Islamabad: The future ministers of the new Taliban government of Afghanistan are taking political education from the madrassa of Haqqani Network, located about 60 km from the border. Known as the world’s largest Haqqania University, this madrasa currently has 4,000 students. Some of the ‘students’ who came out of this madrassa, the oldest and largest of Pakistan, are ministers in the current Afghan government. They are called representatives of the Haqqani network.
According to the New York Post report, the Haqqani network is trying to bring under its control another 3,000 madrassas in Pakistan. At present 1500 students are completing their final year studies in this madrasa. The Imran Khan government of Pakistan also gives financial help to this Haqqani madrasa. Defense experts believe that help is also provided to Pakistan’s terrorist organization TTP from this madrasa.
According to BBC Urdu, five leaders of the Taliban government have received training from the Haqqaniya madrassa.
- Mulla Abdul Latif Mansoor (Minister of Water and Energy)
- Maulana Abdul Baki (Higher Education Minister)
- Najibullah Haqqani (Information & Broadcasting Minister)
- Maulana Noor Mohammad Saqib (Haj Minister)
- Abdul Hakim Sahrai (Justice Minister)
Taliban spokesperson also read from this madrasa
BBC Urdu has told in its report that apart from these five leaders, Afghan Taliban spokesman Mohammad Naeem has also studied from Darul Uloom Haqqaniya. Also, Mohammad Naeem has done a Ph.D. from International Islamic University Islamabad. Afghan Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen has also studied at the International Islamic University of Islamabad. However, Mohammad Naeem and Suhail Shaheen have not been included in the cabinet.
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At the same time, Rashid-ul-Sami, the vice-chancellor of the madrassa, claims that now the radical studies like two decades ago do not take place here. But keeping silent on women’s education, we count that now we have a computer lab here. The madrasa has volleyball, cricket, and volleyball grounds.