Asif Zardari expresses concerns over KP govt allocating funds to madrassa


LAHORE: Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari on Sunday expressed his concerns over the allotment of funds to Darul uloom Haqqania by the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) government.


The former president stated that giving funds worth Rs 300 million to a madrassa involved in promoting ‘private jihad’ is not right. He stated that allocating this much amount to a madrassa that has ties with Taliban is a matter of concern, adding that the move will serve as justification for extremism in the country.

Zardari said that the provincial government’s decision to allocate funds to Darul uloom Haqania would deterthe nation’s resolve in the war against terrorism, adding that militant leaders had been alumni of the madrassa. “It is concerning to note that funds were allocated to a madrassa that spreads a militant image of Islam,” he said.

He further said that the in-charge of Darul uloom Haqania was renowned for having a soft corner towards the Taliban and was also known as the unannounced representative of the terrorist organisation. He stated that it was a Taliban group that claimed the responsibility of Amjad Sabri’s murder in Karachi.

Zardari said that it was worth noting whether the Jihadi project was being resurrected through some innitative, adding that the Nation Action Plan (NAP) does not allow the militant organisations to gain strengthen once again.