Zardari criticize allocation of Rs300 million to pro-Taliban Madrassa

Asif-ZardariPAKISTAN: The former Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari has criticized the allocation of 300 million Pakistani Rupees to a pro-Taliban Madrasa.

Zardari who is the co-chairman of Pakistan Peoples Party has said “This is nothing but legitimization of militancy and militant Taliban that will undermine the nation’s resolve to fight militants to the finish.”

According to a statement released by Zardari and carried in a report by a local media “The resources should have been spent on human development instead of on a seminary whose claim to fame lies in its promotion of militant Islam and the world view of Islamic militants.”

The statement further added “That it should have happened around the time when a group of the militant Taliban reportedly claimed responsibility for the target-killing of Sabri Qawwal in Karachi makes it all the more poignant.”

According to Zardari, the head of the Darul Uloom Haqqania in Nowshera is an acknowledged sympathiser and undeclared spokesperson of the Taliban.

“During the government-TTP talks in 2014, the Taliban actually named the head of the seminary to negotiate on their behalf. It is also widely known that a number of militant Taliban leaders have been students of this seminary,” he added.

Last week, a story published in The News had revealed that the Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf led KP government had made a drastic cut in the funds for minorities and allocated a whopping Rs300 million for the seminary in the provincial budget. -KP


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