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* Can the concept apply to the modern world?
* What circumstances dictated the end of the Ottoman Caliphate?
* Was the historical Caliphate (Khilafah) mostly a monarchy?
* What would, or could, a modern caliph do for Gaza?
* Would a modern caliph —
* * Be a trans-national emperor?
* * Only exude moral authority, like the Pope?
* * Be a national leader, like the Iranian model?
* * Be able to transcend sectarianism?

FREE ENTRY: RSVP required.

Refreshments will be served.

Speakers & Schedule

1:45 PM Registration
2:10 p.m. Opening Remarks and Introductions
 
2:20 Historical and Social Aspects
Tahir Qazi - Dr. Tahir Qazi is a writer and contributor to countercurrents.org, Patheos, Foreign Policy in Focus, South Asian Journal of Diplomacy, and has been a guest on political TV programmes.
Dr. Qazi will talk about identity politics, evolution of the concept of state, and the search for identity in Muslim-majority countries – from a secular perspective.

2:50 Political Realities
Javed Chaudry - Javed Chaudry is a political commentator, writer and frequent guest on political and social TV programmes. His articles have appeared on countercurrents.org.  Mr. Chaudry will present current geo-political realities and whether a Caliphate could fit into those realities or not.

3:15 (URDU) Introduction and Summary
AK Shaikh - will present an Urdu summary of the issues and aspects being discussed. This presentation wil. Be for our Urdu-speaking audience.  AK Shaikh is an activist on Muslim identity issues and writer/blogger with a handle on the pulse of Muslim communities. He has a wide following among Urdu-speaking Muslims in Canada, UK, USA and Pakistan.

3:40 The Caliphate Brings Trauma (read by Sarah Choudhry)
Dr. Daniel Pipes is president of the Middle East Forum. His bi-weekly column appears regularly in the National Post and in newspapers around the globe. He is also the publisher of the Middle East Quarterly Journal, and has been an advisor to the American Government in various capacities. His insight into the Middle East, Islamist extremists and Arab politics is probably unparalleled at this time.

Questions/Answers and Refreshments
 
4:15 Religious and Theological Perspective
Imam Shehryar Shaikh - Imam Shehryar Shaikh is the Imam of Qurtabah Mosque and an Islamic researcher. He is an astute scholar of Islam, writer, debater and has a unique approach to discussing Muslim issues in a Western milieu.  He will talk about the theological underpinnings of the Caliphate and its current relevance.

4:45 The Caliphate, Sharia and the Search for an Islamic Political Theology: A Contemporary Perspective
Dr. Nevin Reda - Dr. Nevin Reda is an assistant professor of Muslim Studies at Emmanuel College of Victoria University in the University of Toronto. Her main research area is the Qur’an, often in relation to Islamic law, the Bible or women. She is also a participant in the Sharia debates in Canada and in Egypt and has publications in both English and Arabic on the topic. Dr. Reda will present a Qur’an-based theology of democracy, showing some of the quandaries associated with political ideologies that call for the application of a Sharia-based caliphate today.

5:15 Caliphate as a Political System
Munir Saami - Munir Saami is a writer, public speaker, researcher and community activist who has a deep and thorough understanding of how historical and political issues impact everyday Muslims.
His broad-ranging discussion will span historical and political aspects.

5:45 p.m. Questions/Answers, Vote of Thanks and Closing

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* Can the concept apply to the modern world?
* What circumstances dictated the end of the Ottoman Caliphate?
* Was the historical Caliphate (Khilafah) mostly a monarchy?
* What would, or could, a modern caliph do for Gaza?
* Would a modern caliph —
* * Be a trans-national emperor?
* * Only exude moral authority, like the Pope?
* * Be a national leader, like the Iranian model?
* * Be able to transcend sectarianism?

FREE ENTRY: RSVP required.

Refreshments will be served.

Speakers & Schedule

1:45 PM Registration
2:10 p.m. Opening Remarks and Introductions
 
2:20 Historical and Social Aspects
Tahir Qazi - Dr. Tahir Qazi is a writer and contributor to countercurrents.org, Patheos, Foreign Policy in Focus, South Asian Journal of Diplomacy, and has been a guest on political TV programmes.
Dr. Qazi will talk about identity politics, evolution of the concept of state, and the search for identity in Muslim-majority countries – from a secular perspective.

2:50 Political Realities
Javed Chaudry - Javed Chaudry is a political commentator, writer and frequent guest on political and social TV programmes. His articles have appeared on countercurrents.org.  Mr. Chaudry will present current geo-political realities and whether a Caliphate could fit into those realities or not.

3:15 (URDU) Introduction and Summary
AK Shaikh - will present an Urdu summary of the issues and aspects being discussed. This presentation wil. Be for our Urdu-speaking audience.  AK Shaikh is an activist on Muslim identity issues and writer/blogger with a handle on the pulse of Muslim communities. He has a wide following among Urdu-speaking Muslims in Canada, UK, USA and Pakistan.

3:40 The Caliphate Brings Trauma (read by Sarah Choudhry)
Dr. Daniel Pipes is president of the Middle East Forum. His bi-weekly column appears regularly in the National Post and in newspapers around the globe. He is also the publisher of the Middle East Quarterly Journal, and has been an advisor to the American Government in various capacities. His insight into the Middle East, Islamist extremists and Arab politics is probably unparalleled at this time.

Questions/Answers and Refreshments
 
4:15 Religious and Theological Perspective
Imam Shehryar Shaikh - Imam Shehryar Shaikh is the Imam of Qurtabah Mosque and an Islamic researcher. He is an astute scholar of Islam, writer, debater and has a unique approach to discussing Muslim issues in a Western milieu.  He will talk about the theological underpinnings of the Caliphate and its current relevance.

4:45 The Caliphate, Sharia and the Search for an Islamic Political Theology: A Contemporary Perspective
Dr. Nevin Reda - Dr. Nevin Reda is an assistant professor of Muslim Studies at Emmanuel College of Victoria University in the University of Toronto. Her main research area is the Qur’an, often in relation to Islamic law, the Bible or women. She is also a participant in the Sharia debates in Canada and in Egypt and has publications in both English and Arabic on the topic. Dr. Reda will present a Qur’an-based theology of democracy, showing some of the quandaries associated with political ideologies that call for the application of a Sharia-based caliphate today.

5:15 Caliphate as a Political System
Munir Saami - Munir Saami is a writer, public speaker, researcher and community activist who has a deep and thorough understanding of how historical and political issues impact everyday Muslims.
His broad-ranging discussion will span historical and political aspects.

5:45 p.m. Questions/Answers, Vote of Thanks and Closing

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Published on 3 Mar 2013
In 2002, when President Musharraf re-established a joint electorate, he agreed to the demands of Muslim scholars and issued Presidential Order Number 15. Under this order Ahmadi voters, both Qadiani and Lahori, were to be listed on a supplemental register. This step was taken in light of the historical political activity of the Qadiani Ahmadiyya: trying to engineer autonomy in Kashmir and Baluchistan, a state-within-a-state in Chenab Nagar (then Rabwah) and detrimental interference on behalf of the PPP in the 1970 elections.

Prima facie, this order is against the spirit of a joint electorate. The order was created in haste and although it patched the problem, it did not solve it.

Please see this video about how the Qadiani Ahmadiyya is asking the United States to pressurise Pakistan. Testifying in front of the Lantos Commission, they are asking for it to be tabled as one of the strategic issues in discussions with Pakistan.

You can also see in this video the extreme exaggeration about their numbers. The danger is that the Qadiani leadership do not become a hidden hand behind politicians and the political system and what has happened in past elections (e.g. 1970) should happen again. As the Pakistani electoral system is not as mature as Western systems in the transparency of donations and support to politicians and parties, we humbly suggest that:

As Articles 51 and 26 of the Pakistan Constitution imply direct elections for minority seats instead of back-room appointments by parties, implementing these provisions will solve both issues: direct elections to minority seats whose constituency will be the entire country. If the Qadiani Ahmadiyya fully participate in the elections, it will strengthen democracy. And if the Qadiani Ahmadiyya do not nominate a candidate for a minority seat, it will be clear that they do not want to participate in the electoral process in order to hide their real numbers. And if they do nominate a candidate, then the numbers of votes for this candidate will be out in the clear.

In this way, the complaint of the Ahmadis will be addressed and we will also find out whether their electoral boycott was mere propaganda.

Lantos Commission: Are Ahmadis Allowed to Vote in Pakistan?

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پرویز مشرف نے نیک محمد کی جان کے عوض ڈرون حملوں کی اجازت دی تھی۔ اس کا ثبوت نیچے دیے مضمون میں بھی ہے اور مشرف صاحب کے اپنے انٹرویو میں بھی۔



http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/07/world/asia/origins-of-cias-not-so-secret-drone-war-in-pakistan.html

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