By A Hussain
It is not a secret any more than that maddersas(religious seminaries) in Pakistan belonging to Deoband branch of Islam have become nursery of terrorists. From International terrorists such as Mulla Umar till 7/7 attackers of Britain, all were educated in Deoband ideology of terrorism in these maddersas.
After finding out every terrorist in Pakistan has been educated in these maddersas, a sane government would have taken action against such terrorist incubation centers. However, in Pakistan the situation is whole lot different. Not only these maddersas are multiplying like rabbits, these maddersas are being funded and facilitated by government in their budgets.
Since, majority of Pakistanis are non-deobandis and pro-peace, they put their kids into progressive schools teaching science, mathematics, information technology and other modern education courses. These schools unlike maddersas produce tax paying progressive citizens like doctors, engineers, management professionals and IT experts.
So naturally, most of the Pakistanis educate their kids through these schools. But it looks like the government of Pakistan is not liking this scenario and instead of taking actions against maddersas, Government has made it compulsory for all schools to teach Quranic education to all its students along from modern subjects. If this was not enough, government took another unimaginable decision of asking Wafaqul Madaris(Board of Deoband Maddersas) to help these modern schools teach Quran in their course outlines.
This can be a disastrous development for the peace loving people of Pakistan because now all their school going kids will be exposed to same terrorist ideology that is being taught in maddersas. This move will only help pro terrorist forces in the country as they will get access to all school going kids across the country and they will now be able to incubate pro terrorist mindset in these future doctors, engineers, politicians, management professionals and lawyers.
By taking such steps, a nuclear power like Pakistan will only fall deep into the pit of instability and would make terrorist takeover of this country a strong possibility. Having fully functional nuclear arsenal, Navy, Army and Air force, this situation is not only dangerous to the country itself but to entire world. Let’s hope sanity prevails and this action is reversed or the global community rises up to this threat and does something to curb extremism in Pakistan as the country’s government looks complacent.