ASWJ calls for protest against 'curriculum change' in Gilgit-Baltistan

Published: March 13, 2012
Curriculum change will have names of companions of Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) removed from textbooks. PHOTO: MUHAMMAD JAVED/EXPRESS

Curriculum change will have names of companions of Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) removed from textbooks. PHOTO: MUHAMMAD JAVED/EXPRESS

LAHORE: Ahle-Sunnat Wal Jamaat (ASWJ), while making a pledge to ensure that “Gilgit-Baltistan remains a Sunni province”, called for a protest on Tuesday against a change in curriculum which will have the names of the Holy Prophet’s (pbuh) companions removed from textbooks.

The reaction came after the arrangement of changing the curriculum entered its final stage, as claimed by ASWJ. The curriculum will be implemented in all public-sector schools and colleges.

According to ASWJ’s Media Coordinator Ubaidullah Usmani, Interior Minister Rehman Malik during his visit to the province after the Kohistan tragedy took place, gave his assurances that the Shia community’s demand of the removal of names of the Holy Prophet’s (pbuh) companions and other demands will be fulfilled.

Usmani said that after the names of the companions of the Holy Prophet (pbuh) are removed, G-B will “formally” become a Shia state.

He said that Malik told the Shia community that directives to implement this change were given to the Chief Secretary of G-B.

Usmani revealed that this demand was thwarted in 2003 when a file containing all the paperwork was snatched from then federal education minister Zubeida Jalal by then chief of Sipa-e-Sahaba, Maulana Azam Tariq in the assembly who made it public.

In the paperwork, the Shia community had cited chapters of different college and school textbooks which had the name of the companions and demanded that they be eradicated.

He said that four months after the incident took place, Maulana Tariq was murdered and then leader of the Shia community Ziauddin Rizvi was one of the accused nominated in the case.

The organisation’s leadership said that it was their responsibility to “declare Pakistan as a Sunni state” and stand up against the “increasing activities of Shias in the province”.

Usmani further said that being a Sunni-majority state, Pakistan should protect the interests of the Sunni community and in case, if that is not done, then the ASWJ will go to Iran, a Shia-majority country and demand for rights for the Sunni community.

ASWJ also alleged that desecration (toheen) of the Holy Quran and mosques across G-B by the Shias had become a routine practice.

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Reader Comments (98)

  • Mar 13, 2012 - 12:37PM

    As a Shia majority province G-B has every right to change the curriculum.


  • Mar 13, 2012 - 12:38PM

    Everyone must respect the creed of others’. One must know about the history eveb if it pertains to the enemies!


  • Mar 13, 2012 - 12:41PM

    if that is not done, then the ASWJ will go to Iran, a Shia-majority country and demand for rights for the Sunni community.

    Who is barring you from going to Iran??? Hurry up, Iranians are awaiting you :)


  • Mar 13, 2012 - 12:43PM

    They should remove religious education from the curriculum. This will give everyone the right to bellyache about it, how is that for an equal opportunity?


  • Reasoner
    Mar 13, 2012 - 12:44PM

    I thought this terrorist group ASWJ/SSP was banned !


  • Hussain
    Mar 13, 2012 - 12:47PM

    ASWJ will soon demand to rename our country as “Sunni Republic of Pakistan” ,,,, shia state , sunni state ,,, i mean seriously are these guys gone nuts …. being shia is becoming a crime in Pakistan …. n for heaven sake what does Iran has to do with this ….


  • Arijit Sharma
    Mar 13, 2012 - 12:57PM

    ” … LAHORE: Ahle-Sunnat Wal Jamaat (ASWJ), while making a pledge to ensure that “Gilgit-Baltistan remains a Sunni province”, … “

    I thought GB is predominantly Shia.


  • Parveen
    Mar 13, 2012 - 1:04PM

    Ugly mobs


    Mar 13, 2012 - 1:05PM

    Pak MULLAHz always need one pretext or other to keep their “thekedari shop” open. These ASWJ people are exploiting the emotions of peace loving sunniz in GB for their vested interests all over PAKISTAN especially their links with jihadiz and the recent ban of gov on ASWJ. Because they dont have any argument to defend , they decided to do what they are doing best in 1400 years i.e to exploit and cash hate-emotions among peaceful shiz and peaceful sunniz.


    Mar 13, 2012 - 1:06PM

    Its so funny that these self made thekdarz of ISLAM act as if they “own” the companions of the HOLY PROPHET. These companions are respected by all sects in ISLAM and even the non muslims so hopefully the exploitation in the name of defending the companions will fail ONCE AGAIN .


  • Analyst
    Mar 13, 2012 - 1:07PM

    Kindly remove this news piece…It promotes hatred as it expresses hatred views of ASWJ


  • Mar 13, 2012 - 1:14PM

    Curriculum should be designed such that it cater all the sects


  • Lord
    Mar 13, 2012 - 1:17PM

    Cruel Murderers Who spill innocent blood in the name of religion are fat liars.


  • SaQiB
    Mar 13, 2012 - 1:18PM

    True………thats pathetic to exclude Sahaba e Karam Rizwan Allah Ta’ala Alaihim Ajmain from the textbooks………….. its decisions like these that raise the sectarian conflicts………….


  • muhammad zeeshan
    Mar 13, 2012 - 1:23PM

    Why are the sahabas names being removed by the gilgit baltistan govt?


  • faraz
    Mar 13, 2012 - 1:29PM

    Has ASWJ heard of the battle of Jamel and Saffin?


  • shadi
    Mar 13, 2012 - 1:37PM

    its sad to see that now people fight over shia state and sunni state, i think everyones forgetting we were given independence because of man name jinnah, a shia by birth but secular by choosing.
    Sunnis have their rights in Iran. Even jews have a fair representation in parliament there and while the west accuses Iran of a lot, no one can accuse them for not giving equal rights to minorities.
    No point in writing a third point. Nothing will ever change in pakistan.

  • ss
    Mar 13, 2012 - 1:49PM

    “if that is not done, then the ASWJ will go to Iran, a Shia-majority country and demand for rights for the Sunni community.”

    wasn’t SSP against Sunnis (Barelvis) too???

    BTW you are more than welcome to go there and fight for the rights of wahabis (if there are any)


  • Raza
    Mar 13, 2012 - 1:51PM

    ridiculous. Sahabas and Ahl-e-bait are most respected in all sects.


  • Travian
    Mar 13, 2012 - 1:59PM

    @MUNIB: correction : It is not HOLY PROPHET, it is HOLY PROPHET (PBUH). Don’t commit Blasphemy else you will have to be eliminated


  • Mar 13, 2012 - 1:59PM

    Curriculum should be designed in such a way that no sect have any objection


  • Mahesh Patil
    Mar 13, 2012 - 2:06PM

    Pakistan was created as Muslim majority nation.Now demand is for Sunny majority.Shias,Deobandis,Barelvis and so on.When is it going stop? You are trying to annihilate each other.Why this silent majority is in perpetual silence?


  • abdul moiz
    Mar 13, 2012 - 2:07PM

    the gilgit baltistan govt. should realise that it was elected by the people to represent all the people and not just one sect.The ppp has its chief minister in GB,the ppp claims that it represents all of pakistan,so ppp should not take measures which will reduce it to being a sectarian organisation.Removing the names of the sahabas from the school books at the demand of one sect is something the ppp’s chief minister should not be a part of.


  • Ali
    Mar 13, 2012 - 2:07PM

    No one has demanded to remove the names of the companions of the Holy Prophet (Peace be upon Him and His Family) from the curriculum. I don’t expect ET to make such gross simplifications on a delicate issue because it furthers hatred in our already divided society.


  • antony
    Mar 13, 2012 - 2:19PM

    I like the way pakistan is going .This in science called mutation .Once two nation theory started it would have impulses to mutate more and muslims are the only religious people who call for one Ummah and caliphate creation and outsiders can watch this process of push and pull and learn more about islam.


  • Ahmed
    Mar 13, 2012 - 2:22PM

    Shouldn’t we ALL be asking why the sahabas names are being removed by the gilgit baltistan govt?


  • anonymous observer
    Mar 13, 2012 - 2:28PM

    This is what happens when people in majority try to impose their religious beliefs on a minority.This incident is very comdemnable but equally condemnable was the 1974 decision of declaring a minority muslim sect a non muslim minority..Hope they can understand what it feels like to be on the recieving end..But this is a very condemnable incident indeed…That is why i believe we should never study Islamiat in school…It should be left to be home tutored


  • FJ
    Mar 13, 2012 - 2:32PM

    Majority of people (even many people here) are not aware of War Jamal and Siffin! We need to add some very important historical facts in the syllabus so that our sunni brothers also come to know the reality of Islamic history!


  • Umer
    Mar 13, 2012 - 2:34PM

    “Usmani further said that being a Sunni-majority state, Pakistan should protect the interests of the Sunni community” – since when do the majority need protection? from what? the 2% minority? we never cease to amuse ourselves!


  • Chill
    Mar 13, 2012 - 2:38PM

    Who is doing hate preaching behind close doors???? Everyone knows…


  • usman
    Mar 13, 2012 - 2:40PM

    More power to Gilgit Baltistan! I hope they successfully change their curriculum in the face of threats from these terrorists!


  • jawad
    Mar 13, 2012 - 2:43PM

    Shia are already 30 percent of the population of Pakistan, despite the absence of a census for long. They have every right to teach their children as they see fit.


  • from India
    Mar 13, 2012 - 2:45PM

    why study religion in schools ?


  • Reasoner
    Mar 13, 2012 - 2:46PM

    @muhammad zeeshan:

    There were differences amongst Muslims over Sahabas for over 1400 yrs.
    Battle of Sifeen and Battle of Camel (Jamal) were fought between followers of Ali and followers of
    It’s better to remove the names of the campanions altogether from text books and it should be left to parents to teach their kids about Islamic history at home.


  • Uzair Javaid
    Mar 13, 2012 - 2:48PM

    Pakistan is an Islamic Republic which is governed by the laws of Islam and sayings of the Prophet Muhammah S.A.W. So names of the companions of the Prophet can never by taken out from the text books. This is ridiculous to accept the majority of the state’s claim as other majorities elsewhere would unbalance the over curriculum of the schools. It was an Islamic Republic and would remain an Islamic Republic


  • Danish Tanveer Abbasi
    Mar 13, 2012 - 2:54PM

    Interior minister should take notice of dis. He would not be allowed to make G-B as shiya State…. Govt officials should not allow any removal of Sahaba-E-Karam from Curriculam….Recommend

  • Ali
    Mar 13, 2012 - 2:54PM

    i am Shia and it is necessary for shia to respect Sahaba. these terrorist are promoting agenda of Saudis to destabilize the Pakistan. some one please inform them that Pakistan was created by a shia muslim Named Muhammad Ali Jinnah.


  • umar
    Mar 13, 2012 - 2:58PM

    ASWJ Wahabis, please speak for yourself only.

    Do not bring the majority of Pakistan’s Sunnis into this conflict.


  • Tiger Khan
    Mar 13, 2012 - 3:04PM

    I think all the companions of the prophet should be respected ie. Hazrat Abu Bakar, Hazrat Usman, Uazrat Umer, and Hazrat Ali. And disrepcting anyone of them should be considered illegal.


    Mar 13, 2012 - 3:04PM

    we have all ready labelled as Islamic Republic of Pakistan from Republic of Pakistan. Majority are Muslims yet we donot see any tolerance from either side. Even if the Issues of Shia and Sunnies are settled with curriculum, how about the issues of Christian , Hindus or any other sects. Our Islamic text books are very biased in general , promotes superiority complex as if only Muslims are rightful people , Either we have to revisit the whole Islamic text books ,or we do not need any more , its just creating conflicts and hatred , And look at this banned group , saying G-B will become a shia state how ridicules .

    It doesnot really matter what is in text , its matter of believe and respect .

    This Mullah Brigade has ruined our society towards polarization , radicalization , ignorance , Intellectual deadlock , Islam key thekadarz……Recommend

  • Mar 13, 2012 - 3:13PM

    Let madarassa teach the religion and school teach other subjects.
    separation of religion and state is more important in a religious countries than in secular countries as the heads of govts are incapable and authoritarian most of the time.


  • Reasoner
    Mar 13, 2012 - 3:22PM

    @Ahmed: Shouldn’t we be asking why G-B Shias and Ismailis were forced to read books eulogizing the religious personalities whom their school of thought (fiqh) doesn’t regard as sacred as Sunnis do !


  • Jallu wala
    Mar 13, 2012 - 3:23PM

    No doubt that we get so many negative responses. As always, the wrong issue picked up in the comments: ASWJ’s conduct. Sorryfully, the main issue of removal of names of the companions of Prophet (PBUH) has been overshadowed. In my opinion, it is all because of the partisan and flawed compilation of the news report which does not reflect the real issue. We do not read any comments of the leaders of the Shia community from G-B. We also do not read any comments by the relevant officials of the G-B Education Ministry. Indeed, it is very bad reporting!!!


  • Imran
    Mar 13, 2012 - 3:31PM

    No! The question is why compulsory Islamiat is taught on the first place! Pakistan would be much more peaceful without it (as it was before Islamiat was made mendatory).


  • blithe
    Mar 13, 2012 - 3:33PM

    The wonders of the 18th amendement – Raza Rabbani and Co. have a lot to answer for.

    Syllabus making should be a federal subject to avoid such issues.


  • Rahbar Rizvi
    Mar 13, 2012 - 3:34PM

    this is not a good act.
    Sahabas names should be included in the cirriculum.


  • Syed Rahbar Rizvi
    Mar 13, 2012 - 3:37PM

    Sahabas names should be included in the cirriculum.
    Sahabas and ahle baits are muslims.
    First three Caliphs did not do any thing against Quran and Sunnah.


  • Ozymandias
    Mar 13, 2012 - 3:39PM

    While the ASWJ is probably distorting facts to suit their malign interests, if the GB govt is actually doing this then that is also wrong.


  • sheikh osama
    Mar 13, 2012 - 3:43PM

    He said that four months after the incident took place, Maulana Tariq was murdered and then leader of the Shia community Ziauddin Rizvi was one of the accused nominated in the case.

    Maulana Ziauddin Rizvi was assassinated as well. Maulana Ziauddin Rizvi wrote a book name Sahaba in which he used the latest version of Sihah Sitta showing the companions whom this ASWJ terrorist organization is protecting.


  • Mumbai Dude
    Mar 13, 2012 - 3:51PM

    Now some live counter strike….


  • Abdullah
    Mar 13, 2012 - 3:53PM

    And it is Malik again, trying to ignite hatred !!!


  • Dr Waqas
    Mar 13, 2012 - 3:59PM

    The most ridiculous statement “we shall go to iran” go on no one is stopping you.These fanatics backed by saudi arabia should be eliminated from the face of the earth


  • Bataan
    Mar 13, 2012 - 4:13PM

    Quran says” There is no compulsion in the religion”, then why are you enforcing your opinion on others.


  • Country Lost
    Mar 13, 2012 - 4:16PM

    Two nation theory was a joke. There should have been more than 100 nations in this wild west of united india. Unfortunately I am an embarrased Pakistani, who loves his country.


  • Noor Muhammad
    Mar 13, 2012 - 4:20PM

    I think the local wisdom needs to be put forth.

    In 2005 an agreement had been reached between leaders of the two sects on this issue.

    The clauses of that agreement were:

    In Shia majority areas, instead of the controversial aspects of the curriculum, the one suitable to the Shia faith would be taught.

    In Sunni majority areas, the curriculum would be taught as itis.

    In the areas where there is a mixed population, the curriculum would specify the faith of both the sects

    If Fasad is not what we want, then the above agreement shall be implemented.


  • Raz
    Mar 13, 2012 - 4:23PM

    The simple and sole solution for GB as well as for whole of Pakistan is to separate state and religion. Religion must not be visible in public life making it the individual matter. All hatred shall die down in some time after a bit shoot out.


  • Cynical
    Mar 13, 2012 - 4:24PM

    Ideal situation to apply two nation theory.A call for ‘Direct action’ will surely expedite the desired result.


  • intisar
    Mar 13, 2012 - 5:06PM

    …being a Shia is no crime. Being an Ahmadi is. What goes around comes around. Back in the 70s, seeds of dischord were sown. Very proudly every denominaiton of Muslims in Pakistan signed up to it. Sadly, the country is paying for it. The Jinn is out of the bottle and has engulfed every facet of life and society as we know it. A beautiful country that once was. is destroyed.


  • Yuri Kondratyuk
    Mar 13, 2012 - 5:11PM

    @Mahesh Patil:

    Why this silent majority is in
    perpetual silence?

    Because, the silent majority is in fact the indifferent majority.


  • Baltee.
    Mar 13, 2012 - 5:24PM

    In 2000 and prior to that, there was a separate curriculum (i.e shia islamiat and sunni islamiat) for students in federal board, even then there was not an issue of shia state, so why is it now?


  • Imtiaz
    Mar 13, 2012 - 5:25PM

    since they are in majority, they have every right to change curriculum. it is the same right that you have already exercised. does our curriculum in other provinces present a balanced version of Islamic? Now first time you are on receiving end….


  • Chill
    Mar 13, 2012 - 5:34PM

    We are too short to discuss this topic. The height of Sahaba is too tall and these tiny clerics have no idea what kind of hate they are preaching. Can you tell me what is wrong that hearts the parties involved??? We are simply ready to fight on non issues. Rasool Allah (PBUH) and his companions are equally important as they contributed fairly well in spreading Islam. Division among Muslims only serves purpose of Religion business not Islam.


  • well-wisher
    Mar 13, 2012 - 5:57PM

    The rift between Sunni and Shia communities is getting wider each passing day and latter being targetted by the former while GOP is playing the role of a silent spectator. There are many hardline Sunni clerics who want Shias to be declared as non-Muslims and even Deobandis have also come under fire. The govt must act decisively and stop situation going out of hand by protecting the minority communities otherwise riots would break out throughout the country.


  • Gilgit-Baltistan
    Mar 13, 2012 - 5:57PM

    Who is ASWJ? Who give you the right to talk about Gilgit-Baltistan? We the peoples of GB are the most peaceful peoples in pakistan. Both sunni,shia and as well as Ismaili. Please leave us alone. Even GB is not a province of Pakistan,now how can you demand Curriculum change will not be removed. Recommend

  • Mr. Righty rightist
    Mar 13, 2012 - 6:33PM

    Congratulations Gilgit baltistan!!!

    You are truly a part of Azad Kashmir.

    I’m so jealous of your Azadi, democracy and progress!!!Recommend

  • ajmal
    Mar 13, 2012 - 6:51PM


    Wahabis are less than 1% of the country, and mostly imported from Saudi.

    Nobody can declare Shia as non-Muslim. They comprise over 30 percent of Pakistan.Recommend

  • ahmed
    Mar 13, 2012 - 6:59PM

    @ VOICE-OF-GILGIT-BALTISTAN, I do agree with you this sort of propagation in all its means create revulsion among peace loving masses and derails thinking of common ppl who are struggling for children and good future, away from hate and propaganda. I am surprised Ahle-Sunnat Wal Jamaat (ASWJ) left with only this purpose of nurturing division, fundamentalism, and ignorance!!!! for god sack if you guys can’t spread good deeds than atleast stop carrying this country to the brink of destruction although you brought it near to that god forbid but still time to wakeup, we all are shamed being part of this society when I read this type of news my heart weeps today our diaper situation is because of such ppl.


  • Kazmi
    Mar 13, 2012 - 7:01PM

    Was reality behind removing names of Sahabia (RA) from curriculum asserted? If it is confirmed then its really bad, if news is false then protest is really bad, it will add to the hatred between different muslim sects.


  • khurshid
    Mar 13, 2012 - 7:10PM

    I belong to a Shia background myself but I still think that the move by the GB Govt is wrong. The Sahaba were the companions of the Prophet. To remove their names is to initiate a controversy about the Prophet himself. The proper course in my opinion is that texts of urdu, history etc should be completely secular. all references to religion should be removed. There is a seperate subject called Islamiat and the essence of religion (indeed different religions) should be taught in that.


  • Peeru Shah
    Mar 13, 2012 - 7:24PM

    ASWJ also alleged that desecration (toheen) of the Holy Quran and mosques across G-B by the Shias had become a routine practice.

    I am surprised that out of 67 comments above, nobody has mentioned the serious allegation at the end of the article.
    What an amalgamation of lies and concoction of baseless allegations despite the fact that the first three caliphs whom these Mullah speak of were so much against telling lies.


  • Taqi
    Mar 13, 2012 - 8:14PM

    There is a practical aspect. With blasphemy laws like those in Pakistan where throwing a business card with the name Muhammad on it away lands you in trouble, it is best that sensitive names and words are restricted to the fewest possible avenues of abuse. Else you would have blasphemy cases filed left and right against the children who use these books.


  • Ali Wali
    Mar 13, 2012 - 8:55PM

    People of GB should study whatever they want, we should not impose our views on them. Being Shia is a crime of consciousness or what!


  • ss
    Mar 13, 2012 - 9:58PM

    @Mr. Righty rightist:
    we are NOT a part of any AZAD or MAQBOOZA Kashmir


  • adam
    Mar 13, 2012 - 10:02PM

    in first place why to teach religion at schools?? secondly no sect and religion has right to teach religion of other sect to children from majorities or minorities. Islam is Islam, nobody is above Islam, but let people grow with their own brand. I hope shia did not demanding something form their brothers in majority which is not digestable. It is very justified to remove all content is bone of contentions from the curriculum which otherwise will keep fuelling to the already poor security in the country. I don’t see a problem unless you are paranoid that shias are going to takeover the whole country.


  • adam
    Mar 13, 2012 - 10:02PM

    Pakistan has to live up with these pitty issues, i am sorry for that.


  • Naqvi
    Mar 13, 2012 - 10:10PM

    Shouldn’t forget that Jinnah and his family were Shia Muslims too, Shia too have a right in this country. Apart from all this there shouldn’t be any Sunni-Shia thing in Pakistan. Pakistan should be just a Muslim state not a Shia one nor a Sunni one. Unite for god sake, and this ASWJ is a organization misrepresenting the actual Sunnis. Recommend

  • Noise
    Mar 13, 2012 - 11:07PM

    Giglit-Baltistan is Shia-majority territory, they have a right to set their own curriculum based on their views of Islamic history. If the ASWJ dont like it they can leave and goto Saudi Arabia.


  • Humaira
    Mar 13, 2012 - 11:49PM

    Have a look at the news coming from Iran and judge yourself if the sunnis are treated well!It’s funny how people think that Iran is an ideal country!IPakistan is a sunni majority country and no one has the authority to remove the name of Sahabas!If the shias are so desperate, they should migrate to khomeini’s place!


  • Patriot
    Mar 14, 2012 - 12:09AM

    Really unfortunate for this country that a terrorist group can so openly make demands when they ought to be behind bars. An idol mind is a devil’s workshop. But then I then I guess these guys are busy after all, promoting the agenda of foreign powers who finance them. Motive: Break up Pakistan and such extreme sectarian sentiment as is prevailing in Pakistan has the potential to do just that.


  • Mesam Jafry
    Mar 14, 2012 - 12:17AM

    //ASWJ also alleged that desecration (toheen) of the Holy Quran and mosques across G-B by the Shias had become a routine practice.//

    Only a single proof required


  • Hassan
    Mar 14, 2012 - 12:31AM

    ASWJ credibility gets defined by the following statement: “ASWJ also alleged that desecration (toheen) of the Holy Quran and mosques across G-B by the Shias had become a routine practice.”, quoted in the article. These people are simply thugs, liars, cheaters with a religious cloak over themselves. I am certainly shocked how these people lie about Shia Muslims and their believes just to create a false impression among the illiterate masses of our country. We Shia’s give our Quran-kareem the utmost respect, we respect ours and others Mosques. The so-called Azad Adiliya that takes an action even if a goat has flu, is silent on the mass murdering of Shia Muslims across the country that comprise of 30% of the total Muslim Population of Pakistan. We are the founders of Pakistan and we our the one being killed. Shame on ASWJ and Judiciary. Recommend

  • American Desi
    Mar 14, 2012 - 1:18AM

    Land of Pure is getting purer and purer by every passing day! Fortunately intolerance has a way consuming itself but it will take a while.


  • Domlurian
    Mar 14, 2012 - 1:19AM

    Isn’t Gilgit-Baltistan supposed to be part of Kashmir?
    Do Kashmiri muslims really want to join a Pakistan where such sectarian conflicts exist?


  • Ali Tanoli.
    Mar 14, 2012 - 2:59AM

    Then they say they are Muslims??????


  • Attif Abbas
    Mar 14, 2012 - 5:44AM

    Everything in Islam is transmitted through Sihabas.If someone wants to remove the names of Shihabs, basically he wants to remove the what they deserve,they will get.


  • s shah
    Mar 14, 2012 - 7:57AM

    ASWJ is openly and without any regard for consequences, preaching hatred and sectarianism. It should be banned. These flames of hatred will engulf us all unless there is separation of religion and state. Religion is the private business of every individual and the state should be secular and unbiased towards all religions and beliefs..


  • John
    Mar 14, 2012 - 8:28AM

    In Iran Sunnis are officially declared a minority as per clause 12 of its constitution so no harm in declaring shias a minority. Mr Jinnah was not a Ashnashi shia but originally a Aga Khani and was buried after his prayers were led by a sunni Mufti Usmani.
    Gilgit/baltistan was faciliated seperation from Azad kashmir by the shia , iranian wife of Bhutto, Nusrat so we know why it was done.


  • Saad Durrani
    Mar 14, 2012 - 8:46AM

    Why tinker with names? What purpose will it serve? Two wrongs will never make it right.


  • Shabbir
    Mar 14, 2012 - 11:07AM

    The above news/article is totally wrong and the statement of ASWJ spokesman is completely wrong. He is a big liar…..
    no body demanded to remove companion of Hope Prophet(P.B.U.h) from the curriculam…
    Terrorist sepah e sahaba is just using the name of Ahle sunnat to creat conflict BW shia and Sunni Muslims in pakistan and following thier fathers USA, Israel and Saudi Arab. Our .ASJW is the puppet of USA and playing in thier hands funded bt saudi arabia, israel and usa.Recommend

  • jock
    Mar 14, 2012 - 12:18PM

    Only Holy Quran should be taught in the schools, along with translation. If people want to learn about the various shades of turbans, well, what are their parents for?


  • Farhan
    Mar 14, 2012 - 1:00PM

    There should be no link between state and religion. NO shia NO sunni, NO muslim, NO hindu, NO christian. Just Pakistan.


  • Reasoner
    Mar 14, 2012 - 2:07PM

    Shia Asna-Ashari or twelvers are around 90% of Iranian population, whereas no sect of muslims in Pakistan has simple majority in Pakistan !
    Quaid-e-Azam was a Shia, but he never wished Pakistan to be theocratic state where mullahs have authority ! Rather he struggled for a Pakistan where every citizen of state was equal and his/her faith had nothing to do with business of state !


  • Mar 15, 2012 - 4:08AM


    In Iran Sunnis are officially declared a minority as per clause 12 of its constitution so no harm in declaring shias a minority.

    We’re not Saudi, we’re not Irani, and we should stop acting like them or any other theocratic regime. Bottom line we shouldn’t be mistreating or discriminating ANY minorities and extend equal citizenship to all, instead of basing it on sect or creed.

    Mr Jinnah was not a Ashnashi shia but originally a Aga Khani and was buried after his prayers were led by a sunni Mufti Usmani.

    Just to correct you, Jinnah had a falling out with the Ismaili community leader and hence became a Twelver Shia (and not a Sunni as some majority religious nationalists like to reimagine). His public prayers were held by a Deoband (ironically), however, there was a private ceremony under Shia Muslim rituals done earlier.
    Read Wolpert, Nasr and Khaled Ahmed for more.


  • Mar 15, 2012 - 6:09AM

    Interesting Nazi propaganda, to create the ‘foreign narrative’ to alienate and bigotedly link every Pakistani Shia Muslim to Iran, and hilariously claim they’re desecrating the Holy Quran.

    Yup…the Sunnification of Pakistan. Still rather incredible that residents of Gilgit Baltistan are still strongly pro-Pakistan, considering the lack of rights of the Shia majority population, not even being recognized as a province. They are incredibly represented by mostly Deoband lawmakers from the center, who admittedly have links to violent anti-Shia Sunni supremacist sectarian organizations.

    None of this should be surprising any more. Sectarianism has been institutionalized in many Pakistan territories and the discrimination in the system has been blatant.


  • Ahmad
    Mar 15, 2012 - 8:38AM

    What mean by sunni pakistan and shia iran. You are ignorant fool. Both Pakistan and Iran Islamic Republics.


  • Mar 15, 2012 - 9:46AM

    A great overall analysis of Gilgit Baltistan which includes the DECADES OLD textbook controversy and the overall history of anti-Shia sectarianism and ghettoization, Wahhabi/Salafi/Deoband/Sunni extremism sadly promoted by the indifferent (or like minded dogmatic) establishment that preferred a Sunni hegemony.

    It can’t be ignored any more. The prejudice and bigotry needs to be addressed.


  • JR Muslim
    Mar 15, 2012 - 10:34AM

    The people who don’t know the value of Islam, Prophet Mohummed (pbuh) and His companions are passing comments here about this pious and pure religion.
    Really there is still no deficit of “abu jahils” in our country.


  • Hassan
    May 8, 2012 - 3:06PM

    Correct me if I am wrong but Mr Jinnah was a Shia yet he on creating Pakistan didn’t enforce his religion on the people, so little give and take on either side is no bad thing.The Shia community obviously feel strongly on the matter and there demands should be listened to, the terrorist outfit aswj formerly sipah e sahib are nothing but trouble makers.


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