ISIS and TTP – Pakistan a breeding or a battle ground?

With the Taliban dominant, ISIS will have trouble making space in Pakistan—though the group is becoming more popular

The brutal methods that the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) has become notorious for were already seen some years ago, first in Afghanistan and later in Pakistan, as the two branches of the . . . → Read More: ISIS and TTP – Pakistan a breeding or a battle ground?

Thoughts, ideas and hope – Lahore Literary Festival

The hope that one day Pakistan will escape from the clutches of jihadist terrorism, corrupt politicians and an overbearing army came alive last weekend at the Lahore Literary Festival, where mostly young audiences averaging 25,000 people a day applauded criticisms and wider worries about the functioning of the country as well as enjoying . . . → Read More: Thoughts, ideas and hope – Lahore Literary Festival

Hundreds flock to support Qadri as he appeals against sentence

Mumtaz Qadri appealed on Tuesday against his death sentence for murdering Punjab governor Salmaan Taseer who sought reform of blasphemy laws, as hundreds rallied outside the court to show support.

Mumtaz Qadri was sentenced for killing Taseer outside an upmarket coffee shop in Islamabad in 2011.

Qadri has admitted shooting Taseer, saying he objected to . . . → Read More: Hundreds flock to support Qadri as he appeals against sentence

Most wanted gang war suspects killed in Malir Nadi, Karachi

At least five most wanted suspects of gang war including Sheraz Comrade were killed in Rangers encounter in Malir Nadi Karachi on Sunday.

According to Rangers Spokesperson, the suspects identified as Akbar Maleeri, Sheraz Comrade, Khalid Lashari, Gulab Hassan aka Peeru and Yousuf Pathan were involved in terrorism, murder and other heinous crimes whereas huge . . . → Read More: Most wanted gang war suspects killed in Malir Nadi, Karachi

Charlie Hebdo doing more well now than ever

First it was 1 million copies. Then it was 3 million. Then 5 million. Now the publisher of Charlie Hebdo says it is printing a total of 7 million copies of the once-obscure French satirical magazine.

The new total reflects extraordinary demand for what has become known as the magazine’s “survivors issue.” It was produced . . . → Read More: Charlie Hebdo doing more well now than ever

And then they came for the Zikris!

THE traditionally secular nature of Baloch society has been under threat for some time, and things appear to be taking a turn for the worse. A report in this paper recently detailed the growing persecution of the small community of Zikris — a little-known Islamic sect — who are concentrated mainly in southern Balochistan. In . . . → Read More: And then they came for the Zikris!

26th Nov 2014 – Foreign Policy updates

Pakistani media mogul sentenced for purported blasphemy

On Tuesday Mir Shakeel-ur-Rehman, the owner of Geo News, Pakistan’s largest media group, was sentenced to 26 years in jail for airing a program that showed people dancing to a song about the wedding of the Prophet Muhammad’s daughter (Reuters). The charges were brought against ur-Rehman after the . . . → Read More: 26th Nov 2014 – Foreign Policy updates

At least 48 killed, over 80 injured in suicide blast at Wagah border

According to initial reports, the damaged vehicles included five motorcycles and two passenger rickshaws. PHOTO: EXPRESS NEWS

UPDATE: SUICIDE BOMBER USED 5 to 6 KG EXPLOSIVE VEST WITH BALL BEARINGS

UPDATE: ATTACK CLAIMED BY MILITANT TERRORIST GROUP CALLED JUNDULLAH

Lahore: At least 48 people, including two Rangers personnel and children, were . . . → Read More: At least 48 killed, over 80 injured in suicide blast at Wagah border

Our national malaise of not looking within

Know a Pakistani’s worst nightmare? A Jew, an Indian and an American walk into a bar…

The Indian sings Vande Matram and calls it the Pakistani Anthem. They chortle.

The American unfurls a completely white flag – green being the representation of Muslims – and labels it Pakistani. They laugh.

The Jew opens a world . . . → Read More: Our national malaise of not looking within

Are Indian Muslims different

ON SEPTEMBER 3RD Ayman al-Zawahiri, al-Qaeda’s chief, released a video message in which he promised to “raise the flag of jihad” across South Asia. Many analysts responded with little more than a shrug. The extremist group looks increasingly desperate. Since Osama bin Laden was killed in 2011, al-Qaeda’s impact has been limited. It . . . → Read More: Are Indian Muslims different