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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 »

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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 »

Filed under: Literature, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Partition, Reviews, Urdu, Writers

Nation that Transcends Hypocrisy Indices

Nation that Transcends Hypocrisy Indices

By Armughan Ahmad Daud Pakistan is a strange country and a palpable source of research on behavioural hypocrisy at national and individual levels for Phd scholars. We see our heroes as traitors and our enemies as heroes, and we do not tolerate any opinion that goes against ours, you dare you are a traitor as well. We live in a delusional world of impeccable self-righteousness and anybody having different thinking pattern, albeit more logical and having more … Read entire article »

Filed under: Democracy, Islam, Justice, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Parliament, Religion, Rights, Secterainism, Terrorism, violence

End this discrimination

By Ali Saif Recent incidents of racism in USA and rest of the world have not happened by chance or accidental in nature actually such incidents were expected. President of US, Barack Obama is right when he says that massacre at historic African-American church in Charleston in South Carolina is racism and that racism still haunts the United States. He has also warned that people of US have to be vigilant since it still lingers and when it is poisoning the minds of young people, it betrays our ideals and tears our democracy apart. No doubt that they have made great progress in terms of strict legislation on racism but still it haunts United States. Actually dynamics of the population have changed, since last century world has entered into the age of urbanization and cosmopolitanism … Read entire article »

Filed under: Democracy, Free Speech, human rights, Identity, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Society, urban

A Tale of Two Sermons

A Tale of Two Sermons

By Ahmad Faruqui First there was the ‘Eid sermon which began at 9:30 am. As the congregational service at a small town Fairgrounds ended, three of us stood up and moved to a shaded area with chairs, tables and tents. The sun was beating down on us mercilessly and the day had just begun. We were no longer officially in the congregation but the post-prayer sermon was audible. Another friend joined us and we began to chat among ourselves, … Read entire article »

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