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PAK-CHINA RELATIONS— To be or not to be?

PAK-CHINA RELATIONS— To be or not to be?

By Muqeet Tahir Malik     Have you ever been perturbed by how the media portrays of Pakistan and China’s friendship? Did you ever hear of the difficulties of the countless Chinese who have entered Pakistan? Are you bewildered over growing popularity of Chinese cuisine in Pakistan? We have to evaluate the pros and the cons. The song that rallies as Chinese dignitaries arrive in Pakistan is, “Our friendship is greater than the heights of Himalayan Ranges.” Now, this … Read entire article »

Filed under: China, culture, History, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Politics

Fueling Hate

Fueling Hate

By Abrahim Shah   A hearing in the United States Congress a few weeks ago titled “Pakistan: Friend or Foe?” saw several congressmen unleash an unprecedented and vituperative salvo against Pakistan, labeling our administration “repressive” and accusing our government of “manipulating American chumps”. The intense polemic has given voice to the frustration many in the US feel towards Pakistan, but perhaps more alarmingly, it threatens to unbalance the civil-military balance in Pakistan by providing our army the … Read entire article »

Filed under: India, Kashmir, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Terrorism, USA

South China Sea : A Latent Flashpoint

South China Sea : A Latent Flashpoint

By Misbah Azam, Ph.D. Territorial disputes over the handful of islands of the East and South China Sea have already thrashed relations between China and countries like Philippines, Vietnam, Taiwan, Malaysia, and Brunei in recent years. The South China Sea region is the area that is the home to a wealth of natural resources, fisheries, trade routes, and military bases. The Ministry of Geological Resources and Mining of the People’s Republic of China estimates that the … Read entire article »

Filed under: China, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, USA

Is Pakistan Responsible for Destabilization of Afghanistan?

Is Pakistan Responsible for Destabilization of Afghanistan?

By Misbah Azam, Ph.D.   By definition, sovereignty is the quality of having independent authority over a geographic area. It can be found in a power to rule and make laws that rests on a political fact for which no pure legal definition can be provided. The land or territory is considered sovereign if the state has its law implemented there and the people are bound to follow the Social Contract between the people and the state. … Read entire article »

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

The real story of US Politics is the rise of Bernie Sanders

The real story of US Politics is the rise of Bernie Sanders

Raza Rumi posted a ten tweet series explaining how Bernie Sanders is the real story of US politics and not Donald Trump who is always in the media. Due to media coverage, Mr #Trump seems to be the main story. Nothing new there. The real story of #uspolitics is the rise of #BernieSanders — Raza Ahmad Rumi (@Razarumi) April 4, 2016 2.In a country with a legacy of #McCarthyism,the term #socialism has re-entered political discourse firing the imagination of … Read entire article »

Filed under: Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Politics, Raza Rumi, Twitter, USA

Faisal Saeed’s Fight for Human Rights and Secularism

Faisal Saeed’s Fight for Human Rights and Secularism

By Aslam Kakar Faisal Saeed al-Mutar is an Iraqi born writer, freethinker, computer geek, and human rights activist. He is also an advocate of secularism and the free market of ideas. Faisal is the founder of Global Secular Humanist Movement and Secular Post. At the age of 24, his understanding of politics of the Middle East and the Muslim world is just fascinating. I believe that Faisal is a sane voice misunderstood at home and in … Read entire article »

Filed under: Democracy, Islam, Middle East, Opinion, Pak Tea House, secularism

سرتاج عزیز کے پتے اور بے ثمر ورزش

سرتاج عزیز کے پتے اور بے ثمر ورزش

تحریر: ملک عمید ہندوستان کے وزیر خارجہ کہتے ہیں کہ پاکستانی طالبان پر ان کا اثر و رسوخ ہے، ساتھ ہی موصوف نے بین الاقوامی ماہرین کے سامنے اعتراف کر لیا کہ ہندوستان پاکستانی طالبان کو پناہ دیتا ہے، ان کے لیڈر ہندوستان میں آتے جاتے ہیں، ان کے خاندان وہیں پر ہیں، ہسپتال کی سہولیات بھی میسر ہیں اور وہ جب چاہیں انہیں میز پر بات چیت کے لیے لانے کے لیے دباؤ ڈال سکتے … Read entire article »

Filed under: Lashkar e Taiba, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Taliban, Terrorism, Urdu

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

کیا پاکستان ایک انتہا پسند ٹرمپستان تو نہیں؟؟؟

کیا پاکستان ایک انتہا پسند ٹرمپستان تو نہیں؟؟؟

تحریر: کاشف چودہری، ترجمہ حارث راجہ میں ایک پاکستانی نژاد شہری ہوں۔ امریکہ میں بڑھتے ہوئے اسلام فوبیا (عوام کو اسلام سے خوف زدہ کرنا) سے ہم پاکستانی اقلیتوں کے حقوق کے بارے میں اچانک بہت حساس ہو گئے ہیں۔ سوشل میڈیا پر میرے دوست مغرب سے یہ مطالبہ کرتے نظر آتے ہیں کہ انتہا پسندی سے متاثر شامی پناہ گزینوں کے لئے خاطر خواہ اقدام اٹھاۓ جایئں۔ اور انسانی یکجہتی کا مظاہرہ کیا جائے۔میرے دوست … Read entire article »

Filed under: Islam, Islam for Peace, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Religion, USA

An Era of “Perpetual Peace”

An Era of “Perpetual Peace”

By Misbah U. Azam, Ph.D. Immanuel Kant, a German philosopher of 18th-19th century, who is considered the central figure of the branch of philosophy that originated in Western Europe during the 17th century – the modern philosophy — and is now common worldwide. He was one of the earliest proponents of the theory that the “perpetual peace” could be achieved through universal democracy and international cooperation. The international cooperation – in my opinion – is the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Terrorism, USA

What has General Raheel Sharif Changed?

What has General Raheel Sharif Changed?

By Umair Arif Imran Khan recently tweeted that the “popularity level of Gen Raheel Sharif is touching skies”. Even though this is true but I am one of the many who are not easily convinced by the superficial displays of patriotism, songs, signboards or statements, which determine ‘popularity’ of political and military “celebrities”. I would rather discuss the serious issues like policies designed to resolve the chronic problems of the country. While Gen Raheel has shown … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Pakistan-India Peace Process, south asia, Taliban, USA

Raza Rumi on Syria conflict

Ubaid Imran interviews Raza Rumi on the Syria conflict. Please watch the video and give us your feedback. Whats Happening In Syria | Raza Rumi With Ubaid Imran from Ubaid Imran on Vimeo. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Pakistan

A Complicated Relationship

A Complicated Relationship

By Ahmad Karim We all know after 9/11, in 2001 U.S. jumped into the quagmire, Afghanistan, for the possible arrest of Al-Qaeda’s leader, late Osama Bin Laden, who was being sheltered in Afghanistan by Taliban leader late Mullah Omar. U.S. gumption fell low in searching OBL for years but they managed to topple the government of Taliban facilely. U.S. remained there for a decade in OBL’s search and finally they managed to assassinate OBL in a suspicious … Read entire article »

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

Relevance of Sheikh’s 1960 letter for today’s Indo-Pak leaders

Relevance of Sheikh’s 1960 letter for today’s Indo-Pak leaders

By Nyla Aly Khan “Sarvodaya” leader Jayaprakash Narayan (l) greets Jammu and Kashmir CM Sheikh Abdullah (5 December 1905 – 8 September 1982) on the latter’s visit to Delhi in 1970. PHOTO/Times Content Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah’s letter to Chaudhary Noor Hussain, (Chairman of Defense Committee for Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah), which Sheikh sahib wrote while in incarceration in 1960, is particularly relevant in the wake of the failed Indo-Pak NSA talks and would be of interest to … Read entire article »

Filed under: History, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, USA

منٹو کو فرق نہیں پڑتا

منٹو کو فرق نہیں پڑتا

تحریر: سید علی رضا حال ہی میں سرمد کھوسٹ کی فلم منٹو نے باکس آفس میں تہلکہ مچایا۔ کم بجٹ سے بننے والی اس فلم نے ہر جگہ حیرت انگیز طور پر بہت ہی زبردست کامیابی حاصل کی۔ ابتدائی ہفتہ پروڈیوسر کی امیدوں سے بڑھ کر تھا کیونکہ بیشتر جگہوں پر فلم لگ ہی نہیں سکی تھی اور سپانسر بھی دستیاب نہیں تھے کہ اس ملک کے خود ساختہ مذہبی ٹھیکیداروں سے لڑنا ہر کسی کے … Read entire article »

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