South Asia

Religious and Ideological narratives of the violent extremists in South East Asia

Al-wala wa’l-bara (the extremist Islamist doctrine of loyalty and disavowal) polarizes the world between Muslims and non-Muslims but it has no place in the mainstream, pluralistic and peaceful Islamic traditions….. WordForPeace.com Edit Desk These types of narratives utilize religious or ideological concepts or elements to justify the terrorist organization’s end goal as well as the use of violence to achieve …

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Online De-Radicalisation: Tech-Based Ways to to curb cyber jihadism emerging as major security challenge

By Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi, Editor, WordForPeace.com The question is: Why the world governments’ well-thought-out and strongly-worded strategies to counter radicalisation prove futile? The answer is:  We don’t take cognizance of the fact that radical thoughts cannot be dismantled until a complete, coherent and cogent counter-narrative is evolved and disseminated on all the digital media platforms. For this, all the theological underpinnings, …

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Pakistan PM inaugurates water treatment plant at Hindus holy site

AMRITSAR: Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif inaugurated a water treatment plant installed at Amar Kund (sacred pond) in Katasraj cluster of Hindu temples in Chakwal district of Pakistan. While talking to TOI on Thursday, Pakistan’s Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB) Chairman Farooq ul Saddiq informed that Sharif not only came all the way to inaugurate the water treatment plant but …

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PoK Muslim sends sacred soil to Kashmiri Pandits in India

By: Ishfaq-ul-Hassan | Srinagar | Emotional scenes were witnessed when a small packet containing the holy soil of ancient Sharada temple arrived from Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK). No sooner was the packet opened in a function at Jammu, the Kashmiri Pandits lined up to apply the sacred soil on their foreheads as a mark of respect and devotion to Goddess …

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Iraqi fighters reclaim church destroyed by Daesh

The militants trashed other faiths’ places of worship and blew up ancient sites. Father Charbel Issu stands before a shattered altar, spreads out his hands and begins leading a group of Kalashnikov-wielding militia fighters in prayer. On the wall in front of them, graffiti scrawled in black spray paint. Iraqi fighters battling to oust Daesh from Mosul captured the Mar …

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‘Know Your Rights’ app for Saudi women attracts 50,000 subscribers

  A Saudi lawyer, who developed a free smartphone app to educate women in her country about their legal rights, said the app now has more than 50,000 subscribers, Al Arabiya English reported. Nasreen Al-Issa, a corporate lawyer in Saudi Arabia, launched Know Your Rights in July after realising many women did not know many of their “basic rights”. “I …

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Muslim Woman Devotes Her Life to Helping Christians Displaced by ISIS

BY SAMUEL SMITH , CP REPORTER                 Many are familiar with “The Vicar of Baghdad,” Canon Andrew White, the head of one of the most prominent relief charities helping thousands of Christians displaced by ISIS, but many don’t know that much of the work White gets credit for is actually carried out by …

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Bangladesh ulemas, imams emerge as key counter-terror force

BySanjib KR Baruah n a tactic that many multi-cultural countries can draw a lesson from, ulemas (Islamic theologists) and imams (those who lead Friday prayers) are emerging as key people in countering the forces of terror in Bangladesh. The move was decided in a special meeting of the countrys Cabinet Committee on Law and Order on July 10, just nine …

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A Gandhi-Edhi Plea For India-Pakistan Peace On 70th Independence Day

Sudheendra Kulkarni ‘In the dark times/Will there also be singing? Yes, there will also be singing/About the dark times.’ These soul-stirring lines were written by Bertolt Brecht, the great German anti-Nazi poet and playwright, at a time when the dark clouds of the Second World War had started to hover over the European sky. The sky over India and Pakistan …

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