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Civilians have borne the brunt of terrorism in the District, with Shia Hazaras particularly under attack. Over a period of almost 20 years, according to the SATP database, at least 367 Shia Hazaras were killed in Quetta, while another 113 sustained injuries....

 

The Umayyad also dispatched Da’awah emissaries to remote parts of the world conducting Da’awah to the religion of Allah the Almighty. Their emissaries got as far as China who they referred to as the White-clothed....

 

It is without doubt the most emotional and poignant event for Shia Muslims around the world. For Sunnis, some are aware of its historical significance while others are not. Others may also be, of course, anti-Shia....

Perhaps it is time to look back at history on how Ali, the fourth Rightly-Guided Caliph and his family, the Ahlul-Bait, or the household of the Prophet, were vilified at every Friday sermon during the time of the Umayyad dynasty’s rule. It was during the reign of Caliph Umar Abdul Aziz, a caliph of the Umayyad, that he instructed all the imams to stop vilifying Ali and his family....

That he was hounded out of India has certainly done good to the Muslim society as they are away from his poisonous lectures. His only hope now is to seek refuge in Saudi Arabia. I am certain he will be amongst his own kind in the holy land....

Divisions between the two sects are ancient, going back to the leadership dispute which arose after the death of Prophet Muhammad in the early 7th Century. Some Muslims called for his son-in-law, Ali, to succeed him, while the majority backed his father-in-law, Abu Bakr....

 

Despite their differences, Sunni and Shia have lived alongside each other in relative peace for most of history. But starting in the late 20th century, the schism deepened, exploding into violence in many parts of the Middle East....

By outlawing Shia Islam - the dominant religion in Iran - Malaysia aligned itself openly and firmly with Tehran's main regional rivals, Riyadh and Abu Dhabi. This, in turn, encouraged the anti-Shia prejudices of the public and allowed sectarian tensions...

 

Even as some of the missing return home, the question of impunity remains unaddressed.

The region-wise breakdown of complaints received from March 1, 2011, up to the end of April 2019 is as follows: Punjab —1,271; Sindh — 1,512; Khyber Pakhtunkhwa — 2,277; Balochistan — 408; Islamabad — 256; Fata — 265; PoK — 53; Gilgit-Baltistan — eight....

 

It is obvious that not all the people living in Weikendorf have a racist bent of mind. However, there are increasing number of racist incidents in Austria targeting minorities and immigrants....

Identity construction – whether Kafiristani, Nuristani or Kohistani – is “heteroethnopsis”, the “others’ view”; and are thus imposed. Over time these very people, as per the rule owing mainly to social and political status as the region is in between three empires, internalised these imposed identities....

 

It went on to say that Pakistan was a multicultural pluralistic country where people of various faiths lived together in peace and harmony. Frankly I could care less about the USCIRF’s report but I am very disappointed in our blanket bald denial of what is a fact in Pakistan....

 

The focus of the Indian government’s ‘tough’ Kashmir policy has been on eliminating terrorism and restoring peace in Jammu & Kashmir. Keeping New Delhi’s focus on the terrorism ball, by sending in infiltrators regularly, Islamabad, preparing to get work on the CPEC going...

 

Fear is the weapon through which the masses are controlled by the power elite, and propaganda is the tool that helps manipulate the minds of the masses. In the civilized world, the parliament or the mainstream media stop the oppressors from conquering the resources of the masses and discredit their propaganda….

 

In response to last week's accusation by the military that Pakistan's Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement (PTM) has been receiving funds from Afghanistan's and India's intelligence agencies, its leader, Manzoor Pashteen, blamed the country's most powerful institution of turning the war on terror into a lucrative business in their region....

 

Certainly, this is not a favourable scenario for Pakistan, especially in the context of CPEC and the complex economic challenges the country is facing. For Pakistan, the security cost of CPEC is increasing which could frustrate the Chinese as well as foreign and local investors. Businesses and megaprojects thrive in secure environments....

 

According to partial data compiled by South Asia Terrorism Portal (SATP), a total of 229 ‘outsiders’ have been killed in Balochistan since the killing of Nawab Akbar Bugti, leader of the Bugti tribe and President of the Jamhoori Watan Party (JWP)...

 

Baloch rebels also accuse China of exploiting the Province’s abundant mineral deposits. China has been involved in projects in Balochistan even before CPEC was put in place....

 

Tensions between the Shia population of al-Hasa region (roughly today's Eastern Province) and the House of Saud have a long history and go back to the time when Mohammed Ibn Saud.....

 

The report noted that, during the year 2017, religious minorities in Pakistan, including Christians, Sikhs, Hindus and Ahmadis continued to face attacks and discrimination from extremist groups....

 

But the deep state’s public monopoly of Pakistan’s security apparatus and the untamed zeal of its apparatchik to draw and dominate its agenda all by themselves clearly amounts to throwing a spanner in Imran’s wheels....

 

If an Ahmadi believes himself to be a Muslim the Constitution of Pakistan cannot and does not ask him to believe otherwise. This is not the rejection of the constitution. Disobedience to the Constitution will only be if any Ahmadi adopted any unconstitutional means to change the position....

 

The Sindhis have had genuine grievances before succumbing to a nationalist approach to the politics in the mid-1950s. Since the inception of the country, they had to wage one battle after the other to preserve their identity, language, culture; the geographical integrity of their land and its resources and autonomy....

 

While it is tempting to frame these executions as being motivated by sectarianism, this is highly unlikely as the most shocking display of state violence was reserved for a Sunni death row inmate. It, therefore, appears clear that Riyadh wanted to send a general message....

 

Unfortunately, such targeted attacks are nothing new for Balochistan, especially its small Hazara population. From the two bus attacks in Mastung and Hazarganji in 2011 to the latest incidents in Quetta and Ormara, hundreds have lost their lives because of religion, sect, or state association....

 
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