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Government in Pakistan grants $3 million to the Country’s ‘University of Jihad’

University of Jihad was founded in 1947 and is famous for training, nurture rebels who prevented the invasion of Afghanistan by Soviet Union

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  • Pakistan’s Government announced giving $3 million to  Darul Uloom Haqqania seminary
  • University of Jihad was founded in 1947 and is famous for training, nurture rebels 
  • Chairman of  Pakistan is also supporting the move

It’s been about 16 months since a terror attack in which 132 school children were killed by Tehrik-e-Taliban in Peshawar. At that time, Pakistan government had decided to suppress religious institutes that are recruiting students for terrorism and sheer violence. Pakistan Government also said that they will put efforts to curb Taliban. But it all seems just false promises.

Peshawar attack (Source: Reuters)
Peshawar attack. Image Source: Reuters

On one hand the Pakistan Government promises to curb all religious institute recruiting students for terrorism and on the other hand they promote them. Recently, Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government announced giving $3 million to  Darul Uloom Haqqania seminary, also known as Univerity of Jihad. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa leaders stated that the grant was needed to keep Jihad University operational.

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“I am proudly announcing that Darul Uloom Haqqania Nowshera will get 300 million rupees to meet its annual expenditures,” Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Minister Shah Farman said in an assembly quoting to PTI.

Mustaq Ghani said that this grant will mainstream the ‘University of Jihad’ and this is a part of the expanded amendment of that 3 million Pakistani students learn in more than one lakh madrassas.

Mushtaq Ghani, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s information minister (Source: PPI)
Mushtaq Ghani, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s information minister (Source: PPI)

“A large number of students study, live and eat in this seminary, and it’s doing great service for the poor people,” Mushtaq Ghani, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s information minister, quoted in an interview with The Washington Post.

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University of Jihad was founded in 1947 and is famous for training, nurture rebels who prevented the invasion of Afghanistan by Soviet Union. Jihad University currently had registered 4000 students and provide housing facilities to them.

Chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, Imran Khan (Source: Reuters)
Chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, Imran Khan (Source: Reuters)

Chairman of  Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, Imran Khan, instead of opposing; was found supporting the move. He praised the government by stating that Khyber Pakhtunkhwa had made a wise decision. He also conferred that this will prevent the students from radicalization.

However, this move is being opposed by the citizens of Pakistan, especially on the grounds of Peshawar massacre. “The Taliban are killing our children, and our government is giving money to their sympathizers,” said Shahi Syed, a Pakistani senator quoting to the Washington Post.

Many critics are opposing the move and are confused whether Pakistan can be trusted as a partner in global fight of terrorism.

-prepared by Aparna Gupta, an intern with NewsGram. Twitter @writetoaparna99

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  • Vrushali Mahajan

    How two faced can someone be? Pakistan really needs some serious leaders and someone who can bring them humanity

  • AJ Krish

    How can aiding the University of Jihad which is famous for training, nurture rebels , reduce terrorism? It doesn’t make sense at all.

  • Aparna Gupta

    One one hand, Pakistan talk about measures to curb terrorism and on other hand they are supporting it.

  • Vrushali Mahajan

    How two faced can someone be? Pakistan really needs some serious leaders and someone who can bring them humanity

  • AJ Krish

    How can aiding the University of Jihad which is famous for training, nurture rebels , reduce terrorism? It doesn’t make sense at all.

  • Aparna Gupta

    One one hand, Pakistan talk about measures to curb terrorism and on other hand they are supporting it.

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American Friends of Balochistan welcomes Trump’s Tough stand on Pak

The American Friends of Balochistan (AFB) issued a statement Monday welcoming Donald Trump's stand on US-Pakistan relations, calling it a vindication of its own stand.

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Washington, D.C.– The American Friends of Balochistan (AFB) Executive Committee issued a statement Monday welcoming the President’s stand on US-Pakistan relations, calling it a vindication of its own stand.

The AFB said President Donald J. Trump has called out Pakistan’s constant bluffs with the US and pointed out a big chunk of American assistance was used against people of Balochistan in a secret, dirty war instead of the Taliban.

Khwaja Wali Kirani in Balochistan. Wikimedia Commons

“The United States has foolishly given Pakistan more than 33 billion dollars in aid over the last 15 years, and they have given us nothing but lies & deceit, thinking of our leaders as fools. They give safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help. No more!,” President Trump first tweet of 2018 reads.

The tweet was loved by nearly quarter-million Americans and retweeted 83,000 times in less than 24 hours.

The AFB executive committee said the US remains Pakistan’s top foreign aid donor, in addition to the money paid in expectation of cooperation in the Global War on Terror. Yet, for many years now, serving officers in the US Armed Forces have repeatedly spoken out about Pakistan’s perfidy in Afghanistan, which has cost the US lives, money and strategic credibility in the world’s eyes. Pakistan also remains a training ground for terrorism and a prime proliferator of nuclear weapons technology.

No country’s development and democracy have suffered more from Pakistan’s interference via state-sponsored terrorism than Afghanistan. US efforts to help the Afghans rebuild their nation are constantly sabotaged by reeling instability. India is another well-known target.

The AFB said Balochistan is a region rich in natural gas. It that has seen several bloody cycles of insurgency ever since Pakistan forcibly annexed the autonomous Baloch state of Kalat in 1948 in violation of a Standstill Agreement. A portion of historical Balochistan also sits on the other side of Pakistan’s border with Iran. Further, it borders Afghanistan to the north-west. Pakistan’s brutal record in this strategically located province that forms the northern lip of the key Straits of Hormuz has spiked in recent years.

“People of Balochistan tried their very best to work with Pakistan’s false promises of integration after forceful accession, but instead gave genocide to Balochs,” said the statement.

The AFB monitors the situation in Balochistan closely and is in touch with freedom and democracy activists on the ground. The AFB reiterated their call to the Pakistani government to cease violating the physical security of Baloch people, their freedom of expression, and end the policy of economic exploitation and genocidal violence.

A slow-motion genocide in Balochistan has claimed the lives of 35,000 Baloch people, 6,000 of whom were buried in mass graves while 21,000 are Victims of Enforced Disappearances, according to the Voice for Baloch Missing Persons. “The enforced disappearances situation in Balochistan is no different than what it used to be in Chile and Argentine in the 1970s and 1980s,” the AFB executive committee noted.

The AFB executive committee chimed in with similar sentiments expressed by policy experts in academe, veteran politicians, diplomats, intelligence chiefs, and human rights activists. Among them were former Afghan President Hamid Karzai, leading South Asia expert and former Pakistani ambassador Hussain Haqqani, several Baloch freedom and human rights activists cutting across party lines, former head of Afghanistan’s Directorate of Security Amrullah Saleh, and even normally fierce critics of President Trump’s administration such as Prof. Christine Fair, Provost’s Distinguished Associate Professor Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service.

The AFB executive committee consists of Jane Eastwood Weisner, Najeeb Khan, Krishna Gudipati, Soumya Chowdhury and Habiba Ashna. The organization was founded by veteran Baloch journalist Ahmar Mustikhan, who is the president.

Hope and doubt have been expressed on whether the US president’s tweet and words will translate into actionable legislation. Mustikhan published a survey of some of these thoughts in an article titled “Wave of joy sweeps across Afghanistan, Balochistan & India over Trump’s first tweet of 2018”.