Paasban or “Guardian” is a series featuring a group of close friends at college who begin to worry when one of them drops out to join a religious student group that is ostensibly working for charitable causes. Some in the group however, suspect it may have darker aims.

The comic’s creator, Gauher Aftab, was just 13 when he was brainwashed by a charismatic teacher in his elite school in Lahore to leave his family and fight against infidels in Kashmir. He was lucky that his family’s circumstances changed and he was forced to stay. Others are not. In his blog, ‘How I almost joined a ‘jihad’ training camp‘ he talks about how impressionable young minds are forced to become extremists.

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