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What the massacre revealed was the need for a clear understanding of the weaponisation of ethnic, religious and political identities that is going on throughout the world. This was Brenton Tarrant’s evil aim: to contribute to a polarisation of the West – and to a parallel phenomenon in the Muslim world....

 

Ultimately, India wants to be seen as a responsible rising power. Rather than fixating on the symbolic pass China gave to an infirm militant, New Delhi is better off tapping into the growing resolve within the international community to combat Pakistan-based terrorism, and working multilaterally in other forums to curb a threat that is of great global concern....

 

New Zealand’s Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, deserves praise for her handling of the situation. She went far beyond verbal condemnation and expressed genuine sorrow of those who lost loved ones....

 

Pakistan is no longer keen on the Taliban who make it vulnerable to the “Jihadi” madrasas which dreaming of an ideal Pakistan close to their medieval dreams. Because of the creeping takeover by the “pious warriors” of the cities in the settled areas, Pakistan has led two operations against these elements....

The current situation in CHT is a direct result of the lacklustre implementation of the Peace Accord. With violence moving to the epicentre in the local power dynamics of the region, further tit for tat violence is likely to persist....

 

There are, of course, lessons to be drawn by the Islamic countries as well. Western bashing and harsh criticism of the West might not bring the desired outcome, but might further fuel the existing prejudices.

 

The New Zealand killer did not exact his violence in America, but he would be at home in our statistics: in the past decade, seventy-three per cent of all American extremist-related killings have come from the right wing, compared to twenty-three per cent from Salafi Jihadism...

 

Social media giants Twitter and Facebook have responded to criticism in the wake of Friday’s mass shootings at mosques in New Zealand after the deadly terrorist attacks were live-streamed on the platforms that collectively have billions of worldwide users....

 

As the citizen of a new “ideological” utopia, the man felt too judgmental to forgive the streets follies he had been forced to ignore during the days of “slavery”. He disliked what he had liked before because it was not in accordance with the precepts of the new state; and objected even to the way people dressed....

 

If it is temporal, then it is acceptable as it deals with a specific time in history when Muslims were at war with the Persian and Roman empires. If it’s situational, then it is acceptable only if used on those in antagonism or war against Muslims....

The Arakan Army, founded in 2009 by a few ethnic Rakhine Buddhists, has grown in strength to an estimated membership of 7,000. Security analyst David Scott Mathieson observes, “the Arakan Army has expanded to a force of [several thousand] soldiers”....

 

The judges suggested an amicable resolution while telling the parties that they were seriously “giving a chance for mediation” in an attempt to “heal relationships”. This is a laudable sentiment. But how have past mediations fared? Have they succeeded in resolving disputes like this?...

Perhaps this shouldn’t come as a surprise. Mr. Netanyahu’s rule over his decade in office has been increasingly racist. Last year he enacted the Nation-State Law, which legalized certain forms of racial discrimination and officially transformed the Arab population in Israel into second-class citizens....

 

... Modi government claimed a diplomatic coup against Pakistan that the previous governments failed to achieve in 50 years. Since then, Narendra Modi and Amit Shah tom-tommed the achievement at every political rally and claimed credit for isolating Pakistan at the OIC-comprising 57 countries. However, the euphoria has turned out to be misplaced. ...

India’s most recent encounter with the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) bears an uncanny resemblance to India’s failed attempt to gain entry to the inaugural session of the same grouping held in Rabat, Morocco, in 1969 and for much the same reasons....

 

It is terrific that we have managed to get the UN Security Council to censure Pakistan for its support to jihadist killers. Terrific that so many countries have stood by India in this time of distress and disturbance, but unless we begin to admit that Kashmir is an unresolved domestic problem, it will continue to fester....

“I like it here… this place opened my mind, changed my thought process, made me think beyond the binary of Kashmiris and non-Kashmiris. I have made some very dear friends in the last four years,’’ he says, adding that he heard about Kharar from his Kashmiri seniors. “I simply followed them here....

 

The bloodcurdling threats we have heard from Narendra Modi won’t solve the problem. Neither will Nitin Gadkari’s warnings over river and canal water or Lt General K.J.S. Dhillon’s thundering. Unlike Israel bombing Iraq’s Osirak reactor or the Americans attacking Al-Qaeda targets in Afghanistan, India has to cope with what is primarily a domestic challenge. Cross-border raids dignified as “surgical strikes” won’t resolve it....

The scrapping of Article 370 of the Constitution cannot be an answer to the escalating situation in Kashmir. It will only sharpen the anxieties of an insecure people. Nor can the “de-hyphenation of Ladakh and Jammu from Kashmir Valley” yield any fruitful results. Kashmir deserves a dialogical solution by taking on board all the stakeholders....

 

It is no wonder that Mr. Khan has to speak with both sides of his mouth in a desperate attempt to preserve the military’s honour while attempting to get off the escalatory ladder that can lead to unpredictable consequences....

 

“Think, too, of the great part that is played by the unpredictable in war,” Thucydides wrote, “and think of it now, before you are actually committed. The longer a war lasts, the more things tend to depend on accidents. Neither you nor we can see into them; we have to abide their outcome in the dark.”....

 

India and Pakistan, though, must avoid discussing Kashmir. This is because there is always a stalemate with India demanding that Pakistan let up on cross-border terrorism and Pakistan insisting on talking about all items of disagreement, “including Kashmir”....

 

The country has been a friend to us in word and deed. It is the biggest regional donor to Afghanistan and our fifth largest donor globally, having generously given us over $3 billion in assistance. India has built over 200 public and private schools, sponsors over 1,000 scholarships and hosts over 16,000 Afghan students....

 

Israel’s trust-the-Palestinians camp lost the argument after the 2000 Camp David summit failed and was followed by a bloody Palestinian uprising, the second Intifada. Israel’s unilateral-withdrawal camp lost the argument following the 2005 “disengagement” from the Gaza Strip...

 

Prediction is always dicey and often wrong. The Kabul government has so far been excluded from all discussion. It is miffed and sullen. Ipso facto, the peace process must be Afghan-led and the reconciliation Afghan-owned....

 


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