Men and boys found shackled in seminary

Published December 13, 2011
Rescued Pakistani students sit in a police vehicle following a police raid.
Rescued Pakistani students sit in a police vehicle following a police raid.
Young students cry after being rescued following a police raid.
Young students cry after being rescued following a police raid.
Young rescued Pakistani students carry their belongings as they leave.
Young rescued Pakistani students carry their belongings as they leave.
Rescued Pakistani students sit in a police vehicle following a police raid.
Rescued Pakistani students sit in a police vehicle following a police raid.
Pakistani policemen search documents.
Pakistani policemen search documents.
Rescued students huddle together outside after being rescued.
Rescued students huddle together outside after being rescued.
A Pakistani policeman searches a basement.
A Pakistani policeman searches a basement.
Rescued Pakistani students sit in a police vehicle.
Rescued Pakistani students sit in a police vehicle.

More than 50 children and men were found shackled in the basement of a seminary off Super Highway on Monday night. According to Malir SSP Rao Anwar, police raided Jamia Masjid Zakriya Kondali and recovered people whose ages ranged between 15 and 40.

The senior superintendent of police said they were drug addicts and the seminary's administration was running a detoxification unit. A signboard at the seminary said that drug addicts were treated there.

Police said the inmates had been brought there by their families for treatment of addiction. However, keeping them in fetters was highly objectionable and illegal, said the SSP. Read the full article here .– Text by S. Raza Hasan/Dawn, photos by AFP.

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