Muhammad Zahid

  • TEven though Pakistan has decided to stay out of the Yemeni conflict, there are some from the religious circles, such as the Ulema Council of Pakistan, that are persisting that Pakistan should intervene to protect the Saudi state as the King is the ‘Khadim al Haramayn al Sharefayn’. ...

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  • TIn the Yemeni conflict, what we see is a number of states behaving in a particular way whether that is Saudi Arabia, the GCC, or Iran and each state is positioning itself so that it can achieve some strategic or geo-political gain from the crisis in Yemen. This raises a key question which has been ...

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  • TThe Middle East has been the epicenter of much global power conflict, since the 18th Century, with attraction to its waterways, strategic positioning and convenient access point to India. However, what stood in the way was the Ottoman Caliphate that dominated the region and had political ...

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  • TOver the last 100 years, the Muslim world has seen the birth of a number of trends that have tried to find answers to the critical problems facing it. The trends have included traditionalists, modernists and revivalists. The traditionalists have failed to grasp the reality of what is going on, with ...

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  • TThere has been much talk recently of resumed peace talks between the Afghanistan Government and the Taliban, to end years of conflict between the two. These talks, if they go ahead will be a new round in a series of rounds that have been held previously, with both parties returning to a state of ...

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  • TThe Western press has been busy over the last few weeks, with its repetitive if not dogmatic, biased and reductionist commentary on Mohammad Emwazi known as ‘Jihadi John’, the British Kuwaiti Muslim who has somehow ended up being an executor for the militia movement ISIS. Naturally many ...

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  • TThe revolution in Syria is in its third year, with thousands massacred, starved, gassed and millions displaced. All red lines have been crossed. President Obama mentioned that his red line was the use of chemical weapons but this was clearly crossed in Ghoutha without any reaction from the US, ...

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  • THarold Lasswell defined politics as ‘who gets what, when and how’ and this definition of politics has encapsulated political behaviour around the world, with politicians being driven by political positions, resource distribution and out-competing their competitors. This has led to much ...

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  • TThe US Ambassador to India, Richard Verma in Delhi, this week while addressing a conference sponsored by the Vivekananad International Foundation mentioned that India is a key strategic partner to the US in Afghanistan. Everyone knows of how India is a key strategic partner to the US in containing ...

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  • TLast week was an interesting time, which saw President Obama make a whirl wind expedition to India and Saudi Arabia. The hand of President Obama was forced with the death of King Abdullah resulting in him cutting his visit to India short to sort out business in Saudi Arabia. Both countries are ...

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  • TThe ‘strategic dialogue’ that took place this week between the US and Pakistan, is a rather strange arrangement as the dialogue itself assumes that both discussants have a strategic vision in the region that forms the crux of the dialogue between the two.  Most are aware of US ...

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  • TUnfortunately, the world in which we live in today is neither fair nor just, full of inherent contradictions, intellectual dishonesty and insincerity. The ‘War on Terror’ has exposed to a greater level these contradictions, and the growing level of intellectual dishonesty and ...

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  • T Surely, the US did not fight a 13 year war merely to leave Afghanistan in the hands of an immature and incompetent Afghan government. If one is aware of US strategic objectives in South Asia and Central Asia, one will come to the quick realization that despite the ISAF withdrawal on 31 December ...

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  • TThe Pakistani media has been on fire post Peshawar attack, with it directing a lot of its attention towards the Madrassas, with blame being put on this institution for terrorism and sectarian attacks in Pakistan. There have been campaigns, driven by the media across cities in Pakistan to re-claim ...

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  • TThe Peshawar Attack is heart breaking, and the pain has been truly unbearable. It is great depravity or grand delusion, or both, that pushes someone to kill innocent children in cold blood. However it is sheer depravity whereby the drive for political and economic objectives blinds a person to ...

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  • TI was recently at a debate in which a host of issues were discussed ranging from the blasphemy law and Ahmadis to the concept of a ‘Caliphate’. The liberal speakers were eager to dismiss the idea of a ‘Caliphate’ being ‘outdated’, having no theological grounding, ...

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  • TThe word ‘tabdeeli’ has been flaunted quite a lot in the Pakistani press lately, with politicians and political parties, such as the PAT and PTI talking of ‘tabdeeli’ in Pakistan. But what does it mean? Does it refer to a comprehensive overhauling or cosmetic changes in ...

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  • TThe establishment of a political project is a serious exertion and requires thinking, diligence, planning, calculating risks, and taking into consideration strategic dilemmas. These points emphasize the fact that bringing into being a political project is not a light or simple matter but requires ...

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  • TLast week, I wrote about the pragmatic nature of most Islamic political movements and how they have sacrificed ideology for power politics. This has been no doubt, a major failure of Islamic political movements, making it difficult to distinguish between them and regular political parties that ...

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  • TIslamic political movements exist throughout the Muslim world, whether that is the Freedom and Justice party in Egypt (FJP), En Nahda in Tunisia, AKP in Turkey, PAS in Malaysia, Jammat i Islami in Pakistan or Hizb ut Tahrir (HT) that exists in various Muslim countries. Each of these movements ...

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  • TThe US “War on Terror” has unleashed a wave of violence across the world, with nation states and militia movements carrying out operations for strategic objectives. Many have begun to question not only the war on terror narrative but also the nature of the operations conducted, with ...

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  • TThe recent visit of US Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Dan Feldman to Islamabad on October 28, the expected visit in November of the Pakistani Chief of Staff Raheel Sharif to the US, and UK Prime Minister David Cameron’s pledge to host a conference on Afghanistan ...

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  • T“  There is no disease that Allah has created, except that He also has created its treatment.” (Sahih Al-Bukhari)The outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa that has killed thousands of people so far has only become an issue of concern since reports of individuals from ...

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  • TEvery war when it comes, or before it comes, is represented not as a war but as an act of self-defense against a homicidal maniac – George Orwell US interventions in the Middle East post 1945 are not something new, with the US having a history of involvement in coups and sabotage across the ...

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  • TThere has been a lot of talk in Pakistan from both the PML-N and PTI quarters of the Malaysian model and its merits, and how Pakistan should adopt this model. There is no doubt if one visits Kuala Lumpur that there is much to be impressed with; infrastructure, transportation and cleanliness ...

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