Norway: Money sent to Pakistani koran schools disappeared

Norway has paid several million kroner to 118 koran schools in Pakistan. Local imams are now looking for the money.

While the head of a madrassa school in the area of Swat said to Norwegian TV that his school has not received even one kroner of support from Norwegian authorities, the foreign ministry thinks that money was not paid to the local authorities. The Norwegian embassy in Islamabad has been assured by a consultant that everything would go to the schools.

Norway said it would support koran schools in North-West Pakistan, without making any demands as to the educational program. Research organization International Crisis Group (ICG) had advised against such support and says the schools are dangerous to international security. Koran schools in Karachi contributed to training and recruiting of jihadis to Afghanistan and Kashmir.

Sources: Nettavisen, TV2 (Norwegian)

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