He was called a
Pir Sahib for many years, Quaid-e-Tehrik (leader of the movement), Rahber
(guide), and always Altaf Bhai. A strike call in Karachi would paralyse the
city as Altaf Bhai would address his muhajir disciples over the phone or video
links, carried live by every TV channel that wanted to be spared the wrath of
the party militants for not showing Bhai’s address. If ever there was a party
which once resembled those called ‘fascist’, it was the MQM. No one dared show
any disrespect to the party or its leader...
Abid Riaz Qureshi
that reflects the rich diversity of our nation helps ensure the fair and just
administration of the law, and it is vital for American Muslims to be
included,” she said in a statement....
Lt Gen (Retd) Syed Ata Hasnain
Only when the
streets are quiet will a counter strategy of communicating with the masses
become effective. Foremost must be the understanding that the Separatist
leadership is now beyond repair and any chances the government had of employing
it for a future dispensation are now passé.....
Haj is a religious imperative, seen as a
route to spiritual salvation. Regardless of where they come from, pilgrims
arrive with the hope of seeing a holy place they have turned towards five times
a day for their entire lives. The fact that such holy places are located on
Saudi territory means that admission and entry are dependent on the Saudis....
Robert J. Burrowes, New Age Islam
In the struggle
to make this world the place of peace, justice and environmental sustainability
that it could be, the people of Brazil have been playing an inspirational role.
You do not need to let this coup be more than a temporary setback. You also
have solidarity allies around the world and many of us are willing to assist
you, if you decide to let us play a role too...
after the attack, the killer’s face hovered over Dizengoff Street again, full
of menace and malevolence. On a giant outdoor screen, the killer, Nashat
Melhem, talked about death and cursed the Jews as evening strollers passed by,
a chilling voice from beyond the grave that was taped on his mobile phone
before he opened fire on the crowds gathered here on New Year’s Day....
Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein
diplomatic niceties, the United Nations’ top human rights official on Monday
denounced Western politicians who he said used racist language and peddled fear
in a way similar to the jihadist propaganda of Islamist extremists....
Lt Gen Syed Ata Hasnain
Pakistan’s chaotic internal security situation and obsession with seeking its
space in Afghanistan leaves it little time for Kashmir. Cornering it by
imposing caution and giving enough signals about the future intent being in the
same domain as that of Pakistan in Kashmir, could force a rethink. However, a
one off smart move which has had strategic overtones needs sustenance for
continuing effectiveness. ..
leader Altaf Hussain, banned from Pakistani TV channels through a court order,
addressed a hunger-strike audience via telephone and lambasted the state of
Pakistan: “Pakistan is a cancer for the entire world. Pakistan is a headache
for the entire world. Pakistan is the epicentre of terrorism for the entire
world. Who says long live Pakistan… it’s down with Pakistan. Pakistan Murdabad!
(Death to Pakistan)”....
Let’s Win Their Trust Back
Lt Gen Syed Ata Hasnain (retd)
Lt Gen Syed Ata Hasnain (retd)
These were the
events at which much anger was expressed in passionate speeches in chaste Urdu,
but at the end of it, there were some take away for all. The environment
improved and the media stopped being as negative as it had been...
Dr. Mike Ghouse
The true way to
celebrate Lord Krishna’s birth celebrations (or appearance as the Hare Krishna
folks call it) is to read at least a chapter from Bhagvad Gita. I am inspired
by it, and I am a Muslim today because of reading a verse from Bhagvad Gita
that called on each one of us – finding the truth is one’s own
Col. R. Hariharan
“warning” to India to either accept the separatist Hurriyat leader Syed Ali
Shah Geelani’s 4-point formula on Kashmir and “withdraw security forces from
the Valley, or face the decision in battlefield” has an ominous ring. It raises
the uncomfortable question is Pakistan preparing for Operation Badr-2...
So we hope that the narrative that has been there for decades is not
going to be acceptable for the region, for Afghanistan and the international
community — and Pakistan will change it, for the sake of themselves, the world
community, and Afghanistan....
Munich was in lockdown for a major police operation around the city's
Olympic Park, after the 18-year-old Iranian opened fire at the fast food
restaurant, before targeting shoppers in a busy mall in the district of
Moosach. The killer's body has been found half a mile from the scene after he
reportedly turned the gun on himself. Police now believe he may have acted
alone, after they initially went in search of three gunmen yesterday....
Lockdown: 'Several Dead' And 10 Injured In Shooting Rampage Inside A Shopping
Centre As Police Admit They Don't Know Where The Three Gunmen
My fears were proven right: Soon, I was told, there was a huge mob
outside our colony, rallying against the remarks of the Zee News anchor asking
the dead militants to be burnt along with garbage instead of being buried in
India’s land; the studio and the street were competing with each other.....
Syed Ata Hasnain
A terrorist’s days are always numbered and so were Burhan Wani’s.
Leading the new militancy in South Kashmir, the 22-year-old angry young man
from the passionately anti-India town of Tral brought an aura of romance to
terror in South Kashmir....
.... France’s two leading scholars of radical Islam — former friends —
have turned bitter rivals over their differing views. “Madman,” “thug,”
“illiterate,” “paranoid,” “ass,” “not a thinker” — these are just some of the
choicer insults the two men have hurled at each other...
Especially in India, where Muslims have best seen the benefits of
democracy, secularism, pluralism, the ideas propagated by the likes of Zakir
Naik are not only obscurantist but also dangerous. The ideas that only Islam is
the true faith and all other ways to God are wrong have to be eradicated. What
must be emphasised and enforced is the Quranic injunction of "Lakum
Deenakum Wale Yadeen" (To you your religion, to me mines). ..
The reason that Iraq is in a mess today is largely because of the
ill-advised invasion and post-invasion handling of the country. In the process
of removing Hussein, whose power had been reduced to being an irritant rather
than a threat to anyone and who had prevented Al Qaeda...
Even in their darkest hour, Bangladeshi leaders have refused to rise
above the self-destructive political feud that has dominated the country since
independence in 1971...
Yogi Adityanath may be a rustic politician and Subramanian Swamy may be
a Harvard-trained economist, but under the skin both are the same — communal in
the extreme and with a destructive ability to turn a crude phrase...
The majority vote by Britons to leave the European Union was an act of raw democracy. Millions of ordinary people refused to be bullied, intimidated and dismissed with open contempt by their presumed betters in the major parties, the leaders of the business and banking oligarchy and the media.
"God does not want us sinking in a sea of shame," the Pastor
says. "If a man commits adultery with another man’s wife, with the wife of
his neighbour; both the adulterer and the adulteress are to be put to death.
Now that sounds drastic doesn't it and it is - God will judge sexual sin - the
Israelites didn’t get away with it back then, and we will not get away with it
The latest is Ayatollah Sheikh Isa Qassim, regarded as the spiritual
leader of the country’s Shia majority. On June 20th the Sunni-led government
said he had been promoting extremism and sectarianism. He was also an outspoken
critic of an increasingly ruthless regime....
“If you know anything about psychology, you know that people that have a
really, really strong resentment or above-average hate toward something, it’s
because deep inside that’s what they truly are,” she said in an interview at
her home in Boulder, Colo. “In Islam, it’s true that there is very low
tolerance for homosexuality. He may not have been able to be himself.”....