The regional government of the Khyber-Pakhtunwa province in Pakistan has awarded 300 million rupees ($2.86 million) to a madrassa with ties to the Taliban.
According to the Times of India, the Darul Uloom Haqqania Nowshera madrassa is known as the "University of Jihad" and counts the late Taliban leader Mullah Omar amongst its alumni. Also attending the madrassa were Haqqani Network founder Jalaluddin Haqqani, Al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent leader Asim Umar and the late Afghan Taliban chief Mullah Akhtar Mansoor.
"I am proudly announcing that Darul Uloom Haqqania Nowshera will get Rs 300 million to meet its annual expenditures," Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Minister Shah Farman told the provincial Assembly.
150 million will be given this year, with a further 150 next year. "Darul Uloom Haqqania is one of the oldest and largest seminaries of Pakistan and it deserves financial assistance," said Minister for Religious Affairs Habibur Rehman, who is a member of the Islamist group Jamaat e-Islami.