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Pakistan’s senate has passed a bill that make the teaching of the Quran compulsory for all students regardless of their religious identity. Many Christians and other religious minorities in Pakistan fear this new bill will only increase religious intolerance in the country as it will separate non-Muslim students in class. As one of the world’s most religiously intolerant countries, Pakistan is unfortunately taking steps in the wrong direction when it comes to promoting religious harmony. 

08/31/2017 Pakistan (Premier) – Pakistan’s senate has passed a bill that enforces the compulsory teaching of the Qur’an to all primary school and secondary school students regardless of the pupil’s religion.

The education minister tabled The Holy Quran bill 2017 last Friday which was unanimously approved.

According to Centre for Legal Aid, Assistance and Settlement (CLAAS) a Christian organization that works for persecuted Christians, Senator Maulana Attaur Rehman said: “Being a Muslim it is necessary for us to convey Islamic teachings to our children.”

The National Assembly had already passed this bill on 19th April that made it mandatory for Muslim students in all educational institutions to be taught the Qur’an.

According to the objectives of the bill, the law “will make the divine message understood, ensure the response of society, encourage peace and tranquility, promote the supreme human values of truth, honesty, integrity, character building, tolerance, understanding others’ point of view and way of life”.

Additionally, the bill claims it will help the state to discharge its constitutional responsibility as article 31(2) of the Constitution states that the “State shall endeavor to make the teachings of the Holy Qur’an and Islamiyah compulsory”.

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