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Madrasas in Pakistan, Afghanistan becoming breeding grounds for terrorists: UN research analyst

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Several illegal “madrasas” in Pakistan and Afghanistan inspire youth towards gun culture (File)

Geneva:

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 well known that the threat of terrorism in South Asia is largely fueled by religious schools, so-called madrassas. These schools frequently visit Islam. A distorted, ultra-Orthodox interpretation of the term still flourishes without a hitch in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

“The Taliban and the dreaded Haqqani network were born out of such madrassas in Pakistan. Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) and other terrorist organizations operate such terror factories in Pakistan under the security of the country. Let’s continue. Powerful intelligence agency,” he said.

In Pakistan and Afghanistan, there are many illegal “madrasas” or religious schools that force youth to “jihad”. They teach them hatred against other religions and inspire them towards gun culture.

“The international community should not be appeased by the Taliban’s false promises of education. What is the value of schooling if, instead of increasing the workforce capable of leading our country on the path of peace and development, infantrymen have a worldview defined by misogyny. Indulge in and hate?,” Ms Heckendorff told the UNHRC.

“The Taliban’s lack of economic independence and that of their patron state has a silver lining: it benefits the international community. It should be used to prevent the harm of madrasa-bred radicalism to another generation of young Afghans.” ”, she said in her speech.

The research analyst concluded by saying, “Placing conditions on diplomatic and economic engagement to ensure human rights-compliant education, without which the right to development can hardly be realized, is one of the most meaningful investments we can make in Afghanistan’s future.” “.

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