Daily Archives: August 2, 2009

Qasba Aligarh Massacre

MQM is Pakistan’s only real middle class party and Mohajirs are the most politically aware and evolved of all the the various ethnic and cultural groups of post 1971 Pakistan.  No one can deny this even those who disagree with their politics.  We present here the account of the events that took place Qasba Aligarh – We welcome any and all commentaries and/or rebuttals.  Continue reading


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Lal Salaam to Comrade Sobho Gianchandani

Reading about the demise of Rana Chandar Singh made me think of another old Pakistani from the Hindu community who has lived and served the people in this country without so much as a thankyou note.   I reproduce here an interview the old war horse gave Newsline last year.  Gianchandani sb feels that Pakistan will over look his achievements but we at PakTeaHouse want to salute him twice- first a Lal Salaam for his contributions to the Communist  and progressive causes in Pakistan  and second a Sabz Salaam for being a son of the soil.-YLH

At age 88, Comrade Sobho Gianchandani is one of the oldest living communists in the subcontinent. He has seen it all, done it all – and still believes that communism will return to the world in a big way. In this wide-ranging interview conducted at his Larkana home, where he lives with his family, the “son of the soil,” as he refers to himself, takes Newsline on a reflective journey into the past. From his days at Shantiniketan to his involvement in the politics of pre-Partition and post-Partition Pakistan, it’s been an action-packed life.     Continue reading

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Rana Chandar Singh (1931-2009)

Former federal minister and the main leader of the Hindu minority in Pakistan, Rana Chandar Singh has passed away.  Originally a part of the Pakistan People’s Party,   Singh parted ways with the PPP in 1990 and formed the Pakistan Hindu Party which was cenered around advancing the cause of Hindus in Pakistan.   We join Pakistanis of Hindu faith in mourning the loss of a Pakistani who made a contribution to both Pakistan and his community. -YLH

Pakistan Hindu Party founder passes away

Karachi, Aug.2 – ANI: Former federal minister and the chieftain of the Pakistani Hindu Sodha Thakur Rajput, and founder of the Pakistan Hindu Party, Rana Chander Singh passed away in a hospital here. He was 78. Continue reading


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A Matter of Shame for all Pakistanis

Shame!  Shame on all of us.   There are no words to describe this.    The government must immediately bring the perpetrators to justice and make a horrible example of them.  What may we ask is the Chief Minister doing about this?  Is he going to remain an idle spectator or is he going to show some backbone and take these fanatics who sully our already muddied name.  -YLH

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (CNN) — Six people were killed in Pakistan on Saturday when Muslim demonstrators set fire to houses in a Christian enclave and fighting broke out, local police said.


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The Idea of Pakistan- Towards a More Holistic Understanding

By Yasser Latif Hamdani

 In 1946, Jinnah met a group of students at Mamdot Villa in Lahore. A chair was brought out for him to sit down but he chose to sit down on the grassy lawn with the students. He began by telling them he had worked hard and made a lot of money and owned houses in Delhi, Bombay, Karachi and was looking for a house in Lahore. Why, he asked, was then he going all over India at an age when he should retire. One of the students opined because he had the love of Islam in his heart. Another said something else. Finally Jinnah answered : In India you can either be an Indian or a Muslim but never an Indian Muslim. This is the rationale for Pakistan. Continue reading


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My Trees, My City

The destruction of Lahore’s environment is a trend that needs to be reversed, says Raza Rumi:
Moaning about Lahore’s most elitist enclave, GOR-I, is a contentious undertaking. On the one hand, it was, until recently, the best of what the British left us – lovingly adorned with diverse species of trees, home to glorious specimens of ecologically-friendly architecture and an old-world-charm unparalleled for its simplicity and elegance. On the other hand, it was also a symbol of the extractive, Punjab-centric colonial state of the nineteenth century, lorded over by the agents of the Indian civil service. Continue reading

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Jokes Too Far

By Wajid Ali Syed

You can’t deny the importance of humor in life. One of the first steps to ensuring a nation’s death is to regulate and ban its humor. Humor implies tolerance. Without it a people wither on the vine.
Humor is not necessarily portable. People the world over can relate to Three Stooges-like pratfalls and jokes about meddlesome mothers-in-law or nagging wives or hapless husbands. Many American jokes could probably be enjoyed in Pakistan, like this one: What’s the difference between Jesus and a picture of Jesus? You only need one nail to hang up a picture of Jesus.

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