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From Zen Silence to Zero Tolerance
Nadeem F. Paracha

And if only Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his government allow themselves to detach from a strange, vacant sense of quiet Zen immobility they seem to have adopted, and if only the ruling parties in Sindh, Balochistan and KP break through the complex political cobwebs they have been caught in, they will find a huge mass of exhausted Pakistanis willing to support the implementation of whatever it takes to pull the country back from the brink……

 

Karachi Attack Insanity Defined
Irfan Husain

Ironically and idiotically, the ASF still uses the ‘explosives detector’ that was proven to be a fraud run by a now-convicted British conman. These metal rods, mounted on handles, were bought by agencies around the world in an elaborate scam, but long after the fraudster was arrested and sentenced, we continue to rely on them. Time and again, terrorists have used uniforms as disguise when penetrating high-security installations. Surely it is not rocket science to counter this obvious ploy.....

Business, Ideology and the 9/11 Dead
Neil Berry

They hate us for our freedoms, exclaimed former US President George W. Bush, referring to his country’s “Islamist” foes. But American freedoms do not, it appears, stretch to free admission to New York’s National September 11 Memorial and Museum, which opened at the end of May.  Though the Memorial itself can be visited without charge, it is being marketed alongside the Museum (to which a gift shop is attached) as a total package, with prospective “customers” invited to book tickets online. It was George W. Bush’s White House predecessor, Calvin Coolidge, who in 1925 made the imperishable pronouncement that the “chief business of the American people is business.”…..

 

The Taliban-Plus Factor
M.J. Akbar

A shadow war does not begin with an ultimatum. It is conducted by militias, not a military. It is not fought in the name of a nation or under conventions signed at Geneva; it uses barbarism and terrorism in the pursuit of ideas that seek to destroy the existing order in the search of some fantasy. Its violence spreads across dozens of geographical dots that, in the terrorist’s mind will connect and form a picture someday……

 

The Fact and Factions of Karachi Strike
Rana Banerji

Though claimed to be in retaliation for the November 2013 drone attack that killed Hakimullah Mehsud, the raids seem to have been orchestrated by Mullah Fazlullah in response to the Army’s aerial bombardment in North Waziristan on May 21 and 23, which killed almost 60 Taliban, including some foreign militants. The Army also undertook aerial bombardment of Sunni militants in Tirah Valley of Khyber Agency after the June 8 Karachi airport incident, killing 15 militants in nine hideouts.....

 

Talking To Pakistan in Its Language
Praveen Swami

“Listen up,” wrote Haruki Murakami, “there’s no war to end all wars.” Dr. Singh’s generals told him much the same thing, and he heard them. “They did nothing,” said the man who has become India’s next Prime Minister, in a campaign speech centred on 26/11, “Indians died and they did — nothing.” “Talk to Pakistan in Pakistan’s language,” he went on, “because it won’t learn lessons until then.”.....

 
Pak Lowers N-Threshold
Monika Chansoria

Pak Lowers N-Threshold
Monika Chansoria

Pakistan should take the requisite steps to not just minimise the risk of a nuclear war, but also put a check on further destabilisation of nuclear deterrence in the name of balancing its asymmetry with India in conventional military capabilities…..

 

Mehmood-ur Rahman Committee report on the status of Muslims in Maharashtra: Here’s Why Congress Is Scared of Revealing the Report’s Contents
Jyoti Punwani

The most disturbing finding was the community's loss of faith in the state's willingness to protect it during riots. The community felt police were against it and felt targeted by them. While Muslims were the first to be rounded up, even the perpetrators of violence against them were not arrested. Though the community constituted 10.6 per cent of the population, it comprised 27 per cent of prisoners in the state.…..

 

Awami Workers Party and United Kashmir Peoples National Party have proposed the establishment of Joint constitutional Assembly for Azad Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan. Fair solution of Kashmir issue is the only guarantee/way out of sustainable peace in South Asia....

 

Controversy over possible repeal of Article 370 of the Indian Constitution that binds the state of Jammu and Kashmir to India: With Such Friends, Modi Does Not Need…
Prem Shankar Jha

Article 370 is not perfect. It applies to the whole of J&K when most of Jammu is indifferent to its continuance and Ladakh is itching to break away and become a UT. But to the people of the Valley, it is the last, and most important, bastion of their ethnic identity. That identity — peaceful, humane and syncretic — has been under relentless attack by both Pakistan and India. It must be respected and indeed cherished, as every other ethnic identity is cherished in our complex, multi-layered democracy. The debate we need is not over how Article 370 can be repealed but how it can be strengthened and focussed better to meet the justified demand for self-empowerment......

 

Let’s Debate Secularism, Not Rubbish It
Hasan Suroor

No doubt, honest self-introspection is important and there needs to be a serious debate over the causes of the punishing backlash that the liberal/secular establishment has suffered in the election. But we can do without self-flagellation. I am reminded of what the progressive Urdu poet Asrar-ul-Haque Majaz wrote while reflecting on his rather chaotic personal life and the failures he endured. In one of his most memorable poems, he vowed never to succumb to defeatism saying, “Ba-Een Sail-E-Gham-O-Sail-E-Hawadis; Mera Sar Hai Ki Ab Bhi Kham Nahin Hai”....

Hanging from a Tree
Farah Naqvi

Stringing up human beings, as opposed to simply beating them to death, was also a signifier of something else — of de-humanising and making carcass of the Black body. The victim was often killed by other means — shot, strangled, beaten, tortured to death. But the act was not complete until they were also converted to mere hanging carcass, hands and feet tied, swaying in the wind, exposed to the elements, a body profaned, stripped of the ceremony of dignity accorded to a human in death.....

 

Endless Wait for Justice
Brinda Karat

The searing image of the bodies of two cousin sisters — just 14 and 15 years old — hanging from a tree in Katra Sadatganj village in Badaun district of Uttar Pradesh brought home to the world the utterly despicable hypocrisy underlying India’s claims to being a democratic nation....

 

Normalising Sexual Violence?
Ratna Kapur

The brutal rape and lynching of two girls in Badaun should shock the collective conscience of all Indians, regardless of their class, caste, religious or ethnic background. But does it?....

 

Five hundred al Qaeda militants and 40 soldiers have been killed since the military launched an offensive against the group in April, Yemeni army spokesman, Colonel Saeed al-Faquih, told a news conference. Yemen's military mounted a campaign in the south of the country to try to crush the Islamist group that has killed hundreds of people….

 
There’s a Kind of Hush
Nicholas Kristof

There’s a Kind of Hush
Nicholas Kristof

What’s at stake is ultimately Myanmar itself. The army is powerful but has allowed murderous ethnic clashes and attacks on aid groups, undermining the economy and fuelling ethnic nationalism on all sides. In the absence of schools, Wahhabi madrasas are popping up ominously in closed camps. The role of Aung San Suu Kyi is particularly sad. She has lost international stature because of her unwillingness to speak truth to her people, while at home many voters object that she is insufficiently chauvinist…..

 

How Narendra Modi May Have Evolved into 'Modi 2.0'
Shashi Tharoor

For an opposition member of Parliament like myself, it would be churlish not to acknowledge Modi 2.0's inclusive outreach and to welcome his more conciliatory statements and actions. The moment he says or does something divisive or sectarian in the Modi 1.0 mould, however, we will resist him robustly. India's people, and its pluralist democracy, deserve no less.....

Option before Pakistan
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan

Option before Pakistan
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan

Optimism is good, but in practical life it is reality that always prevails, and not optimism. The experience of the past is enough to make us believe that the problems between India and Pakistan cannot be solved by conventional methods. Now is the time to rethink the whole matter. It requires a creative formula. A creative formula is never based on idealism: it can be based only on pragmatism. Practically speaking, pragmatism is the only option in this regard…….

MQM: Has The Machine Begun To Creak?
Nadeem F. Paracha

The constant flux that this city’s politics, economics and sociology are always in, has often seen the MQM use its strict disciplinary and organised aspects to systematically swamp, encircle and then absorb anything emerging from this flux, whether as a political and economic advantage to be gained or as a perceived threat to the party’s supremacy in the city. In the first few years of its existence or between 1984....

 
Bhindranwale Reborn
Praveen Swami

Bhindranwale Reborn
Praveen Swami

The cult of Mr. Bhindranwale, though, is undergoing a bizarre revival. YouTube is awash with home-made music videos eulogising Ms. Gandhi’s assassins: one rendition, possibly comprehensible only to semiologists and adolescent males, features bodybuilders with turbans and a promise that Khalistan police officers will be equipped with BMW sports cars. In another Khalistan anthem, images of Ms. Gandhi’s assassins are followed by advertisements seeking Sikh models.....

 

.... investigation against Jamaat was started during the previous tenure of Awami league, the process should be continued as the principle says that the policies initiated by one government should be continued by subsequent governments to ensure a stable governance system in the society. So to continue the journey of rule of law and justice initiated in 2010 through establishing the ICT BD, the trial of Jamaat as a criminal organization should be initiated without any delay to prove the competence of the Tribunal once again....

 

Ministry for Minorities May Be Tokenism Yet Again
Saeed Naqvi

The appointment of a Minister for Minority Affairs has been a huge letdown. During the election campaign, Narendra Modi had stated that he would be the Prime Minister of all 1.25 billion Indians. So demoralised has the Muslim been in recent years that a simple promise of equal rights was music to his ears. What the Congress has done to him in six decades of independence is clear in the Sachar Committee Report of 2006. In it he saw his decomposing visage…..

Under The Spreading Chestnut Tree …
Nadeem F. Paracha

After I bid farewell, I wondered what he meant by that. But then it struck me what this once robust, rebellious and articulate, but now old, ill and sad barber was really implying. Just before his death Rashid had supposedly asked his wife to cremate his body. And that’s what she did. I just shook my head and whispered to myself: ‘Mukhtar Bhai. Still cutting open heads and replacing brains.’....

 

Dear Najma Ji, I Have A Plan to Save Parsis
Farrukh Dhondy

Najma ji, you might by now be wondering why I thought of writing to Narendra ji in the first place. Don’t panic, I am not after the job of minorities’ minister even though I am well qualified in every way. All I would have been asking Narendra Bhai ji for was the ambassadorship to Tahiti, promising to look after India’s interests after I had seen to a few of my own. But after reading your statement I came to my senses, realising that life is not all grass skirts, hula-hula and breadfruit vodka. It is duty to one’s fellow human beings…

 

The Inevitable Consequence of Declaring Pakistan as an Islamic State
Markandey Katju

In Pakistan lawyers and witnesses for the defence in blasphemy cases are almost invariably threatened that if they do not withdraw they will be assassinated. Many judges are scared to hear such cases or to acquit the accused even if there is no credible evidence against him.....

 


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