Shujaat Bukhari

SRINAGAR: Hardline separatist leader and chairman of one of the factions of Hurriyat Conference, Syed Ali Geelani, has termed the reports of ban on girls’ education in some parts of Pakistan’s North-West Frontier Province as disturbing. They were far from Islamic ideals and teachings, he said. “Denying 74,000 young women the right to pursue education and burning and blasting of 150 schools are unjustifiable acts,” Mr. Geelani said in a statement.

“It can be said without any hesitation that those imposing such ban and prohibition are ignorant of the Islamic values and principles. In Islam, the first revelations from Allah to the Holy Prophet Mohammad was ‘Iqra’ (to read). Prophet Mohammad himself has repeatedly stressed the value of education and made seeking knowledge an obligation on every individual. Preventing people, be they man or woman, from pursuing education is against Islamic teachings,” said Mr. Geelani.