'Madressah reforms to continue'
ISLAMABAD, July 19: Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz has said that the
government will continue to work with all the stakeholders to improve the
madressah reforms programme so that needs for religious education are
Presiding over a meeting of the federal cabinet here
on Wednesday, the prime minister said the madressahs were playing a useful role
in imparting religious education. He said the government supported madressahs
which were serving religious and national interests.
discussed steps to accelerate mainstreaming of religious studies with modern
education to end the tendency of extremism among the students.
the recent acts of terrorism, the cabinet said they were directed against the
nation and in disregard to the teachings of Islam.
It said the violent
incidents had strengthened the resolve of the nation to fight militancy and
extremism and to struggle for the cause of peace.
The prime minister said
the nation was determined to face the challenges of extremism and militancy and
work for promoting peace and harmony in the society.
The cabinet offered
Fateha for the victims of the incidents of violence of the past few
It discussed the law and order situation in light of the terrorist
attacks in the tribal belt, areas of the NWFP and Islamabad.
Minister Aftab Ahmed Khan Sherpao briefed the meeting on the situation in the
aftermath of the Lal Masjid-Jamia Hafsa operation, including the figures of
deaths, injuries and missing people and questions about transparency regarding
The cabinet was informed about the suicide attacks and the
death toll caused by them over the past few days.
While approving the
Trade Policy for the financial year 2007-8, the cabinet increased the export
target from $18.7 billion to $19.2 billion.
It stressed the need for
measures to make the country's products more competitive.
The cabinet was
told that after reaching a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with China, the government
was pursuing similar pacts with other countries.
It was emphasised that
the private sector should benefit from the opportunities made available by the
government for promotion of exports. Managerial expertise and labour
productivity needed to be improved for quality output of the products, the
cabinet was told.
'Trade, not aid' was the hallmark of Pakistan's trade
policy, since it ensured creation of permanent jobs, the prime minister said,
adding that the country sought level playing field for its exports.
expressed the hope that the Doha round of talks would be completed
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