Over 250 madrassas shut down countrywide

Published: February 25, 2016
Mapping under way of seminaries for registration. PHOTO: AFP

Mapping under way of seminaries for registration. PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD: The government has shut down 254 suspected and unregistered madrassas across the country, the lower house of parliament was told on Wednesday.

One hundred sixty-seven suspected seminaries in Sindh, 13 in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, two in Punjab, and 72 unregistered madrassas in Sindh have been closed, Minister of State for Interior & Narcotics Control Balighur Rehman told the National Assembly in response to a query by Pakistan Peoples Party MNA Shahida Rehmani.

102 madrassas sealed for stoking sectarianism

The minister shared the government’s measures to curb sectarian violence under the National Action Plan, their implementation and the results achieved until February 16. “The government is countering hate speech and banning dissemination of extremist material.”


So far 2,471 cases have been registered, 2,345 people arrested and 73 shops involved in the business sealed, Rehman told the house.

On misuse of loudspeakers, he said 9,945 cases had been registered, 10,177 people arrested and 2,664 devices confiscated.

This information prompted Shahida to ask about action against Lal Masjid cleric Abdul Aziz’s hate speeches, to which the minister said action had been taken in accordance with the law.

NA Deputy Speaker Javed Abbasi asked Rehman to hand over the FIR against Aziz to the PPP lawmaker.

Govt completes geotagging of 3,662 madrassas

Regarding registration and regulation of seminaries, the state minister said the government had completed 100% mapping on agreed parameters in Islamabad and Punjab.

Eighty per cent of the mapping exercise has been completed in Sindh, followed by 75% in K-P and 60% in Balochistan, he added.“There are 190 foreign-funded seminaries in the country, of which 147 are in Punjab, 30 in Balochistan, seven in K-P and six in Sindh.”


Rehman told the house that the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill 2015 was also being considered to strengthen the federal and provincial governments to effectively curb sectarian violence, extremism and propagation of hate material.

He said action had been initiated against authors, publishers and retailers circulating hate material. The government was also working on removing objectionable material from textbooks.

“Similarly, the PM’s Youth Loan Programme is targeting youth to tackle the menace of terrorism..”

Madrassa reforms: Punjab shut only two suspected seminaries

The minister said NAP was being pursued through vigorous monitoring by the federal and provincial governments to eliminate sectarian violence in the country.

He said the government measures included countering hate speech and extremist material, dismantling communication networks of terrorists, and ending sectarian terrorism.

Published in The Express Tribune, February 25th, 2016.

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Reader Comments (6)

  • Feb 25, 2016 - 9:40AM

    Finally! This is going to improve the well being of our next generations.Recommend

  • Karachiite
    Feb 25, 2016 - 11:20AM

    what a joke! 13 closed in KPK and only 2 in Punjab?! there are more than 10,000 madrassahs in these 2 provinces alone. who are you fooling?Recommend

  • Haji Atiya
    Feb 25, 2016 - 1:08PM

    And many of those shut will eventually reopen under a new name.Recommend

  • Ashraf P
    Feb 25, 2016 - 1:24PM

    There are more than 60000 madrassas in Pakistan. Chances are, more of them need to be closed down.Recommend

  • Feb 25, 2016 - 2:36PM

    My comment was to be the second one on this article. Please publish?

    “@SKN: the breakup given by the Min of St is 167 suspected seminaries in Sindh, 13 in KP, and 2 in Punjab. Added to this are 72 unregistered madrasahs in Sindh. The concentration of seminaries closed is in Sindh where to put it mildly ‘bheegi billees’ dwell. What about the LIONS DENS in KP and Southern Punjab? Salams”. Recommend

  • Ay Jay
    Feb 25, 2016 - 7:52PM

    Shut ’em all.Recommend

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