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PESHAWAR – The provincial government of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) is set to approve a Rs277 million grant for Darul Uloom Haqqania, but it is being done to undo the effect of the first grant that was sent to the madrassa two years ago, Chief Minister Pervaiz Khattak has confirmed.
Talking exclusively to The Dependent, Khattak said that the first grant was sent for reform purposes.
“Yes, there have been reforms at Darul Uloom Haqqania, but they’ve been at the wrong end. So it’s basically a case of a reform which reforms the radicalised curricula by making it more radicalised,” he confirmed.
The madrassa had received Rs300m allocation for the budget for financial year 2016-17, almost all of which had been spent in reforming jihad, the CM confirmed.
“Yes, sometimes they form it in Pakistan, sometimes they form it in Afghanistan, they keep re-forming it,” Khattak confirmed.
Defending the move, PTI spokesperson Fawad Chaudhary agreed that the funds and support would help the seminary students keep them away from the radicalisation that had been caused by the first grant.
“This will also reform our electoral chances in the Senate and General Elections – especially among the radical minded population of Pakistan, which is quite a significant chunk,” he said.