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Political turmoil in The Land Of The Pure

Political turmoil in The Land Of The Pure

By Amir Abbas Turi In the wake of current “Sturm und Drang”, if there is one question constantly being asked about Pakistan is, it is “what would happen next?” No wonder the Islamic Republic decorate magazine covers and hits the headline as the most dangerous place on earth after yesterday’s incident in Islamabad. PML(n) lead government received a powerful one-two punch, since the current dead lock, as ISPR press release nullified what Prime Minister Mr. Nawaz Sharif … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Constitution, Democracy, Egalitarian Pakistan, Elections, human rights, Islamabad, movements, Partition, peace, Politics, Revolution, violence

Waving burial shrouds

Waving burial shrouds

by Saad Hafiz For centuries, wielders of power have entreated the services of populist demagogues and political charlatans to confuse and contain diverse political interests. In Pakistan, the services of rabble-rousers are being instrumentally used to demonise, demobilise and out-flank foes in fiercely contested democratic power sharing arrangements. Powerful populist demagogy can prove to be particularly effective in a hyper-charged political culture, aided by the use of violent imagery of death and carnage. The rhetoric of … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Constitution, Democracy, human rights, Islamabad, Pakistan, Parliament, Revolution, Rights, violence

Dharna Duet not for Democracy says Nasim Zehra

Dharna Duet not for Democracy says Nasim Zehra

Malik Omaid “Nasim Zehra’s excellent tweets on the partisan role of (some) media & the complex web of forces & interests at work. History repeating itself.” Raza Rumi     [View the story "Dharna Duet not for Democracy says Nasim Zehra" on Storify] … Read entire article »

Filed under: Activism, Army, Citizens, Constitution, Corruption, Democracy, Elections, human rights, Islamabad, journalism, Justice, Lahore, Liberal Democratic Pakistan, Media, movements, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Parliament, Politics, Raza Rumi, Revolution, Storify, Twitter

Feeling Betrayed by Imran Khan

Feeling Betrayed by Imran Khan

By Zafar Siddique In 2012, when Imran Khan’s political popularity was at its peak, I got a chance to meet him and told him that the youth of Pakistan is overwhelmingly supporting him because they believe that he was the only hope for Pakistan. I told him that a certain segment of the youth believed that what he was offering was simply impossible to implement in its actuality and was highly unrealistic. I told him that … Read entire article »

Filed under: Afghanistan, Army, Citizens, Constitution, Corruption, Democracy, Elections, ISI, Islamabad, Justice, movements, Pakistan, Parliament, Revolution

Photo of the Day: A lone wolfpaces the stage

Photo of the Day: A lone wolfpaces the stage

Alone atop his container on Thursday afternoon, PTI chief Imran Khan tries to rally supporters as the sit-in venue wears a deserted look. Photo by Tanveer Shahzad / White Star via Dawn … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Citizens, Constitution, Democracy, Elections, Images, Justice, movements, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Parliament, Photo of the Day, Photos

Our misplaced faith in shortcuts

Our misplaced faith in shortcuts

By Jamal Malik I was about 14 when the ‘Marde Momin, Marde Haq’, General Zia ul Haq toppled Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto’s government and imposed Martial Law in the country. It was 4th April 1979, when I came out of the examination hall of Abbottabad Public School, after taking my Matric Islamiat exam that my friends and I heard that Z. A. Bhutto had been hanged. Most of my friends were Bhutto sympathizers and it was an … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Constitution, Corruption, Democracy, Economy, Egalitarian Pakistan, human rights, journalism, Judiciary, minorities, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Parliament, Politics, Religion, Revolution

Pakistan Peoples Party: A Bird’s Eye View

Azhar Ali However great ‘reservations’ people may have about Zardari, the phrase ‘giving the devil his due’ may help in painting him in less pale light. But because of him the Pakistan Peoples Party would have become irrelevant, marginalized and radicalized after it was most wantonly deprived of its highly charismatic leader. He let the establishment wallow in the success of its weird grand design by not shying away from seeming to cooperate with it and annoying party’s sympathisers, but what he succeeded in accomplishing in the bargain is not mean achievement by any standard. From the perspective of the establishment, Benazir’s murder was the final nail in the coffin of a party which kept on harrowingly bouncing back. After installing Zardari, a craftly maligned figure by the establishment itself in the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Benazir Bhutto, Democracy

“Audacity of Hope” (An open letter to all Pakistanis)

Sultan Babar Mirza Reportedly, two foreign players have historically played the role of major kingmakers in Pakistan. Be it Ayub, Bhutto, Zia, Benazir, Nawaz Sharif or Musharraf – plenty of rumours say these ‘leaders’ largely owed their thrones to either the United States of America or the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Thanks to Wikileaks, we now have some evidence of this as well (not as much as one would like, but enough). Before going further, let us … Read entire article »

Filed under: Pakistan, Politics

‘Gates’ in Pakistan (Scamistan)

By Prof. Farakh A Khan: Since inception of Pakistan in 1947 we have been rocked by scams and ‘hidden hands’ with unfailing regularity. Before we got hyperactive media scams were buried deeply in accusations and rumours. Now we are bombarded with Pakistan shaking news items glaring at us from our TV screens. With an active independent judiciary exposures are made at the highest levels putting in jeopardy our new ‘democratic’ defenders of democracy leaders. A plaint Supreme Court and Election Commission headed by a person who will not rock the boat (i.e. corruption) of nascent democracy is the desire of most of our present rulers. The massive Balakot earthquake of 2005 and floods of 2010 had shown us that governance in Pakistan was non-existence. Post disaster management efforts by the NGOs and … Read entire article »

Filed under: Media

Islamabad Diary: Zardari is in jail since November 1996, says the PPP Website

By Shahzad Raza: President Zardari should better fire the PPP’s webmasters. Or he may think of luring those who manage the PTI’s web-desk. Why? Let me tell you. A google search of “Pakistan People’s Party” would display the top result, www.ppp.org.pk, which I believe is the official website of the ruling People’s Party. Hardly, any surfer has time or desire to call the PPP headquarters to reconfirm the web address. Anyways, the www.ppp.org.pk is a mixture of nothing – some haphazard and obsolete information. The website still finds Asif Ali Zardari in jail, and Ms Benazir Bhutto abroad in self-exile. “Benazir Bhutto is in forced exile these days and her husband Asif Ali Zardari is in jail since November, 1996 facing bravely a number of cases engineered by Sharif Govt. as process of victimization…,” it reads. Whoever manages the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Politics

Zardari: Made of tougher mettle

By Saria Benazir The rumors of an impending coup further perforate into the already adverse political situation in the country, following the memo gate issue. This is another incredible issue, much like the incredible memo-an unsigned paper seemingly no importance to the White House has subjugated the whole country to a farce played out by our very laudable Supreme Court and the establishment. And now this new addition furthers the attack on Pakistani democracy. The likelihood of President Asif Ali Zardari’s resignation, as stated by the American Foreign Policy blog has created a hullabaloo throughout the country, and people seem to have unquestioningly placed their convictions in that blog. The army and ISI already own Pakistan, what about the Head of State? Does the US decide the resignations of Pakistani officials as … Read entire article »

Filed under: Democracy, Media, Pakistan, Politics

The Case of a Curious Memo

PTH is proud to publish this exclusive piece written by Ali Aftab Saeed (who made his mark as the creator of the famed Aalu Anday song by the beghayrat brigade band). Ali is remarkable for his clarity on progressive politics and he dispels the myth that Pakistan’s youth have been brainwashed by right wing media and doctored history textbooks. All power to him and hundreds of thousands like Ali – who need a voice. PTH … Read entire article »

Filed under: Democracy

Unpacking the governance debate

Raza Rumi If the intent of the unregulated media and a recalcitrant establishment is to dismiss the government to achieve better governance then this is at best a delusional goal Recent weeks have witnessed a supercilious debate on how the current government’s misgovernance is a potent reason to boot it out. Governance is about decisions, resources and management of public affairs. The sad reality is that Pakistan’s media now controls and spins the public discourse on these issues. The popular media never wanted this government to begin with. Since 2007, it sided with the ‘clean’ and morally correct lawyers’ movement that presented an alternative to the corrupt politicians and shunned the 2008 election. First, it vilified Benazir Bhutto for making a deal … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Pakistan, Politics

Pakistan has to make a choice

Bilal Qureshi For my mental health, I never watch Pakistani television, be it state run or the so-called ‘private’ channels.  And if I am forced for whatever reason to put up with it for an hour or so, it is, and I am not exaggerating here, the most painful experience; an experience I find difficult to explain in language that is utterly unacceptable in any civilised society. Personally, I am convinced that as soon as the media became independent in Pakistan, it has been a race to the bottom by these anchors and other personalities on T.V.  And except for one or perhaps two voices of reason, majority of the talk show hosts in Pakistan are narrow minded, one dimensional,  Zardari hating, Osama worshiping, illiterate gangsters who are determined to destroy logical … Read entire article »

Filed under: Media

Disaster management – which way now?

Raza Rumi When the earthquake hit us on the morning of 8th October 2005, we said that the disaster caught us with our pants down. The mini disasters of Cyclone Yemyin in 2007, the Ziarat earthquake in 2008 and the presently unfolding mega disaster suggest that we never bothered to pull our pants up and are continuously trying to cover our nether regions with Post-It stickers. The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) was launched in 2007 with a lot of fanfare but a quick look at the (recently lapsed) National Disaster Management Ordinance tells us that it is another toothless tiger whose job is to ‘coordinate’ among its provincial, regional and district-level counterparts. Now, we are a very funny nation. When it comes to taking responsibility for public, we quickly don … Read entire article »

Filed under: Pakistan