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Celebrating Wisdom, Knowledge and Culture

 As I departed from the conference, the beautiful saying: Man Kunto Maula Fa Haaza Ali-un Maula (‘to whom I am the master, Ali is the master’) kept ringing in my heart!  Rays of hope, unity, harmony and peace were beginning to spread all around. I pray the festival brings together people from different traditions together in a bond of love and peace…virtues and principles that Imam Ali (a.s) stood for!....

No Peace Until Pakistan Deals With Its Founding Myth: 'Pak Army Is the Defender of an Islamic Pakistan against a Predatory, Hindu India'
Praveen Swami

But it is for these precise reasons that Pakistan’s generals are certain to ensure that any process of India-Pakistan normalisation goes nowhere — and to ratchet up the pain when it serves their interests, secure in their belief that India will not retaliate....

 

Pakistan's Jihadi-Military Trap India Mustn’t Fall Into
Balbir Punj

Then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s bus trip to Lahore resulted in a Kargil conflict; Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s surprise stopover at Lahore to greet Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on his birthday had the Pathankot episode on its heels; then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s peace initiative too was greeted in the form of Mumbai 26/11 terror attacks. The history of 69 years of India-Pakistan relations is replete with such examples....

 

The Time Has Come For India to Be Firm with Pakistan
Lt Gen Kamal Davar

Pakistan has bared its fangs towards its larger and overly indulgent neighbour for the nth time. Many, including some in India’s security establishment, had predicted no matter how much one reaches out to them, nothing will change as long as the Deep State (the army, ISI and their terror Tanzeems) rules the roost in Pakistan....

 

Imagining a Neighbour’s Turbulence
Rakesh Sood

The scenario drawn out here has relevance because Prime Minister Modi’s foreign policy initiatives with regard to Pakistan have so far seemed to oscillate between ‘Jhappi’ (embrace) and Katti’ (estrangement); however, he would need to develop a more centred policy before he travels to Pakistan later this year...

 

PM Modi's Saudi Sojourn: Even More Significant Than Being Made Out
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...

 

Removing the Riyadh Block
Talmiz Ahmad

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...

A Good Reason to Read the Vedas
Jawed Naqvi

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.....

 

Suicide Blast Outside Gulshan-I-Iqbal Park in Lahore, At Least 70 Killed, Over 300 Hurt; Army Deployed

The 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 holiday......

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PM 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.

 

A Tagore in Lahore: Sharmila Tagore Stole the Show amid Deliberations on Pakistan’s Quest for a Coherent National Identity
Sharmila Tagore

...the audience 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...

Is Pakistan’s Problem Urdu?
Pervez Hoodbhoy

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....

 

My Father, Mahfuz Anam, the Editor, Under Fire
Tahmima Anam

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.....

 

The End of Mumtaz Qadri, a Living Embodiment of the Distortion of Faith
Rafia Zakaria

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.....

 

World’s Sufis and Heads of the Sufi Shrines Aspiring To Position India as The Global Centre For Moderate Islamic Ideology

 “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...

Evaluating the Lahore Literary Festival 2016
Khaled Ahmed

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 discussion....

 

Who Is The Winner And Loser Of Iran Elections?
Hamid Dabashi

While the 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.....

 
A Test for Iran’s Future
Ramin Jahanbegloo

A Test for Iran’s Future
Ramin Jahanbegloo

It’s very 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...

 

Pakistan Finally Ended Up Owning the Acts of Terrorism Committed In India from Its Soil
Khaled Ahmed

Is Pakistan 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....

 

Iran’s Thwarted Reformers Set Careful Goals for Coming Vote
Thomas Erdbrink

Political reforms have been aggressively blocked on all levels by hard-liners who have gained unprecedented power. Much has been done to undermine the reformists.....

 

Saudisation: A Boon or Bane?
Talal Alharbi

Instead of 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 and continuity.....

 

Archipelago of Ire: Politics in the Maldives

The low-lying 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’s Tactical Foothold in Arab World
Zikrur Rahman

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 nations.....

 

After Headley’s Deposition, All Proof Is on Sharif’s Table
Shishir Gupta

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.....

 
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