What might link a group of middle-class Pakistani women sipping coffee demurely in a living room, with the fiery young women in black burqas threatening shopkeepers in Islamabad? When and how do an adolescent girl's aspirations translate into the maturing of a social and political revolution in urban Pakistan?

We are All Good Muslims Here

We are all good muslims here

Social anthropologists in recent times have frequently written about the globalised world and its interdependence, perhaps as often as security specialists deliberate upon instability in Pakistan and the consequences for global security. In November 2008, the worlds of the two overlapped as gunmen belonging to the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba held hostage Mumbai's (India) local and expatriate population. At the end of the carnage, the lone gunman captured by the Indian security forces confessed in a televised interview:

We were told that our big brother India is so rich and we are dying of poverty and hunger. My father sells dahi wada (dumplings) on a stall in Lahore and we did not even get enough food ...

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