Pos­i­tive step of CII

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Tand HE Coun­cil of Is­lamic Ide­ol­ogy (CII), which be­came tar­get of crit­i­cism

ridicule re­cently for its con­tro­ver­sial draft law about sta­tus and rights of women, has been as­signed the oner­ous re­spon­si­bil­ity to re­view the cur­ricu­lum for the ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions for in­tro­duc­tion of the Holy Qu­ran in the pre­scribed syl­labi for the younger gen­er­a­tions study­ing in coun­try’s schools and colleges. The pro­posal pre­pared by Fed­eral Ed­u­ca­tion Min­istry en­vis­ages oral Qu­ran read­ing for first to fifth grade stu­dents and teach­ing of trans­la­tion for sixth to twelfth grade stu­dents.

We be­lieve that the move could prove to be first con­crete step to pro­mote and strengthen Is­lamic moor­ings in the so­ci­ety and that too at a time when dis­trac­tions like so­cial me­dia and com­mu­ni­ca­tion rev­o­lu­tion are hav­ing neg­a­tive im­pact on the so­ci­ety in some re­spects. Pak­istan is, no doubt, an ide­o­log­i­cal coun­try and its Is­lamic iden­tity has ad­vanced the cause of na­tional unity and har­mony for decades. How­ever, it is also known that apart from me­dia and cul­tural in­flu­ences, some for­eign funded NGOs are in­stru­men­tal in weak­en­ing the Is­lamic fabric of our so­ci­ety. They are fund­ing sys­tem­at­i­cally dif­fer­ent pro­grammes for the pur­pose in the garb of wel­fare, aware­ness and em­pow­er­ment is­sues. One such NGO is re­ported to have spent about 500 mil­lion dol­lars in KPK on a cam­paign to sec­u­lar­ize syl­labus of ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions and it has suc­ceeded to an ex­tent as well. The 18th Con­sti­tu­tional Amend­ment is widely be­ing hailed for its dom­i­nant trait of de­vo­lu­tion but it has also de­prived the coun­try of ho­mo­gene­ity that it en­joyed in cur­ricu­lum and syl­labus and this void is be­ing ex­ploited by some vested in­ter­ests to ad­vance their de­signs to sec­u­lar­ize the Pak­istani so­ci­ety. In this back­drop, the move of the Fed­eral Ed­u­ca­tion Min­istry is ap­pre­cia­ble and we hope the CII would con­sult Ulema as well as Prov­inces to en­sure that the pro­posed cur­ricu­lum is in­tro­duced across the coun­try. The CII would hope­fully re­view the draft com­pre­hen­sively and ex­pe­di­tiously so that it can be in­tro­duced from next aca­demic ses­sion.

BJP gov­ern­ment un­der Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi is set to change de­mo­graphic makeup in Kash­mir, and it is be­ing done in the name of re­set­tle­ment of the Kash­miri Pan­dits who had left the Val­ley dur­ing up­ris­ing in 1989. In April 2015, for­mer chief min­is­ter of In­dian-held Jammu and Kashsmir Mufti Say­eed dur­ing his meet­ing with Union Home Min­is­ter Rajnath Singh had as­sured the latter that his gov­ern­ment would ac­quire and pro­vide land at the ear­li­est for com­pos­ite town­ships in the Val­ley. Af­ter demon­stra­tions by Jammu and Kash­mir Lib­er­a­tion Front and other Kash­miri lead­ers, Mufti Say­eed back­tracked and said there were no such plans, but steps will be taken for re­turn of the mi­nor­ity com­mu­nity to the Val­ley. How­ever, Home Min­is­ter Rajnath Singh said that BJP gov­ern­ment would not go back on its agreed plans of set­tle­ments of Kash­miri Pan­dits.

Ear­lier, Rajnath Singh had writ­ten a let­ter to the pre­vi­ous Omar Ab­dul­lah gov­ern­ment, which was fol­lowed by an­other com­mu­ni­ca­tion to state Gov­er­nor N.N. Vohra ask­ing for iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of land for such mi­grants. At that time, they said there were about 62,000 regis­tered Kash­miri mi­grant fam­i­lies in the coun­try that had moved from the Val­ley to Jammu, Delhi and other parts of the coun­try af­ter the state was rocked by mil­i­tancy in 1989. Dur­ing the bud­get for 2015-16, Rs. 580 crore

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