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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.
( 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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Christians and Muslims: triumph on extremism through education and religious freedom
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