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Hamid Mir: Conspiracy Theories and ‘Patriotism’
Farooq Sulehria

As is often the case, fantastic conspiracy theories began to make the rounds in cyberspace. While a few thought that the assassination attempt was a self-staged ‘drama’ wherein the intention was to wound but not kill Hamid Mir, others claimed that Hamid Mir was not attacked at all. Parallels with the Malala Yusufzai case were drawn....


Attacks and Amnesia
Irfan Husain

If our police and our judges cannot deliver, who’s left? The world over, it is law enforcement agencies that are tasked with investigating crime. Occasionally, judges examine matters with a political dimension that might result in criminal prosecution. But nowhere do judges investigate straightforward crimes because that just isn’t their job…..

An Act of Desperation
Dr Mohammad Taqi

An Act of Desperation
Dr Mohammad Taqi

The consistent meddling in Afghanistan via jihadist proxies has earned Pakistan only the ire of the Afghans. The election ink-stained finger became a universal symbol of the Afghans voting not just for their presidential candidates but against any intruders and their backers....

Libya: Restoring the Monarchy?
Anna Mahjar-Barducci

Libya: Restoring the Monarchy?
Anna Mahjar-Barducci

If the government fails... to assert its power in the months to come it will become a de facto Somalia II.... Soon, these militias, if they have not already done so, will have their own government that will contest the decisions of the paper government of Tripoli… Indicators show that it is already fragmenting into three countries."….


The Military-Muslim League Spat in Pakistan
Dr Mohammad Taqi

No names were named but, taking their cue, some sections of the media went after Mr Khawaja Asif with a vengeance. A hard-hitting speech that Mr Asif had made in the National Assembly’s 2006 budget session, criticising the junta and its exploitation of the country, has since been played ad nauseam on various channels. ….

Are Iran and Israel Trading Places?
Abbas Milani and Israel Waismel-Manor

Are Iran and Israel Trading Places?
Abbas Milani and Israel Waismel-Manor

By contrast, Iran has a falling birth-rate — a clear indication of growing secularism and the sort of thing that keeps Ayatollah Khamenei awake at night. The long-term power of these demographic trends will, in our view, override Iran’s current theocratic intransigence and might eclipse any fleeting victories for liberalism in Israel.....


Turkey Is Now Turning Its Focus to the Next Battle: The Presidency
Mustafa Akyol

Notably, this will be a new experience for all Turks. Because to date, the presidency, the largely symbolic yet highest post in the republic, has been elected by the Parliament. Some political scientists have warned that this unusual system would create problems, by creating two popularly-elected top seats, but others welcomed it as more “democratisation.”….

Bhutto and I
Nadeem F. Paracha

Bhutto and I
Nadeem F. Paracha

Today is the 35th anniversary of that judicial crime.

Then Radio Pakistan announced that the Pakistan armed forces have surrendered. But we kids were too busy collecting the smothering splinters of the bombs that had been dropped by Indian jets only miles away from our area of residence, not knowing that the country had acutely been split into two. Bhutto was no stranger in our house....


Hooked On Jihadism: Pakistani Military-Intelligence-Jihadi Complex Is Not Inclined To Correct Its Course
Dr Mohammad Taqi

The signs are that the Pakistani state remains hooked and high on jihadism. From meddling in the Middle East at the behest of its Arab patrons to continuing to stoke the fire in Afghanistan, the Pakistani military-intelligence-Jihadi complex is not inclined to correct its course in the near to midterm. From the Pakistani government’s statement endorsing the Saudi bid for regime change in Syria to turning a blind eye to, if not actively dispatching the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi and Taliban jihadists to achieve that goal, Pakistan’s role is plain dubious....

Egypt, Sisi and the Next Generation of Jihadists
Anthony Bubalo

Everyone expects Sisi to win. He is genuinely popular among older Egyptians who want a strong hand to restore stability. The opposition, both Islamist and secular, has been corralled – in large part as a result of the extensive military crackdown that has seen large numbers arrested, especially from the now banned Muslim Brotherhood. Sisi will also have strong backing from outside the country….


Saudi Arabia: A Kingdom on Guard
Roula Khalaf

Saudi Arabia’s efforts to bolster the authority of the GCC, however, have been frustrated on other fronts. Smaller Gulf States have been willing to co-operate when their interests converged with those of the Saudis, mindful of the benefits of closing of ranks to counter regional turbulence. But they have also continued to guard their independence carefully…..

Splitting Libya
Gwynne Dyer

Splitting Libya
Gwynne Dyer

Now it has expired, and nothing has happened yet, but neither has there been any sign that the two sides are talking. Besides, it is misleading to talk of “two sides”: the country has become a jumble of militia-run city-states with rapidly shifting alliances. But the east-west split is real, and it is getting worse…..


Spare Us the Gamal Abdel-Nasser Imagery
Rami G. Khouri

First is the persistence of a power structure that took 60 years to implant itself deep in the Egyptian mindset, society, bureaucracy and military, and will not let go easily. Second is the reflexive demand of an anxious society for a strong leader who can make the world right....


529 Reasons to Doubt Egyptian Justice
Louisa Loveluck

It was the kind of mass death sentence that seems to come from another time and place. But the news on Monday that an Egyptian judge had handed down a verdict condemning 529 people to execution was all too real, even as the particulars of the case, the trial and the public reaction all conjured a sense of what could be called Egypt’s current brand of magical realism. In the end, Judge Saeed Elgazar’s gesture was at once brutal, tragic, absurd — and most likely futile…..


Fate of Ottoman Heritage in Mecca
Sinem Cengiz

Turkish officials, who insist on preserving the city's architectural heritage as well as the legacy of the Ottoman Empire, have raised the matter several times at meetings with their Saudi counterparts and have requested that the porticos, the only remnant of Ottoman heritage in Mecca, be left intact…..


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Destruction Of Islamic Cultural Heritage: Muslims Must Reclaim The Spiritual Values Of Islam, Sultan Shahin Tells A Public Dialogue During UN Human Rights Council’s 22nd Session At Geneva

Although this isn’t the first strain in the Saudi-Muslim Brotherhood relationship, the kingdom is unlikely to backtrack on its anti-Islamist stance – at least anytime soon. The royal family is now convinced by the argument, often made by UAE officials, that the Muslim Brotherhood and all similar groups represent an existential threat for Gulf monarchies. Seen from Riyadh, the solution is to turn the clock back to the pre-1970s era, when the official religious establishment’s quietist brand of Salafism had a monopoly over Saudi Islam. In a globalized kingdom with the largest proportion of social media users in the world, this will not easily succeed…….


The Great Game Folio: Divided Gulf
C. Raja Mohan

Delhi, currently preoccupied with elections, will have to grapple, sooner rather than later, with the consequences of the changing regional balance of power in the Arabian Peninsula, the extension of the Saudi-Iran rivalry into the subcontinent and the multiple contradictions in US policy towards the Gulf......


Making Peace with the Enemy: Negotiating With the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan Is Not Just Dealing With One Entity but With a Hydra-Headed Monster
Meena Menon

Peace has never been so elusive or desirable for the Pakistan government. Faced with the limited success of a military operation, it is engaging with an enemy which is egregious and unrepentant. The start of the talks was not propitious and there is a sense of déjà vu of little coming of it. On the other hand, the government and the military say they can strike when needed, without resorting to a full-fledged operation. For now at least, that seems to have brought the TTP to the table once again and the peace dialogue seems to have been revived....

Given the awkward nature of identity incongruence within Bahrain, it is argued that the kingdom witnesses grave internal-security challenges. Bahrain is a sectarian fault line between Sunnis and Shias, positioned within a few kilometres of both Iran and Saudi Arabia. It is a station where a confrontation between the two regional mighty rivals can happen, with overwhelming geopolitical consequences. Both Iran and Saudi Arabia realise the significance of Bahrain and conflict between the two for lasting influence on Bahrain has a long history.....


In Libya and Yemen, Tribes with Flags
Rami G. Khouri

Both countries face a problem of strong regional or tribal identities that never fully accepted their inclusion in the independent Arab countries that came into being in the 20th century. As Libya and Yemen move ahead with plans to draft new national constitutions, they remain threatened by destabilizing regional tensions, including armed clashes and threats by certain regions or tribal groups to break away from the state…..


The Muttahida Qaumi Movement Conundrum
Nadeem F. Paracha

Three years ago graffiti appeared on the walls of Karachi with the word ‘Altafism.’ To be precise it went something like this: ‘Altatfism = Realism.’ When I approached a few of the party’s senior leaders and asked them what this realism was about, they proposed that the party stood for ‘progressive pragmatism.’ Some further inquiry into the matter suggested that the party was trying to rationalize some of its policies and actions that had seemed contradictory…..


No Sex, Some Lies and a Video: Pakistan's Taliban Impasse
Afiya Shehrbano Zia

Several mainstream Islamists and scholars have expressed dismay at what is being seen as a mainstreaming of the Taliban’s religious narrative. This threatens to displace all their efforts of seaming together a moderate and peaceful, scholarly and pragmatic Sharia that is compatible with modernity and globalization.  However, the ones who are most wary of the implications of this shift, as a result of justifications and rationalizing of the Taliban narrative, are women and the religious minorities of the country.....


Saudi Arabia: Besieged and Fearful
Immanuel Wallerstein

They were extremely wary of any groups linked to al-Qaeda. And for good reason, since al-Qaeda had long made it clear that it sought the overthrow of the existing Saudi regime. One thing that worried them especially was the Saudi citizens who went to Syria to engage in jihad. They feared, remembering past history, that these individuals would return to Saudi Arabia, ready to subvert it from within…..


Saudi Arabia Needs a Forward Thinking Judiciary
Samar Fatany

Establishing training centers for Saudi judges is a bold step that defies the long resistance from hard-line religious scholars who have stood against any attempt to accelerate judicial reforms in the kingdom. They have supported the legal system that is in place, claiming that it is based on Shariah laws and cannot be changed to address our modern needs….


Iran and Saudi Arabia: A Power Struggle and A Way Forward
Akbar Ganji

Saudi Arabia has always helped in propagating the Salafi-Wahhabi sect of Sunni Islam and considers itself the guardian of Islam’s holiest shrines in Mecca and Medina, but the Shiite-led revolution in Iran challenged its authority and created a competitor and alternative for what it preaches….

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    ( By chintu )
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    ( By Shafi Vietnami )
  • Muslims deserve no less than reciprocal treatment - In Afghanistan and Pakistan, Hindus are not allowed to cremate their dead ....
    ( By barani )
  • Madam, Madam,, it is only freedom of practice of Islam is deterioration around the world not of practice of Hinduism, Christianity, Judaism,Buddhism, Jainism,Sikhism, Zoroastrianism,or Taoism....
    ( By Naseem Ahmed )
  • Muhtaram Ghulam Rasool saheb, Pahle aap mua’ashre ki islah kariye. Aurat aur mard dono ki islah kariye. Jin asbab ki bnuiyad par auraton ko mazar ...
    ( By Ghulam Ghaus غلام غوث )
  • excellent article. thanks NAI for sharing it with us!'
    ( By haan haan )
  • More than a century ago Africa too “was carved up” in Berlin Conference by European powers; with un-natural borders using a ruler for straight lines, ...
    ( By Rashid Samnakay )
  • Ghaus saab, you did not get my point. I do not want either men or women banned from shrines.
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Censorship of books in many Muslim majority countries is synonymous with promoting ignorance. In India we have Dina Nath Batra and ....
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Very touching and effective appeal. Its going viral on the internet is very well deserved.
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • HERE ARE THE PROPHETIC TRADITIONSTHAT I MEANT IN MY LAST COMMENT: Prophet (pbuh) not only lifted his prohibition on visiting graves, but also encouraged his followers, ...
    ( By Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi )
  • Dear Ghulam Ghaus saheb, I fully respect your being Sunni, Hanafi, Nizami, Razvi and Sufi-supporter but I am amazed at your naivety. In my limited ...
    ( By Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi )
  • lesson for leaders in the land of arabism .. uncle sam is the cousin of terrorist Khazar Globalist NWO spesies ... these khazar ...
    ( By Brother of OIC )
  • Let's hope against all hopes, at least in the near future, that the message of the Kargil Martyr’s Daughter reaches to every house ...
    ( By Arman Neyazi )
  • We American Muslims also have faced this challenge of defining the word: KAFIR. Below is the definition created and given to interfaith community....
    ( By Iftekhar Hai )
  • Jb Ghulam Ghous Sb says, ' my Imam' Jb Ghulam Rasool Sb says, ' my Imam'. I got confused about the number of Imams. Will ...
    ( By Raihan Nezami )
  • Mr Ghulam Rasool, you say, “lets not hover over the personalities”. Mr. Ghulam Rasool, You quoted Mufti Abdul Qayyum Hazarwi to defend your statement, but ...
    ( By Ghulam Ghaus غلام غوث )
  • Jb Ghulam Rasool Dehlavi Sb: You are projecting yourself as an Aalim-ul Ghaib", it reflects from your statement given below as if Allah Kareem ...
    ( By Raihan Nezami )
  • Ansarisaab, I do not want any mullas banned. I want us to think for ourselves and to be free to express our opinions unless ...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Leave these maulanas aside. Let us learn to think for ourselves. Should women's liberties be restricted because men have evil desires? It would ...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Mr Aaina: I have already expressed myself regarding the article as the solution of this grave problem is not a child's play and can not ...
    ( By Raihan Nezami )
  • Dear Ghulam Ghaus saheb, lets not hover over the personalities. Only Ala Hazrat or Mufti Abdul Qayyum Hazarwi are not permitted by Allah to conduct ...
    ( By Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi )
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    ( By Ameen Ansari )
  • To Raihan Nezami: I have no Hidden agenda if it was I will not write it and reply or would change name and write ...
    ( By Aayina )
  • Mr. Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi, I have read his fatwa and various others’ fatwas too. This Minhaji fatwa is very short and almost the same thing ...
    ( By Ghulam Ghaus غلام غوث )
  • Sectarian division is a bitter fact in Muslim community. Whenever we generally ask any Muslim if he likes sectarian division in the Muslim community, he ...
    ( By Ghulam Ghaus غلام غوث )
  • Dear Ghulam Ghaus saheb, you would want to read this fatwa issued by Mufti abdul qayyum hasarwi, an autheticn Sunni Islamic jurist in the Indo....
    ( By Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi )
  • What do you say about the use of ‘Gunahe Azeem’ in the holy Quran at numerous places? For example, Allah Almighty says in the Qura’n, “They ...
    ( By Ghulam Ghaus غلام غوث )
  • I totally disagree with the conclusive points made by Mr. Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi in this article............... The best jurisprudential book I have read on ...
    ( By Ghulam Ghaus غلام غوث )
  • The article demonstrates the bare facts about the Muslim ghetto which are hidden from the eyes of the mainstream citizens and administration.'
    ( By Raihan Nezami )
  • Using phrases like "Gunah-e-Azeem" to spread fear and superstition is typical of shirk-baaz obscurantists. They deserve only ridicule.
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Mr. Aaina: When you had no answers, started complaining to the editor, it is another trick of diverting attention from the core issues. You are ...
    ( By Raihan Nezami )
  • The present lot of women can be compared to the Begamat Hz Aaisha (r.a) Hz Fatimah (r.a) or others. The graveyards of Sufis are not ...
    ( By Raihan Nezami )
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    ( By Aayina )
  • Good article. The spirituality in itself is a divine gift bestowed to the people who follow the righteous path avoiding the evil deeds and are ...
    ( By Raihan Nezami )
  • Even if the majority of Pakistanis are against terrorism, they cannot consider themselves to be totally innocent if they hold intolerant and backward views.
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Good article! Acceptance of diversity and validation of other view points are the hallmarks of civilized societies.
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Any educational system that glorifies past regressive practices and considers modernism an enemy of Islam should not get our support.
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )