Kunwar Khuldune Shahid

  • Following last week’s embarrassment at the ‘Islamic’ summit in Riyadh, where neither Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif nor former Army Chief Gen (R) Raheel Sharif – who militarily spearheads the Saudi-led military coalition – was invited to speak, there are reports that ...

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  • Islamists in Pakistan, a section which voluntarily or inadvertently includes the majority of the populace, have a twisted understanding of ‘respect’. Nothing epitomises this better, or more gruesomely, as the blasphemy law, where murder is touted as an insurance of ‘respect’ ...

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  • Of the numerous astounding victories of Misbah-ul-Haq, possibly the most remarkable is him winning the Pakistani fan. It has been a feat more impossible than almost doubling Imran Khan’s win tally as Pakistan’s most successful Test captain without playing any of those matches at home, ...

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  • In two separate statements yesterday, officials from Pakistan’s neighbouring states respectively called out Islamabad’s ‘lies’ over cross-border death toll, and threatened to strike inside the territory to take out jihadists’ safe havens. Neither of these statements ...

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  • One can’t thank Mr Ehsanullah Ehsan enough for unraveling who the likes of Taliban, al-Qaeda, Daesh, et al actually are. In a masterfully directed video, Mr Ehsan has eloquently set the record straight on these foot soldiers of Indian Intelligence Agency Research & Analysis Wing (RAW). ...

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  • Mr Prime Minister, one is aware that you’re sick to the back teeth of cricket analogies in recent years, but considering your own parallel career as a successful batsman at Lahore Gymkhana, which further paved the way for slash careers, one can’t think of a better way than rotten ...

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  • The ongoing national census, we are told, is designed to get the relevant statistics of the population and, in turn, help the state figure out where we stand as a nation and make policies accordingly. If such indeed is the purpose of the exercise, it has surprisingly failed to include the most ...

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  • On February 2, 1982 the then President Hafez al-Assad ordered the complete obliteration of the town of Hama, resulting in the carnage of over 2,000 people at the hands of Syrian forces. The ‘over 2,000 people’ are believed to have numbered anywhere up to 40,000, with the consensus being ...

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  • Pakistan announcing its membership to the now 41-state Saudi-led ‘Islamic Military Alliance’ a day before Friday’s Parachinar bombing has correlation, even if no causal efficacy. That Pakistan also confirmed the military leadership through Gen (r) Raheel Sharif, while militants ...

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  • Samuel P Huntington’s ‘prediction’ that post-Cold War world would see a clash between civilisations, which would be “the greatest threat to world peace, and international order”, has long been cited to explain the ongoing ‘tussle’ between the West and ...

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  • "…so drag these (Muslims’) mothers and sisters out of the graves, and rape the corpses.” An India Times video went viral two years ago, where a spokesman of the radical Hindu Yuva Vahini is seen clamouring these words to a ground-full of devotees. The video titled ‘Yogi ...

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  • "Just as it is preposterous for a German Jew to accept collective responsibility for Nazi atrocities, it is preposterous that I should think of myself as sharing integrated collective responsibility within a group that denies my capacity to judge for myself.” Legal philosopher Ronald Dworkin ...

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  • In an interview on a Granada Television chat-show in 1981, Liverpool’s legendary manager Bill Shankly pointedly remarked, “Some people think football is a matter of life and death… I assure you, it’s much more serious than that.” If Shankly were alive to watch ...

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  • Before you get gratuitously judgmental, let me clarify from the onset that I’m an unflinchingly moderate Muslim. This means I do not believe that anyone should be killed for their beliefs. Even those that are wajib-ul-qatl. But as a Sunni Muslim heterosexual cis male in his 20s – easily ...

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  • The state has the work gloves on again to cut the revolting plantation down to size. The cordless reciprocating saw has all the power and velocity needed to chop down the smaller trees. If you attach a larger blade it can even reach out to cut down branches that are away from the base. But it never ...

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  • This is being written in the immediate aftermath of yesterday’s blast outside Punjab Assembly in Lahore, in which, by press time, 13 people had been killed and 85 injured. Claims would probably have come by now and they, largely, are as predictable as they are irrelevant. Lahore only ...

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  • Of the many accusations that its critics accentuate, the US’ hypocrisy is arguably the most cited: bolstering dictatorships while claiming to champion democracy – imposing tariffs to shield local industries while selling free trade around the world – quelling many nationalist ...

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  • The term ‘freedom of speech’ has an innately positive ring to it. For, it simply means letting people express what they might want to say. This is why adherents of the most suppressive of ideologies, and upholders of the most autocratic of regimes, would never overtly denounce the ...

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  • Disclaimer: The words, all sentences, punctuations, and characters in this article are harmless. No identification with actual issues (living or dead), institutions and individuals is intended or should be inferred. No feelings were harmed in the making of this article. Amidst all the harmful words ...

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  • The United Nations Security Council’s adoption of Resolution 2334, which condemns Israeli settlements in the West Bank, is being perceived as a posthumous lifeline for the idea that two states can exist between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River. For many, the half a million Jewish ...

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  • Pakistani Hindus can now register as Indian citizens for as low as Rs100 (PKR 155) following the Indian Home Ministry’s gazette notification amending the Citizenship Rules 2009 last week. To further facilitate the registration of Hindus – and other religious minorities – district ...

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  • Any resolve that the PPP-led Sindh government might have had over its recently passed law against forced conversions of religious minorities appears to be crumbling after the ante was upped by the Islamist inertial forces. Parliamentary Affairs Minister Nisar Khuhro has hinted that the PPP might ...

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  • On Sunday, Italy voted ‘No’ in a referendum on whether or not the country should change its Constitution. The proposed amendment, which was turned down by almost 60% of the voters in a turnout of over 70%, would have reformed the 1948 Constitution, creating room for more ...

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  • When you buy a Utopian belief, you run out of currency for any further intellectual transactions. This is why when another Utopian idea is pitched, its cognitive price tag seems outrageously repulsive. And when you do realise that a different Utopian thought does have its merits, you eventually ...

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  • Before Richard Bertrand Spencer’s website Alternative Right could make a coherent case for the rising phenomenon of the American Alt-Right, a term he had coined in 2008, Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) had begun giving shape to this loose set of far-right ideals. This was before Donald Trump ...

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  • In May when Freedom Party’s (Freiheitliche Partei Osterreichs – FPO) Norbert Hofer was a 0.3% vote swing away from becoming the Austrian President, many had feared a far-right chain reaction across the West. The sheer thrust of the propeller delinked the English Channel and then sent a ...

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  • Peter Lloyd, the author of Stand by Your Manhood: A Game-Changer for Modern Men, has become quite a sensation in the UK in particular and West in general. Many feminist writers have even branded him as the most ‘normal’ proponent of ‘meninism’ – a label that began as a ...

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  • Brexit has opened up a Pandora’s Box of tough questions long shelved by the Left under its myopic carpet. 52% in a 30 million vote opting against long-held delusions cannot solely be attributed to the Right’s propaganda machinery or the precipitous surge in global insecurity – ...

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  • In November 2014, Veena Malik along with her husband (and Mir Shakil-ur-Rehman) were sentenced to 26 years in prison by a Gilgit-Baltistan anti-terror court over blasphemy for reenacting their wedding, while a ‘contemptuous qawwali’ played in the background. The sentence wasn’t ...

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  • The reaction following any jihadist terror attack in the West follows a seemingly premeditated pattern. Both modern-day Orientalists and ‘moderate Muslims’ blame the West, while being over-defensive about Islam – hence playing right into the jihadists’ hands. A week after ...

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