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Ayaz Amir’s clear discourse on Deobandi takfiri terrorism

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What should Pakistan’s Christians do?

November 07, 2014

There had always been in Pakistan the Deobandi school of thought, co-existing easily and without conflict with other denominations and sects of Islam. The occasional sectarian clash did occur but it was rare. However, under the impact of the Afghan ‘jihad’, in which Deobandi religious parties stood in the forefront, sectarianism and bigotry acquired harder edges in Pakistani society.

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http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-9-282746-What-should-Pakistans-Christians-do?

Outrage of the patriotic brigade

April 04, 2014

I say impossible to contemplate because we have been trying to do this for the last 1400 years without success. The moment we talk of Islam we step on to the pitch where the traditional mullah, the maulvi, the Mansoora champion, the Akora Khattak seminarist, the Deoband scholar, is overlord and vice-chancellor. And on this pitch not even a titan like Iqbal can hope to make much of an impression. The reason should not be too hard to understand. Iqbal is holding up the light while the mullah is dealing in obscurantism and dogmatism – and in the history of Islam up to this time the palm of victory has fallen to the lot of dogmatism.

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http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-9-242173-Outrage-of-the-patriotic-brigade

The deep desert shadows over Pakistan

February 25, 2014

Pakistan has been a proxy battleground for competing Saudi and Iranian interests from Gen Zia’s time, the Saudis pouring in money to Deobandi madressahs and the Iranians funding Shiite seminaries and imambargahs, and Pakistan reaping the whirlwind and turning into the sectarian and extremist powder keg it has become. Have we learned nothing from our tale of woe, the record of our follies?

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http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-9-234734-The-deep-desert-shadows-over-Pakistan

A six-month timeline is all we have

November 08, 2013

There’s a difference too: MQM power is confined largely to urban Sindh. In the shape of Deobandi madressahs and networks of sympathizers, the Taliban can project power and carry out deadly actions across the country. Mehran, Kamra and GHQ attest to this Taliban capability.

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http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-9-212996-A-six-month-timeline-is-all-we-have

Bankruptcy of the mental kind

September 24, 2013

Fighting Salafi militancy, Deobandi extremism, is not easy. Granted. Their roots now run deep in our society. But our redeemers can’t even get the words right. Even after the Peshawar church attack they spoke in riddles – this was a conspiracy against Pakistan, Islam didn’t allow for such things, etc. A straightforward denunciation of the Taliban, the resolve to give terrorism no quarter, would just not come out of them.

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http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-9-204050-Bankruptcy-of-the-mental-kind

As another holiday approaches

August 17, 2012

The real divide in Pakistan was never between feudals and haris, much less Sunnis and Shias, or Deobandis and Barelvis, but between the English-speaking classes and all others. Only this divide explained the class configuration of Pakistani society. No more. The relentless advance of piety has wrought another distinction, perhaps more important than the old ones. Call this the Scottish distinction – between those with access to Scottish benediction and those deprived of this blessing.

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http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-9-126960-As-another-holiday-approaches

Song and ecstasy

February 10, 2012

No Bach, no Mozart, no Beethoven? The armies of the faithful have been vouchsafed no assurances on this score. No Falstaff and no taverns of the night where such molls as Doll Tearsheet hold court? No raucous assemblies, no harmonium-playing, no beating of the tabla? Is it paradise we are talking about or a stellar version of Darul Uloom Deoband? These are metaphysical questions which require some examination.

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http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-9-91931-Song-and-ecstasy

As the moving finger keeps on writing

October 14, 2011

What have Iqbal and Jinnah got to do with present-day Pakistan? Is this the land of their dreams? Iqbal honed his talent as a scholar and philosopher not in the seminary of Deoband but the universities of Europe. Jinnah was a product of English education, steeped in the ideas and sentiments of English liberalism. What would he have made of the Pakistan of today? From every office wall his portrait looks down on us. But if a growing number of Pakistanis had their way, Mullah Omar’s portrait would replace Jinnah’s.

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Shahram Ali

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  • the auther seems to be extremist with narrow mind and low knowlege about islam and pakistan actual problems. the actual problem of pakistan is social and economical injustice produced by punjabi beurocracy AND a narrow minded society produced by general zia.

  • Deobund as the name of the firqa suggests, evil trapped in human body. Deobund is the root cause of problems in Pakistan, the country which deobandis opposed by supporting gandhi and by opposing our great heros like Quaid e Azam and Allama Iqbal. Today deobandis want to be the thakedars of Pakistan religion, politics and military affairs. Deobandis must be rounded up whereever they are in Pakistan and kick them out to the country which they supported back then and today by being used by their country of origin.