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July 31, 2017

Another One Bites the Dust – Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Disqualified from Office

By Dr. Sarah Ashraf
The chronic inability of elected governments in Pakistan to complete their designated tenures serves as a constant reminder of the country’s arbitrary democratic credentials. Nawaz Sharif, disqualified from the office of Prime Minister today, is no aberration …

Posted in Opinion Editorial, Pakistan | Tagged ,
September 21, 2016

Pakistan’s use of terror has backfired, experts tell London seminar

Originally posted in Hindustan Times
Pakistan’s reliance on terror as an instrument of foreign policy has backfired, and its role as a perpetrator of terrorism is now beyond doubt, experts and academics told a seminar here.
The seminar, organised by The Democracy Forum …

Posted in CRT News Coverage, News Coverage, Pakistan, Terrorism & Security
July 8, 2016

Event Summary: ‘From Banking to the Thorny World of Politics’

By Patrick Benjamin
On the 7th of July, by kind invitation of Lord Arbuthnot, the Henry Jackson Society was addressed by Shaukat Aziz, former Prime Minister of Pakistan, and Anna Mikhailova, journalist and co-author on his recent book From Banking to …

Posted in Event Summaries, Pakistan
July 7, 2016

Event: ‘From Banking to the Thorny World of Politics’

TIME: 18:00-19:00, Thursday 7th July 2016
VENUE: Committee Room 2A, House of Lords, London, SW1A 0PW
SPEAKERS: Co-authors, From Banking to the Thorny World of Politics, Shaukat Aziz, former Prime Minister of Pakistan (2004-2007) and Anna Mikhailova, Journalist and Interviewer for The …

Posted in Event, Pakistan
April 15, 2016

London preacher and friend hail fanatic who killed politician in Pakistan as ‘hero and martyr’

Originally published in The Evening Standard.
A London preacher and his friend sparked outrage today by praising a fanatic who murdered a Pakistani politician for criticising the country’s strict Islamic laws.
Former imam Qari Mahmood, 38, and Khalid Iqbal Malik, 43, who attend …

Posted in CRT News Coverage, Extremism, Islamism, Middle East, News Coverage, Pakistan, United Kingdom
December 18, 2014

Across the globe Islamic extremism threatens us all

Originally published in The Daily Express
On MONDAY two civilians died among the dozens taken hostage by a Muslim gunman in a coffee shop in Sydney. On Tuesday a gang of uniformed gunmen massacred 132 children and nine others at a school …

Posted in Australia, CRT Editorial, Defence, Extremism, Opinion Editorial, Pakistan, Religious Fundamentalism, Spotlight, Terrorism & Security
December 16, 2014

Robin Simcox discusses Peshawar attack on 5 News

Posted in Broadcast Appearances, Extremism, Pakistan, Terrorism & Security

From Sydney to Peshawar – Islamic extremists are civilisation’s common enemy

Originally posted in the Spectator
Yesterday it was Sydney. Today it is Peshawar. Yesterday a coffee shop. Today a school. Yesterday a lone gunman. Today a gang of them. If anybody wondered about the global and diffuse nature of the challenge that …

Posted in Extremism, Opinion Editorial, Pakistan, Religious Fundamentalism, Terrorism & Security
August 9, 2014

Remember Us?

Originally published in the Huffington Post
‘There has been understandable focus in recent months on events in Iraq and the rise of the Islamic State. Yet we must not forget that al-Qaeda – still the most prominent terrorist network out there …

Posted in Extremism, Iraq, Middle East, Opinion Editorial, Pakistan, Spotlight, Terrorism & Security
August 20, 2012

Pakistan’s blasphemy laws and mob violence continue to threaten religious minorities

Religious minorities in Pakistan continue to live in fear under the country’s controversial blasphemy laws and mob violence. The latest victim is an 11-year-old Christian girl with Down’s syndrome, who could face the death penalty under Pakistan’s blasphemy laws.
Dr Paul …

Posted in Human Rights, Islamism, Pakistan, Religious Fundamentalism, The Scoop
April 20, 2012

Al-Qaeda lets Abu Qatada know they still care

Just in case Abu Qatada is feeling especially embattled after creating another media storm this week, he may be happy to know that his pals in al-Qaeda have not forgotten about him. Al-Qaeda central and two of its franchises – …

Posted in Iraq, Pakistan, Somalia, Terrorism & Security, The Scoop, United Kingdom
January 3, 2012

Taliban to set up liaison office in Qatar

The Taliban have confirmed that they will be setting up a liaison office in Qatar—a measure accepted by President Hamid Karzai after facing pressure from the US—to aide future peace negotiations with the international community.
For the American’s and Afghans, the …

Posted in Islamism, Pakistan, Qatar, Terrorism & Security, The Scoop, War in Afghanistan
November 1, 2011

Tablighi Jamaat: Terrorist Support Entity?

Carrying on from my theme of legal sideshows in the War on Terror: today, Tablighi Jamaat (TJ).
Tablighi Jamaat is essentially an organisation of travelling Muslim preachers who seek to revive a highly conservative form of Islam and encourage Muslims to live …

Posted in Islamism, Pakistan, Religious Fundamentalism, Terrorism & Security, The Scoop, United States
October 28, 2011

Time to criminalise forced marriage?

Maryam (not her real name) was 15 when her mother took her and her younger sister on holiday to Pakistan. Once there, they were married, against their will, to their first cousins. Maryam’s mother told her that if she didn’t …

Posted in Human Rights, Pakistan, Religious Fundamentalism, United Kingdom
September 28, 2011

Radio Free Europe Profiles Veena Malik, the Pakistani actress who took on the media

Radio Free Europe has published a fascinating profile of Veena Malik, the outspoken Pakistani actress who famously challenged a sanctimonious cleric on a current affairs programme in Pakistan earlier this year. The video, which brought Malik international attention, is tremendous: Malik launches a …

Posted in Human Rights, Media, Pakistan, Religious Fundamentalism, The Scoop
September 16, 2011

The continued destabilisation of AQ central

US officials claim a senior figure in al-Qaeda central command, Abu Hafs al-Shahri, was killed in a drone attack in the Waziristan region in Pakistan in the last few days.
There has been no independent confirmation of the Saudi Arabian national’s …

Posted in Defence, Pakistan, Terrorism & Security, The Scoop, War in Afghanistan
August 6, 2011

The Frightening Rise of Lone-Wolf Terrorism

Is the end near for terrorism as we know it? According to a much-discussed Washington Post article that ran on July 26, U.S. counterterrorism officials believe that, after the death of Osama bin Laden and in the face of sustained drone attacks, Al …

Posted in Pakistan, Terrorism & Security, United States
July 28, 2011

The end of al-Qaeda?

The Washington Post has a fascinating article on the suspected impact of the killing of Osama bin Laden as well as the last seven years of drone attacks on the terrorist group al-Qaeda.
U.S. counterterrorism officials believe they are close to …

Posted in Pakistan, Terrorism & Security, The Scoop, United States
July 5, 2011

Caliphate Dreaming

Pakistan wants the world to know that it is finally cracking down on Islamist extremists — at least, some of them. Pakistan’s army chief, Gen. Ashfaq Kayani, approved the arrest last month of Brig. Gen. Ali Khan for links to the proscribed …

Posted in Islamism, Pakistan, Religious Fundamentalism, United Kingdom, United States
May 26, 2011

India censors The Economist

Indian authorities deemed that a map of Kashmir published in The Economist as controversial.
The Economist was forced to cover the map, featured alongside an article on Kashmir, before nationwide distribution.
Why? Because it did not show that the whole of Kashmir – administered …

Posted in Democracy & Development, India, Media, Pakistan, The Scoop
May 23, 2011

Obama the hawk

I have a piece in The New Republic today about President Obama’s hawkish national security policy. The ruthlessness he has displayed in Pakistan has been the clearest manifestation of this.
Obama has approved approximately 180 lethal U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan against jihadist terrorists since …

Posted in Defence, Pakistan, Terrorism & Security, The Scoop, United States
May 13, 2011

Latest Suicide Bombings Shows Undiminished Terrorist Threat in Pakistan

Today’s devastating suicide bombing at the training centre for the Frontier Constabulary in Charsadda, Pakistan underscores the murderous price the Taliban and its affiliates have exacted on the Pakistani people. The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, which they claimed was …

Posted in Islamism, Pakistan, Terrorism & Security, The Scoop
May 6, 2011

The Death of Bin Laden – Implications for UK foreign policy and homeland security

Houriya Ahmed, George Grant and Julia Pettengill are looking at the implications of the death of Osama Bin Laden.

Posted in Briefing, Pakistan, Terrorism & Security, United Kingdom
May 3, 2011

Questions Pakistan needs to answer

While it may seem an intimidating task to sift through the reams of fascinating information emerging from bin Laden’s recent assassination, one article certainly worth making time for is Steve Coll’s latest in The New Yorker.
Coll speculates that ‘bin Laden was …

Posted in Islamism, Pakistan, Terrorism & Security, The Scoop
June 10, 2010

Pakistan – Taking a break from crisis?

The Henry Jackson Society was pleased to host a discussion with Ammara Durrani, a noted journalist and Pakistani Public Diplomacy official. Ms. Durrani gave an in-depth analysis of the performance over the past two years of Pakistan’s new democratic government.  …

Posted in Democracy & Development, Event, Pakistan, Terrorism & Security
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