Islam,Terrorism and Jihad
“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result
of a hundred battles”; If Sun Tzu was right, then we need to remind ourselves
that the Islamic State is a common enemy that can only be defeated by
understanding who they are and part of that is accepting that it does not
represent Muslims around the world....
The extremists will not go quietly. On the same day as the Lahore
bombing, ominous protests took place in Islamabad, the Pakistani capital. There
tens of thousands gathered to remember Mumtaz Qadri, a former police bodyguard
who in 2011 gunned down his charge, Salman Taseer.....
Religious extremists will never succeed in taking over Pakistan, even if
they maintain deadly effectiveness in spreading the virus of terrorism all over
the world. As with any epidemic, the weakest are always the ones to fall first.
Yet humanity is the one thing that inoculates us against its reach. As long as
we have our humanity, we will still remain united as Pakistanis, no matter who
we choose to call our God......
Injustice and racism have always had a place in history. Qutb — the
Egyptian thinker and the “Lenin” of the radical Islamic movement — cultivated
his radicalism while continuing his studies in the US. This puritan scholar
faced directly and was shocked by what he later defined as the “evil and
fanatical racial discrimination” of Americans.....
Libya, meanwhile, is a European mess more than it is an American mess.
France in particular is to be held responsible, thanks to former President
Nicolas Sarkozy, who sought to involve NATO in a military intervention there.
The guise was to stop Muammar Gaddafi from staging a bloodbath in Benghazi as
he vowed amid the muddled march of the Arab Spring. But what happened in the
end was the fulfilment of oil-related agendas, foiling the Libyan experience.
Libya is NATO’s “you break it, you own it”, and Europe could now reap what it
sowed in Libya....
Ajit Kumar Singh
The Jama'at-ul-Ahrar (JuA), a breakaway faction of the Tehreek-e-Taliban
Pakistan (TTP) claimed responsibility for the suicide attack. JuA
'spokesperson' Ehsanullah Ehsan declared, "We had been waiting for this
occasion. We claim responsibility for the attack on Christians as they were
celebrating Easter. It was part of the annual martyrdom attacks we have started
this year." The operation was codenamed Saut-ul-Raad [Voice of Thunder].
JuA had declared its 'support' for Daesh (Islamic State, previously Islamic
State of Iraq and al Sham, ISIS) in March 2015. ....
Right now, jihad is really the only game in town — in the world. In the
media. On the net. In the global discourse. Jihad is to the Muslim world what
Donald Trump has become to the US: ubiquitous, cacophonous, impossible to
ignore. And you can bet there are some here willing to listen to what it has to
Karadzic has only one group of people-- the Muslims as enemy. But Abu
Bakr al-Baghdadi, ostensibly a Muslim, has his own brethren and coreligionist
Muslims and non-Muslims alike as enemies with obvious consequences for the
Karen J Greenberg
The atrocities are tragic and unacceptable. But the West should
understand that this is what winning may look like in the battle against the
Islamic State group. The attackers’ coordinated strikes could well stem more
from a sense of weakness, than strength. Islamic State has recently taken a
series of serious hits at its power and prowess.....
Scan the recent high-profile terrorist attacks, and these relationships
among the perpetrators recur. Between them there is not just the performed
intimacy of a guerrilla group, of brothers in arms, but the deep intimacy of
actual brothers, sisters, and lovers. Salah Abdeslam was joined in the Paris
attacks by his brother Ibrahim, who blew himself up outside a café. The
shooting at the Charlie Hebdo office, in January, 2015, was carried out by
another pair of brothers, Saïd and Chérif Kouachi.The mass shooting in San
Bernardino, last December, was the work of a married couple, Syed Farook and
Tashfeen Malik. ....
To downplay something is not to ignore it. The terrorists have specific
aims, deploying their atrocities for a political cause. There is no sensible
defence in a free society against atrocity. But there is a defence against its
purpose. It is to avoid hysteria, to show caution and a measure of courage, not
Cameron’s lapse into public fear. It is not to alter laws, not to infringe
liberties, not to persecute Muslims.....
After London people said ‘What can we learn from France’. After Paris they said ‘What can we learn from
the Swedish model.’ Nobody cites Sweden
anymore. In fact nobody looks to anyone
else’s model anymore. Because all of the
‘models’ failed. So here we are – stuck
with a problem our politicians have given us and to which they have no
answers. Perhaps all this pointless
chatter is just what people do to distract themselves before they have to face
up to that fact.....
Lt Gen Syed Ata Hasnain
Intellectual examination of Islamic ideology and philosophy has been
ongoing in outstanding think-tanks in the US, the UK and other Western
countries, but it is at the implementation stage that things get unstuck. There
is no doubt that evil organizations like Daesh and its associates in the Middle
East need to be physically eliminated, but more important it is the narrative
of confrontation which has to be removed from the minds of the followers of
As we mourn the victims of any act of vicious violence in Brussels or in
Beirut, in Paris or in Aleppo, in San Bernardino or in Istanbul, we must remain
steadfast not to fall victim to the dim-witted conceptual trap this vicious
cycle of violence has devised to perpetuate itself between ("Terror"
and "War on Terror"). "Terror" and "War on
Terror" are the mirror images of each other. We have nothing to do with either
of those two vicious ideologies. We - Muslims, Christians, Jews, gentiles,
Europeans, Arabs, US citizens or otherwise - are victims of it......
Dr Tahir ul-Qadri
"Every Salafi and Deobandi is not a terrorist but I have no
hesitation in saying that everyone is a well-wisher of terrorists and this has
not been appreciated by the Western governments," he said.
Dr ul-Qadri, who has the authority of a Sheikh–ul-Islam, a title given
to those who have superior knowledge of the principles of the faith, is coming
out with his statement now because the Wahhabis and Deobandis have been silent
in condemning the killings in Pakistan and abroad.
They dominate much of the apparatus of state in Pakistan — as well as
most of the mosques in London — which is why in the West we receive mixed
messages: the military launches vast offensives while the religious and
education ministries say nothing. As a result, many in the West believe that
the church in Pakistan is not doing enough to counter the violence.---
Genocide is a momentous term in international law. According to a 1948
convention, it describes killing and other heinous acts, committed “with intent
to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious
group”. The American government can argue that the new designation does not
imply any new policy, given that it is fighting IS already....
It probably became disenchanted in 2010 when it saw two old ISI
officers, Colonel Sultan Amir Tarar alias Colonel Imam and Squadron Leader
Khalid Khwaja, being kidnapped by the Taliban on a video before their murder at
the hands of the Taliban commander Hakimullah Mehsud....
For it was many of their Arab Sunni neighbours who welcomed Isis in. It
was the same people they said good morning to every day who stood by as Isis
dragged Yazidi women off into sexual slavery and decapitated their children.
The mother of the family, still in the same dress she escaped in, drew her
finger over her throat.....
Al Qaeda’s Branch In Africa Makes A Lethal Comeback
Dionne Searcey, Eric Schmitt And Rukmini Callimach
One American military counterterrorism official said that Boko Haram, the extremist group that has terrorized northern Nigeria for years, might be trying to increase its body count to uphold the bloody standard of the Islamic State, to which it has pledged allegiance. Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, in turn, seems to be trying to keep up with the bloodshed.
I have recently come across Deobandi preachers with green turbans in the small cities of India, preaching against Sufism as a heretical school. A study reported that about Rs 1700 Crore has been poured into India to facilitate the takeover of the management of mosques by Wahhabi ideologues, which is certainly an alarming development. However, I would say that still the positives outweigh the negatives, and it can be seen in the fact that to date hardly 25 to 30 Indians have joined ISIS according to intelligence agencies. Those who return are also disillusioned because of their low position in the ISIS pecking order....
The growing political democratic stability of Western African countries which face terrorist threats on a daily basis is also a lesson for populations in industrialised countries in Europe and the United States. While the latter have decided to cower into debates on national identity and to turn more and more towards populistic leaders...
Tushar Ranjan Mohanty
FATA continues to remain highly insecure and has has already recorded 230 fatalities, including 190 terrorists, 21 civilians and 19 SFs, in 2016 [till March 11]. The worst attacks in FATA in 2016 include the January 19 strike, where 12 persons, including a journalist, were killed while 39 others sustained injuries when a suicide bomber targeted the tribal Khassadar force in the Karkhano Market of Khyber Agency;...
...In another letter seized from Abbottabad that was written in December 2010 by Atiyah to Hakemullah Mehsud, who at the time was the emir of the TTP, the al Qaeda leader asserted the group’s authority over the TTP. The letter referred to other exchanges between the TTP and al Qaeda, and while it was contentious, it highlights al Qaeda’s primacy over the TTP.
Holding territory is key to the longevity and expansion of extremist groups like Boko Haram because it provides a steady stream of food and other sources of financial support. For example, the Daesh financial model has changed as cross-border oil sales have become less secure, Gartenstein-Ross notes, now focusing on taxation of local populations.
Dr. Azeem Ibrahim
Once again, it seems that efforts to bring the Taliban to the negotiating table and end the dispute between them and the Western-backed government in Kabul will come to nothing. We may think that this is regrettable, but from their point of view, this is the most reasonable course of action.