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The main audience of this report seems to be the US government which was then implored to invest in Pakistan and relax its visa policy towards its South Asian ally. Such changes, it is claimed, will alter the perspective and stop the flow of Pakistani youth towards radicalism and then extremism. Although Yusuf does not delve into the issue of Pakistan military’s involvement in the war on terror or its support to some segments of the Talibaan and jihadis (both past and present), he suggests that the US must help solve the Kashmir issue and desist from supporting India in Afghanistan as this creates anxiety amongst the youth. iv So, there are no real lessons for Pakistan since Yusuf views the military as not having the intention to radicalize the society or to see it go in this direction. Hence, the major flaw is that of the inefficient political leadership, especially of the non-religious parties that have not created an alternative for the society. Radicalism, as it appears between the lines from this report, is essentially a temporary problem which can go away with adopting a tactical approach such as greater aid for education and more job creation. Focused mainly on poverty; Yusuf does not explore the reason why youth from affluent families choose religious seminaries for education. This shortcoming in his study gets highlighted as he quotes Christine Fair’s study on madrassa education in which she claims that 11.7 % of madrassa-going youth are from affluent families. v One of the gaps found in all the four studies mentioned above is that these do not focus at all on the affluent or resource-efficient strata of the society and their linkage with extremism and religious conservatism. Extremism and radicalism, hence, is treated as a temporary phenomenon caused due to problematic domestic politics, poverty and global politics.

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