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Russia’s new game in Afghanistan

Russia’s new game in Afghanistan

Vladimir Putin’s posturing towards Afghanistan has opened a new chapter in the great game in the heart of Asia. by Najib Sharifi A resurgent Russia is making new inroads into Afghanistan, not in the way the former USSR did, but by aligning itself with some of the very extremists whose leaders were involved in the defeat of the Soviet Union’s decade-long invasion of […]

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The Sufi must Sing

The Sufi must Sing

  by William Dalrymple  Only three days after a suicide bomb went off in Lahore, the bombing by a female IS supporter of the great Sufi shrine of Sehwan Sharif was an especially ominous development for the future of Pakistan. Sufism, and spectacular Sufi music, are two of the most prominent sources of hope, pleasure and tolerance in that increasingly violent […]

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This is not Khuda Hafiz for now

This is not Khuda Hafiz for now

by Dr. Ayesha Siddiqa Remember when three blind men were asked to describe an elephant? Each one described the portion they touched. Much the same way, everyone seems to be finding their own answer to Hafiz Saeed’s recent house arrest—ranging from American pressure to a subtle Chinese nod. (Police placed him under house arrest on January 31 after taking him […]

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Can Kashmir become the link between South and Central Asia?

Can Kashmir become the link between South and Central Asia?

By Khaled Ahmed On January 18, Dawn reported that chief minister Mehbooba Mufti had proposed the opening of a new trade route that would negate regional conflict. The route would connect diverse communities now suffering under the long-simmering India-Pakistan conflict. She held up Kashmir as the most game-changing trading nucleus connecting South Asia with Central Asia. Mufti must have pondered […]

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Poisonous Pedagogy

Poisonous Pedagogy

Poisonous Pedagogy (Cruelty in the Name of Love) by Sibte Hasan “The main psychological mechanism that operates in all child abuse involves using children as what I have termed poison containers … the parent injects his or her bad feelings into the child and uses it to cleanse his or herself of depression and anger. ”(De-Meuse, the author of ‘History of […]

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Islamic Leaders Seek Dalit Support to Undermine UCC

Islamic Leaders Seek Dalit Support to Undermine UCC

In recent years, the Islamist leaders in India have diligently sought to court Dalit leaders to advance their own Islamist agenda. By Tufail Ahmad Yeksan civil code thopa gaya to mulk mein takrao ke halaat paida ho jayen gein” – if the uniform civil code is imposed, situations of confrontation will emerge in the country. This is a banner headline […]

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Turkey: Sunni Version of the Shia Theocratic Iran

Turkey: Sunni Version of the Shia Theocratic Iran

By Tufail Ahmad Turkey is in the throes of radical transformation. On the night of December 31, thirty-nine people including two Indians were killed in a shooting spree at a New Year’s eve party at the Reina club in Istanbul. Similar terror attacks have taken place in Turkey over the past few years, but this was perhaps the first attack […]

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Hafiz Saeed, center, head of a religous group Jamaat-ud-Dawa waves to supporters while he with other leaders leads a rally to mark Pakistan Independence Day in Karachi, Pakistan on Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016. The Pakistani nation is celebrating its 70th Independence Day, to mark its independence from the British rule in 1947. (AP Photo/Shakil Adil)

ISI will continue its proxy war

NEW DELHI: Pakistan’s spy agency ISI will continue its proxy war against India regardless of any change in its leadership because it needs an enemy, and ISIdefines it as India’s “control over Kashmir”, said German political scientist Hein Kiessling, who spent 13 years in Pakistan researching and interacting with its intelligence and military elites, here on Monday. Last month, Pakistan’s new army chief, General Qamar […]

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The Ideology of A.G. Noorani

The Ideology of A.G. Noorani

It is clear that Noorani’s commitment to Sharia is absolute. By Tufail Ahmad Over the past few centuries, civilisation has witnessed a worldwide movement to separate religion from the state and law, giving birth to secularism. In India, one man is trying to reverse this process. His name is AG Noorani. The main allegation against Noorani is that he is […]

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Values are not always healthy

By Sibte Hasan and Qudsia Kalsoom Education has many facets but the most emphasized aspect of education all over the world is imparting subject knowledge to the students. John Dewey, the great philosopher, affirms that heavy dependence on subject knowledge and methods is fatal to the best interests of education. Instead, education should focus on the cultivation of a mindset […]

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The Intellectual Deceit of Faizan Mustafa

The Intellectual Deceit of Faizan Mustafa

Tufail Ahmad It is time for Faizan Mustafa – a leading columnist on Indian Muslim issues and vice chancellor of the Hyderabad-based NALSAR University of Law – to enroll in a madrassa and teach Islamic Sharia. In article after article, Mustafa, a former law teacher of mine when I was at the Aligarh Muslim University, is advancing the cause of […]

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CPEC: Corridor Of Uncertainty

CPEC: Corridor Of Uncertainty

Trade utopia of CPEC will remain incomplete if India is kept out by Khaled Ahmed  The only big thing going for an isolated Pakistan is the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). Unable to tackle its internal security problems — for which it now wrongly blames India — it prefers focusing on the good times the world thinks the Chinese investment of $46 […]

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Pakistan heading towards water crises

Pakistan heading towards water crises

by Tilak Devasher  Pakistan has been inching towards a water crisis for decades. In 1951, it was a water-abundant country with an annual per capita availability of around 5,260 cubic meters (m3). By 2013, this declined to as low as 964 m3 per annum. The country is expected to become “absolute water scarce” — less than 500 m3 per capita per […]

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Failure on terror Front

Failure on terror Front

  by Afrasiab Khattak The 110 pages damning report by Justice Qazi Faez Isa-led Inquiry Commission on Quetta terror attack of August 8 has categorically exposed the hypocrisy and double-dealings of the state institutions in their policy and action on terrorism. The report has been submitted to a three members Supreme Court bench led by the Chief Justice Anwar Zaheer […]

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Pak mission officials say they were told to take Uri detainees home

Pak mission officials say they were told to take Uri detainees home

by  Praveen Swami  THE names of two detainees accused by the government of being guides for the terrorists who attacked the 12 Infantry Brigade headquarters in Uri figured on a list given to the Pakistan High Commission of detainees who could be repatriated home, a top Pakistan diplomat has told The Indian Express. The two detainees, the diplomat said, were […]

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A Foreign Policy More Supple

A Foreign Policy More Supple

States have more room for manoeuvre if they keep their options open. By Khaled Ahmed India’s brilliant ex-foreign secretary and a scion of great Indian statesmen, Shivshankar Menon, in his book ‘Choices: Inside the Making of India’s Foreign Policy’ (2016) begins by positing his thesis: “All governments claim eternal consistency and success. Some even claim omniscience, and yet the essence […]

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Block Islam from becoming official state religion

Block Islam from becoming official state religion

Parliament in Bratislava has approved a bill that effectively prevents Islam from being registered as a state religion in the near future. Sponsored by the Slovak National Party (SNS), which is a member in Prime Minister Robert Fico’s coalition, the legislation was passed Wednesday, Reuters reported. The law was approved by a two-thirds majority in parliament, comprising both ruling and […]

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The dilemma of Muslim reform

The dilemma of Muslim reform

by Kamran Siddiqui There are about fifty Muslim majority countries in the world and about 25 countries that have more than 10% Muslim population. Islam is the second largest religion with about 1.6 billion followers. However, other than the population scale, Muslim majority countries and Muslim population in general score relatively low on various global scales for scientific advancement, education […]

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How General Raheel Sharif duped Pakistan, made Nawaz Sharif a puppet PM

How General Raheel Sharif duped Pakistan, made Nawaz Sharif a puppet PM

The outgoing Pakistan Army chief General Raheel Sharif is being hailed as the country’s most “beloved army chief”. By Rajeev Kumar The outgoing Pakistan Army chief General Raheel Sharif is being hailed as the country’s most “beloved army chief”. Such praise for a man who couldn’t contribute much, like all his predecessors, to make Pakistan a peaceful, prosperous country shows how […]

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Muslim Islamophobia

Muslim Islamophobia

by Khaled Ahmed In the West, Islamophobia is characterised by hatred of an alien faith practised by émigré communities. (AP Photo) Indian teacher Dr Mohammed Ayoob, professor emeritus of international relations, Michigan State University, recently wrote that neither violent jihadism nor sectarian conflict was responsible for the crisis of the Muslim state in the Middle East. He debunked the view […]

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