines, Media, Pakistan, Politics, public policy, Raza Rumi, Religion, Rights, secular Pakistan, Storify, Twitter