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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

Faisal Saeed’s Fight for Human Rights and Secularism

Faisal Saeed’s Fight for Human Rights and Secularism

By Aslam Kakar Faisal Saeed al-Mutar is an Iraqi born writer, freethinker, computer geek, and human rights activist. He is also an advocate of secularism and the free market of ideas. Faisal is the founder of Global Secular Humanist Movement and Secular Post. At the age of 24, his understanding of politics of the Middle East and the Muslim world is just fascinating. I believe that Faisal is a sane voice misunderstood at home and in … Read entire article »

Filed under: Democracy, Islam, Middle East, Opinion, Pak Tea House, secularism

A case for introspection

A case for introspection

By Abuzar Khan I know many people whom come from apparently conservative school of thought will take it on to the streets, as yet again 14th of February came and as assumed, the moral police would certainly set up blockades of moral checkpoints, and vilify what they deem as the immoral masses of Pakistan.   Having said that, except for Ramazan and every Friday, on which the credit of acting holy and playing decent is due and of course … Read entire article »

Filed under: Citizens, Constitution, culture, History, human rights, Love, Media, movements, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Rights, Secterainism

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

Putting Humpty Dumpty Back Together

Putting Humpty Dumpty Back Together

By Misbah Azam, Ph.D. “For an hour I was transported to a place where every new minute inspired me to fall in love with Pakistan again.” Above are the words of one brilliant Pakistani entrepreneur of Silicon Valley, Dr. Safwan Shah, which he wrote to convey his tributes to a dynamic young Pakistani lawyer, politician and social activist, Mohammed Jibran Nasir, after attending his talk in a USA Talk Series 2015 seminar in the Silicon Valley, San … Read entire article »

Filed under: Activism, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Terrorism, USA, Zarb-E-Azb

کرائے کی ریاست کا کردار بند ہونا چاہیے

کرائے کی ریاست کا کردار بند ہونا چاہیے

تحریر: محمد شعیب عادل ایران اور سعودی عرب کی جنگ اب یمن میں لڑی جارہی ہے ۔ یمن میں حوثی شیعہ قبائل جن کو ایران کی فوجی و مالی امداد حاصل ہے یمن کی سنی حکومت کا تختہ الٹ کر اقتدار پر قبضہ کرنا چاہتے ہیں۔ اگر یمن میں شیعہ اقتدار پر قابض ہو جاتے ہیں تو ظاہر ہے یہ سعودی عرب کی شیعہ اقلیت کے لیے تقویت کا باعث بنے گااور یہ اقلیت سعودی بادشاہت … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Middle East, Pakistan, Religion, Secterainism, Urdu, war

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

Photo of the Day: Hindu community celebrates Krishna Janmashtami in Rawalpindi Pakistan

Photo of the Day: Hindu community celebrates Krishna Janmashtami in Rawalpindi Pakistan

Saira Ahmad Nizami Krishna Janmashtami, or sometimes simply as Janmashtami, is an annual celebration of the birth of the Hindu deity Krishna, the eighth avatar of Vishnu. The festival is celebrated on the eighth day (Ashtami) of the Krishna Paksha (dark fortnight) of the month of Bhadrapada (August–September) in the Hindu calendar. Rasa lila, dramatic enactments of the life of Krishna, are a special feature in regions of Mathura and Vrindavan, and regions following Vaishnavism in Manipur. Hindu … Read entire article »

Filed under: Anniversery, Citizens, culture, Democracy, Egalitarian Pakistan, Heritage, Hinduism, human rights, Liberal Democratic Pakistan, liberal Pakistan, minorities, Pak Tea House, peace, People's Pakistan, Photo of the Day, Photos, secular Pakistan, secularism

Photo Story: Yes we lost Direction

Some times by looking back makes us feel had the direction been set well, we could have been different. Today it looks like we lost all we gained in five thousand years and these vintage tourism posters are talking about some alien civilization.   [View the story “Yes We Lost Direction!” on Storify] … Read entire article »

Filed under: Arts and Crafts, culture, Education, Egalitarian Pakistan, Heritage, History, Identity, India, Liberal Democratic Pakistan, liberal Pakistan, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, peace, Photos, Punjab, secular Pakistan, secularism, Storify, Sufism, Tourism, Twitter

Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah addresses to the nation on partition on 15 Aug 1947

Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah addresses to the nation on partition on 15 Aug 1947

Malik Omaid Muhammad Ali Jinnah’s vision for the Pakistani state was never controversial. It was nothing new to the people Jinnah was addressing to. But during the course of time when Pakistan’s state adopted the ideology or it was forced to do so, the secular ideas of Jinnah were also made to hide. People now mostly know the idea of Pakistan as an Islamic state. But the 11th August speech was a stone in the way … Read entire article »

Filed under: Anniversery, Citizens, Constitution, Democracy, Egalitarian Pakistan, History, human rights, Islam, Jinnah, Karachi, Liberal Democratic Pakistan, liberal Pakistan, minorities, movements, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Pakistan-India Peace Process, Partition, peace, People's Pakistan

Burqah Ban, Multiculturalism and Liberal Secularism

Burqah Ban, Multiculturalism and Liberal Secularism

Raza Habib Raja In a land mark judgment, the European Court of Human Rights has upheld a ban by France on wearing the Muslim full-face veil — the niqab. According to the press release of the court judgment: The European Court of Human Rights held by a majority, that there had been no violation of Article 8 (right to respect for private and family life) of the European Convention on Human Rights, and no violation of Article 9 (right to … Read entire article »

Filed under: Pakistan

Islam and the West

By Saad Hafiz The Islamic world and the west appear to be caught up in an intensifying phase of political and cultural conflict. Each side views the other with mistrust and suspicion and both have a shopping-list of grievances. Over-zealous punditry on television, in the op-ed pages, on campuses and in strategic studies think tanks reinforce the fear that Islam and the west are on a collision course. Great stress is laid on the political and cultural divide, futility of communication and engagement and cries of hegemony and imperialism. In this cacophony, those who seek dialogue and reconciliation between the faiths struggle to be heard. Muslim self-confidence, which was at its peak some centuries ago, has disappeared. Religious literalism has gained centrality over reason in the Islamic worldview. Long buried is the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Islam, Media, Society, south asia, Terrorism, war, World

Jinnah and secularism; Dr Ishtiaq Ahmed distorts history yet again

Jinnah and secularism; Dr Ishtiaq Ahmed distorts history yet again

By Yasser Latif Hamdani “Professor emeritus” Dr Ishtiaq Ahmed is the sort who loves to take liberties with the facts.  In his article today “Jinnah and secularism” he has resorted to two outright lies which need to be exposed so that people are not misguided. The article began well enough: “The vision of Pakistan Jinnah spelled out on August 11, 1947 is the closest any leader in the Indian subcontinent approximated to an ideal secular state: a … Read entire article »

Filed under: Jinnah, Partition, secular Pakistan, secularism

How Azad won in Pakistan and India! Ramchandra Guha’s imaginary history and other incidental lies.

*This is a rebuttal to Ramchandra Guha’s article “Letting Azad win” which in my view was a terrible distortion of history and facts. -YLH By Yasser Latif Hamdani Ramchandra Guha- the so called Indian Historian- is incapable of telling the truth. It never ceases to amaze me how he continues to distort the facts regarding partition. Now however he has taken desperate tactics using frivolous allegations. Consider: he thinks Lahore is Kandahar where every woman is in a burqah. Anyone who has been to Lahore knows that this is an incredible lie even by the standards of Ramchandra Guha.  Perhaps had he actually bothered to visit Lahore, he would have changed his mind but facts are not what Guha is interested in. He is more interested in weaving an India-shining myth and in … Read entire article »

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Secularisms and Islams

By AA Khalid Secularism As Saviour, Secularism As The Devil Absolutely yes; in the face of secularism, mundane morality, consumerism, crime, and hedonism, the three monotheistic faiths have great influence in relieving our moral dilemma.[i] Can any Muslim community afford to hesitate in participating in the establishment of a secular democratic system if it is unable to establish an Islamic democratic one?  The answer is no.  It is the religious duty of Muslims, as individuals and as communities, to contribute to the efforts to establish such a system[ii] The above illustrated quotes reflect the polarization in the Muslim discourses around the world about the topic of secularism. We have scholars and intellectuals decrying secularism as the root of atheism, moral decadence and spiritual crises, on the other hand we have thinkers … Read entire article »

Filed under: Islamism, Religion