'90pc students in military academies have psychological problems'

Islamabad, July 28, 2008: "Ninety percent of our students in military academies and hostels are having psychological problems since they are taught with force", said Chief Executive of Child Development Centre Mrs Kausar Pervaiz Nawaz during an exclusive interview.

"It is misconception in our society that boys are tougher and they can bear harsh attitude of elders, but my experience and observation says that boys are much more delicate than the girls and they can easily rebel when manhandled", she stated while giving her viewpoint on child development and education.

She further said that the roots of majority of the societal and social problems of Pakistani society lie with the way children are taught and brought up. "Young boys and girls learn differently and they have to be dealt with differently to ensure best nourishment and learning", said the Chief Executive and suggested that young boys should be given special attention sans unnecessary restrictions so that they are groomed properly.

Kausar Pervaiz has several achievements to her credit in the field of child development and child education based upon a span of 20 years. She is founder of several Montessori in different cities of Pakistan and has rendered valuable services as professor at Hassanabdal Cadet College and other reputable universities and educational institutions of Pakistan. Moreover, she is a prominent religious scholar, human resource developer and freelance writer for leading dailies. She was of the view that first six years of child's life are very crucial and a child completes its learning process at the age of 8. Kausar Pervaiz suggested that children should be given special attention during these precious years of his/her life. "Unfortunately these precious years are wasted by mothers in imposing unnecessary restrictions upon their children, this spoils the child's personality and growth", she added.

Elaborating the different stages of child development, she maintained that during first three years, an infant perceives from his environment by means of self-learning. After that phase, he acquires knowledge and learning from others and this process continues till he is six. She urged the mothers not to be violent and stern while dealing with growing infants. "The child should not be stopped with whatever he/she is doing, unless it is harmful for him/her", she suggested.

Besides, the Chief Executive of Child Development Centre maintained that majority of religious youths that are compelled to carry out suicide attacks are suffering from communication gap with their parents. She observed, "They are forcefully distanced from their parents at an age when they are not ready for that, therefore, the anxiety of being away from parents makes them easily victims to extremism and they are thus brainwashed". In addition, she also highlighted the importance of human resource development in Pakistan. "The trend of human resources development is extended special preference in the entire world, especially the developed world, where there are institutions to promote this phenomena", Kausar mentioned while lamenting "Unfortunately, lack of human resource development has made us a country but not a nation" Also, Kausar Pervaiz emphasized that the role of a mother is very important in the life of a growing up youth. "Medically, when a youth is untimely distanced from his mother, he tends to resort to violence and other psychological problems", she added. She urged the government to pay special focus on child development. "The desired results cannot be achieved unless our children are given special attention on mandatory basis", she maintained. Moreover, she stressed upon the private schools not to fleece the students and pay special focus on the intellectual and moral development of children. "Instead of heavy books and bulk of school bags, the children should be made to learn voluntarily without being burdened and stressed", she said.

She criticised the role of clergy in today's contemporary era "Islam is hijacked by ignorant Muslims who believe in violence rather then peace and logic" she observed while adding, "As a religious scholar, I condemn this version of Islam being projected by maulanas".

In addition to that, Kausar Pervaiz Nawaz urged the Pakistani women to educate their children both males and females and give equal preference to their daughters without neglecting them. She quoted the famous quotation of Napoleon Bonaparte that says, "Give me good mothers and I will give you a good nation". The Nation

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Tented seminary at the site of Jamia Hafsa
Islamabad: Apparently, there is complete peace at the site, where once stood Jamia Hafsa. With total ease and comfort, a tented seminary also emerged adjacent to Lal Masjid on Friday.

After the last year's operation, the seminary was razed and Lal Masjid given a new look, as it was not painted red, and the 'Lal Masjid Road' was renamed as Masjid Road.

A banner hanged inside the Masjid premises for months, welcoming the reopening of the Masjid. And, now a number of banners have been displayed outside the main hall of the Masjid: these are about the enforcement of Islamic Shariah and handing over the management of seminary to students, once it is reconstructed.

According to residents of G-6/1-3 and G-6/1-4, the attendance during Juma prayers at the Masjid has increased manifold in recent months. Every Friday, after the prayers, students and their leaders gather outside the Masjid, demanding the rebuilding of Jamia Hafsa.

Media persons, in large number gather outside the Masjid to cover speeches of supporters of the Ghazi brothers on Fridays, anticipating some major development.

Mood and morale the supporters of the Masjid and seminary reflect their determination not to budge on the demand for the reconstruction of the seminary and freeing of Maulana Abdul Aziz, who was the prayer leader till early last year. On their part, the administration and the Islamabad Capital Territory Police have played the role of facilitator so far. No resistance was offered the Ulema committee erected tents at the site of seminary and female students resumed studies.

"We want our children are imparted Islamic education and taught manners, but no more bloodshed please," remarked a worried father standing close to the erected tent, who lives in one of the government quarters close by.

This site, he recalled, is a grim reminder of the bloody events of the last year, which neither he nor his family members and others living in the vicinity had been able to forget so far.

Another resident, who also is a low-grade government employee, sought anonymity before expressing his views on the latest developments, involving the seminary. He and majority of those living in the quarters had fled long before the launch of July last year's operation, which claimed scores of innocent lives. "The recent events here have alarmed us again. I and many others fear that a confrontation may take place between the pro-seminary and the police during next few months," he remarked.

Obaidur Rehman, who hails from Hazara, in his mid-20s, was confident that one day, come what may, the seminary would be rebuilt. "Thousands of youth are prepared to launch a forceful struggle, if our demand, which is legitimate and genuine, is not fulfilled," he cautioned.

He declined to give more details as to where he is living and studying. But he insisted they were committed to the spread of what he called true message of Islam. The News

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