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Islamic State In 2016

Islamic State in 2016

In his 24-minute end of year audio message Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi told his followers that the caliphate was doing well and that the Russian and US airstrikes had failed to…

Pakistan And The Islamic State

Pakistan and the Islamic State

In recent days Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has claimed that the Islamic State (IS) does not exist in Pakistan. Addressing a gathering of Pakistani Americans and officials from…

The Quest For An Islamic State

The quest for an Islamic state

The political ferment in Pakistan over the last few months has unexpectedly prompted excessive scrutiny and comment on my article, ‘The illusion of parliamentary democracy’ (October 26). There has been…

Fear The Islamic State

Fear the Islamic State

Al-Qaeda is a thing of the past. Its appeal has gone and its recruiting banner has lost its lustre. It was a product of the CIA-sponsored jihad against the Soviet…

Attractions Of The Islamic State

Attractions of the Islamic State

Here is something for the Pakistani privilegentsia to consider. Something like the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham – Isis or Daish – would have catastrophic consequences for them, putting…

Fighting The Islamic State

Fighting the Islamic State

PRESIDENT Obama announced a “strategy” to “degrade and destroy” the Islamic State (formerly, the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham) on Sept 10. The announcement came scarcely two weeks after…