Washington: An eminent US Congressman Wednesday demanded an immediate closure of madarsas adhering to
the Deobandi school of thought in Pakistan, charging that they
were churning out terrorists.
Congressman Ed Royce, Co-Chair of the India Caucus in
House of Representative, also said that these schools were
acting as recruiting ground for terror groups like the
Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and should be shut down.
He was addressing a Congressional luncheon organised
by the National Federation of Indian American Association
"Deobandi schools continue to churn out terrorists
that attack democracies around the world. There are 800
specifically of these Deobandi schools that are focused on
jihad in Pakistan," he claimed.
"Every graduating class, those young men are then
approached and recruited as a result of that education that
they receive in that type of radicalism and are recruited to
carry out terror," Royce said.
"Our message is that those schools have to be shut
down. The LeT campus have to be closed. Those individuals have
to be brought to justice who had a hand in training these
young people in terror. This must stop," said the Congressman,
who serves on the International Terrorism Subcommittee in the
House of Representative.
He said the administration should put enough pressure
on the Pakistan government to close down the schools.
Addressing the gathering of eminent Indian Americans
who had travelled from various parts of the country to attend
this Congressional Luncheon, the House Majority Leader Steny
Hoyer said India and the US over this past decade have forged
closer relationship not only based on common values, but also
on mutual interest.
"Clearly our two nations confront terrorism. We (India
and the US) have an interest in peaceful handling of nuclear
power. We do not want to see that spread beyond those nations
who have responsibly handled their nuclear storage," Hoyer
He said it is important that India and the United
States have a very close relationship.
Expressing concern over the proliferation and control
of nuclear weapons, the House Majority Leader said: "One of
the issues on terrorism that all of us know is western
Pakistan, which is giving sanctuary to terrorists".
"Clearly that is in the best interest of America and
all other people to try and defeat that area of terrorism,"