Seminaries patronizing extremism in Pak: Sunni Ittehad Council

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Lahore, July 7 (ANI): Religious associations in Pakistan have raised fears about seminaries being used by the extremists as a store for their arms and ammunitions and planning attacks on important locations in the country.

The Sunni Ittehad Council, an association of some groups of the Barelvi school of thought, has said that seminaries are patronizing terrorism.

"Some seminaries are patronizing terrorists who are stockpiling lethal arms there," The Dawn quoted Pir Afzal Qadri, as saying.

When asked to name some of such seminaries, pointing fingers towards banned organizations like the Jamaat-ud -Daawa (JuD) and Jaish-i-Mohammad (JM), Qadri said: "The organizations are being run by jihadi groups with lashkars."

Talking to reporters on the sidelines of a meeting of the council here, Qadri also charged the previous Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government of supporting the extremists.

"Now they are spread across the country," he said.

Qadri also asked the government to take immediate steps to stop the practice, and asked the PPP led government to exclude 'patrons of terrorists' from its peace committees.

He said that the government must take over all the seminaries to prevent the situation from going out of control.

"Extremists can harm the government if it shows any laxity in taking action against them," Qadri said.

Member of National Assembly (MNA), Fazl Karim urged the government to continue the military offensive against the Taliban till extremism is rooted out from the country.

Karim opposed the idea of holding talks with the Taliban saying: "It is time for taking a decisive action."

He also criticized the United States for carrying drone strikes in the tribal areas inside Pakistan's territory.

"The country was facing internal threats from Taliban and external threats from the United States, which is continuously violating the sovereignty of Pakistan with drone attacks," Karim said. (ANI)

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