Monday, July 14, 2014

In the name of Madrassas!


Pakistan has been facing the problem of extremism; the essence of religion is added in Politics since ages. Especially, dictators and unpopular politicians have cashed the coin of religion to gain support of common citizens.

It is very interesting, if you use the name of religion then none can oppose, all actions become sacred even you are unable to raise voice for Human Rights to ask for preventing the misuse of blasphemy, it is a sign of extremism and intolerance.
There is no negotiation, if someone holds sword of religion. Unfortunate, Pakistan has had extremism which is promoting hatred and intolerance.

Eyes of Pakistan saw black chapter of Dictator Zia-ul-Haq who participated in Afghan War against Soviet, he diverted the purpose of war, increased extremism and planted seeds of Mujahideen to counter political will and maintained his illegal power in Pakistan. Dictator Zia had sent Mujahideen to Kashmir and the essence of religion turned into extremism since then Pakistan has become safe haven for Mujahideen.
We cannot deny that Zai’s children (Mujahideen) have been playing main role in state and promoting extremism. Including, Zai-ul-Haq was embroiled to promote Madrassas.

Question, which kind of shelter is for Extremists? Simple, Madrassas, which give them safe haven and they carry out terrorism. There is no check and balance on Madrassas, who is coming from and which is source of funding? Interesting, foreigners come and live in Madrassas, it is just not to live at Madrassas. Indeed, they are getting trainings and spoiling the minds of children, too.

Last time, when she returned Pakistan, she raised her voice against terrorists’ activities at Madrassas, on 23rd December, 2007 Ms. Bhutto said "Then there are the political madrasas, the political madrasas that teach their pupils how to make bombs, how to use rifles and how to kill women, children and the elderly, reported in Reuters.”  

Ms. Benazir Bhutto tried to keep an eye on the function of Madrassas but fragile government system could not maintain it. It shows who wants unregistered Madrassas which carry out activities of Taliban.
Though, Ms. Bhutto bravely upped voice and showed her concerns regarding Madrassas.

During Musharrraf’s dictatorship, extremism was growing instead of dwindling.
Let me clear, Musharraf had golden card of Taliban as Zia had Mujahideen.
Musharraf knew, Taliban issue would keep him in power, Taliban were growing and getting shelter under the shadow of Madrassa.
Now, this time Madrassas are being increased in large numbers in Sindh and Balochistan.

What is the reason behind it?
Madrassas are increasing day by day. We think, who is funding, how is it possible that Madrassas increase without someone’s permission and even these Madrassas are un-questionable.

Interesting, Government has less registration of Madrassas on its list; on the ground you can see the number of Madrassas.

Sindh (Sindh as a province of Pakistan) has message of Sufism and has ancient civilization of Moen-Jo-Daro that has had history of tolerance and peace. Hindus are indigenous people of this land. We have not seen difference among Sindhi Hindus and Sindhi Muslims.
None has had problem regarding religion. While, at some occasion sick minds (Extremists) tried to disturb peace of Sindh but strong faith in Sufism/Bhagti-ism and political will have failed them.

Musharraf’s Era played clever game and paved the safe path for extremists in the name of Madrassas.

Sindh has fragrance of Sufism but now, seeds of extremism are being planted through Madrassas.

Pakistan People’s Party ruled in pervious government, PPP which was in Federal had written to its own provincial government that “The federal government has asked the Sindh government to take immediate action against 1,813 madrassas  being run by banned organisations across the province, reported in 2011.”  Government did not take action and within two year another reported says “In a recent survey carried out by the Sindh Home Ministry, there are 12,545 madrassas in the province, of which 2,161 are sectarian and dangerous, reported in 2013.”

If government is worried about increasing of Madrassas then why has not taken action, yet?

We understand that Madrassas have political agendas; Sindh is wintnessing wave of extremism. For instance, In Chak incident four Hindu doctors were killed in Sindh, in 2011. After Chak incident, someone phoned and said me that do you know Madrassas have been developed in Sindh and you will see extremism. I denied and said “even they want to launch a company of extremism but they cannot destroy the Sufism of this land because it is rooted in land. Later, from 2012 to till now, around 18 Hindu girls have been kidnapped and converted to Islam in Sindh, “Indeed, these numbers of Hindu girls’ kidnapping are less because many stories are not reported as they should be, said Dr. Khatomal Jeewan MPA of PPP.”
Illegal and unregistered Madrassas have main role to increase extremism, role in conversion and spread hatred information of religion.

Unnamed source shared that “Madrassas have affiliation with extremists who trained Taliban; four factors are mainly involved those are Jamaat ul Dawam, Maulana Luhdianvi, Maulana Abdul Aziz and Jamiat ul Islam.”

Jamaat ul Dawa (Jamaat ul Dawa “is declared as Terrorist Organization”) claims, Jamaat ul Dawa is a welfare organization, if you see actions and Political gathering, all give you different message which won’t show that is a kind of welfare organization.
I tried to contact its PRO and wanted to know that what they are doing in Sindh. I talked to Ahmed Nadeem PRO in Sindh, he said, “JuD has no Madrassas but yes we have rare Madrassas which do not work largely but we do have schools around 46, our schools follow the syllabus of Government, though we keep focus on Islamic education.”

I think, Mr. Nadeem could not recall his leader Hafiz Saeed’s speeches which showed that JuD was following the line of extremism.

“Mr. Ramesh Kumar MNA of PMLN commented on increasing of Madrassas in Sindh, approximately 2000 unregistered Madrassas are being funtioned in Sindh. If you remember, when Hindu Temple was burnt in Larkana, Sindh, it was a result of unregistered Madrassas and schools which teach hatred education regarding religion. We do not know about their funding. We believe in religious harmony but some people are getting funding and promoting extremisms, said Mr. Ramesh Kumar MNA of PMLN.”

Federal and Provincial governments are silent on the issue of Madrassas, though Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah of Sindh issued a statement that “take serious notice of a number of madrassas being run without permission, and ordered officials to take action, reported in February, 2014.”

When I had approached to Mr. Sharjeel Memon Minister for information of Sindh, regarding Madrassas he didn’t respond. It shows that how much Sindh government is serious on the matter of illegal Madrassas.
Authorities are silent and incapable of adopting single strategy for Madrassas.

Raj Kumar (Activist) said influential political personality of Tharparkar, Sindh (on condition of anonymity), “We are helpless and have pressure to support them for developing Madrassas even we are afraid of such kind of development that where we will be standing in Future, quoted Raj Kumar the words of influential political personality.”

It means, in the name of Madrassas, Sindh can probably face horrendous consequences in future.

Why are Madrassas being increased in Sindh? Another thought tells, establishment wants to counter nationalists movement in Sindh and Balochistan, for they want to plant seeds of extremism for giving tough time to Nationalism. 
There is no doubt, extremism would disturb the situation of provinces and also the situation can turn into sectarian violence, minorities face problems, too.

Although most of Madrassas are funded by Saudi.

When I talked to “Dr. Khatomal Jeewan MPA of Sindh and asked him about Madrassas in Tharparkar, he said that we (Hindus and Muslims) both live peacefully even we both celebrate our religious ceremonies. Some people want to create mess in the name of extremism. He called a politician as Taliban Arbab Ghulam Rahim (Member of Assembly) when he returned from Dubai, at first he visited Madrassas in Tharparkar. Why he visited and what was his purpose? Mr. Khatomal quoted his speech that He called Hindus as a RAW agent. These people are spreading hatred in the name of religion.”

Politicians and activists all are aware of Madrassas, they know who is funding them but none is able to name.
Madrassas issue is not only a building with four walls but a place to be known that who is being educated and what is being trained at? It is an important.

Will Pakistan come out of its company of extremism? We ought to know that who is pressurizing regarding Madrassas and who is more powerful in Pakistan that none can refuse, even politicians?

Another game of extremism is going to be played in the name of Madrassas. Questions need to be answered, but who will?

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