Authority’ to monitor media,
curriculum along Islamic lines


ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has said his government had decided to form a ‘Rehmatul-lil-Aalameen (blessing for all the worlds) Authority,’ which would portray the true image of Islam, research the life of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), monitor the media and keep an eye on school curriculum. 
The prime minister made the announcement at a conference in Islamabad that marked the start of the Islamic month of Rabi-ul-Awwal, which holds special significance for Muslims who observe the 12th of the month as Mawlid Al-Nabi, the birth day of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). 
PM Khan said the proposed authority would comprise Islamic scholars of international repute who would help familiarize children and elders to the teachings of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and tell the world, particularly the West, that Islam was a religion of love and humanity. 
“I have decided to form Rehmatul-lil-Aalameen Authority,” Khan said. “This authority will have scholars whose responsibility would be to [study the life of Prophet (PBUH)] and suggest what needs to be taught to children and elders.”

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan addressing at ‘Rehmat-ul-Lialameen Conference’ on Sunday.

“One scholar will be responsible to monitor media, social media. We cannot stop [social media], but we can give alternate choices.” 
The prime minister said cartoons shown in the country depict an alien culture and were “indoctrination.” “If we cannot stop these [cartoon], at least we should be capable of making our own cartoons,” he said. 
Khan said he himself would be a “patron” of the proposed authority and the government had already been looking for a chairman, who should have a vast knowledge on the life of Prophet (PBUH) and relevant publications to his credit. 
“There will be an advisory board [for this authority] and we would bring top scholars from the world on the board,” he said. 
The job of these scholars would be to “monitor” school curriculum, according to the premier. 
“[Scholars] will monitor how [children] are studying, does that [curriculum] need any changes. There will be discussion among scholars,” he said. 
The prime minister said the authority would “conduct research in universities” and suggest what changes needed to be implemented to bring society in lines with Islam.