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An open letter to Bilawal Bhutto Zardari

An open letter to Bilawal Bhutto Zardari

By Wahab Tariq Butt Dear Bilawal, I write this letter to try to share with you the sentiments of us common people after your speech on 18th October. First of all, I congratulate you for the mamonth gathering of people last Saturday, that gave the message loud and clear:Pakistan Peoples Party is not down and out. It is worth praise how you spoke against extremist mindset, establishment’s propagandas and their stooges trying to bring change through lotas. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Benazir Bhutto, Democracy, Opinion, Pakistan, People's Pakistan, Punjab, Sindh, Zardari

The Politics Of ‘Dharnas’

The Politics Of ‘Dharnas’

By Ali Butt The ‘dharna’ fiasco in our capital’s heartland has exacerbated the tribulations of my hapless compatriots. Despite Khan’s and Qadiri’s pleas, cajoling and even intimidation—the sermons and tirades are aired intermittently on electronic media into luring large swaths of people—the public, at large, has forsaken these self-proclaimed Messiahs. Despondent, dejected and infuriated, they shall stop at nothing to have their unjust demands met. Resorting to civil disobedience and anarchy, with never even once flinching, … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Constitution, Democracy, Islamabad, Pakistan, Parliament, Punjab, Revolution, violence

Fascisms of every kind

Fascisms of every kind

by Saad Hafiz As was the case in the 1930s, the global forces of reaction are emerging with populist appeals directed against immigrants, ethnic and sectarian minorities. Society’s seemingly permanent infatuation with xenophobic demagogy is alive and well. It is a conducive environment for the most reactionary and chauvinistic elements in society to prosper. They are egged on by opportunistic leaders who find a way to harness the smouldering anger and disenchantment of vulnerable sections of … Read entire article »

Filed under: Constitution, Democracy, Elections, Islamabad, movements, Politics, Revolution

Twitter Trends: Movies in Naya Pakistan

Twitter Trends: Movies in Naya Pakistan

Malik Omaid Since Sunday, #NayaPakistanMovies is trending in Pakistan like a roller coaster. Lots of people mostly those against the Dharna’s of Tahir-ul-Qadri and Imran Khan are taking part in it. This trend points out the irony behind the PTI “dharna” as how can Pakistan be changed altogether by just making Imran Khan Prime Minister. Many of the twitteraties made titles relating PTI youth mindset. Some of the hilarious titles are following.   “Jab pyar kiya to dharna … Read entire article »

Filed under: Activism, Citizens, Constitution, Dance, Democracy, Elections, human rights, Islamabad, Lahore, Pakistan, Parliament, Politics, Reviews, Twitter

کوئی حد نئیں صبراں دی

کوئی حد نئیں صبراں دی

ضیاء کھوکھر دکھوں کی صلیب پر مصلوب رہنے کے بعد قبر میں اتر جانے والی بیگم نصرت بھٹو یادیں اور تاثرات (نومبر۱۹۶۸ء تا اکتوبر ۲۰۱۱ء) پاکستان پیپلز پارٹی کے قیام کے کچھ عرصہ بعد 13نومبر 1968ء کو چیئرمین ذوالفقار علی بھٹو کو لاہور سے گرفتار کرلیا گیا۔ یہ وہ دور تھا جب ایوب خان کی آمریت کا سورج پوری آب وتاب سے چمک رہا تھا۔ جمہوریت کی بحالی کی تمام تحریکیں دم توڑ چکی تھیں۔ پرانی روایتی … Read entire article »

Filed under: Benazir Bhutto, Democracy, History, Lahore, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, poetry, Politics, secular Pakistan, Sindh, Women

تمہیں یاد ہو کہ نہ یاد ہو

عبیداللہ خان   چوہدری اعتزاز احسن صاحب جنہیں اللہ نے نہ صرف جوش خطابت سے نوازا ہے بلکہ اردو اور انگریزی دونوں زبانوں پر ملکہ بھی عطا کیا ہے۔ اس سونے پر سہاگہ یہ کہ موصوف پاکستان کے چوٹی کے قانون دانوں میں شمار ہوتے ہیں جن سے بحث میں جیتنا جوئے شیر لانے سے کم نہیں ہے۔ ان کے سامنے کسی کی چودھراہٹ نہیں چلتی خواہ وہ ملک کاوزیر داخلہ چوہدری نثار علی خان ہی کیوں نہ ہو۔ اعتزاز صاحب کی تقریر سے گزشتہ سال بھر میں پہلی بار احساس ہوا کہ پیپلز پارٹی واقعی اپوزیشن کی جماعت ہے۔ یا شاید یہ احساس دلانے کا وقت ابھی آیا ہے؟ جب اعتزاز احسن صاحب نے اپنی گھن گرج قسم کی توپوں کا رخ نواز حکومت سے دھرنا سیاست کی طرف موڑا تو ایک … Read entire article »

Filed under: Constitution, Democracy, History, Islamabad, minorities, Pakistan, Parliament, Politics, Religion

Twitter enables free expression for Army officials

Malik Omaid It is difficult to determine if the twitter handles operating as Army officials are real or fake but they do amuse a lot of Pakistanis especially those disillusioned with democracy and keen supporters of army rule. Another trend which is evident is that PMLN and Mian Nawaz Shari is highly unpopular among these accounts. Is that a coincidence that protests against NS have brought the Shareef brothers close to their exit. These are sample tweets from some of the popular “Army official” accounts from last 5 days. Some of them use highly abusive language against the civilian leadership and Media houses and are ardent supporters of recent “Inqilaab” and “Azadi” Marches.   [View the story "Twitter enables free expression for Army officials" on Storify] Note: It was very difficult to choose tweets which were … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Citizens, Constitution, Democracy, human rights, journalism, Media, movements, Parliament, Storify, Twitter

What about the common man?

What about the common man?

By Saniya Ahmad It has been 3 weeks since the Azadi/Inquilaab March started. Thousands of people came out of their homes to march against the current government for their poor governance. They have been living without proper shelter and sanitation for weeks now. Every night is dangerous for them for fear of attack by the police. And if that isn’t enough, there is frequent rainfall, much of which continues throughout the whole night. It has been 3 … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Citizens, Constitution, Corruption, Democracy, Egalitarian Pakistan, Islamabad, movements, Pakistan, Parliament, Politics, poverty

Hope for the Best

Hope for the Best

By Obaidullah Khan The very first thought occurred to my mind after hearing the news of Model Town incident, in the middle of June this year, that it was a conspiracy against the Sharif regime. The background of this sudden conclusion was for two reasons. The first one was based on a mere common sense that Sharifs could not do such a suicidal attempt against their political standing which was relatively strengthening after the commencement of … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Citizens, Constitution, Democracy, Islamabad, Opinion, Pakistan

Friends, Romans and Countrymen, lend me your Ears

Friends, Romans and Countrymen, lend me your Ears

By Bisma Tirmizi The system of democracy is not an effigy or idol that the people are to worship, it’s a system that must work for the people it serves, there is no democracy if the system is not working. Absence of food, water, justice, security, education, electricity, gas, sanitation, et cetera means there is no democracy. The last almost 2 days have unleashed the madness of King George on the people of Pakistan, within its borders … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Citizens, Constitution, Democracy, Elections, human rights, Islamabad, Justice, Pak Tea House, Politics, Revolution

When the Umpire Raised the Finger: General Zia- imposing Martial Law (5-07-1977)

When the Umpire Raised the Finger: General Zia- imposing Martial Law  (5-07-1977)

Malik Omaid Pak Tea House is sharing this video of dictator Zia ul Haq announcing Matial Law in the country on 5th July 1977 ousting the elected Prime Minister Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto. This is for our readers to understand that what were the circumstances when the then Army Chief got the chance to topple democratic government and come into power. It was the  stubbornness of shortsighted civilian leaders which gave a chance to a non-representative Army … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Citizens, Constitution, Democracy, human rights, Islamism, Law, liberal Pakistan, New Writers, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Parliament, Society, video

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