Lal Masjid in Pakistan (Twitter)
There are many illegal ‘madrasas’ or religious schools in Pakistan and Afghanistan, which force the youth to do ‘jihad’ or holy war.
A research analyst at the European Foundation for South Asian Studies (EFSAS) has expressed concern over religious schools in Pakistan and Afghanistan becoming breeding grounds for terrorists. In her virtual speech at the 48th session of the United Nations Human Rights Session, Anne Heckendorff said, ‘It is known to all that the threat of terrorism in South Asia is largely increased by religious schools or say so-called madrasas. A distorted and ultra-Orthodox interpretation of Islam in these schools is still flourishing non-stop in Pakistan and Afghanistan.’
Anne Heckendorff said, ‘The Taliban and the dreaded Haqqani network arose out of such madrassas in Pakistan. Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) and other terrorist organizations continue to operate such terror factories in Pakistan under the protection of the country’s powerful intelligence agency. In fact, there are many illegal ‘madrasas’ or religious schools in Pakistan and Afghanistan, which force the youth to do ‘jihad’ or holy war. This encourages them to hate other religions and promote gun culture.
Taliban can raise an army of foot soldiers
Heckendorf told the UNHRC, ‘The international community should not be happy with the Taliban’s false promises of education. If instead of increasing the workforce capable of taking our country on the path of peace and development, through school education, an army of foot soldiers is created, which is the hater of the world. “It is a good thing that the economic independence of the Taliban and its allies is reduced, which gives an advantage to the international fraternity,” he said. This is a benefit that can be used to protect an entire generation of young Afghans from the madrassa-based radical ideology.
Taliban returned to power with the help of Pakistan
The research analyst concluded by saying, “By placing conditions on diplomatic and economic engagement to ensure human rights-compliant education, we can make meaningful investments in Afghanistan’s future.” Without this the right to development can hardly be realized. The Taliban captured Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, on 15 August. After this the question arose about the future of the country. At the same time, it was also revealed that Pakistan has played a big role in the return of the Taliban to power again.
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