Pakistani opposition leader Benazir Bhutto said on Sunday some religious schools were turning children into killers. Speaking to about 25,000 supporters near her ancestral home in Larkana, she also renewed accusations that the government had done nothing to stop militant violence.
“They always try to stop democratic forces but don’t make any effort to check extremists, terrorists and fanatics,” she told a rally two days after a suicide bomber killed nearly 50 worshippers in a mosque. Bhutto said President Pervez Musharraf had spoken of the need to reform religious schools, or madrasas, but had done nothing. She said she respected genuine religious schools.