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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

Inqilab March Unites with Azadi March

Inqilab March Unites with Azadi March

On these crucial moments of political chaos, Raza Rumi analyze the situation after the call of merging Tahir ul Qadri’s “Inqilaab March” with Imran Khan’s Azadi March.   [View the story "Inqilab March included in Azadi March" on Storify] … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Constitution, Democracy, Economy, Elections, History, journalism, Judiciary, Lahore, Media, Pakistan, Politics, Raza Rumi, Revolution, state, Storify, Twitter, violence

Pakistan’s energy crisis & endemic mismanagement

The Irony of the power crisis is that PMLN sits now on the same seat where they use to accuse PPP of corruption. Today they ask for prayers of rain to control situation. The crisis continues with no end in the near future.   [View the story "Pakistan’s energy crisis & endemic mismanagement" on Storify] … Read entire article »

Filed under: Corruption, Democracy, Economy, Pakistan, Politics, Storify, Twitter

A Rodeo of Political Chaos

A Rodeo of Political Chaos

By Fazal Abbas Tie-down Roping or Calf Roping is a timed rodeo event, particularly famous with American cowboys, which features a calf and a rider mounted on a horse. The goal of this sport is for the rider to lasso the calf, dismount from the horse, run to the calf, and control it by tying three legs together. All of these activities have to be executed in as short a time as possible. Now let’s apply this … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Democracy, Islamabad, Lahore, Opinion, Pakistan, Politics, Punjab, Revolution, Taliban, Terrorism

Cold Storage and Feudals of Sind

Cold Storage and Feudals of Sind

By Waqas Habib Rana It is a curse to be born poor in Pakistan, but it’s a greater curse if you are born poor in Sindh. You are nugatory for your Feudal lord. Who the Taliban couldn’t kill, might be killed by the PPP and bureacracy’s negligence. After the attack on Jinnah International Airport Karachi, seven young men were trapped inside the cold storage of the premises. One of the boys trapped inside, Faizan, calls his father at … Read entire article »

Filed under: Democracy, human rights, Islamism, Karachi, Politics, Terrorism, violence