Senator Chris Murphy has come out saying that Saudi Arabia funds up to 24,000 radical religious schools in Pakistan by handing out a “tsunami of money” in order to “export intolerance.”
“In 1956, there were 244 madrassas in Pakistan. Today, there are 24,000. These schools are multiplying all over the globe. These schools, by and large, don’t teach violence. They aren’t the minor leagues for al-Qaeda or ISIS. But they do teach a version of Islam that leads very nicely into an anti-Shia, anti-Western militancy,” he said in a speech at the Council on Foreign Relations.
“The United States should suspend supporting Saudi Arabia’s military campaign in Yemen, at the very least until we get assurances that this campaign does not distract from the fight against ISIS and al-Qaeda, and until we make some progress on the Saudi export of Wahhabism,” he added.
He emphasized that the US Congress should stop making arms deal with the puritanical Kingdom till assurances were made that this radical funding would stop.