Lt Gen Syed Ata Hasnain
I do feel that the Prime Minister would have sensitised the young Crown
Prince on the intricacies of terror threats including nuclear terror. He may
also have informed him of the threats of nuclear terror emanating from Pakistan
in the event of a meltdown. Now that Israel and the Saudis have emerged as
friends due to the common Iranian threat this could also be an opportunity for
India to display sagacity and work towards an Israel Iran detente which may
then draw Saudi Arabia into it too...
With his outreach, first to UAE and now to Saudi Arabia, Modi has
conveyed that his approach to foreign relations is neither doctrinal nor
ideological, but is shaped by his concern for his country’s strategic
interests. Given that the security of South and West Asia is so deeply
intertwined, India just cannot avoid initiating a lead diplomatic role to
reconcile the estranged Islamic nations...
How can one ever justify the burning of books? And yet, books are burnt,
increasingly so. These days’ books are also pulped because religious gurus
don’t want them to reach the bookstores. Some have destroyed more books than
they have read. Such people were found in Nazi Germany. South Asia is their
current halt. Book burners include those who call themselves people of the book.....
deafening explosion took place inside a children's park known as
Gulshan-i-Iqbal at Iqbal Town here at around 6:30 pm when it was teeming with
families, especially women and children, enjoying the Sunday and Easter
Modi Offers Condolences to Kins of Lahore Blast Victims
His false claims, like the ludicrous idea that thousands of Muslims in
New Jersey celebrated 9/11, are extremely dangerous. History has taught us that
there are extreme consequences if we don’t address the threat he poses
immediately and unite against hate. ....
Pakistan fought wars with India to grab land. India engaged its neighbor in a virtual battlefield to prove that the idea of a secular democracy was far superior to the idea of a military-run theocracy. This battle of ideas began during the freedom movement when the Hindu and Muslim leaders of the Congress Party opposed the demand for a separate nation based on religion.
was spellbound with her ability to express the most complicated concepts with
ease and fluency. It was rare to come across a beautiful 71-year old South
Asian with such a golden tongue. Unsurprisingly, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif
came down from Islamabad to meet her...
So go ahead and
change the language to the ‘right’ one. You might get a 10pc improvement at
most. A parrot singing in Urdu or Sindhi understands no more than one who sings
in English. The terrible authority of the teacher, sanctioned by tradition,
weighs heavy upon young minds....
A year ago, the
blogger and free speech activist Avijit Roy was murdered as he was leaving the
Ekushey book fair. Then, we feared the violent extremists who were murdering
our writers on the streets. Now, it is the state itself that is brutally
suppressing political dissent. Caught between a paranoid government and the
threats of violent fringe groups, the free media is the victim.....
Simply put, the
state imposition of the death penalty on a man like Qadri can be manipulated
into yet another dimension of anti-state radical ‘heroism’ and divert attention
from the horror of his crime. Pakistan does not need any more of such men, and
an ironic but real act of preventing their creation may be to let them fester
in prison, alone, anonymous and forgotten.....
“Islam was warmly accepted and then later grew
in India largely due to the teachings of Sufi masters who promoted concepts
such as mutual respect, tolerance, brotherhood and love towards other
communities. However, in the recent past import of radical and extremist
ideology which claims to be representative of true Islam has brought immense
loss to image of Islam and Muslims in India. Any extremist organisation such as
Daeshor ISIS waving Islamic flags and misusing the holy Qur’an has actually no
endorsement in the ambit of Islam...
One can sharpen
one’s censure with satire to make it hurt. Talking of culture in general,
insult comes easy because this is an area of discussion we are not too familiar
with. But if English was seen to dominate this year’s LLF, it was only because
the critic chose to ignore the Urdu sessions: the LLF kicked off with a
memorial discussion of Intizar Husain, the recently deceased genius whom the
entire world had read in translation; followed by CM Naim’s brilliant
hardliners dismiss the reformists as agents of imperialism, the reformists
discredit those who did not vote them back to power as belligerent and outdated
losers, shamelessly banding them together with those treacherous expat
"opposition" who advocate sanctions and war on their homeland.....
unlikely, though, that the pragmatic centrists could bring about sweeping
changes in the near future. But the elimination of reformists will not end
Rouhani’s efforts to push his agenda among the more pragmatic and
business-oriented members of the Revolutionary Guards and the more flexible
sections of the conservative faction in parliament...
finally coming out of its trance because the non-state actors it banked on have
turned against it? Is it ready to break the fake binary of bilateral terror?
Many opinion-makers now write bluntly about the pantomime enacted by halfwit
police IGs blaming al-Qaeda-related terrorism in Karachi on India. When India
complains, it’s against Pakistani terrorists like Masood Azhar and Ajmal Kasab
it arrests on its own soil....
reforms have been aggressively blocked on all levels by hard-liners who have
gained unprecedented power. Much has been done to undermine the reformists.....
creating real jobs for the Saudi youth, Saudisation has turned into a process
of offering these young men SR1, 000 or SR2, 000 while they are sitting at
home, or, as some would claim, while studying. As such, the Saudisation process
has become an attempt to win money that has nothing to do with work, experience
Maldives may be inundated by a political storm. At the centre stands the
archipelago’s president, Abdulla Yameen, scion of a powerful clan. The jailing
this week of a former ally, and questions about missing money, are bringing the
crisis to a head. One agent of Mr Yameen’s troubles is Mohamed Nasheed....
India is an
emerging global power with a large economy, while the UAE has huge economic
potential and its role as a reliable and active player in the region to
collaborate on security issues especially terrorism, piracy and other
transnational crimes is beneficial to both the countries. There are no major
issues of conflict hindering further consolidation of ties between the two
The time has
also come for Pakistan to take on Saeed and Masood Azhar, another Jihadi
terrorist, who constantly spew venom against India and virtually hold the
bilateral relationship to ransom through their terrorist acts.....
The usual examples of Muslim personal law and issues like triple talaq (in one sitting) or polygamy among Muslims are used to argue that Indian secularism has gone astray. Such opinion makers push forward the notion that Muslims sticking to old ideas, politicians pandering to Muslims and emergence of Muslimfirsters are the real obstacles to a new, modern secularism.
means accepting that all extremists – not only the Hindu variety – threaten
pluralism. Second, it requires recognising the complexity of inter-religious
conflict. Sometimes – such as in the awful murder of Mohammad Akhlaq in Dadri –
Muslims are indeed victims. At other times, such as in Malda or the Srinagar
valley, they are the victimisers. Third, Indian political and intellectual
elites need to start treating the reform of ideas rooted in Sharia – such as a
violent response to so-called blasphemy – as a national concern, not just a
narrowly Muslim concern.....
India should keep in mind that the country is enveloped by a single political
and moral ecology. We cannot survive outside this complex web of social
concerns, struggles and relationships. Our national life is, and has got to be,
run according to the lofty standards set by the Constitution. We must take care
to protect democracy and human rights. It’s only then that the Indian political
ecology will be protected. That we have failed Rohith should always remind us
not to fail other Indians......
The Saudis had
a choice of Sharifs: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif or COAS Gen Raheel Sharif.
Being prudent, they followed the example of the man who, when informed that his
mother-in-law had died, was asked whether he wanted her body buried or
cremated. He replied: “Do both. Take no chances.”...
The statues, in
a corridor leading to a grand hall in Rome’s renowned Capitoline Museums, were
encased in tall white boxes ahead of a news conference that Mr. Rouhani held on
Monday with Prime Minister Matteo Renzi of Italy. One of the statues was the “Capitoline
Venus,” a Roman copy of a legendary fourth century B.C. work by Praxiteles;
some of the other sculptures were of ancient Greek and Roman gods, dressed
minimally, if at all....