The killers have been operating on a daily basis not taking leave even on Fridays and on the auspicious occasion of the Prophet’s birthday, the 12th Rabi ul Awwal. It is a shame that the human blood is so cheap in a country that boasts of being a Islamic country. Given below is a table of fatal attacks and deaths in Karachi in the month of January. Apart from common citizens, those who were killed include member of Assembly Manzar Imam and religious leaders, not to speak of police officers and security guards....
According to Rizana’s lawyers, she had no legal representation upon arrest and she was tortured and threatened until she signed a confession in Arabic, a language she didn’t understand, that she strangled the baby. Saudi Arabia follows the strict, ultra-conservative Wahhabi Sharia law, which lacks judicial precedence. Death sentences are carried out for murder, rape, drug smuggling as well as for adultery, blasphemy and being gay. The law is not properly codified and interpretations of the law and meting out justice differ from judge to judge.....
The character certificate was issued to the Taliban 2 days after the home minister Rehman Malik had severely criticised the Taliban for its violent activities killing Muslims. The report seems to be propaganda by the Pakistan government against India to divert the attention of the Pakistani people from the internal crisis in which the PPP government presently is. It has also aimed at exploiting the tensions between the two nations....
Hinduism works well as a way of life. It could knit the nation together, but there's another version thriving in rural India. Once a year since 1950, India tries to convince the world (and itself) that it is indeed a superpower, with an epic show that takes over the grandest road in India, the Rajpath in New Delhi. The Republic Day parade celebrates India's nationhood with pomp and circumstance. This year, however, there has been a flurry of calls to boycott the event. For the first time, the Indian middle class is disassociating itself from this hoopla....
Gulmina Bilal Ahmad
Citizens should realise that the failure of a government is not the failure of the democratic system. As a resident of Islamabad, I have viewed and experienced the recent unfolding political events at first hand in the past few days. A cleric with fiery rhetoric and claims of ushering in a revolution came into the capital with considerable fanfare and then dwindled into non-existence. In the same period, there were two suicide blasts in Quetta,...
As predicted, Dr Tahirul Qadri's "long march" to Islamabad last week ended with a declaratory whimper rather than a revolutionary bang. But some significant political conclusions can be drawn from it. On the positive side, it is no mean feat for Dr Qadri to parachute into Pakistan from Canada after many years, raise tens of billions of rupees to organise and lead over 50,000 people from Lahore to Islamabad.....
Be that as it may, the European official predicts the horror of the Algerian drama — and powerlessness of Western leaders to do anything to protect their citizens once it began — will justify other reaction Belmokhtar and his Sahel peers may not have counted on. “I think you’ll see both the manner and depth of support other countries are willing to give in Mali increase considerably as a result of In Amenas...
Recollect, on the eve of 1999 general elections in India, the information secretary of the Lashkar-e-Taiba, when asked as to who should form the future government in India, said: “The BJP suits us. Within a year they have made us into a nuclear and missile power. Lashkar-e-Taiba is getting a good response because of the BJP’s statements. It is much better than before. We pray to God that they come to power again. Then we will emerge even stronger”....
U.S. President Barack Obama
But we have always understood that when times change, so must we; that fidelity to our founding principles requires new responses to new challenges; that preserving our individual freedoms ultimately requires collective action. For the American people can no more meet the demands of today’s world by acting alone than American soldiers could have met the forces of fascism or communism with muskets and militias. No single person can train all the math and science teachers we’ll need to equip our children for the future, or build the roads and networks and research labs that will bring new jobs and businesses to our shores. Now, more than ever, we must do these things together, as one nation, and one people.
This generation of Americans has been tested by crises that steeled our resolve and proved our resilience. A decade of war is now ending. An economic recovery has begun. America’s possibilities are limitless, for we possess all the qualities that this world without boundaries demands: youth and drive; diversity and openness; an endless capacity for risk and a gift for reinvention. My fellow Americans, we are made for this moment, and we will seize it – so long as we seize it together.
Subsequently, the focus of the search shifted to Dr Qadri’s possible backers. Since he had been presumed to have been tasked to do a job, his own ability and resources were of secondary importance. Those believed to be pulling the strings were to ensure numbers by his side. For many days, this is how the equation was, or was widely perceived to be....
... why has Obama maintained the principal planks of the foreign and national security policies of the George W. Bush administrations, despite having promised radical change? In their haste to explain, most commentators cling to what are now ‘old favourites’: Obama’s legacy of wars and financial crises; his lack of experience in foreign affairs; his personal insecurities at being commander-in-chief but having served in no wars....
The Jamat-e-Islami has come out with the solution that women should dress decently and co-education should be stopped for eradicating rape. As if rape is promoted by co-education. The Jamat has resorted to 19th century discourse when co-education was to be introduced and was being discussed. Mohan Bhagwat also said that rapes are committed only in India (meaning modern cities) and not in Bharat (i.e. villages)
Asghar Ali Engineer
Tahir ul Qadri told the National Post, “Islam teaches democracy, Islam teaches human rights, Islam defends the rights of minorities. Islam does not believe in discrimination. So my interpretation of Islam is a bit different from the mullahs. I feel that the teachings of Islam creates a moderate, progressive, free and democratic society, free of every kind of extremism and terrorism. This is my interpretation of Islam and what I want to see here.”
Tahir-ul-Qadri could well be called Imran Khan with better timing, a beard and a more religiously appealing resume. Whether or not the neatly bearded cleric commanding the crowds in Islamabad will succeed in toppling the flailing Zardari government may not be known, but he has undoubtedly been blessed by the benevolence of good timing....
A WAY to benchmark the seriousness of the present India- Pakistan crisis is to imagine the consequences of a Mumbai type mass- casualty attack by Pakistan- backed, or Pakistani, terrorists in India today. Given the national mood, it would be difficult to rule out anything then, even war. ...there is no alternative to engaging with our conjoined sibling. There are poisons in our relationship that predate partition of 1947, and these need to be worked out before things normalise....
Pakistan’s military literature provides some insight into what is going on. The country’s generals, it shows, hope heightened tensions with India will help rebuild their legitimacy, extricate themselves from a domestic insurgency they are losing, and push jihadist groups now ranged against the Pakistani state to turn their energies eastwards. India, driven by a barrage of ill-conceived war polemic, is pushing itself into this trap....
Maulana Tahirul Qadri
On the other hand, a section of the intellectuals see Tahirul Qadri’s move as an attempt to derail the democracy and suspect that some invisible power is supporting him. They have questioned the source of the funding for his political adventure. Someone called him a pied piper who has come to Pakistan to make a mockery of democracy while some others have opined that he is an agent of the army whose aim is to postpone the elections and felicitate the army takeover.
Mani Shankar Aiyar
The mindset in Pakistan is changing. But India’s hawks still don’t get it. My friend, the cine artiste and poet, Farooque Sheikh, has summed it up better than I ever could. He describes the TRP war being whipped up by our hysterical TV anchors as “dangerously boring and boringly dangerous” We need most to talk when we are on the edge of war; least when the going is, in any case, good.....
Despite a solid system to ensure that such violations are resolved immediately, it seems as if this time, there was a deliberate absence of will to use this mechanism to its entire capacity. The meeting between the field commanders did not last even 15 minutes....
Within a day of Tahirul Qadri’s Long March to Islamabad, things have started to fall into place regarding the intention of the imported maulana. With the passage of the day, all non-parliamentary and non-political forces seem to be taking their place in subverting the political system. Supposedly eager to improve the quality of democracy, all of these characters are happy to flout democratic norms to push their way into power.
It is his call for the military to participate in the election that has left many in the political establishment worried. For the first time in Pakistan's history, the country is poised to have a peaceful handover of power from one civilian government to another. But Qadri's demand for military involvement, as well as his ties to the Zia- and Musharraf-era governments, have led critics to accuse him of being a military puppet.
Anarchy and Chaos in Pakistan
Vidya Bhushan Rawat, New Age Islam
The Pakistan army plays an important role in ‘running’ the country. The civilian government at the moment took after General Parvez Musharraf resigned and decided to leave Pakistan. Musharraf was the hero of Kargil and the entire operation was an open secret yet completely denied by Pakistan army. They continued that it was a Jehad by the Mujahiddins and not a war by Pakistan army.
Vidya Bhushan Rawat, New Age Islam
A Canadian cleric, who has twice played a part in backing military juntas in nuclear-armed Pakistan, is back in that country. And once more, he appears to be facilitating a military takeover in Islamabad. Tahir-ul-Qadri is better known for his role in the creation of the infamous “Anti-Blasphemy Law” of Pakistan that has brought untold misery to religious minorities and agnostics.
Nothing in recent history has gripped India like the gang-rape and subsequent death of Jyoti Singh Pandey. Saeed Naqvi analyzes the crime as well as the urban youth's unprecedented response to it, and in both cases comes up against the unchecked social pressures of Indian society
For many men, then, violence against women works much as drugs do for addicts: it offers at least the illusion of empowerment where none exists, fixing feelings of rage and impotence. This, in turn, points to a wider malaise. Marxist scholar Antonio Gramsci noted that Fascism arose in a society “where mothers educate their infant children by hitting them on the head with clogs.” How men behave — on the streets with women, with other men, with animals — is taught. In our society, violence is not an aberration; it is the tie that binds us.