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Religious Educational Institutions in Pak are getting dangerous day by day.

September 16, 2010

Arms cache seized from Madrassa

By Atif Raza || Daily Times, Pakistan

Thursday, 16 Sep, 2010 | Shawwal 06, 1431

KARACHI: The Anti-Violent Crime Cell (AVCC) and Citizens-Police Liaison Committee (CPLC) recovered heavy weapons including explosive materials from a madrassa (religious seminary) and a house in Liaquatabad while arresting three alleged culprits in joint raids on Wednesday.

At a press conference in the AVCC office, Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Police (Investigation) Iftikhar Hussain Tarar disclosed that CPLC team headed by its chief Ahmed Chinoye and AVCC team headed by SSP Usman Ghani in a joint operation raided a house near Sindhi Hotel and Madrassa-e-Arabia Faizanul Quran in Liaquatabad and recovered a huge quantity of illegal weapons. Three accused were also arrested who were identified as Shafiqullah, son of Shafiullah, and brothers Noman and Faizan, sons of Mohammad Yaseen, the DIG added.

Tarar claimed the police have recovered a light machine gun, a rocket launcher, one 7mm rifle, one submachine gun, a 12-bore repeater, one .44-bore rifle, one 30-bore pistol, a 9mm pistol, 1,000 bullets, 5 boxes of explosive materials, 8 boxes of wires and religious literature. Meanwhile, three motorcycles and a car were also recovered from the possession of the suspects.

The suspects were involved in the kidnapping of Hanif Memon on August 27, who was released on September 1 after a ransom amount of around Rs 750,000 was paid to the kidnappers, the DIG informed.

He said under section 365/A, FIR No 547/2010 was registered at the Aziz Bhatti police station, while during investigation, two hideouts of the alleged kidnappers were located in the Liaqatabad area, adding that the police team raided and arrested the said accused. Two accused identified as Imran Yaseen and Amanullah managed to escape, he added.

Initial interrogation has revealed that the arrested accused were not affiliated with any political or militant groups but the seized arms cache reflected that the accused might be associated with a terrorist group, Tarar remarked.

CPLC Chief Ahmed Chinoye, Special Investigation Unit SSP Raja Umar Khattab, AVCC SSP Usman Ghani and other AVCC and CPLC officials were also present at the press conference.

Source Courtesy : Daily Times (Pak).

Hardliner Islamists Warn Pakistan School Girls not to wear Western Clothes

May 16, 2010

 A student shows the threat letters sent by the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan at Girls High School in Kali Shekhan, Quetta. — Photo by Online

Balochistan schools receive TTP’s threatening letters

Sun, 16 May, 2010 | Jumadi-us-Sani 01, 1431

QUETTA: A number of schools, including at least two girls’ schools, have closed down in Quetta after threatening letters were received by their managements.

Security was also beefed up in parts of the provincial capital and in Mastung.

Some of the letters threatened that if purdah was not observed in schools, then teachers and administrative heads will have to bear the consequences.

Similar letters threatening against wearing ‘western’ clothes were also sent to schools in Mastung.

The letters warned the school managements with the presence of informants among the students and the staffers and threatened severe consequences in case of non-compliance.

The letters, sent by Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan’s Balochistan chapter, created a sense of fear and panic among the students and teachers.  

Courtesy : DawnNews and Agencies.

Tortured Hindu Minorities in Pakistan :: The Cruel Face of Islam.

May 11, 2010
Students recite lines at a Madrassa in Pakistan to learn persecution upon non-muslims. -File Photo.

Hindu Girl Held in Madrassa and Forced to Convert to Islam

By Antony Thomas ||The Chakra News

Islamabad, Pakistan (CHAKRA), Tuesday, May 11th, 2010( This report is published on the basis of news received late) – A Punjabi Hindu girl from Pakistan has been kidnapped and is being held in a madrassa where she is being forced to convert to Islam.  This has been brought to attention by leading Pakistani activist Ansar Burney. 

Burney’s rights organization has learned that 15-year-old, Gajri who is daughter of Meghna Ram was abducted from her home in Katchi Mandi on December 29th 2009 by a nearby Muslim neighbour.  This took place in the Liaquatpur in the Rahim Yar Khan District.

According to Burney, Gajri’s parents later found out that she was being held in a madrassa where she has been forcefully married off to someone in addition to being forced to convert to Islam.

The local administrator of the madrassa is refusing to speak to anyone regarding the abduction and Gajri is not being allowed to leave the madrassa resulting in not being able to speak to her parents or family members.

Burney, a former human rights activist openly condemned the forceful act of conversion in addition to the kidnapping.  He has demanded her immediate release.

“Pakistan is a state party to the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which oblige authorities to protect religious minorities under international law,” he said.

After Gajri disappeared on December 21st from southern Punjab, on December 26th the local police station received a letter from the madrassa administrator stating that Gajri had embraced Islam and had married her neighbour Mohammed Salim.  However, the letter was not enclosed with a marriage certificate.

The police failed to immediately inform Gajri’s parents of the letter they had received even though her parents had attempted to file a report when she first went missing.  The parents were discouraged from filing a report, according to Burney.

After feeling helpless, Gajri’s parent’s went to Ramesh Jay Pal, the vice president of the National Peace Committee For Interfaith Harmony, asking him for his advice on the matter.

With Pal’s help, Gajri’s parents met the priest, Maulana Abdul Hafeez, in charge of Darul-Uloom Madrassa in Khanpur.  He told them that their daughter had embraced Islam and that she was not allowed to meet her parents.

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Courtesy : The Chakra News.

Repercussion in India upon Torture, Torching, Killing, Abduction of Hindu-Sikh Minorities in Pakistan.

March 23, 2010

Hindu-Sikh Minorities in Pakistan: The Vanishing Communities

by: Maloy Krishna Dhar on Saturday, March 20th, 2010

I was inspired to write this essay by a Pakistani journalist friend. Later, during a lecture tour in South East Asian countries, where Indian and Chinese origin minorities are also discriminated I noticed that the minorities are palpably anguished. The latest incidents of organized attacks by Bengali Muslims on hill dwelling Chakma tribals in Khagrachari areas firmed up my decision to chronicle a preliminary account of the conditions of the non-Muslim minorities in Pakistan. I had earlier written a piece on the plight of the Pakistani Christians. I have not touched upon the plight of the Shia and Ahmadiya (non-Muslim) communities in Pakistan, which require international attention. Not a single Indian Muslim religious seminary has so far condemned Pakistan for inhuman treatment of the Shia and Ahmadiya communities.

I am indebted to a member of the Pakistan Human Rights Commission and several young Pakistani writers who have boldly portrayed the pitiable condition of the minorities in Pakistan. Their voices are drowned in wilderness. The normal civil society members are also ashamed of these developments. However, I do not want to name them fearing visitations by the ISI goons.

Jinnah had said in his speech to the new nation created, called Pakistan, on August 17, 1947 to assure that his fiefdom, for which he fought relentlessly and even organized the Great Direct Action Pogrom of Calcutta in August 1946, to assure the national minorities, after 3 millions were killed in communal riots and several million escaped to the safety of Hindustan: “You are free; free to go to your temples, you are free to go to your mosques, or to any other place of worship in the State of Pakistan. You may belong to any religion or caste or creed-that has nothing to do with the business of the State…We are starting with this fundamental principles that we are all citizens and equal citizens of our State.”

People conversant with Jinnah’s rise as a rabid communal Muslim leader (Jaswant Singh’s white washing aside) know that Jinnah Kathiawadi lived by deceit and died in neglect (recall his Quetta visit, breakdown of his car on way to Karachi and apathetic attitude of the people in power). He was not even a practicing Muslim (a Shia), but pleaded fanatic Muslim causes. He never tried to rescue Muslim politics from the clutches of the maulanas. He was the person who boycotted the 1937 interim governments in the Central Legislative Assembly and Congress led provinces. He fabricated or organized the fabrication of charges against Congress’ ruthless suppression of the Muslims. One after another memorandum was submitted to the Governor General; all bundles of lies. The grand finale of Jinnah’s bunches of lies and prevarication included Calcutta pogrom in collaboration with Suhrawardy government, deceitful refusal to sign the Mountbatten Plan for partition, backing out from original agreement that Mountbatten would be the common Governor General for India and Pakistan and finally throwing a grand inaugural lunch on 16th August, a day of Ramadan (later shifted to dinner).

With such track record of prevarication, fabrication and falsehood Jinnah’s 17th August 1947 speech assuring the minority was then and even now treated as crocodile’s tears. If he were a democrat he would have not chosen the machetes to kill. He could not stop killing of the Hindu and other minorities in Pakistan even after he assumed the gaddi of the Governor General in true Hollywood style. Since Jinnah the Hindu minorities have continued to suffer in Pakistan and now they have become an endangered community. Those interested may read Jinnah of Pakistan by Stanley Wolpert and Mountbatten’s Report on the Last Viceroyalty, edited by Lionel Carter.

For which Pakistan Jinnah had struggled? His idea of Pakistan was limited to the vision of Dr. Iqbal-whole of Punjab, Sind, Balochistan, NWFP, FATA areas and Kashmir. He had no plan for Bengal and Assam and other Muslim majority areas in India. Later the Bangistan theory of Chaudhry Rahmat Ali propelled the Pakistan protagonists to amalgamate Bengal and Assam and create the eastern wing of Pakistan.

However, it must be said to the credit of Jinnah that in the absence of Dr. Iqbal and any other Muslim poet he could trust, he had commissioned a Hindu to write the original national anthem of Pakistan. India and Pakistan have another anomalous situation in common. Iqbal, the progenitor of Pakistan, had composed the national song Sare Jahan se Accha—. It is still used as one of the national songs. Jinnah, on the other hand had summoned Jagannath Azad, son of Lahore-based poet Tilok Chand Mahroom, just three days before the creation of Pakistan, to write the country’s first national anthem. It had stirred up a debate in that country. It is claimed that Jinnah sowed the seed of secularism by inviting Jagannath Azad to write the national anthem. However, Pakistan’s first national anthem composed by a Hindu was discarded by Pakistan in 1950. What a great disrespect to the father of the nation! Some leading Pakistani thinkers correctly said that Pakistan exists on the venom of anti-Hindu elixir.

Demographic distribution of Hindus in Pakistan
Demographic distribution of Hindus in Pakistan (source Wikipedia)

At the time of Partition in 1947, the Hindu population of Pakistan was estimated at approximately a quarter of the total population. For example, the population of Karachi, Pakistan in 1947 was 450,000, of which 51% was Hindu, and 42% was Muslim. By 1951, Karachi’s population had increased to 1.137 million because of the influx of 600,000 Muslim refugees from India. In 1951, the Muslim population of Karachi was 96% and the Hindu population was 2%. In 1998, the Hindu population in all of Pakistan was 1.6%, and the most recent census would certainly be expected to demonstrate consistent dwindling demographic trends and further diminution of Hindu population.

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Hindu Children do not get admission into schools.

The migrating Pakistani Hindus in India also face various troubles to get long term visa.

Hindus are converted into Islam by force.

Hindu Girls & Women are abducted, molested & raped.

Hindus and Sikhs are forced to pay Jizya Tax by Talibans.

Hindu Employees are beaten to death in the factory complex.

Provocations against Hindus are inserted in the school text books.

Hindu children are forced to pray Namaz & generally called as ‘Kaffir Kutta’ – Infidel Dogs.

Hindu farmers and labours are forced to do their jobs as bonded labours, with very paltry payment.

80% of lands are snatched from the Kaffir Hindus to fortify total Islamisation of Pakistan.

The about 20% population of Hindus in Pak in 1947 came down to 1.6% in 1991.

Hindus in Pakistan are treated as 3rd Class citizens or not the citizen of Pakistan at all.

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Lesson of intolerance in Pak educational curriculum : How the anti-Indian, inhumane venom are injected in the student minds.

February 22, 2010

Many public-school students in Thoha Bahadur, Pakistan, use old textbooks with xenophobic passages. Scholars blame government underfunding. (Jan. 15, 2010) ||RICK WESTHEAD/TORONTO STAR

Public schools not always tolerant in Pakistan

The Star finds incendiary passages common in outdated textbooks studied by Pakistan’s secular students

By Rick Westhead South Asia Bureau||Sunday 21 Feb 2010

THOHA BAHADUR, PAKISTAN–When towns and villages in a stretch of verdant Punjabi farmland had the chance to have cable TV installed in every home earlier this year, most jumped at the offer.

But elders in this village of 7,000 a few hours south of Islamabad said no. They weren’t interested in watching death and despair play out on 24-hour news channels.

So it’s interesting to hear how students in this village of wheat and rice farmers perceive their country and its neighbours. Most everything they’ve learned comes courtesy of textbooks and teachers.

On a recent afternoon, one of the 250 students who attend one of Thoha Bahadur’s public schools, shared his views about India, Pakistan’s neighbour and archrival.

What’s good about India?

“Its natural minerals,” said 12-year-old Ashir Hussain.

What’s bad? “The way they have stolen Kashmir from us. It’s their wrongdoing that they are there. They are our enemy.”

Asked why he believes this, he cites his teachers and textbooks.

Hussain’s attitude highlights a protracted debate in Pakistan over how religious extremists are made.

While some political leaders here and abroad have ratcheted up warnings about madrassas, charging the religious schools fuel Islamic militancy and stoke hatred for the west, some scholars say the real problem is Pakistan’s underfunded public schools and their often incendiary textbooks.

Consider Hussain’s sixth-grade Punjab provincial textbook called “Social Studies 6.”

In one chapter it explains the forefathers of Hinduism “were fond of gambling, drinking and dancing … the foundation of Hindu set up was based on injustice and cruelty.”

Another textbook used by students throughout Punjab, Pakistan’s most populous state, is called “Social Studies for Class V.” It begins: “Islam gives women a high position of respect whereas Hinduism gives a very low place to women.” The same book outlines the concept of jihad.

Texts for older students offer more of the same.

“Social Studies for Class VIII” describes how during the 19th century, “the Hindu racists were not only against Muslims but also against all other minorities …” The book charges Hindus and Sikhs practised ethnic cleansing during partition in 1947 when India and Pakistan were carved out of British India and became independent states.

While the Pakistani Ministry of Education in 2006 said it would remove some of the incendiary language, several educational experts say that hasn’t happened.

A researcher in Islamabad with the Sustainable Development Policy Institute, Ahmad Salim says he’s been battling the government over textbooks for years.

Sitting on a bright orange couch in his living room in a quiet residential neighbourhood of Pakistan’s capital, Salim said he’s collected evidence that shows public-school texts are littered with anti-India, xenophobic passages that promote contempt for non-Muslims.

“It’s supposed to be that schools are liberal and secular,” he said. “We used to say religion has nothing to do with the state and education.”

But that ideology began to change in 1971, he said, when Pakistan battled an uprising in East Pakistan. Pakistan lost – thanks in part to India’s decision to send in troops – and the territory became independent Bangladesh. From that point on, textbooks began dropping references to non-Muslim historical characters, promoting heroes of Islam and excoriating India.

Nearly 40 years on, the curriculum remains controversial and even as the government promises change, some experts say the pledge rings hollow.

Dr. Haroona Jatoi, a former official with the education ministry who was in charge of Pakistan’s public-school curriculum, said ministry officials aren’t interested in modernizing. “The textbook boards are a group of conservatives,” she said. “They couldn’t care less about gender issues. They want to promote Islam in a rigid way.”

For instance, Jatoi said the textbook board recently told the World Bank and other funding agencies that a section quoting Surah At-Tawba, a section of the Qur’an, had been removed from ninth- and tenth-grade textbooks.

“Fight against those who believe not in Allah nor the last day,” the Qur’an reads. Of Jews and Christians, it adds, “Allah’s curse be on them; how they are deluded away from the truth!”

“They said it was removed, but really it was just moved to Grade 11 and 12 books,” Jatoi said.

Aurangzeb Rehman, the education ministry’s policy and planning advisor, declined to comment while a ministry spokesperson didn’t return repeated calls.

One of the hurdles educators face is simply keeping pace with Pakistan’s surging population.

When the country was carved out of British India in 1947, it had roughly the same population as Iran, said Abid Qayyum Sulehri, an Islamabad economist.

Today, Iran has 66 million citizens to Pakistan’s 171 million. “That’s a huge issue,” Sulehri said. “Iran has a successful family planning program. We don’t.”

More than 20 million students attend public schools in Pakistan, compared with the 1.5 million who go to madrassas. Yet instead of buttressing social programs such as education, Pakistan still pumps roughly one-third of its $29 billion (U.S.) budget into the military.

And as the country’s security situation deteriorates, even more money is being re-allocated to the military, Sulehri said, noting Pakistan now spends less than 2 per cent of its GDP on education.

Textbooks are supposed to be issued by provincial boards each year, but several schools visited by the Star were using undated battered texts full of hand-written notes and torn pages.

In Thoha Bahadur, a teacher said he couldn’t recall the last time textbooks were replaced.

“We have 250 students and we get 50,000 rupees ($621) a year from the government,” he said. “It all goes to maintenance.”

Courtesy : Toronto Star.

Thirty militants killed in South Waziristan street battles

November 4, 2009

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Thirty militants killed in South Waziristan street battles. News suppressed about the casualties of troops and civilians.

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ISLAMABAD: Troops were Wednesday locked in deadly street battles with Taliban fighters, pushing a ground offensive deeper into militant-held territory, the military said.

A senior military official told AFP the army had ‘taken’ the strategic town of Sararogha in the third week of fighting, while 30 insurgents were reported killed in the last 24 hours.

Pakistan has vowed to quash Tehrik-i-Taliban in South Waziristan, part of the border area with Afghanistan that Washington calls the most dangerous place in the world because of the abundance of Al-Qaeda and Taliban fighters.

Sararogha shot to infamy within the tribal belt as the operational centre of former Tehrik-i-Taliban warlord Baitullah Mehsud, who was killed in a US drone attack in August.

The military provides the only regular information coming from the frontlines. None of the details can be verified because communication lines are down and journalists and aid workers barred from the area.

Pakistan launched its fierce air and ground offensive into the northwest region on October 17, with some 30,000 troops backed by fighters jets and helicopter gunships laying siege to Tehrik-i-Taliban bolt-holes.

‘Today, security forces entered into the important stronghold of terrorists, the town of Ladha. Intense fighting is taking place in (the) streets,’ the military said in its daily update.

It said ‘security forces have cleared a major part’ of Sararogha, but a senior official in northwest Pakistan said the town had been captured.

So far, the military has claimed to have killed more than 390 militants since the operation began, with 45 troops losing their lives.

The long-anticipated assault into South Waziristan came after a spring offensive in and around the northwestern Swat valley, which the government declared a success in July. However, sporadic outbreaks of violence continue.

Militants kill two women teachers in Bajaur: officials

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KHAR: Two women school teachers were killed Wednesday when armed militants ambushed their car in Pakistan’s troubled tribal region bordering Afghanistan, local officials said.

The women were travelling from the school they taught at in Khar — the main town in the northwestern tribal district of Bajaur — when insurgents bearing automatic weapons sprayed the vehicle with bullets.

‘Two women teachers were killed and two men were injured in the firing by militants,’ administration official Adalat Khan told AFP. Tribal police confirmed the incident.

Insurgents who oppose the education of girls have bombed and destroyed hundreds of northwestern schools in recent years.

Militants have recently stepped up activity in Bajaur, one of Pakistan’s seven semi-autonomous tribal districts straddling the Afghan border, which are considered a stronghold of Taliban and Al-Qaida-linked extremists.

Officials warned that the Taliban and their allies were increasing attacks in areas such as Bajaur to divert attention away from South Waziristan, the Taliban bastion where the military is conducting a major ground offensive.

A similar military assault in Bajaur starting in August 2008 ended in February with the army claiming success. But militant violence continues to rock the area.

Hundreds of extremists are believed to have fled into Pakistan’s semi-autonomous tribal areas to carve out safe havens after the ouster of Afghanistan’s hardline Taliban regime in a US-led invasion in 2001.— AFP

Courtsey : Dawn News, AFP, AP.

Suicide blasts at Islamabad’s Islamic university kill fifteen. Educational Origin of Dreadful Islam attacked by its by-product Islamic Terrorism.

October 20, 2009

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Twin blasts in Islamabad university; 7 killed, 40 hurt

ISLAMABAD: A double suicide bombing at Islamabad’s International Islamic University on Tuesday killed up to seven people, including the two bombers, an administration official said.islamicuniblast_AFP608

‘Seven people, including two suicide bombers are dead, and 29 injured in the two attacks. Among the dead is one female,’ a senior administration official, Rana Akbar Hayat told AFP at the scene of the attack.

Police investigators confirmed that both were suicide attacks.

Read more here…

Speaking at the capital’s main hospital, Interior Minister Rehman Malik said there were six dead — two suicide bombers, two men and two women.

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The university is located in Islamabad’s sector H-11.

Eyewitnesses told DawnNews that there were between three to four thousand students present at the time of the blasts and that one bomb exploded inside a classroom.

The blasts occurred within a span of one minute at two campuses of the university.

Earlier in the day two bombs were defused at a girls’ school in Peshawar.

Read more here…….

 

16 killed in blast in Pak madrassa used as bomb-making factory

July 13, 2009

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Agencies Tags : Pak bomb blast, madrassa, Punjab province Posted: Monday , Jul 13, 2009 at 1623 hrs Islamabad: www.indianexpress.com

At least 16 people, including several children, were killed and 120 others injured on Monday when a powerful explosion in Mian Channu near Multan flattened a madrassa, which was being used to make bombs, officials said.

The blast, which occurred shortly before 10 am local time in the village near Mian Channu in southern Punjab, was caused by explosives stored in the home of madrassa teacher Riaz Ali, local residents said.

 Ali was a member of a banned religious group, officials said.

 Police and rescue service officials told reporters that 16 people, including several children, were killed in the blast, which also destroyed dozens of houses.

 Muhammad Yousuf Soomra, health officer of Khanewal district, said the toll could rise as more bodies were feared to be buried under the rubble of collapsed homes.

It was not immediately known what triggered the blast. Rescue workers found parts of shells and bombs, grenades, rockets and suicide jackets in the rubble of the madrassa.

Officials said the seminary was being used to make bombs.

Doctors in local hospitals said 120 injured people had been brought for treatment. Over 40 of them were admitted to hospitals while many were allowed to go home after being given first aid. An emergency was declared in all hospitals near Mian Channu.

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‘Jehadi’ material, including cassettes with militant propaganda and pamphlets of the Harkat-ul-Jehad al-Islami terrorist group, were also found in the debris of Ali’s house, Geo News channel reported.

 The blast created a crater 40 feet wide and eight feet deep. The explosion flattened about 25 structures, including a rural health centre and the madrassa, a police official said.

Rescue efforts were hampered by large crowds that gathered at the site of the blast. The lack of earth moving equipment also affected efforts by rescue workers to sift through the rubble.

 Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani condemned the blast and ordered authorities to launch an immediate inquiry into the incident so that the culprits could be brought to justice.

 

Suicide bomber kills anti-Taliban cleric Allama Naeemi

June 15, 2009

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Security officials and rescuers gather at the Jamia Naeemia madrassa, an Islamic seminary and mosque, after a suicide bomb attack in Lahore. — AFP

At least three other people are killed in the attack at a seminary in Lahore.
By Alex Rodriguez, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
4:56 AM PDT, June 12, 2009
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — A prominent Pakistani Muslim cleric who had been publicly condemning the Taliban and its reliance on suicide bomb attacks was killed Friday by a suicide bomber who detonated explosives inside the cleric’s office at a seminary in Lahore. At least three other people were killed in the attack.

Sarfaraz Naeemi, a national figure in Pakistani society and a renowned religious scholar, had spoken openly of his support for the ongoing military offensive to root out Taliban militants from the Swat Valley and surrounding regions. His death sparked immediate protests on the streets of Lahore by followers expressing rage against the Taliban and angered at the lack of security given by police to Naeemi and his seminary.

The bombing in Lahore was one of two devastating attacks in Pakistan today, as a wave of retaliatory strikes continued to hit the country in the wake of the government’s bid to crush the Taliban movement. In the city of Nowshera, 60 miles from Islamabad, a suicide bomber drove a truck filled with explosives into a mosque at an ordnance depot, killing at least six people and wounding at least 90.

Experts have said the Taliban’s strategy is to cause enough mayhem throughout the country to erode public support for the six-week long offensive. The military has methodically cleared the Taliban out of most of the Swat Valley and nearby regions like Buner and Lower Dir, and has begun to direct its forces toward pockets of militants in the Bannu region just outside the lawless tribal areas of Waziristan, where pockets of Taliban and Al Qaeda militants have entrenched themselves.

But as the Pakistani government has made substantial gains against Taliban fighters, it has struggled to cope with the outbreak of suicide revenge attacks that now are happening almost daily.

Mufti Sarfraz Naeemi’s profile
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By the Correspondent of The International News Pk, LAHORE.………………………………………....

DR Sarfraz Hussain Naeemi was born in 1948 in Lahore. He was the third child and second son among four sons and six daughters of Mufti Mohammad Hussain Naeemi, the founder of Jamia Naeemia Lahore.

His ancestors migrated to Pakistan from Muradabad (UP) in India. Dr Naeemi learnt Holy Quran by heart (HIfz) before completing his schooling and later passed Dars-e-Nizami and did M.A. (Islamiat). He went on to pass LLB and Ph.D. (Islamic Studies) from Punjab University. He also passed an Arabic teaching course from Al-Azhar University, Cairo. He was awarded a gold medal for his Arabic degree by Punjab University.

Well versed in Urdu, Arabic and Persian languages, he had been writing columns in newspapers on religious issues and remained editor of Monthly Arafat, Lahore.

He was a soft spoken and humble man who was loved equally by friends and foes, especially by a large number of his students. He had a dynamic personality leading a number of organizations and platforms like Tahaffuz Namoos-e-Rislat Mahaz (TNRM), a group of over 20 Sunni parties working for the cause of Shariah enforcement, Ittehad Tanzimat Madaris Deeniya (ITMD), an association of seminaries boards affiliated with different schools of thought, Naeemian Association. He was secretary of Tanzimul Madaris Pakistan, the seminary board governing all seminaries affiliated with Barelvi School of thought, just  opposite to Deobandees.  He remained member of Council of Islamic Ideology, Ittehad Bainul Muslimeen Committee Punjab, Muttahida Ulema Board and others.

He was known for a bold stance on global Muslim issues like victimization and suppression of Muslim movements and invasions on Muslim countries. He raised voice against Gen Musharraf’s decision to provide logistic support to US-led coalition in the war on terror for which he was first removed from his job as Khateeb in Auqaf Department and then arrested briefly. He was again arrested for protesting against the blasphemous caricatures by European press and served few months in prison.

Dr Sarfraz Neemi assumed the position of principal of Jamia Naeemia in 1998 after the death of his father Mufti Mohammad Hussain Naeemi. He has been survived by four daughters and one son, Raghib Hussain Naeemi, who will succeed him as principal of Jamia Naeemia. His funeral will be held on Saturday (today) at Nasir Bagh at 5 pm. He will be buried beside his father’s shrine inside Jamia Naeemia.

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A little finger pointed at a Pak Terrorist

June 11, 2009

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SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT|| www.telegraphindia.com

Mumbai, June 10: A 10-year-old girl permanently disabled by the bullets of Mohammed Ajmal Kasab today went up to the witness box and identified the Pakistani as the man who went on a killing spree at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus on 26/11.

Reprimanded repeatedly for grinning during court proceedings, Kasab looked subdued for the first time. He avoided any eye contact with the child on crutches — who told the court she wouldn’t lie after taking oath in God’s name — and her father, among the first witnesses to narrate what happened at the terminus, where the four-day terror attack began.

Kasab and his partner Ismail Khan, gunned down later that night, are accused of slaughtering at least 72 people, 58 of them at CST alone.

Devika Rotawan, daughter of small-time dry-fruit seller Natwarlal Rotawan, walked into the heavily fortified special court at Arthur Jail on crutches helped by her father and elder brother Jayesh, 12.

Dressed in a red-and-orange frock, Devika, whose right leg is part amputated due to the bullet injury, remained composed and confidently began narrating the sequence of events as she sat in the witness box.

On 26/11, the girl had accompanied her father and Jayesh to the station to catch a train to Pune, where her eldest brother Bharat lives.

Kasab’s lawyer Abbas Kazmi objected to the testimony of the girl, who was not listed as a witness earlier, saying it was an attempt by the prosecution to emotionally charge court proceedings.

Judge M.L. Tahaliyani overruled the objection, saying: “Devika is a natural witness and her account would be a true deposition of her experience.”

Before recording her testimony, Devika took the mandatory oath with Tahaliyani asking her if she understood what that meant. “What happens if you take an oath and lie?” the judge asked in Hindi. She replied, in Hindi, that it is sinful to take God’s oath and lie.

The young girl, who lives in a Bandra slum, narrated how they heard a loud explosion when they were in the main waiting hall and saw two gunmen fire indiscriminately.

“We were at VT (the old name of CST) station as we were going to meet Bharatbhai when we heard the noise. My father said we should leave and began running. My brother (Jayesh) ran in another direction. One of the bullets hit my right leg, and I do not remember what happened after that,” Devika said in Hindi.

Prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam then asked her if she could identify the gunman among the three accused: Kasab sat in a corner of the dock along with Fahim Ansari and Sabahuddin, accused of facilitating the attacks.

Yeh is side mein baitha hai woh (He is sitting on this side),” a confident Devika said, pointing a finger at Kasab.

Kazmi objected to her testimony and accused her of deposing falsely.

Pat came Devika’s reply: “Bhagwan ki kasam kha kar main jhoot nahin bolti(I don’t lie after taking God’s oath).” Kazmi didn’t question her further.

Throughout Devika’s deposition, Kasab, wearing a grey T-shirt and blue track pants, remained seated with his head down. He did not look at either Devika or Natwarlal, whose testimony earlier brought out the pain of a helpless father.

The 45-year-old man narrated how he ran to safety clutching Devika, and later rushed her to adjacent St George’s and JJ hospitals.

With tears welling up, Natwarlal asked for Kasab to be hanged. “This scoundrel has shot my daughter, spoilt her life and killed so many others. Don’t keep him here. Hang him to death,” he screamed.

Judge Tahaliyani tried to calm Natwarlal, who, however, couldn’t control himself. “The bullet injury has broken my daughter’s leg. She can’t walk without crutches. Doesn’t Kasab have parents?” he asked, glaring and pointing at the gunman.

The prosecution also examined Farooqi Khaliluddin, who was injured in a grenade explosion at CST. “This tiny man was in a jovial mood while he fired,” said Khaliluddin, who, along with his son Razak, a medicine student in Moscow, received shrapnel injuries. Assistant police inspector Bharat Bhosale, who injured his hand during the CST firing, also deposed.

alertpak says :~ The Diseases of Terrorism has infected the Islamic Mind grossly, where the situation in Pakistan is so serious. Devika’s little finger is hinting about that. For the glorification of an absurd Pan Islam or the futile supremacy of Pakistan upon India, terrorists like Kasva unhisitatingly point their guns and grenades at thousands of Devikas like flowers full of joy.A turmoiled Pakistan tormented between Taliban -Jehadi Fundamental groups and International Pressure Group like USA & UK even allow to escape Hafiz Sayeed, the master mind of  26/11 Mumbai Mayhem. Not the State of Pakistan has the courage to stop any fundamental or terroist activities sponsored by LeT or JuD.

The seed of terrorism is lying in the very curriculum of Pakistani General Education, specially in Pak Madrasha and  Talban or Deoband Institutions. The misinterpreted or the over interpreted Quranic Dictum and its imposition are also equally detrimental for a terror free civil society in Pakistan. But the Super Authority of Pakistan , the Pak and Taliban nexus behind and the general people psyche still reluctant to throw out these barbaric Jehadi militants. The Brass Tacks and others in Pak Authority find an scope of carnage by Kasav or Hafiz Sayeed.

Awaiting changes to a syllabus of hate in Pakistan

Awaiting Changes to a syllabus of hate in Pakistan

The Hindu, Jun 09, 2009 || for original click below http://www.hindu.com/2009/06/09/stories/2009060955850800.htm

Nirupama Subramanian

All the focus is on madrasa reforms but Pakistan’s schools are also seen as encouraging extremism, while the government has shown little urgency about implementing a revised curriculum.

On a recent weekday afternoon, a small group of youngsters gathered at a meeting hall in Islamabad to discuss how to combat extremism, militancy and terrorism in Pakistan. Listed were top-notch speakers, including two members of Parliament and the well-known physicist, Pervez Hoodbhoy.

Dr. Hoodbhoy, who teaches at the Quaid-e-Azam University in the Pakistan capital, spoke passionately and at length, on a theme that he has worked to highlight for years: the education imparted to Pakistani children is flawed and encourages extremism, intolerance and ignorance. He showed the group, mostly undergraduate students, slides from an illustrated primer for the Urdu alphabet he picked from a shop in Rawalpindi: alif for Allah; bay for bandook (gun); tay for takrao (collision, shown by a plane crashing into the Twin Towers); jeem for jihad; kay for khanjar (dagger); and hay for hijab.

This was not a prescribed textbook, but another set of slides he showed had excerpts from a 1995 government-approved curriculum for Social Studies, which stated that at the end of Class V, the child should be able to acknowledge and identify forces that may be working against Pakistan; demonstrate by actions a belief in the fear of Allah; make speeches on jehad and shahadat (martyrdom); understand Hindu-Muslim differences and the resultant need for Pakistan; India’s evil designs against Pakistan; be safe from rumour-mongers who spread false news; visit police stations; collect pictures of policemen, soldiers, and National Guards; and demonstrate respect for the leaders of Pakistan.

“Instead of teaching our children about the nice things in this world like the colours of flowers, about the wonders of the universe, we are teaching them to hate,” he said. The school curriculum was one reason, he said, why Pakistanis were in denial that the militants and extremists now terrorising the entire country were home-grown products, and why many tended to externalise the problem with conspiracy theories about an “external” hand.

At the end of the discussion, which included a question-and-answer session, the group was asked how many thought Pakistan’s present problems were the consequence of an “Indian hand.” A quarter of the group put up its hands. Next, the students were asked how many thought the problems were the result of an American conspiracy to destabilise Pakistan and deprive it of its nuclear weapons: more than three-fourths of the group sent their hands up without a moment’s hesitation.

The irony was that this was the “youth group” of a non-governmental organisation, the Liberal Forum of Pakistan. The students had reserved their maximum applause for a speaker who projected the widespread line that Pakistan’s problems began only after 2001, and are the fallout of the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan.

“Was there a single incident of terrorism before that? A single suicide bombing? No.” he said. The speaker was an official of the Ministry of Youth Affairs.

In the search for solutions to the crisis sweeping Pakistan and threatening to tear it apart, the international community has tended to focus on madrasas as “terrorist factories.” But for Dr. Hoodbhoy and others who have been fighting a long battle for urgent changes in Pakistan’s national school curriculum and the prescribed school textbooks, children getting a government-approved education in the public school system are at equal risk.

“Madrasas are not the only institutions breeding hate, intolerance, a distorted world view. The educational material in government-run schools do much more than madrasas. The textbooks tell lies, create hatred, inculcate militancy…” This was the damning conclusion of a landmark research project by the Islamabad-based Sustainable Development Policy Institute.

For three years, 30 scholars commissioned by SDPI pored over textbooks in four subjects taught for Classes 1 to 12: Social Studies/Pakistan Studies, Urdu, English and Civics. The startling findings of their labour came out in a 2004 publication, “The Subtle Subversion: The State of Curricula and Textbooks in Pakistan.”

The much-written about research unleashed a huge debate on what was being taught in Pakistan’s schools, and became the basis for a major revision of the national curriculum undertaken by the Musharraf regime in 2006. The new curriculum has made several big changes. There is a conscious move to teach tolerance and respect for diversity, and the open vilification of India is absent. It also does not insist on imposing Islamic religious teaching on non-Muslim students. Religion is to be taught in focussed courses, rather than being infused in Social Studies, Civics, Urdu and English.

Unfortunately, so far, no move has been made to introduce new textbooks that reflect the changes.

“The revised curriculum is a huge departure from the earlier one. But whether the changes it prescribes will be implemented at all is not clear to us. The more it is delayed, the less and less we are sure it is going to come,” said A.H. Nayyar, research fellow at SDPI and one of the initiators of the project.

The changes in the curriculum are up on the Internet site of the Ministry of Education. For Grades 4 and 5 Social Studies, the curriculum has dropped the learning outcomes prescribed by the 1995 and 2002 curricula, focussing instead on providing an “unbiased” education that aims to build informed citizens equipped with analytical skills and “values such as equality, social justice, fairness, diversity, and respect for self and diverse opinions of others.”

The SDPI recommendation that history be taught as a separate subject instead of being lumped into Pakistan Studies was accepted by the framers of the revised curriculum. So, for the first time, a curriculum has been framed for history as a separate subject from Grades 6 to 8.

In contrast to the earlier approach in the Pakistan Studies curriculum, in which the history of Pakistan begins with the day the first Muslim set foot in India, the revised curriculum includes a study of the Indus valley civilisation, of Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism, and of the ancient Maurya and Gupta dynasties.

The curriculum appears keen to emphasise a composite South Asian history from which Pakistan took birth including the “joint Hindu-Muslim” efforts in the struggle for independence. The Pakistan Studies curriculum for Grades 9 and 10 wants children to learn about the multicultural heritage of Pakistan and “get used to the idea of unity in diversity,” a big no-no earlier.

The revised curriculum also has a component on “peace studies” and conflict resolution.

One reason new textbooks based on the revised curriculum have not come out yet, Dr. Nayyar speculated, may be that the 1998 national educational policy introduced by the shortlived Nawaz Sharif government, remains in force till 2010. The Pakistan People’s Party-led government could be waiting to introduce its own education policy, and usher in the changes to the curriculum and the textbooks along with this, he said.

Even the draft new education policy is ready, based on a two-year-old White Paper. It too reflects a major shift from the 1998 policy, which laid down that education should enable the citizens to lead their lives as true practising Muslims according to the teachings of Islam as prescribed in the Quran and Sunnah. It also made the teaching of Nazra Quran a compulsory subject from Grades 1 to 8, and the learning of selected verses from the Quran thereafter, in clear violation of the Constitution that Islam will not be imposed on non-Muslims.

By contrast, the draft new policy makes it clear that only Muslim children will be provided instruction in Islamiyat, while minorities will be provided an education in their own religion. The new policy will provide the framework for the implementing the new curriculum and introducing new textbooks.

The bad news is that in April, the federal Cabinet put off approving the draft indefinitely. Only after the Cabinet approves the policy can it be placed before Parliament. A report in Dawn newspaper said the Cabinet wanted the Education Ministry to make the policy “more comprehensive, covering every aspect of education sector which needs improvement along with an implementable work plan.” But no urgency is visible in the Ministry to get cracking on this task. Another concern is that the Education Minister is not known for his progressive views, especially on gender issues.

“My fear,” said Dr. Nayyar, a soft-spoken physicist who retired from teaching at the Quaid-e-Azam University some years ago, “is that the government may not have the political strength to bring in a progressive education policy. They may succumb to pressures of various kinds and end up bringing in a hopelessly muddled policy.”

Yet the need for reforms in education has never been as urgent and necessary as now. As Dr. Hoodbhoy has pointed out in several recent articles, while a physical takeover of Pakistan by the Taliban may be a far cry, extremist ideology has taken root in young minds across the country, thanks to a flawed education system.

Compared to the 1.5 million who study in madrasas, an estimated 20 million children are enrolled in government schools. Dr. Nayyar laments that in the five years since the publication of the SDPI report, children who were 11 years old at the time have completed their matriculation. They read the old textbooks, and learnt a way of thinking about themselves and the world that will prove hard to change.

“Another generation has been lost because the process has taken too long,” he said. And until the new textbooks are introduced, millions of children will continue to learn in their Urdu lessons in schools about the differences between Hindus and Muslims in a hatred-generating way, about “India’s evil designs against Pakistan” in their Social Studies, and that Bangladesh was a result of a conspiracy by India with assistance from “Hindus living in East Pakistan.”