A report published by the United Nations has claimed that Islamic schools (madrassas) forced youths towards `jihad' or holy war. A research analyst at the European Foundation for South Asian Studies (EFSAS) has expressed concern over madrassas in Pakistan and Afghanistan becoming breeding grounds for terrorists.
In her virtual speech at the 48th session of UN Human Rights Session Anne Heckendorff said, "It is well-known that the menace of terrorism in South Asia has largely grown out of religious schools, the so-called Madrassas. These schools that often times instill a distorted, ultra-conservative interpretation of Islam still flourish uninhibitedly in Pakistan and Afghanistan".
She said, "The Taliban and the dreaded Haqqani Network were born from such Madrassas in Pakistan. Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) and other terrorist organisations continue operating such terror factories in Pakistan under the protection of the country's powerful intelligence agency".
"There are numerous illegal `madrasas' or religious schools in Pakistan and Afghanistan that force the youth towards `jihad' or holy war. They teach them hatred against other religions and motivate them towards gun culture," she added.