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THIS refers to Dr Hoodbhoy’s article ‘Math in our madressahs?’ It is tempting to think that the teaching of science, mathematics and English in madressahs would substantially reduce terrorism in the country.

The author has, however, ignored the fact that some terrorists (like the ones responsible for Sabin Mahmud’s murder and the Safoora massacre) had a good education, and one of them is even a business graduate from a prestigious institution.

And what about those Pakistani origin men who carried out train and bus bombings in the UK? In fact, the UK was terrorised for many years by Irish terrorists, most of whom were products of the British education system which prioritises the teaching of mathematics, science and English.

It should be obvious that even quality education cannot prevent a person from being brainwashed and turning to terrorism. There must be other factors involved.

Shakir Lakhani
Karachi
Printed in DAWN, July 27, 2015











What about them?

Sir: In order to increase revenue, the government has imposed a 0.6 percent tax on non-filers of tax returns on all bank transactions. This appears to be a very good step, as it will compel tax evaders, smugglers and other such ‘worthy’ citizens to pay to the government what otherwise would have gone into their pockets. But how will the government ensure its success in rural areas where bankers owe their jobs to feudal lords? Non-filers like landowners, having great clout in the region, will escape paying and by the time the Federal Bureau of Revenue (FBR) wakes up and starts its investigations, the bank managers will have settled in Dubai. Or they might by then become powerful ministers and be able to hire highly paid lawyers to ensure that nothing happens to them.

Shakir Lakhani
Karachi
Printed in Daily Times, July 1, 2015

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