Problems in Education (2015)

Problems in education



Poisonous sectarian propaganda in Lahore college

Shadman, Lahore; December 11, 2014:                   The administration of Nobel College, a privately-owned institute, allowed two mullas of Dawat-e-Islami (green turbans) to hold a programme on Khatme Nabuwwat, which was attended by the college administration, teachers and students. During the lecture the mullas showed a picture of the founder of the Ahmadiyya Community and used very insulting language for him; they asked the students to say the same, and they did that. Selected extracts (without reference to the context) were read out from his writings and then insults were hurled against him by mullas followed by the students. The mullas also incited the students against the Ahmadiyya community.

The mullas reportedly had come on a three-day visit. They had a similar program for other colleges.

 Ravi Clifton Colony, Shahdara Town, Lahore; January 2014: Mr. Tahir Ahmad Qureshi runs a school here. A mulla, Zahid Iqbal Naqashbandi, from an adjacent mosque, mounted a hate campaign against the school and Mr. Qureshi. In his sermons, he used foul language against the Ahmadiyya community and promoted hate and violence. “Qadianis are apostates, Kafir and Wajib-ul-Qatl,” he asserted. He told them not to send their children to the school of ‘Qadianis’.

The mulla had also done some wall-chalking on the outer walls of the school against the Ahmadiyya community. The neighbors asked him to stop the hate campaign, and removed the wall-chalking. At the occasion of Eid Milad un Nabi, the whole street was decorated with festoons but the portion in front of Mr. Qureshi was left void. Thereafter a local took the initiative and filled the gap with paper buntings, at which the mulla called him a Kafir.

 China Scheme, Lahore:         Mr. Sultan Ahmad, an Ahmadi runs a private school in Bhagatpura, Shad Bagh. The student population is 300. It is known as a good school in the neighbourhood.

The mullas did not like an Ahmadi-owned school to be a success story with good reputation, so they decided to move against it. Approximately 20 such bigots came over to the school at 6:15 p.m. on the first day of Ramadan. They knocked at the doors of locals and distributed anti-Ahmadi handbills. During the recent few weeks mullas of the Khatme Nabuwwat faction have driven a sustained campaign against the school. As a result, a few students shifted elsewhere.

 A press report on a state-owned college in Rabwah

Lahore; January 11, 2015:    The daily ‘Pakistan’ published a report on the security situation of a girls’ college in Rabwah. We provide below its translation:

Government shows no interest in providing protection to minorities

Blind watchman is appointed in girls college. This is declared ‘the safest hide-out for terrorists’.

Chenab Nagar:  (Correspondent) Government shows no interest in providing protection to minorities; blind watchman is appointed in Girls College which is declared as an extremely vulnerable site. According to the information, 13-point agenda was circulated to tighten the security of educational institutes in the country, after the Peshawar tragedy. Government Taleem ul Islam College and Government Jamia Nusrat Girls College of Chenab Nagar have been declared as extremely sensitive places. Orders were issued to re-open the college after clearance report of the Special Branch. But it is shocking that there are two roads adjacent to the Girls College and it is easy to enter the college by climbing up the outer walls. Derelict college buildings built in 1952 provide an ideal platform to terrorists for making trenches. These buildings have been declared as the most dangerous and unusable for the last 10 year by the buildings department. These include the principal’s residence, girls’ hostel, dispensary and other structures. Wild growth and trees inside the college have covered it in such a way that it looks like an island. According to the college administration, letters about the demolition of these buildings were written to the Provincial Government, the Building Department and the Director Colleges many times, however, till today they have not paid any attention. Two watchmen are appointed in this girls college for day time and night duty. But it is shocking that the person who performs night duty is blind. Ninety percent of the male appointments including the clerk, office boy and others remain vacant. In these circumstances, this government college located in minority area is entirely unsafe and needs the government’s attention.