Sem­i­nar­ies need ....

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his in­sti­tute.

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.

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