Pakistan Seeks American NGO's Help to Curb Religious Extremism

July 18, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Times of India

ISLAMABAD: In a bid to curb the rising religious extremism in the country, Pakistan has approached a US-based NGO to educate its madrassa teachers on interfaith harmony, religious tolerance, and human and women's rights.

"The government has proposed International Centre for Religion and Diplomacy (ICRD) workshops in the country for madrassa teachers," the Daily Times reported on Wednesday, quoting the country's Religious Ministry Secretary Vakil Ahmad Khan as saying.

He said an ICRD delegation was likely to visit Pakistan in a month or two to discuss the arrangement of the training workshops.

The NGO is already training Pakistani madrassa teachers under a madrassa reforms programme, which includes incorporation of social and scientific courses in the religious schools.