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“Speaking truth to Power”: Khan Shaheed Abdul Samad Khan 

“Speaking truth to Power”: Khan Shaheed Abdul Samad Khan 

    Dr Barkat Shah Kakar One of the most influential trends depicted in the evolution of post-colonial studies has been the discourse around history and historiography. The deconstruction of grand historical narratives and reconstruction of alternative frame of analysis has figure out realities that are made invisible under the auspices of state’s tagging narrative of good, bad and the ugly.  […]

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A Willful Surrender of Reason

A Willful Surrender of Reason

Khalid Mahmood Not long ago, the liberal and secular citizens of Pakistan were highly  infuriated by the deep state actors involvement in forced disapperances of those who used their right to dissent. The ruling elites of PML (N) were lambasted for turning the blind eye towards the abduction and torture of innocent people. This time, a grotesque drama was staged […]

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Does Religion Make People Moral?

Does Religion Make People Moral?

by Mustafa Akyol Over the past 15 years, my country, Turkey, has gone through a colossal political revolution. The traditional secular elite that identifies with the nation’s modernist founder, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, has been replaced by religious conservatives who, until recently, were largely powerless and marginalized. The religious conservatives have by now come to dominate virtually all institutions of the […]

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Pakistan Army can’t stay out of politics

Pakistan Army can’t stay out of politics

Pakistan Army can’t stay out of politics because it thinks it’s the nation’s saviour by Husain Haqqani The Pakistani military continues to re-engineer politics by removing undesirable politicians and advancing the careers of civilians considered more pliable. If insanity is doing the same thing again and again, and expecting a different result then Pakistan’s permanent establishment is definitely insane. After […]

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A dialectical reading of Sapiens and Homo Deus

A dialectical reading of Sapiens and Homo Deus

by Munir Pervaiz A “million” is a fascinating number. One followed by six zeros invariably astounds many minds. As a metaphor it means a very large number, and that is why we say that “one has asked a million dollar question”. The fascination with the number million, becomes further intriguing when we hear that, a young Canadian poet Rupi Kaur […]

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Prepare Yourself for Jihad 3.0

Prepare Yourself for Jihad 3.0

By Husain Haqqani, The Wall Street Journal Tuesday’s terrorist attack in New York City, committed by an immigrant from Uzbekistan, is a reminder that radical political Islam won’t end with the recent defeat of Islamic State in Raqqa. Just as the fall of the Taliban in Afghanistan soon after 9/11 did not mark the end of al Qaeda, extremist forces […]

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Navy SEALs Were Ready if Pakistan Failed

Navy SEALs Were Ready if Pakistan Failed

Navy SEALs Were Ready if Pakistan Failed to Free Family Held as Hostages By ADAM GOLDMAN and ERIC SCHMITT, The Newyork Times WASHINGTON — A C.I.A. drone was circling a remote valley in northwest Pakistan last month when it picked up an unusual sight: a young woman and children in a militant camp. To intelligence analysts, she appeared to be an American abducted […]

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Mainstreaming Terror

Mainstreaming Terror

by Khaled Ahmed It is now certain — unless Pakistan’s powers-that-be intervene — that the process of “mainstreaming” or deradicalising of Pakistan’s proxy warriors recommended by retired military officers figuring on TV talkshows has been shipwrecked. The Foreign Office under PMLN foreign minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif has decided that Hafiz Saeed’s Milli Muslim League (MML) should not have taken part […]

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Seedbeds of radicalism

Seedbeds of radicalism

Religion-based education in Pakistan has made universities a fertile ground for extremists. By Khaled Ahmed Pakistan is in the grip of terrorism unleashed by university-educated youth who kill in the name of Islam. A Karachi gang that was recently nabbed was found to have connected with university-level teachers and their students who were on the take from the Islamic State […]

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Campaign Posters in Pakistan

Campaign Posters in Pakistan

By MEHREEN ZAHRA-MALIK,   The Newyork Times LAHORE, Pakistan — For years, Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, one of the most-wanted militant leaders in South Asia, has lived in the open in Pakistan despite a $10 million American bounty on his head. He has mocked efforts by the United States to capture him and led large public gatherings in Lahore, Pakistan’s second-largest city. Now he is trying […]

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Why Trump Is Right to Get Tough With Pakistan

Why Trump Is Right to Get Tough With Pakistan

By ZALMAY KHALILZAD President Trump deserves high marks for his new Afghanistan strategy. It is bold, reasoned and offers the prospect of success against the violent Islamist groups of the region. But it will also face opposition in the region. The president will have to show an unflagging commitment to the cause and be prepared to respond to moves by adversaries […]

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A Masjid In London

A Masjid In London

    by Khaled Ahmed In June 2017, the month of Ramzan, a vehicle driven by 47-year-old Darren Osborne of Cardiff, Wales, near London’s Finsbury Park mosque, crushed a group of people, marking another incident of Islamophobia in the UK. It came in the wake of three consecutive killings of innocent citizens by radicalised UK Muslims. The Muslim Council of Britain […]

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After Nawaz

After Nawaz

By Khaled Ahmed The Supreme Court of Pakistan has removed Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif from office. Sharif is accused of money-laundering in the case relating to the Panama Papers in which he was not named. An inquiry set up by the court under a Joint Investigative Team (JIT) found him guilty of acquiring wealth he couldn’t account for. The […]

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NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 21:  Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif prepares to address the General Assembly at the United Nations on September 21, 2016 in New York City. Presidents, prime ministers, monarchs and ministers are gathering this week for the United Nation's General Assembly's annual ministerial meeting.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Sharif’s Ouster Is Bad News

By Mihir Sharma In Pakistan’s 70 years of existence, not one prime minister has served a full five-year term. They’ve been fired by governor-generals and army chiefs and judges. So it was always fruitless, I expect, to hope that Nawaz Sharif, elected with a massive mandate in 2013, would become the first. And so it has proved: Sharif was “disqualified” — in […]

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Kargil war: When an IAF Jaguar had Sharif, Musharraf in its crosshairs

Kargil war: When an IAF Jaguar had Sharif, Musharraf in its crosshairs

In a report titled ‘War no solution to problems, says Nawaz’, the Pakistani newspaper The News, said in its edition of June 25, 1999: “Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on Thursday reiterated his call for dialogue with India for defusing a war-like situation along the Line of Control (LoC). Report by The Indian Express Around 8.45 am on Thursday, June […]

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Pakistan, Lebanon Among ‘Terrorist Safe Havens’

Pakistan, Lebanon Among ‘Terrorist Safe Havens’

By Patrick Goodenough | (CNSNews.com) – Countries identified as “terrorist safe havens” in the annual State Department terrorism report released Wednesday include major recipients of U.S. foreign assistance, including military aid. Pakistan and Lebanon stand out, since in both cases the report indicates that their governments’ approaches towards terrorism are part of the problem. Although several other key U.S. aid recipients, notably […]

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To Win Afghanistan, Get Tough on Pakistan

To Win Afghanistan, Get Tough on Pakistan

By  HUSAIN HAQQANI, The New York Times President Trump’s review of American policy in Afghanistan should involve adopting a tougher approach to Pakistan. Although the Taliban are said to control or contest 40 percent of Afghanistan’s territory, Taliban leaders operate from the safety of Pakistan. United States incentives since the Sept. 11 attacks have failed to dissuade Pakistan from supporting the Taliban, and Mr. Trump must now […]

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Trump ponders crackdown on Pakistan over terror ties despite experts’ warnings

Trump ponders crackdown on Pakistan over terror ties despite experts’ warnings

Sune Engel Rasmussen in Kabul and Julian Borger in Washington -The Guardian The Trump administration is considering taking a harder stance against Pakistan for supporting terrorist groups in Afghanistan, but experts warn that pressure alone will not bring peace. Similar tactics have failed in the past, and analysts warn that the US can only influence the south Asian country by coupling force with diplomacy, […]

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Poisonous Pedagogy- Learning Prohibited

Poisonous Pedagogy- Learning Prohibited

Sibte Hasan Poisonous pedagogy meanders silently through the social weft of a society and it produces people. This is supported by a curriculum introduced for formal education in schools. In the oppressed societies, curricula are still promoting pedagogies which were used in political system during medieval times. In these curriculum, not life but order and obedience are the highest values. […]

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The Islamic World Has a Blasphemy Problem

The Islamic World Has a Blasphemy Problem

How have such bad laws gotten on the books in Muslim countries? It’s complicated. BY KRITHIKA VARAGUR AKARTA, Indonesia — This month, Jakarta’s embattled former governor, Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama, was sentenced to two years in prison for blasphemy against Islam, based on his flip quotation of a Quran verse that addresses whether Muslims can elect non-Muslim leaders. The presiding judge declared […]

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