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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

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