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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