Sindh to begin 'grand operation' against militants, terror outfits

Meeting informed federal govt has been asked to include 93 religious seminaries in watch list

Hafeez Tunio February 20, 2017
Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah talking to media persons at the shrine of Shah Abdul Lateef Bhittai on February 19, 2017. PHOTO: APP

KARACHI: Sindh government will initiate a grand operation against militants and organisations involved in terrorism and sectarian violence in the province, decided a meeting at CM's House on Monday.

"The operation will take place in Shikarpur, Khairpur, Jacoabad, Sukkur, Hyderabad and its adjoining areas as well as across the Sindh-Balochistan border," an official privy to the development told The Express Tribune.

The meeting convened in the wake of Sehwan terrorist attack was informed about the investigation and arrest of facilitators involved. At least 88 people lost their lives when a bomber struck the shrine swarmed with devotees on February 16.

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The meeting was apprised that some madrassa (seminaries) have become a training camp for terrorists and criminals, with some of them operating in Karachi. "We have sent a list of 93 such seminaries to interior ministry to put them in the watch list," Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah informed the participants.

During the meeting, Pakistan People's Party (PPP) co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari clarified that his party is not against seminaries, but government must take action against the ones that indulge in terrorism and activities of sectarian nature.

Zardari also advised the CM to approach the federal government suggesting action against illegal immigrants, especially Afghans, residing in Karachi and other districts of Sindh.

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Sindh IG, chief secretary, Counter Terrorism Department AIG and officials of police and intelligence agencies attended the meeting.

On Sunday, Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah said that those inciting violence were tantamount to being the accomplices of terrorists.

The incident, Shah assured, is being investigated from all angles and with the help of close circuit television (CCTV) cameras, as law enforcement agencies make strenuous efforts to nab the culprits.


Ashfaq | 7 years ago | Reply Thanks Sindh government for broadcasting it so all terrorists go underground for a few days. More Sound byte than real action.
Lumdheeng | 7 years ago | Reply Express Tribune once reported 90,000 madrassahs operating in Sindh alone, and many have links to terrorism. Pakistan authorities need to look into this very stringently.
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