75 foreigners in Lahore seminaries
By Amir Rana
LAHORE: As many as 235 foreign students left madrassas in the provincial capital over the last five months and now only 75 foreign students remain in the city’s madrassas, an official report said here on Wednesday.
According to data compiled by law enforcement agencies and sent to the federal interior ministry, the number of foreign students in the Lahore’s madrassas is falling rapidly, with 71 percent students leaving madrassas in the last five months.
There were 310 foreign students Lahore’s madrassas till July this year, but most of them returned to their native countries, some leaving their studies unfinished, the report said.
“Now there are 67 foreign students in the Maudoodi Institute, Mansoora, a Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) education institute, one Nepalese student in the Jamia Naeemia, Garhi Shahu, and seven foreign students in the Jamia Ashrafia, Ferozepur Road,” the report added.
It said there were more than 1,000 foreign students in Lahore seminaries before March 2002 but when data was compiled in March 2003 there were 310.
The report said 100 of foreigners were studying in the Jamia Ashrafia, 100 in Jamia Rehmania, 90 in Jamia Muntazir and 20 in Jamia Naeemia.
The report said the foreign students studying in the Maudoodi Institute were not included in previous lists because the institute was not considered a madrassa.
“The Maudoodi Institute students fell in the ordinary college list because the institution’s syllabus was different from madrassas,” a law enforcement official told Daily Times while requesting anonymity.
Most foreigners in Lahore’s madrassas are Burmese, Afghan, Iranian and Arab nationals, the report added. It said the foreign students had all the relevant documents, and their stay in Pakistan was legal.
The report said there were 14,469 students in 266 madrassas in Lahore. Of these only 2,000 reside in Lahore and are day-scholars. The report said that majority of the outstation students was Pashtun and many of them were Afghan nationals who had acquired domicile in the NWFP.