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Abdus Salam –Pakistan’s first Nobel Laureate

Abdus Salam –Pakistan’s first Nobel Laureate

By Fasi Malik Twenty years ago one of the most brilliant minds of the world left us. Demise is perhaps the most certain thing in this world but some people stay always alive in the memories. Dr. Abdus Salam breathed his last on November 21, 1996 but in his life he achieved so much that many just dream of. Dr. Salam was born in Jhang, a backward district of province Punjab. Unlike the thousands of kids born … Read entire article »

Filed under: Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Science, Secterainism, secular Pakistan

Child abduction right under the nose

Child abduction right under the nose

By Naeem Asgher Tarar Since Pmln has won with the heavy mandate to rule as the superior party in the provincial assembly, it has gone through many setbacks and sorry state of affairs, which also attracted severe criticism. On the other hand the things to bag an accolade are few and in eyes of stern observers, none. Whether it is Model town incident or Metro train, Chotu gang or direly depressing situation of government sector hospitals, … Read entire article »

Filed under: Children, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Punjab

Haider Rifaat Interviews Meher Bokhari

Haider Rifaat Interviews Meher Bokhari

By Haider Rifaat   So recently I had the honor of interviewing one of Pakistan’s youngest journalists Meher Bokhari in my new web show for YouTube titled ‘The Haider Rifaat Show’ which covers politics, social issues and entertainment. Bokhari is best known for anchoring the famous talk show ‘NewsEye’ which airs on DAWN News from Monday to Thursday. The interview was regarding different issues ranging from Pakistan’s politics to the recent Kashmir mayhem. Q1) Haider Rifaat: Prior to … Read entire article »

Filed under: journalism, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, video

Pakistan – One by One… spares none…!

Pakistan – One by One… spares none…!

By Maleeha Rauf Sind province of Pakistan is known to be the land of Sufis and Saints. Its overall texture is tolerance blended with hospitality and perseverance. Its deep and remote areas may be far behind educationally but they are at advance levels of human virtues deeply rooted in their culture. It is also pioneer in raising people’s voice in the form of political activism which gave us Pakistan People’s Party. Until a few years back, its … Read entire article »

Filed under: Islam, minorities, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Secterainism

حقوق نسواں کا بل اور سیاپا

حقوق نسواں کا بل اور سیاپا

تحریر: عماد ظفر خواتین پر تشدد کے روک تھام کے حوالے سے پنجاب اسمبلی میں بل کیا پیش ہوا گویا پورے ملک میں اک ہنگامہ برپا ہو گیا۔ بڑے بڑے علما اور مذہبی سیاسی جماعتوں نے اس پر تنقید کے نشتر برساتے ہوئے اس بل کو این جی اوز اور سول سوسائٹی کی سازش قرار دیا۔ خود حکمران جماعت کے ساتھ اتحاد میں شامل مولانا فضل الرحمن نے بھی اس بل کی مخالفت میں خوب بیانات … Read entire article »

Filed under: Islamism, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, secularism, Urdu, Women

Khabardar: Are We Stereotyping Punjabi Language and Culture?

Khabardar: Are We Stereotyping Punjabi Language and Culture?

By Kasim Osmani Pakistani media has recently seen a boom in infotainment-cum-political shows. All it takes is an Urdu-speaking anchor, co-host, and a group of Punjabi-speaking stage actors. Tune into any channel and you would see such infotainment shows that are designed either on similar patterns or an elaboration of another program’s pattern. On a positive note, these programs have brought Punjabi stage actors to mainstream media, which earned them fame and recognition unprecedented in the past. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Arts and Crafts, culture, Humor, Languages, Media, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Punjab, Punjabi, Society

شجاع خانزادہ کی شہادت اور سوالیہ نشان

شجاع خانزادہ کی شہادت اور سوالیہ نشان

تحریر: عماد ظفر دہشتگردی کے سانحات میں جان گنوانے والوں میں ایک اور شہید کا اضافہ ہو گیا۔ پنجاب کے ہوم منسٹر کرنل ریٹائرڈ شجاع خانزادہ کو ایک خودکش حملے میں ہلاک کر دیا گیا۔ یہ اندوہناک واقع اٹک کے قریب انکی رہاہش گاہ پر پیش آیا۔ مرحوم شجاع خانزادہ پنجاب سے دہشت گردوں کے خاتمے کیلیے انتہائی مستعدی اور دلیری سے کام کر رہے تھے۔ باخبر ذرایع کے مطابق چند ہفتے پہلے مارے جانے والے … Read entire article »

Filed under: Al Qaeda, Army, Democracy, Islamism, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Religion, Secterainism, Taliban, Terrorism, Urdu, violence

سانحہ قصور کے مجرم ہم سب ہیں

سانحہ قصور کے مجرم ہم سب ہیں

تحریر: عماد ظفر بچے سب کے سانجھے ہوتے ہیں. ایک معصوم سا وجود رکھنے والے پھولوں کی مانند جو اپنے وجود کی خوشبو سے چار سو مسرتیں اور مسکانیں بکھیر دیتے ہیں. انسانی زندگی کا سب سے حسین دور بچپن کا ہوتا ہے اور یہ دور انسان کی شخصیت کی بنیادہیں بھی بناتا ہے.بدقسمتی کہیے یا اخلاقی دیوالیہ پن یا پھر شاید انسانیت کا جنازہ کہ اس معاشرے میں بچے بھی جنسی ہوس اور تشدد سے … Read entire article »

Filed under: Children, Law, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, sex, Urdu

Nilofer’s Corner: Mandwa, Lok Virsa Film Club

Nilofer’s Corner: Mandwa, Lok Virsa Film Club

By Nilofer Qazi I was invited by Lok Virsa’s Film Club Mandwa to watch Heer Ranja Waris Shah’s love story immortalized in Pakistani cinema in 1970. Ejaz Durrani as Ranja and Firdous as Heer. Ejaz Durrani now a distinguished humble 80 years old was the chief guest as this revival cinema launch. I haven’t really seen too many Pakistani movies unfortunately and a movie club considering reviving our rich history intrigued me. No I was actually excited, … Read entire article »

Filed under: culture, Islamabad, liberal Pakistan, Nilofer's Corner, Pak Tea House, Pakistan

Open Letter to Chairman Imran Khan

Open Letter to Chairman Imran Khan

By Abdul Kundi Salam Chairman Imran Khan PTI is going through tough times as there are concerns raised about its ability to lead the nation as well as questions raised about its internal cohesion and team work. The most important item that needs your attention Mr. Chairman is to unite the party and bring it back to its ideological orientation. To facilitate you in this process, I have voluntarily decided to stop participating in the email chain … Read entire article »

Filed under: Citizens, Constitution, Democracy, Elections, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Parliament, Politics

Twitter reactions and comments on Lahore Church Blasts

Malik Omaid Pakistani twitter was full of pain and condemnation on the tragic Lahore blasts in Youhanabad area at a Christian Church killing 15 and injuring more than 70 people. All day Politicians, journalists, analysts and common people commented on the incident and the failure of security forces, Punjab Government and its establishment to protect its minority citizens. Others criticized the apathy of many who were busy celebrating the victory on cricket match in these painful times. Some of the selected tweets are presented here to show the different aspects of discussions on social media: A nation is judged by the way it protects it’s most vulnerable & that includes its minorities #Pakistan #ChristiansUnderAttack #LahoreBlast — Sayeeda Warsi (@SayeedaWarsi) March 15, 2015 Let’s all agree that those earlier rumors of the TTP’s demise were … Read entire article »

Filed under: Lahore, minorities, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Religion, Taliban, Terrorism, Twitter, violence, war

Celebration of murder

Celebration of murder

by Saad Hafiz Pakistan is a country permanently roiled by political chaos and militant jihadism. On December 16, 2014, the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) attacked the Army Public School in Peshawar, leaving 141 dead, including 132 schoolchildren. Unconfirmed reports indicate that children from military families were separated from their peers and shot in the head. The TTP spokesperson announced that the Peshawar attack was in retaliation to Operation Zarb-e-Azb (sharp and cutting strike), the Pakistani army’s move … Read entire article »

Filed under: Democracy, Islamism, Justice, minorities, Opinion, Pakistan, Peshawar, Secterainism, Taliban, Terrorism, violence, war, Zarb-E-Azb

The Unpredictables – Part II: 1950s

The Unpredictables – Part II: 1950s

By Fazal Abbas Pakistan as a country has been through a number of highs and lows since traumatic partition in 1947 and its cricket has followed the similar pattern in direct proportion, showing how this sport is embedded in social, political and cultural facets of the country. Initially dispersed, unrecognised, underfunded and weak, Pakistan’s cricket team grew to become a major force in world cricket. Pakistan cricket team is regarded as the most unpredictable and mercurial … Read entire article »

Filed under: Colonialism, Cricket, History, Images, Jinnah, Kashmir, Lahore, liberal Pakistan, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Peshawar, Photos, sport

The Unpredictables: Part I – 1940s: Partition and Foundation Stones of Cricket in Pakistan (1947 – 1950)

The Unpredictables: Part I – 1940s: Partition and Foundation Stones of Cricket in Pakistan (1947 – 1950)

By Fazal Abbas The eternal drama of Pakistan cricket never ceases to fascinate the fans of Cricket game. Why would it? There are only few teams in world cricket, rather world sports, as unpredictable and mercurial as Pakistan. They will be a laughing stock one day with their amateur performance and next day exhibit flamboyant performance with ability to beat best in the world. If not for Pakistani cricket team, cricket would have been the most … Read entire article »

Filed under: Colonialism, Cricket, History, Images, Lahore, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Punjab, secular Pakistan, south asia, sport

Photo of the Day: Floods Create Havoc in North Pakistan

Photo of the Day: Floods Create Havoc in North Pakistan

Due to unexpectedly heavy monsoon rains in Punjab and Kashmir huge amount of floods recorded in Punjab rivers. Buildings are half submerged in Wazirabad city. Flood waters from Aik, Pakhu and Bhed nalah submerged Sialkot this morning. View from Chiniot hills, dozens of villages submerged surrounding Chenab river. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Citizens, Images, Natural Calamity, Pak Tea House, Photo of the Day, Photos, Punjab, water