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Karachi – Sindh: Nawab Khair Buksh Marri’s Interview – The entire world is open to us, why should we confine ourselves to this country

Face to Face

“The entire world is open to us, why should we confine ourselves to this country” – Nawab Khair Bakhsh Marri

By Amir Zia

Interview: Karen Armstrong

Interview: Cultures in Harmony

The entire world is open to us, why should we confine ourselves to this country – Nawab Khair Buksh Marri

By Amir Zia

Courtesy: http://qksisamaa.isamaa.tv/report/2009-08-22-interview-nawab-khair-buksh-marri-partial-transcript/

Nawab Khair Bakhsh Marri is seen as the kingpin of the radical Baloch nationalist movement, which explicitly demands an independent Balochistan. Although the veteran Baloch leader appears to be living a quiet life in Karachi’s posh Defence Housing Authority for the past several years, his admirers as well as rivals view him as one of the key players of the separatist movement, operating from behind-the-scenes. The shadowy militant Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) – which is waging a low-intensity insurgency in the rugged mountains of Balochistan, as well as targeting government installations, officials and security forces in the cities – is dominated by his Marri tribesmen.

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Book Review – The Battle For GOD

In the late twentieth century, fundamentalism has emerged as one of the most powerful forces at work in the world, contesting the dominance of modern secular values and threatening peace and harmony around the globe. Yet it remains incomprehensible to a large number of people. In The Battle for God, Karen Armstrong brilliantly and sympathetically shows us how and why fundamentalist groups came into existence and what they yearn to accomplish.

We see the West in the sixteenth century beginning to create an entirely new kind of civilization, which brought in its wake change in every aspect of life – often painful and violent, even if liberating. Armstrong argues that one of the things that changed most was religion. People could no longer think about or experience the divine in the same way; they had to develop new forms of faith to fit their new circumstances.

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