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Search operations in seminaries of banned organisations in Punjab

The Counter-Terrorism Department, police and intelligence officials carried out joint search operations in seminaries of Multan, Faisalabad division, Gujranwala and Bahawalpur on Thursday.

On Sunday, one such operation was launched in Lahore seminaries where 14 students had been taken into custody.

Multan City Police Officer Azhar Ikram led the search operation in the city and Chungi No 9.

The spate of raids on seminaries is to bust militants, if any, from seminaries. It is a part of the National Action Plan to avert reaction to the Zarb-i-Azb Operation.

The police officer said that entire area was sealed before starting the operation while pickets were raised at several intersections and along roads for random searches. The seminaries of banned organisations, those on the fourth schedule and the workers of banned organisations were also searched, he said.

A house-to-house search was conducted to seize illegal weapons and explosives and people living in these localities illegally were detained.

He said 20 people were arrested and 20 Kalashnikovs seized from seminaries and houses.

CHINIOT:

Seven people were taken into custody during raids on seminaries while books, CDs and computers were seized.

The seminaries raided included Idara Dawat Wal Irshad, headed by PML-N MPA Maulana Ilyas Chinioti; Jamia Millia Islamia, Madressah Darul Uloom Madina, Madressah Jamia Farooqia and Jamia Baasat Rajoa Sadat.

Documents related to seminaries’ registration were also seized and the identity of students and teachers was verified through biometric machines.

FAISALABAD:

Regional Police Officer’s spokesman Malik Shahid said 43 seminaries were searched in Faisalabad, Jhang and Toba Tek Singh.

He said police had not found any hate material, wanted suspects, explosives or proclaimed offenders in any seminary.

He said 21 seminaries had been searched in Faisalabad and 11 in Jhang.

GUJRANWALA:

Eighteen students from different seminaries were detained and later released after interrogation.

The students were arrested from seminaries at Sheranwala Bagh, on Sheikhupura Road, in Khiali, Railway Station and Sabzi Mandi.

BAHAWALPUR:

Search operations were conducted in 18 seminaries of the district and 10 suspects taken into custody, mainly for failure to prove their identity.

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