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In April I took a trip to Pakistan, and found a fascinating story. Before leaving,  popped up the road to speak to a few friends at the Quilliam Foundation, a counter-extremism think tank located fairly close to Prospect’s offices. My intention was to discuss the Government’s recently launched CONTEST II strategy, designed to counter radical groups. Instead, talking to one of their researchers,  came accross a fascinating story – a Pakistani pop band called Laal, whose lead singer and guitarist were British based Pakistani academic marxists, had somehow gone from being complete unknowns to become the biggest band in Pakistan…

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