Afgan Intelligence and ISI to work together to eliminate terrorism

(By BAQIR SAJJAD SYED) In a path-breaking deal Pakistan’s premier intelligence agency Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and the Afghan intelligence outfit National Directorate of Security (NDS) have signed an accord for cooperation, which is aimed at bolstering fight against terrorism.

The first-of-its-kind deal between the two intelligence agencies followed a landmark visit by Prime Minister Nawaz . . . → Read More: Afgan Intelligence and ISI to work together to eliminate terrorism

Altaf Hussain – Driving a militant agenda

By Owen Bennett-Jones

Guardian article from 2013, reports on links between the MQM and foreign intelligence agencies:

“police raids in the investigation have produced rich material. Shortly after the 2010 murder the police found a significant number of papers stashed in Farooq’s home. Some of the documents gave credence . . . → Read More: Altaf Hussain – Driving a militant agenda

Pakistan needs to refocus on its terror management

(By Dr Hasan Askari Rizvi) Karachi became the target of the latest terrible terrorist attack on May 13. It created a sense of helplessness throughout Pakistan and shattered the confidence of Pakistanis in the capacity of the state institutions and the leadership for securing their lives against violent groups. In the immediate aftermath of the . . . → Read More: Pakistan needs to refocus on its terror management

Cyber-will, cyber-intent, cyber-heroes

Trying to figure out whether the terrorist attack on the Ismaili community was more horrifying, or the response of our ‘awakened’ generation, makes for a sorry state of mind that one is left to struggle with. Our condolences and condemnations have being reduced toputting up display pictures and status updates on social media showing our . . . → Read More: Cyber-will, cyber-intent, cyber-heroes

Is RAW working against India’s interests

RAW, the premier intelligence agency of India has somehow become an essential part of all the terror narratives in Pakistan following the statements made by some higher military and civilian authorities about its alleged role in various terrorist activities in Pakistan. For a long time, fingers have constantly been pointed at India in Pakistan by . . . → Read More: Is RAW working against India’s interests

No home for Myanmar’s Rohingya

(BY CAMERON HUDSON) Burma’s Rohingya face an existential threat — and we must not look away.

Diving through Sittwe, the dusty provincial capital of Rahkine state in northwest Burma, you notice a small poster affixed to nearly every shop and home. In English these signs read “white card,” and they alert anyone passing by that . . . → Read More: No home for Myanmar’s Rohingya

Islam does not allow suicide attacks

Some 200 religious scholars have issued a decree against suicide attacks and termed them unlawful under Islamic law.

The decree issued at a conference of ulema here on Sunday said the philosophy behind the self-styled Islamic State (IS), banned Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan, Al Qaeda, Boko Haram and other so-called jihadi outfits was misleading.

Such groups operated . . . → Read More: Islam does not allow suicide attacks

Till we bleed out courage…

What do you do when courage bleeds to death?

There is something sickeningly wrong when slaughter is revenged by the deafening sounds of, ‘bleat, bleat’, while armchair warriors beat their chests and retire for the night. There is something nauseatingly wrong when 45 executed bodies cannot make the leader do the right thing.

For make . . . → Read More: Till we bleed out courage…

India suffers from Modi’s rule of hate

(By Ram Puniyani) The coming to power of Narendra Modi in a way gave an open license to all the affiliates of RSS combine to indulge in open hate speech against the religious minorities. The current agenda behind the hate speech is to consolidate the communal polarization of the society along lines . . . → Read More: India suffers from Modi’s rule of hate

No easy solution to fight Jihadism

It has long been apparent that Islamist militants cannot be defeated without intellectually confronting the ideology of jihadism. And yet, 14 years after the 9/11 attacks, experts have made little progress toward achieving this goal. Despite a rich body of work on the subject of militant Islam, there is a distinct lack . . . → Read More: No easy solution to fight Jihadism