Memon rules out madrassas hand in terrorism
NOWSHERA: Information Minister Nisar Memon has said that those who have levelled allegations against the madrassas about their involvement in promoting religious extremism and terrorism are absolutely wrong.
Talking to a US TV team here on Sunday, he said that these elements should visit these religious seminaries and they would find that these madrassas were imparting education only while on the other side India and Israel were conniving each other to conceal the brutalities they were perpetrating on Muslims.
Giving details about the functioning of madrassas, he said that these were running on the donations of the Muslims and were rendering services for the betterment of humanity. Islam is a religion of peace and love and these madrassas are engaged in preaching this message of Islam, he asserted.
Extending invitation to world media to visit these madrassas, he said they would see that only education was being imparted and would find no sign of preaching of extremism or terrorism, he added. He observed that Pakistan was a peace-loving nation and it was the reason that “we participated in Almaty Conference in pursuit of peace. Solution to the problems lies in dialogue rather than war, he stressed.
Pointing to the genocide of Muslims in India, he said that India claims to be a secular state but the massacre of Muslim was going on unabated. “ This is terrorism”, he remarked. India is blaming religious seminaries in Pakistan for promoting extremism in order to cover up the massive killing of Muslims therein, he said
He announced in categorical terms that the madrassas were cradles of peace adding that Pakistan was opposed to terrorism in all forms and manifestations.
Visits Darul Uloom Haqqania: During his visit to the Darul Uloom Haqqania on Sunday afternoon, the minister said that Ulema and religious scholars have a great responsibility on their shoulders to promote sectarian harmony and religious tolerance in the society. He also urged the Ulema and Mushaikh belonging to different schools of thought to come forward and support the government’s efforts in this regard. He recalled various measures undertaken by the government to bring the students of madrassas into mainstream.
Later, the minister went round the various sections of the Darul Uloom and visited its computer section and library. The administrator of the Darul Uloom, Maulana Sami-ul-Haq informed that 2,500 students were studying in various disciplines.
The minister was happy to note that equal emphasis was being given on religious as well as disciplines like economics, law, taxation and other sciences in the institute.
The newly promulgated Madrassah Registration Ordinance 2002 also came under discussion during the visit. The minister assured Maulana Sami-ul-Haq that the government would keep the process of registration simple and easy to avoid any difficulties in conforming to the requirements of registration.
The minister also offered fateha at the grave of Maulana Abdul Haq, the founder of Darul Uloom Haqqania, and recalled his contribution to the cause of humanity and Islam. —Online/APP