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    » 10/19/2013, 00.00

    PAKISTAN - ISLAM

    Pakistan, school textbooks teach its okay to kill Christians and members of other religions



    In a report by the Middle East Media Research discriminatory books are widespread in all public primary schools . By law, Christians and other religious minorities are forced to study these texts.

    Islamabad ( AsiaNews / Agencies) - The text-books of Pakistani schools pose the jiadh and killing of Christians, hidus, and other mintorities as "goal to be sought" that would help the same members of the minority to seek martyrdom for the faith. This is shown by a report published in late September by the Middle East Media Research ( MEMRI ) .

    According to research, the texts are common in most public primary schools and even Pakistani Christians and members of other minorities are forced to read and study them. The authors of the books led by the religious leaders have changed the meaning of the term "minority", which is now perceived with negative meaning .

    The problem of education in Pakistan emerged strongly in 2011, the year that the government dedicated to the promotion of this issue. In one year, several studies were published which showed that thousands of non-Muslim students are "forced" to study Islam and elements of the Muslim religion, for fear of discrimination. In 2012 the Catholic Church National Commission for Justice and Peace published a report  denouncing the law passed by the Punjab Parliament that makes study of the Koran mandatory.

    In an interview published by AsiaNews in 2011, Msgr . Lawrence John Saldanha , archbishop emeritus of Lahore ( Punjab ) , said that Pakistan has become a state for "only Muslims." Non-Muslims do not enjoy equal rights.

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    See also

    05/04/2012 PAKISTAN
    Pakistani schoolbooks full of contempt and bigotry against Christians, Hindus and Sikhs
    Pakistani curricula and textbooks promote extremism and violate minorities’ rights. An NCJP study notes distortions and requests a revision of the educational system, the first source of marginalization. Although minorities are guaranteed the possibility to deepen their own religion.

    11/07/2011 PAKISTAN
    State jobs in Punjab, government fails to respect quota for minorities
    The quota was introduced by Shahbaz Bhatti, Minister for Minorities, killed on 2 March. Selected candidates only Muslims, Christians protest. A Catholic priest: "Without the Ministry for Minorities we are orphans in our own country."

    29/11/2004 PAKISTAN
    Pakistani textbooks packed with anti-Christian bias
    School curriculum is strong on religious discrimination and the glorification of war but zero on developing critical faculties.

    14/04/2011 PAKISTAN
    Archbishop emeritus of Lahore: rethinking the curriculum, focusing on equal rights
    Archbishop Saldanha invites schools to follow the ideals promoted by Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan. However, the government has proved weak and unable to improve the system. Christian and Muslim Institute must enhance collaboration. The call for more funds and resources for Catholic schools, which are essential in the national school system.

    20/12/2008 PAKISTAN
    Christians and Muslims: triumph on extremism through education and religious freedom
    An interreligious seminar at the Christian Study Center. Muslim lawyer Aslam Khaki: "We have to think twice before sending our kids to madrassas." Fr. Bonnie Mendes: "A total overhaul of school and college syllabi."



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