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“I Am” a film by Sonali Gulati
Jun 2011 05

After the screening, we had a chat with Sonali via Skype. She seemed happy and content. And she didn’t sound like a documentary filmmaker. She sounded like someone straight out of Enid Blyton’s ” The Magic Faraway Tree”.  Maybe from the land of  “I-shall-prevail”.

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Saudi Arab financing extremism in Pakistan
Jan 2012 13
 A US official in a cable sent to the State Department stated that “financial support estimated at nearly 100 million USD annually was making its way to Deobandi and Ahl-i-Hadith clerics in south Punjab from organisations in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates ostensibly with the direct support of those governments.”The cable sent in November 2008 by Bryan Hunt, the then Principal Officer at the US Consulate in Lahore, was based on information from discussions with local government and non-governmental sources during his trips to the cities of Multan and Bahawalpur.Quoting local interlocutors, Hunt attempts to explain how the “sophisticated jihadi recruitment network” operated in a region dominated by the Barelvi sect, which, according to the cable, made south Punjab “traditionally hostile” to Deobandi and Ahl-i-Hadith schools of thought. Read more
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