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Afghanistan - Pakistan: Strategic Folly
Ajit Kumar Singh

The rise in the numbers of women and children killed and maimed from conflict-related violence is particularly disturbing. This year, UNAMA recorded the highest number of children and women casualties compared to the same period in previous years. All parties to the conflict must undertake stronger measures to protect civilians from harm. When the conflict kills or maims a mother, child, sister or brother, the repercussions for families and communities are devastating and long-lasting....

 

Pakistan's Punjab: Proxies Gone Wild
Ajai Sahni

Significantly, after assuming the post of Home Minister of the Province on October 13, 2014, Khanzada had reportedly been involved in major operations against domestically oriented terrorists in Punjab, though there was little evidence of any relative improvement of the security environment as a result.....

 

The death of Mullah Omar has minimised the challenge posed to the IS by the Afghan Taliban. Many factions’ of jihadists in the Afghan-Pakistan region have already announced their loyalty to the IS. Al Qaeda is also facing a severe financial as well as manpower crisis. The launch of the Al Qaeda in the Indian Sub-continent with much fanfare has turned out to be a damp squib.....

 

If we have forgotten it, the almost ritualistic murder of another blogger has reminded us of it yet again. While the act of killing resonates with the nihilistic terror that religious extremism is inflicting upon in various parts the world (and no doubt it derives inspiration from those practices), it has a very specific local history. It lies in the nature of encounter that the Shahbag movement had with its opposition.....

 

Bangladesh: Islamist Backlash, Measured Justice
S. Binodkumar Singh

These killings are, in some measure, a reaction to the assertiveness demonstrated by the Government led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wajid, as a result of which the threat from Islamist terrorism in Bangladesh has been minimized. Significantly, various Islamist terrorist and extremist formations had been operating menacingly across the country before Wajid coming to power in 2009. The Government's sustained efforts, since, have led to widespread anxiety among the extremists, who now find their very existence under threat....

 

Anjem Choudary Arrested: A Former Extremist Colleague Says Islamism Is So Rampant In Britain That Liberal Muslim Activists Are Dismissed As Having ‘Gone To the Other Extreme’
Maajid Nawaz

Despite the fact that up to 1000 British citizens have travelled to join Isis’ medieval theocratic nightmare, and in some cases entire families have up and left, it is true that only a tiny minority of Muslims worldwide support ISIS. But I fear that too many Muslims disagree with Isis’ caliphate, not because it is a caliphate, but because it is not their caliphate….

Yakub Memon’s Hanging, Making a Villain a Hero: New Age Islam’s Selection from Indian Press, 8 August  2015

A Hindu and His Designer Mosques

By Shafeeq Hudavi

Khalid Sabir, the Paper Collector

By Gargi Gupta

Decoding the Message Sent From Pakistan

By Hiranmay Karlekar

Questions that will not die

By Krishnadas Rajagopal

Questions Arising Out Of the Supreme Court Judgment

By Krishnadas Rajagopal

Yakub Memon’s Hanging: Making a Villain a Hero

By Sambit Patra

Mumbai Still Has Its ‘Insaniyat’ Intact

Shobhaa De

Compiled by New Age Islam Edit Bureau

Political Islamists Legitimize Their Sins: New Age Islam’s Selection from World Press, 7 August, 2015

The Question Whether IS Has Been More Brutal Than the US: The US Would Far Exceed Its Adversary by Sheer Number and Ruthlessness

By Mohammad Badrul Ahsan

How Do Political Islamists Legitimize Their Sins?

By Orhan Kemal Cengiz

Why Breastfeeding Should Be an Essential Parenting Choice

By Hiba Masood

Compiled By New Age Islam Edit Bureau

 

Calling a Terrorist a Terrorist
Burak Bekdil

Is it that ISIL’s jihadists are Salafist jihadists and the moderates are just jihadists? What do the moderates think of the infidels, of Muslims drinking alcohol, of the other Muslims, like Shias? Or of gay people? Do the moderates respect other faiths and religious practices, including those Muslims who take the liberty to sin?....

 

The Rise and Demise of Mullah Omar
Dr Mohammad Taqi

The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) owed allegiance to Mullah Omar, the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) ran terrorist training camps in Afghanistan during his reign and the al Qaeda leadership was the apple of his eye. These outfits shared ideology, manpower and logistics with Mullah Omar’s Taliban. They gained battlefield experience with the Taliban only to boomerang back to Pakistan, causing great death and destruction. The LeJ founder Riaz Basra was Mullah Omar’s guest in Afghanistan and dozens of his lieutenants, including the recently killed sectarian terrorist....

 

However, the Pakistani authorities should not forget that the FIA declared various other facilitators and operatives as fugitives in the case. ... Are we as a nation prepared to muster the courage to face uncomfortable truths and combat the demons of militancy that haunt our land? That is the question!

 

Although we are yet to see a statement by Mullah Omar confirming he is not alive, the news of the Taliban emir’s death has delayed a second round of talks between the militant group and the government in Kabul. A likely peace in Afghanistan will have serious consequences for journalists like this scribe as much as common people. With nothing serious to report about, reporters.....

 

ISIS Is a Common Threat
M. J. Akbar

When India reassumes its engagement with successor states of the Safavid, Ottoman and European empires to its west up to the Nile and the Sahel in north Africa, it will renew dialogue with a region that has not had a good night's sleep for at least two centuries. Analysis is not an advent of any blame game. The fault, as that crusty realist Shakespeare noted, may lie in ourselves, rather than our stars, but the destiny of men also has its profound cycles across the cartwheels of time. The past is littered with skeletons of nations which once ruled as much as the world as they could reach…..

 

India Needs To Prevent Radicalisation of Youth via Internet
Shishir Gupta

While the idea of propagating moderate Islam or taking down radical sites or twitter handles may be a step in the right direction, the task is humongous and requires a much faster technological and ideological response from Indian society.....

 

Saving Tunisia from ISIS
Mustapha Tlili

Tunisia’s successful transition to democracy, the legitimacy of its government and the bravery of its armed forces are not enough to save it. Nor should anyone in Europe and the West comfort themselves with the idea that the jihadist movement will eventually self-destruct. From their new theatre of operations in Tunisia, the terrorists aim at extending their caliphate to Europe and beyond....

 

IS Has Managed To Repulse Most of the World
R. K. Raghavan

This document reflects IS’s wishes, not its capabilities. The IS has repeatedly made clear that its apocalyptic goals include provoking a series of sectarian wars leading up to the “Final Battle” and the “End times”. The outfit has made some headway in Afghanistan and Pakistan. In January of this year, it announced the establishment of a new “province” called the Islamic State of Khurasan, boasting in its magazine Dabiq that “numerous” groups in both Afghanistan and Pakistan had joined the new province. But so far, the groups that have joined the ISK appear to be small, or splinter groups from TTP and other groups. The announcement of Mullah Omar’s death, if true, will lead to additional defections to ISK. But that doesn’t mean that sparking a war in India is credible.....

 

Some Indian handlers have been identified by intelligence agencies, which have tracked and intercepted youth who had planned to leave for Turkey and then cross over to Syria to join ISIS. ISIS, the dreaded terror group that has massacred thousands across the globe, has headhunters in India and among Indians living abroad. They are recruiting young Indian Muslims attracted to the idea of establishing a Caliphate. Some Indian handlers have been identified by intelligence agencies, which have tracked and intercepted youth who had planned to leave for Turkey and then cross over to Syria to join ISIS.

 

The Good and Bad Taliban
Abbas Nasir

Admittedly, it is too early to say if making Mullah Omar's death public at this stage, when it supposedly happened in April 2013, was aimed at making the militant movement more amenable to negotiations or to thwart the talks.....

 

The Terror of Fighting Terror
Rafia Zakaria

The curse of terror then is not only the dead children, the dread of crowded places, the lingering fear of the belted bomber but also the taint it casts on those trying to fight it. The loss of moral power inherent in the abandonment of law, the secret persecution of possible suspects, the deaths of those that did deliver information or evidence, have birthed new criminals. Sometimes it seems the fight is not of good against evil but only between the varying flavours of depravity....

 
Beheading the Behemoth
Kunwar Khuldune Shahid

Beheading the Behemoth
Kunwar Khuldune Shahid

The extreme absolutists might condemn the ‘staged encounter’ and the extra-judicial killing. But those that have a sprinkling of realist topping to their principled rigidity, would accept the impossibility of mustering testimonies against Ishaq. Let’s not forget that this is a man who has been acquitted over 100 times after charges of terrorism and homicide......

 

Islamic State Recruitment Document Seeks To Trigger a War in India to Provoke Armageddon-Like 'End Of the World'
Sara A. Carter

An apparent Islamic State recruitment document found in Pakistan’s lawless tribal lands reveals that the extremist group has grand ambitions of building a new terrorist army in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and triggering a war in India to provoke an Armageddon-like “end of the world.” The 32-page Urdu-language document obtained by American Media Institute (AMI) and reviewed by USA TODAY details a plot to attack U.S. soldiers as they withdraw from Afghanistan and target American diplomats and Pakistani officials…..

Is there a key leader whose demise would deal a hammer blow? Does so-called "leadership decapitation" even work as a strategy? Or do Western counterterrorism agencies face an indefinite process of crossing names from a never-diminishing list? Are there just too many groups in too many places to combat as we witness the emergence of a new generation of terrorist leaders whose significance is yet to be grasped?.....

 

..... more than 300 hardcore commanders, militants and suicide bombers of Taliban from FATA and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa have joined ISIS because the Taliban are in a disarray, and because of the international charm and attraction of the Iraq and Syria based terrorist organization. “We have credible information that many militants belonging to Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan are considering announcing allegiance to ISIS.....

 

Rethinking the War on Daesh
Ramzy Baroud

Another weapon in the Daesh arsenal that also proved effective is the fact that there is not one single united fight aimed at eliminating or, at least, slowing down the progress of Daesh armies in the Middle East. While military camps of the terror group are reportedly targeted in Syria, other regional conflicts, especially in Yemen, are facilitating the expansion of Daesh. ....

 

Islamic State Is Not Islamic, Sex Grooming Gangs, Sharia Sportswear
Soeren Kern

"Opposing 'Sharia courts' is not racism or 'Islamophobic'; it is a defence of the rights of all citizens, irrespective of their beliefs and background to be governed by democratic means under the principle of one law for all. What amounts to racism is the idea that minorities can be denied rights enjoyed by others through the endorsement of religious based 'justice' systems which operate according to divine law that is by its very nature immune from state scrutiny.".....

 


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