Tag: Khaled Ahmed

  • What made Shahbaz Taseer’s release possible

    What made Shahbaz Taseer’s release possible

    Shahbaz Taseer’s release was made possible due to payment of a hefty sum of Rs2 billion to radical Deobandi outfit Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan, an affiliate of Taliban and Al-Qaeda. The mediatory role was played by Javed Ibrahim Paracha, a local leader of ruling PML-N party from Kohat who also heads the local chapter of banned terror […]

  • پپلز پارٹی پنجاب کے اُجڑنے کے بعد کا منظر – عمار کاظمی

    پپلز پارٹی پنجاب کے اُجڑنے کے بعد کا منظر – عمار کاظمی

    کوئی سننے، سمجھنے والا ہوتا تو ہم اکیلے نہ ہوتےتحریک انصاف کی حقیقت محض اتنی سی ہے کہ اپر مڈل کلاس کی یوتھ نے لوور مڈل کلاس کی یوتھ کو بے وقوف بنا رکھا ہے۔ اسی طرح سے نواز لیگ کی حیثیت بھی اتنی سی ہی ہے کہ سرمایہ دار نے دکاندار کو بے وقوف […]

  • Who killed Murtaza Bhutto? – Khaled Ahmed

    Who killed Murtaza Bhutto? – Khaled Ahmed

    September 20 was the anniversary of the assassination of Mir Murtaza Bhutto, the elder son of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. The former president of Pakistan and the Pakistan People’s Party’s “co-chairman”, Asif Ali Zardari, currently located in the UAE, spoke on his brother-in-law’s death and said: “Murtaza Bhutto had dedicated his life to struggle against dictatorship; […]

  • Malik Ishaq Deobandi’s killing and the rule of violence – by Khaled Ahmed

    Malik Ishaq Deobandi’s killing and the rule of violence – by Khaled Ahmed

    Pakistan experienced a spate of deaths in August, the month it was born. General (retired) Hamid Gul, the military panjandrum, whose reductionist strategising was internalised by the people of Pakistan, died a natural death on August 15. The following day, Punjab’s home minister, Colonel (retired) Shuja Khanzada, was assassinated by two suicide bombers in his […]

  • Is the PPP dying? – Khaled Ahmed

    Is the PPP dying? – Khaled Ahmed

      Pakistan’s only “federal” political party, the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), suffered a blow to its solar plexus when Asim Hussain was arrested in Karachi for corruption on August 26. An old schoolfellow of and personal physician to PPP boss Asif Ali Zardari, Hussain was federal petroleum minister in the PPP government till 2013. Currently in […]

  • خالد احمد – پاکستان میں دھشت گردی اور اس کی فکری بنیادوں کا ڈسکورس – عامر حسینی

    خالد احمد – پاکستان میں دھشت گردی اور اس کی فکری بنیادوں کا ڈسکورس – عامر حسینی

    خالد احمد اپنی کتاب ” فرقہ وارانہ جنگ ۔۔۔۔پاکستان میں شیعہ – سنّی تشدد اور اس کے مڈل ایسٹ سے رشتے ” کے چوتھے باب کے فٹ نوٹ میں انکشاف کرتے ہیں ” میں نے پبلک ایڈمنسٹریشن سٹاف کالج میں ” فرقہ واریت ” پر ایک لیکچر دیا اور دوران لیکچر زیر تربیت افسران کو […]

  • Shia genocide by Deobandis in Pakistan and the Lucknow connection – by Khaled Ahmed

    Shia genocide by Deobandis in Pakistan and the Lucknow connection – by Khaled Ahmed

    It may shock many Indians to know that the massacre of the Shia in Pakistan since 2002 has been caused by edicts of apostatisation issued by a Deobandi madrasa of Lucknow. Deobandi is a sub-sect of Sunni Islam which is semi-Salafi due to its puritanical approach against Sufi shrines, Barelvis/Sufis, Shias and non-Muslim minorities. One […]

  • Sipah-e-Sahaba is not an outcome of class war between Sunnis and Shias of Jhang – Nazir Naji

    Sipah-e-Sahaba is not an outcome of class war between Sunnis and Shias of Jhang – Nazir Naji

    In this article pubished in Urdu daily Dunya, veteran Pakistani columnist Nazir Naji exposes and debunks the misleading myth/disinformation spread by certain pseudoliberal and Deobandi Islamist circles that the banned Deobandi terrorist group Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan (SSP, currently operating as LeJ and ASWJ) emerged in 1980s in Jhang, Punjab as a result of alleged oppression of […]

  • The Takfiri Deobandi violence against Shias in Pakistan – by Khaled Ahmed

    LUBP Editor’s note: Adapted with some changes from the Economic and Political Weekly. The changes reflect the fact that target killing of Shia Muslims at the hands of Takfiri Deobandi militants cannot and must not be described as Sunni-Shia sectarian violence, which we consider a false neutral term. *********** Pakistan always had the seeds of […]

  • We support Pakistan army’s action against Takfiri Deobandi militants hiding in Lal Masjid

    Edited and adapted from Khaled Ahmed’s Analysis: What really happened at Lal Masjid [poll id=”13″] Related posts: LUBP archive on terrorists hiding in Islamabad’s Lal Masjid The news on 5 December 2012 read like this: Pakistan’s Supreme Court has constituted a judicial commission to probe the 2007 Lal Masjid operation in Islamabad in 2007 – […]

  • Full text of General Kayani’s speech on Pakistan Independence Day, and some comments

    Full text of General Kayani’s speech last month (Independence Day) on war on extremism and terrorism; “our own war, and a just war too”. Perhaps it’s time to practice what we preach! Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani’s speech Azadi Parade – 14 August 2012 In the name of Allah, the most beneficent, […]

  • Army nurtured them as its proxy warriors and then surrendered to them its monopoly of violence – by Khaled Ahmed

    Related post: Silence of Pakistan army generals on Shia genocide – by Feisal Naqvi Today, Shiite Muslims are most target killed faith group in Pakistan’s entire history. According to an estimate, at least 19,000 Shia have been killed due to their faith/sect so far in what can be described as a slow-motion genocide. The very […]

  • Dangerous duffers: ISI’s interface with terror – by Khaled Ahmed

    On July 12, 2012, ex-ISI chief General (retd) Asad Durrani appeared on PTV and expressed his views in his characteristic reductive manner. Durrani cultivates gruffness as his trademark. In this, he is like a predecessor of his, General Mahmood Ahmad: the US is here in the region to stay to get to the oil and gas bonanza […]

  • #ShiaGenocide: When the State kills – by Khaled Ahmed, Naziha Syed Ali

    Editor’s note: Here is a collection of three articles from 2001 and 2002 to remind LUBP readers of the state of Shia genocide in Pakistan almost a decade ago. Not much has changed in terms of Pakistan army and government’s support to Jihadi-sectarian terrorists, nor in terms of the overall Nazi style apathy and silence […]

  • Keeping mum about the Punjabi Taliban -by Khaled Ahmed

    I was surprised a fortnight ago to receive a note from Lahore’s General Post Office saying I had imported a banned book which the Post Office had duly confiscated. The book was Punjabi Taliban by Mujahid Hussain (Pentagon Press, India, 2011) which is available in Pakistan too and advertised by a Karachi bookseller on the […]

  • Khaled Ahmed’s false binaries on Hazara Shias and Pashtuns

    Khaled Ahmed in TFT offers a classical example of flawed analysis on religious extremism and violence in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Given Mr. Ahmed’s past sterling scholarship on this topic, the present article is a disappointment. The author presents a number of false binaries, for example, when he writes: “[Hazaras] are more elevated in intellect than […]

  • Book review: Taliban and Anti-Taliban, Another book to kill for? – by Khaled Ahmed

    Another bombshell will have to be endured by the national Taliban narrative with ‘Taliban and anti-Taliban’ by Farhat Taj (Cambridge Scholars Publishing 2011), a Research Fellow at Centre for Interdisciplinary Gender Research, University of Oslo, Norway, an MPhil in Gender and Development from the University of Bergen, Norway. The book demolishes some of the basic […]

  • Malik Ishaq of LeJ-ASWJ: a most dangerous man – by Khaled Ahmed

    The Supreme Court of Pakistan on July 15 released on bail Malik Ishaq, leader and founder of Al Qaeda-linked Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, on grounds of “lack of evidence.” The man had been facing a number of cases at the antiterrorism court in Lahore charging him with hundreds of murders. He remained in jail for 14 years while […]

  • The GHQ has got it wrong! -by Khaled Ahmed

    The Pakistan Army has turned Pakistan isolatiaonist on the principle of ghairat (honour). Everyone knows it runs the country’s foreign and security policies. Look closely enough and you will find that it runs practically everything. The TV channels emphasising ghairat, back the army. Last week, when outspoken journlist Rauf Klasra began spelling out the dominance […]

  • On Hamid Mir’s definition of liberal-fascist – by Khaled Ahmed

    Desperately seeking ‘liberal-fascist’ According to Hamid Mir in Jang (Jan 20, 2011), a “liberal-fascist is he who supports the US drone attacks on Pakistani territory, opposes the Islamic articles of the 1973 Constitution, supports Musharraf in his rule and is now supporting Zardari, and is in the habit of designating his opponents as friends of the […]

  • Hamid Mir criticizes Najam Sethi and Khaled Ahmed

    میڈیا کے خلاف میڈیا کا جھوٹ حامد میر پاکستان کا میڈیا چاروں سے حملے کی زد میں ہے۔ پاکستانی میڈیا کے وہ تمام ادارے اور شخصیات جو اپنے عوام میں مقبول ہیں انہیں امریکہ اور بھارت کی حکومتوں کی ناراضگی کا سامنا ہے۔ پاکستان کی حکمران اشرافیہ بھی اپنے ملک کے آزاد میڈیا سے ناراض […]

  • Book review: Hazrat Ali and Nahjal Balagha — by Khaled Ahmed

    Justice and Remembrance: Introducing the Spirituality of Imam Ali By Reza Shah-Kazemi; IB Tauris 2006 Pp 254; Special price Rs995 Available at bookstores in Pakistan This is a book from The Institute of Ismaili Studies, London, and is dedicated to Syed Hossein Nasr, the great Iranian Twelver Shia scholar, indicating a coming together of the […]

  • Was Jinnah a Shia or a Sunni? – by Khaled Ahmed

    Jinnah’s funeral, Karachi (1948) Jinnah, … was wont to describe himself in public as neither a Shia nor a Sunni. His stock answer to a query about his sect was: was Muhammad [pbuh] the Prophet a Shia or a Sunni? After 1947, Pakistan adopted the position of denying that the population of the country was […]

  • Ideology as ‘false consciousness’ – by Khaled Ahmed

    Pakistan began describing itself as an ideological state when the word had been made respectable by the Soviet Union through its planned economy and rapid growth. Ideology in the case of Pakistan was its religion. The state is not supposed to be without a purpose. Our ideology, like most other ideologies, was utopian. It made […]

  • Media, democracy and governance — by Babar Ayaz

    This is one of the problems of a society where we talk about democracy and criticise the government day in and day out, but when it comes to tolerating criticism on us we retaliate. Perhaps the democrat in us is not even skin deep Spending two-and-a-half days with about 200 journalists from all over the […]

  • Daughters of Al Huda: A Farhat Hasmi enteprise – by Khaled Ahmed

    We are wrong to look for terrorist tracts in the madrassa. The suicide bomber is not made through syllabi but through isolation from society. When we wish to produce a normal citizen we begin by socialising the child. Anyone withdrawing from society by rejecting its norms is ripe for the plucking by the terrorists. The […]

  • ‘Data Darbar had to be destroyed because of Ibn Taymiyya’: An interview with Khaled Ahmed

    Source: View Point ‘Data Darbar had to be destroyed because of Ibn Taymiyya’ Sunni-Sunni war was much earlier and it reached a peak in 2006 at Nishtar Park, the year the ISI allowed Sipah-e-Sahaba to stage its show of power in Islamabad Mazhar Jadoon The Sunni-Sunni war reached a peak in 2006 at Nishtar Park, […]

  • Deobandi fatwa declaring India “Dar al-Aman”

    It seems that Deobandis have finally conceded that India is not a place worthy of Islamic jihad. This is U-turn from their ideology since Syed Ahmed Barelvi’s violent jihad. However, the question is: truce for Hindus, while Shias are still heretics (kafir), worthy to be killed (wajib-ul-qatl)? It may be noted that radical Takfiri Deobandi militants […]

  • A review of Khaled Ahmed’s “Sectarian War: Pakistan’s Sunni-Shia Violence and its links to the Middle East” – by Khalid Hasan

    Sectarian conflict looms over Pakistan, says study By Khalid Hasan Source: Daily Times, May 14, 2007 WASHINGTON: Sectarian violence marked by the Shia-Sunni conflict threatens to engulf Pakistan as the current century gets underway, predicts a new study released here last week. The study, the first of its kind, was completed by Khaled Ahmed, contributing […]

  • Pakistan: Fauj aur Mullaon kay Darmiyan – Book Review

    When prime ministers bowed to jihad —by Khaled Ahmed Pakistan: Fauj aur Mullaon kay Darmiyan; By Hussain Haqqani; Translated into Urdu by Shafiqur Rehman Mian; Vanguard Books Lahore 2008; Pp308 Shafiqur Rehman Mian has done a good job of translating a book that is full of terms not always easy to render in

  • Book Review: How We Missed the Story: Osama bin Laden, the Taliban, Sipah-e-Sahaba and the Hijacking of Afghanistan – Roy Gutman

    BOOK REVIEW: Afghan war’s hidden blunders —by Khaled Ahmed How We Missed the Story: Osama bin Laden, the Taliban, and the Hijacking of AfghanistanBy Roy GutmanVanguard Books Lahore 2008 – Pp322 – Available at bookstores in Pakistan The book brings clarity to the Indo-Pak war number four (or five?) relocated to Afghanistan with India firmly […]