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Pakistani PM Imran Khan Islamizes school curriculum

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, blasphemy laws, International Christian Concern, United States Commission on International Religious Freedom

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Pakistani PM Imran Khan Islamizes school curriculum

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan is Islamizing country’s school curriculum. Although the current Pakistani curriculum already contains bigoted and hateful material and makes derogatory references to various religious minority communities in the country, the recent move to further radicalize the education system will only further embolden radicals to oppress Christians, Hindus, Sikhs, and other religious minorities.

In Imran Khan’s view, his country’s school curriculum does not represent Islam enough. Despite the contempt and hatred for minorities that he is now hammering into Pakistani children, is one of the loudest voices globally in advancing the “Islamophobia” canard. Christians already suffer under Pakistan’s blasphemy laws. Conditions will worsen for Christians and all minorities with the implementation of this new curriculum.

According to International Christian Concern, Prime Minister Imran Khan and his team are preparing to implement a new national curriculum in Pakistan that will Islamize the education system through an emphasis on the Quran and Islamic teaching. The new curriculum will force students to read the entire Quran and memorize a number of prayers and hadith. Schools must also employ a pair of Hafiz, or individuals who have memorized the Quran.

Critics believe that the move will create deeper fault lines within an already-divided population. Religious communities in Pakistan have deep distrust of each other as it is. Pakistan’s religious minorities are regularly persecuted, including by the country’s blasphemy law which is one of the severest in the world. Punishments for blasphemy range from life in prison to the death penalty.

Current Pakistani curriculum already contains bigoted and hateful material and makes derogatory references to various religious minority communities in Pakistan. Critics also claim that the recent move to radicalize the education system will only further embolden radicals to oppress Christians, Hindus, Sikhs, and other religious minorities.

The Prime Minister’s ill-conceived move comes at a time when Pakistan is facing increasing scrutiny of their dismal human rights record. Pakistan was again recommended as a Country of Particular Concern by the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom, a designation that will likely be adopted by the State Department.

It may be mentioned here, Pakistani nationals are seen increasingly participating in jihadist activities for decades, while the country also has been branded as one of the key sponsors of terrorism. Pakistan denies rights of religious minorities such as Christians, Hindus, Bahais, and Ahmadis are facing cruel repression both from the social elites as well as Islamized legal system.

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