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Shaan Taseer’s speech at the House of Lords, U.K

  Ladies and Gentlemen, distinguished guests. Thank you for this opportunity In the last thirty years, ever since the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, as a result of which, many seminaries were established and promoted for the purposes of recruitment and indoctrination to fight the Afghan war, there has been a systematic and premeditated genocide of Shias in Pakistan by well armed and well trained groups such as the Sipah Sahaba and the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi. This genocide has been witnessed and documented by the UN, Amnesty International, Human rights Watch, The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan and various Shia groups in Pakistan and abroad. They are no accurate numbers, but some online Shia groups have documented 1,200 reported attacks on the Shia community since 2002. More worryingly, whereas thirty to forty attacks took place a … Read entire article »

Filed under: Pakistan, Terrorism, violence

Putting Humpty Dumpty Back Together

Putting Humpty Dumpty Back Together

By Misbah Azam, Ph.D. “For an hour I was transported to a place where every new minute inspired me to fall in love with Pakistan again.” Above are the words of one brilliant Pakistani entrepreneur of Silicon Valley, Dr. Safwan Shah, which he wrote to convey his tributes to a dynamic young Pakistani lawyer, politician and social activist, Mohammed Jibran Nasir, after attending his talk in a USA Talk Series 2015 seminar in the Silicon Valley, San … Read entire article »

Filed under: Activism, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Terrorism, USA, Zarb-E-Azb

NO MORE…

NO MORE…

Here is a poem that writer, art aficionado Fakir Syed Aijazuddin composed on the massacre of 43 innocent Ismailis in a bus in Karachi on 13 May 2015. I have no more blood to spill. My veins are dry, but still My heart beats, pumping clots of remonstrance. I have no more tears to shed. My eyes are no longer red, Instead ringed Saturns of grief and shame. I have no other life to live, No sacrifice left to give To propitiate that Satan … Read entire article »

Filed under: Karachi, poetry, Target Killing, Terrorism

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

اسلام آباد میں پولیس گردی

اسلام آباد میں پولیس گردی

تحریر: احمد خان دہشت گردی نے پاکستان کی سماجی، ثقافتی، معاشرتی اور معاشی بنیادوں کو کھوکھلا کر دیا ہے۔ اوپر سے ستم ظریفی یہ ہے کہ “تحفظ” کے نام پر مظلوم عوام پر ریاستی اداروں نے مزید مظالم ڈھانے شروع کر دیئے ہیں۔ ان ریاستی اداروں نے قومی سلامتی کے نام کا خوب فائدہ اٹھاتے ہوئےاور ریاست کی طرف سے بے پناہ اختیارات کا خوب استعمال کرنا شروع کر دیا ہے۔ ان ریاستی اداروں میں سب … Read entire article »

Filed under: executive, Islamabad, Pakistan, Rights, Society, Terrorism, Urdu

R.I.P. Sabeen Mahmud. You blazed a trail and passed the spark on to us

R.I.P. Sabeen Mahmud. You blazed a trail and passed the spark on to us

By Samir Gupta We are cross posting this piece by Samir Gupta from Aman Ki Asha blog. Samir has given a tribute to Sabeen Mahmud from India, where many have responded with grief to the murder of the Pakistani activist and entrepreneur in Karachi last Friday. Late last Friday night, I was talking on the phone with a Pakistani friend who suddenly stopped our conversation with: “Oh my god, oh my god, Sabeen has just been shot”. I did … Read entire article »

Filed under: baluchistan, Blogroll, Media, obituary, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Photos, Target Killing, Terrorism

Cyber Crime Bill: Transforming cyber space into a Tiny Hole

Cyber Crime Bill: Transforming cyber space into a Tiny Hole

Luavut Zahid took comments from two of the Pak Tea House Editors/Contributors on the proposed Cyber Crime Bill that has been approved by National Assembly’s standing committee for IT and has been sent thereof. We are cross posting the comments given for our readers. Malik Omaid The Cybercrime Bill 2015 has been the subject of much controversy with most unsure of whether it is a much needed legislation or a catastrophe in the making. Yasser Latif Hamdani, … Read entire article »

Filed under: Activism, Citizens, Constitution, Democracy, Egalitarian Pakistan, Law, Liberal Democratic Pakistan, minorities, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Parliament

A war of narratives

A war of narratives

By Saad Hafiz Apart from the security challenges, the struggle against jihadi extremism is primarily a ‘war of narratives”. Extremists have been able to cleverly manipulate, promote and reinforce their master narratives, which are largely based on the west’s hegemonic designs in the Muslim world and its crusade against Islam. They have also been able to exploit, to great effect, narratives related to the weak political, social, and historical conditions of Muslims. Jihadi narratives are … Read entire article »

Filed under: Islamism, Pakistan, Religion, Society, Taliban, Terrorism

ملک ، قانون اور جمہوریت کی تضحیک ہو رہی ہے۔ چوہدری نثار

ملک ، قانون اور جمہوریت کی تضحیک ہو رہی ہے۔ چوہدری نثار

تحریر: محمد شعیب عادل اتوار کو یوحناآباد کے دو گرجا گھروں میں عبادت کے دوران دو خود کش حملے ہوئے جس میں پندرہ افراد موقع پر ہلاک ہو گئے۔ دس افراد کا تعلق مسیحی برادری سے تھا جب کہ پانچ افراد مسلمان تھے۔ عینی شاہدین کے مطابق دو خود کش حملہ آوروں نے گرجا گھروں میں داخل ہونے کی کوشش کی اور جب انہیں روکا گیا تو انہوں نے اپنے آپ کو اڑا لیا۔ڈان نیو ز … Read entire article »

Filed under: minorities, Pakistan, Religion, Secterainism, Terrorism, Urdu, violence, Zarb-E-Azb

پاکستانی سیاست کے مینار

پاکستانی سیاست کے مینار

تحریر: تنویر آرائیں پاکستان میں سیاست کرنے لئے عقلمندی، رواداری، اخلاقیات، شرم وحیا یا غیرت ضروری نہیں ہے اور صرف ان چیزوں کے سہارے آپ سیاست میں کامیاب نہیں ہو سکتے اور نہ ہی اعلیٰ تعلیم، پالیسی سازی میں مہارت، مسائل سے نمٹنے کے تجربے یا حکمت کی ضرورت ہے. پاکستان میں سیاست میں کامیابی حاصل کرنے کے لئے آپ کو فقط بیچنے کا سلیقہ ہونا چاہیے، غلط سمجھنے کی ضرورت نہیں میں تجارت کی بات … Read entire article »

Filed under: Opinion, Pakistan, Politics, Urdu

Lahore Mob Lynching a trend!

Lahore Mob Lynching a trend!

Malik Omaid Raza Rumi explained how Youhanabad mob lynching is not an isolated event but a trend which has been happening continuously  in Pakistan’s recent past. [View the story “Lahore Mob Lynching a trend!” on Storify] … Read entire article »

Filed under: minorities, Raza Rumi, Storify, Theatre, Twitter

ریاست دہشت گردوں کے ساتھ کھڑی ہے

ریاست دہشت گردوں کے ساتھ کھڑی ہے

تحریر: محمد شعیب عادل نو مارچ کو اسلام آباد ہائی کورٹ نے ممتاز قادری کی سزائے موت کے خلاف اپیل کا فیصلہ کر دیا۔ تیرہ مارچ کو اسی عدالت نے ممبئی حملوں کے مرکزی ملزم لشکر طیبہ کے مرکزی رہنما ذکی الرحمن لکھوی کی نظر بندی کو بھی غیر قانونی قرار دے کر اسے رہا کرنے کا حکم دیا ہے۔ اس سے پہلے لاہور ہائی کورٹ اور سپریم کورٹ حافظ سعید، جو کہ اپنے عوامی جلسوں میں … Read entire article »

Filed under: Blasphemy, Islam, Islamabad, Judiciary, Lashkar e Taiba, Religion, Terrorism, Urdu, violence

Twitter reactions and comments on Lahore Church Blasts

Malik Omaid Pakistani twitter was full of pain and condemnation on the tragic Lahore blasts in Youhanabad area at a Christian Church killing 15 and injuring more than 70 people. All day Politicians, journalists, analysts and common people commented on the incident and the failure of security forces, Punjab Government and its establishment to protect its minority citizens. Others criticized the apathy of many who were busy celebrating the victory on cricket match in these painful times. Some of the selected tweets are presented here to show the different aspects of discussions on social media: A nation is judged by the way it protects it’s most vulnerable & that includes its minorities #Pakistan #ChristiansUnderAttack #LahoreBlast — Sayeeda Warsi (@SayeedaWarsi) March 15, 2015 Let’s all agree that those earlier rumors of the TTP’s demise were … Read entire article »

Filed under: Lahore, minorities, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Religion, Taliban, Terrorism, Twitter, violence, war

30 Vital Points for countering Terrorism

Raza Rumi tweeted 30 vital points or short term and long term measures that should be taken to counter terrorism in Pakistan.   [View the story “30 Vital Points for countering Terrorism” on Storify] … Read entire article »

Filed under: Pak Tea House, Pakistan, public policy, Storify, Terrorism, Twitter, violence, Zarb-E-Azb

Civil society says NAP Implementation Disappointing Press Release

Citizens Group to Watch National Action Plan (NAPwatch) Islamabad – March 13, 2015 A broad based alliance of concerned citizens today announced that they would monitor the implementation of NAP and related commitments by the government of Pakistan (including the military) to fight terrorism in the country. #NAPWatch will regularly review the progress made and identify the gaps that need to be addressed. Thus far the most worrying aspect according to the group has been the dilution of NAP agenda as announced by the PM, the vital tasks of madrassa regulation seems to have been dropped. Highlighting the initiative, one of the initiators of #NAPwatch, Marvi Sirmed said that the group was expanding with every coming day with many noted citizens becoming part of it. She said that the presence of scholars … Read entire article »

Filed under: Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Terrorism