Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Massive crackdown against banned organisations in Pakistan, govt takes control on Mosques, Madrasas


Zubair Yaqoob
The author has diversified experience in investigative journalism. He is Chief content editor at wnobserver.com

The incumbent government of Pakistan has started massive drive against banned outfits. During the crackdown dozens of men belongs to banned organisations arrested. In the capital city Islamabad, the administration took over control of mosques and madaras (religious schools) being operated by proscribed organizations on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, new imams and preachers have also been appointed by the Auqaf Department in the mosques and the madarasas.

Earlier on Wednesday, Minister of State for Interior Shehryar Afridi had said that a crackdown against proscribed organisations will continue until the planned objectives are not accomplished.

In a tweet message Afridi said, “Operation against banned organisations as per National Action Plan 2014 (NAP) shall continue till achievement of objective”.

On Tuesday, the minister had said 44 persons belongs to banned organisations had been taken into custody as per the directives of National Security Committee (NSC).

Minister said that Pakistan was acting against the banned groups in its own interest and there was no external pressure whatsoever on the country.

Sindh government has taken over the control of 56 facilities including schools, hospitals and madarsaas previously run by Jamat -ud-Dawa and Falah-i-Insaniat Foundation following ban on the activities of both the organization by federal government.

This was stated by Advisor to Chief Minister Sindh for Information, Law and Anticorruption Barrister Murtaza Wahab on Wednesday while talking to media. The Advisor said that as we know that federal government under Anti-Terrorism Laws has declared JuD and FIF as proscribed organizations and decided to take control of all the facilities run by these two banned outfits located in the jurisdiction of federal government, simultaneously, he added that the madarasas and public welfare facilities located in Sindh province has been taken over by provincial government.

However, the provincial Advisor clarified that now onwards the services at these schools /hospitals / madarasas will continue for general public by the government as per government protocols adding that no person shall be denied the services being provided through these institutions.

Advisor said that the staff of the institutions will continue after due clearance and scrutiny as per standards and procedures of the government. Giving break up of these facilities, the advisor said that 31 schools, 16 madarasas and 09 hospital located in Sindh, have been taken over by provincial government.

Wahab added that 10 schools, 09 madarasas and 05 hospitals were located in Karachi division; 03 schools and 01 hospital in Hyderabad district; 02 schools and 01 madarasas in Matiari; 01 school in Jamshoro; 03 schools 01 hospital in Mirpurkhas; 04 schools in Sanghar; 01school in Tando Allahyar; 03 schools and 01 Madrsa in Badin; 01 school, 02 hospitals , 01 Madrsa in Tharparkar; 01 Madarsa in Noshehro Feroz; 02 schools and 03 Madaris in Shaheed Benazir Abad; and 01 school in Kambar Shahdadkot.

He further said that committees have been constituted at provincial, divisional (in case of Karachi) and district level to manage these facilities in best interest of public. He said that provincial committee will be headed by secretary home department as chairman and Additional IG Police Special Branch, special secretary education, special secretary health and chief administrator auqaf will be the members.

The divisional committee for Karachi only comprised of Commissioner Karachi as its chairman, while Additional IG Police Karachi and divisional heads of education, health and auqaf will act as the members.  Similarly, he said that district committees will be headed by deputy commissioner and district heads of education, health and auqaf departments will be its members.

The advisor said that these institutions will be run in the supervision of Sindh government and all the expenses would be borne by the provincial government. Barrister Murtaza Wahab has appealed to people to cooperate with the government adding that Sindh government has taken over the control of seminaries and welfare institutions affiliated with both the banned outfits and if anyone tried to create hurdles in this regard, he will be arrested.

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