Islamabad: Professor Ahsan Iqbal, Minister for Interior said funds have been released for initiating reforms in education, improving curriculum on modern lines and bringing madaris in mainstream education system. He expressed these views while addressing a seminar on “Role of Madaris in Pakistan and Afghanistan” here at local hotel in Islamabad on Tuesday. The seminar was jointly organized by Center for Conflict and Peace Studies(SAPS) in collaboration with Pakistan Institute for Conflict and Security Studies(PICSS), Center for Research and Security Studies(CRSS) and Royal Danish Defence College.
Ahsan Iqbal said majority of madaris have been brought into mainstream while the remaining madaris are also pursuing the same line to be part of it. He said the government was adopting all measures for noble cause of mainstreaming of Madaris and help their students to become an effective citizens of the country with an opportunity to join any profession of their choice like everyone-else. The Minister recalled that role of madaris was changed after 1979 and after Afghan war, madaris were shown course of jihad.Emphasizing joint efforts and cooperation, Ahsan Iqbal said West has responsibility to clear the mess and ensure justice. “West needs to know the actual causes of terrorism,” he added.
Minister for Interior said voice of Kashmiris was not being heard and added issue of Kashmir should also be given the same importance as was accorded to East Taimoor. “Kashmiri youth are frustrated, they have no option except to take arms,” he said. “We need to work together to save the world from terrorism,” he added.
National Security Adviser, Lt General (Retd) Nasser Khan Janjua said a lot of work has been done in connection with madrissa reforms. There exists 38,000 madaris in Pakistan where 3.5 million students are getting education. He said as per new reforms, the students of madaris would read the same curriculum that are taught in mainstream schools and colleges. The NSA said Pakistan continues its efforts for peace in the region. The seminar was also addressed by Ambassador of Denmark to Pakistan, Pereira Holmboe and Dean, Royal Danish Defence College, Mr. Ole Kverno.