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The Beginning or End of the State of Pakistan?

The religious tag is going to trump ethnic, social and regional identities. A failed experiment to find common ground will favour only those who hold rigid notions. The state will then cease to perform its foremost role of providing protection to the lives of the citizens, in particular those who will not follow the distinct and rigid thought process that will be patronised. More so, diversity will be difficult to maintain and the idea of a pluralistic society that believes in coexistence will remain in extreme jeopardy…..


Who's Afraid of the Islamists? From Ataturk to al-Sisi, from John Dewey to Fox News
Khaled Abou El Fadl

The accomplished scholar gleefully told me the news of a military coup in Algeria that overthrew the government after the Islamists won the provincial elections. In a most sympathetic tone, my friend lamented the unfortunate fact that military coups are still a reality in the Arab world. "But," he commented in a deeply sagacious voice, "it was necessary for the military to intervene, otherwise, the Islamists would have come to power, and then Algeria would be in real trouble!"….

“When we say we must obey Allah, the world must certainly change,” Mr. Shekau ranted, by turns leering and grinning in the video. “You are even saying I have departed from moral values. Do you have moral values?” he thundered in Hausa, the dominant language of Nigeria’s north. Definitive pronouncements about the group are hazardous, since its communications with the outside world are fragmentary and its tactics and motivations remain murky. Even the group’s leadership is a mystery…..

ISI: The Devil's Own
Sanchita Bhattacharya

ISI: The Devil's Own
Sanchita Bhattacharya

Indeed, the ISI has long been linked to terrorism across the South Asian region, with its support to Sikh terror groups dating back to 1984. On September 1, 2012, following the arrest of a BKI terrorist, Kulwant Singh alias Guddu, from Mohali District of Punjab, an NIA official observed, "ISI is also reportedly keen on forging coordination between Khalistani terrorists, terrorists operating in J&K and some fundamentalist groups and in this process Jagtar Singh Tara who escaped from Burail Jail in 2004 is favoured by the ISI to revive the Khalistan movement.".....


It is vital to remember that Boko Haram has run a campaign of murder and intimidation across northern Nigeria that has claimed 12,000 lives and left 8,000 people injured or maimed since 2009. This must stop and Jonathan has to take a lead in making the world a safer place…..


The Battle for Fallujah: Fighting Returns to Iraqi City as Al-Qa’ida-Linked Rebels Gain Stronghold
Patrick Cockburn

Fallujah has come increasingly under the control of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), formerly al-Qa’ida in Iraq, since it took over the city in alliance with Sunni tribal fighters in early January. Since then ISIS has grown in strength as it expands its power in a swathe of territory in western Iraq and eastern Syria. It has even held a military parade in Abu Ghraib on the western outskirts of Baghdad, forcing the hasty evacuation of the famous prison…..


Terrorists Walk Free in Pakistan
Mehr F Husain

Looking at the way the past year has gone, the future seems uncertain but uncertainty is a defining characteristic of Pakistani politics. Is it not time to change that by ensuring uncertainty is eradicated? The tragedy is that despite the continuous loss of lives, there is still a lack of institutional support in preventing it……


Gamburo: The Town Boko Haram Destroyed
John Simpson

Boko Haram attacked it with a fury that is fortunately rare. It was as though they wanted to wipe it off the face of the earth. They arrived in extraordinary force - there were 400 of them, according to one man who watched the attack from hiding - and set about killing people and destroying cars and buildings coldly and methodically.....

Yet another message that I derived from the occasion is that it is the sublime architecture and art and high quality of literature that define and edify the character of a country, nation and civilization. Indeed, the achievements in these creative fields define their legacy, something they can build on for a successful future……


Boko Haram and the Crippling Of Islam in Africa
Abdelwahab El-Affendi

Like its counterpart in Afghanistan (the Taliban), this movement seeks to opt out of modernity and herd Muslims back to metaphorical (and sometimes actual) caves, where they were supposed to bury their heads in the sand and pretend that modernity has never happened.....

Kidnappings in Nigeria: A Clueless Government

 “By Allah I will sell them in the marketplace…I will marry off a woman at the age of 12. I will marry off a girl at the age of nine.” Some of the girls, it has been speculated, may already have been forced to marry their abductors for a bride-price equivalent to $12. The UN warned members of Boko Haram, which means “Western education is forbidden”.....


Why Al-Qaeda in Saudi Arabia ‘Prefers ISIS’
Jamal Khashoggi

Therefore, it’s a Takfiri extremist organization. It’s a form of al-Qaeda that has transformed for the worst, and it’s different from the original al-Qaeda as the latter is less extremist. This is not a compliment and it doesn’t aim to underestimate its evil nature but it is a necessary explanation to distinguish between them so one day, we can eliminate them - as groups and ideologies - from the Arab and Muslim world……

Condemnation Won’t Hurt Boko Haram
Sabria S. Jawhar

  Boko Haram is an anti-Islamic group bent on murdering innocent civilians in a campaign to eliminate western education from the region. The paramount mystery for the world’s 1.5 billion Muslims is why these so-called Muslim groups are targeting education when the first word revealed to Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) was “read.” Muslims are urged to seek knowledge from cradle to grave. Islam also encourages Muslims to treat women in a tender way. It’s not enough to express simple condemnation or lament that these boys have taken a wayward path. Groups like Boko Haram are the real enemies of Islam…..

Boko Haram’s Bin Laden Connection
Eli Lake

Some intelligence analysts believe that Osama bin Laden provided everything from seed money to strategic direction to the now-infamous Nigerian terror group. In 2002, Osama bin Laden dispatched an aide to Nigeria to hand out $3 million in local currency to a wide array of Salafist political organizations there that shared al Qaeda’s goal of imposing Islamic rule…..


Bring-Back-Our-Girls and Pakistan
Irfan Husain

But in Pakistan, we are so busy contemplating our collective navel that the event has barely registered. Apart from an eloquent op-ed comment from Mahir Ali, and a Dawn editorial demanding condemnation of this brutal act by the Muslim world, I have not found much else. Our private TV channels are too busy bashing each other, or discussing the crisis of the day, to bother their viewers with distant tragedies.......

Dialogue with the People of FATA
Andleeb Abbas

The militants have given them cause by creating this Jihadi narrative of fighting against the US’s war on terror. This narrative has substantial appeal as drones have been causing substantial civilian casualties in many families and creating bitter resentment and a retaliation environment....


Saudis Fear Syria Blowback after Discovering ISIS Cell
Abdulmajeed al-Buluwi

On May 6, the Saudi Interior Ministry announced the discovery of a jihadist group in Saudi Arabia linked to the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS). The newly discovered group sought to restart armed action in Saudi Arabia, and it was linked to ISIS in Syria and had contacts with al-Qaeda in Yemen. The group was collecting donations, coordinating the smuggling of individuals and weapons, and preparing to resume assassinations and bombings in Saudi Arabia, according to the ministry statement……


Hamas: Do Not Believe Abbas; We Want Jihad
Khaled Abu Toameh

The "reconciliation" accord does not make any reference to the issue of terrorism or recognition of Israel's right to exist. Hamas signed the deal not because it has decided to abandon violence and accept Israel, but because it sees it as an opportunity to restore its relations with Egypt and other Arab countries, and benefit from the Western financial aid that is provided to the Palestinian Authority…..


Foot Soldiers Brainwashed To Perform Fasaad Fi Sabeel-Lillah in Pakistan
Murtaza Haider

While their arrest is being celebrated, the jubilations may be premature. Hardly any sectarian murderer has ever been convicted in Pakistan. Like the sectarian head honchos who have escaped justice over the decades, these foot soldiers brainwashed to perform Fasaad Fi Sabeel-Lillah are likely to be set free over time. While the sectarian warfare against Shias, Christians and Qadianis has intensified in Punjab, the leadership appears apathetic to the harrowing prospects faced by religious and other minorities....

Welcome to Jihad City, Syria
Jacob Siegel

ISIS, a brutal group disavowed even by al Qaeda, says it’s the ruler of the world’s only true Islamic state. And in Raqqa, it’s creating God’s kingdom on earth by crucifying ‘infidels.’ Three years of civil war has created a catastrophe in Syria with few parallels in the 21st century. A tragedy for average Syrians, for others the carnage has been an opportunity. Amid the wreckage, jihadist groups fighting the regime and each other have planted their flags in the rubble and tested the limits of their power…..


Terrorism Isn’t Pakistan’s Gravest Nuclear Danger
Mark Fitzpatrick

Holding out the prospect of a nuclear cooperation deal akin to the one accorded India, albeit with stronger non-proliferation conditions, is the most powerful tool Western nations can use to positively shape Pakistan’s nuclear posture.....


Dozens of Indonesian jihadists are taking up arms in the current Syrian war after entering the battlefield through Turkey and Morocco. Indonesian diplomats in Turkey have in particular expressed concern over the fact that the Indonesian jihadists include two youths who go to religious schools in Kayseri, an industrialized city in Central Anatolia…..


Support For Radical Islamism On The Rise In Turkey: Very Dangerous Trends
Emre Uslu

Young people now see little difference between Erdoğan's rhetoric and the discourse employed by a radical Islamist urging them to join a radical Islamist organization, and they tend to nurture increased sympathy for radical Islamism…..


Lull Prompts Question: What Are Taliban Up To?
Azam Ahmed

Some analysts speculate that the Taliban are biding their time until the runoff election in May or June, or are wary of a publicity backlash if they target civilians at all during the voting. Others wonder whether a leadership struggle and infighting have halted major operations. But there are more questions than answers on the issue, even for some commanders within the Taliban. ......


The Impact of the Syria Conflict on Salafis and Jihadis in Lebanon
Mona Alami

Salafism, a branch of Sunni Islam, was founded in Lebanon in the 1960s by Sheik Salem al-Shahhal, father of Sheik Dai al-Islam al-Shahhal, one of the current leaders of the religious movement. Salafism advocates a strict and literal application of the Qur’an and a return to the practice of al-Salaf, or “the predecessors,” referring to the Prophet Muhammad and his disciples. Salafism is based on three important principles: the belief in only one God; Da’wah, or missionary work; and jihad. Lebanese Salafi groups for the most part followed the quieter traditionalist branch of the movement and excluded the call for jihad from their practice until 2013.….

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