Daily Archives: April 2, 2009

True colours of so called ‘Sharia’ Law – a citizen speaks

image-for-the-postMalik has sent this exclusive contribution for the Pak Tea House.

There are lots of people who come forward to defend or sympathize with Taliban, and defend the SHARIAT Law agreement between Government and EXTREMIST religious fanatics. They, in favor of “peace” agreement put an argument that “Why are we killing our own Muslim brothers?” “Why we are fighting American War? “Why we are serving others’ agenda by killing our own Muslim brothers who are struggling for imposition of Islamic Law in this country?”

Just yesterday, I was unfortunate enough to listen to Imran Khan’s Press conference. Believe me I never expected this from Mr. Imran Khan, he is even worst than Mullahs, those molvis well, they don’t have enough education, BUT Imran Khan, he was supposed to THINK, he was supposed to use his EDUCATION to do something productive in Pakistan instead of just looking for issue after an issue to be in limelight, to befool this nation by using the name of Islam and using this nation’s emotionalism to make himself a “famous” leader. Mr. Imran Khan said that first we are fighting American war, and we are killing our INNOCENT Brothers who are doing nothing wrong, he said we should sit with those religious fanatics and talk with them, accept their demands if they are asking for Shariat imposition because according to Mr. Imran its not a big deal. Continue reading


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“What’s the Problem With Pakistan?”

The captioned discussion at FOREIGN AFFAIRS is informative as much about the “Sumit Gangulys” and the “Ashley Tellis-es” (don’t be fooled – this Ashley is actually a balding middle-aged Indian “research scholar”)  as it is about Pakistan.  I find the penchant of the arm-chair warriors for waging great wars of the late 21st century in the battle fields of their own head most endearing.   Stephen Cohen is class apart and there are some other good contributions that make this worth a read. -YLH Continue reading


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Lest we forget – an alternative view

Bilal Qureshi

”I want to implement complete Islamic laws where the Koran and the Sunnat are supreme.”

This is a direct quote from Nawaz Sharif’s speech in the parliament when he was Pakistan’s Prime Minister. Before he triggered a crisis that brought Musharraf into power, Nawaz Sharif was on his way to trashing everything non-religious. Not only had he come dangerously close to permanently destroying Pakistan’s secular constitution, Nawaz Sharif’s reckless governing style had put Pakistan on the path to complete economic meltdown, but fortunately for Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif was removed just in time to stop the slide. Continue reading


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Looming Shadows: Himal on Taliban

Raza Rumi

Himal Southasia’s current issue has published incisive, chilling articles on what is happening in the northwestern frontier province and elsewhere in Pakistan. The reporting is fabulous and the voice far more grounded and reasoned than the shrill of agenda-laden western press. I am posting the opening paragraphs with links for readers to follow. Not-so-happy reading. Continue reading


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Stalinists woo Congress Party and BJP allies

By Kranti Kumara

The Stalinist Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPM) and its Left Front allies are frantically wooing pro-big business, state- and caste-based parties—many of them currently participants in India’s Congress Party-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government or allied with the Hindu-supremacist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)—in a bid to stitch together a “Third Front” electoral/governmental bloc and reclaim an important role in India’s government. Continue reading


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FAST Karachi student wins an Oscar Award

Mir Zafar Ali along with his colleagues picked up an Academy Award for Best Visual Effects for The Golden Compass…the prestige associated with the gold statues is still unsurpassed in cinema. And this year was significant in that a Pakistani managed to work on a film that not only picked up a prestigious Academy Award nomination but also won!

The man is Mir Zafar Ali, a visual effects specialist, and the film he worked for was the high-profile flick, The Golden Compass, starring Nicole Kidman and “Bond” man Daniel Craig. Continue reading


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Another Pakistani novel in English: The Blue Room

All the shades of our culture


By Amara Javed

Writing is no easy task — generations of writers would agree. With that in mind, I can speculate that having a book published is one of the most arduously accomplished feats in the world. Continue reading


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