ISLAMABAD: A wave of criticism erupted on the social networking websites following Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) MNA Arif Alvi’s statement in Quatrina Hosain’s talk show about giving in to the Taliban’s demands of separate schools for boys and girls. Later the MNA cleared his stance saying people should have the right to choose.
During the show, aired on Wednesday, Alvi stated that the Talibans made four demands and one of them was about an end to co-education.
Discussing the demands of Taliban, Alvi said, “If they (Taliban) do not want co-education in the area, let’s just stop it.”
However, a day later, Alvi tweeted, "The government should allow separate schools for boys and girls in areas where people don’t prefer co-education system.
On Quatrina Husain's show regardng co-education I said that in areas where people want boys and girls schools separate we should let them— Dr. Arif Alvi (@ArifAlvi) June 20, 2013
Giving example of separate churches for boys and girls in the West, Alvi said people should have the right to choose.
Churches and Western countries have separate boys & girls schools. People have a right to choose which school shud they send children to— Dr. Arif Alvi (@ArifAlvi) June 20, 2013
Alvi added that the choice whether there should be co-education or not should be made democratically.
Choice whether there shud be co-education or not shud be made democraticaly & not under pressure,by parents, local and provincial governmnts— Dr. Arif Alvi (@ArifAlvi) June 20, 2013
Following his talk in Hosain’s show, the PTI MNA was criticised on social media for giving in to the Taliban’s demands of separate schools for boys and girls.
The show host also tweeted, saying:
Arif Alvi did NOT say ppl have right to choose between coed or not. I did. He advocated shutting them. C show on facebook/dchowk— Quatrina (@QuatrinaHosain) June 20, 2013
I did not tweet extensively re Arif Alvi's comments cos PTI's online trolls are incoherent. See show yrself now and judge.— Quatrina (@QuatrinaHosain) June 20, 2013