Nawaz Sharif shares views with political leaders and intellectuals after inaugurating Pak Tea House in Lahore on Friday. – Photo by Azhar Jafri/WhiteStar

LAHORE: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif on Friday reopened Lahore’s iconic Pak Tea House after 13 years of closure.

The historic tea stall is known as meeting place for intellectuals, poets, writers and artists.

A large number of noted writers and literary figures were present on the occasion.

Nawaz Sharif said he feels immensely proud while reopening Pak Tea House as writers and thinkers serve the nation selflessly. He promised to visit the place again and again to learn from the cultural icons.

Eminent writer Ataul Haq Qasmi said after the closure of Pak Tea House the intellectuals lost a meeting point. But, now the Tea House has been reopened for consultation on all national issues, he added.

Originally set up as the India Tea House by a Sikh family in 1940, the café acquired its current name when, after Partition, it was leased to one Sirajuddin. Situated off The Mall (now Sharae Quaid-e-Azam) near Anarkali bazaar, it holds a special place in the memories of those who know about Lahore’s vibrant literary and cultural past.

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March 8, 2013 8:50 pm
Nice! I like this.
March 9, 2013 1:03 am
The idea and the intention seems to be good but security situation in the country is not favorable to bring the intellectuals or other important personalities at one point at the same time. So for their security it will be prudent to drop this idea unless the safety and security of all the citizens is ensured first on long term basis.
Michael Warner
March 9, 2013 12:07 am
WONDERFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!! This was the place for a common person. People from all walks of life would meet at the PAK TEA HOUSE. It was a very simple and affordable place to hang around. Correspondents,,Journalists,,Sportsmen, Intellectuals, Leaders, Scholars, Students, Government officials and not to forget the city's gossipers. Nawaz Sharif sahib being a Pakistani/Lahori first and leader later has proved he has deep roots with the culture of Lahore. I don't know why it was closed and for 13 years. Anyways another place to hang around in the city of " ZINDA DILAAN-I-LAHORE.
Gulbagh Singh, Los Angeles
March 9, 2013 12:25 am
Keep original name as in a few years you will not need to change it again.
March 8, 2013 11:03 pm
Has Nawaz Sharif checked out a website of the same name, Pak Tea house ?
S. Tanwir Hasan
March 9, 2013 2:25 am
Well done Mr. Nawaz Sharif. We should appreciate all of your good works
March 9, 2013 3:25 am
I dislike how The Mall has been changed to Sharae Quaid-e-Azam. What is this fascination with renaming everything historic and cultural about our country.
March 9, 2013 3:38 am
Worst thing to happen to Pak Tea House is that it is inaugurated back to life by hands of a politician (and Nawaz Sharif at it). So, for the rest of its life, Pak Tea house will have to praise the show-off politician. Disgusting.
March 9, 2013 7:22 am
hahahahah....rightttttt...we'll keep that in mind
March 9, 2013 2:49 pm
Thankyou but no thank you.........
Bill Baloch
March 9, 2013 2:51 pm
Unfortunately, not in the distant future someone will blame patrons of the joint being unislamic and blasphemous.
March 9, 2013 3:28 pm
@Awan - Agreed. It's ironic how we love to get the British education and passports and buy flats there but want nothing to do with their history in our part of the world. Perhaps we should get rid of railways, cricket and universities too as they were left here by the British.
S. Tanwir Hasan
March 9, 2013 4:48 pm
Further, I would like to comment that Nawaz Sharif is no intellectual but a mere politician. But sitting in the company of Najam Sethi (in picture) may be his intellect improve, but I doubt.
Rashid Sultan
March 9, 2013 5:01 pm
In a goodwill gesture and for historical accuracy rename the iconic establishment to its original name: 'India Tea House.' Sounds good to save this piece of history.
Shahryar Shirazi
March 9, 2013 10:01 pm
Gulbagh, I thought western exposure has an impact on intellectual thinking. Last time I checked, LA was still in the West ... Shahryar
1964 Moon
March 9, 2013 10:40 pm
Working on it already. Will be accomplished soon, Insha Allah.
Cherian (Melbourne)
March 10, 2013 1:14 am
Love my Indian Coffee House:-) Best wishes to Pak Tea House
Pro Truth
March 10, 2013 2:46 am
Good to see a historic place restored! but sad to see they couldnt find a intellectual to inaugurate it.
March 10, 2013 3:31 am
Even democracy was left behind by the English.....:)
March 10, 2013 3:36 am
Gulbaghji,Beg to differ with you on this.In few years, anyway the tea shop will get closed as the Taliban (who will rule at that time ) will say that drinking tea goes against the tenets of Islam.
dr aisha
March 10, 2013 4:13 am
They fiddle while Pakistan burns! Karachi and Lahore in flames from blasts and deliberate torching and these politicians are rallying around their own causes.
March 10, 2013 6:03 am
When election is announced, nothing to be done in the interest by politicians, this means a drive to gain political plateform. Reopening of Pak Tea House by Nawaz Shareef is purely based on to gain the political era by the writers and literary figures.
March 10, 2013 6:07 am
Are you a member of Mn? This is completely political issue just to gain the support of writers and literary figures in the forthcoming election??????????????????????
March 10, 2013 6:15 am
Why now? Why not earlier Mr. MW???????????????, because (Mn) Nawaz Shareef wants to gain the support of Correspondents,,Journalists,,Sportsmen, Intellectuals, Leaders, Scholars, Students, Government officials. We warn Nawaz to to play such game, remember you will never be succeed in the forthcoming election.
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