09 April 2007

Pakistani madrasa girls' parents concerned

The parents of several girls studying at Jamia Hafsa, the madrasa that has recently been at the centre of religious vigilante activity in Islamabad, are concerned both about their daughters in particular, and the madrasa's activities in general.

As Abdul Wahhab, the father of a Jamia Hafsa student, put it, "I believe that our religion teaches us to stop a vice when we come across it but at the same time, I don't agree with what the madrassa administration is doing. I believe these things should be handled in a peaceful manner. Our religion lays emphasis on peace" (BBC).

It appears that the girls themselves are being used as pawns in a game being led by the radical Lal Masjid (Red Mosque). It is high time for the Pakistani government to intervene peacefully and make sure the girls can continue their education in a place that would not encourage them to pursue street militancy.

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