Recognising Dignity

(By NAWEEN A. MANGI) SINDH is home to a large youth population that is utterly frustrated, bitter and angry. They are also an incredible social, economic and psychological burden for their struggling families and impoverished communities.

The tale is similar all across rural Sindh. Farm workers who tend land owned by someone else aspire to . . . → Read More: Recognising Dignity

Is ISIS a mutation of Saudi Arabia’s Wahhabism?

The dramatic arrival of Da’ish (ISIS) on the stage of Iraq has shocked many in the West. Many have been perplexed — and horrified — by its violence and its evident magnetism for Sunni youth. But more than this, they find Saudi Arabia’s ambivalence in the face of this manifestation both troubling and inexplicable, . . . → Read More: Is ISIS a mutation of Saudi Arabia’s Wahhabism?

Some insight into Saudi Arabia’s role in 9/11

Late on Friday, the CIA’s Office of the Inspector General finally released the findings of its internal investigation, concluded in 2005, into intelligence failures leading up to the attacks of September 11, 2001. The few sections left un-redacted in the 500-page report do not appear to offer any major revelations.

But the very final section . . . → Read More: Some insight into Saudi Arabia’s role in 9/11

Forget Iran, KSA should focus on Sunni militants

(By Russ Wellen) Saudi Arabia’s perceived need to keep Iran at bay is distracting it from the danger that the Islamic State poses to its regime.

Last week in Politico magazine, Gary Sick wrote about what he calls the “most dramatic shift in Saudi policy since at least World War II.” To wit:

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Makkah to own world’s largest hotel

In additi­on to 10,000 rooms, it will featur­e 70 restau­rants and multip­le helipa­ds

The Abraj Kudai according to the design plan. PHOTO COURTESY: Dar al Handasah

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Asking the right questions

By Aisha Sarwari

It goes without saying that when a guest comes to your house you don’t ask difficult questions. This is perhaps why Imam Kaaba Sheikh Al-Ghamdi was so overwhelmed by the love and support he got from Pakistanis during his visit here. This is actually supported by a Pew Research Centre . . . → Read More: Asking the right questions

Please keep Hajj out of politics!

The uproar started on social media, then spun out of control after a news site published the story.

It was claimed that the Hajj application form now featured a new question – ‘Are you Shia?’ – purportedly added at the behest of Saudi Arabia.

The first time I came across this controversial story on a . . . → Read More: Please keep Hajj out of politics!

Syria may be Saudi Arabia’s next target

In a heated exchange at the United Nations on April 21, Riyadh’s representative,Abdallah al-Mouallimi, made a thinly veiled reference to the Saudi-led military intervention in Yemen before saying that Saudi Arabia will spare no effort to also help the Syrian people. This provoked a sharp response from Syria’s ambassador to the UN, Bashar . . . → Read More: Syria may be Saudi Arabia’s next target

Turkey and Saudi Arabia have always helped rebels

The Saudi clan fears two things: the rise of a non-Saudi tribe in its neighbourhood and the idea that the people can bring in a change in government

The recognised government of Syria has been under attack by militants mostly belonging to terrorist outfits guising themselves as Islamists. Their actions have . . . → Read More: Turkey and Saudi Arabia have always helped rebels

Every Bakistanis job to defend Yemen

So much noise and yet so little knowledge. It’s rather amusing to see so many Pakistanis celebrating the Parliament’s resolution to remain neutral in the Yemen conflict. They are cheering Pakistan’s decision not to send its troops to fight on the side of the Saudis against the Houthi rebels.

However, most probably by the time . . . → Read More: Every Bakistanis job to defend Yemen