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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....

 

Time to Forge a Post-Gujarat Reality
Hasan Suroor

Maulvis met Prime Minister Narendra Modi last week, they had a rather unusual request. Rather than cribbing about Hindutva loudmouths or demanding job reservations, they wanted the government’s help in rescuing Indian Islam from Wahabbis seeking to subvert its gentler Sufi tradition and replace it with the harsh Saudi brand....

The illiberal Mind
Mustafa Akyol

The illiberal Mind
Mustafa Akyol

There is no doubt that this illiberal paradigm deserves powerful criticisms. But it also begs analysis. For authoritarianism does not come from nowhere. It comes from a certain mindset....

 

ASWJ agents can always travel via ferryboats. It wouldn’t hurt to do some duty-free shopping on the way to jihad. Or they can travel by land taking their traditional route via Afghanistan....

 

Denial, Deception and Disgrace
Dr Mohammad Taqi

The cost of such misadventures that the ex-spymaster tends to downplay is actually exponential with our kin still being attacked on a daily basis by the monsters imbued with a virulent jihadist ideology. Decades of consorting with sheikhdoms and monarchies have brought nothing but profound grief to Pakistan, its citizens and its neighbours....

 

“Abdullah ibn Saba” refers to a Seventh-Century Jewish convert to Islam whose existence is uncertain but who has become a useful myth. True to every other brand of Salafist Takfiris, Wahhabi clerics and Saudi government officials alike insist that a Jew “founded” Shi’ism and that his purpose was to destroy Islam from within....

 

The Sudeten Parallel
Khaled Ahmed

The communal situation did not improve after the Congress government came to power after the 1937 election, and the Muslims were more and more inclined to favour the League. The League clearly saw its rival at cross-purposes with the British government on Hitler and his exploitation of the Sudeten issue....

 

Again, there is nothing wrong with that either. But invoking this sacred reason for justifying military action for worldly political ambitions of another country certainly sounds like a bit of a moral problem....

 

Poisoned Gifts and Unmet Expectations
Ayaz Amir

The Saudis have suddenly become the guardians of order and legitimacy, denouncing the Houthis as rebels. Did anyone in the Arab world much remember legitimacy when British and French fighter planes were bombing Muammar Qaddafi’s forces and Qatar and Kuwait among others were helping arm and fund the anti-Qaddafi rebels? Qaddafi was taken care of but Libya, a stable country before, was plunged into chaos....

 

Turkey’s Islamists Betrayed Uyghurs, Damaged Ties with China
Abdullah Bozkurt

The Turkish government has not only turned a blind eye to the transfer of a large number of Uyghurs to Syria to join the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and other al-Qaeda-affiliated and splinter groups but evidence also suggests Ankara has in fact encouraged the operation of such militant recruitment network as well....

 

Under the Shadow of ‘Terror Talk’
Nuray Mert

The accusation was that they supported terrorists and terrorism by printing photos of the terrorists who took Kiraz. The campaign then it turned to other media outlets and opposition parties, who allegedly declined to call the terrorists, “terrorists,” using the term “militants” instead.

 
Some odd Things
Irfan Husain

Some odd Things
Irfan Husain

The biggest winner in this conflict is Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, long considered the deadliest affiliate of the Al Qaeda franchise. AQAP has looted government arsenals of millions of dollars worth of American arms, and has expanded the territory under its control....

 

Garden of Eden and Forbidden Fruit
Samson Simon Sharaf

Turks will neither forget that North Yemen inherited the Ottoman Empire nor the tragic destruction of the holy sites constructed by Turks in Mecca and Medina destroyed by the house of Saud. These countries will covertly support any group including Houthis that rise against Saudi interests....

 

US-Iran nuclear deal, a possible game changer in Middle East, despite Saudi invasion of Yemen
Imtiaz Gul

The entire Middle East, from Israel to Yemen and from Iraq and Iran, finds itself in an unprecedented turmoil. ...Top officials from Pakistan and Turkey are visibly trying to contain the consequences of the Saudi invasion of Yemen. Private entities such as Lashkar-e-Taiba and Afghanistan’s Hizb-e-Islami are vowing to shore up Saudi defence against what they see as Iranian expansionist designs...

 

Return of the Prodigal
Najam Sethi

The PMLN is also now free to concentrate on a critical national issue that has cropped up: how to deal with the Saudi demand for air and land forces and munitions from Pakistan to fight the Houthi rebels in the Yemeni civil war....

 

How Turkey’s Islamist Gov’t Helped Al-Qaeda and ISIL
Abdullah Bozkurt

More evidence is emerging that implicates senior officials in Turkey's political Islamist government of aiding and abetting radical groups, including al-Qaeda and the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL)....

 

The Revolution Lives!
David Brooks

The audience chanted “Death to America” during his speech, and Khamenei himself dismissed America’s “devilish” intentions. When a radical religious leader uses a word like “devilish,” he’s not using it the way it’s used in a chocolate-cake commercial. He means he thinks the United States is the embodiment of evil....

 

The Cost of Saudi Esteem
Saeed Naqvi

With this intent, the restless but rich Saudis were allowed to lead the attack on the poorest country in the Arab world. This one fact – along with so many others – will plague the Saudis. The monarchies, Sheikhdoms and dictatorships in the region have not yet digested the cardinal truth: the Arab Spring was an expression of popular resentment with Arab rulers.

 




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