Sindh spots 44 seminaries linked with TTP, Jundullah for action

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By Naimat Khan

KARACHI: The Sindh government has decided to take action against 44 religious seminaries for having link with proscribed organizations, it emerged on Saturday.

Highly creditable sources told that the seminaries spotted for action have also been arranging trainings to the militants.

These revelations were made in a report submitted by Secretary Home Mukhtar Hussain Soomro before the apex committee meeting held in Chief Minister House on Friday, sources said.

The seminaries also include Gulshan-e-Umar Sohrab Goth, which has association with terrorist outfit Jundullah whereas Markaz-e-Uloom-e-Islamia situated in the former Taliban bastion – Manhgopir – has links with Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan.

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According to details, out of the seminaries spotted for action 22 are situated in Karachi division alone. Hyderabad has the second highest number of twelve whereas Sukkar has six and Larkana four seminaries which are found involved in harboring and training terrorists.

A data complied police of all districts of Sindh there are 4021 Madrassahs across the southern Pakistan province, out of which 1423 are unregistered.

According to official record a huge number of 387664 local and 663 foreigner students are enrolled in these seminaries where the state and its institutions have zero monitoring.

The data further reveals that 3755 of these Madrassahs belong to Deobandi school of thought whereas 2047 are associated with Barelvi sect. As much as 86 seminaries have affiliation with Shia board and 61 are affiliated with Al Sulfia, Ahle Hadees school of thought.

A Short version of this story was published in The Frontier Post

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Author: Naimat

Karachi based journalist, writing on national and international issues.

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