Incitement of Muslim sentiments can be exploited even by wheelchair-bound extremists for their own destructive purposes – but it is Muslims themselves who must battle against extremist tendencies: with reason and rejuvenation through a return to the truest essence of the Islamic faith. Samuel Paty’s heinous murder by an enraged Muslim – ignorantly seeking to restore the Holy Prophet Muhammad’s (PBUH) honour by ending the life of a teacher in the most horrific and terroristic fashion imaginable – has sparked a renewed phase of the so-called “clash of civilizations” that originally erupted when Al Qaeda attacked the American heartland and symbols of its global power in 2001.
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Shemrez is an alumnus of the prestigious Aitchison College Lahore, and graduate of Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) and University of Science and Technology Beijing (USTB). As an experienced economic researcher and specialist on political economy and institutional economics, he has successfully completed a number of field-based projects and third-party reviews for IFIs and INGOs. He served as Assistant Director at the National Counter Terrorism Authority (NACTA), Government of Pakistan, from November 2017 to January 2020, where he helped established the Joint Intelligence Directorate (JID, now Intelligence Wing) and headed the section tasked with monitoring External Terrorist Organizations (ETOs) such as ISIS and Al Qaeda.