ISLAMABAD - Sardar Muhammad Yousuf, federal minister for religious affairs and interfaith harmony, said on Saturday that homework has been completed to introduce Arabic language in curricula as a compulsory subject up to matric level.
The project will be launched from Khyber Pakhtunkhawa and will be extended to other provinces of the country in different phases. The minister expressed these views while talking to Dr Ahmed Yousaf Al-Darwesh, president International Islamic University Islamabad, here on Saturday. The minister said the step will definitely help students understand the Holy Quran. Arabic teachers will be trained properly for this and a suitable stipend will also be given to them, he added.
The minister said Pakistan and Saudi Arabia are enjoying good and cordial relations. He lauded Saudi efforts for strengthening the bilateral relations. A stable Pakistan is essential for having an effective Muslim Ummah, he said and added that efforts are under way to restore peace in the country.
"The government wants to construct a Quran Complex in line with Shah Fahd Quran Complex of Saudi Arabia which will benefit promoting understanding the teaching of the holy book," the minister said. Dr Darwesh lauded the efforts of the federal minister for introducing Arabic language and said that all possible help would be extended to promote Arabic language in Pakistan.
Saudi Ambassador to Pakistan Dr Abdul Aziz Ibrahim Alghdeer was also present in the meeting.