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There has recently been an array of assessments on India-Pakistan relations meandering between giving Imran a chance to grow on his job and seek peace, and outright condemnation based upon his initial utterances, change of persona which is now much more Islamist and his kowtowing with the Generals to achieve his life's ambition. Post inauguration, he has given much emphasis in his address to the mismatch of layers within the Pakistani society....

 

Canadian Diplomat's Expulsion: Saudi Crown Prince Has Been Feted As A Moderniser But His Petulant Foreign Policy Should Set Alarm Bells Ringing
Nesrine Malik

I call this Desert Rose syndrome, after a 2012 Vogue profile that chose to flatteringly portray Asma al-Assad as first lady of a “wildly democratic” household, in a country that was the “safest in the Middle East”, just as Bashar al-Assad began to intensify a crackdown against his own people. The latest to provoke Desert Rose syndrome is Mohammed bin Salman, the crown prince and de facto head of government of Saudi Arabia. His western-friendly mien has won him many admirers, but they will have been pulled up short last week after the country cut all ties with Canada over a tweet....

Arab NATO:  Two Options to Iran Either Change Your Aggressive Conduct or Collapse
Mohammed Al Shaikh

The Helsinki meeting between Trump and Putin had inevitably discussed restraining Iran in Syria, and in return, the US would turn a blind eye to Assad’s control of southern Syria via his recent invasion of the area and to tearing apart the opposition. That is why announcing the Arab NATO which is specifically directed towards Iran puts the Iranian regime before two options: To either change its aggressive conduct which made this alliance emerge or collapse....

 

Research Has Shown That Sharia Councils Are Approached Voluntarily and Are Often Progressive
Faizan Mustafa

Her primary finding is that it is a faulty presumption that only Muslims use Sharia courts as an adjudicatory mechanism. Her detailed ethnography of adjudication shows that different kinds of adjudicatory bodies including Sharia courts, caste councils, sect councils, civil society organisations etc, do adjudicate in family disputes. Sharia courts are the norm and not an exception....

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Imran Khan’s Role in India-Pakistan Relations is A Lot of Sound and Fury Signifying Nothing
Mohammed Ayoob

Wariness bordering on hostility toward India is a part of the Pakistan Army’s institutional memory. No civilian leader, least of all Mr. Khan, can change that. He was the military’s chosen candidate for the job of Prime Minister as events leading up to the elections made evident. Mr. Sharif and several other leaders of the PML-N were either disqualified or incarcerated to prevent them from participating in the elections...

 

I tried talking to a Muslim called Anil a couple of months back. Not only did he not talk to me, he glowered and told me to go talk to myself if the urge to communicate with another Muslim was that acute. When Anil isn’t making a livelihood selling tea out of a small hole-in-the-wall shop down the road from where I live, he’s just another Muslim offering his prayers whenever he can and shielding his identity as Anil....

Myanmar’s Commission of Inquiry Is to Deflect the Pressure from International Bodies and International Criminal Court
Ali Riaz

Two recent developments have once again raised questions about the role of the international community with regard to the Rohingya refugee crisis. These are: the appointment of an “independent Commission of Inquiry (COI)” by the Myanmar government, and the decision of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to commemorate the anniversary of the Myanmar Army's atrocities against the Rohingyas. The question is whether the Myanmar government will be able to get away with this charade, and whether the UNSC commemoration will have any impact beyond its symbolic importance....

 

'Indians, You Turned Out To Be Just Like Us, the Pakistanis'
Khaled Ahmed

Alarmed, the Congress distanced itself from Tharoor. But similarities on the surface can’t be ignored. Pakistan’s major living poet, Fahmida Riaz fled General Zia-ul Haq’s religious tyranny and sought refuge in India. If she thought she had walked into a secular paradise, she was mistaken and wrote a poem, “Tum Toh Hum Jaise Hi Niklay” (you turned out to be just like us) to express her disenchantment....

The Multitude of Mullahs, Imams and Qazis Dish out Their Own Concoctions of Islamic Justice
Shazia Ilmi

Conversely, the multitude of mullahs, imams and Qazis, constituting a self-anointed club of Islamic scholars representing different schools of Islamic jurisprudence, dish out their own concoctions of Islamic justice. Now there is no going back to personal law courts, Darul Qazas, or the age of ignorance. The most fundamental pillar of our democracy, the Indian judiciary, will uphold justice to the last woman standing...

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Do Any of Those Shouting Hoarse Are Familiar with What Goes On In a Darul Qaza
Flavia Agnes

While I can understand the protests by the Hindutva brigade, whose primary aim is to demonise Islam, I fail to grasp why a group which calls itself “Muslims for Secular Democracy” jumped on to this bandwagon. Theirs seems to be a case of “running with the hare and hunting with the hounds”....

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Nationality Law Is Murky When It Comes To the Palestinians Who Reside In the West Bank and Gaza
Sayed Kashua

Does this law not aim to prevent any possibility of national Palestinian fulfilment in the State of Israel as conceived by the right wing — namely, one Jewish state from the Mediterranean Sea to the Jordan River, in which only Jews are permitted self-actualization and granted a national identity? It seems the only hope for the remaining millions of Palestinians to avoid losing what is left of their home is to find a Jewish mother who will agree to adopt them....

 

We Need To Acknowledge Muslim Marginalisation and Confront It Head-On
Nazia Erum

#TalkToAMuslim threw an open challenge at our unwillingness to put ourselves in uncomfortable conversations within our society, families and our own conscience. The responses have ranged from “oh but I talk to my Muslim friend all the time” to “it’s just fake victimhood” and “I don’t talk to people based on their religion”. Each response is symptomatic of a denial of the urgent need to have that important conversation India needs for introspection....

Muslims Have Internalised the Idea That They Must Keep Quiet
Shivam Vij

Kanhaiya Kumar, Jignesh Mevani, Hardik Patel, Chandrashekhar Azad are only some of the recent names who have made some impact in politics without flirting with political parties. The political parties came running thereafter. The Dalit movement, for instance, does not depend on how many Dalits are ministers. What Indian Muslims need the most is to assert their constitutional rights regardless of electoral politics, make interventions in the mainstream public spaces, speaking as Muslims and for Muslims, and not rely on secular parties or activists to have their voice heard.....

Arab NATO:  Upgrading Of the Scattered and Divided Arab Coalition into A Formal and Organized Infrastructure
Irina Tsukerman

The Arab NATO would be a military and security alliance dedicated to defence and insulated from economic, diplomatic, or political disputes. Such a system would also survive rival personalities and leadership changes. The US can play a vital role in the training, strengthening, and support of the nascent Arab NATO, which should also cultivate willing and capable partners against common enemies. Hezbollah’s role in conflicts that threaten everyone concerned would be a great place to start....

 

If members of the new generation of political Islamists do not ponder that question in a rational way, the tragedy of political Islam will keep repeating itself. In other words, we will be seeing future political Islamists as either executioners like Gaafar Nimeiry, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Erdogan and others or victims like Sayyid Qutb, Abdelkader Ouda, Mohammed Badie and others....

Ethiopian, Emirati and Bangladeshi Response to Uninvited Migrants Stands In Stark Contrast to That of Richer Countries
Rashmee Roshan Lall

Something quite remarkable with respect to refugees may be quietly under way in parts of the non-Western developing world. Clearly, none of these countries wanted the thousands of desperate people who sought refuge but that they are taking them in -- with kindness -- offers a lesson in grace and generosity, a reminder of our shared humanity....

 

Islam Gives the Message of Socio-Economic Justice, Human Dignity, Reason and Light
Mohammad Jamil

Our four rightly-guided Caliphs adopted the method of “Ba’et” to display the public acceptance of their rule. Vote in Islamic societies in a way is modern equivalent of “Ba’et” as today’s states consist of hundreds of millions of people and personal expression of “Ba’et” is impossible. Therefore, vote through ballot is arranged to know the consent of public. The militants are totally ignorant of teachings of Prophet (PBUH) and the four rightly-guided Caliphs.....

 

Voters May Be Swayed By the Anti-Blasphemy Craze In Pakistan
Khaled Ahmed

Nisar Fatima raised the issue in parliament and presented the infamous bill about Section 295-C of the penal code. Law Minister Iqbal Ahmad Khan changed the text at the last minute to assign “death or life” as punishment for blasphemy. On this, Nisar Fatima took the matter back to the Federal Shariat Court saying the punishment for blasphemy was “Hadd” (mentioned in the Quran) and could not be less than death....

 

Fight between Nawaz Sharif and the Establishment That Ate Up Peshawar and Mastung, Yakatoot and Daringarh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan
Asad Rahim Khan

It makes for a stark contrast — the great and good Ebrahim versus the blood-splattered butcher Hakeemullah — but it drove Asfandyar’s next point home: while the other parties were conducting elections, he said, the ANP had been conducting funerals. Three days after Asfandyar’s interview was aired, Haroon Bilour was killed along with 20 others during an ANP corner meeting in Yakatoot. Three days after that, another suicide bomber tore through a BAP rally in Mastung, killing Siraj Raisani and nearly 150 others in the kind of carnage we hadn’t seen since APS Peshawar....

 

Israel Is Literally the Definition of the Word ‘Dystopia’
Ray Hanania

Orwell was able to succeed as a writer because he recognized that, fundamentally, human beings can easily be manipulated if you control the government, the news media and the people’s minds. Israel has taken the process of suspending human rights and controlling what people think to an extreme that goes far beyond what any other nation in this world has sought to achieve. Israel is literally the definition of the word “dystopia.”

 

Why Call Arbitration Centres 'Sharia Courts?:  The Mediatory Role of Darul Qazas and Non-Binding Nature of Fatwas Are A Welcome Recognition of the Changing Social Realities in India
A. Faizur Rahman

Even in India, when as part of the judicial reform process, governor-general Cornwallis enacted a resolution in 1790 to introduce a new three-tiered court system in Bengal (which was later on extended to other parts of India) he included Qazis and muftis as “law officers” to assist the British judges. The highest criminal court of this system Sadr Nizamat Adalat was assisted by the chief Qazi of the district and two muftis and it had to apply Islamic law as per the Fatwas of the law officers which were binding on the court....

Pakistan's Terror-Business of Sending Terrorists across Into India Became Lucrative For Those Overseeing the Infrastructure of This Trade
Vikram Sood

The end of the Afghan jihad only meant that the Pakistan establishment moved its Jihadi foot soldiers to Kashmir in the 1990s. This too was massively state-sponsored to begin with, but when there was pressure on Pakistan, it began to privatize this business of jihad in India. Successive Pakistani governments have viewed the use of expendable Jihadi fighters as a sound and cost-effective strategy against India.....

 

Rohingya Crisis: Myanmar Military Is Now On Par With the Israeli Government
Ramzy Baroud

It should come as no surprise that Israel is one of the main suppliers of weapons to Myanmar.  Israel’s pseudo-democracy is, in many ways, similar to Myanmar’s. In Israel, Jews are the privileged group; democracy and human rights apply to them but not to Palestinians....

Will Rahul Gandhi Hear Unsolicited Advice From An Un-Intellectual, Common Muslim?
Rahul Gandhi

As he sits through the Shahi Imam’s Friday Khutba (sermon), Rahul may hear what probably nobody in the exalted Muslim delegation told him during his two-hour, closed-door informal meeting. Never a man of few words and not known for maintaining sobriety while speaking in public, especially when he speaks from the Jama Masjid’s pulpit, Bukhari appear incendiary and angry. He may say things which no Muslim would have ever dared to tell the scion of the Gandhi-Nehru clan. The Imam knows the many “injustices” done to Muslims during the long Congress rule like the back of his palm and may remind Rahul of the promises made and broken, assurances given but never fulfilled....

Belgium Wants to Prevent Radicalism, but Is Facing Challenges from Muslim Factions and Belgian Society

And within the Muslim cohort, there is rivalry between the two main elements, Moroccans and Turks. It is not uncommon, for example, for Belgo-Moroccans to marry Belgians of Christian background, but very rare for Moroccans to marry Turks. To get a sense of how things are changing, consider the latest figures on the religious instruction which is selected by pupils at state-run elementary schools in Brussels...

 


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