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It were only 7% respondents who were willing to look inwards and hold themselves and their own politics and socioeconomic problems as a major cause. Figure 64: What’s the biggest threat to the Muslim ummah?

Since the beginning of the war on terror (WoT), public perception in Pakistan regarding the US has deteriorated exponentially. This anti-west or anti-US sentiment feeds directly into the latent-radicalism amongst the public, particularly the youth. Due to the popular notion of the US as an imperialist force, which must be resisted, there is a tendency of the media to project the Taliban and the jihadists as an antiimperialist force. A segment of, what was known as the liberal-left, also tends to look at the jihadists as a force whose religious ideology may not meet the approval of the left, but their agenda of fighting the US gets a sympathetic hearing. Clearly, American intervention in Afghanistan and the drone strikes in Pakistan. Interestingly, the opinion formation regarding the US or the west is not based on critical analysis of various issues. The public in general is willing to endorse the notion that the WoT is basically an American ruse to take control of Pakistan’s nuclear weapons or to destroy the only Muslim nuclear weapon state in the world. Given the nature of debate on US-

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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...

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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