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Karachi seminaries' swoop: Jihadi literature seized from madressah

Updated Sep 04, 2015 09:41am


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KARACHI: In the first search operation since the identification of 49 madressahs suspected to have links with ‘terrorist organisations’ in Sindh, police seized Jihadi literature and posters belonging to a banned militant organisation from the hostel of one of the seminaries, it emerged on Thursday.

The law enforcers conducted a search of three madressahs in Karachi’s West district and one in East district and arrested one person in possession of the Jihadi literature inside the seminary.

“We searched Jamia Binoria in SITE, Masjid and Madressah Al-Badar in Qasba Colony and Masjid and Madressah Al-Mustafa in Orangi Town,” SSP west Azfar Mahesar told Dawn. The police also searched Madressah Jamia Farooqia in Shah Faisal Colony.

Police arrest one suspect in the first round of seminaries search operation

“During the search of the Madressah Al-Mustafa hostel, we seized some Jihadi literature found in one of its rooms. There were also some posters and stuff of the banned organisation. All those were seized,” the officer said, adding that the exercise largely remained smooth with the cooperation of the administration of each madressah.

The SSP said the police investigated and identified the student who had actually carried the literature into the room. After verification and thorough counterchecks, it was proved that the literature belonged to that student, he said, claiming that the police took him into their custody.

“It’s basically Jihadi literature, not the kind that triggers sectarian hatred,” said SSP Mahesar, adding that investigation was under way to find any possible “links of the presence of the literature inside the madressah with its administration or other students”.

The police booked and arrested the student under Section 153-A of the Pakistan Penal Code. Titled “promoting enmity between different groups,” Section 153-A of the PPC reads: “Whoever by words, either spoken or written, or by signs, or by visible representations or otherwise, promotes or incites, or attempts to promote or incite, on grounds of religion, race, place of both, residence, language, caste or community or any other ground whatsoever, disharmony or feelings of enmity, hatred or ill-will between different religious, racial, language or regional groups or castes or communities.”

The Sindh home department had identified 49 madressahs having alleged links with ‘terrorist organisations’ against whom the ‘relevant authorities’ were told to take action last month. The madressahs were identified on intelligence reports.

The officials claimed to have shared the information with both the Rangers and Sindh police for ‘appropriate action’ against them. How­ever, the Pakistan Rangers, which were leading the ‘targeted operation’ in Karachi, were not part of the search operation of the madressahs.

A senior official while wishing not to be named confirmed that the police handled the entire exercise on their own and the operation would continue under the National Action Plan. “West district is quite vulnerable as it has been identified with 12 madressahs which are mentioned in the Sindh home department’s report,” said the official.

“Three of them are done with the search and the same exercise will be carried out at the remaining ones soon. The Rangers are expected to join the police in the next phase, but if they don’t the police will do that on their own,” he added.

In East district, the same search operation was conducted at Madressah Jamia Farooqia in Shah Faisal Colony. The officials said the exercise included verification of students’ identity, enrolment record and accounts to trace their financial resources.

Published in Dawn, September 4th, 2015

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Comments (26) Closed

Truth Sep 04, 2015 08:51am

This is beginning of real operation against extremism. All incubators which are the source of hatred should be banned first.

Jo Sep 04, 2015 09:01am

Just goes to show that it is high time that these "madrassas" are dismantled nationwide.

Padmakar, India Sep 04, 2015 09:37am

Teach them Buddha and Gandhi for peace.

Kabeer Sep 04, 2015 10:43am

Not only madressahs a chain of schools under the guise of modern studies are also involved in promoting extremism and hatred against the other sects the people in Karachi know these schools very well

M. Khan Sep 04, 2015 10:44am

seminaries are churning out half literate crazy mullahs. They need to be reformed, modernized and monitored. English, mathematics, social studies made compulsory. All seminaries preaching hate and violence need be closed.

HAMZA KHAN Sep 04, 2015 10:48am

Good job! Police must be trained enough to accomplish all these tasks successfully. Thumbs up!

kkk Sep 04, 2015 11:24am

@Padmakar, India pin point solution to a serious problem but question mark who will want to follow

Abs UK Sep 04, 2015 11:51am

Good job

Parvez Sep 04, 2015 12:07pm

....and this AFTER all the warnings given over the last so many months since NAP was born......the iceberg still floats with its bulk under the water ( unseen ).

XY Sep 04, 2015 12:28pm

@Padmakar, India No wonder shiv sena and modi are so peaceful

Aaqil Sep 04, 2015 12:40pm

Since the announcement of National Action Plan in December it is now over 8 months and this "bonus" of delayed action against them has been fully utilized by the Madressahs involved in spreading hatred and preparing suicide bombers etc by shifting hate material or destroying them in order to protect themselves against any raids and thus portray themselves as clean.

Aaqil Sep 04, 2015 12:43pm

@Parvez Yes indeed it would be foolish to think / believe that all Madressahs have become clean in the wake of National Action Plan. Action against Madressahs was delayed for so many months and this gave enough of a room to them to hide objectionable material. If nothing is found during raids it does not mean that the Madressa is clean.

Gp65 Sep 04, 2015 01:06pm

What about maddresahs in Jhang and Muridke?

Agree to Disagree Sep 04, 2015 01:07pm

All madressas are not evil. However, those which are involved in supporting terrorism must be dismantlement quickly and those responsible must be brought to justice.

Whistle Blower Sep 04, 2015 01:09pm

It is suggested to LEAs that all maderassas must be monitored through surveillance cameras inside and outside of their compounds. Those seminaries that do not agree to install such devices must be shut down forthwith.

Amir Sep 04, 2015 01:16pm

It is not rocket science or complex equation to conclude that the student arrested at the madarsah has absolutely no link with the administrators of that madarsah?

How can that be? we are again halfheartedly fighting selective terrorism hiding our dirt under the carpet.

Raghu Sep 04, 2015 01:57pm

Religion doesn't advocate terrorism, but if it's preached by immature minds, it can inspire people to become terrorists... Schools must teach children about mind control...It's very important to witness one's mind than to be a part of it all the time. Peace is possible only if the mind is Peaceful...

Human being Sep 04, 2015 02:15pm

Can u still claim terrorist are eliminated from Pakistan ...?

Naved Sep 04, 2015 02:41pm

Too little too late.

Haider Rehman Real Sep 04, 2015 03:34pm

@Human being No one said terrorists are eliminated from Pakistan. Terror stronghold in NWA have been destroyed resulting in 60% decrease in terrorism. More action is underway.

Ishrat salim Sep 04, 2015 03:55pm

Such kind of action will not yield the desired result if open search is carried out. This kind of operation should be discrete not the way it is being done now. The way it is announced etc; suspects will either go underground or leave the place, so police will not get the wanted result. When are we going to learn, it is no rocket science.

Ikramullah Sep 04, 2015 11:28pm

Confiscate all the material and property belonging to such madrassahs. The Mullah in charge should be charged with sedition law either to be hanged or jailed for life.

Zak Sep 05, 2015 12:18am

@Raghu people like Modi won't allow peace.

holysmoke Sep 05, 2015 10:40am

Ooops! last week a Sindhi/Punjabi provincial minister said 13,000+ Madressas were inspected and NO militant Taliban was found! Today, militant ideology is found! You can do better,Pakistan!

holysmoke Sep 05, 2015 10:41am

@Raghu : Badly mangled post.

holysmoke Sep 05, 2015 10:42am

@Haider Rehman Real : What's the size and influence of the reamining 40%?