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Friday, October 26, 2012

حج عید ظہا تمام دنیا میں ؟ Hajj and Eid on one day?

Unfortunately it is very difficult for Muslims all over the world to celebrate Eid one day though science has progressed. What to talk of world we can not agree on one Eid day in Pakistan. The development of modern science should be taken to advantage, keeping in view the Islamic traditions and Islamic law [fiqh] the scholars may consider   اجتہاد Ijtihad. The goal is not to put any new innovation 
or division to create sects.
 The Islamic scholars should consider that Hajj is the only single pillar of Islam which is related with the holy place Makkah in the month of Zilhajj. While Salah, Zakah and Fasting can be performed any where . Hajj can only be performed at Makkah. It appears strange that Hajj is performed at Arafat on 25 October 2012 and in Pakistan later, followed by animal sacrifice on Eid ul Adha. 

Hence the Hajj and Eid ul Hajj can be celebrated by Muslims the world over on the day it is performed at Makkah. This will display unity of Ummh.
As far as sacrificial offering is concerned the 3 days flexibility is adequate. 
Again It is cautioned that it is not intended to introduce a new innovation or sects among Muslims. Ijtihad is the job of expert scholars only..


بدقسمتی سے ہم مسلمانوں کے لیے بہت مشکل ہے کہ تمام دنیا میں 
ایک دن عید الفطر منا سکیں اگرچہ سائنس بہت   ترقی  کر چکی ہے . دنیا تو دور کی بات ہم پاکستان میں ایک دن عید پر متفق نہیں ہو سکتے . ضرورت ہے کہ جدید سائنس ور مواصلاتی روابط  کی ترقی  کا فائدہ اٹھاتے ھوے کوشش کی جاۓ کہ اسلامی احکام ور روایات کو مد نظر رکھتے ھوے علماء اکرام اجتہاد  کرنے کا   سوچیں .   واضح رہے کہ کسی نئی بدعت یا تفرقہ ڈالنا مقصد نہیں ہونا چا ہے . اس بات کا خاص خیال رکھنا ضروری ہے .  

علماء اکرام سوچیں کہ حج,  اسلام کے پانچ بنیادی ارکان کا ایک واحد ستون ہے جو کہ صرف اور   صرف مکّہ مکرمہ میں زلحج کے ماہ میں مخصوص طریقے سے ادا کیا جا سکتا ہے . جبکہ نماز، زکات ، روزہ کے لیے مکّہ مکرمہ جانا ضروری نہیں . لہٰذا حج اور عید الاظہا تمام دنیا کے مسلمان مکّہ مکرمہ میں حج کے ساتھ منا سکتے ہیں . یہ عجیب ہے کہ مکّہ مکرمہ میں حج ٢٥ اکتوبر کو ہوتا ہے اور پاکستان میں بعد میں اور ہم کہتے ہیں کہ آج حج  ہے جبکہ مکّہ مکرمہ میں حج گزر چکا ہےعلماء اکرام اجتہاد کرتے ہوائی تمام فقہ کے معاملات کو نظر میں رکھیں اور یہ بھی کہ جدید مواصلاتی روابط کی وجہ سے ایسا ہونا ممکن ہے. جہاں تک قربانی کا تعلق ہے قربانی کے تین دن ہوتے ہیں جو کافی حد تک گنجائش دیتے ہیں .ایک مرتبہ پھر واضح رہے کہ کسی نئی بدعت یا تفرقہ ڈالنا مقصد ہیں ہونا چا ہے. 
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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Lords of justice


Has the Pakistani media, like a pack of wolves, been baying under the wrong tree waiting for the fox (the president) to come down? Two visiting lawyers from Pakistan seem to think so. Why just target politicians? Why give judges a ‘free pass?’ they ask. “The number of critical cases crying out for their attention is in thousands. Yet, everyone, including the judges, is fixated on nabbing the president.”

Such is the inarguable reality. Until recently, everything hung on the Zardari government writing a letter to the Swiss! Remember the child play we indulged in about dropping a handkerchief while sitting in a circle and singing ‘I sent a letter to my friend and all the way I dropped it.’ Well, that’s exactly what’s been happening since the day (Dec 16, 2009) when the apex court declared the NRO unconstitutional. The government continued ‘dropping’ the letter and the court kept going in circles looking for it.

Deadlines set by the judges for the letter came and went. They left Zardari unbroken. Finally, the letter is going.

Seriously, if one was to look, the elusive Swiss letter cost three years of the judges time, resources and energy along with the sackings of a prime minister, a law minister, three federal law secretaries, two attorneys general, a National Accountability Bureau (NAB) chairman and a prosecutor general. When history is written, I wonder how the apex court will be graded.

Another minus awaiting the judiciary are the murky accusations by Malik Riaz. If the supreme commander of the apex court (the man we all considered our greatest hero) is shying away from the most consequential allegations levelled against his son, it is trust shattering. Imagine for a moment, had it been Bilawal or Bakhtawar or Asifa allegedly charged with gross misuse of their father’s high position, would our lords of justice swiftly rush to a verdict?

Two events scream for the savagery done to ordinary Pakistanis. Who will give them justice? Ghazala Tufail, 50, was beaten, bludgeoned and shot eleven times on the morning of September 18 at her home in Sheikhupura. Two days earlier, Governor Khosa had ordered that she be given protection and her property returned. Ghazala had fought a legal battle for a decade to get back her ancestral property in Sheikhupura occupied by a Qabza Group. She finally won the case and now wanted possession of the plaza worth a couple of crores. Khosa gave her a sympathetic hearing and asked his staff to make sure that she was given protection. Two days later, some lads broke into her home in the morning, locked up her two grown daughters in another room. The intruders then tried coercing Ghazala to sign a paper saying she no longer was the owner of that plaza. She refused. “They slapped her, beat her with rods and finally pumped eleven bullets into her body,” Najam ul Hassan, her son tells me. He lives in the US; his two other brothers live in the UK. “My mother survived for 60 hours.
The doctors in Mayo Hospital, Lahore, where my brother-in-law took her, did their best to save her life. But she died.”

Is there no law or justice in our Pakistan? Says Najam. “Do we have a jungle ka kanoon (the law of the jungle) that flows from the influential wealthy down to the scumbags who litter our country?”

Listen to this: despite eyewitnesses no investigation, no arrests, nothing has happened since. “We don’t want property; we want justice,” says grief-stricken Najam, sitting thousands of miles away, beseeching justice for his dead mother.

The second incident involves police brutality on an unarmed motorcyclist in front of the Evacuee Trust complex, next to Marriott in Islamabad. The beating was witnessed by one man who was moved enough to send an email to every media outlet. This is what Mudassar Zia Hashmi says he saw: three security force personnel responsible for clearing the route where a VIP was due saw a youth drive past on his motor bike. Quickly, they jumped out of their four-wheeler and pounced upon him. Halting him, they instantly began to beat, kick and punch the hapless fellow until he doubled up with pain. He was holding his ribs that may have broken with the force of kicks and blows by these booted brutes who completed their diabolic terrorism by kicking far the youth’s helmet as though it was a football!

“I am a polio patient and use a wheelchair,” writes Hashmi. “Helplessly I watched, unable to come to his man’s assistance. I am writing this email to all of you because Allah holds you answerable for your duties. Was it for this we fought to restore the chief justice so that this poor guy could get a hard thrashing just 100 feet away from the CJ’s residence?” asks Hashmi. “Was it for this we stood solidly behind the freedom of the press so that commoners get treated like donkeys while the media is busy discussing the president’s immunity, wasting precious hours on something totally useless?”

Scotus vs Scop: The difference between the Supreme Court of the United States and Supreme Court of Pakistan can never be bridged. The judges of Scop cannot be questioned, commented upon or censured. This rule is firmly embedded in the DNA of Pakistani culture. Dare one try to cross the red line; the dragon called ‘contempt of court’ can swallow you up.
The judges of Scotus have no such protections: the media and the public is free to criticise, scrutinise and even demonise them. The judges are appointed by the ruling president, whether a Republican or a Democrat. Hence a judge’s political affiliation is no secret: their rulings are based on their conservative or liberal ideologies. No president has the power to sack them; nor is there any retirement age. Speaking to the media is not forbidden. Recently the most conservative and controversial of judges, Justice Antonin Scalia invited CNN inside his chambers to discuss important issues. As the longest-serving justice, Scalia touched upon topics ranging from religion to politics, explaining the “thinking which allows him to arrive at his legal decisions.”

In Pakistan, we make do with the CJ’s press statements. He is routinely throwing the book at the lawbreakers and the corrupt, but it appears the ‘book’ is either going over the delinquents’ heads or they have stopped caring!
By: Anjum Niaz, http://dawn.com/2012/10/21/view-from-us-lords-of-justice/
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The hidden truth


Truth can be bitter and knowing it may also be disastrous. Individuals or nations in pursuit of truth are either shocked and disappointed, feel a sense of loss or perhaps even satisfaction.

Not knowing the truth could be blissful but it can also create a thirst to know more. Curiosity is the force that makes one investigate, probe and detect the truth.

In Oedipus the King, Sophocles, the Greek dramatist, narrates the story of Oedipus who was curious to know who the killer of his father was. He asked Teiresias, a blind prophet to tell him the truth. Teiresias told him that it was better not to know because truth was disastrous. At his insistence, Teiresias told Oedipus that he was the killer of his father and the queen whom he married was his mother. It devastated him. The queen committed suicide and he blinded himself, wandered from one place to another, and eventually died a miserable death.

Truth becomes painful when religious or ideological beliefs are challenged. When Stalin’s crimes against humanity were released in Soviet Russia, diehard communists went into denial and continued to idolise him as a great leader.

Generally, the ruling classes are afraid to reveal truth that is not in their favour as it might expose their weaknesses and rouse the people to launch a movement against them.

In the 16th century, to counter the Reformation, the Catholic Church established the Index Librorum Prohibitorum which was a list of prohibited books in an attempt to protect the faith and morals of the faithful. The church feared that other aspects of religious truth might mislead the believers.

In the 19th century, the department of censorship in France controlled outgoing information so only information that was in the interest of the rulers was released to the people.
Napoleon’s achievements were reported in the French newspapers while the defeat of the French navy in the Battle of Waterloo was ignored.

In 1943, when one of the worst famines hit Bengal, the British government instead of providing relief to famine-stricken people, exported rice from Bengal to feed the soldiers at war.

Newspapers were not allowed to report the famine. Similarly, when the US bombed Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the newspapers did not print any reports of devastation.

When army action was taken in former East Pakistan in 1971, the reality of the situation was hidden from the people. The fall of Dhaka and the surrender of the army shocked the people because they were unaware of the real facts behind the situation.

Likewise, the Kargil episode remains a mystery for us. Who should be held responsible? How can we assess the suffering on our military, political and diplomatic fronts? The government always sets up a commission for investigation, but so far these commissions have only hidden facts instead of determining the truth.

The reason is that successive governments commit atrocities and conceal the truth from people. Consequently, it creates a gulf between the people and the state institutions which instead of reforming themselves, continue to follow the same policies without any change. History is therefore based on incorrect information which misleads society.

In Pakistan, military dictatorships concealed the truth and misinformed people. Toward’s the end of Ayub Khan’s rule, his government announced celebrations for an entire decade of his achievements but eventually the falsely glorified image of his rule collapsed.

Sadly, the successive rulers in Pakistan have not learnt any lessons from history and continue to lie to the people. Hidden truth is an impediment in creating historical consciousness and political awareness.
By Mubarak Ali: http://dawn.com/2012/10/21/past-present-the-hidden-truth/

Friday, October 12, 2012

Attack on Malala Yousufzai by Takfiri Taliban and their fake ideology of terror

Pakistan is in an uproar over the targeted shooting of 14-year-old Malala Yousufzai by the Taliban. The Taliban, quick to claim responsibility for the attack, called her advocacy for the education of children, and particularly that of girls, in Swat an “obscenity”, warning the rest of Pakistan to not follow in her footsteps: “let this be a lesson”. With this tragic incident, Pakistan is at a crossroads in the war for its future. The two paths in front of the country are clear. It can tumble down the route of Afghanistan or take the long and uphill route to becoming a relatively peaceful and prosperous country. Keep reading >>>>


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Saturday, October 6, 2012

Imran Khan's Anti Drone Attack March to Waziristan

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Pakistan's Imran Khan starts anti-drone protest
The political administration of Waziristan has prevented PTI’s rally from entering Kotkai on the grounds that they have  not no objection certificate by excavating the big ditches on the way of procession , lead by PTI Chairman Imran Khan.
Earlier Chairman Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf Imran Khan said  while addressing a large number of supporters at Tank that PTI has achieved the purpose of long march by conveying the message against drone attacks to international community.
He said US drone attacks are violation of international laws and human rights.
Addressing to a mass anti-drone rally in “Jahazi Ground” in Tank, a town of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, near South Waziristan border, Khan accused that Pakistani government is playing double game as in close doors it allows US to carry out drone strikes inside Pakistani territory but tells people that it always opposes the attacks.
Imran Khan advised the Zardari government to abandon double standers and tell the true to people of Pakistan.
Khan said that the PTI would clean-sweep the next election, adding that his party would bring big changes in the tribal region and provide employment to the people of the region.
He said that they had successfully raised the voice of tribal people in the world.
He said drone strikes kill many innocent people and these attacks spread hatred against America adding that these are counter productive of terrorism as relatives of victims lift weapons against US.
He criticize the government saying that most of the victims of drone attacks are innocent Pakistanis and its government basic duty to protect its citizens but this puppet government even did not know names of those who have been killing in these attacks.
The PTI chairman said that they had ended their march at Tank because the travelling could be dangerous in the agency in darkness.
“The rally turned back because of curfew in South Waziristan adding that army had sent message that it was security risk to stay in the lawless tribal area” Khan said.
He vowed to abandon English law FCR for FATA areas when come into the power.
“PTI is not scared of anyone. The government tried to make this march unsuccessful but we are determined to bring peace to the country,” Khan said.
Cricketer turned politician warned the government that if thousands of people including women and children can come to tribal area then it easy for them to surround the capital adding the day is not far when he would give call to march towards Islamabad.
He thanked to foreign activists and the PTI’s youth for participating in the march, several British and US activists were also along with Khan in the march.
Peace campaigners condemn the strikes as a violation of international law, Pakistanis as a violation of sovereignty that breeds extremism, and politicians including Khan as a sign of a government complicit in killing its own people.
The rally returned to Tank from Manzai army check post, as authorities forced them to return as it was security risk to stay in the area after sunset.

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Cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan has begun a motorcade "march" to Pakistan's restive tribal areas to protest against US drone strikes.
The two-day protest started in Islamabad and is due to end in South Waziristan, a major focus of strikes.
Mr Khan set off with a few hundred people. It is not clear if authorities will allow the march to reach its goal.
Mr Khan, like many Pakistanis, says the attacks kill large numbers of civilians and foster support for militants.
"No-one should be allowed to be judge, jury [and] executioner," Mr Kahn said before setting off.
"It's totally counter-productive. All it does is it helps the militants to recruit poor people. Clearly if they were succeeding, these drone attacks, we would be winning the war. But there's a stalemate."

Imran Khan: "No-one should be allowed to be judge, jury [and] executioner"
US officials insist strikes by the unmanned aircraft rarely claim civilian casualties and are an effective weapon against the Taliban and al-Qaeda.
Mr Khan expects large numbers to join him, but the BBC's Orla Guerin in Islamabad says it is unclear how far the convoy of vehicles will be able to proceed.
Pakistani authorities have expressed security concerns and they may stop the march before it reaches the tribal areas, she says.
The Taliban have criticised both Mr Khan and the rally, but the politician told the BBC he was not worried about militant attacks.
In Dera Ismail Khan, the city in which participants were expected to stay the night, the Taliban distributed leaflets saying it would "welcome" them with bombs.
About 80 western peace activists are in the protest convoy.
Tacit consent?

Drones in Pakistan

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  • Recent US report highlighted "terror" felt by civilians in north-west Pakistan, where drones target areas such North and South Waziristan
  • Hundreds of low-level militant commanders and substantial minority of civilians killed
  • Exact figures difficult to compile because independent media and researchers denied access to area by authorities
  • Bureau of Investigative Journalism estimates 2,570-3,337 people killed in drone strikes, of which 474-884 were civilians
  • Living Under Drones report says top commanders account for estimated 2% of victims
Mr Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party had said the march and a rally in South Waziristan would attract hundreds of thousands of people.
Mr Khan's critics accuse him of trying to boost his party's popularity but supporters say the march shows he is in touch with the concerns of Pakistani people.
Mohammad Ansar Adnan, a student in Islamabad, told Reuters news agency that drone attacks were "an escalating problem".
"If Imran Khan is taking a step to resolve this issue, I think we should all go along with him, and once we are there, we should offer prayers for peace."
Authorities in South Waziristan say they have not given the PTI permission to stage a rally and they cannot provide security for so many people. Officials on the border of the tribal areas told BBC Urdu on Saturday that they would not allow Mr Khan to enter.
The government of Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari says drone strikes are counterproductive and a violation of its sovereignty.
However, it has done nothing to stop them and many Pakistanis - including Imran Khan - believe this amounts to tacit consent.
In September, a report by Stanford and New York Universities in the US said Pakistani civilians were being "terrorised" 24 hours a day by CIA drone attacks.
It said rescuers treating casualties were also being killed and wounded by follow-up strikes.
The scale of civilian deaths has been difficult to assess because independent media and researchers are denied access to the tribal areas.
US President Barack Obama has insisted that the drone strategy is "kept on a very tight leash" and that without the attacks, the US would have had to resort to "more intrusive military action".
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UN condemns US drone attacks on Pakistan
The United Nations have condemned US drone attacks in Pakistan warning they create "playstation mentality" towards killing. Zubeida Malik reports on the use of drone attack and UN's Philip Alston explains why he thinks the attacks are so worrying.[ BBC, special report]







Supplies to Nato forces in Afghanistan were blocked in protests over drone strikes blocked a key road in Pakistan for three days. The protests was called by Tehrik-e- Insaf, the party of cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan, over continued US drone strikes in the north-west. Thousands of lorries were held up by the rally, including 500 supplying Nato troops in northern Afghanistan.

Political blockade
More than 3,000 trucks carrying supplies from the Pakistani port of Karachi to the Afghan capital, Kabul, pass the northern route each day. Nato and other supplies to Afghanistan have often suffered disruptions because of militant attacks. But this is the first time that political protests have caused a blockade, the BBC's M Ilyas Khan in Islamabad says.
US drone attacks have escalated in the region since President Barack Obama took office. More than 100 raids were reported last year. The strikes are are hugely unpopular with the Pakistani public. Many militants, some of them senior, have been killed in the raids, but hundreds of civilians have also died.
Correspondents say they have the tacit approval of the authorities, although Pakistani leaders deny secretly supporting them.
The US does not routinely confirm it conducts drone operations in Pakistan. But analysts say only American forces have the capacity to deploy such aircraft.

The year of the drone-2010
US Predator unmanned drone at Bagram air base in Afghanistan - 27 November 2009
During last 4 years of Musharaf rule, there were 9 US Drone attacks killing 112 people, up to this 4th years of PPP/Zardari rule there has been 223 US Drone attacks in Pakistan, killing 2129 people. [Irfan Siddiqui, http://ejang.jang.com.pk/3-20-2011/Karachi/pic.asp?picname=07_07.gif ]. It is generally estimated that 99% killed were innocent civilian tribesmen.



The United Nations have condemned US drone attacks in Pakistan warning they create "playstation mentality" towards killing.
Zubeida Malik reports on the use of drone attack and UN's Philip Alston explains why he thinks the attacks are so worrying.


US fuel tanker under attack - Analysis

These attacks are taking place at a time of heightened tension.
Public anger here has been very strong since last week's Nato air-strike in which three Pakistani soldiers were killed.
Pakistan is determined to register its protest and closing the Khyber Pass is a very effective way of putting the squeeze on Nato because the alliance relies on the Khyber Pass.
It is a key lifeline for supplies going into Afghanistan. Up to 80% of Nato's non-lethal supplies are going through Pakistan so while the pass remains closed it is a critical situation for Nato forces.
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THE blowback effect of the US drone policy in Pakistan and Afghanistan has not only further destabilised Pakistan’s civilian government but proved futile as a decapitation strategy.
When drones kill innocent bystanders it infuriates the Taliban — on both sides of the border — who use this campaign to recruit additional foot soldiers and suicide bombers. In April 2009 warnings by US military and intelligence officials as reported by the McClatchy News Service echoed what certain dissenting CIA operatives had said about drone strikes that they do more harm than good.
McClatchy quoted an intelligence official saying that Al Qaeda and the Taliban were using these strikes as a catalyst for the jihadi movement in Pakistan to show ‘Americans as cowards who are afraid to face their enemies and risk death.’ Certain military officials involved in counterterrorism operations have also said that drone strikes are a ‘recruiting windfall for the Pakistani Taliban.’
That is also journalist Zahid Hussain’s argument in his second book The Scorpion’s Tale which charts the aftereffects of the ongoing drone campaign and the strategic costs that have far exceeded tactical gains. It questions whether such strikes that have successfully taken out certain mid-to-high value militant targets can point to a winner in the fight against insurgency.
The US drone programme, originally authorised by former US president George Bush against a smaller list of Al Qaeda’s most-wanted high-level militants began with a limited mandate but in early 2008 all previous restraints were removed.
Precise ground intelligence was required in the scenario of a strike, which could not be approved unless the target was identified accurately, and a complete assessment of collateral damage had to ensure against significant civilian casualties.
David Sanger writes in The Inheritance (2009) how Bush authorised strikes against targets merely based on visual evidence of a ‘typical’ Al Qaeda motorcade or a group entering a house with links to Al Qaeda or its Pakistani Taliban allies.
There are obvious moral and legal issues with drone strikes but Hussain’s observation is focused on whether this powerful tool has deterred young, disaffected youth from joining militant groups.
Scorpion’s Tale charts how Faisal Shahzad, the failed-would-be-terrorist cultivated contacts with the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan and why when questioned by a New York judge said he was avenging the many drone strike deaths.
The author recounts the tenuous relationship between the US and Pakistan, not only because of Shahzad’s failed Times Square attack but because ‘the bombing attempt has convinced the Americans that the targeted killing of militants by the drone strikes was insufficient to stem the tide of the insurgency.’
He writes how drone warfare has collectively massed the Pakistani Taliban and other local militant groups under the Al Qaeda network into closer collaboration, creating an army of militants who share manpower, recruitment techniques and services and financial resources, and cannot be defeated by the Pakistani establishment any time soon. Hussain claims that the drone attacks have also ‘inspired a flood of new recruits.’
Figures for this year show that September has so far been recorded as the busiest month for drone operators with the number of attacks exceeding those in the first five years of implementing this strategy in 2004. However, with the recent estimate by the American CIA that currently there are about 100 Al Qaeda fighters in Afghanistan and another 300 or so across the border, most should (or could) have been targeted since 2004.
A recent study by Peter Bergen and Katherine Tiedemann at the New America Foundation shows that the 203 reported drone strikes in northwest Pakistan from 2004 to the present — including 107 in 2010 — have killed approximately 1,286 to 1,981 individuals, of whom around 975 to 1,446 were described as militants in media accounts. Thus the true non-militant fatality rate since 2004 according to this analysis is approximately 25 per cent. In 2010, it is nearer to six percent. These figures negate the high civilian fatality ratio.
Much like Husssain’s earlier book, Frontline Pakistan (2007), this timely narrative has information collated after recorded interviews and investigation, and it serves as a precursor to the December review of the Afghan war strategy. What then becomes relevant in regards to this review is whether the counterinsurgency strategy at work in Afghanistan has proven successful as touted repeatedly by key US commanders on the ground or is in fact weak and ineffectual.
There are no new revelations in Scorpion’s Tale which is a drawback if you’re looking for exclusivity, but its invaluable documentation and collation of events provide insight into the power politics at play in Pakistan, which aids and abets the rise of extremism. Hussain’s narrative will especially be of interest to readers who are new to this region as it explains why the war in Afghanistan has cross-border references that threaten US interests globally and also Pakistan’s internal fractured security.
When the Soviets withdrew in 1989 the Mujahideen fighting in Afghanistan nurtured by CIA money and ISI patronage looked to Kashmir as the new battleground. Hussain notes that Kashmir did not suddenly become a focus of Islamic extremism in the late 1980s, but had nurtured radicalisation since 1947. He argues that because of Islam’s pivotal inclusion in the affairs of the state, the use of religion for playing politics became an effective tool readily available to successive civilian and military leaders, who rather than working to counter its influence, manipulate it for their own survival.
Scorpion’s Tale questions why the use of military power hasn’t stopped the flow of militant recruits and why radical ideologies triumph. If there are a greater number of young men desirous to fight, undeterred by the kill-or-capture approach, is the campaign against terrorism being won or lost?
This book is a compelling reminder of the challenges faced by both the Pakistani government and the US-led forces in Afghanistan in finding a non-military solution to curbing extremism. It should make those who are in the corridors of power wonder whether the answer lies in greater combat, or instead in negotiating with the Taliban and countering the radical ideologies of terror groups by providing opportunities for education, employment and better living conditions to the people living in the region.

Book Reviewed By Razeshta Sethna,
The Scorpion’s Tale: The relentless rise of Islamic militants in Pakistan — and how it threatens the world (TERRORISM) By Zahid Hussain Simon and Schuster, New York  

ISBN 978-1-4516-2721-3 ,245pp. 


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Counterproductive Drone Attacks in Pakistan Creating more Hatred ... In April 2009 warnings by US military and intelligence officials as reported by the McClatchy News Service echoed what certain dissenting CIA operatives had said about ..
25 Dec 2010
Pape and his team of researchers draw on data produced by a six-year study of suicide terrorist attacks around the world that was partially funded by the Defense Department's Defense Threat Reduction Agency. ... He's in fact saying: I am taking revenge for the dronestrikes in the tribal areas. So he's acting more like a tribesman whose involvement in Pashtun values . . . one of the primary features of that is revenge, rather then saying I'm going to have a jihad or I've ...
06 Feb 2011
As in all such CIA drone attacks, the victims are described as “militants,” but this has not been independently verified. Often, such reports have proven false, with evidence emerging that among those killed by the drone missiles are ...
12 Mar 2011
Counterproductive Drone Attacks in Pakistan Creating more Hatred ... In April 2009 warnings by US military and intelligence officials as reported by the McClatchy News Service echoed what certain dissenting CIA operatives had said about ..
12 Feb 2011
The drone attacks inside Pakistani territory have brought protests from the public, the political parties and the media as a violation of Pakistani sovereignty. There is a third perception that the US is following anti-Islam policies. .
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