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The War Within Islam

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.....


The Rift among Religious Conservatives: Islamism and center-right conservatism, which had been united under the AKP in the past decade, are growing increasingly distinct
Mustafa Akyol

What will come out from this rift is hard to guess. It is just obvious now that Islamism and center-right conservatism, which had been united under the AKP in the past decade, are growing increasingly distinct, and it might be difficult to keep them in the same box……


Army versus Jamaat-e-Islami?
Ahmed Quraishi

Pakistan should declare neutrality in America’s war against Af-Taliban. This will help neutralise the TTP’s support base. Once we rob the TTP of a major recruiting tool, we should isolate and eliminate the hardcore elements while keeping the door open to misguided groups within the TTP to repent.....

In Search Of a Winning Palestinian Narrative
Ramzy Baroud

In an initially pointless exercise that lasted nearly an hour, I flipped between two Palestinian television channels, Al Aqusa TV of Hamas in Gaza and Palestine TV of Fatah in the West Bank. While both purported to represent Palestine and the Palestinians, each seemed to represent some other place and some other people. It was all very disappointing…..


Amir of the Jamaat-e -Islami, Pakistan, Munawwar Hassan, Sowing More Ideological Confusion In An Already Confused Country
Kamran Shafi

It is pathetic that the Amir of the Jamaat-e-Islami has had the cold-hearted effrontery to suggest that the murdering terrorists of the TTP who have killed thousands of innocent Pakistanis and our brave army soldiers and officers including one Lieutenant General and one Major General; police Jawans and officers including several Additional and Deputy Inspectors Generals; Khassadars and Levies, are martyrs….

.....the monster of extremism did not descend on us from the heavens; it is in fact the vile product of the religious thought that is taught in our religious seminaries under the topics of implementation of the Shari’ah and armed jihad and for the eradication of disbelief, polytheism and apostasy. It is from this ideology that extremist individuals and organisations receive inspiration.....

Mercifully and Finally, the Death of Illusion
Ayaz Amir

Pakistan’s problems are unfixable, my considered opinion after working journalism’s fields for over 30 years. Not that the problems are complicated or unique. They certainly are not. Only this that the jokers entrusted by us through the ballot box, or selected by Providence in its infinite mercy, with the task of fixing them are, well, jokers. See the light of intellect shining from their countenances and few other conclusions are possible....

Outing the Truth: The Forces behind the Forces
Nadeem F. Paracha

But thanks to the support and backing of gallant institutions like Fauji Cornflakes, and renowned scholars and profound intellectuals like doctor (both medical as well as academic), engineer (both Chinese as well as pious) and all round hunk, Moby Lucman, Kamran Akmal and Austin Powers, the people of Pakistan are waking up to the deep conspiracies being hatched by the powers that be and the Power puff Girls to discredit Pakistani forces and make Switzerland’s Israeli Francophile Vatican-backed banking system to continue funding local Freemasons like Asif Zardari and Nawaz Sharif and make decent Muslim Pakistani women pose nude on the covers of Anglo-Indian-Angelo-Mathews fashion magazines.

Islam's War Within
Talmiz Ahmad

Islam's War Within
Talmiz Ahmad

Unfortunately, the war against scattered and anarchic Islamist fundamentalist groups like the Al Qaeda, Taliban, Lashkar-e-Toiba, or the Indian Mujahideen somehow came to be identified with Islamic Arab and Afro-Arab countries. These countries, thus, became the "symbols of evil", the dreamlands of pristine Islam based on the Holy Quran and Sharia as practiced by the first five Caliphs, as envisaged by these fundamentalist groups……


How Can Anyone Who Is Even Partly Human Disregard the Endless Corpses Strewn Around?
Hina Hafeezullah Ishaq

So, who is to blame? General Ziaul Haq? The Afghan jihad? The huge refugee population? The drug trade, illegal arms and human trafficking? The unchecked and unregulated mushrooming of madrasas, many of which serve as training camps for those vying to get the 72 houris? The lack of equal opportunities, poverty, uninformed Jihadi literature as opposed to fairness in our education system? How about the rise in heinous crimes? Could the kidnappings for ransom and bank and highway robberies be contributing to funding terrorism? ....


A Concise Guide to Pakistan
Nadeem F. Paracha

This is because the common people choose to remain illiterate and prefer to watch a Shahrukh Khan flick instead of reading their official history books that clearly state that had Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb created Pakistan in 1747 AD, the people of Pakistan would have gladly watched reruns of Ziaul Haq speeches instead of Shahrukh Khan films and there would have been much joy and happiness and love and understanding, and no India and no America; just Pakistan and Saudi Arabia and Yemen and Imran Khan and McDonalds….


The desperation cuts across ideological lines and threatens to sustain the “brain drain” that stunted Egypt’s development for decades. As the government has cracked down on Mr. Morsi’s supporters, killing hundreds at protests and imprisoning thousands more, Islamists are being hounded from the country, repeating grim cycles of repression and exile from Egypt’s past....


 The fact of the matter is that we start history from Ziaul Haq and forget the Munir Commission report findings, or the subsequent progressive tilt towards the right. While Bhutto, for perpetuation of power, allowed himself to be dominated by the extreme religious demands, Zia founded a nice foundation on which he built his evil extremism.....

Karachi: Hitting the Police
Tushar Ranjan Mohanty

Karachi: Hitting the Police
Tushar Ranjan Mohanty

The systematic targeting and assassination of large numbers of SF personnel, primarily Policemen, is a part of the escalating dynamic of violence in Karachi. It is certain to affect the morale of the SFs engaged in counter insurgency operations which have been launched substantially with political motives, and that are bound to fail again, as they have in the past....


Ironies That Escape Us, the Pakistanis
Ayaz Amir

Musharraf’s trials and tribulations are of little concern to most of us. Indeed his name now evokes a sense of boredom…what, him again? He had a great time of it when in power. Down and out on his luck, and if he made the mistake of coming back to Pakistan, it’s his outlook, not ours. But the murder charge against him, stemming from the Lal Masjid affair, is a different matter....


Know your Tormentor: For Pakistan, the Challenge is the Non-State Actor, not America
Khaled Ahmed

Today, almost all the parties believe that the country joined a war on terrorism that was not Pakistan’s to fight. Pakistani Taliban terrorists are greatly encouraged by this new political consensus and are using it to isolate the army leadership that still residually believes that the war against terrorism is Pakistan’s war……


Egyptians Embark On a Journey of Peace
Randa Ghazy

“No one has sabotaged the walls in these three years, although they are right on the street…People appreciate beauty and Egyptians loved having a nice, clean spot in the middle of our streets”, explains El-Halawany. Such care for the public space and use of art as a form of social and political expression signal a growing momentum on the part of young Egyptians to build their nation. ...


As The Hajj Begins, the Destruction of Mecca's Heritage Continues
Oliver Wainwright

Dressed in simple white garments and freed from their worldly possessions, they are following in the footsteps of the prophet Muhammad. But in Islam's holiest city, there is increasingly little sign of the prophet's legacy – or the frugal life he espoused. “The authorities are trying to destroy anything in Mecca that is associated with the prophet's life,”….


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