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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....

 

There is no censorship on reporting a bomb blast or target killing, but there is a restraint – both self-imposed and state-induced – on historical and political analyses of Balochistan....

 

They exhibited the traditional courage and valour of Sudanese Women who were known as warriors and forerunner against the colonialism. This boldness is not new to Sudanese women as they have toppled a military tyrant before in what is known as the October Revolution of 1964....

 

The identities of the victims are yet to be ascertained, and no group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack. Nevertheless, the nature as well the area in which the attack took place indicates involvement of Baloch insurgent groups who have for long been targeting settlers from outside Balochistan....

 

In Pakistan, we are back to killing fields of Quetta with Hazaras as its prime victims of annual feats of genocide at the hands of sectarian killers-many of whom it seems are in cahoots with the certain elements among law enforcers. This time the responsibility has been claimed by the Sunni or Salafi ISIS....

 

The target of the attack was the Hazara Shias, as the Hazarganji area is dominated by the community and has witnessed similar attacks in the past as well. Hazara shopkeepers are provided a security escort to and from Hazarganji, since they are constantly under threat of attack....

And with the understanding that U.S. policy in the Iraq War helped create favourable conditions for ISIS to form, America must carefully consider the best path forward in Syria....

 

In numerical terms, the two back-to-back suicide bombings on Peshawar’s All Saints Church in September 2013 were still more gruesome. They left 127 dead — more than two and a half times the number at Christchurch. Commiserations by national leaders rang hollow. Imran Khan, standing outside the bombed-out church, told the survivors that calamity had visited them because of US drone strikes. ...

He stressed that leaders should remain dedicated to ensuring Malaysia stays a multiracial country, by practicing progressive and multiracial politics and not restricting their focus on the Malay-Muslim community alone....

 

Indeed, China has been asking Pakistan to ensure that there should be no opposition to its project and that ‘peace’ is maintained. Islamabad has mastered the art of ensuring the 'peace' in the troubled region since 1948 with the help of draconian laws and brutal military might....

 

Saudi Arabia plays the sectarian card. Anti-Shi‘i rhetoric - sometimes demonising Shi‘is as apostates worthy of death - has been intrinsic to Wahhabism since it originated in the eighteenth century. There is no space to set out the differences between Sunnis and Shi‘is here...

Ahmadiyyas, or Qadianis as they are also called, have for decades been condemned by Muslims for beliefs which are considered contrary to the fundamental tenets of Islam. With the encroachment of a Wahhabi brand of Islam in Bangladesh, demands have increasingly been made for government action against the Ahmadiyyas.....

The military is keen to ensure absolute control. We are not seeking a violent revolution, but we are determined to push Pakistan back toward a constitutional order....

 

There are many similarities between the lives of Aasia Bibi and Dr. Abdus Salam. But the common threads bring no joy or strength. Each adds to the agony of the other. The flight of persecuted Pakistanis from their homeland may do no harm to its already inflated population. But it sure does narrow the slim white of Pakistan’s flag....

 

In general, Ashraf Muslims evade ‘Caste debate within Muslim community’, for Caste has no theological recognition in Islam. Nonetheless, the Ashraf having prefix’s like Syed, Khan, Pasha, Mirza, Sheikh, Siddiqui, Farooqui, in their name, argues for the idea of equality in Islam, and blame ‘diffusion of two cultural traditions’....

As we prepare for the Martin Luther King Day in a couple of days, the Muslims need to use this as an opportunity to reflect upon Dr. King’s legacy as well as Islam’s teachings on race and diversity....

 
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