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affluent part of the society which is not known for strictly following religious moral norms. In Pakistan’s society liberalism is perceived mostly in cultural terms as freedom to pursue a certain life style which is popularly understood as western lifestyle. It is no secret that despite prohibition on alcohol it is freely available to the members of the elite who have the capacity to acquire tools for intoxication and power to escape prohibition. This lifestyle is in stark contrast to the views expressed in the course of the present survey. Another example relates to the response to a question regarding gender segregation in the society. About 33% believed that segregation saved society from evil influences while 57% did not agree to this proposition. Table 1: Does segregation save the society from evil influence?

No Response Yes No Sometimes

55 201 349 3

The general tendency is to subscribe to the conservative and often puritanical religious tenets, which have permeated the cultural identity as well. This was obvious in the questions regarding the state ruling against Ahmedis. This is a community of people who were declared as non-Muslims by the state during the 1970s and have suffered persecution since then. About a hundred Ahmedi worshipers were killed in a mosque in Lahore on May 28, 2010 as they offered their prayers. xi Another twelve people were killed and injured on May 31st, 2010 when the terrorists attacked Ahmedis under treatment after the first attack in a local hospital in the city. xii The bias was reflected in the thinking of the youth as well the majority of whom agreed with the government’s historic decision to declare Ahmedis as non-Muslims.

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Red Hot Chilli Peppers Islam – Is the Youth in Elite Universities in Pakistan Radical?  

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Red Hot Chilli Peppers Islam – Is the Youth in Elite Universities in Pakistan Radical?  

This is a study, by Ayesha Siddiqa, of the socio-political attitudes amongst youth in elite universities in the three major cities in Pakist...

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