By Umer Sultan| “Lets move from the Jahiliyyah to the nobility of Islam!”
The sanctity of Ramadan is meaningless for them. The open doors of Heavens are meaningless for them. Seeking forgiveness for the past shortfalls and asking Allah for guidance is meaningless for them. What is meaningful for them, however, is to shed blood of their Muslim brothers because Allah had created them into different languages and ethnicity.
I am not talking about Syria in which the government forces are shooting down the Muslims praying in the Mosques. I am talking about the situation in Karachi in which over 300+ people have died and counting, where the city has been hijacked by mainly two secularist-ethnic nationalist parties-ANP- Awami National Party (Pathan) and MQM- formerly Muhajir Qaumi Movement (Muhajir). Target killings are the norm in the city, and the sins of the dead & their families is that they belong to one of the two ethnic groups- Pathan or Muhajir, or they happened to be the bystanders, where as, the PPP-Pakistan Peoples Party, is having a low-profile in the conflict.
Pathan are Pashto speaking people from the North Western region of Pakistan neighboring Afghanistan. Muhajir are Urdu speaking people who migrated from India to Pakistan. This insanity is also part of the Global War on Terror. The MQM that claims to uphold the rights of Muhajir has Continue reading
Any death is a time of reflection for the living. But this death requires us to take time to think, reflect, and engage in a discussion about freedom, liberty, and justice for all.
By Abdul Malik Mujahid| President of SoundVision.com Continue reading
Today prompts us to reassess and revamp relations with Pakistan, who once again has proven itself as an effective ally at wartime. This victory is an opportunity to foster a fresh relationship that can be something more than transactional and more transparent.
By Zainab Jeewanjee Continue reading
Wikileaks is the story of this week. Divert the attention from the wars and conflicts, and through media frenzy lets make it fit the grand narrative…sike
2 articles that I recently came across are very beneficial to read.
Wikileaks – Zionist plot to invade more Muslim lands by Rehmat’s World
WikiLeaks War Logs Anti-War Whistleblowing Or War Propaganda? by The Tonka Report
By now most of you might have heard about the wikileaks, the online publication of the classified material on the war in Afghanistan.
New York Times published a story based on these leaked reports that Pakistan’s ISI is supporting Taliban in the war.
Zainab Jeewanjee wrote a concise post at her blog that I suggest reading.
“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
Mr General Retired Pervez Musharraf has announced a major come back to the Pakistani Politics for the next national elections. He has announced that he wants to provide the 3rd option to the Pakistani people with strong leadership.
With the incompetency of the present Pakistani administration, and the resulting deterioration of the Pakistani society, Musharraf’s announcement has fulfilled his fan’s hopes. However, there is a concern among many others. The tenure of Musharraf as the dictator of Pakistan was not the era of idealism in the history of Pakistan as Musharraf might have envisioned. His idealism of Enlightened Modernism came back to hound him and led to his resignation in order to avoid the legal consequences of trashing the Pakistani constitution.
That history aside, I have my own concerns. I liked Pervez Musharraf when he took over Pakistan in a bloodless coup in 1999 and I still do for his personality. He has the leadership skills but his ideals and principles are very worrisome.
If Musharraf would run for the Presidency of Pakistan, people will vote him (actually his party) for his personality not for his (or his party’s) ideals. This is the mental plague the Pakistani people are facing today. The problems of Pakistan will never resolve if this mentality of hero-worship continues. People of Pakistan should look at the ideals & principles of the man and party before they vote.
His Values & Principles:
A] His ideals include Enlightened Moderation:-
In the words of Pervez Musharraf:
“The world has been going through a tumultuous period since the dawn of the 1990s, with no sign of relief in sight. The suffering of the innocents, particularly my brethren in faith — the Muslims — at the hands of militants, extremists and terrorists has made it all the more urgent to bring order to this troubled scene. In this spirit, I would like to set forth a strategy I call Enlightened Moderation.” The Washington Post
June 1st 2004, A23.
He explained back in 2004 that this strategy is two-fold. First are the Muslims and that they have to shun violence, and extremism and that they need to be moderate in Islam. The second part of the strategy is the West, especially the United States that it needs to deal the issues of global politics with justice.
Investigative journalist Seymour Hersh says that US forces in Afghanistan are carrying out what he referred to as “battlefield executions” of prisoners.
To read more click at The Huffington Post.
This is interesting. In the second video Seymour Hersh raises some very important points that are not addressed by the US politicians and the policy makers nor by the US media!!!
Students of Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind protest against Terrorism in a rally in 2008. JUH is one of the largest Indian Organization of Islamic Scholars and one of the largest Deobandi Organization of S. Asia.
By ASHRAF KHAN (AP) –
KARACHI, Pakistan — The American-born spokesman for al-Qaida has been arrested by Pakistani intelligence officers in the southern city of Karachi, two officers and a government official said Sunday, the same day Adam Gadahn appeared in a video urging U.S. Muslims to attack their own country.
The arrest of Gadahn is a major victory in the U.S.-led battle against al-Qaida and will be taken as a sign that Pakistan is cooperating more fully with Washington. It follows the recent detentions of several Afghan Taliban commanders in Karachi.
Gadahn — who has often appeared in al-Qaida videos — was arrested in the sprawling southern metropolis in recent days, two officers who took part in the operation said. A senior government official also confirmed the arrest.
The Legatum Institute released a report on the situation in Pakistan and its future in near 2-3 years. The report discussed 8 topics regarding Pakistan: Economy, Civilian-Military Issues, Islamic Trends, Pashtun Nationalism, Pakistani Taliban, India-Pakistan Relationship, Pakistan-China Relationship and Pakistan-US Relationship.
The report mentioned 5 main challenges:
[1.] Threat of fragmentation and the loss of state control over various territories that undermine the integrity, sovereignty and solidarity of the country; [2.] Security and terrorism throughout the country; [3.] Economy; [4.] Governance issues including corruption; and [5.] Rebuilding the Pakistan Brand. (intro)
I will skip the Economy and Military chapters of the report and get into the Chapter 3 “Islamic Trends” of the report.
Islamic Trends: Islamists, Islamisation and the threat of Taliban: