Pakistan has failed to create a modern education system which serves the needs of all of its youth. A high percent attend religious schools known as madrasah in which, all too often, they are indoctrinated in religion, and fail to engage with modern thinking and ideas. Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani, prime minister of Pakistan is considering the possibility of revamping Pakistan education based on the model of Muslim Turkey whose secular schools are high quality and few of its students graduate to serve in the world of terrorism. There are currently more than 20,000 madrasahs in Pakistan who serve about 1.7 million students
Pakistan must address the needs of its poor students who are the ones most likely to attend a madrasah because their family can not pay school fees. Defeating terrorism in Pakistan begins with weaning away disaffected youth from the madrasah in which they learn to hate, and involving them in secular schools where they learn how to utilize their inherent talents.