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The Problem Is Not Only That MbS Is A Murderer, But Also That He Has Destabilized The Region

It’s awkward to find yourself in a police state interviewing people about their leader’s penchant for starving children, torturing women or dismembering critics....

China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) Will Not Benefit Balochistan

Moreover, there is also great anxiety that CPEC will convert the Baloch people into minorities in their own homeland. Nooruddin Mengal, a human rights campaigner from the Province stated, .....

 

Let the People of India and Pakistan Meet In Order To Overcome the Baggage of History

The Kartarpur Corridor is a step forward in the right direction.....

 

Aafiya Siddiqui's Imprisonment Is Being Used By Radicals to Turn Pakistani Muslims against US

The FBI grew suspicious of Aafia Siddiqui and her husband, Muhammad Amjad Khan, while they lived in America because of their donations to Islamic charities. ...

Yemen War: Hope Is the Currency of the Mediator

Saudi Arabia gets much of the blame for Yemen’s misery. It has bombed civilians and the government it supports is not popular. The Houthis, though, are also widely hated. They have been accused of torturing prisoners and running a police state. Many Yemenis, therefore, do not care who wins. But ending the fighting would just be a start. A political solution that assuages everyone’s grievances will take time. For now, there is only hope....

Hefazat-e-Islam, an unregistered self-styled “non-political” party, has seemingly joined hands with the ruling AL. This Islamist group had once claimed that the government carried out “genocide by killing thousands of its men.” Founded a little less than a decade ago, Hefazat-e-Islam was thrust on to the centre stage of national politics in 2013 by an extraordinary set of circumstances....

 

New Malaysia Is Delivering the More Open Society It Promised
Nile Bowie

Although the nonagenarian premier admitted that ratification “would not be easy” owing to acute sensitive around race and religion in Muslim-majority Malaysia, the pledge was hailed both at home and abroad as an indication of the new Pakatan Harapan government’s commitment to human rights, reform and democratization.....

Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur: Change in Pakistan Army’s Thinking Is Guiding Imran Khan
Khaled Ahmed

But the change in the thinking of the army has brought about a spiritual change in Khan. He is of course a spiritual man, saying his five prayers and visiting the mausoleums of the great saints. Last time he visited the tomb of Baba Farid in Pakpattan; he was transformed and married a woman from among the custodians of the shrine. We must remember that Baba Farid is a Punjabi classic that the Muslims couldn’t have known had Baba Guru Nanak not decided to preserve his inspiring verse in the Granth Sahib....

 

Khashoggi Became the Prime Target in a 21st-Century Information War Waged By MbS and His Courtiers against Dissenters
David Ignatius

How did a battle of ideas, triggered by Khashoggi’s outspoken journalism for The Post, become so deadly? That’s the riddle at the centre of the columnist’s death. The answer in part is that the United States, Israel, the United Arab Emirates and other countries that supported Saudi counter-extremism policies helped sharpen the double-edged tools of cyber espionage that drove the conflict toward its catastrophic conclusion in Istanbul....

 

Pakistan and Human Rights
I.A. Rehman

Pakistan is still in the list of countries where the rate of journalists getting killed is quite high. But as a recent report by Freedom Network showed, the state has demonstrated little interest in apprehending the culprits or in prosecuting the few that get caught....

 

While international terrorism has been the target of considerable attention and national resources, the threat from domestic terrorism has grown. Domestic terrorist attacks have been on the rise since 2008, and in 2017 alone there was a 57 percent increase in anti-Semitic incidents. Past decades saw violence by left-wing groups, environmental extremists and black nationalists, but while attacks from those groups have fallen dramatically, violence from the right has risen....

In the charge sheet it filed on the murder of journalist Gauri Lankesh, the Karnataka special investigation team (SIT) has named an obscure book called ‘Kshatradharma Sadhana,’ saying it provided her killers with the ideological ballast for carrying out the crime. Produced by the right-wing Sanatan Sanstha, the book, also known as the Spiritual Practice of Protecting Seekers and Destroying Evildoers, is a guide for “seekers”, who according to it form 10% of society, to get rid of evildoers in the “fight between righteousness and unrighteousness”....

 

Pakistan Army Will Broker Some Sort of a Truce between the Government and the Islamists
Sankar Sen

It is likely that the Army will broker some sort of a truce between the government and the Islamists. The army is apparently playing on the backfoot because the agitators have arraigned the Army Chief, General Qamar Bajwa, because of pro-Ahmedi leanings. As things stand, there will be no change or dilution of blasphemy laws in Pakistan, and Imran Khan will have to beat a quiet retreat....

 

India’s New Curriculum May Herald the Destruction of Secularism and Pluralism in the Country
Alex Traub

Though the updates to the federal textbooks have been moderate so far, a BJP victory in next year’s general election would likely lead to greater changes. Crucial policy documents of the government education department are over ten years old, and their replacements are expected soon. In March, a Reuter’s article revealed that a federally appointed committee of scholars and bureaucrats is working on a report intended as a basis for rewriting textbooks along extreme Hindu nationalist lines. More changes can also be expected at the state level. Arun Yadav, a media adviser for the BJP government of the state of Haryana, told me that the local administration is planning to change its books to resemble those of Rajasthan....

India and Maldives enjoyed a very strong bond during the tenure of Maldives’ first democratically elected President, Mohamed Nasheed, between 2008 and 2012. MoUs for a range of power projects were signed in 2009. In December 2010, the Government of India announced a new Line of Credit (LOC) worth USD 40 million to the Government of Maldives for construction of 500 housing units....

 

Muslims Are Caught Between Soft Hindutva and Hard Hindutva
Vandita Mishra

In the state where the lynching of Pehlu Khan in Alwar in April last year by a mob that accused him of “cow smuggling” sparked nation-wide outrage, and the police investigation subsequently cleared six men Khan had named as his assailants in his dying declaration, and where the same crime stalks more victims, you hear the disclaimer over and over again: Rajasthan does not have a communal problem, they say, everything is fine here between Hindus and Muslims....

Lashkar-e-Taiba That Mounted India Still Operates In Pakistan

Meanwhile the threat to India is dormant but undiminished. Pakistan has largely kept let on a leash over the past decade, wary of provoking Indian bombs or America’s wrath. But Hafiz Saeed, let’s leader, was allowed to field candidates in elections in July and his front organisations were recently dropped from Pakistan’s list of banned outfits. On September 30th the loquacious Mr Saeed even shared a stage with Pakistan’s religious affairs minister, cheerfully defying a $10m American bounty on his head....

 

A Relationship Based On Connectivity and Free Trade Is the Only Recipe That Will Work in a World Tired Of Indo-Pakistan Conflict
Khaled Ahmed

Pakistan couldn’t handle the fallout from the “operations” in Kargil (1999) and Mumbai (2008). Governments in Islamabad fell on bad times and the elected leaders were punished for refusing to swallow the two misadventures. Pakistan was forced to try the mastermind of the Mumbai attacks, Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, but the trial quickly became a farce...

 

Following the detentions of Shahidul Alam, Maidul Islam and Morshed Hasan Khan, among many others, it is already a well-established fact that the authorities in Bangladesh do not respond well to public criticism of their policies and conduct. However, on top of silencing and even jailing everyone who publicly criticises the government, the authorities are now trying to prevent opposition figures from even talking privately among themselves....

 

The United Nations and dozens of rights groups dealing with the long-suffering Rohingya objected to the plan because it lacked any assurances that the returnees, members of a Muslim minority in Myanmar who had been the targets of a murderous campaign of ethnic cleansing, would be treated any better than before they fled. The United Nations high commissioner for human rights, Michelle Bachelet, said that sending the refugees to Myanmar at this point “effectively means throwing them back into the cycle of human rights violations that this community has been suffering for decades.”...

 

Why the Left Needs to Be Called out for Its Role in Najeeb’s Disappearance
Arshad Alam, New Age Islam

But then Najeeb became the precursor of what was to come later: the system of instant justice; where mobs lynch Muslims merely on the basis of suspicion, without any regret or remorse. In most cases, the police are more than willing to dilute cases against the accused and are reluctant to bring the culprits to book. Something similar happened in Najeeb’s case. The only time they started having some semblance of seriousness was when the courts told them to double their efforts to find the missing student. Random searches were made here and there just for appearance sake....

Saudi Arabia’s Investigation Seemed Determined to Counter a Widespread Suspicion That MbS Was behind the Execution of Jamal Khashoggi
Robin Wright

It offered no explanation of why one of the fifteen men—the same height and girth as Khashoggi—donned the journalist’s clothing after his death and walked around Istanbul, then switched back to his clothing in a public restroom, after which he tossed what appeared to be Khashoggi’s trousers and jacket into a dumpster. And then there is the inconvenient issue of the bone saw revealed in a security X-ray of the Saudis’ luggage....

Ceasefire in Gaza Appears To Be Holding
Daoud Kuttab

This also means that Israel needs to understand that its policy of separating Gaza from the West Bank and demanding that Egypt keeps its borders closed with Gaza cannot go on indefinitely. Hamas might believe that it has come out of the latest cycle of violence as the winner, but a long-term victory will continue eluding if it was unable to find a solution to its internal problems with its brethren in Ramallah....

 

In the United Kingdom, Islamic scholars at Masjid Ramadan have declared that Muslims can pay Zakat, which is an annual donation subject to the fulfilment of certain conditions, through Bitcoin and Ethereum. Zayd al Khair, an Islamic scholar based at the mosque, has stated that a money or currency is neither permissible nor impermissible. If money or currency is transacted in a lawful manner, it is permissible....

 

We Love Peace — the Kind Of Honourable Peace Defended by Our Revolution’s Leader, Abdulmalik Al-Houthi
Mohammed Ali al-Houthi

Any observer of the crimes committed in Yemen by Saudi Arabia — a campaign that has been accompanied by disinformation and a blockade of journalists trying to cover the war — can offer an account of the indiscriminate killing thousands of civilians, mostly through airstrikes. Their attacks have led to the greatest humanitarian crisis on earth....

 
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