The Express Tribune: Khaled Ahmed
When Muslims fly into rage and become destructive, it is never supposed to be original behaviour. We announce that our extremeaction has been caused by the injustice and violence of someone else. Therefore, our extremism is not original; therefore, we are not to blame for it.
The problem with this self-diagnosis is that we are mostly busy inflicting harm on ourselves. How can it be that Americans, Indians and Jews are causing us to become violent but our victims are innocent people? Extremism must have deeper and more convincing origins.
Violence is known to spring in primitive societies. This has compelled some sociologist to say that extremist personalities are usually possessed of low IQs. Pakistan has some level of literacy but here one must note that in 1947, when literacy was 17 per cent, people were more tolerant; today, with literacy at over 60 per cent, Pakistanis have embraced extremist views.