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Ray
01 May 05,, 17:56
Hizb commander preaches jihad in PU

By Waqar Gillani

LAHORE: Javed Kasuri, a commander of the Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) militant group, preached jihad to over a hundred Punjab University students in the Sultan Tipu Hostel (hostel number eight) on Friday night.

The lecture was arranged by the Islami Jamiat Talaba (IJT), the student wing of the Jamaat-e-Islami. The HM is also closely associated with the JI.

Students told Daily Times that Kasuri said that the HMís jihad in Kashmir would continue. He invited the students to consider the ideology of Hizbul Mujahideen. He criticised secular groups, such as the Aga Khan Education Board.

Kasuri is a former head of the Pakistan chapter of the Hizb, one of the major militant groups fighting Indian rule in Kashmir. He is currently a member of the HM supreme council.

The IJT arranges regular lectures on Quranic teachings at PU hostels, but students said it had been a long time since such a hardline cleric preaching jihad had spoken in one of these lectures.

The Hall Council chairman, who is in charge of hostels, Professor Dr Mugheesuddin Sheikh, said he had not given permission for the lecture and wasnít even aware of it. He referred this Daily Times correspondent to the warden of the hostel, Dr Abdurauf Butt, who was not available for comment. The vice chancellor refused to comment.

The Punjab University administration has been directed by the president and governor not to allow political activities on campus. Student unions are banned. However, the IJT plays a prominent role on campus.

The administration allowed the IJT to set up welcome stalls for the opening of the universityís Gujranwala campus. The IJT and administration are currently negotiating for the holding of the annual IJT book fair. Two dates have been rejected and a third is being discussed.

The IJT has at least 40 members (rukan), 40 candidates for membership (umeedwar rukan) over 100 prospective members (rafique) and hundreds sympathisers among the 20,000 students of the PU.

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=story_1-5-2005_pg7_17

Karthik
01 May 05,, 18:57
Students told Daily Times that Kasuri said that the HMís jihad in Kashmir would continue. He invited the students to consider the ideology of Hizbul Mujahideen.

Is this what happens in their universities ?

One would have thought that a university is a place to widen one's horizon and develop scientific temper.

Really sad.

Asim Aquil
02 May 05,, 00:04
Man this is a great reason to arrest some MMA!! PU is a like a city btw and open to the public, I considered studying there myself once, its a very competent Uni.

Developments on this should be interesting.

Samudra
02 May 05,, 03:57
You wanted to study there ?
Man , many of my questions are getting answers.Quite easily.

Gentlemen

Chill , now we know where he wanted to study ;)

Asim Aquil
02 May 05,, 05:02
I considered studying there myself once

read again. And I wish I had.

Samudra
02 May 05,, 06:19
;)

Ray
02 May 05,, 08:16
Great you wanted to study there.

I am sure you did.

That is why you love the Taleban and state they are so cute. Remember ?

Jay
02 May 05,, 11:56
Well, actually atleast they have advertised curriculam's. I guess I'll try to

Semeseter 1:
J 101 Fundamentals of Jihad (How to identify a Kaffir?)
J 102 - How to slit a throat of a kaffir??
J 103 - How to wage Jihad ??

J 202 - How to operate an outdated gun
.
..
...

J 501 How to get killed and reach 72 gays in hell :biggrin:

Ray
03 May 05,, 06:16
Politics behind the Aga Khan Board row



Ayla Alvi

The Aga Khan Board has been built up into a controversy. The MMA has made government's handing over of the examinations system to the AKU-EB the main issue of its "million-man" march. There has also been much media hype, mostly ill-informed, with editorials and talk shows discussing the issue but without putting across the facts.

There was no announcement of any change in the curriculum, until a leading newspaper "broke" the news on April 6, 2004, that the curriculum, initially in Punjab, was being changed into an anti-Pakistan, anti-Islam, pro-West syllabus. The belief was rapidly spread that the changes were being made at the behest of the USA, and in the light of a report by the Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI). Objections were raised about conceptual changes made in the idea of jihad, the Quranic verses on jihad, the life of the Holy Prophet (pbuh), the Two-Nation Theory, the freedom movement in Kashmir, the Lahore Resolution, lessons on the recipients of Nishan-e-Haider and an attempt to pave the way for confederation with India.

Whether or not there are some evil designs behind the revamp of the education system, the fact remains that there is dire need for wide-ranging changes in the system.

In 2001, the federal cabinet had discussed the state of education in Pakistan. One of the weaknesses highlighted was our examination system, which encourages cramming, does not develop a thorough understanding of the subject and hinders analysis and finding solutions to problems. It was also noted that our current examination boards have professional colleges for admission. An increasing number of students each year are changing over to A and O level examinations based on the British curriculum that also result in expenditure in foreign exchange.

It was then decided to set up an Examination Board in the private sector, which would develop a system of examinations based on multiple choice questions (MCQs) and help schools change their teaching methods. The Aga Khan Education Service was asked to set up this Board, which it has done under Ordinance CXIV of 2002. Under the ordinance the Board will offer high quality examinations in English and Urdu, conform to international standards of examinations, such as the code of practice that governs the procedures of all British examination boards, and evaluate the higher intellectual abilities of comprehension, logical thinking and problem-solving. It will also provide secure, valid and reliable assessments of educational achievement and serve the purposes of certification of competences for school leavers and preparation for higher levels of education.

According to the government, the AKU-EB's Secondary School Certificate (SSC) and High Secondary Certificate (HSC) examinations, like the others, will be based on the government-approved national curriculum and syllabi for all subjects, including Islamiat and Pakistan Studies. The Curriculum Wing of the Federal Ministry of Education is responsible for periodic review and definition of the national curriculum. Also, the government will not authorise the AKU-EB to change the curriculum.

Affiliation of schools with the AKU-EB is purely voluntary and no school is under compulsion in this regard. Provincial governments can allow government schools to affiliate with it (private schools do not need permission).

The Ministry of Education has stated that the AKU-EB will not "secularise" the education system in Pakistan, and will follow the national curriculum. Furthermore, the AKU-EB will examine students on all subjects, including Islamiyat and Pakistan Studies, according to the government-approved national curriculum and syllabi. Thus, the accusation of "secularisation" is unfounded.

The Board's examination fee is marginally higher than that of the government boards, but far lower than the British boards. Government boards charge Rs1,300 per candidate. The AKU-EB examination fee assigned to non-profit schools is Rs1,500 per candidate and Rs3,000 for other schools. The fee for the "O" level of the British boards is about Rs20,000.

The Ministry of Education has also rubbished as untrue the allegation that the Aga Khan Examination Board distributed a controversial questionnaire. This questionnaire was actually a World Health Organisation document, part of the Ministry of Health's AIDS Control Programme. The MoH assigned the responsibility of conducting a survey to ascertain the spread of AIDS to various NGOs, including the Aga Khan Foundation. The questionnaire was sent to some schools, but on being informed that it included some 'unacceptable' questions, it was withdrawn in November 2004 with the regret that it had not been vetted earlier.

Those opposing the AKU-EB know all this. The motivation behind their continuing disinformation campaign is clearly not to improve the country's educational standards but part of their efforts to destabilise the government.

The only aim behind the establishment of the AKU-EB is to improve educational standards. There is clearly a need for such improvement as obvious in the examples cited in the SDPI Report, for example, the verses about jihad fuelling religious intolerance, and inciting militancy and violence.

The Report contended that students are being presented inaccurate and distorted facts that discriminate against minorities and women, ignore basic human rights, and incite hostility against Hindus, Jews and Christians; that all subjects are influenced by religion, and those who were against the creation of Pakistan were being credited with devising the "ideology of Pakistan".

Among the structural and conceptual changes suggested in the Report was the establishment of a National Education Board to assess and make annual proposals for public education, prepare the curriculum and commission and approve new textbooks. The report also rightly demanded a reversal of the use of social indoctrination for political ends, removal of material promoting discrimination against women and minorities and introduction of a systematic set of ideas about history, society and national identity.

The current education system has clearly pushed the nation into stagnation. It is time for a revamp.

http://www.jang-group.com/thenews/index.html

Imagine a philanthropic move by Aga Khan one of the respected, non belligerent international leaders of Islam (who has also done impressively in India) being upturned into a political tool! Is this being done since he is a Shia?

It is a programme to liberate Pakistani education system from the petty shackles it is currently embroiled in. Therefore, it becomes " being changed into an anti-Pakistan, anti-Islam, pro-West syllabus."

To make this type of a wild charge legitimate, given the true feeling in Pakistan about the US, this becomes a programme "at the behest of the USA".

To give it more colour get India into it and you have made your case. Abracadabra! ;). So add "Objections were raised about conceptual changes made in the idea of jihad, the Quranic verses on jihad, the life of the Holy Prophet (pbuh), the Two-Nation Theory, the freedom movement in Kashmir, the Lahore Resolution, lessons on the recipients of Nishan-e-Haider and an attempt to pave the way for confederation with India."

The system proposed is ideal to revamp Pakistani educational system but obviously, it does not please those who want to keep Pakistan bigoted through misuse of religion and keep it illiterate and madrassa "mentalited"!


When will reality dawn?