Dr Mohammad Taqi
A whisper campaign started in earnest about how Mian sahib was an unforgiving, stubborn man who was overreaching way too early in his term. While the security establishment had played footsie with domestic, regional and transnational jihadists for decades, it threw the decision to act against them in the PM’s lap. Interestingly, the most vocal opponents of the military operation in Waziristan were the military-friendly Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan and Imran Khan, not PM Sharif. Piggybacked on this was the time tested establishment mantra to berate civilians for corruption and poor governance….
“We will free Pakistan of pharaohs”. The Dawn wrote: “The image of a righteous Prophet Moses (Musa) dethroning a wicked Firaun (pharaoh) has often been employed before. It was perfectly effective during Iran’s Islamic Revolution. A poster of Ayatollah Khomeini, in the role of Musa dethroning Mohammad Reza, the last shah of Iran, cast in the role of pharaoh. Hosni Mubarak, the erstwhile strongman of Egypt, was also termed by his opponents as a modern pharaoh.”….
In a democratic setting there are three domains of life of a citizen - 'religious' that defines the personal sphere of relationship of anybody with his or her God, 'social' that encourages harmonious relations with other citizens, and 'political' that gives the same freedom to everybody to elect the rulers of the country. If the leadership of the community allows religion to create socio-political 'exclusivism' it is not democratic. We have examples of Muslim leaders successfully leading the Hindus politically…..
We have class one human beings in our city, and 95% of them are very simple in their ways of living and beliefs. We have a corrupted class of people like many others in the world. Our corruption comes from the politicians and from rotten intellectuals. The quantity of these people is very few in number, the rest of our people are very nice, humble and honest…..
In his article Ramadan mentions this year's White House Iftar (July 14, 2014), where President Barack Obama spoke of "Israel's […] right to defend itself against what I consider to be inexcusable attacks from Hamas," while Muslim leaders attending the Iftar remained silent. Ramadan contends ISNA and RIS are run by supposedly Sufi-inspired men who say "Yes sir!" to power, whether in the US or in the Middle East. In the article, Ramadan is perhaps also referring to Habib Ali al-Jifri - an influential Islamic scholar based in Abu Dhabi, who has 3,700,000 followers on Facebook - and his recent "prayer of Tawfiq" for Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi……
Thankfully, the demonstrators were persuaded to withdraw without any bloodshed but the complete inability of a demoralised police force, though present in sizeable numbers, to tackle the law and order situation effectively, has again left the administration red-faced......
Whether Prime Minister Sharif or Tahir-ul-Qadri and Khan initiated the move to military mediation and how the military has played into the development of the crisis itself are questions that are at this stage difficult to determine. But senior politicians and constitutional experts have denounced it as a national disgrace that reflects badly on the commitment to genuine democracy across the political spectrum…..
This refusal to face failure and learn from it has ensured that we remain locked in a perpetual cycle of denial. Others, too, try and blame others for their mistakes, but by invoking God, we leave no room for discussion and analysis. After all, how can mere men question His will? This assumes, of course, that God has not given us the gift of free will and the power to shape our own future. And if this life is only a brief transition to eternity, then it’s pointless doing anything to improve the world.....
Muhammad Nurul Huda
In August 1975, the architect of Bangladesh's freedom and most of his family members were violently and shamefully murdered by some disgruntled army officers. The tragic ramifications of that dastardly incident are still being felt by a shocked polity. The trial and conviction of some of the perpetrators of that gory incident have brought some solace and the nation waits for the punishment of the remainder.....
Mehr F Husain
What is interesting is how people have steadily responded positively to religious-affiliated actors participating in a political battle for power. With the ASWJ entering the arena and supposedly showing its support for the PML N, it is likely to put off those who were rooting for the PML N causing them to flock to Qadri who is known for his anti-violence stand. On one hand, putting the political opportunitism aside, the ASWJ is capitalising on a situation where religion and politics have merged by campaigning for democracy and they have supporters. ….
The conclusion is inescapable: If Imran Khan and Tahirul Qadri are resorting to unconstitutional means to force out a prime minister; the same prime minister hasn’t mounted a true constitutional defence against their charges. The tragedy is compounded by the reluctance of the “miltablishment” to uphold the same constitutional imperative in such murky circumstances. Woe is Pakistan…..
“We cannot fight ISIS without fighting the doctrine of jihad and without exposing the bankruptcy of Islamic states such as Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and Iran,” he said. “Too many leaders in the West are reluctant to identify the elephant in the room, which is Islamism. If they cannot fight the ideological foundation of ISIS, then we will see the ISIS cancer spread.”....
The genocide of black African Darfuris by men who called themselves “Arab Janjaweed” is a testament to Arab, anti-black racism. Even today, the term many use to address blacks in Arab countries is, “Ya Abdi” (O my slave)…..
Last month, the international Sikh community and Indians on the whole were shocked at the news of two Indian Sikhs having been told by the International Basketball Association (FIBA) to remove their turban if they wanted to participate in the game. Two Indian Basketball players Amarpal Singh and Amjyot Singh were representing India in the Asia Cup Championship in China. The racial discrimination perpetrated by the FIBA has caused outrage among the Indian sports fraternity in particular and all the Indians in common. The two Sikh players from India were told to remove their turbans just before the game. FIBA authorities said that wearing turbans violated the rules of the International Basketball Federation.....
The Parliament panel committee recommended legislation on forced conversions in 2012. The report held local police officers, tribal chiefs and politicians responsible for not helping minorities recover their kidnapped community. Since then no measure administratively and/or legislation is planned to be discussed on the floor of the Parliament. I further go on to state that the government of Pakistan should serious take up the issues of minorities of Pakistan. The minorities as well as the women in Pakistan are not safe at all…..
By their reckless brinkmanship, both Imran Khan and Qadri have exposed themselves for what they really are: rash gamblers willing to chance everything on the roll of the dice. They have squandered their credibility by betting that they could cause enough havoc to force the army to intervene. But as many of their disillusioned followers call it a day, it has become clear that they have failed in their purpose. Apart from exposing Imran Khan and Qadri, this crisis also shows how weak the state has become…..
The threat posed by the so-called Islamic Caliphate should not be minimised by India. ISIS flags have made their appearance in Srinagar and it is more than likely that a clutch of impressionable Muslim youth — mainly Indians working in West Asia — have joined the transnational Jihadi brigade fighting in and around Mosul. For the moment their numbers may be insignificant but the larger ideological challenge posed to Indian nationalism is real. There is an ideological line that link so-called mass movements such as Jamiat-e-Islami and Muslim Brotherhood to the armed struggle of the likes of Hamas and ISIS....
"Authorities of FWO have promised to build flats for us. They want us to hand our land to them. This is unacceptable to us," Javed said. "Despite the fact that we refused to live in India and stayed here in Jinnah's Pakistan, authorities want to demolish the temple... Is this fair?" Asfandyar Bhindara, a member of Lower House of Parliament, has moved a petition in a local court of Rawalpindi to stop the demolition. The court issued a stay order in this regard.....
Three new developments suggest that, despite the aggressive and uncompromising rhetoric, the political crisis provoked by the long marches of Imran Khan and Tahir ul Qadri is dissipating. Neither a military coup nor the resignation of the prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, or dissolution of parliament followed by fresh general elections, is imminent…..
Mehr F Husain
While Qadri conducted an open referendum of sorts when he asked his supporters what they wanted to do, in Khan's case it's come down to holding dialogue with the government to resolve the big democratic issue of alleged rigging. Imran Khan is giving it his all. The passion cannot be ignored, the anger is valid and the desperation is palpable. But there is something missing……
If Sangh Parivar forces keep baying for cultural nationalist agendas, Narendra Modi will become helpless… he will not be able to stop these culture-vultures and his corporate development agenda will undergo a change There is a slow but systematic attempt to change India’s name from Bharat to Hindustan — playing up the word “Hindu” in Hindustan and trying to repackage it as the abode of the Hindus. B.R. Ambedkar and his team that drafted the Constitution of India consciously avoided the term “Hindustan” as they could foresee its implications in a land that takes pride in its diversity.....
The false prophet of change, Imran Khan, got thrashed in political combat fair and square, and was about to break himself in vainglory were it not for those who have egged him on since 1996 stepped in to save his face and sinking political fortunes. Over the last week, Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) and Allama Dr Tahirul Qadri’s Pakistan Awami Tehrik (PAT) ran out of political options and steam. It was surreal to see Imran Khan self-destruct on prime time television with his crude antics. The man had the audacity to go home for naps, showers and televised brunches, in the midst of the dharna. It was a tasteless and crude joke in the name of revolutionary change and the so-called second 'independence' for Pakistanis. ....
Such campaigns against inter-religion, inter-caste marriages are not only against the spirit of national integration they also aim to control the lives of girls in the patriarchal mode. Women’s bodies are made symbols of community honour. In addition the bogey against a minority is whipped up to aid the divisive politics. It is a double bonus for sectarian politics. Since in patriarchal norms women are regarded as property of man and are made to live under the control structure defined by men, such an issue rouses high emotions. The agenda of communal politics targets minorities, Muslims at one level and promotes patriarchal norms at another….
Rights enshrined in our Charter must allow people to hold and discuss any views, even ones so outrageous that they would eliminate the very openness which can allow them to take root. This is the great irony of democracy. Talks like these combine a handful of religious dicta, a smattering of youthful disaffection and a pinch of naive politics. The result can make some impressionable young men very dangerous…..
But how is Tahir ul Qadri, an asylum-seeker turned Canadian national, turned multi-millionaire evangelist, allowed by a country whose Constitution and Monarch he has sworn fealty to, to incite murder in another country? Is this abhorrent call accepted, nay allowed, in any country ruled by law? Are you listening, High Commission? This is not all.....