» 02/25/2011, 00.00
Provincial govt to review programmes in Islamic religious schools
Madrassa are teaching almost exclusively Qur‘anic subjects. The government wants to add Arabic, English, math and computers, but is meeting with the opposition of many religious leaders. Millions of students cannot pay fees at public schools and so can only attend these schools.
A new edition of the Bible in Urdu
The text, in an improved user-friendly version, was introduced across the country in a series of religious events. The Church in Pakistan celebrated the publication, inviting the faithful to “welcome the Word of God, into their hearts and homes”.
Church says no to bias and compulsory Islamic studies in schools
Bishops’ Conference president writes to education minister saying that curriculum reform should counter religious extremism, eliminate compulsory Islamic studies and consult minorities.
Madrassas refuse to expel foreign students
The decision, taken by the president in the wake of the London bomb attacks, should be carried out by the end of December. There may be an extension but the government is determined to push ahead.
Pakistani Christians convert to Islam because of threats and intimidations
This is the rate is 60 per month. In one madrassa in Lahore alone, 678 Christians embraced Islam in 2009. Last year they were almost 700. These are “dangerous days” minorities, activists say as the blasphemy law is used to force them to change religion.
“Taleban” violence spreads to Islamabad
Three women captured by female students of a madrassah were freed today, one of them forced to “immoral behaviour”. There is increased concern that the entire country may become prey to a form of Taleban violence. The president of Pakistan Minorities Alliance tells AsiaNews: “It is wrong to leave justice in the hands of small groups and not in the hands of the law”.
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