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A Blood Stained Jihad: Massacre of Children Result of Rampant Fanaticism in a Pakistan At War With Modernity
MJ Akbar

What kind of mind believes that it can ascend to paradise from the graves of 132 innocent schoolchildren? The same mindset that kills at least 150 women, many pregnant, because they refuse to become sexual slaves in the Iraqi province of Al Anbar. At around the same time that a suicide mission from Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) shook the soul of Pakistan and the world, a barbarian named Abu Anas al Libi executed these women, according to a report by the Turkish Anadolu Agency, “because they refused to accept jihad marriage”. A similar mental aberration persuades Sunni fanatics to practise Takfir, which declares many fellow Muslims “unbelievers”, or Kafirs, and therefore worthy of death. ….

 

Such a Long Nightmare: The Pakistan State Must Find the Will to Confront not Just Jihadist Fighters, but also their Project
Praveen Swami

For the most part, the language we have used to describe the massacre of 132 school children in Peshawar has consisted of cliché: the perpetrators were evil, cowardly, animals. This language of righteous rage tells us next to nothing about the perpetrators and why they acted as they did. The Taliban’s justification of the carnage may be self-serving, but it also tells us that their acts had context….

 

“We have killed all the children in the auditorium,” one of the attackers told his handler. “What do we do now?” he asked. “Wait for the army people, kill them before blowing yourself,” his handler ordered. This, according to a security official, was one of the last conversations the attackers and their handler had shortly before two remaining suicide bombers charged towards the special operations ……

 

The ulema of Deoband should clarify whether they really stand shoulder to shoulder with the terrorists, as claimed by Maulvi Abdul Aziz. Do the ulema who have issued fatwas against terrorism follow any other Shariat? Maulana Abdul Aziz has spoiled the honour of a religious scholar with his activities. It is surprising to see a government employee shamelessly supporting terrorists. While the entire nation wants to get rid of the menace of terrorism, some wayward people are backing the terrorists and want to import more terrorism as representatives of the ISIS…..

Tribal Barbarism In The Name Of Islam
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan

This bloody incident has given a chance to Muslims, especially of this area, to reconsider the whole matter. Only one more event of this kind has been reported in the past. It was also carried out by Islamist terrorists in the town of Beslan, North Ossetia in 2004. Muslims must think why such events take place in the Muslim world, while these have never occurred in the non-Muslim world.....

Between the CIA and ISIS: Is Torture a Basic Human Trait?
Octavia Nasr

Have you read the CIA torture report in some of its most gruesome details? Has the cruelty of Islamist groups made you sick? Have you been repulsed by the silence or justification given to cover up the bestiality every time it occurs? We know how we became “human” whether you subscribe to the evolution theory or creationism stories. Either way, it is hard to find a unified definition or ethos for what it means to be a “human” today…..

 

Pakistan: A Failure to Understand
Maryam Sakeenah

But I wonder at those human beings chanting Arabic religious expressions who blew themselves up for the ‘glorious cause’ of taking revenge from innocent unsuspecting school children. I wonder how they had gone so terribly, terribly wrong in their humanity, their faith…..

Pakistan from the Graveyard

“I AM not sure if Pakistan was created in the name of religion, but it is surely being destroyed in the name of religion.” So wrote a distraught former army officer on December 16th, as a terrorist attack, awful even by Pakistan’s grim standards, unfolded in Peshawar, the capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in the north-west of the country, not far from the border with Afghanistan. Nine members of the Pakistani Taliban, speaking with the local Pashtu accent and dressed in the uniforms of the local paramilitary force, came from a graveyard and over the wall of a large, army-run school. They then moved about, killing children and teachers with guns and grenades. Three or four attackers are said to have blown themselves up…..

 

This Terror Has a Name
Khaled Ahmed

The day he realises that Pakistan’s internal dysfunction has been caused by Pakistan’s foreign policy and that only a radical change of this policy can end this dysfunction, he will succeed in “normalising” the state. By foreign policy, one means relations with India. The irony is, in the bipartisan political system of Pakistan, both the Pakistan People’s Party and the Pakistan Muslim League have tried by turns to “normalise” relations with India through trade. Each time, however, the army has prevented them from changing the paradigm of confrontation. Pakistan has persisted in its foreign policy at the cost of total regional and global isolation. The time has come to end it…..

 

India with Pakistan: Together We Can
Beena Sarwar

In an unprecedented move, students at schools across India observed a two-minute silence on December 17, in solidarity with the victims and survivors of the barbaric attack on an army-run school in Peshawar. Immensely moved, Pakistanis have responded with gratitude for this humane gesture that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had appealed for. There is also gratitude for the hashtag #IndiaWithPakistan on social media. A Pakistani friend remarks on the “irony that our so-called arch enemy’s sympathy and voice seem more comforting in this time of need then our pious apologists”. …..

 

Pakistan’s Greatest Enemy Is Denial
Husain Haqqani

But will Pakistanis respond to the Peshawar school attack by starting to change the national narrative that has brought us to this point? Or will the narrative take over, as it has done after previous tragedies, allowing tweaking of Pakistani policy without significantly changing it? The December 16 attack is the result of a sustained national policy gone wrong. It can only be changed by a new, sustained policy. The origins of Pakistan’s ill-fated romance with Jihadism lie in the notion that the country faces an existential threat from India….

 

The Pakistani Taliban released the pictures as they issued a statement claiming the attack was justified because the Pakistani army had long been killing innocent children and families of their fighters. Pakistani Taliban spokesman Mohammad Khurasani also vowed more attacks as he warned civilians to detach themselves from all military institutions…..

 

Peshawar Attack Stories: She Was Sitting On the Chair with Blood Dripping From Her Body As She Burned

But the images that 16-year-old Shahrukh Khan replayed from a hospital bed in Peshawar told the full story of the terror and brutality that unfolded at the army school. Talking to an AFP correspondent, Khan recalled seeing “big black boots” coming towards him before he was shot in both legs. Then, he woke up and crawled to the next room to witness this sight: “I saw the dead body of our office assistant on fire. She was sitting on the chair with blood dripping from her body as she burned.”.....

 

Peshawar Attack Stories:

Peshawar Attack: Taliban Attackers Shot Most Students Point Blank in Head

‘I Will Never Forget the Big Black Boots and a Body on Fire’

Pakistan School Kids Recall Narrow Escapes, Carnage in Taliban Slaughter

Will Chase Down Every Terrorist to Their Hideouts: Pak PM

Outpouring of Grief as Twin Cities Reacts To Peshawar School Attack

 

Pakistan Must Live In Peshawar
Reem Wasay

The school was targeted because it was one where military officers sent their offspring and because it was a symbol of everything the Taliban are opposed to: enlightenment and freedom. Where their lies and propaganda brainwash ignorant minds, schools liberate future generations from their draconian claws. Malala Yousafzai (you either love her or hate her in Pakistan) was shot in the face by the same mentality in 2012 and many here sneered at her, calling her a U.S. agent…..

 

In its most recent gruesome video, ISIS made 22 of its members behead what they claimed was a group of Syrian army officers and pilots. But this time, with the notable exception of British leader Jihad John, the executioners showed their faces. At least one of them was Asian. Some others were white. Two French citizens are thought to be in that video, among other nationalities. The message was clear: ISIS has an army of global fighters who will threaten every country in the world…..

 

Lone Madman or a Networked Holy Warrior?
John Blaxland

The hostage incident in Sydney's Martin Place has been resolved with the captor, a recent convert from Shia to Sunni Islam with a criminal record killed, along with two hostages and several others injured. Yet this bizarre incident and the strange circumstances raises more questions than it answers. Is this a symptom of an emerging civilisational "War Amongst the People" or the act of just another unhinged lone madman?....

 

The word "jihad" is widely used, though often inaccurately, by Western politicians and media. In Arabic, the word means "effort" or "struggle". In Islam, it could be an individual's internal struggle against baser instincts, the struggle to build a good Muslim society, or a war for the faith against unbelievers.....

State Of Siege: Australia’s Stepping In Where Angels Fear To Tread Is An Old Habit
Mahir Ali

Australia’s stepping in where angels fear to tread is an old habit. A few hours before his demise, the perpetrator was named as Man Haron Monis, a 50-year-old deviant of Iranian origin who gained asylum in Australia back in 1996, based on complaints of persecution in his homeland that included his wife and children being taken into custody…..

 

Many Uncertainties Remain In the Anti-ISIS Campaign
David Ignatius

A broad coalition against ISIS has been formed, and its members are flying combat missions and preparing joint information operations; Iraq’s polarizing prime minster has been replaced by a more conciliatory one; an Iraqi army that had collapsed is being rebuilt in regional pieces. The expansion of ISIS has been halted and its members now fear to travel in convoys; when the extremists fought an open battle at Ain al-Arab, also known as Kobani, in Syria, they lost an estimated 1,000 fighters…..

 

So far ISIS has missed any opportunity it may have had to use the world’s media to tell its side of the story. Furthermore, its actions have discouraged any reporter or journalist from visiting its bases, no matter how curious. Nobody will meet with ISIS; beheading is a scary thing. There are many brave men in the world who aren’t afraid of death, but everybody is afraid of being beheaded. In terms of a media war, this will bring ISIS inevitable defeat…..

 

Bangladesh: Uncharitable Charities
Sanchita Bhattacharya

The Islami Bank Bangladesh Limited (IBBL) reportedly handled accounts of various Wahhabi organisations that propagate radical Islam in the country. In 2011, the Bangladeshi Home Ministry intelligence revealed that eight per cent of the Bank's profits were diverted to support jihad in Bangladesh. Another Sharia bank, Social Islami Bank, worked with HSBC. In 2011, the US Senate implicated HSBC for disregarding evidence of terror financing at the Social Islami Bank......

 

Mehdi Biswas, ISIS's Voice on Twitter, Wanted To Be a Strategist
Mehdi Masroor Biswas

A genius clouded and confused by fanaticism. That's how officers who arrested and interrogated Mehdi Biswas described him. A man who carefully kept his real and virtual lives apart. He didn't want to be a foot soldier but wanted to be in the top layer, as a strategist. He was drawn to religion since his college days and soon became deep-rooted in extremist ideas. He spent most of his time reading, mostly about the Levantine region comprising countries like Syria, Palestine, Lebanon, Jordan, Israel and Turkey. "Even though he hadn't visited any of these countries, he had in-depth knowledge of….

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Say hello to iJihad: Jihadists have readily embraced modern communication technologies
Murtaza Haider

Not to be outdone by the rest in the Internet age, the Jihadists have readily embraced modern communication technologies. From their recruitment videos on YouTube to timely tweets of their vicious attacks on civilians, the Jihadists are out and about preaching online to whoever is willing to listen to their diatribe…..

 

Is Chicago More Dangerous Than Riyadh?
Abdulrahman al-Rashed

It is the height of contradiction to be a Saudi, a Kuwaiti or an Egyptian and worry that your children who are studying or working in the United States or Europe may turn into extremists who desire to join organizations like al-Qaeda and the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). This strange paradox is not abnormal if we are to follow up on the status of exchange students in foreign countries and of those who emigrated to live in the West. Fears that a Saudi student may turn into an extremist while studying at a university in Chicago or Birmingham….

 

Audaciously Trying To Understand the ISIS
Maryam Sakeenah

When disempowered human beings are subjected to ignominious occupation and oppression, they will seek redress in militant, often frenzied ways. They will cling on to ideologies that legitimise and glorify the revenge that they believe is the vent. The direct experience of torture and killing desensitises sensibilities from the use of violence on others, and routinises it. The mistake we make is when we locate the root of the problem with violent groups in the ideology they associate with. In doing so, we fail to see the roots that run deeper. Violent ideologies triumph in violent contexts......

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