History textbooks for 9 and 10 graders will look at the Two-Nation theory in pre-partition
Rightwing conservative political forces did not wait long before reacting to the plan. The Muttahida Majlis-i-Amal (MMA), a six-party Muslim alliance, strongly attacked the government for taking this step accusing it of “following
For some activists, the Islamists’ violent protest stems from their fear of losing influence among students, especially on campuses. In fact it is in such places that nationalist and extremist groups recruit followers to spread sectarian hatred.
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Unlike Islamist groups, liberal groups and religious minorities have welcomed the proposed changes.
Mehboob Sada, director of the Christian Study Centre, said he was “very hopeful about positive changes to the situation. We have suggested to the government that students of all faiths, including Muslims, should be able to study texts about all religions, if they are so inclined.”
Peter Jacob, executive secretary of the [Catholic] National Commission for Justice and Peace, said however that usually “the government is very slow in reforming the education system. None the less, the Commission will meet to come up with ideas and suggestions to present to the government.”