Madrassa students ordered not to protest today
KARACHI, July 13: Madrassas have been
instructed not to allow their students to participate in the protests to be held
Friday (today) against the government.
Furthermore, madrassa sources said
that the police have started collecting data on licensed weapons given to
madrassas for security reasons and have also started collecting student
Police officials are in contact with the administrations of the
madrassas in their areas and have instructed them not to let students
participate. The protests were called for by the Wafaq-ul-Madaris Al-Arabia
Pakistan (WMAP) and Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal.
Gulshan Town Police Officer
Noman Siddique said, "We are in contact with madrassa administrations and we
told them not to let their students participate."
Capital Chief Police
Officer Azhar Ali Farooqui said that they are also in contact with intelligence
and other security forces. Farooqui said that patrolling and deployment has been
enhanced as much as possible in Sindh, especially Karachi.
was asked about the data collection on licensed weapons and not allowing
madrassa students to participate in the protests, he said he didn't know
anything about such actions.
The TPO said that they will use madrassa,
mosque and imambargah volunteers to check the people coming to offer Friday
prayers for security reasons.
It may be mentioned that the provincial
government has divided madrassas into a 'sensitive' and not sensitive
The following fall into the 'sensitive' category: Jamia Banoria
and Jamia Usmania in Site Town, Jamia Banoria in Jamshed Town, Ahsan Uloom in
North Karachi Town, Jamia Islamia in Clifton Town, Darul-Uloom Karachi in Landhi
Town, Jamia Rashidia in Gadap Town, Jamia Farooqia in Shah Faisal Colony Town
and Ashraf-ul-Madaris in Gulshan-e-Iqbal Town. Most of these madrassas belong to
Around 25 madrassas, including Jamia Gulshan-e-Umer in Sohrab
Goth, Jamia Islamia in Gulberg, Madarssa-e-Rahmania in Korangi Town,
Arabia-e-Islamia in Malir Town, Taleem-ul-Quran in North Karachi Town,
Taleem-ul-Quran in Jamshed Town and others, fall in the second
The provincial government has also put the police and the
rangers on high alert in view of any possible reaction to the Lal Masjid
Surveillance has started on all intra-city routes, bus
terminals and railway stations and security has been beefed up in all the
business centres, consulates and foreign diplomat residences. Daily times
"Tsk tsk tsk... what have we come down too."
City, Country: Karachi, Pakistan
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