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Forty-eight Islamic schools have been closed in Pakistan. The Madrasas would instigate to terrorism, for this reason the government of the province of Sindh, in the south of the country, made the decision to shut them down. But it is premature to say that the government of Islamabad has changed drastically its attitude towards extremists. In fact, the decision – made by an ad hoc committee presided over by the provincial “chief minister” (governor) Qaim Ali Shah – will be presented, before becoming effective, to Wafaq-ul Madaris Al-Arabya, the largest federation of Islamic seminaries in the world. This means that for now the activity will be suspended only temporarily. To confirm an ambiguous attitude, a strange fact occurred: eight of the ones who attacked Malala were released despite the condemnation.

Certainly, the Pakistani government is trying to regain the control of the Madrasas after years of support to facilitate the extremist drift. Today a responsible of the Pakistani intelligence explained the initiative of the provincial government of Sindh to a local newspaper, saying that “after having indoctrinated the students, these Madrasas provide terrorist organisations all over the territory with new recruits”. The government will also cut the fundings for the Islamic schools with the appropriate administrative, legal and legislative measures. A slap to a well-known system of indoctrination and recruitment.

This is a difficult plan for those who for decades have done their utmost to train the Islamic students – the talibs – in order to make them take part in an army of fanatical fighters who are able to oust even the brave mujahideen who had humiliated the Red Army in Afghanistan. That’s not all. The Taliban seized the power and have ruled Kabul for five years with the political and military support of its sponsor – Pakistan. The ISI, the intelligence service of Islamabad, has had close relations with the Taliban even after the fall of the regime, but in recent years, divisions and a new generation of talib leaders have created problems in this relationship.

Students of madrasas are no longer willing to support the interests of Pakistani intelligence and to strike according to the purposes of a diverted 007. Now the talibs want to implement their own strategy, which aims to the destabilization of Pakistan in order to gain its power. To do so, they are doing their utmost, even attacking indiscriminately the population, as when they attacked the schools and the churches, the people in the markets, or the Shiites.

Now it seems that something is changing. The puppets of the past no longer obey their puppeteers, and so the latter have decided to close the theatre of the schools that should teach religion, but that instead became centres of indoctrination and recruitment. Apparently, speaking of the Koran without the smell of death it makes no sense – for them.

Translation provided by Maria Rosaria Mastropaolo

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