PESHAWAR: The opposition of donor agencies to give the education department in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa coalition government to Jamaat-i-Islami (JI) is delaying the formation of the provincial cabinet, it is learned.

“Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) had agreed to give education department to JI in its meetings after elections but is now requesting it to give up claim to it after the objection of donor agencies, including DFID, which pumps millions for development of the province’s education,” an insider told Dawn on Wednesday.

However, the donors’ fears were allayed when informed that the JI nominee to get the education portfolios was a former KP health minister with whom they had good relations.

“We have worked with the person who is supposed to head the education department on behalf of the JI in the KP government. His work had been excellent and we don’t have any objection to his being at the helm,” a source in another donor agency working in the health and education department with the KP government, said.

Officials of World Bank also verified the credential of the former health minister and said that the donors should expect good from the party in view of his performance during a five-year (2002-2007) tenure in the ministry, sources said.

A fortnight ago, when the news broke out that PTI had agreed to give education department to the JI, a well-coordinated campaign on social media began stating that the JI would radicalise the education department, spurring donor agencies to reach top PTI leadership and express their reservations, sources said.

“The donors are convinced and have no problem with JI to hold education department in the provincial setup but the PTI is now requesting the JI give up claim on the education ministry,” they said.

PTI chairman Imran Khan had requested a JI delegation recently that he had worked in education sector for the past 15 years and now wants to replicate his success in KP.

“Donors couldn’t influence the PTI decisions but it wants to enforce its reform programme,” a source quoted Imran Khan as telling a JI delegation.

JI had argued that it had similar programme to reform the education department and would do its level best to teach the students on modern lines, sources said.

The JI had also argued that would run the department that comes under the PTI-led government which will oversee its performance.

“We have a lot of experience in education and want to use the same for the people of this province. We have conveyed to PTI that we will run the department in accordance with the PTI's expectations,” they said.

PTI hadn’t refused to give the education ministry to JI but had requested it to take another ministry instead and let it run, sources said.

Both the parties were determined to hammer out differences as soon as possible to form the provincial cabinet and began work towards implementation of their programme, they said.

When contacted, senior JI leader Professor Ibrahim Khan said there was no deadlock between PTI and his party on the education department and that his party would finally get it.

“We and PTI have same programmes and would strive to implement through united efforts. We will get education and finance ministry according to our arrangements,” he said.

Professor Ibrahim said the ministries couldn’t be a block between the two parties.

“Today, we met with chief minister and discussed with him the problems faced by the people. The issue of ministries didn’t come under discussion,” he said.

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June 6, 2013 4:20 pm

Please for God sake dont give it to JI. They will completely radicalise the eduction.There is some good work done in Eductaion with the help of international Donors.

Em Moosa
June 6, 2013 5:38 pm

JI since the days of Zia ul Haq has been the part and parcel of Talibaan. Nothing has changed. Every body knows what Talibaan think about girls education and how they have demolished schools in the KPK province.

Kinza Shah
June 6, 2013 5:48 pm

Please do not give JI the education department. Education is important for the progress of Pakistan. Girls should be able to attend schools and colleges. There wiil be no progress if education department goes to JI. Please Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) for God’s sake do not make this grave mistake.

June 6, 2013 6:10 pm

If the education department is run by the JI -- PTI is doomed in KPK -- will never get elected the next time.

June 6, 2013 6:18 pm

So this is how Imran Khan will build "naya Pakistan" in a madrassa with the Jamaat-e Islami. To people abroad it sounds even worse than the "Purana Pakistan".

June 6, 2013 6:24 pm

JI has ability, strength, experience and a clear road map to transform education and uniform the education curriculum for everybody. Thousands of schools are being run all over the country under JI supervision. JI is not "molvi'yoon ki party" but it is consist of educated, middle-class people. Ji is the best choice to run ministry of education and ministry of finance if PTI / IK wants a corruption free government in KPK.

M Aslam
June 6, 2013 6:28 pm

Wah PTI wah. Now distribution of ministries will be done with the approval of foreign donor agencies or NGOs. Wah- Good work of independent new Pakistan. Well done selling Pakistan in pieces. By the way what is the worth of each ministry.

June 6, 2013 7:24 pm

@Nasir: very sad and bad to have objection to the suggested slot being given to JI. one gotta be proud Muslim and gotta be proud of its own values and education system. Westernizing the education system as per the dictates of the Non Muslims is abhorring. They already have done irreparable loss to our education system and have hidden agenda behind their donation for our education system.Islam is a complete system and so gotta be the education system. so called agents of the west here in Islamic state is really disgusting. Better mend your ways and thinking.

June 6, 2013 7:28 pm

I fully agree with Nasir, JI with education ministry will make sure to turn all schools into madrassas, girls schools will either be reduced or will start looking like a jail. The nation cannot afford any further radicalisation of its future generation

Lakhkar Khan
June 6, 2013 7:30 pm

Give education to mullahs = reverse all progress done by ANP in the past 5 years.

June 6, 2013 8:29 pm

@Nasir: Why Nasir, do u have any solid proofs that JI will do what u claim.

naghman qureshi
June 6, 2013 9:02 pm

shame on pti if they give the future of the children of pakistan to these mullahs,havent they seen enough extremism coming out of the madarssas

June 6, 2013 9:08 pm

Why are the donors mincing the words! Just let it be out. They fear JI would make curriculum more along Islamic lines and that is what they don't want.

As an Islamic state, it should be such a shame for us that there are organized campaigns being run to ensure that we don't get an Islamic education. Much of the intolerance and lack of direction we see today amongst Muslims at large and us Pakistanis in particular today IS due to lack, or almost complete absence of proper Islamic education delivered by proper learned and practicing scholars.

If you want to destroy a nation, you attack its education policy and infrastructure. Today we don't have the problem of radicalization in education. We have the problem of over-liberalization of our education which has gradually and progressively, according to a well-planned and well-funded campaign, been made gradually increasingly secular and meaningless. Today children don't even know the reason and meaning of Pakistan; have no idea who our martyrs were and know English better than Urdu. And as for the much needed deeply ingrained Islamic education, we have the exact opposite; exceedingly scan Islamic education. The results are obvious; we, as a nation have no direction or purpose, and the very thing that is our core - the beautiful religion of Islam, which, when read and understood properly is not just the ONLY way out of the problems; but it is much more; it is the ONLY way to show to the rest of the world how flawed their policies and models are.

Rise up and get to know your true identity; it is only through Islam and that can only be taught through education. Instead of fearing more Islamic education, we need to start seriously fearing complete lack and absence of ANY Islamic education amongst ourselves.

Besides any time a donor tries to dictate a policy; you should start questioning their motives. It is as simple as that. Perhaps we are better off without such donors.

June 6, 2013 9:33 pm

@Nasir: Our major issue is not radical education but absence of education. We just dont have schools and the ones we do have are being blown up or held in limbo by TTP across Pakistan especially for girls. I think the paranoia about JI radicalising education is overblown. Lets first have schools and send our kids to schools safely. then we can worry about radicalization.

June 6, 2013 9:44 pm

Its bizarre why PTI had agreed to give education to JUI. Before election, we believed education was an emergency, now we are seeing it given to JUI?

Agha Ata
June 6, 2013 10:01 pm

Education is the key ministry. It should never be given to any non-secular party member.

June 6, 2013 11:25 pm

how can we have education when its seenthru the spectrum of religion. its a recipe for disaster

June 7, 2013 12:38 am

There is little difference between PTi and Jammat in KHP, and they both joined together to ban women from voting recently. SO what is the big deal, the pot calling the kettle black?

June 7, 2013 1:24 am

Education is the most important future investment and we should make sure the next generation gets to know the world from a differentiated perspective and not from a narrow minded view which is to be expected from JI.

If we wan to safe our next generation, there is no other way but appoint someone moderate before it is too late.

Muhammad Farooq
June 7, 2013 4:09 am

Important point: what is our objective, if our objective is to impart education based on modern Science & Technology along with education of good morals and ethics that comply with broad Islamic teachings, and our objective is to raise our children to be good citizen then i believe JI is not the right choice. I think the general public perception that JI, if given the opportunity, may overdo it and therefore lead to greater radicalization, is correct. We have to follow the middle-of-the road approach for the progress, prosperity and happiness of all here in this world and in the hereafter.

Jalaluddin S. Hussain
June 7, 2013 4:44 am

@Nasir: Ji should get the Education portfolio. They are sensible people.

June 7, 2013 8:33 am

Giving education to JI will be the biggest betrayal by the PTI of KPK children -- even bigger than the betrayal of KPK women by the PTI in not allowing the women to vote in certain areas of KPK.

June 7, 2013 8:55 am

The water in the jug is white but in glasses is red. What are these mullas drinking?

June 7, 2013 9:42 am

To all the charged commenters:

“We have worked with the person who is supposed to head the education department on behalf of the JI in the KP government. His work had been excellent and we don’t have any objection to his being at the helm,” a source in another donor agency working in the health and education department with the KP government, said.

June 7, 2013 9:46 am

the title of the article should be "Jamaat adamant in getting its choice department". Highlight the "adamant" as it happens almost always.

June 7, 2013 11:08 am

@Nasir: What you mean by radicalise? JI is a good party and they are well educated, knows what is need of today and challenges too.... the minister of education should be from JI. and it will be INSHA ALLAH....

June 7, 2013 12:15 pm

@Nasir: Go and meet JI's own schools passed outs. You will even listen opposing views. May be your opinion is just a narrative.

ghulam murtazza
June 7, 2013 6:59 pm

If PTI has committed earlier they should not only fulfill their promise but also they have the option of monitoring and supervising the Education deptt. because of CM. PTI needs to review all promises closely once again which they made before formation of Gov. in KP regarding drones, load shedding, economy etc and most of attitude that is to be adopted by the officials of the KP govt.

imran khan
June 8, 2013 9:16 pm

Dont know why muslims are allergic with the name of "islami". Cant they see the tremendous work done by Naimatullah Khan of JI in karachi? He completd such mega development projects in karachi which even Federal Govts never did. He brought Karachi budget from 12 billion to 43 billion rupees and was nominated as world's top mayor in recognition to his succesful job and most important thing is that these mega projects were completed with zero corruption. Anti JI, Pervez Musharaf also acknowledged his good job as a mayor. Agar "Islami" nai pasand tou "Islami" k ache kaamon ko zarur admit krna chye. If international donor acknowledges excellent work done by JI's former Health Minister then whats the point of objection? JI is already working on education as an NGO. Education is not a new task for JI. And everyone must know that JI has most educated and honest people and have research centres. As far as SirajulHaq is concerned, even after giving back his Ministry in 2002-2007 he still has no property no bank account and he used to travel via local buses even when he was minister. Is this not enough and exemplary simplicity even in this luxury era? Is it not enough example that not a single candidate of JI was pointed out for corruption, fake degree, defaulter of electricity bill, defaulter of bank, but dozens of candidates of other parties including PMLN PPP PTI JUI ANP were rejected for all such corruptions. It shows the strong internal audit system of JI that honest and clean people come to top and no one can find any corruption or character flaw in JI leaders. Why can't people do comparison of JI leaders and their good job with Raja with Mr. zardari with Bilour of Railway, with mr altaf, with those who did agreement of drone attacks, with those who released Rymond Davis and give entry to lot of people like Rymond Davis ??? I feel surprising when people say "oh dont give this ministry to JI" , they even dont know that why do they say like this. If u ask them the reason they wouldnt be able to answer on evidence. However I can say please don't give administration of Pakistan to PMLN or PPP. Answer is the Current Condition of Pakistan. What Pakistan is today, is Just because of PPP and PMLN. Because PPP PMLN and Military ruled Pakistan for 66 years. Only these three elements are responsible. Don't forget the fourth element, the People of Pakistan because only we are responsible to invite these three elements. Please think positively Pakistan Nat

imran khan
June 8, 2013 9:24 pm

@Sajid: Its not JUI man, its JI. You need to study things.

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