Quilliam chairman Maajid Nawaz defines Islamism as a desire to impose any given interpretation of Islam over society. He notes that Islamism, like Communism before it, comes in different shades: organizations who want to work within democratic set up to further their agenda; groups which are revolutionary in nature and of course militant groups like Al Qaeda and ISIS who engage in direct violence. He further argues that Jihadism is a brand that requires no organization for it to gain followers. According to him, society must build a competing brand by adhering to its own values and visibly distinguishing its actions from those of the extremists. In the context of Pakistan, this becomes difficult.
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The Karachi Grammar School (KGS) won the best international delegation award at the Harvard Model United Nations (MUN) 2016 held in Boston, United States.
Over 3,000 delegates representing over 199 countries participated to debate issues of international importance.
A 14-member KGS team participated at the MUN in Boston for the first time, the team’s head told The Express Tribune. The winning team also won all debate competitions in Karachi before heading for Boston. The team clinched the best delegation award at Zabmun-VIII, MUNIK and BAYMUN.
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(By Rabia Ahmed) This particular less pleasant side of the USA was known and seen, but like the dark side of the moon it was ignored for the most part. Now starkly exposed by Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, the startling thing about it is its familiarity.
In Lahore, recently, the Mall was blocked by a rally several hundred strong. The participants were demanding the removal of the death sentence against Mumtaz Qadri. Continue reading Donald Trump the Mullah
(By Nicholas Kristof) WHETHER it wins or not, the Oscar nominee with the greatest impact — saving lives of perhaps thousands of girls — may be one you’ve never heard of.
It stars not Leonardo DiCaprio but a real-life 19-year-old Pakistani woman named Saba Qaiser. Her odyssey began when she fell in love against her family’s wishes and ran off to marry her boyfriend. Hours after the marriage, her father and uncle sweet-talked her into their car and took her to a spot along a riverbank to murder her for her defiance — an “honor killing.” Continue reading No honor in killing
More than 230 educational institutions in Rawalpindi division, including 138 government-run schools and colleges, were sealed – not because of freezing temperatures, but due to inadequate security – police and security officials said on Thursday.
In addition, as many as 53 educational institutions in the Rawalpindi division, including Rawalpindi Medical College, on Thursday received final notices to improve security arrangements by Sunday, or the head of the institution would be booked. Continue reading Unsatisfactory security in educational institutions, over 230 sealed
Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) Prime Minister Chaudhry Abdul Majeed strongly condemned on Thursday India’s decision of sending more military and paramilitary troops to Indian-administered Kashmir, Radio Pakistan reported.
“Such continued coercive and hostile tactics could not quell the high spirit of the people of Jammu and Kashmir for freedom of the motherland from long Indian subjugation,” Chaudhry Majeed said while speaking to various various public representative delegations in Mirpur.
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