• publish: 29 August 2016
  • time: 6:31 pm
  • category: International
  • No: 4323

Pakistani police raid in Quetta madrassa, detain 106 Afghan students

Pakistani police raided a madrassa in the restive southwestern city of Quetta and detained 106 illegal Afghan students, officials said Monday, as the government stepped up a campaign to rein in religious schools.

The detentions were made Saturday, and the students, aged between 14 to 18 years — who had no documents giving them permission to be in the country– will eventually be deported to Afghanistan, senior police official Nadeem Hussain told AFP.

“We have sealed the madrassa as it did not have any registration documents,” he said.

Akbar Harifal, the Home Secretary for Balochistan province, of which Quetta is the capital, confirmed the raid and detentions.

Pakistan had vowed to keep a closer eye on its 13,000 Islamic seminaries, or madrassas, as part of a “National Action Plan” after the country’s deadliest extremist attack, a Taliban assault on a school that left more than 150 people dead in December 2014.

With little oversight of what was being taught to the hundreds of thousands of children enrolled in the country’s madrassas, fears intensified after the 2014 attack that some religious schools were breeding grounds for intolerance — or even extremism.

There was no suggestion that the seminary raided Saturday had links to extremism.

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