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A place of worship for Ahmadi Muslims in Pakistan cannot be called a mosque under Pakistani Law, which prohibits Ahmadis from claiming to be Muslim, under Ordinance XX [Anti-Islamic Activities of the Quadiani Group, Lahori Group and Ahmadis (Prohibition and Punishment) Ordinance (1984)]....

 

Her voice broke. Tears overcame Zeinab Mirza, a political studies lecturer at the American University of Beirut. She was crying for Lebanon’s awakening. “In a way,” she said, “We were in a coma before.”...

Thus, taking pride in one's culture and ethnicity is permissible in Islam to the extent that it does not sacrifice religious unity. Righteous is the criterion of superiority and committing violence and causing bloodbath in the name of cultural identity is not approved by the Quran...

Imran stood at the UNGA podium lamenting Islamophobia in the West, while the Shia Muslims live in ghettos in Pakistan and the Ahmadis are ostracised out of his own government. Shias and Ahmadis have sustained scores of casualties at the hands of Imran Khan’s darling Taliban and other assorted jihadists.....

Instead of boasting too much about the brilliance of one’s own sect (all communities do that), we should focus on action (Amal) as to who is doing the greatest good to others....

A general argument can be made that Pakistan’s power elites have been patronising religious, ethnic, cultural and racial disagreements to further their regime, instead of looking at the diversity of religious, cultural and societal opinion in Pakistan as a sign of inclusiveness and plurality. ...

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.....

 
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