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The continuing threat
Muhammad Amir Rana

THE militants are on the run. But they can turn around and hit back if they find a pause or sluggishness in the ongoing pursuit. They still have the capacity and ability to protract their terrorist activities. A more realistic assessment of their will and power to launch terrorist attacks can be made once the counter-insurgency operation Zarb-i-Azb in North Waziristan is over.

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Understanding the threat
Muhammad Amir Rana
AT least two things are quite clear about the lethal terrorist assault that took place on the Karachi airport’s cargo terminal. First, more than one terrorist group was behind this attack. Second, as initial assessments indicate, the terrorists achieved much of what they wanted to by launching this attack.
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THE sectarian divide is widening and intensifying in Pakistan. It is not only shaping trends and behaviours but also gradually changing the country’s socio-cultural landscape. Apart from its social, cultural and political implications, the widening sectarian discord in Pakistan has catalysed the transformation of certain radical tendencies into violent expression. Hence, we have seen increased sectarian and faith-based violence in recent years.
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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 >>
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 >>

Obstacles in education prosperity in Pakistan and our responsibilities
The lack of political will and accountability, delay in formulating education policy, insufficient education budget, declining standards and commercialization are the major obstacles in education prosperity in Pakistan. The government, policymakers and politicians should focus the education sector in order to overcome the education emergency in Pakistan. This was the consensus among participants of a seminar titled “Obstacles in education prosperity in Pakistan and our responsibilities,” jointly organized by Pak Institute for Peace Studies (PIPS) and Alif Ailaan in Islamabad on April 22, 2014.  Read On >>

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