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‘Extremism Promoted in Academic, Religious Institutions’

‘Extremism Promoted in Academic,  Religious Institutions’

MAZAR-i-SHARIF - Extremism is being promoted in some universities, schools, madaris and mosques of the country, findings of the Khat-i-Naw Foundation for Analysis showed on Tuesday.
Militant groups take full advantage of these circumstances to swell their ranks and reach their goals, the study found.
Abdul Qader Mesbah, head of the Khat-i-Naw Foundation for Analysis, on the sidelines of a seminar on extremism, told Pajhwok Afghan News that even some media outlets also promoted extremism.
He said after one year of research and analysis, he reached the conclusion that some circles promoted ethnic biasness and worked to promote extremism.
He said some texts read in educational institutions fuelled sectarian violence and resulted in social division.
He said they deeply analysed the content taught at schools and found that all these practices needed changes.
In addition, he said some mosques promoted sectarian and ethnic differences through speeches at mosques.
According to Mesbah, the outcome of their finding was that militant groups used extremism in their interest and for reaching their goals.
Religious scholar MaulviAmruddin said terrorism, extremism and promotion of ethnic differences was against the teachings of Islam.
He said some ulema used the name of Islam to get their personal goals and their agenda was against Islam.
Amruddin said there was need for serious fight against extremism to create conditions for a better life.
He said improving public awareness about religious and social issues was one of the ways to eradicate extremism.
HayatullahJawad, a civil society activist, said different interpretations from Islam was the root cause of extremism.
“When one group tries to promote their agenda and reject others, it clearly shows this behaviour will lead to extremism,” he said. (Pajhwok)