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A Public Divided – Aasim Zafar Khan

Words matter. Is it the ‘war in Afghanistan’ or the ‘war on Afghanistan’? The answer depends on which side of the fence one is on, but the statement points to something deeper: about the nature of war itself. In a classical sense, war means…

Drone Summit – Marjorie Cohn

Nearly 400 people from many countries came together at the conference, ‘Drones Around the Globe: Proliferation and Resistance’ in Washington DC to gather information, protest, and develop strategies to end targeted killing by combat drones.…

Out of the closet

WHY are we so horror-struck at the latest rants of the Jamaat-i-Islami emir? Munawar Hasan has only articulated more openly what his party stood for all along. His remarks about Hakeemullah Mehsud being a martyr has merely removed the…

The ideology ferment

The Jamaat-e-Islami’s Munawar Hassan’s comments on who is a martyr and who is not may not be as innocuous as they seem. This issue has started, within this hapless nation, what can become a potently debilitating debate. Subtended below such…

Battle of narratives

When Syed Munawar Hasan, the Jamaat-e-Islami ameer, declared one of Pakistan’s most wanted terrorist kingpin a martyr and raised doubts about the sacrifices of our soldiers fighting such elements, he articulated what many radical Islamists…

Countering the terror threat

Consider the theatrics of the absurd by some political clerics at the killing of the terrorist responsible for slaughtering thousands of innocent Pakistanis. It is sad that the fundamentally moderate Jamaat-e-Islami should label the…