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Taliban order shutdown of 8 seminaries in Parwan

Taliban order shutdown of 8 seminaries in Parwan

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Aug 28, 2019 - 18:31

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Talibaninfo-icon militants ordered shutdown of eight religious schools during the last few months in central Parwan province, claiming the seminaries functioned under government’s framework, an official says.

Qari Lutfur Rahman Qarizada, Islamic educationinfo-icon in-charge at the Parwan education department, told Pajhwok Afghan News that the Taliban shut Osmania, Wazghar, Samandaria Tikhan, Bibi Ayesha Seddiqa, Qamchaq and Zaid Bin-i-Haris madaris in Seyahgird district and recently closed Sayed Jamaluddin Afghan and Kafshan seminaries in Shinwari district of the province.

He said 1,359 students went to these seminaries and some were enrolled in local schools and others were deprived of their education.

He said 110 of the students were girls who were getting Islamic education in Bibi Ayesha Seddiqa Madrasa.

Qarizada had no information about the number of seminary students who were enrolled in their local schools and said all the madaris operated in areas under the Taliban’s control.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said they had closed a number seminaries in Parwan because they were operating under the government’s framework.

“The reason we closed these seminaries is the curriculum that was taught to students. It was deviated from the real meaning of Islamic education. The government wants to introduce figures to the societyinfo-icon as scholars who would have no deep knowledge of Islam and they will be useful only for secularism and invaders agenda,” he said.

He termed claims as baseless and propaganda that the Taliban received dictation from Pakistaninfo-icon for such moves.

The closure of seminaries has created concerns among local people. Haji Mohammad Wali, a local tribal elder in Qulheer area of Shinwari district, confirmed the Taliban had closed madaris in the district.

He said the Taliban called salaries of the teachers as haram. “My grandchildren and sons are deprived of education, it has really saddened us,” he said.

A resident of Dara-i- Qamchaq area of Seyahgird district, said, “Taliban have closed Qamchaq Madrasa and the fate of its students is currently unknown and they are deprived of education. We do not know what the Taliban want by doing so.”

Aminullah Shakori, Parwan provincial council’s deputy head, also expressed concern over closure of seminaries and asked the government to take action for reopening them.

However, Parwan governor Fazal Din Ayar said the closed seminaries were located in areas under Taliban’s rule and the government had no influence there.

“I ordered district governors to talk with the Taliban to reopen the madaris for students,” he said.

According to Parwan education department, 55 seminaries are active in the province and around 15,000 students including 7,000 of them girls are getting education there.

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