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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

Photo of the Day: Religious Clerics in Action

Photo of the Day: Religious Clerics in Action

Malik Omaid With Tahir ul Qadri and Imran Khan’s dharna duet on full swing, religious clerics jump in adding their share to the political crisis in the country by trying to convert it into a religious and sectarian crisis.   … Read entire article »

Filed under: Blasphemy, Constitution, Democracy, Elections, Images, Islamism, minorities, Pak Tea House, Parliament, Photo of the Day, Photos, Religion, Revolution

New Pakistan?

New Pakistan?

by Saad Hafiz Pakistan is in the grip of the political dysfunction that seems to manifest itself again and again. For six decades, power in Pakistan has teetered between military dictatorship and civilian rule. As usual, there is a lack of ideas and sense of direction despite the abundance of rhetoric. Any forced change is unlikely to address Pakistan’s deep-rooted problems of sectarianism, corruption and extremism. With politicians at odds and the developing chaos in the streets, … Read entire article »

Filed under: Activism, Army, Citizens, Constitution, Democracy, human rights, movements, Pakistan, Parliament, Politics, Punjab, Revolution

Photo of the Day: “Aik Zardari Abhi tak Bhari”

Photo of the Day: “Aik Zardari Abhi tak Bhari”

Photo of former President Asif Ali Zardari was every where yesterday as he had lunch with Prime Minister as his Raiwand residency. Every where on social Media the talk was on how Nawaz Sharif need the rescue from Asif Ali Zardari. In Nadeem Fareed Paracha’s words..”Aik Zardari Abhi Tak Bhari”   … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Citizens, Constitution, Corruption, Democracy, human rights, Images, Lahore, Media, Parliament, Photo of the Day, Photos, Zardari

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

Feeling Betrayed by Imran Khan

Feeling Betrayed by Imran Khan

By Zafar Siddique In 2012, when Imran Khan’s political popularity was at its peak, I got a chance to meet him and told him that the youth of Pakistan is overwhelmingly supporting him because they believe that he was the only hope for Pakistan. I told him that a certain segment of the youth believed that what he was offering was simply impossible to implement in its actuality and was highly unrealistic. I told him that … Read entire article »

Filed under: Afghanistan, Army, Citizens, Constitution, Corruption, Democracy, Elections, ISI, Islamabad, Justice, movements, Pakistan, Parliament, Revolution

Photo of the Day: A lone wolfpaces the stage

Photo of the Day: A lone wolfpaces the stage

Alone atop his container on Thursday afternoon, PTI chief Imran Khan tries to rally supporters as the sit-in venue wears a deserted look. Photo by Tanveer Shahzad / White Star via Dawn … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Citizens, Constitution, Democracy, Elections, Images, Justice, movements, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Parliament, Photo of the Day, Photos

Negotiations – the ultimate solution!

Negotiations – the ultimate solution!

By Amir Abbas Turi I wish I could quote Elbaradei; “The time is right for a political solution and the way is negotiations.” But still it’s never too late. In politics and, especially, in democracy, there isn’t a everlasting deadlock and the doors for negotiations are always opened for the political foes. The current political turmoil between the ‘democratic’, ‘partially democratic’ and ‘undemocratic’ forces has resulted in the chaos; which might hamper the growth of democracy … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Citizens, Constitution, Democracy, Elections, ISI, Islamabad, Lahore, Media, movements, Opinion, Parliament, Politics, Revolution, Society, Yusuf Raza Gillani, Zardari

Photo of the Day: Marchers Rest outside State Institutions

Photo of the Day: Marchers Rest outside State Institutions

Combined Marchers sleep outside Parliament on Wednesday Morning. Photo Credits: The Nation … Read entire article »

Filed under: Citizens, Constitution, Democracy, Elections, human rights, Images, Liberal Democratic Pakistan, Pakistan, Parliament, Photo of the Day, Photos, Politics, Revolution

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