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9/11, 20 Years On: No Country in the World Changed More Than Pakistan

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Around 7 P.M., a little after sunset, I returned home from my daily basketball practice, still dribbling the ball I had received as a gift on my 13th birthday five days earlier. The TV in the living room was showing the World Trade Center collapsing, on repeat. At summer camp over the next month alongside players from American basketball franchises, I was taught exaltations for jihad against America.

Even in the small town of Sargodha, Pakistan, 9/11 polarized our high school discussions. There was still the discursive space, then, to express dissenting, even sacrilegious views.

That was in stark contrast to the university I........

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