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Pakistan at the Crossroads: Rising Radicalism

In Pakistan, recent events have brought its future into question. Will there be fanatical extremism grounded in radical Islamic teachings or a future of moderate Islamic, and even religiously pluralistic, politics grounded in the principles of modern rule of law?

This was made clear by the recent assassinations of two senior Pakistani officials who were friends, both dedicated to the moderate option—one a Muslim, Salman Taseer, Governor of the Punjab, the other a Christian, Shahbazz Bhatti, the Federal Minister of Minority Affairs. Both were murdered over attempts to reform Pakistan’s blasphemy law and its notorious unjust implementation, especially with regard to minority Christian Pakistanis. The reaction to these murders—some outraged, some celebratory—raised the question: In what direction will Pakistan go?

We are pleased to invite you to a discussion with journalist Shehrbano Taseer, the daughter of the assassinated Governor of Punjab Salman Taseer.

Panel

Hillel Fradkin, Moderator

Hudson Senior Fellow and Director, Center on Islam, Democracy and the Future of the Muslim World

Shehrbano Taseer, Panelist

Journalist, Newsweek Pakistan

Nina Shea, Panelist

Hudson Senior Fellow and Director, Center for Religious Freedom

Aparna Pande, Panelist

Hudson Research Fellow, Center for Religious Freedom

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