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New formations
Muhammad Amir Rana

AL QAEDA chief Ayman al-Zawahiri’s declaration that the global terrorist group has established its subcontinental branch is the realisation of the Islamist militants’ long-standing dream. On the other hand, the formation of Al Qaeda in South Asia is also reflective of other developments taking place among militant circles, particularly with regard to ongoing internal rifts and confrontations.

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Dilemma of Barelvi politics
Muhammad Amir Rana
WHAT happened to Qari Saifullah Akhtar? Once a prominent and influential militant commander, he is no more in the spotlight. Similar is the status of the militant group he led — the Harkatul Jihad-i-Islami (HuJI), which is considered the mother of many
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WHAT happened to Qari Saifullah Akhtar? Once a prominent and influential militant commander, he is no more in the spotlight. Similar is the status of the militant group he led — the Harkatul Jihad-i-Islami (HuJI), which is considered the mother of many 
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Dialogue on Democracy 3: Muslims should run their state affairs with mutual consultation and consensus: religious scholars
Muslim jurists’ support for monarchy in times of discord, as an alternative system to Islamic caliphate, was based on their understanding that Islam does not provide a specific framework to run the state affairs. It has been left to Muslims to decide about their system of government with mutual consultation and consensus. Once a social contract, or constitution, is agreed upon, its protection is obligatory. Similarly when democracy is related to solving problems with consultation and collective intelligence, then it is very much relevant to Islam. These views were expressed by eminent ..... Read On >>
 
Dialogue on Democracy 2: Islam puts great emphasis on justice, rights and rule of law: religious scholars
Islam has laid down some guiding principles on justice, rights and responsibilities, equality and rule of law, which should become the basis of any political system that undertakes to govern an Islamic state. In that regard democracy appears very close to Islam. These thoughts were expressed by leading religious scholars in a seminar on “Democracy and constitution of Pakistan: viewpoints of clergy and religious scholars (II),” organized by Pak Institute for Peace Studies in Lahore on May 19, 2014. The first of this series of dialogues was held in Karachi on May 17, 2014.  Read On >>

Dialogue on Democracy 1: Islam does not support one kind of state system: religious scholars
Religious scholars and religious-political parties will have to work for improvement in the current political system of Pakistan while staying within the country’s constitutional framework and system of government. Any system of government that is not based on social justice and fairness is opposed to one espoused in Islam. Islam does not support a single governmental system. Nor can one system be implemented everywhere in the world. However Islam has provided some overarching principles for governing or ruling a state that are based on a system of rights and Read On >>



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