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society that may not be eliminated or disappear by itself unless there is a conscious effort to change the popular narrative. The changes in Pakistan’s society touch the elite class as much as the under-privileged. In fact, the country is gradually turning into a new laboratory of extreme views which do not necessarily restrict themselves to a particular class or shape. Its not just those with a certain attire that adopt a conservative view and select extreme options. The new radicalism in the country follows modern trends. One of the best examples of the aforementioned transformation is in the form of televengilists like Ahmed Qureshi or Zaid Hamid. The later, in particular, does not require his followers to adapt to a rigid code of dressing and conduct. Resultantly, some of his ardent followers include fashion designers like Maria B or pop singers such as Ali Azmat. Hamid, nonetheless, makes up for the absence of conservatism and radicalism in dress and cultural norms by encouraging his followers to support khilafat as a preferred form of governance ion the country and get involved in jihad against what he calls the ‘judo-Christian’ neoimperialism. The new ideological brands are getting popular day by day. One of the critical areas of concern pertains to media. Despite lesser restrictions and access to greater technology, the media has generally confined itself to adopt a conservative thinking. This, in turn, has effected the society, especially the youth. The media’s peculiar attitude and lack of liberalism becomes even more problematic in an environment where the society has limited capacity to analyze situations and events. The poor quality of social science in Pakistan is one of the many causes of radicalism. The public sector universities have fledgling capacity to create a generation of thinkers that could rise above bias.

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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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