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The Road to Hell is Paved with Good Intentions

The Road to Hell is Paved with Good Intentions

This article presents an alternate point of view with respect to the I-11 evictions of slum dwellers. It is always important to recognize that a complex issue has many sides to it. PTH does not essentially agree with all the arguments made in the article. Hamza Khalil Recently the issue of I -11 evictions in Islamabad has blown up all social media. Its a welcome development to see an attempt at raising of political conscious, active mobilization, … Read entire article »

Filed under: Activism, poverty, Rights

Karachi Massacre

Karachi Massacre

By Obaidullah Khan Pakistan has been facing the terrorism for a long time now. Every terror attack, even target killings of the individuals is condemnable in the strongest terms, yet some of the terror attacks amongst these could be reckoned as the barbarity and butchery of the highest rank. Amongst others, the attack on the Ahmadiyya Community in Lahore where two of their worship places were attacked during the worship by the fully armed terrorists who … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Pakistan, Taliban, Terrorism, war, Zarb-E-Azb

Does the State Sponsor Takfiris?

Does the State Sponsor Takfiris?

Andaleeb Rizvi I quote from my previous blog I wrote about Sabeen Mehmud. In Pakistan, bad is on loop. You get done with the death anniversary of someone or some incident every month, and a new tragedy is added to the mourning list. So, this time it is the killing of 47, nay 43 Ismailis. Since killings are merely a number for us now. Yesterday (May 13, 2015) six gunmen surrounded a bus carrying Ismaili Shias in the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Al Qaeda, Army, Karachi, minorities, Pakistan, Religion, Terrorism

Distorting Pakistan’s history and identity

Distorting Pakistan’s history and identity

By Umer Ali Ever since Pakistan came into being, it has faced different challenges of various magnitudes. Right after its creation, Pakistan lost its father, Muhammad Ali Jinnah. With his body, the hope for a better, progressive Pakistan was gone as well. After the death of Jinnah, a campaign started which led Pakistan to where it is now – radicalized, intolerant and on the verge of destruction. Pakistanis are living through lies and myths presented to them. … Read entire article »

Filed under: History, India, Islamism, Pakistan, Partition, Secterainism

A future foretold

A future foretold

By Saad Hafiz Another Pakistan Day or Pakistan Resolution Day has come and gone, this time with a grand military parade put off for several years due to terrorism fears. On March 23, 1940, the All-India Muslim League moved a resolution in its annual session in Lahore that demanded autonomous states for the Muslims of British India. This resolution was a change in strategy from the Muslim League’s earlier demand for constitutional guarantees for Muslims in … Read entire article »

Filed under: History, Pakistan

Pakistan Steel or Steal Pakistan?

Pakistan Steel or Steal Pakistan?

By Humna Mehwish Pakistan Steel Mill (PSM) serves as the backbone of industrialization in Pakistan and yet it has been underrated and exploited by both public and private entities. This humongous institution has been in the news often due to its corruption scandals and lack of resources, in such a scenario preventing right to information law from implementation and use is not just alarming but also thought-provoking as to why information is being kept behind locks? Recently, … Read entire article »

Filed under: Constitution, Corruption, Democracy, Pakistan

Are Things Really Changing in Pakistan?

Raza Habib Raja Sixteen December, 2014 in some ways could be called the darkest day in Pakistan’s history. That day the Taliban militants killed countless innocent children in order to “seek” revenge against the ongoing military operation against them. Before that fateful day, a substantial part of the population had doubts whether launching an operation was good idea. In fact over the years, Pakistani population had by and large opposed the military action as it had considered terrorism merely a “reaction” against Pakistan’ s support for US instigated “War on Terror”. The horrific incident eliminated all the apprehensions against the military action and in fact united the Pakistani nation. Finally the government has acquired the support which had previously eluded it. With the public support behind it, the Government has taken a series … Read entire article »

Filed under: Pakistan, Religion, Terrorism

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

Searching for Hercules

Searching for Hercules

By Saad Hafiz Discontent and annoyance with democracy is picking up pace in Pakistan. The promise of an unprecedented era of lengthy civilian rule appears to be in jeopardy. A sort of toxic impatience with the democratic process, which has always existed in the political discourse, is being rekindled. There is public frustration and resentment against the elected central government. The government is seen as distant, unresponsive and subservient to powerful interests. The litany of complaints … Read entire article »

Filed under: Democracy, Justice, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Politics, Rights, secular Pakistan

India and Pakistan: Incomplete Independence

PTH is extremely grateful to Gorki for writing this soul searching and a beautiful article. Several points made in the article are worth pondering upon and these apply to both India and Pakistan. Gorki . Yeh Daag Daag Ujaala, Yeh Sabkajida Sehar Woh Intzaar Tha Jisaka Yeh Woh Sehar Toh Nahi Yeh Woh Sehar Toh Nahi, Jisaki Aarju Leke Chale The.. (Faiz Ahmed Faiz) . The triumph of the Western idea, is evident, first of all, in the total exhaustion of viable systematic alternatives to Western liberalism. So wrote Francis Fukuyama, in his 1992 essay, End of History. In it he boldly predicted that mankind had all but accepted a Western liberal democracy as the final form of human government. Events since then often seem to prove otherwise, highlighting Yogi Berra’s tongue in cheek popular adage, ‘it is … Read entire article »

Filed under: Colonialism, Democracy, India, Pakistan

Clashing Nationalisms

Clashing Nationalisms

PTH is grateful for this contribution from Gorki. These are Gorki’s views. PTH does not endorse or support everything presented in this article. The purpose is to allow debate and PTH would really welcome opposing views Gorki “Nationalism is an infantile disease. It is the measles of mankind.” — Albert Einstein Nationalism is a relatively modern concept, that first arose in Europe in the 17th century. The modern States of India and Pakistan were both brought about by … Read entire article »

Filed under: India, Pakistan

Raza Rumi says state is soft against anti India Jihadists, talks about Lakhvi and post-Peshawar Attack Scenario on Al Jazeera

Malik Omaid Raza Rumi talked with Al Jazeera on prime suspect of Mumbai attack, Zaki ul Rahman Lakhvi being bailed out by Pakistani court. Here is the transcript of the discussion and the video. Raza Rumi says state is soft against anti India… by razarumi1 Al Jazeera: Prime Minister of Pakistan says we will no longer have the policy of Good Taliban and the bad Taliban we are going to go after all of them, since the summer they have done operation Zarb-e-Azb in Waziristan, you know a huge campaign to go against the extremists however just now this week they said they are going o give the master mind of the 2008 Mumbai bombings, the terrorists attacks Zaki ul Rahman Lakhvi, they have just arrested him again, so what kind of signal … Read entire article »

Filed under: Judiciary, Pakistan, Raza Rumi, south asia, Taliban, Terrorism, violence, war, Zarb-E-Azb

Zarb-e-Azb

Zarb-e-Azb

By Ebad Ahmed Reality checks are good, delusions are bad. Where the former may sound obnoxious, complex and difficult to digest; however with all its “ill” attached nonetheless at the end of the day it’s a reality, which in its nature demands to be accepted. On the other hand, delusions are sexy; looking at the issues through rose colored glasses keeps one satisfied, but unfortunately where it may bring smiles, in the same breath it keeps far … Read entire article »

Filed under: Afghanistan, Al Qaeda, Army, Islamism, Kashmir, Pakistan, war, Zarb-E-Azb

Social Media Campaign: Go Nawaz GO

Social Media Campaign: Go Nawaz GO

Malik Omaid Tahirul Qadri announced a campaign of writing Go Nawaz Go on currency notes. State bank promptly reacted by giving statement that currency notes will be deemed void if there is any slogan written on them. Though this is very amusing as I have myself seen Mobile Numbers and religious slogans like “Qadiani ***** on currency notes. But we can leave this for another time. Here are some masterpieces made by either PTI wallas or  … Read entire article »

Filed under: Children, Democracy, Gandhi, Humor, Images, Jinnah, Pakistan, Photos, Revolution, Twitter

Fascisms of every kind

Fascisms of every kind

by Saad Hafiz As was the case in the 1930s, the global forces of reaction are emerging with populist appeals directed against immigrants, ethnic and sectarian minorities. Society’s seemingly permanent infatuation with xenophobic demagogy is alive and well. It is a conducive environment for the most reactionary and chauvinistic elements in society to prosper. They are egged on by opportunistic leaders who find a way to harness the smouldering anger and disenchantment of vulnerable sections of … Read entire article »

Filed under: Constitution, Democracy, Elections, Islamabad, movements, Politics, Revolution