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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

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