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Maalik ban is justified

Maalik ban is justified

By Yasser Latif Hamdani I consider myself not just a patriot but an ardent one at that, even if it is unfashionable in some circles to be one today. Therefore, I am programmed to be supportive of films that seek to ignite genuine patriotic fervour amongst Pakistanis. Yet I am disappointed every time a film, claiming to be a patriotic thriller, is released, because it is always, without exception, a hatchet job, sending invariably the worst … Read entire article »

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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

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

Aleem Khan’s politics: From NA-127 to NA-122

Aleem Khan’s politics: From NA-127 to NA-122

By Awais Saleem There is never a dull moment in Pakistani politics, more so when electoral fever is in full flow. The by-election in NA-122 has become a “do or die” affair for both PMLN and PTI. Battle lines have been drawn, emotions are running high, claims are being made and supporters of both sides are baying for each other’s blood. The PMLN, having the advantage of incumbency in the Center as well as Punjab, has traditionally … Read entire article »

Filed under: Elections, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Politics, Reviews

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

Twitter Corner: Karachi, Karachi and Karachi!!

Twitter Corner: Karachi, Karachi and Karachi!!

Malik Omaid MQM from its foundation has been facing the allegations of using violence for political gains. In 90’s a grand Karachi operation was conducted and many MQM workers were killed extra judicially. There were allegations of MQM working for India and a parallel media trial of the party in hope to finish it or divide it. Haqiqi was formed for this purpose but to no avail. Same MQM was in the lap of establishment during the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Karachi, Pakistan, Religion, Secterainism, secular Pakistan, Top Tweets, Twitter, urban

Another attempt to derail the Democratic Process?

Malik Omaid Raza Rumi tweeted about the Lahore protests and Imran Khan’s strategy which reminds one of the 1977 PNA movement and other establishment backed efforts to derail the democratic process.   [View the story “What’s new in Naya Pakistan?” on Storify] … Read entire article »

Filed under: Citizens, Democracy, Elections, History, Islamabad, Lahore, movements, Pakistan, Raza Rumi, Revolution, Storify, Twitter, Women

System of Governance – Not the Governance

System of Governance – Not the Governance

Misbah U. Azam, Ph.D.     The common problem among Pakistani is that – for 67 years — we rely and wait for messiahs, who, with their heavenly powers, would solve every ills of the country.  It isn’t quite amazing for any outside observer when they witness how Imran Khan’s followers justify his actions and blindly follow his rhetoric without asking any question.  Although, it is rather encouraging that a section of society, who have never shown any … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Citizens, Constitution, Democracy, Liberal Democratic Pakistan, Opinion, Pakistan

But What About Blasphemy Against Human Decency?

But What About Blasphemy Against Human Decency?

Usmann Rana A five month pregnant woman and her husband beaten up by a mob and burned alive in the very same kiln where they worked. A child with mental challenges (reportedly Down’s Syndrome) jailed for ‘allegedly’ desecrating the Holy Qur’an, the Muslim scripture. A colony set ablaze by self-righteous defenders of the faith which ended up costing the lives of eight Christian men, women and a child and damage to a church. In any society with human decency and compassion such … Read entire article »

Filed under: Blasphemy, Democracy, human rights, Islamism, Justice, Lahore, minorities, Pakistan, Punjab, Religion, Rights, Society, violence

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