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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....

 

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....

 
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