Seminaries need ....
He said that Darul Uloom Haqqani was a well-equipped seminary fulfilling all the requirements of the modern age including a state of the art computer lab, modern languages academy, technical education programme and teachers training center. It was affiliated with the Mardan Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education.
Maulana Sami cautioned against a malicious campaign by the Western countries against religious institutions in Pakistan under a well-planned conspiracy to malign them adding it was most unfortunate that people within country including some important figures of the ANP and a key minister of the federal government also formed part of that conspiracy.
Contrary to the apprehensions of those opposing the grant to Darul Uloom Haqqania, the ground realities are totally different. The Rs 300 million grant has been allocated for a two year period and that too for the changing the level of the Haqqania school to college which would include expansion, up-gradation of the building and other paraphernalia. Moreover, use of the funding would be supervised by the provincial government itself under a fool proof mechanism and proper audit in order to ensure transparent utilization of the funds.
It is considered opinion that the students of the religious seminaries cannot be left at the mercy of mere donations and need patronage of the government.
If the students of the religious seminaries are not brought up in a respectful manner and left to be fed only on charities by some philanthropists and general public, sometimes in disgusting style, their self-respect and ego is destined to be hurt rather remained undeveloped. It will be unwise to expect them become enlightened religious scholars in the atmosphere of uncertainty, distrust and economic disparity.
Moreover, it is also the demand of the National Action Plan to bring the religious institutions in the main stream so that their working and system are streamlined and they produce better religious scholars who can interpret the religion in a positive manner and also contribute to the progress of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan as enlightened citizens. And this objective could not be achieved unless the seminaries enjoy complete support of the government, in moral and financial terms.
One wonders as to why those opposed to the allocation of meager amount of Rs 300 million for Darul Uloom Haqqania, did not object to the US grant of Rs 300 million dollars (100 times bigger amount) released by the US government in the name of Madrassa Reforms between the year 2002 t0 2007 in the former dictator Pervez Musharraf’s era. It’s a different story that a hefty amount of 96 million dollars stood lapsed during that period as seminaries were reluctant to accept the US grant.
No doubt it is the right of the opponents to criticize the steps they think are not taken for the welfare of the masses or lack sincerity, but only resorting to opposition for the sake of opposition will serve no good, rather sometimes it may prove detrimental to the national interests and provide opportunity to our enemies to advance their nefarious designs.