Curbing Militancy: Regulating Pakistan’s Madrassas

Issue & Policy Briefs August 20, 2015, No. 184

Thousands of madrassas in Pakistan remain completely unregulated by the government and their sources of funding unknown while many more thousands offer an education to their students with bleak employment prospects, which increases their vulnerability to poverty and extremism. Humaira Israr argues that the Pakistani government needs to show greater resolve to register, regulate, and reform the country’s religious seminaries to curb connections with militancy.