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Posted on Mon 9 May 2011

The Times (£): How to cure Pakistan of its Islamist cancer

As children in Pakistan in the 1960s we were brought up with many Muslim friends, neighbours and relatives. At my Christian school, 90 per cent of the pupils were Muslim but there were also Hindus, Parsis and even Pakistani Jews. From time to time, there were communal and religious tensions but these were usually resolved. Guns were hardly ever seen, except, perhaps, with security guards at banks. Such a society broadly reflected the view of its founder, Muhammad Ali Jinnah, that religion had little to do with the business of the State.

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