Despite various claims made by Pakistan, the schools in Pakistan are acting as ‘incubators for violent extremism’ claims a report.
The Daily Times quoted a report in the Chicago Tribune as saying that notwithstanding claims to the contrary, Pakistan government has done very little to reform either the madarsahs or the “failed public schools” in the country.
“Terrorists can be defeated in Iraq and Afghanistan, but if nothing is done to end the intolerance and the teaching of hard- line Islam in classrooms, militants will have a never-ending supply of new recruits. Nowhere is this more evident than in Pakistan, whose schools were described as ‘incubators for violent extremism’ by the Sept. 11 commission,” the report was quoted as saying.
The report further cites the example of one of the religious schools Darul Uloom Haqqania or the “University of Jihad”, where the Maulana not only glorified jihad and terror mastermind Osama bin Laden but also refuted all suggestions of government reforming the system of education being imparted at such schools.
“Maulana Samiul Haq still preaches the same anti-American rhetoric and praises al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden and Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar. The Maulana, who never fails to deliver what he believes he is expected to say, said Osama is a brave and courageous man. The Taliban restored law and order, respected human rights, respected women’s rights and completely eliminated heroin and drug use. As for government reform of the madrassa, We will remain here no matter what,” the report added.
The report further states that Darul Uloom Haqqania was not an isolated instance. Even public schools in Karachi are glorifying jihad, and students are even thinking of taking up jihad as a professional career.
“Children as young as 5th graders still learn about the glories of jihad and martyrdom in textbooks the government approves. One 9th-grade student told them that he dreamed of going to fight in a jihad when he grows up, if he could get his mother’s blessing,” the report stated.