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Pakistan is full of conspiracy theories about the recent terror plot in Britain

By Emran Mian   September 2006

I arrived in Lahore the morning that the latest terrorist plot was revealed. I was on a flight from Glasgow full of young British Pakistanis who, like me, hadn’t been to Pakistan for years, and who looked slightly alarmed when the cabin crew greeted them with a formal Assalaam-o-alaikum. I had come to see family and friends, and in virtually every house I visited, people asked me about whether the terror plot was an invention. I took this for a joke on the first few occasions, but soon I realised that people meant it. Everyone from teenage cousins to ex-members…

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