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Farooq Abdullah advocates modernisation of madrassas

Press Trust of India  |  Jammu 

chief Farooq Abdullah today said "enemy of the nation" was not across the border but within ourselves who is "trying to divide us", adding that a "united fight" was the only way forward in bringing long-lasting peace in the Valley.

The former of also advocated "modernisation" of madrassas.

"There is a necessity that madrassas teach Science and English as well. These young children need to be educated in a modern way so that they not only serve their community, but serve outside their communities as well.

"Therefore, it is essential that madrassa education must be modernised," he said.

Abdullah was speaking at a day-long seminar 'Bridging the Divide' organised here by

The member of also noted that war was not a solution to any issue.

"War has never been a solution. I have always said talks are the only way forward," he said.

The said many measures have been taken over the years to tackle the problem, but they "failed" as both and made it an issue only during elections.

"We have to sit to solve this issue...we are suffering and continue to suffer. We are all Indians, irrespective of our religion, creed, caste, religion. Any further division of this nation will cause destruction. Our enemy is not across the border, our enemy is within ourselves who is trying to divide us on various issues," he said.

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First Published: Sun, January 14 2018. 23:55 IST