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Gilgit Baltistan: Terror Thrives
Tushar Ranjan Mohanty

Gilgit Baltistan: Terror Thrives
Tushar Ranjan Mohanty

All the terrorist groups operating in GB have primarily been engaged in state sponsored sectarian violence. According to partial data compiled by SATP, GB has recorded at least 115 fatalities, including 89 civilians, 14 SF personnel and 12 terrorists since 2000. Most of these killings have been sectarian in nature....


Battle for Bangladesh
Javed Anand

In the raging battle for hearts and minds in Bangladesh, on one side is the Jamaat and some extremist Islamist outfits together fantasising about an Islamic state and Sharia law, and on the other are a large majority of Bangladeshi Muslims who love “their Islam” but want religion to stay far away from politics. What does the future hold?....


Pakistan and Bangladesh's Octogenarian War Criminal
Syed Badrul Ahsan

Hamid Mir springs quite a surprise on us when he attempts a study of the Ghulam Azam case in Bangladesh. In a recent write-up in Pakistan’s Urdu-language daily Jang, Mir makes little attempt to conceal his concern over the judgment delivered against the pro-Pakistani Bengali Jamaat leader by a war crimes tribunal in Dhaka. Mir refers to the ninety-plus Ghulam Azam as a Buzurg, Urdu for respected elder. He also notes that Bangladesh has not been able to emerge free of its 1971 fixation, which is indeed surprising seeing that the columnist knows only too well why 1971 takes up so expansive a slice of the Bengali psyche…..


Bangladesh: Momentous Ruling; Registration Of Jamaat-e-Islami Declared Illegal
S. Binodkumar Singh

In a landmark ruling, the Dhaka High Court (HC) on August 1, 2013, declared the registration of Jamaat-e-Islami (JeI), the biggest right-wing party of Bangladesh, illegal. In its verdict, the Court observed: "By majority, rule is made absolute and registration given to Jamaat by the Election Commission is declared illegal and void. It is hereby declared illegal."...


Though differences of opinion persist concerning the correct variant to use, religious authorities say it is the meaning of the holy month – not quibbles about terminology – which should really matter….

Except for Professor Abdus Salam, Maulana Sattar Edhi and now Malala Yousafzai, how many other outstanding person has this country of 180 million produced in 65 years? I mean people who have attained international acclaim and have touched the lives of millions of people. None....


Egypt and Pakistan: Brothers in Arms
Dr Ahmad Faruqui

But Egypt and Pakistan are the outliers to an international trend away from military rule. For decades, juntas held sway in most Latin American countries. And military rule was the norm in Indonesia and Turkey. However, all these countries eventually transitioned to democracy. How did this salubrious outcome materialise?...


The Great Trickle-Down Brainwash: The Meeting Of Minds Between The Terrorist And The Victim Is Complete In Pakistan
Khaled Ahmed

One can’t avoid noting, however, that hate speech growing out of extremism is not a disease exclusive to Pakistan. The entire Muslim world is quivering in its vice, and what starts as an outward thrust of maniacal anger re-enters the domestic space and targets Muslim and non-Muslim minorities, and potentially “excludable” communities. In Pakistan, the anti-Shia trend is on the upswing — backed by al-Qaeda and its affiliates — but in the Arab world, there is a full-blown sectarian war going on that will inevitably relocate itself in Pakistan, leveraged by Arab dollars....


What Failed In Pakistan Will Not Work in Egypt
David Rohde

White House official told the New York Times. “We will not say it was a coup, we will not say it was not a coup, we will just not say.” In other words, America will look the other way to maintain “influence” with the Egyptian military. One of the lessons from the last decade in Pakistan is that money might buy American officials a seat at the table. But Pakistani generals — or Egyptian generals — will not necessarily listen….


Egypt’s press has started comparing Mr Sisi to Gamal Abdul Nasser, the hero-general who eventually became president after deposing the country’s last monarch in 1952. Protesters who helped the army to end the rule of the Muslim Brotherhood last month have plastered the streets with posters of the army chief. Many see him as a font of the dignity and security which they feel Egypt has lacked since Nasser’s time.......


The Epic Arab Trek between God and Gun
Rami G. Khouri

Hold on to your seats, for the four most powerful and influential Arab countries – Syria, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Egypt – are all experiencing significant, sometimes violent, internal changes that touch on the most basic elements of identity, power and national authority. What happens in those countries in the years ahead will shape the Middle East for generations perhaps, creating new patterns of stable statehood on the way…..


When the Mountains Were Red
Nadeem F. Paracha

Many Pakistani Pushtuns find themselves in a spot of bother when some political commentators and analysts define extremist organisations like the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) as an extension and expression of Pushtun nationalism. Though religion has always played a central role in the make-up of Pushtun identity, Pushtun nationalism (especially in the 20th century) was always a more secular and left-leaning phenomenon. It still is....


The army’s apparent determination to quash the Brothers and its indifference to inflicting such bloodshed seems to worry few Egyptians. Despite decades of military misrule under Mr Mubarak, many appear happy to defer to the generals, and seem to have given the state a green light to deal violently with Morsi supporters, whom they consider terrorists....


What Morsy Did Not Learn From Erdogan
Chhinmaya R. Gharekhan

Nations, like individuals, seldom learn from the mistakes, as well as successes, of others. Mohamed Morsy, the ousted President of Egypt, ought to have observed the hitherto cautious approach adopted by Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Prime Minister of Turkey. Mr. Erdogan bided his time to gradually implement the Islamist agenda of his party...

Egypt Has Been Warned Of the Violence to Come – By General Sisi Himself
Gehad el-Haddad

Unlike Assad and Gaddafi, this new dictator cares about visits from the US and the EU, cares about joint military exercises with the American army, and cares about the resumption of exports of F-16s. Unlike Libya and Syria, in Egypt there is still time to act. But for the Egyptian people, that time is running out....


Egypt's Revolution at the Crossroads: A Battle That No One Can Win?
Mansura Eseddin

The limited imagination and the limitless greed of the Muslim Brothers, their arrogant treatment of millions of Egyptians and their allegiances with radical Islamist groups, whose presence was aimed at frightening people off the mere idea of resistance – all this has made the year of their reign a banal lesson on the consequences of avarice and blindness....


Egypt: Coup D’etat, Act II
Tariq Ramadan

I never shared the widespread “revolutionary” enthusiasm. Nor did I believe that events in Egypt, any more than in Tunisia, were the result of a sudden historical upheaval. The peoples of these two countries suffered from dictatorship, from economic and social crisis; they rose up in the name of dignity, social justice and freedom. Their awakening, their “intellectual revolution,” and their courage must be saluted. ...


How the Brotherhood Bungled It
Elf Habib

The failure of the Brotherhood in maintaining its rule is actually far more instructive as this order served as a pioneering precursor to scores of similar other movements that mushroomed in various Muslim countries including the obscurantist cabals like the Jamaat-e-Islami in Pakistan. The Ennahda in Tunisia, AKD in Turkey and the PJD in Morocco are also somewhat similar to it in their origin and perception....


Libya and the Egyptian Coup
Umar Khan

The unfortunate and bloody events in Egypt have made the task of inviting Islamists for political dialogue almost impossible. They have put Libya at risk of descending into further chaos since groups that were once hoping to spread change through the democratic process will now seek other ways of achieving their goals....


Egypt’s Mad Hatter Party
Swapan Dasgupta

What remains unstated is that the proposed restoration of civilian rule will be a facet of a guided democracy: whoever wins, the Army will still continue to rule. Egypt is experiencing a veritable Mad Hatter’s party. Not since the Iranian Revolution of 1980 has Islamism again perched itself on the moral high ground. ....


The idea that Egypt could leap in one bound to 21st century Turkey has proved an illusion. More likely is that the army will hold a veto over future civilian governments for some time to come. These governments must, if there is to be genuine reconciliation, include the Islamists. But it will be a democracy circumscribed by the generals and limited by the harsh reality of Egypt's desperate financial situation....


‘The Good News Is That There Are Millions of Modern and Open-Minded People in the Middle East’
Tony Blair

The events that led Egypt’s military to remove President Mohamed Morsi confronted the army with a simple choice: intervention or chaos. Seventeen million people in the street is not the same thing as an election. But it is an awesome manifestation of people power. Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood was unable to shift from being an opposition movement to being a governing party. Of course, governments govern badly or well or averagely. But this is different. Egypt’s economy is tanking. Ordinary law and order has virtually disappeared. Services are not functioning properly….

The Power of Religion

These killings barely nudged the daily toll from Syria’s civil war, a war that has warped into bloody attrition between the majority Sunni and better-armed Shia Muslims. Yet they generated unusual outrage. Neither victim had played a role in Syria’s fighting. One was a Sunni, the other Shia. Both were killed not just by members of their own sects but by groups posing as their most zealous guardians. The killers in both cases saw themselves as punishing traitors to the faith…….


Brotherhood on the Brink
Aijaz Zaka Syed

The choice is clear. It’s time for the Brotherhood to step back from the brink and not provide an excuse to its detractors to repeat history. This is a temporary setback. If the party still retains faith in democracy, it should go back to the people and live to fight another day. It would be a shame if this democratic experiment is killed in its infancy....


What If Mursi Was Still Egypt’s President?
Bassem Youssef

What if we are living in an alternative reality and parallel universe where the June 30 events failed to oust President Mohamed Mursi? What would such a parallel universe be like? I cannot answer this question without bringing up the president's last speech on June 26. Yes, that famous speech that lasted for more than two hours and a half. Yes, that speech in which Mursi named and shamed alleged “thugs” in Egypt seeking to wreak havoc……


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