Positive step of CII
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