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31 December 2012

UAE arrests cell planning attacks

Security forces in the United Arab Emirates have arrested a cell of UAE and Saudi Arabian citizens which was planning to carry out militant attacks in both countries and other states, the official news agency WAM has said.

The US-allied UAE, a federation of seven emirates and a major oil exporter that has supported Western counter-terrorism efforts in the region, has been spared any attack by al-Qaeda and other insurgency groups.

Pakistan’s Great Game in Gilgit

The title of most worried man inPakistangoes not to President Asif Ali Zardari or his challenger Nawaz Sharif, a former prime minister, but to Syed Mehdi Shah, the Chief Minister of Gilgit Baltistan (G-B),Pakistan’s northernmost political entity that borders Afghanistan’s Wakhan Corridor to the north andChina’s troubled Xinjiang province to the east and northeast.

Western goading must not lead to Muslim masochism

The twin strategies of our adversaries – of both provoking and punishing Muslims – is the most effective way to cause incalculable and irreparable damage to Muslims the world over. Antagonists both in the West and within the Islamic world know very well that the slightest provocation aimed at Muslims is enough to make them inflict colossal harm upon their own as well as others’ property, economy and even lives. Yet any damage to the properties of minorities or foreigners in Pakistanis a violation not only of Islamic edicts, but also of the laws of our land. Such acts tarnish the image of our religion as well as our country.

Islam – Pakistan’s problem

Pakistan has been put on the back foot by the sudden surge in the number of families crossing the Wagha border post into India.  For its part, India finds itself on the horns of a new dilemma vis-à-vis its neighbour, as the demand to accept the ‘returnees’ fast becomes a chorus with prime time TV bringing into every drawing room tales of forced  conversions, kidnappings and murders from families who were Indians  65 years ago.

31 August 2012

Arrest marks Pak independence day

On the eve ofPakistan’s independence day on August 14, Ghulam Shehzad Agha, an emerging political leader in Gilgit Baltistan, was arrested in Skardo. Agha is the general secretary of the Gilgit Baltistan United Movement (GBUM), and has been very vocal in promoting the right to self determination for the occupied region.