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Pakistan University Assault: A Warning for Turkey as Islamists Turn on Their Old Allies


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Pakistan University Assault: A Warning for Turkey as Islamists Turn on Their Old Allies

Robert Fisk

Like Pakistan, like Turkey. If the university massacre outside the old North West Frontier city of Peshawar was a further sign that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is still far from “conquering terrorism”, it is a portent of things to come for Turkey’s far more arrogant President, Recep Tayip Erdogan. For after allowing its borders to be used as a conduit for foreign fighters and smugglers into Syria – just as Pakistan did into Afghanistan after the Soviet invasion of 1979 – Turkey is now experiencing almost as many violent attacks on its people as Pakistan.


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Can you use the word "Islamist" ?


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History has demonstrated more than once that religious zealots follow their own agenda; and woe betide the autocrat that thinks they can 'use them' for their purposes, much less 'control' them.