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A war of narratives

A war of narratives

By Saad Hafiz Apart from the security challenges, the struggle against jihadi extremism is primarily a ‘war of narratives”. Extremists have been able to cleverly manipulate, promote and reinforce their master narratives, which are largely based on the west’s hegemonic designs in the Muslim world and its crusade against Islam. They have also been able to exploit, to great effect, narratives related to the weak political, social, and historical conditions of Muslims. Jihadi narratives are … Read entire article »

Filed under: Islamism, Pakistan, Religion, Society, Taliban, Terrorism

ملک ، قانون اور جمہوریت کی تضحیک ہو رہی ہے۔ چوہدری نثار

ملک ، قانون اور جمہوریت کی تضحیک ہو رہی ہے۔ چوہدری نثار

تحریر: محمد شعیب عادل اتوار کو یوحناآباد کے دو گرجا گھروں میں عبادت کے دوران دو خود کش حملے ہوئے جس میں پندرہ افراد موقع پر ہلاک ہو گئے۔ دس افراد کا تعلق مسیحی برادری سے تھا جب کہ پانچ افراد مسلمان تھے۔ عینی شاہدین کے مطابق دو خود کش حملہ آوروں نے گرجا گھروں میں داخل ہونے کی کوشش کی اور جب انہیں روکا گیا تو انہوں نے اپنے آپ کو اڑا لیا۔ڈان نیو ز … Read entire article »

Filed under: minorities, Pakistan, Religion, Secterainism, Terrorism, Urdu, violence, Zarb-E-Azb

پاکستانی سیاست کے مینار

پاکستانی سیاست کے مینار

تحریر: تنویر آرائیں پاکستان میں سیاست کرنے لئے عقلمندی، رواداری، اخلاقیات، شرم وحیا یا غیرت ضروری نہیں ہے اور صرف ان چیزوں کے سہارے آپ سیاست میں کامیاب نہیں ہو سکتے اور نہ ہی اعلیٰ تعلیم، پالیسی سازی میں مہارت، مسائل سے نمٹنے کے تجربے یا حکمت کی ضرورت ہے. پاکستان میں سیاست میں کامیابی حاصل کرنے کے لئے آپ کو فقط بیچنے کا سلیقہ ہونا چاہیے، غلط سمجھنے کی ضرورت نہیں میں تجارت کی بات … Read entire article »

Filed under: Opinion, Pakistan, Politics, Urdu

Lahore Mob Lynching a trend!

Lahore Mob Lynching a trend!

Malik Omaid Raza Rumi explained how Youhanabad mob lynching is not an isolated event but a trend which has been happening continuously  in Pakistan’s recent past. [View the story "Lahore Mob Lynching a trend!" on Storify] … Read entire article »

Filed under: minorities, Raza Rumi, Storify, Theatre, Twitter

ریاست دہشت گردوں کے ساتھ کھڑی ہے

ریاست دہشت گردوں کے ساتھ کھڑی ہے

تحریر: محمد شعیب عادل نو مارچ کو اسلام آباد ہائی کورٹ نے ممتاز قادری کی سزائے موت کے خلاف اپیل کا فیصلہ کر دیا۔ تیرہ مارچ کو اسی عدالت نے ممبئی حملوں کے مرکزی ملزم لشکر طیبہ کے مرکزی رہنما ذکی الرحمن لکھوی کی نظر بندی کو بھی غیر قانونی قرار دے کر اسے رہا کرنے کا حکم دیا ہے۔ اس سے پہلے لاہور ہائی کورٹ اور سپریم کورٹ حافظ سعید، جو کہ اپنے عوامی جلسوں میں … Read entire article »

Filed under: Blasphemy, Islam, Islamabad, Judiciary, Lashkar e Taiba, Religion, Terrorism, Urdu, violence

Twitter reactions and comments on Lahore Church Blasts

Malik Omaid Pakistani twitter was full of pain and condemnation on the tragic Lahore blasts in Youhanabad area at a Christian Church killing 15 and injuring more than 70 people. All day Politicians, journalists, analysts and common people commented on the incident and the failure of security forces, Punjab Government and its establishment to protect its minority citizens. Others criticized the apathy of many who were busy celebrating the victory on cricket match in these painful times. Some of the selected tweets are presented here to show the different aspects of discussions on social media: A nation is judged by the way it protects it’s most vulnerable & that includes its minorities #Pakistan #ChristiansUnderAttack #LahoreBlast — Sayeeda Warsi (@SayeedaWarsi) March 15, 2015 Let’s all agree that those earlier rumors of the TTP’s demise were … Read entire article »

Filed under: Lahore, minorities, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Religion, Taliban, Terrorism, Twitter, violence, war

30 Vital Points for countering Terrorism

Raza Rumi tweeted 30 vital points or short term and long term measures that should be taken to counter terrorism in Pakistan.   [View the story "30 Vital Points for countering Terrorism" on Storify] … Read entire article »

Filed under: Pak Tea House, Pakistan, public policy, Storify, Terrorism, Twitter, violence, Zarb-E-Azb

Civil society says NAP Implementation Disappointing Press Release

Citizens Group to Watch National Action Plan (NAPwatch) Islamabad – March 13, 2015 A broad based alliance of concerned citizens today announced that they would monitor the implementation of NAP and related commitments by the government of Pakistan (including the military) to fight terrorism in the country. #NAPWatch will regularly review the progress made and identify the gaps that need to be addressed. Thus far the most worrying aspect according to the group has been the dilution of NAP agenda as announced by the PM, the vital tasks of madrassa regulation seems to have been dropped. Highlighting the initiative, one of the initiators of #NAPwatch, Marvi Sirmed said that the group was expanding with every coming day with many noted citizens becoming part of it. She said that the presence of scholars … Read entire article »

Filed under: Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Terrorism

National Action Plan Watch

National Action Plan Watch

To keep readers informed, we are posting the tweets from the citizen initiative NAP Watch to review progress on the implementation of government’s counter terrorism policy. [View the story "National Action Plan Watch" on Storify] … Read entire article »

Filed under: Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Photos, Storify, Taliban, Terrorism, Twitter

A time for introspection

A time for introspection

By Saad Hafiz There is a growing desire to understand the root causes of Islamic extremism. This is a natural reaction to the unspeakable horrors that transnational terrorist groups, including the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), Boko Haram (translated as western education is forbidden) and Daesh or the Islamic State (IS) are carrying out against innocent people, the majority of whom are Muslims. It is recognised that extremism now poses the greatest challenge to universal human values and world peace. See More: A new realism President Obama has … Read entire article »

Filed under: Democracy, Islam, Islam for Peace, Society, south asia, Terrorism

تجھ کو پرائی کیا پڑی اپنی نبھیڑ تو

تجھ کو پرائی کیا پڑی اپنی نبھیڑ تو

تحریر : ملک عمید کافی عرصہ سے میڈیا کے “مخصوص حصے” اس خیال کو زور شور سے پروان چڑھا رہے ہیں کہ پاکستان میں ہونے والی دہشت گردی کے پیچھے ہندوستان کا ہاتھ ہے اور ہندوستان ان تمام دہشت گردوں کی مالی معاونت کر رہا ہے جو “پاکستان” میں دہشت گردی کر رہے ہیں۔ یہ الزامات تو سالوں سے لگ رہے تھے مگر چونکہ قومی بیانیہ میں ابھی پچھلے سال تک تحریک طالبان پاکستان والے “پاکستان … Read entire article »

Filed under: India, Islamism, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Taliban, Terrorism, Urdu

!یہ ہم نہیں” کہنے والے سن لیں! یہ ہم ہی ہیں”

!یہ ہم نہیں” کہنے والے سن لیں! یہ ہم ہی ہیں”

By Andeel Ali  غالباً یہ سنہ ۲۰۰۸ کی بات ہے جب میں نے کراچی شہر میں جا بجا، بڑے بڑے ہورڈنگز پر ایک گرنیڈ اور اس پر لگا ہوا بڑا سا کاٹی کا نشان دیکھا۔ ہر گرنیڈ کے ساتھ لکھا ہوتا تھا کہ یہ ہم نہیں، یہ ہم نہیں! کالے پیلے اس بورڈ کو دیکھ کر مجھے بڑا غصہ آتا تھا۔ اسی طرح آج بھی جب کوئی دہشت گردی کا جواب دہشت گردی یا کم از … Read entire article »

Filed under: Pakistan, secular Pakistan, Terrorism, Urdu

A new realism

A new realism

by Saad Hafiz President Obama’s recent visit to India, while ignoring Pakistan, is being seen as a “diplomatic failure of Islamabad”. Failure or not, the visit does warrant a review of the effectiveness of Pakistan’s foreign policy given the changing nature of a state and the realities of the international scene. Generally speaking, a country’s foreign policy is the face that it presents to the rest of the world and should, therefore, be based on a … Read entire article »

Filed under: Afghanistan, Army, India, Opinion, Pakistan, state, Taliban, Terrorism, USA, Zarb-E-Azb

Top Tweets Feb 12: Western Media Hypocrisy and DG ISPR briefing in trends

Top Tweets Feb 12: Western Media Hypocrisy and DG ISPR briefing in trends

Malik Omaid Two of the main topics which trended in Pakistani twitter yesterday were the way Western media covered the Chapel Hill Shooting and the way it was turned into a mere Parking dispute. The other one was the briefing by the DG ISPR Gen. Asim Bajwa about the Peshawar School attack. A picture is worth a thousand words #ChapelHillShooting pic.twitter.com/rhTosQLu8S — Rami Ak (@Rami__Ak) February 12, 2015 Trending: #MuslimLivesMatter #ChapelHillShooting pic.twitter.com/O95JWKppTN — Nosheen Abbas (@Goshno) February 12, 2015 Since when … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Religion, Top Tweets, Twitter, violence

Islamic University Islamabad: My education in a Saudi funded university

Islamic University Islamabad: My education in a Saudi funded university

By Amna Shafqat Whenever I hear these empty notions of ‘No Space for Extremism Left’ so confidently floated in wake of Peshawar Attack, I remain unconvinced. My doubts about these ‘Anti-terrorism’ measures strengthen when I give a cursory look at the present unchecked activities of International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI). The national consensus against extremism means nothing when you know that Saudi’s takfiri ideology is being expanded every day, inch by inch, into small towns of … Read entire article »

Filed under: Children, Citizens, Islamabad, Islamism, Pakistan, Religion, Society, Terrorism, Women