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Monday, September 12, 2005
  Clerics oppose madrassa demands
BBC NEWS | South Asia | Clerics oppose madrassa demands: "Senior clerics in Pakistan say they will not meet a government measure to register religious schools unless a demand to disclose funding is dropped.

Following the London bombings in July, President Pervez Musharraf renewed a longstanding demand for all madrassas to register with the authorities.

He also ordered the expulsion of all foreign students by the end of 2005.

This is the first concrete response by the five education boards that oversee the madrassas.

They say they will only drop their opposition if the government ends its demands for them to disclose where they get their funding from.

Court ruling

The clerics said they would protest against the demand that the madrassas expel all foreign students.

They also questioned a recent Supreme Court decision that in effect bars those who have attended madrassas from holding public office, a ruling that could affect hundreds of candidates who stood in last month's local elections."
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