30 seminaries closed, according to Chaudhry Nisar

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ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has said that law-enforcement agencies have so far placed 30 religious seminaries in the “suspect” category which have been closed, according to local media sources.

The minister said this in an official report on the implementation of the National Action Plan (NAP) against terrorism and extremism, reportedly.

Two of the “suspect” madaris were from Punjab, 15 from Sindh and 13 from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. No seminary in Balochistan has been placed in this category since the launch of the NAP in December last year, sources reported.

Although the report does not explain in so many words what is meant by suspected madaris, a senior official involved in the implementation of the NAP said they had some direct or indirect connections with militants or their activities.

According to the report, Sindh is the only province which has taken concrete action and has so far closed 72 unregistered madaris. No such action has been reported from the other three provinces, sources further added.