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Imran Khan says US is responsible for Terrorism in Pakistan


“Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf (PTI) Chief Imran Khan declared the government of Pakistan a slave of the US and added that the ongoing terrorism in the country would continue until Washington stopped meddling in the internal affairs of Islamabad.” -PTI

Imran Khan said the above quote in a press conference after the twin suicide bombings at the shrine of an Islamic scholar and a sufi saint, Hazrat Data Ganj Baksh in Lahore.

The dilemma I am facing is that how come the anti-muslim, the neo-con, Islamophobic, American Supremacist element has given complete impunity to Imran Khan!! I mean that is pretty freaky. What is going on behind the scenes??? Places where ZakirNaik (a Muslim Telepreacher) gets banned, Imran Khan has Freedom!!!! How Come???

Imran Khan has given countless statements regarding the Pak-US relations that can qualify him to be labelled as Anti-American by the american Right. However, I have not come across any opposition to him in this respect. Where criticizing American policy of drones attack in Pakistan, and opposing military escalation in Afghanistan can cause Continue reading

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Freedom Flotilla: Humanitarian Aid to Gaza is a Sin and Crime against God

By Umer Sultan

Source: FB Page "Wake Up Muslims"

Israel attacked the aid ship directed towards Gaza, leaving about 19 people dead and 60 wounded. The Israeli Defense Forces used live ammunition on the ship at the unarmed solidarity activists, mostly from Turkey.

The stormed ship (Mavi Marmara) was leading five other aid ships and had solidarity activists, aid leaders, and journalist from different countries aboard. At this moment there is no news as to who is dead and wounded. 2 Pakistani journalists [video] are among those missing and one of them is Talat Hussein from Pakistani AAJ TV, a very critical, outspoken and respected journalist in Pakistan.

Turkey, the long friend of Israel got really ticked off at the military strike by Israel and has pulled Turkish ambassador from Israel. Turkey has also threatened Israel, even with a possibility that Turkey will send more aid ships with the escort of Turkish Navy…you know what that could mean right! Greece has cancelled its joint military exercise. Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan said:

“It should be known that we will not stay silent and unresponsive in the face of this inhuman state terror,” Press TV.

President Obama has only this to say:
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Islam vs. Extremism by Dawud Walid @ WCC

This event was organized by the Muslim Student Association at Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The speaker invited was Dawud Walid– the Executive Director of the Council on American Islamic Relations-Michigan.

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NY Time’s Frustrated Strivers!!

By Umer Sultan 

The New York Times, America’s one of the largest national Newspaper in print and online, published a biography of a militant Umar Kundi yesterday (Feb 27th 2010) under this title “Frustrated Strivers in Pakistan Turn to Jihad.” 

When I read a title, I didn’t even think that it will be a biography of a militant. In fact for some naive reason I thought the NY Times, this prestigious newspaper, would have gone deep into the issue of militancy and had tried to show the confusion amongst the Pakistani youth. 

Picture- The 1st Shock

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I was shocked when I saw the first picture and read the caption of it. This picture has nothing to do with anything with the entire article first of all. Second, why a niqabi (face covered) and hijabi (head covered dressed modestly) women is shown? What has that got to do with Extremism or Jihad? 

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Rising Anti-Americanism in Pakistan- Right and Left View US As Imperial Force

I have been personally following various Pakistani blogs about these Conspiracy Theories that US Black Water agents are operating in Peshawar,& US is increasing the number of marines in Islamabad & Peshawar. The following news at last has captured this trend, late but not too late. US War against Terrorism is losing the popular support of another close ally. The following report describes the situation for basic understanding of rising popular opposition.

Anti-Americanism rises in Pakistan over U.S. motives

By SAEED SHAH
McClatchy Newspapers

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — For weeks now, the Pakistani media have portrayed America, its military and defense contractors in the darkest of lights, all part of an apparent campaign of anti-American vilification that is sweeping the country and, according to some, putting American lives at risk.

Pakistanis are reacting to what many here see as an “imperial” American presence, echoing Iraq and Afghanistan, with Washington dictating to the Pakistani military and the government. Polls show that Pakistanis regard the U.S., formally a close ally and the country’s biggest donor, as a hostile power.

U.S. officials have either denied the allegations or moved to blunt the criticism, but suspicions remain and relations between the two countries are getting more strained.

The lively Pakistani media has been filled with stories of undercover American agents operating in the country, tales of a huge contingent of U.S. Marines planned to be stationed at the embassy, and reports of Blackwater private security personnel running amok. Armed Americans have supposedly harassed and terrified residents and police officers in Islamabad and Peshawar, according to local press reports.

Much of the hysteria was based on a near $1 billion plan, revealed by McClatchy Newspapers in May and confirmed by U.S. officials, to massively increase the size of the American embassy in Islamabad, which brought home to Pakistanis that the United States plans an extensive and long-term presence in the country.

The American mission in Islamabad was forced to put on three briefings for Pakistani journalists in August trying to dampen the highly charged stories, which could undermine U.S.-Pakistani relations just as Washington is preparing to finalize a tripling of civilian aid to Islamabad, to $1.5 billion a year. Over this last weekend, an embassy spokesman had to deny suddenly renewed stories that the U.S. was behind the mysterious death of former military dictator General Zia ul Haq back in 1988.

Pakistan is a key priority for the United States because of its nuclear weapons and its potential usefulness in taking on al-Qaida within its borders and ending the safe haven for the Afghan Taliban.

I think this recent brouhaha over the embassy expansion has been difficult to beat back,” said Anne Patterson, the U.S. ambassador, in an interview last week. “I can’t really understand what’s behind this because what we’re doing is actually quite straightforward. We’ve tried to explain it carefully to the press, but it just seems to be taken over by conspiracy theories.”

Briefing Pakistani journalists last month, Patterson told them that there were only nine Marines stationed to guard the embassy in Islamabad and that, even after the expansion, their number would be no more than 15 to 20. Press reports had put the figure at 350 to 1,000 Marines. She also stated categorically that “Blackwater is not operating in Pakistan.” But the stories refused to go away.

Patterson said she wrote last week to the owner of Pakistan’s biggest media group, Jang, in protest of the content of two talk shows on its Geo TV channel, hosted by star anchors Hamid Mir and Kamran Khan. She also complained about a newspaper column of influential analyst Shireen Mazari in The News, a daily, saying that the shows and the column were “wildly incorrect” and had compromised the security of Americans.

There are 250 American citizens posted at the Islamabad mission on longer-term contracts, plus another 200 on shorter assignments, the embassy said. The present embassy compound can accommodate only a fraction of them. According to independent estimates, there are some 200 private houses for U.S. officials, on regular streets located throughout upscale districts of Islamabad.

Pakistani press and bloggers also targeted Craig Davis, an American aid worker, insisting that he’s an undercover secret agent. Davis, a contractor to the USAID development arm of the government, is based in the volatile northwestern city of Peshawar, and now appears to be at risk. Last year, another American USAID contractor in Peshawar, Stephen Vance, was gunned down just outside his home.

“In one or two cases these commentators have identified very specific embassy employees as CIA or Blackwater, and that very much puts the employee at danger. In at least one case we’re going to have to evacuate the employee,” Patterson said, without identifying the individual involved. “What particularly scared us about him is that Stephen Vance, who was the other AID Chief of Party in Peshawar, was of course assassinated a few months ago. So there is a track record here that’s sort of alarming.”

In recent days, shows on two popular private television channels, Geo and Dunya, which broadcast in the local Urdu language, put up pictures of homes in Islamabad that they claimed were occupied by CIA, FBI or employees of the controversial Blackwater company of private security contractors, now called Xe Services. Some of the houses were identified with their full address. It is believed that several of the homes weren’t occupied by Americans but others were. According to the U.S. embassy, bloggers are now calling on people to “kill” the occupants of these houses.

A survey last month for international broadcaster Al-Jazeera by Gallup Pakistan found that 59 percent of Pakistanis felt the greatest threat to the country was the United States. A separate survey in August by the Pew Research Center, an independent pollster based in Washington, recorded that 64 percent of the Pakistani public regards the U.S. “as an enemy” and only 9 percent believe it to be a partner.

The Ugly American of the sixties is back in Pakistan and this time with a vengeance,” said Mazari, the defense analyst whose newspaper column was the subject of the American complaint.

It’s an alliance (U.S.-Pakistan) that’s been forced on the country by its corrupt leadership. It’s delivering chaos. We should distance ourselves. You can’t just hand over the country.

While the anti-U.S. sentiment appears genuine, it is uncertain whether the current storm, and the particular stories that it thrived on, was orchestrated by a pressure group or even an arm of the state. In the past, Pakistan’s notorious Inter-Services Intelligence spy agency, part of the military, has very effectively used the press to push its agenda.

The U.S. provided more than $11 billion in aid to Pakistan since 2001. Yet in recent days, Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani has complained that too much of the promised new enhanced U.S. aid package would be eaten up in American administrative costs, while President Asif Zardari demanded that multibillion-dollar civilian and military aid money, currently stuck in Congress, be speeded up.

The Pakistani government has repeatedly stated that joining the U.S. “war on terror” has cost the nation an estimated $34 billion, and ministers frequently lambaste the U.S. for trespassing on Pakistani territory with use of spy planes to target suspected militants – an emotive tacit for the Pakistani population.

Ambassador Patterson said that “the (Pakistani) government could be more helpful” in combating the anti-American controversies, which took on a new fever pitch since the beginning of August.

The weak Islamabad government appears unable to come to the defense of its ally and even tried to score some popularity points by joining the U.S.-baiting.

A widely believed conspiracy contends that America is deliberately destabilizing Pakistan, to bring down a “strong Muslim country” and ultimately seize its nuclear weapons. Pakistanis, especially its military establishment, also are distrustful of U.S. motives in Afghanistan, seeing it as part of a strategy for regional domination. Further, Pakistanis are appalled that the regime of Afghan President Hamid Karzai in Kabul is close to archenemy India.

Part of the reason why we can’t fight terrorism is because the terrorists have adopted what I’d call anti-U.S. imperialist discourse, which makes them more popular,” said Ayesha Siddiqa, an analyst and author of Military Inc.

Many also blame the U.S. for “imposing” a president on the country, Zardari, who is deeply disliked and who last year succeeded an unpopular U.S.-backed military dictator. So democrats resent American interference in Pakistani politics, while conservatives distrust American aims in Afghanistan.

“You used to find this anti-Americanism among supporters of religious groups and right-wing groups,” said Ahmed Quraishi, a newspaper columnist and the leading anti-American blogger.

“But over the past two to three years, young, educated Pakistanis, people you’d normally expect to be pro-American modernists, and middle-class people, are increasingly inclined to anti-Americanism. That’s the new phenomenon.”

(Shah is McClatchy Newspapers’ special correspondent in Islamabad.)

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Opening the Doors of Ijtihad


We have heard all this before “Why our Ulema do not come together and use Ijtihad?,” however, recently a 3 day international seminar took place in the capital city Islamabad, Pakistan, organized by The Islamic Research Institute of the International Islamic University-Islamabad (IIUI) on “Islamic Legal Thought and Institutions in South Asia.

Scholars mainly attended from India and Pakistan with one scholar from United States. Scholars were from different school of thoughts and presented their research work and recommendations on contemporary Fiqh and the evolution of fiqh in South Asia.

Read the complete article on this subject at Hamara Pakistan 1947, where I was able to post the entire article.

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International Conference on “Islam, Modernity” starts

ISLAMABAD, Jun 4 (APP):The speakers here at a conference on “Islam, Modernity” observed that Islam is a universal religion and the difficulties for the religion do not arise because of any scientific development.

They also called for bridging the gap between Islam and the West through demonstrating and promoting the Islamic message of peace and tolerance.

The 2-day international conference on “Islam and Modernity” started here Wednesday at the International Islamic University (IIU).

Leading scholars and experts from Pakistan and abroad delivered lectures and presented papers during the inaugural session.

Rector IIU, Dr Manzoor Ahmed addressing the conference said that “The problem of modernity lies in trying to find out whether certain alternative systems can be built which may not be totally in consonance with the classical deductive system, yet they reflect the true spirit of Islam.”

“The difficulties for Islam do not arise because of any scientific development but because of the changes in perception about social structures and systems,” he added.

Prof. Khurshid Ahmad addressing the conference said “There are a lot of differences between Muslims and the followers of other religions but there is great space for tolerating each other.”

Renowned scholars including M. Shahid Alam, Pervaz Hoodbhoy, Dr Zafar Ishaq Ansari and Noman-ul-Haq delivered lecture the topic “What went wrong: The Encounter with Modernity and Diagnoses of Muslim civilizational Decline.”

Dr. Muhammad Farooq Khan, Tamara Sonn from USA, Aasim Sajjad Akhtar, Khaled Ahmed and Salman Sayyid expressed their views on the topic “Muslim responses to modernity and Globalization: Contradictions, Tensions and Possibilities”.

The opening session was also addressed by President IIU, Dr Anwar Hussain Siddiqui, Executive Director of the IRD, Dr Mumtaz Ahmed and Director IRD, Zakir Muhammed Jauhar.

Leading Scholars including Misbah Saboohi, Asad Farooq, Ashis Nandy and M. Shahid Alam will deliver lectures on the topic of “Towards Utopia of Modernity: Development and progress in the Muslim world” during the concluding session of the conference.


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International Conference On ‘Islam and Modernity’

ISLAMABAD: International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI) is arranging a two-day international conference on ‘Islam and Modernity’ on June 4 and 5 (Wednesday and Thursday) at new auditorium, Faisal Mosque Campus.

Inaugural session will start on Wednesday at 10:00am. Leading scholars and experts from Pakistan and abroad will deliver their lectures and present papers in working sessions of the conference.

In the first working session, M Shahid Alam, Pervaz Hoodbhoy, Noman-ul-Haq, and Khurshid Ahmad will speak on ‘What went wrong: the encounter with modernity and diagnoses of Muslim civilization decline’. Prof Khurshid Ahmed will be the chief guest of this session.

In the second session on the same day, Dr Muhammad Farooq Khan, Tamara Sonn, Aasim Sajjad Akhtar, Khaled Ahmed and salman Sayyid would present their thoughts on ‘Muslim responses to modernity and globalization: contradictions, tensions and possibilities’. Rector IIUI Prof Manzoor Ahmed would honour the session as the chief guest.

The activities of the second day would start at 11:30am. Misbah Saboohi, Asad Farooq, Suroosh Irfani, Ashis Nandy and M Shahid Alam would speak on ‘towards utopia of modernity’ and development and progress in the Muslim world’. Dr Zafar Ishaq Ansari and Dr Khalid Masud would be the chief guests of the session.

Mushahid Hussain, Salman Sayyid, Pervaz Hoodbhoy, Fawzia Afzal Khan and Mumtaz Ahmed, in the second session on the same day, would enlighten the audience on ‘fundamentalist obscurantism or laboratory resistance: perspectives on the Islamic revival’. President IIUI Dr Anwar Hussain Siddiqiui would be the chief guest of the session.

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