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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

Who was Raza Rumi?

It was only late in the night when I came to know that Raza Rumi was attacked—By whom and why? I do not know. I just know that because of the consequence of that unprovoked attacked, Raza was compelled to leave Pakistan and settle in some neutral land where his safety and security is, at least, not at risk. Well, so much has been written about the unfortunate circumstances and plight of the security of journalists in Pakistan and so much has been said already too. I may save myself from taking a dip in this vast sea. Here I want to expound on who was Raza Rumi. A Teacher? A Sufi Master? A Friend? I have no words to express my grief over these unfortunate and saddening times. Long gone … Read entire article »

Filed under: culture, human rights, Identity, Lahore, liberal Pakistan, Media, Punjab, Raza Rumi, Rights, secular Pakistan, secularism, Terrorism, Twitter, violence

Who attacked Raza Rumi: A few pointers

Punjab Police has arrested members of a banned outfit in connection with attack on author, journalist Raza Rumi. Here are a few tweets posted by an investigative reporter Asad Kharal. The intent of terrorists seems to be clear. They missed the target. May God protect Rumi who has left the country. [View the story “Who attacked Raza Rumi: A few pointers” on Storify] … Read entire article »

Filed under: Lahore, Raza Rumi, Storify, Terrorism, Twitter

Ahrar-ul-Hind II: Faqir of Ipi, Majlis-e-Ahrar, and the TTP

By Yasser Latif Hamdani This is to carry on from the last blog-post where I wrote about the Ahrar-ul-Hind which is a militant reincarnation of Majlis-e-Ahrar and the anti-Pakistan “nationalist” forces who had opposed the making of Pakistan and called its founder “Kafir-e-Azam”.  The narrative that I put up- grounded in fact and history – has evoked a rather unbecoming reaction from some Pushtun Nationalist  bloggers and commentators. They feel that Majlis-e-Ahrar being an entirely Punjab based phenomenon is entirely different from Ahrar-ul-Hind.  They feel that Majlis-e-Ahrar (which was a bigoted anti-Ahmadi, Anti-Shia organization) was a progressive organization only because it opposed Pakistan, was allied with Bacha Khan and the Congress and fought against “capitalism” and “colonialism”.  To this group, Ataullah Shah Bokhari (the grand doyen of the Anti-Ahmadi movement in … Read entire article »

Filed under: Pakistan

Punjab and Army

Punjab and Army

Raza Habib Raja Most of the political developments in Pakistan involve armed forces and also Punjab’s politicians as Punjab is the most populous province. Some or the other, a narrative has developed which links Punjab and armed forces (who mostly hail from Punjab) in a conspiring role.  The phrase “Punjabi Establishment” is often used by the liberal intelligentsia with the intention of not only showing the ethnic makeup of such establishment but also highlight its conspiracy mindset … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Punjab

SPLITTING INDIA: A Corrective of Dr. Ishtiaq Ahmed’s Inaccuracies

SPLITTING INDIA: A Corrective of Dr. Ishtiaq Ahmed’s Inaccuracies

This article is in response to the so called “myth busting” series on partition by Dr. Ishtiaq Ahmed, published in The Friday Times.  Tragically the so called “myth busting series” is fraught with errors, concealment and special pleading. In this first rebuttal I will only address the factual inaccuracies so far. I do intend to write more rebuttals as the good dr continues his “myth busting” reinforcement of nationalist narratives of India and Pakistan.   By … Read entire article »

Filed under: History, India, Jinnah, Partition

Jinnah’s vision for Pakistan

In clear concise and consistent terms, Mr Jinnah laid down his vision for Pakistan. After this, there is no room for discussion in my view. Popular sovereignty with equal rights regardless of religion – this is the essence of a modern democratic state.  No vague notions of sovereignty being vested in a deity etc. -YLH Document No: 01472105 Interview with Mr. Doon Campbell, Reuters’ Correspondent, New Delhi, 21st May 1947 Q. What sort of relationship do you envisage between Pakistan and Hindustan? Ans. Friendly and reciprocal in the mutual interest of both. That is why I have been urging: let us separate in a friendly way and remain friends thereafter. Q. How would you divide the armed forces? Do you envisage a defence pact or any other kind of military alliance between Pakistan and Hindustan? Ans. All the armed … Read entire article »

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