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February 25, 2016

Punjab govt starts geo fencing of all seminaries

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February 25, 2016

ISLAMABAD: The Punjab government had started geo fencing of all seminaries under the National Action Plan (NAP) by obtaining their location, students profile, CNIC numbers, revenue details and source of income.

Talking to a private news channel, an official of Punjab IT Board Umar Saif said that the government has pinpointed those seminaries considered a security threat. He said there were total of 13, 800 seminaries out of which 50-70 were declared sensitive on the basis of having links with terrorists in one or another way. They had enrolled approximately one million students in these seminaries, he added.

To a question, he said that Punjab government had improved the surveillance system manifold during the last two years and the government was also ensuring biometric verification of some 250,000 Afghan nationals in the province.

Umar Saif said that the registration of the seminaries had been completed in the province.PTI leader Arif Alvi also said that geo fencing of religious schools was a positive step of the government and the PTI supports it. He said all institutions working on seminaries registration should have effective coordination and work under one roof. It should also be known whether the government has registered all religious schools besides monitoring their internal activities and syllabus, he added.PPP leader Maula Bakhsh Chandio also said that the Sindh government had almost completed seminaries registration and geo fencing of schools in the province.

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