Apex committee meeting: Govt to go after 48 madrassas ‘promoting terrorism’

Published: June 4, 2015
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A file photo of a madrassa in Pakistan. PHOTO: AFP

A file photo of a madrassa in Pakistan. PHOTO: AFP

KARACHI: 

The provincial government has identified 48 madressas across Sindh that are promoting terrorism and has decided to put an end to their operations.

This decision was made during a meeting of the provincial apex committee on Thursday. The meeting that was chaired by Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah, who was told that the government will take the Wafaqul Madaris into confidence before going after the seminaries that have now turned into hatcheries of terrorists.

In Karachi, these seminaries are located in New Karachi, Surjani Town, Gadap, Malir, Landhi, Manghopir, Kunwari Colony, Sultanabad, Baldia Town, Keamari and Orangi Town. “After imparting training, these madressas provide recruits for terrorist activities in various areas of the country, including Sindh,” the intelligence officers shared.

The government will also cut off the sources of finance for these seminaries through necessary administrative, legal and legislative measures. To follow through with these plans, Shah decided to constitute a taskforce, which will be notified shortly, to suggest ways to curb funding sources to these madrassas.

Later, information and local government minister Sharjeel Memon gave a briefing on the decisions made during the meeting. The names of the seminaries were shortlisted with the help of information collected by the intelligence and law enforcement agencies.

The funding for violence and terrorism has deep roots in ill-gotten money, said Memon. “There are different sources,” he said, listing examples, such as extortion from different government and private institutions, individuals, collection of donations, forced and voluntary collection of hides, fitra, kidnapping for ransom, payments to ghost employees, land grabbing, and smuggling particularly of Iranian oil.

“The government will enact laws to stop the smuggling of Iranian oil,” said Memon. “We will seal the petrol pumps selling smuggled petrol and arrest the owners.”

Going separate ways

A separate lane will be established at all exit and entry points of Sindh so that all incoming and outgoing vehicles are scanned through the biometric system, Memon announced. “These checkpoints will be manned by representatives of police, Rangers, Customs, FIA and other relevant organisations,” he said. “The entire system will be computerised and checking will be done scientifically.”

The chief minister told the IG, the Sindh advocate-general and prosecutor-general to induct efficient investigators who take ownership of cases and take the culprits to task, said Memon. “This is a mission and you have to fulfil it by collecting solid and scientific evidence,” he quoted Shah.

Attendance

Memon announced that the biometric system was being installed to record the electronic attendance of all employees at government institutions, particularly in local bodies and education departments to prevent ghost employees.

The meeting was attended by Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ebad, finance minister Murad Ali Shah, parliamentary affairs minister Dr Sikandar Mandhro, home minister Sohail Siyal, corps commander Lt General Naveed Mukhtar, Rangers DG Bilal Akbar, Sindh IG Ghulam Hyder Jamali, home secretary Mukhtiar Soomro , commissioner Shoaib Siddiqui and others.

Published in The Express Tribune, June 5th, 2015. 

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Reader Comments (10)

  • syed &; syed
    Jun 5, 2015 - 1:50AM

    Will the Chief Chief Minister have courage to do after Madaris promoting terrorism. He already said that he will consult with Wafaqul Madaris. If you have information why not to go with full force instead of giving a lame excuse that first he will consult with his father- a childish move.Recommend

  • Appan
    Jun 5, 2015 - 11:33AM

    Oh. Great. Thank you uncle for giving advance “warning”. We will do everything to hide. Anyway you are going to consult madaris. Save Mullas and Maulvis as they are doing a “great service”. Madrasa Students are after all students. Leave them and take action against all others!! I earnestly hope that this culminates into some real actionRecommend

  • IBN E ASHFAQUE
    Jun 5, 2015 - 3:10PM

    Please increase investment in education from less than 2% of GDP to 6% of GDP. The poor given a choice of formal education and madrassa, will choose formal education. The madrassas will not get enough students and will die a natural death. Social problems created in more than decades of wrong policies cannot be solved by only using and I stress only using boots, bayonets and bullets. We need to amend our wrong policies and be persistent and have a strategy that is owned politically by all key stakeholders. May Allah protect Pakistan. Recommend

  • Jibran
    Jun 5, 2015 - 4:13PM

    Only Sindh police is fighting against the terrorists. Punjab and Pakhtunkhawa on the other hand have a marriage of convenience with the banned outfits like LeJ, TTP, ASWJ, for obvious reasons. Recommend

  • imran
    Jun 5, 2015 - 4:14PM

    Good! Don’t spare a single one of them. Either eliminate them or send them back to where they belong.Recommend

  • Allah Ditta
    Jun 5, 2015 - 7:32PM

    Oh please do. We had enough and cannot take more. Recommend

  • Raj - USA
    Jun 5, 2015 - 9:43PM

    @IBN E ASHFAQUE:
    “Please increase investment in education from less than 2% of GDP to 6% of GDP. The poor given a choice of formal education and madrassa, will choose formal education. The madrassas will not get enough students and will die a natural death.”

    In the last few years, Punjab Government revised the school text books. In the end, they only added more material preaching hate and extremism when their objective was to remove such material from school text books.

    Read this blog also.
    http://blogs.tribune.com.pk/story/27907/if-you-want-to-teach-here-you-have-to-wear-a-burqa/
    The author says:

    After all, it wasn’t like she was teaching at a madarssa or anything. It was a popular school with a good name attended by children from the upper middle class background.

    She goes on to say: “Montessoris were strange there too – no dolls, action figures or stuffed toys” and “Children were not allowed to clap, dance or hear music.”

    Madrassa fundings are coming from Saudi Arabia and Gulf Arab countries. Will the government ever try to stop it? Will the Army ever try to stop it? No. Look at the army’s reaction to the massacre of their own school going children in APS. They have not arrested or hanged even one terrorist who carried out the attacks. All they did was to send over 1000 family members who have lost their children in the terror attacks to Mecca and the children who survived the attacks to China. The army is religiously indoctrinated as well.

    Believe it or not. These is the price Pakistan is paying for its Kashmir cause. Kashmir cannot be won unless India and Hindus are seen and perceived as enemies from the core of your heart, and this cannot be done unless extremism is forcefully induced from the early infant age in children. Because Kashmir issue came first and India and hindus became enemies first, China, an enemy of India in 1962, became friend of Pakistan. Is there any other reason? This indoctrination has been going on for over 3 generations and has indoctrinated almost the entire society. Watch the TV discussions by Orya Maqbool Jan and Ansar Abbasi whey they were reviewing Malala’s book. Recommend

  • Zahid
    Jun 6, 2015 - 2:36AM

    Oh don’t expect too much for this PPP GOVT they don’t have ability to fight, they are all corrupt politicians and ZardariRecommend

  • Raees
    Jun 6, 2015 - 9:10AM

    No need to hurry. Wait and let them perform.Recommend

  • Jun 6, 2015 - 10:35AM

    @syed & syed: Yes! Why have so much publicity on the Madrassah reforms and action against the banned outfits? Now that you have the Pak Army backing you all the way, it’s time to show some backbone and lead with the right foot. Salams. Recommend

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