The War Within Islam
immediately after annexation with Pakistan a deliberate policy of
under-development of the province started, keeping a resource-rich region
dependent on financial handouts. A new breed of rulers from Karachi, Lahore and
then Islamabad arrived to replace the white colonisers...
In its push for
Saudi Arabia to lose the custodianship of Islam's holiest sites, Iran is
proposing that the cities of Makkah and Madinah be administered like the
might not even have racist or casteist intentions as they use these words, but
that does not condone them of the prejudice they create each time they refer to
these communities as slurs. Kanjar, Mirasi, Chuhra and Changar are not insults
but proud communities with a long history of perseverance in the face of major
James M Dorsey
Sunni Islam, the conference explicitly excluded Wahhabism, the Saudi state’s
adopted version of Islam, as well as Salafism and Deobandism from its
definition. The assault is all the more significant given that Saudi Arabia has
over the last four decades invested tens of billions of dollars into promoting
globally ultra-conservative interpretations of Islam....
This not only
indicates that there is a very parochial, narrow-minded definition of
“religiosity” among Turkey’s “religious youngsters.” It also indicates that
history is more complex than today’s ideological imaginations. If the ruling
Justice and Development Party is really a “conservative” party as it claims, it
should honour history by discovering it, rather than sacrificing it to current
bin Nayef, now 57, is officially next up. That now seems less certain. In the
past year King Salman’s own much younger son, also a Muhammad, aged only 31,
has burst onto the scene as minister of defence and deputy crown prince, tasked
with weaning the kingdom off oil. Overshadowing his older cousin....
They claim to
be leaders of that mystical concept with no basis in reality, the Ummah. Far
from displaying the wisdom that should come with this pretended role, they have
stoked the fires of conflict across an arc stretching from Libya to Yemen, with
the Syrian civil war the starkest testimony of the fecklessness and narrow
vision guiding the wayward destinies of the world of Islam....
Tushar Ranjan Mohanty
Among the worst
affected areas are KP, Balochistan and Karachi, mostly due to terrorist threat
and the sheer number of children. On December 12, 2015, Senator Ayesha Raza Farooq,
the Prime Minister's focal person on polio, identified three "polio virus
nurseries" from where the crippling disease continues to re-emerge and
spread across the country. These nurseries are located in the Khyber-Peshawar
conveyer belt, the Quetta block and Karachi. ...
Prem Anand Mishra
The post 9/11
world order compelled Pakistan to forsake it’s once upon a time protégé whom
the Pakistan establishment used against India. It is a fact that Pakistan has
lost almost 50,000 lives to terrorist violence and billions of dollars since
2001 but the state’s owns duplicity failed their own people. ...
presented proves it beyond reasonable doubt that the harrowing dynamics of
terror, violence, torture impeccably demonstrate that the system of cruelties
and terror even transformed to brutal murder of many detained civilians in the
'death factory' of AB [Al-Badr] force headquartered at Dalim Hotel... Accused
Mir Quasem Ali had been in steering position of the Al-Badr detention and
torture camp. The accused was an indispensable cog in the 'murdering machinery'
implanted at Dalim Hotel."...
application of democratic rights by Turkey’s intelligentsia only helps Mr.
Erdogan consolidate his power. In their double standards, he finds tacit
approval for his purges. Turkey lacks not only sturdy institutions that
guarantee a system of checks and balances and the rule of law, but also a
critical mass of citizens with the courage and integrity to demand them...
terrorism has not died down. On August 9, a suicide-bomber killed over 70 in
Quetta, many of them lawyers visiting the hospital where their leader had been
brought earlier. Two terrorist organisations, Islamic State and Jamaat ul
Ahrar, announced they had carried out the massacre...
Rather than overthrow Mr. Assad, the war has
placed Turkey itself in danger — a ‘failed coup’ on July 15 came alongside a
renewed war against Turkey’s Kurdish population, just as Islamic State (IS)
attacks in the country have raised alarm bells about Mr. Erdogan’s adventurism.
An adjustment of Turkey’s policy is now on the cards....
game-plan seems to be to create a buffer zone between itself and an eventual
autonomous Kurdish territory in Syria. For what Ankara fears is that the Syrian
Kurds will link up with Turkish Kurds to push for greater Kurdistan spanning
Syria, Turkey and Iraq. And given that the Kurds have emerged as the most
effective fighting force against IS on the ground – earning them the support of
Washington – Kurdistan can no longer be seen merely as a distant
further traumatized these days by repeated terrorist attacks from the Islamic
State and Kurdish militants. To be able to deal with these crises within the
boundaries of democracy, Turkey needs not hostile critics, but critical
friends. The West should extend that friendship; by first understanding what
Turkey is really going through, and then offering advice on how to uphold human
rights and rule of law....
bombing which shredded almost a full generation of Baloch lawyers in a Quetta
hospital was instantly declared the work of India’s spy agency RAW by
Balochistan’s Chief Minister, Sanaullah Zehri. No proof was offered that a
foreign hand was responsible for this grisly act of terror...
Imbibing is the
mother of all sins, Umm-Ul-Khabais, say moralists and doctors of the
faith. And they surely are right. But if we carry this argument further,
prohibition should make Pakistan a superior democracy to all others...
community has a largely positive image, if any, as a moderate Islamic group
that preaches love, tolerance and dialogue. In Turkey, however, almost
everybody knows that beyond this facade,...
own story on the night of the coup, of narrowly escaping as he fled a hotel
just before coup-plotting commandos arrived to kill or kidnap him, is already
being compared to a famous story about Ataturk, who during the battle of
Gallipoli supposedly missed death when his pocket watch deflected a bullet....
The people of
Turkey have very little choice: either they continue with the present dark days
of the smouldering civil war and the threat to terrorism or else replace
insanity with wisdom at the earliest. But, both cannot run on equal footing
under the hawkish Erdogan....
any blame. "It is absurd, irresponsible and erroneous to claim that I had
anything to do with this appalling coup attempt," he said from the US
state of Pennsylvania. His supporters present themselves as modern and
tolerant. They have opened schools, universities, hospitals and media
organizations in more than 140 countries....
growing evidence of links between the JMB and ISIS. Arrests in Bangladesh - the
latest being four individuals on July 21 - have shown that cadres of the JMB
have been regrouping and rebranding as ISIS flag bearers in Bangladesh....
Mohammad Behzad Fatmi
protection protected the democratic values in the country? The answer is “no”.
Though this is not to suggest that the situation would have been better
otherwise, there is hardly any doubt that the survival of the Erodogan
government has led to a further deterioration democracy, human rights and the
rule of law in Turkey.....
or the moderate-minded folks, who have been meticulously blending Deen
(religion) and Dunya (world), in whatever proportions in their lives, need to
be seen and heard. In this battle of extremists, the pseudo-liberal versus the
in-your-face-Muslim, someone needs to bring in a sense of balance....
The international community believes that Pakistan’s blasphemy laws are
a real threat to religious freedom and freedom of expression, and are in
contradiction to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and the
International Convention on Civil and Political Rights, as Pakistan has
ratified several international conventions including the ICCPR. Pakistan is
under obligation to bring its laws in line with these conventions....