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The War Within Islam

Pakistan’s Opposition Parties Share One Aim: How to Slaughter the White Stag
FS Aijazuddin

Indian High Commissioner Ajay Bisaria called on Imran Khan and presented him with a bat signed by the Indian cricket team. Only one of them (MS Dhoni) had reached his teens when Imran Khan’s team won the World Cup in 1992.  The bat was a thoughtful gesture. Should Modi expect a tea set in return?...  

 

Can Hamas Get Rid Of Its Core Ideal Of A Caliphate Or Is It A Mere Tactic To Reinforce Strength And Build A Massive Arsenal?
Hassan Al Mustafa

There are continuous Egyptian efforts to ensure that the prospective agreement for a truce extending for five years between Israel and Hamas is successful, during which military actions on both sides would cease. Hamas’ inclination for peace with Tel Aviv, even if temporary, came as a surprise to many, especially since the movement strongly believes in the “demolishing Israel” and in “the historical Palestine” according to its ideological principles....

 

Prime Minister Imran Khan Will Be Confronted By Daunting Challenges
Imran Khan

If Mr. Khan can make the military a partner and enabler of his foreign policy ambitions — including a “mutually beneficial” relationship with the United States, “open borders” with Afghanistan and peaceful trade with India — he will pull off a feat no Pakistani leader, civilian or military, has ever managed. If he does, it will help establish an unprecedented regional peace and stability. That would be an outcome that Americans, Afghans and Pakistanis can all root for together....

 

Musharraf Placed Officers Who Shared His Orientation on Kashmir in Key Positions
Khaled Ahmed

In 1992-93, when Pakistan concluded that the insurgency’s spirit was depleting, the army facilitated the induction of “Mehman (guest) mujahideen”. Like many of his colleagues, Hasan also followed subsequent Kashmir-related developments. For example, in 1996, the army’s assessment was that Kashmiris were “tending to stay away from the insurgency”. In 1998, the “guest” mujahedeen did not possess major weapons ....

 

Imran Khan’s Ambition to Establish an Islamic Welfare State Might Get Muddled Somewhere, Like Bhutto’s
Ayesha Siddiqa

Imran Khan’s offer to India in his victory speech to negotiate on Kashmir and willingness to trade is being seen in many quarters as a possible opening. But the door remains as shut, as it was in the past. Khan’s team will have to work out the contours of negotiations with the military establishment that was resentful of trade in the past on the grounds that Nawaz Sharif was more keen to discuss trade than resolving the Kashmir issue....

 

Alternate realties are the stuff of dreams. They often require an enemy, real or imagined, and the ideal world is one where the enemy has been vanquished. Powered by blind belief, legends are created and heroes are born. The case of the Tehreek-i-Labbaik (TLP) is about a common alternate reality that is shared by many people — at least 2,234,265 of them according to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), making it the fifth largest political party in the country....

 

Islam and Islamists in the Naya Islamic Republic of Pakistan
Remshay Ahmed

Religious-ethnic violence has dominated the Pakistani landscape for several decades. Every now and then, when an identity crisis of national significance surfaces extra measures by otherwise liberal leaders, sweep in to woo support from the masses. While this clause bodes well with the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, the state-backed persecution or the silence thereof for the said crimes isn’t warranted....

 

Spectacular Rise of the Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan is An Assertion of Barelvi Radicalism against Wahhabi and Salafi Groups

Indeed, the growing electoral support for the extremist outfit whose politics is based on animus against other religious groups and that justifies violence in the name of faith is worrisome; yet it is not likely to change the power matrix in the country. The rout of the top leadership of the MMA came as a huge surprise in the elections, and so has the expansion of the TLP’s popular base. ...

 

Crystallisation of the Electoral Power of the Barelvi School of Thought in Pakistan
Syed Talat Hussain

Among them the more striking one includes the crystallisation of the electoral power of the Barelvi school of thought in the shape of the remarkable performance of the Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan.  The party has won just two provincial assembly seats. However, the truly exceptional aspect of this party has been its candidates and their vigorous modern campaigns that included all modern platforms that any party anywhere in the world in this day and age uses for wider reach....

 

Imran Khan and Maulana Fazlur Rehman, Leader of the Deobandi Religious Party
Zaigham Khan

This adjustment between the secular ruling elite and the Deobandi scholars had evolved over decades and it survived close to two centuries. Both classes had a lot in common and both were entrenched in the system. The new religious parties bring new social dynamics to the political arena. Khadim Hussain Rizvi and his party has found resonance with a section of Pakistani society that had been left untouched by the political activism of the PTI and were discontent with the patronage politics of other parties....

 

Younger Saudis Are Convinced, an Independent Palestine Means Handing Iran and Sunni Political Islamists yet another Arab Capital
Haisam Hassanein

There have been clear recent indications of this difference. The Crown Prince has recognized Israel's right to exist and was reported as saying the Palestinians should either "shut up" or makes peace with Israel. Pushing back, King Salman reiterated "the kingdom's steadfast position towards the Palestinian issue and the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people to an independent state," and lately declared that U.S. President Trump's peace plan had to include East Jerusalem as the Palestinian capital....

 

Imran Khan Will Not Stand against the Military And So, Pakistan’s Imperfect Democracy Will Trudge along Imperfectly
Mehreen Zahra-Malik

But if Khan is a genuinely popular leader who has surged into office because of a truly national following built on his cricket celebrity and appeal as an anti-corruption crusader, we can expect that he might want to be his own man and possibly stand up to the military. But even then, he must be very afraid to go the way of many former prime ministers before him: removed in a coup or marginalized using a combination of media and courtroom trials over corruption and sundry charges. In both scenarios, Pakistani democracy and Khan seem to be in imminent jeopardy....

 

Imran Khan, the Cricketer Turned Playboy Turned Right-Wing Politician Promised Type of State That Was Established In Medina
Rafia Zakaria

Pakistanis drained after the drama of electoral vigils, delayed results, and allegations of rigging and meddling, will likely cleave to the promise of Faiz’s poetry. They console themselves by believing that they’ll one day “see that day that has been promised” them. That they do not have a united vision for this future day seems not to be of Imran Khan’s—or anyone’s—concern....

 
Of Salafis, Deobandis and Barelwis in Kashmir
Mushtaq Ul Haq Ahmad Sikander, New Age Islam

Of Salafis, Deobandis and Barelwis in Kashmir
Mushtaq Ul Haq Ahmad Sikander, New Age Islam

All these discourses of Salafis, Deobandis and Barelwis are quite alien to Kashmir. All these schools of thought are extremist in their outlook and rabidly sectarian and if provided with hospitable environs violent too. These groups have carried out violent acts against each other and different other sects in the recent past. Earlier they engaged with each other through writing diatribes, pamphlets and books denouncing each other and describing them as deviated and charging them with heresy. The sectarian mosques were used to hold debates against each other. Also the co-option and annexation of shrines by Barelwis who wrongly masquerade as Sufis has done a severe damage to the syncretic and plural message of Kashmiri Rishis....

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Kashmir Is Too Diverse, Too Multicultural A Land To Turn Into A Radical Islamist State


Naya Pakistan Is Managed And Controlled By Pakistan Establishment Inc.
Husain Haqqani

Take the example of Brigadier Ijaz Shah, formerly of the ISI, who served as Musharraf’s hatchet man and was even named by Benazir Bhutto as one of the persons trying to have her killed. Shah was most likely the covert handler of Jaish-e-Muhammad’s Masood Azhar and Omar Saeed Sheikh when they were arrested in India as terrorists. Sheikh, lest you forget, is currently in prison after being convicted of murdering Wall Street Journal reporter, Daniel Pearl....

 

Over to the Captain, Imran Khan: Perhaps He Will Surprise

Islamist violence marred the election and is a constant threat to Pakistan. Meanwhile, the regional situation grows trickier, with rivalry between America and China, and China and India. That comes on top of rocky relations with America itself, the festering sore of war-torn Afghanistan to the north-west, and Pakistan’s age-old and bitter animosity towards India....

 

How Imran Khan Will Set Up Medina-Like Islamic Welfare State?
Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi, New Age Islam

The concept of Ummat-e-Wahida (“one nation”) through the terms of the Madina constitution clearly shows that the Muslims and non-Muslims whether from Makkah or Madinah were one community. Thus, this Prophetic principle recognized the “nation” for the first time in the history as a one indivisible unit, moving from the individual or the tribal life to the life of the single nation. It is not characterized by any particular religion, racism or tribalism. It rather ended racism and discrimination on the basis of religion:“The Jews shall be responsible for their expenses and the Believers for theirs…...

With the Dawn of Naya Pakistan, Pakistanis Have Slipped Back Into the Dark Ages
Reham Khan

So, while the sensible voices mourned the demise of democracy, I could see a much bigger problem. The intolerant, harsh, ritualistic, extremist label had been successfully achieved. We were already being called a failed state by even Bollywood actresses. Yes, Imran got what he wanted but at the price of everything we held dear. As my 21-year-old daughter followed the race for power in dismay, she remarked, ‘ignorance is bliss, I wish my hope had not been taken away’.

 

Elections in both Turkey and Pakistan Have Strengthened Not Democracy, But Islamism
Clifford D. May

“Pakistan has accepted billions of American dollars, and used those funds to provide safe havens for the Taliban and other jihadist groups. Pakistan is directly responsible for the killing and wounding of thousands of American and allied soldiers.” You’ll recall that Osama bin Laden found refuge in Pakistan until U.S. special operators arrived unannounced at his villa. The claim that no Pakistani authorities knew he was in Abbottabad — a garrison town not far from Islamabad, Pakistan’s capital — is risible....

 

Real Change Is Taking Place in Pakistan, regardless Of Imran Khan’s Rhetoric
Beena Sarwar

As Pakistan braces for the next phase in its polity, there are lessons to be learnt from countries like India and the US where fear of change has led to the emergence of similar ‘strongman’ leadership. Those who voted for Narendra Modi or Donald Trump are not all bigots, misogynists or racists. Many are just ordinary people desperate for “better days” and to make their country “great again”. This is not too dissimilar from Imran’s supporters seeking “change”....

Imran Khan Has Mortgaged Himself to the Army and To Religious Extremist Formations in Pakistan
Ajit Kumar Singh

It needs no understanding of individual psychology or of Khan’s personal profile and proclivities to assert that these promises will be betrayed. Through history, leaders have never been able to escape the logic of the dynamic that propelled them to power. Pakistan’s founder, Mohammad Ali Jinnah, who harnessed religious polarization and the idea of jihad to engineer India’s Partition, and then sought to transform his fledgling country into one where “religion or caste or creed” would have “nothing to do with the business of the State”, is a glaring example of leaders who become prisoners of the means that bring them to ascendancy....

 

Need of the Hour Is for Pakistan to Adopt the Prophet’s Delinking Policy
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan

India and Pakistan, can work together, towards the development of their respective nations. Many avenues are open to forge a healthy alliance between the two nations in the field of education, health services, technology and the media, for instance. Being immediate neighbours, India and Pakistan cannot afford to remain antagonists; rather, they should strive to forge cordial relations in all possible spheres in order to lead the two nations onward, along a parallel path of development!...

 

All Bets Will Be Off When Imran Khan Challenges the Conventional Wisdom of the National Security State
Najam Sethi

Admittedly, the Miltablishment has stitched up an extraordinary political dispensation in difficult times. But, unlike Nawaz, the person they have chosen to lead it is strong-willed and unpredictable. In fact, Nawaz was eminently pliant. Yet, after a while, he felt compelled, given the nature of power, to try and be his own man. But this was unacceptable and he had to pay the price for even thinking such rash thoughts. Imran Khan, on the other hand, is a different kettle of fish....

Pakistani Military Wants a Civilian Façade in the Form Of an ‘Elected’ Govt That Follows It’s Diktats on India, Afghanistan, Jihadi Terrorism, China and US
Imran Khan

The result of Pakistan’s 25 July election was foretold. The pre-polling environment had been muddied by the blatant meddling of the country’s all-powerful military, assisted by a judiciary eager to please the generals. The results – a disputed victory for cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan and his Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaaf (PTI) party– won’t make a dent in Pakistan’s reputation as a ‘crisis state.’...

 

Is Imran Khan A Born-Again Muslim Now With A Tasbeeh (Rosary) In His Hands
Imran Khan

Mr. Khan, till now the vitriolic candidate and opposition leader, will have to mature to be a more sobering influence on government and on his many first-time, overly enthusiastic Ministers who are inexperienced in governance, much like himself. Probably the considerable influence of the military and the judiciary on him will go a long way in helping this. Or, perhaps, the current Mrs. Khan’s visions will now guide his and the country’s future....

 
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