The official figures report over nine thousand registered religious seminaries and about the same number of unregistered madressas that are spread all over Pakistan. These religion-based educational institutions offer both tuition and shelter to children of the poor and socially marginalized segments of the society. The curriculum of these madressas has always been based on fundamental and medieval interpretation of Islam. These facilities are often overcrowded and the conditions of habitat and sanitation rather deplorable. The total milieu is conducive to spreading the message of hate through exploitation of social injustices. The war on terror is multifaceted. If we wish to win this war, it is imperative that some sort of educational reforms are introduced and enforced in these institutions. We have to alter their environment and introduce new curriculum too so that their students can also contribute to the productive economic activity of the country. -AHMED ALI, Islamabad, September 9.