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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

An open letter to Bilawal Bhutto Zardari

An open letter to Bilawal Bhutto Zardari

By Wahab Tariq Butt Dear Bilawal, I write this letter to try to share with you the sentiments of us common people after your speech on 18th October. First of all, I congratulate you for the mamonth gathering of people last Saturday, that gave the message loud and clear:Pakistan Peoples Party is not down and out. It is worth praise how you spoke against extremist mindset, establishment’s propagandas and their stooges trying to bring change through lotas. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Benazir Bhutto, Democracy, Opinion, Pakistan, People's Pakistan, Punjab, Sindh, Zardari

Photo of the Day: Bilawal Starts Politics with a Massive Rally

Photo of the Day: Bilawal Starts Politics with a Massive Rally

Malik Omaid Pakistan Peoples Party launches its chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari with a massive rally at Mazar-e-Qaid, Karachi. Although the rally was in Karachi but it was not a rally of Karachi as people from all over Sindh participated in it. On one hand it shows the ‘Rally power’ of PPP in Sindh but uncovers the aready known fact of weak political power in Karachi. This PPP has to take a good care of if they … Read entire article »

Filed under: Afghanistan, baluchistan, Benazir Bhutto, Democracy, Economy, Karachi, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, People's Pakistan, Photo of the Day, Photos, Terrorism, Zardari

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

Twitter Reaction: Imran Khan’s Civil Disobedience Call

Malik Omaid On Imran khan’s Civil Disobediance (#CD) call, major analysts and twitteraties reacted with their views. Twitter got abuzz during his 17th August speech and there were reactions from both sides. Following is a collection of tweets and reactions by tweeters on PTI’s civil disobedience call. PTH Editor Note: “The twitterati have responded to the call for civil disobedience. We hope Imran Khan notes that he may be losing goodwill, quicker than anticipated. It is time to find a way out of the current politics. “   [View the story "Twitter Reaction: Imran Khan's Civil Disobedience Call" on Storify] … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Constitution, Democracy, Media, Pak Tea House, Politics, Revolution, Storify, Twitter

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

The other side of the operation

The other side of the operation

By Waqas Rafique With Operation Zarb-e-Azb a few days old now, news broadcasts that I get to present these days are dominated with updates on the offensive launched against terrorists and violent extremists that had found safe haven in North Waziristan. In the past, we have been told all such operations have been important and made gains. Be it Operation Rah-e-Rast in South Wazirstan or Rah-i-Nijat, which was the battle for Swat. But we have also seen … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Children, Citizens, human rights, Media, North-West Frontier Province, Pakistan, peace, 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

MQM’s MNA Tahira Asif Died, a clear Target Killing

MQM’s legislator Tahira Asif has been killed after being shot 4 times by “unknown” assailants in Lahore two days ago. She raised the issue of cleaning Punjab University from Al-Qaeda elements. Raza Rumi tweets!   [View the story "MQM's MNA Tahira Asif Died, a clear Target Killing" on Storify] … Read entire article »

Filed under: Justice, Lahore, liberal Pakistan, Politics, Punjab, Rights, secularism, Storify, Target Killing, Twitter, violence, Women

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

Musings over a cup of Tea: `The fault dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves’ – William Shakespeare

By Bisma Tirmizi I am a Karachiite, a person born and raised in the city of Karachi, Pakistan. Come this past Sunday ten terrorists entered through the front gate of my home, created mayhem, chaos, frenzy and tried to kill the spirit of Karachi. They ripped my soul entirely, rattled my sense of security, demoralized my hope, but as Shakespeare aptly said, `The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves.’ Today we must speak up as a nation, today we must put the blame in the mirror, today we must rise and take our city back. The power is always with the masses, the power is always with the middle class, the power is always with the Awaam, let the sleeping giant wake up; we the commoners, … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Karachi, Lashkar e Taiba, Politics, Religion, Terrorism, violence

Cold Storage and Feudals of Sind

Cold Storage and Feudals of Sind

By Waqas Habib Rana It is a curse to be born poor in Pakistan, but it’s a greater curse if you are born poor in Sindh. You are nugatory for your Feudal lord. Who the Taliban couldn’t kill, might be killed by the PPP and bureacracy’s negligence. After the attack on Jinnah International Airport Karachi, seven young men were trapped inside the cold storage of the premises. One of the boys trapped inside, Faizan, calls his father at … Read entire article »

Filed under: Democracy, human rights, Islamism, Karachi, Politics, Terrorism, violence

Raza Rumi: Don’t Come Back!

Saira Nizami I was horrified to know that Pakistan’s well known militant leader and a self-confessed killer has been acquitted by a court-once again. This is not surprising as the courts,police and politicians are all complicit in protecting terrorists and groups that kill human rights defenders. Raza Rumi, you were lucky to escape death but you may not be lucky again. God forbid. Stay away!   [View the story "Raza Rumi: Don't Come Back" on Storify] … Read entire article »

Filed under: Al Qaeda, Democracy, human rights, journalism, Justice, Lashkar e Taiba, Media, minorities, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Raza Rumi, Religion, Storify, Terrorism, Twitter, violence

Corporate Slavery “An Advertiser’s Voice”

By Syed Foaad Hassan Advertising is an art persuasion, in modern world it is one of the major industries especially in corporate world, art and creative sector. Unfortunately advertising Industry is the most neglected one in Pakistan as compared to other industries and least creative and artistic we can say even if we compare to our neighbouring country India whose ads are pretty famous here. If we talk about working condition of employees in this industry public has a perception that they are pretty glamorous, enjoy their life, always partying but situation is opposite there. Generally we talk about working conditions of labours, Government employees, sportsmen or media workers in-fact everyone but no one highlights issues of employees working in an advertising agency or services industry. Yes most of them are educated, they … Read entire article »

Filed under: Citizens, Economy, Education, Justice, Labour, Marxism, Pakistan, Rights, Society