Special Reports

Anti-French Protests and the Worldview of Pakistan

In what seems like a series of missed opportunities to disband radical groups, Pakistan at every step of its evolution, let the Islamic outfit Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan(TLP), founded by Khadim Hussain Rizvi grow in scope and exercise clout on all matters of religious and even political significance. Over a period of time, it isn’t surprising to see extreme views being expressed and action being sought by the group such as expulsion of the French Envoy and a coy submission and acceptance of their demands by a weak establishment. The TLP Protests and Thereafter After weeklong protests orchestrated by the outfit Tehreek-e-Labbaik

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East Pakistan Genocide: Still Yearns for Global Acknowledgement

Bangladesh is celebrating 50 glorious years of its independence and the month of March is significant in the valiant struggle that then people of East Pakistan waged against the Pakistani Army.   March 25 holds special significance being commemorated as the Genocide Day as on this day 50 years back Pakistan Army launched ‘Operation Searchlight’ resulting in the worst genocide in human history over a period of nine months till the Army was defeated.     The Liberation War in erstwhile East Pakistan marked by the horrific genocide committed by the Pakistani Army and razakars, or collaborators, is not acknowledged widely even

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‘Long live Xi Jinping’ could backfire on China

China’s widespread propaganda, continuous persecution of minorities and return to the cult of personality represent an echo of Mao’s rule. Technological advancements allow for mass surveillance and extreme censorship, which have resulted in a dystopian police state where blind allegiance to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and leader Xi Jinping are demanded and enforced. This is especially prevalent among ethnic and religious minorities, whose religious and cultural identities are viewed as obstacles to state loyalty. Religious statues have been destroyed, temples are required to showcase portraits of Xi in order to avoid demolition, and Catholic priests are chosen by the state and

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Destruction of the Tibetan People and Impunity of the Chinese Community Regime

Sixty-two years after the uprising against Chinese power (10th March 1959) and the subsequent massacre, commemorated today, the Roof of the World is slowly dying, in a growing international indifference.  Dependency towards China, the hyper-exporter, is obligatory and impunity of Communist totalitarianism persists…. Every year the Tibetan government in exile commemorates the « Day of Tibetan Uprising”, that occurred on 10th March 1959, when the Tibetan separatists rebelled against the power of Mao Tsé Doung. The Chinese Communist parties of Mao, who rose to power in 1949, stated in their rather stilted Marxian language that their people “demand freedom from

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Deception Games: Pakistan’s Eyewash Action Against Terror Groups

As yet another FATF deadline approaches in the last week of February, Pakistan is once again making a show of tightening its AML/CFT regimes to comply with the requirements of the financial watch-dog. At the same time, a propaganda effort is underway to convince the FATF to not only not push Pakistan into the ‘black list’ but to also take Pakistan out of the ‘grey list’. The facts on ground, however, merit Pakistan being ‘black-listed’ for failing to deliver on its high-level political commitments to FATF. Worse, Pakistan has been deceiving the Task Force by pretending to take action against internationally designated terrorist groups and their financial networks but only on paper. In practice, these terror groups continue to function openly and are collecting funds publicly.

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Erdogan’s Wars

Faced with the EU’s growing frustration and Biden’s more hostile administration, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has softened his tone, renewed his promises for greater cooperation and has ceased all exploration activities in the Eastern Mediterranean. However, Erdogan’s superficial attempts to appease the West in order to avoid further sanctions will not result in a permanent change in his aggressive foreign policy. His recent involvements in Nagorno-Karabakh, Syria, Somalia, Iraq, Libya and Yemen represent a deep desire to disrupt the current world order and revive the glory of the Ottoman Empire. Despite the deadline to withdraw all forces in Libya,

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An Enemy Among Us

The upcoming talks regarding the tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean, that are due to take place on January 25, should not disillusion us from the dangers of Turkey’s unilateral aggression on all fronts. Erdogan has made no real efforts to improve ties with the EU, except for the occasional vain promise of turning over a new leaf. Since October, he has urged the Muslim world to boycott French products, continued gas exploration in the Eastern Mediterranean, blatantly ignored the arms embargo in Libya and has aided Azerbaijan in committing war crimes in Nagorno-Karabakh. Despite the numerous warnings issued by the

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The Hypocrisy of the Muslim World

France and the rest of Europe face a serious threat from Islamist terrorism. This has become more apparent after the brutal beheading of schoolteacher Samuel Paty, the terrorist attacks in Nice and Vienna, and the disgust and contempt most Muslim countries have expressed toward French values. French President Emmanuel Macron’s battle against Islamist separatism fights the radicalization and socioeconomic marginalization of Muslims in France. Some of the measures include a ban on virginity tests, restrictions on home schooling and stricter oversight of foreign funding of mosques. Macron’s plan allows for the integration of Muslims and protects those who reject a

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Yemen: A Strategy of Defeat

The failure of the Saudi-led coalition, coupled with the UN’s habitual ineptitude, has plunged Yemen into another quagmire, with the US and UK blindly following Saudi Arabia. What was suppose to be a short intervention to restore a supposedly legitimate government against a radical islamist Iranian proxy has quickly turned into a five year civil war, rendering Yemen into the worst humanitarian crisis in the world. The spread of coronavirus will only deteriorate an already dire situation. We attribute the main source of conflict to stem from the Houthi rebellion but in reality Yemen was already in a fragile political

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Between Intolerable Tolerance and Islamophobia

Following the terrorist attacks in Paris, ISIL has now officially become the main global enemy. But the fight against Muslim fundamentalism isn’t a question of military superiority but ideology. To fight fundamentalism, we must first acknowledge that these fundamentalist groups, such as ISIL, are in fact Islamic.  Currently we seem to be to be torn between political correctness and Islamophobia. Some continue to insist that Islam is a religion of peace and equality whereas others seem to believe that every Muslim embodies the radical values ISIL holds.  It does seem that part of our society has become too afraid to

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