Islamism and Pakistan

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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Harvard MUN 2016 – Pakistan is proud of you KGS, Lyceum

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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Donald Trump the Mullah

Rabia Ahmed(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

Trump hate speech against Muslims challenged by a Sikh

Arish Singh knew what he was in store for when he decided to attend a Trump rally in Iowa. But he’s glad he did it—and he’d do it again.

“If you don’t get out of here, I’m going to hit you!” barked the 40-something-year-old angry white man at Arish Singh. What did Singh do that made this man want to beat him up? Singh had simply objected to Donald Trump’s Muslim bashing at a campaign rally Sunday in Muscatine, Iowa.

Singh is a brave soul and a beautiful representative of the Sikh faith. He went into the belly of the beast—a Trump rally —wearing his traditional Sikh turban and sporting a beard, both considered articles of faith to Sikhs.

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No honor in killing

(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

As the Kashmiris in Indian Occupied Kashmir suffer, world looks the other way

(By Abdul Majid Zargar) More than two months have passed since three young men from Kupwara went missing .Lured by Army into employment through an intermediary, the trio left their homes 17th November only to remain untraced till date. Continue reading As the Kashmiris in Indian Occupied Kashmir suffer, world looks the other way

Unsatisfactory security in educational institutions, over 230 sealed

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

Women to participate in Cholistan rally this year

Tourism Development Corporation of Punjab has added a new category in the Cholistan Jeep Rally under which women drivers can also participate in the event.

It was announced by TDCP officials at a press conference held at Royal Palm Golf and Country Club on Wednesday. Minister for Tourism Rana Mashhood was chief guest.

TDCP Managing Director Ahmer Malik first apologised for the hour-long delay in the conference and later said arrangements for the 11th jeep rally had been finalised. The rally would take place for three days from Feb 12 to 14 at Darawar Fort. Continue reading Women to participate in Cholistan rally this year

Sindh Govt failure in Thar, 127 dead in less than a month

The toll of children’s deaths widely being attributed to a food shortage or lack of proper health facilities in Tharparkar rose to 127 since Jan 1 with six more fatalities reported from different areas on Thursday.

Sources at various hospitals and other healthcare facilities say that most of the deaths were reported by parents or other family members of the children. Almost all the affected people complained of unavailability of food in their respec­tive areas in a quantity sufficient for their respective areas of residence, the sources said, adding that absence of doctors, paramedics and medicines at government hospitals was a phenomenon which had never been addressed over the past few decades in the desert region like Thar.

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Azad Kashmir PM speaks against India for sending more troops to Indian Occupied Kashmir

AJK Prime Minister Chaudhry Abdul Majeed. PHOTO: AFPAzad 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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