Pakistani university in crisis

A look at Pakistani radicalism through the microcosm of one university facing intimidation and violence from an Islamist group on campus. The article’s suggestion that Pakistan’s problem is that ‘an intolerant, aggressive minority terrorizes a more open-minded, peaceful majority, while an opportunistic political class dithers, benefiting from alliances with the aggressors’ is interesting, as are the points it makes about the place of Islam in national identity, given the typical media presentation of the country as a Taliban-riddled fundamentalist state with its finger on the nuclear button. The situation always seemed more complex than that and this is a welcome exploration of some of its tensions and complexities – although I wonder how well ‘Pakistan’s premier institution of higher learning’ serves as a microcosm for the nation.

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