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Islam and Politics

Will Gwadar Mean More Misery For Balochistan?
Ahmar Mustikhan

The reason for killing Mahmud was simple: the ISI does not want the rest of Pakistan to know the horrendous situation in the killing fields of Balochistan. It also wants to teach an unforgettable lesson to Pakistanis like Sabeen Mahmud who show the temerity to question the raison d’etre of the Deep State — the ISI, military intelligence, generals and top security related bureaucrats — for the Baloch killings....


Why is the oppression of Muslims by the Chinese government all right for us whereas a slight sense of injustice by other countries makes us boil with rage? When will we stop our double standards and act fairly? Our hypocrisy is what lands us in trouble every time......

Woman, Moment, Nation
Khaled Ahmed

The Political Odyssey of a Pakistani Woman by Syeda Abida Hussain (2015) rivets the reader with its honesty of detail. “I am a year older than Pakistan, one of midnight’s children, born to privilege and a contingent sense of entitlement,” she begins, with a pledge of cold realism that doesn’t abandon the 700-page narrative....

Don Quixote
Najam Sethi

Don Quixote
Najam Sethi

Now the “dharna” seems like an illusion of the past and Mr Sharif is firmly in the saddle. He said the Taliban were “misguided Muslims” who should be walked the talk. Now he admits they are terrorists who should be eliminated. He said intra-party elections in the PTI were unprecedentedly free and fair....


Islamic political parties constitute the most tangible institutional manifestation of diverse schools of political Islam, ranging from the most militant to the moderate. They advocate diverse and at times contradictory ideological orientations and responses to major concerns in the contemporary Islamic world with regard to social justice, human rights and the position of women and minorities....


Islamic State’s New Afghan Front
Javid Ahmad

The Islamic State’s followers are making significant inroads and steadily gaining strength in Afghanistan, as demonstrated by their recent vicious attack in Jalalabad that left 35 people dead. However, new reports have surfaced, though unproved, that the group’s emergence represents “a rebranding of marginalized Taliban” that has splintered from Taliban factions and pledged allegiance to the self-declared caliphate of Islamic State in Iraq and Syria....

Saudi-Zionist Conspiracy against Muslim Community
Falahuddin Falahi, Tr. New Age Islam

It is common knowledge that the Aal-e-Saud conspired to eliminate the Ottoman Caliphate merely on ethnic basis. It paved the way for the establishment of a Zionist government in connivance with Europeans and shot dead the soldiers of Ottoman Caliphate deployed in Kaaba and revolted against Ottoman Caliphate. The soldiers did not open fire in defense due to the respect of Kaaba and fell to the bullets of the Aal-e-Saud. Aal-e-Saud eliminated the Ottoman Caliphate and turned the land of Hijaz into Saudi Arabia.

Use of Religion in Politics
Yasser Latif Hamdani

Use of Religion in Politics
Yasser Latif Hamdani

Religion, however, was very much part of the campaign on both sides: Congress utilising its Deoband and Ahrari heavyweights to which the Muslim League responded by bringing in its own Ulema. Another significant fact that seems to have been underplayed in the book but which strikes one as significant is the fact that while Jinnah remained completely aloof from the UP election campaigns, Nehru, the socialist secularist, was directly involved with them and therefore must have sanctioned the use of Islam by his Maulanas himself....

Let Saudi Arabia Fume
Pervez Hoodbhoy

Let Saudi Arabia Fume
Pervez Hoodbhoy

Pakistanis have no desire to fight an enemy whose name (Houthis) they have heard now for the first time. Worn out by an internal Taliban insurgency that has claimed upwards of 50,000 lives, and wracked by a series of targeted assassinations and bombings of Imambargahs, the country is in no mood for a potentially disastrous overseas adventure. Parliament’s decision to stay neutral accurately captures the public mood....

Congress’ Use of the Ulema
Yasser Latif Hamdani

Congress’ Use of the Ulema
Yasser Latif Hamdani

The Congress backed Ulema, including Maulana Madni, the great proponent of composite nationalism, attacked Jinnah for being a Shia and having Ahmedis in the Muslim League. In Lucknow, Maulana Mazhar Ali Azhar used the Madh-e-Sahaba to divide the Muslim vote along sectarian Shia and Sunni lines. Time and again the Congress backed ulema used the sectarian card to create dissentions between Muslims. While on the one side Congress criticised the British for using the policy of divide and rule, it used the same policy to attempt to break up the Muslim League….


The Middle East based IS has left its mark in Pakistan and Afghanistan several times in the recent past. On April 18, 33 people were killed and more than 100 injured in a terrorist attack in the Afghan city of Jalalabad, that President Ashraf Ghani said had been carried out by Islamic State militants....


Nigeria’s Election: A Triumph of Democracy
Sunil Vaswani

Nigeria needs outstanding leadership to sustain the growth in critical industries and drive efforts to effectively utilise natural and human resources. Leading the country into diversifying away from oil would be the key to success....


Ghani's Afghanistan: Policy Options for India
Shakti Sinha

Indians should reflect on GHQ’s refusal to let the Taliban and the Afghan government talk to each other even now. Mullah Baradar was just the first to be put through the grinder for trying to respond to former president Hamid Karzai's outreach. The Taliban are no doubt reliant on the Pakistani army for providing them with sanctuaries, training, arms and ammunition, but as they showed the last time around when they held power in Kabul, they did not agree to recognise the Durand Line as the international border....


Forty-four years ago, Jamaat had officially opposed the breaking up of Pakistan. Many of its leaders and members led local militias active in the brutal campaign of killing and rape against their own people. But they could not stop Bangladesh's "bloody birth"….

Living in Denial
Aasim Sajjad Akhtar

Living in Denial
Aasim Sajjad Akhtar

At the height of the Cold War, communist China’s credentials were never questioned. Yet the also communist Soviet Union was demonised as the international sponsor of Kufr. China is still run by a communist party, and everyone from the mullahs to the generals talk up its greatness. The point is that Islam and ‘Pakistani at’ can clearly coexist with supposedly contradictory ideologies so long as ‘national security’ needs are served....


A Nation's Dying Democracy
Mohamed Nasheed, Maldives former President

Mr. Nasheed is a divisive politician. To some, he represents the vanguard of democracy and reform; for others, he is a dangerous, anti-Islamic figure. He advocates a liberal approach to religion, is critical of Islamic fundamentalism, worked to open diplomatic relations with Israel and sought closer ties with the West....


The GCC Faces the Regional Tsunami
Rami G. Khouri

The problems of terrorism, democratic Islamism, state collapse, popular revolutions, Salafist-Takfiri expansion, refugee flows, Iranian assertion and rebalanced U.S. interests are all real and very serious threats in the eyes of GCC leaders. All of them also seem to have been enhanced, not reduced, by recent wars across the Middle East, making the shift from war to diplomacy in Yemen all the more urgent....


Pakistan, the Saudis’ Indispensable Nuclear Partner
Pervez Hoodbhoy

The Pakistani Parliament, even while stating its commitment to protect the territory of Saudi Arabia, recently adopted a resolution not to join the Saudi-led coalition fighting Houthi rebels in Yemen. Many Pakistanis are worn out by the Taliban insurgency at home and oppose intervention abroad, especially to fight an enemy whose name they are hearing for the first time and risk worsening relations with its backer, Iran....


The Ulema in Pre-Partition Electoral Politics
Dr Ishtiaq Ahmed

I am convinced Jinnah was never interested in Pakistan becoming a theocratic state but he won Pakistan in the name of Islam and with the help of the Ulema, some Deobandis, Ahle Hadith and Shias as well as Ahmedi spiritual leaders....


Although world opinion is united against use of terror and suppression of religious rights, both sided with the militants and terrorists. The former acted as a conduit for arms and personnel supply and the latter as the most active supplier of both the tangibles and the ideology....


We Must Stop Appeasing Muslims… For Their Own Good of Course
Aakar Patel

Balasaheb Thackeray had made a demand that Muslims should be stripped of their voting right. This is an appropriate demand… The mask of secularists will come off if Muslims are disenfranchised… Muslims should take the initiative in this connection.” Yes, that is what Muslims should do.

For Whom the Bell Tolls
Najam Sethi

Public opinion is vehemently against shedding any Pakistani blood in Yemen on behalf of the Saudis because no one believes this is a Shia-Sunni conflict or that KSA is seriously threatened, and everyone believes that the negative blow-back from previous Pakistani adventures in Afghanistan has laid Pakistan so low that another such intervention would plunge the country into fratricidal sectarian strife....

Moderates already detect growing intolerance in everything from banning Christians from using the word Allah to a clampdown on traditional (un-Islamic) dancing. This month, a prevention of terrorism act and amendments to the sedition act were passed, which many fear could be used to quash the opposition. Human Rights Watch said the laws would have “a chilling effect on freedom of expression”....


The Saudis and Emiratis must realise the damage they have done to Pakistan in their funding of jihad on our soil. Suicide bombers are another gift to us from the Saudi largesse....


Review Cybercrime Bill
Najam Sethi

Intellectually creative people, especially artists, satirists, designers and illustrators and such like, must not fall by the wayside because of certain provisions of this proposed law. Terms such as “glory of Islam”, “national security”, “integrity of Pakistan”, “ideology of Pakistan” are controversial. Most worrying is a clause that would make it a crime to criticize “friendly countries” – there are no permanent friends and enemies in foreign relations....


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