Over 182 Madrassas Taken Over, Detained 121 In Crackdown On Terror: Pakistan

Over 182 Madrassas Taken Over, Detained 121 In Crackdown On Terror: Pakistan

Over 182 Madrassas Taken Over, Detained 121 In Crackdown On Terror: Pakistan 

New Delhi: The government of Pakistan has made an announcement that says it has taken control of 182 madrassas and detained more than 100 people as part of its push against banned terror groups.

The interior ministry of Pakistan had said that it was part of a long-planned drive, not a response to Indian anger over what New Delhi calls Islamabad's failure to rein in terror groups operating on Pakistani soil.

There has been an immense international pressure on Pakistan to act against terror groups carrying out attacks in India, including Jaish-e-Mohammed. The Pakistan based terror outfit, Jaish-e-Mohammad had claimed the responsibility for the February 14 terror attack that killed at least 40 soldiers in Jammu and Kashmir.

Provincial governments in Pakistan have "taken in their control management and administration of 182 seminaries (madaris)", Pakistan's interior ministry said in a statement, referring to religious schools and their links to terror outfits.

"Law enforcement agencies have taken 121 people under preventive detention as of today," the Pakistani ministry added.

The matter of madrassas is a thorny issue in Pakistan, a deeply conservative Muslim nation, where religious schools are often used for radicalisation of youngsters to join terror outfits, but such schools are also the only option available to millions of poor children.

Such Madrassas are operated by many banned terror groups such as JeM as a garb to radicalise young Pakistanis.

Yesterday, Pakistan had taken control of the assets belonging to Mumbai terror attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed-led Jamaat-ud-Dawa and its wing Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation.