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Pakistan's UN Ambassador Masood Khan. –APP File Photo

UNITED NATIONS: “Those who deny women and girls their right to education, violate Islam,” Pakistan’s UN Ambassador Masood Khan told an audience at the world body on Monday. He said the religion was for all men and women without discrimination.

He observed that the terrorist attack on Malala Yousufzai showed that “the forces of darkness” were afraid of the education that gave courage to girls to stand up for their rights.

“Those who do so (deny girls’ education) violently, violate the right to life and the right to education,” he said while addressing a Unesco-sponsored discussion on the “Importance of education and sports in preventing gender-based violence” held at the UN Headquarters on the sidelines of the current session of the Commission on the Status of Women.

The Director-General of Unesco, Irina Bokova, presided. Emphasising that education is enlightenment, emancipation, empowerment and development, Mr Khan said Pakistan had always given priority to education for girls and boys, for men and women.

“In education lies the redemption of a nation and the entire international community. The attack against Malala was as evil as it was showed that the forces of darkness are afraid of the education that gives courage to girls as young as Malala to stand for their rights against all odds,” the Pakistani envoy added. He said Pakistani women parliamentarians, with the support of all political parties, were creating new legislative and administrative space for women’s education.

Comments (9) Closed

Anuj Mar 06, 2013 08:41pm
because the law, constitution, administration and execution is all based on religion. It is sad but true.
Abid Mar 06, 2013 02:54pm
Read Quran (available on Internet) and you will get to know what is permitted and what is prohibited. Uneducated mullah (with due respect to Ulma-e-Haq) and his likes destroy schools, treat women as personal property, hang the corpses on poles and explode bombs killing women & children, all in the name of Islam/Jihad. And the inactive/passive majority in Pakistan is to blame for taking it sitting.
irfan Mar 06, 2013 03:04am
then the government is violating Islam. They are not even serious about the education, irrespective of men or women.
aabdul Mar 06, 2013 03:40am
Here is a real dilemma for Pakistanis. If you embrace true Sharia, as was during the Khilafat time, girls will not be allowed to go to school. If you exclude girls from education, you have practically excluded half of the coutry from participating in the betterment of the nation. If you allow girls to go to school and universities, then they will start wearing skirts, jeans and they will refuse to encased in black burkhas.......if this happens, then you are disobeying Sharia. This is a great case of damned if you do, damned if you don't.
Yahya Merchant Mar 06, 2013 08:40pm
Sharia does not say women should not be educated since it is directly opposed by the Hadith of the Prophet Mohammed Peace be upon him, which I have set out in my reply above. Sharia also ONLY specifies modest clothing and in fact it is Haram for a woman to perform Hajj with her face covered! Modest clothing is also specified for men! This might go some way towards reducing the incidence of rape in India and many other countries.
Pavas Ambashta Mar 06, 2013 05:54am
How many things are banned in Islam? No offense please, I am genuinely asking because after every day or two we hear that so and so Mullah has declared so and so thing is unislamic!!
Mustafa Mar 06, 2013 06:02am
The Nuclear armed Pakistan has no plans, no courage, no determination, no resolve, no guts to wipe out militancy and terrorism and eliminate all militants and terrorists from every city, every town, every village, every tribe and every cave of Pakistan and it can do so if it seriously desires. However the lip service in front of media will not help Pakistan in anyway. Action is needed not flowery speeches.
ComparativeReligionStudent Mar 06, 2013 04:32pm
Sorry Sir, but you misstate Sharia. Please be aware, if you are Muslim, that education, including migration and travel in search of knowledge is mandatory for all in Islam. And burkhas are NOT an Islamic requirement. Modesty in dress, word, and behavior is...both for Muslim men and women.
Khurram Mar 06, 2013 09:12am
Why everything needs to be linked to religion? Why do we need to say "Opponents violate Islam"? Why can't government simply say that it is committed to women's right for education and opponents are against law?