KARACHI: This is with reference to Imtiaz Gul’s article of January 13 titled “Curricula and socio-political security”.
I remember as a student that we used to read Islamiat textbooks which were full of stories glorifying people who would go around the subcontinent destroying places of worship of non-Muslims. Those books would tell us that what these men did were acts of heroism and that we should follow in their footsteps. Those books also would teach us that difference of opinion in matters relating to one’s religion and faith was not something to be tolerated. Encouragement was given from teachers that if need be, force could be used in such matters.
Looking back, no wonder we have terrorists like Mumtaz Qadri going around killing people and then others lionising them as if they did something to further their religion.
Published in The Express Tribune, January 16th, 2012.