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Moderate Muslims must speak out in one voice’

 The following is an excerpt from a statement to the 22nd session of the UN Human Rights Council, Geneva, 25 February to 22nd March, 2013 (Agenda Item 3: Promotion and Protection of all Human Rights – civil, political, economic, social and cultural – including the right to development), made by Sultan Shahin, Editor of New Age Islam, on behalf of the World Environment and Resource Council:

Pakistan: democracy in danger

Tensions between the civilian Zardari-Gilani Government and the Army inPakistanare rising, with the Army-smitten Supreme Court and the Government’s main opposition, the Nawaz Muslim League, indirectly supporting the military. But it would be too hasty to conclude thatPakistan’s political history will soon repeat itself with the Army staging a coup. A coup may not be on the horizon for both foreign and domestic reasons.

A game of cat-and-mouse

The confrontation between the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP)-led coalition government and the country’s powerful military has subsided, but the respite could be temporary.

As was expected, Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani backtracked after issuing some tough anti-army statements. His decision to retract his remarks against Pakistan Army chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani and Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) head Lt Gen Ahmad Shuja Pasha was seen as an effort to defuse the tension and mend fences with the military establishment. There was even talk of some sort of deal, though no evidence was yet available that the democratically elected government and the uniformed generals had done some give-and-take in a bid to repair their damaged ties.

Other Groups in Pakistan Have Adopted the al Qaeda Ideology

The Democracy Forum hosted a seminar at the Commonwealth Club in London on March 25th. The subject was ‘Home Grown Terrorism; Threats from Within and Abroad’ and several leading experts attended and spoke on this aspect of the war on international terrorism. Dr Paul Gill of University College London, discussed the result of a study conducted at Pennsylvania State University which revealed that in 64% of cases, members of the perpetrator’s family knew about the planned violent attacks in advance.

Italy’s Bersani struggles to overcome election stalemate

Italian centre-left leader Pier Luigi Bersani was left with only a slim hope of forming a government after last month’s deadlocked election as talks with rival party leaders ended with a further rejection from Beppe Grillo’s 5-Star Movement.

The impasse inItalyhas been closely watched by investors mindful of the turmoil which brought down Silvio Berlusconi’s government in 2011 and was reflected in rising borrowing costs at a closely watched bond auction on March 27.