Extremism in Pakistani madrassas: It's not just for men anymore

Asked about the killing of a governor earlier this year because he opposed the country’s controversial blasphemy law, Varda, without hesitation, said Salman Taseer’s murder by his own bodyguard was the right thing to do.

“If people … call themselves Muslims and they are members of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, then they should not be criticizing this law,” she said.

“I am sorry to say this, but this is what he deserved.”…

Female madrassas “targeted women because they know that is the place to plant the seed, because it will go far,” said Kamran Bokhari, Middle East and South Asia director for global intelligence firm Stratfor.

“Women will get married, women will raise children. It will create a norm within society over time.”