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April 18, 2014

Don’t touch madrassas, JUI-F warns govt

National

April 18, 2014

Karachi
The Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) has announced it will observe a day of protest all over Sindh on Friday (today), and warned the provincial government not to touch the madrassas or get ready for dire consequences.
Addressing a Tahafuz-e-Madaris-e-Pakistan rally at Gurumandir on Thursday, Secretary General JUI-F (Sindh) Maulana Atta-ur-Rehman warned that if the government did not stop intefering in the affairs of seminaries in Karachi then the Bilawal House in Karachi and Sindh chief minister’s Jilani House residence in Khairpur would also be turned into madrassas.
He announced that the day of protest would be observed at the mosques across the province, including the metropolis.
Speaking on the occasion, JUI-F’s provincial chief Dr Khalid Mahmood Soomro said that the seminaries in Karachi were teaching religion to students and not spreading any kind of terrorism, and demanded from the government to provide protection to the seminaries.
Soomro said that these seminaries were imparting education to poor students who never indulged in any kind of illegal activity, and demanded from the Sindh chief minister to provide protection to the students of the seminaries.
The rally participants, including students, were carrying flags and placards, demanding protection for the seminaries and their students.
Soomro said that so far five to six seminaries had been attacked in Karachi and students were also killed but not a single killer was arrested, which was creating fear among the students.
The rally continued for more than three hours at Gurumandir due to which the main artery was blocked for vehicular traffic, causing serious gridlock in the area.

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