Taliban attend 70 seminaries in Paktika: official
SHARANA (Pajhwok): Education officials Monday said militants were receiving education at 70 seminaries in southeastern Paktika province to swell the insurgency.
Islamic education official in Paktika Mohammad Karim Atalwal told Pajhwok Afghan News the 70 madaris were not registered with the provincial education department and were operating on their own.
He said there were only 17 registered religious seminaries and seven Darul Hafizeen in the province. He said the Taliban were not allowing the 70 seminaries to register with the education department.
The official said Taliban militants attending classes at the seminaries emerge as anti-government fighters. He said blamed the issue on lack of government attention to seminaries.
He said most of the 70 seminaries were located in remote areas where the rebels were in control.
A seminary teacher in Mata Khan district, Maulvi Ahmadullah (not real name), said their seminary did not want to register because the government had never assisted them.
“Registered seminaries are in trouble, their students have never regularly received books and teachers their salaries in the past 14 years.”
The teacher said Taliban did not attend classes in his seminary but there were some other madaris where the rebels attended classes.
“The Taliban students fight in the day and return to the seminaries where they learn lessons and spend night.”
Asmatullah, a student at ‘Al-Jihad High School’ in the provincial capital, Sharana, said seminary and high school students were at loggerheads. He said seminary students viewed school students as time-wasters.
The student urged the government to resolve the problem between religious and government schools.
There has been no word from the Taliban about the emerging problem that is also felt in some other provinces.
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