Glorification: Pakistan’s largest university holds literary contest praising bin Laden 

WHAT: At Pakistan’s prestigious 30,000-student Punjab University, posters of the burning World Trade Center towers advertise a contest for essays and poems glorifying U.S.-slain al-Qaida terrorist chief Osama bin Laden.

WHO: Contest organizers are keeping their identities hidden. But many suspect the sponsor is Islami Jamiat Talaba, a powerful Islamist student group that increasingly enforces its conservative views on the rest of the campus.

WHY IT’S OUTRAGEOUS: The contest has intensified fears about forced radicalization of Pakistan’s educated middle classes, which are seen as a vital bulwark against militant Jihadist groups in this nuclear-armed country.

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