The threat to ME peace

by Mustafa Malik

Dawn – EditorialJanuary 27, 2009 THE Obama administration should build on the Israeli and Hamas ceasefires to promote a durable truce between them but realise that Hamas’s survival in the Gaza war has unravelled the basis of the current peace process. Of the nearly 1,200 Palestinians killed in the war, only about 300 were Hamas...

BD secularists in Islamic cloak

by Mustafa Malik

DawnJanuary 8, 2009 `UNPRECEDENTED election!` The headline in the Bengali-language newspaper Jugantar aptly described Bangladesh`s parliamentary election. Thanks largely to the deployment of 600,000 security personnel, the voting passed off without violence, which had marred most of the previous elections. Unprecedented, too, was the level of political consciousness revealed by the Dec 29 event. The...

Focus should be on Afghan leadership

by Mustafa Malik

The Columbus DispatchOctober 10, 2008 Pakistan is too weak to have repelled recent American ground and air raids on suspected Taliban targets within its borders. It has protested the violations of its sovereignty by its “war on terror” ally and fired what appears to be symbolic shots at some intruding U.S. drones. Pakistan is too...

Pakistani army reluctant to fight Taliban

by Mustafa Malik

The Columbus DispactchJuly 5, 2008 Pakistan’s assault last weekend on a militant stronghold in the Khyber tribal area might have been a sop to the Bush administration, fuming over Islamabad’s peace deal with the Taliban. But I doubt that the Pakistani army or government will, or can, rein in anti-NATO guerrillas in Pakistan. Pakistan’s assault...

Pakistan’s odd dance with the Taliban

by Mustafa Malik

The Daily Star – LebanonJuly 1, 2008 As NATO troops face stepped up guerrilla attacks in Afghanistan, Pakistan’s new ambassador to Washington, Husain Haqqani, is trying hard to explain to Americans why his government has tried to make peace with the Pakistani Taliban. That peace deal, despite the army’s confrontation with a senior Pakistani Taliban...

Muslim Youths in the West: Carving Out a ‘Third Space’

by Mustafa Malik

Council for Research in Values and PhilosophyChapter X in the 2008 publication entitled: ‘Communication across Cultures: The Hermeneutics of Cultures and Religions in a Global Age’ Chapter XIslam’s Emerging ‘Third Space’ in the West Whether a full-blown “clash of civilization” is inevitable between Islam and the West, a culture clash in the West between Muslim...

Sunday Forum: Suspected by my country

by Mustafa Malik

Pittsburgh Post-GazzetteMay 25, 2008 WASHINGTON — The other day my wife and I headed for New Hampshire to spend the weekend with my in-laws. At the Baltimore-Washington International Airport, Patricia used her e-ticket to get her boarding pass from a self-help computer. But when she keyed in my e-ticket information, a message on the computer...

Under suspicion, American style

by Mustafa Malik

The Daily Star – LebanonMay 20, 2008 The other day my wife and I headed for New Hampshire to spend the weekend with my in-laws. At the Baltimore-Washington International airport, Patricia used her e-ticket to get her boarding pass from a machine. But when she keyed in my e-ticket information, a message on the computer...

Pakistan taking better tack on terror war

by Mustafa Malik

The Columbus DispatchApril 5, 2008 Pakistan’s new prime minister is distancing his government from the U.S.-sponsored war on terrorism that President Pervez Musharraf carried on for six years. In so doing, Yousaf Raza Gilani is reviving a stance typically adopted by Pakistan’s democratic regimes that succeeded pro-American dictatorships. Pakistan’s new prime minister is distancing his...