NEW DELHI: The chairman of All Parties Hurriyat Conference (G), Syed Ali Shah Geelani has said that women enjoyed equal right to education.
Geelani in a statement here said that depriving 74,000 young women to pursue education, burning and blasting 150 schools was an unjustifiable act. ‘’Women enjoy an equal right to education. Education is obligatory on both Muslim men and women, even if they have to go to China to seek it,’’ he said while quoting the Prophet Muhammad (SAW). “Girls should be allowed to take full advantage of educational facilities as per their resources and capabilities,” he added.
He, however, called for stopping of co-education but said burning and destroying of schools was no solution. It would be helpful to open separate schools with equal facilities for girls and boys where they could pursue academics separately as per their potential, he said, adding that every society needed enough professionals to cater to its needs.
Geelani said that Pakistani rulers, ulemas, politicians and the civil society needed to engage these groups collectively through talks and stress upon them the need to eschew such policies. “There is an urgent need to avoid violence. Military might and killing people would not serve the purpose but would only complicate the situation,” he added.
He appealed to the well-wishers of Pakistan to try and address the situation through sagacity and reasonableness. ”That is the need of the hour,” Geelani said and added that responding to violence with violence would never end violence but would only enhance it. ”Experience has shown it only creates an unending circle,” he said and stressed the need for an urgent change in the strategy and policies to end violence and grievances.-SANA