Seminaries involved in terror won’t be spared: Pak leaders
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): The Pakistan government has reaffirmed its intention to register and streamline the working of all religious schools across the country.
Prime Minister and Nawaz Sharif and Chief of Army Staff Gen. Raheel Sharif warned the madrassas involved in terrorism and extremism of stern action.
At a two-hour meeting with seminary representatives in Islamabad late on Monday, they listened to the concerns voiced by Tanzeem Ittehadul Madaris (TIM) members.
Earlier, the TIM delegation and Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan had a brainstorming session on how to reform the seminaries, including their funding system.
An ongoing operation against the religious schools suspected of having links to terrorists came under discussion, media reports said. Sharif dispelled the impression that Punjab-based seminaries were being spared.
Sahibzada Abdul Mustafa Hazarvi, a clerics who attended the meeting, told Dawn the TIM had issues with the registration form ‘reckless’ crackdown on madaris.
“The army chief and the prime minister assured us that no such crackdowns will take place,” he said, adding the army chief also made clear his determination to fix the system.
If someone was found guilty of any wrongdoing, the seminaries concerned and its administration would have to face the consequences, Gen. Sharif was quoted as saying.
The process of registration of seminaries would be simplified shortly, an issue which had remained on the backburner for several years, the interior minister promised. The seminaries will have to present information about their audits.
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