ISLAMABAD: Federal Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Monday said the state will now take action against those calling others kafir (non-Muslim), adding that the government had already tackled hate speech and glorification of terrorists in the first phase.
Briefing the media after the government’s talks with representatives from Tanzeemul Madaris, which includes office bearers from different seminaries across the country, the interior minister said both sides had agreed to take the madressah reforms process further, adding there was consensus on major issues.
Nisar said the clerics had condemned terrorism and vowed to eliminate the menace from the country in coordination with the government.
He said it was agreed in the meeting that any individual or organisation involved in terror will be dealt with according to the country’s laws.
He said there was no conflict on the registration of madressahs, with the clerics agreeing it was essential. “But the process should be made easier and a committee will be formed by the interior ministry to prepare a registration form for seminaries so that all ends can be achieved.”
Nisar said the clerics had also agreed to present audit reports of their funds, adding that the government will come up with a process to regulate foreign funding.
“Lawmaking on seminaries should be done after taking into confidence the Tanzeemul Madaris and there was a consensus on this.”
He said both sides agreed that force alone was not enough to eliminate terrorism, with efforts on an intellectual level equally important.
Nisar said a committee representing all sections of society will be formed by the interior ministry to review madressah curriculum and present recommendations.