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The Talebanisation of Pakistan

By Pervez Hoodbhoy   May 2003

Hundreds of thousands of people poured onto the streets of Pakistani cities during the first weeks of the war in Iraq. Impotent anger found expression in burning effigies of Bush and Blair and ineffectual attempts to boycott products like Coke and KFC.

One might have expected that, by now, America’s war would have been declared by Pakistan’s religious leaders as a war between Islam and kufr (unbelievers). Our bearded ones generally lose little time in declaring holy wars. And since Bush is an evangelical Christian and uses its vocabulary unsparingly, Pakistani Muslims must perceive the war on terror as an…

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