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Trump and the Pakistani Christians

Trump and the Pakistani Christians

Shuham A. Charles US President Donald Trump has made remarks during his campaign, and even after assuming the office, that have outraged many minority communities. His executive order to suspend immigration from a select group of Muslim countries has earned him a barrage of criticism. There is a sense of apprehension caused by Trump administration which is shared by Muslims in the US and Pakistan alike. Is America becoming intolerant of its racial and religious minorities? … Read entire article »

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Of Chalgozas and Lollipops

Of Chalgozas and Lollipops

By Mohammad Ali Ilahi We all have heard about the lollipop, banana and candy analogies, which are often used to rationalize the use of burka and abaya for women. However, the official facebook page of Mufti Syed Adnan Kakakhel went a step further today and uploaded a picture showing 3 pine nuts (popularly known as Chalgozas in the sub-continent), of which two had turned black as a result of defective or no covering at all, whereas … Read entire article »

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Protection of Minorities Bill: Brilliant!

Protection of Minorities Bill: Brilliant!

Naeem Asgher Tarar   On 24th November, Sindh assembly outmaneuvered all other provinces by passing a law which is for protecting the minorities of the province from the evil of forced conversions.  It is about time that a bill like this should have been brought, signed into law and implemented throughout the province, but even now it is felicitous and a big sigh of relief for the people of different minorities, who were being molested and threatened.   I … Read entire article »

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How We See Pakistani Scientists and Educationists.

How We See Pakistani Scientists and Educationists.

By Abuzar Wp There is a homosexual person currently working as an Associate Head of Physics Department at Massachusetts institute of Technology (MIT). Unfortunately, the genetic make-up of the sex chromosome turned out to be XX and that means the being is a female. Most important of all is she is a Parsi by belief system- a Zoroastrian, which means she is certainly a non-Muslim and all these reasons are enough for us to judge, damn and … Read entire article »

Filed under: Blogging, culture, Dr. Abdus Salam, drama, Free Speech, Heritage, human rights, Identity, Islam for Peace, Islamism, Malala Yousufzai, Nergis Mavalvala, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, peace, People's Pakistan, Religion, Rights, youth

IN THE LOVE OF PROPHET by JDC

IN THE LOVE OF PROPHET by JDC

By Dr. Muhammad Hassan Auj   I was compelled by my pen to produce this after the glorification of Mr. Mumtaz Qadri as a nationwide hero which was a stab to the Islam I believe in, humanity I strive for. Do terrorism and justice ever dwell together? Can extremism and harmony ever be tuned with each other? Will the transformation from Barbarian society to a humane civilization ever complete? Till when will the saviors of the nation … Read entire article »

Filed under: Hinduism, History, human rights, Islam, Islam for Peace, Islamic Holy Book Quran, Islamism, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Terrorism, violence, war

A Leap of Faith

By Jehan Naseem We are always seeking perfection or have an innate idea of what is in our minds and of other people. Fantasies are painted into a larger than life picture and are given vitality, expectations rise, disappointments are expressed and heartbreaks occur. Throughout this process no one wants to accept the reality of what it is; whether it’s good or bad or neither – it is what it is. It could be when we are a little scared to realize what our self-worth is we are at our most vulnerable point in our lives. That’s when we feel weak and possibly even helpless, we connect vulnerability with weakness. If we are open, we are weak. If we let people know how we feel, we are weak. We mock those … Read entire article »

Filed under: Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Society

The Pragmatic Liberal

The Pragmatic Liberal

I wrote this article two years ago for PTH. I am reproducing it on her death anniversary. She had her flaws ( all do) but at the same time, in Pakistani context, she was one of the most liberal politicians. RHR Raza Habib Raja This article tries to evaluate the politician Benazir Bhutto and the way she affected her party and the Pakistani political landscape. Since the article tries to adopt a CRITICAL approach therefore it points … Read entire article »

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Stop Posting Funny Memes And Jokes About Fasting, Pakistan!

Stop Posting Funny Memes And Jokes About Fasting, Pakistan!

By Haider Rifaat The social media has played a pivotal role in promoting the importance of Ramadan in our lives. However, the occasional perversion often seems to surface every now and then, despite all the awareness. I have come across many individuals on Facebook and Twitter (most of them being Pakistanis FYI), who post comical yet unreasonable pictures, comments, statuses and memes about fasting that we ought to ignore while observing it. I am not trying to … Read entire article »

Filed under: Islam, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Religion

Evolution of Religious Extremism in Pakistan

Evolution of Religious Extremism in Pakistan

By Syed Amir As per an estimate 96.4% of total 199 million Pakistanis are Muslims and rest of the population consists of Christians, Hindus, Sikhs and other minority groups. However, diversity in Pakistan is more visible along cultural and ethnic lines and less through its religious distribution. Pakistan is the cradle of Indus Valley Civilization and since those days, Pakistan opened its arms for all the migrants, settlers, traders, invaders and nonetheless preachers from all over the … Read entire article »

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Religious Absolutism

Religious Absolutism

By Saad Hafiz Arguably, absolutism has played a part in some of the worst social and political evils throughout history. While there is little doubt that religion has made a valuable contribution to civilisation, religious absolutism has also exercised a pernicious influence at times. No one can deny the atrocities of the Crusades or the Inquisition and other evils started by the Church. Bloodshed justified by religious dictum became a widely accepted doctrine. People were branded … Read entire article »

Filed under: Blasphemy, Citizens, Islam, Islam for Peace, Islamism, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Religion

Secular Democracy: the only way forward for Pakistan

Secular Democracy: the only way forward for Pakistan

Mustafa Kamal Today, on 15th March, 2015. Two Taliban suicide bombers attacked a Christian church in Lahore, killing almost 14 and injuring around 76 people. The death tolls will increase, it is doubted. Previously, Christian churches have been vandalized, and towns resided by Christian community have been set torched and looted by fundamentalist Islamic groups. Number of Christian individuals have faced severe punishment as they were falsely accused of blasphemy in Pakistan.  As a state, Pakistan … Read entire article »

Filed under: Democracy, Pakistan, secular Pakistan, secularism, Society

Wikimedia Pakistan and the manipulation of Wikipedia Pages on Pakistan

Wikimedia Pakistan and the manipulation of Wikipedia Pages on Pakistan

Given the semi-literate nature of internet usage in Pakistan, Wikipedia has come to be known as the gospel truth in the country’s 30 million odd internet users. Consequently it has to be controlled because whoever controls Wikipedia controls the narrative in cyber-Pakistan. This is where Wikimedia Pakistan [https://twitter.com/WikimediaPK] comes in, run by a self professed college drop out who has too much time on his hands called Saqib Qayyum Chaudhry [http://opensource.com/life/14/9/wiki-loves-monuments-pakistan].     He describes himself as : “The writer … Read entire article »

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Free speech and sensibilities

Free speech and sensibilities

By Saad Hafiz The ghastly terrorist assault in Paris at the office of the French magazine Charlie Hebdo is a direct attack on freedom of speech, thought and expression, the basis on which all open, democratic societies are created. The bedrock of such societies is the protection of life, pluralism, openness and freedom of religion, conscience and security. Whether we agree or not, the value of publications like Charlie Hebdo lies in what they represent: an … Read entire article »

Filed under: Blasphemy, Islam, Pak Tea House, Religion, secularism, Terrorism, violence

A clarion call

A clarion call

By Shanzeh Iqbal How far lifting the moratorium on death penalty would be effective in curtailing terrorism is a matter of debate now. The executions seen as an antidote to terrorism are discussed by some analysts as a feeble method. They argue that the real terrorist has a genuine faith and is not afraid of death; rather he or she is willing to embrace it. So the death penalty may not act as a strong deterrent. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Afghanistan, Al Qaeda, Army, Pak Tea House, Taliban, Terrorism, violence, war, Zarb-E-Azb

Who Actually Shot Taseer?

Who Actually Shot Taseer?

Raza Habib Raja I wrote this article one year ago. I am reproducing a modified and updated version as the debate has become even more relevant. It has been four years since Governor Salman Taseer was slain. As some commemorate his bravery, this is also a time for reflecting on why it happened. And more importantly why there were actually people throwing rose petals on the murderer, Mumtaz Qadri and why there was little to no public … Read entire article »

Filed under: Blasphemy, Islam, Pakistan