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Symbols of defiance

Symbols of defiance

By Saad Hafiz Anne Frank and Malala Yousafzai, two girls from different eras, share a certain kinship. They lived under fear and terror. Their ability to read and write allowed them to share their stories with the world. Both are regarded as symbols of defiance against the forces of cruelty and darkness. Anne died of typhus with her sister Margot, at the Bergen-Belsen internment camp in March 1945. Malala was shot and gravely wounded by a … Read entire article »

Filed under: Children, Education, History, human rights, Malala Yousufzai, Malala Yousuzai, Taliban, Target Killing, violence, Women, World

Pakistani Women: Nobel, Oscar, Emmy and what not?

Pakistani Women: Nobel, Oscar, Emmy and what not?

Malik Omaid In the last 20 months, Pakistani women have brought home an Oscar, an Emmy, the Nobel Peace Prize & the Asian Gold in cricket -Khadija Amjad — Mariam Chughtai (@MariamChughtai) October 13, 2014 Malala Yousufzai was given the Nobel Peace Prize for 2014 on her championing the cause of Children’s right for education, especially for girls. This is the young girl who was brave enough to ask for her right of education despite the ban from … Read entire article »

Filed under: Children, Citizens, culture, Democracy, Education, human rights, Identity, Images, Islam for Peace, Liberal Democratic Pakistan, liberal Pakistan, Malala Yousufzai, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, peace, People's Pakistan, Photos, Religion, Reviews, Rights, secular Pakistan, secularism, Taliban, Women

اسلامی جمہوریہ پاکستان کو درپیش خطرات سے ایک ملا قات

اسلامی جمہوریہ پاکستان کو درپیش خطرات سے ایک ملا قات

سعد خلیل میں ایک گھنٹے کا سفر کرکے ہوٹل پہنچا تھا اور لابی میں بیٹھا کمرے کی صفائی کا انتظار کر رہا تھا کہ اچانک پیچھے سے آواز آئی ،”سر-آپ پاکستان سے ہیں”۔ کولمبو (سری لنکا) میں پنجابی لہجے کی اردو میں ایسا سن کر ایک خوشگوار سا احساس ہوا۔اثبات میں جواب  کے بعد میں نے اس سے پوچھا کہ اس نے یہ اندازہ کیسے لگایا۔ تو اس نے کہا کے اپنے ملک کے لوگوں کو … Read entire article »

Filed under: Citizens, Constitution, human rights, Islamism, minorities, Pakistan, Secterainism, south asia, Terrorism, Urdu, violence

پروفیسر اجمل خان صاحب کے طالبان کے متعلق انکشافات پر ایک تبصرہ

پروفیسر اجمل خان صاحب کے طالبان کے متعلق انکشافات پر ایک تبصرہ

ملک عمید چار سال کا عرصہ اعصاب کو تباہ کرنے اور بندے کو مجنوں بنانے کے لئے کافی ہوتا ہے،مگر یہ پروفیسر صاحب کے مضبوط اعصاب اور اپنے فرض سے دیانتداری کی انتہا ہے کہ جہاں بھی گئے علم کی شمعیں روشن کیں۔ وہ  بھیڑیے جو لوگوں کو اندھا کرنا چاہتے ہیں، وہ بھی اپنے بچوں کے لئے روشنی چاہتے ہیں۔وہ لوگ جو ملالہ  جیسی ہونہار بچی کو علم کی بات کرنے سے روکنے کے لیے … Read entire article »

Filed under: Afghanistan, Al Qaeda, Army, Education, FATA, Islamism, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Religion, Reviews, Taliban, Terrorism, violence

Photo of the Day: Pakistan Army digging trenches at Durand Line

Photo of the Day: Pakistan Army digging trenches at Durand Line

Malik Omaid In an attempt to counter insurgency from Afghanistan, Pakistan Army has started to dig trenches on the Durand Line. Though these will be of little help in stopping terrorists from entering the country, it will surely affect the social circle of Pashtuns living on the both sides of border being relatives to each other. On more details on the trenches The Express Tribune reports: QUETTA: The Paramilitary Frontier Corps (FC) Balochistan has started digging 480-kilometre-long trenches along the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Afghanistan, Al Qaeda, Army, Citizens, Images, Pakistan, Photo of the Day, Photos, war

Oath of the scented ones

Oath of the scented ones

By Saad Hafiz Some newspaper reports indicate that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has made an appeal to the local population in the border regions of Pakistan and Afghanistan to support its struggle for the establishment of an Islamic caliphate. It has also been reported that a number of hardline groups operating in the area have announced support for the self-styled ISIS caliph, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. These groups have claimed that they want … Read entire article »

Filed under: Al Qaeda, Citizens, Iraq, Islamism, Opinion, Religion, Taliban, USA, violence, war, Women

Lest We Forget

Lest We Forget

By Salma B. Ahmad and Khullat M. Khan: We are proud Muslim daughters of parents who were blessed with five children. Despite financial constraints our parents tried their utmost to give us the best education available in Pakistan. We admire our parent’s relentless efforts in the pursuit of good education for us. We are horrified by the atrocities committed by extremist organizations such as Boko Haram that put obstacles in the way of women’s education. While it … Read entire article »

Filed under: Al Qaeda, Children, Education, human rights, Islamism, Pakistan, Religion

Pakistan’s youth: The ideological challenge

Pakistani Leaders have abused religion and Anti-America slogans to achieve political gains for decades. This has created a society where committing barbarities in the name of Religion or using Anti-America sentiment is Kosher. For decades our youth have been in filled with Ideas that Taliban are fighting a “Holy War” against the Imperialist and Anti Islam forces thus their barbarities are overlooked. [View the story "Pakistan’s youth: The ideological challenge" on Storify] … Read entire article »

Filed under: Afghanistan, Al Qaeda, Army, Drones, ISI, Pakistan, public policy, Raza Rumi, Storify, Twitter, violence, war

Selective Protest of Pakistanis on Gaza

Raza Rumi points out the selective outrage of Pakistanis on Gaza under attack by Israel while remained silent on the killing by Taliban in Pakistan.   [View the story "Selective Protest of Pakistanis on Gaza" on Storify] … Read entire article »

Filed under: Islamism, minorities, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Palestine, Palestine-israel, public policy, Raza Rumi, Storify, Taliban, Terrorism, Twitter, violence, war, World

How to donate for IDPs of North Waziristan

How to donate for IDPs of North Waziristan

By Husham Ahmed Pakistan Army: Karachi & Hyderabad: Collection points at COD Karachi, DHA Golf club, Malir Cantt gate. At Hyderabad and Pano Aqil, donation collection points have been established at respective cantonment gates. Contact numbers for further details are 03212532699, 03006420542, and 03213789526. Lahore: Collection points at Fortress Stadium Lahore, Masjid Chowk E-Block DHA Phase I, Beacon House School Z Block DHA Phase 3, Wateen Chowk DHA Phase5. More details can be obtained from following contacts 042-66993281, 042-37017375, … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Citizens, Democracy, Egalitarian Pakistan, FATA, human rights, IDPs, Islam, Lahore, Love, North-West Frontier Province, Northern Areas, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, peace, People's Pakistan, Society, Taliban, Terrorism, violence, war

Military operation alone is no solution, it must accompany pragmatic policy changes

By Kashif Shaikh Placed between the devil and the deep blue sea, Pakistan has finally ended its prolong fickle to launch a military operation in North Waziristan. Especially after the unfortunate siege of Karachi airport which resulted in loss of many innocent lives, there has been a proverbial consensus among many Pakistanis in support of military operation. However, there are still many, flooding on social media – not so happy with this war, labeling their counter-parts as utterly wrong. Let me just say for them that sometimes war is a necessity. More importantly, the government’s decision to declare war against terrorists is consistent with the principles of just war: it is being fought to save Pakistan and Pakistanis from Taliban attacks, it is being undertaken by a legitimate authority and above … Read entire article »

Filed under: Afghanistan, Army, FATA, human rights, ISI, NATTO, North-West Frontier Province, Pakistan, Terrorism, war

Afghan singer Gulnaz shot dead in Peshawar

Afghan singer Gulnaz shot dead in Peshawar

Afghan singer Gulnaz has been killed by unknown gunmen in Peshawer area Gulberg. This is not the first time that singers from Pushtoon origin has been targeted. Pushtoon singers especially female singers have been systematically target killed in recent years. In the past another renowned singer Ghazala Javed was killed allegedly by her husband. The detailed report by Raza Rumi on that event is posted for our readers. The Music Doesn’t Stop in Peshawar   On June 18 (2012), … Read entire article »

Filed under: Afghanistan, Arts and Crafts, culture, Dance, Honor Killing, human rights, Islamism, Music, Pakistan, Society, violence, Women

Zarb-e-Azb: A Decisive Battle?

Zarb-e-Azb: A Decisive Battle?

By Syed Ali Zia Jaffery Clausewitz defined war as an act of violence aimed at compelling the enemy to submit to our will. While theorizing war, the Prussian military strategist agreed to the fact that the concept of “absolute war” was impossible in the real world. It is erroneous to mix “absolute war” with “total war”. The former imagine a utopia where war and warriors are unbridled. No account is taken of political and social objectives. Total … Read entire article »

Filed under: Afghanistan, Army, Citizens, human rights, Islamism, North-West Frontier Province, Northern Areas, Pakistan, Taliban, Terrorism, violence

Tackling TTP, Lessons from History

by Fazal Abbas How should we tackle the menace of terrorism plaguing ‘The Land of Pure’? Confusion surrounds us when we try to look for an answer to it. First we have un-ending list of conspiracy theories of Taliban being Indian, American and Israeli agents. Then we have mainstream right wing parties i.e. Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PMLN), Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) and Jamat-e-Islami (JI) who are ardent supporters of negotiating with the terrorists and going to extent of even providing offices to them. On the other hand we have mainstream left wing parties i.e. Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), Awami National Party (ANP) and Mutahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) who have historically supported operations against terrorists but exhibiting confused politics on the issue for last one year or so. Although a firm understanding of the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Drones, human rights, ISI, Pakistan, Politics, Taliban, Terrorism, violence

Reporting in Pakistan- Protecting Journalists in One of the World’s Most Dangerous Countries

Raza Rumi spoke at the New America Foundation with Kati Marton, Peter Bergen and Joel Simon on the dangers of reporting freely in Pakistan. It was a robust discussion and Raza tried his best to add some nuance to the discussion. As he says “Horrible to be the ‘news’ yourself!”. Reporting in Pakistan- Protecting Journalists… by razarumi1 See More … Read entire article »

Filed under: human rights, ISI, Islam, Islamism, journalism, Lahore, liberal Pakistan, Media, Raza Rumi, secular Pakistan, Terrorism, USA, video, violence