Notwithstanding its decision to pursue the policy of "enlightened moderation" to stem the growth of fundamentalism, Pakistan government has said the concept of 'jihad' would not be deleted from the new school curriculum as it is an integral part of Islamic teachings.
Stating this, Pakistan Education Minister Asharaf Qazi pointed out that "Jihad has many dimensions which also includes self-negation. We will teach students the full concept of Jihad".
Qazi, who was also the former Director General of ISI, told a briefing on the draft of the new curricula for classes 1 to XII that Sura Islamic teaching, Al Anfal and other suras (verses) over which certain Western countries had reservations with regard to their Jihad teachings, were still part of the Islamiyat curriculum.
The new curricula will be implemented in junior classes from the start of the academic year in 2007 and will be introduced in all classes up to grade XII by 2009, Daily Times quoted him as saying.
The draft curricula has been sent to the provinces for recommendations and will be finalised after their proposals are considered, he said.
Pakistan has begun conducting a review of the curriculum of various subjects as part of the reform process undertaken in the aftermath of 9/11 attacks in the United States in 2001.
Qazi said the revised Islamiyat curriculum has been divided into five topics which including, Quranic teachings, Haqooq Allah, Rights of God, Life of Prophet Muhammad, etiquette, and prominent personalities of Islam.