PAKISTAN: ‘ THE HUMAN LENSES ON LIFE TRIBUTE POST AFTER CARNAGE OF PESHAWAR ‘

#AceNewsServices – PAKISTAN:Featured Post:Dec.27: This fellow blogger and friend posted this after the carnage of Peshawar and was kind enough to add a link to all my stories, l feel honoured and in tribute this is the post:

There was a point in my life when stress almost killed me, but here I am almost one week after the Peshawar Carnage, still alive but with a dimmed soul that is still grappling to come to terms with all that has passed over us, as a nation.

To say 2014 was a trying year for Pakistan is an understatement, because every year is more or less the same for us. Annually thousands of Pakistanis lose their lives and livelihoods in this game of intra-international state politics and the militant factions. Both are trying to use their triumph cards to gain the control of this totally out of control country, or is it that out of control really?

Despite crying tears of blood, grieving and burying some 150 innocent lives, most Pakistanis have gone about functioning their daily daily routines and done what they do or have to do.

This resilience is what makes, Pakistan a very unique country with a very conscious nation whose souls maybe broken, but they carry on. 

The whole country is buzzing with so much activity and I want to share with readers, some exceprts of these, through cartoons.

These cartoons are sketched by national award winning cartoonists whose work is a daily section of our newspapers, for my readers’ ease I have chosen English language based work.

I: Cartoonist Zahoor’s work, Dawn Newspaper

Unfortunate Pakistani Mothers Look Upon Sky Bleeding

II: Cartoonist Maxim’s work, The Nation Newspaper

Summation of Reality

III: Cartoonist Maxim has captured the essence of reality behind Peshawar carnage, The Nation Newsdaily

Prime Minister Seeking Divine Assistance?!

IV: Cartoonist Khalid Hussain’s work depicts the Pakistani mothers’s plight by linking to Humanity and Future of Pakistan, The DailyTimes Newspaper

Power Struggle: Leaves Humanity Dying

V: Cartoonist Khalid Hussain depicts nation’s fury & the military’s will for flushing terrorism from Pakistan, for those who kill innocent citizens are basically enemies of humanity and our homeland, Pakistan. The DailyTimes, Newspaper

Military Offensive on Enemies of Pakistan

I also wanted to take this opportunity to thank all the readers and editors for the wishes, support, reblogs and messages full of love, compassion and solidarity with The Human Lens, myself and my country.  These are helped me immensely beyond words can express, truly.

Yes, my soul maybe battered and bruised, but am not yet beaten yet. 

Pakistan Zindabad. 

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‘ PROPAGANDA WORKS WONDERS FOR ISLAMIC STATE WHEN FULFILLING PROPHECY ‘

#AceNewsServices – Nov.19 – By now it is well known that Islamic State (IS) produces propaganda videos of exceptional quality. They are slick, smart and incredibly powerful. It is no exaggeration to say they are the best-produced videos to have ever emerged from the global jihad movement.

This is quite something, given that jihadist groups have always been at the forefront of harnessing new technology for their own ends.

Even with this in mind, the release of another IS video on Sunday was remarkable for a number of reasons. The group’s nihilism and gross barbarism is packaged with the kind of artistic care that might be more expected in a Tarantino thriller.

‘Breathtakingly callous’

After a long introduction outlining the IS version of history, the group is shown marching 20 men to their deaths.

Menacing sounds – the clanging of swords and the heavy, desperate breathing of men who know what comes next. Slow motion shots capture the stony fear etched on the victims’ faces.

Halfway through the slaughter the ringleader – a British man dubbed “Jihadi John” – stops and looks directly into the camera. It is breathtakingly callous.

The small Syrian town of Dabiq, which featured in the latest beheading video from the Islamic State group (IS), has figured heavily in the group’s propaganda since July when it named its new English-language magazine after the town.

The group has focused on the dusty backwater not because of any strategic importance or the size of its population – the Syrian census of 2004 recorded that little over 3,000 people were living there – but for the power of its symbolism.

Dabiq, which lies around 10km (six miles) from the Turkish border, features in Islamic apocalyptic prophecies as the site of an end-of-times showdown between Muslims and their enemies.

The Prophet Muhammad is believed to have said that “the last hour will not come” until Muslims vanquish the Romans at “Dabiq or Al-A’maq” – both in the Syria-Turkey border region – on their way to conquer Constantinople (modern-day Istanbul).

IS has been seeking to bring on that battle by goading the international coalition to confront it there.

Islamic state militant appearing in a video in Dabiq, Syria

‘This British militant is believed to have been involved in the beheading of five Western hostages since August ‘

The masked British militant who is believed to have been involved in the killing of five Western hostages since August appeared in the latest IS video with Dabiq in the background and the severed head of murdered US aid worker Abdul-Rahman Kassig at his feet.

“Here we are, burying the first American Crusader in Dabiq, eagerly waiting for the remainder of your armies to arrive,” he said.

IS has repeatedly dared the West to send ground troops to Syria. By staging the latest beheading video in Dabiq, the group appear’s eager to be given an opportunity to fulfil the prophecy and bolster its legitimacy to a wider audience.

It appears that the militants were filmed on a hill on the northern edge of Dabiq, close to the location of another IS propaganda video released in October which featured three European jihadists all playing up the significance of the town.

British militant in Dabiq, Syria appearing in an Islamic State video

‘The British man in this video has threatened to behead coalition forces ‘

One of them, a British IS member of Eritrean origin called Abu-Abdallah, addressed the camera with the black IS flag fluttering in the background saying “We are waiting for you in Dabiq” and threatening to behead coalition forces there.

Source: BBC World News – Contributions 

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BRITAIN: ‘ Radicalisation of Youth and Islamic State ‘

#AceNewsServices (Opinion) – BRITAIN – September 18 

A MAJOR issue being debated in Britain today concerns the Muslims – men and women. It is what is termed the radicalisation of their youth.

The Young Muslims UK

The Young Muslims UK (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Concerns were sparked off by the Islamic State (formerly Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham) when its militants beheaded James Foley, an American journalist covering the war in Syria, and circulated a video of the bestial act. Even before this incident grabbed the headlines, media reports had been suggesting that authorities in London believed that as many as 500 Muslim men with British nationality had left the UK to join the IS ‘jihad’.

The last straw came when Foley’s killer was identified from his speech and accent as British. Writing for The Sunday Times, the foreign secretary summed up the widely felt sentiments: “It is horrifying to think that the perpetrator of this heinous act could have been brought up in Britain.”

Since then the police have been empowered to seize the passports of people if need be. The move has come too late in the day and two more hostages have been murdered since and one more is under threat.

Many young Muslims draw inspiration from websites with extremist content.


One had hardly got over the shock when came another bombshell. A couple having Pakistani roots made public their dismay at their daughter’s decision to leave home to join IS jihadis. In a statement released to the Glasgow press, they described her as a “bedroom radical” and termed her action as a betrayal of her family, her community and the people of Scotland. It would be upsetting for them as many migrate from Pakistan to give their children a better future, so bleak has life become for the youth in our own country.

Against the backdrop of these horrifying events is the fact that a number of young Muslims are drawing inspiration from websites notorious for their extremist content. At the same time, there have been reports in Britain as also other Western countries of an increase in racism and hate crimes against Muslims in the wake of 9/11. Publications such as Maybe we are hated: The experience and impact of anti-Muslim hate on British Muslim women by the University of Birmingham are cited in support of the claim that Muslims are being victimised for their beliefs.

What can one say about this perversity that is creeping into a section of the Muslim youth? It can under no condition be condoned even if this is viewed as a reaction to the perceived injustice to Muslims. Two wrongs do not make a right.

No Pakistani I met in Scotland justifies it. How the immigrants explain this extremism would depend on who you are talking to. Many who complain of personal experiences of racial discrimination might be immigrants who remain on the fringe of local society. Living in ghettoised conditions, many Pakistani women do not even want to socialise with people not from their own community. They shop for groceries at South Asian stores and thus manage to avoid interaction on a regular basis with the majority.

There are others — mainly employed professionals — who interact with the indigenous population who may have a different story to tell.

The problem is that the absence of awareness and knowledge of ‘the other’ leads to fear, alienation and prejudice. When people from different communities living together are inclusive in their approach and accept one another’s way of life, chances are there will be more harmony among them.

Much of the alienation in children comes from the identity crisis that is created. In order to preserve their identity as ‘good Muslims’ (even of the moderate kind) children are often indoctrinated in such a way that the message is that theirs is a superior faith. By implication other religions are berated. Many of these children whose parents are migrants fail to adjust in the society they grow up in because of the dichotomy between their home environment and outside surroundings. This makes them vulnerable to the influence of extremists scouting for recruits.

But the fact is that  most Muslim youth do not end up as jihadis. The problem needs to be contextualised and rational analysis can help identify the factors that make some more vulnerable than others.

The key to promoting interfaith, inter-cultural harmony is how ‘the other’ is projected and interpreted, especially to young children. A social worker giving the leftist perspective pointed out that integration of communities is a mutual process that is hindered by the universal rise of racism in the West that puts immigrants on the defensive. The media is not helpful either given its penchant for sensationalism.

The real problem, she feels, is the crisis the youth face worldwide due to the vacuum created by societies. The vulnerable ones turn to violence. For Muslims it is ‘jihad’. Global conflict spurs them on.

Don’t we see that in Pakistan as well?

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Published in Dawn, September 17th, 2014

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` Heavy Fighting between Philippine Troops and Muslim Militants Trying to Regain Control Continue ‘

#AceNewsServices – MANILA – Philippines witnesses heavy clashes that have broken out between Philippine troops and Muslim militants trying to regain control of a captured camp in southern Sulu province, leaving 14 Abu Sayyaf rebels and one marine dead, officials said Wednesday.

Military spokesman Lt. Col Ramon Zagala said fighting that began late Tuesday continued until early morning Wednesday, with the militants attempting to regain control of an Abu Sayyaf training and storage camp and in Patikul township that was captured by government troops.

Marine spokesman Capt. Ryan Lacuesta, citing intelligence reports, said the clashes left 14 rebels dead, while one marine was killed and 19 were wounded.

Zagala says troops are securing the rebel camp they captured Monday.

Militants from the group of Abu Sayyaf leader Radullan Sahiron are expected to launch more attacks and the military will continue to use mortars, howitzers and attack helicopters to protect it troops there, he said.

The Abu Sayyaf had links to international militant networks, including Al-Qaeda, but a U.S.-backed Philippine military crackdown has weakened it considerably in recent years.

The group, which is on the U.S. list of terror groups, has about 300 fighters and is now much more focused on ransom kidnappings than global jihad.

AP – Fox News

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` Jihad Chairman Salahuddin vows to ` Continue Struggle ‘ until ` Freedom’ from Indian illegal Occupation ‘

#AceWorldNews – ISLAMABAD – (SANA): United Jihad Council Chairman and Hizbual Mujahideen Supreme Commander Syed Salahuddin has vowed to continue struggle on all fronts till the achievement of freedom from Indian illegal occupation.

He said that in the resolution of Kashmir dispute Indian ego, stubbornness, unrealistic approach, military power are main hurdles in the resolution of the Kashmir dispute. Ha said that India shows zero change in its s 60 year old stance over the Kashmir issue.

He added that Parvez Musharaf changed the 60 years old stance of Pakistan over the issues and introduced a new formula. He said that what is the logic behind the regular change in policy from Pakistani side while the India has shown no change in its polices.

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