Should Pakistan be worried about ISIL

Officials in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) recently recovered pamphlets published by the “Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant” (ISIL), media reported September 3, and many segments of society are condemning the group’s forays into the country.

The 12-page booklet, titled “Fateh” (victory), is published in Dari and Pashtu. Copies of it have appeared in parts . . . → Read More: Should Pakistan be worried about ISIL

Murder report – when the law fails to protect the minorities

Pakistan, a state built for Muslims but very much inclusive of other ‘minorities’ has on many occasions breached this notion which has led to the society now becoming increasingly intolerant of the ethno and religio-ethnic minorities present within Pakistan. News have been infiltrated with the wave of Shi’i genocides of the Hazara in Baluchistan, Shi’i . . . → Read More: Murder report – when the law fails to protect the minorities

What makes Tahirul Qadri tick

By Gen Aslam Beg

Tahirul Qadri suffers from an acute sense of anomie. He thinks that the social order is rotten, to be demolished and a new structure is to be raised. He claims to have the plan, to build such an utopian order. Therefore he declared “I am coming, at the peril of . . . → Read More: What makes Tahirul Qadri tick

Who said scientific progress and Islam don’t go hand in hand?

(By: Mohamed Ghilan) The most important rule in Islam is “judgment on anything is a branch of conceptualising it”. To determine whether a belief can be accepted by a Muslim or not, this is the first and most often repeated principle.

However, when it comes to matters scientific, this indispensable . . . → Read More: Who said scientific progress and Islam don’t go hand in hand?

Turning Islam into a religion of war and hate

Common Muslims between the Theology of Takfir (declaring others unbelievers) and the Politics of Takhrib (destruction)

Introduction

Scores of religious edicts and decrees are issued by Muslim theologians, muftis and Ulema almost every day denouncing fellow Muslims who do not accept their version of Islam and hundreds of debates take place on these edicts in . . . → Read More: Turning Islam into a religion of war and hate

Social Change in Pakistan just around the corner

By Charles Leadbeater

The country’s adaptability and resilience can hold it together, writes Charles Leadbeater

Pity the people of Pakistan, trapped between self-serving, complacent elites who preside over a crumbling state, and a rich array of violent extremists who seem determined to tear the same state apart. The extremists promote crisis and the state depends . . . → Read More: Social Change in Pakistan just around the corner

Angola bans Islam

BY ALEX VINES

International media reports that Angola has banned Islam have caught the headlines, but it is not what it seems. It highlights once again poor communication and clumsy policy by the Angolan authorities, and how ill thought through policies are distorted by Angolan social media, the opposition and the international press.

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Why Mullah is an unfair term

A few days ago, I posted on my Facebook, a column by Hafiz Tahir Mahmood Ashrafi, chairman of the All-Pakistan Ulema Council, in which he countered the militants’ claim that the September church attack in Peshawar was in accordance with sharia. Using the holy Prophet’s (peace be upon him) examples and other important events in Islamic history, . . . → Read More: Why Mullah is an unfair term

When all hell breaks loose

Are you in Pakistan? Look around… what do you see? If you are in a city like Lahore and if you are in a posh area of Lahore you will probably see designer outlets, restaurants that offer every cuisine you can imagine, super expensive cars on the roads, people wearing the exorbitantly expensive brands whether . . . → Read More: When all hell breaks loose

The Taliban’s attempt at Brand Management

By Shirin Naseer

Malala’s speech was expected to open doors for discussion inviting applause, criticism and preferably a change in mindsets; the possibility of it generating a response out of the Taliban was least expected. The fact that the Taliban took account of a young girl’s cry for help and felt liable to . . . → Read More: The Taliban’s attempt at Brand Management