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The War Within Islam

Although he still despises the guards who tortured him, Shogre says that he also saw the best of humanity while in prison. Other prisoners helped to save him, giving him their food rations so that he could live, and paying guards not to kill him. Although practising Islam was banned in Sednaya, he silently memorised 18 chapters of the Quran during his time in confinement, taught in whispered exchanges with other prisoners.....

 

Pakistan’s Unending War on Civil Society
C. Christine Fair

Pakistan continues to burnish its credentials as a state sponsor of terrorism abroad and as a repressive, murderous environment for dissidents at home.  It is a well-known fact that Pakistan’s military and intelligence agencies provide a full suite of state support to a deadly menagerie of militant groups proscribed by the United Nations, the United States, and others......

 

The authorities, apparently, were quite receptive. In English textbooks for use in madrasas, all Hindu, Christian or foreign-sounding names have been replaced by Muslim names. Conversations between boys and girls have been omitted. Illustrations of girls with bare heads have been edited out. The word “period” was removed from a section on girls’ physical development. The name of the chairman of the textbook board, a Hindu professor, does not appear....

 

Federally Administered Tribal Areas: Smouldering Fire
Tushar Ranjan Mohanty

Operation Zarb-e-Azb was launched in NWA on June 15, 2014, in the aftermath of the attack on the Jinnah International Airport, Karachi, on June 8-9, 2014, in which at least 33 persons, including all 10 attackers, were killed. Since then, according to partial data compiled by South Asia Terrorism Portal (SATP), at least 2,563 terrorists and 232 soldiers have been killed....

 

Bring Pakistan’s Missing Bloggers Home
Raza Rumi

Throughout Pakistan’s history, dissent and free speech have been muzzled by a state that inherited a repressive legal framework from the British colonizers who ruled the Indian subcontinent until 1947. Journalists, poets, intellectuals and many politicians who questioned the state were labeled traitors, sometimes jailed or exiled, and on occasion killed. ...

 

Pakistan's Violent Cyberspace: No Place for Dissent
Rabia Mehmood

Dissent or critique of state policy is not only not tolerated but snubbed in a way that an example is set for others. It has been happening to outspoken voices against religious conservatism, state's appeasement of clergy or the military establishment for years.....

 

In Pakistan, Justice for the Killers among Us
Mohammed Hanif

For a long while we were told that the Taliban in Afghanistan were our assets and the Pakistani Taliban were our misguided brothers. Today we are told that everyone who attacks us is bankrolled by India. But all these stories are just a way of refusing to admit that for many years now, we have been fighting an enemy who lives among us and who believes in many of the things we believe in.....

 

Pak Army Using Chemical Weapons against Pashtuns
Areeba Falak

...the Pakistan army is indiscriminately using chemical weapons in Waziristan and in certain areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, both areas dominated by Pashtuns—apart from Balochistan. Until recently, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa acted as a rescue point for IDPs escaping the Pakistan army’s so-called war on terror in Waziristan and surrounding areas. The Pak military has been using the “war on terror” to bombard its restive regions that are seeking independence from Pakistan....

Erdoğan Could Be Losing His Grip On A Dangerous, Divided Turkey
Bahar Baser

Rather than downplaying the divisions among different ethnic and religious groups in Turkey in the post-putsch period, the ruling party and the president are deepening the country’s many divisions, all the while assisted by the mainstream media. They are creating a fractured political environment which will enable them to promote constitutional amendments, in the long run presenting Erdoğan’s long-held dream of an executive presidential system as the only thing that can bring Turkey back from the brink.....

 

In Turkey’s Unrest, Some See an Extreme Version of Post-9/11 America
Tim Arango

“As we’ve seen after the coup, the reaction is way outside of the formal rule of law. You started arresting police and gendarmes, now writers, actors, journalists — so there is no limit,” he said. “When you start pulling the thread on the rule of law, the whole sweater can come off. And that’s where we stand.”...

 

Erdogan Finds Himself Besieged On Many Fronts
Mahir Ali

The president’s reaction to Turkey’s multiple woes has largely revolved around clamping down on all dissent and extending the breadth and depth of his autocracy, blaming everyone but his own often contradictory policies for all that is going horribly wrong in a nation that not long ago seriously aspired to become a fully fledged European state but has lately been sucked right back into the Middle Eastern cauldron, with its present blighted and its future increasingly uncertain....

 

Islam Does NOT Stop A Transgender Person From Performing Religious Duties
Purniya Awan

Saudi Arabia has formally banned transgender people from even visiting the country. It doesn’t end there – they have also been banned from performing the religious pilgrimage, Umrah. The pilgrimage can be performed by Muslims at any time of the year as opposed to Hajj, which can only be carried out once a year....

Dance of Death in Pakistan
Tushar Ranjan Mohanty

Dance of Death in Pakistan
Tushar Ranjan Mohanty

Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) data on the execution of terrorists showed that, from December 2014 to November 2016, just 29 out of 426 executions had been under the Anti Terrorism Act (ATC). The vast majority (93 per cent) of the 426 executions has been for crimes unrelated to terrorism....

 

How Peace between Afghanistan and the Taliban Foundered
Mujib Mashal

Mr. Ramslien had made an impression not only on the Taliban government in Afghanistan, but also on the Pakistani madrasas — the religious schools that gave birth to the Taliban movement and to this day fill its ranks with foot soldiers. Many of those seminaries were a legacy of American funding of the Islamic insurgency against the Soviet Union in Afghanistan....

 

The Berlin Attack Proves Tunisia, the Single Success of the Arab Spring, Is Yet To Overcome Its Past
Rory Maccarthy

But problems have been growing in Tunisia since the 2000s, with mounting unemployment and despair and humiliation among the young. Some of them have turned to radical Salafist movements, inspired by satellite television preachers and driven by anger at the Tunisian regime’s attempts to impose an official vision of Islam....

 

Mosul, Aleppo, Ankara... Future is bleak
Talmiz Ahmad

Where will this leave the ISIS? During the Mosul operation, the ISIS carried out a series of devastating attacks in Istanbul, Baghdad and different parts of Saudi Arabia. Its “lone-wolf” adherents have also been destructive in several parts of West and South Asia...

 

Forced Conversions in Pakistan
Bina Shah

There are many things not allowed or discouraged in Islam but they still happen in Pakistan. Forced conversion is one of them. Religious parties should be the first in line to say that they vow to protect the rights of minority converts, and will not support conversions or marriages under duress....

After Turkey’s Failed Coup, a Sense of Fatalism Has Set In
Elif Shafak

The rise of four Ms in Turkey – militarisation, misogyny, mobilisation and martyrisation – is not good news for Turkey’s liberals, democrats and secularists, who already feel depressed, forsaken, abandoned. It cannot be a good omen for the region, either....

 

Turkey's Slide into Authoritarianism
Burak Bekdil

Religion was why Erdoğan and Gülen had long been allied against the "infidel" Kemalists, leftists, and seculars. Religion was also why Erdoğan's and Gülen's Sunni Islamist followers are now at each other's throat. Erdoğan and Gülen did not break up because one of them abandoned their common faith. They keep praying to the same God, reciting the same prayers, while their followers keep attending the same mosques. One lesson from the failed Turkish coup is that Islam the religion or Islamism the political ideology will never forge the alliances Islamists often seek. Political Islam is not the right glue for enduring political alliances.....

 

Dr Salam, Chakwal and Symbolism
Mosharraf Zaidi

Dr Abdus Salam is a Pakistani hero, whether buildings are named after him or not. More importantly, his life’s work was science and its promotion. A plaque on a building and five scholarships in his name do not solve Pakistan’s urgent education crisis. They may, however, inflame the easily provoked reactionaries for whom other people’s faith is a matter of life and death. ....

 

Tragedies That Expose Pakistan's Fault-Lines
Abbas Nasir

All this happened in Pakistan, where most violent incidents and even terrorist attacks are claimed by groups closely associated with the Deobandi ideology rather than the Barelvi School. Tehrik-e-Taliban is said to follow the Deobandi School...

 

Why General Qamar Javed Bajwa Faces the Abyss in Afghanistan
Praveen Swami

The new General’s spymaster, all those years ago, had outlined a way to walk Pakistan’s policies back from the edge in Afghanistan, involving a political resolution. The Afghanistan it was premised on, though, may no longer exist. For the General, retreat from Zarb-e-Azb may prove impossible, but ahead lies the abyss....

 

Saudi Arabia’s Uncertainties
Yoel Guzansky

Senior Saudi princes have allegedly called for regime change expressing distrust of the 31-year-old prince. Saudi royals, once prudent and cautious, are now determined to lead a senseless and costly war in neighbouring Yemen. Internal security is another problem as ISIS repeatedly has shown that it has a strong presence inside the kingdom....

 

How Islamic Will Erdogan’s Presidential System Be?
Mustafa Akyol

They should also realize that the key value of Islam’s political tradition is what writer Hayrettin Karaman mentioned in passing in 2015 — and what I emphasized back in 2013. It is the “separation of powers.” It is, in other words, creating clear boundaries between the executive, the legislation and the judiciary. The most troubling aspect of Erdogan’s envisioned presidency is not that it may be too Islamic in that regard. It may rather be too Platonic....

 

Bangladesh: Unflagging Determination
S. Binodkumar Singh

"The children of war criminals are not innocent. They are hatching conspiracies and will continue it. We have to remember that and stay alert against them. We have to continue our war against their conspiracies."....

 
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