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No Real Winning for Pakistani Politicians
Shamila N. Chaudhary

For the time being, Pakistani Taliban threats continue to keep the most influential PPP politicians far from Punjab where it matters the most. Even more tragic is the possibility that ANP will be forced to boycott the elections. While much of the elections focus has been on the historic political transition afoot in Pakistan, the threats serve as a reminder of the tough road ahead for whoever manages to survive and come out on top….

Two Approaches to Fighting Terrorism
Irfan Husain

In Pakistan, a terrorist attack that claimed “only” three lives would probably be buried on page three of our national newspapers. As for the search for the killers, we’d be lucky if the police even registered the case. Why this difference in approach to terrorism? The reason lies in the seriousness with which the two states take their primary duty of protecting their citizens....

Pakistan: A Tuesday in Hell
Nadeem F. Paracha

The extremists are what they are and they take pride in their madness. That’s why to me more disturbing are apparently sane men and women who seem to muster their sadness, outrage and tears only if a tragedy comes with the words drone, America and Karachi gangs...


Pakistan: Central Punjab Voters Appear Convinced There Won’t Be an Election
Cyril Almeida

THERE won’t be an election. Voters aren’t quite sure why or how, but they appear convinced: there won’t be an election. Is it Zardari? Kayani? The Taliban? The court? The election gods? Who or what exactly will forestall the election? There is no consistent, or even dominant, theory. It’s just an amorphous feeling out there, a hope even, that somehow there won’t be an election....


As A Bostonian and Muslim, I Wept Monday – And Worried
Rabail Baig

But one does hope if these good people, who have accepted us as their own, would not question doing just that if they were to find out the offender was "one of us". I wonder whether Haider will be able to grow stubble, just the way I like it, throw on a backpack and take me on the Green Line to Copley Square again for a bite any time soon. I wonder whether life will be the way it used to be....

Boston Bomb Suspect Captured After a Furious Gunfight
Katharine Seelye, William Rashbaum, Michael Cooper

Boston Bomb Suspect Captured After a Furious Gunfight
Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, the Boston Accused

BOSTON — The teenage suspect in the marathon bombings, whose flight from the police after a furious gunfight early Friday morning sparked an intense manhunt that virtually shut down the entire Boston metropolitan area all day, was taken into custody Friday night after the police found him hiding in a boat in the backyard of a house in Watertown, Mass., a senior law enforcement official said.

Two law-enforcement officials said that the suspect, Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, 19, was found, covered in blood, in a boat parked behind a house there. It was not immediately clear what condition he was in.

The apparent discovery of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev came just over 26 hours after the F.B.I. circulated pictures of him and his brother and called them suspects in Monday’s bombings, which killed three people and wounded more than 170. The case unfolded quickly — and lethally — after that. Law-enforcement officials said that within hours of the release of the pictures, the two men shot and killed a campus police officer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, carjacked a sport utility vehicle, and led police on a chase, tossing several pipe bombs from their vehicle.


Paksitan: Election Campaigning Has Significantly Evolved
Mehr F Husain

Election campaigning has significantly evolved. Gone are the Land Cruisers and the litter of posters plastered on every available flat surface. Gone are the lights that could’ve put Vegas to shame. Due to security threats, and law enforcement by the ECP, politicians are sensitive to the electorate, and willing to not only assert their policies but also listen to the voter.....


One Suspect in Boston Bombing Is Dead
Ravi Somaiya

One of two suspects wanted in Monday’s deadly Boston marathon bombing was killed early Friday in a violent standoff with the police in a quiet residential neighborhood just west of Boston. The second suspect remain ed at large following what authorities described as a deadly crime spree that left one police officer dead and another seriously wounded.

The police said there was a strong possibility that the standoff in Watertown was linked to the fatal shooting of a campus police officer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Thursday evening.

One suspect, seen in pictures released Thursday by the Federal Bureau of Investigation wearing a black hat, had been shot , said Timothy P. Alben of the Masschusetts State Police in a press conference early Friday morning. Authorities later confirmed that he had died. The other suspect, pictured in a white hat, was at large, likely extremely dangerous and the subject of a sweeping manhunt in Watertown, a quiet residential community near Boston.


Don't Politicise Terror
B Raman

One has to avoid preconceived notions and keep an open mind as to who might have been responsible and what could have been the motive.  The political parties should leave it to the police and the counterterrorism experts to do the investigation with an open mind. Till they come to definitive conclusions based on reliable evidence, the temptation to exploit the blast for political purposes should be avoided. ...


The wireless extracts, annexed to a protest petition filed against the SIT’s closure report by Ms. Jafri in a local court, show the following. One, there was a lot of anxiety over the Modi administration’s decision to send the bodies to Ahmedabad. Two, there were repeated pleas for Bandobast at the hospital where crowds had gathered in anticipation of the arrival of the bodies. Three, there were attacks on Muslims by crowds accompanying the funeral processions which set the stage for the large-scale violence that followed….

'A Cold-Blooded And Clear-Cut Conspiracy'
Citizens for Justice and Peace

In a sinister furtherance of the conspiracy, the late night meeting at Mr Modi’s residence effectively neutralised the police and administration from doing its constitutional duty. The Protest Petition states that the credibility of the evidence related to the critical 27.2.2002 meeting must be tested during trial and that it was not the job of the investigating agency to pre-judge the issue, acting like a court overstepping its jurisdiction to protect and save powerful accused. ....


Gujarat Riots Weren’t A Sudden Backlash
Ashish Khetan

Date: 28.02.02 Time: 12: 15 Sender: Police Inspector CJ Bharwad To: State SIB Control Room Muslims reside in Goldberg Society Mob is surrounding the place Strict watch should be kept there.

Date: 28.02.02 Time: 14: 50 Sender: Police Inspector CJ Bharwad To: State SIB Control Room Mob of 3000 rioters has surrounded Gulbarga Society take immediate action.

Date: 28.02.02 Time: 17: 00 Sender: Police Inspector CJ Bharwad To: State SIB Control Room Mob attacked the society from all sides Ehsan Jafri and women and children burnt alive Houses are ablaze Mob is looting from homes...


Terrorist Attack in the US: 3 dead, more than 110 injured as 2 bombs explode near Boston Marathon finish line
A woman prayed at the scene of attak

BOSTON - Two bombs exploded in the packed streets near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday, killing three people, including an 8-year-old child, and injuring more than 110 in a terrifying scene of shattered glass, billowing smoke, bloodstained pavement and severed limbs, authorities said.

A senior U.S. intelligence official said two other explosive devices were found near the end of the 26.2-mile course.

At the White House, President Barack Obama vowed that those responsible will "feel the full weight of justice."

There was no word on the motive or who may have launched the attack, and police said no suspect was in custody. Authorities in Washington said there was no immediate claim of responsibility.

Gujarat Riots 2002: Mrs Zakia Jafri files her Protest Petition, Revealing important New Evidence of Conspiracy at the highest level
Zakia Jafri

A cold-blooded and clear-cut conspiracy to manipulate the tragic Godhra incident -- from the moment of the terrible news  -- was planned and executed by Chief Minister Mr Narendra Modi (Accused no 1), in close consultation, especially with then Health Minister Mr Ashok Bhatt (accused no. 2) , Urban development minister, IK Jadeja (accused no 3) and other co-accused cabinet colleagues and especially VHP leader Mr Jaydeep Patel (accused no 21), with whom the CM was first in touch with soon after the tragic Godhra incident. This was aimed at ensuring that the tragedy at Godhra becomes ready fuel for the meticulously planned massacre of innocent Muslims all over Gujarat. – From an urgent Press release, Citizens for Justice and Peace

The Reality of Modi’s Politics
Aakar Patel
The signal that Mr Modi has consistently sent out is that he is going to be tough on Muslims, and if his team makes an error, and even if they are convicted of crimes against Muslims, he will not back off from supporting them and he will not condemn them.......


Nationalism, Kingdoms and Kings: Looking At Shivaji and Rana Pratap
Ram Puniyani

Nathuram Godse, from Hindutva; RSS-Hindu Mahasabha stable, in his book, ‘May it please your honor’, which is his statement of his defence of murdering Mahatma Gandhi in the court, states that Gandhi was a pigmy as for his nationalism was concerned. The real nationalists have been Shivaji, Rana Pratap and Guru Govind Singh. This is the line of thinking of RSS-Hindu nationalism. ...

The scrutiny of electoral hopefuls has seemingly turned into a theatre of the absurd. Over in Karachi, Sunni Tehreek’s Ps-128 candidate Zahid Ahmad had to face embarrassment when he was asked 3 simple questions by Additional district and Sessions court judge Farzana Iqbal. Ahmad was asked what the abbreviation LLB stands for and how to spell ‘graduation’ and ‘superintendent’. He was wrong on all three counts....


Trouble in Paradise: The Darker Side of the Maldives
Eric Randolph

Public lashings. Religious extremists seizing power. A gay blogger with his throat slashed. Few of the million annual visitors to the Maldives will recognise the hellish side of these heavenly islands....


At Nalanda, Science First Met Spirituality
Claude Arpi

Today, any project that invokes the traditions of that hallowed ancient university must be based on the principles of the ‘science of the mind’, not on religion or political expediencies Research into the confluence of science and spirituality should definitively be included in the curriculum of an institute calling itself ‘Nalanda’. The project’s ‘mentors’ must keep in mind the glorious history of the Vihara. This does not seem to be the case today....

Pakistan: Deconstructing Tears of Corrupt and Ruthless Politicians

Thursday, the 4th April was an important day in the history of Pakistan as courts in Lahore, Peshawar, Quettan and Bahawalpur pronounced their judgments on the fake mark sheets case. Jamshed Dasti, a former MP from the ruling People’s Party, was sentenced to three years’ jail and a penalty of Rs five thousand and was debarred from running for elections. The district court of Peshawar sentenced a former minister of ANP Aaquil Shah with one year imprisonment and a penalty of Rs three thousand. He was arrested soon after emerging out of the court and sent to jail. His mark sheet had been proved to be fake three years ago but he had been dragging on the case. .......


Travel Fearlessly To Understand, To Empathise, To Stop Pointing Fingers,  the Solution for Peace Will Emerge
Syeda Hameed

I realised that one has to travel fearlessly to understand, to empathise, to stop pointing fingers. Only then can the solution for peace emerge. Those of us who sit fearful in our respective cocoons on either side of the border and influence policy through “think-tanking” will never permit South Asia to emerge as the most unique region of the globe. The old adage still holds: “Sair kar duniya ki ghafil zindagani phir kahan (Wander the world o oblivious one, you only live once)”....


South Asia Magazine (Pakistan) Receives the 2012 Genesis Awards for Its Animal Rights Articles

South Asia Magazine (Pakistan) had dedicated its October 2012 issue to Animal Rights. It featured four articles written on Animal Rights. One of the articles ‘Animal Welfare in Islam’ was written by Aiman Reyaz, a regular contributor to New Age Another article “Animal Rights -- a commentary” is also by a regular contributor to New Age Islam, Syed Rizvi....


Myanmar Communal Violence: A Set Back To Democratic Process
Ram Puniyani

Most of the countries of South Asia have faced the barbaric problem of violence targeted against religious minorities. The form of this may have been different, but the outcome has been similar, the brutality against religious minorities, violence against innocent human beings. The current times (Mid 2013) may be one of the worst when in the spate of short span of we are witness to violence in Pakistan, Bangla Desh, India and Myanmar.......

Forget the Pope—We Need a New Caliph!
Wajahat Ali and Haroon Moghul

The selection of the new pope made everyone stop, tweet, and stare at St. Peter’s as a non-European was finally chosen to don the papal garb. It made us realize Muslims could also benefit from genuine suspense and good news about their own religious leadership. Ever since secular Turkish general Mustafa Kemal Ataturk undid the Caliphate and ended the Ottoman Empire in 1924, the Muslim world, or at least the Sunni Muslim world, hasn’t had a Caliph; literally a ‘successor’ (to the Prophet Muhammad).....

Confusion Galore: Is India Too Soft On Terror or Too Tough On Terror?
Aakar Patel

For many years now, we have used the same approach with Pakistani musicians and cricketers. This has not been noticed because there is a consensus against Pakistan in our middle class. Our arbitrary you-cannot-play-here order to professionals was fine, as long as it targeted Pakistani players. The Lankan matter has made more people sit up but, as I said, this is not a new thing. When this is so, we necessarily open ourselves up to scrutiny on the charge that we are racists who believe in collective punishment....

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