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Author and journalist.
Islamic Pakistan: Illusions & Reality;
Islam in the Post-Cold War Era;
Islam & Modernism;
Islam & Muslims in the Post-9/11 America.
Currently working as free lance journalist.
Executive Editor of American Muslim Perspective: www.amperspective.com
Friday, May 6, 2011 Osama Bin Laden Episode and Pakistan's Dispirited Mercenary Army
Four days after the Abbottabad episode, Pakistan's dispirited mercenary army, in a terse statement, called Thursday for cuts in the number of U.S. military personnel in the country to protest the US operation in Abbottabad that "killed Osama bin Laden." The army also threatened to cut cooperation with Washington if the U.S. stages more unilateral raids on its territory.
Monday, April 4, 2011 Blackwater and RAW trying to stir sectarian riots in Pakistan (1 comments)
Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Pakistan, a leading religious political party, has accused the Blackwater and Indian intelligence agency RAW for Sunday's bomb blasts at the shrine of Hazrat Sakhi Sarwar in DG Khan which claimed at least 49 lives and left scores wounded. In a press statement, the JI chief Syed Munawar Hasan, said the enemy agencies were out to spark sectarian riots in the country to harm the national unity.
Thursday, March 31, 2011 Bahrain hiring Pakistani ex-soldiers to suppress uprising (1 comments)
While the world attention is focused on the US-led NATO invasion of Libya, the ruler of the tiny Persian Gulf state of Bahrain -- headquarters of the 5th US fleet - is brutally suppressing month-long Shiite majority protest with the help of Saudi invasion forces and recruiting Pakistani ex-soldiers.
Monday, March 21, 2011 Has US accepted the Sharia principle by securing Raymond Davis' freedom under a controversial Diyat law?
Not unexpectedly, a Pakistani court last Wednesday (March 16) released the CIA contractor Raymond Davis, the killer of two ISI agents in Lahore on January 27. The US secured his release under a controversial Diyat law under which 18 relatives of the two victims, Faizan and Faheem were paid $2.352 million as blood money. The release of Raymond Davis, through a hush hush, court proceeding left many questions unanswered.
Monday, March 7, 2011 Fearing spill over of Bahrain riots Saudis release Shiite cleric
Amid mounting unrest in Saudi Arabia's Eastern Shiite majority province and elsewhere in the kingdom, the Saudi authorities Sunday released a prominent Shiite cleric, Sheikh Tawfiq Al-Amer, who was detained on 27 February after a call for a constitutional monarchy.
Tuesday, February 15, 2011 What next for Egypt after Mubarak? (1 comments)
A new chapter in the history of the Middle East opened on February 11, 2011 when 30-year rule of President Hosni Mubarak ended in the face of unprecedented mass uprising against his brutal pro-US regime. The collapse in Egypt took just 18 days of bold protest, inspired by the overthrow of Tunisia's long-standing strongman, President Zein Al Abidin, just weeks before.
Saturday, February 12, 2011 US aid to Pakistan linked to Raymond Davis' release (3 comments)
After intensive diplomatic pressure failed to secure release of American citizen, Raymond Davis, - who says he killed two young motorcycle riders in self-defense -- Washington has now threatened to cut financial aid to its client government in Islamabad. Three members of the House of Representatives drove home the point to Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani last week.
Tuesday, February 1, 2011 Unfolding drama of Raymond Davis
The US-client government of President Asif Ali Zardari is resisting the US pressure to release US citizen Raymond Davis who told a court on Friday that he killed two Pakistani motorcycle riders last Thursday in self-defense in the crowded Mazang area of Lahore, the second largest town of Pakistan.
Friday, January 28, 2011 US official guns down two motorcyclists in Pakistan (3 comments)
Lahore, the second largest city of Pakistan, was scene of anti-America demonstrations Thursday after Raymond David, a US Consulate official, shot at and killed two young motorcyclists while another motorcyclist was run over by his colleagues riding another car, according Pakistan media reports.
Saturday, January 15, 2011 Swami Aseemanand exposes Hindu terrorism (1 comments)
A jailed leader of India's extremist Hindu organization "Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sang (RSS)" Jatin Chattenjee alias "Swami Assemanand" has confessed that he and several RSS activists have a direct role in several terror attacks on Muslims across India during the last three years as well as terrorist attacks BLAMED on Muslims.
Monday, January 10, 2011 Gabby Giffords -" A victim of the politics of hate
"I know nothing about the man who shot Gabby, and what was going through his mind when he did this. But I will tell you this - if he shot Gabby out of hatred, then it wasn't Gabby he was shooting, but rather some cartoon version of her, drawn by her political opposition," these words of Alan Grayson, Democratic Congressman from Florida, perhaps best describe the motives behind the assassination of Congresswoman Giffords.
Sunday, December 26, 2010 2010 another hard year for American Muslims (1 comments)
American Muslims were hoping that the anti-Islam and anti-Muslim bigotry movements will be rolled back with time. However, no such end is coming in the near future, particularly, with the Republicans taking control of the House of Representative. Alarmingly, Rep. Peter King, incoming Republican chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, has announced a witch hunt targeting the Muslim community.
Wednesday, December 15, 2010 The Politics of the Nobel Peace Prize (4 comments)
Alfred Nobel said the Peace Prize should be awarded to an individual who had contributed to "fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses." This, unfortunately, has not always been the case. The selection of individuals for the Nobel Peace Prize in recent years defeats the will of Alfred Nobel.
Thursday, December 2, 2010 Wikileaks reports seen a plot to harm Muslim countries ties (5 comments)
Standing Committee on Information and Broadcasting of Pakistan's National Assembly has termed the release of Wikileaks reports as a conspiracy to harm relations among the Muslim countries. "Wikileaks' aim behind the release of the reports is just to disturb the relations between the Muslim countries" noted all the members of the NA committee at a meeting in Islamabad on Tuesday.
Monday, November 8, 2010 Judge blocks Oklahoma anti-Islam constitutional amendment (1 comments)
A federal judge in Oklahoma has temporarily blocked an anti-Islam state ballot measure (officially known as SQ 755) that would have amended that state's constitution to forbid judges from considering Islamic principles (Shariah) or international law when making a ruling.
Friday, November 5, 2010 Oklahoma's anti-Islam ballot measure challenged as un-constitutional
The Oklahoma chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations Thursday filed a lawsuit at the US District Court of Oklahoma saying that an anti-Islam (Sharia ban) state ballot measure passed in Tuesday's election violates the U.S. Constitution.
Friday, October 29, 2010 The root cause of suicide terrorism is occupation: New study
New research provides strong evidence that suicide terrorism such as that of 9/11 is particularly sensitive to foreign military occupation, and not Islamic fundamentalism or any ideology. Although this pattern began to emerge in the 1980s and 1990s, a wealth of new data presents a powerful picture.
Sunday, September 26, 2010 Dr. Aafia Siddiqui sentenced to 86 years in prison for trying to kill US soldiers in Afghanistan
Not unexpectedly, the 86 years jail sentence against Dr. Afia Siddiqui, the Pakistani neuroscientist once dubbed by the US media as Al-Qaeda Lady, triggered outrage across the country with protesters taking to the streets in many places. It was 10 p.m. in Pakistan when US District Court in Manhattan by Judge Richard M. Berman announced the judgment but protesters were up in arms in several cities of the country.
Tuesday, September 14, 2010 American Muslims nine years after 9/11 (6 comments)
The seven-million strong American Muslim community, under siege since the ghastly tragedy of 9/11, is challenged in recent months with a growing anti-Islam and anti-Muslim bigotry sparked by the opposition to the planned Park51 project popularly known as the Ground Zero Mosque in Manhattan, New York. The inflammatory rhetoric surrounding the project has stirred hatred toward the Muslims in America.
Tuesday, September 7, 2010 Who is behind the abduction and torture of Pakistani journalist?
Pakistan, where disappearance and torture of people is not uncommon, a prominent journalist was tortured and humiliated after abduction by unidentified men from the capital, Islamabad, on Saturday, September 4. Umar Cheema, a reporter with The News International in Islamabad and the 2008 Daniel Pearl Fellow at The New York Times, was picked up by some unknown men in police uniforms.
Friday, September 3, 2010 Two episodes of "Flying While Muslim"
"Flying while Arab or Muslim" has joined the profiling lexicon alongside "driving while Arab or Muslim," "driving while Black" and "driving while brown" since 9/11. In a charged atmosphere - fomented by the inflammatory rhetoric surrounding the New York Mosque project by anti-Islam and anti-Muslim bigots as well as Rightwing ranters - two embarrassing incidents of "Flying While Muslim" happened this week.
Sunday, August 22, 2010 Pakistan's flood disaster and "war on terror'
In a paradoxical move while reportedly denying permission to the use of US-controlled Shahbaz air force base in southern Sindh province for flood relief operation, the Department of State has established the Pakistan Relief Fund. The establishment of the fund was announced on August 19, in a video statement by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. This Fund is in addition to $150 million help announced earlier.
Monday, August 9, 2010 President Zardari of Pakistan is pelted with shoes at the UK rally
Taking cue from the Iraqi journalist, Muntadhar al-Zaidi, who threw both of his shoes at the then President George Bush to protest against the US invasion and occupation of his country, Shamim Khan from Azad Kashmir hurled both of his shoes at Pakistan's unpopular President Asif Ali Zardari who was addressing a community gathering in Brimingham, UK on Saturday.
Friday, May 28, 2010 US-Muslim relations one year after Obama's Cairo speech
From the moment President Barrack Obama, a powerful orator, took office, he seemed eager to change the tenor of America's relationship with Muslims worldwide. On June 4, 2009 President Barack Obama delivered a speech in Cairo that elicited a near euphoric response from most officials and editorial writers across the Muslim World.
Thursday, May 6, 2010 Botched New York car-bombing: American Muslims fear backlash
In the wake of an arrest of a Pakistani American, Faisal Shahzad, as the suspect behind the failed Times Square bombing plot, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has assured the Muslim community that any backlash against them will not be tolerated.
Sunday, April 25, 2010 Arizona Immigration law legalizes racial profiling (3 comments)
American Arab and Muslim civil rights advocacy groups have joined other organizations, such as the American Civil Liberties Union, the Mexican American Legal Defense Fund and the South Asian Network, in condemning the signing of Arizona Senate State Bill 1070 into law by Governor Jan Brewer.
Sunday, April 18, 2010 Atrocities of Pakistan's Mercenary Army: 71 Civilians Massacred in Air Strike
More than 70 civilians were killed and scores injured in an air raid on April 10 by the Pakistani jet fighters in the tribal region along Pakistan's northern border with Afghanistan. According to eyewitness accounts, a bomb was dropped on a house in the remote village of Sara Walla in the Khyber tribal agency. The fighter jets returned as villagers tried to dig out people from the rubble two hours later.
Sunday, March 7, 2010 "Lies the Government Told You" by Judge Andrew Napolitano (3 comments)
"Lies the Government Told You" is the latest book of Judge Napolitano, a professed libertarian and former Judge of New Jersey Superior Court (1987 to 1995). He believes that the government is simply not to be trusted. It is interested more in acquiring more power than in actually serving the public. Simply, the government is not your friend. This is his fourth book which amplifies this theme.
Monday, March 1, 2010 Reinforcing prejudice, stereotyping (1 comments)
Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) cadets used props portraying stereotypically-dressed Muslim men in a February 20 exercise held just two blocks from a mosque used by students at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana. The practice highlights a disturbing Islamophobic trend demonizing Islam and equating Muslims with 'the enemy.'
Friday, February 5, 2010 America's silent war in Pakistan unmasked
Three US Marines were killed and another two injured in a suicide attack in Dir, northern Pakistan on Wednesday. The Americans, disguised in traditional Pakistani dress, were traveling with Pakistani military officers to attend the inauguration of a girl school. To many Pakistanis the most shocking aspect of the bombing the question was: What were the American soldiers doing in a volatile corner of the NWFP?
Tuesday, January 19, 2010 "Viceroy" Holbrooke furious with Pakistani parliamentarians on US drone attacks (1 comments)
The US special envoy for Pakistan and Afghanistan, Richard Holbrooke, met in Lahore last Friday with a number of Pakistani parliamentarians as US drone missiles were attacking targets in North Waziristan killing at least 11 people. Holbrooke was furious when parliamentarians demanded that the drone attacks should be stopped as they were causing massive civilian casualties and creating bad image for the United States.
Sunday, December 27, 2009 2009: Another hard year for American Muslims (2 comments)
President Obama's good gestures and public policy measures have little positive impact on the restoration of civil rights of American Muslims curtailed since 9/11. The year 2009 brought no positive change to alleviate the plight of the seven-million strong American Muslim community which remains victim of guilt by association.
Saturday, December 26, 2009 The first anniversary of Gaza massacre
December 27th marks the first anniversary of Israeli assault on the besieged Gaza that left over 1,440 Palestinians dead, of whom 313 were children and 116 women. In the Israeli assault, called Operation Cast Lead, another 5,380 Palestinians were injured.
Saturday, December 19, 2009 Plight of the stranded Pakistanis in Bangladesh
December 16 marks the 38th anniversary of the breakup of Pakistan when the Eastern wing of the country emerged as Bangladesh after an India-backed secessionist movement. The occasion calls for highlighting the plight of about 250,000 so-called Biharis or stranded Pakistanis still languishing in unsanitary camps in Bangladesh.
Tuesday, December 8, 2009 The Politics of Minaret (1 comments)
The seven-million strong American Muslim community has received the ban on Minarets in Switzerland with alarm and dismay. The referendum is seen as part of a recent disturbing trend in Europe to restrict the religious freedom and self-expression of religious and ethnic minorities, notably of Muslims.
Friday, December 4, 2009 The 500 most influential Muslims of the world?
The Amman, Jordan-based Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre in collaboration with the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at the Georgetown University, Washington DC, has issued a list of 500 most influential Muslims in the world.
Saturday, November 7, 2009 Fort Hood Mass Homicide: American Muslims react with grief & fear of backlash (4 comments)
The seven-million strong American Muslim community has reacted, with grief and fear of backlash, at the shooting at Fort Hood in Texas by Army Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan. All major Arab and Muslim organizations were swift in unequivocally condemning this heinous incident which claimed the lives of 13 people and injured scores other.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009 Pakistan is swiftly drifting towards an all out civil war (1 comments)
Pakistan's mercenary army has launched the long-awaited US-financed offensive in South Waziristan. Two army divisions, supported by an array of jet fighters and helicopter gunships, began a long expected offensive in the South Waziristan tribal agency on October 19. With at least 30,000 combat troops, plus thousands of logistical personnel, it is the largest military operation on either side of the Pak-Afghan border.
Sunday, October 25, 2009 Jundullah Attack on Iranian Revolutionary Guards: The Pakistan Connection
Pakistan's leading English newspaper Dawn has indicated that Oct. 15 suicide attack in the Iranian border town of Pishin that killed 42 people, including six commanders of Iranian Revolutionary Guards, may be in retaliation of Pakistan Army's current operation in South Waziristan.
Wednesday, September 30, 2009 Capitulating Terms of the $4.5 Billion US aid to Pakistan (1 comments)
Major political parties of Pakistan have bitterly criticized the capitulating conditions attached to the $4.5 billion US aid to Pakistan under the Kerry-Lugar Bill passed by the Congress on September 4, 2009. Pakistan Muslim League, a leading political party, described the conditionalities similar to the notorious Pakistan-specific Pressler's amendment that was used as an arms twisting tool by the US administration.
Thursday, September 24, 2009 Unfolding drama of Iraq-ill-famed Blackwater operation in Pakistan (3 comments)
Amid persistent reports by media, political leaders and intelligence agencies, Interior Minister Rehman Malik has denied the presence of Iraq-ill-famed Blackwater (now renamed as Xe Services) in Pakistan. However, circumstantial evidence belies the tall claim of the Interior Minister.
Thursday, September 10, 2009 American Muslims eight years after 9/11 (1 comments)
Eight years after 9/11, Muslims in America remained at the receiving end with assault on their civil rights and their faith. Muslims are the prime targets of the post 9/11 reconfiguration of American laws, policies, and priorities which have not been changed under the Obama administration. Defending civil rights remains the single most important challenge before the seven million-strong American Muslim community.
Friday, August 28, 2009 Teaching hate to school children (3 comments)
On August 24, a 10-year-old girl was sent home on her first day back to school in Gainesville, Florida, for wearing a shirt with the words 'Islam Is Of The Devil' printed on it. Who was this teen age girl. She was Faith Sapp, daughter of Wayne Sapp, pastor of the controversial church, the Dove World Outreach Center, in northwest Gainesville.
Tuesday, August 4, 2009 Pakistan Supreme Court’s Anti-Musharraf Verdict Shields President Zardari
On July 31, 2009, the Supreme Court shielded the incumbent President Asif Ali Zardari under the so called principle of the welfare of the people. In a well crafted unanimous verdict, the 14-judges full bench of Pakistan’s Supreme Court on Friday (July 31, 2009) declared illegal the emergency imposed in November 2007 by the then President General Parvez Musharraf but failed to invalidate 37 Ordinances issued by him.
Tuesday, June 9, 2009 Well crafted speech with little substance for the Muslims
Obama's Cairo speech was well crafted and rich with good gestures. Its tone was striking. It was very carefully worded, non-committal and lacking substance. But the much hyped speech did not amount to a breakaway from American policies that have created the deep divide between the United States and the Muslim World since 9/11. Vague and flowery rhetoric was used as an adjustment of the language to cloak the US policy.
Wednesday, June 3, 2009 Swat operation is fomenting separatism in FATA
In a virtual replay of the 1971 assault on civilian population in what was then the East Pakistan (now Bangladesh), Pakistani army has launched a brutal operation in Sawat and other areas in Northern Pakistan.