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The War Within Islam

Pakistan: The ‘Islamic’ Agenda of Saudi Arabia And Company Is Just As Damaging As a Western Agenda
Aasim Sajjad Akhtar

This ‘foreign hand’ is not of the American, or any other Western, variety. The ‘conspiracies’ hatched by this external power are presumably home-grown enough that our otherwise paranoid makers of public opinion simply do not feel the need to raise a ruckus. As such, when it comes to Saudi Arabia (and its clone Gulf kingdoms), we declare a holy exception....

 

Sorry, We Killed You Due To An Unavoidable Mistake!
Burak Bekdil

“Subconsciously (and sadly) the Muslim-Turkish thinking tolerates it if Muslims kill Muslims; does not tolerate it but does not turn the world upside down when Christians kill Muslims; pragmatically ignores it when too-powerful Christians kill Muslims; but is programmed to turn the world upside down when Jews kill Muslims.”…

Saudi Isolation Could Be a Threat to the Region
Samer Abboud

Western partners have refused to take much-needed action against them". Prince Nawaf's attempt to capture the moral high ground on the Syrian and Iranian issues conceals the Kingdom's growing isolation from the regional geopolitical scene. This isolation has manifest in increasingly tense relations with Western allies that have prompted calls for rethinking Saudi-Western relations and a growing distance between Saudi and its Arab Gulf neighbours on the Syrian and Iranian issues….

 

Can the Arab Revolutions Survive Syria and Egypt?
Hamid Dabashi

The Syrian debacle has put a damper on the Arab revolutions and beyond. Every country from Afghanistan to Iran to Morocco now points to Syria as a justification that all these revolutions were in vain, that the ruling regimes and all their atrocities are better than this carnage. This is a bogus binary….

 

Asymmetric War Extends to Syria and Saudi Arabia
Verda Özer

“Asymmetric warfare” is the war between two sides whose military power and strategies and tactics differ significantly. Such struggles often involve tactics of unconventional warfare and are characterized by extreme uncertainty. It is completely unknown how far this investigation can go. Yet it is certain that no symmetry will remain at all if this “asymmetric war” does not end soon….

 

Assessing the Conflicts in Syria and Egypt
Ramzy Baroud

The year 2013 has expectedly been terrible for several Arab countries. It has been terrible because the promise of greater freedoms and political reforms has been reversed, most violently in some instances, by taking a few countries down the path of anarchy and complete chaos. Syria and Egypt are two cases in point….

 

Turkey’s Post-Revolutionary Civil War between The Government Of Tayyip Erdoğan And The 'Community' Of Fethullah Gülen
Mustafa Akyol

This best-defence-is-offence attitude is not going to help the government much, however. Corruption is a serious matter and the real best defence would be to help bring those who are charged to justice. Meanwhile, the Gülen Movement, normally a civil society group, should help save itself from the image of secrecy and infiltration that it has been drawn into in the past decade….

 
Resurgence of Islam Today
Aiman Reyaz, New Age Islam

Resurgence of Islam Today
Aiman Reyaz, New Age Islam

Much of the 20th century saw that those countries which were more “modern” I.e., Western or secular like Turkey, Tunisia, Egypt, and Iran were seen as more advanced as compared to Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan, which were regarded as religious and traditional and hence “backward.”.....

PAKISTAN’S Federal Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan’s condemnation of the hanging of Quader Mollah for his war crimes of 1971 actually reinforces the proof that Mollah was indeed a collaborator of the Pakistanis and a war criminal, and that he should have stayed back in Pakistan. ... What the Pak minister said is actually a confession that till now it had not accepted a liberated Bangladesh and its independent political existence. So far, those who opposed Bangladesh’s independence are Pakistan’s heroes. And therefore, what we hear about Jamaat and Islamist groups getting support in various ways from Pakistan, are perhaps all true.

 

Dr Qadri won the only National Assembly seat for his party in the 2002 general elections, and used to claim that General Pervez Musharraf had promised him the slot of Prime Minister. In less than a year, he resigned and quit politics. In 2008, he sought asylum in Canada, claiming he was facing threats to his life from Lashkar-e-Jhangvi. He got the asylum, and later Canadian nationality, but violated his agreement with his new country’s government that he would not visit Pakistan owing to the threats….

 

Whatever Happened To The Arab Spring?
Madawi Al-Rasheed

Three years after the Arab Spring, the dominant narrative about this region remains articulated in terms of binary opposites: vanishing republics versus resilient monarchies, the secular versus Islamist divide and the Sunni versus Shiite schism……

 

War Criminal  And Leader Of The Jamaat-e-Islami Bangladesh, Abdul Quader Molla's execution: As a Pakistani, I am neither 'saddened' nor ‘grieved’ by Molla’s death
Yaqoob Khan Bangash

I am sure that there are millions of my fellow citizens of Pakistan who would never condone the killing of innocent people in the name of the country, and would in fact be glad that a heinous criminal has received the just reward for his actions. As a Pakistani, I am neither ‘saddened’ nor ‘grieved’ by Molla’s death….

 

The popular uprising in Libya was massively influenced by the NATO military intervention. And it is now clear that the country, still undergoing reconstruction, is confronted with far more complex challenges than those facing Egypt or Tunisia, for example. The euphoria that followed the overthrow of Gaddafi has long since evaporated. Two years after the end of the dictatorship, there are still no functioning state institutions in the country.....

 

Pakistan Needs to Tell the Story Right
Shaheera Syed

Couple up this entire mixture of variables with a heightened civic sense of the community and you’ll get the current state of affairs of Pakistan. The government is facing exuberant amount of pressure from all sides to clearly define its stance on issues of national and international importance. Pakistan has to realize the dangers of continuing with the war on terror in its narrative-less state. This is not a sustainable policy and if not rectified, it will backlash soon....

 

If I am not wrong, we were taught in school that Two Nation theory was the base behind the struggle for a separate home land. Quaid e Azam, said .... we want a piece of land, where we can practically implement Islamic Principles to spend our lives according to religion ISLAM. Our elders sacrificed millions of millions lives and finally Pakistan came into existence with the slogan .....
"" PAKISTAN KA MATLAB KIA, LA HI LA HA ILL ALLAH""

The piece of land called ""PAKISTAN"" that appear on the map of Earth on the name of religion Islam ... was thought to be  an ISLAMIC COUNTRY but now after 68 years of existence, we start our day with MUSIC broadcast on Radio Channels and when we turn on Television, we find anchors (half expired teenager aunties and aunty type uncles) doing acrobats (following and preaching Indian culture) in their respective morning shows. 

Hoisted by its own petard, Pakistan has a story to tell. Decades ago, nobody believed the militants tasked by America with defeating the Soviet Union in Afghanistan would one day become Pakistan’s most implacable foes, turn into sectarian hounds, demoralise the armed forces, and eat into its vitals. In the Arab world, the fragrance of the Spring has turned into an overpowering stench enveloping the Fertile Crescent....

Culture of Impunity in Pakistan
Huma Yusuf

There is no romance of martyrdom or jihad in being incarcerated — there is just the fact of the violent crime. Given that the lure of militancy lies in the rhetoric of faith, mission, and martyrdom, what better way to undermine it than with the reality of criminality and justice? It is high time we highlighted that Pakistan’s pervasive culture of impunity is the root cause of its many woes, and addressing it — rather than its symptoms — is the only way forward....

 

The 1974 Ouster of the ‘Heretics’: What Really Happened?
Nadeem F. Paracha

Applauded for successfully regenerating a demoralised and fractured country’s pride (after the 1971 East Pakistan debacle), and igniting within the working classes a sudden sense of political consciousness, Bhutto is also remembered as the man who (to remain in power) continued to play footsie with reactionary political outfits and (thus) ultimately betraying his own party’s largely secular, democratic and socialist credentials. Not only did he attract fierce opposition from the right-wing Islamic parties, over the decades, the left and liberal sections of the Pakistani intelligentsia have also come down hard on him for capitulating to the demands of right-wing parties on certain theological and legislative issues....

 

Pakistan Inter-Services Public Relations and Liberals on One Side, Jamaat-e-Islami on the Other
Yaqoob Khan Bangash

The recent furore over the remarks of Syed Munawar Hassan, the Amir of the Jamaat-e-Islami, and the unprecedented reply of the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), is significant in several respects. First, this has been one of those rare moments that the so-called ‘liberals’ in Pakistan have stood behind the ISPR in its scathing remarks against the comments of Mr Hassan. For a section of society, which always argues for the non-involvement of the military in civilian affairs and the freedom of speech, this support of the ISPR is startling. So, why this change?....

 

Saudi Prince Bandar’s Mideast Crusade
Catherine Shakdam

Left reeling from his failure to promote yet another senseless war in the Middle East by encouraging Washington to launch a military assault against Iran under the pretext that Tehran is developing a nuclear bomb - such fantasy has been flaunted by both Saudi Arabia and Israel as to promote their Zionists agenda in the region and bring down the last bastion of Islam - Saudi Prince Bandar and his brother, the Deputy Defense Minister Salman bin Sultan have been actively supervising the establishment of a new special military unit: Mohammed Army, which will act as an extraterritorial military force to the Kingdom and by extension its Zionist allies…..

 

In a Changing Middle East, Israel and Saudi Arabia Cling Together
Carl Bloice

It goes without saying that the Saudis stand to lose more than a little credibility on the Arab street by openly allying with Israel, but they enjoy little already. And the optics of Israel’s burgeoning alliance with a repressive monarchy don’t look good for a country that likes to call itself the Middle East’s only democracy. Political rights, after all, are a nonstarter in the kingdom, and social rights don’t fare any better…..

 

Left, Right, About-Turn! Rigid and Violent Taliban leader, Mullah Fazlullah was a leftist before his marriage into a Wahhabi radical family
Nadeem F. Paracha

Fazlullah wasn’t the first. As a former madrasa student and a young man who seems to also have had some connection with non-religious educational institutions, he was born into a conservative family. Before he married the daughter of a hard-line religious leader, (now banned the Tehrik Nifaz-i-Shariat-i-Muhammadi’s Sufi Mohammad) he, (according to the TV report), was a member of the Peoples Students Federation (PSF)….

 
What Private Grief They Nurse
Yasser Latif Hamdani

What Private Grief They Nurse
Yasser Latif Hamdani

Not content with this assertion, he deems it fit to mention that Zafrullah Khan did not join Jinnah’s funeral prayer. This is obviously the favourite accusation of the Majlis-e-Ahrar (who ironically had called Jinnah ‘Kafir-e-Azam’) and the Tehreek-e-Khatm-e-Nabuwat against Ahmadis. Khan did not pray behind Maulana Shabbir Ahmad Usmani because the good Maulana had already declared Ahmadis Wajib-ul-Quatl....

 
Will Pakistan own FATA?
Yasmeen Aftab Ali

Will Pakistan own FATA?
Yasmeen Aftab Ali

Why has FATA, a peaceful area pre 9/11 about which Pakistanis living elsewhere themselves and the international comity of nations knew little, not been integrated within Pakistan extending the writ of the State to the seven agencies as applicable in the rest of Pakistan?....

 

Pakistan Jamaat-I-Islami  Chief Munawwar Hassan Has Outraged Many Pakistanis By Calling One Of The World’s Most Wanted And Dangerous Terrorists Taliban Leader Hakeemullah Mehsud A ‘Shaheed’ Or Martyr
Najam Sethi

Munawwar Hassan, head of the Jamaat-i-Islami, has outraged many Pakistanis by calling TTP leader Hakeemullah Mehsud, who was droned to death last week in the badlands of Waziristan, a “Shaheed” or martyr. Mr Mehsud was one of the world’s most wanted and dangerous terrorists, with a combined head-money of over Rs 50 crores for ordering the cold-blooded murder of thousands of innocent men, women and children, along with a couple of thousand soldiers.....

 




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