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Denialistan: Top 10 Excuses Pakistan Trots Out After Terrorist Attacks On India
Chidanand Rajghatta

Pakistan’s long history of bleeding India with a thousand cuts follows a familiar pattern. Deny, defy, and mollify are the main aspects of its terrorism policy. Here are the top 10 excuses and explanations that Pakistan, also known as Denialistan, wheels out every time it is in the international spotlight for initiating yet another terror strike against India.

 

Mufti Sayeed Believed That Politics Was The Art Of The Possible
Barkha Dutt

Mufti was an old-style politician, uncomfortable with the noise of television, the intrusion of the camera and the easy, lazy judgments of social media. Most of our conversations, like this one, were face-to-face - and informal.

 

Pakistan’s Anti-Terror Conundrum: New Age Islam’s Selection From Pakistan Press, 8 January 2016

Pakistan’s Anti-Terror Conundrum

Nazia Parveen

The fear of a rising Iran

By Uzair M Younus

On Trump, Islamophobia and hate speech

By Dr Madiha Afzal

Compiled by New Age Islam Edit Bureau

 

A Dream Called Akhand Bharat
Tahir Mahmood

India has never forgiven the creation of Pakistan, and Pakistan has always looked at India as an enemy. After all these years, mutual mistrust and misgivings have not died out. Every sincere attempt at reconciliation and peaceful relations falls flat. Despite a Nehru-Liaquat Pact, a Simla, an Agra, and so on, political policies on both sides have kept the strife alive.

Muslims Don’t Need An Iran-Saudi War

As if the Middle East did not have enough tension, a new one has been added with the New Year: An Iran-Saudi clash, which has already deep roots, that further escalated with Saudi Arabia’s execution of prominent Shiite cleric and activist Sheikh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr. ...

 

Talk, But Talk On Terror: New Age Islam’s Selection From India Press, 5 January 2016

Talk, But Talk On Terror

By Daily Pioneer

Severed ties between Saudi Arabia and Iran will hamper fight against IS

By Hindustan Times

Turkey’s war on the Kurds

By Vijay Prashad

Modi must take path of caution

By Vivek Katju

Peace in the time of Pathankot

By Abdul Khaliq

Own your strategy

By D.C. Pathak

Compiled by New Age Islam Edit Bureau

 

Counter-Terrorist Operations: What The Public Must Be Sensitized About
Syed Ata Hasnain

Hopefully the operations will terminate shortly (no expected timelines). I need to sign off with a comment on an oft repeated issue in media reports on 3 January. This relates to the Home Minister’s statement complimenting the success of the security forces and appreciating their valor. I explained on a channel that this must be viewed contextually. The operations by our valorous men in arms have prevented a disastrous situation which could have been akin to losses of the Pakistan Navy and Pakistan Air Force in the not so distant past. A couple of fighter aircraft and helicopters on fire and viewed by international audiences would have cut a very poor image of our security forces. Loss of lives is indeed regrettable but in this cruel world images make for perceptions and it is perception that we battle more than half the time.

 

Common Cause In Kabul
Khaled Ahmed

The Pashtun ruling Afghanistan from Kabul hate Pakistan; the non-Pashtun of northern Afghanistan hate Pakistan even more for Pakistan unleashing the Taliban on them in the past. The proxy war against India has not paid off and doesn’t wash with the people at home any longer, not even the fabrication about “dozens of Indian consulates” in Afghanistan. ...

 

A Welcome’s Hopeful Afterglow
Mehmal Sarfraz

From a Pakistani perspective, an Indian Prime Minister visiting Pakistan after almost 12 years is a positive sign to a certain extent. A strong BJP government led by an extremely conservative leader like Mr. Modi is capable of delivering peace with Pakistan because its nationalist credentials will not come into question while the Congress always had to tread with caution. In Pakistan, a conservative Punjabi leader like Mr. Sharif can also afford to do the same. ...

India-Pak Relations: People Come First : New Age Islam’s Selection From Pakistan Press, 1 January 2016

India-Pak relations: people come first

By Babar Ayaz

The two Pakistans

By Asha’ar Rehman

Danger of cults

By Kashif Shahzada

New Year resolution

By Aasim Sajjad Akhtar

Compiled by New Age Islam Edit Bureau

 

Namaste Lahore! What Modi's Visit Means For Pakistan
Mehr Tarar

In the context of the relationship between Pakistan and India, much has happened in this over-in-a-jiffy year, and just as the naysayers were in a titter-mode, marking 2015 as another year of failed attempts to establish a working equation between the two countries, there was the Modi visit to Lahore.

 

Why ISIS Can't Make Much Headway With Muslims In India
Abhinav Pandya

When PM Modi says that Indian Muslims will not join global Jihadi extremism in any significant numbers, I believe that more than a strong prime minister he is speaking as a wise leader who understands his people. In my own explorations of the subject, I have also found that the Indian Muslim's reluctance to resort to extremism is grounded in India's civilisational roots of harmony, tolerance, mysticism and diversity.

 

Pakistan Through The Eyes Of An Arab: New Age Islam’s Selection From Pakistan Press, 29 December 2015

Pakistan through the eyes of an Arab

By Wafa Zaidan

The approaching offensive

By Khalid Aziz

Trouble is brewing

By Syed Rashid Munir

The prospect of intelligence war in Afghanistan

By Musa Khan Jalalzai

Compiled by New Age Islam Edit Bureau

 

Secure The Line Of Commerce With Pakistan
Afaq Hussain

Cross-LoC trade need not be considered only from an economic prism as there is a deeper political benefit as well, which was the essence behind initiating this trade as a CBM. The current political discussions have created the right environment to place cross-LoC trade in the overall economic agenda between India and Pakistan and eventually take this initiative beyond being a mere CBM.

 

Ustad Haafiz Ali Khan, The Creator of Pure Music with Clear Intellect
Ustad Haafiz Ali Khan

On the occasion of Ustad Haafiz Ali Khan Saheb’s 43rd death anniversary, I pray to my father and guru, like every day. May his soul rest in peace. As I have written in my memoir about Ustad Haafiz Ali Khan (1877-December 28, 1972) that for me, the seven notes of music were him. He was the epitome of music. He was my inspiration, my reason of perspiration and he was my idea of representation.

 
Christmas in The Ummah
Tunku Varadarajan

Christmas in The Ummah
Tunku Varadarajan

The Saudis export their theo-imperialist brand of Islam to murderous effect — as Paris, London, New York, Madrid, Mumbai, Bali, Raqqa, Beirut, Timbuktu, Tunis, Nairobi, Garissa, Bangkok and San Bernardino can testify. And yet, they prohibit the public practice of any faith other than Islam on their own territory.

In The Line of Fire
Khaled Ahmed

A liberal has the fatal tendency to find his locus in the middle of things. When two extreme factions are drawn out against each other, he stands in the middle and gets thrashed from both sides. In times of high collective emotion, he runs the risk of losing his life. That’s why he is usually in retreat when faced with a conflictual situation. He rarely agrees with fellow liberals. There’s nothing new about him since John Stuart Mill made liberalism look like a creed.

 

Out of My Mind: Opportunity Not Crisis
Meghnad Desai

There will be a chance as and when the issue is no longer sub-judice to plan to turn Ayodhya into a multi-faith centre of a global scale. Jerusalem has a site where the three Abrahamic religions share the space despite their long and often murderous quarrels over the last several centuries. It is a global symbol of religious pluralism. There is no reason why, if India wills, Ayodhya cannot be made into a shining monument to the coming together of the Sanatan Dharma and Islam. There should also be facilities for a Buddhist shrine since the Tathagata preached in those parts.

 

We Are All Muslim Indeed, Michael Moore
Mariya Tayyab

So thank you Michael Moore for reminding me that as an American, it is my duty to defend anyone as long as they live in this country -- because they are American just like me. But most of all, thank you for defending another group of people that you may have no relation to other than the fact that both of you are American.

 

A changed international security environment, pressure on Pakistan and willingness to take risks on India’s part are driving a new round of diplomacy. What next…At the end of the day one cannot take away anything from the decisiveness and risk taking capability of Prime Minister Modi. Whether this entire exercise will finally result in something transformational, only time will tell. For now, at least the efforts have been in the right direction.

A wave of recent attacks by extremists acting in the name of Islam - including in San Bernardino, California, this month - has contributed to a rise in anti-Muslim speech in the United States, Europe and elsewhere. The New York Times asked its readers who are Muslim how they talk to their children about these difficult times. Close to 250 people responded. Many wrote about how they try to teach their children that terrorists do not reflect them or their faith.

 

Jobs and ‘jihad’: New Age Islam’s Selection From Pakistan Press, 16 December 2015

Jobs and ‘jihad’

By Rafia Zakaria

APS tragedy: forever etched

By Zahid Hussain

Russia and its radicalising Muslims

By Jonathan Power

Bleak justice

By Sameer Khosa

The politics of peace talks

By Hussain Nadim

Compiled by New Age Islam Edit Bureau

 

The undeclared partition of Afghanistan: This Is How To Welcome Refugees: New Age Islam’s Selection From Pakistan Press, 15 December 2015

The undeclared partition of Afghanistan

By Musa Khan Jalalzai

Buying peace at the grocery

By Jawed Naqvi

Lessons to apply

By Moeed Yusuf

Compiled by New Age Islam Edit Bureau

 

The Return of History
Aatish Taseer

...The eighth-century caliph being idolized by the Islamic State practiced a far more lenient rule than Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi does. Harun was tolerant of Shiites and religious minorities. His court would engage in freewheeling debates over matters of faith. “You could play musical instruments,” Mr. McCants said. “He loved to drink wine, he loved men.”

 

Asia’s Bleeding Heart
Mohammad Taqi

The Heart of Asia Conference (HOAC) in Islamabad last week was bookended by two devastating attacks in Kandahar and Kabul. As Afghan President Ashraf Ghani was being honoured with a 21-gun salute in Islamabad, the Taliban were in the midst of a 20-hour-long assault on Kandahar airport that killed at least 54.

 
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