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Inherited Militancy

Inherited Militancy

By Ahmad Karim   Shahbaz Taseer the son of slain governor Punjab, Salman Taseer, was abducted by Usman Basra and his companions on August 26, 2011, from Gulberg area of Lahore. Taseer was later released mysteriously by the abductors and was found in a hotel of Kuchlak, near Quetta. Let’s first discover how Usman Basra turned out to be a kidnapper. Usman completed his matriculation from DPS (Divisional Public School) Lahore in 1999. He was a brilliant student … Read entire article »

Filed under: Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Religion, Taliban, Terrorism

Lahore, you have been strong

Lahore, you have been strong

Kamini Masood For years now you have held us, all of us huddled together in your ever growing palms You have held us and we have jostled for space, knocking each other around and striking bruises into our flesh and yours You have held us and we have built homes upon homes in the lines on your palms that are more our future than yours You have smiled down at us as we, unbothered by difference, unfazed by change, … Read entire article »

Filed under: Pak Tea House, Pakistan, poetry, Taliban, Terrorism

Review:The Wandering Falcon—Exploding the Myth about Tribal Culture(s) in Pakistan

Review:The Wandering Falcon—Exploding the Myth about Tribal Culture(s) in Pakistan

By Aslam Kakar The Wandering Falcon, Jamil Ahmed’s debut novel, was published in 2011—almost four decades after it was written in the early 1970s. Why it took so long for the novel to hit the bookstores’ shelves were the endless rejections from publishers from around the world. One wonders what was it then that kept the author for so long from trashing the manuscript at first.   Perhaps, it was the book’s promising content and Ahmed’s faith in … Read entire article »

Filed under: Afghanistan, Baloch, Honor Killings, North-West Frontier Province, Northern Areas, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Raza Rumi, Religion, Reviews, violence, Women

Turk-American Relations & the Kurdistan Divide

Turk-American Relations & the Kurdistan Divide

By Tanveer Arain A new debate has sparked when the President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan had said earlier on Friday that, the United States supplied weapons that had been used against civilians by a Syrian Kurdish Militia Group – the same group that Ankara blamed for the deadly suicide bombing this week. Turkey has blamed the Syrian Kurdish Militia Group (YPG) for the suicide car bomb attack on Wednesday that killed 28 people, most of which … Read entire article »

Filed under: Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, NATO, NATTO, Opinion, Politics, Terrorism, Turkey, USA, violence, World

یہ رانگ نمبر ہے خان صاحب‎

یہ رانگ نمبر ہے خان صاحب‎

تحریر: عماد ظفر ہم اس ملک سے تعلق رکھتے ہیں جہاں گزشتہ ایک دہائی میں قریب 70ہزار سے زائد افراد دہشت گردی کا شکار ہو کر لقمہ اجل بن چکے ہیں۔ سیکیورٹی فورسز کے جوان ہوں یا سکولوں یونیورسٹیوں میں جانے والے معصوم طلباء۔ ان سب کو دہشت گردوں نے بدترین طریقے سے قتل کیا۔اتنا خون بہنے اتنی غارت و قتل گری کے بعد بھی ،دنیا میں شاید ہی کوئی ایسی قوم ہو جو دل ہی … Read entire article »

Filed under: Afghanistan, Army, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Taliban, Terrorism, Urdu

TTP Confronts Balochistan

TTP Confronts Balochistan

By Najeeb Kakar The arrival of the New Year 2016 has brought a gigantic and an unprecedented waves of violence and terror. Indeed, the terrorist assaults were allegedly reported as the religious terrorism and instigated by the Tehrik – i – Taliban Pakistan (TTP) in Balochistan. Thus, around 42 people comprising of police and FC personnel have been palpably killed in numerous terrorist attacks in Quetta city and its outskirts. However, this act of terrorism has … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, baluchistan, Civil Service, Northern Areas, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, peace, People's Pakistan, Politics, Taliban, Zarb-E-Azb

طالبان اور دہشت گردی پر آدھا تیتر آدھا بٹیر بنی ہماری قوم کب سیکھے گی ؟

طالبان اور دہشت گردی پر آدھا تیتر آدھا بٹیر بنی ہماری قوم کب سیکھے گی ؟

نوٹ: پاک ٹی ہاؤس بلاگ آزادیِ اظہار پر یقین رکھتا ہے۔ یاد رہے کہ مصنف کے خیالات سے ادارے کا متفق ہونا ضروری نہیں۔ ایڈیٹر تحریر: رخشان میر آپکا کمزور ہونا اتنا خطرناک نہیں جتنا کے آپکا کنفیوز ہونا خطرناک ثابت ہو سکتا ہے۔ میں کچھ مہینوں سے پاک افغان تعلقات کا مطالعہ کر رہا ہوں پر کوئی نتیجہ اخذ نہیں ہو پا رہا۔ ہر کتاب ، ہر کالم ، ہر نیوز سٹوری اک الگ ہی منظر … Read entire article »

Filed under: Afghanistan, Al Qaeda, Army, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Taliban, Terrorism, Urdu

NAP- without Abdul Aziz

NAP- without Abdul Aziz

By Dr Muhammad Hassan Auj The National Action Plan failed to deliver in the areas associate with religious extremism and is fizzling out in the air. Though its efforts should be applauded to whatever success it has made, but it failed to strike in the areas that were crucially needed. Eyebrows will be raised and questions will be asked to the one implementing NAP, not on the attack of Bacha Khan University and Charsadda where 21 … Read entire article »

Filed under: Afghanistan, Army, Constitution, Corruption, Islamabad, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan

IN THE LOVE OF PROPHET by JDC

IN THE LOVE OF PROPHET by JDC

By Dr. Muhammad Hassan Auj   I was compelled by my pen to produce this after the glorification of Mr. Mumtaz Qadri as a nationwide hero which was a stab to the Islam I believe in, humanity I strive for. Do terrorism and justice ever dwell together? Can extremism and harmony ever be tuned with each other? Will the transformation from Barbarian society to a humane civilization ever complete? Till when will the saviors of the nation … Read entire article »

Filed under: Hinduism, History, human rights, Islam, Islam for Peace, Islamic Holy Book Quran, Islamism, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Terrorism, violence, war

قصہ ایک دیوانے کا

قصہ ایک دیوانے کا

تحریر: عبید الله خان ایک دفعہ کا ذکر ہے کہ کسی بستی میں ایک شخص رہا کرتا تھا ۔ اسکا اپنا گھر تھا جس میں وہ اسکے بچے رہا کرتے تھے۔ آخر اسکا انتقال ہوا اور گھر کا بٹواراہوا۔ بڑا بھائی چالاک اور طاقتور تھا جبکہ چھوٹا کمزور تھا۔ گھر کی تقسیم ہوئے تو بڑے نے اپنی چالاکی سے چھوٹے کے کچھ حصے پر قبضہ کرلیا۔ لیکن وہ اسی مکان میں رہنے پر مجبور تھے۔ لہٰذا … Read entire article »

Filed under: Afghanistan, Al Qaeda, Army, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Taliban, Terrorism, Urdu

Pakistan’s Future Under Attack

Pakistan’s Future Under Attack

By Muhammad Aslam About 132 students and teachers, mostly children, were murdered on December 16, 2014, in the APS school attack by TTP in Peshawar. This was the most horrendous act of terrorism and religious militarism in Pakistan’s history. It also came to known as Pakistan’s 9/11. In fact, worse than 9/11 because the victims were innocent children. Most of them in their teens and younger even. Before the APS, in June 2013, at least 25 people, … Read entire article »

Filed under: Education, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Taliban, Terrorism, Zarb-E-Azb

دہشت گردی کو شکست ہم مل کر دے سکتے ہیں

دہشت گردی کو شکست ہم مل کر دے سکتے ہیں

تحریر: عماد ظفر دہشت گردوں کا دہشت گردی کے واقعات برپا کرنے کے پیچھے ایک اہم مقصد ہوتا ہے. وہ مقصد معاشرے میں خوف کی ایسی فضا قائم کرنا ہوتا ہے کہ جس کے تلے ہر فرد اپنے آپ کو غیر محفوظ تصور کرتا ہے جہاں ہر سانس لینے والا اپنی زندگی کو دہشت گردوں کے ہاتھوں یرغمال سمجھتا ہے. نفسیات کی دنیا میں اس کیفیت کو “پیرانویا” کہا جاتا ہے جہاں ہر وقت انسان کو … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Education, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Urdu

Charsadda Attack and Pakistan’s Double Game

Charsadda Attack and Pakistan’s Double Game

By Ahsan Iftikhar Nagi This June will mark two years since the state launched the military offensive, Zarb-e-Azb, against various militant outfits operating in the country. The operation unarguably has deeply affected the enemy. However the militants on occasions have been able to carry out attacks in the country. It is not that the Pak Army is militarily incapable. The armed forces have done a terrific job and have regained almost ninety percent of the troubled north-western … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Terrorism, Zarb-E-Azb

گل امید فروزاں رہے تیری خوشبو

گل امید فروزاں رہے تیری خوشبو

تحریر: طاہر احمد بھٹی۔فرینکفرٹ۔جرمنی ایک چھوٹے زمیندار کا پانچ ایکڑ کماد تھا جس میں سور گھس گئے۔ اس نے کوک فریاد کی تو بستی اور ارد گرد کے ڈیروں سے کوئی سو ڈیڑھ سو لٹھ بردار، آٹھ دس بندوقچی ، پچیس تیس کتے اور تماش بین لونڈوں لپاڑیوں کا ایک غول اکٹھا ہوا اور ایک ہڑبونگ مچا کر ایک طرف سے داخل ہوا اور سوروں کو مارنے کی کسی معقول حکمت عملی کے بغیر ان کو … Read entire article »

Filed under: Islam, Islam for Peace, Islamism, Jinnah, journalism, Judiciary, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Secterainism, Terrorism, Urdu

‘Civic Duty’ or ‘Civic Responsibility’?

‘Civic Duty’ or ‘Civic Responsibility’?

By Khadija Khan   Meeting deadlines, struggling with organizational bureaucracy, and cold weather as well as absolute agitation over the ‘Signal Free Gulberg’ I snarled my way through the jam-packed traffic of Lahore’s boulevards. In all of the daily chaos, I looked at a frail old man holding a banner ‘’We Need Jinnah’s Pakistan’’. A lone ranger, I could recall having seen him a few times before, at the Liberty Chowk. The combination of the 11oC temperature grappling … Read entire article »

Filed under: Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Taliban, Terrorism