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The War Within Islam

Saudi Arabia’s snub of the KL Summit demonstrates its intolerance for Iran and the Shias. Rouhani’s excellent speech highlighted global economic terrorism. It was in tandem with Mahathir’s own contempt for economic imperialism and sanctions by big powers. Rouhani and Mahathir are obviously on the same page...

The Founder of Pakistan repeatedly said that Pakistan shall not be a theocratic state to be run by priests with a divine mission. In the last All India Muslim League’s convention in Karachi in December 1947, he explained that in his view Islam did not stand for an ecclesiastical state. ...

 

Walking onto a football pitch hardly seems an act of high diplomacy. But two and a half years into the embargo of Qatar by three Gulf neighbours—Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE)—it may count as progress....

 

"Israel is being seen by moderate Arab governments as a trade and security partner." Israel and many Arab states were united in an uproar over the Obama administration's Iran deal. He even notes that an Arab prince recently asked, "Who else will fly in joint missions against Iranian targets with us?...

 

 Extreme instability and mistrust are heightening tensions in the Persian Gulf, especially between Shiite Iran and Sunni Saudi Arabia....

 

Arab “Brexits” come with little warning, negotiation, parliamentary deliberation, or media debate, and usually persist for decades. But the impact of these self-inflicted economic disasters is now painfully evident....

The faction led by “Supreme Guide” Ali Khamenei started by dismissing the uprising as a déjà vu version of the protests that have punctuated Iran’s history since the 1979 revolution....

 

And right when Middle Easterners are demanding to be treated as citizens — not Sunnis or Shiites — Americans are devolving into Sunnis and Shiites or, as we call them, Democrats and Republicans, with the same tribal mentality: rule or die....

 

The UN, EU and all Western nations must condemn the violence and savagery of the Iranian regime. The West must make it known that we stand shoulder to shoulder with the protesters in Iran demanding regime change....

 

The three-year “extension” given to General Bajwa was challenged at the Supreme Court by an eccentric lawyer of Rawalpindi who had been censured repeatedly in the past by the court for “frivolous litigation”....

 

Such preaching is one of the reasons behind Maldives having one of the highest ratios of fighters joining IS in Syria and Iraq.  An estimated 200 citizens have left the island nation, which has a total population of roughly 400,000, translating to ‘one in every 2000’ Maldivians becomes an ISIS fighter....

 

And within hours of the protests starting, the authorities resorted to the use of firearms to crush down these voices. The Iranian authorities shut down the internet. It happened extremely quickly....

 

In recent demonstrations in support of the Islamic Republic, the Iranian people have shown that they continue to rely on this unifying factor and this symbol of resistance and protection of the Islamic Republic of Iran...

 

In a founding document, the members urged their adversaries to debate them constructively “rather than resort to old methods of silencing critics and demonizing reformers.”...

 

Pakistan is being torn asunder by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), empowered to arrest its victims on suspicion. Those who get picked up and rot in NAB prisons without bail have to prove themselves not guilty. ..

 

The recent round with Israel exposed Islamic Jihad in its weakness. It was revealed to be a less skilled terror organization than Hamas, not particularly professional or compartmentalized, one that found it difficult to operate its command and control system and exposed its people to Israeli strikes while setting up its rocket systems....

 

The origins of these difficulties go back a century to the time when the multi-ethnic Ottoman Empire collapsed in the late 19th and early 20th century and modern Turkey emerged....

 

The terror outfit is moving its base from Syria and Iraq to Afghanistan. There are territories within Afghanistan that are of great concern for everyone. The threat is not faced by just one country, but the entire region," Javad Zarif said....

Now a difference of opinion is considered a crime, and the saner voices calling for the supremacy of the constitution and democracy or for a pluralist society are labeled as traitors and foreign agents....

 

It is his unexpected death that brought an unwelcome focus on a system where the Awami League cadres, the university administration, and the police all come together to create a Nazi-like methodology of checking the phones of students for unwanted Facebook posts and likes to verify if someone is a Shibir supporter, and if people are “found guilty” of liking pages not approved by the government, they are brutally tortured and later handed over to police as Shibir supporters....

 

Just more than a decade before the demise of the Ottoman Empire, intellectual Yusuf Akcura argued there were three alternative ideologies that might unite the fading multiethnic, multireligious state: Ottomanism, Islamism and Turkism....

 

The images streaming from cities in three countries in our region — countries that, tellingly, had sat out the 2011 Arab Spring — spell it out: Demonstrators are out in the streets and town squares protesting against the miserable social, political and economic conditions that have long bedevilled their lives....

Beginning as early as the mid-1960s, Saudi Arabia systematically began to spread its version of Wahhabi Islam in the Sunni world, including South Asia, as an instrument of its foreign policy and a tool for expanding its regional and international influence....

Anyone who benefits from a certain system can never bring change in the status quo. Perhaps it is time for the educated class in Pakistan to fill the space of a genuine anti-status-quo political party....

 

Whoever fails to deliver can no longer hide behind “the system.” They are “the system,” and if they don’t fix it, they will be overturned with it....

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