Pak kids taught 'A' for Allah, 'B' for bandook

Citing stark examples from school curriculum, a prominent Islamabad-based scholar has said that extremely religious and anti-India views fed into children in schools reinforced the cycle of extremism that showed no signs of receding in Pakistan. Pervez Hoodbhoy, nuclear physicist and prominent commentator on current issues, showed the examples at a lively  seminar held in the King's College on the role of education in combating terrorism, organised by the Democracy Forum. 

The examples showed by Hoodbhoy included images and text from a primer that mentioned the  Urdu equivalent of A as Allah, B as bandook, Te astakrao, J as jehad, H as hijab, Kh as khanjar and Ze as zunoob. Hoodbhoy, whose presentation title was 'How education fuels terrorism in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan', also showed a college which is seen as going up in flames, containing images of things considered sinful: kites, guitar, satellite TV, carrom board, chess, wine bottles and harmonium. Examples cited by Hoodbhoy from another curriculum document for Class V students included tasks such as discussion on: 'Understand Hindu-Muslim differences and the resultant need for Pakistan', 'India's evil designs against Pakistan', 'Make speeches on shehadat and jehad'. 

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