The directorate of Hajj and Religious Affairs in Badakhshan said Taliban has control over 11 madrassas in Yumgan, Wardooj, Jurm and Gharjistan districts of the province where they promote anti-government sentiment and their own ideologies.
Badakhshan’s Hajj and Religious Affairs Director Abdul Wali Arshad told TOLOnews that hundreds of youths are graduating from these madrassas every year.
“All madrassas are in areas controlled by government - except 11 of them which are in areas under control of the Taliban,” he said.
According to figures by the directorate, there are 400 religious schools – madrassas – in Badakhshan.
“Our youths have no interest in studying religious subjects in Pakistan because the madrassas and religious schools which taught religious subjects previously now are teaching radicalism and terrorism. Pakistan’s ISI and military are involved in this,” Arshad added.
Meanwhile, Mujibullah Sarwari, a religious scholar said the madrassas in Pakistan train terrorist and anti-government groups that fight the Afghan government.
“They go to Pakistan where they only learn terrorism, destruction and jihad against Afghanistan. They are not learning the Holy Quran there,” Sarwari said.
A number of students in the province said religious scholars in Badakhshan are better than those in Pakistan.
“Those who go to Pakistan to learn religion return as terrorists,” said Mohammad Alam, a resident of Badakhshan.
“I urge the young generation to not travel to other countries because Badakhshan is a good place for seeking religious knowledge,” said another resident of the province, Hasibullah.