Published by Liberty South Asia on November 7, 2019

[Event] Jamaat-e-Islami: A Threat at Home and Abroad?

Wednesday, November 13, 201911:30am to 12:30pmWashington, D.C. (Capitol Hill)Room information will be provided to registered guests. Click here to RSVP In India, authorities blame it for terrorism in Kashmir. In Bangladesh, a war crimes tribunal found its leaders guilty of committing mass-murder. And in Pakistan, its regular rallies and fervent rhetoric receive national attention. Given…

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Published by Liberty South Asia on November 4, 2019

SADF: Do Not Underestimate the threat of Jamaat-e-Islami

The South Asia Democratic Forum (SADF) is a Brussels-based think tank devoted to South Asia and its relationship with the European Union (EU). In 2015, SADF published a policy brief titled, Democracy Stalemate in Bangladesh – What Role for the International Community? In this brief, SADF argues that “the international community – and in particular the…

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Published by Saghir Shaikh on October 29, 2019

Will Pakistan’s Renewed “Grey List” Status with FATF Result In Meaningful Change?

Earlier this month, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) formally announced that Pakistan will remain on its Grey List, noting it still had “serious concerns with the overall lack of progress” the government had made in addressing issues of money laundering and terror financing. In the same vein of concern that other international bodies have…

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Published by Seth Oldmixon on September 23, 2019

Peace in Kashmir Requires a Return to Pluralism

Prior to partition, Kashmir was a princely state, ruled by the Maharaja Hari Singh. While a majority of the population was Muslim, Singh was Hindu. Because Kashmir had a majority Muslim population, the leadership of the newly created state of Pakistan believed it should rightly accede to them. But Maharaja Singh was a hold out,…

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Published by Liberty South Asia on August 31, 2019

Kashmir: Religion and the State Before Partition

“The State has not known of any religious movements worth mentioning. With an eminently Hindu Government conservative in its views and keenly imbued with respect for the tenents and the traditions handed down to it with a spirit of infinite toleration towards the numerous religions of which the different classes of its subjects are the…

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Published by Liberty South Asia on May 3, 2019

EU Parliamentarians Threaten Pakistan Over Religious Persecution

“I have just sent a letter, signed by 52 MEPs, to the Prime Minister of #Pakistan urging him to take measures to dismantle the constitutional and institutional structures that have resulted in the persecution of religious minorities in the country,” wrote EU parliamentarian Marijana Petir on 30 April. The letter, posted below, goes far beyond…

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Published by Liberty South Asia on April 16, 2019

Bangladesh Information Minister: “We believe in secularism”

Dhaka — Bangladesh Information Minister Hasan Mahmud emphasized the government’s commitment to supporting religious freedom on Tuesday. Speaking to an international delegation of journalists, think tanks, and diplomats, the Information Minister reiterated Bangladesh’s “zero tolerance” policy towards terrorism and religious extremism. “We have zero tolerance for terrorism because we believe that terrorism is one of…

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Published by Seth Oldmixon on March 27, 2019

Pro-ISIS Cleric Leading Prayers in Islamabad Raises Concerns about Pakistan’s Latest Crackdown on Extremists

Maulana Abdul Aziz has the distinct notoriety of being one of the few Islamist clerics who is too radical for even the Pakistani state. As the head of Pakistan’s Lal Masjid (Red Mosque), Aziz waged an armed battle against Pakistani troops in 2007 – a battle the cleric famously tried to escape by dressing as…

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Published by Liberty South Asia on March 4, 2019

Congressional Resolution Targets Facilitator of Violent Extremism

For decades, experts have warned about the futility of trying to eliminate violent extremism without dismantling the networks that propagate extremist ideologies and provide essential support to international terrorist organizations. A new resolution introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives seeks to do just that. H.Res. 160, introduced by Congressman Jim Banks (R—IN) places critical…

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Published by Liberty South Asia on November 30, 2018

Reps Banks, Gabbard Take Strong Stand In Defense of Religious Freedom In Bangladesh

A bi-partisan group of lawmakers has sent a strong message that Washington is closely watching developments on the ground in Bangladesh as the country prepares for national elections next month, and stands firmly in support of the rights and security of all citizens, regardless of their faith. Bangladesh is the world’s fourth-largest Muslim country. “When…

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