U.S. report ties militancy to Pakistan school woes

Pakistan’s poor public education system helps stoke militancy, while the religious schools often cited as a cause of extremism appear not to be a major risk factor, says a report by a Washington think tank

The report, set to be released by the Brookings Institution on Wednesday, examined a raft of studies to assess links between militancy and education, a priority area for the Obama administration as it boosts development aid to Islamabad.

The researchers said low enrollment rates were a risk factor for violence and demand for education inside Pakistan far exceeded the government’s ability to provide it.

In addition, Pakistan’s public school system was highly corrupt with positions handed out for political favors and teachers paid whether they turned up for class or not.

“The way the education system is set up is contributing to support militancy,” said Rebecca Winthrop, with the Center for Universal Education at Brookings.

“Historically education in Pakistan has been used as a tool by successive regimes in pursuing narrow political ends,” she added.

The curriculum and teaching methods in public schools helped create intolerant views and also did little to prepare students for the labor market, frustrating youngsters and increasing the pool of militant recruits, the report said.

Winthrop and fellow conflict specialist Corinne Graff said the religious schools, or madrasas, that were frequently cited by the West as causing Islamist militancy, were not as numerous as suspected. Far less than 10 percent of the full-time, school-going population went to them.

“Madrasas account for a tiny fraction of student enrollment and they can hardly be cast as the main obstacle to high quality education and stability,” they wrote.

“The almost exclusive focus on madrasas as a security challenge — which is especially prevalent in the West — needs to be corrected,” the researchers added.

Report By: Reuters


While a man was polishing his new car, his 4 year old son picked up a stone and scratched lines on side of the car.

In anger, the man took the child’s hand and hit it many times not realizing he was using a wrench.

At the hospital, the child lost all his fingers due to multiple fractures.

When the child saw his father with painful eyes he asked, “Dad when will my fingers grow back?”
The man was so hurt and speechless; he went back to his car and kicked it a lot of times.
Devastated by his own action sitting in front of that car he looked at the scratches,
the child had written “LOVE YOU DAD”.

The next day that man committed suicide.

Anger and Love have no limits; choose the latter to have a beautiful, lovely life & remember:

Things are to be used and people are to be loved.
The problem in today’s world is that people are used while things are loved.

Let’s try always to keep this thought in mind:

Things are to be used,
People are to be loved.


It is popular in Japan today to drink water immediately after waking up every morning. Furthermore, scientific tests have proven its value.. We publish below a description of use of water for our readers. For old and serious diseases as well as modern illnesses the water treatment had been found successful by a Japanese medical society as a 100% cure for the following diseases:
Headache, body ache, heart system, arthritis, fast heart beat, epilepsy, excess fatness, bronchitis asthma, TB, meningitis, kidney and urine diseases, vomiting, gastritis, diarrhea, piles, diabetes, constipation, all eye diseases, womb, cancer and menstrual disorders, ear nose and throat diseases.

1. As you wake up in the morning before brushing teeth, drink 4 x 160ml glasses of water
2.. Brush and clean the mouth but do not eat or drink anything for 45 minute
3. After 45 minutes you may eat and drink as normal.
4. After 15 minutes of breakfast, lunch and dinner do not eat or drink anything for 2 hours
5. Those who are old or sick and are unable to drink 4 glasses of water at the beginning may commence by taking little water and gradually increase it to 4 glasses per day.
6. The above method of treatment will cure diseases of the sick and others can enjoy a healthy life.

The following list gives the number of days of treatment required to cure/control/reduce main diseases:
1. High Blood Pressure (30 days)
2. Gastric (10 days)
3. Diabetes (30 days)
4. Constipation (10 days)
5. Cancer (180 days)
6. TB (90 days)
7. Arthritis patients should follow the above treatment only for 3 days in the 1st week, and from 2nd week onwards – daily.

This treatment method has no side effects, however at the commencement of treatment you may have to urinate a few times.

It is better if we continue this and make this procedure as a routine work in our life. Drink Water and Stay healthy and Active.

This makes sense .. The Chinese and Japanese drink hot tea with their meals ..not cold water. Maybe it is time we adopt their drinking habit while eating!!! Nothing to lose, everything to gain…

For those who like to drink cold water, this article is applicable to you.
It is nice to have a cup of cold drink after a meal. However, the cold water will solidify the oily stuff that you have just consumed. It will slow down the digestion.

Once this “sludge” reacts with the acid, it will break down and be absorbed by the intestine faster than the solid food.. It will line the intestine.
Very soon, this will turn into fats and lead to cancer. It is best to drink hot soup or warm water after a meal.

A serious note about heart attacks: •
Women should know that not every heart attack symptom is going to be the left arm hurting,
• Be aware of intense pain in the jaw line.
• You may never have the first chest pain during the course of a heart attack.
• Nausea and intense sweating are also common symptoms.
• 60% of people who have a heart attack while they are asleep do not wake up.
• Pain in the jaw can wake you from a sound sleep..
Let’s be careful and be aware.. The more we know, the better chance we could survive…

The Budget – For Poor or The Rich

The government of Pakistan says that its income will stand at around Rs2.3 trillion and that it already has plans to spend Rs3 trillion. Wow; a deficit of more than Rs700 billion – with bated breath our government offers wicked vows. To bridge that gap we must, therefore, beg, borrow or steal Rs2 billion a day every single day for the rest of the year. Remember, ‘he who borrows sells his freedom’.

Let’s talk about government income – 35 per cent from direct taxes and 65 per cent from indirect taxes. What that means is that 65 per cent of government income is regressive in nature – the poorer you are the more you pay. That’s how pro-poor our budget is going to be – let the poor die to reduce poverty. In other words, the destruction of our poor is their poverty not our government.

Let’s talk about government expenses. Staff, household and allowances of the president – Rs1 million a day every single day for the rest of the year. Prime Minister’s Secretariat – Rs1.2 million a day every single day for the rest of the year. Prime minister’s foreign travels – Rs3 million a day every single day for the rest of the year. National Assembly – Rs4 million a day every single day for the rest of the year. Senate – Rs2 million a day every single day for the rest of the year. Cabinet secretariat – Rs70 billion a year or Rs200 million a day every single day for the rest of the year. Take as much money as you can from the poorest of the poor and give them hope in return. Hope, after all, has always been the poor man’s bread.

Welcome VAT, another regressive tax. The government hopes to increase its income by a whopping Rs70 billion. Ain’t going to happen because ‘hope and expectation are a fool’s income’. We will, therefore, have a much wider deficit. To be certain, deficits are what our presidents and prime ministers spend today. And, why should we worry about that because it’s not us but our kids who would have to pay up the debts.

Many a nights I have cried alone. Remember; ‘his grief is real who grieves when no one is by’. Yes, there’s good news as well – the shares business is going to be taxed. Why can’t rich agriculturists and real estate barons be taxed as well? Or, why can’t our presidents and prime ministers stay where they are? Why let Malik fly while Cameron rides a bus?

What really is our real problem? Not America, Israel or India. It’s our own government failing to reconcile its gross habits with its net income. For 63 years we have been beating the big drum: CIA, Mossad or RAW behind everything evil in Pakistan? Remember; ‘a fool is like the big drum that beats fast but does not realise its hollowness’.

Of the 170 million Pakistanis this democracy of ours has benefited 70 ministers in Islamabad and some 200 ministers in provincial capitals. The other 169,999,730 are angry, hungry and poorer. Don’t be angry my countrymen – and women – because anger in this Land of the Pure can be an expensive luxury.

Nothing, they say, is certain but death and taxes. I always wanted to marry for money and then I was told I could borrow it cheaper. Ready to borrow always; who readily borrows, readily lies. So we begin our fiscal year begging, borrowing and stealing. Bad beginnings, bad endings.

P.S. PM’s entourage in Brussels: Hotel 60,000 euros; Limousines 120,000 euros; Dinner 25,000 euros. Total Rs20 million of borrowed money already spent.

By: Dr Farrukh Saleem
Email: farrukh15@hotmail.com