Nobody fooled by stout denial

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Last updated on August 9th, 2017 at 10:39 am

Pakistan’s Irfan Husain backs profiling:

A growing chorus of voices is now suggesting ‘passenger profiling’ of intending travellers: obviously harmless people would be fast-tracked into the departure lounge, while those matching a certain profile would be subjected to close scrutiny. While this would no doubt lead to charges of racial profiling, how else are law-abiding citizens supposed to get on with their lives?

Husain is talking about the UK there, but in his conclusion (and throughout much of his column) he addresses matters in Pakistan:

It is clear that our current policy of stout denial fools nobody. Anybody visiting Pakistan now sees a country in the grip of growing religious fervour. We have unwittingly created an environment where extremism and terrorism breed and multiply. Unless we pull out our heads from the sand, we will not see the extent of the problem. And if we cannot see the problem, we cannot even begin to solve it.

Posted by Tim B. on 08/23/2006 at 11:24 AM
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