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Pakistan The Land Of Forgotten Heroes

Pakistan The Land Of Forgotten Heroes

By: Murtaza Khokhar   Once, Calvin Coolidge said that “a nation that forgets its heroes will itself soon be forgotten”, Pakistan is such one nation that has forgotten its heroes on religious grounds. The forgotten heroes of Pakistan are some of the Ahmadis like Dr. Abdus Salam, Sir Zafarullah Khan and many more   who are castoff by the motherland on religious bases. The constitution of Pakistan has declared them non-Muslims so some of the hard liners in … Read entire article »

Filed under: Dr. Abdus Salam, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan

The Crisis of Good Governance in Pakistan

The Crisis of Good Governance in Pakistan

By Najeeb Kakar Good governance is an indeterminate term used in the international development literature to describe how public institutions conduct public affairs and manage their resources. However, governance is “the process of decision-making and the process by which decisions are implemented (or not implemented)”.  One of the definitions of good governance is “establishing of policies [and rules], and continuous monitoring of their proper implementation by the members of the governing body [government] of an organization [country]”. Good … Read entire article »

Filed under: Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan

Men & Mice Conflict Provokes Intellect: An Analogical Reasoning

Men & Mice Conflict Provokes Intellect: An Analogical Reasoning

By Gulzar Ahmad The current remarkable let up in suicide bombings across the country as a result of ongoing military operation in the tribal belt of Waziristan has ‘overtly’ created an illusion that the use of force is durable  in purging society from the evils of militancy and insurgency that continues to haunt the state of Pakistan from the very outset. It goes without saying that human beings are in perpetual conflict with mouse specie since … Read entire article »

Filed under: Free Speech, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Zarb-E-Azb

Changing Narrative! Is the State ready to do that?

Changing Narrative! Is the State ready to do that?

By Misbah Azam, Ph.D. The cold blooded assassination of Khurram Zaki raises the question that why the agencies are unable or unwilling to protect those intellectual elites who are accepted as custodians of liberal and progressive agendas in any country. Zaki was a journalist, research scholar, blogger, human rights and rights activist, and editor of the Pakistani blog and news website “Let Us Build Pakistan” (LUBP), who’s stated aim, is to “spread liberal religious views and … Read entire article »

Filed under: Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Raza Rumi, Taliban, Target Killing, Terrorism

A culture of hypocrisy

A culture of hypocrisy

By Saad Malik Couple of years back when the wave of terrorism and energy crisis was at its peak, I had an unpopular opinion about the two biggest problems faced by Pakistan. Since the media coverage focused exclusively on electricity shortfall and terrorism, these two issues were often recognized as the gravest problems faced by Pakistan. I often disagreed citing climatic change and a culture of hypocrisy as the gravest threats faced by the country. With … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Islam, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Religion, Reviews, Secterainism

Are Karachi & Hyderabad RAW’ Stronghold?

Are Karachi & Hyderabad RAW’ Stronghold?

By Ahmer Muzammil For the 167th time in last 25 years, the establishment of Pakistan and the Punjabi intelligentsia has been trying to convince the rest of the country that MQM is RAW’ B team. This is troubling, because during this same time frame the MQM has continued to enjoy mandate of Urban Sind. It is interesting that Pakistan’s Army was at helm of affairs for all intent and purpose from 1999-2007 and during this tenure … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Citizens, Constitution, Corruption, Democracy, Karachi, MQM, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Politics, Punjab, RAW, Sindh, state, Terrorism

Mumtaz Qadri’s hanging and the death penalty debate

By Yasser Latif Hamdani Mumtaz Qadri was hanged on 29.02.2016 for having assassinated Governor Salmaan Taseer five years ago.  Qadri was given a fair shake by the courts.  He went through two appeals process and a review.  Ultimately, he forwarded a mercy petition to the President of Pakistan who rejected it. What was unusual were the circumstances –  the Pakistani government against all odds grabbed the bull by the horns and executed a murderer. This death penalty debate that some people have started is utterly useless in the present context. I am someone who stands for the eventual abolition of death penalty. This has to happen in a legal framework.  The framework in this case are Pakistan’s international obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (“ICCPR”) which operates as minimum standards to be incorporated in national … Read entire article »

Filed under: Pakistan

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

Waking Up to Horror

Waking Up to Horror

By Aslam Kakar It seems hardly is there a morning in the US which does not break the news of killings and horror in Pakistan. In the last couple of weeks only, I have woken up to a multitude of horror stories back home. There was the attack on Polio Centre in Balochistan’s capital, Quetta, followed by the onslaught of young students at BKU in Peshawar. A couple of days ago, the deadly suicide blast by … Read entire article »

Filed under: Pakistan, Terrorism

بلوچستان جراحی نہیں مسیحائی مانگتا ہے

بلوچستان جراحی نہیں مسیحائی مانگتا ہے

تحریر: عماد ظفر علیحدگی پسندجماعت بلوچ نیشنل مومنٹ کا جنرل سیکرڑری اپنے چار ساتھیوں سمیت قانون نافذ کرنے والے اداروں کے ساتھ مقابلے میں مارا گیا۔ یہ خبر آپ نے ٹی وی سکرینوں کے چھوٹے سے ٹکر میں دیکھی ہو گی یا چند اخبارات میں ایک چھوٹی سی شہ سرخی کے طور پر۔ اس خبر کو جس برے انداز سے ملکی میڈیا میں نظر انداز کیا گیا۔ ٹھیک اسی طرح ہم سب بھی بلوچستان اور اسکے … Read entire article »

Filed under: baluchistan, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Punjab, Urdu

Malda Riots and Shocking Silence of Indian Liberal Media

Malda Riots and Shocking Silence of Indian Liberal Media

PTH is grateful to Abhinav Pandya for contributing to PTH on request. This article has been posted to invite much needed debate about the role of the liberal media in India. Is the Indian media selective in only highlighting Hindu extremism? Are politicians turning blind eye when extremist Islamic organizations incite violence. This is an important area which needs to be discussed with respect to the secularism in India.   PTH does not essentially agree with all … Read entire article »

Filed under: India, minorities

حفیظ سنٹر میں ریاست ’پی کے‘ بن گئی

حفیظ سنٹر میں ریاست ’پی کے‘ بن گئی

تحریر: ملک عمید گزشتہ ہفتے احمدیوں کی مخالفت میں لگائے گئے ایک اسٹیکر نے حفیظ سنٹر کی دھوم ساری دنیا تک پہنچا دی۔ یوں حفیظ سنٹر بین الاقوامی شہرت یافتہ ہوگیا۔ بدنام اگر ہوں گے تو کیا نام نہ ہوگا؟ ایک تاجر کی دکان سے احمدی مخالف اسٹیکر اتارنے کی خبر پنجاب حکومت نے ٹویٹر پر برادرم رضا رومی صاحب کو دی۔ ساری دنیا میں واہ واہ ہوگئی۔ ایسے لگا کہ ملک بدلنے لگا ہے۔ تاجروں … Read entire article »

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

یہ رات کھا گئی ایک ایک کر کے سارے چراغ!

یہ رات کھا گئی ایک ایک کر کے سارے چراغ!

تحریر: طاہر احمد بھٹی فرینکفرٹ- جرمنی جن دنوں پروفیسر ڈاکٹر اصغر قادر قائد اعظم یونیورسٹی اسلام آباد کے ڈین آف نیچرل سائینسز تھے تو راقم کو ان کا ایک طویل انٹرویو ریکارڈ کرنے کا موقع ملا۔ پروفیسر صاحب موصوف اور ان کے بھائی بشارت قادر صاحب کی شفیق طبع اور مہمان کی تواضع کے آداب اور رکھ رکھاو سے لا جواب ہو کر ایک فقرہ مجھ سے بے ساختہ سرزد ہوا کہ تہذیب اس خاندان میں … Read entire article »

Filed under: Constitution, Islamabad, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Secterainism, secular Pakistan, Urdu

اربابِ اختیار کے لئے کسوٹی: حصہ دوئم

اربابِ اختیار کے لئے کسوٹی: حصہ دوئم

نوٹ:  پاک ٹی ہاؤس طاہر بھٹی صاحب کی تحریر کو اپنی آزادی اظہار کی پالیسی کے تحت پبلش کر رہا ہے اور اس لئے بھی کہ  ملک میں جاری تفریق کی روش پر احمدی کیا موقف رکھتے ہیں اسے بھی واضح طور پر قارئین کے سامنے پیش کیا جائے۔ یہ واضح رہے کہ ادارہ کا  مصنف کی رائے سے متفق ہونا ضروری نہیں ہے اور نہ ہی  اس سلسلے میں ادارہ کسی قسم کا ذمہ … Read entire article »

Filed under: Democracy, Islam, minorities, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Parliament, Secterainism, secular Pakistan, Terrorism, Urdu

Role of madrassas

Role of madrassas

By Shaan Taseer “Terrorism was taught by the state not the madrassahs”. A very rich statement by Mufti Naeem, the head cleric of Binori Town Karachi. I would encourage all my fellow Pakistani to know and remember the following facts: Binori Town, in the heart of Karachi, is a symbol of the Mullah-Military alliance set up to wage the Afghan and Kashmir jihads. In 1979, the then head of Binori Town, Yousof Binori was appointed Chairman of … Read entire article »

Filed under: Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Taliban, Target Killing, violence