Pakistani government finds reforming Pakistani madrassas nearly impossible

11/29/2004 | Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model)

In Pakistan, madrassas, or free, secretive religious schools controlled by fundamental Islamic clerics, teach jihad and militancy to an estimated 1.5 million students each year. Minister of Religious Affairs Muhammad Ijaz Ul Haq has made little headway in accomplishing the government's goal of imposing a national syllabus on the schools or closing the most violent ones.

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