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The Times of India, New Delhi – Several speakers at the recently-concluded 57th session of the UN Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights sought a ban on madrassas run by religio-political parties in Pakistan, describing them as “nurseries of death and destruction.” The session was held in Geneva…They stressed that “unless these were dismantled and sustained international pressure brought upon the state, which sustains and nurtures this evil, the world would continue to suffer the threats of global terrorism.” Quoting Andrew Troehlein, the South Asia project director of the International Crisis Group, a Brussels-based NGO, one of the speakers, said many among these religious schools still preached “insidious doctrine that foments the sectarian violence in Pakistan.” All this is done under the direct supervision of Jamaat-e-Islami (JEI) and the most radical groups within the Muttahida Majlis Amai (MMA). The madrassas run by JEI have been the “production units” of jihadis for over three decades, the glaring examples being terrorist outfits like Hizbul Mujahideen. It was pointed out that JEI has been very vocal in pushing Muslim youth, in general, and Pakistanis, in particular, towards jihad…[Go To Full Story]