posted on Nov, 19 2012 @ 11:16 AM
Text books in Pakistani schools foster prejudice and intolerance of Hindus and other religious minorities, while most teachers view non-Muslims as
"enemies of Islam," according to a study by a U.S. government commission released Wednesday.
The findings indicate how deeply ingrained hardline Islam is in Pakistan and help explain why militancy is often supported, tolerated or excused in
"Teaching discrimination increases the likelihood that violent religious extremism in Pakistan will continue to grow, weakening religious freedom,
national and regional stability, and global security," said Leonard Leo, the chairman of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom.
The increasing Islamization of Pakistan and antagonism against India, a nation with a Hindu majority, has been an influential factor in the
persecution of Hindus. Such Islamization include the blasphemy laws, which make it dangerous for religious minorities to express themselves freely and
engage freely in religious and cultural activities. The promulgation of Sharia, Quranic law has also increased the marginalisation of Hindus and other