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 . . . → Read More: Islamism and Pakistan

Pak Army Chief approves death sentence for 9 terrorists

Army chief General Raheel Sharif confirmed on Friday the death sentences for nine terrorists convicted by military courts, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a statement.

“The hardcore terrorists were involved in committing heinous offences relating to terrorism, including attack on Parade Lane Mosque, Inter Services Intelligence Headquarters, Multan, attacks on Law Enforcement Agencies, kidnapping . . . → Read More: Pak Army Chief approves death sentence for 9 terrorists

Fatwa against Jihad: Targeting the real issues

(By Tufail Ahmad) Islamic scholars must realise that issuing fatwas against terrorism will be inconsequential unless key areas in the Sharia which allow the jihadis to thrive are attacked.

On 2 December, fourteen Americans were killed by self-motivated jihadis Tashfeen Malik and her husband Syed Rizwan Farook, at San Bernardino, California. The Pakistani couple carried . . . → Read More: Fatwa against Jihad: Targeting the real issues

USA incapable of recognizing its “enemies”, Sikhs get beaten up

The bearded man in the blue turban was attacked before dawn on 26 December, while waiting for a ride to work.

Two white males in their 20s pulled up and began to curse at Amrik Singh Bal, according to police in Fresno, California.

Fearing for his safety, police said, the 68-year-old Sikh man attempted to . . . → Read More: USA incapable of recognizing its “enemies”, Sikhs get beaten up

Afghanistan becoming breeding ground of IS militants

(By MICHAEL R. GORDON) The Islamic State is establishing “little nests” in Afghanistan, adding to the complex array of threats confronting Afghan forces and their international partners as they try to reverse a serious decline in security, Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter said Friday.

Mr. . . . → Read More: Afghanistan becoming breeding ground of IS militants

Why is our government reluctant to face the real issues

(By Arif Nizami) Our foreign policy establishment claims ad-nauseam that there is no ISIS (Islamic state of Iraq and al-Sham) in Pakistan. In the process the nation, already engaged in an existential war against the Taliban/al-Qaeda brand of terrorism, is reassured that it need not fear Da’ish as it simply does not exist.

Before 9/11 . . . → Read More: Why is our government reluctant to face the real issues

Lets stop apologizing

(By Khaled Almaeena) The Paris attacks that killed 130 people and injured hundreds of others are still capturing headlines. They also occupy the top spot in social media the world over.

The attack came days after suicide bombers blew up about 40 people in a Beirut suburb and before that a Russian plane was blown . . . → Read More: Lets stop apologizing

The shameful resolution by UNSC P-5

(By M K Bhadrakumar) The United Nations has unanimously passed the resolution tabled by France on fighting the extremist groups operating in Syria and Iraq. The speed with which this has happened is partly explicable by the sense of horror over the terrorist strikes in Paris and partly by the fact that the Islamic State . . . → Read More: The shameful resolution by UNSC P-5

Calling Arab coalition to take action against ISIS

In the wake of the Islamic State’s (IS) attacks in the Sinai Peninsula, Beirut and Paris, there is an urgent need to mobilize resources to deal with the threat, especially resources in the Arab world. Instead, Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies are devoting their resources and efforts to a floundering and expensive military campaign . . . → Read More: Calling Arab coalition to take action against ISIS

The ISIS threat in India

Synopsis

Indian jihadi groups, such as the Indian Mujahideen, have not pledged allegiance to Al Qaeda or ISIS. Yet many of their members have joined the ranks of ISIS in Syria and Iraq. This is a game changer to jihadism in India, and is significant to the security of the region.

Commentary

INDIAN JIHADI groups . . . → Read More: The ISIS threat in India